Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:
I am absolutely thrilled to be featured as this months Spotlight Designer on Simon Says Stamp! The email from Lols asking me to participate came to me on my birthday..what an AWESOME birthday surprise!!
Thank you so much Lols and Simon Says Stamp for this FANTASTIC opportunity!
This week on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge we were asked to create with the theme.. Love Is In The Air. As always, the first week of the month showcases a product and this week they are featuring Carabelle Studio. So if you have some of these products we’d love for you to use them. But, if you are like me and don’t have any, its not a problem, you can still create for the theme and participate in this weeks challenge.
As always, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to use in their shop! Good luck and lets get to making!
For my project I decided to create a vignette inspired by one of my favorite movies “Moulin Rouge” …I am a HUGE Tim Holtz fan and created it with one of his Stampers Anonymous Small Etcetera Tags and a couple of his new stamp set releases from this year, Glorious Bouquet, Ornate Trimmings , and Botanical & Batik.
Lets get started!
First I created the Eiffel Tower tag. To do this I blended a bit of Distress Oxide Antique Linen along with a bit of Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough Distress Ink. After they were blended I sprayed it with some water, blotted it with a towel and dried it with my heat tool. After it was dry I added a bit of Pumice Stone Distress Ink and blended it around the edges of the tag. I sprayed it again with water, blotted it and dried it. I then stamped a portion of the new Batik Background in Pumice Stone Distress Ink.
Next I stamped the French Collage Stamp in Pumice Stone and then stamped the Eiffel Tower and word “PARIS” in Jet Black Archival Ink onto the tag. I then set it aside and started working on the stamped flower embellishment. I stamped the new Glorious Bouquet Stamp onto a piece of watercolor paper with Jet Black Archival Ink, Embossed it with clear embossing powder and colored it with a variety of Distress Inks with a detail water brush. I then fussy cut around it and embossed a bit of liquid platinum embossing powder along the edges.
The heart is an old Sizzix die that I cut, inked with a variety of distress inks and then blended clear embossing ink onto it, then I heat embossed it with Liquid platinum embossing powder. I found that it was a bit to shiny so I took my TH sanding block and sanded it. That did the trick and made it look old and grungy. I typed out the phrase from the movie “the greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return” on my typewriter, trimmed it and blended some Walnut Stain Distress Ink onto the pieces. The paper to the right of the Paris tag was a scrap of paper that had been inked with a variety of brown distress inks and stamped with a TH script background stamp.
Now for the background of the Etcetera tag…
First I cut a piece of watercolor paper to the size of the Etcetera tag. I blended a bit of Antique Linen Distress Oxide around the edges. Blended a few areas of Cracked Pistachio and dabbed on a couple drips of Milled Lavender Distress Ink onto the tag. I sprayed it with some water, blotted it with a towel and dried it with a heat tool. I stamped a couple areas with the Entomology script background stamp, a music background stamp and one of the Ornate Trimmings all with Watering Can Archival Ink. I added the flowers from the TH Floral Layering Stencil THS077 with texture paste. While the paste was wet I sprinkled it in a couple areas with liquid platinum embossing powder. Waited for it to dry and then heat embossed it. I then added some clear embossing ink through the stencil with a blending tool and added clear embossing powder onto the flowers and heat embossed it again.
Now to the layout… and embellishments!
The washer for the top of the tag was painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint, dried with a heat tool and stamped with a script stamp in Watering Can Archival Ink, I then inked it a bit with Walnut Stain Distress ink.
I stamped in StazOn ink the lady and man from the TH Tiny Things Stamp Set onto a piece of the TH filmstrip ribbon. I adhered a tiny piece of paper behind each of them with Ranger Multi Medium Matte so that they would be seen.
The heart locket, chain, hearts and key charms are all vintage items found in my junk and trinket collections. Along with the piece of lace.
The “Traveler” vintage label, butterfly and vellum postcard were all from Tim Holtz Ephemera packs.
I adhered the watercolor paper background with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and added some of the embellishments with pop dots.
After I was completely done with the tag and everything was adhered I decided to finish the edges by adding some Tim Holtz washi tape.
