Friday, July 20

New Release with Nathalie Kalbach!


Nathalie Kalbach has a new release with Rubbermoon today! Both sets are wonderful circle designs, one mini size (6), and one set is full size (6), and both come with a topper stamp to turn them in to ornaments! How cool is that?! 
You can check out all the details and fun creations with the new stamps HERE.



I started by using water color and stamping the Park Blvd stamp onto the paper with ink.


Next, I added some detail with a gold pen, then cut them out and adhered lace in between the "sandwich" of the two pieces.


Park Blvd ornament ready for the Christmas tree or as a present topper.


Next, I got out my gel plate and yellow, orange and red paint, and started stamping and printing.


I used the Grove Street large and small circles for this card, and wrote around the bold design with a white pen.


I used the Grove Street small stamp for this card with it's repeating design. Then I wrote holiday song titles to work as the hangers. 


I printed into the paint left on my gel plate with the Grove Street stamp, laid the watercolor paper down on top and printed this card. Then I went around the design doodling over it with black pen, and wrote the Hello.


 I think you can see how versatile these new stamp sets are!! I only used a couple of the designs from the set, and will be playing with the rest soon. 

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out Nat's new release on her blog HERE.
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Thursday, July 19

Living on the WILD Side!


"The Mask"

I am over on the DecoArt Mixed Media blog today sharing how I made my wild mask with paint pouring. I hope you'll pop over for a visit and let me know what you think!
Maura



Monday, July 16

Travel the World Over



Hello friends and welcome to this week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - ADD A LITTLE SPARKLE.  Sparkle, like sprinkles makes everything better, right? 

Don't forget our kids challenge that runs until July 29th! It's open to kids through age 16, and it's a sparkly challenge too. 


I created a tag this week, inspired by my journey to India last year. 


I started by painting a thin layer of turquoise onto the tag.


Next, I used the Mandala stencil and distress ink to add another layer of blue to the tag.


Now, for the first layer of sparkle - Gilt and the Peacock stencil.


And then I just got playing and stamping and cutting and forgot to take any photos. 
I added some stamping and details with white and gold pens. Some sparkly sequins, words, and a bit of sari ribbon from my stash, and my tag is complete.

travel the world over to find the beautiful, let life surprise you


Time to add a little sparkle to your life this week and join us! I'm looking forward to seeing what you share. This is a great theme to work one with a young one and have them enter the kids challenge.  One person will be chosen at random to receive a $50 shopping voucher from our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp!


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A Great place to shop!!


Simon is on Instagram - use #sssmchallenge


At this point, the entire design team could be covered in glitter! Be sure to check out how they've added some sparkle this week.



Monday, July 9

Summer Fun!



Hello friends, and welcome to our challenge for this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - SUMMER FUN! Share with us how you have fun in the summer by creating something. I love to go the beach, especially at the ocean, to wade, be on the beach and watch the waves, maybe sketch, and I am looking forward to that this summer. 

BEACH DAYS are the best!


I headed to my art journal and planned to just do one page, so I glued some strips of  Carta Bella's Summer Splash paper (SSS July card kit) on the page.


Next, I brushed Paper Artsy Candy Floss and Coral up and down the page.


Time to add some dimension with texture paste and Simon's Large Moroccan stencil.


Once the texture paste dried, I went in with several Dylusion sprays to add another layer of color. It was at this point when I noticed the sprays had gone over the other page, that I decided to do a spread.


Next, I toned it down a bit with the Antarctic paint. 


Time to add more layers, and stencils are great for this! I used several different stencils with varying paints by the time I was done.


I cut out a number of flamingos from the July card kit, and kept the "scrap" to make my own stencil from it. I sponged Candy floss on the the other page to add a couple of birds.


Dandelion Pops, tropical flowers and flamingos...


details...


Texture, Dandelion Pops, tropical flowers, beach scene, a sparkly flamingo that I just had to add a feather to...


details...


Well now I can't wait to get to the beach!


How do you like to spend your summer days and have fun? Create and share with us this week and you could win a $50 shopping voucher from our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp! 


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A Great place to shop!!


Simon is on Instagram - use hashtag #sssmchallenge


Now I am wondering how the design team has fun in the summer, aren't you? Be sure to head on over to see their awesome makes!





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