Monday, October 16, 2017

My Cards and Tags: Halloween Dog Tags using Waffle Flower's On My Mark Stamps and Dies

This week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is, "It's a Dog's Life."  Even though I am not a pet owner, I do appreciate the adorableness of dogs.  I gave my dogs a Halloween makeover to create three eeeek-tastic tags.


I started with Strathmore Mixed Media paper and my Sizzix Big Shot.  I cut three different tags, then taped the dog die to each one (to ensure the dog shape got cut where I wanted it to) and ran the tags through the Big Shot again.

Now for some color!  I cut scraps of black and white striped paper and glued it to the tags.  I spritzed Dylusions Ink Spray onto the tags, then followed it up with some sprays of water.  The water spreads out the color and blends different ink shades together.  Just to add even more visual oomph, while the water was still wet, I sprinkled some Brushos crystals (black and turquoise) onto the tags.

While my tags were drying out, I worked on my dogs.  I took the dog cut-outs and colored them with ink, then made a hat, cape and eye mask for them.

When my tags were dry, I stamped some spiderwebs on them with embossing ink, sprinkled them with white embossing powder and hit them with the heat gun.  Next I cut the same tag shapes out of black cardstock and glued the black tags to the back of my colored tags (you can see the black showing through my dog cut-out opening.

I added googly eyes to my dogs and some label letters, then I attached each one to its background with some foam dots.  I offset them just a bit so that you can see the black shadow around their edges and the foam dots makes the dogs stand out just a bit from the background.

I added some embroidery floss through the top to be able to tie my tags to gifts.

And now my tags are ready for their October debut!

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

I'm excited to see your dog-inspired creations this week!  Be sure to 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, October 9, 2017

My Other Creations: Tim Holtz Floral Folio

This week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is to make anything other than a card.  That leaves a lot of choices and I figured I couldn't go wrong with a Tim Holtz folio re-vamp.


I glued on layers of patterned paper and a Bingo card I had in my stash to cover the folio.  I got the sentiment from an old book that was being discarded.  I stamped some text onto the corners of the folio using Ranger Jet Black Archival ink.  I painted white, yellow and teal onto the patterned paper.



I cut the succulent picture out of a magazine and glued it on top as my focal point (not sure who gets credit for this shot, but it is a great one)!  For the final step, I dyed some crinkle ribbon using Distress Stain and Distress Ink to tie my folio closed.

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


I am excited to see how you make anything but a card this week!  Upload your creation to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher for the Simon Says Stamp store.