Simply Monica

Family Canvas

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Hi crafters!  How was everyone's Memorial Day?!! Beautiful I hope nothing more important than remembering those who fought to give us what we have today!!  Today I am doing something totally different and I made a stamped canvas piece using Altenew's  Peony Bouquet and it is colored using Tim Holtz Distress inks and reinkers.  If your using the reinkers I use the Tim Holtz ink palette to add all the color varieties.
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 I painted my 5x7 canvas with the Tim Holtz collage medium in matte to give it a nice even coverage sometimes the canvases you buy has areas that are not covered well.  I then stamped my gorgeous flowers using Memento Tuxed0 black ink  on my Apple Pie Memories stamping blocks to put the stamp and all of us stampers now a block is a must have right?!!
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To do the painting I used  Ranger Artist Brushes and also I used some Derwent Watercolor Brush Fine Tip watercolor brushes to get everything all blended together. 2016-05-30
I hope everyone has enjoyed my canvas piece and be sure to check out all the new goodies in store!
How to Stamps

Little Pixie Sunshine

Monday, May 23, 2016
Hi crafters!  Today I am sharing this super cute stamp from C.C Designs called Little Pixie Sunshine!! How cute is she right?!!  She is colored with Zig Clean Color pens and Tim Holtz Distress Inks.
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I used some Ranger Mixed Media cardstock to make the card base and MISTI Laser Etched Stamp tool to actually stamp the image.  If your like me some times you don't a clean crisp stamp so you may need to stamp the image again to get a nice dark image and the MISTI is the tool to have.  For a nice strong adhesive I used Crafter Companion Double Sided Adhesive.
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For the image I stamped her on Ranger Distress Watercolor cardstock with Lawn Fawn Fawndemental Black Licorice. A perfect card for a birthday or just to drop a quick note to a friend to say hello!

Ignite

Hi everyone! I am back sharing another Bible Journal page.  I never thought it would be something for me, but at the moment I am going through a personal change and  all the phrases and meanings behind Bible Journaling itself has proven to be uplifting. So here is my page which features the Ignite bible journaling set form Joy Clair.
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The meaning behind my page is it is time to Ignite some changes in my life and what I did was highlight particular phrases that mean something and put key words that will make me remember the meaning behind the whole page.
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For those who have not tried Bible Journaling you really need to give it a shot.  Joy Clair has their own Bible Journaling group on FB with amazing ideas and it is a great place to chat and get a better understanding on what it truly is about.  I hope everyone has enjoyed my post and thanks for stopping by!
Also, I want to share a card that I made using our Oh Baby stamp set that I did not get to really share earlier.  It is colored with copics and I made a layered card by angling the different papers and decided to sew along some of the edges for a different look.

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irRESISTible

Sunday, May 22, 2016
irRESISTible Altered Gift Box
by Monica Edwards
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I found this cute gift box in a thrift store and thought it would be a perfect gift item for a friend of mine who loves to collect boxes.  The front was perfectly decorate and all it needed was a touch of Imagine Crafts items to bring out its true beauty.  So I went for a marbelized look using irRESISTible from Imagine Crafts.
Difficulty: Intermediate
Time: 1
Directions
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Step 1.
Take your gift box and cover it using patterned paper.  2016_ImagineCrafts_irRESISTible_mle
Step 2.
Take your irRESISTible in Wedding Dress and cover tall the areas on the top.
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Step 3.
Take your irRESISTible in Electric Blue and go over the layer of irRESISTible you just laid down.  Taking it and swirling it or mixing it with the white to create a marbeled look.
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Step 4.
Add additional embellishments to finish the box off for a completed look.
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Supplies
Other Supplies
  • Lemoncraft Forget Me Not - Patterned Paper
  • Beacon Adhesives

