Unexpected and Hypnotic

Today we’ve got our second challenge of the month over at A Blog Named Hero. It’s called Unexpected, and I feel like my little project certainly lives up to that name.
I took this awesome stamp from Create a Smile stamps, and some of those new wood blocks from Hero Arts, and made magnets! I thought this stamp was particularly neat for a “quadriptych“, or a four part piece of art. I plan to send these to my sister, she has lots of uses for magnets, and I know she’ll appreciate the graphic nature of this stamp. If you’re reading this, Pam, check your mailbox!
I painted the wood blocks first with some Distress paints in seedless preserves and picket fence. Just wanted to get some color on there before embossing. Now, here’s a hot tip for you: if you don’t get a perfect image, and you can’t find your versamark pen, use a memento marker. Embossing powder will stick to that ink as well. Ask me how I know. :)
I used Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, which is a lovely silvery gold. It looks quite gold in these pictures, but depending upon lighting and other colors on your project, it could also look silver.
After I embossed the image I trimmed some of the Silhouette adhesive magnet sheets, and applied that to the back of my wood blocks. Works like a charm, as the magnet is strong enough to hold up the weight of the wood blocks. Great way to make some fun custom magnets.
Here are a few other magnets I’ve made with the wood blocks:
For a fun little surprise, I’m going to giveaway a set of blocks. You’re not required to make magnets out of them, there are so many neat things you can do, and I’d love to see your creativity.
To enter, just leave a comment on this blog post. I will pick a winner on the 31st and post the winner here and on a separate blog post. I will ship worldwide. This is sponsored by me, so don’t get mad at anyone else if you don’t win.
Don’t forget, if you enter the challenge, you could win a $25 gift voucher to our sponsor, Simon Says Stamp! 
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Bright & Bold Challenge

We’ve got a new challenge over at A Blog Named Hero. It’s the Bright & Bold challenge, we figured we’d have a lot of readers who were looking to escape the winter greys.

I used the same stamp from Create a Smile stamps, since I love the design. It appeals to both my OCD side and my wacky side. Perfect for me. And I got to use my Peerless watercolors, which is always a good thing.
Super simple card, just some coloring of the circles inside the embossed image. I couldn’t figure out a way to get a sentiment on the front, that appealed to me, so I did a little watercolor and trimmed out a sentiment for the inside. It works, in a pinch. I might change it up if I can find some vellum in my stash.
Please make sure to go on over to A Blog Named Hero and enter the challenge. We’ve got a $25 gift certificate to give away to one lucky winner, lots of fun things to buy these days at Simon Says Stamp.

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Small Scale Challenge at A Blog Named Hero

It’s time for our next challenge at A Blog Named Hero. I used my Clearly Besotted stamps to make these fantastic gold stripes, all the rage right now. I’m nothing if not trendy. Seriously, I’m NOT trendy. ;o)
The challenge is to do something on a small scale, so I made this little flat card 3″ x 4″, it would be perfect for Project Life. I think I will probably put a hole in the corner and make a hang tag out of it for one of the many baby blankets I crochet for friends. I’ll write the care instructions on the back. I think it will be a very cute way of including that information.
Here’s a tip:
Since the large stripe is a bit flexible I wanted to make sure I got it aligned properly on my acrylic block. I just rested it along the bottom edge of my paper trimmer and then picked it up with my block. Easy peasy! And straight, most importantly. 

Please join us in the challenge, it’s so much fun to see your creations. As always, our awesome sponsor Simon Says Stamp will provide a generous gift certificate to the winner!

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Personalizing Your Planner Cover

So the new challenge over at A Blog Named Hero is to personalize something. After making my project, and loving it, I realized that I didn’t really personalize anything. Ha! I did make a custom cover for my planner, but it didn’t have my name or anything. Oh well. :)

I have a cute planner that I am supposed to be using this year. I’m pretty ingrained with using an electronic calendar, and do so regularly, but I thought that a paper planner might help me with some tasks that are ongoing, and goal setting. So far, haven’t used it once. Let’s not dwell on that.
While the planner had a cute enough cover, since I’ve been loving using watercolor lately, I wanted to make a new cover. This is just a simple wash of stripes with plain water then dropping in colors from the Peerless palette and letting them spread on their own.
Then a hopeful stamp right on top with Versafine ink. Here’s to hoping that all of our days are happy this year.
Please join in on this challenge, as there is a $25 gift certificate from Simon Says Stamp for the winner. And who doesn’t have something they can “personalize”?