Monday, May 23

Make a Wish!

Hello Monday! Hello friends!
 It's birthday month at my house, so this week's make a wish challenge is just perfect! 

You might make a wish before you blow out the birthday candles, or you might create something for a wish that you have. 

 Each week, Simon Says Stamps offers a $50 voucher drawn randomly from our participants, so get creating and join in the fun!

I watched this great technique video for the Distress Crayons on the Simon Says Stamp You Tube channel by Nina-Marie Trapani, and I just had to try it out. You can check it out HERE.

I started off with some watercolor paper, dampened it, and then used three of the distress crayons to add some color. Then I laid the honeycomb stencil on top and wiped off some of the color with a baby wipe.

I took the same stencil and laid it down again, and now rubbed some Peacock Feathers over it with another Distress Crayon, then took out the heat gun, and heated it up. Love the raised texture you get with this step.


I decided to add this cute little pig to the card and stamped and used my markers to watercolor. I went with the traditional pink for the pig.

But... then I changed my mind when I laid it on the card, the pink just did not look right. I went in and redid the little piggy in oranges instead, and this fit much better. Time for some fussy cutting and I am ready to put the little card together.

I took out the tiny diamond stamps and stamped a few in the open area on the left - it just looked like it needed a bit more.
Final touch, a few star sequins, because while making this I also kept thinking of wishing upon a star.

I hope you have a great week, and join us in our make a wish challenge! I look forward to seeing your creation!



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Wednesday, May 18

Wanderlust 2016 May update

I am loving my Wanderlust course! We've just had some awesome classes, and I was inspired to do a bit of work in my art journal. One is a quick sketch - just paper and pen...I chose to do the scene I see out of my window when I craft, and made it really quick, 10 minutes at the most. Hmm, a bit helter skelter, but I can live with that.

The other is a journal page on gratitude.

I was inspired by this photo I took of our crabapple tree to work in a different color palette.

Playing with some fun DecoArt paint colors - Fluid Acrylics in Quinacridone Magenta and Gold, and Satin paints in Pink Tropics and Shrimp.

Painting, stenciling, stamping, and DecoArt Black Carbon mister.

Grateful for the experiences that shape my life, the good as well as the not so good, because they all have made me who I am!

Paper Artsy and Tim Holtz stamps

Monday, May 16

Felt That Flip Frame

Hello Monday, and welcome back! 

This week we are all about felt! I made my own felt flowers to add to my project. 

We are showcasing products from Simon Says Stamp Spring Plush release, click here to see this new release!

I really love my Tim Holtz Flip Frame and enjoy making new "pages" for it! This week I pulled out my alcohol inks which I haven't used in a very long time, to try them out on the Yupo paper. Wow! Did I have fun...and get really messy!!

The alcohol ink colors I used are: Snow Cap, Sunshine Yellow, Citrus, Sailboat Blue, and Sunset Orange. Honestly, once I got started playing, I couldn't stop, so between losing myself in what I was making and really inky fingers, I did not take many photos!

I created my background on the Yupo paper first, then die cut the flowers and leaves from Simon's plush felt. Next, I laid them down until I got the look I wanted, and that is when I decided to add the yellow butterfly stem. Time to put it all together!

I really like how the yellow flowers add dimension to the project and great contrast between the felt textures and the inks. The Flip Frame adds a touch of elegance, and now I can enjoy my little burst of spring. I could see this as a lovely wedding or anniversary gift too.

Time for you to pull out your felt, and try making something for the challenge! Maybe you'll  create a felt embellishment, or just use one on your project...whatever it is, we want to see it! Join in the fun this week, and you could be the lucky winner of the $50 gift certificate from Simon Says Stamp!



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Sunday, May 15

Riding the Time Waves


Greetings, Steampunk friends! I am honored and oh, so happy to be back again to share with you!! My imagination ran rather wild in my excitement to be back, so here we go!

There are so many ways to travel through space, but what about space and time? Oh yes, I know Dr. Who does it in the TARDIS and I am a big fan of his! 
But what if there were other ways to travel? Three Victorian gentleman rode high into space on their balloon/rocket ship to ride the time waves rippling through space. Maybe you've heard how scientists have just recently discovered gravity waves in space? Maybe time waves are next? Can you imagine riding one of these huge Leviathans on those rippling waves? Maybe it's like surfing? It does look like an absolute adventure, that's for certain!!

So how did this get created you may ask? Hang on - here we go!

I had a bit of leftover watercolor paper that I had previously made, and this seemed perfect to stamp the Koi fish on.

My art journal seemed the perfect setting for this story, so I started with a stencil and some texture paste.

For some reason, once I started painting, I just totally used my fingers, no brush. First layer created with DecoArt's Snow White, Deep Turquoise and Canary.

I love metallics, so the second layer used DecoArt's Ice Blue Metallic paint and one of my favorites - Quinacridone Gold fluid acrylic.

I was trying to create a feeling of flow for my time waves.

Next, I sprayed with some gold spray, and then used the DecoArt Carbon Black mister to tone it down a bit.

Close up detail - I am really liking this!

Next step, time to play with some hammered metal and burnt copper embossing powders, and I totally love the results!

At first, I had thought to make this into a hot air balloon, but as I looked at the shape I started to see an air rocket instead, so the metals were perfect for this. I mean the three adventurers needed some kind of transportation to get to the time waves, right?

Some close ups of the Time Leviathans...

I hope I've inspired the adventurer in you to create your own project and join us in the May "Anything Goes" challenge at Sandee and amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

Monday, May 9

Bird Crazy Embossed Tags

Welcome back to Monday, friends and a brand new challenge! It's a big birthday month in my family, so I made a fun tag trio party decoration.

Our challenge this week is to emboss it! I went through my stash and found an embossing folder to use, a really old one I had from Sizzix, but I really liked the pattern. 

I pulled out my Paper Artsy paints and squirted some down and mixed it around a bit on the right hand tag, then I laid the middle tag on top of that and rubbed them together, and finally the one on the left - plenty of paint to do all three!

My friend Tiffany gave me this awesome piece - I don't even know what it is, but I love the texture, so stamped over the tags with the blue to make these interference patterns. 

Then, I embossed the tags and used a distress crayon on each one to bring out the design. I just rubbed it over the design and then rubbed areas in with my fingers.

I decided I needed to tone it down a bit so my birds would stand out, so did a bit of whitewashing.

Stamped the crazy birds  and garden flowers on watercolor paper, then painted them with the Paper Artsy Chalk Paints, and also worked in some more Distress Crayons. Next step - fussy cutting.

I attached the tags together into a trio with some tape on the back and pretty Echo Park washi tape on the front. Each tag gets a birthday bird and balloon and hand dyed ribbon.

The crazy birds look so cute with their glittery party hat flowers, but I'm not sure if they look happy! 

So, we are ready to make some happy memories at my house this month with birthday celebrations!

So, what will you emboss? Any type of embossing will do! I look forward to seeing your creation and hope you join us in the challenge! Remember, one lucky participant wins a generous $50 gift certificate from Simon Says Stamp!



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