Sunday, August 25, 2013


Hi everyone!  Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  

This week, we're all about polka dots or some sort of dots.  Just looking at polka dots makes me happy...don't they affect you that way, too?

I finally got what was one of the Hot Picks at CHA back in January ... an Envelope Punch Board and I used it to create this really fun and funky envelope. 

The envelope punch board is so cool and so easy to use!  Just figure out what size card you will fit inside the envelope, refer to the chart right on the Envelope Punch, cut your paper to the size you need, follow the simple directions and with a couple of punches and score marks ... instant envelope!  I love it!  My envelope is 5" x 7 1/2".  So I began with a 10" x 10" sheet of blue cardstock. 

Next, I decided to pull out another "toy" that I've yet to play with ... my GelliArts Plate.  Again, so simple and SO FUN!  I started with an iridescent blue paint and using a brayer, smeared it onto the Gelli Plate.  Then I laid down yet another new toy ... my 6x6 Crafters Workshop Mini Layered Beads Stencil.  I laid a piece of white Bristol paper on top of the stencil and rubbed across it with my hands to transfer the image.  

When that was finished, I pulled up the stencil and turned it over with lots of paint on the underneath side.  Then I laid another piece of paper over it and rubbed my hands across it to pick up the reverse image.  Very cool!

I was having so much fun with the polka dot stencil and Gelli Plate that I decided to see what Wendy Vecchi's Polka Dotty Stencil would look like.  Instead of iridescent blue, I used bright red and repeated the process all over again..

Here are the results.  How cool?!?

I added some Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink to the background of the red prints and cut up all of the Gelli Plate prints into various size rectangles.  

I edged with them with black and glued them into place on top of the envelope.

What would a polka dot piece be without Dyan Reaveley's Dependable Dotty? I altered her a bit though by adding Pondering Petunia's head on Dotty's body.  That is one thing I love about Dyan Reaveley's stamps; so many interchangeable parts.

I stamped the images onto Specialty Stamping Paper and colored them with various Distress Inks and a Detailer Water Brush.  I added Glossy Accents to her glasses, lips and boots to give them a little dimension and make them shine.  Finally, I matted her onto black cardstock and cut her out.  Her hair is various size polka dots that were punched out of the Specialty Stamping paper and some paper that I had embossed with Black Embossing Powder so that the black dots would be shiny.

Next I mixed some vintage with this funky card by adding Tim Holtz' Movers and Shapers Vintage Fan.  I cut them out of plain Grungeboard.  I embossed the bottom fan with Black Embossing Powder and then a light coat of Rust Antiquities Embossing Powder for a little rusty appearance.  Next I cut out another set of fan blades and embossed all of the blades with Liquid Platinum Embossing Ink.  I piereced a hole into the center of both fans and attached them with a Long Fastener.  

The fan blades will actually spin!  Love it!  Then I added some of the paint I used on the Gelli Plate background to the fan blades and splotches of it on the background; as if the paint came flying off of the fan and created all of that funky background.  

 I added the sentiment from Dyan Reaveley's Say What You Mean stamp set.  As I said in the beginning of this post, polka dots make me smile and this sentiment also gave me a reason to smile.  

So there you are ... all sorts of polka dots!  I hope you'll join us at Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge.  You could be the lucky winner of our weekly prize of a 

$50.00 credit voucher. 

We also love to showcase some of our best entries of the week in our

A very nice honor indeed!

Here are a list of all of the products available at Simon Says Stamp that I used in creating this Polka Dot Envelope:


  1. certainly a spotty riot of colour, great use of the fun and really clever idea! hugs trace x

  2. Candy I love your make!! She's colourful, vibrant and full of energy!! A really funky fun make xx

    Kaz x

    Hope you are good xxx

  3. Wow candy, you can do anything you put your mind to! This is such a fun project, looking at it makes you smile! It looks as if you had loads of fun playing with your new goodies!! Great piece!!

  4. WOW... This is so cool!!!
    I love everything about it.... and yes it,s make me HAPPY.. :-)

    love from Heidi in Norway :)

  5. Candy ... this is so much fun!!! Your envelope truly makes me want to skip through my day (that would definitely bring laughter to several other people's day too :) ). Love the stamped image, the colors, the dots (of course), the sentiment, and I just adore the paint on the fan! Thanks for showing us the envelop punch board. How cool!!! Gotta go to work now. Thanks for starting my Monday off with a smile! -- Mary Elizabeth

  6. Fabulous colourful dotty make Candy. Just purchased a gelli plate and have still to play. It certainly looks fun !!

    Hope you and the family are well

    Crafty hugs

    Annie x

  7. Fantastic!!! Absolutely love your colors and layout and that sentiment...SO true :)

  8. OMG Candy - I totally looooooooooooooooovvvvvvveeeeee this! Everything about it is so bright and cheery but my absolute favourite part is what you did on the fan. You are so darn talented. Love it, love it, love it! Saw that you won Jenny's (Buttons) prize - I couldnt think of a nicer person to win - Congrats!

