Sunday, April 13, 2014

This week the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is to create something with wings. A "Winged Thing"...An ethereal butterfly? A Winged cherub? I chose an airmail bird.
There's an entire underground network of people who exchange art via the postal system. Some exchange faux postage, postcards and have mailart "calls" for themed artwork as well. The one rule that remains constant is that there aren't any rules. My envelopes won't gain notoriety from those esteemed artists, but who doesn't love getting mail?  Something fun to brighten a mailbox.

I adore postal elements and I love those airmail labels!  They make everything look so "official". The address label and cancellation marks are from the same Hero Arts stamp set, while the bird is from the Tim Holtz Bird Feather set. Originally, I wasn't certain which stamps to use so I pulled some stamps and my Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers and sat down to create.  I made certain that there was enough space to add a "real" stamp and place for the recipients address. Other than that, no Rules. I love that!
What "Winged Things" inspire you? Show us your project.  Link it to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and you could win a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp. Your project could also be featured in our weekly Designer Spotlight,

so...what have you been up to?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I was sick. The flu. Ick! It zapped all of my creative energy. Actually, it zapped all of my energy. So I curled up with my blanket and my ipad and I spent several days doing nothing.  Which sounds wonderful, But when your sick, it's not wonderful. 

I've been wanting to do some redecorating, but I wasn't sure which direction to go in. I love vintage, but not too vintage. I love bold colors and contemporary pieces too.While I was ill I discovered that interior decorators refer to my intended style as Industrial Chic. Who knew that I had a style? :) Here's some inspiration photos that I found on Pinterest. Did I mention that I love Pinterest? You can find me here.

As soon as I started feeling better, I went shopping. I'm not wealthy, so I'm going to have to transform one piece at a time.  My first purchase was two of these cute bar stools. I am thrilled with them!
I have a few ideas for some crafty home decor pieces with vintage flair. I'm excited to get them started. Except a trip to the ER on Tuesday set me back a few days. As I recover, I'll plan my future projects. Meanwhile...what have you been up to?

Bookbinding Tutorial

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My Japanese Washi Tutorial is on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog today. I designed it to incorporate all of those cute Project Life cards. You can see it here.

Hope you like it!

Washi Book

Sunday, April 6, 2014

This week the theme is Journey for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. If it's talking about your own creative journey, process, life in general, or your next vacation, we'd love to see your project. On Wednesday of this week, I'll Journey into bookbinding as I share a tutorial for Japanese Washi Bookbinding on their blog. Here's a sneak-peek...
Link your Journey themed project to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and you could win a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp.  Your project could also be chosen to be featured in our designer spotlight!

Pocket Full Of Sunshine

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Anything Goes this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Anything? Yes, Anything! We want to see your creations! This week, I played with the Crafty Cutts Slider Box Die and created an imaginary world where the weather is always wacky.  Although lately, that could be just about anywhere!
All of the papers and embellishments came from the Hero Arts Fresh Cut line. loved adding the weather tidbits and transparencies in the tiny space. It's little enough to be tucked in a pocket. Yes, a Pocket Full of Sunshine.
Take me away (take me away)
A secret place (a secret place)
A sweet escape (a sweet escape)
Take me away (take me away)
Take me away (take me away
To better days (to better days)
Take me away (take me away)
A hiding place (a hiding place)

Now that I've got that song stuck in your head, I want to see what you've been creating.  Link your project to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge  blog for the Anything Goes challenge this week and you could win a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp.  We give away one each week to a random participant. We also choose a few outstanding pieces to be featured in our designer spotlight.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

This week we are challenging you to a Transparent theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge. Vellum, Overlays, Films, Frost, Clear embossing...the possibilities are endless!
For this theme, I chose to create a pocket card. I raided my Doo-Dad and What-Not basket of treasured little snippets.  Most came from Glitz, BasicGrey or Crate Paper and are wonderful for creating layers.
I found a fun piece labeled "transparency" from the Pier collection. I layered a clear overlay from the Persimmon collection. I then used a Bird stamp from Hero Arts to perch upon the layers.  I colored the stamped image with my distress markers.
The background of my card is the backside of a vintage postcard.  I love using vintage ephemera!  This particular postcard has an upside-down postage stamp in the corner. Did you know that when a stamp is upside down, it means "I love you"? However, an upside down flag stamp means a nation in distress. Those were commonly seen on correspondence from the WW2 era .

My kraft card is also a pocket! I used the envelopes found at Simon Says Stamp and simply cut the top off.  How fun!  I'll use the top for another project. Now I can stuff photos and memorabilia in my card to send to family and friends.

Show us your Transparent project and link it to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge for a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp.  Your project could also be chosen to be featured in our designer spotlight.

I've been sick with the flu for almost a week now. :(  Sadly, I haven't been able to visit blogs. So if you haven't heard from me, that's why. Hopefully, I'll be able to resume soon. I've missed seeing all of your wonderful inspiration!