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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Flowers On The Wall.... by Cathy

Hello friends! We are continuing our year of song themes, and this month that song is Flowers On The Wall by the Statler Brothers. 

Our May Dare is to challenge you to create a project that is inspired by flowers! Click the link below to listen to this awesome song.

Flowers On The Wall


Hello everyone! I've got a fun project for our Flowers Dare that you can really go crazy with! You could personalize these paper flowers in so many ways - my mind is exploding with ideas!


I first took a scrap piece of double-sided patterned paper and cut strips - mine are about an inch wide. You can make them as fat or as skinny as you want. You can even take your scissors and make the edges wavy if you want for a different affect. I kept mine straight.


Next, I started embossing, using a couple different colors on each strip. Some of these new Seth Apter powders are more translucent, but they change the coloring of your paper for a cool effect. 


I went around the edges with Distress Ink and then started rolling them up, using matte gel on the inside of the strip. Then I took my small skewers, which I also embossed with one of the green shades, and glued them inside with some E6000 glue. You'll have to play around a bit to get them as full or as tight as you'd like. And you can clean up the excess glue to speed the drying time!


Once they're dry, tie them together with some canvas and rusty wire! Or embellish however you'd like! I could imagine making some really large ones that are attached to metal spikes or long, grungy nails for a steampunk bouquet! Or just plain white embossed with the translucent powders for a colorful display. Really easy to do and your kids can join in, too! 




Thanks for stopping by the blog here at Emerald Creek! I hope you'll play along with us and do some shopping - we DARE you! 

Emerald Creek Supplies used:

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EMBOSSING POWDERS:

Other Supplies:
Embossing Pad
Scrap patterned paper
Distress ink
Rusty wire/metal/embellishments
Small skewers
Matte gel
E6000 glue

To play we need you to link up ANY social media project pics you are posting this month that fit the category. #ECMAY2019
 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!




Friday, 17 May 2019

Flowers On The Wall... by Katie

Hello friends! We are continuing our year of song themes, and this month that song is Flowers On The Wall by the Statler Brothers. 

Our May Dare is to challenge you to create a project that is inspired by flowers! Click the link below to listen to this awesome song.

Flowers On The Wall



Hello all! I am up on the Emerald Creek Crafts blog this month with an altered frame. Embossing powders are so versatile - you can even use them in your home decor! Check out how I made this below.


Steps to create this frame:


Take a cheap plastic frame, mine is from Poundland which is like Dollar store.
Cover whole frame in a few coats of black gesso.


Once the gesso has fully dried, paint on red metallic paint.


I created the roses by pressing paper clay into a silicone mold and then backing them until they set.
I then painted them in burgundy and brown acrylic paint. Before the paint dried I sprinkled on the embossing powder and melted it with a heat gun.


Here are some closeup views of this gorgeous frame.


What a great way to customize embellishments and create beautiful home decor!


Emerald Creek Supplies used:

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EMBOSSING POWDERS:

Other Supplies:
DecoArt Black Gesso
DecoArt Metallics Festive Red
DecoArt Crafter's Acrylic Burgundy
DecoArt Crafter's Acrylic Coffee


To play we need you to link up ANY social media project pics you are posting this month that fit the category. #ECMAY2019
 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!




Monday, 13 May 2019

Flowers On The Wall... by Michelle

Hello friends! We are continuing our year of song themes, and this month that song is Flowers On The Wall by the Statler Brothers. 

Our May Dare is to challenge you to create a project that is inspired by flowers! Click the link below to listen to this awesome song.

Flowers On The Wall


Hello,
For May’s Flowers on the Wall challenge I created a trio of grungy little wall flowers ATC's using some pretty Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Cling Stamps and three different Allure Embossing Powders! 


Instructions:
1) Stamp flower/violin images and rub with gelatos.


2) Rinse with cool water. (Let dry)


3) Cut out flower/violin images  and pat edges with embossing powders. (Heat)
4) Cut ATC card from patterned paper 2-1/2” x 3-1/2”.


5) Cut two 1/4” strips and tear one. Pat with embossing powders. (Heat)
6) Attach images with glue,  foam tape, and staples. 

Allure Peppered Chantilly Embossing Powder

7) Distress entire ATC with Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink

This mixed media project is super easy and fun to make. A perfect project for doing multiple swaps!

