Monday, September 3, 2012

Just saying! Just painting! Just hopping...


Well, a big hello and welcome to a very special post! Hooray, it's STAMPtember at Simon Says Stamp & Show which means a great blog hop full of creativity and prizes galore!!!! Now, there's a lot of stuff to read, but PLEASE DO hang in there as you're in with a fabulous chance to win a prize at my blog AND at the Simon Says Stamp store!!!
Simon Says Stamp was founded in 2002 with an interest in exclusively selling rubber stamps. It didn’t take long until we realized we couldn’t stop there. Over the past 10 years we celebrate rubber stamping in its full glory by giving access to people around the world to a one stop shop. Rubber stamps still remain the heart of our business and we are celebrating by hosting a “STAMPtember” ™ event intended to inspire, educate, and celebrate the greatness of rubber stamping. Part of the enticement of rubber stamping is that stamps can be used in creating or complementing ANYTHING! From stamping dates on bank documents and postage parcels in the early 18th century, rubber stamping has dramatically expanded to include card making, scrap-booking, mixed media and many forms of altering and expressing art.


We are helping kick off STAMPtember festivities with a Design Team Blog Hop! You have a chance along the way to win a $25 gift certificate for hopping onto my blog and entering our challenge. Winners will be announced at 8AM September 12. 

I'm celebrating STAMPtember with my Maya Road Binder. It had also been a while since playing with my Claudine Helmuth Studio paints. A plan was soon hatched...
A few years ago I did an on-line course with the brilliant Claudine Hellmuth and really got to know her paints and products. The fabulous paint pots are full of rich pigmented colour, have a wonderful consistency and are bursting with loads of potential.
I covered the binder with old dictionary pages using Matt Medium, let them dry well before ripping some off again for a distressed look. Then they were coloured with a wash of with Yellow Pastel with Fired Brick Distress ink on the edges.
I used Claudine's versatile Sticky Back Canvas to create the border. I added some subtle resist detailing by stamping Tim's spots with Matt Medium, drying and then adding a wash of Teal and Sky Blue paint. Then I over-stamped some Wendy Vecchi dots and letters, as well as inky rings made with a bottle top. A bit of stitching and ric-rac added more detail...
l'm a real sucker for Wendy's flutter-bys and blooms (Alphabetically Art and Live and Make Art stamp sets)so I went to town with lots of girly embellishments. I stuck a piece of canvas onto some Grungepaper, stamped the butterflies on the reverse side, cut them out and painted them in Teal. I only wanted their form (a good way to get more out of your stamps!)
l added two metal centres which are ribbon holders or something?! Dunno, they're from my stash! The flowers are cut from Grungepaper and painted with Dash of Red with old buttons for centres.
I thought it needed a bit more oomph! and reached for my Grungeboard letters. I painted them white and edged them with more Fired Brick before sticking them with matt medium. It's such a great adhesive as it dries clear yet also gives you time to adjust the positioning.... which I love. One must always tweak!
So apart from a touch of string, that was about it...Here's a close-up where you can see more of the stamping and lettering. I've just got to start on the inside now! Next time... onto the HOP!

Please hop to my team-mates' blogs. Each of them has a special handmade work of art to share with you and also more prizes along the way! Enter the "Read All About It!" Challenge and be sure to put a STAMP on it and you could be the lucky winner of our GRAND PRIZE $100 Simon Shopping Spree!

Thanks for visiting! The next stop in the Simon Says STAMPtember Blog Hop is Suzanne Czosek . If while hopping, you encounter a broken link, you can go back to the beginning with links to everyone who is participating in the hop.
Happy hopping...! You have to be in it to win it!!!
See you soon,  Sarah.

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Candy C said...

Sarah...I love your Maya Road "create" binder. It's so pretty. You did such a nice job of making it so happy to look at! Love the colors and all of the text on the cover. Very nice! I also love the rick rack...that is a cool touch! <3 Candy

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful Art Binder. Love the happy warm colors and way you blended the dictionary pages into the background.

aisling said...

Lovely altered book cover!

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

you ladies are making me want to break out my paints and inks and get messy - beautiful cover to your book

Barb Housner

Anne Brooks said...

Great project. Very inspiring!

Jennifer Scull said...

what a gorgeous book! love the idea of using the bottle caps for a neat texture stamp and those butterfly centers are amazing! :)

wendy vecchi said...

looks...absolutely AWESOME!

Vera Yates (Ling) said...

Gorgeous!

