Monday, May 6

Best Friends



 Hello Monday, my friends! And welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Thank you for joining us for the  FEMININE  Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

Please join me in welcoming Wanda Hentges  as our guest designer for the month of May! We are looking forward to your amazing makes this month,  Wanda, and welcome!

Since this is the first post of May, we are showcasing the amazing array of products from Studio Light. If you have their products, we would love to see them in your makes!

This week the challenge is: LIGHT AND AIRY (PASTELS)

I went for cute this week with my tag about friends. I love the quirky creativity of Art by Marlene with Studio Light, and added that to my pastel background.  


I started with watercolor and gouache for my background.  

By mixing white gouache with watercolor, you create a more opaque, pastel version of that color.  

 I brushed on several mixed colors over the tag in a random fashion.

Then, I scrunched up and pressed a plastic bag onto the surface. Leave it in place until the paint dries, then lift. Where the paint was wet when this was applied, you will  get these beautiful textural patterns. 

For the flat areas, I went in with a dot stencil and white gouache to add some lively polka dots.  


Next, I chose my paper cut outs and figured their placement on the tag.  

I adhered them in place and added a few sparkling gems. 

Why not offer your heart to your best friend? 

I hand lettered "Friends...Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves..." 

Final touch - a yellow hand dyed ribbon. 

This week was a bit of a challenge for me. I don't often work in pastel colors and cuteness, but maybe I was channeling Easter and Spring here. 

Best Friends 

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $25 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store 

Studio Light  Art by Marlene So Fish-ticated Paper Elements

Studio Light  Art by Marlene  Funny die cut tag 

Simon Says Stamp Medium Dots stencil 

Winsor Newton Permanent White Gouache

Daniel Smith Watercolors - Phthalo Turquoise, Quinacridone Coral, Quinacridone Violet, Permanent Orange

Watercolor Palette

Watercolor brush

Simon Says Stamp Dazzling Clear Gems

Simon Says Stamp Fine Detail Scissors

Bearly Art Precision Glue

Tim Holtz Ground Espresso Distress ink

Ranger Round Ink Blending Tool

Ranger Heat It tool

Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer

Black Pen

plastic bag

So now it's YOUR turn, Happy Crafting! Maura

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  1. This is so adorable!!!! And beautiful!!!

    1. Thanks so much Wanda! Have a great week! Maura


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