Monday, October 24

Autumn Wonders

Welcome to Monday, my friends! We have a brand new challenge for you at Simon Says Stamp - we are all about Autumn this week. 

I love the magic of Autumn as the season puts on its cloak of many colors! I took a little trip into the mountains this week to do some leaf peeping and found this gorgeous display of colors! Think about what most inspires you about Autumn and join us in the fun this week! 

I was inspired to make two tags in rich Autumn colors with a hint of the magic of this special season.

I started with my Tim Holtz Twisted stencil and sprayed it with mica spray and laid it down on the tag, then repeated this step with the Ground Espresso.

Next, I took the Autumn stencil and added another layer with fall colors in spray. On one I sprayed through, and on the other I laid the stencil down on the tag to get the reverse image.

I toned down the backgrounds by going over them in darker inks.

I spritzed on some water and just love those little bubbles that appear.

I added a bit of color tinting to the found relative with distress crayons.

Details, details...I went around the edges of the tags with Black Soot paint. I turned my lovely lady into a winged fairy or goddess, added part of the acorn and leaves to make her lovely hat, and some coffee dyed lace, along with "dreams from her heart." I remember as a child playing outdoors all the time, and making little imaginary figures from leaves and twigs and whatever else I could find, and this tag reminds me of that childhood memory.

The leaves and acorn are my first time using the Paper Artsy Infusions, and what rich and varied explosion of color!

I couldn't just stop at one tag, so went on to create this sweet nature baby. I added the other half of the acorn for a hat, and the camera, leaf and coffee dyed cheesecloth, then found the metal band with 
"Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder."

Celebrating the magic in the Autumn season! 

How do you celebrate Autumn? Is it the gorgeous colors? the chilly nights? crunchy leaves or apples? Get inspired by this beautiful season and join us this week in the challenge! Remember, one lucky person wins a $50 voucher from our generous sponsor! 



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Friday, October 21

Wanderlust 2016 - Autumn Trees

I've been playing this afternoon in my Wanderlust class with chalk pastels for the first time. Isn't this a lovely set my hubby helped me pick out, all fresh and ready to use. Yep, that's "me" in my craft space taking my class!

I use these large sheets of drawing paper behind my work when I spray or paint sometimes, and this one was good and filled up with paints and sprays, so I thought I would try the pastels on this.

And...this is what I ended up with after a layer of chalks, white gesso, black gesso and another layer of chalks. Bold and bright! Just fun to let go and play!

Then, I decided to do a page in my art journal by cutting out pieces from the large sheet I made and doing a collage. Doodled at the bottom, shaded, added white and words, and thought I was done....

...but then I decided to add some more white dots. If I had tried to create this on my page from scratch, I don't think I would have ever come up with this. I am learning to create my own papers and use them to collage with like I did here. 

Thanks for the inspiration Kasia!

Thursday, October 20

New Release from Simon Says Stamp - Believe in the Season!

Are you ready for the new release? Click on the image above to head on over to see what it's all about, after you've peeked at my cards here. It's time to "Believe in the Season!"

I am using the Simon Says Stamp Snowglobe Landscape die and created several cards for your inspiration. 

How fun is this? I wanted to think outside of the box a bit to see if I could come up with some different ways to use the same die.

For my first card, I went with the snow globe and a dusting of snow with a few snowflakes falling on the glimmery paper. 

For my second card, I used the die to create a full moon rising over the winter landscape and added in the "Milky Way" streaming across the sky.

 And for my third card, I thought about the die as an abstract shape and played with the shapes and colors to create this card.

Do you have a favorite of the three? I'd love to know! After you look at the collection, I would also love to hear your thoughts and if you have some faves. Thanks so much for stopping by!



Monday, October 17

Trick or Treat!

Hello Monday! Welcome my friends to the crafting that never ends...and now, it's time for some trick or treating! The challenge this week over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is to make a treat bag or box. I took it a step further and made a trick or treat mini mason jar!

