maandag 30 september 2013

Saying it with stamps

Hi everyone,

What a week it has been with the bloghop. Thanks for all your visits and your sweet comments. So much fun to read. This week we have a new challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, it's "Say it With Stamps". Whether you use a readymade sentiment stamp, or have fun with alphabet letters, it doesn't matter. As long as there is a stamped text on your project, you're got to go!



I'm so happy with my new Dyan Reavely Creative Journal, so I've decide to make some more pages in it. When I saw the quote from Havelock Ellis on the internet, I thought it was perfect to use in my art journal.
 

The frist thing I do is to cover the spine up with a piece of washi tape so that nothing leaks through. This time I used the Dictionary tape from Bazzill. Because I'm going tp play with sprays I don't gesso the pages. This paper can have a lot of ink without seeping though. With Antique Linen Distress Paint and the circles of the Grunge Cirque stamp I made my first layer. The paint will work as a resist for non permanent ink and sprays. Speaking of sprays, that's my next step. I've use two bright colors, Vibrant Turquiose and Fresh Lime Dylusion Spray. Personally I the splashes and splatters very beautiful. If you like it to blend more, you first mist the pages with a little bit of water.



To bring some texture to the pages, I've played with the Halftone Stencil and some Modeling Paste. Stencils are really my favorite tool to build up layers. So made another with the Letter Jumble Stencil and Neon Pink Dauber.



The letters are Kaiser Craft Grunge Alphabet stamps. These stamps are quite big. Perfect size to make a quote with in my art journal.
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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 Monday 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

zondag 29 september 2013

12 tags of 2013 - September

Hi everyone,

Don't know what it is, but the last few months I can only find the time for the 12 tags of 2013 at the end of the month. Busy busy busy. But that doesn't mean it's less fun to do of course. Tim has made another beautiful tag ​​with his new stencils. Unfortunately I haven't got those (yet). But I have a lot of other stencils, so I could manage.

 
I'm so glad that Tim uses bright colors more often in his tags, which makes me to use them too. I often use one bright accent color in my projects, but to make such a variegated color fest myself, isn't something that I would do very quickly, while the result is really beautiful.





Like most of the time I've used as much of the same products that Tim used. If I didn't have it, I chose something similar. I'm a fan of building many layers build with ink and/or paint. It doesn't always have to be bulky.





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

Hugs,
Sandra

maandag 23 september 2013

Blog hop kit

Hi everyone,

This week is the week of the big annual bloghop over at Simon Says Stamp Challenge Monday! Ohh I'm totally excited! It's always such a happening. If you've arrived on my blog and you're not got here from Meisha's blog, please go back to the beginning of the bloghop by clicking here and then I'll meet you right back here when you've visited the others.

The challenge for this week is to use ANY Exclusive Simon Says Stamp product. It doesn't have to be a stamp. They have such great exclusive products. Like in the amazing Art Journaling Kit where everyone from the design team has made their project with, are very nice exclusives. It's designed by Shari Carroll, and she is joining us with this blog hop! She has designed the beautiful Blocked Circles stencil that is in the kit.

Included in the Simon Says Stamp Art Journaling Kit



It was so excited to get work with this fabulous kit! The background I made ​​by first adhering the dictionary page down with the Multi Medium Matte. To put it a bit more into the background I applied a thin layer of Gesso. From here I started building the layers. I'm really in love with the Blocked Circles Stencil. I used it with Modeling Paste and have it colored with Studio Classic Teal Paint.



The big flower I sprayed with Dylusion Squeezed Orange and Gold Lame Color Shine and highlighed it with Altered Orange Paint and the small flower with Tropicana Teal Color Shine and Classic Teal Paint. The sentiment is a quote from the book Alice in Wonderland. The Kelly Purkey Alphabet Stickers I left white, but so they would not disappear into the background I adhered them on the Black Polka Dot Washi Tape.



There were also two IndigoBlu stamps in the kit (PLEASE NOTE: these are only in the kit if you buy it in September). Simon Says Stamp will carry these stamps very soon. In my kit was the White Rabbit from Alice II and a flower Blooming Great from the stamp set. Because of the White Rabbit stamp I was inspired by Alice in Wonderland a bit. The rabbit I stamped on the Manila ATC that's included in the kit and colored with Distress Markers.



