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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Finishing Touch


This week at  Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge.  we are finishing our STAMPtember celebration including a challenge to finishing off a project with a stamp.


 It all started with a session of playing with stencils embossing paste and Manila tags.  All laying out on my very messy desk.


 I had a lovely brown shimmery spray out on my desk too which I used to coat the dried embossing paste on my tag.

 I loved the effect and decided to add some of the stencil and paste over the sweet photo from the Tim Holtz - Ideaolog - Found Friends


 And then as luck would have it the photo got pushed aside and landed on top of my tag and inspired me to keep going.

 I decided I needed a background which I pulled a piece of cardboard which got a coat of paint, mist and more paint.
 I then started piecing together the project:

 and layered on the photo


 I misted a few feathers and a resin angel to match


 Some lace misted and tied to the top of the tag.

Flowers spritzed with gold and brown mists.

I added a few buttons painted with gold paint and some rosettes with a  little aging.


My finishing touch... a few stamped words on coordinating paper and added to the side of the photo.


Products: Maya Road - Art Journaling Words,  Resin Angel, Prima White Flowers, Lace Trim, Gold Paint Dabber, White Acrylic Paint, Ranger Archival Ink - Potting SoilFeathers, Heidi Swapp Gold Spray, Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist - Tattered LeatherRanger Manila Craft Tags, Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste    Memory Box Lanthenay Stencil.    

Don't forget that all this month is a party at Simon Says Stamp celebrating Stamptember!


http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/

Why Stamptember?  Here is a little info on why Simon Says Stamp celebrates stamping in September.  Simon Says Stamp was founded in 2002 with an interest in exclusively selling rubber stamps. It didn’t take long until we realized we couldn’t stop there. For more than 10 years we have celebrated rubber stamping and its glory. We work to bring companies from around the world together in a one stop shopping environment. Rubber stamps still remain the heart of our business and we are celebrating by hosting a “STAMPtember®" event intended to inspire, educate, and celebrate the delight of rubber stamping. Part of the enticement of rubber stamping is that stamps can be used in creating or complementing ANYTHING! From stamping dates on bank documents and postage parcels in the early 18th century, rubber stamping has dramatically expanded to include card making, scrapbooking, mixed media and many forms of altering and expressing art.

  Don't forget to come join in on the fun and show off your stencils or stamps!




Have a fab week!

Suzz

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Love & Marriage

I have a few cards created for anniversaries....

My first card was for my hubby on our anniversary:
I wanted something masculine and had picked up some veneer at the flea market with him. 
I die cut a few hearts from the veneer. Stained it ink with a touch of pink paint.  I stamped the words from the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive set using Ranger Archival Ink.

My second card is for my in-laws anniversary:


I cut the opening and stamped behind it with the damask. 

Products:  Simon Says Stamp Exclusives: All About LoveImpression Obsession Marriage, Stampers Anonymous Damask, Ranger Archival Ink - Potting Soil, Black

Hope your week is going well.

Suzz





Sunday, September 21, 2014

Trick or Treat Tag?

How about a little stamping an stenciling this week?  Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge.   is playing with stencils and /or stamps to create something. I had a cool background left over from some playing I did with stencils and paints.
One of my favorite things is to use up my excess inks, paints or sprays on the craft mats onto leftover cardstock  This background was a combination of leftover ink on a stencil. 

After I used the stencil with the spray I flipped it over and placed it onto a leftover remnant of cardstock. I then kept placing it onto the same piece of cardstock. 

I added a little dripping of yellow spray mist.  I then let it dry and used the same stencil to add white embossing paste for texture.  After all that I added a hint of paint around the edges.


I used the dauber to add a touch of paint around the edges.  While it was still wet I spritzed it with water to allow the paint to soften.

to add he images I used a combination of stamping the images directly onto the background and where the texture was to bumpy I stamped onto tissue paper and used decoupage to apply it to the tag which gives it a transparent effect to allow the texture and color bleed through.


