Monday, September 10, 2012


Hello! A big thank you to everyone who participated in our blog hop last week and for all the comments on my blog. I so enjoyed reading them, and about people's memories of books and bookmarks. I will post the winner of the gift voucher on Wednesday (12 Sept). As always, Monday is the day for a new Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge and our theme this week is 'Cheers for a hero'. I hope you will join us and don't miss the gorgeous DT work, lots of very varied projects.

I had a hard time deciding on what to do for this challenge, almost too many ideas and I couldn't make up my mind. Then I saw this great sentiment about being your own hero on one of the new Stamper's Anonymous Classics sets (#5) and knew I wanted to do a page using that stamp:

I made a colourful and inky layout, using resist techniques, mist and tone-on-tone stamping for the background. I used this photo of me taken during a hike, inside a gorge, which I thought fit with the idea behind the page.This background was so much fun to make. The base is watercolour paper. First, I clear embossed several stamps from the new Stamper's Anonymous Classics sets, as well as an Impression Obsession star background stamp. I used a small bottle of multi-medium to doodle a frame around the layout. After that dried, I misted first with water and then with Dylusions ink. Love how vibrant they are and the water helped them to blend beautifully. The multi-medium resists the ink, creating a cool border. When the ink was dry, I added some tone-on-tone stamping, using the mesh stamp from the Mixed Media set, as well as some stamping with Archival Ink Jet Black for a nice contrast.

The Bird Branch was die cut from grungeboard and painted with Distress crackle Rock Candy. When dry, I used Distress Stains to add the colour. Tim Holtz describes this technique, called 'shattered stains' in his Compendium of Curiosities vol. 2 (p. 48). I added some mini staples to the staple stamp, paint to the metallic word to make it stand out and hit the brad with a texture hammer.

The three little birds were made the same way as the Bird Branch.

In my scraps, I found this piece of kraft cardstock. I used a star stencil to mist white Mister Huey mist a few weeks ago, and after I finished spraying, I took the stencil and stamped it on a piece of kraft cardstock. The tickets was cut with Mini Tickets Movers & Shapers. I love adding Game Spinners as arrows and showing direction and movement. A bit of gauze was layered under the photo.

The star is cut from the same scrap used for the two tickets.

I hope you will join us this week, as always, a lucky participant will win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp (STAMPtember celebrations last this whole month and lots of new stuff in stock!).

Thank you for looking! Have a great week!

Happy crafting!


Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Mixed Media, Going Somewhere, Classics set #1, #3, #4#5, #6; Impression Obsession Stars background
Dies: Sizzix: Bird Branch Bigz, Mini Bird & Birdcage, Mini Tickets Movers & Shapers
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black, Distress Ink: Rusty Hinge, Broken China; Distress Stain: Vintage Photo, Broken China, Walnut Stain, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge
Mist: Ranger Dylusions ink spray: Cut Grass, Lemon Zest, Pure Sunshine, Vibrant Turqouise; Studio Calico Mister Huey Opaque White
Paint: Distress Crackle paint Rock Candy
Embossing powder: Ranger clear embossing powder
Surfaces: watercolour paper, Idea-ology grungeboard, kraft cardstock
Stencil: Crafter's Workshop Mini Star Shower
Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology Game Spinners, Mini Paper Clips, Philosophy Tags,
Other: Claudine Hellmuth Mini Multi-medium Gloss
Tools: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tiny Attacher; Sizzix Big Shot


  1. Oh Anna, what can I say? Gourgeous LO, stunning picture and delightfull embely...

  2. Hi there Anna-Karin, love the resist on your page, very eye catching. Love the texture on your birds and branch from the Rock Candy . Fabulous way to showcase your picture against those fabulous colours. Enjoy your week. Tracy x

  3. Fantastic. Love the comobination of colours and the fact, that you used the dylusions on a layout instead of making another journaling page. The resist looks awesome. Cool, cool, cool inspiration (:o)

  4. Your layout looks fantastic. I love your background; with it's beautiful blended colors and all of the resist stamping you've done. It looks amazing! The die cut birds and branch withe the Rock Candy accents look really cool on the page. Love the little metal pieces, too. Great job! <3 Candy

  5. Its fantastic!! love the layout, colors and all the details of it, especially the quote next to the image!

  6. That crackle effect is stunning. Gotta try that technique for sure!

  7. Love the colours on this layout and the texture from the crackled elements are just amazing!

  8. Your resist background is sensational, and the shattered stains look just amazing! Love the sentiment, and the page you've created to celebrate it is simply glorious!
    Alison x

  9. Gorgeous, Love all the texture and the colors are marvellous!

  10. Anna Karin the colours are gorgeous on this and love your sentiment! Beautiful layout! The details with the crackled birds are perfect!

  11. This is just so gorgeous!!!

  12. Hi Anna Karin! Just knowing your blog and now you just have a new follower.. you'r jobs are so amazing! Love it!! Hugs from Spain! :-)

  13. Gorgeous piece, Anna-Karin, the embellishments & placement is just stunning! I really love the sentiment so true!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  14. What a joyful and colorful layout! Great picture and love all the crackling! And the resist technique is awesome! Hugs, Sandra


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