Diddy Jones said...

Fun and inspiring!

Scrapthat said...

awesome work as always Sarah!! TFS

CandyW said...

Your binder is absolutely fantastic!!!

Vickie ODell said...

This is such a bright, attractive binder for your work! I love your color combo and the creative way you used those metal pieces on the butterflies. Thanks for sharing your process!

Debbie said...

Great binder project! I love Claudie's paints too. You did a fantastic job!

Anita Houston said...

I adore Claudines paint...it's the best! Your binder is faberoonie! Love the whimsical feel and the bright colors!

PiHi said...

Nice colourfull project!

Stacie (craft-princess) said...

So cute! Love the colors!

Kailash said...

Very pretty project and the colors are gorgeous!!!

Lynn Stevens said...

What a FUN and colorful book!
Lynn

Suzi said...

Oh! another fabulous creation. I am so overwhelmed by all the amazing creation I'm finding on the blog hop and yours my dear is stunning. I love it to bits. I've collected so many new ideas on the hop. Many thanks
Hugs
Suzi x

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Very vibrant and a sweet project! Has a 'happy' feel to it. Thanks for sharing!

marianne said...

great way to use paint, i love all colors!

Heidi Y said...

Your book is sooo cute!

Renée said...

WOW!! I love this :)

liberal sprinkles said...

neat project, love the use of the dictionary papers!
grace

Helen McLaughlin said...

I love the text on the cover of your binder. Clever idea to pull some of it off before you washed it with paint! I'll have to remember to try that sometime. Thanks for sharing!

marianne said...

So bright and cheery! Love it!

Elly said...

Nice, bright and colourful...the sunny side of art.

Barbara said...

This is grungy but bright! I love the look and think it is a fabulous project!

Helen said...

Your binder is wonderful! I love to use book text in my work and have so many favourite text stamps so hope to find time to join in!! Happy hop!

Clay and Amy said...

Love the colors! This is a really fun project and I bet you had a great time making it!

Chris said...

Such a wonderful binder and I love how you interpreted the theme and the gorgeous fresh look of it. :)

Irene said...

Whew! So many details to take in...love the bright colors that you used...makes me snile!

Sharon Y said...

Such a happy binder. Love the butterfly with the metal clippy-holder thingy.

Jen said...

Very happy. Hopping along.

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Gteat book Sarah
Love every detail on it

Greetings Janny

Redanne said...

Your Maya Road binder made me smile - big! The colours, textures and design are all brilliant, love Wendy's flowers and butterflies and you have really brought them to life on this piece Sarah. A x

Ardilla said...

So bright! Love the colors you used and the flowers are amazing!

Penny said...

Love it!
Love it!
Love it!

conil said...

Seriously. Sticky-back Canvas is the bomb and, boy, did you use it optimally here. This album makes me happy just to look at it. Great job.

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Sarah, lovely binder, really like that you covered it with dictionary pages and then tore areas to give it a distressed look. The wash of paint is perfect and I love your cheery colour palette too. Fabulous use of paints, text and flowers and beautifully designed. Tracy x x

starqueen said...

Fabulous! Thanks for sharing all your special details...it would be difficult to figure out? It came together beautifully!

Sue McRae said...

Love the color combo on your binder, especially how the red flowers pop!

paperpapier said...

love your colour combo, bright and fun yet retaining the artistic look of the mixed media project.

Angela said...

Your binder is adorable. I really like the dictionary paper treatment and the metal clips for the butterfly centers. Thanks for sharing just a fun project!

Annette said...

What a great idea to use old dictionary pages to cover it in. It's a perfect choice for a binder. Love it.
Annette
xx

Nadia said...

Love the bright colors! Thanks for sharing.

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Love the fun colors. Great job! Thanks for sharing

Robin said...

Awesome book! I love how you used the book pages and the colors are so bright and fun. Hugs, Robin

TraiBee said...

Brightt colors love it

Yara said...

I love how you altered the binder and the color combination you used!!

Michelle Noble said...

Super cute. You did alot of techniques, and I love that.

naturecoastcrafter said...

Who couldn't love this. The colors make me swoon!! Yep, I said swoon.

Ang and Crys said...

Love this binder! Love that you used dictionary pages.

joy said...

Just beautiful! Love the colors and all of the details! Thanks for sharing!

Kristie Maynard said...

What a wonderful little book, great job! TFS.

Barbara said...

This colorful project makes me smile! Pretty creation!

Small T said...