I knew I wanted to make something with Tim Holtz's new mini mason jars and photo clip, 'cause they are just so darn cute! So, how about a haunted pumpkin cat?

I wanted to give the cap and photo clip a rusty look, and Finnabair's Rust Pastes worked beautifully to do that. I started with the darkest, then the yellow, and topped my rusty layers  with the orange cool!

I love how vivid the Fresh Lime Dylusions is, and just dipped in my brush and painted the areas of the stamped images where I wanted it to go.

I also found some cheesecloth and cut off a strip to dye with the fresh lime.

After these photos, I started playing and putting it all together and plain forgot to take more pictures. So, I 'll just share a bunch showing the details.

To create my Mr. Pumpkin Cat, I used Tim Holtz's Imaginary stamp (no face) and an older Impression Obsession stamp I had with this cat-faced pumpkin. Then, a few details were added like the crow, 31, eye, glitter, etc.

I tied twine and cheesecloth around the clip pole, inked up my "boo" alpha dice, added some bones, and lucky for me, a friend had just given me a bag of Halloween goodies, like the rat and spider to add.

I couldn't just leave the back blank, so added in the cat and pumpkin from the Curiosities ephemera pack, along with the skull.

Of course, I had to fill the jar, so I picked up not one, but two bags of candy corn...I know it will disappear quickly in my house!


Halloween certainly is a time of the year that allows us to free our imaginations. I hope you will free yours and create a treat tag or box to share with us and help us celebrate the Halloween season! As always, Simon Says Stamp offers a very generous $50 voucher to one lucky participant!



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Saturday, October 15


Welcome friends to my little steampunk corner of the blogosphere! I am so happy you stopped by, and have another fun project to inspire you to join us in our steampunk challenge, where you can make anything to share in a mixed media steampunk or industrial style! 

I just could not resist making something steampunk for Halloween, so I will share the story of my little SteamPunkin who went from this...(which I picked up on sale at a local craft store)

to this, in a burst of creative magic....

Now for the story...
Once Upon a Time in a land far far away, there was a beautiful field of little pumpkins growing side by side, sharing the rain and nutrients from the soil, and all were happy. Now, it just so happens, one little pumpkin unbeknownst to him, happened to be growing over an old junk heap buried in the ground long ago. Wonder of wonders, as he was growing, he was changing! Instead of being just an orange pumpkin, he was beginning to shine and glitter with a metallic sheen. And, instead of growing leaves and vines, he began to notice odd pieces like lightbulbs and gears, nuts and bolts, springs, keys, mirrors and other oddments. Well, little SteamPunkin was just as surprised as all of his fellow pumpkins in the field at his transformation. I guess there must have been a little magic sprinkled into that junk heap.

Now for the details...

So, how did I transform a simple little pumpkin into a SteamPunkin, you ask? Let me share that with you!

I started off by painting the stem with DecoArt's fluid acrylics in Green Gold  and the pumpkin with Pyrrole Red.

Once that dried, I added a layer of matte medium.

Next I mixed together the crackle paint with Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, and painted a thick layer on the pumpkin. 

The hardest steps for me were the drying times in-between layers.  I rigged up a way to hang the pumpkin from my work lamp so all parts could dry equally. 

Here's a closeup of the crackle once it dried.

Next, I went in with Metallics in Bright Brass and Festive Green, and also my fave Quinacridone Gold.

To darken it up, I sprayed on some Carbon Black.

Still in the mood for more metallics, I went in and rubbed on some wax finish in Copper Kettle and Black Shimmer.

closeup of the texture...hmm, kind of bark like

ok, now for a little spin around my SteamPunkin so you can see all the details...

Happy SteamPunk Halloween!!

I hope you've enjoyed my little SteamPunkin story, and the creative behind the scenes steps. Join us in the fun this month, and I can't wait to see your Steampunk creation for our challenge!! 

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