Friday, June 10, 2016

Simon Says..Summer Garden..



Hey,

Happy Friday to you..

I am leaving on a jetplane for London later on today, but first I wanted to join in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Summer Garden.

I liked the theme and thought it would make for a good play in my art journal.

The phrase 'Summer Garden' makes me think of my Ma's garden.

I love my Ma's garden it's a peaceful happy space and is full of flowers, shrubs, birds, animals (Squirrels, Foxes, Hedgehogs, our Cats), butterflies and is basically a reflection of my Ma's happy generous personality.

I miss Ma's garden a lot. My Dad is not a garden person and is baffled by the amount of time we spend out there!

I started my spread with five colours, yellow, peach, orange, lime green and pale blue. I layered them onto my journal and kept layering and blending until I had something I was happy with.

I used my new fave trick of a baby wipe through a stencil to add some interest to the pages.

I recently bought a Hollyhock die by Impression Obsession, because it reminded me of Ma's garden, so seemed appropriate to use here. I collaged them in, along with the big blue birdie (Ma gets lots of birds in her garden - Swifts, Sparrows, Robins, Starlings, Magpies, etc) and stamped a few flowers here and there.

I used a fave Clear Scraps stencil to create a 'sun'. I also used a Tim Holtz tracks stencil in random places on the pages.

Finally I added 'Summer is best in my Momma's Garden' because it is and I'll be in it tomorrow, drinking tea, eating cake and gossiping.

Have a great weekend.

Cx

4 comments:

  1. Love this garden, such a happy bright place and that little bird sets it off perfectly. The weather, um, weeeeelll it's still hot, but it's also pretty soggy! Cara x

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  2. Love this layout and your meander down memory lane all about your Mom and her garden, it made me think about some gardens I loved when I was younger. THANK YOU! PS I am sooooo excited for you about your day with Dina Wakely and just a wee bit envious too.... but one day I hope to experience her Awesome-ness!

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  3. Oh, I love this, and your story of your Ma's garden! The hollyhocks are wonderful and I love the blue bird and sky and the orange. Such a fun layout. My dad was the gardener when I was growing up, and we spent a lot of time out there helping him. So glad you joined us this week for our Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp! hugs, Maura

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  4. Hi Claire
    Just found your blog! Loving it - so spirited and fun and wonderfully written. I am slowly entering the world of journalling and mandalas and just love to see what others are up to.. Enjoy!

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