I love your binder! It's absolutely wonderful! :-) xx

Karen McAlpine said...

What a fun cheerful book!! Love the use of the dictionary pages and the bright pop of red of the flowers.

Jayne said...

LOve the colors. I'm a vintage type gal, but I also love the brights. Thanks for sharing.

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Love the collage look with the book pages. Wonderful.

Dixie Cochran said...

So many beautiful elements and techniques on this clever book. Well done!

pcm said...

very nice!

Jo Murray said...

A really gorgeous book. Thanks for all the tips.

Kathy said...

Very nice book, and thanks for all the tips.

lenore said...

Love your binder and your use of bright colors!

Michele Cunningham said...

Such fun colors. Love everything about it:)

texasbarb said...

Super project! I really like how you put it all together. Thanks for explaining the steps to make it.

Marjie Kemper said...

What a transformation... your personalized binder is fab!

SusanK said...

Great job on the Maya Road journal cover! There are so many elements to take in - lots of visual expression and color. And you've given me some ideas for a future project!

butterfly said...

Great work on the binder - it's so fresh and so much fun! Love this hop!!
Alison x

Maura said...

What a fun book! I think I have one of those Maya albums...will have to find it!

Yogi said...

very nice altered binder. Never used Claudine's paints. Will have to try them one day. Have a great day

Wendy said...

oh this is too cool!!! thank you for sharing your techniques with us!

Tanya said...

This is gorgeous :) I love the red flowers, they stand out nicely from the paler colours :)

Tanya xx

Raphart´s said...

wow!!!! so beautiful!!!! loved!!!

Connie Lutz said...

Love the colors you used - so bright and cheery!

Peg Robinson said...

Hoorah for STAMPtember and all the awesome artists!

fusiafscrapping said...

This is oh so beautiful.

VikkiCH said...

Stamptember is a fantastic idea hop! beautiful book!

Melinda Ferraz said...

Awesome book!! Love the bright colors.

Maria V. said...

What a fun book cover! I bet the inside is just as wonderful.
Thanks for the inspiration.
Maria V.

JoeScrapper said...

Lovely mini! Love how you did the covers! thanks for sharing!

Ta Da! Crafts said...

Such a vibrant project, love it! X

belldoubleyou said...

Ooh, stamping with the top of a bottle, I like it! I bet you could get a really neat textured circle from the bottom of a glass bottle too -- a beer bottle or old-timey soda bottle. Turning household objects into stamps is pretty fun!

Kathy Eddy said...

What a great binder. So colorful and fun!

Cindy said...

Love the bright colors of this album!

Peggy Parker said...

I do enjoy hopping - and love the colors you used in your binder, Sarah!

Barb said...

Your binder is delightful. Thanks for giving me the "push" to create a little album for so many of my family photos.

Lindsey said...

This is a PERFECT project for the theme of this hop! SO pretty, too. :)

Pam said...

Love your binder! The colors are so happy. Great stamping and details!

Tracey said...

LOVE it!!! SO bright and fun!

lydiawalker said...

cute xx love your butterflies xxx

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Lovely project! I love the colors you chose. TFS

Lorraine said...

Love your altered album! It's so bright and fun! TFS!

judkajudi said...

My brain is on overload from feating on these wonderful projects! Love your bright and cheery colors.

Stephanie said...

Very bright colors on your altered album - great job!

blupixy said...

Love your binder! Love the bright pops of color and the contasting word art. Thanks for sharing!

Christina P, said...

Nice binder, love the colors.

MLiss3 said...

Great art book. It's so cute. Love the colors!

Leah Ann Gast said...

How cool is this! Love it!

Bunnyfreak said...

Love the flowers!

jacquib07 said...

Really lovely. so bright. love the words imagine and create. thank you for sharing

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

Beautiful colours - so bright and happy!

Deanne :)

She'sSewCrafty said...

What a fun project. I love the twine on the cover and the paper clips at the center of the butterflies are such a cool idea!

Farley said...

Babbling over your awesome binder redo. Great colors and it looks like it will be fun to use.

mtscrapgal said...

Your "fancing-up" this binder is so inspiring. All the bright colors and big letters are calling you to create. Thanks

primdollie said...

LOVE your binder!! such fun colors and textures!!! too fun!! Love the blog hop as well!!

Patrice said...

Love the bright colors!

Nan G said...

What a fun binder! Love the cheery colors and flowers....who doesn't love bright flowers!

usagypsy said...

