Challenge: Use Some Lucky Stars



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This week we are challenging you to


It is St Patrick’s Day on the 17th of March and for this challenge we are hoping for some of the luck of the Irish and adding some lucky stars to our creations!

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Amber focused on the stars part of the challenge and made this space-themed tag.



I created the galaxy background by blending Faded JeansSeedless Preserves, and Black Soot distress inks on a #5 manila tag. Then I splattered a black spray ink and let it dry completely before adding Brushed Pewter, and Picket Fence spray stains, also drying those in between. I then pulled out Altenew’s To The Moon stamp set to create the moon and the sentiment. Then some crinkle ribbon and glitter tape finish it off.

Andrea lucked out when she found this fabulous 3D star she could cover.


Stars seem to me to be among the most hopeful creations that exist, so I wanted to pay homage with lots of happy colors and a hope-based sentiment.  I even added a sprinkling of stars on top of my main star by using Neat and Tangled’s Seeing Stars die, which I happily cut with my Sizzix Big Shot.  I also can’t get enough of the Tim Holtz Trellis die and the Scribbles dies by My Favorite Things, which I used to create my fun Celestial background layers.

Anna-Karin made a bright starry card this week.


I like to use stars on my projects, they carry such optimism and have an interesting shape. On this card, I stamped Dina Wakley’s star stamps with many different colours Ranger Dye Ink, to create a star background. The larger star was stamped on Wendy Vecchi’s Clearly For Art Modeling Film and I also added some idea-ology Mirrored Stars, and star Remnant Rubs.

Barbara loves the new Crazy Cats and the new Distress Crayons, she made of them the main stars of her canvas!


This is my first attempt with Distress Crayons and I already love them! “Crazy Cats”  is  one of my favourite  set by Tim Holtz and I thought that together  can give a lots of creative chances! For the background I chose the new Sizzix Mosaic and   I used  it as a stencil with Texture paste and a touch of Mica sprays,  so my cat became a star!

Cathie was dreaming of far away galaxies while she was creating her project.


The first thing I thought when I heard “Lucky Stars” was a colorful galaxy with zooming stars. I knew Distress Inks and Crayons would be perfect for the pops of bright color I was looking for and the Dina Wakley Grungy Stars and Textures Media were just the stamp sets that came to mind.

Cheiron was inspired by all the things she is lucky to have in her life while creating this journal page.

cheiron lucky is just journal_

This week, it was all about all of the new Dina Wakley paints and stencils to create my art journal background. I added lots of layers of paint and stencils onto one of Dylusions journal insert sheets in black. To finish off my page I added images from the Scribbly Fashion Figures and Grungy Stars sets. The sentiment was made by mixing some Tim Holtz Big Chat and Small Talk.

Emma was inspired by one lucky star shining brightly in a night sky!


When I started thinking about this challenge and was looking through my stash for ideas, this beautiful image from Tim Holtz’s Found Relatives shone brightly and I instantly knew that she would be my lucky star on this layered burlap panel which is full of texture. I sat the little girl on a die cut moon and surrounded her with glittered stars before using the Letterpress blocks to spell out the word, “lucky”.

Kath was thanking her lucky stars when she recently attended a Tim Holtz workshop in the UK

Lucky SSS

I decided to make a keepsake momento for my craft room using an Idea-ology Display Hanger, Textured Surfaces, Textile Surfaces, Letterpress, Simon Says Stamp Stars Parade die, Distress Crayons Set 2 and Ranger Vintage Foil Transfer Sheets

Lols loves Tim Holtz’s new Crazy Cats and made a canvas for her craftroom wall.




I have to admit that when I started this canvas I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, the only thing I did know was that I would pop at least one star on it somewhere, but I do think the star of the show is the cute Crazy Cat! Being fairly new to Mixed Media I just painted and layered and splattered whatever I had and I am thrilled with the result! I used Gesso, Distress Ink Pads and Paints, Tissue Wrap, Cosmic Shimmer Texture Paste and just had fun!

Macarena made an altered wine wooden box made for the 8th Birthday of her School of Dance.


First I covered all the box with white gesso and dried it with the heating tool.  Than I put some Bubble Gum paint randomly in the outside and covering whole walls of the inside. After that I made some patterns with stencils and paste. In some parts I put the coarse texture paste just to give a dimension and irregular background. After the paste was dry, I started to cover randomly the box with  fucsia and purple water paints mixing them with water and drying with the heat tool. Finally I cut out some stars and put them in the front and both sides. The last step was to stamp out the sentiment and embossed it with white powder.


Maura thanks her lucky stars she’s Irish.



I do, I love being Irish and celebrate it whenever I can. Can you hear my family groaning in the background? My lucky stars this week come from the Simon Says Stamp Sketch Star die. I used the die to make stencils for my pages. I played with every green mist and spray I could find, like Lindy’s Stamp Gang Bells of Ireland, Prima Flowers Emerald, Tim Holtz Twisted Citron and of course, his Lucky Clover spray. I even got some stamping in, in-between all that spraying with my Paper Artsy Everything Art stamp set.

Meihsia was inspired to create a mixed media tag with some beautiful glittered stars.

Meihsia Liu Simply paper Crafts mixed media tag stars simon says stamp Tim Holtz 600

For the challenge this week, I mixed various medias again to create the background of this #8 tag with Koi watercolors and inks. Some stars were die cut using Tim Holtz Die, covered with Clearsnap Gold ink, and adhered on the tag. I really love the quote on the Tim Holz Quote Band Finding so I attached it on the tag using Tombow Mono Glue.

Sandra tries out the Lucky Clover ink pad for her tag
I have all Distress Ink colors from last year, but I haven’t used them all yet, so what better time than this challenge to break in the Lucky Clover Ink Pad. I’ve made a first layer with Cracked Pistachio to color up the tag a bit and stamped with the Stars stencil the Lucky Clover on top of that. I placed the stencil back and colored the stars with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearl Spray.

Zoey used the Mosaic Stars to create an art journal cover for her art journal book



I used Ranger Dylusions Paint Lemon Zest and Ranger Dylusions Paint Bubblegum Pink to create this bright cardboard background . I used the Simon Says Stamp Star Stencil Mosaic to add this big star statement and I used modeling paste through it to create a texture. Then added some stamps using Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps Air Travel and some scribbles with Sharpie Water Based White Marker

So now it’s YOUR turn to get out your inks, paints and all things arty and start creating! We are looking forward to seeing what you make!

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  1. I did something wrong when I uploaded my photo for the challenge. I can’t find a way to correct it. Could someone help me? Thank you. Lucy

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