Monday, November 29

Sparkle Mode

Hello Monday my friends! Welcome back to this week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - SPARKLE MODE. We are also celebrating the 40th. anniversary of Stampendous - Congratulations Stampendous!

It's been wonderful having Laura with us this month as our guest designer! I've enjoyed all of your beautiful makes, Laura and look forward to more of your creations. 


I started by taking a coffee cup apart and flattening it. Then I used it as a pattern to cut out papers to put inside. 

I added some stamping to the pages and sparkled them up with watercolor.

I also stamped and stenciled inside the covers and added more watercolor. Since the inside of the cup is waxed, be sure to heat set. 

On the outside, I painted some images, added stencil  with distress mica stains.I decided to add more sparkle with the gold watercolor too.

Then, I used my sewing machine to go around the edges, create pockets and stitch all the pages into the book. 



A bit of grunge stamping and watercolor...

I added in a couple of coffee/cocoa cups...

...stamped two tags and added hand dyed ribbon to insert into the pockets...

...then I popped up the gnome onto the front leaving space to insert the ribbon to hold it closed. I also added Shaved Ice to the gnome's hat for extra sparkle. 

So, get out your sparkling things and create and share with us! Celebrate Stampendous's 40 years too with us if you would like. 

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Our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp are offering a $25 voucher.

Be sure to head on over to check out the sparkly inspiration from the design team.

Monday, November 22

Artist Trading Cards

Hello friends and welcome back to this week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - ATC's (artist trading cards).  I really enjoy working in this small art format (2.5 x 3.5") and seeing what I can create. I should do this more often! I think you will have as much fun making these little treasures as I did.


I began by stamping the vintage blueprint images onto hard core.

Now, the fun begins! I smooshed Mermaid Lagoon and Villainous Potion over the images. I do love my glass mat which is my work surface on my table, and the blending area. Once that dried, I blended on some Rusty Hinge with the mini blender.

Next up - some of those yummy holiday Mica Stains.

I stamped each image again onto watercolor paper and used the same inks to color them using a lighter touch with the colors. Then, I fussy cut the images out and popped them up.

Time to add some details - I used the gold pen here, and found some alpha stickers I had in my stash.

I added gold pen and Liquid Pearls to the phone...

...a  clock face charm and threads as well as some gold ink here...

...and finally a bit of gold pen, and a Phillips head screw.

These old vintage blueprints from days of long ago are certainly fun to work with and reminisce about. Who knows, maybe you have a few of these vintage items in your home. 

Now it's your turn to work in the ATC format and share your makes with us! I'm looking forward to seeing what you create. Our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp are offering a $25 shopping voucher...come play and you might win! We also love to spotlight our favorites each week.

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Be sure to check out the amazing array of artist trading cards from the design team for lots of inspiration!



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