Thursday, March 26, 2015

12 tags of 2015 - March

Hi everyone,

It's time for another Tim tag, and this time for the month of March. Tim has made a super pretty tag and I wish I had the butterfly stamp in my hands already, but it's on its way from America to my sweet little home in just a few days.
Despite I haven't got my butterfly stamp yet, I'm happy playing with my hot air balloon stamp. I used it for so many projects! Truly one of my favorites!

 

What a fun technique to use embossing powder on top of embossing paste. Tim told us to wait with melting the embossing powder until the paste has dried, but I wanted to the bubbling look. I think that just gives it a very cool and distressed effect.





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

Hugs,
Sandra

Monday, March 23, 2015

Welcome Leo!

Hi everyone,

A new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is here. This week we want to see stamps in different ways,  colors or different stamping techniques.



Anna-Karin, my very talented teammember, had a baby boy and I wanted to make her a card to congratulate her and her family with this delightful event. I wanted to do some mixed media techniques that I use in my art journal. I started with the Mini Arrows stencil and Broken China Distress Paint. To get it more into the background I applied a thin layer Gesso over it. With some blue Gelatos I made a border around the card, but it wasn't really what I wanted. And I took the Arrow stencil again with a baby wipe removed the gelato by making white arrows. Love the effect of positive and negative arrows.



It's useful to know which ink you can stamp on what surfaces, as the properties of the inks. Personally, I learned a lot from Tim Holtz in his Creative Chemistry 101 and 102 online courses, but you can also find information on the Internet and in books about it. And of course, trying to see what works, experimenting, is also a good way to go! In my project I have stamped on a regular transparent sheet and as far as I know there is only one ink capable to stamp on this kind of slick surfaces and that Staz-On Jet Black. Don't know if every Staz-On ink is suitable, I only have Jet Black. This ink ensures a good print and the ink dries almost instantly. Other waterproof inks don't really dry and will smear, usually the print isn't really crisp either.



For this card I stamped only on two different surfaces. Gesso and on a transparent sheet. I use Staz-On only for transparent sheets and Archival for all the other surfaces in case it must be waterproof.



Anna-Karin now has two sons and I liked not only Leo, but also Anton incorperated on the card with the Silhouette stencil from Jenny Bowlin. I've also applied some glitter with the Wink of Stella Glitter Clear Brush to let them shine.



I love the Shaker Kite die from the Simon Says Stamp Hop to it collection! And for some reason in my mind flying things brings joy and happiness. Perhaps because by the tradition of releasing balloons at celebrations. That's why I found this kite perfect for Leo's birthday card.


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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, March 16, 2015

Happy Easter

Hi everyone,

It's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge time! The challenge is "Lions and lambs. In other words it's all about the animals, the little ones that are about to arrive into this world, or waking up after a long sleep, of maybe other critters. With Spring around the corner there is so much new life coming!




I was inspired by the new Easter die from the  Simon Says Stamp Hop to it collection. The font is so cool and perfect for an art journal spread. I started with Tissue Wrap and applied a thin layer of Gesso to tone down the text.





With some Gelatos I played around creating sort of a landscape and to ensure that the color remained where I applied it, I covered it with a layer of Multi Medium. Normally I use the same washi tape on both sides but now chosen to use washi tape colors that matches the background. In order to give in a little more dimension but also a bit of contrast with the black and white washi tape. To blend the tape a little more into the background, I went along it with Big Brush Pens for some shade.



For even more depth and interest I made some kind of clouds with the Bubble stencil and Broken China, and with the Mini Arrows stencil and Peeled Paint I created some grass. Love the old rub-ons I found in my stash, those butterflies with the white background are looking amazing on 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, March 9, 2015

B for ... Bookmark

Hi everyone,

It's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge time! The challenge is: B is for ... Let your creativity run wild. Birthdays, balloons, blue, bo bunny etc. We are very curious what you're going to create. Join in and share it with us!





Recently I started with reading in bed just before going to sleep. I've heard that it's better for your eyes and your mind, and makes you sleep better. But not on something that gives any light like, tv, laptop, tablet or phone. So I started reading books again. But I've actually never had a bookmark. I always used receipts from the book that I had bought. Why not make one?



I started to determine the measurements of the bookmark. I read paperbacks, so it should not be too small. After the measurements were set, I've cut it out of Manila Cardstock. With the Morrocan stencil, Cracked Pistachio and Iced Spruce I started the background. It didn't turn out as I had hoped and applied a layer of Gesso. Then I started working with the Spray Stain to give it more color.



The Scibble Flowers are so cool and you can make really funky creations with them. I did also a bit of doodleling. It was still a bit too monotone for me and with Peacock Feathers Spray Stain and a water brush I colored the flowers.




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

Hugs,
Sandra

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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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