Monday, January 23, 2017

Spread Your Wings...

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

and the theme for this week is...
I decided to have some fun creating a textured background for a kaleidoscope of butterflies but discovered it wasn't going to be all plain sailing...lots of chopping and changing my mind as I went along but hey that's crafting for you. I started by giving the journal pages a coat of White Gesso and while it was still wet applied the butterfly tissue oldie from Tim Holtz but still one of my favourites and then applied Prima 3D Matte Gel randomly with my fingers and combed through to create texture with this cool tool from Prima...
 and sprinkled it randomly with Prima Mini Art Stones...oh boy these little blighters fly everywhere...
and while I was waiting for it to dry I die cut the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Butterfly Duo from white cardstock covered with the Dina Wakley Media Tape...
I coloured the butterflies and the textured areas of the background with Tea Dye and Iced Spruce Distress Crayons from Set of the new sets launched recently at Creativation...
a collection of gorgeous Vintage Colours
Tea Dye, Iced Spruce, Aged Mahogany,
Gathered Twigs, Wild Honey and Forest Moss
 and I think this is going to be one of my favourite sets...

I used Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Halftone and Rings inked with Tea Dye Distress Ink and Ranger Black Archival to add interest to the background...
at this point I had a change of heart about the Tissue tape and decided to cover the original tape with the Dina Wakley Media Tape to match the butterflies...gave it a light coating of Gesso...created a shadow with Walnut Stain Distress Crayon and highlighted the textured areas on the backgroundwith Picket Fence Distress Crayon. But now the Media Tape seemed to be overpowering the background and the whole project was teetering on the brink of landing in the bin...time to look out my trusty Lots of Dots stamp set...inked with Versamark and heat embossed with White Detail Embossing powder in an effort to soften the background somewhat...
and then I realised that stamping on this textured surface was not going to be easy so I die cut some circles from Tim's Melange Tissue Wrap...
stamped letters from the Worn Text Alphabet stamp set with Black Archival...
fixed them in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte and added Label Letters. I was tempted to doodle scribbly lines around the circles but the way this had gone so far...decided I wasn't going down the "where angels fear to tread route" and just added dots with Ranger's Black Fude Ball Pen instead.  I added antennae and threaded buttons to the butterflies...

and then after all's said and done I discovered the camera didn't like the colours I chose and I spent the next couple of hours trying to get a half decent photograph...but that's the name of the game in the wonderful world of crafting.

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I look forward to seeing what you create this week...
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. LOVE this Kath :-) the colours and textures are fabulous and I love all the the stamping and butterflies, absolutely gorgeous :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Fabulous pages Kath, love the textures and wonderful layout.
    Linda xxx

  3. I love all the texture you were able to achieve, Kath. The background is amazing and the butterflies, beautiful!

    Cathie ♥

  4. Oh this is beautiful, love all the texture on your beautiful card, Kath!

  5. Fantastic pages, Kath! Love the soft and subtle colors, and the wonderful texture in the background and in the butterflies! Love it! hugs, Maura

  6. The colours are beautiful and I love all the texture you were able to create.
    Toni xx

  7. Beautiful spread. Thank you for sharing how you did all that lovely texturing and colored the butterflies.

  8. Looks so yummy, the colours and the textures are brilliant..xx

  9. Hi Kath
    You got there in the end, I love the finished product. You always manage to create such beautiful projects with lovely colours and textures.
    Take care
    Chris xx

  10. Well, from my eyes, it turned out beautifully in the end Kath, I love the textured background, it has the look of wood in those colour tones. The butterflies are gorgeous with those scribbles - love your page!! Lots! Hugs, Anne xx

  11. Pure eye candy! So much to take in with all those yummy elements. Great job!
    PS I know what you mean about how some colors just don't photograph right and it can be a bit frustrating.

  12. Love your stunning journal pages, Kath. The texture and those butterflies are amazing. :)

  13. Neat butterfly pages, Kath! I love all the texture!! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  14. Your incredible details always blow me away! I love the process pictures and your end project is totally stunning. It is so full of lovely textural layers and you really brought the theme to life!

  15. Great pages, Kath! Love th vintage colors. The stamped circles are such a great idea! The background has an amazing texture too. Hugs, Marzena!

  16. Love your pages kath! This soft colors are stunning, I adore your style and I love the idea to cut the stamped circles! Fab !BArbara

  17. I adore your pages, Kath ~ the layers and details are just fabulous and I love the softness of the overall project! Wonderful work, as always... Hugs xx

  18. Beautiful pages Kath! The script butterflies look lovely and all the texture is amazing.