woensdag 28 november 2012

CoCC #30

Hi everyone,

Today I've worked on the birthday card for dear friend Paula. She loves bright colors and that was exactly where I was in the mood for. I use bright colors far too little! I often use the same thing and colors. I forget that I have lots more stuff that I need to use, and today I wanted to change that. I've looked through all of my stash. Really nice to know again what I have!
With this card I participate with the Compedium or Curiosities Challenge. This week's challenge is Refective Imagery. And can be found on page 55. Love this technique!










Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!

Hugs,
Sandra

maandag 26 november 2012

Heart of Stone

Hi everyone,

It's Monday again and that means a new challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show! This week's challenge is to create "a project with heart". You don't have to create something with a heart on it, you can take it figuratively. Put your creative cap on and join in! And before I start sharing my project I would like to tell you that we have Jim, the amazing Gentleman Crafter as a guest designer this week! He'll share a tutorial on Wednesday on the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog, so be sure to check back then!

Alright back to business, I chose to take this week's challenge literal and use a heart shape. This heart shaped stone coaster is just perfect for this challenge!



Recently I made ​​an album of Maastricht and that inspired me to use the same style for my mixed media canvas.


First I whitewashed the stone coaster with watered gesso. Next, I gave the canvas a nice coat of gesso. Since I'm maybe the most impatient, I dried the canvas with the heat tool​​. To create the background I used paint in combination with stamps and stencils.



It was quite a challenge to glue down the stone coaster. Finally I managed it with some Tacky Glue. I love that glue!







To join in all you need to do is make a project that fits this weeks challenge and you can be the winner of the $50 gift voucher that our amazing sponsor Simon Says Stamp offers. This prize will go to a random entry. So go over to the Stamp and Show Challenge blog, let the DT members inspire you and join in the fun!

Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!

Hugs,
Sandra

donderdag 22 november 2012

Thankful

Hi everyone,

First of all I wanna wish everyone who celebrate it a very happy Thanksgiving! I'm so thankful for all the good things in my life, and you're a big part of that! So thank you too!
It's all been so busy lately, but I'm very happy that I'm just in time with my november tag for the 12 tags of 2012. I really wanted to have it done before Thanksgiving, and thankfully I succeeded. I also wanted to play along with the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge. This week's technique is the Texture Fade. I chose the Double Distress one. There is another techniqe with Texture Fades on page 64 of the book, go check it out! I did this technique on the leaves.
Then I also wanna enter the Frilly and Funkie challenge, where we had to use metal and chipboard.


I've done almost all the techniques that Tim has used making his tag. Only I didn't do the background with distress stains but ​​with distress ink. The reason why, is because I don't have all the color stains, and I also was on a tight schedule for experimenting with the distress stains. My background technique with the stains needs some more practice...







Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!

Hugs,
Sandra

maandag 19 november 2012

Giving thanks!

Hi everyone,

Time goes by really ridiculously fast, don't you agree? It's almost Thanksgiving and that is also the theme of Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge. Where are you (this year) thankful for? I'm thankful for a lot this year, but especially in my creative journey. I'm so grateful that I'm in this amazing talented design team of Simon Says Stamp and Show! I'm also very grateful for my new (blog) friends I've made. It's such a great community, with so much positivity. I'm so grateful that I can express myself in my creativity and that I can share it with you. Okay back to business, this is what I made for this week challenge.


This card is slightly larger than an ATC and smaller than a normal card.



First I made a master board out ​​of watercolor paper. I sprayed it with different Dylusion Sprays. I didn't want it to bright. And with stencils and some water I created some texture. I think it's kind of magic how it reacts with water like that.


Then I made ​​a pattern with some "Thanks" stamps. I created a pattern on my stamp press so I could repeat that pattern very easily. After that, I cut the master board into pieces so I could make multiple cards out of it.

This is the smallest of the mini rosette decorative strip. I sprayed it with some Dylusion inks, like I did almost everything. The wings are painted brown first and then applied some Rock Candy Crackle paint.







