Monday, May 23, 2016

My Other Creations: Wish Catcher Altered Tin

It's another Monday and that means another fabulous challenge theme over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  This week's theme is, "Make a Wish."  I got to thinking about how wishes are made such as on shooting stars or with pennies thrown into a fountain.  But with all of that wishing going on all over the world,  I started hoping that nobody's wishes fell through the cracks.  That gave me the idea to make a Wish Catcher who would scoop up any stray wishes that might've gotten lost.  And why not make her retro-trendy-classy, too?  Here she is:
The Wish Catcher girl is from Tim Holtz's Found Relatives-Occasions card sets and I covered her dress with Washi tape.  I made her wish-catching net out of wire, tulle, and tinsel twine.  The tin is a mini bread loaf pan that I found at a thrift store.  I sanded it, then painted the outside pink and the inside teal using Gesso, Distress Paint and Dina Wakley acrylic paint.  The city scene is made from a fabulous stamp set called Urban Scribble, which I colored with Distress Ink and layered.  The side panel features a great typewriter image from Kaisercraft's My Year, My Story stamp set and I also added some Tim Holtz Symphony Washi tape.  I made wheels for the city scene out of spools, Bingo game pieces and Reverse Confetti's Swirly dies.  The "wish" words are from Paper Smooches' Chart Toppers stamp set.

These are the supplies I used which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

The theme of wishes is such a magical one and I can't wait to see what you come up with!  Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Snapping Monsters Stamps: Second Stamp Set Release: Artistic Essentials

I had so much fun designing and producing my first stamp set (which sold out-- thanks everyone!) that I decided to make a second set which is now available in my Etsy shop for $15 plus $3 shipping in the US.  I love all sorts of different artistic styles and this set is a celebration of paint and polka dots.  I included both focal images and plenty of background elements since you can never have too many of those.  And this set is red rubber instead of clear stamps (just to see how the other half lives).  I'm excited to be sharing projects from this stamp set in the coming days and weeks.

I love all the long-tailed drippy-circle shapes on the market these days, so today I'm sharing examples of how you can use the three "bubble wand" stamps that come in the Artistic Essentials set.   They can be trees, flowers, balloons, Christmas ornaments (when flipped upside down) or just whatever your crafty little heart desires.  Here are some tags I made using them:

These bubble wands come in various sizes.  I made a circle text stamp that is the same size as the middle-sized bubble wand so you can fill in one of the wands with text if you want (as seen in the teal bubble wand above). 

On the tag below, I used the biggest bubble wand, which comes with some circle bubbles flying out of it.  I also used the polka dots and the splatter-dots from the set.  And you know I love me some dots because I also made stamps that say, "dot, dot, dot"!  

For my next project, I stamped just the circle tops of the bubble wands to create the following collage, which I made on a library catalog card.  Love the smudgy grungy outlines and being able to put the circles wherever I want.

Lastly, I thought I'd flip the bubble wands upside down to try out a different look on this "Hello Pretty" card.  I used an old recipe for the background here (heaven knows I wasn't going to use it for cooking!) and the sentiment is made from Washi tape and a word that I cut out of a book.  The bubble wands would look cool sideways, too, which I shall have to experiment with next!

So there you have it!  A look at some variations of the bubble wand images in my new stamp set.  

But wait! There's more! (cue the cheesy infomercial music). The new stamp set measures 6" x 9" and it's UNMOUNTED RED RUBBER only!  This means you have to affix it to cling film yourself (if you want it on cling film) or you can just use tape to stick it to an acrylic block for stamping.  Either way, you definitely have to cut the stamp images out yourself, but I don't mind doing that if I like the images enough.  And I love the quality you get with red rubber stamps.  This stamp set works fantastically well with Ranger Archival inks, Memento and Memento Luxe inks, Colorbox inks and any other ink that works well with red rubber.  The larger area stamps do not stamp the greatest with Distress Inks, but I use Distress Inks for smudging and not necessarily stamping anyway.

Here is a small picture of the stamp images included in my new Artistic Essentials set:
And here's what it looks like in red rubber.  Check out the nice deep etching!  Love that!

For a size frame of reference, the color wheel measures approximately 4" round and the tallest bubble want is about 5.5" tall.  So it's a good-sized stamp set with lots of fun images that I think are versatile and handy.

I'll be sharing more, but it's been a great experience so far to play with these images and create another stamp set that I hope others will enjoy, too!

Monday, May 16, 2016

My Other Creations: Felt Baby Booties
Whip out your felt because this week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is "Felt That."  Part of what we're celebrating is the absolutely adorable and versatile Simon Says Stamp 2016 Plush release.  It's filled with high-quality felt and some fabulous dies.  I decided to utilize happy-colored felt and made some baby booties.

I  used a few different colors of felt along with some great dies to make these booties.  I decided to add some ruler ribbon up the back of the booties just for something a little different.  I also added the words "too cute" to the front.

Here are the supplies I used for this project, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

The great thing about felt is that it doesn't need to be hemmed and it doesn't unravel.  It's a nice material to work with and I can't wait to see what you create with it this week.  Upload your projects to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.