Monday, April 22

Going Around in Circles

Hello friends and happy Monday! Glad to have you back for a new challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - GOING AROUND IN CIRCLES.  

I have to say this week's project took me around in circles as I was working on it in more ways than one. I attempted a video to show how I created the background, then seemed to forget everything I had learned on putting it together. I also had some lovely colors, and really wish I had stopped earlier with this, and gone in a different direction. All I can say is that while I was working on my bright colorful pages, I heard the news about the Notre Dame Cathedral burning (such a terrible destructive fire) and my pages took a dark turn. I am so happy to hear the groundswell of support to help rebuild the cathedral.

So in the meantime....

Never underestimate a girl with paint on her hands!

I began by cutting out circles of the cute dotted Reverse Confetti papers and glueing them down. 

My video showing how I created the background with paint and stamps, fingers crossed!

I snapped a few photos just in case. I really like the colorful background and circle stamps here.

Then, I thought to tone it down a bit with white...

...draw a few blue circles....

...add watercolor...


...write in the circles...

...then I felt like I had gone too far and done too much, so collaged on a couple of sheets of deli paper...

...ripped around the edges...

...added stamped "bubble wands" on old paper and  Dylusions black paint.

Somehow, right before my painty fingers, my art journal pages had totally morphed into something completely unexpected. Has that ever happened to you? Hidden below the smoky surface are some lovely colors and circle designs. 

So that's my story and I'm sticking to it! I hope you are thinking of circles now that I've taken you've round and round. I hope you can come join us this week for our challenge! One lucky participant will be chosen to receive a $50 voucher from our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp! 


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The design team is going around in circles this week, so be sure to head on over to see their wonderful creations!

Monday, April 15

Beautiful Blooms

Hello Monday, my friends! We have a lovely new challenge for you this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Beautiful Blooms! I am sure many of you are enjoying some gorgeous blooms where you live, I know I've enjoyed seeing the photos people have been sharing. Spring is slow coming here, and I am just beginning to see plant shoots coming up. I know it will be soon. 

I decided to combine some stamping, painting and sewing in my Dina Wakley art journal, so headed to one of the canvas pages. 

I started with the Rose Lattice background stamp, rubbed the watercolor markers over it and spritzed with water, then stamped. I repeated this with the distress oxide to get the variations in color on the canvas. 

Once that dried, I stenciled the leaves onto the page, starting with the darkest green and moving to the lightest to create some depth. (Chartreuse is similar to the Key Lime)

Setting the page aside to dry, I stamped the blooms onto watercolor paper and colored them in with the mermaid markers. Once dry, I fussy cut the flowers. 

I stamped some flowers from the Sketched Flowers set on the canvas, and stitched them with embroidery thread. In retrospect, I would not stamp so close to the binding next time as it was darn hard to  stitch!

I glued the blooms on and added some detail with the Nuvo drops. 

I wish I had stopped here, but added the black Nuvo to both purple flowers and messed up the bottom one. I tried to fix it with some unicorn dust, but it turned out rather dark. But I do like the words I added. 

Beautiful Blooms!

How about creating your own fun, mixed media bloom of flowers? Join us in the fun this week, and one lucky participant will be chosen for a $50 shopping voucher from our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp! 


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Be sure to head on over to enjoy the gorgeous blooms from the design team!


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