Monday, May 13, 2019

My Cards and Tags: Tea Bag Bookmarks using Inky Antics' Library Love Stamp Set

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is "Happy Hour."  I'm not a drinker, but happy hour to me means curling up with a good book and sipping on some hot chocolate, herbal tea or apple cider.  With that as my inspiration, I made these tea bag bookmarks.

I started by cutting some tea bags and shaking out the tea.  Then I shook on some Infusions color stain and spritzed them with water.

While those were drying, I stamped and cut out four library due date cards using Inky Antics' Library Love stamp set.  I designed this set and one thing that was important to me (an eternal librarian) was that the stamp was the real-life size of a paper library due date slip.

Next I stamped my cards with Dina Wakley circles, then filled them in with white acrylic paint.

I colored my circles in with different colors of acrylic paint.

While that dried, I stamped, fussy-cut and painted in some twig sprigs stamped with Inky Antics' Branching Out set.

I stenciled in some polka dots and painted them in various colors.  Then I stapled the tea bags onto my due date cards.

I also decorated the tags on my tea bags with polka dot patterned paper, more stamping and some acrylic paint.

The tea bags were a little more vibrant than I had anticipated, so I added a bit of white to them and stuck on some Tim Holtz Washi tape.

I stamped and fussy-cut some "Carpe Librum" sentiments and stamped some scallop borders at the bottom.  I put some patterned paper onto some of the scallop ridges and outlined the bookmarks with black Sharpie.



I glued the tea bag tags onto some of these bookmarks and left them dangling on others for some variety.

And here they all are together:

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


I look forward to your interpretation of "Happy Hour"!  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 6, 2019

My Other Creations: Altered Dylusions Dyalog Pocket Insert Folder

Can you believe we're into May already?  April seemed to last forever in some ways, but May still caught me off guard.  One thing that was leftover from our Easter festivities was a wire egg-dipper tool thingie that came in an egg-coloring kit.  I decided to use it as part of my project this week since the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is to "Add Something Metallic."  We're also featuring products from Brutus Monroe.


I started out with a Dylusions Dyalog Pocket Insert folder and completely slathered it with white paint.  I dripped some Aqua Pigments on and spritzed it with water.

Next I added some Tim Holtz washi tape and some pink paint.

While that was drying, I made the other elements.  I painted the chipboard view cartridge and glued some paper to the egg-dipping wire.

I did some stamping on the background of my folder and on the view cartridge with a library stamp set I designed for Inky Antics (cause I'm a nerdy librarian like that).  As I was getting ready to assemble, I decided to rip some parts out of the view circle to make it look more imperfect.

I also added a "go" sentiment to try and capture that spirit of adventure that these two classy ladies seem to have!  With that, my folder was done.

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


If you want to join in on this week's challenge, we'd love to have you!  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.