Monday, July 17, 2017

My Other Creations: Quote Blocks

"Get in Shape" is this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme.  Fortunately, that does not involve doing lunges and push-up's (unless you want to incorporate that).  The theme really means to create something in a 3D shape, for example.  I made these quick and easy quote blocks, which are a great alternative if you're running low on wall space.



I kid you not about these things being quick and easy.  I pulled some wooden blocks from my stash and cut out patterned-paper squares, which I glued to the blocks.  It's even easier if you have square punches that fit the size you need.  Once I glued the paper on, I blended the paper edges into the blocks with white paint.



I typed up some of my favorite quotes using my We R Memory Keepers typewriter and glued those on to my blocks.



All the patterned paper I used coordinated so that I could display these all in one "power tower" or individually here and there.  These make great gifts, too, and I plan on giving some of these to my friends (hint: you can usually find out some of your friends' favorite quotes by stalking them on Pinterest)!



Here are the supplies I used, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

So how will you inspire us in a shapely manner this week?  Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!



Monday, July 10, 2017

My Cards and Tags: "No One is You" Card Using My Favorite Things' Stitched Fishtail Frames Dies

"Distress It" is this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme.  I used some paint to give this card a weathered vibe. 

I started with Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  I cut out some fishtail frame shapes and a square for my card background.


Next I stamped Tim Holtz alphabet letters on top of the background paper and painted over them with Dina Wakley acrylic paint.  On the fishtail frames, I painted through Tim Holtz's Bubble stencil.


I added some patterned paper and scraps into the mix and was ready to assemble!


I added a Seth Apter Splatter Proof die and this stamped sentiment, which I adore: "No one is you.  And that's your power."  I finished it off with some clear droplets.


Here are the supplies I used, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I'm excited to see all the many ways you decide to distress it this week!  Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!



Monday, July 3, 2017

My Cards and Tags: Patriotic Tag using Tim Holtz Star Cluster Die

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog theme is, "Red, White and/or Blue." We're also highlighting that brand we all know and love: Sizzix!  I made a patriotic tag using a few of my favorite Sizzix dies and some great paper from Authentique and Tim Holtz.




I started off with a tag I cut using the Sizzix Tag Collection dies and a piece of Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  I gathered red, white and blue patterned paper from Tim Holtz and Authentique.



I glued strips of the patterned paper onto my tag and hit the edges hard with some brown and black inks.



Next I cut some stars using blue paper and the Star Cluster Edge die.  I added some blue, black and brown ink so it would match the tone of the rest of the tag.



I glued the stars to the side of my tag.



I found this great retro girl image from Authentique's Saucy collection, so I cut her out, along with a Tim Holtz clock, to add to my tag.  I stamped the word "loyal" with a Dina Wakley stamp set and typed out "In God We Trust" with my Memory makers typewriter.



I put all of these elements together and wah-la!  My tag was done.  I topped it with a piece of chunky twine from Doodlebug, which I inked with brown to make it go along with my vintage vibe.


These are the supplies I used, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I can't wait to see how you incorporate red, white and/or blue into your projects this week! Be sure to upload them to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!