Flutter

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Butterfly Tangle Cre8time
Hi crafters! Monica here with a new twist on how to get the most use out of your stamps by using them in a fun creative way.  I took the Butterfly Tangle stamp and used the flower stamp to make a butterfly  with it versus using the actual butterfly stamp in the set.
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Step 1. Stamp your image onto some watercolor paper.  Then use your Kuretake watercolors and color in the stamped image as desired.  I used some red's and blue's since Fourth of July is fast approaching.
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Step 2.  Take your Butterfly die and die cut each of the petals.  I then cut the top of the flower out as shown in the 2nd photo above.  I then added a button center piece for the body of the butterfly shown in the photo below.
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Finally I pieced it all together and added actually what was a hairpin to the bottom for the butterflies tail.
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Celebration Blog Hop

Thursday, May 19, 2016

We here at Die-Versions have collaborated with two awesome companies:  Joy Clair Stamps and DL.ART  to come up with a fun and festive Celebration Blog Hop. We want to showcase how well our three companies products work together.  Die-Versions makes very intricate and lovely dies; Joy Clair makes high quality clear stamps; and DL.ART makes gorgeous rayon hand dyed crinkle ribbon and also carries bakers twine and other hand crafted seasonal supplies.

The Celebration Blog Hop will take place on Wednesday, May 18th, Thursday, May 19th and Friday, May 20th.  Over the three days all Design Team Members will be sharing with you projects they have made for all the many upcoming Celebrations that come around this time of year, ie....Weddings, Baby Showers, Baby Births, Graduations, Father's Day, and of course Birthdays!  All Design Team Members will be using supplies from all three companies to make their projects so you can see for yourself how lovely these products work together and how dies, stamps and ribbons are the perfect combination!!

There will be prizes for those who comment on all the blogs over the three days and who become followers of all the blogs. Die-Versions is giving away a $50.00 Gift Certificate to the Die-Versions store. Joy Clair is giving away 3 $25.00 Gift Certificates to the Joy Clair store, one each day  and DL.ART is giving away a $10.00 Gift Code to the DL.ART store to one lucky winner!!  The prizes will be announced on all three of the companies  Die-VersionsJoy Clair and DL.ART blogs on Sunday, May 22nd.

DL.ART is running a 3 day Special during the Blog Hop for all of the Design Team Followers ~ 12% off your entire order at DL.ART by using code:  DJDHOPS this code will only be valid on the 3 days of the Celebration Blog Hop.

You should have come here from Mary's blog, if not, then please start at the beginning of the at Die-Versions Blog.   The entire list of Designers for the entire Celebration Blog Hop is listed on the Die-Versions Blog.

For my projects I used "Build a Safety Pin" from Die-Versions and Joy Clair's "Oh Baby" stamp set along with DL Arts "Baby Bundle" ribbon set.
here I used Die-version "Baby Confetti"  and "Baby Bundle" ribbon in pink from DL Art.  I used the confetti along the strip on the card and popped a pacifier in baby's mouth! just too cute...

If you should get lost along the way please go back to the Die-Versions Blog and the whole list for each day will be listed there.

Now here is the list of the blogs with their links!!
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Well I hope you have enjoyed the Celebration Blog Hop!! Be sure to leave comments on on all the blogs for a chance at winning one of the many prizes!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Reborn

Friday, May 13, 2016
Hi crafters!  I hope all the wonderful Mother's out there had an amazing Mother's Day as Father's Day comes right around the corner!  I created a elegant card for my dad he likes golds and black so I went for a very nice clean look on the card below. 
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I used papers from CutCardStock to make the card and some gold foil paper from Michael's.  I simply layered it over some black paper and added some fancy brads to bring all the colors together for a perfect Father's Day card using Dad's Day clear stamp which also comes with a digital die set to match.
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My next card uses Prayer Words to do a bible journal page.  This sentiment is perfect "Reborn" which to me means strength, the ability to start a new beginning to have a fresh start on life and I am hoping that is what lies ahead.
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I used Kuretake Zig Clean Color pens to color in the sentiment which works beautifully on bible pages.  I hope everyone has enjoyed my projects today and be sure to check out our challenges!
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 Bible Journaling is the new craze right now!! so be sure Join our Facebook group:

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