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! 


A GREAT place to shop!!

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


  1. Gorgeous journal page Maura!! I love the backgrouns and how you embroidered some of the flowers, the whole design is stunning!! :-)

    Hope you have a great week!
    Lols x x x

  2. Wow, this is so colorful and rich in techniques. Painting on canvas, stitching and stamping - great job! Hugs, Macarena

  3. Wow... this is such a fantastic creation, Maura. The colors and your sewing are so fabulous. :)

  4. This is such a clever project! I really love how you incorporated so many different materials and fibers. Great use of the Mermaid Markers, too!

  5. This is wonderful Maura and what a great idea for an art journal page. The stitched elements are so pretty, and perfect for one of the canvas pages. Love the stunning colors too. Happy Easter!!

  6. Maura every week you amaze me with you original ideas! fabulous page! barbara

  7. wow, you are a clever cookie my friend, love the stitched texture on the flowers, hugs kath xxx

  8. At first sight this looked embroidered!!! Amazing take on this weeks' challenge!!!

  9. So fun to paint on fabric! So cool too. Hugs, Sandra


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