Hello friends and HAPPY MONDAY to all of you!
Welcome to Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge!
If you've gotten here from SHARI CARROLL'S BLOG, good for you! Isn't she amazing? Her art journal page is fabulous and the video is well worth the watch!
I'll be giving you more blog hop information at the end of my post but first ... a little background on Simon Says Stamp and introducing a NEW ART KIT!
Simon Says Stamp was founded in 2002 with an interest in exclusively selling rubber stamps. It didn't take long until we realized we couldn't stop here. During the past 11 years, we celebrate rubber stamping in its full glory by giving access to people around the world to a one stop shop. Rubber stamps still remain the heart of our business and we are celebrating by hosting a STAMPtember event intended to inspire, educate and celebrate the greatness of rubber stamping. Part of the enticement of rubber stamping is the stamps can be used in creating or complementing ANYTHING! From stamping dates on bank documents and postage parcels in the early 18th century, rubber stamping has dramatically expanded to include card making, scrapbooking, mixed media, life documenting, art journaling and many forms of altering and expressing art.
Recently, Simon Says released a new STAMPtember Art Journaling Kit. created by Shari Carroll. Each of the Design Team Members received the kit and was asked to use it in our own unique ways to create something wonderful to share with all of you for our blog hop. Just look at all of the "goodies" in this kit! A NEW Dyan Reaveley 5" x 8" Smaller Art Journal (just as wonderful as the larger one-only smaller), little Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints in wonderful colors, Matte Multi Medium, an exclusive Simon Says Stamp Stencil, a Vintage Dictionary Page, Scrabble Tiles, Kelly Purkey Letters, Tim Holtz Ruler Ribbon, a Ranger Scraper and Mister Bottle, some Cream Prima Flowers, and if you order the kit in September, you receive a a couple of FREE Random Stamps from Indigoblu!
LET THE FUN BEGIN!
Texture and dimension is the name of the game on my altered new Smaller Art Journal. Using a Finnibair-ish style, I used Dyan Reaveley's Chequered Dots 5x8 stencil, my Ranger Scrapper and some White Embossing Paste to create the checkered edging. I also added Tim Holtz' Weathered Clock die cut, cut from Grungeboard and glued in place using the Matte Multi Medium in my kit.
For dimension, I started adding some little pieces of flowers that I had mixed in with Prima's metallic and wonderfully vintage Sunrise Sunset Flower collections, Maya Road's Filigree Antique Butterfly, Tim Holtz Sprocket Gears, and other metal findings. All were attached using Matte Multi Medium. I painted the cover using teal and gold iridescent acrylic paints and added gold highlights to the dimensional pieces by dry brushing the gold over the areas I wanted to accent.
I added some shading with a black pencil and thankfully I, like Shari Carroll, love to collect Scrabble Tiles. I received "A" and "R" in my kit and I added the "T" to add ...
"ART". Perfect for my art journal cover! Here, you can see more detail of the painting, shading and highlighting.
Lots of dimension.
With the outside of the book being finished, it was time to start on the interior pages and use some more of my kit "goodies"!
I started with some of Wendy Vecchi's NEW Translucent Embossing Paste and stenciled a Diamond's Are A Girls Best Friend pattern over a strip of the Vintage Dictionary Paper. I would later spray this with Dylusions Bubblegum Pink and accent the diamonds with Silver Adirondak Paint.
For one of the interior pages, I cut several rectangles from various paper scraps that I had and glued them in place using the Matte Multi Medium. I sprayed the page with Dylusions Pure Sunshine, Vibrant Turquoise and Fresh Lime.
I then added some black polka dots using my new Simon Says Stamp Exclusive stencil included in my kit. The black paint is the Studio Charcoal Black paint that I received in my kit.
Continuing to layer paint and embellishments, I next moved the stencil over just a little bit and added Snow Cap white polka dots over the black one. Cool shadow effect! I also added "VINTAGE" using Black Embossing Paste and Wendy Vecchi's Classic Words Stencil.
