Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Very Strict Challenge!

It's Monday, and time for a new challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show, but sadly, we need to clarify some stuff on our challenges to those of you who are just not playing along correctly. It's time for us to be a little more strict with the rules crafters! First of all, APRIL FOOLS!!! (Did I sound mean? Hehehehe! That was hard to do, and I couldn't even go longer than three lines!) We could not do a regular challenge on April Fool’s Day. There is no fun in that! So this week it is absolutely "Anything Goes", and if that includes a joke or two, great!
Wendy Vecchi puts a lot of humorous quotes and sentiments on her stamp sets along with her fabulous images from Stamper's Anonymous. I thought it would be fun to make a birthday card using one of them, which would be perfect for April Fool's Day, but then I had this little canvas journal from Maya Road, so I thought why not make a whole journal type card using several of her funnies and images?!? Tim's Mini Birthday Blueprints worked perfectly here as well, and I've used lots of his Distress Paint by Ranger to color things up. 
I used a jumbo sized #10 Manila tag From Ranger. First, I folded it into the shape I wanted, then came stripes of Distress Paint and water to blend it in for side 1.
Side 2 received a layer of SAntique Linen Distress Stain first then it was pressed into dots of beautiful colors of Distress Paints. I loved the dots so much, that I went back to Side 1 and gave it some dots. It looks like confetti...very party ready!
This was going to be the cover of the card/journal so I wanted it to be tough, so out came the Ink Refresher. I misted both sides liberally.
I waded it up, unfolded it, and gave it a good drying. I love it! The texture is very much like leather, and super soft too!
I coated the spine areas with Glue N Seal just to reinforce them and make sure I wouldn't get any tears along the way. BUT then, I decided I didn't want the fold over cover like I had planned, and I cut the portion off with the tag hole and converted this into pockets for the inside, to be seen further down. I wanted them to hold coupon tickets for the birthday recipient.
I misted the canvas pages with water first and began adding paint and misting. I added more dots to the craft sheet and dipped the journal in. I tried to color each page different, except for one 2 page spread. The paints and the canvas work perfect together.
I sewed on some trim to each page, and then found the center of the journal and stitched it directly onto the cover, right down the middle of the spine.
The Glue N Seal helped to keep this nice and tough...no big holes here.
I was given a package of My Little Yellow Bicycle Canvas Shapes, and I decided to stamp Wendy's images onto them, as well as on the journal for a 3D look. The white makes them pop. I glued them onto the pages to match the images up. I stamped the sentiments and quotes right onto the pages in Jet Black Archival, which I used for the images as well.
I added Blueprint images to the front, first on the cover itself, then the label piece, then the canvas flower piece to match up when I layer them.
I added more color with Distress Markers, in a few choice areas to bring some things to life.
 
Do you like jokes or joking around? Is humor your thing? If not it doesn't matter this April Fool's week, because anything goes! Create any ol' type of Art you wish enter it into our challenge. You just might be the lucky winner of a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp. You can also be named as one of the "Top Three Picks" for this challenge. Good luck, and please visit the other DT member's blogs for some fun, laughs, and entertaining Art!
 
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I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

47 comments:

  1. Anita, Anita, Anita! Be still my heart! This is simply amazing. So many details to absorb. Especially love the zippers and other chunky trims. Bravo!

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  2. Anita fab project! You know how much I love the zip and bright colors!!! barbarayaya

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  3. Sme amazing detail and a fab make trace x

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  4. Gorgeous project Anita ! I love how you've changed your design part way through (I do that all the time!). Love how you've used the ink refresher and all the colour is just stunning ! Sue C x

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  5. Wow!!! It is so beautiful album. I love it. Fantastic workmanship and stunning colors and so gorgerous elements you used. I love your album with linien performance is beautifully made ​​of fine lace trimmed edges and zippers. Greetings Asia :)

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  6. Wow Anita, this is wonderful! Love that you made a little book! Really love the borders, with the trimming and zippers. Really pretty! Hugs, Sandra

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  7. Such a cool project... and a great read too - you did have me with the telling-off at the beginning! Completely love your funky tag booklet - amazing binding, and those retro images are so much fun. Fantastic dotty cover, so much colour and life - another absolute knockout!
    Alison x

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  8. F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S...So much Wonderful detail...Anita your work is AmAzing...Hugs May x x xx

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  9. Well you had me fooled with your first three lines, I was thinking I don't know about this lol. Gorgeous use of colour on your album Anita, love it. Love all the textures, stamping and layers of interest. The trim looks gorgeous against all those wonderful colours. Great use of Wendy's stamps and quotes. Tracy x

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  10. How fun! I have a bottle of refresher and only used it on my ink pads. I have to try that technique! How fun your piece turned out! So funny and love the fun trim too. Someone is going to love to receive this!

