Monday, October 20, 2014

No rules, just play!

Hi everyone,

This week over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, there are no rules, just play! Everything is possible, let your imagination run free. Have fun and show us your project(s)!



I'm moving and I wanted to make a planner ​​where I can keep track what I have to do, inspiration, requested tenders etc. The important papers go into a large binder, but I wanted something handy, something I easily can take everywhere.
I started with the covers. These are canvas boards that I painted black with Charcoal Black. I really love the combination of black with neon pink and white. A touch of kraft makes it even more interesting. As base to go onto the cover I used Neenah Solor White Cardstock.



With the Distress Marker Spritzer and Simon Says Stamp Blocked Circles stencil I made the first layer. Every time I'm amazed how awesome this effect is. Especially if there is enough ink coming out of the markers .... Then it was time for some washi tapes. After some stamping I applied some black colored Embossing Paste with the Jumbled Letters for a bit of texture.



Since the background was already quite dark, I painted the letters Neon Pink and stamped on top of them with a Crackle stamp. To ensure that the planner stays in shape and everthing stays in place, I applied a layer of Multi Medium Matte on the covers.



I've created tabs with different themes in the same style as the cover, only slightly simpler and lighter.





A calendar is always useful and so is a checklist for everything I need to do. And that's a lot...

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To join in all you need to do is make a project that fits this weeks challenge and you can be the winner of the $50 gift voucher that our amazing sponsor Simon Says Stamp offers. This prize will go to a random entry. So go over to the Stamp and Show Monday Challenge blog, let the DT members inspire you and join in the fun!

Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!

Hugs,
Sandra

Monday, October 13, 2014

O is for October

Hi everyone,

It's Monday and that means there is a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. This week, it's all about the letter O!



When I think of the letter O, I think of the month of October and then Halloween isn't far away. I find it a fun holiday full of spookiness. And who knows, it will become a tradition in the Netherlands too.



For this challenge, I've created an art journal page on Watercolor paper so I could work with sprays. Watercolor paper can handle lots of liquid without warping. I started with the Leaves Mask of Simon Says Stamp, put it down on the paper and started spraying with Pure Sunshine and Squeezed Orange. The excess ink on the mask, I dapped off in the upper right corner. It would have been a waste to not use that ink.



Then I start building the layers. In the corners I have made sort of spider webs with the Shatter stencil and Gathered Twiggs​​. In order to bring some purple to it all, I used the Ring Cluster stencil of Simon Says Stamp to make a purple layer. With Pitch  Black and Schoolhouse stencil I made some black contrast. And you know me by now, I can't go without any washi tape!



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To join in all you need to do is make a project that fits this weeks challenge and you can be the winner of the $50 gift voucher that our amazing sponsor Simon Says Stamp offers. This prize will go to a random entry. So go over to the Stamp and Show Monday Challenge blog, let the DT members inspire you and join in the fun!

Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!

Hugs,
Sandra

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

CC3C #12 and the previous one #11

Hi everyone,

I'm back, and this time again with CC3C! Numero 12! This time it's about Distress Photo Tinting and  is sponsered by The Funkie Junkie Boutique!


I don't have a good photo printer, and thought it would be a great idea to work with the Found Relatives of Tim. I think it's slightly more difficult to work with those than with regular pictures. The ink remains longer on the surface before it dries and it puddles a bit.








I was too late for the deadline of the previous challenge, CC3C #11. But I wanted to share it with you anyway!










Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!

Hugs,
Sandra

Monday, October 6, 2014

Falling in autumn

Hi everyone,

It's already autumn and in the Netherlands we have a very nice late kind of indian summer. But the leaves are beginning to change color and start to fall. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog has got a perfect challenge to go with: "Falling in love with...".  What colors, textures, and products are you inspired to craft with this fall?



The warm colors of autumn are so beautiful, but not the weather that goes with it. Although we still have very nice weather here, autumn soon will show his true colors.



I started to build the background with the Blocked Circles of Simon Says Stamp and Barn Door and Mustard Seed. I love the way Distress Ink blends into each other. So subtle, beautiful!



The next step was Washi Tape. This gives such a different look to it. I love the effect the Distress Marker Spritzer gives, I used with Dot Fade and Spiced Marmalade.



When I came up with this sentiment, I didn't realize in how many ways you can interpret it. Love that! But all in the positive way of course!

