Sunday, July 1, 2012


What glorious fun ... the Three S's!  This week's Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge is all about creating with Spritz, Sprays or Stencils!  Whether it be an art journal page, a tag, a background for a card...whatever your heart long as it's involving spritzing, spraying or stenciling.

Yikes!!!  Back to the "out of my comfort zone"...bright color and an art journaling style.  But, you know what...that is one of the things I love about challenges.  They challenge you to step outside of that comfort zone and experiment.  And THAT is usually where a lot of really cool things are "born". I go, diving into the world of art journaling.  It's like a Forrest Gump's box of chocolates ... you never know what you're gonna get!

I absolutely adore Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions line from Ranger.  She is quite a colorful character and her personality definitely carries over into her products.  Her Dylusions Sprays are bright and fun.  Her Stamp Sets are quirky, original pieces of magic.  Her Stencils are great complimentary pieces for her sprays and stamps.

I have created two art journal pages using pretty much everything Dylusional!  The right side, I have purposely left unfinished.  I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with it yet and I wanted you to be able to see a completed page as opposed to one still in progress.

The left page colorful background was achieved with sprays, Claudine Hellmuth's White Gesso, and Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist.  The Sunflower Sparkle doesn't really show up well in this picture, but in person, it shimmers and gives a really cool iridescent effect when exposed to light.  I started by spraying the Dylusions Spray colors of: Bubblegum Pink, Lemon Zest, Vibrant Turquoise, Pure Sunshine and Fresh Lime.

Next I laid down Dyan's 5x8 Diamond Of A Border Stencil and spritzed the Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist onto the page.  Then I picked up the stencil with the remnants of the mist still on it and pressed onto the right side of the journal pages.  This is a technique that Dyan does and it's a great way not to waste any of your products. It also makes really cool negative prints.  You can see all sorts of Dyan Reaveley techniques HERE.  Check her out.  She's AMAZING!!!

Anyway...back to the page.  After I spritzed the Sunflower Sparkle, I heat set it onto the page.  You can see the harlequin shaped bits of golden sparkle accenting the page.  Next I laid down another 5x8 stencil called Dotted Flowers and scraped a bit of Claudine Hellumth's White Gesso over it using an old hotel room key card.  Don't EVER throw away your old cards!  They are GREAT for applying texture to your work!  I randomly placed some of the flowers and polka dots onto the page then heat set them.  This adds some nice texture as well as contrast.  Then I started stamping my images onto the page.  

I love Dyan's leaves.  I have used two different sets to create the leaf perimeter on this page.  The more vine-y leaves are from Dyan's Further Round The Edge stamp set and the black leaves that I have doodled in are from her Doodle Parts stamp set.  I colored in the leaves using her Vibrant Turquoise Spray (sprayed onto my Non Stick Craft Sheet) and my water brush.  I picked up just a bit of the color onto the water brush and quickly filled in the leaves.  When dry, I added some white highlights and doodles with my Posca pen sent to me by my dear friend....the mahoosively talented and creative mustached beauty Kaz Hall.  She is on Dyan Reaveley's Design Team and her work is just simply AMAZING!  

My character that I've added to this page is actually a combination of THREE of Dyan's stamp set:  Background Love (the hair), Ruby Rainbow (the body) and Bits of This (the face).  She is stamped onto Ranger's Specialty Stamping Paper using Jet Black Archival Ink.  I used the same Dylusions Sprays to color her as I did to create my background.  I colored her in the same way I colored in the leaves; by spritzing just a touch of the color onto my craft sheet and then picking up the color with a water brush and brushing it on.  I added just a hint of color to her cheeks and eye lids by adding more water to my brush.

I colored in the black hair with my Black Soot Distress Marker.  Then I added the flowers that are cut out and stacked on top of the black hair.  (I colored in between the flowers with the black marker).  I finished her off with a bit of "bling"...using Lagoon Stickles on her eye lash edges.

The sentiment is from Quintessential Quotes and I thought it perfect for this page and for my "fear" of getting out of my comfort zone.  "UNTIL YOU SPREAD YOUR WINGS, YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW FAR YOU'LL FLY".

The right journal page is left unfinished so you can see more of the background.  I did this background pretty much the same as the left side only I've used some different stamps and a different stencil to spritz some Sunflower Sparkle through.

