Monday, October 22, 2012

Challenge: Inspired by Wendy Vecchi

When it comes to inspiring, few people are more so than Wendy Vecchi, Senior Ranger Educator, designer, author, and all around creative maven. Simon Says Stamp stocks hundreds of her vintage inspired unique products - you can check out all of her stamps, stencils, embellishments, and art parts at the shop. Yes, this week we welcome Wendy as our guest and as the inspiration for our challenge!
Whether you’re inspired by her signature style, want to play with some of her stamps, art parts, or blossom bucket accents, or try one of her fantastic techniques featuring Ranger products we invite you to be inspired by the art or techniques of Wendy Vecchi this week.  Wendy is a senior educator for Ranger, so using any of their products can qualify you for this challenge as well! You could color accents with distress inks, use some of her Blossom Bucket products, Stamper's Anonymous Stamps, Art Parts, or just be inspired by her and run your own direction. 

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To give you more ideas - first take a look at projects our design teams created inspired by Wendy - as well as a project from Wendy herself. 

Let's kick things off with Wendy Vecchi's first project that she created for us!
Wendy says:  this is a very simple design to recreate for other occasions...
change the saying...change the flower color and you’ll have a birthday bag...or congrats
bag... there are lots of fun possibilities!
Wendy used her six petal art part flowers, dot and stripe stencil, leaf stamp, holiday sentiment stamp, and so much more. I love how her products mix and match so beautifully with each other - not to mention how nicely they play with my favorite papers and other brands too. Check back in on Wednesday - you'll see the full supply list and how-to for this project as well as a second project (with tutorial!) from Wendy. She's such an inspiration!

Now let's see how the team was inspired! First up, Sandra Mouwen went all bright with her Wendy Vecchi inspired canvas.
Wendy's style and products are gorgeous! This week I made a canvas and was in the mood for some bright colors. First I stamped with Wendy's I am My Art Stamp set and Archival Jet Black Ink on some plain tissue paper. Then I did lots of  layers with paint and stamps to create some texture. To secure each layer I used lots of Multi Medium Matte. What really made my canvas is the Leaves Art Parts and the always fun to play with flower White Clicker Cutts.

Art Parts were the inspiration for Tracy's quirky steampunk piece this week.
This piece uses everything I love,  a bird in the form of the Art Parts birds with wings; dimensional embellishments from Blossom Bucket, the quirky black top hat, cream hearts, and the floral pattern trinket. This piece has been enjoyable to create from start to finish, helped by the fact that I love birds, hearts and dimension and all used in abundance. Its such a pleasure to create when the process is so enjoyable!

Ashli has actually never included one of Wendy Vecchi's fabulous products on a layout. This week was the perfect excuse to remedy that!
Look at those fabulous little Heart Trinkets! The minute I saw them, I knew they would be perfect for scrapping this special family event. After stamping and spritzing up my background, I roughly cut some square frames from the Basic Grey Paper Cottage collection.  Some scalloped circles and Doily Punched shapes provided the perfect nesting spot for the Blossom Bucket Red Hearts. A bit of twine and washi finished off this page where other than the photos, the Wendy Vecchi Trinkets are the stars!

The house that Wendy Vecchi built!  That is the theme for Candy's dimensional steampunk style house.  Her inspiration is that very popular song she can't get out of her head, "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen.
I love Wendy Vecchi's Studio 490 stamps and Art Parts.  As you can see by this piece (even with the door closed), I have used several of them.  The brick background is Wendy's new Brick Stencil done with Gesso and colorized with Fired Brick Distress InkGentleman's Art, Call It Art, European Art and An Eye For Art are just some of the stamp sets used in bringing this steampunk piece together.  And what would a steampunk house be without Wendy's Art Parts Steampunk Gears and More? Open the door and find lots more quirky Studio 490 fun on the inside!

Sue was inspired by this Wendy Vecchi Post and created a page in her Art Journal.
Wendy's page had this star that immediately caught my attention.  The star made me think of when you wish upon a star and Peter Pan. To create my page I started with a layer of Glimmer Mist and Adirondack Snow Cap Acrylic paint blended together. I used  Wendy's  Just Word Art stamps from Stampers Anonymous with the sweet images from Artistic Outpost's Neverland to create my star inspired journal page.  

Trace fell in love with Wendy Vecchi's brilliant technique of colouring molding paste with Tim Holtz Distress markers.
What a fabulous idea Wendy! I didn't want to just straight out and copy her, so I added my own twist and coloured in the molding paste with my Faber-Castell Big Brushes. The background watercolor paper was handmade using Dylusional inks in colours fresh lime, cut grass, vibrant turquoise, and london blue....I just love these inks and their vibrancy! To add a little more depth to the background I used The Crafter's Workshop chickenwire stencil and Pan Pastels....a real staple for the mixed media artist! To make the board "sing" I added Studio 490 Blossom Bucket resin hearts to the center of each these "wood look" hearts!