To join in all you need to do is make a project that fits this weeks challenge and you can be the winner of the $50 gift voucher that our amazing sponsor Simon Says Stamp offers. This prize will go to a random entry. So go over to the Stamp and Show Challenge blog, let the DT members inspire you and join in the fun!

Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!

Hugs,
Sandra

woensdag 14 november 2012

CoCC2 #28

Hi everyone,

Today I found some time to play along with the super fun Compendium of Curiosities challenge, which this week is sponsored by the always generous Simon Says Stamp! This time we had the pleasure to work with the Reflections stamping technique, which can be found on page 65 of the book. Unfortunately I don't have any Reflection Stamps, but you don't need to. Now december is more in sight, I'm ready for my first Christmas project of the year and this technique is perfect for it!





Because I used also green in the background, I've embossed the pine tree with clear embossing powder. Unfortunately, in the picture the color difference doesn't show up as it should...





Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!

Hugs,
Sandra

maandag 12 november 2012

No Stamping with ink

Hi everyone,

It's Monday and that means a new Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge. This week is a real challenge for me because we need to stamp without ink! A few substitues are paint, stains, markers, embossing ink, multi-media and water. If you can come up with something else, please do!


I almost always stamped with ink, so I had the chance to practice my stamping with paint again. After some practice, I've found a way to get the hang of this technique. There are two things I need to focus on, applying the paint to the stamp and how much paint. What works well for me is to  puta little paint on my craft sheet and spread this into a thin layer and then pick it the paint up with the stamp. It also works when I apply a little paint onto a sponge and apply it to the stamp. So funny that I don't get it to work with paint dabbers, because that's almost the same...


I love stamping with embossing ink and then applying some perfect pearl power on it. This will give you a very detailed print, so beautiful!


In these pages I've used some stencils with paint and Dylusion Spray also. I love playing in my art journal, and trying lots of different styles.




To join in all you need to do is make a project that fits this weeks challenge and you can be the winner of the $50 gift voucher that our amazing sponsor Simon Says Stamp offers. This prize will go to a random entry. So go over to the Stamp and Show Challenge blog, let the DT members inspire you and join in the fun!

Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!

Hugs,
Sandra

woensdag 7 november 2012

Grungy grunge tag

Hi everyone,

Yeah, it's time for another Compendium of Curiosities Challenge! We have already arrived at number 27! That's just over half a year of weekly challenges! How cool is that?! The challenge of this week is to open the book on page 52 and there we find the Ink Palette: Alcohol Ink technique. Unfortunately I don't have the Fillable Pen, so I've used a regular brush. That also works perfectly! The color is then a bit brighter, but in this case I think that is perfect. I also join in with the Frilly and Funky Challenge, where the challenge is tic-tac-toe. I chose for Metal, Alcohol Ink and Glitter.
I was in the mood to make a grungy grunge tag once again. It's been a while since I've made one.







Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!

Hugs,
Sandra

maandag 5 november 2012

Parisian Lady

Hi everyone,

Paris is one of my favorite cities in the whole wide world. I've been there plenty of times, and I'm having fun every time. As you know I was there just a few months ago! Oh la la! The Eiffel Tower is really beautiful and I want to climb it one day. Unfortunately, it's always so busy and that will go at the expense of visiting other amazing sights. But it will happen some day, I'm sure of it!
This week at Simon Says Stamp and Show the challenge is the make a France inspired piece. I chose to do a mini canvas.


As base, I used a napkin that I've bought on another trip. I find it so beautiful and it goes perfectly with the theme of this week. Lately I'm really into Christy Tomlinsons style. I find her She Art so pretty that I also wanted to draw a She Art girl. I think it turned out pretty well for someone who absolutely can't draw at all!



After the base layer (the napkin) I started working with some paint. And covered up most of the napkin print. Then I was in need of some stamps to create some texture and interest. So out come my favorite stamps. All is covered with lost of Glue n' Seal. Love that stuff!





To join in all you need to do is make a project that fits this weeks challenge and you can be the winner of the $50 gift voucher that our amazing sponsor Simon Says Stamp offers. This prize will go to a random entry. So go over to the Stamp and Show Challenge blog, let the DT members inspire you and join in the fun!

Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!

Hugs,
Sandra