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!

Monday, April 8

Down on the Farm

Hello and welcome friends to another challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! Our theme this week is - DOWN ON THE FARM.  I immediately reached for my Tim Holtz Funny Farm stamp set and started to play. Oh, there's a lot going on down at the....

Animal Farm

I stamped lots of images on the fun Reverse Confetti papers and watercolor paper.

I did a very bright blended wash over the watercolor paper, and once everything was dry, I did a lot of fussy cutting. 

I also created a barn with the watercolor paper, and used the Square Dance stencil to add more interest. 

When I am working on projects and have extra paint leftover, I like to swipe it into one of my journals. I don't waste it this way, and I have a start for some pages - it's a win-win.

I took an opaque green (Sargasso is very similar) and randomly sponged through the Aall and Create stencil #12.

Then, I went in with a brighter green and the medium dots stencil by Simon. After the paint dried, I also stamped into the background .

And then, it was just a matter of building the farm and figuring out where I wanted the animals to be. I decided to add in some trees with the Paper Artsy stamps and a few little birds too. I thought it would be fun to add some polka dot clouds and trees and do some embellishing with the Nuvo drops. 

There are definitely some stories here - like how did the goose end up in the tree? Did she want to talk to the hen and bluebird? What is that other goose squawking about to the cow?

There sure is a lot of funny business going on at the Animal Farm!


I hope you've enjoyed your visit down on the farm!

I hope you are inspired to join us this week with our fun farm theme! I'm looking forward to seeing how you interpret our challenge. Once lucky participant will win a $50 voucher from our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp! 


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We've all gone down to the farm this week, so be sure to head on over and see what the design team has been creating!


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