Monday 24 August 2020

Simon Says Stamp Designer Spotlight - Week 4

 Hello Friends

I hope you are all safe and well.  Time is marching on so quickly and I am here with my Week 4 Designer Spotlight project for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

The challenge this week is BEAUTIFUL BOTANICALS.

I have a few botanical books in my collection and one of my most favourite  botanical flowers is the Peony (Paeonia Officinalis L.) with its large blousy blooms, although I confess I have not had much luck in growing them.

As with many botanical plants, Peonies have many medicinal qualities and Peony petals can be used to flavour drinks and can be used in salads.  The Chinese use them to treat inflammatory conditions such as RA and Lupus, both of which I sadly have a great deal of experience in.

I chose to use the absolutely gorgeous stamp set by Olga Heldwein for AALL & Create called Blooming Field to create my tag.

I started by using an Etcetera tag by Tim Holtz and using Distress Watercolour paper for my background.  I used the wrinkle free technique with Distress Oxide Inks in Scattered Straw and Shabby Shutters, dipping the card in the inks until I was happy with the result.  Once dry I flicked some clean water over the tag to create some lighter areas.

Next, I took Tim Holtz's script stamp from the Entomology stamp set and stamped this in Distress Oxide Ink, Shabby Shutters as I wanted the background to be very subtle.  I really love this stamp for backgrounds and use it often.

I stamped the flowers, coloured them with Distress Inks in Scattered Straw, Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar and Mowed Lawn and then fussy cut the flowers.  Yes, it took a while but I wanted the flowers to have some dimension and movement on my tag.  I went around each of the flowers with Distress Ink to get rid of the white edges.

To finish off I took some white ribbon from my stash, coloured it with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink for the top of my tag and I used a computer generated label for the bottom of the tag.

So, it would be lovely to see you join in the Beautiful Botanicals challenge here:

As always, there is a $25 Gift Voucher available for one lucky winner.

Listed below are the products I used to create my tag and are available from:

Thank you so much for your visit, I really appreciate it.  I hope you will join me again soon.

Stay safe and well.

Hugs, Anne xxx

Products Used:

AALL & Create Blooming Field Stamp Set #229

Tim Holtz Entomology Stamp Set CMS328

Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag Small

Tim Holtz Ranger Watercolour Card Stock

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink

Tim Holtz Distress Re-inkers

Ranger Multi Medium Matte


  1. This is so pretty Anne! I love the flower stamp you used and you colored it beautifully. It looks lovely against the neutral background. Have a great week! / Anna-Karin

  2. Gorgeous tag Anne :-) the flowers are beautiful and I love the background and dyed ribbon, so very pretty :-)

    Hope you have a great week!
    Lols x x x

  3. Beautiful tag, Anne! Love the color mix of the pinks and yellow, and your flowers have such depth. The scientific name is a great touch! Have a lovely week, Maura

  4. Oh my! What a beautiful tag Anne! The background is lovely and that stamp is so gorgeous! Your colouring is spectacular and I adore the coloured ribbon! Beautiful work as always! Keep safe and well! hugs xx

  5. Absolutely beautiful Anne!! The background is done with such a lovely light touch. The beautiful peonies look so pretty especially as your inking gives great depth. Hats off with the super fussy cutting, they do indeed have sense of movement. Thank-you for injecting a sense of summer into what is a dismal, grey, wet and windy day over here. Stay well, Nicola xx

  6. Those flowers are beyond gorgeous Anne. The colors and the way you colored are perfection. Beautiful work.

  7. They really are beautiful blooms Anne, you've brought them to life by layering them, against the scattered straw background your colour choice stands out magnificently. Scattered straw was my very first Distress Oxide and still one of my fav's and thank you for reminding me just how awesome that entomology script is, it definitely needs more love in my craftroom. Thanks again for sharing another beautiful creation Anne, always a treat. Hugs Tracey xx
    P.S I'm not very successful at growing them either :/

  8. Wow, that month went fast! Your blooms are so gorgeous, beautifully tinted and they work beautifully against the gentle warm background. Love those ribbons!!
    Alison x

  9. You can't beat a big botanical stamp and you've coloured that one beautifully. Glad you are still well and crafting. Elaine xx

  10. This is stunning Anne, so beautifully coloured, and well done with that fussy cutting! We have some lovely peonies but they just grow, it's nothing to do with us lol. Take care and have a great week, Sue xx

  11. I love your gorgeous tag Anne .... those blooms look amazing. Peonies are one of my favourite flowers too xx

  12. Ooh this is such a beautiful tag! Love those gorgeously coloured peonies against the lovely background and your fussy cutting is fab! I didn't know peonies were so useful as well as so pretty, thank you. Take care my friend and stay safe. Hugs xxxxxxx


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