Monday, November 16, 2015

Thankful Stenciled Layout

Hello friends! Today, it is Monday again, after a very sad weekend for the world. We have a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge for you, and the theme is thanks/thankful.

Layers of ink - Thankful Stenciled Layout by Anna-Karin
There are so many things to be thankful for and sometimes it is good to remind yourself of them. I try to do at least one layout or an art journal page about this every year. We have had an absolutely beautiful autumn, with perfect weather, sunny, clear skies and almost no rain. I used some of my photos here. The layout also has a third page (the back of page two here, with even more photos and journaling).

Layers of ink - Thankful Stenciled Layout by Anna-Karin
I used Prima's wonderful 12x12 watercolour paper as my background and two stencils by The Crafter's Workshop, the Mini Falling Seeds and the Mini Organic Matter. Distress Paint was sponged through the stencils, aiming for an uneven effect. I love the Mini Falling Seeds stencil with the great Maple tree seeds - and it fit extra well because I taught Anton how to make a nose from Maple tree seeds this autumn.

Layers of ink - Thankful Stenciled Layout by Anna-Karin
I used paint instead of ink, since I was planning to mist it with Distress Spray Stains (Antique Linen and Scattered Straw). Drops of Spiced Marmalade were also splattered on the background.

When I saw Hero Arts Color Layering Fall Trees, I knew I had to have it, since I love trees and it is fun building up trees with these stamps. The stamps were inked with Distress Ink, misted with water and stamped. I continued adding leaves until I was happy with the result. The wildlife come from the Winter Scene set. Love the small size of these, perfect for building little scenes.

On the right hand side there is also a fox hiding among the trees. The sentiments come from various sets by Hero Arts. I also used Tim Holtz Sizzix great Bird punch.

Here you can see the seeds a little better, aren't they pretty?

The title was die cut with the Billboard die from kraft-core cardstock. I embossed the letters in a woodgrain folder and sanded them slightly.

I hope you will join us in our thanks challenge. As always you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. This is a two-week challenge, since we are taking a little break over Thanksgiving, so you have even more time to join. You have until the following Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.

If you want to, follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram, they post great stuff daily. 

If you use instagram add #sssmchallenge to your challenge entry uploads, so that we can see them on there too.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Happy crafting!




  1. Oh my goodness your daughter is getting so big. What a beautiful layout and pictures of the kiddos! Lovely fall inspired design!

  2. Gorgeous LO Anna-Karin, the photos are beautiful, such cute kids, and the colours and stamping are absolutely fabulous! :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. Anna-Karin, these pages are gorgeous, and your love and thanks just shine through! I love your tree scene that you painted, the colors are so beautiful. Your photos are so sweet. Hugs!

  4. Sweet babies and gorgeous foliage!!!! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  5. In your work I really like the balance that exists between the "artsy" part and the "photographic" part. In this case too, the background is wonderful and the pictures are so sweet! Barbarayaya

  6. Gorgeous pages Anna-Karin, full of detail and texture and as always, it's lovely to see photos of your two wonderful children...I can't believe how Leo has grown, he's getting so big! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

  7. Such awesome pages, Anna- Karin. Love the beautiful background you created and the photos are adorable. :)

  8. What a sweet layout! I love how you make memories even more beautiful by the way you preserve them artistically. Your boys are adorable and growing up so fast!!

  9. Wow, Anna-Karin. These pages are stunning! Love the gorgeous pictures of your sons and amazing fall colors. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Hugs, Sandra


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