Monday, February 12, 2018

My Other Creations: "These Words Matter" Notebook

"Take Note" is this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme, so you know which direction this notebook-making-maniac went!  I do have to say, though, that this notebook and I had such a battle that I didn't know who was going to still be standing at the end of it.  I almost chucked this thing at least 78 times, but I am finally at peace with the way it turned out.
I knew it was bad when it was 1:00 in the morning and I was too busy cursing a piece of Washi tape to go to bed.  It was grim.  And just when I thought it was going better, my toddler asked me why I had made a row of teeth at the bottom of my book.  Nice.

So yeah- no process pics this time because I did then re-did, then double re-did too many times to count.  But I do have some detail shots.  I used Donna Downey's Dandelion Pods stencil to form the middle part of the cover and colored them with Washi tape, Dina Wakley acrylic paint, Hero Arts ink and Distress Ink.  I also did some stitching with black thread.  

This section is made with Kaisercraft's Lattice die.  I outlined some of the insides with black Sharpie and also added some patterning with Tim Holtz's new Stitched stencil.

I made a scallop border at the bottom out of patterned paper scraps.  Then I added a sentiment that I had in my stash to finish off the cover.

In the end, I'm glad that this notebook and I came to an understanding.  I suppose it's good to have a frustrating project every now and again to make sure that we stay humble!

Here are the supplies I used to make my notebook, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I'm excited to see how you "take note" this week!  Be sure to 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, February 5, 2018

My Cards and Tags: Dina Wakley's Collaged Hearts

"Love is in the air" is our heart-happy theme over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and we're also featuring the fab products of Carabelle Studio.  I made two matchbook cards to celebrate all things love:

I started by cutting the matchbook shapes out of Strathmore Mixed Media paper and Tim Holtz's Matchbook die set.  Next, I heat-embossed some Carabelle Studio stamp images with white embossing powder.  The circle images are from an "art texture printing plate," but I use them as stamps all the time.  The only consideration is that your images will be backwards (notice my backwards number 2, for example), but that doesn't bother me much.

Confession time!  I've had Jane Davenport's Mermaid Markers for several months but was too dang chicken to give them a try.  I hope I'm not the only one who gets excited then intimidated by cool crafting products!  Anyway, I finally gave them a whirl and they are fantastic!  A little color goes a long way, so I touched around the images with the Mermaid Markers then blended the colors together with a paintbrush and some water.  Once the covers were drying, I decided to make some pages out of paper bags, which I cut to size and sewed down the center.

The next step was to sew the pages into my matchbooks, which you can see here:

The last step was to add a little more decor to the fronts of the matchbooks.  I glued on some Washi Tape and made tabs (cause I love me some tabs).  I added a heart and then stamped some Dina Wakley sentiments onto tissue paper, which I glued on top of everything else.

I got out the trusty Sharpie and sketched around the edges for some faux stitching to finish these off.

One thing is for sure: since our theme was love, I have to say I LOVE Mermaid Markers once I finally played with them.

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

How will you show some love this week?  Be sure to 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.