Challenge: Summer Garden



Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the Monochrome Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is


Summer is a wonderful season to enjoy your garden, the weather is warm enough to sit outside and relax, invite friends over for barbecues and enjoy picnics on the grass. We can’t wait to see what creations you make for this challenge!

This week we are showcasing products from Paper Artsy, if you have them we would love to see them used but you don’t have to use them to join in with the challenge.

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store



Remember to click on the person’s name to see all of the details of how we made these creations and leave these wonderful girls some comment love


The lovely and super talented Alison Bomber aka Words And Pictures is joining us in the Designer Spotlight this month. If you haven’t seen her blog you are in for a real treat! Please pop by to say ‘Hi’ and leave her a lovely comment

Alison loves a wild and natural garden so her summer garden panel made using PaperArtsy Hot Picks captures that feeling

SSS summer garden

The tag at the heart has a Distress Ink background and wildflowers and grasses from the PaperArtsy Hot Picks stamp range and a PaperArtsy butterfly hovers over it all.  My garden is full of trailing ivy cut with the Tim Holtz Spring Greenery Decorative Strip Die, and it winds its way over a textured stone wall created with the Wendy Vecchi Basically Bricks Stencil.  The flowers from the Prima Flowers Sweet Vintage Box have been altered with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints and Distress Stain Sprays, and the metallic accents are mainly from the Prima Sunrise Sunset Vintage Trinkets.  And I can’t manage without some words, so there are some Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk stickers as a finishing touch.

Andrea loved adding a Summer garden section to her altered board book using Paper Artsy Eclectica stamps.


When it comes to whimsical outdoorsy shapes, you can’t beat Paper Artsy’s Eclectica 3/2 stamp set by Kim Dellow.  I adore the lollipop-looking trees and flowers, which pair beautifully with a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp’s own Hello Sunshine dies.  For a party feel, I also incorporated a banner made with Carabelle Studio’s Frise Nuage edge stamp.

Anna-Karin loves flower stamps and used a lovely Eclectica3 stamp set by Paper Artsy, by Lin Brown.


I had such fun making this flower garden scene in my large Dylusions art journal. Apart from the stamp set mentioned above, I also used Paper Artsy’s Eclectica 3 #12, by Sara Naumann, for one of the sentiments and various textures. The page was watercoloured with Prima’s watercolour sets, such as the Tropicals, and the text was embossed with white embossing powder from Simon Says Stamp.

Barbara likes to make experiments: Paper Artsy  Rusting powder  is perfect for this challenge!


My summer garden is a rusty garden! To achieve this effect I used Paper Artsy Rusting Powder and Tim Holtz Sizzix  Wildflowers Thinlits die. It was the first time I experienced Rusting powder   and the result is fabulous! To frame my flowers I printed a label from Tim Holtz Label Frames set  and  I used a stamp from Paper Artsy Stamp HOT PICK 1501 . For the large background I used Fresco Finish paints Antarctic and Guacamole, I added a small photo from Idea-ology Photobooth and   Crinkle ribbon to give a vintage feeling to my  work!

Cathie created a Summer Garden panel using stamps from several Paper Artsy stamp sets.

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I love Paper Artsy Stamps and have quite a large collection. They are wonderful not only for mixed media creations but their smaller sets make beautiful cards as well. I chose to create a Summer Garden panel using flowers and other bits and pieces from several Paper Artsy Stamp sets, EKC01, EKC02, EEV06, JOFY32, ELB22, and ELB15. I created the main background and colored my flowers with Fresco Finish Paints using the brayer technique and added a lovely sentiment from the ELB15 stamp set.

Cheiron used Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Paints to create a background for her mini garden canvas.


I am certainly not a gardener, but I do love to enjoy nature in the warm weather. I created this mini canvas with a by painting a Dina Wakley Media Board panel with Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paints in Amethyst, Chartreuse and Chalk. I added lots of greens by cutting out a bunch of leaves from the Tim Holtz Sizzix Spring Greenery Die. I decorated a Tim Holtz vignette box to finish off my panel using a found relatives card, tissue tape, hex fasteners, and a small talk sticker. I then covered the box, and gave the rest of the project a quick splatter of picket fence and tarnished brass paints applied with the Distress Splatter brush to finish it off.

Emma used PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints to create a crackled background for her vintage summer garden canvas!


I absolutely adore my garden and when summer arrives I love seeing all the flowers spring into life, especially the roses which tumble down a trellis and this vision inspired me to create a canvas in a soft vintage style, full of layers and texture. For my background, I used a layer of French Roast Paint before adding the Crackle Glaze. I then applied a layer of Snowflake paint over the top and watched the crackles appear! I then used Distress Crayons to add more depth and to create the worn effect to the background before adding my focal point of the roses, stamped using the images from Tim Holtz’s Lady Rose Stamp Set. To complete the canvas, I added some punched butterflies and a Small Talk Sticker.

