Monday, October 24, 2016

My Cards and Tags: Autumn Tags Using Reverse Confetti Dies

Welcome to this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme of AUTUMN!  I do love this time of year when I whip out my boots and go crunching through the leaves.  In fact, trees and leaves changing colors were my inspiration for these tags:
These tags had quite the journey and I almost chucked them several times before their completion.  I started by cutting some Reverse Confetti tags out of Strathmore Mixed Media paper, which I have grown quite addicted to.  Then I took some sponges and smeared Distress Ink on them.

I stamped some circles on them with Ranger Jet Black Archival ink and Tim Holtz's Halftone and Rings stamp set.  I cut and inked up some Swirlies dies, also from Reverse Confetti, and glued them on top.  I added some Washi tape, but ended up removing it as the almost-doomed process continued.

Once I had them colored, I added in a bunch of black paint.  But whoa!  Went too heavy on the black, so I waited for it to dry, then painted over the black with thick coats of white paint (this is what gives the edges sort of a gray-blue tinge).

Next I added some paper embellishments to the center of the tags, but hated how that looked, so I ripped them off.  Another failure!  So all that great "texture" you're seeing in these close-up's is where I scraped off what I'd glued on.

What finally saved the day was another great little tree die from Reverse Confetti, which I paired with some sentiments from Tim Holtz's Small Talk Occasions stickers.

In the end, I thought these tags looked sort of like trees with the leaves swirling off in a big circle of colors, which is what this time of year reminds me of.  And the lesson, as we've all seen as we craft, is to stick with a project until you know it is really truly and fully dead.  These were on life support, but I managed to bring them back and like how they turned out in the end, scraped-off surfaces and all!

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

I know you'll have lots of Autumn inspiration flowing, so do upload your creative creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win the $50 gift voucher!

Friday, October 21, 2016

My Cards and Tags: Simon Says Stamp Believe in the Season Holiday Release

We're finally having sweater weather and thinking about all things holiday!  Yay!  And to get us in figgy pudding mode,  Simon Says Stamp has just released a fabulous collection called, "Believe in the Season."  I do love a good Christmas tree, so I made this card using the oh-so-elegant Corbel Tree Collage die.

I love how you can see little peeks of whatever you put behind this die.  In my case I smudged some pink ink on the background card and added some sequins.  The front is streaks of ink that were softened with white paint.  To finish off the card, I thought that some other Simon dies looked fabulous with the tree, namely the Maryanne snowflake, snowflakes cut from the Snowflake Banner, and the Merry Christmas die.

Christmas will be here before we know it, so I could use my post-Halloween sugar highs to try and fuel some holiday projects.  Heck!  Maybe this will be the year that I get my Christmas cards done before December 23rd.  Ha, ha!  Riiiiight.  Just a little humor for you there.

Monday, October 17, 2016

My Other Creations: Vellum Gift Bag Using We R Memory Keepers' Typewriter

I think we've clearly established that I am a lifelong geek for anything literature or library-related, so I decided to make a writing-themed vellum bag when I saw that this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme was to make a treat box or bag.  Treats in this case are a pen, a bookmark and some yummy little chocolates.
I started by wondering, "Can I type on vellum?"  The answer was a resounding YES!  I was worried the ink might smudge, but it stayed put on the vellum just fine.  I used the We R Memory Keepers typewriter to pound out one of my favorite writing quotes on the front of the vellum bag.

*Side note: curious about the We R Typewriter?  I did a full product review here when I borrowed one to play with before they were available through Simon.*

Next up, I sewed the bag together using a sewing machine and made the bookmark to go inside of it.  I also added a pen and had some chocolates on hand to round out this project.  Here it is before I assembled it:

Give me a typewriter and some chocolate and I'm a happy camper any day!  I enjoyed this project and loved the supplies I used, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp.

'Tis the season for all things treat-related, so I am excited to see what you come up with!  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!