Monday, January 26, 2015

A cloud of a baby

Hi everyone,

It's Monday again and we have a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge for you. This week's theme is: "from up in the clouds...". Let the dreary weather inspire you to make something pretty and join in.



I was inspired by a Dutch saying: "een wolk van een baby" literally translated: a cloud of a baby. Which means a beautiful and healthy baby. A colleague of mine just became a father to his first daughter and to celebrate this joyous occasion, I made a card where all my colleagues and I can write something on.



As the base of the card I cut a piece of Manila cardstock to card size and I the first thing I did was play with Neon Pink, it can't be bright enough! I really love that color, and pink is the most girly color. In these dark winter days I wanted to give this card a lot of color. With Peacock Feathers I added some more.



Around the edges of the card I stamped with a Zip-A-Dee-Doodle stamp in Simon Says Stamp White Ink. The ink mixes with the color that's under it, which gives a cool effect. With the Dot Fade stencil and Perfect Pearl Mist I gave it a bit of shimmer.  I coloured the edges of the Talk Bubble cloud with Neon Pink 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

Monday, January 19, 2015

Winter snowman stamping

Hi everyone,

The first month of 2015 is already halfway gone. Time goes by very fast! Fortunately the hectic times are over now, well at least I hope so, and I have more time for fun things like crafting! Now it's time for a new Simon Says Monday Challenge. We're in the middle of winter and want to see something inspired by this cold season.



I was inspired by the December 2014 Tim tag. This background technique is so cool and also lots of fun to do. I don't have the new Stain Sprays yet, so I used the regular Stains and put some of it into a spray bottle so that I could do the technique. These were still on my desk and I couldn't resist to give it another go. This time I also used Glimmermist for more sparkle and depth in color.



The color palette is very wintery, but the working title of this challenge is 'Winter Stamping' and I have enough winter stamps to fit that criteria. I love those beautiful stamps from Teresa Collins: Tinsel Company. With the snowflakes I stamped in Watering Can Archival Ink.



What's more winter like than snow? I therefore added with Embossing Paste and Snow Dylusions stencil some snowflakes. I also painted the edges and the metal foil covered letters with white paint. All those cool colors needed some warmth. So I stamped the Snowman on a piece of Kraft cardstock and colored him in with serveral Distress Markers. To give him the glittery snow effect I applied a layer with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.



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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, January 12, 2015

Remember: Embrace Imperfection

Hi everyone,

A new Monday has arrived and so has a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. This week we want to see inky backgrounds. To what extent is entirely up to you! If you're not really an inky person, maybe you should take this opportunity to experiment.


I'm also experimenting in my art journal this week. I love ink sprays and why not make an ink spray background? Whether it has become a successful experiment... I don't know, but I found the process so much fun and have given it the title "embrace imperfection".


As the first step, I used the striped Teresa Collins Stencil and Vibrant Turquiose to make a start for the inky background. I've also used the stencil as a mask. So the stencil stayed in the same place and I started stamping for more interest.

 

Then I got the idea to move the stencil a bit so that the part that was masked off became visible. This time I used Bubblegum Pink and Crushed Grape. Wow, this was really bright and loud ... Just go with it and continue! To create more contrast I took the Jumbled Letters and applied it with black colored Embossing Paste. Such a cool effect, stencil over stencil.

 

The edges I painted black because the stencil was just too small for my art journal, but it also helps as contrast for the bright stripes, just as the washi tape. To create even more interest, I stamped "whole" stamps, like the Spool Labels and Document 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, January 5, 2015

Party time!

Hi everyone,

It's Monday again and we are back with a Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Things are back to normal! Hope you all had an amazing Christmas and a wonderful New Year, and hopefully you're are ready for some crafting! I sure do, it was very hectic here with the renovation, the move and holidays fesitivities. But like I already said, we're back and have a fun challenge for you: "Make new friends, but keep the old.". Great one to ring in the new year!


I'm moving on to the next event, my birthday! I'm combining it with the housewarming. So time to make some invitations. I want to keep my old friends, literally speaking..., and new friends are more then welcome off course. But for my birthday I'm focusing on the old, not literally off course, hahaha. I started with an old technique, the Paint Resist technique with Picket Fence Distress Paint and the Sunset Sunrise stencil. Then I cut out my new friend, the Ring Frame of Simon Says Stamp, with Kraft cardstock where I adhedered some Masking Tape on. I lifted the masking tape off and using the Ring Frame to mask off some circles.



Then I started working with Picked Raspberry to create a beautiful pink background. The more you go over the painted areas, the better the paint will resist. Do you want to see more of the actual paint color, you can use a damp cloth or a baby wipe and carefully going over it.



Thought it would be fun to make some contrast and create a kind of Chalkboard effect. I did this with my new Heidi Swapp stamps and also new Simon Says Stamp White Pigment Ink. First I painted the circles black and then stamped with white ink. So simple, so fun!


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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, January 2, 2015

Winter Wonder Land art journal tutorial

Hi everyone,

It's been a while, well I did a quick post a few days ago. But I'm back in blogland now the holidays, renovation and the move are done. I can focus on crafting and visiting your blogs. Today I'm sharing a tutorial over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. Here's a little sneak peek of my project.


Let me tell you a little about it. It's an art journal page. And I love to share with you the process of how I make such a page. It's so much fun to create in my art journal. If you've never tried it, or are you curious about the process of this page or maybe you just want to see the finished result, please go to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. This Monday we will be back with new challenges!

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

Hugs,
Sandra

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

12 tags of 2014 - December

Hi everyone,

Just a quick post just before the end of the year. First of all I wanna wish you an amazing 2015! That it will be a really beautiful and creative year. I'm a few hours too late to participate with the December tag of 2014. That's okay. It's all been very hectic with the renovation and move. But it doesn't stop me to share the tag with you on New Year's Eve.



It's a variation of Tim's tag. I don't have any of the products he has used besides the manila tag and Picket Fence Distress Paint ... But that didn't stop me!

 






I'm going back my New Year's Eve party and wish you all the best for the new year!

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

Hugs,
Sandra

Monday, December 15, 2014

I'm moving!

Hi everyone,

It's so hectic here at the moment, but it's Monday and that means a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week is No Rules at all! Just play, play, play!



I've got moving stress, and I thought it would be a great idea to make a moving tag for family and friends to let them know when I'm moving. I used a kraft tag, because it reminds me of cardboard moving boxes. And to enhance that, I used the Distressed Textures stamps from Bo Bunny.



With Walnut Stain and the Latticework stencil I distressed the edges. On top of the washi tape I used the exclusive Arrows die of Simon Says Stamp! It is DIEcember after all!



The letters "Just Moved" are cut with the Alphanumeric die out of red cardstock and after I adhered them, I'm went over them  with the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Marker. I love that cool glittery effect!

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/blog/new-exclusive-diecember-release-cyber-monday-sale/


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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