Sunday, March 1, 2015

My Other Creations: Lucky Lady Collage

'Tis the season of shamrocks and the wearin' o' the green!  And in fact, the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme this week is, "just a hint of clover."  I can't think of clovers without thinking of luck and I can't think of luck without acknowledging how fortunate I am to have so many blessings in my life.  And so I made a Lucky Lady collage, picturing in my mind a woman who knows that has has found a great many treasures to be thankful for each day.

I started my background by overlapping three pieces of my favorite Prima paper.

Bring on the Gesso!

I stamped on various circles using Ranger Jet Black Archival ink and stamp sets with nifty wonky circles.

Next I painted inside the circles using Dina Wakley's acrylic paints.  I smudged Distress Ink all around the circles in corresponding colors.

I stamped a Dina Wakley girl head, then hand-drew her dress and crown.  I cut them out, assembled the girl, then added her to my collage.  I also put some Prima black wire thread around her crown and on the bottom of her dress and smudged more Distress Ink here and there.  I cut indentations out of her dress so some of the circles were behind her while others were in front.  I heat embossed some birds on the bottom of her skirt then stamped the sentiments and other little touches, cut them out and adhered them to the scene.

I thoroughly enjoyed this project and hope your March brings luck and happiness and minimal pinchings for not wearing green!

Here are the supplies I used for my project, which you can get from Simon Says Stamp:

I can't wait to see what creations you come up with for this week's challenge.  Be sure to upload your work to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and you'll be automatically entered to win a $50 gift voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.  May luck be with you as you enter!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

My Cards and Tags: Spring Girl

Call it the February Blahs (luckily we are almost into March), but I've been reaching for my brights and pastels in search of some sort of OOMPH!  POW!  COLOR!  Not that I don't enjoy looking at my brown lawn, the smoggy sky and dead flowerbeds, but come on!  I need some signs of Spring!  Since I'm not seeing a lot of color on the landscape quite yet, I decided to create my own springy vibe with this colorful card using stamps from 100 Proof Press:

I started out by dabbing different colors of Distress Ink onto my stamp and stamping the image (called Large Flower Face Girl) onto white watercolor paper.

I smeared on some more Distress Ink in coordinating colors to the areas I'd stamped, then I stamped the same image onto a Post-It note and cut around the edges.  I stuck it over my image as a mask.  I love using Post-Its for masking! 

Now, with my image safely covered, I stamped patterns around the girl using Screen Texture and Bunch O' Buttons.

I removed the mask and reached for my watercolors!  I painted in some of the buttons and some parts of the girl, toned down the red tones with some lighter pinks and let the watercolors drip down the card in various areas.  Once it was dry, I added some thread in squiggle shapes and some fabric scraps to frame the image.  I also stamped on some wonky circle-dots in different colors, which actually came from a Bullet Holes stamp.

I inked around the edges with brown ink and this little lady was ready for the flower garden!  Cheers to the anticipation of seeing little buds start to bloom!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

My Other Creations: Fabulous Folio Interior

Oh how I love an "Anything Goes" theme, which is what's happening this week over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!  Since there were no rules and limitless freedom, I decided to make a rule for myself (counter-productive, I know).  That rule was to finish the inside of one of my favorite folios.  I always love doing the outside, but I admit to dropping the ball when it comes to making the inside spiffy, too.  But not this time!  I did it all and here it is:

LOVE these new Tim Holtz Photobooth strips!  I added some words to the front and some washi and paint to the background.  I mixed lots of different Tim Holtz paper, but mainly used the Wallflower collection.

And you know I love the Found Relatives cards, too, but I didn't realize I loved the backs of the cards as well!  For the top flap, I used the back of a Found Relatives card and stuck the word, "Possibility" in the center, then decorated with more stenciling and paint.

For the bottom flap, I used the front side of a Found Relatives card and again added some stenciling and inking, as well as a word or two.

For the outside of the bottom flap, I went with Tim's classic clocks and kicked them up with some color.

All the fun word stickers you're seeing are from Tim's new Big Chat and Small Talk lines.  Here it is with all of its inside flaps and panels exposed.  

The products I used on my folio project are available at Simon Says Stamp.

So with no rules, where will your muse take you this week?  Upload your masterpieces to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and not only will you inspire and edify the rest of us, but you'll be entered to win a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp!