Monday, December 5, 2016

My Other Creations: Notebook Made with Simon Says Stamp's Hand Lettered Encouragement set

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is all about Christmas gifts!  Decorate them, make them-- whatever you feel inspired to do.  And we're highlighting some of Simon's own fabulous products.  I decided to make a notebook to give as a gift.


I started out with a notebook and all I did was revamp the cover.  I traced the shape of the notebook onto Strathmore Mixed Media paper and stamped on some images with Ranger Jet Black Archival ink.  I used trees from Simon's One With Nature stamp set (I wanted the inside of the trees blank, so I didn't ink the branches of the stamp this time) and the circles are a versatile fave from Simon's I Love Donuts stamp set.


Next I started "coloring" with sponges dabbed in Distress Ink.  I smeared color into the trees and into some of the different circles.  Then I dragged white paint down the piece. 



I've been having fun experimenting with coffee filters lately, so I cut a filter into strips, colored them with green Distress Ink, and glued them to the base of the cover.  I stamped a sentiment that I love (from Simon's Hand Lettered Encouragement set) on top of everything and glued my cover on top of the notebook.  Then I decided to add an embellishment to the top of the spine.  I made it by setting an eyelet in a piece of ruler ribbon and looping some Tim Holtz crinkle ribbon and other fibers through.  I colored the crinkle ribbon with Distress Ink and water.  Once it was done, I glued it to the top of the spine.


Here are the supplies I used that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:


I can't wait to see how you are inspired by this week's theme!  Upload your works of genius to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win $50 to the Simon Says Stamp store!

Monday, November 28, 2016

My Cards and Tags: Tree Tags Using Taylored Expressions' Build a Tag 3 Set

"O Christmas Tree" is this week's festive theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  I made some tree-tastic tags:


I started by cutting the tag shape with Taylored Expressions' Build a Tag 3 die set.  I stamped circles on them with Memento Luxe Gray Flannel ink and Tim Holtz's Halftone and Rings stamp set.


Next I colored in some of the circles using Distress Ink and a sponge.  I added some scraps of vintage paper from Simon Says Stamp.


I finger-painted on a random layer of Dina Wakley's white acrylic paint.


While the paint dried, I worked on my trees.  I used Tim Holtz's Petal Drop Die to create the triangle shape (I cut off the rounded end), then I inked the triangle green.  I ran it through a paper crimper, then wrapped turquoise yarn around it.


I used Ranger Jet Black Archival ink to stamp on the "Fa, la, la" sentiment from Prima's Sweet Peppermint stamp set and outlined the edges of the tags with a black sharpie pen.



I adhered the trees and finished off the tags with embellishments from Tim Holtz.  I added Doodlebug Chunky Twine to the tops of the tags.




These tags were relatively quick and easy to make, which a must during the holidays!  Here are the supplies I used, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:



I can't wait to see how you interpret this week's theme!  Be sure to upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 to the Simon Says Stamp store!