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Going Solo

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Hello Crafters!

Here we are to a brand new challange over Simon Says Stamp!


This week’s theme over Simon Says Stamp Monday Challange is “Let’s take a vacation” – I interpreted this theme as a Vacation you can take from the rest of the world. In my case, this vacation took about a year. And what a year! A full year that I completely dedicated to my self, a year where I took a big long vacation from everything (sometimes in a rude way like “disappearing” from people…that is one of my bad things that i am trying to improve)… so I made this art journal page while I was thinking about that mental break I took…

I took a piece of Tim Holtz paper and with a spatula I added a bit of Gesso. I applied it randomly and I let it dry. I did the same thing with a couple of ephemeras. As the gesso was drying I die cut the beautiful globo dies from a piece of watercolor paper. I stamped over it with a bunch of stamps. I wasn’t going for a precise look, I just used the first stamps I could reach and added texture with archival ink.


I glued everything down and then I started adding colors. I used distress paint and a blending tool to apply the color to my background. This process took a couple of hours — yes I know this might be the first time I take so much time to color, but i wanted to have fun and carefully place the colors over my backrgound…weird coming from me I know!! Anyway, once I was satisfied with the backrgound I let it dry.


I added some stitches around the art journal page and then across the page. I used a black watercolor pencil to add shadows and a white gel pen to add highlights.
I colored the crinkled ribbon with distress paint and with the heat tool I dried it. I attached it to the tag with tiny staples by Tim Holtz.
To add even more texture and interest to the background I used some rub ons and some white and brown splashes of paint and distress stain.

I want to share with you a quote that I really like : “We will never forget of what has never happened”. I love this quote, even if it might sound sad, but to tell you the truth, I think this is a powerful quote that needs to remind us that we never have to let chances go… 🙂
have a great week everyone!

For this challange Simon Says Stamp kindly offers a $50 gift voucher to shop over Simon Says Stamp!

Simon Says Stamp is also on Instagram! If you would like you can also share your projects there, but don’t forget to use the hashtag #sssmchallange

And that’s all for today, If you have any questions, suggestions or if you want to let me know what  you think of this project, leave a message!

Stay Happy Stay Creative…till next time!

Ciao , Zoey







Zoey Scarpelli

I'm Zoey - I'm passionate about Mixed Media, Stenciling, Stamping and reading books.

  • valeftq

    Mi ero persa questo progetto…mano male che ho recuperato il post.
    Cavolo… quanti dettagli… è davvero bello. Un progetto, permettimi il termine, introspettivo che racconta tanto di questa tua vacanza…

    June 26, 2017 at 9:05 am Reply
  • beebeebabs

    Beautiful work – love the texture thanks for sharing!!!

    June 25, 2017 at 12:22 pm Reply
  • kath stewart

    an amazing collage of texture and detail and I love the stitching…hugs kath xxx

    June 25, 2017 at 9:01 am Reply
  • Anna-Karin

    Wow Zoey, that background is SO cool! I love all the wonderful textures, details and shape. And the boat at the bottom.

    June 24, 2017 at 11:02 pm Reply
  • Emma

    Wow, Zoey…this is amazing and I love all that texture on the background, it’s to die for! Beautiful, detailed work as always… <3

    June 24, 2017 at 3:26 pm Reply
  • smouwen

    I really love this page, Zoey! The stitching gives it such a cool dimension. So much details in the background! Very pretty! Hugs, Sandra

    June 24, 2017 at 10:33 am Reply
  • Jackie PN (@PNJackie)

    Zoe, I am so in love with your art work! I really wish you would create a video or step by step tutorial on one of pieces sometime! I would love to learn from you!
    Stunning piece as they all are!
    hugs,Jackie “)

    June 22, 2017 at 1:20 pm Reply
  • Andrea Ockey Parr

    This is a really cool project! It is very unique and original and has so many components that I love. I especially like your technique of coloring inside your stitched shapes. This is truly a work of art!

    June 21, 2017 at 7:19 am Reply
  • onecraftystamper

    Really cool piece, Zoey! Such a rich and deep background – love all the things you incorporated into it like the tag and ribbon. I like your quote – if we don’t do things, we won’t have the memories of them. I bet your life now is richer because of the time you took for yourself! hugs, Maura

    June 20, 2017 at 4:20 pm Reply
  • Linda K

    gorgeous project with so many wonderful rich colors and layers! Nice to take a “me” vacation:)

    June 20, 2017 at 2:07 pm Reply
  • steph203

    What an awesome background, Zoey! The colors are great and the stitching is such a nice added touch! 🙂

    Simon Says Stamp!

    June 19, 2017 at 11:54 pm Reply
  • Cathie C.

    I adore your background, Zoey! There are so many details and elements that create the perfect mood of how you were feeling. You have a gift in the ability to give not only beauty to your art, but emotion as well. Brilliant!

    June 19, 2017 at 7:15 pm Reply
  • Anne R

    Oh what a gorgeous background you created, it was worth every minute you spent on it, it has a lovely ‘moody’ feel to it and I love the stitching you added to bring out some of the detail! The pop of colour in the ribbon draws the eye in beautifully! I really love the way you do your photographs too! A beautiful piece of art! Anne xx

    June 19, 2017 at 7:10 pm Reply
  • Macarena

    This is unbelievable pretty! It was worth all those hours you spent on making the background because it’s fabulous! I love the stitching across the pages, I can even see a small boat on the bottom of the page made with stitching. And the quote of never forget is trully fantastic. Hugs, Marzena

    June 19, 2017 at 6:08 pm Reply
  • lorraine

    Gorgeous journal page Zoey 🙂 the background is amazing! I spent ages admiring the colours, textures and whole design of this, stunning! 🙂

    Lols x x x

    June 19, 2017 at 4:45 pm Reply

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