Monday, March 14, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Use Some Lucky Stars

Hi Everyone! Another week, another amazing challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog. This week we're asking you to add some lucky starts to your creations. Head on over and check out all the details.

Don't forget you could win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp just for entering. C'mon, don't be shy, join us in all the fun!

For my project, I wanted to create something magical like a colorful, faraway galaxy with zooming stars. (Or something like that.) Here is what I came up with:

I cut a 5-1/2" x 12" piece of white chipboard and stenciled Prima's Bubble Stencil by Finnabair on the surface with modeling paste. An alternate stencil that would also work is the Donna Downey Bubbles Signature Stencil and an alternate molding paste can be found here.

After that was dry, I stenciled some stars on the chipboard using Tim Holtz Stars Stencil.

I added colors throughout the piece starting with the top left corner. Here, I applied Tumbled Glass, Broken ChinaSalty Ocean and Stormy Sky Distress Ink. I work from the lightest color to the darkest, extending the lightest color out the farthest. As I work through the colors going from lightest to darkest, I make sure to decrease the extension of the colors so the darkest color stays closest to the edge. On the top right, I applied Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink and on the bottom I applied Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Candied Apple Distress Ink. I also added some stamping using the scribble stamp from Dina Wakley's Textures Media set.

Next, I cut out some stars from Dina Wakley's Grungy Stars stamp set to add to the piece.

Before adding the grungy stars, I added some distress ink to each and applied each star in it's contrasting color area. (Green star on blue background, orange star on green background and blue star over yellow background.) I also added some doodling over some of the circles and colored some of the stars and circles with a white acrylic paint pen to make them pop.

Next, I added some lines for interest with a black Stabilo pencil.

I created my sentiment on black cardstock using a Signo Uni-ball White gel pen in my own handwriting and applied it with Ranger Black Adhesive Foam Tape to give it dimension.

I wanted some of the areas to really pop with bright color, so I added some Distress Crayons.

The last step was to add some Tim Holtz Dot Fade stenciling with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink  and to distress the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool. This will draw the eye inward, and my piece was done!

Here again, is my finished "Lucky Stars" art piece.

I can't wait to see how you interpret our "Use Some Lucky Stars" theme on your project. This was a really fun project for me mainly because I had no idea what I was going to do. I find when I overthink something I hit a roadblock, so I completely emptied my mind and grabbed some supplies and let my hands fly. Have fun and have an awesome week!

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You can find all the following supplies I used to create this project at Simon Says Stamp:

You will see some alternatives on this list just in case some of the items are out of stock.


  1. Fabulous creation Cathie! I love the colours and all the texture, absolutely gorgeous! LOVE your handwriting too! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Absolutely stunning, Cathie! I love it all! The colors, the texture, BRILLIANT!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  3. Love this! So bright and colourful!! :)

  4. Love this! So bright and colourful!! :)

  5. ohhh these bright colors make my heart so very much happy! awesome take on this week challenge my dear!! hugs xxx

  6. I'm so glad I came over for a closer look-- the piece as a whole is so magnificent, I overlooked some of your excellent details! This is so fun... I love the weight of it!

  7. this is amazing the step by step pics of how you put this gorgeous creation together...hugs kath xxx

  8. Amazing. Your colors are so bright and fun! Love it.

  9. Amazing. Your colors are so bright and fun! Love it.

  10. Gorgeous tag, Cathie! Love it so much! The texture is amazing and I just love that it has a sort of graffiti look! Hugs, Sandra

  11. Cathie, this tag is gorgeous! Love the bright bold colors, and your texture and use of white are brilliant!

  12. Cathie this project is stunning! Design and colors are incredible! And your tutorial is totally interesting , thanks for sharing with us! Barbara

  13. Cathie this project is stunning! Design and colors are incredible! And your tutorial is totally interesting , thanks for sharing with us! Barbara

  14. This is absolutely amazing! I love your galaxy. Great colors of the background! Love the stamps, I guess I should order them too!Thanks for the tutorial. Hugs, Marzena

  15. This is so awesome, love the glowing stars..You have made me want to break out pastes this weekend..Cx

  16. Cool as cool can be, you are making a great addition to SSS!

  17. Love your beautiful creation, Cathie. The color scheme and the texture you created are awesome! :)

  18. This is amazing, Cathie! I adore the textural background and the bright colour palette which looks amazing with that touch of black pulling it all together! Gorgeous work...

  19. Holy cow-i-noli! This is color-blending at its finest! I love, love, LOVE how it is so bright and happy, but it stays beautifully grounded with the black accents. I rarely see colors and black mixed so perfectly. You've nailed the balance here and that texture you created is incredible! It's like layer after layer of yummy crafty goodness! And I always enjoying watching the creative process unfold through your grade-A pics. Nice job, yet again!

    1. Thank you so much, Andrea! Your comments always keep my confidence up. I find I'm always doubting myself. Thanks for always leaving such sweet comments and giving me a lift.


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