I transformed the Prima Cream flowers into colorful additions to my page and stuck a metal Prima gear in between them. They were sprayed with Dylusions Squeezed Orange, Bubblegum Pink, Pure Sunshine and Fresh Lime with a touch of Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle added for some extra shimmer.
Continuing to build the page, I added the strips of pink diamond embossed Dictionary Page to the upper right of the page, the vintage photo in the center framed with silver Dresden trim and few more little colored metallic trinkets, courtesy of Claudine Hellmuth's little paint bottles. I also added some orange accent lines and circles; drawn with the tip from the little paint bottle. Very handy! And finally, I added a partial sentiment from Tim Holtz' Way With Words stamp set.
Now for the page to compliment the one I just completed ...
I began by stamping the beautiful and detailed images I received in my kit from Indigoblu. I stamped them onto a piece of scrap cardstock I had and began coloring them in using various Distress Ink Colors and a Detailer Water Brush.
I distressed around the painted design with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to really deepen the tones of the colors. I then painted over the Distress Ink colors with corresponding Perfect Pearls Powders and the Detailer Water Brush to really bring out the color and give this page some subtle shine. Sunflower Sparkle, Pink Gumball, Turquoise, Green Patina, Kiwi and Berry Twist added this beautiful shimmer. Very subtle ... but when the light catches it ... it's amazing against the darker Gathered Twigs background.
Below the stamped and colored flower and postage stamp images, I added this little vintage pocket made from more of the Dictionary Paper that has been distressed with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink and edged with Gathered Twigs. I added a touch of lace across the top and little metallic gold corners. The photograph of the lovely lady is computer generated, black photo corners added and resting on yet another piece of torn Vintage Dictionary Paper that is distressed with Victorian Velvet, edged with Gathered Twigs and sprayed with Perfect Pearls Pearl Mist.
Here are my new art pages, side by side in my new art journal. I added the little hinge clips to the left side and I like how their dark metallic color plays off of the pages. I also created a tag for the pocket with more of my favorite quotes ...
The background of this #8 Manila Tag is distressed using Wild Honey and Evergreen Bough Inks with a touch of Gathered Twigs thrown in around the edges and Black Soot just on the paper's edge. I mottled the background using Tim Holtz' spritz and flick method. I alternated stamping the sentiments with Jet Black Archival and Coffee Archival Inks.
And here is a look at the interior of my art journal with the tag in the pocket.
I hope that you have enjoyed seeing the creative process that my Small Art Journal took in coming to life via my wonderful new Art Journaling Kit from Simon Says Stamp.
I encourage you to hop on over to my lovely and talented Design Teammate,
SUZANNE'S BLOG to see her masterful creation using the same STAMPtember kit.
After checking out all of the wonderful creations that the Design Team has created just for you, then join us in our Monday Challenge!
All you have to do is create something that includes a SIMON SAYS EXCLUSIVE product in your project.
Then link up to our challenge and you could be the winner of our generous and weekly random drawing of a$50.00 gift voucher to be used at Simon Says Stamp.
As an added incentive, we are featuring the top projects for the week on our relatively new feature called ...
Good luck and I can't wait to see what you create for this week's challenge!
Here are all of the products available at Simon Says Stamp that were used in creating this
Small Art Journal:
Candy your work is Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!ReplyDelete
What a great Inspiration. By myself is not to take Gold but your putside Looks "glamurous"ReplyDelete
TFS your work and tipps
CU hellerlittle (from Germany)
Wonderful cover for the journal! Love what you've done!ReplyDelete
Blimey the time that must have gone in to creating these. I particularly love the bright, bold colours in the journal with the message of being yourself.ReplyDelete
Beautiful, I love the vibrancy of the colours xxxReplyDelete
Lovely! I adore all the layers and texture - and your inside pages are almost too beautiful to keep inside :)ReplyDelete
You absolutely blow me away each week with your creations Candy, the cover of this journal is now my favourite (probably until next week), the colours are fabulous and I love how you used a Finnabair-esque style, it is quite stunning. As for the pages, well they are so very beautiful, that circle stencil is wonderful and I love how you offset it - such a clever and effective result. You never, ever, fail to impress! Hugs, Anne xReplyDelete
Wowzer that is just beautiful! I love the texture and the shimmery gold effect on the cover. The inside pages are charming! The images pop of the page with how you have framed them out with the lace and text background. Beautiful inside and out!ReplyDelete
Your pages and cover are absolutely gorgeous. I almost swoonedReplyDelete
when I first saw your cover. Thanks for the inspiration.