Thank you so much for stopping by! Be sure to check Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge next week to see what the next challenge will be! ❤️
GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES –
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous- Small Etcetera Tag Stamps- Glorious Bouquet CMS325, Ornate Trimmings CMS326, Botanical & Batik CMS327, French Collage V2-1674, Tiny Things CMS164, Entomology CMS328
Layering Stencils/Mini Stencils- Floral THS077
Tim Holtz/Ranger- Jet Black Archival Ink, Watering Can Archival Ink, White Texture Paste, Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder, Detail Water brush Distress Oxide Ink- Antique Linen,Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, Pumice Stone, Walnut Stain, Milled Lavender
Distress Paint- Picket Fence Distress Tools/Mediums- Distress Sprayer, Craft Mat, Glossy Accents, Heat it Heat tool, Blending Tools, Multi Medium Matte, Sanding Block
Tim Holtz/Sizzix- Sizzix Alterations French Flight with Stamps, Sizzix Love You Stamp and die set
Tim Holtz/Ideaology- Snippets Ephemera Pack, Ephemera Pack Thrift, Film Strip Ribbon, Design Tape Rose
Surfaces- Canson Watercolor Paper, Tim Holtz Mixed Media Heavy Stock #8 Tags,
Other- StazOn Black Ink, Vintage Charms and lace, Typewriter, Palette Knife,
Entered into the Frilly and Funkie: All You Need is Love Challenge
Ann Barnes says
Oh Stacy, congratulations on being in the designer spotlight, a well-deserved honor! This tag is absolutely gorgeous! Your color choices and stamps are all tied together beautifully.
Thank you my sweet friend, Ann!! You seriously are the sweetest and I’m thankful for all your support! 😘❤️ hugs!
Wow Stacy!!! What a glorious tag! Just love it! Congrats on being this month’s Spotlight Designer…this was an awesome start!
Thank you so much, Simona! I’m so excited to be apart the challenge for the month! ❤️
I love this! You are a brave soul, I am so drawn to the floral Tim Holtz stamp but I’m afraid my coloring won’t do the stamp any justice. You did a beautiful job.
Thank you, Betsy! I’m sure your coloring would be great!!! It’s an AMAZING stamp and so easy…just give it a try!!
Gorgeous tag, Stacy! I love the vintage feel and the soft Pistachio looks beautiful with this. I adore your Paris theme, and what a wonderful saying! So glad to have you with us this month!! hugs, Maura
Thank you, Maura!! I’m so happy to be playing this month! Thank you for the warm welcome!!
~ Stacy ❤️
great tag Stacy! Love all the layers and the beautiful sentiment.
Thank you so much, Paula! ❤️ that’s so kind of you to say, it really means so much that you like it.
~ Stacy ❤️
A beautiful tag. I love the soft colors, timeworn look and the composition.
Thank you, Marci…the timeworn look is my FAVORITE look, thank you so much!
Cathie C. says
This is an absolutely beautiful tag, Stacy! I love the gorgeous background and soft romantic color palette. It’s lovely! I’m so excited to have you with us this month on the challenge and I can’t wait to see your inspiration each week while you’re with us. Welcome!!
Thank you so much for the kind welcome, Cathie! ❤️I’m so happy to be participating with you all this month. It’s such a huge honor!
Mary Starr says
Just a perfectly beautiful tag, so nuanced and thoughtful while being visually stunning and sentiment and embellishments toughtful and impactful
Thank you so much, Mary. I’m so thrilled that you like it. Thank you for stopping by!
Deb L says
This is lovely Stacy! Can’t wait to see what you create next week. TFS!
Thank you, Deb! This will be a fun month, be sure to stop back.
Lorraine A says
Oh my goodness Stacy!! the whole design of this is STUNNING!! I love the whole Moulin Rouge theme and the tag within a tag design is brilliant!! I bought a large etcetera tag without realising how big it is so it is sitting on a shelf waiting for me to do something with it, you have given me some great ideas here!! Such fabulous inspiration!
It is a pleasure to have you with us and I am looking forward to seeing what you create for the next weeks!! 🙂
Lols x x x
thanks for your lovely words too XX
Thank you for this delightful opportunity, Lols. It is a true pleasure to be with you all for the month. Such a blessing! Thank you for the warm welcome! ❤️
Stacy, this is absolutely beautiful! It all came together perfectly! I wish we were neighbors – you really must move to Florida! 😉
Thank you so much my friend! Now that would be a FUN time! ❤️ Florida would be marvelous, Ohio is pretty dicey right now…I’ll have to check into that 😉 thanks again, Tracy!
