Monday, April 24

We've Got Your Number

We've Got Your Number!

Hello Monday! It's time for a brand new challenge this week and we are all about numbers. Easy, peasy - just add a number anywhere on your project and join in the fun! 

It's been an awesome month with our guest designer, Amy! I  have really enjoyed her creative takes on our challenges, and wish her the best! 

So...when I thought of numbers, I thought of telephone numbers...maybe because I really do not like to talk on the phone, and ours has been ringing a lot lately. Time to make a negative into a positive and think about the opportunities for growth a phone call may send! There's a lot of loose threads in life, so when your number rings, be sure to answer! 

No ringing phones, so let's get to work! I stamped the images onto watercolor paper with my archival black ink and MISTI. I own three distress oxide inks, so of course, I had to use them all on the phone.

I colored my positive woman with distress crayons in funky colors, rubbed them in as well as using the water brush with them.

Tag time! I started with a tag I had gessoed and began building up layers with ink and stamps and stencils.

More distress crayon? Why yes please!

Let's add in some more numbers!

Loops of black craft thread stapled on...

More numbers, threads...

Oh look, I have #'s 1-6! I didn't even see this until I was done.  So, be brave, make room for growth, pull the threads of life together, maybe even answer that phone, because we've got your number! 

I had a lot of fun this week with numbers, now it's your turn to play! Come join us in this week's fun challenge and you could win the $50 shopping spree with Simon Says Stamp! 



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The DT has your number! Let's head back over there to check out their wonderful creativity! 

Sunday, April 23

Create! with Simon Says Stamp

If you are in the Columbus Ohio area this weekend, Simon Says Create has lots of Create and Takes, and a Pop Up shop there! Here is the info to check it out

Monday, April 17

Simon Says: Splash it On!

Hello Monday! Welcome friends to a brand new challenge this week - Splash it On! We are all about water, using water, splash it on and share with us! 

I chose to play with water in my big art journal this week, and have been waiting for the chance to use my new sea turtle stencil from Stencil Girl. 

To start my pages, I decided to use this page in my art journal I had started long ago and finally finish it. Lots of layered paint, stencils where I rubbed the paint out, and lovely drips where I thinned the paint with water and dripped it down. 

If you are stuck on inspiration, sometimes it helps to just create some backgrounds in your art journal, play and have fun...then they are there when you need to pull something out!

I experimented with mixing a bit of Dylusions spray with texture paste to get the green for the sea turtles, rather than going in and painting it once it had dried. I only added a few drops which was plenty, I don't think you would want to add much liquid or it would become too "soupy."

Two sea turtles done with the texture paste and strips of Media Tape I tore and added to the plant stencils at the bottom. 

Colored up the strips with a few Distress Crayons.

Stenciled in some bubbles with the Simon Says Stamp Ring Cluster and Turquoise. 

I also used texture paste and the Tim Holtz Splash layering stencil at the top of the pages. Once dried, I colored them with the distress crayons, and then added Inka Gold to that area and the turtles.  It's easy enough to rub in with your fingers, but a sponge could be used also.

"every day is a chance to change your life" - I came across this quote (unknown) and loved the positive message. 

Working at my desk and adding in the finishing touches - white pen around the letters to "pop" them, a sprinkle of 28 Lilac Lane Rainbow Unicorn sequins, and outlining the turtles with a graphite pencil, then going in with a brush and some water.

This week we celebrate Earth Day, and I love that our theme this week is water, since most of the Earth is covered with it. I've been thinking a lot about the Earth lately and that we share it with so many unique and diverse forms of life...such as the sea turtles...

...and going along with those thoughts, I wanted a positive and hopeful message, because each day we do make choices that have an impact on ourselves and all species we share this planet with. 

Happy Earth Day! 

Now it's your turn to splash in the waters of creativity! I hope I've inspired you, and you are ready to join the challenge and share your work! I am looking forward to it.

Simon offers a generous $50 voucher to one lucky player! 



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Wondering what all that splashing is over at the challenge? Me too! The DT is splashing inspiration and creativity, so be sure to check it out!

Saturday, April 15

Earth's Evolution Salvaged

Welcome Steampunk fans! Lots of great inspiration already over at SASPC, and now we have some more for you. Remember, our challenge is open to anyone working in a steampunk or industrial style. 

I'd been pondering ideas for this month's project and then I remembered we celebrate Earth Day on April 22, so I knew I wanted to head in this direction. Climate change affects all species, which got me thinking about evolution and what effects past changes in Earth's climate have had, and that led to thinking about salvaging the Earth. Whew, heavy stuff, right? 

Is it as simple as lubricating the rusty gears and mechanisms that keep the Earth rotating? Do the circuit boards need fixing? That might be all that is needed in a Steampunk world to restore the balance!

I started with the "small" thickboard Etcetera tag from Stampers Anonymous and Tim Holtz, added a layer of gesso, then used Modeling paste and a palette knife with the Short Circuit stencil.

Once that was good and dry, time to add some lovely color. This photo is not clear, but does show the sequence of colors from top down with the American acrylics - Sea Glass, Apple Green, Purple Rain, Deep Turquoise, and Prussian Blue.

While that dried, I worked on these wonderful chipboard gears from Boozy Bear. I layered the fluid acrylics on in this order: Gold, Payne's Grey, Quinacridone Gold, Prussian Blue Hue, and then misted on Carbon Black.

Then, I worked in some Patina Green antiquing paste and rubbed off any excess with a baby wipe.

Ok, so while that dried, I painted the Tim Holtz world die cut with the American Apple Green and Deep Turquoise...

...then added some Q. Gold.

Meanwhile I had stamped my Evolution Man (Tim Holtz) and Lady Kraken (Graphic 45) onto tissue wrap using Ranger archival Jet Black and my MISTI to get clear images. I tore around these and adhered them to the tag with Matte Medium.  Time to add in another layer with some Lamp Black and part of an old pen to make circle marks.

 A bit more color, Copper Kettle Metallic Lustre to highlight the circuits, and ready to add the Earth.

I added a bit of Green Gold to highlight Lady Kraken.

Time for the tag to evolve! Putting it all together, and adding gears, metal and Salvaged.

Details: Evolution...

Lady Kraken...

I think Victorians were fascinated by the idea of evolution - look at the scientific societies they formed, the expeditions they went on and  the collections they amassed. Time to lubricate the gears to keep Earth spinning and land and sea in balance.

Are the creative gears whirring in your head? I hope you will join us this month for our Anything Goes challenge ! I'm looking forward to your creation. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Quote Chips (Tim Holtz)

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