Monday, April 11, 2016

April Showers Bring May Flowers...

Hi Everyone...I'm back in the cubbyhole and just in time for another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's "Try To Resist" challenge...we hope you can join us this week too because

and the theme for this week is...
and in my neck of the woods we've certainly been having plenty of showers...playing havoc with my weekend plans for a garden tidy up...
I decided to make another page for my 2016 Art Journal using one of my favourite Tim Holtz stamps...the beautiful Lady Rose. I'm not sure if roses bloom in May or not but hey us crafters are allowed a little bit of artistic licence from time to time...
I started off by adding some texture to the pages using Ranger Transparent Matte Texture Paste with the Tim Holtz Bubble Layering Stencil and stamped some floral images from Stampers Anonymous Wildflowers with Versamark Ink...sprinkled with Ranger Clear Embossing Powder and heat set. I coloured the pages with Hickory Smoke and Fossilized Amber Distress Paints applied with a baby wipe. Once the paint was dry I used Cut 'n Dry Foam to create a stippled blended effect and used the baby wipe to remove the paint from the Bubble Texture and stamped images.
I stamped the Lady Rose and flower images on to Tim Holtz Idea-ology Plain Tissue Wrap with Archival Black Ink and coloured the roses on the back with Distress Markers.
I die cut the doily from white cardstock and inked the edge with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink. I roughly cut out the Lady Rose and rose images and fixed everything in place with Distress Collage Medium. I love how the Tissue Wrap becomes transparent when wet and the images blend perfectly into the background so no need to stress over fussy cutting.
I added Idea-ology Film Strip Adage Ticket and Design Tape...
more Design Tape and alphabet stickers from my stash...

and Small Talk stickers...
and applied some watered down gesso with the splatter brush...

You can find all the products I used over at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp online store...just click on the links below...

Why don't you pop over to the Monday Challenge Blog and check out the amazing creations from my very talented Design Team mates and as always you all have the chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend at Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2 pm CET to join in...

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Thanks for popping by...
I can't wait to see what you all create for the challenge...have fun and happy crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Fabulous page, love all the elements, so perfect together....xx

  2. Hi Kath,
    I had a rose in flower last November and December so I think it's quite alright for you to use them on your May page :). Put it down to global warming if anyone mentions it lol. It's beautiful by the way. I'm ashamed to say that my journal is still as virginal as when I bought it. I'm really scared to make a start in case I ruin it!! What a lame excuse, I hear you cry. Perhaps I should just bite the bullet and gesso a page then, when it's dry, have some fun with my Brusho powders and masks and see what happens...I guess I can always just rip the page out if it's a total disaster can't I lol.
    Bejay x

  3. Fabulous page Kath, I loved reading about how you made it too! we have roses in bloom right now, so you're covered ;-)

    Lols x x x

  4. Love how you used the roses Kath. Really pulls the page together! And don't you just love that Tissue Wrap? It's my favorite!

  5. Fabulous journal pages Kath ...great images nad wonderful colours


  6. What a wonderful creation Kath - I love your finished pages.
    Thank you so much for explaining how you achieved this.
    Toni xx

  7. I love the finished pages and gorgeous texture. Beautiful sentiment and image too.
    Linda xxx

  8. Fabulous double page spread. I wouldn't have thought of putting grey with amber, but it really works. Love the way you have done the layering. Regards, Dorianne

  9. Wow Kath this is really beautiful x

  10. Love, love, love this spread Kath, such a great colour combo and so clever how you put it together! When I saw it first, I just could not make out how you had done it so that the doily was visible through lady Rose's face. The whole thing is just beautiful!

  11. Gorgeous pages, Kath! That yellow really is so cheery!! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  12. Your page is beautiful Kath, Lady Rose looks wonderful in the yellows and I love the way the doily shows through - really beautiful! Hugs, Anne xx

  13. Stunning journal pages Kath xx

  14. Fabulous journal pages, Kath. Love the colours. xx

  15. Totally fabulous journal pages Kath and a great quote too.......something I need to do!!!! Of course I am in avoidance mode as my craft room needs a good Spring clean/clear-out.......!!!!
    Love all the amazing details on each page, particularly Lady Rose on the tissue tape.....genius

    A bit wet here in Ayrshire today too.....roll on May

    Hugs Annie x

  16. Beautiful page, Kath! Love the colors you chose. Cathie

  17. Gorgeous page - I love the colours! xxx

  18. Your journal pages are gorgeous, Kath. The colors and textures you created are awesome! :)

  19. Great pages! The colors are so soft and the Lady Rose is really beautiful. I love the embossed flowers. Hugs, Marzena

  20. Kath, I love how you transition from the Browns of April to the sun of May! Lady Rose reminds me of Gaia or Mother Earth.

  21. Kath you're an amazing lady! Evey time I see your creations i'm in awe, love these pages, love the colors, every single detail is perfect! Stunning journal pages! Barbara

  22. Gorgeous pages Kath and I love the colour palette you've chosen ~ it's so perfect for this project! xx

  23. Stunning spread, Kath! Love the bright yellow! The stamps are gorgeous! The doily is so pretty. Hugs, Sandra

  24. What a beautiful page Kath! Love the bright yellow! Hugs xx

  25. What a happy and hopeful piece of art! And you've used so many clever techniques here. I especially like how you build the face over the doiley so you can see the doiley peeking out from the woman's face. You have a great aesthetic and this piece is fab!

  26. Such a pretty journal spread Kath! I love her flower hair and the wonderful background.