Sunday, 2 June 2013

Summer Blooms

There can't be many people who don't like flowers, so I think our June Challenge at Stamping Sensations will be very popular! The theme is


We have a wonderful sponsor this month too - Heartfelt Creations, who have given us a gorgeous prize. Some lovely floral stamps and a set of matching dies.

I decided to make a tag for a change, and have chosen a Dutch Iris as my summer bloom. The matching stamp and die sets are by Heartfelt Creations. (They don't appear to be on their web site now, but there may be some shops which have them in stock still).

Irises were my late mother-in-law's favourite flowers. She had them in her garden in various colours, one of which was a gorgeous deep purply pink. For the background to my tag (which is from Inkylicious), I used a technique shown by Andy Skinner in a video on his blog. He calls it Alcohol Ink Floating Background. Very easy to do, and a lovely subtle marbled effect. I overstamped it with a Texture Fragment stamp and a Floral Edge stamp, both from Chocolate Baroque, and a text stamp by Stampin' Up. The little butterflies are also by Chocolate Baroque, and they and the iris were coloured with Derwent Inktense pencils (which I found at Dunelm Mill last week for half price - a bargain - and I love them!). Having sponged ink around the edges of the tag, I matted it on some green card and finished it off with a sentiment by Hobby Art, some ribbons and fibres and a bit of lace. 

My talented teamies have some bloomin' gorgeous samples for you this month! Do go over to the Challenge Blog and have a look at them, and then show us your summery projects. We can't wait to see them!


brenda said...

I'm going to have to check out that tutorial Lynne because I had been wondering how you create the background. It's so very effective and the perfect backdrop to this beautiful irises.

Hope you have a good Sunday and the weather is kind.

B x

pinky said...

I love the tag Lynne, beautifully finished with the trims and fibres.

Sally H said...

A totally stunning tag, Lynne! Love the background and also the gorgeous colours you used for the Iris. I found some just like that on Pinterest yesterday! I feel another trip to Dunelm coming on!

Lisa Jane said...

ooh wow what a gorgeous tag.. i love the iris and that background is soo pretty
Lisa x

MaxineD said...

Wonderful, wonderful tag Lynne - love your colouring and I must go look at the background technique - it is beautiful.

Tracy said...

Hi Lynne
This is a gorgeous tag, beautiful colours and I love the design.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

butterfly said...

Beautiful tag! The background is amazing, and the iris looks so lovely. Great trimmings too!
Alison x

Janice said...

Snap! Irises too!Love your pink variety, beautifully coloured and set on an amazing tag. Lovely work & thank you so much for visiting my blog. Jx

Asha said...

Fabulous background, Lynne. I am going to check out the tut...and maybe have a whirl! Thank you so much for sharing.
xxx Asha
Sunny Summer Crafts

craftimamma said...

Beautiful tag Lynne and stunning colours. Love the background and the selection of stamps you have used. We have a relatively new Dunelm Mill in Mansfield of all places. I've only managed to pop in once but must try and get in for another browse, lol!

Lesley Xx