Monday, June 11, 2018

My Other Creations: House with AALL & Create's Gabriel

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is to make anything but a card.  I whipped out my Tim Holtz Tiny Houses die and created this 3D abode featuring a quirky little character named Gabriel by AALL & Create.


I started by cutting out the house pieces with my Sizzix Big Shot and stamped them with AALL & Create's Quirky Circles stamp.  Once stamped, I cut some patterned paper into circular shapes and glued them inside the circles.

I colored my house with Dylusions acrylic paint and assembled it.  I stamped, colored and fussy-cut Gabriel out and also cut a small section of a city skyline.  I attached the skyline to the house with some foam squares to pop it out a bit and made Gabriel pop out even more by gluing him to a small wooden spool and gluing the other end of the spool to the house.  The last step was to glue the "Be Brave" sentiment (a Tim Holtz Quote Chip) onto Gabriel. 


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

Tim Holtz Tiny Houses die
AALL & Create Gabriel stamp
AALL & Create Quirky Circles stamp
Sizzix Big Shot
Tim Holtz Correspondence paper
Simple Stories Hello Summer paper
Echo Park I'd Rather be Crafting paper
Sunny Studio Polka Dot Parade paper
Doodlebug Sweet Summer paper
Tim Holtz Cityscape Skyline die
Strathmore Mixed Media paper
Dylusions paint: Calypso Teal
Dylusions paint: Pure Sunshine
Dylusions paint: Lemon Zest
Dylusions paint: Fresh Lime
Dylusions paint: After Midnight
Ranger Jet Black Archival ink
Foam Squares
Ranger Non-stick Craft Sheet

I can't wait to see what you make (that isn't a card) for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!  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.


Monday, June 4, 2018

My Other Creations: Notebooks using Paper Artsy Stamps

"All Things Bright and Beautiful" is this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog theme.  We're also featuring Paper Artsy products.  I made these two brightly-colored notebooks to fill the bill.


I started by stamping alphabet letters onto Strathmore Mixed Media paper.   I heat-embossed them white, then sponged Distress Oxide over them.

I spritzed some water on the surface, then colored different parts of the page with Mermaid Markers.  I also sprinkled on some Infusions color stain.

I cut the panel up and used it as patterned paper for the background of my notebooks.  The tall notebook is a Prima Traveler's Journal that I painted white and built layers up on.  I also added some stamping.

The thing I love about revamped notebooks is that they are artistic and useful.  And when I re-do just the cover of a pre-made book, it is a project that doesn't overwhelm me.  It's do-able and I'm all about do-able craftiness.



Here's the smaller notebook with the cover sewn on.


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

I can't wait to see your interpretation of our theme this week!  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.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Birgit Koopsen Crew Member Saturday: June 2018

I'm excited to have a guest post over at Birgit Koopsen's blog today.  Check it out to see how I used her stamps to make these mini notebooks!

Monday, May 28, 2018

My Cards and Tags: Colorful Scrap Card using Lawn Fawn's Reveal Wheel

"Masculine" is this week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog.  I decided to make a card with an interactive spinner since most guys I know like mechanical components, gears, wheels, etc.  I also feel very lucky that the men in my life appreciate art and color and music and my crafty endeavors.  They are supportive of my artistic efforts and make me feel like my projects turn out cool even when they don't.  


I started by cutting the inner pieces out of Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  I used a nifty new die set from Lawn Fawn called The Reveal Wheel.  It's pretty clever how they designed everything.  There's also an accompanying stamp set, Reveal Wheel Sentiments, that I stamped my wheel and cover plate with when I was done cutting them out.

I painted my cover plate with black, gray and white acrylic paint and then glued a hodge-podge of patterned paper scraps together for a panel to add some color to the front.  I also outlined the wheel with black.

I assembled all the parts (including the cute little arrow to show that the wheel spins) and added a diagonal-striped tie that I drew.  With that final touch, it was done!

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


I'm excited to see your interpretation of masculine this week!  Be sure to 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.