Monday, 21 April 2014

A bit of financial advice


The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week is "Big Stamp", right in my wheelhouse - I love big stamps, they're so much more versatile than small ones.  Why not dig out one of your big stamps and create something for the Challenge - you could be the winner of a $50 voucher to shop at Simon Says Stamp.

I decided to break out the wide stripes stamp from Simon Says Stamp, it's 6 inches square so big enough for the front of most cards.  I stamped it here with Mustard Seed distress ink and then stamped again with Fired Brick.  See how perfectly the stripes line up?  I love this stamp!  I did the same thing on the canopy piece and then used a circle punch to cut the scallops and fixed them along the edge.  The canopy is slightly raised on 3d foam pieces.

I stamped the chemist and then gave him a circus-appropriate makeover with promarkers.  I used my crop-o-dile to punch two small circles for his buttons and used a black pen to create the faux stitching around his patch and the patch on the circus tent.

The financial advice stickers were printed on the computer, cut out, distressed with Gathered Twigs distress ink and then fixed in place.  As a finishing touch I added the Cirque stamp from the Big Top set and distressed the edges with Gathered Twigs ink before matting the whole thing on black card and then mounting it on my square card.

Supplies I used included:

Our ever-generous sponsor Simon Says Stamp is offering a $50 gift voucher as the prize again this week, just make something for the challenge and you could the winner! The winner will be chosen at random from those who enter the challenge, so why not give it a try? At the very least why not head over to the Challenge Blog to see how the other members of the design team have interpreted this weeks theme! :)

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Monday, 14 April 2014

Those Wonderful Men Who Are Flying Machines


The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week is "Winged Things".  That gives you a lot of leeway with the kind of things you might create - birds, butterflies, bees, aeroplanes, angels, the list is a long one!  Why not create something for the Challenge and you could be the winner of a $50 voucher to shop at Simon Says Stamp.

I decided that I was going to make use of the Tim Holtz stamp set "Winged Things 2", but change things up slightly.  (Actually there's also a "Winged Things" set too, which I don't have, I must rectify that!)

I started my journal page by inking the background with Fired Brick distress ink and then using water to stamp the scratches ("Slight Alterations" set) and frank mark ("I See Paris" set).  The dots from the "Mixed Media" set were stamped with Dusty Concord and Shabby Shutters distress ink.

I drew the checkered border by hand on typing paper, cut it out and fixed it in place.  The "FLY" was from the Simon Says Stamp set "Sketched Alphabet", stamped with black archival ink and edged with a white pen.

The heads are the poor disembodied chaps from the "Steampunk" set - I took pity on them and decided to give them limbs!  The two smaller figures use a body from the "Winged Things 2" set and the larger one has a body from the "Dance Card" set and wings stamped from the "School Desk" set.  All were stamped separately, coloured with Promarkers, assembled from their parts and then fixed in place.  The final touch was the crow, which came from the "Haunted Mansion" set.

Supplies I used included:

Our ever-generous sponsor Simon Says Stamp is offering a $50 gift voucher as the prize again this week, just make something for the challenge and you could the winner! The winner will be chosen at random from those who enter the challenge, so why not give it a try? At the very least why not head over to the Challenge Blog to see how the other members of the design team have interpreted this weeks theme! :)

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Monday, 7 April 2014

Paris Memories


The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week is "Journey", so I created a page for my art journal inspired by a few hours I spent in Paris a couple of weeks back on my way back from Italy.  Why not create something for the Challenge and you could be the winner of a $50 voucher to shop at Simon Says Stamp.

This page is 8" x 5", which is the size of the pages in my Dylusions journal.  I started out by blending Salty Ocean distress ink onto my background and then dripping a lot of water on it.  I let it set for a second and then dabbed it off with paper towel.

The Eiffel Tower, man and postal background were all stamped in Salty Ocean distress ink.  I stamped the man again on typing paper, cut out his face and hand and then applied them to my page.  The larger man, group photo and text scrap were all taken from the French Industrial paper stack.  I love how several of Tim Holtz's stamp images are available in different sizes now, (or on paper as here) - it really let's you play around with ideas of scale, which would be difficult if they were only in one size.

Finally I stamped the fleur de lys and the Eiffel Tower - Paris stamps with archival black.  I love the two tone effect from stamping and blending with the same Salty Ocean ink, which gives more than just one tone.

I should really have taken some photos while I was in Paris but it didn't even cross my mind!  To be fair though, I have been there several times so I wasn't seeing the sights for the first time.  Having said that, I did grab a snap of a fancy cake shop window that I was drooling over! :)



Supplies I used included:

Our ever-generous sponsor Simon Says Stamp is offering a $50 gift voucher as the prize again this week, just make something for the challenge and you could the winner! The winner will be chosen at random from those who enter the challenge, so why not give it a try? At the very least why not head over to the Challenge Blog to see how the other members of the design team have interpreted this weeks theme! :)

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