Monday, June 19, 2017

My Other Creations: Stay-cation Collage Using TCW'S Onion Skin Stencil

"Let's Take a Vacation" is this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme.  When I saw this theme, I had just returned from a week of rainy hard-core camping with teenagers and toddlers, so the only kind of vacation I wanted was to bar myself in my crafting room with some serenity and a good beverage.  That's why my project represents the peaceful side of vacationing (or stay-cationing as the case may be).


To create the muted watery tones in the background, I brushed a ton of water on a piece of Strathmore Mixed media paper, then sprayed Dylusions Ink Sprays on it and let it blend, then dabbed the sprayed sections with a paper towel to mute the colors a bit.  Then I put a stencil on top and sprayed more Dylusions ink spray through the stencil. Once all of that dried, I smeared some white acrylic paint on top of Washi and paper scraps.  I covered the Onion Skin stencil with black acrylic paint and pressed it onto my collage so that it worked like a stamp.  I added some other stamping and a tab shape that I punched out of patterned paper.

I gave the mug some oomph by adding some floral Washi and the word "Stay," which I typed out on my trusty Memory Keepers typewriter.


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

It is the time for vacation adventures, so I'm excited to see your projects!  Be sure to upload them to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.

Monday, June 12, 2017

My Other Creations: Life Collage Using Die-Cuts to Add Texture

"Touchy Feely" is our challenge theme over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  That means texture!  I used some die cuts to build up texture, along with some crinkly-folded circles and some paper flowers.




One of my favorite tricks with die-cut shapes is to use the negative cuts, too.  To make the spiral in my project, I placed three Seth Apter coffee ring dies inside of each other, then ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot.  Here's how the negative shape turned out:



Another fun trick is to use crinkly-folded circles.  I fold a circle in half, then in half again (fourths), then I make diagonal folds in between that, then I open it up and it has some nice dimension.



You can't go wrong with paper flowers, either, so I attached some of those to a Tim Holtz wildflower die.  I added a few bits of Washi tape here and there, then stamped out the "life" sentiment and added it on.



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

I can't wait to see how you add some texture this week!  Upload your touchy feely creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win $50 to the Simon Says Stamp store!

Monday, June 5, 2017

My Cards and Tags: Car Tag Using Cityscape Commute Dies

When I learned that this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme was "masculine," I asked my hubby what kind of a card he would like that would be manly.  He thought for a minute and said, "Something with knives.  And a hawk."  :)  Well, since I didn't have any knife or hawk supplies available, I went with cars.




To make the cars, I started with a classic technique of covering a piece of paper with Washi tape strips.



I cut the cars out of the Washi paper and added some paint.  Once the paint dried, I outlined them with a Sharpie.



I made my tag out of Strathmore Mixed Media paper and added paint, a text circle, stamping and a sentiment from the Cool Kid paper collection by Crate Paper.



Last but not least, I added my cars and this tag was done!



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


I'm always looking for good ideas for masculine cards (until I buy that elusive knife and hawk stamp set), so be sure to upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  You'll be automatically entered to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp Store!