Monday, May 22, 2017

My Cards and Tags: Using Flora and Fauna's Happy Place and Glass Dome Stamp Sets

"Little Critters" is this week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  I decided to try out my new Flora and Fauna stamp sets, "Happy Place Woodlands" and "Glass Dome," to make this little critter tags.

You can't go wrong with Strathmore Mixed Media paper as a base, from which I cut tag shapes using the Sizzix Tag Collection die set.  I stuck strips of washi tape to the background, then painted over everything with acrylic paint.  I did some background stamping with Tim Holtz's Sideshow set and Simon Says Stamp's Scribble Flowers set.  I added more paint back in to tone down the background stamping.  Then I stamped the glass containers over my painted background using Ranger jet Black Archival ink.  To make the glass portion stand out, I painted inside the glass shapes with an extra dose of white acrylic paint.

While my paint was drying, and stamped and fussy-cut out the contents for my glass shapes.  The flowers are from a stamp set by My Favorite Things called, Sketched Blooms, and all other critters and sentiments come from the Flora and Fauna sets.

I used a white Signo Uni-ball Gel Pen to add some lines to the domes to make them appear more glass-like.  I love this white pen, which does a great job of writing boldly even over paint.  The only key is that you have to wait for the paint to completely dry (I left mine overnight) in order for the white pen to work well on top of it.  I also added some clear droplets here and there, but being the impatient person I am, I took the photos before the glue dried, so some of the droplets in my pics look cloudy even though they dried clear. 

Here are the supplies from Simon Says Stamp that I used to make this project:

I enjoy crafting with little critters more than encountering some of them (mosquitoes- I'm talkin' to you!) and I can't wait to see what you create.  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, May 15, 2017

My Other Creations: Home Sweet Home Memory Cards using Tim Holtz's Artful Dwellings Die Set

"Home Sweet Home" is this week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  I made a set of journaled cards listing my favorite home memories room by room.

Several years ago, my dad decided to write his personal history, which has been an awesome treasure for our family.  One idea my mom shared with him as a way to dig up memories was for him to draw a rough-sketch floor plan of the house he grew up in.  Then he looked at the floor plan and jotted down various memories he had with each room in the house.  I decided to run with that idea and make cards filled with memories from the rooms in the home I grew up with.

I started with some pages that I washi-taped and painted with acrylic paint.

Next I cut some house shapes out of chipboard with Tim Holtz's Artful Dwellings and covered them in patterned paper.  I used the negative space so that I had house frame shapes.

I painted and stamped my house frames and glued them to my collaged pages.  Then I labeled each house with the room it represents.

On the back of each card, I listed memories that go along with that room.

Once the cards were done, I tied them in a bundle with crinkle ribbon that I'd dyed.

I feel grateful to have grown up in such a loving home where happy memories are easy to find.  And I was glad to make a project that reflected that.

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

How will you interpret our theme this week?  Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 to the Simon Says Stamp store.