Saturday, September 11, 2010

Holiday Fun on the 'Stamp'tember hop

Super big hop over on the Simon Says Stamp and sister blogs.  Check it out!  Lots of goodies to win on each team members' blogs as well as a super prize of $100 at Simon Says Stamp. Any project goes as long as it features Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas. 

Okay, so I couldn't make up my mind and did all three as a tag booklet.  So many details on each page but I'll do my best to give credit where it's due.  The cover features 3 of Wendy's new circular stamps in several distress and archival inks.  The edges are distressed with browns and blacks.  The Tim sheet of paper was stamped on grungeboard with black archival ink.   
Yes, I did punch out each hole on the left side!
The grungeboard flourish was covered with Tarnished Brass Crackle Paint then smeared with brown and black archival inks.  Tim's embellishments are at the top (tag, game spinner, memo pin).  The title is a combo of Tim & Wendy; 'holidays' was stamped on scrap cardstock, distressed, then adhered to a fragment.  3 gems accent the months.

The October tag saw a lot of distress ink, water droplets and a Provocraft spiderweb embossing folder.  The embossed area was hit with the black distress ink.  Wendy's spider was heat embossed with black superfine embossing powder.  The witch and cat are punches.  The grungeboard skull and numbers were colored with white and orange inks, distressed with black.  The pumpkin is a Wendy flower, cut & glued in layers, distressed with yellow, orange, red, and brown distress inks then Mustard Seed Distress Stickles.  A broken toothpick inked in brown is the stem and floral wire forms the tendril.  The old calendar page was distressed with yellow, orange and brown DI and glued to an old optometrist's card.

First I used the Ranger Watermark Ink pad to stamp several of Wendy's leaves all over the November tag.  Then I brayered ink from a fall-colored Kaleidacolor pad.  More leaves in distress yellows, oranges, reds and browns form the 'turkey' tail.  On a scrap I added y, o, and br DIs then stamped Wendy's houndstooth stamp in sepia over the top.  'Happy Thanksgiving' (Hero Arts) was stamped in black archival ink.  I adhered a fragment over the top with Glossy Accents.  The acorn is a Sizzlits die, the pumpkin a Sizzix embossing folder and the pear a Spellbinders die.  All met up with various distress inks as did the calendar page.  The numerals are grungeboard, and yes, saw more distress inks. 

I cooled off the project with blues for December and Christmas.  I used blue distress inks on the tag then highlighted the embossed part and edges with pearl and silver paint dabbers.  The Martha Stewart snowflakes were punched out of pearlized paper.  The wings are grungeboard, covered with white pigment ink then overstamped in pearl with one of Wendy's floral flourishes (new set).  A face from another of Wendy's sets was stamped, colored and adhered to yet another fragment then edged in silver.  The grungeboard Sizzix tree was colored with distress inks then the branches were topped off with the white paint dabber to give the look of being kissed by snow.  The numbers are also grungeboard with distress inks.  The calendar page was distressed with reds and brown DIs.

I used Tim's File Folder Alterations die to make the monthly tabs.  I don't know the manufacturer of the monthly stamps (black archival ink, brown distress inks).  All the tags have decorative paper on the reverse sides.  Looks better and provides much needed stability.

This was a fun project to work up; I'm so glad that Simon Says Stamp put up the challenge.  It gave me a chance to work with my favorite tools, products and inks.


  1. What a beautiful tag booklet, love all 3 pages (and the cover) it must have taken so long.

  2. YOU ROCK.....YOU ROCK.....this tag book is just FABULOUS girl!!! that pumpkin....tooo coool. (guess I have a thing for pumpkins right now!!

    thanks bunches for playing along with ALL the Design Teamies and Simon Says Stamp!!!

  3. Wow, Susan, what a lot of work! And it shows, 'cause it is STUNNING! All the details are just amazing....Love, love, love it! Thanks for joining the Simon Says Stamp Holiday Hop!

  4. Susan, this is WONDERFUL!!! I so love everything you create - and this is no exception! And you've now convinced me to buy the file folder die-cut - I wasn't sure I could use it, but I really like how you used it here!

  5. A truly amazing creation - love it all. So many wonderful details and all so beautifully done. You've truly inspired me - I must have a go at something similar!!
    Thank so much for sharing this with us at the Simon Says Stamp challenge and hop.
    hugs Heather xx