Monday, 2 May 2016

Simon Says Stamp New Challenge - Prima Flowers 'Butterfly Haven'

Hi there loooovely friends - I'm uber excited to be guesting up over on the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog this month - eeeeep! (feeling sooooo truly blessed:-)))

This first challenge of the month was like a gift wrapped in the prettiest tissue paper ever - 'Home Decor: use Prima Flowers'... and I had a total ball and who wouldn't with this must have Prima Flowers Rust Frameworks Metal Birdcage tis adorable!

First I gave the cage a quick coat of Dina Wakley's white gesso, when dry I haphazardly brushed over with Dina Wakley's Turquoise Media Acrylic Paint (gotta loves that Turquoise forever and ever!)...set aside to dry.

Now coat the Salvage District - Marble Court Prima Flowers with the gesso and turquoise paints and dry off with your heat gun, shaping them as they dry (I didn't coat the flowers entirely as their natural colour looked kool peeping through)

The background was created using the so, soooooo beautiful Prima Flowers Love Letters -Treasured Memories cling stamp, stamped with Ranger Ink Jet Black Archival Ink onto Prima's Watercolor Paper Pad, remember to be firm when stamping onto this textured watercolor paper which btw cos of the texture makes for perfect and easy blending with the Prima Flowers that will be in the foreground!  Now I painted the butterflies with Prima's Watercolor Paints, a mix of the 'Tropicals & Classics' those colours just jump off the page eeeeep!  The background I also used the watercolors on but spritzed my paper pad with water before applying the colours letting the colours bleed out and merge beautifully (i let each background layer dry, then add more layers in exactly the same way perhaps 3 or 4 times over) plus add watercolor splashes ans splats after the final layer!

Time to assemble, so after I add a few black cotton stitches to my background with an old but beloved 'Singer' sewing machine, distress the edges with Prima Flowers Distressing Tool I adhere said background onto the back plate of the birdcage(which easily unclips and re-clips from the birdcage)  Before I adhere the 3d'd butterfly I add drips of Dylusions Bubblegum Pink Paint (can't get enough of this shocking pink!) and a couple of random paint lines with Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise and Crushed Grape Paints.  I gather a bundle of black cotton thread to place beneath the 3d'd butterfly and once all is in place I pop some sparkle in the mix too - Sequins (I'm a tad obsessed with lush, lush sequins heeheehee)  The Turquoise 'Marble Court' flowers are adhered into place with a mix of adhesives (hot glue gun and Ranger Transparent Matte Texture Paste)

Final touches always please me the 'mostest in the worldest' hahaha (tis a little saying that me and my daughter Chloe say 'Loves you mostest in the worldest!') anyways I digress a little - yes those final touches!   Which are: scribbles and doodles on the background, flowers and metal cage with Prima Flowers Oil Pastel Crayons and those must have splatters of Dylusions Paints in Lemon Zest, Bubblegum Pink. White Linen and Black Marble (keep standing back and looking at each layer of splats to see where to add more, when to change colour etc - less is more!)

Awe I hope you liked my Butterfly Haven, I truly enjoyed creating this kaleidoscope of colour, can't wait to see what you all create eeeeeep!... go on get all your stash out and enjoy the colour...remember that Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at their store as always too!

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  1. Totally love this birdcage Kassa :-) the colours and all of the details are stunning!

    Welcome to the team! It is fabulous to have you along with us this month :-)
    Lols x x x

  2. A wonderful butterfly haven, the colours are gorgeous and I love the beautiful cage! x

  3. Another fabulous project Karen ! Congrats on the new gig ! You go girl !
    Mwah! xoxo

  4. Kassa, what a wonderful take on this cage! Love the way you colored it!
    Welcome in the team, so happy you joined us for this month! HUgs Zoey

  5. Beautifully put together Kassa, lots of wonderful colour and gorgeous elements.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  6. Wow I just love this Karen, amazing colours and textures xxx

  7. Gorgeous project, Kassa! Love the colors!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. your use of colour never fails to amaze me! gorgeous x

  9. Kassa, so glad to have you with us this month at SSS Monday challenges! WOW! I love what you did with your birdcage - the butterflies are so brilliant! Love your vibrant colors and details - awesome project!! hugs, maura

  10. I'm excited to have you with us this month, Kassa. I've admired your work for so long and look forward to seeing your amazing creations throughout your time with us. The birdcage you created is AWESOME! Love your signature bright colors and the amazing design of your piece. Cathie <3

  11. Love your gorgeous creation, Kassa. The colors and all the details are awesome! It's so great to have you as our guest designer! :)

  12. love love love your gorgeous project...can't wait to see what else you have in store for us...hugs kath xxx

  13. Fabulous project, Kassa! Love the funky bright colors! So very pretty! So fun you're our GD for this month! Hugs, Sandra

  14. I'm definitely a fan of your projects and you already know this! I love love love your use of colors, I adore your background and your way to paint and alter everything! Speechless! Barbara

  15. Amazing piece of art! I love the background the most, the melted splashed colors and the touch of black stitches. I love the turquoise and fuccsia. What a great adventure to know your talent and having you with us at Simon. Can't wait to see all your creations this month. Hugs, Marzena

  16. This is a wonderful piece! I adore the bright colors and sense of energy and movement it has. I thought it was so clever of you to create the background card. Love this!

  17. Beautiful birdcage! Love all the colours, the butterfly and beautiful textures. I am so happy that you are our guest designer this month.


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