Kath decorated a canvas with the Electica 3/02 stamp set designed by her lovely and very talented friend Kim Dellow

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I applied a coat of White Gesso to the canvas and then drybrushed with PaperArtsy Haystack,  Sugar Plum and Snowflake Fresco Finish Chalk Paints to create a patchy background effect. I loaded the edge of my palette knife with Snowflake to create a random cross hatch pattern. I stamped the cloud image with Black Archival, painted with Hey Pesto, outlined and created dots with a Sharpie White Extra Fine Point marker. I stamped the large flowers from the Electica3 EKD02 stamp set in Black Archival and coloured by pouncing on paint with a stiff bristled brush,stamped the spray of flowers in between and the squares stamp around the edges. I re-defined the detail on the large flowers with a Prima Black Mixed Media Marker. I created a highlight around the large flowers and stems using the Sharpie White Marker and also used it to colour in the spray flowers and small squares. I stamped the birds on to scrap card coloured with Haystack and a Plum/Snowflake mix, cut them out and mixed and matched the body details and tails. I popped them on 3D foam to sit on top of the Idea-ology Big Chat and Small Talk Stickers and finished off by decorating the canvas with self adhesive pearls from my stash.

Lols used Eclectica 3/01 Stamp Set designed by Kim Dellow


Summer is my favorite month, even though it can get unbearably hot there is always the cool pool or mediterranean sea to jump into. I used the rubble wall die from a Mixed Media 3 set to create a rocky area and then popped the cute little hedgehogs in the shade of the trees to protect them from the blazing sun. I inked the background with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and then stamped the little circles with Aquamarine Archival Ink before using a Dot Fade Stencil and White Embossing Paste over the top.

Macarena loves the beauty of nature using one of the sweet Jofy Mini stamps!

The Paper Artsy stamps are adorable. I love my Jofy Mini. I started with the grass made with Mini Well Rounded stencil, white gesso melted with Lindy’s Stamp Fresh Lime spray.  Than I stamped the flower several times and colored them with Distress Inks. I stamped some additional flower heads and glued them with 3D dots randomly. I gave some shadow to the flowers with Hickory Smoke Distress Crayon. The background was made with the same stencil and Distress Inks. Finally I put some gesso through the Mini Tiny Circles stencil. The last step was to choose the Rub-Ons and give a glossy to the flowers.

Maura is adding garden moths with Paper Artsy Everything Art set 2.


I love my gardens and years ago, I wanted to turn all of my lawn into gardens…that is until I realized how much weeding would be involved! Today, I am happy to create a garden in my art journal, starting with the lovely chalk finish Paper Artsy paints in Limelight, Zesty Zing, and Beach Hut. The Paper Artsy Jofy stencil and Ranger texture paste work as a dynamic duo to build the garden. I hope you are enjoying your gardens as much as I am mine.

Meihsia created a mixed media canvas with many beautiful flowers and Paper Artsy sentiment stamp.
Meihsia Liu Simply Paper Crafts Mixed Media Canvas Summer Garden 600

I really enjoy watering flowers and plants in summer and see all the different colors in the garden. On this canvas, I created the background colors with Distress Paints, and distressed the edges with ColorBox Inkpad and Art Daubers. Some Prima Flowers and Tim Holtz metal embellishments were adhered. I stamped the Paper Artsy sentiment with ColorBox ink pad and pasted it to add more interest.

Sandra had so much fun creating a garden with Paper Artsy stamps
Summer is after Spring my favorite season. And a great summer garden party is always fun! I started this page with Prima Marketing Opal Magic Alchemy Paint Rose-Gold and used the EM17 and JM 16 stamps from Paper Artsy to start building up the page. With Distress Crayons set 1 I’ve colored them. Love the vibrant color on top of the rose paint.


Zoey made a bright tag using Hot Pick 1301 


I used two of my favorite Dylusions Paint – Bubblegum Pink and Lemon Zest to add color to a #8 Manila Tag , I also added texture using pieces of Tissue Wrap Paper by Tim Holtz. One of my favorite stamps by PaperArtsy is Hot Pick 1301 , so i wanted to use it as background but also make it pop up by double stamping the butterfly and three flowers and adhere them to the tag with 3d foam adhesive.


So now it’s YOUR turn to get out your inks, paints and all things arty and start creating! We are looking forward to seeing what you make!

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  1. Great DT examples! Love the coloufulness, smells literally like summer.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Oh my oh my!!! Wow you guys have created such varied and clever projects!! Wonderful inspiration!! Totally fabulous and what an appropriate theme that fits so many PaperArtsy stamps.

  3. Congrats to Alison on a lovely guest feature! Her talent is tremendous! This is one amazing lineup of projects! Fantastic theme! <3

  4. My favourite place to be is in my garden – or anyone’s really so this a great challenge….fabulous inspiration from all the girls this week – so colourful

  5. Wow some stunning work by the DT! Beautiful creations with a lot of inspiration! And the spotlight project by Alison is gorgeous!!

  6. Fabulous inspiration as usual from all, but especially from the Designer Spotlight! A great Mixed Media project.

  7. I currently enjoy playing along on your challenges!! The Design Team has such lovely makes! Thank you so much. Hugs :-) See you next challenge!!!



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