Monday, June 11

Simon Says: Anything But a Card

Hello Monday, and welcome friends! We have a new challenge for you this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything but a Card! So, it's time to pull out those projects you've been waiting to work on and join us this week.

I decided to create in a  steampunk/industrial style this week and make a home decor piece. It is a plank box that also has a twine hanger or a box hanger on the back if you want to hang it up. I was thinking about different inventions that came about with electricity...clocks, lightbulbs, telephones, fans, and how these and so many more inventions are part of our everyday lives. So here's a peek back into the early days of electricity. 

I started by staining the wood with distress stains, working in a couple of layers all around the box frame.

I love the beautiful design in the wood that really comes out with the staining.

Then, I used rust pastes to make the clock look really old and rusty, and patina pastes for the fan and telephone.

While those were drying, I stamped my images and blended on Distress Inks, spritzed them a bit with water, an set them aside to dry and cut out.

After that, it was pretty much just finding fun details and paper dolls and building the piece.

I even had some electrical bits and bobs in my stash and added these in. 

I also used the rust pastes on the Foundry piece.

Any thoughts and theories on electricity?

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope I've inspired you to join us in this week's challenge! Every week, our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp offer a $50 voucher to one participant.



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Be sure to head on over to the challenge blog to see the inspiration from my awesome teamies, they are super creative!


Friday, June 8

Artful Adventures Anniversary!

Hello friends! Today is the one year anniversary of Nathalie Kalbach's book - Artful Adventures. The book is chock full of ideas to get you observing what is right in your own neighborhood, and filled with lots of mixed media techniques. If you have not yet read it and you like to create mixed media, get yourself a copy. Check out the sale- lots of goodies! There is a celebration going on over at Nathalie's blog HERE

I had the honor of being asked to participate in the Artful Adventures Stroll Challenge last year to kick off the book, and created a mixed media art journal spread for the theme View. I made my very first video for this challenge, and if you are interested, you can read more HERE

Happy one year anniversary Nathalie and Artful Adventures!! 

Monday, June 4

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Hello Monday and welcome friends! So glad to see you this week, thanks for popping by. We have a new challenge for you this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - All Things Bright and Beautiful, and we are showcasing all things Paper Artsy! We would love to see your Paper Artsy creations this week, but of course, use whatever you have. 

Please join me in welcoming the lovely and talented Christine Bedford at Pearshapedcrafting who will be joining us for the month of June! So happy to have you with us Christine!

When I looked at this week's challenge, I thought of the book All Things Bright and Beautiful, which follows All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot, and both are about the life of a Yorkshire Vet, so I found these adorable critters by Paper Artsy, and made a trio of ATC's.

I started out by brushing Caribbean Sea and Beach Hut onto the canvas pieces, then stenciled on the South Pacific.

Once that dried, I went in with a different stencil on each ATC and used Coral.

Then, I sprinkled on some Paper Artsy Infusions - A Bit Jaded, In The Navy, and Rusty Car, spritzed it with water and let them dry. I also stamped my images on water color paper and colored them with Prima Watercolors.

I popped the critters up, added a phrase, and edged the ATC with black ink.

 And here they are, my trio of critters!

I hope I've given you some inspiration for this week's challenge. Now, it's time for you to get your crafting supplies out, make something and share it with us! Happy Crafting!

Our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp are offering a $50 voucher to one lucky participant!


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