Monday, July 11, 2016

Flora and Fauna...

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's Red White And/Or Blue challenge...we hope you can join us this week too because...

and the theme for this week is...
Definition: Flora is plant life; fauna refers to animals. The handiest way to remember flora and fauna is that “flora” sounds like flowers which are part of the plant world and fauna sounds like “fawn” and fawns are part of the animal kingdom.
And I should have paid more attention to the definition before rushing in because there are no animals or insects on my project...I'm going for poetic licence on this one...let's just imagine they've taken themselves off to another part of my garden.
I created a canvas for my Tim Holtz Adjustable Easel using some of my favourite Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz stamps and indulged my new found passion for those little bottles of magic aka Infusions from PaperArtsy... 

but got way ahead of myself before I remembered to take step-by-step photos. I started off by applying Idea-ology Melange Tissue Wrap to my canvas with Distress Collage Medium Matte. I then sprinkled on Limoncello and Blue Blood Infusions and spritzed generously with water letting the colour run around the canvas and blend before patting it lightly with a paper towel to pick up the excess.
I inked one of the flower images from Tim Holtz Wildflowers Stamp Set with Archival Black Ink and stamped second generation on the background. I then stamped the gorgeous Big Fabric stamp from Spellbinders/Tammy Tutterow on the bottom section and highlighted around the stamped flowers and portions of the fabric stamped image with a Signo Uniball White Pen.
I applied Idea-ology Tissue Tape and used the Dots Stencil from Mini Layering Stencil Set 9 with White Gesso...dabbing it on with a piece of Ranger Cut 'N Dry Foam...
I stamped my favourite flower from Tim Holtz Flower Garden on to Ranger Watercolor Paper...sprinkled a little Infusion Limoncello on to my non stick craft mat and coloured using the Detailer Water Brush...fussy cut and fixed to the canvas.
now comes the bit that we all dread...stamping on to a textured surface but there is a solution...I stamped the sentiment from Tim Holtz Ponderings on to Plain Tissue Wrap with Black Archival Ink...heated it to make sure it was dry...
cut out the individual words and applied to the canvas using Distress Collage Medium Matte and hey if by magic...the edges disappear and you have a perfectly stamped sentiment huh. I highlighted the letters with the Signo Uniball White Pen...
added some zig zag stitching...
and finished off the edges with the Black Soot Paint Dabber.
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 July Guest Designer 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


  1. GORGEOUS canvas Kath, I have been admiring this in secret for days, the whole design is so pretty! LOVE it :-)

    OH, I didn't add an animal too, I was thinking Flora and/or Fauna, I will add a little not to the challenge so we're good ;-) haha

    ANDY MURRAY!!! WOO HOO!!! ooh I was jumping up and down and screaming at the telly :-D

    hope you have a great week!
    Lols x x x

  2. Lovely, just lovely! And your Buddy in the header looks adorable.

  3. WOW! This is amazing! So many details to LOVE!

  4. Oh what a beautiful canvas to display in your easel Kath, it certainly will cheer up your cubbyhole with all this horrible weather we are suffering from! The cone flower is my favourite and it looks so beautiful against the background and I really love the Tammy stamp you used at the bottom of the canvas. Great stitching too! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Fabulous canvas Kath, loving the background and the stamps. Enjoy your week.
    Linda xxx

  6. Hello my friend, here I am making a new start at blogging. Love your canvas and all the interesting textures and colours. My favourite stamps, well when I use them I mean. Hugs Rita xxx.

  7. Delightful! Love all the layers and textures!

  8. Really beautiful Kath! The layers, the color, and my favorite flower! It doesn't get better than that!

  9. Kath, what a gorgeous canvas! Love how the daisy is your focal image, and that background is fabulous!!

  10. A super canvas Kath and the colours are lovely.
    Toni xx

  11. Great canvas love the colours and the stamps used.
    Suzi B x

  12. WOW! WOW! wow! Love your art work!

  13. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Kath. I love the wonderful layers and effects you have achieved on this fabulous card. Xxx

  14. Awww Kath this is gorgeous l love the floral image and the style of your card so beautifully presented and such a lot of hard work truely is a work of art your amazing x

  15. Oh Kath this is brilliant and I just love the tip about the clever....[but it is you and I shouldn't be at all surprised..]....fab work as

  16. Gorgeous canvas Kath. I love the cone flower against the great colours and textures in the background. The white pen highlights beautifully, making it look more 3D. The wild flower stamp is one of my favourites and the fabric stamp gives the illusion of a torn area, I had to look twice to check. The words are great for positive thinking too. Alexandra xx

  17. This one took my breath away, Kath! It's amazing! The background, design, colors...everything is just gorgeous.

    Cathie ♥

  18. I love how you showed in detail all the steps you took to make this beautiful painting . I only just stamp and color, but always enjoy reading your blog and seeing your amazing art. As much as that is the stories you tell on your blog along with the sweet pictures of Buddy and his shenanigans ��������

  19. Love all the stunning details you created on this piece, Kath. Such a gorgeous creation! :)

  20. what a fantastic background. just wow.


  21. This is so pretty, Kath! Love the amazing background! It looks so organic and has so much detail! The sentiment is so fitting! Love it! Hugs, Sandra

  22. your projects are incredible! love love love the "natural" palette you used! Amazing background!BArbara

  23. So beautiful Kath and I love that background, it works so well with that beautiful stamped flower! I've just bought some Infusions and this has made me want to rush to my craft room and try them out... Hugs xx

  24. Oh Kath, this is so beautiful!I am amazed by the background soft colors! I love the random sewing as well. You're so inspiring and creative! I love each of your projects! Hugs, Marzena

  25. This background is UNBELIEVABLE! I am in love with this-- the stitching is such a fantastic look and you've blended every component so skillfully! I especially love those chunky polka dots on the side!


I appreciate you visiting my blog and leaving a comment xxx