Monday, May 21, 2018

My Other Creations: Layered Notebooks using Inky Antics' Square Lift-Up Flaps

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is, "Inspired by a Song."  I made some notebooks with lots of flaps and layers after thinking about a song by the Avett Brothers called, "True Sadness."  The lyrics are all about how if you peel back the layers of every person's life, you'll find "true sadness."  That may sound like a downer, but it's actually a very positive song.  It helps me to be more kind when I remember that we've all got something hard we've dealt with, are dealing with, or will be dealing with.


I started with Strathmore Mixed Media paper that I cut into flaps with an Inky Antics die.

I sprinkled some Infusions onto the paper and spritzed it with water.  Then I colored the squares with some Mermaid Markers and painted over everything with white acrylic paint.  I added colored paint here and there.  When the paint was dry, I stamped on some images and text using Kaisercraft's Stargazer stamps and Dina Wakley's Positive Women stamps (polka dots).

I outlined the edges in black using Prima oil crayons and then smudged the black around a bit.  I also outlined a few of the polka dots with a white Signo pen.  I glued my covers to chipboard and cut some paper for the inside of the notebooks.  I assembled them with my Cinch machine.

Here's a side-view that shows the cover flaps opened up a bit.  The cute little house was cut with a die from Neat and Tangled.

Here's the second notebook with the sentiment typed out on my We R Memory Keepers typewriter (intentionally done blurry and wonky):

You may notice that my pages are multi-colored.  To get this look, I held the pages tightly together and dripped and drizzled Jane Davenport ink along the edges.  Warning, though!  This technique did make some of the pages stick together, but I was okay with that.

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

I love music and am excited to see how it inspires you 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.

Monday, May 14, 2018

My Cards and Tags: Tags Using AALL & Create's Quirky Birds Stamps

If you like stencils, then this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is for you!  We were asked to Stencil It!  I love how stencils can add instant texture to a project when used with embossing paste.  That's what I did on the tags below:


I started with Strathmore Mixed Media paper and cut some big chunky tags using Mama Elephants' Tags a Lot die set.  I altered the length of the tags by letting the die edge hang off of my cutting sandwich on the second one so that the bottom line didn't cut.  That way, I could cut the bottom to any length I wanted.  Then I whipped out my Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste and troweled it (is that a word?) over some stencils with a palette knife.

When that dried, I colored on the tags with Mermaid Markers and sprayed the tags with water.  When they were still wet, I sprinkled on some Infusions color stain.

As that was drying, I cut some circular die shapes and painted them in tones of black and umber.  I added a bit more white paint to my tags here and then, then glued on my die-cut shapes.  I also cut long thin strips of black paper and glued those on as well.

I added more paint and some bits of patterned paper and ephemera to the tags and they were done!

On both tags, I included one of these wonderfully whimsical birds from AALL & Create's Quirky Bird stamp set.  If you haven't checked out AALL & Create, I love their style of stamps and stencils!

And here's the second tag:

I do need to say that if I was being banished to a deserted island and could only take one set of dies with me, they would be from Seth Apter!  I use his circular dies all the time (his Splat die is featured below). 

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

I can't wait to see how you get your stencil on!  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!