Monday, August 31

Seahorse Treasure Tin

The challenge this week is to use three colors of ink, paint, or another color medium of the same kind. From distress ink to gelatos, acrylic paint to watercolor pencils – you can pick the medium and the trio! I have no doubt some great color combinations will be shared, and new inspiration found. Check out all of the great design team projects at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

I love color!! Sometimes I like it bright, and other times I like it more vintage. My trio of colors I reach for time and again? Green, purple and blue! Paint, ink, watercolors, you name it, I just love working with this trio.

So, summer is ending, but there is still time to go to the ocean! If you can't, then you can always make a little seahorse treasure tin.

I all started with an Altoid's tin...

Painted it black with Distress ink...

Waited for it to dry, so I could add the "pretty colors"...

I must say that Twisted Citron brings in a whole new green element! I'd made some cards awhile back with the Nautical Blueprint stamps and had some extras, so I deconstructed them and cut out the images. Hey, you can always reuse or repurpose your creations if you find you are not using them.

Added some tulle netting, seashells, beach glass, pearl, and then some seahorse words of wisdom to the back of the tin. I wonder what other treasures my seahorse will find to put in here?

I hope you all have a grand finish to your summer, get to the beach and search for treasure, and find some time to join us in this week's trio of color challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!
Time to get crafty and and join us in the fun!  A random winner is chosen every week to win a  generous $50 spending spree from SimonSaysStamp!


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Monday, August 24

Ticket, Please!

Hello Monday! Design team member Sandra challenges us this week to show our tickets. Trains to movies, concerts to planes, stamps to paper – let’s see your tickets! Come join in the fun at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

Conductor, conductor, here's my ticket! Train travel, yes please! I love trains, watching them go by, visiting train museums and seeing the "good old days", and traveling on a train, it is such a relaxing way to go. 

I started with a giant tag because I knew I wanted to put a lot on this tag! Chose some remnant rubs to use, I really like how they work like a resist. Laid down a lovely selection of inks...

I wanted to tone it down a bit and make it look older so rubbed some wild honey over the tag.

Stamped that wonderful train image from Tim Holtz, calendar and passenger coupon (ticket),  the stack of travel cases, and added the ticket washi. I stamped a couple of images on the manila cardstock to layer on top.

Added my images, some metallics, and I am liking the vintage steampunk style to this! I am ready for a train adventure, my ticket's ready!

Where is your ticket going to take you this week? Hopefully on an adventure, and be sure to join us in this challenge! Check out all of the wonderful projects from our awesome design team!

Time to get crafty and and join us in the fun!  A random winner is chosen every week to win a  generous $50 spending spree from SimonSaysStamp!



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Monday, August 17

Citrus With a Twist!

Hello Monday! Welcome to our next challenge at Simon Says Stamp! Twisted Citron has me thinking about all things citrus, neon, and fresh! This week from oranges to bright fresh color we want to see how you’ll use citrus… with your own twist, of course.

When I saw the names of the Dylusions Paints, "fresh squeezed orange," "lemon zest," and "fresh lime," I knew I had to try these out for this challenge. It is the first time I have used these paints and I love them!! They are so smooth and layer beautifully.

Since garden season is in full swing, it is always the time of year that I especially think of my dad. I learned to garden as a toddler and everything I know comes from gardening with my dad. So, I always find myself thinking about him when I am out digging in the dirt, weeding, harvesting, or just enjoying the beauty of the garden. I think he is my garden angel.

A quick view of a bit of my garden. I have many scattered around the yard, but most of the veggies are in my raised beds.

I started my journal pages with a layer of gesso,  some texture paste and stencils, then started laying on these wonderful citrus colors, and of course, some Twisted Citron ink!

I knew I wanted to use some wash tape, so experimented with painting it to see what would happen...I like it!

Layering on some word tissue and I wanted to tone it down a bit, so whitewashed the pages. But, before I did that I "twisted" on some more of the orange with some tissue paper. I just dipped it in paint and laid it on the page with a twist of my hand. (check out the top photo, and I think you can see the swirl)

Stamped the images using the lovely Dina Wakley stamps, hand lettered my words, added some citrusy sequins...

I am really liking the contrast of the black images and writing against the lovely citrus colors.

Be sure to check out all of the wonderful inspiration by the DT at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog! I can't wait to see how you interpret this week's challenge!

