Monday, April 16, 2018

Simon Says...Let's Doodle

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 created a Doodled Flowers art journal page in my Dylusions Black Creative Journal and you may need to wear your sun specs for today's bright and very colourful project.

and please forgive this absent minded crafter for the "out of sequence-caught up in the moment" set of higgedly piggedly photos...
I trimmed a piece of Distress Watercolor card to measure 7" square and used Antique Linen and Hickory Smoke Distress Oxides with the familiar smooshing, drying and spritzing technique. I used the Botanical stamp from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Botanical and Batik inked with Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide to add subtle detail to the background.
I revisited an old "more bang for your buck" technique and die cut flowers from fun foam using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Tattered Florals Bigz die to create my own set of foam stamps. I cut the leaf and flower centre from an extra flower die cut, fixed two die cuts together to create a bit more cushioning and added a glue dot to the back of each. You can use the die-cut fun foam stamps over and over again, just clean with a baby wipe and store in a polybag.
I fixed the foam stamps to the lid of my Stamp Platform and dabbed on Distress Paint with my can use a mini round blending tool with foam to apply the paint if that suits you better and if you need to restamp, make sure that the first layer of paint is dry first.
I inked one of the images from Ornate Trims with Black Soot Archival and stamped randomly on the background.
I used my Ranger Black Fude Pen, Sharpie Black Fine Liner and Sakura White Bold Jelly Roll pens to doodle around the flowers, add patterns and accents and it's important to make sure the paint is thoroughly dry before you start doodling or you will damage the nibs of your pens.
I tapped the Ranger Craft Scraper into Spiced Marmalade and the eraser on the end of a pencil into Black Soot Distress Paints to add a cross hatch pattern and dots to the background.
To create the wording on the opposite page, I used "donkey's old/saving for a rainy day" American Crafts Remarks Alphabet stickers from my stash
and stamped the flowers and letters from the Cut-out Lower Foam stamp set on to Idea-ology Plain Collage Paper, cut out and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte.
I added cross hatching, white eraser pencil dots and doodling on the flowers and letters.

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


  1. Gorgeous Kath, love how you used the Die to create your stamp and the doodling is perfect. Gorgeous. Tracy ❤️

  2. This is fabulous Kath! I love the bright cheerful colours and wonderful flowers which just make me smile.
    Linda xxx

  3. The more I look at this, the more I admire your work. Fantastic layers and doodling and design!

  4. Love this Kath, the orange and black is so striking together and I love how you die cut your own stamps! the background and doodling are fabulous!! Gorgeous journal pages!! :-)

    Lols x x x

  5. Great idea to make your own foam stamps with the die cut! Opens up a whole new world!! Love how you've doodled your flowers on this fun layout, Kath! hugs, Maura

  6. Really love the improvised stamps! Sunny colours to match a marked improvement in the Scottish weather are nice too lol.

    Sally xx

  7. what a fun page! I haven't used the fun foam trick for a long time so maybe I better try that again! I love the bright colors on the black journal too!

  8. So fun, Kath! I love the whimsical font and the fun flowers :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  9. Awesome technique Kath! It’s beautiful ❤️❤️ Thnx for sharing your amazing creativity 😊😊

  10. What great doodling skills you have and I happened to get a kick out of the non-traditional order of your pictures. :) Great work once again and I'm always impressed by your ability to combine any set of colors with total success!

  11. Wow, this is stunning Kath! Have a great day and hugs to Buddy. Anesha x

  12. Wow Kath! What a great project! Loving the orange, black and white with hickory smoke! Thanks for reminding us of a great technique to make your own foam stamps! Definitely going to do that! Awesome job girlie!

  13. Wow, I just love the colour orange! And especially in combination with black. How clever to make your OWN stamps. I’ll keep that in mind πŸ˜‰ Your doodling is very clear, nice!

    πŸ€— Paula

  14. bold, vibrant, and fabulous!! The doodling around the flowers makes them a standout!

  15. Oh what a great idea of making the die a stencil for your doodled flowers! I love them! But what I love the most here is this faded grey background. What an amazing effect. Soft and washed-out. Brillant! Hugs, Marzena

  16. This is such a brilliant and fabulous creation, Kath. Love the beautiful colors and the images. Wonderful inspiration! :)

  17. Such a fun page Kath! I love the patterns you doodled on your stamped flowers. The orange and yellow look fantastic on the muted background.

  18. These pages are just so much fun and I adore the colours against the black background, it really does create a real impact and makes those beautiful flowers and all the white doodling pop out of the page! Fabulous work as always, Kath... hugs xx

  19. Gorgeous pages, Kath, love that you've use a black base, the doodling really pops, so pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  20. FAbulous work! Love the contrast with black background! Very beautiful!