Monday, January 1

Something New!

Welcome! Welcome! Can you believe it is already 2018? Happy New Year my friends!

Our first theme of the year is Something New, and we are celebrating Simon Exlusives. We would love to see you create with your Simon Says Stamp products if you have them, but just use something new, or that is celebrating something new.

We have a wonderful guest designer for you this month, Amber Sheaves, and I know you will love her unique style. Please join me in welcoming her for the month of January!

I thought of a number of "new" ideas and finally decided to make some ATC's. I covered a piece of watercolor paper with blue and green paint.

Now, I am going to go "off the grid."

Next, I use my NEW SSS Grid stencil and dabbed the darker blue paint on.

Next, I added another layer of green with the SSS Gingham stencil (NEW to me).

A bit of spritzing and spraying with several Dylusions sprays...

...and then I cut my large piece into ATC size pieces and adhered them to the front and back of my mat boards. 
TIP: if you are making several of one thing, it is easier to create on large background piece and cut it apart. It saved me a lot of time, rather than doing each one individually.

I've been waiting for the right time to use my NEW SSS Game Tile Letter  and Artsy Shapes stamps, and my NEW SSS Hybrid Zen cube inks. Yes, this is that moment! The Tim Holtz Stamping Platform  is amazing for getting clear stamped images - I love mine!

I put my ATC's together and thought I was finished, but do you ever sleep on a project you are doing and wake up with new ideas? I did.

I added some of Simon's Moonshine Confetti to each ATC, and a Barn Star and ballerina to this one, making it more of a celebration of the new year.

This moon design from Tim Holtz's Ephemera pack was just right for this ATC, but the science teacher in me just has to say, the new moon is when it looks completely dark to us. (How would I show that?)

I was thinking of phrases that used the word NEW in them, and new world is my third one. The baby could signify new, or could be a new immigrant. I like having the child hold the whole Earth in their hand.

So come celebrate something NEW with us to start off our year. Happy New Year everyone!!

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The design team is celebrating all things Simon and new, so be sure to head on over there to see their awesome creativity!


  1. Wow! The background is green and blue is so cool! I love how you blended the colors. Great and so optimistic trio. Happy New Year, Maura! Hugs, Macarena

  2. Love this trio - so fresh and vibrant - a perfect celebration of a fresh start and optimism. Happy New Year to you!
    Alison x

  3. Gorgeous ATC's Maura! I love the backgrounds and whole design of these!! very cute :-)

    Hope you had a lovely Christmas and Best Wishes for a fabulous 2018!

    Lols x x x

  4. Very nice work thanks for sharing!

  5. Beautiful ATCs! I loved the background you created with the Dylusions Ink, the technique that you used looked such fun 😁. Wishing you a happy and creative New Year! J 😊

  6. I totally love the bright colors and the game piece letters to spell out the sentiments! Fab work, Maura! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  7. These are fantastic! I am in love with the background and the colors you used. This is such a fun combination of elements and I see your typical Maura imagination at work here. Excellent work once again, my friend!

  8. adorable ATC's, love the background and those tile letters, I feel a little spend coming on...hugs kath xxx

  9. Fabulous ATCs with so much vibrancy and detail...these are just gorgeous Maura and loving all the fun elements you've used to bring them together! <3

  10. Happy New Year Maura! These ATCs are such fun and full of life. I love the colours and different elements that you used.

  11. Love your fantastic ATCs, Maura. The game tile letters are so fun and awesome on the cards! :)

  12. These ATC are perfect for the new beginning! Love the encouraging words you made with the tile letters and how you made the backgrounds!!! love all them!

  13. Fun ATC's Maura, the scrabble letters are fabulous! Best wishes for 2018! Hugs, Sandra


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