it’s a Simon kind of Monday!

The final “Mondays with May: Holiday edition” post is up over at the Simon Says Stamp blog – this time I’m talking ribbon.

Wanna score a sweet deal? Simon is offering a special code just for my blog readers this week! Use code MFWRAPIT from now until November 30th and get 25% off any/all items in the Ribbon and Lace Category!

Speaking of Simon, and deals, and holiday crafting… BIG news! I’m going to kick off a 10-day “Camp Scrap: Holiday edition” starting THIS Friday November 30th, and it will run for ten days. Videos, tutorials, quick ideas, and more! We’ll have a special discount code, and loads of fun as well. I am REALLY excited – and I hope you enjoy!!

Last, but not least today, let’s talk Stamp & Show challenge for the week! This week, we’re all about heart! So use a heart, craft from the heart – anything like that and be sure to enter the challenge so you can be entered to win a gift card to Simon Says Stamp! This week I made a ornament that I’ll use as a package topper.

How-to is so easy! Let me tell you:

1. cover a hand-cut grunge heart with foil pieces. Add texture with a stick, knife, pin, or anything else you like.

2. Color with alcohol inks, don’t be afraid to layer colors! Rub off some of the ink with steel wool.

3. Edge with gold paint and add word stickers, and punch two holes in the top.

4. Pour melted UTEE onto the heart, then realize it’s COLD in the studio as the UTEE instantly dries as it hits the heart making a horrid mess.

5. Whip out heat tool, long handled craft tweezers, craft mat, and have patience. Heat areas of the heart, then spread the UTEE around once melted, scraping off any excess. Play with this until happy with coverage and thickness of utee coat. Note to yourself to warm up the metal heart before trying this next time.

6. Finish by adding twine and details at the top, as well as a mist of some perfect pearls mist for some pearly dots of color to add even more texture to the piece.

The only hard part about this project, was figuring out how to take photos of it without light that made the glossy finish reflect so you can’t even see what’s underneath! This fun project complete, I think I will (as always!) let my heart guide my crafting in new and fun directions this week.

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I encourage you to head over to visit Simon Says Stamp & Show to see all of the other creations and for entry details and rules.

21 thoughts on “it’s a Simon kind of Monday!”

  1. thanks for sharing the behind the scenes deets on how to make that heart. Love the look and the beauty really shows the time that went into it. Just man, that was a long journey of techniques to get to the beauty that it is.!!!!
    ava g

  2. Hi May, lovely textural heart, love your use of UTEE, adds great dimension and interest. I always love hand made elements on a gift bag, this would be perfect. Tracy x

  3. Hey May…funny How-to! Don’t you love it when ingenuity wins out over UTEE on a cold surface by using a heat tool? You managed to save this piece and it turned out wonderfully! Love the texture and the really cool mottled background that the alcohol inks provided. <3 Candy

  4. Love the way you layer inks and textures!
    Can’t wait for Camp Scrap – Holiday Edition! I’ll be one happy camper!
    Hope you had a great holiday weekend!

  5. a couple of great little projects here! I think those ornaments would make great little gifts to add into my scrappy friends Christmas cards this year. Can’t wait for more Camp Scrap!

  6. Love this, May! The texture, the bits of shimmer and the colors. Thanks for sharing what really happens when you craft. It’s good to know I’m not the only one who starts out with a grand plan and has to make adjustments along the way. This heart will look beautiful on a gift!

  7. May, I am so excited for Camp Scrap! This is such a crafty time of year for me, so having the extra inspiration is welcome!

    I am just starting out with UTEE and melt arts, so your heart project comes at the right time. Such a fun idea as a package topper that can go on the tree. (Ah, the possibilities!!)

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. I really like this-love the texture and the idea of using a heart for a Christmas ornament.Must give this a try-luckily it’s a bit warmer here!

  9. Hi May,
    I’m not sure that my emails have been reaching you. Could I ask you to contact me on another email address please?

    Best wishes

    Rianna
    Crafts Beautiful Magazine

    1. hi I just emailed you again… feel free to email me from another addy as no, I’ve not receive further replies…

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