Products:  Impression Obsession - Halloween, D Ranger Archival Black InkTim Holtz Halloween set  Ranger Dauber Paint – Honey  Ranger Dauber Paint – Salty Ocean.   Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste, Signo Uni-ball white gel pen, crystal gems. Honeycomb Stencil








Don't forget that all this month is a party at Simon Says Stamp celebrating Stamptember!



http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/

Why Stamptember?  Here is a little info on why Simon Says Stamp celebrates stamping in September.  Simon Says Stamp was founded in 2002 with an interest in exclusively selling rubber stamps. It didn’t take long until we realized we couldn’t stop there. For more than 10 years we have celebrated rubber stamping and its glory. We work to bring companies from around the world together in a one stop shopping environment. Rubber stamps still remain the heart of our business and we are celebrating by hosting a “STAMPtember®" event intended to inspire, educate, and celebrate the delight of rubber stamping. Part of the enticement of rubber stamping is that stamps can be used in creating or complementing ANYTHING! From stamping dates on bank documents and postage parcels in the early 18th century, rubber stamping has dramatically expanded to include card making, scrapbooking, mixed media and many forms of altering and expressing art.

  Don't forget to come join in on the fun and show off your stencils or stamps!




Happy Monday!

Suzz














Saturday, September 20, 2014

Be Yourself

I am in love with this stamp.  I think she looks so prim and yet she has her fun party hat and wings. I decided to play along with the Vintage Journey and colors of Autumn.  This tag uses the autumnal colors and is inspired by Tim's tag

I was playing around and ended up here.
I added a layer of wendy vecchi embossing paste with a stencil. After it dried I stamped script over the embossing paste.

I stamped the image several times to get the stamped background and cut they pieces out to give a layered effect.  

She was placed over tissue tape.  I added a touch of filmstrip with a few labels. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Glittery Shimmery Birthday Celebrations

Hello Monday!  I have had a busy week and sorry for the no show on my blog.  I do have something really fun to share and a technique because this week we are rocking the techniques at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge.   

How about some bling and I mean really shimmery really messy and really glittery?

Don't look directly into the Luxe it will make it hard to see... :) 

I have to tell you I am in love with the new Stampendous Luxe mixes.  I spent quite some time playing around with the luxe on  a few different cards.


I started on these cards from backgrounds that were splotches of Dylusion sprays with a touch of painted on dots and circles. 


So my technique this week to share is a glittery cascade of bling!
I took some really good glue (Zip Dry)  and smeared it along the top  of my cardstock. I also dragged it downwards to create drips.
Then I pulled out that magical luxe and poured it over the surface. (Make sure to have something to catch all the extra goodies behind it so you can dump it back into the container.)

After that you press it onto the glue with your fingers and shake off the excess. I didn't like how my drips looked so I rubbed them off and just left the top half full of glue.  If you miss any spots or want more of the mica you can always add dots of glue over the glitter and add more mica flakes.


I loved how this one turned out although my girls like the other ones with the color better.

Products:  Simon Says Stamp - Birthday Celebration, Bo Bunny Gems Stampendous Silver Luxe, Zip Dry Glue Dylusions - Pink, Yellow, Orange  Dina Wakely White Acrylic Paint, Ranger Archival Black Ink, Altenew Sketchy Cities

Don't forget that all this month is a party at Simon Says Stamp celebrating Stamptember!


http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/

Why Stamptember?  Here is a little info on why Simon Says Stamp celebrates stamping in September.  Simon Says Stamp was founded in 2002 with an interest in exclusively selling rubber stamps. It didn’t take long until we realized we couldn’t stop there. For more than 10 years we have celebrated rubber stamping and its glory. We work to bring companies from around the world together in a one stop shopping environment. Rubber stamps still remain the heart of our business and we are celebrating by hosting a “STAMPtember®" event intended to inspire, educate, and celebrate the delight of rubber stamping. Part of the enticement of rubber stamping is that stamps can be used in creating or complementing ANYTHING! From stamping dates on bank documents and postage parcels in the early 18th century, rubber stamping has dramatically expanded to include card making, scrapbooking, mixed media and many forms of altering and expressing art.

  Don't forget to come join in on the fun and rock your techniques! 