Gorgeous Candy, the teal and gold is absolutely wonderful. I love how,you highlighted the detail too. The arrangement of the embellishments is stunning. Love the texture and dimension on this piece too. Wonderful that you decorated pages inside too. The images are so elegant and the IndigoBlu flowers look so elegant set against the vintage image. Beautiful pages Candy, love them. Tracy xReplyDelete
Your art always amazes me Candy! I just love your style!ReplyDelete
Oh wow your cover is gorgeous. I love the inspiration I am getting from this hop. Your inside pages are just amazingReplyDelete
I'm speechless:) It's absolutely gorgeous! You used alot of products and that was alot of work, the result is wonderful. TFS!ReplyDelete
How gorgeous, Candy!! Love the metallics and it looks like you had lots of fun getting crafty with the embossing paste :)ReplyDelete
Simon Says Stamp
Wonderful incorporating of Tim Holtz elements for a wonderful art journal. Like the scrabble tiles.ReplyDelete
Beautiful journal cover Candy! LOVE the colours, metals and all the textures. How perfect that you had a 't' scrabble piece. The inside pages are both wonderful too. Great backgrounds, images and colours.ReplyDelete
OH, how beautiful. LOVE the cover. The layers of the embellishments are just amazing and the colors are gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Wow your journal are amazing. I love each one! Thanks for sharingReplyDelete
beautiful Journal Thanks for the tutorial love the gold hue on the cover too ! The flowers look amazing !ReplyDelete
Wow this looks amazing! So inspirational, I want to go get inky!ReplyDelete
Wow this looks amazing and so inspirational! I want to go get inky now!ReplyDelete
WOW!!!! Your journal pages are so gorgeous!!!ReplyDelete
j'adore c'est tres beau!ReplyDelete
Wowza Candy! What an amazing inspiration of art! I love all texture and mix of colors throughout! Pure eye candy to drool over!ReplyDelete
It is always such an eye-opening treat to visit you Candy! Yet another outstanding project - you have rocked this kit!! You are a brilliant educator and its always fab to learn of new products 'The Candy Way'! Brilliantly done. Nicola xReplyDelete
Can I just say "WOW"?...love the cover and pages. Amazing creations.ReplyDelete
Wow, not only a beautiful cover but all those amazing pages! Really fantastic and so inspiring.ReplyDelete
I just love the artistic creativity that I am seeing in this hop! Thanks!ReplyDelete
Those pages are amazing. They're so different, but they look so great together. Thanks for sharing them.ReplyDelete
Very inspiring. Love the blue and gold together. Beautiful!ReplyDelete
Wow!!! Gorgeous gorgeous ideas !!ReplyDelete
Hugs from France
What a lovely journal cover. Love the creation of textures and colors. Thank you so much for sharing with us.ReplyDelete
WOW!!! Stunning!!! So beautiful...ReplyDelete
Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!!ReplyDelete
Hey there sweetness, as I told you on facebook your project is amazing, wowzerss all the detaills and the fabulous colors and images that you have been using on it, absolutely AMAZINGLY made wowwzersss LOVE LOVE LOVE it Huge hugs Terry xxxxReplyDelete
Oh my your journal cover and pages are amazing. I love this tutorial!ReplyDelete
Great job on your altered Art Journal.ReplyDelete
Wow, so many ways to go. Loooovvvvveeee it!ReplyDelete
Amazing work of art...so inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing your process with us!ReplyDelete
So pretty! I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE those flowers. The whole thing is gorgeous. You did a wonderful job. I have to watch it when I come to your blog, though. Your use of product is so inspiring, that my checkbook takes a heavy hit. :)ReplyDelete