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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 Monday 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

maandag 16 september 2013

London Calling

Hi everyone,

Stamptember continues over at Simon Says Stamp Blog! Lots of fun things going on this month, so be sure to check it out!
This week it's also stamping what stands central at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. We challenge you to experiment on other surfaces other than paper or cardstock. Such as on wood, glass, plastic, fabric or metal. I'm so very curious what beautiful things you're coming up with this week.

I chose to stamp on fabric. When I first started paper crafts, I had no idea that was possible. Once I saw it somewhere I need to try it, but it didn't bring me the desired result, gave up and forgot about it. But a while back I made a bag because my old one was all worn, I made a flap for my trip to Paris and tried stamping on natural canvas. And I loved the result, see it here. That's when a new tradition was born to make a new flap for my bag for each city trip I make.



The trick to get good stamp prints is that the ink pad is well saturated with ink and more importantly, to use waterproof ink such as Archival Ink Jet Black. So I always reink my ink pad with the Reinker before stamping on fabric. Apply a good amount of ink to the stamp, make sure that it's juicy and really shining in the light, and with a lot of pressure place on the fabric. Remove the stamp carefully and you should have a good clean print.


For this bag I wanted something that was more like a layout and  wanted it in black and white. I do like my bags a bit neutral. So they fit in my clothes. I started with the centerpiece, the British flag stamp from Tim Holtz. It's no secret that I love washi tape, so I stamped the Crinkle Ribbon with some different prints so it looks like it's washi tape. I have got those beautiful stamp set of London with the Big Ben and a Guard, so I used those as my applications. To create more dimension for the background and so it would look a bit more like a layout, I played with my favorite stamps Script and Distressed Textures.




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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 Monday 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

maandag 9 september 2013

Journaling in my art journal

Hi everyone,

Stamptember continues over at Simon Says Stamp Blog! Lots of fun things going on this month, so be sure to check it out!

It's time for a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, and this week the challenge is to emboss. There are many ways to emboss. Think of embossing powder, but also embossing folders, or UTEE to cover something with a clear layer completely. Anything is possible, as long as something gets embossed. Like to see what you come up with!


A while back I was at my dear blog friend Patricia's house and we both worked in our art journal. We let us be inspired by Dina Wakeley's style for our pages, but made it our own. Patricia had the great idea to write down my inner thoughts and go over it with gesso. So I still have my written words but made something beautiful ​​over it. I know what I have written and I alone. This is also the first time that I have left lots of white space on my pages. This makes the colors stand out more. Another first is that I journaled a little bit. I've always been a little hesitant to journal, but it's really fun to do and these pages were perfect for some journaling. I'm definitely going to journal more in the future.



After I've gessoed over my written text, I used the Embossing Paste with serveral templates like Sunset Sunrise, Letter Jumble, ChunkyChequered Dots and Paint Lids. I like to color the paste with paint, this way I can make it every color I want. Besides stamps are templates/stencils really my favorite tools to create layers. Whether you're working with ink, paint or embossing paste works, all is possible! Love it! I used the stunning Rub-ons from Tim Holtz for a bit of contrast.




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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 Monday 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

maandag 2 september 2013

Stamping Script All Star

Hi everyone,

This month it's Stamptember over at Simon Says Stamp Blog! Lots of fun things going on this month, so be sure to check it out!


Yes it's true, I'm still captivated by London, and so for this week Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where the theme is "Stamping All Star", I yet again found lots of inspiration in the beautiful city of London. With the theme stamping all star is meant to use your favorite stamp and tell us why it is your favorite stamp. I'm very curious about your stamping all stars!



My absolute stamping all star is without a doubt the Script stamp Kaiser Craft! I use it on almost every project, because it's such a versatile background stamp. It gives so much dimension and I also works with every style. Combined with my favorite ink, Archival Jet Black, on Manila cardstock makes it complete. That's what I have done with this card. I first stamped the Guard and masked him off with masking tape so that the guard remains in the foreground.



Then I grabbed my all star stamp and started stamping the background. For the design I used my Tim Holtz London stamps and the of course there it wasn't complete without some washi tape.








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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 Monday 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