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.

Monday, June 3, 2024

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Masculine Card using Tim Holtz's Mini File Folders and Paperdoll Portraits

"Masculine" is the theme of the week  over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  We are also featuring products from Tim Holtz.  Here's the card I came up with:

I started with a Tim Holtz Mini File Folder, which I put some white acrylic paint on.  Since the surface of these file folders is kind of glossy, I tried some alcohol ink on it, too.  The alcohol ink gave it a nice watercolor type of look.

While that was drying, I stamped some images onto a piece of paper from a stamp in Tim's Remnants stamp set.

When my folder was dry, I cut a wonky frame shape out of the orange-stamped background and put that onto the folder.  I also brought in some Embellishment fabric tape.

I wanted another pattern to incorporate, so I stenciled some bubble marks onto a piece of Backdrops, Vol. 4 paper.  I used white paint and Salvaged Patina paint, along with some Distress Watercolor Pencils for the green tones.

I tore up my polka dot paper and added it to my folder, then used a star stencil and Distress Ink to make some more patterns.

I added the stars to my folder and wanted yet another pattern (I know, a little pattern-crazy), so I stamped some text from the Sideshow stamp set and colored it with Distress Watercolor Pencils and paint.

Next I picked this guy out of Tim's Paperdoll Portraits set, cut off his hat, traced his suit and made him a new suit, along with a crown.  I hope these historic folks don't mind me messing with their wardrobes!

I put everything together and finished it off with a "stay curious" label sticker.  I outlined some edges with Distress Watercolor Pencils and also added some bright green touches with a Twisted Citron Distress Crayon.  I stamped some green plus-signs onto deli paper and put those at the bottom of my guy for one last pattern.

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