Monday, April 23, 2018

Simon Says...Flower Power

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

and the theme for this week is...
I decorated an Idea-ology Mini Clipboard inspired by a beautiful old vintage postcard I found in a thrift shop featuring a 1950's girl posing in an English Country Garden.
I removed the hinge clip and covered the clipboard with torn strips of Idea-ology Memoranda Paper  and Worn Wallpaper, using this beautiful image from one of the papers as my 1950's girl. I used my go-to adhesive, Distress Collage Medium Matte to fix them down and once dry, I used the Tim Holtz Sanding Grip to neaten up the edges.
I scribbled on Vintage Photo Distress Crayon, moved it around with my finger to create a vintage look and applied Ranger Opague Crackle Texture Paste through the Bricked Layering Stencil.
Once the cracks had appeared, I used a Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon to darken up the edges of the papers and highlight the crackle and very importantly, remembered to repunch the holes.
I used Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stacked Deckles to die cut frames from Memoranda Paper and Worn Wallpaper, fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte and added sections of Botanical Collage Paper.
Then it was time to put my little Sidekick friend to work, die cutting lots of Funky Florals 3 Thinlits blooms from Distress Core'dinations papers and scraps of white card.
I added Idea-ology Dapper Brads to the centres of the large flowers, added Glossy Accents to the berries on the die-cut foliage and centres of the white flowers.

I painted the hinge clip with a couple of coats of white gesso, added Ranger Opague Crackle Texture Paste, rubbed Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon into the detail, buffed with a soft cloth and fixed back in place.
I added Idea-ology Tiny Text Remnant Rubs and a Quote Token which I sanded to give a worn look and highlighted the wording with a Picket Fence Distress Crayon.

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Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Stunning Kath...Love the vintage postcard lady!! Was hoping she was a new stamp from professor Holtz. Great step by step description too! Amazingly pretty as always Kath. Love & hugs
    Ann xxx

  2. oooo, very cool! I love all the flowers and pretty much everything about this Kath. =)

  3. Gorgeous clipboard Kath! the background is fabulous and I love how you framed the image, the floral die cuts and layering are stunning!! :-)

    Lols x x x

  4. WOW! This is amazing! I love the layers and wonderful image. Gorgeous flowers too. Have a fabulous week.
    Linda xxx

  5. really neat idea! Going to scrapbook expo this Sat probably will get this die set! Definitely want to do this!

  6. Oh wow Kath, your clipboard is stunning, I love the gorgeous crackles and the way you built up that beautiful collage. The whole clipboard really does have a lovely 50's feel to it! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. The detail to this pieces is amazing Kath. I am glad you showed how you did the background because the layering is so very detailed I never could have figured it out. Just wonderful!

  8. This is beautiful, Kath! Lovely colors, retro washed-out, I'd say! I really admire the collage you composed here, I'm so bad at this. Love the mix of colors and patterns, especially the tiny flowers and the addition of the tissue paper with leaves is a great touch! Hugs, Marzena

  9. So beautiful and the vintage background is gorgeous as is the image and the flowers xx

  10. Totally gorgeous, Kath! I love the step by step photos to get a great glimpse of your process. The crackled bricks are SO COOL and I adore the 1950's girl image illustration! It fits perfectly with your project :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  11. Kath !!!! You made me want to create something that remember 50s ! who knows if
    I will succeed! This work is really beautiful,color palette you used is perfect and how you have arranged the flowers .... incredible!

  12. Wow!!! What a great design!!! I love the 1950's lady as a focal image!!! And the flowers around her look fabulous!!!

  13. Wonderful, Kath!! Love the vintage woman, she really makes this special! Your clipboard is amazing with all the texture and details and flowers, it even has a Christmasy feel to it! Maura

  14. Gorgeous...every bit and flower, and love the lady on this clever!

  15. I'm just starting to get into this sort of thing after years of just using die cuts on my cards. Love your inspiring work and wonderful instructions. Thanks for sharing such detailed photos.

  16. What a totally original use of these materials! Love that retro diva who's the star of the show! And as always, your layering and textures are remarkable.

  17. A wonderful clipboard full of lovely layering and detail I love the retro feel of this piece and have always adored these type of illustrations, it reminds me of my Mum's old sewing patterns which always fascinated me! Hugs xx

  18. Love this gorgeous piece, Kath. The vintage colors and texture on the background and those flower embellishments are stunning. :)

  19. What a wonderful project, Kath! Love the collaging you did! It's stunning! Hugs, Sandra

  20. Lovely vintage alteration! Love this Kath!


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