Monday, June 11

Simon Says: Anything But a Card

UPDATE:  I am beyond thrilled and honored to have my Electrical Theories chosen as a FAVORITE OF THE YEAR 2018 at Splitcoaststampers!! (and it was a Favorite of the Week for June 23, 2018!)

Hello Monday, and welcome friends! We have a new challenge for you this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything but a Card! So, it's time to pull out those projects you've been waiting to work on and join us this week.

I decided to create in a  steampunk/industrial style this week and make a home decor piece. It is a plank box that also has a twine hanger or a box hanger on the back if you want to hang it up. I was thinking about different inventions that came about with electricity...clocks, lightbulbs, telephones, fans, and how these and so many more inventions are part of our everyday lives. So here's a peek back into the early days of electricity. 

I started by staining the wood with distress stains, working in a couple of layers all around the box frame.

I love the beautiful design in the wood that really comes out with the staining.

Then, I used rust pastes to make the clock look really old and rusty, and patina pastes for the fan and telephone.

While those were drying, I stamped my images and blended on Distress Inks, spritzed them a bit with water, an set them aside to dry and cut out.

After that, it was pretty much just finding fun details and paper dolls and building the piece.

I even had some electrical bits and bobs in my stash and added these in. 

I also used the rust pastes on the Foundry piece.

Any thoughts and theories on electricity?

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope I've inspired you to join us in this week's challenge! Every week, our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp offer a $50 voucher to one participant.



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Be sure to head on over to the challenge blog to see the inspiration from my awesome teamies, they are super creative!



  1. Oh My! Such fabulous rustiness here! I love this so much!
    As for electricity - it is not so much that but technology that amazes me - my Dad would never have believed that there would be such a thing as a phone that could take photos and videos, act as an encyclopaedia, clock, diary, as well as connecting in so many other ways around the world! I sometimes smile when think of what he might have said! Hugs, Chrisx

  2. Oh Maura...what a wonderful piece!!! I love everything..the rust (of course!) all the details that work so beautifully together...Stunning! Hugs xxx

  3. WOW!! what a fabulous decorative step back in time! the rusty clock, fan, and all of the details are brilliant! I love the whole design. of this, very clever :-)

    Lols x x x

  4. This is fabolous Maura!!!! The rusty effect really gives to it an old and vintage look!!!

  5. OMG! Look how fabulous the wood turned out after colored it with stains. I am amazed! This is really amazing effect. So cool! Love the rest of details with rusty layer and all the people sitting there around. Hugs, Macarena

  6. What a fabulous project! I love the steampunk look and how you stained the wood grain with the beautiful coloured Distress Stains and your embellishments are perfect too 😁. I hope you are having a lovely week! J 😊 x

  7. Your creation is awesome! Maura. Love the beautiful rusty embellishments and the whole design is fantastic! :)

  8. Amazing creation Maura !!!!!!!

  9. What a fabulous creation, this is amazing Maura and has so much wonderful detail and I LOVE that background colour and how you acheived it with the stains, it just works so well with all the rusty colour tones running throughout! Hugs <3

  10. this is creative inspiration at it's best, love everything about it Maura and the paper dolls sitting on the telephone and the fan add a touch of fun, hugs kath xxx

  11. This is awesome! I love how this turned out, especially the bold streaks of color in the background. It's always a joy to see that imagination of yours at work and this is no exception. You've combined vintage and rusty and bold and bright all in one brilliant piece and I love how it turned out!

  12. Love how you madethe background! Colors are incredible, love the design too! barbara

  13. I forgot : rusty pieces are amazing! barbara


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