maandag 30 juni 2014

It's all white

Hi everyone,

This time the theme is "W is for White" over at Simon Says Monday Challenge! What makes you think about, when thinking of white? Maybe a beautiful bridal card? Or something winter-like? I'm very curious to see what you'll come up with!



I got my art journal for this one and made all white pages. Which are very difficult to photograph, and I'm not really a photographer, although I've done a whole photoshoot to get the best pictures I could. But enough about my crappy photograph skills...



It is quite hard to use only one single solid color, especially to create depth. I started with appling a layer of Gesso to the pages. To bring some texture in, I made a doily with the Prima Doily stencil and Embossing Paste.



I'm having a doiley thing at the moment. I like those doilies, they are so fun! And in white they are stunning as well. Both The Note to Self and Documented for the Record Thinlits Sizzix are quite difficult to get the die cuts out of, because there are no  punch holes in them. The trick to get them out is to use waxpaper in between the die and the paper. That really helps!


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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 juni 2014

CC3C #5

Hi everyone,

Linda and her Curiosity Crew have chosen a new page from the Compedium of Curiosities Vol III. For CC3C #5 we were to go to page 39. Distress watercoloring Part 1. Another fun one!
This time it's sponsored by Inspiration Emporium!


I first chose the stamp that I wanted to use, before starting with the background of the tag. I like watercoloring, but also find it a bit difficult. But with the instructions of Tim and my own way of coloring, I think I did alright.



The background is made with Pumice Stone and a little bit of Tea Dye Distress Ink. I love drops and splashes, and tried something different, that I never tried before. Instead of making drops with water I pressed the Pumice Stone Distress Ink Pad  on the craft sheet, put a brush in a bucket of water and picked some of the color up. With a flick motion I made the drops. Most of it is behind the Time Traveler now, but I know it's there, LOL.





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

Hugs,
Sandra

woensdag 25 juni 2014

12 tags of 2014 - June

Hi everyone,

Tim Holtz has made another gorgeous tag ​​for the month of June! I think this technique is so cool. And so brightly with all those different bold colors.


Since I don't have the mini Distress Inks, I had to work with the bigger ones. So I chose to do a simple rainbow. It would be a shame if I contaminated my ink pads.



This technique is a kind of stamping with a stencil. Which gives a nice effect too.




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

Hugs,
Sandra

maandag 23 juni 2014

Use it more

Hi everyone,

This week we have such a fun theme at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. We challenge you to use products or technique that you don't use enough or often. Are you up for this challenge?



A few months ago, I bought the Ink Spray Pad, which was still in the packaging, and this was the perfect time for it to put it to use. This combined with the White Linen Dylusion Spray and a Black tag. Also products I don't use often. Love these kind of challenges! Hope you do too!



After I'd shaken the White Linen Spray Dylusion well (there is a mixing ball in it for mixing the white pigment in), I sprayed a few times on the Ink Spray Pad. This spray will mostly stay on the top of the ink pad, and it isn't necessary to soak it all the way through.



The effect of white stamping on a black surface is so beautiful. Now what? It looks amazing as it is... But what can I do on top of it? Of course some washi tape, that's without saying, but what else? What else works on a dark background? Hmm, I had to think about that for a little while and then I remembered that Perfect Pearls works brilliantly on dark surfaces too.



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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

dinsdag 17 juni 2014

CC3C #4

Hi everyone,

It's always fun to participate in the CC3 Challenge! We are asked to open Compendium of Curiousities III on page 49 and let our creativity run wild.  
This time the challenge sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique!


I must say that it was quite a struggle, it's my third attempt. Oh well, sometimes you just need to practice a little.



It's so beautiful how the Distress Stains color the Embossing Paste. Normally I color he paste with paint and use it as a top layer. This technique is precisely the opposite. Love that!





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

Hugs,
Sandra

maandag 16 juni 2014

City trip stuff

Hi everyone,

A new Monday means a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, and this time there is no theme.... Nope I'm not kidding, it's Anything Goes this week!
A couple of weeks back I was in Barcelona. For a city trip, a map is often the most used object and this time we had already arranged tickets to some sights we wanted to go to in advance. In addition, I often forget in what order things happen and therefore wanted a small notebook that I can carry around with me and write things down as they happen. With these things in mind I started.

