Monday, December 11

It's Holiday Time!!



Hello Monday! Are you ready for our newest challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge? This week it is CHRISTMAS/WINTER HOLIDAY. 

I feel like a squirrel lately, dashing around madly looking for and storing the nuts for the winter! Working on getting my Christmas cards made, and this year I decided to do several different ones - more fun for me.

I love the joy this snowman shows, and then I thought, what if the snowman believed hard enough that the giant snowflake showed up? (kind of like Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin, but with a winter twist)


Not many photos this time...lots of cranking out the dies on the Big Shot, stamping and stenciling.


I wanted to just stencil the Believe, and knowing myself, I would never just keep it to that if I didn't block off the nearby design. Tape worked great to cover it up.


Just like most snowflakes are unique, I tried to make each one just a bit different by punching out different areas of the snowflake. This really makes the  SSS Felicity Snowflake die so versatile!


Love this message from Darkroom Door in the shape of a tree!


Don't forget to stamp something fun on the envelope too!



If you believe with all your heart, all your snowman dreams will come true!


Have a wonderful holiday season!! I hope you find some time to share your Christmas and Winter Holiday creations with us!

Our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp are offering a $50 shopping voucher.


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Let's check out what the design team is creating for the holidays!






Tuesday, December 5

Angel on High


Be sure to head over to the DecoArt Mixed Media blog to see my full step by step tutorial to create my "Angel on High."
I wish you a wonderful holiday season!
Maura



Monday, December 4

Oh, Baby, it's Icy Outside!



Hello Monday, my friends! Winter is on its way here where I live, and this week's challenge is inspired by this icy inspiration mood board. We are also showcasing Paper Artsy products this week!


I put this together for the design team, and just love the tiny snowman my sons photographed on top of a mountain while hiking. Then there is this really cool microscopic view of snowflakes, and the ones across the bottom are taken around my house during different winter storms. I hope you will also be inspired by these, and create something with us!

We have a special guest for the month of December - Valerie Jael at Bastelmania!  One of the things I love about her website is not only the wonderful art she shares, but the gorgeous photos she takes on her adventures. Welcome, welcome Valerie!

I decided to cover a kraft Moleskine journal I had and turn it into a place to keep track of all my Christmas lists.




Time to get inky and painty!


I started out by painting my die cuts, and began with the trees.


I mixed a tiny bit of Midnight with the Matte Glaze and painted the snowy hills.


This is often the way I begin my first paint layer - squirt out a few blobs of color and then start to work it with the brush or my fingers. 


...and as you can see it ended up nice and streaky.


Then, I had the brilliant idea to lay down the Frozen Fractal masks, sprinkle on some Infusions and spritz with water. I envisioned lifting them and seeing a lovely snowflake design below.


Nope! Epic FAIL! I think there might be two tiny spots where bits of the snowflake show up. Instead this just added another blue and textural layer. 


So, I ended up laying the masks down and using a sponge and dabbing paint over them to get the design. 


I layered up my scene on the notebook and used tape and collage medium to hold it all. After I added a final layer of collage medium, I sprinkled it all with glitter.
I just love the joyful feeling these snowmen exude!


I added a few falling snowflakes, because what would make a snowman more joyous than that?


Front cover...


back cover...


Opened so you can see both...


Ok, now it's your turn to be inspired by our Icy Photo. I can't wait to see how you interpret it!
Our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp are offering a $50 voucher for one lucky person to shop at their awesome store!


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Simon is on Instagram - use #sssmchallenge


Let's head on over and see how the awesome design team has interpreted the Icy Photo.













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