Monday, June 4

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Hello Monday and welcome friends! So glad to see you this week, thanks for popping by. We have a new challenge for you this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - All Things Bright and Beautiful, and we are showcasing all things Paper Artsy! We would love to see your Paper Artsy creations this week, but of course, use whatever you have. 

Please join me in welcoming the lovely and talented Christine Bedford at Pearshapedcrafting who will be joining us for the month of June! So happy to have you with us Christine!

When I looked at this week's challenge, I thought of the book All Things Bright and Beautiful, which follows All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot, and both are about the life of a Yorkshire Vet, so I found these adorable critters by Paper Artsy, and made a trio of ATC's.

I started out by brushing Caribbean Sea and Beach Hut onto the canvas pieces, then stenciled on the South Pacific.

Once that dried, I went in with a different stencil on each ATC and used Coral.

Then, I sprinkled on some Paper Artsy Infusions - A Bit Jaded, In The Navy, and Rusty Car, spritzed it with water and let them dry. I also stamped my images on water color paper and colored them with Prima Watercolors.

I popped the critters up, added a phrase, and edged the ATC with black ink.

 And here they are, my trio of critters!

I hope I've given you some inspiration for this week's challenge. Now, it's time for you to get your crafting supplies out, make something and share it with us! Happy Crafting!

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Be sure to head on over to get lots more inspiration for this week's challenge from the amazing DT!


  1. These ATCs really make me smile! They seem to be watching each other!! Thanks for the mention! Hugs, Chrisx

  2. What a great miv od fresco paints with infusions on them! Love the effect you got. The stenciled background is very cute and the images super funny. They are crazy :P Hugs, Marzena

  3. These ATCs are fabulous! love the stamps , the colors and your way always original to interpret our challenge! Barbara

  4. What a great little trio of cards! I love how you made the images pop against that lovely teal background. I always look forward to your work and the wonderful way you blend different images and techniques.

  5. Love seeing how you made the wonderful backgrounds! Love the color combo with those stencils!

  6. and what a delightful trio of critters they are. I love the colours you used on the backgrounds and how you created depth and interest with the stencils, hugs kath xxx

  7. These are such fun and beautiful ATCs! Maura. The colors and images are awesome! :)

  8. Fun, quirky, whimsical and just fabulous ~ a wonderful set of ATCs which has made me smile wide, these are amazing Maura! <3

  9. Super cute ATCs Maura, those stamps are so fun! Love the backgrounds. Hugs, Sandra

  10. AWW These are utterly cute! Love these stamps and I also love your infusions brackground!!
    Well done!!


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