Monday, November 9

N is for...Northern Lights



We challenge you to create something beginning with the letter N this week. We are celebrating all things N for November! It could be navy blue, nautical, Neenah paper, any product, idea, whatever the letter N says to you! Come join us in this week's challenge.

I started by making a list of N words to jumpstart ideas and chose "night" which then morphed into the "northern lights". It's amazing, the paths the mind takes in creating. 

I have a new art journal, the Dylusions black 8x8 journal, so I pulled it out and christened it this week. 



I started out by painting the background with Dylusions paints, they work beautifully on the black. I added glitter to the dark blue and purple, a great idea from my friend Ashli Oliver over at the Purple Mailbox. I then took a comb through the wet paint to create some lines and texture, and finally sprinkled the pages with metallic splatters.





Time to crank out the dies! I am a convert to die cutting now!! I started by cutting a bunch of gears, then painted them in metallics and a bit of purple.  I took some of the gilt paint and dry brushed it on card stock and stamped on that, then laid everything out on the pages to figure where I wanted to put things down.





Lettered my "northern lights" and added a bit of journaling...



I have been lucky enough to see the northern lights a few times, and they are a spectacular display of color, and just awe inspiring. 



I hope I have inspired you to join in this week's challenge with the letter "N". I can't wait to see what direction you head in!

   As always, Simon Says Stamp offers a generous $50 voucher.


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11 comments:

  1. Gorgeous journal pages Maura :-) the glittery starry sky looks fabulous and I love the gears, absolutely fabulous! :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  2. Wow! I love the journal. The glitters are fabulous. So good to the eyes!

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  3. Beautiful northern lights! Gorgeous idea for your journal pages!

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  4. Maura, what a great idea! And I'm so jealous, I think the city lights are too bright for me to see them, but it's not for a lack of trying! :(

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  5. Your journal pages are awesome! The colors and textures are so beautiful :)

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  6. Northern lights! What a clever N theme! I hope to someday see the phenomenon of the Northern lights in person, but for now, I'll just enjoy your journal! I like how you blended the colors the way you did and adore the pinpoints of yellow you added. So many layers of yumminess here and I like the whimsical lettering, too!

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  8. Beautiful pages, wonderful colors! Great steampunk addition, the gears are perfect! BArbarayaya

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  9. Love that you picked Nothern Lights for this theme, Maura. Great blending those colors. Wonderful spread. Hugs, Sandra

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  10. What a great idea for the challenge and the background is gorgeous! Love the look of the paint on the black cardstock. And those cool gears.

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  11. Gorgeous journal pages, Maura and I love your take on the challenge theme ~ it's perfect and those Northern Lights look amazing! :)

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