Love it! Anything with newsprint I love! I'm going to have to make my daughter one of these books. Every Christmas I make her some kind of journal. She loves them. And I love this one!

judy said...

I love how you altered your binder-- great texture, color and dimension!

the PaperTemptress said...

love love love the binder you designed! I am going to have to copy this!
Patricia
the PaperTemptress

Janet said...

Great binder ~just awesome!
God bless!

Sheri said...

cute. like the colors used.

Nikki said...

This would make a great book for a little one so bright and cheery :)

Rebecca/Sydney's Sentiments said...

Beautiful job. I will have to get myself one of those binders.

Renee said...

This is awesome! Love the distressed style stamping, the pretty amazing paint colors, and those wonderful flowers! Very beautiful project :)

Kelly said...

Wow love the look of the paint. I don't use paint too often but this sure inspires me to start using it! I love the colours!

Kate said...

I love the vibrant colors on this album! I have heard good things about CH paints. Now I am going to have to try them. Sounds like a fun class that you took.

Judy Bigg said...

Love your binder. The colors and flowers make it look so happy. Neat how you used the dictionary page them tore some off. I love to see cleaver creative minds at work.

Marita said...

I need to work my recipe binder book over... thanks for all the inspiration for it. Great binder!

Cheryl L. said...

Oh how I love the bright colors! What a fun project!

Wendy G. said...

What happy stamping and painting. Great job!

cgl1539 said...

This is so fabulous, I am barely making it through this blog yall are inspiring me so much.

Brenda said...

This is a very cool project.

Lizzie R said...

What a bright happy project! It will be fun to fill that beautiful book up!
Thanks for sharing!

Kim C said...

Such a purty work of art!! Thanks so much for sharing!

lilscrappers said...

I wonder if this would work on a regular school binder? I have a couple dying to be altered, hmmmm. I am saving your page too, lol.

Miriam Prantner said...

Great project! Love the bright colors you chose - I need to invest in some of those paints!

Katie said...

First time on your blog. What a fun place to spend some time. I love the colors on your project.
Little Miss Ruby is beautiful.

Mary-Anne V said...

What a fun binder... it turned out beautiful with all the happy colours.

Sue D said...

Very colorful binder!
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Denisse said...

love the pretty colors! you've inspired me to use some new products :)

daffy said...

great project love the pretty colors and flowers

Heather said...

Absolutely beautiful! Bold and soft colors, perfection! Love the spotted flowers too.

Mama said...

The vibrant colors make the project! Too cute!

stamplover2011 said...

Neat project! Love all the different bright colors!

a1983alaskan said...

Oh, gosh! That's lovely :-) Such a pretty album screams: Open me and create! Thanks for sharing.

Lisa Somerville said...

Love the colors - fab way to recycle the binder!

Michele said...

Super cute project!

Colleen O said...

Well now I just added more of Claudine's products to my wish list thanks to
Your work.

Memories by Manda said...

Lovely binder. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.

Sandi L said...

Love how bright the paints are they really pop. Thanks for sharing your creation.

Мира said...

very lovely project!

Dangina Martinez said...

Fab creation. Tfs.
Hugs, Dangina

Far North said...

Love the colorful binder and the dictionary pages! Thanks for sharing.

Big Mamma~ a.k.a. Mary S said...

What a great book. I love, love that flower!

maria f. said...

I'm completely taken with you color combination. Love, love, love that teal and the texture you've given it.

Ellie said...

Beautiful art binder.... I also like your choice of color! LOVE this HOP!

AJ said...

i simply adore the vibrant design you have made!! thanks for sharing!

Melania said...

beautiful....great...i love the colors :)

Debbie said...

this is a beautiful art binder thanks for sharing
upnurse at aol dot com

Craftychris said...

ooh your altered binder is stunning. The colours are gorgeous - its a 'happy' piece xx

frommycraftroom said...

Great project. Love the red flower. Thanks.

Leintje* said...

What a SUPER FUN binder!! The "hopping" is also a fun way to see all of the design team members projects!!

Love from The Netherlands,
Leintje*

Karen said...

Your binder is such an inviting, bright and cheery project. I just love the colours that you have used.

Pam from Maine said...

Love the brightness and the different textures on your project. Wonderful ideas! I'll have to try the matt medium--I use glossy accents but, if you move it there's a shine left. Thank you for sharing.

Kim said...

I love your book. It's so cute! I love the colors and textures you used. Thank you for sharing it with us. Take care. :)

Elizabeth said...

