Monday, September 18

Shimmer and Shine!

Hello Monday, my friends! I hope you have had a creative week and are looking forward to this week's challenge - Shimmer and Shine! 

I headed to one of my art journals to create a shimmery page about adventures in India! 

I started with the stencil that is included in the Stampendous Elephant Foam stamp set by Nathalie Kalbach, and the Fairy Wings Sparks paint. Ooh, love that shimmer!

A layer of Distress Oxide in peacock feather comes next...

Then, a barely there hint of elephant in Mermaid Sparkle paint. I used the brayer to roll the paint onto the foam stamp.

I wanted the elephant to show up more, so went over it again with wilted violet. And yes, once again, there is my favorite color combo - green, blue and purple!

I also wanted to create a pattern around my image on the water color paper, and the metallic inks and henna designs work great!

...a layer of distress oxide in seedless preserves over that, and if it covers the design, a quick wipe of the surface brings the metallic shimmer back.

Simon Says Stamp has a number of Laurel Burch stamps which you can check out here. This stamp I had in my stash and I thought it would work perfectly with the elephant stamps, so I stamped it on tissue wrap. 

The tissue wrap works well for stamping images you want to color, especially if they will still react with water. I used the Dina Wakley scribble sticks to color the back of the tissue. Dina taught us a way to get really bright color from these by dipping them into water and then coloring with has become a favorite technique!

I decided more shimmer and shine, and used the Cosmic Shimmer glue and Harvest Moon gilding flakes to go around the page. 

I collaged the image onto the background I made and added the words, along with a bit of highlighting with a white pen. Then I decided to add some glitter and these neat little Moonshine Confetti bits from Simon Says Stamp. I have some treasured ornaments from India that have pieces of mirror embedded in them, which reminded me to try this. 

Destination Adventure!

It's your turn now to shimmer and shine! I hope you are inspired to create something special and join us in this week's challenge! 

Our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp have a $50 voucher to give away! 



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I am sure the design team has their shimmer and shine on, so let's head over and check it out!

Friday, September 15

The Illusion of Time

Hello dear Steampunk friends! I feel like it has been a long time...I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and you found some creative time for yourself! 

I decided to make a pair of ATC's this month with the theme of time...Synchronicity and Greenwich Mean Time. I came across these stamps which I've had in my stash for years, and have added some fabulous Boozybear chipboard pieces to add more of a steampunk twist. 

One definition of Synchronicity: happening, existing, or arising at precisely the same time. If we think about Steampunk, does this not fit? I think about it as existing in an alternate "world" at the same time as the Victorian era. The first known use of Greenwich Mean Time is 1863, from which we now measure time...again, during the Victorian era, so it could definitely fit into the Steampunk Universe! What do you think?

I started my ATC's with mat board and stamped these images onto them.

Next step, adding in some DecoArt fluid acrylics using Prussian Blue Hue, Cobalt Teal Hue, Green Gold, and Quinacridone Gold.

I took the boozybear clock and gears and rubbed on the Copper Kettle Metallic, then dabbed on some Payne's Grey and Prussian Blue. I also sprayed on a bit of Carbon Black, aiming for a metallic but rusty look.

I stamped the time images on tissue paper, and collaged them on top as well as rubbing a bit of color over them.

Materials used:

I added the chipboard over the images, and found some watch parts, key, dragonfly, etc. to also add on. 

I hope you've enjoyed my steampunk style ATC's, and now it's your turn to create something amazing to share with us at SASPC!

Click here if you are interested in seeing two more ATC's I made using the letters A and D.

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Monday, September 11

Simon Says: It's in the Stars!

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Hello Monday! Thanks so much for stopping by, we have a new challenge for you this week - 
"It's in the Stars". All you need to do is add some stars to your project!

I decided to work with some materials I haven't pulled out for awhile - my alcohol inks! I was thinking they would be perfect for creating a night sky. 

It's a Marvelous Night for a Moondance!
After all, the Moon is up there with all of those stars! 

I started out with my blue alcohol inks and the blender on the yupo paper. I discovered a way to keep the tiny bubbles (they just keep growing if you don't stop them) by using the heat gun to set them at the point I wanted. I suggest have the heat gun in one hand and the blender in the other!

Next, I added the purple inks using the same methods.

Then, I took my High Dive ink and the Paper Artsy written background and stamped it onto the paper. It is very subtle.

Next step, I held the Moon Face stencil in place and dabbed the glue in with a sponge, then added the gilding flakes. Apparently the ink had enough wet from stamping that the flakes stuck there too. 

I took a bit of eyelet and colored it with the distress oxide to add to the bottom.

I typed out my saying on the We R Memory Keepers typewriter and went over it with the distress oxide also. 

Moon Face (Dina Wakley stencil) detail, I also went in with a graphite pencil to bring out the features.

I used the graphite around the words too.

Of course, I had to have a star, so hung one one with a pin.

I love making these little "canvasses" for my flip frame! I really need to do more.

So, what is in the stars for you this week? I hope some relaxing creative time, so you can join us in our challenge. Remember, our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp always have a $50 voucher for one lucky person! 



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Be sure to head on over to the challenge blog to see what the design team stars have created this week!


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