Monday, May 23, 2022

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Notebook Cover Re-do using Tim Holtz's Ephemera Snippets Number Strips and Media Marks 2 Stamp Set

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog theme for this week is "anything but a card."  I revamped the cover of a notebook.  Wah-la!


I started by slapping some dark paint down on a piece of Strathmore Mixed Media paper that I'd cut to the size of the cover of a small notebook I had.  Then I stenciled some circles on with white paint.


I added some color with more acrylic paint.  I got out some paper number strips, added color to those, and glued them onto my notebook cover.


I needed more color, so I added some pinks and reds and some black and white patterned paper.  But then I felt like it was a little TOO crazy-- as if someone puked out a bunch of colored stuff onto this page.


I'm not going to lie.  What came next was an exercise in frustration and almost trashing this whole thing about five times.  But I toned it down with white paint, sewed the cover onto my notebook, then stamped a bit of a floral branch using Tim Holtz's Media Marks 2 stamp set.  I ripped some things off, then glued them back on, then fiddled and fussed and this is what it ended up like.


I turned to Dina Wakley's Ledger Paper (again -- I love it) and cut out the sentiment "We will try.  Again" and glued that down.


This baby was finally finished.  Here's a picture of it next to a pen to help show the scale.


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

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Add Some Texture using Altenew's Many Dots Washi Tape and Trinity Stamps' Slimline Tags Die Set

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is all about adding texture.  I decided to crumple-stick some washi tape down and add lots of layered scraps to build this baby up!


I started by cutting out a long slimline tag shape using Trinity Stamps' Slimline Tags die and Distress Kraft Heavystock.  Then I took some Altenew Many Dots washi tape and tore and wrinkle-crumple-stuck it onto my tag.  Then I smeared some acrylic paint onto it.


It is rare that I totally trash an entire crafty project.  Even if I'm frustrated and don't like what I made, I'll tear a project up, but not throw it ALL out.  I'll keep the torn-up scraps that I like and use those on other projects.  That's what's I did for the next step on my folded-in-half tag.  I glued on some scraps from discarded projects as well as some patterned paper from Maggie Holmes' Market Square collection.


Then I added more paint, and stuck on a "happy" sentiment from AALL & Create's Vivre 23 washi tape.  I also glued on a black die-cut flower outline (Paper Rose Small Eucalyptus Stems).  A little more paint here and there and this tag-card-thing was done!


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

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Monday, May 9, 2022

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Alcohol Ink Tag using Dina Wakley's Ledger 2 Collection

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is alcohol.  I don't drink alcohol, so I opted for the alcohol ink option.  I made this tag using alcohol ink-colored paper scraps and some Dina Wakley ledger paper.


I started out with some alcohol ink blending.  On the yellow and pink combo, I also spritzed on some Dylusions Lemon Zest spray ink.


I tore and paper-punched some circles out of my alcohol ink-colored papers.  I used a 3/4" paper punch, which is a pretty handy circle size if I do say so myself.  Then I cut a tag out of Strathmore Mixed Media paper, cut a second tag out of Dina Wakley's ledger paper, and glued the ledger paper tag onto the Strathmore Mixed Media paper tag for stability.


I glued my alcohol ink-colored scrap to my tag and started smearing on acrylic paint.  I used some Distress Crayons to smudge some yellow/orange spots.  I did some doodling with a black Scribble Stick.  Next I punched out more circles and tore around them to create little circle frames.


I glued the circle frames onto my tag, then stamped and cut out the words "We Rise" from Dina Wakley's Everyone is Welcome stamp set.  I put it all together, spritzed on some Night Glossy Spray and this tag was done.


