Monday, April 8, 2024

Simon Says - Spring Flowers

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

and the theme for this week is...
I created a card to remind us that despite the crazy "can't make up it's mind" weather, signs of Spring are everywhere around us using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Vault 2 Bouquet and Alphanumeric Bulletin Thinlits.
I coloured a panel of A2 Distress Watercolor card with Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide inks to use as the background and a second panel with Twisted Citron and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide inks which I die-cut using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Bulletin Thinlits.
I die-cut the doily from Distress Watercolor card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Vault 2 Bouquet Thinlits, coloured lightly with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink and a Tiny Blending Tool, trimmed and fixed to the panel with Distress Collage Medium.
I applied Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide ink through the Bubble Mini Layering Stencil from Set 5 using a Tiny Blending Tool and added the alphabet letters popped up on foam strips to create dimension.
I die-cut the scrolls from the Vault 2 Bouquet Thinlits, coloured with Peeled Paint and Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide inks and fixed to the panel with Distress Collage Medium.
I die-cut the roses and leaves from the Vault 2 Bouquet Thinlits from previously created backgrounds. It's many years since I last made these flowers and oh boy did I struggle to roll them into anything resembling realistic roses and after watching Tim's amazing demo on the YouTube Live launch of the Vault 2 release, I know why - Distress Watercolor card is too thick and the technique is easier using the Squeezers Tool from the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Shaping Kit rather than the quilling tool which came with the original release of the Tattered Floral dies.
But I persevered and many bad words later, I had 3 passable, if you half close your eyes and look from a distance, flowers.
I used hot glue to fix the flowers in place and tucked the leaves in place, popped up on foam squares.
I die-cut the banner from Vellum, folded at each side, added an Idea-ology Clipping Sticker and fixed in place with foam strips, strategically placed behind the sticker. 
To finish, I added a die-cut butterfly using slivers of black card for the body and antennae, matted the panel on to Distress Grey Woodgrain Cardstock and fixed to the front of a white card blank. Armed with the hints and tips from our adorable Professor, I'm planning another flower making session using more suitable paper, such as Idea-ology Backdrops and ditching the quilling tool in favour of my trusty Squeezers from the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Shaping Kit.

You can find all the products I used over at Simon Says Stamp, 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 as always you have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2pm CET to join in with the chance to win a $25 voucher to spend online at Simon Says Stamp

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

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