Monday, May 27

Simon Says: Into the Woods challenge

Around my neck of the woods, as well as many other fine places, Memorial Day weekend is the start of the camping season. Along with camping, spring and summer bring fire season, so with those themes playing in my head, I started in on the Into the Woods challenge.
A lot of stories and myths revolve around trees and forests, so of course, I am thinking about the Green Man, or wood spirits.
Lucky for me, no one bought these at a scrap yard sale, so this wood texture plate by Creative Mode was perfect to make a wood grain background. Now the question was how? I thought about rubbing pencil or marker, but wasn't sure, so next I tried rubbing some distress ink on the plate and pressing the tag onto it. Love it!
Next, I stamped the "face of uncle Enos" by River City Rubberworks onto the tag with Ranger's black Archival ink. I wanted the spirit of the woods to come through.
Pulled out my Happy Camper set by Stampin Up, and added the trees with Forest Moss Distress paint.
Since I was thinking of the forest fire message too, I added in the campfire in bright Ripe Persimmon.
I like to layer and add texture so stamped these onto canvas using an old stamp from Stampers Anonymous. Decided to use the evidence one and colored it up with Distress ink and stain. (Aged Mahagony and Ripe Persimmon)
Once I started putting the tag together, I had to add the wise old raven (Rubbermoon) who keeps an eye on everything that goes on in the forest. A little fussy cutting, and he nestles right in to the distressed ribbon and twig.
Here is the whole tag and nothing but the wise old man of the forest keeping a watchful eye over the campers and forest creatures.


  1. Lovely piece, love the protect the forest from fire text, lovely way to showcase the images and great meaning behind the tag . Loveyourmuse of imagery too. The background is fabulous. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  2. Thanks for leaving such a nice comment to my blog, Maura (:o)You two are awesome creative and your current wood themed tag is stunning. Guess what? You have a new follower!!

  3. Being that I grew up in the forest area, and have seen first hand 3 fires destroy mounds and mounds of gorgeous land, I have to say this tag has very special meaning to me Maura! YOU ABSOLUTELY ROCK!!!! Smokey the Bear would be proud! You should send this to the National Forest Service in your area and have them use it as their new campaign slogan!!!! WOW!!!! You are my new hero! Thanks so much for playing in the woods with us this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

  4. Maura...very cool tag with a sentiment that I remember from my childhood with Smokey the Bear. :) Love your face from River City Rubberworks. I have that stamp and love it! :) What a great idea you had to use it on the tree bark background. This piece has all sorts of creative thinking behind it and I love it! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show and also for the lovely comments you left on my blog! <3 Candy

  5. Thanks everyone - your words inspire me:)

  6. This is really cool, Maura! I love all of the different elements you chose and your thoughts behind them! Amazing!!!


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