Monday, October 11

Autumn/Fall Colors Mood Board

Hello Monday my friends! Welcome to this week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - AUTUMN/FALL COLORS MOOD BOARD. Our beautiful mood board was created by design team member Zoey, to inspire you this week.

I truly enjoy the fall season, observing the color change of the leaves, the cooler days and crisp nights, and the final harvesting of the garden. Here are a few photos of the fall color change in the Adirondack Mountains.

I made a card inspired by Zoey's mood board.


I usually choose orange pumpkins, so I was intrigued with the white ones, and have been seeing more of them at the farm stands lately. I added a bit of green to the stems, and orange to the tops of the pumpkins.

The raven is keeping a close eye on things...

I tucked in some fall leaves...

I made several backgrounds and lots of leaves for a prior project which you can read about HERE. Sometimes I like to make up a bunch, so they are handy to pull from for another project.

Now, it's your turn to be inspired by the Autumn Mood Board and create a make. Our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp are offering a $25 shopping voucher to one of you!

A great place to shop!

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Check out more Mood Board inspiration from the design team!


Sunday, October 10

Grafix Steampunk Journal


I had the pleasure of creating this Steampunk Journal for Grafix, using their new Mixed Media Journal. You can get the details and directions HERE. There's a little twist you will find out about too. Have a lovely day! Maura

Monday, October 4

Simon Says: NOT a Card!

Hello Monday my friends! Welcome back to our latest challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - NOT A CARD. You can make and share anything but a card with us this week. I headed to one of my many art journals to play. We are also sponsoring the amazing products from STAMPERIA. This is a favorite company of mine!!

Please join me in welcoming our Guest Designer for October - LYLA!  We are so happy to have you with us this month, and look forward to your creative makes! 

As I was working on my page, using the Lady Vagabond and Sir Vagabond papers, I was thinking about time travel. When I saw the teapot train hot air balloon, it immediately took me to a book series I thoroughly enjoy reading - The Chronicles of St. Mary's by Jodi Taylor. The books in this series always make me laugh! They revolve around the madcap misadventures of historians who time travel...oh, excuse me - Investigate major historical events in contemporary time. They use "pods" to travel in, but a couple of teenagers built their own time traveling machine that looks like a teapot, totally illegal of course! So, let's head back in time....


I began the page by ripping some different papers and glueing them down.

Next, I brushed on Burnt Sienna and Deep Turquoise paints with a brush, leaving most of the papers visible.

Then, I added a few stenciled images, and used the facing page to clean them off on.

I fussy cut and collaged the air ship on top.

Then, I fussy cut and added Lady and Sir Vagabond and a bit of text. They are certainly ready for their next adventure!

Have you read any books lately that inspire you to create? I'd love to hear about them!
So, now it's your turn to create and share anything that is not a card with us this week. Our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp are offering a $25 shopping voucher to one participant drawn at random.

A great place to shop!

Simon is on Instagram - use #sssmchallenge

Be sure to check out the awesome projects from the design team this week!



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