Friday, August 16, 2019

Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous - Pressed Foliage Notecards

Hi folks, I'm sharing a notecard and envelope I made for the Facebook Live Launch of Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Halloween Collection of stamps and stencils using the beautiful Pressed Foliage stamps. If you missed the live launch, you can check it out all the new goodies and loads of inspiration from amazingly talented designers on Tim's blog HERE.

This is definitely one of those versatile stamp sets that can be used all year round for lots of different occasions...
I decided to make a set of notecards and envelopes using different colour palettes and all the leaf images from the stamp set. I sent one set to Tim and the others will make up a box of cards for my local charities. I began by trimming Distress Watercolor card to create 7 panels measuring 3" x 4.1/4" for the cards and 4.1/4" x 5.1/2" for the envelopes. I masked off the edges of the panels and coloured with Distress Oxide inks using the watercolor smooshing technique.

I inked the leaf images with Black Soot Distress Archival and stamped on to the panels.
fixed to A2 kraft cards and added idea-ology Small Talk Stickers
It's Friday, the end of the week and what a week it's been. The technology gremlins decided it was my turn for a bit of torture, playing silly beggars with any attempt to schedule blog posts but the good news is, Mr Mojo has decided to put in an appearance again and finally, I seem to be getting back into the swing of things again. Have a great weekend whatever you planned and I'll see you on Monday to share my DT project for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. In the meantime, here's a little sneaky peek.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

AALL&Create One Day Special - Samples

Hi folks, I was thrilled and honoured to be asked by Tracy Evans to make some samples for the AALL&Create One Day Special shows on Hochanda featuring Tracy's amazing stamps.Tracy is a very talented designer, so sweet and humble and a fabulous demonstrator. It was no surprise that the One Day Special sold out after the two shows on Friday but was brought back on extended delivery for the Saturday shows and sold like hot cakes again.

a bookmark created using Hexagonal Stem #206 using a Distress Oxide Watercolor smooshing technique on Distress Watercolor card and adding faux stitching, eyelets and splatters of Ranger Perfect Pearls
Stamping Spotlights with Hexagonal Stem #206, adding Distress Rock Candy Glitter to the fussy cut flowerhead and Ranger Texture Opague White Texture Paste through Stencil #39 Lotza Dotz to add interest and texture to the background

Soft stencilling on the background using Stencil  #56 Barbary Stars. Time Flies #143 stamped on to Distress Watercolor card coloured with Distress Oxide inks, applying Distress Crackle Paint and highlighting with Black Soot Distress Spray Stain. Fussy cutting the butterfly and sections from the stamped image and adding buttons and thread

You can check out the AALL&Create stamps and stencils I used and where to buy HERE

Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous - Here For The Boos

Hi folks, I'm sharing one of the cards I made for the Facebook Live launch of the Halloween collection of fabulous stamps and stencils from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous and if you missed it, you can watch the replay and check out all the products and amazing inspiration from so many talented designers HERE.
Life Of The Party and |Perfect Plaids are definitely two of my favourites and who wouldn't want to party with these cool dudes with their wicked toothy grins.

And hey, shut the front door, how could I resist using this cool plaid background stamp from the Perfect Plaids stamp set. I inked the stamp with Black Soot Distress Archival, stamped on to Distress Watercolor card, then using mini round blending tools, applied Carved Pumpkin and Black Soot Distress Oxide and when I blended the two colours, it created a shabby faded almost green colour, which was a total surprise but a combination I will be using again. I spritzed with water, blotted with kitchen towel to create the water droplet effect and dried.
I coloured Ranger Opague Matte Texture Paste with Black Soot Distress Re-inker and applied around the edges of the card using the Hocus Pocus Layering Stencil.
While the paste was still wet, I spritzed with Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter, the sparkliest, most gorgeous gold glitter ever, using the Stampers Anonymous Glitter Duster.
I coloured a scrap of Distress Watercolor card with Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink and stamped the skulls with Black Soot Distress Archival, stamping the two that would be in the background on scrap paper first, to create a lighter more faded look aka second generation stamping.
I fussy cut, fixed the background skulls with Distress Collage Medium Matte and the others with Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive to create dimension.
I coloured a scrap of Distress Watercolour card with Spiced Marmalade and Carved Pumpkin Distress Oxide inks, stamped the bow ties inked with Black Soot Archival and fixed in place with Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive. I inked the sentiment with Versamark, stamped on to a scrap of the plaid background and heat embossed with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder.

I covered an A2 card blank with Black Classic Kraft Stock, sanded back to reveal the Kraft core and fixed the panel in place. I'll be back soon to share more spooky Halloween makes, in the meantime, it's time for you to get your spook on.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

AALL&Create - Purrfect Gift

Hi folks, it's Tuesday and that means it's time to share this week's Guest Designer project for AALL&Create. AALL&Create have recently launched matching dies for some of their stamp sets and when I received the die for the super cute Purrfect Gift #121 stamp set, I decided to use the die to create a hinged opening on the card to reveal a hidden surprise inside.

I trimmed Distress Watercolor card to create a 4.1/2" x 6.1/2" panel, smooshed Squeezed Lemonade and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide inks on to the craft mat of my Glass Media Mat, spritzed with water and dragged the panel through the ink. I dried with my heat tool and pounced the panel back into the ink repeatedly to pick up the droplets, drying between each layer.
I sprayed Black Soot Distress Spray Stain on to the craft mat, pounced the Weathered Tiles Stencil #59 into the ink and pressed on to the panel to create a monoprint effect. I repeated the process until I was happy with the background.
I inked the image from Purrfect Gift with Versafine Onyx Black ink, stamped on to Strathmore Bristol Smooth Watercolor card and die cut using the Cat Pile #8 die.
I added Design Tape across the bottom section of the panel. To create the hinged opening, I placed the die on the panel and positioned the top cutting plate about 1/4" in from the left hand edge - the section of the die not covered by the plate won't cut.
I scored where the sections were still connected to the panel and applied Black Soot Distress Paint to the back of the die cut section.
I decided to trim the width of the panel down to 4" so that the opening section was more central. I coloured the stamped die-cut with Zig Clean Color Brush Markers and fixed to the panel, making sure it was aligned with the die cut section. I matted the panel on to Black card and fixed to a 5" x 7" white card blank. 
I inked the sentiments with Versafine Onyx Black ink, stamped on to scraps of Distress Watercolor card, fussy cut and fixed to the card, using two of the sentiments as handles to reveal what was inside.

I stamped the individual cat from the stamp set, die cut using the matching die and fixed inside the card along with the rest of the sentiments. To finish I added Black, Yellow and Gold sequins, fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte.
Hugs Kath xxx

You can find the AALL&Create products I used and a list of worldwide stockists HERE


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