Monday, February 19

Love My Coffee!


 

 Hello Monday, my friends! And welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Thank you for joining us for the  Tie It Up  Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is:  NOT A CARD

I've been watching my friend April work on her flip frame, and it inspired me to add to mine. Boy do I wish I could find another flip frame, mine is a bit stuffed at this point. I decided to focus on one of my passions - coffee! I love the Coffee and Chocolate line from Stamperia, and it was perfect to use here.


I am recycling some of my cardboard in this project. I cut a flat piece for the background, and added some corrugated to the bottom. Then, I added microbeads with soft gel medium and let it dry. 


Then, I painted over both sides with white gesso and let that dry.  


Next up, a mix of paints in brown and turquoise. 


I rubbed over the bottom section with Scorched Timber and around the edges. Next, a bit of stenciling with the ink.  


I glued the coffee ephemera on with the gel medium, and popped the coffee cup up with two layers of foam tape. 


Add more gel medium around coffee and cups, and sprinkle on brown microbeads. I like to do this in a tidy tray so it doesn't get all over the place. Let dry completely.


Tie on a bit of coffee colored hand dyed ribbon, and hang on the flip frame. 


Coffee details... 



Cup details... 


I had to finish off the back, so stenciled in coffee themed images and words. 


COFFEE IN A FLIP FRAME 





As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $25 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store 
Supplies:

Stamperia Coffee and Chocolate Papers

Stamperia Coffee and Chocolate Cappuccino Stencil 

Stamperia Coffee and Chocolate Ephemera

TIm Holtz Distress Paints - Ground Espresso, Vintage Photo, Mermaid Lagoon

Tim Holtz Scorched Timber Distress ink

Prima Marketing Soft Matte Gel

White Gesso

Palette knife

Acrylic Paint brush

 Microbeads from stash

Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam Tape

Simon Says Stamp Fine Detail Scissors 

Simon Says Stamp Mocha Blending Brush Small

Tim Holtz Paper Trimmer

Heat It tool

Tidy Tray

Tim Holtz Flip Frame

Cardboard - flat and corrugated

hand dyed ribbon



So now it's YOUR turn, Happy Crafting! Maura

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Monday, February 12

Simon Says: Tie It Up



 Hello Monday, my friends! And welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Thank you for joining us for the  FUN WITH STENCILS   Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is: TIE IT UP! (Use ribbon or twine)

TRUST YOUR HEART - DANCE LIKE NOBODY'S WATCHING... 


It all starts with some stamping...a fun stamp design from Lynne Perrella and my favorite black ink from Simon. 

I hand lettered around the stamp with a black pen... 

 I decided to stencils dots around the edge of the design using Simon's Medium Dots stencil and texture paste. I'm mixing the Paper Artsy Infusions into the paste with a palette knife. Just remember, a small amount of powder goes a long ways!


I stenciled Golden Sands with the paste at the top, then worked into Orange County, finishing with Magenta. I discovered that it's rather hard to differentiate the colors once they were down, maybe due to the intensity of the powders.  Let this dry completely. 
Clean your stencils right away after using texture paste. 

 I wanted to add some Rusty Car Infusions, so spritzed the tag with water, then sprinkled some powder onto the tag. I wiped back with a baby wipe to let the dots show. I don't think I had thought ahead to how this would darken the tag, and I was disappointed that the color of the dots got lost.

Now it's time to TIE ON some hand dyed ribbon.  


The hand dyed ribbon is a blend of Simon's Pawsitively Saturated Sweets and Citrine. inks. 

I have a VIDEO to share with you on hand dyeing your own ribbon using Simon's inks and seam binding. ENJOY!


I added the Tim Holtz Quote Chip "TRUST YOUR HEART" to the bottom of the tag. 

Well, I thought I was finished with the tag, but as so happens with me from time to time, in the night I think of a way to change it up.

I decided to stamp the image again on watercolor paper, letter around the edge, color it a bit with markers, then fussy cut and pop it up.  I really struggle to work monochromatically - I have this need to add color!

 Details...


