Monday, May 28

Simon Says: Masculine




Hello Monday, hello friends! I hope you've enjoyed a lovely creative week! We have a new challenge for you this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: MASCULINE. This comes at the perfect time for me as both sons will be celebrating birthdays, so I made their cards.

It has been a true pleasure having Alison Bomber with us again for the month of May! It has been a treat to work alongside you again, Alison, and I always look forward to your creative endeavors. 

Both of my sons are quite adventurous, and I made this one for the one who loves to hike and camp in the Adirondack Mountains.


I started off by making a darker background than I usually play with, by wiping the distress oxides on my craft sheet, spritzing with water, then laying my watercolor paper down in it several times. 


I decided to add in a bit more green with Peeled Paint distress ink, added water drops and then took a paper towel and soaked up the water - I love this technique!



I stamped the flock of birds from Visible Image with Simon's High Dive several times onto the background for a subtle design.


Now, I am ready to stencil! I used the Black Soot paint and my new AALL and Create stencil. Gotta say, I love this stencil design!!


I added in quotes using Tim Holtz's Theories set.


Then stamped happy birthday inside the card with High Dive. I always have to check my words to see if they look right before I stamp. Also, I didn't have a large piece of cardstock for the card handy, since it is over 6" in size, so I cut a manila folder I had on hand to make the card base. 


My other son loves to bike - Mountain biking and Gravity riding are his passion, so this wonky trio of bike riders from the Theories set seemed just perfect for him.


I created a brighter background with the inks, just like I did the previous one. 


Next, I used Simon's Grid stencil and added in some sections of blue. 


Then, I just got playing and forgot to take photos, so here are a couple of details.


I added some gears over the wheels of the bike for a fun touch. 


I thought I'd share with you what my table looks like in the midst of my creative frenzy - my working space narrows down to almost nothing as everything I'm working with keeps piling up! Does this happen to you?


So, embrace the journey....


...and look for adventure!


I hope I've inspired you to join us this week for our Masculine challenge! Our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp are offering a $50 shopping voucher!


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11 comments:

  1. Both cards are fantastic, Maura. Love the beautiful background colors you created. The stamping and the sentiments are awesome. Love your busy work space, too. :)

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  2. This mix of blues and greys of the first card is amazing. I love this color combo a lot and the touch of lime gave such a fresh look of this distressed combination. Love the stencil you used and the sentiments all around. Hugs, Marzena.

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  3. A fabulous card with such a beautiful blend of colours ~ this is so cool and I love the stencilled image against that background it's just perfect! Hugs xx

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  4. Beautiful inky backgrounds on both cards, and great use of both stamps and stencils. I love that you've used all those words to send your message.
    Alison x

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  5. Maura, I LOVE your card so much! Love the masculine vibe!

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  6. Stunning cards Maura! And I love that stencil too, got to get it! Both cards have such gorgeous backgrounds. Hugs!

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  7. Bothe of these are fantastic Maura! I love your ink backgrounds :)

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  8. Have you moved in next door to me yet? I'm still waiting for you so we can trade supplies! Seriously- I have that stencil in my cart as we speak. Thanks for encouraging me to buy things once I see how much magic can be made with them! I always love the imagination and zest that comes through your work!

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  9. Two amazing perfect male cards Maura, love both the backgrounds and how you brought them to life with stamps and stencil and oh yes, I recognise that workspace, hugs kath xxx

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  10. Fabulous cards, Maura! Think you sons are gonna love them! and yes my workspace also gets very cluttery and things piles up around me... Hugs, Sandra

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  11. What a great post Maura! both your project are fabulous ! AAl & Create stencil is so beautiful and you used it wonderfully, Stamps by Tim are incredible and I adore this card! Barbara

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