Monday, September 18

Shimmer and Shine!

Hello Monday, my friends! I hope you have had a creative week and are looking forward to this week's challenge - Shimmer and Shine! 

I headed to one of my art journals to create a shimmery page about adventures in India! 

I started with the stencil that is included in the Stampendous Elephant Foam stamp set by Nathalie Kalbach, and the Fairy Wings Sparks paint. Ooh, love that shimmer!

A layer of Distress Oxide in peacock feather comes next...

Then, a barely there hint of elephant in Mermaid Sparkle paint. I used the brayer to roll the paint onto the foam stamp.

I wanted the elephant to show up more, so went over it again with wilted violet. And yes, once again, there is my favorite color combo - green, blue and purple!

I also wanted to create a pattern around my image on the water color paper, and the metallic inks and henna designs work great!

...a layer of distress oxide in seedless preserves over that, and if it covers the design, a quick wipe of the surface brings the metallic shimmer back.

Simon Says Stamp has a number of Laurel Burch stamps which you can check out here. This stamp I had in my stash and I thought it would work perfectly with the elephant stamps, so I stamped it on tissue wrap. 

The tissue wrap works well for stamping images you want to color, especially if they will still react with water. I used the Dina Wakley scribble sticks to color the back of the tissue. Dina taught us a way to get really bright color from these by dipping them into water and then coloring with has become a favorite technique!

I decided more shimmer and shine, and used the Cosmic Shimmer glue and Harvest Moon gilding flakes to go around the page. 

I collaged the image onto the background I made and added the words, along with a bit of highlighting with a white pen. Then I decided to add some glitter and these neat little Moonshine Confetti bits from Simon Says Stamp. I have some treasured ornaments from India that have pieces of mirror embedded in them, which reminded me to try this. 

Destination Adventure!

It's your turn now to shimmer and shine! I hope you are inspired to create something special and join us in this week's challenge! 

Our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp have a $50 voucher to give away! 



A great place to shop!! 

Simon is on Instagram! #sssmchallenge #simonsaysstamp

I am sure the design team has their shimmer and shine on, so let's head over and check it out!


  1. Fabulous journal cover Maura, love the bold colours with the gold, typical colours of India and the elephant is gorgeous!
    I am sure you're having a great time and no doubt adding to the pages of this journal while you are away, enjoy! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. This is the perfect journal, Maura, for your trip to India. The colors and design are awesome and I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time putting all the pages together when you get back from your trip. What a lovely keepsake to remember your amazing trip!

    Cathie ♥

  3. Oh yes, you will need more then one for all your India adventures. Lovely cover and the colors are so orient-like. Great shimmery patterns. Hugs, Marzena

  4. What a gorgeous journal page, adore the shimmery background and fab tip for colouring the tissue paper stamped image, will have to give that a try! Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  5. adore your project many gorgeous layers of sparkle and shine...hugs kath xxx

  6. What a fun and bright project Maura! Love all the layers!

  7. Love your gorgeous art journal cover, Maura. The color scheme and the texture you created are amazing, :)

  8. What a gorgeous journal cover, this is wonderful Maura ~ from the colour combination to all that amazing texture, I love everything about it! <3

  9. Beautiful journal page Maura! I love the elephants and the color combo is perfect for the theme. I have so enjoyed seeing your photos from your adventures in India.

  10. Very cool look, Maura! I can definitely see the influence of India at work here and what a treat it's been to vicariously live through that with you through your photos! I love how your imagination and artistry knows no limits. You embrace so many different lovely things and it keeps your projects so fresh and inspiring!

  11. Such a pretty journal cover, Maura! The style really makes me think of India! Love the bold cheerful colors! Hugs, Sandra

  12. Super fun project, so perfect for your memories! Love the way you used Prima Sparkle, the whole design is absolutely beautiful! Barbara


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