Monday, September 28, 2015

The Gentleman

It's Monday and I'm not sharing my Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge post.  Well, I thought I should let you know I have decided to step down.  I love the DT and my time albeit short time with them.  I leave on the BEST of terms and I miss these lovely ladies already.  However, life happens and I have some pretty exciting things I have been working hard on.  I have so much to share...when I get the OK ;)  

Alright... onto my Tag!
I wasn't sure if I would get my 12 Tags of 2015 is done for September.  It's been a hectic month getting ready for The Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine puts on every year.  I had 2 great classes and spent the day meeting amazing people and having fun!  After what seemed like days of kitting to get ready I found myself scrambling to get my tag done.  Phew... I did.

Meet The Gentleman

I love my word bands and these are my favorite ones.  I decided to use my tiny attacher.  I think I just love the look of these wee staples.

I love when I get to create these vibrant backgrounds with the glossy paper.  Only if there was Wilted Violet alcohol ink...Sigh!

OK, so no I don't have the Frosted stuff Tim used.  Sometimes these things can be pretty hard to find.  But, get creative with what you do have.  I used Frosted Film and acetate.  Different is good.  

Look...Wilted Violet spritzed on my tag!

Tim used the Flourish Stencil but I thought the Gothic would go better for my tag.

I love these edgy skulls I get from Emerald Creek Crafts!  I inked them up with Slate Alcohol inks.

I added my wordband to some Core paper and  sanded it.  I was going to ink a little but...nah!

OK...I'm ready for October!  I LOVE HALLOWEEN, FALL AND RANGER'S OCTOBER RELEASE...well when we all get to see it on Friday!

Watch for my upcoming Guest Post for Ranger in October!  EEK...It's going to be CREEPY!!!!

Oh and I should wish my honey a Happy Anniversary...seriously we made it 19 years!

Lets play... 

A Vintage Journey- Home Sweet Home (Halloween inspired stuff makes me feel homey)
Inspiration Journal- Happy (Creepy things make me happy)
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Stamptember Blog Hop- Use a Stamp

I wanted to thank everyone that stopped by my blog for the Simon Says Stamps Stamptember Blog Hop and left me all your AMAZING COMMENTS!  

But there is one winner on my blog with all those lovely comments.



Congratulations on winning and thank you everyone for all that love!

Welcome to my blog and the Simon Says Stamps Stamptember Blog Hop!  I'm so thrilled you've made it this far!  I know along the way you've seen some great projects ready to inspire your creative projects! The theme this week is USE A STAMP...

You should be arriving from Michelle's Blog!  If you are you're right on track.  
 If not then you will need to go to the Simon Says Stamp Store Blog to start from the beginning.

I was recently lucky enough to be apart of the Tim Holtz Exclusive Stamptember 2015 Stamp Set Release.  I wasn't done creating and I had an idea involving the clock and Bird Crazy Stamp set and Thinlits.

Put up your hand if you love the Ground Espresso...  I decided to add a drop of reinker to the paste and mix.

Using the new Argyle Stencil I layered on this yummy ground espresso tinted texture paste.

I sprayed some mermaid lagoon and cracked pistachio distress spray stain the inked with some ground espresso distress ink. 

The finished canvas.

I layered and inked some ephemera.

EEK...I just got my Bird Crazy Thinlits and WOW FUN!  Look how "Beaker Featherflutter"clutches the clock.

He's even holding a bouquet from the Crazy Things set.

 I inked these cute metal bunny charms with distress paint then distressed them.  They go so well with all the clock elements.

I attached and arched the special delivery ephemera.

I cut up the sentiment that's attached to the clock, distressed, glued and accented with some ground espresso shadowing.

I layered a stamp from documented and added some elements of the the number rubs.

Let's see what you've got!  

You must create a project using a rubber or clear stamp, no digi images allowed, add your creation to the linky AND hop around the designers blogs leaving comments along the way.

We are showcasing the new STAMPtember® products that have just been released. CLICK HERE to see them all. It is a HUGE release with loads of fabulous stamps, dies, stencils and much more!
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

So now it's YOUR turn to get out your inks, paints and all things arty and start creating! We are looking forward to seeing what you make!

Each DT member also has a Simon's Goody Bag to give away too! All you need to do is leave me a comment on this post AND enter the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge 


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There are fabulous Giveaway's and inspiration from fabulous designers on a daily basis over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog , if you haven't subscribed by email you may want to so you don't miss out

Well, that's it for myself and Beaker Featherflutter.  I hope you liked our journey to the canvas.  I love playing with the Bird Crazy stamps and now the Thinlits.  Layering with sprays, texture paste, stamps and the ephmerea really create a full interesting project.

Nicole   {you are here}

Thanks for stopping by.  I always love when you take the time to leave your thoughts.  Time to head off and see what Sandra has created for you.

Challenge Blogs

Inspiration Journal- Happy {Bird Crazy makes me Happy}
A Vintage Journal- Home Sweet Home {Alice is always trying to get Home}

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Favorite Fall Things

September is here and Fall is certainly in the air as we draw closer to the end of summer.  Feeling like some Fall crafting or Fall inspiration?  Join this month Art with Heart Challenge, Favorite Fall Things.  This month one lucky winner will win a Vintage Camper die!  EEK...I love it!
It all started with a Boxed, Square die.

And some Bird Crazy birds inked and watercolored.

Even some tucked and hiding.

And some left out... poor birdy.

This one made it to the top.  

These mini pumpkins are perfect with the Tattered Pinecone.

I love this Metal Alloy Squirrel Charm embellishment inked with Alcohol ink.

 There's a tiny tattered floral piece I used for a pumpkin trendil.  I love this versatile thinlit.

The Fall Foliage Thinlits are awesome!  I cut a bunch up and layered them along the bottom with a tattered pinecone here and there.

Another Metal Squirrel is hiding in the moss and the leaves are falling from the Branched Tree.

Isn't Fall the best!  Join and share in the fun for the Art with Heart Challenge, Favorite Fall Things.  We want to see your Fall creation. 

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Brick and Mortar

It's a new week of challenges to share at Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge.   What technique do you love?  I love a lot of techniques so I can't pick just one.  I went whit what I wanted to play with at the time.  Since I love all my stuff really anything works.  In this case...texture paste!

Using texture paste adds a stunning element to your creations.  I love how it can be inked, stamped and manipulated creating a fantastic layer.

For this canvas I started with a little gesso smeared randomly.  Then some stamping and yep, texture paste and stencils.

The Ephemera is growing on me.  I am starting to use my huge stash more.

I inked the edges and layered the roses.

I was given an old photo album full of amazing people, places and random stuff all around the 1940's.  So I used my distress markers for some colour.

After the stenciled texture paste is dry you can just add distress spray stain.  Amazing colour!

I inked up a framed alpha part.

Don't forget the sides for stamping.  But don't press hard...let it be vintage looking.

Adorn a metal area and done in no time!

Thanks Flurry for watching over my photo session.  

Are you ready to share with us your beloved technique.  You could win a $50 gift!


If you use instagram add  #sssmchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too!

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time!
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