to top

The Story Teller

English / Italiano

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 “School or Study Related”
As always the lovely Heidi and her team at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a fabulous $50 voucher to spend in their super fantastic online store! You have to be in it to win it!

We also have a special challenge for children between the ages of 2 and 16! CLICK HERE or on the logo to go directly to the challenge page



Let me start by saying that boy if I miss school days!!

I covered the backrgound of this tag with a small piece of Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap Paper and Tim Holtz Tickets and also a flash card. You can’t really tell I added these to the backrgound because I got a little carried away with the gesso, so you noticed them only if you look closely!
sometimes you change your mind throughout the whole creative steps and you just have to not think about it too much.
Anyway, I glued them down with collage stick and let the glue dry well. I then covered part of a wash made with 1 part of gesso and 3 parts of water and then gesso added with a spatula. I set to dry completely.


I used distress oxide to color the background I love mixing different colors together, these are by far one of my favorite “invention” from Ranger. Simply AWESOME. I made sure to dry well and I was so happy with the result that I had the awesome idea to tone down everything again with a wash of gesso, but since the last layer was not completely dry I got this really faded color effect, which after all, I do like!
I stamped around the tag and glued down this cute little girl — the image is from an Indigo Blu vintage photo set. It is awesome!
I fussy cut the girl from the photo then half way in i got bored (yes i do not like fussy cutting) so I decided to cut the down part….
Since the way I cut the girl made her look weirdo like floating in nothing, I added a couple of circles with my fingers and gesso. I used a pencil to draw some doodles.


Last step was to add sewings – so I sewed around the tag and under the girl to add some more interest to that part that still felt like it was missing something….LOL

I added the sentiments and few decorations.

What we have learned today? That as school, even in mixed media, the key is to not be let down by the downsides but always keep your head up, work hard and achieve your goals. (I need another holiday!)

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!

Zoey Scarpelli

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

  • smouwen

    What a fabulous tag, Zoey! The image is so sweet, and love all the muted colors and of course the stitching! Hugs, Sandra

    September 4, 2017 at 11:08 pm Reply
  • Andrea Ockey Parr

    This is a really fantastic tag, Zoey! I really like the way you created a whole entire scene here and how you brought it to life through the sentiments you chose to include. I love the sense of courage and inspiration I feel for this little girl and how you brought everything together so perfectly. That color palette, too, is amazing and something that I never would’ve thought to try myself. I always look forward to seeing your work!

    September 4, 2017 at 5:52 am Reply
  • meihsialiu

    Your tag is so beautiful, Zoey. I love the pretty soft color scheme and the stitching is awesome. 🙂

    September 4, 2017 at 4:09 am Reply
  • kath

    what a beautiful reminder of happy times at school…I miss them too although I suspect mine were many many years before yours…hugs kath xxx

    September 3, 2017 at 5:29 pm Reply
  • Emma

    As always your tag is just beautiful Zoey and I love the vintage imagery and the way you’ve created such depth to the background…wonderful work my friend! <3

    September 3, 2017 at 12:55 pm Reply
  • barbara

    Mi hai stupita! Sono abituata ai tuoi splendidi colori forti ma sei super anche nei toni neutri! bellissima ed emozionante! barbara

    September 3, 2017 at 9:33 am Reply
  • Macarena

    The background is amazing! So soft and delicate. I love its colors a lot. I love this messy look of the tag, the stitching and different patterns on the background. This little girl is so cool here, I love her! Hugs, Marzena!

    September 2, 2017 at 8:46 pm Reply
  • Anna-Karin

    This tag is fantastic Zoey! I love the image that you used, it is really precious. And all the messy stitching and words make for such an interesting looking tag.

    September 2, 2017 at 5:18 pm Reply
  • Maura

    What a great tag, Zoey! Love how you added the ruler tape at the top, and the muted colors are perfect! hugs, Maura

    August 29, 2017 at 10:41 pm Reply
  • Cathie C.

    You’re amazing, Zoey! I love this tag and the little girl you chose to feature. She’s diligently working on her schoolwork and with a smile! Wish I had been that diligent or happy when doing my schoolwork. Your backgrounds, stitching, and all the little details you add are always perfect. Love this!

    Cathie ♥

    August 28, 2017 at 6:04 pm Reply
  • lorraine

    Fabulous tag Zoey 🙂 the vintage image is super cute (I remember having a desk like that) and the details and background are all gorgeous 🙂
    Glad you had a lovely holiday, they are always over too quickly though aren’t they!! 🙂

    Lols x x x

    August 28, 2017 at 4:55 pm Reply
  • Simona

    Bellissima tag, Zoey…la bimba è davvero perfetta! Condivido in pieno la voglia di vacanza!!! Un abbraccio…Simona

    August 28, 2017 at 4:29 pm Reply

Hello, your comments are important!