What a fun project, love yor color combo, TFS

Jana said...

I love the bright, happy colors of this

Kimberly Rendino said...

So bright and cheery! Love it!

Alyce - Pei Fang said...

Wow, this is one eye catching binder! Love the color and texture, very creative indeed =)

ljrhew said...

I love what you did witht he binder.Thanks for sharing.

Sandra said...

Stunning binder sarah! Love the colors and the design! The big letters are so cool! Really love it! Gorgeous! Hugs, Sandra

Maureen Chandler said...

What a wonderful project! Thanks so much for sharing all the steps to this wonderful binder!!

Patricia said...

This binder has happy written all over it! It makes me happy just looking at it! Great, great job. Thank you for sharing & your inspiration.

Dr. J said...

Oh what an amazing little binder! You will be inspired every time you look at it!

Lizzette said...

Sarah,

Gorgeous! Your binder is stunning, love the composition and color combos that just pop! Great artwork.
Take care,
Lizzette

Barb Ghig said...

Awesome binder...WOW!!!

Felicia - Scrapper in the Making said...

Wow this came out Super Fabulous! Smooches...

Julia S-W said...

Fantastic binder! Clean, fresh and gorgeous!Makes me want to create just looking at it!
Juliax

PaperPixie said...

Seeing this binder just makes me happy! You used a lot of products I am not familiar with, as I don't do a lot of "multi medium" or altered item crafting. This project was totally inspiring though! Thank you!

Donna said...

Such great happy colors you used. They go perfect with the flowers

Eileen said...

i love the idea of a CREATE book...just looking at the cover makes me want to leave work and create something...

Annan said...

Love the great pop of red against the more subtle colors and stamping. Very fun!

Patricia said...

GREAT book i love the colors!!!!
I can not wait to see what you make inside...... i hope soon there's a new bloghop (lol)
Kind regrads Patricia

Scrapbookdoll said...

love the album cover
marie-anne

Andrea said...

Love the texture and layers you used!! Awesome job!

Iris said...

WOW - you turned that binder into a beautiful piece of Art! Gorgeous. So bright and pretty. Iris

Terry said...

Hey there Sarah, I love your fabulous book, really
I just love your fabulous colors and your Wendy Stuff wowwzersssss Thanksss for sharing hun hugs terry xxxx

Rachel said...

Beautiful art binder! Love all the details on the cover...it's so fun to look at! Such bright and happy colors. :)

Anne Harada said...

Love how you altered the binder! Fun, bright colors to inspire!! TFS!

Colorado Crafter said...

What a great job!! I love the bright colors!

Lauren, Crafts by: readysetLove said...

lovely book!
lauren

Pamela said...

I love this little mini book and the colours are so bright and cheery.

kiesa salazar said...

Very creative! i love the colors. Thanks!!

diana said...

Great project! Thanks for the ideas & inspiration. ;-)

MMS said...

LOVE the colors you used. Stamps and paint...makes me want to go play. Thanks for the awesome ideas!!

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Absolutely gorgeous, I love the bright colours and fun embellishments
Lindsay xx

Joye Meyer said...

Love your binder! Ranger products are always my go to! Blessings!

Stephanie Rodgers said...

Very cute book. I recognized the Wendy Vecchi stamped flowers & butterflies right away, as I'm a fellow Vecchiphile.

LBirt said...

i too have eyed Claudine's paints and wanted to do something with them...you've given me a great idea, thanks! love your book!

Adrienne Crist said...

Bright, cheery and colorful! I love this project! I also adore the sticky back canvas attached to the grunge, what a great textural 3-d element! Great job!

Blessings,
Adrienne

Annie Rose said...

I love this! (and your blog) :) I definitely need a book titled MAKE ART. Thanks for the inspiration!

Luvs,
Annie Rose

Meital said...

I really love your project. it is inspiring and colorful and just makes me happy.

Karen Letchworth said...

This is a darling book, and I got really inspired here. Thanks for being part of this amazing hop. I've been inspired, and am ready to link up my entry card now.
Blessings,
karen L

Kris said...

Hmmm.... I'm thinking I need to make one of these but mine won't be near as FABULOUS as yours!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Wendance Designs said...

Claudine's paints are perfect for your project!!! So bright and vibrant!!! Love your background and the letters!!! WOW!

Marlena M. said...

Beautiful binder~I love the pops of color.

Katy said...

This is very cool! Your butterflies rock! :)

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