Monday, April 16, 2018

My Other Creations: Notebook using Dina Wakley's Funky Silhouettes

Doodling is the focus of this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.  My cute little family members went on a camping trip this past week and I had to stay home to hold down the fort.  I missed them terribly and those fond feelings of family are what inspired this notebook cover.  I had fun doodling and coloring and using Dina Wakley's Funky Silhouette stencils.  
I started this project with a floral notebook, which I coated with Gesso and then white paint.  While that was drying, I traced two of the funky stencil silhouettes and cut them out of Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  There are two of these funky silhouette stencil sets- one with two "giant" silhouettes and the other with smaller silhouettes.  I like the variety that having both sets offers.  To give this scene the look of a parent and child, I used one of the giant silhouettes from the first set and paired it with one of the smaller silhouettes from the second set.

I doodled and cut out a scallop border and laid out some patterned paper scraps.

Next I whipped out my Prima Oil Pastel Crayons and drew around the silhouettes and the scallop.  After I made the crayon lines, I smudged them with my finger.

I also used the Prima crayons to doodle some circles in the background.  They looked a bit, so I ended up blending them in a lot more.  You can smudge and smear the oil pastels anywhere without adding water.  Next I stamped the "I just love you" sentiment with a stamp from Joggles.  I added a scrap paper circle frame made out of black patterned paper (this plus-sign design is one of my faves- it's from Crate paper's 6x6 Cool Kid paper pad).

When I glued my silhouettes on, I didn't like how it looked, so I tore off the patterned paper scraps I'd had on the bigger silhouette and replaced them with some text paper and a strip of Washi tape instead.  I did some cursive scribbling along the sides of the silhouettes.  I also added acrylic paint to both silhouettes to give them more color.  I flicked on some Dylusions Black Marble spray to create the background splatters and dots.  Then I cut some more patterned paper scraps for the tabs at the top.

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

What will you doodle 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, April 9, 2018

My Cards and Tags: Feather Cards using Carabelle Studio's Feather and Peacock Stamp

Being an English major and total library groupie, I was thrilled with this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme, which is to be inspired by a myth, fable, story, etc.  I find mythology fascinating, so I decided to make some feather cards that pay homage to Icarus, that unfortunate fellow who tried to fly away from his island prison with a pair of wings made from wax and feathers.  It might have been okay, but Icarus ignored common sense, his dad's warning, and the basic chemical properties of heat and wax.  He flew too close to the sun and his wings melted and he fell to his untimely death.  Kind of a downer of a story.  BUT, the thing I love about this myth is the concept of daring greatly, even if you fall greatly. That became my inspiration and sentiment.

I made a tutorial video of this technique, or you can check out the pics and descriptions below.

I used a Pretty Pink Posh die to cut some scalloped hexagon shapes out of text paper.  I cut some rectangles out of Strathmore Mixed Media paper and glued the hexagons onto the rectangular card bases.

I smudged on some Distress Oxide, dripped water onto it, let the water sit for a few minutes, then used a paper towel to remove the water.  This leaves white splotch marks wherever the water was.

I outlined some of my water splotches with a black Sharpie just to give it a different look.

Next I sprinkled some Infusions and some Brusho crystals onto the paper and spritzed it with water.

I dried out the collage with a heat tool and stamped a feather outline onto it with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink.  Then I smudged white paint inside the feather shape to give me a nice white slate again.

Once that dried, I was able to finger-paint some color into the feathers using various shades of acrylic paint.  I toned down my color crystal background a bit with white paint.  I also stamped the middle line of the feather back into place and darkened some of the black stamped portions with a black pen.

All that was left was to add my sentiment boxes, which I stamped with alphabet letters from Mama Elephant.

In the spirit of full disclosure and for the record, when I take process shots that show how I got from Point A to Point B, it's not because my way was the best or only way!  75% of the time, I'm just shooting from the hip and making things up as I go, which is why a lot of the early parts get covered up.  But it's all part of the process and I enjoyed this week's theme and process immensely!

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

So how will you be inspired by a myth, story, legend, tale or any other literary goodie?  I can't wait to see your efforts!  Upload your projects to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!

Monday, April 2, 2018

My Other Creations: Notebooks Made with Dylusions Creative Dyary Tape and Dylusions paint

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is to make a trio of something.  And we're also featuring Dylusions products.  I made three mini notebooks using Creative Dyary Tape and Dylusions paint.

I started with a black Dylusions journaling tag, which I stenciled some polka dots onto with white paint.  I smeared some white paint around the polka dots, too.

These journaling tags are good-sized, so I was able to cut three notebook covers out of the tag.  Next I added strips of Dyary tape and Dylusions Washi tape.  After than, I smeared on Dylusions paint in a variety of colors.

I stamped some words from the Dylusions Say it How it Is stamp set and glued them onto a square of black and white patterned paper.  I also added some more smears of paint.

I made little scallop embellishments by stamping text from 49 & Market's Stamp Set 2: Captured Adventures onto white cardstock, then cutting it into scallop shapes and outlining it with a black Sharpie.

I outlined my sentiment boxes with a Uniball white Signo pen and then sewed the covers to the notebooks, along with sewing some straight line designs onto the notebook backgrounds.  I also added some black dots to the bottom of the sewed lines.  

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

How will you interpret our challenge this week?  Be sure to 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.