A dimensional flower is the star of Anna-Karin’s Wendy Vecchi inspired circle frame.
I love the Clearly for Art Modeling Film and use it often. For this project, I made a dimensional flower using modeling film, stamps, Stazon Cotton White and Platinum ink and the Tattered Florals die. The flower got a lovely Blossom Bucket Lace Leaf which was painted. The frame is made of Wendy Vecchi’s fun Art Parts Large Circle Frame. The base was painted and stamped and the frame was painted silver and coated with Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint.

This dapper man about town is one of the Studio 490 stamps and one of Dan's favourites.
While I was making this card I kept thinking about "The Apprentice", though I'm not too sure why.  I'm coming down with a cold and my head is a bit woozy so your guess is as good as mine!  This man is such a great stamp that I think he deserves a name, any suggestions?  I covered some Tim Holtz Numerals with tissue tape for added interest and added texture to my background with Tim's Subway texture fade.

Sarah is mad about Studio 490 flowers and flutterbys, but she thought it was high time to play with some new of Wendy's fabulous new Art Parts and stamps....
I really love the bold designs of Wendy's new range of Art Parts as there are so many ways you can play with them and I think Distress Stains are just the best way to colour them all! I was really happy to open my new packets of boards, frames, flowers and hearts - to name but a few.. I spent ages trying out all sorts of designs and ideas and then suddenly there seemed to be a 50's retro feel coming through with the stars, hearts and love pieces. So of course this lovely damsel was the perfect female focal point. Maybe it's my new baby girl making me feel all lovey-dovey but as you can see my creation is all about the home and heart.

Terry loves Everthing Wendy so this weeks theme was right up her ally.

I was sitting down at my table and had all these fabulous Wendy Vecchi Art Parts right in front of me and a spool, so I had an idea in my head and I just had to play around with the Flowers, Bugs and Butterflies, Leaves and this gorgeous stamp set from Wendy. For this project I also used Distress Stains, Glossy Accents, Crackle Accents and the Chicken Wire Stencil to create my project. I just Love to Make Art and I just love everything Wendy

Finally, I (May) will share my project - one of my favorite things to make this time of the year!
Wendy's pocket watch art part is by far my favorite - I love to turn them into ornaments and package toppers for the holidays! I used her cancelled postage stamp on my base, then added distress ink and layered on glitter, a festive flower, and just a few other little touches. Now my first package of the season is dressed and ready!
Thank you so much to Wendy Vecchi for joining us this week as both an inspiration and our special guest! Be sure to come back for her tutorials - in the meantime I encourage you to check out each of the design team member's blogs for more photos, supply lists, and more. Simply click on their name (above the photo of their project) to visit their blog.

Now that we've shared the team creations - we're ready to see yours! As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by Random Generator. The challenge will close at 11:59pm Eastern time on Sunday, October 28st and the winner will be announced during the following week. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here.
For the full rules, read the "challenge rules" posted in the side-bar here on our blog.

We can't wait to see what you make!


  1. The DT have created some Wendy magic this week indeed, and I love Wendy's own bag.

  2. love wendy vecchi!! wonderful samples from the DT! *hugs* and much aloha, steph :)

  3. Wow, absolutely fabulous creations from the DT!!!! Loved to look at all of them!!! Sadly, I do not have any Wendy Vecchi I can't participate.

    But thank you so much for your inspirational DT work!!!

    die amelie xx

  4. WOW!!!

    You ALL nailed it & created AWESOME AMAZING art!!!


    You should all take a bow...
    YOU deserve it!

  5. I'm a huge Wendy fan and the design team has incorporated her pieces in their art superbly! But how can you make a bad piece of art using Studio 490 products??? That's it, you can't! Off to get creative! Thank you, SSS, for recognizing such a wonderful artist!

  6. Fabulous creations! It's hard to go wrong with Wendy inspiration!

  7. Great projects, and I had a good laugh over "Call Me Maybe"! That song is easy to get stuck in your head. I love the gentleman trying to reach the telephone!

  8. Wow, Wendy is a great inspiration, I love her stuff. The DT have added to the already busy buzzes in my brain, so I have to join in this time. Good luck to all, I won't say have fun, because how can you not!?

  9. Totally fabulous projects!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. I love that Wendy is having a guest spot!!! She's the best!!!

  11. A feast for the eyes, brilliant designs from the DT. x

  12. So much fun to see all the Wendy style inspired projects!!


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