“Happy Fall Y’all” “Early Bird” – Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Y’all! Today’s prompt for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge was “early bird”. Arthur 664730) is part of the new Tim Holtz Sizzix release from a few weeks ago. He came in the mail last week and I have been dying to do something with him. So……he’s a bird, and he’s definitely early on the Happy Fall part. Here in Louisiana this week, we are under a heat advisory and it seems like it just turned Summer. That’s still, definitely early for Fall wishes. Haha. Today’s make is in an Idea-ology “vignette shrine”. I also used some of the idea-ology “tiny lights”. I think he turned out super cute.

Actually, I was a little intimidated by him at first. Last year, I bought the Santa Clause and Fireplace in the Colorize line. Honestly, I opened the package to Santa, saw all the pieces and just closed him back up. I am now inspired to go get him out and try again. Maybe not today, but soon, haha. Arthur was relatively simple. I used my box of cardstock scraps to chose several different shades of brown. Then, I just cut them out according to the numbers on the back and glued them as I went along. It was a lot easier than I imagined it would be. I did use my Distress Walnut stain on the pieces that were large enough to distress. I will say I skipped the last color which was white and went with my white gel pen.

Next was the lights!! I got my husband to drill me a small whole in the back of the vignette box. I have got to get me my own drill!! Haha. I threaded the lights through the back and glue-dotted the mechanics to the back of the vignette. I decided to use another new die that I received last week as well. This one is called Falling Stars 664732). I used a piece of Dylusions Mixed Media Cardstock and my Distress Oxide Sprays to make my night sky. The colors I chose were Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet and Chipped Sapphire. I spritzed my paper with water and then sprayed a small amount of each color onto the cardstock until I was happy with the coverage. I then used my Ranger Heat It tool to make sure it was good and dry.

Once my paper was good and dry, I used my Vagabond and the Sizzix thinlit to cut out my starry night background. I decided to place a piece of mustard yellow cardstock in the back of my vignette to cover the wiring. Then I ran the strand of lights around the back of the vignette and adhered them with scotch tape. I then pop-dotted the stars over the lights and ran the rest of the string lights through a star at the top of the vignette.

Next, I took a scrap of the same yellow paper and traced my little glass to make a moon for my night sky. I used the walnut stain again to distress the edges and make a few indentions. Haha. I wound the remaining strand of lights into a circle and adhered my moon on top of them with a few pop dots.

I have a pretty good stash of odds and ends around in this mess I like to refer to as my craft room. One of those things is a bag of moss. You never know when things may come in handy. Today, it served as Arthur’s next. I spread a pretty good amount of 3-in-1 glue in the bottom of the vignette box and pressed about a handful of moss into the glue.

After I gave the moss a little time to dry, I placed my cut out images where I wanted them to go. I had a few pieces that were left over from earlier makes. I used some logs from the Bigz Tree Rings. I had a few leaves and an acorn from Funky Foliage, and of course Arthur and his branch.

Next and last step was my title. It decided to give me a little trouble today. I was going to cut it out with my Silhouette, but my computer decided today was not the day to recognize it. Haha. So, being short for time, I went easy and printed it on my printer. I printed it on some more of the mixed media cardstock in a burnt orange color. I then cut it down to size and distressed the edges with the Walnut Stain. I backed it with some kraft paper and then backed that with a burnt orange cardstock. I backed another piece of kraft paper with some chipboard for more stability and then distressed it with the walnut stain. I had some leaves from my “Vagabond party” that I had inked and cut out of the Bigz Tattered Leaves. I thought these were a good addition to this make so I sandwiched them behind the orange cardstock and on top of the kraft and chipboard piece. As I was fixing to glue it to the make, I realized that I should probably paint my vignette. Haha I used the Distress Paint in Ground Espresso for that. Of course, looking at the finished project now, I wish I had painted the inside too. But too later. I glued the base to the vignette and then placed my title. Cocked at an angle, I hot glued the title to the top of the vignette.

I have to say, that after today, I think I am in LoVe with Arthur. He is so stinking cute. And I’m pretty pleased with the make, even if I do say so myself. (Sometimes you just have to Haha). He is definitely an early bird. It is by no means Fall in Louisiana. Haha. All this week, we are under a heat advisory here in Shreveport. Saturday, the heat index was 115 degrees F. Yesterday, we got a break of 110 and I think it’s supposed to be the same for today. So this bird is definitely early!! haha. Try to stay cool out there!! I know this girl’s staying inside with a big ole glass of tea!!

Until next time,


Here is a list of the supplies:

   Idea-ology Vignette Shrine

   Idea-ology Tiny Lights  

   Dylusions Mixed Media Cardstock

   Moss from craft store

Products used :

   Distress Oxide Ink Spray Blueprint Sketch

   Distress Oxide Ink Spray Wilted Violet

   Distress Oxide Ink Spray Chipped Sapphire

   Distress Ink Walnut Stain

   Distress Paint Ground Espresso

   Beacon 3-in-1 Glue

Tools Used:

   Sizzix Arthur  664730

   Sizzix Falling Stars 664732

   Ranger Heat it Craft Tool

   Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer

   Ranger Craft Mat

   Hot Glue Gun

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