Monday, June 19

Simon Says: Let's Take Vacation!

Hello Monday, my friends! We have a brand new challenge for you this week at Simon Says Stamp and it's Let's Take Vacation! Fun one for this time of the year, right? I grew up camping with my family, and have gone camping ever since. We've done camping trips and adventures for years with our sons and traveled to some of our favorite destinations - the Southwest, the Rockies, Maine, the eastern provinces of Canada - all in tents! So of course, I thought of a camping theme for this challenge, but went with this cute tiny trailer...maybe someday! 

I repeatedly stamped the trailer design on the Oasis pack from Crate Paper.

Laying things out trying to figure out my piecing.

Ok, I like this!

Working on the tag background, starting with strips of paper I've used for the trailer.

Layering on some paints and adding some stamped designs.

I decided to use both transparent and opaque texture paste on the tag. 

Adding in some lovely worn lipstick Distress Oxide by wiping the ink pad on my craft sheet, spritzing it with water, and laying the tag down repeatedly. 

I added some lovely fibers to the tag and one of Tim Holtz's new Assemblage charms. 

I had fun thinking of words I associate with types of vacations and places to go, and pulling out my Mint typewriter to jot them down. 

I hope you've enjoyed my tag and are inspired to create a project of your very own and join us in our challenge! 

Simon Says Stamp is offering a generous $50 voucher for the challenge!



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Simon is on Instagram! Use #sssmchallenge when you share.

Let's head on over to see what the rest of the DT is up to with this challenge - We know it will be amazing!!

Saturday, June 17

What Does a Gal with a Gelli Plate do?

I had a beautiful summer day recently, and had to try out my new DecoArt Premium Acrylics and some new Neons I had recently gotten. So, I packed everything up, took it out onto my deck, and laid down a big sheet of paper on the table, and started playing. I wanted to try to make my own washi tape with the gelli plate. 

I started by laying down some Dina Wakley Media tape onto a sheet of deli paper.

Using my gelli plate and a brayer, I added the first layer of lovely blues and greens. I am loving the new Premium paints - very smooth!

Adding in a stamped layer with one of Nathalie Kalbach's Art Foamies.

A cosmetic sponge and neutrals work beautifully with some Carabelle Studio stencils to add another layer. 

Decided to try out my Neons and add in a bit with these masks. (Carabelle Studio)

Time to pop it up with some bright white and the flower stencil. (Carabelle Studio)

I used a lot of the same materials to make this gelli print on a piece of deli paper.

I used some of my washi tape for an art journal page. I will have to come up with a way to use the strips left on the deli paper too.

I also monoprinted a number of sheets of paper, since it was such a lovely afternoon to be outside, and I wanted to try out my new paints. I added some stamping on these sheets.

Some stenciling on these....

...and combined my prints into an art journal page along with these great book stamps from Darkroom Door and a bit of Quinacridone Gold.

Here is the full page, which I made for my Wanderlust 2017 class. My idea was to make the washi tape look like book shelves (for the most part). As you can see, I combined paper I mrnoprinted with the washi tape.

I will definitely set up my "outdoor studio" on the deck on another lovely day this summer, and get out my gelli plate and paints to play - I highly recommend it!! 

Thursday, June 15

Paris Blues

I am over at the DecoArt Mixed Media blog today with a full tutorial on how to make this! Please stop over and check it out!

Old Crow Medicine Show

Hello friends! Last month, I shared my project inspired by a song from the group called "Old Crow Medicine Show", so this month I am sharing what I created from the music group's name. With a name like that, how could my imagination lay low?

Thinking about Old Crow Medicine Show had me thinking of two things - first of all, I was imagining the old traveling medicine show, where the medicine man/snake oil salesman would travel around in an old wagon selling remedies to cure everything and anything, or so they claimed. The second thing I thought of was, it sounded like a radio show - so what did I do? combined the two ideas into my project!

I dug into my stash and found bottles of all sizes, shapes and colors and filled them with glittery bits, because crows like to collect bright shiny objects. I also wanted it to look like an old chemist/medicine shop.

I stamped these great bottle images from Graphic 45 for the background.

First layer of color - Distress Oxide in walnut stain.

Second layer - my fave - Quinacridone Gold.

The back of my radio (Prima TV Altered Frame) opens, and I covered it with black gesso, then laid the Industrial Elements stencil onto it and rubbed off some of the gesso with a baby wipe. 

I used the same stencil with Prussian Blue Hue to add in some surface design. Then, using Ranger black archival ink and Andy Skinner's Unexplained and Skuldoggery stamp sets, I added in another layer.

I decided to try and make it look more distressed with Patina Green Antiquing Cream, then scratched in with the Prima tool, and rubbed in a bit of Payne's Grey.

I decided to tone it down a bit with a white wash. I mixed tinting base and Titan Buff with a bit of water, brushed it on and wiped some off.

First layer in the back - the bird skull came from this neat set of postcards a friend gave me.

The tiny bottles are glued into place...

Now, it's time to make my crow. Honestly, I am not sure how much it looks like a crow, but heck, artistic license or some such thing.  I used Crayola Modeling Magic to make it.

I used black gesso underneath, then wanted to get a glossy iridescent look like you see when you look at the feathers. I used Metallic Lustre in Copper Kettle, and Black Shimmer, Ice Blue Metallic, and Carbon Black and Turquoise Shimmer misters. 

Here's how I figured out a way to put my bird to get it to dry - my shelf with my dancing hula girl who always keeps me company in the "studio". 

Now for the details! Back of the "radio" - I was thinking about how some of those so called remedies that were sold probably did more harm than good.

Dug into my stash of old junk parts to add this little light bulb which fit into this neat pronged piece. 

I also found an old knob, so why not add another one - turn the volume up!

...and here is the mix of remedies and cures that are being pawned off.

I had to give my crow a steampunk look, so added gears for feet, and found old mechanical bits and bobs to add in.

I just noticed the bird flying in the far left of my photo - maybe it's a crow coming to the show!

I am so inspired by steampunk - it really lets my imagination soar freely. I hope I've inspired you to join us this month for our Steampunk/Industrial challenge at SASPC. The work you have been doing in this genre is mind boggling amazing - keep it up!!

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