Hi there lovely friends - oh no tis my last guest spot over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday Challenge - I've had a ball this past month and would like to thank them (Simon Says Stamp) for having me over and Lols you are not only a star, you are an angel too, a beautiful friend MWAH xoxo A quick thanks to everyone who has taken time to pop over and peep at my artwork and left heartwarming words too over here on my blog,, over on my Facebook Page, Instagram Page & Pinterest Page. And my teamies this past month have been the best - they create stunning artwork each week to inspire us all and warm our hearts with their beautiful words...thanks a million sweet teamies xoxo
...to business teehee!
This weeks challenge was a no brainer for me - 'pinks' I'm a girly girl at heart the challenge being 'Monochrome'
And Tim Holtz knows how to spoil us girly girls with his lush pinks...
I got my hands on all my Distress Paints and Distress Stain Sprays in the 'pinky' tones to create custom background sheets to die cut my petals from...
I started with a squirt or three of the distress sprays and blended it over some watercolor paper. From sheet to sheet I vary the colors, I make plenty of these backgrounds cos you can always use any spares at a later date and gets the messy bit outta the way in one go...
Now I go in with a layer or three of the Distress Paints, such fun!
My final layer is usually a little squirt from the Distress Stain Sprays, usually in contrasting warming or bright colors or the darks shading tone of the Black Soot (usually the 1 squirt though) or the beautiful softness of Picket Fence (again 1 maybe 2 squirts BUT this spray is a total MUST tis just amazing & I use it in most of my artwork!)
TIP: I can go in and add multi-layers, alternating the paints and sprays till I get the desired look, because the colors are all so close I rarely dry the layers before adding another - sometimes I hit the jackpot after the first layers and sometimes I simply keep going till i'm happy eeeep! the process has no hard and fast rules apart from having fun is a tots must!!!
Tah Dah!!! 1 background sheet set aside to dry whilst creating more, more more eeeeep!
These are the Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Florals Dies I used to create my wreath with - I mix and match the various petals to create the larger flowers down through to the medium and too stinkin cute uber tiny flowers!
So that's where I'll start the tiny flowers are from the Tiny tattered FloralsThinlits Die
The small/medium flowers are from the Tattered Flower garland Die Decorative Strip Sizzlits
Medium Flowers can be created using the Mini Tattered Florals Dies Movers Shapers
The larger flowers I use the Tattered Florals Bigz Flower Alterations
Plus I used the small petal from the Jumbo Tattered Florals Bigz XL
Yum Yum Yummmmmmm!!!
I like to 'build' my Wreath as i go, you can then determine which flowers need to be created next...
I spritz the Tim Holtz Ideaology Crinkle Ribbon with various colors of the Distress Stain Sprays, checking against the flowers to see if I have a perfect color match (keeping in mind the ribbon will dry lighter though) I also like to add a tiny touch of Distress Paint, simply cos it gives the ribbon a different texture layer! Carefully dry the ribbon with your Ranger Heat Tool scrunching it up between your fingers eeeeep!
And can you spy the Tim Holtz Ideaology Occasions Small Talk Stickers and a couple or 3 coordinating pinky Sequins...I've squrted a little finishing touch of the 'Black Soot & Picket Fence' Distress Stain Spray too!
You can see how deep these flowers really are from this angle...they are truly glorious and addictive - great to 'build' whilst watching tv...
Tip - My wreath ring is simply up-cycled grey-board card-stock from packaging - I draw round various sized dinner/tea plates to get my wreath circle! I adhere wreath circles together for extra strength...
These really do make kool and beautiful gifts for friends and family, they always bring a smile to the recipients face :-)))
So you need to pop over to the Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday Challenge to peep at all the design teams amazing artwork, tis truly inspiring...I can't wait to see what you all create, I loooooves that we all share our art with each-other <3
And do join in the fun - cos as always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 to spend in their web shop eeeeep!