Monday, March 2, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's day

Hi everyone,

This week it's all about good luck for upcoming St. Patrick's Day over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! It's still two weeks away, but maybe you're already inspired by this holiday.



I'm not really familiar with this Irish holiday. For me it's the color green, clovers, leprechauns and a rainbow with a pot full of gold at the end. I'm inspired by the Lucky 6x6 paper pad of Authentique. The background is made out of strips of pattern paper of the paper pad.



This shade of green is not my favorite color, and the pattern was also very busy. Time for a coat of Gesso to make everything a little less intense. It was important that the background with show through, so I only have applied a thin layer. A little color is needed again, and now with my favorite shades of green, Cracked Pistachio and Crushed Olive. I applied it with my fingers, especially along the edges.
The layers I gave more dimension and interest, by are using stencils and stamps.





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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, February 23, 2015

Groceries notepad

Hi everyone,

Monday equals Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! And this time it's a no rules challenge, just craft! Have fun!



My last notepad was empty, all the pages were ripped out and that was perfect, because I wanted to create a new one in the new colors of my interior: mint and teal. This is a good moment to evaluate whether I need some improvements when I make another one. But actually it is perfect, I have no alterations. The firm canvas board cover are very suitable and fit into the Cinch.



The first thing that I wanted to use was washi tape. And then I stamped the text on tissue paper and applied it with Glue N Seal. At such a textured surface it's very difficult to get a crisp print with stamping.



I knew I wanted to play with Classic Teal colored Embossing Paste, but I didn't know which stencil. When I was browsing through my stencils I saw the Stripes one and I knew this would fit perfectly with the look I wanted. Yes!

 

The inside I designed in Illustrator, and decorated with the Ring Doily and Blocked Circles with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.


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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

Friday, February 20, 2015

12 tags of 2015 - February

Hi everyone,


It's Tim Time: February 2015 Tag! And not as close to the deadline! My planning is going in the right direction. He has made another gorgeous tag! Very beautiful collaging!

I had lots of the products that Tim used for this tag. I hadn't noticed what Tim had used for his collage. I thought that it was from a paper pack, and when I opened up the Thrift Shop Ephemera pack I was surprised that it was exactly what Tim had used. I hadn't used it yet, so I'm pleased that Tim inspired me to use them.

 

It's weird I know, but I always have trouble with making collages. Dividing the areas is very hard for me. I think to much about it and can't make decisions. It's taking me forever to commit. Need to get better at that.



The technique to apply shadow on a sealed background with a brush is something I've done before and I love it. Mostly I use that technique with Big Brush pens from Faber Castell, because it's Indian Ink and therefor permanently. Such a cool technique to create shadow and depth.

 



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

Hugs,
Sandra

Monday, February 16, 2015

Botanical Paradise

Hi everyone,

It's Monday and a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is here. Despite the cold weather we dream about a "piece of paradise". We do you dream of when you think of paradise? We sure want to know and see your creations!



When I think of paradise, I think of beautiful palms, exotic plants and beautiful nature. I was inspired by the botanical part of paradise. I started with the Mini Leaves stencil with various colors green Distress Ink.



The Palm Fronts stencil fits perfectly with this challenge. To give it a more organic look, I used it with green colored Crackle Texture Paste. To bring more dimension to the tag I used the Clustered Leaves die from Simon Says Stamp. On top of the sentiment I applied some glitter with the Wink of Stella Glitter Clear Brush pen.





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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, February 9, 2015

Red and Pink tag

Hi everyone,

Can you already feel the love in the air? Within a few days it's Valentine's Day and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge has come up with a perfect challenge. One that also fits the non-Valentine crafters: "Red + Pink". As long as there is pink and red in your project!
I hadn't planned in advance what kind of project it would be, only that I wanted to use red and pink. I started with applying a thin layer of Gesso with a Palette Knife. The next step was applying Ruby and Neon Pink paint with the Swirl and Dots Stencil from Simon Says Stamp with a baby wipe. From there I used Picked Raspberry and filled in the background. Around the edges, I applied some pink tones Gelatos for more depth.



With the Latticework stencil with Walnut Stain and with Schoolhouse and Black Soot I added more layers. Then it was time for some washi tape, but not before I cut out the Pointed Feathers from Simon Says Stamp and stuck them under the washi!



 


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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, February 2, 2015

Happy Hugs art journal page

Hi everyone,

Can't believe it's February already! Monday equals a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week it's "H is for...". What does the letter H brings to mind? With Valentine's Day around the corner you might think of hearts or maybe Heidi Swapp, Hero Arts or Tim Holtz. We are very curious about what you're gonna create for this letter challenge! Please join in and share them with us!



For this challenge, I was inspired by the Big Hugs die from Simon Says Stamp. I think it's such an amzing die and I use it not nearly enough. I was in the mood for a grungy distressed-looking art journal page. Lately, I am very much into the mint green/teal color. Perhaps because that are new colors of my interior, but I also find them stunning colors for projects.



I started with a piece of Neenah cardstock and have it cut to size for my art journal. I gave it a thin layer of Gesso with a Palette Knife. I hadn't played with my Gelatos for a while, so time to get them out. I like the drip technique, I think that is the coolest gelato technique. It's so easy and gives you a different result each time. With a Stencil and a baby wipe I added some dimension. Because there wasn't Gesso everywhere, it created a very special effect.

 

The Hugs is cut out of cork, but it had too much contrast with the background, so I applied some Brushed Pewter over it. I don't know if this paint is supposed to be this fluid, it's way more fluid than the other Distress Paints, it has the consistency of stains. I forget that everytime and it's a mess because of that. Because it's so fluid it doesn't cover surfaces as good as I would like, but in this case it was perfect, because it toned down the cork.









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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

Saturday, January 31, 2015

12 tags of 2015 - January

Hi everyone,

It is TTT (Tim Tag Time) again! I had such good resolutions for this year for my participation with the 12 tags to not wait until the last minute. This is not a good start! But there is lots of room for improvement!
Anyway, back to business! I'm so glad that Tim continues with the 12 tags in 2015! It's always a great learning moment! He always has new techniques to teach, and he makes the most amazing tags! Like this month! I love the grungy mixed media feel!

It's always an extra challenge to give it your own twist, but it's a lot easier if you don't have all the supplies, because you have to come up with alternatives :). That makes it even more fun. The base material such as Tissue Wrap and Glue N Seal, are supplies I have in my stash. I made my own Distress Stain by filling up an Stampendous bottle so I can use it as a spray.



Tim used random power words on his tag with ChitChat, and I wanted to make a sentiment. "The best is still to come", which I think is a nice prospect and I like to believe in.






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

Hugs,
Sandra