 TRUST YOUR HEART...Dance like nobody's watching





As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $25 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store 
Supplies:

Paper Artsy Lynne Perrella LPM13 stamp

Paper Artsy Infusions - Rusty Car, Magenta, Golden Sands, Orange Count

Ranger Texture Paste Transparent Matte

Palette knife

Ranger Craft Sheet

Ranger Mister Bottle

Tim Holtz Quote Chips

Dina Wakley Mixed Media Tags

Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink

Simon Says Stamp Medium Dots Stencil

Simon Says Stamp Everyday Scissors

Simon Says Stamp Pawsitively Saturated Inks - Sweets and Citrine

Canson Watercolor Paper

Foam Tape

Black pen

Heat It Tool

Seam Binding (similar)

Tombow Markers

Baby Wipes


So now it's YOUR turn, Happy Crafting! Maura

Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #sssmchallenge so we can see your entries there too
You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in .


Monday, February 5

Fun With Stencils


 Hello Monday, my friends! And welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Thank you for joining us for the  Have a Heart  Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

Please join me in welcoming back our guest designer for the month - Cassie Lynch aka mk_knits! You've seen her gorgeous work before, so get ready for lots more inspiration from Cassie.

At the beginning of each month we showcase a company, and this month it is STAMPERIA, a favorite of mine!

This week the challenge is: FUN WITH STENCILS

I came across an old kit from River City Rubber Works in my stash and thought it was perfect for this week's challenge. This is what happens when you finally clean out your craft space (well, mostly...) - you find some forgotten treasures to work with. 

Also, when I saw the Coffee and Chocolate paper from Stamperia, I knew I had to get it.  I do so love my coffee and chocolate!


I'VE ADDED A VIDEO AT THE BOTTOM, SO BE SURE TO CHECK IT OUT!

Starting off by scoring and folding the tags and cutting out snippets with my Simon scissors. The light tag becomes a holder for the pencil.


Stamperia has stencils that match their papers. I'm using Simon's Pawsitively Saturated Mocha ink, and one of their small blending brushes for my stenciling.


I added papers from Stamperia's Coffee and Chocolate line to the tag books, along with stenciled buts.


Outside papers...


Stenciling a tag for the front ...


....adding some hand dyed ribbon ( using the Mocha ink and seam binding), and creating a focal point for the cover. Add a stack of sticky notes inside the tag book.


Thread through more hand dyed ribbon to close the sticky note tag book.


For the second tag book, you cut a section of the tag off and into two pieces. Roll these and attach on opposite sides for the pencil.


I decided to do lots of stenciling on this one, and used both the Chocolate and Coffee stencils from Stamperia.


I added a few paper cut out embellishments from the line.
Also, I've distressed the edges of all papers and tags with the Mocha ink/


Inside with another "Latte tag" Adhere the sticky notes to the right hand side.


I added a bit of the hand dyed ribbon to the cover, and this one is held closed by the pencil.


The third book I made is a matchbook sticky note holder. I had to stencil doppio on the back, since that is my husband's favorite coffee.

Here are the backs of each of the three tag books.


Covers...

COFFEE AND CHOCOLATE TIME!


and...I've even put together a little video to take you through the tag books! 



As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $25 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store 
Supplies:

Stamperia  Coffee and Chocolate Plates stencil

Stamperia Coffee and Chocolate Cappuccino stencil

Stamperia Coffee and Chocolate 8x8x paper

Stamperia Coffee and Chocolate Paper Cut Outs

Simon Says Stamp Pawsitively Saturated Mocha ink

Simon Says Stamp Everyday Scissors 

Simon Says Stamp Small Blending Brush

Simon Says Stamp Place and Score Embellishment Wand

TIm Holtz Paper Trimmer

Bearly Art Precision Glue

3M Tape Glider

Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

Simon Says Stamp T Square Ruler

Variety of Tags - Black#10, Manila #10 tag, Kraft Medium size

Hand dyed ribbon

Sticky Notes




So now it's YOUR turn, Happy Crafting! Maura

Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #sssmchallenge so we can see your entries there too
You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in .


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