On this portion of the page, you might be able to pick up the Sunflower Sparkle.  I spritzed it through the Dotted Flowers Stencil that I used with the Gesso on the opposite page.  The cute border across the top is from Further Round The Edge.  The hanging spider and bugs are part of the Bits of This stamp set.  The white polka dots are courtesy of my white Posca Pen and the Dotted Flowers Stencil.  I colored in the dots with the pen and then took a fine tip black pen and circled some of them.

The images on the right bottom are all courtesy of the Bits of This stamp set.  Dyan's stamps are so versatile! I LOVE them!  The fun stripe running down the left side is from Further Round The Edge....a GREAT borders stamp set!

So that's spritzed, sprayed and stenciled piece for this week's challenge.

Head on over the the blog to see the really cool pieces that my Design Team buddies have waiting for you.  Then jump right in to create your own masterpiece and post it to our challenge.   You could be the lucky winner of our generous sponsor's ...

$50.00 credit voucher!  Imagine the FUN you could have with THAT!
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Good luck!  I can't wait to see you work!


  1. Wow of this isout of your comfort zone you sure pulled it off! Love your use of colour and I agree the sprays are bright but yummy! I lve the pages and the way you have made figure from three sets is super clever!! Trace x hugs x

  2. LOVE, love, LOVE, love, LOVE IT!


  3. Love it Candy ! I made a sheet too in a workshop ! but I can't show it on my blog until I create my own thing. WHICH I will when my sprays arrive. I did post a faux dylusion tag.

  4. Gosh, it seems like forever since i had time to visit, hope your well, i'm guessing you are with the amount of fabby projects you've been making x I love the vibrancy of this page x

  5. Totally loving your wonderful colourful pages Candy. I bet you can't say that title that is definitely a tongue twister...hugs Annette x

  6. Ooooh I just love your vibrant inky background Candy, the layers of colour add so much interest and really pop. Then there is your character, well she is perfect, I love love her hair, coloured beautifully, those flowers are stunning. The white highlights add a real WOW factor. Tracy x

  7. Hi Candy, don't really know where to start, you are right about Dyan being colourful, I love sitting in her classes and watching her create something from nothing - just like that! A bit of this, a bit of that (have not seen her use gesso). Your pages could be hers, you have that same unique style and I love how you used Ruby's body with a different head. Your colours are fabulous, so are the flowers, the leaves - everything. And I bet you had loads of fun too! Crafty hugs, Anne x

  8. Bahahahah....on the comfort zone that is!!! You are amazing at this...looks like Dyan's herself! Amazing color and design! You rocked this!

  9. All I can say is WOW! Great job!

  10. so much awesomeness!!!!!

  11. I can't tell you how much I love these pages...the colors are so vibrant and I just love your subject! Lovely! It makes me want to go art journal right this second!

  12. Yum, yum, yum! What an absolutely delightful spread! I love the vivid colors and funky images you used here.

  13. Fantastic creation, Candy! The touch of lagoon stickles on the eyelashes is superb!! This bright palette makes my heart happy :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  14. this is just amazing, love the spray ink, stamps, colors, just love it!!! it makes me happy, lol

  15. Such an awesome project! It has a wonderful happy feeling to it and I love the bright colours and everything you did here. TFS!

  16. ooops thought i posted a comment earlier in the week. great pages. the dylusions stuff is a range I really should not like but yet I keep finding myself in front of the range at my local craft store going 'want' and when i see pages like that its justifyable. ok can not spell for toffee. great job, mark

  17. I love your journal pages, they are gorgeous!!! Love all the different dimensions. Great tutorial as always!

  18. OMG Candy! This is rockin' awesome! I just LOVE that face stamp, and what you've done with the hair...OMG..I'm totally stealing that. LOL. Fabulous!

  19. Such a whimsical image!! Love your pages. Was the gesso a spray ? The colors of the sprays are so vibrant. That sentiment is so apropos.

  20. Wow: I love it.
    Love the colors, love the flowered hair, love the stamped girl!!
    Another outstanding creation.
    Hugs and creativity from Italy

  21. Candy, what glorious pages you've made! I sure missed seeing your creations while I was away. You totally rocked out these Dyan pages!

  22. Gorgeous pages! Love the flowers in her hair. Really beautiful job. TFS



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