  9. Wow... the envelope punch board looks really cool. I love your fantastic creation, Candy. The colors are totally delightful! Love the cute image, too. :)

  10. Love the look,of the envelope board Candy. Your Gelli prints are gorgeous, those beaded dots are so eye catching and I love how,you incorporated the dotty prints into your design. Love how,you used the Dyan Reaceley image too and mixed her hairstyle from another stamp. The fact that the fan blades move is fantastic, a wonderful touch to your design and I love the added paint looking like the fan has blown it everywhere. Great piece. Tracy x

  11. Bright, cheerful and definitely funky. I love the experiments on the gelli plate with the dotty masks and how you have pieced bits of both of them together - really cool. Such a striking contrast to your normal makes but nonetheless still an extraordinary piece of art.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  12. Lovely work, Candy! I love the bright palette on this one :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  13. That sentiment makes me smile too. :)

    This is such a great project! I love the dotty background. So fun and colorful. (I've got to figure out that gelli plate-thing!) And the little fan makes such a cute embellishment. You rock!

  14. This just makes me want to smile (if only I could skip!), love the dots, love the colours and the fan is absolutely superb - only you could come up with that fabulous idea to make it really work. This is just so much fun Candy, I love it! Hugs, Anne x

  15. Looking at your dotty make certainly makes me happy, Candy - so much life and colour and fun - and a brilliant sentiment too!
    Alison x

  16. Hey Candy, WOW it was totally awesome how you created that background brilliant work, Missy, you rock on that gelli plate, I can see a lot of makes from it. your image is fabulous, looooove her hair, really KOOL fan brilliant it moves,thanks so much for sharing and hope you have a great week..

  17. I love this, so bright and cheerful!

  18. Two things jumped out at me.. that fabulous dotty background in teh two colors and her hair! Love this fun and funky project!

  19. So fun and funky Candy! LOVE the bright and cheerful colors!

  20. Dear Candy,
    your dotted art work is fun, love the cheerful mood of the colorful dots and the combination with the beautiful doll. Really an unique striking, wonderful as always.
    Big hugs Anja

  21. This is just so fun! I love it!

  22. How fun that we both used the gelli plate for this challenge! It is so much fun to play with. Love all the dotty papers you created and the great colours, perfect for the fun image and sentiment. The fan is fabulous too!

  23. Holy cow, girl! This is amazing! I just shake my head in awe when I see how many techniques you wrap into each project! I'm too chicken to have tried the gel printing plates yet, but you have inspired me! And I was also checking out the envelope punch online myself! Must be on the same wavelength as you, but I'm so glad that you've already shown me how to make these supplies rock!

  24. I love you make - it is happy and fun and may I add - You can't skip when you have a fractured hip!!!!

  25. What a cheerful card with all the colors and dots. I love the sentiment!

  26. Love this fun and cheerful card, Candy! The colors are so bright, and the background made with Gelli Plate patterns is amazing! Hugs, Sandra

  27. This card just makes me smile from ear to ear! It's impossible to look at and feel sad! Love your gelli plate results! So cool! I don't have on, but now I want one. Also, love the blotches of paint on the fan blades. Like everything you create, it's the details here that just knock my socks off. Thanks for the feel good moment! xoxo

  28. LOVE your Gelli Plate images! The patchwork of them is wonderful here! Cool idea to make an envelope!

  29. Very fun Card! you know i love bright color and here there are wonderful!!!!! Love the sentiments! Barbarayaya

  30. I love it! This is the most whimsical piece I've known you to do. Blessings!

  31. This is SO cute!! I love the image and the colors just pop!

  32. First I want to thank your for the congrats and heads up on the SSS win …so exciting!!!!
    Yes I love polka dots and they are just fun ! Beautiful card and talk about fun! I love the over the top fun envelope you designed… wow that it a work of art.
    Thank you!

  33. WOW...WOW...WOW...Candy! What a fabulously FUN envelope, & BEAUTIFUL work-of-art you've created! It certainly put a smile on my face! I love the bright colors, and all the fun dots! It sure looks like you had a grand-time using all your new items. Wish I could have joined you in the fun!

  34. OH, Candy, I just read on Cheryl's blog that you are going to be at her FABULOUS Estes Park, Colorado store. I SO WISH I could be there!!! I love her store! She and Rick are such a SWEET couple!!

    My husband and I usually vacation there every summer, (we'd love to live there), but couldn't go this year, due to illness, and my Dear Mom's passing. Tell them I said hello, & give them BIG HUGS!

  35. I love this card. I think Dyan and Tim stamps
    are my all time favorites.

    Fabulous Gelli plate work. I'm just learning how
    to use mine.


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