Monday, February 13, 2017

Use Your Favourite Tool...

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's "Young At Heart" challenge...we hope you can join us this week too because...

and the theme for this week is...
USE YOUR FAVOURITE TOOL
and of all the tools and gadgets I've collected over the years
the one that never leaves my side...the one that I can't craft without...is my trusty Craft Pick or Pokey Tool as I call it...useful for picking up 3D Foam Pads...lifting the carrier layer from Redline tape...picking up self adhesive stickers etc etc but for today's project I'm using it for the purpose it was intended...to make holes to create a stitched background for a notebook cover.
I started off by trimming papers from Tim Holtz Correspondence Paper Stash Pad to fit the front of the notebook...
I created pencil lines from corner to corner using Tim's Design Ruler and then marked the rest using the width of the ruler as a guide.
I used the Craft Pick to prick every second hole on the ruler to create evenly spaced stitching holes
and then it was time to get stitching...an enjoyable hour or two with a cuppa and daytime TV for company but I'm sharing a little "don't do as I do....do as I say" handy tip...remember to erase your pencil lines before stitching...
all done and finished off with a little bit of White Gesso splattering...
I die cut the Thinlits Doily and Plush Blooming Heart from white cardstock and the flowers from white felt and used  the Craft Pick to remove the odd bit that my Sizzix Clean Up Brush missed. I stamped Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Plaid inked with Aged Mahogany on to the heart and stitched the ready-made holes with one of the light Eclectic Elements threads and stitched the flowers with the Burgundy Electic Elements thread to match the background.
I cut out some postcard images from the Correspondence Stash Pad...added one of the cards from the new Idea-ology Botanical Layers and scuffed them up a bit using the Idea-ology Sanding Block.
I coloured Idea-ology Tissue Wrap with the Aged Mahogany Distress Marker and die cut 9 flowers using the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Thinlits Small Tattered Florals...scrunched three together for each flower and added a white stamen in the centre...
I added an Idea-ology Quotation and an Alpha Transparent Tile...
I created a double bow using Eclectic Elements Thread and added the butterflies from the Idea-ology Botanical Layers pack...
and die cut the word "LOVE" using Sizzix/Tim Holtz Thinlits Alphanumeric...

You can find all the products I used over at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp online store...just click on the links below...

Why don't you pop over to the Monday Challenge Blog and check out the amazing creations from my very talented Design Team mates and our fabulous Guest Designer Nicola. As always you all have the chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend at Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2 pm CET to join in...

You can also follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram
and if you use Instagram...
please add #sssmchallenge to your entry uploads so we can see them on there too
I look forward to seeing what you create this week...
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx

22 comments:

Zoey Emanuela Scarpelli said...

Another fantastic creation Kath!!! Love the way you decided to add stitch!! Awesome idea!

xxx Zoey

Catherine said...

This is genius, Kath. Love the stitching created with the pick tool. It's so pretty and I love all the elements of texture you added. Beautiful!

Cathie ♥

Linda Simpson said...

This is fantastic Kath, so much gorgeous details and loving the elements and wonderful layering.
Hugs
Linda xxx

Redanne said...

The stitching looks amazing Kath, it really adds such a lovely touch to the background, as does the beautiful heart. The butterflies and flowers are wonderful touches too - love this! Hugs, Anne xx

Maura Hibbitts said...

Amazing! It's funny how you think you know all the Tim tools out there, and then discover one more though a friend! I think I have to put this on my wish list! Gorgeous piece, and love all the wonderful hand stitching you did!! hugs, Maura

Janette said...

Oh my Kath you really rocked this, wow, I am so loving it...x

Wanda Hentges said...

This is WONDERFUL!!!!

Christine Collins said...

Hi Kath

A lovely project again, you manage to come up with original ideas every time. Love the stitching.
Chris xx

Paper Profusion said...

Well that is an amazingly fabulous cover Kath! LOVE your perfect stitching and wonderful arrangement! I hope notebook owner uses the pages sparingly to enjoy the cover for quite a while as it really is special.

Now seriously, I've been letting my pokey tool get away with murder - all those little jobs that I've been wrecking my nails on when I should have been putting it to good use - thank-you for sharing! It shall be idle no longer!

Have a lovely week, Nicola x

Stephanie Leykauf said...

Gorgeous piece, Kath! Love how you pieced this together :)

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Linda Kunsman said...

such a beautiful cover-and the way you have placed and mounted the butterflies really feels as if they are floating over the piece!

misteejay said...

Fabulous notebook Kath. It is beautiful.
Toni xx

Sandra H said...

So beautiful and lots of gorgeous detail added x

Meihsia Liu said...

Wow.. this is such a gorgeous design of book cover, Kath. I love the beautiful stitches and all the layered embellishments are fantastic. :)

Macarena said...

Wow, this is fantastic. I love all your manual sewing!!! This is so perfectly done! Lovely background ald all the front details. The hearts is amazing! Hugs, Marzena

Karen P said...

Wow! That is fabulous Kath! After seeing it over at Simon Says Stamp I had to come take a closer look and I was not disappointed. Fabulous and very inspirational xx

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

This is such a clever piece with so many innovative elements! I love, love, LOVE the stitching pattern you created and all the layers are such a treat to see. This is elegant and wonderful and totally YOU (which is what we love best)!

Emma Williams said...

What a fabulous layered piece and that stitched background is genius...it looks so cool! Wonderful work as always, Kath! Hugs xx

Sandra said...

Gorgeous piece, Kath! Love the collaged look and adore the stitching in the background, looks amazing! Hugs, Sandra

Zelda C said...

A beautiful project! Loved seeing how it came together.

Deb Riddell ~ Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Fabulously inventive Kath, have to admit I've never utilized those wonderful holes on Tim's ruler with his pick, thank you so much for the amazing inspiration! Deb xo

Barbara Schiassi said...

Your creativity is endless! I'm in awe! This project hit my heart: stiches are fabulous! the whole design is fantastic, every detail is stunning! Barbara

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