Monday, June 14

Beautiful Blooms

 



Hello Monday my friends! Our new challenge for you this week is BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hopefully the flowers are blooming where you live. 

I am watching new ones emerge each week, and one of my favorite flowers is the DANDELION...I know, I know, you say that's a weed...but to me it is a lovely wildflower. I LOVE the bright yellow flowers that just pop against the green of the grass. And, I do love to pick up the seed head and blow those seeds everywhere, I have since I was little. My neighbors may not be happy with my love of the dandelion, but I live in the country, and so far, no one has come knocking at my door complaining. 

So, yes, I consider the dandelion to be a beautiful bloom...

BEAUTIFUL DANDELION BLOOMS


I headed to my art journal and started with a soft background using a stencil and just a few inks. Keeping it simple this week. 


I chose these girlfriends, and added a bit of similar color to each one...just a touch. 


I added some washi for them to sit on, cut a small slit where their hands are, and inserted the dandelions (made with Simon's Bright Yellow cardstock). Then, I added some glitzy yellow to make them pop. 


I stamped some dandelions on the facing page, and added the friendship quote. 


Aren't girlfriends a bit like dandelions? Bright and cheerful, a little wild and they keep popping up in our lives...yes, beautiful blooms are my girlfriends!


Our friendship means the world to me...


Here's to my gorgeous dandelion girls...you know who you are!


Come join us this week with our Beautiful Blooms challenge! Our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp are offering a $25 shopping voucher to one of you. 




A GREAT place to shop!


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Be sure to see all the beautiful blooms from the design team!


Monday, June 7

Mixed Media: Be You!




Hello Monday my friends! Welcome to our challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - MIXED MEDIA. We are highlighting the wonderful array of mixed media products from Dina Wakley this week, so if you have any, we would love to see it used in your project.  I love mixed media, there is so much freedom in working in this genre. Mixed Media is just using more than one medium in your make, for example, ink + paint.

This month, we have the very talented Nikki Acton of Addicted to Art, with us to delight you with her creative energy. Welcome Nikki!

No matter the fashion, wear what makes you happy...just
BE YOU!


I started the tag with clear gesso and pressed some stamped designs into it to create texture.


While that dried, I spritzed Dina's Gloss Sprays on my chipboard shapes, leaving some open spaces. 



Once the sprays were dry, I brushed on some paint, then wiped it back to allow the spray to act as a resist. 



I added a layer of stamped textures next.




Then, I decided to brighten the tag with white, and used a skewer to scribble on some designs. I decided to spritz some water onto this and let it drip. 


For more interest (and another way to mix the media) I added a strip of Dina's washi tape to my tag. 


Final step was to put the pieces together. I had some hand-dyed ribbon that worked beautifully with the "model", and I thought added a bit of high fashion to her.  

On a personal note, I have gone through many fashion changes in my life, from wearing overalls and work boots, to science themed outfits to match the units I was teaching...but I finally feel at this point, I have discovered "my look." It's colorful and comfortable, and definitely me!


Are you inspired to join us this week? Get out your Dina Wakley products if you have them and start creating! Our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp are offering a $25 shopping voucher to one of you. 


A great place to shop!


Simon is on Instagram - use #sssmchallenge


Be sure to check out the amazing creations from the design team for more inspiration!


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