Friday, 22 August 2014

SDC 161 Flowers

Time once again for my favourite weekly challenge over at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog.

Kristen is the hostess this week and here is her challenge:

We may be nearing towards the end of summer, and for most, the flowers are fully bloomed, but for me, some of the best flowers are yet to come. I love the gigantic sunflowers and the autumn mums, and for that reason, I challenge you to use flowers in your creations this week. Have fun!

Here is my take on this weeks challenge, it is a tad wordy and has a few images, i hope you manage to finish reading before you fall asleep lol.


This is an A5 size piece of card stock which has been a mop up page from my stamping and trying different methods of applying inks onto non coated card.

I enjoy the combinations of browns and blues to create backgrounds, helps my brain to relax and then i can add colours which i am not so good at using.  The stamp is from Happy Stampers North West show about 4 years ago, can’t remember who the manufacturer is, used Tea Dye DI to add some flower shapes to the background.


Have been collecting tea bags for a couple of weeks, drying them out and removing the tea so i can keep the outer paper to stamp on or make flowers. Saw this technique on Pinterest and found it fascinating.

Keeping it very simple i sprayed some Calypso Teal Dylusions spray onto a non stick mat then dipped bubble wrap into it and then brayered the tea bag over the top, got some fab patterns.

Used two sides of the tea bags to make the flower on the left of the above image. Also stamped Darcy Wilkinson’s new stamps from plate EDY09 onto single layer tea bag paper and adhered to the background on the left hand side.

Stamped the other flower from that same set onto the background and onto some plain white card stock. Wanted to colour the flowers to add on top of the stamped images.


Used the honeycomb die from TH Frameworks to cover the stamped images and create a backdrop for the climbing flowers. The flowers were coloured with Inktense Pencils and then fussy cut. Used a wet glue to stick them in place.

Added the grass from EDY09 and then added some white and brown inks through a stencil. Forgot to say used Pan Pastels to add the light source onto the background.




Above are three close ups of the background so far.

A song had been playing in my head over and over and it became the inspiration i needed to finish the plaque. Here is the song, i do hope you like it too. Tiny Tim singing Tiptoe Through The Tulips


Twinkie and Moth Fab are on their 3rd date, he thought it would be a fantastic idea to take her into one of their local parks so he could show her some of the beautiful flowers they grow, this way he would be able to find out which one’s she liked so he could buy them when he wanted to surprise her.

Twinkie is not gardener and isn’t too sure what he is looking at, all of a sudden he starts singing ‘Tiptoe Through the Tulips’ to Moth Fab, she is laughing adoringly as she likes that he is making the effort.

Then, Twinkie stops and asks, these are tulips, right? Moth Fab gives him a huge hug and says who cares…




Macro shots of the hand written words and to show the dimension and textures on the plaque.

I do hope you are still awake, thank you for sticking with this long post and if you still have the energy i would love to read your comments.



  1. Wow, tea bags, Darcy stamps, dylusions, pan pastels, inktense.......what a busy crafter you are. Very impressed with the tea ag idea. Prob have to be a little bit mad to dry out and empty tea bags. Love your Stampotique characypters, can't stand Tiny Tim and his tulips....made me laugh.. Think that it is a fabulous creation. I aught to do challenges, only ever do PA! Xx

  2. Lol, tulips! Who cares! You just cracked me up GF! Great piece of art! Xx

  3. Love your story MOH and your beautiful spread, great flowers and super colours and not forgetting the dimension :D Smashing !! Hugs Gay xx

  4. great work, MOH, I love the images and the story as well.

  5. This is wonderful MoH, just reading through the techniques made my head spin lol and the though of you drying out your tea bags :-) Seriously though your background is amazing (I am a bit of a background nut) and I really like the panpastels as your light source. Thanks again for joining in with us at Stampotique, and have a fab weekend. Sue xx

  6. Ah you are a stampotique stamp user as well huh? They are very addictive aren't they,I love mine.

    Thank you so much for all the kind comments on my blog and for following me. I am more then happy to follow you and have a little nose through your blog :)

    I think we might be doing that challenge again,if so will let you know in advance

    Have a great weekend

    Donna xx

  7. Oh this is stunning! Love the background, what an amazing idea t use tea bags like that! The flowers are beautiful too and I love the story of Twinky and Moth! A really fabulous spread!!!

  8. This is great! You have put a lot of effort into doing that background but it is so worth it ..... Looks fab! Then the story made me chuckle!!!! They look great going through the tulips!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for joining us at stampotique designers blog challenge this week

  9. Wow lovely what a stunning piece of art with such a sweet story. I love all the layers and techniques you have used and Darcy's flowers look apsolutely lovely xxxx

  10. I think your new label should be "Technique Queen!" You have seamlessly put together a myriad of techniques (and thanks for sharing them, I might add)! You are quite the storyteller, too! A super blog post today, including great art for the Stampotique Designers' Challenge! Thanks for inspiring us all!

  11. I don't know how you make the stories up I would be so lost really good story that compliments and enhances a stunning piece with an amazing background. Thank you for your lovely comments on my work at the Artistic . Stamper. Dee x

  12. Beautiful love the colours and all of the lovely details

    Jools x

  13. Very beatyfuul work. Thank you that you follow my blog
    regards Kathaina

  14. Fabulous make! Love the dimension you added! You too like little weirdos ;) just like my friend Donna! :) xx

    1. Just to clarify.. Stampotique little weirdos, not Donna! Donna's wonderful.. Oh dear! :))) xx

    2. ROFLOL here, i do understand where you were going, anyone who enjoys Stampotique characters have a fun side!
      :-) x

  15. Amazing scene you've created and the background and textures are lovely. But tea bags? Well, if I was a tea drinker I would try it too...

  16. Loved your story . And I think Twinkie is a fairly typical bloke , mine often surprises me about which flowers he doesn't know the names of !! Great page, and not seen tea bag paper flowers before x

  17. Love your story & the idea of using teabags! Fab art mate!
    Alison xxx

  18. Fabulous! It's lovely to see how you got to the finished card. Thanks for joining us again this week at Stampotique.

  19. Wowzers!! That is seriously fantastic!!!
    Many thanks for your comments on my blog. I always appreciate your visits very much ((Hugs))
    It's a shame that drinking tea upsets your stomach. It's probably the tanin. Enjoy your coffee :D

  20. Loving all the vibrant colour and beautiful flowers on this - and a story too! Tea bag flowers are such a great idea. They do have a lovely texture. Julie Ann xxx

  21. Aww this is gorgeous, just love it :) xx

  22. Aww wow! This is fab! So many details to explore :)
    Thanks for joining us at Stampotique Design Challenge :)

    xx Arwen

  23. I loved looking at how you built all the layers on your plaque which is a great piece of art.
    hugs Brenda xx

  24. Simply glorious - I love the layers, the dimension, the beautiful flowers and quirky characters ... it all adds up to a magical little scene. Love, love it!
    Alison xx