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  11. What an awesome and fun little journal, Anita! Love all the trimmings! Thanks for showing all your steps, I always learn so much from you :)

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  12. Awesome!!! Thank you so much for the fabulous tutorial. It makes one very motivated. So inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

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  13. Awesome tutorial and project. So inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

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  14. Wowwww, how unique Anita! Great from the start to the end...lovely!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

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  15. Anita...your little mini book/birthday card is so clever. I love all of the steps you did leading to the construction of this little book/card. So dang cool! I love all of the Wendy stamps you used in this and how you incorporated her images to go along with her sentiments. So funny. I also like how you stamped them onto die cut shapes...very cartoonish and clever! Love the colors and the sewing that you did on this as well. You're just too smart! <3 Candy

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  16. Love that book! Actually love all your stuff so much you now have your own board on my Pinterest site. You never cease to amaze me with your creativity! Hugs!!

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    1. Totally blown me away with that Renee! I don't know what to say but thanks....blushing! Big bear hug!!!

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  17. Hi Anita.....fabulous project you have created here and so perfect for the first of April too!!

    Hope you had a fabulous Easter x

    TFS my crafty friend

    Hugs

    Annie x

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  18. wow - such a great mini book - there is so much to discover again and I love how all your work: o) If I have time I will contribute to the Challenge also like something. very best regards, Dagmar

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  19. Totally love this little masterpiece! Loads of super ideas here, love the stamp and colouring on those canvas shapes really great project . I hope you have been having a lovely Easter, i tried to leave a message the other day but for some reason my ipad wouldn't let me. Modern technology's not all it's cracked up to be! X

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  20. This is so awesome and fun! I love how you used the zipper as a boarder!

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  21. This is so much fun Anita! Love all the images and the sentiments work so well with them. Using the paints has made all the difference. Hope you've had a wonderful Easter. Hugs, Jenny x

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  22. Oh, Anita! What charm ...-this notebook! You did it for yourself or donate to someone?

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  23. Hi Anita, I wasn't sure at first - those first few lines - you tricked me anyway. Love this fabulous make, the canvas works so well and love all the wonderful images and quotes. Love it! Hugs, Anne x

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  24. yeah, you're not very good at being mean. love this book. the images are wonderful but the background pages really make this special!

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  25. Very fun! The jokes and how it is put together is just perfect for April fools!

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  26. Anita I always enjoy your projects and really appreciate that you tell us your process. This little book is so wonderful - full of color and fun. Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Anita your such a good blogger. I love how you take the time to show up how you create your art work!
    What a fun little book. I had to giggle a bit reading some of the quotes!
    Hugs Lynn

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  28. Such a great project Anita! Love the little book you created and the canvas looks wonderful here. Great colours and those paint dots are so cool. Awesome combination of stamps and words.

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  29. Great little book here with lots of fun things to try!

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  30. Wow, I'm missing words, it's a breathtaking project. So many fantastic details.

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  31. You did have me convinced at the get-go! I thought "Uh oh, trouble at SSS&S!". I love your birthday mini-book! What a great idea to use the ink refresher to strengthen the paper tag. Never would have thought of that!

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  32. Gorgeous, Anita!! Wow, I love stamping on canvas....so cool & great texture!!

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  33. Wow ! its a fabulous loving it totally x

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  34. This is SO. MUCH. FUN!!!! Love the trims on the edges of the pages...love the confetti effect...love the sassy sentiments and I double love your creative mind. The zippers really made me smile. You are one of a kind, girl...my kind!

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  35. This would be such a fun little card to receive, Anita. It's really cleverly made too. Blessings!

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  36. Such gorgeous colours and images. Love this one Anita.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  37. This is so fun! Love how you have constructed this birthday book. Great step by step. The colours and texture are wonderful. Love, love the choice of stamps and sayings. What an awesome gift this would be. The choice of trims and stitching are fabulous (fab, fabby, fabuloso...all of the above). Great make!

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  38. Love the Retro feel in your little book! Such fun and gorgeous colors! You always do such a great jobs with tutorials! Hope you are having a great week!

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  39. What a fabulous project and a great way to use that giant tag :) Thanks for some awesome inspiration!!!

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  40. What a great little book my creative friend. Fun to look at how it evolved. You are so enjoying yourself. xoxo

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  41. Super! Love all the pockets and tucks. This week got away from me and I am glad to have a catch up tonight on all your fab creations, hon.

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  42. I love every single page! Its amazing, Anita.

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