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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Best Friends

Woodn't you like to play in the challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show?  Care to guess what the challenge is?  :)

The challenge this week is to be inspired by the woods. You can be inspired by anything to do with woods. I took my inspiration from wood grain and stamped my main image on a wood panel.

I started with a few things sitting on my desk which I pulled together to create a journal cover.
I stamped the image onto the wood grain background using Versafine Jet Black ink and heat embossed it with black embossing powder.  I then sponged distress stain  over the background.  I highlighted the image with a touch of white gel pen to make the image pop. I added a touch of watercolor pencils over the face and hands. I stamped the sentiment using red and brown ink and cut it out.  I distressed the edges and placed it along the image.

I was at the flea market and this gentleman had a chest full of old soda pop bottle caps.  I wanted a jarful but he wanted way too much money for that many so I bought just a few a for a couple of dollars. It brought back some fun memories going through the bottle caps and remembering an icy cold soda in a bottle at my Grandma's house.

I finished it off with some distressing and a few muslin ties put in the punched holes to allow for rings and multiple pages.

Products:  wood texture paper.,   metallic distress inks Stampers Anonymous - Best Friends,  Pink Paislee - Hope Chest, . Black Embossing Powder, Artistic Outpost - Paperboy, Versafine Black, Red Ink, Signo White Gel Pen, Distressing Tool, Stapler

Come play along for a chance to win a gift certificate from the ever generous  Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Fabulous image for this gorgeous card! I love the bottle caps...too cool there!

  2. Suzz...your journal cover is so cute! I would have never thought to use wood grain paper as a background for something like this! I love that "best friends" stamp. Love that you heat embossed it to make it pop. That looks great. The white gel pen highlights really worked perfectly. Love the addition of the twine wrapped around the stamped and embossed piece. That sentiment stamped in red and the red print on the pop bottle caps are awesome! <3 Candy

  3. Love this grungy look Suzz. It is fabulous.

  4. Beautifully put together Sue.

  5. Oh a favourite old nice to see it used in such a fabulous way, love those bottle tops too

  6. Gorgeous cover, I love that stamp and I really like what you did with it. Love the muslin ties too!

  7. Beautiful vintage grungy cover!

  8. Gorgeous journal covers Sue! The white pen was a great idea to make the image stand out. Great bottle caps! I wish you could have gotten a whole jar!

  9. Gorgeous journal cover, Suzz! Love the bows, and the bottle caps! Really pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  10. Fabulous piece Suzz, I love love the image, one I have not used for a while. It looks fantastic set against your backdrop. Love the white highlights. Tracy x

  11. Nice work, Suzz! I love the pops of red! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  12. Love that image! Fab use of the wood panel, wonderful design!

  13. The rich woody browns are so fabulous, especially with the pops of red - love those retro soda pop lids!
    Alison x

  14. I just love everything about this!


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