Monday, June 27, 2016


Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's "Use Patterned Papers" Challenge...we hope you can join us this week too because...
and the theme for this week is...

you can use any line...vertical horizontal or diagonal
In what can only be described as a moment of madness...I chose the bottom line..
and the bottom line may not have been the best decision. I'm a prolific secret doodler but only when I'm on the phone...usually to the dreaded call centres...hanging on forever waiting to speak to a human and those creative masterpieces are never shared with the world and his wife but I'm up for a challenge so here first time sharing a doodly kind of art journal page...
using some of my all-time favourite Hero Arts stamps...oldies but definitely still goodies...
I started off by applying a coat of Gesso to the pages...spritzed on some Hickory Smoke Distress Spray Stain...spritzed with water...letting it drip...move around and do it's own thing...then I patted it lightly with a paper towel to lighten the colour. I then stamped the images from Hero Arts Friend Collage in Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and Ranger Wendy Vecchi Orange Blossom Archival Ink.
and then added lots of Idea-ology Tissue (Washi) Tape and applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte to the pages.
I stamped the Hero Arts Painted Poppy with Ranger Wendy Vecchi Tea Rose Archival...the small flower from Friends Collage with Sky Blue Archival on to white card...doodled around the edges of the flowers and leaves and the centres of the small flowers...cut them out leaving a little white around the edges and fixed to the pages.

I coloured strips of white card with Tea Rose and Sky Blue Archival Inks using the direct to paper technique...peniclled in some wavy lines and created the doodled words with a Black Fine Liner Pen...adding white dots on some with the Signo Uniball Pen and stripes on others. I used the Black Soot Distress Marker and Detailer Water Brush to create shadows around the flowers and Tissue Tape.

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 our lovely Guest Designer always you all have the chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend at Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2 pm CET to join in...

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Whichever line you choose...I'm sure you'll have fun
Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx
edited to add: I can't help but make some observations on the crazy crazy weekend we've had here in the UK after the EU Referendum..the aftermath sadly highlighting all that's wrong with today's society. I'm not going to go down the road of the whys and wherefores apart from saying that I'm hedging my bets and currently making enquiries about a one-way ticket to the moon.


  1. This is fabulous! Love the background and gorgeous design.
    Linda xxx

  2. This is soooo pretty, Kath! I love how you doodled on those flowers and the background is beyond amazing. The layers upon layers create such a beautiful background for your flowers and sentiment. I love this soft color palette too!

    Cathie ♥

  3. The problem you would have with your un-united kingdom is that it would be Scotland and NI. Wales vited to leave the EU. Karen x

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  5. Fabulous design & colour combo Kath, I absolutely love it and totally agree with you on the nonsense of the un-United Kingdom too!! Hugs Ann xx

  6. What a wonderful page! Fab doodling! xxx

  7. Great pages, Kath! Loving that whimsical font!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. Absolutely fab Kath x wonderful background details and I love the colour combinations wonderful florals too..fantastic

    Annie x

  9. Fabulous journalling and I think you chose the perfect row! I love your doodling! the whole design is absolutely fabulous! :-)

    Lols x x x

  10. Love your beautiful journal pages, Kath. Great colors and patterns! :)

  11. Gorgeous pages Kath, I really love your doodling and the large poppy is so beautiful!

    Having just heard Nigel F making a complete fool of himself at the EU conference, I think I am going to abdicate from the world too..... Hugs, Anne xx

  12. Well, Kath, I think it is time the doodling came out to stay! It turned out beautifully! All that practice with the phone calls must have done it, LOL! Beautiful soft colors on your pages.

  13. Hi Kath,this is soooo pretty and Love your imagination.Hope you are all well.Hugs and Cuddles for

  14. I love the soft and gentle colour tones and the doodling is just brilliant - what wonderful pages! Thanks so much for welcoming me this month - it's been a real pleasure to play alongside you and this amazing team.
    Alison x

  15. This is fantastic! I love to see washi make its way into the background layers of a piece and the way you did it looks amazing. I also adore all of your black doodle lines and the whimsical feel it gives the piece.

  16. This is so fun! What a great combo of colors and techniques.

  17. Wonderful pages Kath! Your doodling is fantastic and theses soft colors so beautiful! Barbara

  18. Gorgeous journal pages and I love how you've created those flowers and outlined them...they look fabulous! Hugs xx

  19. Such lovely art journal pages, Kath! Love the soft colors and whimsical feel you gave it! Hugs, Sandra

  20. Totally beautiful. I love the softiness of the project and such a consequent coloring. The color combo of this blue and salmon is juzt perfect and even more combining with black doodling. Great! Hugs, Marzena