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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Gnarled and Twisted

Good Morning!  I am happy to say I am Guest Designing today at Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog 
  in their Autumn Splendor challenge.   Simply create a vintage or shabby chic project using the rich colors of autumn, and remember to include an autumn leaf somewhere in your project.  The challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I was inspired to create Halloween Decor to set out in my craft room.
I love fall leaves and knew I wanted to cut some from papers and this idea of creating a tree with an old branch popped into my head.

I started with an old wooden spool for my base.
I stuck the branch into the spool.  I had to use a glue gun which I rarely do because I wanted to make sure it would hold and dry quickly.

I then created the leaves using the Tim Holtz Halloween papers and focused on cutting out the faces in the leaves.

I decorated the spool with papers and stickers.  I added a little moss and a sign on the top. 

For all the details of the challenge hop over to the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog and play along! 


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Christmas Berries

Stamps make me happy!  Especially one like this from Penny Black.

What a beautiful stamp and so fun to use with just a hint of color in the berries and then the soft yellow background.

A quick share for today!


Monday, October 5, 2015

Falling Leaves

 Hi all and welcome to another week of the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. This week the challenge is autumn.  You can be inspired by all kinds of things including the fall colors, foliage or activities enjoyed during the fall!

 I took my inspiration from the fall leaves.  I have am seriously in love with leaves and trees and they always inspire me to create.  This time I created a journal page with layering of leaves and even tiny vignettes of trees and sentiments about trees built into the leaves.
 In the fall there are times after the rain falls that you will find that the leaves have left a shadow imprint on the concrete.  This effect always fascinates me and makes me want to create something similar.  My attempt to replicate that is to use a bunch of die cut leaves:

Scatter them onto my journal page and spray with fall colors to leave their shadows behind.

Our puppy was even interested in what I was working on. I mixed in orange, yellow, red and a touch of gray / green in the sprays. I had applied gesso on the pages first.

I then traced the outline of the leaves in various areas using my watercolor pencils and sponged in some colors using the reverse mask from where I cut my leaves from.  I stamped some of the trees and sentiments inside the leaves.  I came back with the chicken wire to give the touches in the background.  Finally I took all the dark pattern paper leaves and added them in the background.

Products:  Ranger Distress Stain Spray - Pumice, Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick, Iced Spruce, Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Cargo , Darkroom Door - Chicken Wire, Watercolor Pencil, Water Brush, Art JournalBlack Marker, GessoStampendous Leaf Die Set,   Sizzix Fall Foliage Thinlits, DarkRoom Door  Trees

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

So now it's YOUR turn, come play along and show us what inspires you about Autumn! You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in


If you use instagram add  #sssmchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too!


Saturday, October 3, 2015

I'm Feeling a bit Green today!

Time for Tim's October Tag!  He used one of his new Monster Dies.  I don't have any of those but thought about what I did have that would make a great Frankenstein.

 Can you guess who that sinister eye belongs to? 

 Frankendavid of course.  I decided to try to transform the handsome David into Frankenstein.  I started with the fun splattered background that Tim shares in his tag.  A mix of lime green, silver and olive green Ranger Distress Stains sprayed on my craft mat and sprtized with water.

I then stamped David with the black ink.  I ended up embossing all the images with black embossing powder to make the images pop on the background.

After I finished I decided to redo it a second time to make his hair a little more steinish. 
I used the same colors in the background to see if I liked the effect more.  I decided I liked the scar better in my second tag and the first tag overall so I didn't finish off my second tag. 

Have a fun Saturday!  We have homecoming for my youngest so lots of preparation happening today!


Friday, October 2, 2015

Silvery Snowflakes

I am not looking forward to our first snowflakes but the weather has definitely shifted this week and we are starting to see the cooler temperatures in the early morning hours.  Linda at the Funkie Junkie has kicked off her annual 12 tags of Christmas challenge  which is sponsored by her Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Her tags are always inspirational and this weeks tag is no exception.  The tag is full of  beautiful gold and red poinsettia splendor.  I didn't have the poinsettia stencil so I followed her design with the snowflake theme.

 Linda's tag has some beautiful layering of colors in the background.  I started from another scrap with a mix of colors which I layered over the stenciled silver snowflakes.  They didn't pop enough so I applied a whitewash of paint to soften the background.  That worked to lighten the background but it also whitewashed my snowflakes.  I applied another layer of  the silver embossing paste over the first snowflakes.  I then splattered the background with different sprays and mists. 

After all the background paints I too decided like Linda to just let the background shine and only added a few sequins, the sentiment and the die cut snowflakes on the top.

Products: Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Snowflakes, Sizzix Thinlits - Holiday Greetings, Wendy Vecchi Silver Embossing Paste, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Ranger Distress Stain Spray, Heidi Swapp Color Shines, Krylon Silver Pen

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

STAMPtember Blog Hop Winner

Hi!  All the winners for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge STAMPtember® blog hop have now been posted.

The winner for the grab bag from my blog is  Lisa  Congrats Lisa!! The Simon Says Stamp team will contact you to make sure you get your prize, and there is also more information on the Simon Says Stamp Store blog.

Thanks everyone for stopping by during the hop and leaving some love.



I had quite a few more ATC's that went with my series I shared yesterday.  I decided to split them into a few posts.  Here is the remainder of my ATC's made with my ombre backgrounds.

I had so much fun playing with different ideas and techniques.

Thanks for stopping by!