Time to get crafty and and join us in the fun!  A random winner is chosen every week to win a generous $50 spending spree from SimonSaysStamp!



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Monday, August 10

Homegrown Summer

Hello Monday! Design team member Michelle has a summer challenge for us this week! She says: So many things have grown in the Summer. Inspiration can be found in backyard gardens and jars of freshly canned veggies or maybe children who have grown like weeds. Or an idea that’s just taken root. There’s a lot of room for growth. (Pun intended) So let’s see how a homegrown summer is inspiring you! Join us in this week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

I have a big yard and lots of gardens. We grow veggies and herbs,  I have fruit trees, but I have always loved my flowers. When the tomatoes don't grow, the coneflowers do. I love the brilliant cheerful colors of my flowers, so I immediately thought of them with this challenge.

I've had these giant clothespins for awhile, and knew these would be perfect.

I started with the remnant rubs to make a graphic background design.

Time for some stamping and coloring with my Peerless watercolors. I did two of each flower, so I could cut them out slightly differently for some nice layering (check out the orange ones). As you can see, I didn't worry about staying in the lines, because I knew I was going to fussy cut these.

Added and popped the flowers, stamped the bee image, and went over the flowers with diamond glaze, and finally sprinkled with a bit of glitter.

These clips are ready to hold recipes for all the good things coming out of the garden, or perhaps some photos of the gardens, or notes on what to plant next year. 

So what has been growing for you this summer? I am looking forward to seeing how you interpret this challenge. Be sure to check out all of the wonderful work by the design team! See you over there!

Time to craft and and join us in the fun!  A random winner is chosen every week to win a generous $50 spending spree from SimonSaysStamp!


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Monday, August 3

Make a Plan!

Well, hello Monday! Planners are all the rage these days. We’d love to see your crafty planner pages, but this challenge can be taken many more ways! You can share a project about plans you’ve made, you could get a jump on holiday crafting, art journal a dream or hope for the future, or make a crafty plan of some other kind, and show us what happens! Join us this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

You have to plan for the weather, right? That's where my mind headed with this challenge. Of course, my many years of teaching earth science and weather just might have something to do with that!  So, off I went gathering up my weather themed items to work with.  I originally started off making a tag, painting and stenciling the background, adding a bit of washi tape...

Stamping my Tim Holtz umbrella man stamp, and since I just felt like adding something quirky, I also stamped the umbrella in magenta.

Layering the tag, adding some words, sequins, etc, I thought I was done, I like it just like this. 

But for some reason, my brain just kept could make this in to a weather journal, use it to keep track of the weather....or anything. So, I made a little book, repeated some of the stenciling and paint...

Used watercolor to create a layer of clouds across each page (used watercolor paper for the pages), but then, in that weird way of things, when I stitched the book together, I put the clouds at the bottom.   I thought about taking it apart and redoing it, but thought, what the heck, after the rainstorm, there are puddles, right?

Every day is a new adventure! Whether it is the weather, travel, or a place to take notes, this little journal is ready.

I am looking forward to seeing your plan this week. Do you love working in planners? Are you planning an event? Whatever it is, make it part of your plan to join us in this challenge!

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Thursday, July 30

The Giving Plate

Hello! Quick share today before our "Christmas in July" season ends. My good friend Tiffany taught us this one in our Tuesday craft group.

Take an oven proof plate, clean it off with an alcohol pad and wipe down with a paper towel, then sketch on it with a Sharpie marker (I think this was fine or extra fine). Put it in a cold oven, turn it on to 350 and "cook" for 30 minutes. Turn the oven off, and let sit overnight.

The plate is meant for putting goodies on and giving to someone, and then it is given away again. I don't think I would use it for eating, and would definitely hand wash it.

It is such a simple and fun gift to make, why not give it a try? Let me know if you do!

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Tuesday, July 28

My Artfully Inspired Life: June

I've gotten a little behind working in my art journal for my online class with Joanne Sharpe. But, I did just catch up with June, for which I am grateful, and wanted to share those pages with you. It is such a fun class and you can join in the fun anytime! Two things I have learned about myself, is I LOVE color, and I LOVE to doodle!!

I am so grateful to each of you who stop by to visit. If you haven't joined the blog yet, I would love to have you, and a big thank you to all who follow twocraftingsisters! 

There you have it! Now, on to July...will I finish before the month ends? That is the question!
Have a wonderful crafty day, my friends!

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