Monday, May 20

Let's Art Journal

 

 

 Hello Monday, my friends! And welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Thank you for joining us for the  Romance, Wedding, Anniversary   Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is: LET'S ART JOURNAL

I pulled out one of my older art journals, two photos my son's girlfriend gave me, some inks, paper and stamps and starting creating...

THE ADVENTURES OF BEN AND ROWAN 


I began with some ink smooshing. I tried to match ink colors to those in the photos. It's not as easy to lay an art journal into the ink, but just keep repeating the process and you will get there.

I blended in a bit more of the Cadette ink with a small blending brush.  


Then, I added some water splatter, let it sit for half a minute, then lifted with a paper towel. Here is the backgrounds that emerged.  


Next layer in the art journal is some stamped crackle with Mocha ink. 


I added some stamped marks using Tracy Scott's set from Paper Artsy. When you use the same inks, you know it will all come together.  



I trimmed my photos and cardstock, and rounded the corners. I also stamped a trio of hearts that I fussy cut out and popped up.  



 I like to add some writing in my own handwriting, and it's fun to change up the font a bit for more interest. Ben and Kari took Rowan on his first big trip, and they stopped at Lake Erie on the way. 


There is so much love between these two! 


 Here's to many more adventures of Ben and Rown, with thanks to Kari for sharing her photos from the trip. I love these guys!




As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $25 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store 
Supplies:

Paper Artsy Tracy Scott TS085 stamp set

Simon Says Stamp Crackle Background stamp

Simon Says Stamp Pawsitively Saturated Mocha, Cadette and Citrine inks

Simon Says Stamp Small Blending Brush

Simon Says Stamp Fine Detail Scissors

Simon Says Stamp Foam Tape

Simon Says Stamp cardstock - Dark Chocolate, Bright Yellow, Sunshine

Spellbinders Corner Rounder

Tim Holtz Paper Trimmer

3M ATG tape

Dylusions 5x8 art journal (similar)

Ranger Mister Bottle

Sakura Black Glaze Pen

Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat

 


So now it's YOUR turn, Happy Crafting! Maura

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Monday, May 13

Romance

 

 


 Hello Monday, my friends! And welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Thank you for joining us for the  Light and Airy Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is: ROMANCE, WEDDING AND'OR ANNIVERSARY

Well, I am not sure just what to call this...a card? an envelope book? an interactive card? Whatever it is, it will make a lovely gift of love for the recipient, whether it is for a wedding, anniversary, or just because. I had a lot of fun with it, that's for sure.

L'AMOUR


I began with two 5x7" envelopes and tucked one into the other. You just slide the triangle parts into the other envelope.


Then, I had fun cutting the Graphic 45 Mon Amour papers and figuring out placements. I edged the papers with Simon's Mocha ink and a small blending brush. 


I covered everything, including the flap on the one side. I decided to make this my cover.



I fussy cut the flap and inner pieces by laying the envelope over the paper and marking it with a pencil.


I added some of the embellishment designs from the paper pack, and decided to stamp in some of the lovely Abstract Flowers from Tim Holtz. 


Here, I also made a little pocket and added a pull out tag. 


I saw this big open space and felt it needed a flower. 


Cover with butterfly added...


Inside with the page inserts...


Inside with inserts placed...


Back cover...


Butterfly detail...


Gold love letters...


This is ready to fill with some love notes and give to a special someone you love!
Ahh, mon amour!

 



As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $25 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store 
Supplies:

Graphic 45 Mon Amour 8x8 paper pack

Simon Says Stamp Pawsitively Saturated Mocha and Cheeky inks

Simon Says Stamp Mocha Small Blending Brush

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Abstract Florals set

Gold Alphabet stickers (similar)

Butterfly embellishment (similar)

Simon Says Stamp Everyday Scissors

Tim Holtz Paper Trimmer

3M ATG tape

Bearly Art Precision Glue

two 5x7 envelopes

Pencil 



So now it's YOUR turn, Happy Crafting! Maura

Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #sssmchallenge so we can see your entries there too
You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in .


Monday, May 6

Best Friends

 

 


 Hello Monday, my friends! And welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Thank you for joining us for the  FEMININE  Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

Please join me in welcoming Wanda Hentges  as our guest designer for the month of May! We are looking forward to your amazing makes this month,  Wanda, and welcome!

Since this is the first post of May, we are showcasing the amazing array of products from Studio Light. If you have their products, we would love to see them in your makes!

This week the challenge is: LIGHT AND AIRY (PASTELS)

I went for cute this week with my tag about friends. I love the quirky creativity of Art by Marlene with Studio Light, and added that to my pastel background.  

BEST FRIENDS

I started with watercolor and gouache for my background.  

By mixing white gouache with watercolor, you create a more opaque, pastel version of that color.  


 I brushed on several mixed colors over the tag in a random fashion.


Then, I scrunched up and pressed a plastic bag onto the surface. Leave it in place until the paint dries, then lift. Where the paint was wet when this was applied, you will  get these beautiful textural patterns. 


For the flat areas, I went in with a dot stencil and white gouache to add some lively polka dots.  


Detail... 


Next, I chose my paper cut outs and figured their placement on the tag.  


I adhered them in place and added a few sparkling gems. 



Why not offer your heart to your best friend? 


I hand lettered "Friends...Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves..." 


Final touch - a yellow hand dyed ribbon. 


This week was a bit of a challenge for me. I don't often work in pastel colors and cuteness, but maybe I was channeling Easter and Spring here. 

Best Friends 





As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $25 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store 
Supplies:

Studio Light  Art by Marlene So Fish-ticated Paper Elements

Studio Light  Art by Marlene  Funny die cut tag 

Simon Says Stamp Medium Dots stencil 

Winsor Newton Permanent White Gouache

Daniel Smith Watercolors - Phthalo Turquoise, Quinacridone Coral, Quinacridone Violet, Permanent Orange

Watercolor Palette

Watercolor brush

Simon Says Stamp Dazzling Clear Gems

Simon Says Stamp Fine Detail Scissors

Bearly Art Precision Glue

Tim Holtz Ground Espresso Distress ink

Ranger Round Ink Blending Tool

Ranger Heat It tool

Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer

Black Pen

plastic bag



So now it's YOUR turn, Happy Crafting! Maura

Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #sssmchallenge so we can see your entries there too
You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in .


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