Monday, June 6, 2016

Summer Garden...

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's "Monochrome" challenge...we hope you can join us this week too...

and the theme for this week is...
Summer is the season to enjoy your garden and if the weather is kind (which is not always the case in my neck of the woods) it's a time to sit outside and relax...invite friends over for barbecues or just enjoy picnics on the grass. 
This week we are showcasing products from PaperArtsy and we would love to see them used if you have them but you don't have to use them to join in the challenge. I decided to decorate an 8" x 8" Canvas using the fabulous PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paints...Haystack...Hey Pesto...Sugar Plum and Snowflake and the beautiful quirky Electica3 stamp set designed by my lovely and very talented friend Kim Dellow.
I started off applying a coat of white gesso to the canvas and then drybrushed the Haystack and Sugar Plum mixed with Snowflake paints over the surface...slowly building up the colour but leaving it quite patchy...I love the textured effect you get when working on canvas. I then dragged the edge of a palette knife through the Snowflake paint to create a soft cross hatched effect.
I stamped the cloud image at the bottom of the canvas and coloured with Hey Pesto which is a transparent paint which allowed some of the Haystack to show through. I outlined the edges and created dots on the clouds with a Sharpie Extra Fine Point White marker...
 I stamped the large flower images with Black Archival and used a stiff bristled brush to dab on colour...
I used a Prima Jet Black Mixed Media Pen to re-define the details on the flowers and to create some doodles on the stems and a Sharpie White Extra Fine Point Marker to highlight the edges and stems of the large flowers. I stamped the spray flowers in between and the small squares stamp around the edges and used the White Sharpie to colour them.
I stamped the cute little birds on to scrap card which I had already coloured with the Haystack and Sugar Plum/Snowflake Mix Chalk Paints...cut them out and mixed and matched their tails and body details...popping them on to 3D foam to create dimension. I used Tim Holtz Idea-ology Big Chat and Small Talk Stickers for the sentiment
 and decorated with self adhesive pearls from my "yes I am a hoarder" stash.

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 I'm super excited that my lovely friend Alison Bomber is joining us as Guest Designer for the month of June. 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...

You can also follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram
I look forward to seeing all your "Summer Garden" makes...
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Love it Kath, a really pretty and summer coloured piece...
    Hope Buddy is ok today....xx

  2. This is fantastic, Kath! Love the colors, and especially love the little squares all around the edges - so charming!

  3. This is so cute, Kath! The birds are absolutely adorable and I love the beautiful bright, cheery colors.

    Cathie ♥

  4. Oh wow, this is simply gorgeous Kath! I adore the colours and the cute wee birdies too. x

  5. Looks wonderful kath! I live the warmth of the haystack background. Love Kim's stamps too!!

  6. Love the textured background especially with the cross-hatching to add bursts of sunlight, and your quirky retro flowers are such fun - very cool! Sorry that I've missed so much - a crazy year - but so happy and honoured to be guesting alongside the incredible SSS team.
    Alison x

  7. KAth as always a great project! love every detail: colors, textures, stamps... Perfect! BArbara

  8. What a lovely piece Kath - so full of sunshine.
    Toni xx

  9. So gorgeous Kath the colour combo is wonderful. I love the texture you have added and the little cloud hedges are fab! Just love! Thanks Kath :) x

  10. Kath, love how you combined the yellows and pinks for a lovely soft effect! This is just a fun piece!

  11. This is just perfect. I adore the background with those white higlights. The stamp is beautiful as well. I love the calm pastels you used for this project. Hugs, Marzena

  12. This canvas is wonderful! Love the whimsical funky flowers. The colors you've chosen are amazing. Hugs, Sandra

  13. What a beautiful piece of artwork showcasing summer beautifully! I love how you've used Kim's stamps and the background is gorgeous! Hugs xx

  14. Ha! We both used the same stamp set and a pastel palette for this week's challenge! Great minds think alike! It was really fun to see how you used these supplies and I love that you included the birdies!! I think one of the most remarkable things about you is that your style is so diverse! No matter whether it's whimsical or grungy or vintage-y, you nail it EVERY TIME!

  15. This is such a happy and joyful piece Kath! Love the pastel colours, and the little birdies, and that two of them are sitting on the journaling strips. So pretty!

  16. Such a beautiful piece, Kath. I love the delightful colors and those cute images. :)