 

First I made the little notebook. The larger Matchbook die from Tim Holtz is particularly suited for it. It's made out of Kraft cardstock. Because all it will be used very often and will go in my bag, I wanted to keep it as flat as possible and have minimal embellishments. But of course I can't go without washi tape.

 



The second item I made is the ticket holder. Every time we went somewhere, I pulled out the relevant ticket. This way I didn't have to worry about losing the other tickets. I done it the same way as the little notepad. To store the tickets I have adhered two pieces of transparency on the insie with washi tape going around the edges.

 


Finally, I created a folder in which I stored all the maps and itineraries. I didn't want to have loose pages so I made it into a booklet for easy access and browsing. This one is also made in the same manner and style as the others.





All three items have a coat of Multi Medium to ensure that everything stays in place. And that the ink is not going to run or give stains.

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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 juni 2014

Paint a Picture

Hi everyone,

Also this Monday, Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog has a fun new challenge for you. This week it's all about Paint! Are you not into paint, and you have Peeled Paint Distress Ink, Peeled Paint Distress Glitter, Peeled Paint Distress Marker, or anything else that bears the name Paint then that is fine too!
Paint is so much fun! It's so versatile, you can do so many cool techniques with it! In this art journal page I used paint in a few different ways. 7 to be exact.


First I applied a layer of Gesso. So that all the paint is not going through the pages. Especially for my first technique, which is mixing water with Distress Paint (Black Soot in this case) in an empty Spray Bottle. The difference to other sprays is that it's waterproof once it is dry, and that you can easily make your own sprays. I have used the spray with the Plastic Canvas stencil. Another technique that is similar to this one is the remaining paint on your brush dilute with a little water and make splatters with your brush.



The following paint technique is to apply paint through a stencil, the exclusive Leaves stencil from Simon Says Stamp. By applying a little bit of Peacock Feathers Distress Paint on the Craft Mat and swiping it up with the Mini Round Blending Tool and then gently go over the stencil so the paint doesn't come under it.



Paint can be very well used for coloring Embossing Paste. In this case, with Black Soot Distress Paint and Stencil Pack 1 Teresa Collins.
What I often do when I die cut thing and I want to do in a color, I use old cardboard packaging and paint it the color I want before die cutting. This time I with Black Soot and used Brushed Pewter also for a nice metallic effect.



One of the most difficult painting techniques, in addition to real painting, I find stamping with paint. It's about how to apply the paint, how much paint to apply and how much pressure while stamping with it. That's a lot of variables, and that takes some practice. But in an art journal it doesn't have to be perfect, so a good place to try it out.
Then we have the last painting technique, and that is the direct application of Distress Paint the edges of the pages. Gently go along the edges and voila.

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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

donderdag 5 juni 2014

CC3C #3

Hi everyone,

It's time for CC3C numero 3. This time we play to create faux tea roses, which can be found on page 65.

Recently I finally bought this stunning die and I'm very happy with it. It's a bit of fiddling, but after some practice you'll get the hang of it and make beautiful roses.



The Bell Jar is covered with Rock Candy Crackle Paint, but I had forgotten give it a coat of primer first, so I applied a layer of Deco Page very carefully to hold the crackles in place.




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

Hugs,
Sandra

maandag 2 juni 2014

It's magic

Hi everyone,

Did you have a wonderful weekend too? Currently I'm in Barcelona, and fly back to the Netherlands tonight. I had a blast!



This week Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog has another fun challenge for you, a magical one. Be inspired by the impossible and show us your interpretation!



I think Crackle Paste is kind of magical. It's amazing how the crackles appear when it dries, what a wonderful effect. It was a struggle to get the crackle paste on the die cut Hugs, but after some attempts and determination I got it done! With some Gold Lamé Color Shine I added some magic sparkle, and it also made the crackles stand out more.



The background is coated with Gesso. With the Frag Flower stencil and some Distress Inks I applied lots of colors. Because the distress inks are on top of the gesso they react even more with water then usual. Love that effect too!


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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