Monday, January 26, 2015

A rainbow in someone's cloud

Hello friends! This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge we are having a cloud challenge. Such a fun theme! I love adding clouds to projects, and they often feature when I make various scenes. You can also be inspired by clouds, or the sky, etc., so there are lots of possibilities.

It is fun trying out various ways of depicting clouds on projects, such as their fluffy nature. On this layout, I made clouds in five different ways, most of them are done with cloud dies from Simon Says Stamp. There are misted clouds, heat embossed clouds, mica clouds, white paper clouds and old dictionary paper clouds. I aimed to extend the scene on the photo into the layout, which is done on Ranger's natural sticky-back canvas. The canvas was first soaked in water and then misted with Salty Ocean and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stains. I frayed the edges a little and glued it to a piece of cardstock to give it more stability. 

I used the Create a Scene stencil and inked through it to create the background clouds, once the background was dry. Some of the inked clouds were made darker than the others. I also added some favourite cloud quotes.

The mica clouds were die cut from white cardstock which had been covered with Scor-Tape. After die cutting, I removed the protector sheet and covered the clouds with Prima's Frosted Mica Flakes (which you might remember that I used to depict snow last week). The white clouds were heat embossed with white embossing powder, while the cloud bank was die cut from plain white paper. Between the sky and tree sections of the layout there is a piece of torn dictionary paper, which also resembles a cloud bank a little bit.

The variety of textures in the sky makes for an interesting look and you want to reach out and touch the layout. The word was also die cut with a Simon Says Stamp die. It is one of the word dies that I have used the most.

I used a stencil for the trees and misted through it with Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain. The little birds were die cut from dictionary paper, using a new sweet Songbird Branch die.

I also die cut a tree and a swing from white paper and added some stamped images and sentiments.

I hope you get a chance to join us this week! I am looking forward to seeing everyone's interpretations of the cloud theme. As every week, one random participant wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp.

Thank you for visiting today!

Happy crafting!


Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: This is the Life
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink: Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky; Ranger Archival Ink: Potting Soil, Manganese Blue
Embossing Powder: Ranger White
Mist: Ranger Distress Spray Stain: Antique Linen, Salty Ocean, Gathered Twigs
Stencil: Simon Says Stamp: Make a Scene; The Crafter's Workshop: Mini Branches Reversed
Embellishments: Prima: Frosted Mica Flakes; Tim Holtz idea-ology: Linen Ribbon
Adhesive: Scor-Pal: Scor-Tape 2 1/2


  1. Charming layout with the layers of clouds which is brilliant. I see the cool mica effect in some of your clouds. I am going to have to pull those flakes out and play with them as you keep inspiring me to try different ideas!

  2. LOVELY project... hope your son is doing well! (and you :) )

  3. Love this layout! You must have received your long awaited craft supplies. :-)) You make such lovely layouts, I really enjoy them.

  4. My eyes danced around the sky and I appreciated all the variations you used. How nice the bright white, aged paper and blues look together. I love the whimsy of the linen ribbon horizon line and you nested the photo among the trees so cleverly. A very fun page full of happy!

  5. Love the layout! Great variety of clouds, love the mica flakes!

  6. Gorgeous layout, Anna-Karin! I love the mica clouds! Cool idea :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  7. Love this beautiful layout! The clouds are stunning and the picture is so cute! Hugs, Sandra

  8. Loving that textured background! Great layout!

  9. This is so sweet. I love how you create stories with your layouts. THey look like they should be illustrations in a book. I have no time to create at the moment... too much wedding stuff going on :P I hope that you are settling in now and that the move wasn't too hectic. Also hope that you are doing ok and not struggling too much with the pregnancy. Take it easy <3

  10. Oh.. those clouds are amazing! Anna-Karin. Such a beautiful layout! :)

  11. Oh my! I could stare at this gorgeous LO for hours! I love all the different clouds and textures. The sweet photo of your little guy and all the trees in the background. This just melts my heart!
    Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring. :)

  12. Darling layout! Love the variety of clouds especially the "flaky" one!

  13. Absolutely wonderful Anna-Karin!! As with all your projects, there is just so much to look at admiringly and appreciate and this is just totally adorable! :)

  14. This is my absolute favorite interpretation of clouds! How completely clever of you to give each one its own personality and texture! So absolutely creative! And as usual, I love your quotes. You can't beat Emerson!

  15. Wonderful idea to use sticky back for your background! The effect is so natural! Amazing layout as always!. BArbarayaya


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