Monday, June 6, 2016

My Other Creations: Paper Artsy Book Page with Eclectica3 Stamp Set

I do not, not, NOT have a green thumb in any shape or degree.  Maybe it goes back to me being traumatized when I was a kid in my parents' garden.  We were always volun-told to weed and pick veggies.  I remember reaching to pluck a string bean only to see beady red eyes and pincer-fangs staring back at me.  It was a praying mantis and not a bean!  And I swear it hissed at me!   And I think I've blogged about this moment before, which only proves how deeply I was scarred by the incident.  Finding your fingers hovering mere centimeters from a praying mantis's deadly grasp is rather disconcerting!  And okay, okay.  Maybe the red eyes are an exaggerated memory, but they were dark days in the garden!  So for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog theme of "Summer Garden," I was sure to make a very abstract and whimsical garden next to a beach house that reminded me nothing in the least of string beans and fangs.


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I made this scene as a section of an altered board book that I've been chipping away at.  The backgrounds are all done with Dina Wakley's acrylic paints (LOVE THEM), and on this page, I also used a fabulous Paper Artsy stamp set for those wonderful wonky flowers/trees.  A circle loop die from Simon gives some visual oomph and the Sunshine sentiment is also from Simon.


For the background elements on both pages, I used the Crosshatch die from Tim Holtz.  I also made the scalloped banner using a new stamp from Carabelle Studio that is quite fantastic called, "Frise Nuage."  Head's up on that stamp-- be sure to check the dimensions!  With my constant habits of avoiding math, I didn't read the size very closely and it is a BIG stamp (almost 11 inches long).  Lots of bang for your buck.  I only used the very bottom tips of the scallops on my banner.  The beach house is also from the JOFY line of Paper Artsy and the Washi is from Doodlebug.  I added some numbers using Tim Holtz's Ruler Ribbon, which I love. 


Here are the supplies I used that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:


Can't wait to see what kind of a summer garden you invent for this week's theme!  Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!
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18 comments:

  1. I love this, Andrea!! The colors are amazing and it reminds me of the relaxing summer ahead. Oh how I long for the beach!!

    Hugs,
    Cathie ♥

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  2. Ohhh Andrea this is fabulous. Great combo of stamps. What a fun journal spread!! ~Leandra

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  3. Well, that definitely sounds deeply scarring, but I think the red eyes have grown in your memory! I love your fabulous quirky garden - no danger of Praying Mantises (Manti?) I would think - and great retro colour scheme.
    Alison x

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  4. While this is very nice (like everything you make), perhaps you should have faced your demon head-on and created a page that featured Mr. Red Eyes. It might have been therapeutic (wink).

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  5. Andrea you made me smile with your scary story! Your summer garden is fabulous. it's so original to chose pink shades for your sky!!!Fantastic, love your style! BArbara

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  6. Dark Days In The Garden....LOL Sorry! :) Well your thumb may not be green but it is every other beautiful color under the sun! Blue, Turquoise, Pink....oh yes and a bit of Green too! I think your project is FANTASTIC! It has my most favorites, my beach and my garden! Beautiful!!!

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  7. Oh my gosh, Andrea, you are just too funny!! You really made me laugh with your story! I love your word "Volun-told" because I grew up with that too, and sometimes weeded the real plants, and met a few critters, but I guess lucky for me, I wasn't scarred by that. Now, the snake in our backyard is another story! Love your fun and funky colors and design on this!!

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  8. This is sooooo cute! I love the sweet pink with other pastel details. Great scene and stunning stamps! Love that! Hugs, Marzena

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  9. Bahaha! You crack me up! Just love ya! Beady eyes and fangs. I was like, "Noooo... a rattlesnake!!!" You had me! Anyway, awesome creation, you creative chick. Pretty much looks like a beachy garden. Abstract intertube? (the circles die???) Hey, thought of you: my school principal is retiring and left a card with a Bard quote on the table in the lounge :) Hope all is well in your 'hood!

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  10. such a fun paperartsy book...love your beady eyes and fangs story...hugs kath xxx

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  11. Love your project. The colors are beautiful and I love the quirky flower garden. Adorable beach house that looks just like the beach huts that lined the beach a few blocks from my home. Me, flowers and bugs are mortal enemies. I don't like Praying Mantises or Dragonflies...those beady demonic eyes get me everytime. Flowers its well known that I can kill a plastic flower in less than a day. Good thing about living in a second floor condo...no beady eye bugs.

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  12. This is beautiful Andrea! Love all the special details and lovely colours. How funny with the red eyes. With an insect-loving son, we like Praying Mantises. When one got into the house, it was very carefully moved outdoors again.

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  13. I'm so sorry for your bad adventure!
    Your whimsical garden is an extraordinary idea and I would come willingly walking there! As always, a perfect combination of details and colors.

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  14. This is amazing, Andrea! Love the colors and the funky flowers are stunning! Hugs, Sandra

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  15. So, so beautiful Andrea ~ the colour palette is wonderful and I love the whimsical feel that you've captured with these pages! Gorgeous work as always... :)

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  16. This is such a delightful creation, Andrea. Love the cute images and beautiful sentiment. :)

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  17. So artistic & fun! Love the images & your beautiful color combo, Andrea! Thank you so much for the supportive comment you left for me--really lifted my spirits!

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  18. Totally gorgeous! I adore your scene, what a great double page spread. Thanks so much for using my stamps, just love your make!

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