Monday, January 11, 2016

Simon Says: Stencil It


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

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This week the challenge is


There are so many fabulous stencils available right now and there are so many techniques you can use with them. It is fun to ink, spray or use embossing paste, lots of options and the end result is always a little bit unpredictable. It is a fabulous way to create your own backgrounds, or the designs can be the focus of attention. Of course you can always create your own stencils, whatever you decide to do we will be looking forward to seeing what you create!

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My parents share the same birthday and this year will be my Mum's 80th so I made these coordinating cards for them :-)

I love this  Tim Holtz Birthday Blueprints set, it's perfect for all ages and both sexes ;-)

I used the same stencils and techniques for both cards, just changing the colours and the stamp. I inked the background with Tumbled Glass and Peeled Paint Distress Inks and then used a Dot Fade Stencil and Stormy Sky ink to add some design. I then used a Crackle Stencil and Shabby Shutters Ink to add a little extra interest to the top and bottom corners. I used a Cargo Stencil and Black Soot Ink to stencil 'HAPPY' down the side. 
I then used a Mini Paint Lids Stencil and some White Embossing Paste to add a textured design.

I then stamped and cut out another balloon, coloured with Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky inks, shaped using an Embossing Tool and then spritzed with Sparkle before adhering with 3D foam. 

For Mum's card I did practically exactly the same, the only difference being that I used Festive Berries and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks. I also inked some plain white card with the Festive Berries Ink to make the base panel. While the ink was still wet I brushed some Perfect Pearls over the top to create a lovely shimmery mat. 

I added a little extra sparkle by adding my favourite Prisma Glitter to the party hat and I also wrapped some Iridescent String around the edge. 

So now it's YOUR turn, Happy Crafting


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Classy Cards 'n Such   Bright and Cheerful
Simply Create Too   It's Party Time
Craft Rocket   Happy Anything
Seize the Birthday    Birthday

Hope you all have a great week :-)
Happy Crafting
Luv Lols x x x


Nancy said...

How neat that your parents have the same Birthday! I love that you made them a set of cards that are similar but different too! Thy are both fabulous! You have an eye for Mixed Media for sure! Thanks for sharing your talents with us over at Seize the Birthday we sure appreciate it!

Cassandra aka Scrap Savvy said...

Great his and her cards! Gotta love Tim's stuff and you worked it all so well. :)

Greta said...

Oh wow--these are both beautiful & so festive--love them! How fun that your folks share the same BD!

Stampsnob. said...

Nice collection of happy cards
Tfs Lis dt craft rocket challengces

Sue said...

Both cards are awesome, Lorraine. Great colors and fun birthday cards. I have a bunch of stencils I haven't tried yet, need to get busy! Thanks for the inspiration, these are wonderful.


Catherine said...

The blueprint stamps are some of my favorites. Love the colors, Lorraine, these cards are sure to bring a smile to your parents faces.

Maura said...

Fun stenciling! Your Mum is going to love these cards, Lols!

Joey said...


Stephanie said...

So festive and cheerful! Your Mum and Dad are sure to love these!

Simon Says Stamp!

Barbara Washburn said...

Awesome job for your parent's cards! It's hard enough just to come up with one idea for me :)
Thanks for sharing with Craft Rocket Challenges. Blessings, Barbara

Dr Sonia S V said...

Your balloon card is so beautiful the colors you used and the designing is spot on!!
Dr Sonia

wannabcre8tive said...

Both cards are just beautiful. I love all the stencils you used. Thank you for joining us for the Classy Cards N Such challenge.

debby4000 said...

Oh these are fabulous, love the work with the stencils.

JoAnn said...

Love your colorful his and hers cards. I think that is neat that your parents share the same birthday. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Seize the Birthday.

Emma Williams said...

Two fabulous cards with wonderful stencilled backgrounds and I love how you've created one for him and one for her ~ they work so well side by side! Emma x

Barbara said...

Lovely idea to create two coordinate cards! beautiful colors and I love so mouch the touch of glitter on the hat! BArbarayaya

Sandra said...

Gorgeous cards, Lols! Love those blueprint stamps too! Such a fun idea to make matching cards for your parents! Hugs, Sandra

Zoey | Scrapsaurus said...

Lorraine, I love both cards! This make me want to make cards too!!! Love the way they coordinate and the color palette you choose !

x ZOey

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful pair of cards and love how they coordinate but very much reflect a masculine and feminine take on the cards. Happy 80th to your mum! What a lovely milestone!

Meihsia Liu said...

Love both beautiful cars! Great colors and stamping :)

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

These are fantastic! I love how you balanced the bright colors with those sophisticated backgrounds so perfectly. What lucky parents you have to receive such little masterpieces and to know that they created an artist in you!

Anna-Karin said...

Stunning cards Lols! Love the backgrounds and great colour combination.

Unknown said...

Fantastic cards! Love these stamps and he backgrounds you have created! Thanks for joining us over at Simply Create Too
Kerri DT