Monday, April 19

Bright and Cheerful


Hello Monday my friends! Welcome to this week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - BRIGHT AND CHEERFUL. Around here, fishing season has begun, so I doodled and painted a fishy page for a junk journal, in bright and cheerful colors to celebrate the season.

Pop-up Fish Page

I started by gessoing and painting a paper bag for my background in blues and greens, using acrylic paints.  While that dried, I started to doodle fish and water plants onto watercolor paper with a black pen. 

I added watercolors, then fussy cut the pieces.

My fish seem to be smiling...these must be the ones that got away.

I wanted to create an interactive page that popped up.

Since I had minimal materials with me at the time, I made "springs" for the fish out of watercolor paper, by bending it in an accordion fold and attaching it to the fish.

I just added an extra tab to the plants so they would pop open. 

My bright, cheerful fish make me smile!

I used just a few materials for my page, but lots of imagination (inspired by Dianna Petty Lippe). Now it's your turn to create a bright and cheerful make and share it with us! Our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp are offering a $25 shopping voucher to one participant. 

A great place to shop!

Simon is on Instagram - use #sssmchallenge

Be sure to check out all the bright and cheerful work by the design team!

Tuesday, April 6

N*Studio Creative Squad - Another Door Opens


Hello friends! I'm over at the N*Studio Creative Squad HERE today, sharing how to create these art journal pages.  Our theme this month is ANOTHER DOOR OPENS, and we are using the brand new Triple Play Art Foamies stamp set. 

In case you missed it....

Monday, April 5

Layer it Up!

Hello Monday my friends! Welcome back to this week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - LAYER IT. It's a new month which means we are showcasing the awesome array of products from the Professor, Tim Holtz that is! This means it is time for you to pull out your Tim Holtz goodies and play...or create a layered make with whatever you have.

I am excited to welcome back the amazingly talented Autumn Clark of SewPaperPaint for this month as our guest designer! If you have seen her work, you know what I mean, and if not, you are in for a treat. 

Do Small Things With Great Love

I went rather pink and feminine this week with my Etcetera tag. I started by mixing Kitsch Flamingo 
re-inker with Distress Crackle Texture paste. Then, I spread it onto the tag with the palette knife.

Once it dried and crackled, I rubbed in Ground Espresso distress crayon and wiped it back.

I added distress glaze to the engraving rose layer, and edged it with ground espresso.

I colored the vintage lady with distress crayons, and used a waterbrush to blend areas.

I added a mini flair - lucky - onto her lapel.

The top of the tag is finished off with some hand-dyed ribbon, and the Quote Flair.

I'm feeling like this tag is a breath of spring. 

Now it's your turn to create a lovely layered project to share with us! One participant is drawn at random every week for a $25 shopping voucher from our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp. Thanks for stopping by!

A great place to shop!

Simon is on Instagram - use #sssmchallenge

Be sure to check out the awesome layered makes by the design team!


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