Monday, February 5

Love is in the Air!

Hello friends! It's Monday, and that means it's time for a new challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! Thanks so much for participating last week if you did. Our challenge this week is "Love is in the Air" and we are showcasing Carabelle Studio this week!

It's also a new month, and that means we have a special guest designer joining us for February: Stacy Hutchinson! Welcome Stacy!!

I was inspired by my Carabelle Studio Les Oiseaux set with the four birds, to make four ATC's.

Time to start building the layers! I began with Simon's Grid stencil and dabbed on the Orchid and Candy Floss pinks.

Next, I used Simon's Medium Dots stencil and the Coral and Smoked Paprika orange paints.

Once my under layers were dry, I mixed the pink, orange and a bit of Buff and stenciled over it.

Adding another layer with Carabelle's texture stamp and some doll pink ink/

I remembered my new texture fades from Simon's awesome February Card Kit, and pulled those out. I inked the folders up with the pigment white ink prior to embossing, and I also swiped the ink over the raised areas after.

I used Tim Holtz's Stamp Platform and mixed up the inks on the stamps to get a variegated effect on most of my images.

Next step, stamp the birds and color them using the Peerless watercolors and a water brush.

Final step before putting them together was to attach them to a back and stitch around the edges.

Detail showing the raised texture. At this point, I think you have to look pretty closely to see all the layers below.

At some point while I was working, I thought about having the birds carry the hearts, like they were delivering them. So I stamped the "air mail" onto some junk paper I had, added the birds and hearts, and embellished with the sequin mix and mirrored hearts.

I love these little birds with their goggles and hats! I hope whoever receives this love likes them too! 

Are you ready to play? If you have Carabelle Studio products, we would love to see them, but they are not necessary to join in the fun this week. Remember, Love is in the Air! 

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  1. These are so adorable, Maura! I love those aviation birds and your beautiful background colors. So pretty!

    Cathie ♥

  2. Super cute ATC's Maura :-) the little birds are adorable and I love the colourful and textured backgrounds, absolutely gorgeous :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. Great set! I love the amount of all the shades of pink! And the texture made with the embossing folder is stunning. Love the birds and the stitches too. Hugs, Marzena

  4. These funky birds are so sweet and you brought them to life so perfectly! Love it!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  5. Fantastic ATC's! Love all the lush texture! Want to use my embossing folders more now :) Thanks for the inspiration! xo Cheetarah

  6. Wow, your ATCs are amazing! I love your colour choice, the pinks of the background contrast beautifully with your adorable blue birds - perfect 😁. Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a happy weekend! J 😊

  7. Oh, wow! I love how your cards turned out. The textures you created are amazing. And once again you and I are on the same product wavelength...only you actually bought that fabulous bird stamp while it remains on my wish list! I think it's clear that we need to be next-door neighbors and combine our supply stash. Can you imagine??? Whoa!

  8. these atcs are AMAZING!!!! love the stitching you did!! The bright colors go so well with these fun stamped image!!
    Well done my friend xx

  9. These are fabulous Maura and I love the images you've used, they are so much fun and look right at home against those vibrant backgrounds...perfect! <3

  10. amazing ATC's Maura, you never disappoint with your fabulous use of colour, luck recipients t

    amazing ATC's Maura, you never disappoint with your fabulous use of colour and those birds are so cute, hugs kath xxx

  11. All these ATCs are gorgeous, Maura. The color scheme and texture on the background are so beautiful. :)

  12. Your Atcs are adorable and so fun! Love the layers and textures you created! barbara

  13. Fabulous ATC's, Maura! Love them, they have so much detail and layers, very pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  14. Beautiful background ! The blue birds are so cute! The little one with orange hat is the best!


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