Sunday, March 24, 2013


Hello friends!  

Welcome to my blog and another Monday Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge.  This week, it's all about words; quotes to be exact.  Whether it be something funny or something profound, is there a quote that inspires you?

I love this saying found in Artistic Outposts' Typography stamp set.  Pretty profound, isn't it?  I decided to couple this sentiment with Tim Holtz' Mini Vintage Globe to create this card.  Yes, I said a card!  See, I told you that I'm going to make an effort to make more more cards this year! 

As I've told you before, I'm one of those people who creates as I go.  I don't plan out every detail of my project and lay it all out before I start.  So, this card was fun to do because it evolved out of nothing.  The sentiment is what inspired me.  When I thought of "world" I thought of Tim's Mini Vintage Globe.  Then I thought of the 7 Gypsies Global 8x8 paper pack that I have., globe, maps...I'm starting to see a theme here.

I stamped the paper above with Stampers Anonymous' Folded Paper Background stamp.  I used Coffee Archival Ink.  Then I folded along the lines on the stamp and distressed the paper using Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks.

Here is a comparison of the papers.  The one on top is my folded and distressed version of the paper underneath.  I also clipped the teal strip from a page of accent strips in the paper collection, colorized it with Peacock Feathers, spritzed it with Turquoise Perfect Pearls Mist to give it a slight shimmer and then glued it on top of my cut paper.

Next I cut a Mini Baroque out of plain Grungeboard and spritzed it with Vintage Photo Distress Stain that I converted from the original packaging into a 2 ounce Mister Bottle.  Then I worked the stain into the Grungeboard using my Ink Applicator.  Worked like a dream and it was so FAST!

Next I swiped a Gold Paint Dabber one direction and then made almost a cross hatch pattern by swiping it the other direction.  This gave me a really cool looking background that really catches the light in neat way to show the "scratches".  I distressed the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. 

Next I heat embossed the sentiment "Live our beliefs and you can turn the world around" with Black Embossing Powder.  I punched two holes at the top and bottom and added a piece of dark brown organza ribbon to wrap around the map cardstock background. 

I LOVE Tim Holtz' Mini Vintage Globe!  This was cut out of plain Grungeboard and colorized using Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise and London Blue Ink Sprays to create the various depths of the Earth's oceans.  I spritzed just a touch of the sprays onto my Non Stick Craft Sheet and using my Small Sakura Water Brush, I painted the color onto the Grungeboard.  The continents pop away from the ocean.  I LOVE that added dimension!  And to give it even MORE DIMENSION, I used a regular small angled paint brush and applied Wendy Vecchi's White Embossing Paste to the land masses.  I created mountains and valleys for a more realistic look.  Once dry, I used my Small Sakura Water Brush, Viintage Photo and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks to color the land masses.  I added faint little touches of Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to represent water.  The holder of the globe was first colored with Tarnished Brass Distress Stain and then I added highlights of Gold Paint Dabber by lightly using my finger to swipe over the surface.

Here you can really see the detail and the colors against the cardstock background that was lightly spritzed with Turquoise Perfect Pearls Mist to add a hint of teal behind the globe.  I really love the way it turned out.

I placed the top of the card's cardstock against my Tim Holtz Design Ruler and tore the edge so that it would be shorter than the cardstock back of the card.  I added Gathered Twigs distressing to the edge.  Then I glued my card front onto the torn cardstock and added a rub on design strip to the exposed bottom section of the card.  I lightly swiped the edges of the card front with my Gold Paint Dabber on my finger followed by just a hint of Gathered Twigs along the edges.  

This turned out to be a "handsome" card that feel like you've got something when you're holding it.  It's got weight, color, depth and because of the sentiment, it's got a message.

Stop by the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog and see what the talented Design Team has created for your inspiration this week.  Amazing stuff!!  

Then enter our challenge.  You could be the winner of our very generous sponsor's 

$50.00 credit voucher!  That's a great deal! could be recognized as one of our TOP THREE entries for the week.  This is quite an honor as we have wonderful artists that play along with us each week!

Here are the products available at Simon Says Stamp that were used in this project ~


  1. Stunning card Candy! Love the embossing paste on the continents, such a great idea. We used the same die this week! Your baroque plate is so pretty and that is one of my favourite sentiment stamps too.

