Monday, September 15, 2014

Expirementing with new techniques

Hi everyone,

A new Monday means a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. It's still STAMPtember, are you enjoying it too? This week is all about techniques. Such as, what is your favorite technique, or maybe you want to try a new one you've never tried before. Show us!



It been a long while since I played with the Gelli Plate. So why not expirement a bit with it. It is always a surprise what I get with it. I started to make a pattern with washi tape.



With three colors of paint (Ruby, Tangerine and Lemon) and Peacock Doily stencil I got the following result. A bit too bright then for what I was going for.



I applied a few strips of Washi tape in the opposite direction. With some White paint and without another stencil or something else to use for some extra texture, I made an almost whole white layer.



Nope, that's not what I had in mind. Well, why not try the Peacock Doily stencil and a baby wipe to try to get rid of some of the white paint? And it worked! Yes a new technique is born! Well for me it is... The paper I used is plain printer paper and you have to be careful with it.



I'm so not good at remembering to take pictures along the way. But the only extra step that I did was to create another layer with the Gelli Plate and Tangerine and Lemon. To bring the original colors back a little. The red was too bright for me. Then I adhered it into my art journal.



Layers, layers and more layers. So cool how with each layer it all comes together. For this layer, I used Gathered Twiggs and one of my favorite Simon Says Stamp stencils, the Diamond Circles.



With stamps and stencils I've applied more layers.



And of course, I need to use 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

Monday, September 8, 2014

Stamptember blog hop!

Hi everyone,

It's time, the annual Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge STAMPtember blog hop starts! If you came here directly, please start at the beginning of the blog hop by clicking here. Thanks!

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Simon Says Stamp was founded in 2002 with an interest in exclusively selling rubber stamps. It didn’t take long until we realized we couldn’t stop there. For more than 10 years we have celebrated rubber stamping and its glory. We work to bring companies from around the world together in a one stop shopping environment. Rubber stamps still remain the heart of our business and we are celebrating by hosting a “STAMPtember®" event intended to inspire, educate, and celebrate the delight of rubber stamping. Part of the enticement of rubber stamping is that stamps can be used in creating or complementing ANYTHING! From stamping dates on bank documents and postage parcels in the early 18th century, rubber stamping has dramatically expanded to include card making, scrapbooking, mixed media and many forms of altering and expressing art.

STAMPtember is always a very big happing and the bloghop is always a fun party. For this party, I made a tag with the Bitty Butterfly stamp and die set, but also with the Diamond Circle stencil.


Since it is a celebration, I wanted to use elegant and classy colors, such as Victorian Velvet Distress Ink for the background and Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls for details and effect.



The technique that I want to share with you today is to create a color on top of a black (stamped) surface. The largest butterfly of the Simon Says Stamp exclusive stamp set Bitty Butterfly is perfect for this technique, since there is a same shaped stamp with a pattern in it. First of stamp with Archival Jet Black Ink the solid butterfly and let it completely dry. Then stamp with Versamark the dotted butterfly. Use a brush with a bit of Perfect Pearls (don't matter which color, if desired even multiple colors) on the dots and brush the excess off. Fix it with a bit of hairspray.



With this tag I want to thank Simon Says Stamp for everything they do and I'm so glad to be part of the amazing Monday Challenge DT.



It's now time to hop to the next in line, and that is the amazing talented Suzz!


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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 1, 2014

Bold number stamping

Hi everyone,

It's September and that means STAMPtember at Simon Says Stamp. This month is entirely dedicated to stamping and this also goes for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. The theme for this week is 'Bold Stamping'! Do you want to stamp with a bright bold color or maybe you have a big bold stamp, or be in any other way bold in your stamping. Go for it, we want to see it!



This week I worked my art journal and I stamped with the bold numbers of the Purveyor set. I think that stamp is really cool. It was time for much texture and dimension. And I started with a layer of Gesso  and after that was dry I applied the mesh I got at the hardware store. I applied multiple layers of Multi Medium Matte ​​to make sure that I was propely adhered.



When it was dry, I applied a few different colors of Distress Ink to my Craft Sheet and with a bit of water and a brush, I applied the ink as if it were watercolor. The next step was playing with some Embossing Paste and the Bubble stencil for more texture.



Finally it was the Bold numbers turn. Think it's a cool effect stamping on an uneven surface. Despite my attempts to adhere the mesh down, two pieces got loose so I removed them. Because of the Multi Medium you hardly see that those pieces aren't there anymore.




