Monday, November 20

Tear It Up!

Hello Monday, my friends! I hope you have had a delightful week and enjoyed some crafting time. We have a new challenge for you this week - TEAR IT UP! Add something a bit torn to your creation.

I headed to my art journal for this week's challenge. I hadn't worked in it for awhile, and I had so much fun!

I was playing with lots of number images, and knew I wanted to incorporate a number theme, but it wasn't until working on it the following day that the aha moment arrived! We recently had our elections, and after voting I got a sticker celebrating 100 years of women having the right to vote in our country. (I know not all women had the right 100 years ago, but it was the beginning of the movement.) One of the woman who led the movement was Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who grew up in a neighboring town. You can read more about her HERE

I went to the watercolor papers in Dina Wakley's Media Journal to start layering color.

Time to start tearing it up with some strips of vintage paper, which I adhered with collage medium.

Now, the fun begins! Next layer with stencils...

Then, I started in on the stamping, adding a row of numbers across the page, using some different images.

Time to tear it up some more and add  strips of Media Tape.

I really meant to leave more white space as I worked, so instead, I went back in with some white paint that I made more transparent with the glazing medium, and toned it down.

Why not go in now and add some scribble circles!

I decided to tone down this page also, and did some bubble stamping with white.

...and I also stamped my images on card stock and cut them out so they would "pop".

Time to tear it up! I ripped my top page in half...

...and tipped in the other half between my full page spread.

Next, I stamped 100, outlined it in white, and wrote VOTE repeatedly across one circle, and same step inside with the YEARS.

I stenciled several women's silhouettes with white paint (to represent the first women in the Suffrage Movement), then stamped the Strong Women stamps on top of them - another generation. Finally, I cut some modern women out of a catalog (Gudren Sjoden), and adhered them on top. My idea was to build layers of generations of women over the 100 years. What do you think?

100 Years of Women's Vote, and we are still "tearing it up" in the elections! 
 I just had to add that, LOL! 

Are you ready to tear it up with us this week? I hope you are inspired to join us in this week's challenge! 
Our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp always offer a $50 voucher to one lucky participant.


A great place to shop!!

Simon is on Instagram - #sssmchallenge

You can bet the awesome design team is tearing things up over on the challenge blog, so be sure to head over and check it out!


  1. fabulous art journalling Maura! I love that this celebrates 100 years of votes for women, the colours and details are gorgeous and I just love the whole idea and thought behind this, brilliant! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Well, well... This are very brave background and I love them for the texture! Great explosion of colors and patterns, lovelly messy and cool look. Hugs, Marzena

  3. fabulous pages, and I love your clever way of layering to indicate the generations of women!

  4. These pages are SO cool all the layers and of course the theme! It's always good to remember those who fought important fights for our rights...lots of hugs xxx Simo

  5. Wow, what amazing journal pages! I love how your pages celebrate the centenary of women's votes and the backgrounds you created with the torn papers, stencilling and bright colours are beautiful 😁. Wishing you a Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊

  6. Oh my goodness! Did you get magically transported to my craft room this week?? What an honor that would be if so! You used everything I adore on your project and the end result really struck a powerful chord with me. The colors, the Dina paint, the Dina images, the collaging genius- it is beautiful and I especially love the idea behind it and how you always celebrate something significant with your work. Thanks, too, for showing me how awesome that Carabelle stamp set is-- you know I've had my eye on it and I loved seeing it at its best!

  7. Maura as always an incredible piece! I love your original way to create wonderful piece, you're an eclectic artist! love love love this work and its colors! barbara

  8. Your backgrounds are amazing and the bold colors are so fitting for the theme of your journal pages.

    Cathie ♥

  9. I love the background, it's amazing and the whole project is such a wonderful piece of art...fabulous work, as always Maura! <3

  10. What a wonderful idea and theme of this project Maura, and I love all the tearing, and textures. The representation of all the women through the ages is such a clever idea. (Gudrun Sjöden also happens to be based in Stockholm. :)

  11. Love your gorgeous journal pages, Maura. The patterns and the colors you created are fantastic! :)

  12. wow this is amazing Maura, thank you for sharing how you build up those gorgeous layers of colour. so colourful and bright and love the theme you based it all on...hugs kath xxx

  13. Fabulous idea, Maura! Love all the gorgeous colors you've used and layers with patterns you've made! Hugs, Sandra

  14. What a creative journal page Maura! You definitely can tell you had fun playing with this! Love the colors and all the layers and patterns you were able to achieve playing around! The teeared up pages are AWESOME!


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