Monday, August 6

Tape it Up!

Hello Monday my friends! I hope you had a lovely week and are ready for our new challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Tape it Up! We are showcasing Jane Davenport products this week, and would love to see them if you have any! 

The lovely and talented Anne Redfern is back with us this month as our Guest Designer - welcome back Anne!

I've been getting inspired by all the cute little notebooks Andrea on the DT has been making, and just had to make one for myself!  Can you tell my original plan was to leave a lot of white? Ha ha ha - my color muse always takes over!

I have a new technique I discovered that I love - watercolor on a gel plate! I spritz the plate with water (lightly), then drew circles of color over it. Then, I lay the paper right on top and press down. (It's hard to see since the other side of my plate is dirty)

It is always a surprise when you pull the paper up!

Then, I did a second press onto the plate after I added a bit more yellow and green. 

Next step, lay different bits of Jane Davenport washi tape on my cover.

Then I decided to add a bit more color with the Mermaid Markers over the tape. 

Stencil layer next with Simon's Diamond Circles and Paper Artsy paints - just lightly dab the paint through the stencil, changing its position as you change color. 

I also stenciled the inside.

I stenciled on some gold, then stamped more words and design to the cover. 

Some stamping on the inside...

I used the easy peasy faux sewing...

I cut paper to fit, punched holes 1 inch from either end, and threaded some hand dyed ribbon through to hold the papers. 

Back cover...I also tied on a couple of beads from my stash.

Quite the explosion of color, I must say! I had a lot of fun making my little tape it up book, and hope I've inspired you to join us in this week's challenge. I look forward to seeing what you create! 

Remember, our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp offer a $50 voucher to one participant chosen at random. We also love to highlight our faves!


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Be sure to head on over to the challenge to see how the amazing design team is taping things up this week!


  1. Definitely an explosion of gorgeous colour, I think Jane herself would be delighted to see how wonderfully colourful your little notebook is! I really love the gel prints you achieved with the watercolours, I really must try that, thanks for the inspiration.

    I am absolutely thrilled and I feel so honoured to be working alongside you, SSS has such a hugely talented team!! Hugs, Anne xx

  2. Gorgeous notebook Maura :-) the colours and whole design. of this is stunning!!! I am going to have to make one of these too! LOVE it :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. Well, the geli plate gives a really unique effect, your'right. Love the circles and the explosion of colors mixed with the strips of tape. Pretty stamps, too. Hugs, Macarena.

  4. This is such a fantastic notebook! Maura. Love all the delightful colors and beautiful details you created. :)

  5. Bright and beautiful, Maura! Love it!!

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  6. The way you create your colorful page is amazing!! I love them all! so cheerful and fun! xx

  7. love all the bright and colourful layers you created to make such a work of art, hugs kath xxx

  8. You've done Andrea proud with this notebook, it is fabulous Maura ~ a real feast for the eyes with so many wonderful details! I love them... <3

  9. So pretty, Maura! Love the vibrant colors, so many layers of color, fabulous! Hugs, Sandra

  10. Ha, ha! Thanks for the notebook shout-out! My notebook passion should really probably be called, "Andrea can't think of anything else to make besides notebooks lately," but I do appreciate the kudos! And wow! The one you made is a stunner. I LOVE IT! If I had the courage to get my dang gelli plate out of the package, I'd definitely try this cool watercolor technique. You're always doing innovative things and I love how you're constantly inspiring others and doing fun new things in the crafting world.

  11. I can see you had much fun to create this project! Absolutely fantastic! love love the bold colors and design! Great work my friend! barbara


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