Thursday, December 8

Simon Says Stamp DieCember!

Today is the day for Simon Says Stamp to present the new DieCember line up of die cuts! Lucky me, I received the very versatile Missing You die cut to play with! So off I went to my crafty desk and made two cards and a tag.

I started with this masculine style card by using the negative image after I die cut the words.  I kept this simple in black and white, with a twist of bakers twine.

Next, I had a lot of fun with this one, by using the missing you as a mask and using multiple colors of sprays to get the background. Tied it off with a contrasting handmade ribbon. 

For my third creation, I dug deeper into the mixed media realm to make my tag. I started off with Tim Holtz's Burlap Stencil, stars, and my new set of Distress Crayons (#7), heat set it to give it dimension. Then I went over it with Rusty Hinge stain, and multiple spritzes of ground espresso, white and gold. Around the edges of the stars and tag with my graphite pencil and water brush. Time to add the letters which by chance I laid down like this, rather than straight across (my first thought).

 I hope you've enjoyed my sneak peeks for DieCember using the Missing You die! Anyone pick up on the theme in my photos of what I was "missing"?



Be sure to check out all the fun!

Monday, December 5

Christmas Gifts

Hello Monday! I hope all of you are having a beautiful day! As you know, around here, Monday means it is time for a new challenge! Yay! This week, we are busy making gifts for Christmas using the wonderful Simon Says Stamp products. I am guessing Santa's elves might be just a smidgen busier than the team, but around here, you never know!  

This month we have a special guest designer, Cate Dixson, an amazingly talented 14 year old! Please join me in welcoming her to our Monday challenge for December. I know I am really looking forward to her creative work!

I will admit, I struggled a bit with this challenge. It seemed to take me forever to finally come up with an idea I liked. I don't think it's because of a lack of ideas, but there are some many amazing choices out there, I think I was overwhelmed. Does that ever happen to you?

I decided to make something fairly simple - a notepad for the holidays that could be used for shopping or keeping track of everything that needs to get done, and hand stenciled tissue wrap, plus a gift tag.

I up cycled some tissue wrap and used Simon's Candy Swirl stencil and Teeny Bikini and Doll Pink inks to make my own gift wrap.

With the gift wrap finished, it's time to move on to making the notepad. I up cycled one from the Dollar Store that I had in my stash. I added a bit of Spun Sugar Distress paint on my patterned papers. Once again, I took the stencil and inks, but this time I stenciled once, then moved it slightly and used the other color to get this pretty duo. 

I traced around the notepad, adhered the papers, and did a bit of stamping.

On the inside as well...

I also stamped a few snowflakes on the cover, and I messed one up - it partially stamped - yep, should have used the MISTI...but I didn't. I tried laying the stamp down exactly over the first image to stamp again, and nope, that didn't work. So, I just stamped another and popped it up - hides my mistake.

Ready for wrapping...

One Christmas gift done!

I hope you will take the time this week to make some Christmas Gifts along with us! I hope we can inspire each other with our gifting ideas. I'm looking forward to seeing your projects! Thanks so much for stopping by.

Remember, Simon offers a lovely $50 voucher to one of you, and wouldn't that be a nice gift!



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Let's head on over to the challenge blog and see what kinds of gifts the design team has dreamed up! I know we will find some wonderful inspiration there!


Saturday, December 3

A Trio of Canvases

I've been taking this wonderful online class with Roben-Marie Smith, whom I first "met" in Wanderlust 2016. I fell in love with her style, and jumped at the opportunity to take her Paper to Paint class. She is such a wonderful and supportive teacher!

I wanted to share my trio of canvases with you "City of Light", and give you a few peeks of my work in progress.

Notice how I create layers with different colors and shapes in the next 3 photos. Amazing how much the piece can change as it is worked, and sometimes I am not sure when to stop. I've had times when I wish I hadn't added that next layer on - does that ever happen to you?

I toned it all down with a whitewash layer, and painted on some meaningful words. 

Next, I took a photo of the Eiffel Tower I shot while visiting Paris, and put parts into my composition. I also found an old postcard to use as my third focal point.

Using a variety of materials...

I stamped some of my favorite images onto dictionary paper and placed those into my composition.  These stamps are designed by my friend Andrea at Snapping Monsters. I went in and added some more color with pastels.

Then, I painted the canvas edges to finish these off. 

City of Light trio

Another bright and colorful project from me...maybe this is my way of combating the dark and gloomy days we've been having as we move into winter. 

I hope you've enjoyed this peek into my class with Roben-Marie. I highly recommend that you look into taking a class with her! Thanks so much Roben-Marie!!


Thursday, December 1

Steampunk Christmas Angel

Welcome, welcome, Steampunk friends! Can you believe it's already December? I wish for you a  season of celebration and blessings as you follow your own seasonal path. I was inspired by the holiday season to create a Steampunk Christmas Angel for our challenge this month. 

She has just delivered some presents and placed them under the tree, and is heading off on her bike with more deliveries. I guess Santa Claus or St. Nick must have needed more help this year getting to the homes of all the good girls and boys! 

I started by adding a layer of gesso to my canvas in a very random and messy manner, and then went in with a stencil and modeling paste. 

While that dried, I cut out 3 images of the woman on the bicycle so I could make her 3D. (she was actually in a Halloween themed paper pack, but I can change the season)

First layer of paint...metallic Festive Green.

Next layer, adding in some Quinacridone Gold.

I used some patterned paper to do some paper piecing to create the Christmas tree and presents. Then I decided to add some old music paper and number tissue paper to create another layer of interest.

Next, it's time for some messy, painty fun - mostly using my fingers...really, who needs a brush? After this layer dried, I doodled around the tree and packages, added the angel and did some spraying. I used a bit of scrap to cover her face so she wouldn't look all spotty.  As you can see at this point, I was having so much fun, I forgot to take any more photos! 

Added detail with the gears, and a bit of highlighting with gold, some thread to the hat and some old watch parts.

Did some doodling around the  Christmas tree and presents...

I like how hints of the paper layer fade through...

I added black, shimmer and gold splatters - it kind of reminds me of gilded falling snow.

My steampunk angel is heading out for deliveries!

I hope you will join us this month in our challenge and create something in the steampunk/industrial mixed media genre! 

Happy Holidays!
 Keep an eye out for the Steampunk Angel, maybe she will deliver packages to you! 


Fluid Acrylics:  Pyrole Red, Quinacridone Gold, Payne's Grey, Green Gold
Dazzling Metallics: Bright Brass, Festive Green
Americana Acrylic: Sea Glass
Mediums: Matte Medium, Modeling Paste
Sprays: Carbon Black, Shimmer White
Metallic Lustre: Gold Rush
Stencil: Andy Skinner Snake's Web

Many thanks to our sponsors here at SASPC who keep our gears turning!


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