Monday, November 13, 2017

My Other Creations: Notebook using Dina Wakley's Scribbly Circles Stamp and Crate Paper's Carousel Collection

Our challenge theme this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is to incorporate stitching- real or faux.  Apparently I like making notebooks because I ended up with one yet again!


I started out with a notebook I had in my stash that I wanted to revamp.  I gathered some pieces of patterned paper (the whimsical Carousel collection from Crate paper) and some Jane Davenport Washi tape.  My daughter's name starts with an E, so that letter is always among my faves!

I glued the patterned paper squares onto my cover, then added a lattice panel cut with a Kaiser die.  I smeared acrylic paint here and there, then I added some Washi tape girls down the side.

I thought I had too many focal points going on, so I toned down both my images with some white paint.  I added some Brusho crystals for some splatters of more intense color and let some of the color drip down the page.  I also stamped a sentiment (Impression Obsession stamp) over the letter E.

I added a frame component and stitched it on.  I also stitched some vertical lines here and there.  I glued some striped tents to the bottom corner of the notebook and bumped up the color with more paint.

I added some black into the mix and stamped around the edges of the cover with Dina Wakley's Scribbly Circles.  I filled some of the circles in with black paint.  Then I dug into my random word stash and decided on, "Remember beautiful things."

And of course, I fed my tab obsession by adding a few of those on the side.

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

How will you incorporate stitching into your projects 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, November 6, 2017

My Other Creations: Gratitude Card Stack

"Thanks / Thanksgiving" is this week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  I made a stack of cards stating some of the things I'm grateful for.


I started by using one of my favorite techniques for covering large spaces with color.  I sprayed Strathmore Mixed Media paper with Dylusions Ink, then spritzed some more water on it to blend the colors.

Next I added white paint, some of which was applied over a Tim Holtz Splotches stencil.  I also punched circles out of some text paper and glued that on as well.

Next I added some orange and yellow tones back in with more paint, then spritzed water on some Brusho crystals.

I cut my page up into smaller squares and rectangles and stamped some images onto my cards with Ranger Black Archival Ink and IndigoBlu stamps.

I added some fabric scraps and outlined each card with a black Sharpie.

I found words to represent my blessings, both major and minor, and glued them onto my cards.  I also added some silver eyelets.

To create a stand for my cards to stack onto, I found a wooden platform and painted it black.  I had the talented hubs drill a hole in the wood, through which we hammered a silver post.  I made an easel-style stand out of a piece of chipboard.  Then I simply stacked the cards onto the post.  Here it is a view from the side:

And here's a view head-on (when it's being displayed vertically):

And here it is from the back (not super attractive, but effective).

You can also fold the easel stand down and display it flat down and then twirl the pages around to your liking.

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


This is a great challenge theme and I can't wait to see how you interpret it!  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.