WOWSERS!!!! You never cease to amaze me. I just love all that Gold!ReplyDelete
Love your gorgeous cover and beautiful pages, Candy. All the embellishments and textures are just awesome. :)ReplyDelete
so pretty - love the colors and all the different elements.ReplyDelete
This is beautiful - love the vintage look.ReplyDelete
Love your pages and so inspiring. I ordered my kit last week and should be here soon. I am so excited to try this as I love the idea of journaling but have never done it and so little worried but sure seeing the hop will give me inspiration, HugsReplyDelete
Candy!!!! Truly one of my favorites. Those colors have me drooling and you have such a great eye for blending shades and techniques. I really love this and always am impressed with your incredible skill set.ReplyDelete
CAndy are really fascinated by your project this week. I love everything, the colors, the tutorial, every detail must be looked at carefully to catch all the beauty of this work! BArbarayayaReplyDelete
Absolutely lovely! Great step-by-steps makes me think I might be able to do something similar. Thanks.ReplyDelete
Oh wow Candy, totally love your journal cover and the inside pages look amazing too!! Total gorgeousness all round!! Each page is a little treasure by itself, simply stunning!!ReplyDelete
Sadly I won't be able to play myself as I don't own any SS exclusives, but it's great to see what others have made!
gorgeous cover liking the metallic look, AJ pages are beautiful vibrant pieces of ArtReplyDelete
Wow Candy! Love what you did with the kit! You went all out with the cover and the pages! The cover is really stunning and love the pretty flower stamp! You made it so a colorful ! Hugs, SandraReplyDelete
Candy this book is beautiful. A stunner indeed. Love the look on your cover. So rich and sumptuous. Love it.ReplyDelete
WOW! amazingly different colors and textures than what I've seen in art journals.GREAT JOB!ReplyDelete
Don't know what I love more - the cover or the inside of your stunning art journal, Candy! Brilliant layering and textures and so many beautiful details to look at! LOVE it!ReplyDelete
This is just wow! Love it and now I am inspired to do something similiar in my big art journal that I bought.ReplyDelete
Your at works blow me always away!All pieces are breathtaking whenever I visit your blog! Design, decoration and colors all fits perfect together as always.ReplyDelete
Wish you a nice weekend.
Big hugs Anja
I'm just getting around to the SSS Monday Challenge blog hop. Sorry it's taken so long. This is incredible. I love your shimmery cover -- rich colors. And then your pages ... the richness continues. Incredible images and pops of color. Love how you put everything together Candy. Gorgeous :) -- Mary ElizabethReplyDelete
HOLY COW Candy this is is is a GORGEOUS, BRILLIANT piece of ART, the cover with the Finnibair-ish style is Candy-ish fabulous, loooove the scrabble letters.. Then the inside pages, bam, bam, bam, the techniques you used to create those gorgeous pages, it's awesome to watch your work, the 2 unique take on the vintage look, the oh so colorful to the soft romantic, BRILLIANTLY showcased the kit, you blow a lot of us away, hope you have a wonderful week...ReplyDelete
Wow!!! So gorgeous!!! Love the cover girl!!! Great golden delight!!!!ReplyDelete
Candy, I am speechless! The cover of the journal looks so wonderfully aged. The texture is divine, too. Then, the inside pages...oh, my little goodness. So much love and thought and creativity went into this fabulous spread. I just couldn't stop looking at it. Really like the way you used all those layered squares of book paper! And the pocket and tag are fabulous...really fabulous! The vintage images you chose work together so well. I appreciate the harmony. Wow!ReplyDelete