Monday, November 15, 2010

Simon Says Stamp and Show...Whatever Makes You Happy

Good morning and welcome back to another marvelous Monday morning with Simon Says Stamp and Show.  This week we invite you to show us Whatever Makes You Happy.  What a cool  challenge - well actually it's not very challenging - LOL.  All you have to do is make whatever sort of vintage creation pleases you and link it up to our challenge site.  You might just be the random prize winner or come in Top 3 and get that coveted badge for your blog. 

Here's what makes me happy this week.  As you can see, I am FINALLY getting into the Christmas mood.  I really resisted it because I wanted to give the other fall hollidays and harvest celebrations their due plus I didn't want to get burnt out on Christmas by sarting too early.  But what really makes me happy is distressing and aging my craft projects.  Honestly, there is nothing more fun for me than taking something new and making it look old and worn out.  I really did have fun with this one.  The edges of the paper were distressed with a Tonic Paper Distresser and then I took a Koi Water Brush, picked up some brown ink and wet the edges of my paper with it.  I took my fingernail and roughed up the damp paper a bit more.  I think it gives it a subtley different distressed look.  Other products and tools used here are: Martha Stewart Snow Flurry Border Punch, Spellbinders Create a Flake I, Ranger Clear UTEE, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, and Tim Holtz Odds and Ends stamp.   The vintage image is from a LunaGirl holiday CD set I purchased a couple of years ago.  The red gingham ribbon was a bright, crisp red and white with sort of a plastic red edging on each edge.  It needed to look OLD.  So I mushed it around in a puddle of Vintage Photo reinker and water, crunched it up and dried it with my heat tool.  That made the plastic edging peel right off and then I frayed it a bit more.  The result pleased me more more than the original bright newness did. 

Now it's time to skip on over to the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge blog and also stop and say hello to our fabulous design team on their personal blogs:

♥Linda Elbourne, DT Coordinator - A Crafting Journey
♥ Dan - My Crafty Life
♥ Lynne Forsythe - The Next Best Thing
♥ Nancy Crissinger - What's Next???
♥ Nancy Wethington - Art From the Heart
♥ Terry Weitsma-Girbes - Terry's Cards & Creativity
♥ Katie Davis - Chantilly Rose
♥ Kim Costello - Paperbabe

Thanks again for taking the time to stop and see what I have made for this week's Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge.  I hope you are inspired to play along this week. 

Blessings & hugs


Annika said...

Thank you so much for sharing all the techniques you used! I am SO going to try your paper distressing and aging ribbon tips!!!
Oh, and this time I can actually be useful! Here's a crowd that ships Stempelglede stamps worldwide:
These are not cheap stamps but I was really impressed by how thick the rubber was and the sheet is quite big!

DeeDee Catron said...

This is why I followed your blog - so so gorgeous. Thanks for such a great piece of inspiration!

Lori said...

Good grief, where do I start? This card is total layer goodness, I love it! That Santa image is perfect! Love, love, love it!

nessy said...

simply gorgeous ~so many beautiful layers of amazement ~ stunning!
vanessa xx

Suzana said...

Beautiful card! I love the idea! Congratulations!

shirley henry said...

I too love to distress..going to try your tips!

Sian said...

Gorgeous card, love the image, he a lovely santa.

Suzi Mac said...

This is so gorgeous Linda, another masterpiece and great great tips and hints. I Love visiting you.
Suzi x

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Fabulous and beautiful card! Love the transformation it went through to look this way when you finished with designing it. Lovely old-fashion scene which warms my heart at least.

LorettaL said...

Linda, this vintage card is fabulous!!!! I really think that Santa is divine and I love the homey feel the red gingham gives this project.

((hugs)) to you, my friend!

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WOW!!! Linda I just love everything about this card, the old world feel brought by the image of Santa and the distressing and ribbon...fab!!

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Netty said...

Most definitely a Happy Christmas Card, its so gorgeous, love all the beautiful layers. A joy to look at. Annette x

coldwaters2 said...

WOW Linda this is amazing all that vintage, olde worlde elements you have used this looks so authentic as if it was really from the good ol bygone days.....I LOVE it.
Lorraine x

Scrumplescrunch said...

This is a wonderful card, it makes you happy to look at it, so you were successful!

C said...

Simply Gorgeous!!

Unknown said...

O wow this is awesome, love all the distressing on your card and thanks so much for your lovely comment on my card. Hugs xxx

HappyCrafter said...

Wow, what a fabulous vintage card, love it!

CarlaKH said...

wow this is just gorgeous! Love the textures and the santa!

Lynne Forsythe said...

in a word......DISTRESS O LISCIOUS!!!

Lisa said...

How lovely! It's like all the parts were just made to go together!

Payne Holler Cards said...

now THIS is why you are my "go to person" for anything vintage - you are the master!! love this...would say I will CASE but it would be an embarrassingly disaster - you have the "gift of vintage" (-:

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