Monday, June 18

Transport It

Hello friends, happy Monday, and happy Summer to all who live in the northern hemisphere! We have a new challenge for you at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - TRANSPORT IT. 

I veered off in a very different direction on this project from my original idea, but I really like where I ended up. 
Do you think cats miss the old days of milk delivery right to your home? There was always the possibility a bottle might spill, the milkman would be feeling super generous that day, or someone might forget it, and there it sits just waiting for you... I'm kind of thinking this might be the paradise a cat dreams of. 

I started out by stamping the gentlemen on the bike, then blended my ink colors on, spritzed it and let it dry.

Next, I took my stencils and covered each area so I could do it separately, used the Distress Spray with the stencil, let it dry, then blended the frayed burlap over the tag. 

I went around the "milkmen" image with a white pen, and before it dried, blended it out with a water brush. 

I used Prima watercolors to paint the cats and fussy cut them out and popped them up. I attached a charm, and tied it off with three pieces of twine (kind of like the cat whiskers).

I also painted the milk bottles and glued them on to make this look like the "milk delivery bicycle".

Oh, I think this cat clearly has its eyes on that milk!

My muse took me on a little trip to the past where milkmen transport and deliver milk right to your door. Maybe you are lucky enough to live somewhere they still do this!

I hope you are inspired to join us this week in our fun Transport It challenge! One participant will win a $50 voucher from our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp!



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Monday, June 11

Simon Says: Anything But a Card

Hello Monday, and welcome friends! We have a new challenge for you this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything but a Card! So, it's time to pull out those projects you've been waiting to work on and join us this week.

I decided to create in a  steampunk/industrial style this week and make a home decor piece. It is a plank box that also has a twine hanger or a box hanger on the back if you want to hang it up. I was thinking about different inventions that came about with electricity...clocks, lightbulbs, telephones, fans, and how these and so many more inventions are part of our everyday lives. So here's a peek back into the early days of electricity. 

I started by staining the wood with distress stains, working in a couple of layers all around the box frame.

I love the beautiful design in the wood that really comes out with the staining.

Then, I used rust pastes to make the clock look really old and rusty, and patina pastes for the fan and telephone.

While those were drying, I stamped my images and blended on Distress Inks, spritzed them a bit with water, an set them aside to dry and cut out.

After that, it was pretty much just finding fun details and paper dolls and building the piece.

I even had some electrical bits and bobs in my stash and added these in. 

I also used the rust pastes on the Foundry piece.

Any thoughts and theories on electricity?

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope I've inspired you to join us in this week's challenge! Every week, our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp offer a $50 voucher to one participant.



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