Category Archives: Simon Says Stamp

Magical Ornaments

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  • Dies
    • Tonic – Acorn Swirl
    • Little B – Labels
  • Vintage Photos
  • Ranger Distress Collage Medium – Crazing
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology
    • Alpha cards
    • Mirrored stars
    • Tinsel Twine – Autumn
    • Tissue Tape
  • Sierra Pacific Crafts tinsel trim (green)
  • Cork Tape
  • Metal adhesive dots – Mark Richards and Colorbox
  • Metallic cardstock – Paper Accents (silver and red)
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Ranger Distress Ink – Walnut Stain

I created three ornaments for three magician friends who have been mentors for Trenton since January 2009 (nearly 8 years), since he was 10 years old. He was the charter member of Salem’s Society of Young Magicians and performing magic effects has been a large part of young life. Now that he is 18, as the bylaws of the Society of Young Magicians state, he must move up to the Society of American Magicians (the adult group). So this weekend, Trenton attended his last meeting and performed in his last show with the group. As a thank you, our family gave Glen, Tom and John (the mentors) each a gift basket and each included a personalized ornament shown above.

magic-detailornamentI took a vintage image of a magician and collaged it with some die-cuts and other ephemera. I applied collage medium that gave the image an antiqued quality, including a crazing (crackle) effect. Then I added some walnut stain Distress Ink to the edges of the image and to the crazed texture to show it off a bit more. I created a different composition for each ornament that included an Alpha card (playing off the tricks they all do with cards) that is an initial of either their first or last name, and other embellishments for visual interest. It was a fun project to do and hopefully provided them with a small memento that will make them think of Trenton when they decorate their trees.

I am including this in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge “Christmas Gifts.”

Thanks for stopping by.

 


Framed Thanks

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  • Dies – Simon Says Stamp –
    • “Quadrangle Frames”
    • “Thanks”
  • Patterned cardstock – BoBunny
  • Solid cardstock – Bazzill
  • Sequins – Doodlebug Designs

I created this card without doing any stamping, which is fun to do once in awhile (but I do love my stamping!). This is a very simple design and could qualify as a masculine card. I made it in response to the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Group Challenge #52: “Cut it Out,” which is to use die cuts on a card. The Shopping our Stash Challenge #265 is to use a word die and on this card, the sentiment is the focal point. That’s it for now. Thanks for visiting.


Hydrangea with tag

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  • Stamp and stencil set – Stampers Anonymous Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 “Hydrangea”
  • Die (Tag) – Simon Says Stamp “Medium Tags”
  • Stamp (Sentiment) – Simon Says Stamp “Happy & Smile” set
  • Patterned paper – BoBunny “Enchanted Garden”
  • Ranger Distress inks – Shaded Lilac, Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves, Peeled Paint, and Crushed Olive
  • Embossing paste – translucent – Wendy Vecchi Studio 490
  • Sequins – Simon Says Stamp – Assorted Moonshine
  • Cardstock – Paper Accents “Lavender Twilight”

I created this card for my sister’s birthday. I had created a number of images with the hydrangea stamp and stencil set when I was demonstrating with them at Runaway Art and Craft Studio in Salem, Oregon. After I stamped and colored this image with Distress inks, I added some translucent embossing paste over the flowers to add some texture. I put the image together with a birthday tag colored with matching Distress ink and added some sequin sparkle. This Anything Goes card fits the Simon Says Stamp Blog Wednesday Challenge this week and the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge, too. Thanks for visiting.


Aloha, Cool Penguin!

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  • Stamps – My Favorite Things “Penguins in Paradise” set
  • Die – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Twenty Eight”
  • Patterned papers – SEI “Bright Blossom” collection
  • Cardstock – Paper Accents
  • Copic markers

I colored this cool penguin with Copic markers and cut out the image with the Spellbinders die. I edged the image and the sentiment with a Copic marker matching the flower in the penguin’s drink. The patterned paper picks up the tropical, celebratory mood that the penguin is in. He has the right idea and is ready to kick off Summer this week. Thanks for visiting today!

Challenges:

Addicted to CAS Challenge #90 – Code word: Aloha

Love Handmade Cards Flickr Group June challenge – Diving into Summer

The Paper Players Challenge #300 – Celebration!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Blog Challenge – Animal Magic

 

 

 


Need a Coffee Break?

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  • Stamps – Technique Tuesday Coffee Break Seal
  • Cardstock – Ranger Manila
  • Distress inks – Ranger Old Paper and Walnut Stain
  • Pigment ink – Tsukineko Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer

I created this set of Artist’s Trading Cards (ATCs) for an upcoming exchange I’m participating in. A friend gave me the stamp set I used, which is the perfect size for trading cards! I started with the manila cardstock, which is the same stuff used for manila tags. I applied a layer of Old Paper Distress Ink with a foam applicator around the edges and then added the Walnut Stain Distress Ink and blended it into the other ink, around the very edges. I then spritzed some water on the craft mat and mopped up some water and Walnut Stain ink to make it look a little coffee-splotched–which is a technical term. I then stamped the seal in the center and added a coffee bean at each corner–all with the Delicata shimmery brown ink. I connected the beans with some freehand double-lines drawn in fine-line dark brown ink to pull the composition together. These cards are also very fitting for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Blog Anything Goes Challenge. I even showcased Technique Tuesday stamps! Thanks for visiting today.

 


Mixed Media Butterfly Birthday Card

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  • Dies – Sizzix Thinlets – Tim Holtz “Detailed Butterflies”
  • Stamp – Simon Says Stamp “Square Sayings”
  • Patterned paper – Basic Grey Lemonade Collection: “Pretty Petals”
  • Ranger – Dina Wakley Clear Gesso
  • Ranger – Tim Holtz Distress Crayons
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Stencil – The Crafter’s Workshop “Tiny Circles” 6 X 6″ stencil
  • Sequins – Simon Says Stamp – Assorted Moonshine
  • Inks Sprays – Dylusions White Linen, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist assorted colors
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

This was such a fun project! I made it over a period of time, since I created the background while playing with patterned papers, texture paste and stencils, and ink sprays with some friends. I made a lot of different backgrounds with many layers of ink and texture. Then I got my hands on the Distress Crayons and butterfly dies and put together some different butterflies to use on something someday, coloring the butterfly base with the crayons and cutting the details from a contrasting cardstock. I stared at my backgrounds and the butterflies and finally put the pieces together in this birthday card!  The final card fits perfectly for the current challenge at Simon Says Stamp for the Monday Challenge Blog Butterfly Beauty Challenge. Thanks for stopping by!


Daisy Tag

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  • Dies – Simon Says Stamp “Stitched Daisies”
  • Stencil – Ranger Dylusions “Fronds of  Foliage”
  • Tag – Ranger #8 Manila Tag
  • Distress Crayons – Ranger Tim Holtz: Chipped Sapphire, Seedless Preserves, and Mermaid Lagoon
  • Distress Inks – Ranger Tim Holtz: Chipped Sapphire and Salty Ocean
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Ribbon

This tag was my first experiment with Distress Crayons. I started with a manila tag and colored it with three different colors of the crayons, pretty much covering the whole tag. I spritzed it with water and blended the colors a bit. I applied Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink through the stencil in a few spots and then applied Salty Ocean ink all around the edges of the tag, blending all of the colors together. Along the way, I spritzed and splattered some water to add some nice spots! The focal point is the set of daisy die cuts from Simon Says Stamp, that I also distressed with Chipped Sapphire before adhering to the tag. I like how the ink picks up the faux stitching on the daisies. Thanks for visiting today.