Happy Crafting,
Michelle

Emerald Creek Supplies used:

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STAMPS:
EMBOSSING POWDERS:

Misc Supply List:
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Tea Dye Ranger
Craft Consortium The Herbarium - Paper Pad
Scotch Foam Tape
Memory Keepers Crafters Stapler 
Faber Castell Gelatos
Momenta Paper Doily
Lace 
Glue
Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad



To play we need you to link up ANY social media project pics you are posting this month that fit the category. #ECMAY2019
 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, 9 May 2019

Flowers On The Wall.... by Ann

Hello friends! We are continuing our year of song themes, and this month that song is Flowers On The Wall by the Statler Brothers. 

Our May Dare is to challenge you to create a project that is inspired by flowers! Click the link below to listen to this awesome song.

Flowers On The Wall



Hi everyone, this month on the Emerald Creek Dares Challenge, our theme is "flowers on the wall". I hope that you are able to join us as we are inspired by the Statler Brothers song and feature flowers in our work. Today I am sharing handmade cards featuring roses. Cards that are suitable for all occasions, including the upcoming Mother's Day.


I like to keep a few handmade cards at the ready, just in case an unexpected need comes up. These cards are typically general in design, allowing me the flexibility to add just the right sentiment. For my project this month, I have created five varying base cards incorporating Emerald Creek's gorgeous, freshly picked rose stamp, along with Emerald Creek's mirror platinum embossing powder.


I start by cutting panels (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") from Bristol paper. I like having a heavyweight base card stock because I will be using water and ink to add color to the images. I want to be make each base card a little different, while only using the one stamp. This is achieved by rotating the image and creating different patterns with the stamping, as well as using different colored inks to watercolor the embossed images.


Using VersaMark ink, I stamp the rose onto the panels in various patterns. You will notice my embossing ink pad is labeled as "clean", I do a lot of mixed media projects that incorporate embossing. It is easier for me to keep a clean pad for special work where I don't want any contamination. The pad I use for my mixed media work is covered with inks and even different bits of powder that have somehow worked their way in. Since I am using a fine, light colored embossing powder on these cards, I want to ensure a crisp clean stamp impression.


Once I have stamped and coated each card with embossing powder, I heat set all the cards. I have found it easiest to emboss multiple cards at the same time, that way my heat gun stays at optimal heat and I do not have to warm it up for each separate card. I love the look of this embossing powder when melted. I think these cards would look wonderful done in any of the fine metallic powders Emerald creek offers: mirror goldsilver dollarkettle copper, or rose gold.


When the embossing has cooled, it is time to begin "watercoloring." I chose to use a different color for each base, to add variety. I prefer the look of having all the roses on a single card done in the same color-way. This is not necessary. The sky is the limit when it comes to embellishing the images, let your imagination take you where it may!


Once all of my roses and leaves are colored and have dried, I add a wash of watery blue surrounding them. I like the way it grounds everything; although again, not necessary. Once dry, some of the card bases are left as is and slipped into my card organizer to be finalized whenever the need arises; others have been completed with die cut or stamped sentiments. I look forward to sending these beautiful cards to their recipients.


I hope that you are inspired to create something with flowers to join in our challenge this month. Thank you so much for stopping by,
I truly appreciate it!
~Ann

Emerald Creek Supplies used:

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STAMPS:

EMBOSSING POWDERS:
 Mirror Platinum

Other supplies available in the Emerald Creek Shop:

Other Supplies used:

Bristol paper
Colored Cardstock
Distress Inks:
aged mahogany, broken china, mustard seed, peeled paint, salty ocean,
spiced marmalade, spun sugar, tumbled glass, worn lipstick,
Sookwang tape
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alterations: Stitched Ovals dies
VersaMark Embossing Ink
Waterbrush


To play we need you to link up ANY social media project pics you are posting this month that fit the category. #ECMAY2019
 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, 8 May 2019

Flowers On The Wall.... by Sara

Hello friends! We are continuing our year of song themes, and this month that song is Flowers On The Wall by the Statler Brothers. 

Our May Dare is to challenge you to create a project that is inspired by flowers! Click the link below to listen to this awesome song.

Flowers On The Wall



Hello Hello Everyone! I hope you are all having a fabulous month so far! To go with this month's theme and the fact that May contains one of my very favorite days, National Scrapbook Day, I have a scrapbook page to share with you featuring some flowers I created using lots of colorful embossing powders. And if you look at the photo on my page...you'll see a wall. See, look how thoughtful I am, incorporating both flowers and a wall on my layout ...lol.






