Wednesday, 24 June 2015

It's Summer ?

Today we're kicking off the second week of the current Frilly and Funkie challenge. The lovely Jenny is hosting this challenge on behalf of Nancy who has chosen It's Summer as the theme, now if you live in the UK you'll understand the question mark in the title. As I write this post we've just put the central heating back on ! Here's what Nancy has to say:

"Let us know what you love about Summer. Do you enjoy traveling, growing a garden, or laying on the beach? Create a vintage or shabby chic project, card, or layout showcasing what you enjoy most about this wonderful season."

One the things I love about the Summer is the peace and quiet you can find in the countryside, taking a pic nic and just watching the world go by. On those really warm, still days when there's not a breath of air and hot air balloons can be seen floating across the sky. So with these thoughts in mind I opened my A3 Canson watercolour pad and started to play !

I recently bought some Ken Oliver Colour Burst powders and the bright colours were perfect as the backdrop to the page. I sprayed the page with water then sprinkled on the powders and spritzed them a little more and watched them blend. I then used Dylusions paints and stencilled using the Wendy Vecchi Polka Dotty stencil.

I continued to stencil using the Dylusions paints and more Wendy Vecchi stencils and adding some rings using a plastic lid and white Dylusions paint.

I stamped the Dylusions flowers with black Archival ink and painted them using the Dylusions paints, I needed to do a couple of coats as the paints are quite translucent.

I die cut some the letters using the Tim Holtz WordPlay die from cardboard and painted them with Little Black Dress Fresco Finish paint. I've spritzed the page with a Lindy's Stamp Gang spray and you can see the shindy dots on the black letters. I've also outlined some of the stencilling using a white Sharpie pen.

The balloons are by Kaisercraft and I've used Wendy Vecchi embossing powders and I sprinkled mica powder on top and heated the EP again.

I used one of the Dina Wakley stamps for the text, as the paper has a slight texture it didn't stamp too clearly so I went over it with a black Posca pen. The butterfly is stamped onto white card that I've blended Dylusions paints over, and then cut it out.

I used some translucent embossing paste with the Wendy Vecchi Yikes Stripes stencil, giving the page some texture and you can just about see some of the shine from the paste too on the above photo.

Here is the finished page ! This was so much fun and it was great to give the Ken Oliver powders their first outing !

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.

I'm also entering this project into the Wendy Vecchi Make Art challenge which is to use embossing powders. 


  1. Love how those Color Bursts look on this wonderful spread Sue! I definitely get the sense of that Summer rain we always have on this. Jenny x

  2. Wow Sue! So many beautiful layers - bringing everything to life. We have the Aurora lights happening in this part of the world at the moment and these colours remind me of that...gorgeous!
    Dot x

  3. Gorgeous layers and stunning colours with those KO colour bursts!! They work perfectly together with the Dylusions products too! Fantastic stencilling and just the right mood for summer here in the UK

  4. Fabulous journal page. The colours are gorgeous and very summery - love how everything blends together. Your layers of stenciling give the eye so many wonderful places to look.

  5. Gorgeous page Sue! Those Ken Oliver bursts are very addictive aren't they!! You used my favourite colours and they work so well as your background! Love the flowers! hugs :)

  6. Gorgeous summer spread! LOVE the stencils and colors!

  7. gorgeous page Sue - beautiful xx

  8. Sensational page, Sue. I love all the fantastic layers you have created. Glad you got to try the color bursts - I've found them addicting and have gone through pages of cheap watercolor paper just playing. Love the way you used the Dyan stamps here too. An altogether great make!


  9. Such a bright and vibrant page Sue, I just love your style with art. You seem to make colours work in ways that I can't - amazing!!
    Georgie xx

  10. This is wonderful, I love it!

    Lucy x

  11. What a fabulous background Sue, the watercolour effect is so beautiful. Lots of lovely luscious layers...quite beautiful...and inspirational! Ruth xx


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