Monday, May 21, 2018

Simon Says...Inspired By A Song

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 an Art Journal page inspired by one of my all-time favourite Abba songs
it's hard to believe this song was released in 1979, almost 40 years ago and I took a wonderful trip down memory lane while I worked on my art journal page singing along to all those Abba classics and isn't it strange how you remember all the words.
I have a dream, a song to sing
To help me cope with anything
If you see the wonder of a fairy tale
You can take the future even if you fail
I believe in angels
Something good in everything I see
I believe in angels
When I know the time is right for me
I'll cross the stream - I have a dream
Abba were known for their colourful stage costumes so with that in mind I used bright colours for my background and I had to include the feathered friends from my garden who definitely have a song to sing and at this time of year, unfortunately, their dawn chorus concert usually starts around 4.00am.

I started off by tapping Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink to a small piece of non stick craft mat, spritzed it water and pounced on to the pages. I then repeated with Twisted Citron and Carved Pumpkin.
I continued adding the individual colours until I was happy with the background. I then added torn strips of Tissue Wrap carefully using Distress Collage Medium so as not to re-activate and smear the Distress Oxide inks.
I used the Mosaic, Hearts and Wildflower Layering Stencils with Wilted Violet, Carved Pumpkin and Black Soot Distress Oxide inks to add interest to the background.
I stamped letters from Idea-ology Block and Type Lower Foam Stamps on to plain Collage Paper with Black Soot Archival ink,
cut out and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte. I used Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Thinlits die cut from white card,
a chopped up Quote Chip and Label Letters to complete the title
I stamped Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy on to Distress Watercolor card and die cut using the matching Thinlits
I coloured the birds with Distress Oxide inks using mini round blending tools
die cut the branches and flowers using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Small Tattered Florals Thinlits
added Ranger Enamel Accents to the centre of the flowers
and glossy accents to the eyes and beaks of the birds
I used a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen to accent the black letters and added shading around the white Letters with a Black Soot Distress Marker.

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


  1. I can feel your fondness for the song coming through--this page is wonderful!

  2. I think this is so pretty. All this art is greek to me but it inspires me!

  3. Love the way you were inspired by the song and the bright colours Abba often wore. Gorgeous pages and I love the fact you used the birds, which of course can often be heard singing. Wonderful uplifting pages. Tracy ❤️

  4. This is fabulous, love the different layers and the song too! A great homage to Abba.
    Linda xxx

  5. Fabulous layout Kath :-) this really made me smile, the birds are so cute and I love the colours, so happy and cheerful :-)

    Lols x x x

  6. It really is a fantastic song and you have been wonderfully inspired by the words (I can remember song words too, but not what I had for lunch yesterday - lol !). The colours in the background are a lovely mix and the crazy birds are just so sweet! Love it when you create in your journal Kath! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Oh it's fabulous Kath, really love it and that song, swimming round my head all day now...xx

  8. Wow what a fabulous colors you used for the background! Fun piece, crazy birds are always fantastic! Barbara

  9. Oh yes! I love that song, too. I have watched Mamma Mia recently and I loved all the songs from this musical. Such a great choice! I love the beautiful pastel background so much! The music notes are such a pretty touch! Hugs, Marzena

  10. Absolutely gorgeous art journaling, Kath! Love how you added sheet music and I will always find those crazy birds to be so cute. Snuggles to Buddy from me! :)

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  11. What a delightful, bright and chirpy spread, Kath! Love your beautiful birds and the lovely colors spread across the pages! hugs, Maura

  12. Abba were the first band I ever listened to as a youngster and I love your interpretation of this song ~ it's bright, cheery and such a lovely layout that makes you want to smile! Hugs xx

  13. Your journal pages are stunning, Kath. The background patterns and colors are fabulous! :)

  14. Beautiful page Kath and I love how you used birds to illustrate this song. Gorgeous background too.

  15. I love what you've done here! I thought you were so clever to incorporate all of those different fonts! This is both fun and classy and a treat to see.

  16. Ah, the genius of Abba (sorry I can't reverse the B!)... I love that you've used their costumes as inspiration for the colour palette, and the layers in your inky background are delicious. Flowers and birdsong - the perfect optimistic look for an optimistic song. I have to confess I tend to go for the darker, sadder end of their song spectrum!
    Alison x

  17. What a gorgeous art journal spread, Kath! So pretty and full with color, the birds are fabulous. Love it! Hugs, Sandra