Monday, February 10

Simon Says: Crack It Up

Hello Monday my friends, and welcome to this week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - CRACK IT UP. I chose to use both crackle and humor to crack it up with my frog yoga artist trading cards.

If frog yoga doesn't make you laugh out loud, maybe the quotes that go with these stamps will catch your funny bone. Did you know there is such a thing as laughing yoga? It started in Mumbai, India, and I first tried it on my trip to India a couple of years combines yoga poses and hearty laughter - sound fun right? It was!

I'll start off by saying my first attempt at cracked backgrounds for my ATC's were one epic failure, so bad, I threw them out and started over. Yes, that happens to all of us sometimes. 

I stamped the frogs and quotes on watercolor paper, and colored the frogs with Tombow markers, then blended with the water brush. 

I painted the backgrounds a nice blend of darker blues, then blended the Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citron through the stencil. Isn't that a gorgeous stencil? I have to do more with it!

I use cosmetic sponges for blending paints, especially with stencils. 

Beautiful background in blues and greens...

Here you can see the crackle, this time with big cracks. Not sure if I was impatient with it using my heat tool after awhile, or if the universe was just conspiring against me on this project. 

I rubbed on Ground Espresso to bring out the cracks, and it also toned down the background. 

Oh, when I assembled them, I added patterned paper to the backs,  washi tape, thread, and put the frogs on the fun wobble springs. 

Here's a little video to show you the "action".

Yoga and Cupcakes...

It's all about Balance!

Yep, gotta bend...

Oh yes, I do!!!

I hope you've enjoyed my frog yoga ATC's, and are inspired to join us this week in our Crack it Up challenge! Namaste...

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  1. Such adorable ATC's....I have tried this laughing yoga twice and its complete fun...So happy to see these froggy yoga poses!!

    1. Thanks so much Anushree! These stamps were fun to work with, and they are much more flexible than I am with their poses, lol!

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  3. Your art is SO much fun, Maura. I enjoy seeing your wonderful creativity. I don't know if you ever link up your creations in any challenges, but I'd like to let you know about one great one. I run Word Art Wednesday - always Anything Goes/Family Friendly. We have amazing sponsors, which means amazing prizes. Right now, our sponsor is the awesome Seth Apter. Seth Apter Designs is an awesome mixed media store and Seth is offering TWO prizes (two winners) of a $25 gift certificate to each one. Seth carries awesome paints, stencils, stamps, and much more. Maura, I'd sure love to have you play along (both now or any time) at Word Art Wednesday:

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