Monday, September 21

Treasures of the Kraken!


Hello Monday my friends! Welcome back to another challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week, we are all about STEAMPUNK! If you follow me on social media or my blog, you know I am a huge fan of steampunk. It really does something to my imagination! 

Don't you wonder what goes on in the ocean deeps? I came across a treasure hunting Kraken, filling his bag with found treasures to take back to his lair.


I started several days ago by making my molds and letting them dry. I painted it with some older items I had on hand (Patina effects).

I smudged on a bit of Twisted Citron paint to add a touch of green. 

I stamped the Old Letter with white ink on a black canvas.

I made up a treasure haul for my Kraken by using cheesecloth I had dyed with coffee. It's filled with pearls, shells, jewels, a compass, and ....? I pulled it all together with a stick pin. 

I smudged some brass on the plastic letters that I had in my stash, and added a few gears.

I'm using a background from Stamperia Sea World on the canvas. 

I hope you've enjoyed steampunk canvas! Come join us and have some fun with this cool genre! Our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp are offering a $25 shopping voucher, so come play with us.

A GREAT place to shop!

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Be sure to head on over and check out the steampunk makes by the design team!

Monday, September 14

Simon Says: Frame It!

Hello Monday my friends! Welcome to this week's challenge - FRAME IT at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. I am inspired by the changing of the seasons and the hints of fall colors that I am seeing, a bit of red here, orange there...


I am starting with the rich shades of Crackling Campfire, the new color by Tim Holtz. I smooshed my watercolor paper right into the ink on my mat (lightly spritzed with water) after I die cut the leafy frame. 

Next, I smooshed some Fossilized Amber onto the frame.

I am using a sheet of Simon's yellow cardstock, but felt it was too bright, so I smooshed that also...hmm, lots of smooshing going on here.

I stamped the beautiful Old Letter (STAMPtember) stamp onto the yellow paper. 

Then, I decided I wanted to make this a shaker card. Could I find my acetate in my stash? No...I know it is around here somewhere. Instead, I took a plastic packaging bag and cut a piece out to use for the window. It had been folded a long time and had a crease, so I discovered if I heated it with the heat tool very carefully, that crease disappeared. I stamped Thinking of You from the STAMPtember Sympathy Greetings Mix. 

I filled my window frame with a mix of sequins, and added fall leaves and a twig to finish it off.

Here, you can see all the additions, and you might even catch a glimpse of our sunflowers in the background.


Thinking of You...a card filled with the beauty of fall!

I hope I've inspired you to join us and create your own Frame It project. Our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp are offering a $25 shopping voucher to one lucky participant. 

A great place to shop!

Simon is on Instagram - use #sssmchallenge, #STAMPtember

Be sure to head on over and check out the design team's awesome creations!



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