Tuesday, January 14

N*Studio Creative Squad: Creative Superpower

Hello friends and Happy 2020! I'm over at the N*Studio Creative Squad HERE today, sharing this notebook I altered using my Colorful Imagination Superpower! Maura

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Wishing you all a very merry holiday season! Here in the U.S. it’s a really short run between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, with the usual hustle and bustle of meeting up with friends and family, baking extra goodies, and looking for the perfect gifts. I’ve been busy already working on cards and small items for friends, so our theme for this month is perfect to get a bit more completed. I decided to work in traditional green and red, and make some tree ornaments and tags. 

I’m using one design, and repeating it in several sizes, with the Grove Street image.

I started with a mix of the green paint on my gelli plate, then added a bit of gold, stamped onto the plate with the large stamp, and transferred the image to heavy watercolor paper. 

I knew I wanted to mix the colors with the sizes, so next up on the gelli plate is a mix of red and gold. I used the small stamp with the red paint, and stamped these images on the watercolor paper also. Note - be sure to clean the acrylic paint off your stamps right away.

The Grove Street stencil is the largest image, and I laid the stencil down on the red paint on the gelli plate and pressed the paper down onto it. Then I lifted the stencil and pressed it onto another paper, so I would have both a negative and a positive print.

Once all the paint is completely dry, it’s time to cut them out. I just do it with scissors, but if you had a punch in the correct size that would work well.

I got the idea in my head that I could make a 3D ornament, so I started by gluing two of the stenciled circles together. Next, on two green and small red circles, I cut a slit to the center, then formed it into a cone and stapled it. I made sure the little red one fit onto the green circle, and glued the cap on. I added a layer of glue to the bottom of the green circle and attached it to the stenciled circle. I had to apply pressure and hold in place for awhile to get the glue to hold. I repeated the process on the other side, then decided it needed a bit of glitter, so added a bit more glue and glittered it up. 

I made two more ornaments, a flat one, and another 3D one in which I cut slits into both circles to the center and slid them together. On each of these, I glued a double layer together and added glitter to the flat one. I had a lot of circles remaining, so turned these into gift tags. I punched holes in the tags and ornaments and attached some bakers twine. It’s easy to add words on the acrylic paint with a carbon ink pen. 

I like how the ornaments came out looking unique, while using the same materials. These are ready to hang on the tree. 

I love adding a bit of homemade to the holidays! I always hope when someone receives a handmade gift or card, they feel that extra bit of love that went into it. Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season and blessings for the new year! Maura 


Monday, January 13

Simon Says Rust It Up!

Hello Monday my friends, so glad to have you back! Our challenge for you this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is RUST IT UP! Oh yes, one of my favorites! I do love my rust, colors, textures...well, not on my car, but it fits so well with steampunk, so off I went on a creative and rusty journey.  Hope you will join me!

In the background is an awesome Christmas gift from my son - it's a sun dial, compass, and can measure star angles...it seems like a nautical guide to me!

I started out by laying my ATC (Artist Trading Card) down on the Stamperia Mechanical Seaworld paper just where I wanted it, marked it with pencil and hand cut it. I love this paper!

Rust and blue look so good together, so I added a bit to each ATC.

I backed the ATC's with Paper Rose Grunge paper, and added some ink also.

Now for Seth Apter's LOVE RUST stamp!

I stamped just the RUST part of the stamp on this one, then embossed with Seth's Chunky Rust embossing powder from Emerald Creek. Next was finding the right embellies to add...from Luna Circle Pop-ems, to Tim Holtz gears, to cool junk I have on hand. 

Of course, I had to add more rust!

Time for more rust with the Rusty Car Infusions.

BTW, if you get Simon's card kits, save those brown bags, they are great as a work surface for messy stuff, and collecting embossing powders to put back in the jar. 

Adding embellishments and rust to the deep sea diver.

Deep Sea Diver ATC

Rusty detail...

RUST..never sleeps..

Rusty details...

Can you tell I am in my element this week?
 Love steampunk, and here's a fun fact - Claudia, our guest designer, and I co-host a  monthly steampunk challenge. Check it out HERE if you are interested.

I hope I've inspired you to RUST IT UP this week, and join us for this week's challenge! Our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp offer a $50 shopping voucher each week to one participant drawn at random...that could be you!


 A great place to shop!!

Simon is on Instagram - use #sssmchallenge

It's been a rusty week for the design team, so be sure to check out their awesome makes!


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