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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Stamptember Hop


Welcome to the Stamptember Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog Hop!  Today we are celebrating Stamptember and the new Simon Says Exclusive Art Journaling Kit by Shari Carroll!   The challenge this week is to use any of the Simon Exclusive Products and create a project to be entered to win a $50 Gift Voucher to Simon Says Stamp! If you arrived here from the extraordinary Candy Colwell you are in the right place.  If you haven't hopped along go to the Simon Says Stamp blog to start the hop from the beginning!

This kit is filled with so many goodies the inspiration was overflowing.
I decided to decorate the front of my journal:
I started with removing the elastic from the cover and snipped it off. I was inspired by the ruler ribbon and knew I wanted to create an old fashioned belt for my book. 
I painted the covers with white acrylic paint. I glued the vintage book pages to cover the edges on the front and back.  I softened the text and ribbon with  a smear of paint.

I laid the stencil over areas and sponged on brown dye ink over the stencil.   I spritzed black glimmer mist around the edges.

Inside the kit there were two new stamps and I used one of them as my main focal point on the cover.  I stamped it using Ranger archival ink. The image inspired me to create a travel theme.  I found a variety of  travel stamps to add more voyage themed details.
I took my scrabble piece and flipped it over and painted it white and used a few airmail stamps to decorate the surface.  I stamped airmail on the sticker and slid it into the little pocket.

I outlined my images with watercolor pencils to provide shadowing and make the images pop.
I applied a variety of postage stamps around the cover in coordinating colors.   I added double clips  with a key to dangle from the top.

Products: Stamptember Art Journalling Kit by Shari Carroll, Hero Arts Collage Postcard, DarkRoom Door New York Volume 2, Ranger Archival Ink, Idea-Ology Buckles, Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo, Idea-Ology Ball Chain, Key, Tattered Angels Black Glimmer Mist

Don't forget to play along with us at  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge for a chance to win a $50 Gift voucher for  Simon Says Stamp.


P.S.  Remember that  Stamptember is still going on at  Simon Says Stamp:
There is a fabulous line up of guest designers, tutorials and giveaways.  Don't forget to check back everyday on the Simon Says Stamp blog!

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. During the past 11 years we celebrate rubber stamping in its full glory by giving access to people around the world to a one stop shop. 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 greatness 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, life documenting, art journaling, and many forms of altering and expressing art.

Head over to fantastic Dan's blog to see what he created using the Art Journalling Kit!
Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz

48 comments:

  1. I love all the texture and aged look you gave this piece, and especially the use of the ruler ribbon.

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  2. What a great Inspiration.
    Wonderfull vintag traveling Journal book *love it
    TFS your work and tipps
    CU hellerlittle (from Germany)

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  3. Thanks for sharing this lovely cration with us. I am fond of the old text meets images look.

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  4. Amazing! I love the ruler ribbon closure :)

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  5. stunning Suzz. What a great journal cover.

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  6. Such a beautiful cover! Love it!

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  7. Hi Suzz, love how,you used the ruler ribbon on this piece. The focal image is gorgeous stamped in black and really pops against the backdrop. Love how you added the vintage book page to the cover, makes for a wonderful backdrop. Love the little plate too just below the image. This would,be great to take on your travels to keep those special bits and pieces. Tracy x

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  8. Fantastic cover! I love how you created it!

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  9. The ruler ribbon with buckle looks fabulous. love the whole look

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  10. Wow Suzz! Your art journal cover is absolutely COOL! Love the layers of postage stamps on top of the dictionary page and the cool stenciling and stamping of various images. WAY COOL! I really love how you've used Tim's measure tape with the little buckle! And the hinge clips stuck up at the top....very neat idea! :) Those brown circles from the new stencil just blend into the background so perfectly! LOVE IT ALL! <3 Candy

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  11. Lovely piece, Suzanne! I love the way you made this collage and "cinched" it with a ruler belt :)

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  12. Beautiful cover Sue! Love the focal stamp you got and the use of the ribbon is very clever. Gorgeous colours and textures.

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  13. Wonderful detail on the art journal. Like the Tim Holtz elements.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  14. Oh wow ! Such a nice AIRMAIL theme ! I really love the over all aesthetics of the project.
    Hugs
    Pj
    lightboxcreative.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. Wow! Love the theme, the colors... the embellishments... beautiful creation.

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  16. I love your cover of your journal!!! So much texture and design!!! So gorgeous!!

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  17. Wow Suzanne! What a vintage beauty! I love all the mail and travel ephemera! You have such an eye for detail! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  18. So fabulous so far! It's amazing that you all have such a different take on this kit. This is so beautiful Suzanne. Nicola x

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  19. OOOOOOOH! Really got your money's worth with just the cover. Awesome.

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  20. I love this cover! I am happy to see that everyone has snipped the elastic band off and just gone to town, gives me permission to do it too!

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  21. How wonderful! It makes me think of Europe! Thanks!

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  22. I LOVE this hop ! So many beautiful ideas to see !!

    Hugs from France
    Lunea

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  23. Just beautiful. I love your design. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  24. Wonderful! Love the stamping and how the red pops on the plain background. The embellishments are adorable.

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  25. I love all the stamps you used. The texture is great. Thank you for sharing!

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  26. Wonderful! It really looks like a journal that will be full of mystery and intrigue!
    Sandy

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  27. So many great details. Every time I look at your project I see something new.

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  28. Can't believe all the different styles created by one kit.
    Great work.

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  29. WOW! Your journal cover is absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for your inspiration!

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  30. Oh, I just love this! Awesome detail!

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  31. How lovely! Suzz, the colors and textures on the background of this cover is gorgeous! Great inspiration. :)

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  32. LOVE This!! Your Parisian theme is fabulous!

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  33. Loving the look and the buckle on the tape is great. Lot's of nice touches. I am waiting for my kit to come. Hope to get some inspiration because I have never tried this before. Hugs.

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  34. I adore this piece and love how white becomes its own accent color. Stunning blending of images and elements. The white key and vintage text are just a few favorites in this piece that has so much to admire! Another genius project!

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  35. What a fabulous inspiration! really beautiful and rich in detail thanks for the tutorial! BARbarayaya

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  36. Oh, my gosh! The multiple layers and aged look are fabulous. I see something I missed every time I look through the pictures. Well done!

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  37. Fabulous vintage travel AJ cover

    MaggieH

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  38. This is awesome...who does the St Paul's cathedral stamp? I have fond memories of my granddad taking me there & showing me the stonemason work he did after the war & would love to do a mini book of the stories

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  39. This is amazing, Suzz! Love that you did the cover. It has so much dimension with the key and the hinges. But also with the layer you built with the (postal) stamps! Hugs, Sandra

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  40. This looks like it was FUN to create!

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  41. I really like what you did with the kit, Suzz. The little buckle is awesome with the measuring tape. I love that! And I have a fondness for postal themed projects, so I got pretty excited when I saw that you used the postage stamps. You are always such an inspiration! Your journal is beautiful.

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  42. Suzanne -- this is incredible. I love the tape ribbon as a book belt. What a fabulous idea. And your incorporation of all the postage stamps -- so cool! I'm working on a travel scrapbook -- I've found so much inspiration here. Love it! -- Mary Elizabeth

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  43. What an amazing collaged cover Sue. So many details and how I would love to see this irl!

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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