Monday, March 16, 2015

Spring Blooms

A couple years ago, in a moment of sheer madness,  I offered to make a nightgown for an elderly friend.  She gave me the money for the fabric and I immediately went out and bought it and then I panicked that I wouldn't be able to make it fit her since she is almost 6 feet tall, so it sat in my sewing room - out of sight, out of mind.

Last week, the overwhelming guilt got to me and I finally made the nightgown and took it to her.  Since she is 80 years old, I had to make sure she was sitting down when she opened the package because I didn't want her to faint from the shock.  She loved it and if it doesn't fit, she hasn't told me. 

The scraps of fabric have been sitting on my desk and gave me some inspiration for this art journal page, which was completed a whole lot faster than the nightgown.

I started by gluing two pages from my journal together and then added some Golden Light Molding Paste through a stencil from TCW called Mini Hexagons.

Next I gave it a couple coats of Fresco Finish paint, first Lake Wanaka and when that was dry a coat of Antarctic, which I wiped back a bit with a baby wipe.  Then I added a coat of Robins Egg Blue acrylic paint from Craftsmart and wiped it back too.

Next I used some of Wendy Vecchi's Cornflower Archival Ink through her Checkmate stencil and some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink from Ranger through her Polka Dotty stencil in random areas.  I followed that with her Watering Can Archival Ink through a Dylusions stencil called Letter Jumble.  Finally I used a natural sea sponge and pounced some Deco Art Americana Peacock Pearl acrylic paint all over.

Next I cut a stencil of sun rays on my Cameo and used it with some Wendy Vecchi Metallic Gold Embossing Paste.  It looks like butterscotch pudding in the jar but just wait until it dries and you get gorgeous shine.

My friend Pamellia gave me a stamp that mimicked some of the flowers on the fabric and I found some other small ones in a bucket of little used stamps so I decided to use them for this project.

I pounced some of Wendy Vecchi's Red Geranium, Dandelion and Orange Blossom Archival Ink on my craft sheet, spritzed it with rubbing alcohol and dragged some Specialty Stamping Paper through it.  Then I stamped a bunch of flowers using Jet Black Archival Ink and fussy cut them.

I then created another sheet in the same manner using some Wendy Vecchi Fern Green and Ranger Olive Archival Ink. Then I used a Pigma Micron Pen from Sakura to draw stems and leaves and fussy cut them as well.

I also stamped a couple of butterflies from a Hampton Art set onto the Specialty Stamping using Dandelion and Red Geranium Archival Ink and fussy cut them as well.

The sentiment is computer generated and then inked with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Ink.

I am going to enter this project in the following challenges:

Artist Trading Post Exchange - Springtime
Make Art Challenge - Stencils
Fashionable Stamping - Springtime
Mixed Media World - Anything Goes
Craft Stamper - Anything Goes (must have stamping)
Country View Challenges - Anything Goes
Inspiration Journal - Spring Blooms
Stamplorations - Stamps and Stencils
Dream It Up - Marching Into Spring


  1. A fantastic art journal page and the material that inspired you looks so pretty.
    Yvonne xx
    Thank you for sharing it with us at ATP Exchange as well.

  2. Cec, your page is AWESOME! I love how you used the stamps here! The texture is fabulous! I love the background with a touch of gold! Amazing!
    Big hugs :)
    Branka xxx

  3. This is fabulous Cec, so much different then when I last saw it! I love the technique with the alcohol and Ranger inks, gonna try that one! Your flowers look amazing, and here I thought that stamp had no use! Love how the gold rays turned out, such a gorgeous spring scene my friend. Hugs :)

  4. Fabulous journal page ..... Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper TIMI Challenge ... good luck! Linda xx

  5. Love the gown story! And you made a wonderful journal page with the leftovers. Awesome job! Hugz! ~Niki

  6. A gorgeous journal page Cec...the colours look so Spring...and the stamping superb!
    Thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
    Dot x

  7. Stunning MM make Cec love the colours and your beautiful florals. I am sure your friend loved her gown too

    Thanks for playing at ATP this fortnight
    Annie x

  8. This is super cute and so perfect for our spring challenge! Thanks for playing along with Inspiration Journal, hugs, Karin

  9. Fabulous journal page - I love how you've taken your inspiration from the material(glad you got the nightdress finished)
    Thanks for sharing this at FSC
    Avril xx

  10. Wonderful journal page! Love seeing how it can together too! The flowers are gorgeous. Thank you for joining our Mixed Media World challenge! Hope you can join again! Ingrid x

  11. Gorgeous textures and so much happy details. Love those colorful flowers. Thank you for joining STAMPlorations March Challenge, hope to see you in our next challenge too.

  12. A great journal especially love the sun.Thanks for playing along with MMWhugs Debs xx

  13. So so FUN!!! Thanks for playing along at STAMPlorations!!


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