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To join in all you need to do is make a project that fits this weeks challenge and you can be the winner of the $50 gift voucher that our amazing sponsor Simon Says Stamp offers. This prize will go to a random entry. So go over to the Stamp and Show Monday Challenge blog, let the DT members inspire you and join in the fun!

Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!

Hugs,
Sandra

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

12 tags of 2014 - September

Hi everyone,

I almost can't believe that it's already the last day of September. This month obviously can't go by without taking part in the 12 tags of 2014! What a fun and playful tag Tim made​​ for us!



I haven't done mucht with the Butterfly Frenzy die, soI  was happy that I could use it for this tag. I've chosen not to work with the alcohol inks but have worked with Distress Inks instead. Although I actually also hardly use alcohol inks... Oh well, next time I will. Despite the difference in ink, I kept close to Tim's idea for the tag.








Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!

Hugs,
Sandra

Monday, September 29, 2014

Be creative, be silly

Hi everyone,

The end of STAMPtember is almost here. So Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge has one last STAMPing challenge for you: "Finishing touch stamping". What or which technique gives your project the finishing touch? Please join in and share it with us!

 

For me are the edges what can make the finishing touch of my project. Like inking the edges with a darker Distress Ink color (mostly brown or black) or go around the edges with black paint. But because the theme is "Finishing touch stamping", I used the Bo Bunny Stitches. Those stamps give such another look to the project. Love that!



I love to play in my art journal and I was a bit silly making these pages. I tried to make a print with the Simon Says Stamp Scrambled Letters stencil and Blackberry Violet paint. With a Brayer I applied a thin layer of paint on the backside of the stencil to use it as a stamp. Unfortunately that didn't work as I hoped. The paint dries too quickly and there wasn't a lot of paint transfered onto the page. Actually I wanted to throw the sheet away and start all over again, but no that is not how an art journal works. So I continued working with Distress Spritzer and Peacock Feathers. Love the subtle look of that.



Then it was washi tape time. This works so well to easily create a composition. Around it I stamped with different stamps. With both the ink and paint. As embellishments I made retro circles in Adobe Illustrator and cut them out with my Silhouette Cameo. And the Simon Says Stamp Scribble Flowers I stamped with Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves and then cut with the matching dies. Those are so fun and a bit silly! Perfect combination for these pages!






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To join in all you need to do is make a project that fits this weeks challenge and you can be the winner of the $50 gift voucher that our amazing sponsor Simon Says Stamp offers. This prize will go to a random entry. So go over to the Stamp and Show Monday Challenge blog, let the DT members inspire you and join in the fun!

Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!

Hugs,
Sandra

Monday, September 22, 2014

Stamping and stenciling

Hi everyone,

Are you enjoying the amazing month of STAMPtember? Great! Because there is still lots more to come! This week over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge it's all about "Stamp and Stencil fun"!

 

As you know, I love Finnabair's style and love to play with those techniques and give it my own twists. She also has a very cool art journal and I created my own version of it. One without cover, one without beginning or end. Actually it has lots of different covers. The idea behind this art journal is to keep everything as flat as possible, but to work with many layers and create lots of dimension. This art journal is very simple to make. I cut 10 sheets of Kraft cardstock in half, used my Cinch for the binding. I had two remaining pieces of Binding Wire laying around, so I measured where the holes needed to be, and it was all finished.

 

I started with the Harlequin stencil and two different colors Distress Ink, Tattered Rose and Dried Marigold. These blend very nicely together, and are so soft. With washi tape I made the composition. Along those lines I have built up the layers, with stamps such as Cartographer, Vintage Vanity, Sunrise Sunset and Romance Novel. The corners needed a bit more contrast. With the Sunrise Sunset stencil and some black colored Embossing Paste, the pages really came together.
As for embellishments I cut with my Silhouette a lot of circles in different sizes. All from one sheet of Kraft cardstock. This will keep me going for a long time. By inking the edges of the circles with Distress Ink, it gets a bit more dimension.



Personally, I take a few photos and I'm definitely not photogenic, but I still wanted a picture on this page. On the internet I found this cute girl on a site full of vintage photos. Click here to go to the site. I printed it with only black ink and voila a picture! Maybe it was better if I had mirrored the picture so she and her dog were facing the other way. Something to keep in mind for future pages.



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To join in all you need to do is make a project that fits this weeks challenge and you can be the winner of the $50 gift voucher that our amazing sponsor Simon Says Stamp offers. This prize will go to a random entry. So go over to the Stamp and Show Monday Challenge blog, let the DT members inspire you and join in the fun!

Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!

Hugs,
Sandra