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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

Thursday, August 28, 2014

CC3C #9

Hi everyone,

I don't know why, but I'm so very busy lately. Fortunately, I could make time to join in with CC3C at the last moment. We are already at #9, and we may play with framelits with matching stamps this time, according to page 63. This challenge is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium.

 
Unfortunately I don't have any Tim Holtz framelits but I do have a set from Simon Says Stamp with matching stamps. Those are very nice too and work the same. Although Tim's framelits have different parts of the stamp so you can make layers. Those of Simon Says Stamp doesn't have that, only the outline. Who knows, maybe in the future.




I used vellum for the die cuts because it gives a nice semi-transparent effect and you can see it the stamp underneath. I colored the vellum with some Distress Markers.





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

Hugs,
Sandra

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Witch-Kraft invitation tutorial

Hi everyone,


I'm so excited about this weeks challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! I dreamed this one up. I know it's early to think about Halloween, but it will be here sooner than you think. I like to share a tutorial about the witch-kraft invitation I made. Here's a little sneakpeek.



Click here to see it over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog.
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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

Sunday, August 24, 2014

12 tags of 2014 - August

Hi everyone,

It's Tim-Time! What a gorgeous tag our Tim made this month. I know, I say this every time, but it's true! I like the busy messy design. But personally I don't do that as much, so when we are challenged to make it very busy and messy, I'm going for it.


It's so much fun to create it with different supplies, to make it your own. That's why the 12 tags is one of my favorite challenges. You learn new techniques and you can follow the instructions as you like. Love that! Here are a few more pictures.





 



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

Hugs,
Sandra

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Barcelona Album

Hi everyone,

This week it's NO RULES at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, it's Anything Goes! So please join us!



For every trip I make, I like to make an album with all the photos I took during that adventure. It's always a lot of work to make an album, but this time it took almost my whole summer break! Not that I mind it, it was just a big project. I'm a person who likes to process a lot of photos in the album and that's always a challenge. This time I put about 200 pictures in it! If a picture says more then a thousand words, this album sure has lots to say!



I wrote a lot more about the things that happend and that I've seen, then in other albums. The small notepad I made a while back has really helped me so I could take notes and write the whole story later. I first covered the canvas board with design paper from Authentique, the Accomplished collection and made an album of it. 



The theme of Accomplished actually is graduation, but I find Kraft with black and white a very nice combination and I didn't mind that it wasn't a traveling theme. Because I knew I probably wouldn't have enough sheets, I also used Black and Kraft Bazzil Cardstock. How could I print on a black surface and see the text? I actually had only one answer and that was Perfect Pearls. I've got an inkjet printer and ink is wet, so why not print with the best quality setting and cover it with Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold? The first attempt failed because I had printed on the textured side and that made the text difficult to read. The second attempt was successful, perfectly readable. But it needed to set. Unfortunately it didn't work to spray it with a Mister, because if the drops were too big, the text became unreadable. Hmmm, what will work and not bleed? Why not give hairspray a try? And yes, that was the answer!



To mix up a bit, I also used a transparency sheet, and stamped with StazOn on it. This ink works best on a plastic surface. And adhered on both sides photos. The letters I die cut from the Lower Alphabet Dies set with Cork Sheets. The three dots under the text are the insides from the letters. Why not use them as embellishments?



As for the text, I wrote this in Adobe Illustrator. I first decided how big I wanted the piece of cardstock I was going to print on and where the text would come. Once that was set I started typing, and wrote as many as could fit in the textarea. I then printed it out on regular printing paper with a border the size of the piece of cardstock, and I cut that piece out. I adhered it in place where the border was, put it back into the printer and deleted in Illustrator the border. And printed it again. No paper is wasted in this way. This method only works with an inkjet printer and one that has a tray at back of it so the paper remains almost straight when the printer pulls the paper through.



I have lots of photos with the backs glued together and I made them ​​interactive. Each page has a different layout and amount of picture. Quite difficult to make each page different, but again it makes it more interesting for when you browse through the album. The Gears and Mini Gears are from Memory Box. Absolutely love them!



I almost forgot that I had those Shadow Presses. It gives such a cool effect to a photo. I've learned that they best work on a background if it has a solid color. If you look carefully you can see this page exist out of two different design papers.  I've adhered the two remaining strips of design paper together with washi tape and so created a whole page. Really convenient and also very pretty! Maybe next time I make all the pages that way.



The cover I decorated last, it was already covered with design paper. But I mean the decoration of the cover, because I wanted it to with the style of the content of the album. I kept it pretty simple, because I have done taht with the inside too.



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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