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

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Monday, May 2, 2022

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Masculine Card using Tim Holtz Mini File Folders and Sideshow Stamp Set

"Masculine" is the theme of the week over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  We're also featuring Tim Holtz products.  Here is the card/altered file folder/not-sure-what-it-is-but-I-had-fun-making-it item that I came up with:


I started with a Tim Holtz mini file folder for my base.  I stamped some text (courtesy of the Sideshow stamp set) onto scrap paper and glued it to the folder.  Then I stamped some numbers from that same stamp set onto the folder itself with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.


Bring on the paint!  I smeared paint around and got it to looking like this.  I couldn't resist adding some more stamped images from the Halftone and Rings stamp set, too.


Next I took some patterned paper from the Abandoned paper pad, punched circles out of it, then glued that on as well.  I also brought some purples and some navy to the party.


I finished this off with a little more paint, some sewing, a little more stamping (same stamp set) and the addition of some red here and there.  I added this gent to the front from Tim Holtz's Photobooth strips.  I usually add a hat or a crown to these people images, but this guy's hair was too perfect to cover up!  All I did was add one last word (found) from the Chitchat stickers and this project was a wrap!


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

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Monday, April 25, 2022

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Wild and Wonderful tag using Studio Light's Label and Moodles Dies and Paper Rose's Eucalyptus Stem Dies

"Wild and Wonderful" is this week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  I'm glad they threw in that qualifier of "wonderful" because I've observed toddlers, teenagers and puppies and all would qualify as wild, but perhaps not 1,000% wonderful every single second.  :)  For my project, I went with a wildflower/wild plant vibe for this tag:



I started with this deliciously quirky tag from Studio Light.  It's from their Moodling (mood + doodling) line and I love a lot of pieces in this collection.  I cut the shape out of Strathmore Mixed Media Paper and stenciled on some polka dots with a Confetti stencil from My Favorite Things.  I just wanted to get some texture going.


While that dried, I cut these absolutely gorgeous Eucalyptus stems (these dies are from Paper Rose) and smeared black paint over them.  The black paint didn't get into all the crevices of the die, so it left these cool white outlines within the die-cut shapes.  I also didn't pop out every single shape that the die cut.  I left some of the cut-out parts intact for more visual variety.


I dabbed some acrylic paint on my tag, then spritzed it with water and just started blending.  The background was blue and teal, but I wanted the plant part to pop, so I laid down my cut-out Eucalyptus stems and traced where the open inside parts would be on my tag (you can see my pencil trace-marks on the tag).  Then I painted those penciled-out sections in different colors.  When I laid the stems back over, the insides of the stems and leaves were colored.


I finished my tag with a sentiment from Dina Wakley's Ledger Paper, Set 1 and I also flicked on some Dina Wakley Gloss Spray to get a dotted effect.

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

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Monday, April 18, 2022

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Be Brave Card using Katzelkraft's Rainy Day Stamp

"Whatever the Weather" is this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme and it seemed appropriate for my neck of the woods.  We had rain, hail, gorgeous sunshine and snow over the span of a few days.  I didn't know whether to crack out my rain jacket or my sandals, but such are the wardrobe challenges associated with this time of year!  In any event, I made a card using this fantastic stamp from Katzelkraft called, Windy Day.


I've seen the power of wind in my life, both living here in the US and when I lived abroad.  It is no joke and I've had my share of inside-out umbrellas, flying trampolines, trees plucked from the ground and collapsed sheds (none of those are hypothetical).  But I love the idea that we can keep standing as strong as we possibly can no matter what hard things are swirling all around us.

I started this card on Strathmore Mixed Media paper, which I stamped the image onto using Ranger Jet Black Archival ink.

I smeared some white acrylic paint onto the areas that I knew I'd be coloring in just because a painted surface is easier (in my humble opinion) to blend additional colors on top of.  Once I had my areas blocked out, I just smeared colored acrylic paint on with my fingers.


I colored in the background of the card itself with Distress Ink.  I added a strip of text to the bottom of the card and dotted on some lighter blue acrylic paint to replicate puddles.  I used the Be Brave sentiment and set it off with a piece of stripped washi tape.

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

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