Chill out

There's a very nice challenge at SSS Monday Challenge blog
we called it CHILL OUT so you know, let's chill and join us!

As always you can be a winner of $50 voucher to SSS Store!

Chill out... I absolutely love this word.
From the chill out music to a chill out at the beach.
But there is more, I love the chill out while doing something I love:
listen to music, reading, taking a long bath, walking in the forest, 
crafting, dancing, listen to the rain while I fall asleep, etc.
There are a lot of things making me happy and calm and comfortable. 
I chill out when I have time for myself doing whatever I want. 

Today I come up with a recipe notebook cover. What's of chill out here? 
I finally made something for myself to can enjoy time spent on cooking. 
I was planning to do it for a long time now and finally I had a day for myself, with music, candles, wine and the sound of the rain outside. 
Amazing time spent on crafting for myself! 
Let's take a look...

It's a canvas based cover which I trimmed and sewed first.
Then I covered all the surface with gesso (the canvas sheet 
was primed originally but I prefered to give it a thin layer of gesso 
to be sure my paints and sprays work properly). Let it dry. 

I smeared the surface with Distress Paints: Antique Linen, 
Tumbled Glass and Ground Espresso in the end. 
After that I besprinkled it with Ground Espresso Distress Spray.
I stamped the Vintage Vanity stamp with Archival Jet Black.

The Word Play letters (thanks, Sandra!) were covered 
with White Gesso, painted with Carmin Red Ecoline 
and adhered to the canvas with Mod Podge.
(przepisy means recipes in Polish) 

The vintage lady was cut out from Prima Paintables sheet 
and adhered with Mod Podge as well. 

Then I mixed the Transparent Texture Paste with a bit of 
After the dots were dry I painted them with Vintage Photo Distress Crayon 
as well as the siluette of the lady and the shadows of the letters. 
Finally I covered all the surface with Mod Podge to secure the medias. 

Here's the inside close up.
I really love the effect and love my new recipe book cover a lot! 

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Be Square

 So good it's Monday and we can start a new SSS Monday Challenge!

As every week our DT Girls are inspiring you to join us in the fun.
Be sure to check what they have come up with today!
This week we'd like you to BE SQUARE.
You can make a square box, an album, a card, use anything square, etc.

As always you could be a lucky winner of a $50 voucher and spend it 
at the greatest Simon Says Stamp Store 

Since all my cards are 6x6'' format so the task wasn't complicated.
But I decided to go further and add another squares to my project.
I used the Grungy Grid stencil and Stitched Squares die.
Let's take a look at some close ups:

First I took a Prima Traveler piece of paper, distressed the edges 
with Distress Ink Gathered Twigs and applied Black Gesso 
through Prima Grungy Grid stencil and let it dry. 

The Neenah paper was embossed with Blueprint Folder (thanks, Sandra!), painted with Distress Paint Antique Linen, Distress Spray Ground Espresso, Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Gathered Twigs, Black Soot and finally 

with Black Jet Archival Ink (thanks again, Sandra!), watercolored 
with Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Gathered Twigs
Hickory Smoke and Antique Linen. After the paper was dry, 
I cut out the image and touched the edges 

I die cut the Stitched Squares out of the Black Cardstock and placed 
over the embossed panel making a frame. 
 die cut the Stay Strong sentiment from the same paper I used 
for my background and used the same black cardstock to show the letters.
The sentiment and gentleman were adhered with 3D dots. 

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