Monday, July 15, 2024

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Lots of Layers Journal Pages using Studio Light's Creative Journal

We are layering it up this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!  I decided to make a multi-layered page layout in this great little creative journal by Studio Light.


I started by stamping some letters (by AALL & Create) onto paper to use in the background.  I tore up the paper, glued a scrap to my journal, then covered it with some white paint, Infusions color stain and did some stenciling. Note!  These first several steps of my layered pages get completely covered up by the end anyway.

Next I tore up some more scraps (usually involving Dina Wakley Ledger paper), added a bit of washi tape (49 and Market's Kaleidoscope washi tape in this case), along with some patterned paper (Art by Marlene's Postage Madness).  I stenciled on some teal dots using Dina Wakley's Dotted Tape stencil.


Next I added some more patterned paper scraps from Dina Wakley's Collage Scraps 2 and 3 and introduced some bright pink paint (Dina Wakley's Raspberry).


As that was drying, I cut and painted some fancy borders using AALL & Create's Majestic Borders dies.


I glued some border pieces to my layout and added some arch shapes to both sides.  I also stamped on some dots (Wendy Vecchi's Open Dots stamp).


I cut a little scallop detail using AALL & Create's Mix and Match washi tape that I added to the arch on the left side of the layout and also did some scribbling with some Distress Watercolor Pencils.


All that was left was to add a sentiment.  To make the sentiment words stand out, I whited-out some of my background ledger paper and covered it with some more teal stenciled dots.  I chose the sentiment of: "Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles.  It takes today's peace."  Definitely easier said than done, but it's a good reminder to myself when my worries start to feel heavier than they need to be.  The sentiment is from the aforementioned Dina Wakley ledger paper.



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

We're excited to see your creations this week!  Upload them to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $25 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.





Monday, July 8, 2024

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Summer Fun Tag using AALL & Create's Intricatag Dies and Tim Holtz's Cutout Alphabet Dies

"Summer Fun" is this week's theme over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and with the temperatures here in my neck of the woods soaring past 100 this week, the sun is certainly making its presence known!


I started by cutting this AALL & Create tag with the funky edges out of Distress Kraft Heavystock.  I stuck some ledger text paper to it, painted it, scribbled on it with Distress Watercolor pencils, and while that dried, I went to work on my sun.  I made the sun with patterned paper from La La Land and Simple Stories, which I painted and stamped on.


I glued my sun to my tag and then I cut out some letters from Tim Holtz's Cutout alphabet.  I used black paper, then painted the letters and glued them to my tag.  I typed an "I'll follow" sentiment on a typewriter and added that to the top of the tag to complete the phrase.


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

We're looking forward to seeing your sun-themed projects!  Upload them to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $25 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.




Monday, July 1, 2024

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Add Some Red, White and/or Blue, Notebook using AALL & Create's Heartnook and Frayed Frames Dies

We are focused on color this week with our Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge theme of adding some red, white, and/or blue.  I hardly ever use red in my projects...mostly because I always feel like the end result looks like a murder scene!  But when I was a kid, red was my favorite color.  In fact, when we moved into a new house, my parents bravely let us kids pick out what color of carpet we wanted to have in our bedrooms and I picked bright red!  I loved that carpet and to this day, I love a good pop of red in a pair of shoes or a purse.  But when it comes to incorporating red into my art projects, for some reason, I struggle and it is not a go-to color of mine.  I'm grateful for this week's challenge, which encouraged me to add some red to this mini notebook:


This project was actually a re-build of a deconstructed previous project.  Do you ever rip up old projects and use them in new ones?  That's what I did here.  I made a journal page a few weeks ago, which you can see below, that I decided to tear out of my book, cut in half and repurpose into a mini notebook. 


I used the bottom half as the cover of the notebook and the top half for the back of the notebook.  I added some fabric scraps here and there and then went to work adding more details.

I cut some rings using AALL & Create's Heartnook die set and painted them.  While those dried, I stamped that cool tower in the background with AALL & Create's Crazy Maison stamp set.  When the rings were dry, I glued them to the notebook cover.


I added some different patterned paper circles inside the rings and also cut some funky edges using AALL & Create's Frayed Frames that I painted and glued to the bottom of the notebook cover.  Since I was in revamp mode, I decided to flip the notebook and make it vertical instead of horizontal.  I made a ring that said "So Noted" to add to the front.


Here's the notebook laid out so you can see the front and the back.  The spine is made from fabric and the inside has Kraft paper.




This little notebook is done!


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

We're excited to see your red, white, and/or blue projects this week, which you can upload to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for a chance to win a $25 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.




Monday, June 17, 2024

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Start Something Cover using Studio Light Art by Marlene's All White Creative Journal

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is to use paint.  Paint is one of my favorite mediums and I'm partial to Dina Wakley's acrylic paints.  For this challenge, I decided to decorate the cover of a Studio Light Creative Journal.  I love the size of this book (it's just about 4" x 4"), because it's a non-intimidating surface area to cover.  And of course, I threw in lots of paint!


I started by making some patterned paper using two Creative Expressions stencils.  I used Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink with the Starburst stencil and Dina's Stoked paint with the Geometric Dots stencil.  I did the stenciling on deli paper.  I also tore out a piece of patterned paper from Dina Wakley's Collage Sparks, volume 1.


I altered Dina's patterned paper by tearing it in half, punching holes in it and painting it with different colors.  I glued my Starburst paper to my book cover.


I glued the other elements to my book cover, then hand-cut and painted a scallop edge out of Simple Stories Color Palette paper.  I cut some rings using AALL & Create's Heart Marks the Spot die set and painted those as well.


I glued those elements onto my page and wanted to try something different with the sentiment.  I traced around the circle, then cut a piece of paper in a crescent shape that would fit around the circle and wrote the words "Start something" in the crescent.  Then I added some paint to my crescent-shape and glued it on.


This cover re-do was done!


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

We're excited to see your painty projects this week!  Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $25 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.



Monday, June 10, 2024

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Let the Music Play Tag using Concord & 9th's Greatest Hits Dies

"Let the music play" is our theme this week over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  My instant inspiration was my brother, who is the most amazingly knowledgeable music person I've ever met.  He's introduced me to so much great music over the years and started collecting vinyl records before it was the trendy thing to do.  He's not into the music scene for the concert selfies or bragging rights or any other ulterior motive.  He's in it for the simple love of music and I admire that a lot about him.  With him in mind, I made this vinyl-themed tag.

I started by cutting some record-shapes using my Sizzix Big Shot and Concord & 9th's Greatest Hits die set.  Then I sprinkled some Infusions onto them, spritzed them with water, waited for them to dry, then smeared acrylic paint over them.  I even painted up one of the negative space frames left from where I cut out the record.  I like to mix the intended die shape with the negative space around it whenever possible.


While those were drying, I stamped some images onto a black tag using Distress Embossing Ink.  I shook on some white embossing powder, then heat embossed them.  The dots are from Wendy Vecchi's Open Dots stamp and the cursive is from Dana Wakley's Healing and Light stamp set.


Next I glued my record shapes to the tag, like so:


Last but not least, I added more paint here and there and scribbled some dots going up the side.  I tore a scrap of music-themed paper from La La Land's Spring Song paper pad and attached that to the top of my tag.  I typed my sentiment on a typewriter, cut it out, added it to the tag, then splattered on some Dina Wakley Turquoise gloss spray to finish it off.


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

We're excited to see how you incorporate this week's music theme.  Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $25 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.