‘Love is in the Air’ SSS Designer Spotlight


Hello and welcome! Oh how bittersweet, this is my last make as Guest Designer for the month of January for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. I hope you have had as much fun as I have viewing my projects, as always thank you so much for joining me!

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This weeks Monday challenge is ‘Love is in the Air’

This week we are getting ready for Valentine’s Day with:-

Love Is In The Air 

The lovely folks over at Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a FABULOUS $50 voucher to shop at the  Simon Says Stamp Store! All you have to do is take out your crafty supplies, make something following this week’s prompt, and enter over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog Challenge. You can join 5 times so you could have 5 chances to win! How AWESOME is that!! All winners are chosen randomly, so everyone has an equal chance to win! Woo Hoo!! Good Luck to everyone! The Design Team is looking forward to seeing your crafty makes and will pop around to visit you ASAP!



Being married over 23 years myself, I often reminisce about my grandparents and other couples that have been together an long time time. So what a great time to create a visual to go along with my thoughts 🙂 Here is my make for ‘Love is in the Air’ …..



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Let me start by explaining what I did for the outer surface on the two Tim Holtz Idea-ology Trinket Tins. Although these have a wonderful look to them as is, my thought was to make them appear as if they were lost in the elements for a long time, recently discovered with all the hidden moments inside. Almost as a time capsule if you will 🙂 I used E6000 to attach two tins together and also to glue on the handle from Mini Hardware set with new Hardware Heads. I then used Tacky glue in areas, sprinkled with Paper Artsy Rust Powder  and allowed to dry. Once dry I sprayed with water and distilled vinegar numerous times until I achieved the rust effect I was after.

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For Rosalie and Vincent, I used a cards from the new Found Relatives, For both photos I aged them a bit by misting the back with water, to soften a tad and then wrinkled and inked. Elements that make up this side of the tins are Ephemera Pack , Filmstrip , Thimble , Letterpress , dyed Bouquet , Adornment Foundry , Ball Chain hung from a Hitch Fastener .


Vintage buttons from my stash were also added along with Idea-ololy Bells strung on a rusted piece of wire. I absolutely love how vintage pieces work so well with the Idea-ology line. Match made in heaven 🙂

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For this side I added some cotton to a ‘sized to fit’ piece of heavy packaging card board than laid a piece of vintage cream velvet for the background. The striped piece of textile is the salvaged edge to the velvet which was a perfect shade of red. Elements used on this side new Baseboard Dolls , Mini Pins , Jeweled Charms , Assemblage Chain. 


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There you have it, really the most complicated part of this project was the patience to allow the Rust Powder to do it’s magic 🙂

I do hope I have inspired you to use some of the Idea-ology line in your next make with however “Love is in the Air’ inspires you and submit it for the Monday Challenge. While there, be sure to check out all the Design Team makes, they are always so inspirational and often have me in complete awe of all their talent.

Thank you for joining me and as always, have a blessed day! xo xo








  1. Gorgeous altered art Wendy! the aged tins are fabulous and I love all of the treasures inside, the photos and details are all just perfect!! LOVE it 🙂

    Thanks so much for being in the spotlight!! It really has been a joy to have you along with us and I hope we get to do this again soon!! ❤️

    Lols x x x


  2. What a creative way to arrange the tins–so inventive! Is the rust powder stable after you start the reaction or does it want to rub/come off the piece when dry? It’s very realistic and if it’s stable then I must get some. Great piece!


    • Hello 🙂 I have played around with the powder a bit and the way I have found works best for me is to allow the powder on the tacky glue (I have found this glue works best for me~ very thick and holds the powder) to dry completely before squirting with liquids. So after reaction happens the rusting effect is extremely stable, holds up to heavy rubbing. Some areas rub off but that is where maybe some of the water/vinegar carried particles. If I wanted to add another layer on top (example Distress Crayons or Paint) I most definitely could. I hope this makes sense and totally a product I would highly recommend having in your creative arsenal. I love doing rust techniques with ink and paint, too, but sometimes a real look is necessary 🙂 Thank you so much Beulah ❤


      • Wendy, your explanation and tips were so helpful and I appreciate it. I didn’t know about this product and appreciate your recommendation. Your project looks even more spectacular on my second visit!


  3. This is such a lovely set, I adore the rusty effect you received with the powder. Amazing result. So sad to see you go but I am happy we got you with us this whole month and could adore your fantastic projects. Hugs, Macarena


  4. Wendy, what a spectacular way to show off your talents in the final SSS designer spotlight. I have absolutely loved each and every project and boy has it been a treat to follow your posts. You are amazingly talented and oh so creative. Thank you for sharing! I am definitely inspired! xxx


  5. Wendy, you have wound up your month at SSS with a bang! I love your rusty tins (great job–so authentic; I could have sworn these spent the winter in my garage!) and every single one of your details. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talents, inspiration and tutorials. What a pleasure! Sending hugs!


  6. Wow Wendy, this is absolutely amazing! Fabulous rust effect on the tins and adore how you joined them all together to celebrate your grandparents lives together. Amazing vintage layers arranged perfectly and set off with those wonderful Paper Dolls, thanks so much for sharing it! Deb xo


  7. Wendy I’m so sad that this is your last week with us! I adore your style and your tips and tricks are always so helpful! Love so much this projects, especially how you connected the two tins, brilliant! barbara


  8. Wow, these are fantastic!! I love that gorgeous rust effect that you achieved and the beautiful treasures hidden inside the tins. So many great little details. Thank you so much for having been our guest designer this month. I have enjoyed seeing your project very much! / Anna-Karin


  9. It has been a delight having you with us this month, Wendy! Your talent and imagination are amazing! This is such a wonderful peek into the past and feels like a lost treasure. Gorgeous textures – love that rust! , and all of the wonderful details you’ve infused into this. hugs, Maura


  10. What a fabulous walk through and an amazing swan song piece. Like treasures found hidden within the depths of Grandpa’s shed I have loved seeing this piece. So much inspiration.
    Thank you very much for sharing it with us all.
    Creative wishes Tracey & all the best x


  11. This is such an amazing transformation! I am so impressed at how you added elegance to all that rusty goodness. It’s been such a treat having you as part of our team! Thanks for all the inspiration you gave to me and so many others!


  12. This is such a stunning creation, Wendy. The rusty effect and all the details on this piece are fanatic! Thank you for creating with us this month and sharing all the great inspiration! 🙂


  13. another amazing project Wendy, the rust effect is just stunning. Thank you so much for joining us as Designer In The Spotlight, we have loved having you on board and thank you for sharing your beautiful inspirational project with us all, lots of love kath xxx


  14. I really enjoyed seeing all of your guest projects for SSS and am happy to finally get over here and check them out in greater detail. You totally outdid yourself with these amazing designs! Congratulations again my friend. Big hugs from SC, Autumn


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