Hi friends! I hope you are well and had a good weekend! I am sorry that it has been a little quiet here on the blog, I am working hard on an assignment for a course that I am taking. Almost done, the deadline is on Wednesday. Today, it is Monday and a new Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge is up. This week's theme is best friends.
When Christmas is over, I usually don't do any more Christmas themed crafting, but I really wanted to scrap this year's Christmas card photo of the boys. The background of the layout could work for other themes too, and it was made mainly with stamps and watercolours. I hope the boys will be best friends also when they are older, even though the age difference is quite big. On the back of the layout, I also wrote the story about taking this photo, which was one in a series of quite a few not-so-good photos.
I wanted to use these Bird stamps from Prima, which come from a set with great bird stamps. They were stamped on Prima's 12 x 12 watercolour paper using Jet Black ink. I masked the birds when stamping the wood grain background, which was embossed with white powder. All the colouring on this page was done with watercolours, and I also painted a branch for the birds to sit on.
After embossing the wood grain pattern, I painted the page with beige and brown, using the darker brown here and there to highlight the embossing. The page was embellished with Simon Says Stamp exclusive dies, such as the pretty Kinley snowflake, and 'snow'. They were die cut from white and dark grey paper, using the latter as a shadow to make them stand out better from the background. The clouds were stenciled with Snowflake Paste, it is a Simon Says Stamp stencil called Make a Scene, but I couldn't find it in the shop when I wanted to link it.
The title was done with Label Letter stickers, and I also die cut two Sketch Trees, and another word. 'Let the wind carry you' comes from the Birds stamp set, and so does the pretty berry stamp. I also used the Scandinavian Holiday set by Hero Arts, particularly because of the straw goat - which you can also spot on the photo. Anton bought it for his room for his own money at a Christmas market and is very proud of it. You can spot some hearts stenciled with Snowflake Paste behind the cheese cloth.
There are also stenciled hearts peaking up behind the photo, which was matted on the same grey Simon Says Stamp cardstock as the die cut embellishments.
The stamped and die cut labels and tags comes from Sizzix Labels and Numbers set, and were stamped with Simon Says Stamp exclusive inks.
I hope you will join us in our best friends challenge. As always you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.
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Thank you so much for stopping by today!