  2. Another lvely make, lovethe vintage colour tones and feel to this piece!great quote too .thanks for the lovely comment on my blog trace x

  3. Goodness Candy, it is hard to know where to start - I love your fabulous card! That folded paper stamp just looks amazing, love the little strip you added at the bottom of the page, it is a wonderful colour, as is the colouring of the oceans. The embossing paste on the land was such a clever idea and altogether you have created such a wonderfully dimensional piece. The sentiment is so perfect with the globe. You never fail to impress! Hugs, Anne x

  4. Hi Candy, first off I love that folded pages stamp you have used, very effective. Clever idea using embossing paste on the globe, adds wonderful dimension and texture. The globe works fabulously with the sentiment, one yet I don't have, will have to put that right. Love your use of the baroque die too, showcasing the sentiment beautifully. Fabulous card Candy beautifully executed. Tracy x x

  5. Hi candy,

    Wauwwwww,your Card is Amazing!!
    I Loved the embossed paste,its very cool effect, i love this,beautiful art work!!!

    Hugs Jeannette

  6. Love the idea using the embossing paste on the globe..brilliant! This looks AWESOME!!

  7. Wow Candy! What a gorgeous card! Love the colors you've chosen and the embossing paste on the continents is genius! Hugs, Sandra

  8. OMG she made a card lol!! Oh Candy, this is wonderful and I love it!,! The way you swiped the baroque frame with that metallic in two directions looks like a really old fashioned sanded finish on wood, and the texture paste on the mini globe land masses to make mountains and valleys, well wish I'd thought of that. Genius! Love your colouring of the globe too, and the distressed maps patterned paper (fab paper btw). So glad to hear you have resolved to make more car, you're great at it! Love maddy x

  9. A good decision to make more cards.This one is so beautiful, I want to see more.
    I love the sentiment you chose an I love the little globe.
    And by the way - thank you for convincing me that I need a Folded Paper Background stamp. ;-)
    Have a nice week.

    Anke x

  10. A fabulous card Candy. I love the use of the globe and your quote is so true. The world is not as big as we think....thanks to technology.

    Fabulous piece with great techniques

    Annie x

  11. Really pretty project, Candy! I love the embossed sentiment and the way you 'aged' the globe :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  12. Love this card...but really love the sentiment! Beautiful and what an inspiration! Really thinking I need that globe now, wink. Thanks for enabling!!! Hugs.

  13. OMG!! This card is fabolous! Mini vintage globe is amazing! Barbarayaya

  14. I love this! The gorgeous distressing of the background sets the vintage tone...that folded paper stamp is very cool. The textured finish on the baroque die cut piece is so rich and has lovely depth. My favourite part is the globe and what you have done with it. The colours are stunning and the texture of the land masses that you added tiny lakes. The detail in your art always delights me.

  15. I love it Candy, beautiful and since I love words, the sentiment is awesome too!

  16. Well, you've conquered cards as well, I'd say - this is just wonderful! Love that folded page stamp - I would never have thought of bothering with it, but seeing the difference it makes to the distressed look - fab! And the soft muted look of the whole thing is so gorgeous - great use of the globe die, paired so well with the papers. It really is a delicious card!
    Alison x

  17. This is another stunning piece, Candy. The cool color palette is spectacular, and I really like your finishing of the globe. Blessings!

  18. Gorgeous card Candy ! I love the effect of the gold over the distress stains and the quote is fantastic. The globe looks awesome too ! Sue C x

  19. Beautiful! I love that quote and love how you paired it with the globe and the background is fantastic!

  20. You have really worked magic here Candy. Love the sentiment and the way you've put this together. Hugs, Jenny x

  21. WOW, would not be enough… i love what you have done… the globes is awesome and the backgrounds are cool too… every week when i go through SSSS blog, first i pick up my favourite creations from the design team without actually looking at who did what… sort of like my own game… and every week like a prayer i pick yours… i don't know how you do it… but its simply great… thank you for creating something unique for all of us to enjoy!!!

  22. Oh Candy...the globe is just gorgeous and the quote is fabulous! Love the maps! Good work on making a card!!! Make more!

  23. such a cool project! I love what you did with that map!


I am so happy that you stopped by my blog! I truly appreciate your time and thank you for leaving a comment! Have a wonderfully blessed day!