Sunday, April 20, 2014

My Other Creations: Hope Collage

This week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is "The Big Stamp."  So being the theme-interpreting genius that I am, I decided to use...well...a big stamp!  Here's how I incorporated it into my project, which is a Hope Collage:

The gorgeous orange paper I started out with is from Prima's "Sunrise Sunset" collection, which I must say is one of my all-time faves.  But I wanted to add some teal and green into the background, so I did that by rubbing some teal and green ink over the Simon Says Stamp Cluster stencil:

And here's where my big stamp came in!  I wanted to create a focal point for my "Hope" sentiment to rest against, so I did that with Wendy's Vecchi's Pricing Chart stamp.  I repeated the image several times (in black ink) at different angles.

The sentiment section itself was simple enough.  I cut some lace scraps and colored them with Distress Ink, then I added some flowers, which I also colored.  I included some fabulous pins from 7 Gypsies and the word, "Hope."

I love this time of year and the feeling of newness and renewal it brings.  In essence, this is the perfect time to think hopeful thoughts!

Here are some products I used that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I can't wait to see what "big" things you create with our "Big Stamp" challenge!  Upload your masterpieces to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog so that we can enjoy your work and so that you can be entered for a big $50 voucher to spend at Simon Says Stamp


Sunday, April 13, 2014

My Other Creations: Winged Things

This week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is "Winged Things."  The possibilities are endless!  Oh how I adore little flitting creatures and mythical beings that fly (mosquitoes and blood-sucking bats excluded)!  Since I've totally been in Spring-dreaming Mode, I decided to go with butterflies for this one:

I made this piece using a vintage Jello mold base which I wrapped wires around and attached butterflies to. I painted the tin using Gesso and acrylics, then I brushed on some Clear Rock Candy crackle paint here and there to give it a more aged look.  I also added some inks to the final piece for more depth.

I use my Martha Stewart butterfly punches all the time.  They definitely make my Top Three list of most frequently used hand punches.  I cut two of each size of butterflies, then glue the two sets together for a more dimensional effect.

I added some flowers along the edge of my tin, then filled the base with some colored yarn and fibers.  I finished it off with this fabulous sentiment that I cut out of a piece of Prima patterned paper.

I made this piece using these fine products, available at the Simon Says Stamp store:

So how will you interpret the wonderfully broad theme of "Winged Things?'' I can't wait to see what you make!  Be sure to upload your creation to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for a chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

My Work in Print: "Stamping on Painted Washi" - The Stampers' Sampler, April/May/June 2014

I know I say this every time, but the latest issue of The Stampers' Sampler is fantastic!  I was lucky enough to have four or five of my creations in it which feature stamping on painted Washi tape.

There are some seriously talented artists in this issue, so check it out!  Here's a glimpse of one of my cards that made the cut:

Don't you LOVE that girl stamp?  It's from Paperbag Studios, which is another fine stamp establishment to add to your roster of noble places to drop some cash.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

My Other Creations: Cupcake Collage

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is "Journey."  What does a fabric collage with a cupcake have to do with journeys?  Well, cupcakes do make a delightful road trip snack, but I was actually thinking more metaphorically on this one!  This piece represents how I went from a junior high sewing class failure to someone who's not afraid to mess around with fabric.

I still can't follow a fabric pattern to save my life (they seem so...reminiscent of math and math and I don't mesh).  And because of my junior high sewing debacles, I thought that fabric was my enemy for years and years.  But I've since learned that anyone can add fabric to projects without having to be a professional seamstress.  I love the variety of fabric out there and it's opened up a whole new world for me.  It's like patterned paper, but more flexible and textural.  The possibilities are endless!

So don't be afraid to add some fabric to your work even if you don't do any sewing.  You might be surprised at how addicting fabric can be!  

I used all sorts of fun little products on this collage, many of which can be found at Simon Says Stamp:

I can't wait to see what you create for our "Journey" theme!  It can be literal or metaphorical.  Just be sure to upload your masterpiece to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for a chance to win $50 to the Simon Says Stamp Store!