Monday, May 10

As the Crow Flies

Hello Monday my friends! Welcome to this week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - THINGS WITH WINGS. I've been watching the crows flying across the fields and listening to their calls, they really are fascinating birds. So, I decided to create in a steampunk style with my Dashing Crow tag. Hope you enjoy it!


I started with some inks and sprays on my stamped image and clear die cut. Later I changed the die cut colors because it did not stand out enough on the dark tag.  The paper bag that holds all of the Simon Card Kit goodies works great if you don't have a spray box.

I used a textured stamp from Katzelkraft and the beautiful Brazen Belle embossing powder on the black tag. (Note, I did use a #8 tag that I had in my stash)

I smudged on the gorgeous new Salvaged Patina paint with my finger. 

Crows have an iridescent quality to their feathers, which I tried to create with the mix of blue, purple and green distress crayons. I also used the new Salvaged Patina Distress Glaze on my bird. 

I changed the background color to Fossilized Amber, and heat it a bit until the edges curled and gave it dimension. I added the oh, so cute, steampunk crow onto this and toned it down with a bit of ground espresso.

Of course I had to add some gears and sprockets, and the factory mini flair seemed perfect...this dashing crow could be the overseer at the factory after all. 

I think this will become a birthday tag for one of my sons this month, or I may turn it into a card for him. 

Are you inspired to join our Things With Wings challenge this week? I hope to see you there! Our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp are offering a $25 shopping voucher to one of you. 

A great place to shop!

Simon is on Instagram - use #sssmchallenge

Be sure to check out the beautiful winged projects from the design team!


Tuesday, May 4

N*Studio Creative Squad: In the City


Hello creative friends! I'm over at the N*Studio Creative Squad HERE today, sharing how I made my New York City Water Tower using a Boundless Brooklyn 3D model. 

In case you missed it...

Monday, May 3

Simon Says: Feminine/Mother's Day

Hello Monday my friends, and welcome to this week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - FEMININE/MOTHER'S DAY. Simon Says Stamp is the highlighted company this month. If you have Simon products, we would love to see them!

The wonderfully talented Simona Rebecchi of Ginny and the Sheep is joining us for the month of May as our Guest Designer! Please join me in welcoming her. 

I chose to focus on FEMININE in my mermaid card. I think I am wishing I was at the beach on a warm sunny day, lol.


I truly believe it is our inner beauty and spirit that shines forth, no matter our outward appearance, and this is a quality I value. Femininity comes from within us, not the makeup we apply, the way our hair is cut, the clothes we wear, or how society tells us we "should" be. Let your true spirit shine!

I started the card by stamping the waves several times, using Simon's Audrey Blue and Wisteria inks.

Next, I stamped the mermaids using Simon's White pigment ink, and sprinkled the Broken China and Cracked Pistachio glazes over the image and heat set it.  Then, I added touches of embossing ink with the Distress embossing pen, and added Kitsch Flamingo glaze.

Next step is to watercolor the mermaids and waves using of course...Mermaid Markers! Because of the paper I was using, I squeezed a bit of color out on the glass mat, and picked it up with the water brush.

I laid the Simon In the Round stencil over the card and lightly applied Audrey Blue and Key Lime ink into the bubbles.

Then, I went over the mermaid tails with clear Wink of Stella, and touched the waves with it also. 

I stamped "Beauty comes from within", added a few bubbles and ribbon and twine, then edged it with Kitsch Flamingo. Final step was to layer the card with Peacock Teal and Doll Pink.

I think these mermaids are having a lot of fun out there in the ocean! 

Now it's your turn to create a make for Mother's Day or something Feminine. I hope you've enjoyed my take on the challenge this week, and look forward to yours. Our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp are offering a $25 shopping voucher to one participant. Our design team also selects their favorites each week to spotlight. 

A great place to shop!

Simon is on Instagram - use #sssmchallenge

Be sure to see what the design team has created for the challenge, you know it will be awesome!



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