Marcie Lovett says
So many fabulous details! This is a delicious project.
Thank you so much, Marcie! ❤️
Just beautiful !
Thank you, Susanne! ❤️
I just started following blogs and have been soaking up the creativity like a sponge!
Was going to enter my tag the contest, (do not have a blog), but that’s ok! Still having a blast using all the newly found inspiration!
Sherry T says
Beautiful…I have a question, please. What stamp set did the Eiffel Tower and the word “Paris” come form, I have been searching and have not found one…many thanks
Thank you, Sherry! It’s from a Sizzix Alterations stamp and die set…called French Flight. There are other Eiffel Tower stamps on a couple of their other stamp sets that are almost identical as well. ❤️
Sherry T says
Thank you so much, yes, I will check around and see what I can find, will shop my stash first, then go from there…so love your tag, I want to try my hand at duplicating it…will look great in my craft room.
AWESOME!! I’m so happy to hear that.. ❤️ yes, always check the stash first! LOL!! Have a GREAT day!!
It’s so very beautiful Stacy! I just love the Eiffel tower and use of blues for this very romantic card. Congrats on guesting for SSS! Hugs, Autumn
Thank you so much, Autumn! That truly means so much to me… I love everything that you do! Hugs!!
Oh what a great B-day surprise for you and for us, as well 🙂 I am so happy to have you with us this month cause I adore your projects from a long time. This tag project is really amazing. I totally love the soft and shabby look of it, the delicate colors are so beautiful and perfectly match together. I adore the stencil patterned using the platinym powder, what a fabulous effect! Can’t wait until next Monday to see your creation. Hugs, Marzena
Thank you, Macarena!! I’m so glad you like it! I am over the moon excited to be participating with you and all of the other talented artists this month! It was a wonderful birthday surprise and the gift that keeps on giving! I have been truly blessed to be welcomed so warmly…thank you!!
~ Stacy ❤️
Gorgeous project, Stacy! I love all the details you put into this and the sparkly heart is just stunning! Thanks for being our February guest designer!
Simon Says Stamp!
Thank you so much, Stephanie!!! I’m am so thrilled to be a guest designer!! Thank you for stopping over! Can’t wait to see what everyone makes this month!❤️
Joanne Kirkbright says
So very beautiful – peaceful – inspiring – as always 🙏 🙏
Sara Emily Barker says
Stacy, I can’t remember how I found your blog, but I am so happy I did! First let me say huge well deserved congratulations on being asked to guest design at SSS! It is such a delight for so many people to be inspired by your work! This tag is stunning; so feminine, with a touch of grunge which I just love. It tickles me pink that you pull out some of the old stuff and make it fresh again! I have never the side view of this tag, and was a bit surprised of it’s depth. And I also have to say I think it is so cool you have a typewriter. I almost picked one up at a yard sale just for typing my own sentiments, but there’s just not enough room to keep it.
I don’t know if you ‘do’ challenges, but this would be perfect for our Melt It challenge at A Vintage Journey and for All You Need is Love at Frilly and Funkie. Thank YOU for all your inspiration! Can’t wait to see what you’ll create at SSS!
Thank you, Sara!!! I am so happy that you found me as well! Thank you so much for all of your kind words…it really means so much to me. I have loved vintage for as far back as I can remember and mixing the old with the new really makes my heart happy! ❤️ I will definitely check into those Challenges!! That really is so sweet of you to let me know about them…I think I’ll give those a try 🙂 take care and be sure to stop by again!
Rox Boyce says
Kudos to you Stacy, well deserved and a fabulous creative tag ❤️
Thank you so much, Rox!!! 😘❤️ it was a really fun one to make!
Jo - Let's Art Journal says
Many congratulations on being Guest Designer at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! Your tag is stunning and I enjoyed seeing how you created it too 😁. I love all the details from the background to the embellishments – perfect! Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a happy weekend! J 😊
Thank you so much for stopping by, Jo, and for the kind comments…I am so excited to be a guest over there! ❤️ happy weekend to you as well!
The Altered Paper says
Gorgeous Tag! Love the colors,textures, design and layers-simply beautiful~!
