Monday, July 29, 2019

My Cards and Tags: Encouragement Tags using Heffy Doodle Tag Along Dies

"Bright and Cheerful Colors" is this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme and that is about as easy-peasy as it could get for me!  I am always drawn to bright bold colors!

As I was sorting through my stash, I decided to try out a tag die set from Heffy Doodle called, "Tag Along Dies."  I really like the whimsical shape and thought that a horizontal tag was a nice change of pace from the vertical tags I love to use.
I started with two tags cut using Heffy Doodle's Tag Along die set and Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  I stuck on some pieces of Tim Holtz's Salvaged and Merchant tapes.

Next I added on some acrylic paint.  I used a lot of Dylusions paint since they have a lot of bright colors.

More acrylic paint!  I covered some areas in white, then added different accent colors.

I wanted to tone it down a bit, so I added more white paint through a polka dot stencil.

When the paint dried, I got out my Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels and did some scallop-doodling.  Then I added darker shades of acrylic paint around the edges.

I cut some building shapes using Tim Holtz's Cityscape Skyline dies and added those on.  I also stamped some black polka dots on using Flora and Fauna's Texture 5 set.  Then I did some sewing along the bottom edge of each tag.

I typed some encouraging words on my We R Memory Keepers typewriter and added them to the front with some black and white patterned paper in the background.

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

I can't wait to see the bright and cheerful colors you use on your projects this week!  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, July 22, 2019

My Other Creations: Mini Scrap Notebooks

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is to make anything but a card.  You know how I'm obsessed with mini notebooks, so I whipped up four of them that are filled with patterned paper scraps.

I started by making a bunch of watercolor squiggles on some white paper.

Next I made some circles and scribbly marks using Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels.  I also drizzled/splattered some acrylic ink onto it.

I cut my paper into strips that were about 2.5" wide by 6" long.

I adhered each strip to a piece of black Strathmore Mixed Media paper and sewed around the edges to make sure the pieces stayed together.  I added some scraps of patterned paper (some of which I made by stamping black images on white paper).

I smeared paint onto the covers and added more collage scraps and Washi tape.  I also added some wildflower silhouettes from a Tim Holtz die.  I sewed some designs on (wonky circles) and used paperclips to hold the covers closed to see how things were looking.

Instead of putting plain paper inside, I wanted to make some stacks of patterned paper.  I sewed the stacks together and stuck them inside my notebooks.

Here's a peek inside the notebooks:

To keep them shut, I dug up some hair elastics, which I wrapped around the bottom of each notebook.

I love little notebooks and these were a joy to create!

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

What will you create that's not a card?  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.