Sunday, September 3, 2017

Old and Interesting

So for this weeks Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: School or Study Related, I was at a bit of a loss. So I decided to interpret it slightly differently. I wish I had remembered to take before pictures. I started with an old German book from 1859. The covers and spine were falling off, it was pretty shambled. I had originally bought it just to use the pages out of it. However the thought of doing an altered book always appealed to me. So I decided that this weeks challenge would be a good time to try that out. It took me a couple days if gluing and pressing to get the spine and covers all together and working again. Then the fun began. I took a handful of fun antique steam punk style washi tape rolls, I then started at the top and did one after another going down the book, starting on the inside of the back cover and wrapping it around. Once I got that all done I took Tim Holtz antique collage medium and worked it over the covers and spine. To not only seal the washi tape, but to try and keep the aged look of the 150+ year old book. Then I took some cloth textured paper and went on the inside cover over the first page, to help reinforce the book, and to make sure the washi tape didn't decide to work it's way up. Then I stamped the quote on the same paper I used on the inside covers. Tore it out and adhered it with the same collage medium that I did the washi tape. I then added the small clock charm. Finally I went hunting for something to do out the spine. At first I looked for a good phrase or title, and finally decided that I would use the old studded spine idea. So I found some small metal embellishments and suited the purpose and measured it out and glued them on. I am overjoyed at how well this turned out. I can't wait to continue arting through the book. I hope that you all enjoy it, and that it fits the theme ok.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Rainbow Sprinkles

I had a blast making this ATC for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. I started with a plain piece of white card stock. I used embossing paste through a diamond stencil, then immediately sprinkled pink, purple, and orange embossing powder on it. Then I heated it until the powder was completely melted and the embossing paste was nice and puffy. As it dried and cooled the embossing paste shrunk back down some, but it leaves it with a cool squishy texture. I then sprinkled Raspberry infusions on the ATC and sprayed it with water, dried and blotted until I liked it. I was actually very shocked at how cool it turned out. Then I layered it up on a piece of orange card stock. Then I went to my dylusions stamps and found the perfect one. I stamped the phrase on a piece of pink spotty paper, cut it out, then stuck it to white card stock and cut it out again. Then I stuck it on the ATC. Simple but very fun ATC!!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Decided to do another ATC for Simon Says Monday challenge. This one is inspired by a technique I learned over the weekend with Tim Holtz Distress Crayons. So I started with Tim Holtz Collage Medium, made a quick layer of that and dried it. Then I used the Distress Crayons and colored in circles, yellow in the middle, then orange and finally pink. Then using my finger i worked from the middle out blending it all together. 

I then took a Mandala stencil and laid it over the crayon, used a blending tool dampened with water and brushed it back and forth over the surface, taking off the crayon through the stencil. I loved what I was left with.

 Then using Tim Holtz new Stamp Platform I got my words on there right where I wanted them. After that I was in such a flow I forgot to take step by step pictures lol. I used narrow washi tape in my three crayon colors and put it on layer by layer. Then I used a random yellow paper flower, an orange bead and a pink flower brad to make my flower have dimension. Stuck it on, and voila! Bright and fun ATC.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Happy Puppy

 Hello All and welcome to this weeks edition of Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Artist Trading Card. It has been a fun filled but crazy couple of weeks. Got to go to a couple of stamp conventions, and came home with lots of new stuff to play with. So I thought I would break some of it out for the challenge. Hope you all enjoy, cause I had a blast!!

I started with a scrap of gray card stock. I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxides, Broken China, Frayed Burlap, and Iced Spruce. Inked up my craft sheet, sprayed it with water and started working my colors. Once I liked it I dried it thoroughly.

 Then I used an Elizabeth Craft Design peel off dog sticker and put it down over the spot I wanted the dog to be.

 Next I cut out the dog (the most dreaded part of any project I do lol)

 I then cut two pieces of black metallic cardstock 2.5 x 3.5. I then used an Elizabeth Craft design dog paw stencil with some natural sand texture paste.

 After hours of waiting for the paste to dry I was finally able to tear off two edges, making sure to tear in the direction that would lead the white from the middle showing.

Then I was getting ready to assemble it when I realized I wanted to do a little more with the dog so I took my Sharpie pen and just traced inside the sticker line, and colored in his nose and eyes. From there I layered the torn card stock piece with the paw prints onto the plain piece, used foam mounting tape to attach the dog where I wanted, then punched a hole and found a matching blue brad to hang the small metal happy tag.

Sunday, August 6, 2017


After a couple months of chaos I was finally able to work on some art stuff. Deciding to get back to my weekly challenges with my mom I looked up the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, this weeks theme, food or drink. I briefly panicked cause I knew I didn't really have anything laying around that fit that theme to work with. So I decided to peruse the nearest art store and see if anything spoke to me, and something did, well a few somethings, but I only ended up using one. I decided to use a 5x7 canvas I had laying around, and began the process of the background. Layers of gesso, spray stains, mulberry paper, modeling paste, and glitter glue. I loved it more and more after each layer. Once I was satisfied with how it looked and the way the colors matched to the awesome coffee cup I found I decided to stop before I over did it lol. I added two layers of foam mounting tape and glue and placed the coffee cup where I wanted it. Overall I love how it turned out!!

Saturday, June 10, 2017


I had absolutely no ideas for this challenge when I started. I started going through paper stack after paper stack, ending up with a stack of about 10 papers or so. Then I started going through my stamps looking for a good quote, didn't find one but I stumbled onto the elephant you see above. Then the ideas started rolling.
I used a piece of Montana map paper, and stamped the elephant on it using sepia. I then glued that onto a standard bar style coaster. I tore off the excess paper from the coaster and then rubbed the edges on my sepia ink pad. Then I used a piece of thin cardboard and cut it to the size I wanted for my base card, covered that with one of the papers in my pile I pulled out. Then I used washi tape along the crease at the top. I took another of my bar coasters that had a cool quote on it already from a restaurant I like (Ted's Montana Grill, in case anyone was wondering), cut off the top and bottom. Then I glued everything together. I am thrilled with how well this came out. Hope you all enjoy.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Little Critters

This weeks Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Little Critters was a lot of fun. I took monkey pictures out of a story in a highlights magazine and glued them down to start. I then used Distress Oxides in green and brown to fill in the background. I stamped all the various types of leaves, and the small caterpillar. Then I used a water pen with delusions spray in it to outline some with orange. I also used colored pencils to add color to the black leaves and to the caterpillar. Then I stamped the phrase. I had a lot of fun with this page and was very happy with how it turned out.