Suzz

Sunday, September 7, 2014

STAMPTEMBER


Happy Monday!  Today is a special day because all this month Simon Says Stamp is celebrating Stamptember!  That means that there are special guests, tutorials, and new Simon Exclusive Releases!  The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge design Team is hopping today sharing all kinds of cool projects!  The challenge this week is to use a Simon Exclusive product on your project!

If you arrived here from the extremely talented Sandra  you are in the right place!  If you missed out all the fun go to the wonderfully creative Andrea Ockey Parr to start the hop!

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/

Why Stamptember?  Here is a little info on why Simon Says Stamp celebrates stamping in September.  Simon Says Stamp was founded in 2002 with an interest in exclusively selling rubber stamps. It didn’t take long until we realized we couldn’t stop there. For more than 10 years we have celebrated rubber stamping and its glory. We work to bring companies from around the world together in a one stop shopping environment. Rubber stamps still remain the heart of our business and we are celebrating by hosting a “STAMPtember®" event intended to inspire, educate, and celebrate the delight of rubber stamping. Part of the enticement of rubber stamping is that stamps can be used in creating or complementing ANYTHING! From stamping dates on bank documents and postage parcels in the early 18th century, rubber stamping has dramatically expanded to include card making, scrapbooking, mixed media and many forms of altering and expressing art.

For my project I decided to share a technique called Joseph's Coat of many colors.
I wanted to do something fun that I hadn't played with in a while.  I am going to walk you through the steps and then I will show you a few different projects and pieces I created in my crafty session.

First up you get to create inky backgrounds. you can choose to use what every you want to ink it up. I used a mix of mists and color sprays to create my backgrounds.



The great part is you can keep your leftover inks mopped up on white cardstock and save for a rainy day where you can try this out. The backgrounds need to be completely dry before you move onto the next step.

The next step is to pick your stamp that you want to use.  This works better with solid images. I started with a line stamp but you can decide when you see the different results.

Start by stamping your image using Versamark Watermark Ink and then coat with clear embossing powder and heat it up and create your resist.



Next up the magic starts to happen.  You pull out a black dye ink and an applicator to sponge on the black dye ink. I also sometimes will directly apply the ink pad onto the paper to get a complete coverage.


You can start to see the resist peeking through.


I continued to cover the entire image and all around it with the black ink highlighting the resist areas.


To clean it up at the end you need to buff off the excess ink with a paper towel, kleenex or clean applicator.

 Here is the finished piece before I trimmed it out.
 My second background used a lighter mix of colors and a solid stamp. (A lovely Simon Exclusives set)

 This is the finished panel after I added some splatters of white over the surface. I distressed the edges.


 I wanted to show a few other samples using a background stamp:


 You can also choose to just ink up the background with a darker color and not use black.


 My finished card using the very first background I created:

I hope I have encouraged you to give this technique a try!   I love these flowers from Simon Says Stamp and they are one of my favorites!

Products: Simon Says Exclusive - Friendly Flowers, Simon Says Exclusive - SequinsMemento - Black Dye Ink, Stampers Anonymous - Tiny Words, Dylusions - Inks, Ranger Archive Ink -Black, Stampers Anonymous - Dream, White Acrylic Paint, Ranger Distress Inks - Rusty Hinge,  , Paper Artsy - JOFY - Keep of the Grass , Versamark Watermark Ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Darkroom Door - Floral

If you missed the hop go back to the beginning with the fantastic Andrea Ockey Parr!

 Don't forget to come join in on the fun and use your Simon Says Stamp Exclusive product! 


Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

All About Love


Howdy!  I am back to share a quick misted card.  I was looking for a sentiment for another project and noticed the layout of the stamps on the clear set and thought what a pretty graphic. (Simon Says Stamp - All About Love)

 I just inked them up on the packaging and stamped it on white cardstock.  I added spritzes of different colors. (Heidi Swapp Color Shine)

I then decided to cut out one of the hearts and pop dotted up and then added a layer of white paint sprayed over the surface.  I finished off with a few gems.

Such a quick card and I will put away for Valentines Day or a wedding shower.  I like my wedding cards to be a little more elegant. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz