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Saturday, January 30, 2016

New Beginnings

Hi!  I spent some time creating with some new goodies from Canvas Corp Brands for the Anything But Cute Challenge - Ring out the old and bring in the new and the Mixed Media Place - New Beginnings challenge. 

I recently received some new paints from the Tattered Angels and I wanted to play around with them along with my glimmer mist.  I followed the them of new beginnings with the inspirational words from a series of Stampendous stamp sets.

I started with a background with a stencil and the Tattered Angels glimmer mist.  I then came back in and used stencils and circles to create a series of circles painted and outlined with colored pencil.

I stamped the text using black ink over the background.  I used the remainder of the background to create a series of stars. I cut them out and stamped inspirational sayings.



Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz



Thursday, January 28, 2016

Friends

Hi!  I am back to share a mini 4x4 canvas!

I have been playing with this little canvas for awhile and was happy to be able to share it with you today.
 Instructions:

1.  Paint the canvas with white gesso. Let dry.
2. Stamp the words on tissue stock using ranger archival ink. Spray with pretty salmon glimmer mist.
3. Decoupage the tissue stock to the canvas.
4. Stencil flourish using white embossing paste. Let dry.
5. Spray flourish with orange glimmer mist.  Let dry.
6. Paint a little white acrylic paint in top right. Stamp sentiment on tissue stock.  Decoupage over dried white paint.
7.  Attach lace trim to bottom right corner.
8. Glimmer mist white paper flowers.
9. Cut out bee from paper. Paint with glimmer mists.
10. Assemble pearls, flowers, stick pins and locket on lace background.
11. Attach to salt shaker as base.



This was created using my new Canvas Corp Brands supplies.  Here is a list of all the products and where you can find them:

Canvas Corp Brands - 4 x 4 Canvas,  Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists - Rum PunchCoral Reef, Bahama Blue  Watering Can Birds and Bees, 7 Gypsies Distressed Words StampTissueStock White 7 Gypsies - Lace Trim, Stick Pins, Pearls, Flowers, Locket, Stampendous Ultra-Fine Glitter, Verses Rubber Stamps - Friends in Bloom


Thanks for stopping by!


Suzz

Monday, January 25, 2016

Love is in the Air

I have been creating with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge since July of 2012.  I have had a wonderful time. I have decided to step down and pursue a few other opportunities.  The Simon Says Stamp team (Heidi, Stephanie and Lorraine) have been wonderful to work with and I have enjoyed my time on the team.  I also have been very lucky to create art with a variety of extremely talented team members (current and retired).   For my final Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge the theme is "Love is in the Air" + the color red.


I decided to create a Valentine's tag:


The background was a mix of gray and red distress stain sprays which became very pink when watered down. :)

I misted on the craft mat and blended and smeared the paper through the inks. I repeated multiple times. After it dried I sprinkled on red and silver again over the surface. 

I stamped the word love using silver ink along the left side. 

I used the Valentine's layering stencil with Wendy Vecchi black embossing paste over the misted background.

After that I decided to use the flowers leftover from my cherry tree the other week on my tag.  I stamped the couple and the word cherish on leftover background from the original tag. I punched a series of hearts and sponged them with red ink and mixed them in the flowers.

Products:  Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Florals  Tim Holtz Layering Stencil – Valentine Wendy Vecchi Black Embossing Paste, Ranger Distress Stain Spray - Candied Apple, Ranger Distress Stain Spray - Brushed Pewter, Ranger Distress Stain Spray - Hickory Smoke, Tsukeniko - Delicata - Silvery Shimmer, Ranger Archival Ink - Black, Darkroom Door Collage - Harry and Harriet, Simon Says Stamp - All About Love, Sizzix Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Florals, Authentique - Adore, Simon Says Stamps - Sequins


As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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So now it's YOUR turn, come play along and show us your love inspired challenge with a touch of red. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

Suzz

If you use instagram add  #sssmchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too!

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Enjoy the Journey

Howdy all.  Hope everyone is safe and warm. Lots of snow piled up on the East coast right now.  We were lucky and didn't get any of the storm here. 
I have been wanting to play along with the Vintage Journey - Vintage Travel Challenge this month. I finally found time this morning to play.
 
 I started with a mix of Stampers Anonymous stamps to get my mojo flowing.  

I stamped a repeated pattern on the top and the bottom and the map stamp in the middle. I then highlighted with watercolor pencils all the images.  I splattered a little mist onto the background. I added in the stenciled words and the fun image on vellum. 

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Suzz

Monday, January 18, 2016

Best Friends

Hello!  Welcome back for another challenge at  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. This week the challenge is Best Friends. You can interpret this anyway you would like. 


I decided that I would go with a married couple who are just starting out and hopefully will end up as best friends.  They don't look to comfortable  yet. :)


I used an old embroidery hoop that I had laying around in the drawer for sometime.   I started with tissue paper as the base for my background which I stenciled with the doily stencil and a lovely soft pink dye ink and everything just started to gel from there.

Products:  Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Doily, Ranger Distress Ink - Victorian Velvet, Idea-ology Tim Holtz Found Relatives Idea-Ology - Tim Holtz Small Talk ,  Lace,  Pink Mist, Embroidery Hoop, Paper Flowers, Heart Charms, Marriage Vows

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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So now it's YOUR turn, come play along and show us your stamp and punch combination. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

Suzz

If you use instagram add  #sssmchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too!

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Time Flies

Hi There!  I feel like I haven't created anything in awhile but I have been creating, but just not sharing yet! :)  I just joined the Creative Crew with Canvas Corp Brands and am loving it!  I have already posted a project on misting on the blog if you would like to check it out it is posted here.   The Canvas Corp Brands is sponsoring the Words and Paintery January Challenge this month which is one of my favorite color challenges so a perfect opportunity for me to use my new CCB products and play along.  You can see what the Creative Crew created for the challenge on the Canvas Corp Brands blog.   I also decided to use the Mixed Media Monthly challenge of "Time Flies" as it works really well with the inspirational phrase on the Words and Paintery Challenge. 


I went with the time flies and used a Verses sentiment which reminds us to focus on the current moments and what you can do today because that is life.  I layered a lot of goodies into this one card. :)  I think I was making up for lost time.
Some basic instructions for those of you who might wonder what I was up to:

1. Spray the glimmer mists onto the craft mat in various places and add water to soften the colors.
2. Drag, place and smear the paper onto the mists. Repeat as desired. (I made about 10 backgrounds from this one series, so you may be seeing these colors again!)
3. Stamp image of girl on scrap backgrounds using brown ink. Heat emboss with brown embossing powder. Cut to fit timepiece.
4. Spray time piece with brown glimmer mist. Let dry.  Using glue pen dab around the edges and sprinkle with gold ultrafine glitter.
5. Cut bee from paper.  Color with brush and glimmer mists sprayed on craft mat. Let dry. Dab glue on wings and sprinkle with gold ultrafine glitter.
6. Cover timepiece and bee with versamark ink. (I used an old inkpad as I knew the glitter was going to get onto my ink pad.  Heat emboss with clear embossing powder. While still warm apply more embossing powder and repeat.
7. Stamp sentiment in brown on background and heat emboss using brown embossing powder.
8. Stencil numbers using light brown ink over background. 

The rest is layering and assembling.

Products:  Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists - Atlantic, Cross My Heart, It's Brown, Tattered Angels - Time Piece, 7 Gypsies - Pyramid Antique Silver, 7 Gypsies Tag, Canvas Corp Brands - Watering Can Pattern paper, 7 Gypsies Lace Trim, Stampendous - Bark Embossing Powder, Clear Embossing Powder, Ultrafine Gold Embossing Powder, Idea-Ology - Film Strip,  Stampers Anonymous - Girl Stamp, Ranger Archival Ink - Coffee, Verses Rubber Stamps - Rose Kennedy Quote

The Challenge Images:






Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz

Monday, January 11, 2016

Stencil It

 Hi all and welcome to another week of the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. This week the challenge is all about using stencils.  I wanted to make sure I had lots of stencil work in my card.

I started with a piece of cardstock and the harlequin stencil.


I kept trying different variations of the stencil with the salmon colored mist to get a variegated background.

After I had gotten the right mix on the background of the harlequin pattern I used another stencil to bring in the words and sponged them on with a coral dye ink.

I then decided to add some citron to the background with a few splotches of color.  When that was done I needed a focal point and out came the Tim Holtz Butterfly which I split in half with the harlequin in citron and the words in coral.

I think the gray gloomy days had me wanting the bright colors of spring!

Products:

Wendy Vecchi - Art Parts Heidi Swapp - Color Shine - Salmon, Tim Holtz Layered Butterfly, Tim Holtz - Layered Stencil - HarlequinSimon Says Stamp - Spring Showers








As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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So now it's YOUR turn, come play along and show us your stamp and punch combination. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

Suzz

If you use instagram add  #sssmchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too!

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge DT Call

For everyone who is interested in joining the Simon Says Stamp Design Team!

 Monday Challenge DT Call
Would YOU like to join the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Design Team? We are looking for not one, not two but THREE  talented designers to join us! This challenge is dedicated to a more Vintage/Mixed Media Style so we are specifically looking for designers who  are more in touch with their artsy side.
This Design Team call is open to everyone but you must have a blog.
The call will close on Tuesday 19th January, 9 am EST

For more information please visit THIS POST on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog  
 
Suzz 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Faith has Wings

Hi!  I am sharing a tag today inspired by Tim Holtz's January tag.  Tim is featuring a remix of two previous tags using the foil and chalk technique.  I started with the foil and then used a stamped image in place of the chalk technique. 


The foil embossing is the Sizzix Layered Butterfly.  I embossed on a piece of foil and then tore it in half to apply to either end of my tag.  I then had this stamped image on my desk that I had been playing with and thought it would look lovely with the wings.  I redid it a few times to get it the way I wanted it with the clouds in the background.

Products: Sizzix Tim Holtz Layered Butterfly,  Stampington - Susanna, Stampendous - Sentiment, Stampscapes - Clouds

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz

Monday, January 4, 2016

Something New

Hi all and welcome to another week of the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. This week the challenge is to stamp and punch!


I just received these awesome tiny tattered flowers dies and they were brand new and I couldn't wait to try them out.
I started with a burlap canvas:

A whimsical flowery tree on a canvas appeared using a mix of the flowers created with Authentique Adore Papers and a hint of Heidi Swapp – Raspberry Art Screen.   The background is a mix of a painted background with  embossed flowers using the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Doily and Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste. 
 
My burlap canvas existed with many layers of oops and mistakes and I kept layering it up until I got my background that I ended up using. 

I created my tree from spraying tissue paper with a mix of brown and black sprays.  I then just twisted and turned up pieces of the tissue to form my tree.  After that I glued it down to the background. I accented the tree with my pretty flowers.

I then added the stickers from Idea-Ology - Stickers (Occasions) with a hint of sponging to coordinate. I used the Memento -  Rose Bud

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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So now it's YOUR turn, come play along and show us your new inspiration. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

Suzz

If you use instagram add  #sssmchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too!

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Salt of the Ocean

Happy Sunday!  I am busy creating and playing with my sprays and inks.  I created this tag for the Mixed Media World Challenge #10 which is a color challenge this month and I am enamored of the colors and the Mixed Media Place Creative Exercise #15 - Freedom


I started with a mix of inks on my craft mat and spritzing them with water and then picking them up on my paper.  I then added a hint of script on the top with pumice stone ink.  I then stamped a Stampscapes ocean image along the bottom with black ink. I came back in with colored pencils to add additional colors.  I added the bird and the sentiment (Verses Rubber Stamps)  and then sponged the edges. 

Here is the inspiration photo: 



Have a lovely Sunday!

Suzz



Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a blessed, happy and wonderful New Year!

Darkroom Door just released new stamps and I love the Celebrate, New Year WordBlock and Stars set they all work together to create fantastic New Years, Celebrations and Birthday cards!
I created three New Year's card/atc using these sets and thought why not wish you all a Happy New Year with them!
Darkroom Door - Celebration - Rubber Stamp Set, Home Sweet Home, Happy New Year Wordblock, Tick Tock, Hello Baby Photo Collection, Stars, 
  Tsukineko - Delicata Gold Glitz / Silver, Ranger Archival Ink - Black, Watering Can, Memory Box Stars Stencil, Wendy Vechi - Gold Embossing Paste, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Blue, Heidi Swapp Color Shine - Gold Lame, Stampendous Ultra Fine Gold Glitter, Memento - Lilac & Rose Bud Dye Inks

A very happy new year to you!

Suzz