Aren't they beautiful! I just love how they came together, and they were fairly easy too! I'd love for you to give my embossed flower embellishments a try! I have created a video tutorial showing my whole process -


Have A Lovely Day!
Sara

Emerald Creek Supplies used:

(click on any product link below to shop)

EMBOSSING POWDERS:
To play we need you to link up ANY social media project pics you are posting this month that fit the category. #ECMAY2019
 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, 1 May 2019

Flowers On The Wall... New Monthly Dare and Challenge Winners!

Hello friends! Karla here today to announce this month's theme - Flowers On The Wall. This year we are focusing our challenges on some of Kim's favourite songs, and this month that song is Flowers On The Wall by the Statler Brothers. 

Our May Dare is to challenge you to create a project that is inspired by flowers! Click the link below to listen to this awesome song.

Flowers On The Wall


I definitely have no problem finding a way to use flowers on a project, so this was a fun challenge to take. I grabbed some of Eileen Hull's new Molten Dimension embossing powders and they did not disappoint!! The Aqua Splash might be my newest favourite colour 💙 You can check out exactly how I created this beautiful tag in the tutorial below - and be sure to scroll all the way down to find a list of linked supplies and our amazing winner from last month's Dare!


1. I created a background with Ranger Pearl and regular Alcohol Inks on Yupo. When the inks were almost dry I applied some Ranger Foil and then embossed the whole background with a Sizzix 3D Lumber Embossing Folder by Tim Holtz.


2. I embossed a Dylusions stitch stamp with Eileen Hull's new Molten Dimension Black Magic. This powder is a lovely thick chunky powder. I knew I wasn't going to get a detailed look, but I wanted that! I then brushed Distress Oxide Inks around the edge of a manilla tag, adding a few water droplets to react with the ink.


3. Next, I stamped the Emerald Creek Lily Cling stamp on bristol cardstock with Glacier White Embossing Powder. This is a great powder for any detail stamping and embossing you want to do! I watercoloured the image with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a waterbrush and then fussy cut it out. I coated it with Eileen Hull's Glistening Glass powder to create a water droplet effect which also softened the white lines of the embossing powder beneath it. I love how this turned out!


4. I coloured the Floral Spray Charm with Alcohol Pearl Inks, adding a tiny drop on each flower and using a tissue to spread it around lightly. I love being able to customize these gorgeous charms!


5. I took a piece of Little Birdie Crafts chipboard lattice from my stash and coated it with two coats of Eileen Hull's Golden Rod powder. Because this is a thick powder, and I didn't want the chunks to fly off, I used a piece of parchment paper over top and heated through it using my new Wagner Heat Gun. Let me tell you, this gun is fabulous!! As it melted I sprinkled in a bit of the Molten Dimension Aqua Splash and Black Magic. I also added some of Gwen Lafleur's new Crystal Embers Boho Bits into the hot powder before it cooled. These amazing tiny gems add so much punch to a project! I also diecut out a Hello word from cardstock and added a coat of Black Magic embossing powder to give it a dimensional glossy look. I am really excited at how this turned out!


6. I used Ranger Multi Matte Medium to add the gorgeous Gwen Lafleur Pealized Mica Flakes to the bottom of the tag, layering the hello diecut over top. This matte medium is perfect for holding anything that needs a little extra adhesive.


I am so happy with how this tag turned out! I love trying out different techniques and pulling them all together. The embossing powders just bring everything to the next level.


Here are a couple closeups. I will definitely be using the stamping and embossing technique here again. I love the way the Glistening Glass powder covered the image!


Those shiny Mica Flakes are one of my favourite new embellishments!!


Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you're inspired to check out some of these fun supplies and create something wonderful too!

Emerald Creek Supplies used:

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STAMPS:

EMBOSSING POWDERS:
EMBELLISHMENTS:

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Congratulations to Mary C. Nasser,  winner of the 
April Singing In The Rain Dare with her Earth and Sea entry.

Mary please email Karla at sm@emeraldcreek.co for your prize code.

Special Mention Goes To:

1. Christi C of Art Without Anxiety with her April Showers Card
2. Drea of Drea's Scraps of Inspiration with an April Showers Tag
3. Elly of Elly's Creaties with Babe Let's Dance

Please email Karla, sm@emeraldcreek.co and put Top 3 in your subject line
to receive a badge to post on your blog and a special 20% off discount code.


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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. #ECMAY2019
 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!