Monday, August 15

Summer Fun!

Hello Monday! We have a new challenge at Simon Says Stamp for our Monday challenge - Summer Fun! I hope each and every one of you has been having as much fun this summer as I have. It really has been a glorious summer with a few really hot days and rainy days thrown in here and there. My garden is thriving, thanks to my son Dan, and my family is happy and healthy, enjoying hikes, biking, music, storytelling, crafting...and so much more! 

Be sure to have your kids check out this summer fun challenge just for them!

Some of my fun this summer came from participating in Tim Holtz's Summer of Creative Chemistry. Today's project is inspired by a technique I learned in CC103. I thoroughly have enjoyed working my "creative muscle" this summer! This image reminds me of biking, going to the circus and fairs...all good summer fun!

I started off creating my background with alcohol inks on Yupo.

Closeup of the texture, including threads from the applicator felt, which I like. It's almost like looking into a colorful ocean.

I decided to do a bit of sewing around the tag, and I really like the extra that adds. I also stamped some balloons from my Crazy accessories stamps and used alcohol ink with those. The strings are from tags and i just dyed them with the ink also. Love how the image looks!

The word band seemed to capture the energy and excitement of summer, and I used the alcohol ink and some Black Soot paint on this, then tied it on with some hand dyed ribbon I had made a while back.

I really hope you have been enjoying a wonderful summer full of fun. Please join us in the challenge and share some of your summer fun with us! As always, Simon offers a generous $50 voucher to one participant in the challenge, and winning this would certainly add to your summer fun! 



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Hmm, I wonder what summer fun the rest of the design team is up to with our challenge? Be sure to head on over to check out their awesome creativity!!


  1. What a beautiful background Maura, love this tag so much !! I need to add more colors in my alcohol ink stash

  2. Fabulous tag Maura, the background is gorgeous and I love the bright colours of the balloons and ribbon, they really make the whole tag 'pop' :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. oh my world!!! the background is AMAZING!!! AAAAAAAH!!! I am in love!
    Hugs xx

  4. That background!!! My goodness it is so stunning! WOW!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  5. Your background is amazing, Maura! I bet the CC classes were a ton of fun. I can't wait to get to them this fall when I have more time. Awesome job!

    Cathie ♥

  6. I really like the detail that the stitching adds-- would not yield the same "feel" without that touch... makes the tag more "hometown fair"... IDK if that makes sense, but I can't articulate it better!

    1. Mimi, I totally get what you are saying! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  7. Oh My! This is even more beautiful now I see this on your blog - amazing colours! Hugs, Chrisx

  8. Amazing colours! I must try this technique, the results look fantastic, Cathy x

  9. Wow! great work! I love the background!!!

  10. very nice idea ...fab. background !

  11. fabulous to see you flexing your creative muscles Maura and making such an amazing tag...don't you just love Alcohol Inks and Yupo...very addictive...have a great weekend...hugs kath xxx

  12. This tag is fantastic! I am loving the way you created the background with the alcohol inks and especially like the thread design that you left. I also really love how your sideshow character is subtle, yet powerful. The balloons give it such energy and the whole thing is a mini-masterpiece!

  13. This is such a beautiful tag, Maura. The background colors you created are amazing. :)

  14. Creative Chemistry has been fantastic! this technique is absolutely amazing! love your tag, wonderful work! Barbara

  15. Amazing background colors and structures. I have never used alkohol inks already but as I see effects I am so willing to do that. It's awesome! Hugs, Marzena

  16. What an amazing background and I love what you've created here, Maura ~ it's spectacular! A really fantastic piece of work and a great use of this technique using the alcohol inks! x

  17. Gorgeous tag Maura, I love your inking and your use of the technique! You've really made this image come to life :)

  18. What a great example of that lifting technique Maura! I love the wonderful colourful alcohol inked background. And the balloons!!

  19. Fabulous tag, Maura! I had fun to with summer of creative Chemistry. But I didn't get this technique to work. So happy you did! Hugs, Sandra


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