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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Hello, You Beautiful Thing... by Cathy

Hello, You Beautiful Thing

Hello February and hello to our new design team! We are continuing our year of song themes with the Jason Mraz song, "Hello, you beautiful thing". Show us your beautiful things!

Click below to have a listen


Cathy

Hello everyone! I'm so thrilled to be a part of the 2019 team! For this month's Dare, I made an Acrylic Trading Coin (ATC) and a clear tag - both are embossed with Emerald Creek's fabulous embossing powders!


I got these acrylic discs on-line and had an epiphany: Acrylic Trading Coins! The secret is using just enough product to add some punch while allowing the acrylic to show through. I first printed the word 'beautiful' backwards to use as a template so that the finished embossing would be right side up showing through the bottom of the coin. I traced over the letters with my pen, moving the paper around to space the letters out. Then embossed.


Then I stamped a butterfly timepiece on the front and embossed around the edge.


For the tag, I cut a piece of crafting plastic. Then I stamped my images and embossed. And I went around the edge and added rusty wire for the hanger.


I really love using acrylic and plastic - it gives it a nice, clean look and looks a little modern and more artsy.  And the embossing powders! Chunky ~ luscious ~ versatile!




These coins are thick - not the thin paper-punched type we've all seen! 


Love the colors and dimension that you can create with these chunky powders!


Thanks for stopping by and viewing my maiden project for Emerald Creek! Don't forget to play along in our challenge! 

Emerald Creek Supplies used:

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Other items used:
Embossing Pen
Craft Plastic
Acrylic Disc
Rusty Wire


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To play we need you to link up ANY social media project pics you are posting this month that fit the category. #ECFEB2018
 on your posts as well so we can reference them and if you add and tag various Emerald Creek product you will get a bonus entry. At the end of the month we will pick a winner and send a prize pack to the Winner as well as link up their project and share it out.



Just for entering our Dare Challenge, you can receive 10% off your Emerald Creek order.


So what are you waiting for... we DARE you!




Thursday, 14 February 2019

Hello, You Beautiful Thing... by Ann

Hello, You Beautiful Thing

Hello February and hello to our new design team! We are continuing our year of song themes with the Jason Mraz song, "Hello, you beautiful thing". Show us your beautiful things!

Click below to have a listen


Ann

Hi everyone, I'm thrilled to be part of the Emerald Creek team this year. I am a huge fan of their products and, as you may have noticed, have been using them in projects for a very long time. I look forward to this new adventure.
Today I am sharing a panel that incorporates embossing powders from Seth Apter's Baked Texture line. These powders are really unique and create the most amazing finishes. I also use a long time favorite powder from the Allure line, Charred Gold.
When I listen to "hello you beautiful thing" I realize how sometimes, as creative people, we are our own harshest critics. I want this panel to be a reminder that it's so important to love your "self". This can make a world of difference every day.
I begin with a square piece of Bristol board. The focal point of the piece is a heart that rests atop the background. The square is divided into eight sections to accentuate the heart shaped piece that will be added later.
In the upper left corner I die cut the letters LOVE and remove them. These letters are set aside for later. I also use a script stamp to randomly stamp the background. I then select powders that I will use in each section.
Starting with the most translucent powders, I begin to coat one section at a time. I mask off the edges, fill the wedge with embossing ink, and cover with the selected powder. The masking is removed and the section is heat set before moving onto the next wedge.
One of my favorite things about Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture is the way the "color" builds with the addition of layers. In order to capture some of this color range, I embossed one of the sections with many layers of powder while the other section only uses two layers. It really is beautiful either way you choose to use it.
I proceed to fill in sections around the square with Ancient AmberDeep SeaDirty SandChunky Rust, and Patina Oxide. When complete, I emboss the LOVE letters with Rocky Road Baked Texture. 
 
The heart at the center of the panel has been painted and coated with a crazing medium. A strip of thin chipboard surrounds the shape. After the adhesive has dried and the edge piece is secure, I emboss this rim with Charred Gold. I have found the easiest way to do this is to use a paint bush to coat a small section with embossing ink, and then sprinkle the powder onto that section, heat set and move alongkeeping to small sections at a time. This way you have more control over the powder and it's less likely to end up in the middle area. Two big chat stickers are coated with a layer of Vintage Beeswax and attached in the bottom right quadrant.
The square is then adhered to a piece of heavy weight chipboard that has been cut to fit exactly. This gives the panel stability and allows a thicker edge to attach the surrounding rim. I use the same method of embossing for this edge as I do for the heart surround. I love the way the Charred Gold exterior rim unifies the panel and gives a nice finished appearance.
I hope that you have enjoyed my tutorial and perhaps you are inspired to try your own. If you do, I would love for you to tag me and Emerald Creek so that we will be sure to see it.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
~Ann
   xxx 


Emerald Creek Supplies used:

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EMBOSSING POWDERS:

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To play we need you to link up ANY social media project pics you are posting this month that fit the category. #ECFEB2019
 on your posts as well so we can reference them and if you add and tag various Emerald Creek product you will get a bonus entry. At the end of the month we will pick a winner and send a prize pack to the Winner as well as link up their project and share it out.



Just for entering our Dare Challenge, you can receive 10% off your Emerald Creek order.


So what are you waiting for... we DARE you!





Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Hello, You Beautiful Thing... by Sara

Hello, You Beautiful Thing

Hello February and hello to our new design team! We are continuing our year of song themes with the Jason Mraz song, "Hello, you beautiful thing". Show us your beautiful things!

Click below to have a listen

Hello Everyone! I'm so excited to bring you my first project as part of the Emerald Creek family! I had the privilege to meet the owner Kim in person at Creativation, which made me more excited then ever to create projects for her! The project I'm bringing you today is dedicated to my grandmother. She passed away in December after a hard battle with cancer. She loved lighthouses and the ocean and ships. They were her favorite things. You could find them in the decor of her house, in her closet, even in her jewelry, so when I was given the beautiful Lighthouse stamp designed by KMO Designs I knew I wanted it to be center stage on my first project.
I started by stamping the image with permanent ink. I let the ink cure well and then I painted it with all my favorite shimmery paint colors.
I added some heavy body acrylic paint to add highlights and some texture to my painted image.
Next up, a base to place my image on. I embossed a 4 1/4 X 51/2 inch piece of heavy watercolor paper ( I used hot press watercolor paper for the base of all my pieces) with Magical Mysteries- Mermaid Fin embossing powder. Once my embossing was done, I felt it was a little too dark so to lighten up the area around my image, I brushed on some more of the heavy body acrylic paint.
Now to assemble....
an assorted selection of Boho Blends stones and a Nautical Anchor Charms added the perfect finishing touches.
I attached this to an A4 card base...not so I could mail it, but so I could display it in my craft room to remind me of my grandmother.

Thank you so much for joining me today! I cant wait to continue to share all of my cardmaking and scrapbookingprojects using the gorgeous supplies from Emerald Creek!
Have A Lovely Day!
Sara Mishler
(Sara Scraps)

Emerald Creek Supplies used:

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STAMPS:

EMBOSSING POWDERS:

EMBELLISHMENTS:
Boho Bits(coming soon)

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To play we need you to link up ANY social media project pics you are posting this month that fit the category. #ECFEB2019
 on your posts as well so we can reference them and if you add and tag various Emerald Creek product you will get a bonus entry. At the end of the month we will pick a winner and send a prize pack to the Winner as well as link up their project and share it out.



Just for entering our Dare Challenge, you can receive 10% off your Emerald Creek order.


So what are you waiting for... we DARE you!