Monday, October 29, 2012

Pearls of wisdom...

Hello again fellow Blogodians and welcome to my regular Monday post for Simon Says Stamp & Show! The world keeps turning, Ruby's nappies need changing and Monday is here again... Three things I'm sure of at the moment if nothing else and I have only got glittery pearls of wisdom to share today. This week's challenge theme is all about Pearls and that can take you down many a road.
The weather has become decidedly dark and dreary so I thought a bright tag and a touch of the shiny stuff would be a good start to the week. Like me, you probably have a few pots of Perfect Pearls lurking in your stash. I always forget how they can add such a great effect to so many projects. I really need to dig them out more often!
I'm not usually one for lots of sparkle but I remembered my great 'bubbly circle' stamp by Wendy Vecchi and thought it would look cool in shades of blue. Even on a tag I love to create dimension so I plucked an Art Part flower and my paint and set to work. Just one flower can really perk up a tag or a card and they are so quick and easy to paint or colour.
Here I used yellow and white paint on the flower and Distress Stain on the stem. Job done! My background tag had been coloured with Distress Stains, then dried thoroughty before stamping the circles in embossing ink. You must dry well beforehand so that the Perfect Pearls powder will only adhere to the stamping and not the whole tag.
I followed with the stamping of the letters and flowers in Cobalt Archival ink...yes, more Wendy goodies and then I added the stitching and distressing the edges. I used the same stamps on the bigger tag with a touch of Vermilion Archival ink for contrast.
The butterflies are created by stamping onto Grungepaper, cutting out and then applying a rough coat of gesso. I over-stamped the dots and edged them in Distress ink. I just wanted the shape of the butterfly and like to do this with a lot of my other stamps when the outline is simple...get more mileage out of your stash! I layered it all up added some rustic string and touches of Idea-ology before finishing off with my stamped thought for the day!

I might end up mounting it onto a card base (if I ever find time...) as I think it would make a great greeting card... and I really need to do something with all those tags. Know what I mean????
Anyway, that's my creation for today. Please hop over to Simon says Stamp & Show Design Team Blog and see all the fabulous ideas my teamies came up with. Then start on your own beauty, link it up and make a play for this oh so generous prize!!!

Monday, October 22, 2012

A Wendy House???

Well, a little research tells me the original Wendy House was built for J.M. Barry's play Peter Pan. The boy who never grew up... which is proof that enough for me that a little play time is good for all the big girls too. So break out the crafty stuff and indulge. This week at Simon Says Stamp & Show we have en EXTRA special week as we have the uber-fantabulous Wendy Vecchi herself as our guest designer. How amazing is that??? So get down, get inky and get all Studio 490 Stylie!
I never need an excuse to play with Wendy's goodies so l indulged indeed in a multitude of Art Parts and Studio 490 stamp heaven. I'm a number one fan of flutter-bys and girly blooms but decided to go for a different mood this time. The range of Art Parts has grown so much over the last two years and there are just so many to play with. Be it one flower or a whole frame, an ATC or a biggie, you will always have a great time.
I decided to combine the Five Panel Frame with the Dimensional Sign Board ends to create my 'home.' Once I knew that would be a good base, I then set about playing around with the smaller elements. For some reason the Love, hearts and stars made me feel a bit retro. kind of 1950's-ish and that's where this lovely lady came in. She is stamped onto manilla cardstock in Black Archival ink.  I masked off her lips and then inked them up in red. Her face is coloured with a mix of Distress Stains and a little Distress Ink. I couldn't resist a bit of blue eye-shadow, some gold earrings and a Blossom Bucket hair piece!!!
I covered the background board with Mr. Tim design paper and inked it up with Distress ink,  before adding some stamped details that would break up the space.
All the Art Parts are coloured with Distress Stains, edged with Distress Ink and then over-stamped in Ranger Archival Inks using a whole range of various Wendy stamps. Art Parts are really very sturdy so they are the perfect ingredients with which to build a layered, dimensional piece. As always I like to add a wonderful Wendy sentiment as well as throwing in a few Idea-ology trimmings. I like her very much and now just need to find a place for her to reign...

It really is a great week and such an honour to have Wendy designing and creating for us. Don't miss it!!! Rush over to the Design Team Blog NOW to meet Mrs. Vecchi and see more fabulous ideas and inspiration from all my team mates too. Do join in and show us your take on Studio 490 and make a play for the Top Three title or the generous $50 voucher. You don't have to have any official Wendy goodies (although you soon will). Remember:
"Enthusiam is excitement, with inspiration, motivation and a pinch of creativity..." So just be yourself and savour...
Thanks so much for calling by. Until we meet again...

Monday, October 15, 2012

These are a few of my...

favourite things! What are? Well, paint, stamping, flowers, torn papers and hearts. It's Monday (yes again) and it's time for a new challenge theme over at Simon Says Stamp & Show where you get to go mad and freestyle it as it's all about your favourite.
 l really had to have a think and eventually I decided to go for what seemed to be "in' on my desk at the mo. In all honesty that would actually be dust and dirty stamps, but that wouldn't make for a very interesting piece so I went with master-boards.
I have a very eclectic style and have acquired a wide range of styles of stamps over the years... I also have a thing about being consequent when creating and don't really like to mix up too many different stamp designs in one piece. But then that makes it hard to choose as they are all so great... Enter the master-board!
 Now of course a master-board is nothing new but with all the fabulous new colours, products, sprays and journalling influences around I think they could make a come-back. It also is the ideal stamping ground (ha ha) for combining both your best-loved and dormant stamps. The great thing about a master-board is the freedom it gives to just play around building up layers and textures without being too fussy. The idea is to cut it into smaller sections for use on a card or die-cut it like I did.
 l like how the random patterns and colours come into their own once they are cut down. I took apiece of A4 card and went with a base of Sky Blue Studio Paint from Claudine Helmuth, followed by gesso bottle top rings, dots from Mr. Tim and then Wendy Vecchi leaves, flowers and letters... mixing up my use of both paint and ink. 
 I thought some 'hearty' flowers would look good and it would also give me a chance to add some stitched stems as I do love a bit of sewing. I tore up some dictionary papers for the background, gave them a coat of watery gesso to whiten them and added a splash of Dylusions ink for a bit of colour. The Wendy words are stamped on sticky back canvas, mounted on card, to give a bit more texture. A whizz around the edges with the sewing machine and distressing tool and we are good to go.

I hope you like it and can maybe create your own take on a master-board (or you can even demolish a few journal pages if you like...) Just have fun with all YOUR favourites and share them with us at Simon Says Stamp & Show. Join in with lots of other artists and make a bid for the $50 spree!
Now off you go, enjoy the great challenge theme and just be yourself. Thanks for popping by... Sarah.