Monday, March 11

Simon Says: Go Feminine

Hello Monday my friends! We have a brand new challenge for you this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - FEMININE/GIRLY. Have you been thinking of lace and pinks? or maybe denim overalls and a tool box? What does feminine mean to you?

My art journal pages are full of pinks and flowers, butterflies and balloons...but also some edgier areas too. My imagination often heads off into the steampunk realm with hot air balloons. My favorite bumper sticker that was on my old car was "My other ride is an airship" and I had a few of my students convinced I had one! So sometimes "girly" dreams include flying airships and getting dirty working on the mechanics of it. 

Create Your Own Dream

I headed to my Dina Wakley Media Journal for my project, and sometimes I look at all the different types of pages in it and am not sure what I am going to do with them. I decided to cut out most of the canvas in between and cut it into pieces and glue them in for texture. 

Next, I used a palette knife and applied clear gesso. Once it dried, I used the palette knife again and scraped on the Lemon, Blushing, and White paints. 

Next up, the Simon Says Stamp Diamond Circles stencil (because there is that saying, "diamonds are a girl's best friend") with the transparent gloss texture paste. I wanted the colors to show through. I also added crackle paste over the canvas areas. 

I sprinkled in some infusions and set it to dry overnight. 

I wiped back some of the infusions and went back with my paints colors and added another layer over sections of the pages. 


I stamped and colored the flowers with distress oxides and fussy cut the lovely Graphic 45 papers out. 

I added some more detail with some Stickles and Nuvo drops, and went around everything with graphite to create a shadow. 


Are you ready to let your imagination go free?

I hope you are inspired to join our Feminine/Girly challenge this week, and I am curious as to how you will interpret our theme. Our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp are offering a $50 shopping voucher to one lucky participant! 


A GREAT place to shop!!

Simon is on Instagram - use #sssmchallenge

Be sure to head on over to see how the amazing design team has interpreted this challenge!


  1. WOW--this week's theme must have really inspired you, your pages are seriously exciting and wonderful. I want to dream like this!

  2. Gorgeous art journalling Maura :-) there is such a lot to see on here!! I have spent ages admiring this :-) ❤️

    Hope you have a great week!
    Lols x x x

  3. Fabulous pages and amazing layers of texture and paint -brilliant
    Carol x

  4. AMAZING! you mixed so well stamps, patterned papers and background! textures are fabulous! Stunning pages! barbara

  5. Wow, what stunning pages! I love the steampunk vibe with the soft feminine colours 😁. The texture and images look so amazing too! Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊 x

  6. beautiful project Maura, love how you used all the elements to create such an imagainative piece, hugs kath xxx

  7. Such a cool effect with the infusions, I've got to try that. Stunning journal spread Maura, with so many great elements and lots of patterns.

  8. Love all the beautiful images and texture on these art journal, Maura. Such a fabulous design! :)

  9. Another amazing super textured journal spread!! I love when you share your art journals pages!!!


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