May Flaum Designs Mon, 01 Sep 2014 04:00:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Let it go… and journal. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 04:00:40 +0000 StamptemberBanners-600x600

There are new products and lots of fun happening at Simon this month – be sure to check it all out! We’re kicking things off with a fun challenge this week – to be bold!


I cut out the letters (by hand/my own design), put a piece of plastic down, and got stamping!

1. Stamped with white embossing powder for larger snowflake

2. sprayed the heck out of it with dylusions mists

3. Stamped/edged with silver.

4. Removed plastic backing that was protecting the next page, and glued this page to it!


I had so much fun with this one – it makes me so happy to play and ‘make like queen Elsa’ in my art journal too.


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Simon is, as always, offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here.

Go forth and be bold in your stamping, at least that was this week’s challenge!

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Scrappy Saturday… Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:02:52 +0000 IMG_5522

We signed up for Bark Box (not my idea, so I can’t take credit) and let me tell you I am 100% impressed with the quality as well as the value of this box ‘o puppy fun. This month’s nautical theme included a jaunty bandana and look at that tissue. Oh yes – they do a great job and I’m being introduced to great treat brands that she loves, I don’t have to shop for new toys or treats as often, and everyone wins.

It goes on my highly recommended list for dogs or dog lovers as a gift – and we all know Christmas is going to sneak right up on us. Anyhow – that’s this weekend’s edition of a puppy picture (Miss Scrappy! she’s doing great!) and a favorite as well.

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Hey Friday. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:57:04 +0000 Three day weekend full of creating for my newest online class (yay! registration just opened!) coming right up. Going to make the most of this time without any martial arts classes or girl scouts or school drop offs.


This last week creativity went towards the Girl Scouts (I’m now a leader – fun stuff!!) as well as Queen Elsa (Rebecca)’s birthday party!


Good sparkly princess times over here I tell you. Now to get set for some serious pajama days, video filming, and project making! I hope you have a fabulous weekend as well…

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September cards… Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:00:09 +0000 032 copy

Actually making cards with the September – excuse me STAMPtember Simon Says Stamp card kit? FUN! Two different (simple) cards here to share with you today.

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Hope you’re getting in some happy crafting time yourself!

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Monday (witchy) challenge… Mon, 25 Aug 2014 04:00:16 +0000 Witch Kraft is the title of this week’s challenge.


For my card base I:

1. Embossed a piece of foil cardstock

2. Painted it black, dried it, sanded off raised areas

3. Applied alcohol inks and dabbed here and there

4. Covered in Crackle Paint (clear) and let dry

5. Coated in a mixture of PPA and gold paint

6. Added a bit of green paint

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Then all I did was to add on the kraft word stickers, stamped images, and stitch it to the base! This was a lot of fun and I love that I used the word witch and the kraft color – both words from this week’s challenge!


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This week won’t you join in the creative fun and get your witch kraft on? Simon is, as always, offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here.

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First day of school Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:07:15 +0000 012

and so, another school year begins. I wish I could say this layout is already in the 2014 album, but I’m not quite to that level of organization. Things have been wild here (when are they not?) but pretty darn positive. The girls are both very happy with their assigned teachers, my studio space is getting to a place where I can almost call it clean, and lots of excitement for the fall as well as new projects is high as well.

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I created this layout with the new Simon Says Stamp card kit – as you can see it works beautifully on a project other than a card. Love that! This page was simple and doesn’t have a lot going on – I like that too. Sometimes I just want a photo + a story in a format that fits into an otherwise hectic schedule.

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This week on the challenge blog… Mon, 18 Aug 2014 04:00:01 +0000 50dollar_voucher_600px

This week is a “no rules” week – you can do anything you’d like and enter!  Simon is, as always, offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here.


To do a card like mine, color specialty stamping paper with purple distress ink. Then flick with water. THEN clear emboss the cats. Now that color is set, add more colors, more stamping, and anything you like! I love this trick.


For my other card it was just misting. Wild stamping. Play. I love black ink + bold colors!


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Also? I am ready for fall. SO READY. I am over summer. I keep trying to paint my nails in jewel tones and I long for the weather to get cool so I can wear cardigans and jeans once again…

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Scrappy Sunday Sun, 17 Aug 2014 05:02:23 +0000 IMG_5325

Sleeping on the job… again.

Her leg seems to be healing nicely, and she’s slowly adjusting to moderate amounts of exercise as well. No jumping or wild running… yet.

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New Tim Holtz Distress Mini Sets + give-away! Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:00:40 +0000 020

Guess what? Tim Holtz + Ranger have released three more sets of distress minis! These little snack sized distress ink pads have sure stolen my heart and taken over my craft space! Today I’ve got two tutorials to share, and a set to give away!


To kick things off, I’m going to be playing with the inks, butterfly die, and just having fun mixing and matching colors. I colored watercolor cardstock with shabby shutters then die cut and embossed it…


Then I came in with pine needles, iced spruce, and brushed corduroy.


Ok so I have a butterfly. Now what?!


I pulled out a box and covered the lid with tissue. Just tape it down and trim off all that excess. Easy!


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Looking so very stark white, I decided to use some ink to color it up a bit.


Oh and let us add a bit of texture paste with stencil just to add texture.


Once dry, I added chipped sapphire and brushed corduroy to the texture paste. Love!


Now things are starting to come together!


This doily just needs some tea dye distress and matte medium to hold it down.


Oh, and everything can always use a squirt or ten of sunflower sparkle!


Now it’s time to finish this project off by pulling out the junk drawer!


What I love about this is that I designed the gift box so it will be 100% reusable and able to store treasures, gifts, or anything else the recipient might want to use it for.


Here’s the final box:

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Finishing touches? I added tarnished brass distress paint and black archival ink around the edges. I also dabbed the box with watermark ink then sprinkled with UTEE and heat set for added metallic sprinkles.


Here are some detail shots so you can see how texture filled and colorful this project is -



This was too fun – I love how the layers all show and contribute.


But wait – I have one more project! Next up I have stenciled with three new colors of mini inks, then coated with clear glossy gel medium.


Once dry I inked with green and brown distress and soaked with water. The stenciled area will remain true to color and vivid!


Next up: green alcohol ink and some finishing touches.


Oh, and a stamped image to add more to this simple tag


Cut everything out, and we’re good to go!

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I love how this came out – and while Christmas might be months away I think we all know it is going to sneak right up on us!


I had a blast with these twelve awesome new minis – shipping now to stores, by the way! Thanks to Ranger and Tim Holtz I have a set to give-away here to one of my lovely readers!


If you’d like to be entered for a chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post before August 21st. A winner will be drawn at random on the 22and and notified via email. Good luck – and thanks for checking out my projects today!

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Smart Fortune. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 07:23:11 +0000 IMG_4744


100% the fortune I needed, and on the day I needed it as well. Gotta keep taking those small steps, right?

Focus on one item at a time, do it well, feel good, and let me tell you the cycle continues, uplifts, and inspires me like nothing else.

So I’m off – for some quality relaxation on these last precious days of summer break…

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