Thank you so much!! ❤️ it was so much fun to create…hope you stop over again!
Andrea Ockey Parr says
This is fabulous! I started drooling just for the color palette alone. What a bonus it is to be able to see such great up-close shots and details of your project. I really like your aesthetic and am so glad you’r part of our SSS Team!
Thank you very much, Andrea! It’s is such a thrill to be a guest over there this month… be sure to stop back this coming week! ❤️
Stacy, this tag is AMAZING! i love all the little details you incorporated in it and the way you colored the heart is stunning! Welcome to this team for this month, I’m thrilled to see what you will create!
Thank you, Zoey! It really means so much to me that you love it! It’s going to be a fun month! Thank you for popping over!
So cool!! I love every detail and the vintage look is striking!
Thank you so much, Gio! ❤️
As someone who loves anything to do with Paris, this really does appeal to me and as always Stacy, your work is just so beautiful! I love the vintage feel to this piece and adore the layers and imagery you’ve used! So, so happy to have you join us as our guest on the SSS Monday Challenge Blog, it’s going to be so much fun and such a pleasure to work alongside you…. <3
Thank you, Emma! You know how much I love everything that you create and your kind words mean so much to me.. thank you! ❤️
kath stewart says
such a beautiful tag Stacy, love the soft colour palette and all the different layers, can’t wait to see what you have in store for next week, hugs kath xxx
Thank you so very much, Kath! I love all of your creations and your kind words mean so much to me! ❤️ hugs right back!!
Such a beautifully collaged piece and I just love those embossed details as well as the beautiful words xx Great to have you on board at AVJ this month for out Melt It Challenge
Annie CG x
Thank you so much, Annie!! I hadn’t known about the AVJ challenges before…can’t wait to participate more! Thanks for stopping by today!! ❤️
Meihsia Liu says
Wow… this is such a gorgeous tag, Stacy. The colors and texture on the background you created are fabulous. Love all the beautiful details and embellishments on this tag. It’s so great to have you design with us this month at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. 🙂
Wow Stacy this project is truly wonderful! love every little detail but I confess my favorite is the heart! Fabulous ! I’m so happy to have with us this month on SSSMonday Challenge! barbara,
Thank you so much, Barbara! I am so thrilled to be with you on SSS! It’s been such a fun time! I love the heart too…and it almost landed in the garbage!! 😳 thank you!!
Jenny Marples says
WOWZERS Stacy!!!!! This is absolutely gorgeous! I totally adore each and every element, layer and embellishment in those beautiful soft romantic colours. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx
Thank you so much, Jenny. It was a really fun project to make, your kind comments mean so much! ❤️ I hope to join you all again!!
Gorgeous tag! Beautiful soft layers of images and colors. Thank you for joining us in the Frilly and Funkie “All you Need is Love” challenge!
Thank you so much! I will definitely be joining you all again! ❤️ thank you for stopping by!
Such a gorgeous tag, Stacy! love the fabulous background, and the whole romantic vintage style of it! Very pretty! Hugs, Sandra
Thank you so much, Sandra! Hugs right back!
Zoe Hillman says
Wow Stacy WOW! I just love this tag. The colours, the details, the movie quote. It’s just one of my favourites from your (I say that a lot lol). Thanks for joining us for the “All you need is LOVE” challenge over at Frilly and Funkie, I am SO glad you did. <3
Thank you so much, Zoe! 😊 You are so sweet! I will definitely need to play more with you guys at Frilly and Funkie! You and the funky crew amaze me with all the AWESOME makes!…thank you again, friend! ❤️😘
Beverly Jordan says
Super creative and gorgeous layers of love! Congratulations on winning the top 3 badge on Frilly and Funkie!! Am getting lessons from all of your inspiration here!
Thank you so much, Beverly! That’s so kind of you to say! Thank you for stopping by!
Julia Aston says
So many lovely techniques on this tag – beautiful embossing on the heart and pretty background – thank you for sharing with us in the Melt it Challenge over at A Vintage Journey – Julia xx
Thank you so much, Julia! It was a really fun project to make…and that heart almost went into the garbage until I sanded it down…whew!! ❤️
Astrid Maclean says
Wow, love this gorgeous tag! The background looks amazing and I just love how you finished it!
Thanks so much for adding it to our Melt It challenge at AVJ