Challenge: Botanical

Suzanne is in the mood for flowers, and it got me thinking about all of the really great botanical patterns from Tim Holtz, butterflies floating around the warm spring sunshine, and flowers just waiting to bloom. So what are you waiting for? Find your botanical bliss and join us!

Suzz was created an indoor garden by creating multiple projects for this weeks challenge.


I was thrilled to be creating flowers as we have only seen a few spring flowers as the winter has been longer this year. The Penny Black Promenade stencil had me applying Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste – White to create my flowery card. I always have on hand a butterfly or two to go with my flowers and the Stampendous Buttefly Clear set gave me a lot of choices.

Meihsia was inspired by a picture of her children playing in the park this week.

It is the best time to play ourdoors now. My children love to ride a bike, fly a kite or run in the park. On these journal pages, I created the watercolor effect on the background with Izink inks and Gelatos. There are Simon Says Stamp Berkshire Leaf Borders around the beautiful Prima Flowers. Children always love to chase butterflies so I stamped lots of butterflies on these pages using Hero Arts Stamp Butterfly and Colorbox Paintbox Ink.

This week, Michelle created a Botanical project that would be easy to mail.

The last time I sent flowers, it cost me a small fortunate. Since this project is flat, these flowers can be sent with only a few postage stamps. Here, the Mini Cabinet Cards from Tim Holtz created a wonderful frame for my PaperArtsy Flower and Mini Daisies. And no one will have to tip the delivery man!

Mona was inspired to create a wall hanging feature a flower garden scene.

Living in the desert heat in Arizona, I don’t have much of a flower garden but I sure had one in my mind that I couldn’t wait to put in art form. I die cut a piece of Grungeboard using the Vintage Cabinet Card die, applied a layer of Gesso, allowed to dry then stamped and heat embossed the beautiful botanical image from Fairytale Frenzy. My imagination went running wild with the Botanical Bliss theme which inspired me to add a trio of die blooms that were made using the Tattered Pinecone die.

Dan created a botanical-themed card this week.

Quite a bit outside of my comfort zone this week, I usually stay away from nature or botanical subjects, so this was a lot of fun, exploring something different. I even got to use two stamp sets that have sat unused in my craft room for a good few years since I bought them – Urban Tapestry and Nature’s Moments. The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp exclusive set Banner Sayings.

Ashli took inspiration from the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Clustered Leaves Die for this week’s challenge…

I can’t get enough of this Clustered Leaves Die ! It is so versatile. Perfect for mixed media work, layering up on layouts, and featuring on cards, it is simply a must have! For this week’s challenge I wanted to feature the clustered leaves on a bright and colorful botanical inspired rainbow canvas. With my leaves in place, I simply applied swirls of Modeling Paste, followed by a rainbow of watercolors. Simple and beautiful!

Tracy found real pleasure in creating a botanical burlap panel this week.

Being a keen gardener, the theme this week is right up my street, I adore fresh flowers, wildlife, nature and can often be found spending hours in my garden just pottering away! I used Tim Holtz Bulap Panels as this gave a real natural feel to the background. To add texture I applied a coat of Wendy Vecchi Metallic Gold Embossing Paste and once dry, then applied a good coverage of Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture Paste. Those random sized crackles make me happy!

Sandra Mouwen went for pastels in her art journal

I don’t often use pastels. I like them, but I’m more a dark or contrasting kinda gal. Also I rarely do a layout. I think this is my third one ever. I got really inspired me to step out of my comfort zone. I started with Gesso-ing the pages and after it was dry applying Gelatos. To make it a really soft tone I used a baby wipe to move it around and remove the excess. The leaves are made with Embossing Paste, the exclusive Leaves stencil and colored the leaves with Gelatos after the paste was dry to give it a more translucent feel.

Andrea wondered what flowers would look like if they grew out of a paint box.

Flowers are one of my favorite embellishments to work with and I love it when the beauty of nature is represented in man-made art. I had sort of a vision of flowers growing out of a paintbox to represent this pairing. It’s easy to color white flowers using Tim Holtz Distress Inks like Peacock Feathers and Festive Berries. I also used some Tim Holtz tissue tape to add subtle images to the background of my paint tin.

Anna-Karin loves the new Tim Holtz botanical products.

I recently got a Mini Configurations Book and decided to fill it with memories from childhood summers at my grandmother’s place. I had such fun making this. There is a matchbox with a tiny book inside, botanical papers, a pine tree, Tattered Pinecone roses, Frameworks details, Letterpress Letters, rub-ons, and many more Idea-ology embellishments. It is decorated on the front and back covers too.

I (May) am in bliss when working with these Tim Holtz papers.


I so adore the newest Tim Holtz papers – and for this challenge they were the perfect choice! What else to use when writing about a boy fairy you didn’t want to meet in the first place? The grunge factor combined with my beloved woodgrain stencil made this project a true joy to put together. When I scrapbook I like to remember all things from the funny to the silly to the strange – and this week’s challenge got me inspired to capture this story.


Pop back on Wednesday when Emma will show you a step by step tutorial of how to create the look of an antique botanical print using stamps and a few inky techniques.

For more inspiration click on our design team’s blog links so you can see more photos (and full supply lists) for their projects. Leave them a little comment love while you’re there so they know how they’ve inspired you too, if you’re so inclined.


As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by random generator. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here. This challenge will end at 11:59pm on Sunday May 18th Eastern time. We will also be choosing some of our entries to put in the spotlight – a special honor where we talk about why we loved that entry in particular and award a special badge too! For the full rules, read the “challenge rules” posted in the side-bar here on our blog.



  1. Gorgeous inspirations ladies thank you for sharing them with us!
    Another great challenge too – thank you! Karen x

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