Monday, November 22, 2021

Simon Says - ATC's

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


and the theme for this week is...
ATC'S
I created ATC sized gift card holders with co-ordinating envelopes. I used Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Holiday Things, Mini Weathered Winter, Festive Overlay and Label Frames to decorate and added festive shimmer to the Simon Says Black Cardstock backgrounds and envelopes using Simon Says Citrine and Surf Glitz Glitter Gels from the Handmade Holiday release

I began by trimming Simon Says Black Cardstock to create 2.1/4" x 3.1/4" panels using my "mini but mighty" Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios Mini Trimmer and applied a thin even layer of Simon Says Citrine and Surf Glitz Glitter Gel and oh boy does this product pack a punch when it comes to sparkle.
Once the gel had dried, I inked the snowflake images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mini Weathered Winter and Holiday Things and the sentiments from Festive Overlay with Simon Says Embossing Ink, sprinkled with Simon Says White Detail Embossing Powder and heat set.
The sentiments were too large to fit on the panels, so I masked off the sections I didn't want to stamp before inking.
I created the envelopes from Simon Says White Cardstock using the WeRMemory Keepers Envelope Punch Board.
I stamped Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Label Frames in the centre panel of the envelopes inked with Black Soot Distress Archival.
To co-ordinate with the gift cards holders, I applied a light coat of the Glitz Glitter Gel to the envelopes.
I stamped the To and From from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mini Weathered Winter and the snowflakes from Holiday Things and Mini Weathered Winter on the envelope flaps, inked with Black Soot Distress Archival.
I scored and folded Simon Says White Cardstock to create 2.1/2" x 3.1/2" (the dimensions of an ATC) top folding card blanks and partially die-cut a holder for a gift card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stacked Tiles Circle Thinlits.




You can find all the products I used over at Simon Says Stamp, 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 as always you have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2pm CET to join in with the chance to win a $25 voucher to spend online at Simon Says Stamp



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I look forward to seeing what you create this week...
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx

Friday, November 19, 2021

Christmas Decor 2021

Happy Friday my friends and it's "Happy Dance" day in the cubbyhole, still November and I'm sharing the first of my Christmas 2021 Home Decor makes using products from the Tim Holtz Christmas 2021 Idea-ology release. I have to confess that I failed miserably in the making department for Christmas 2020 so I'm determined not to go down that route this year and woohoo, I kicked off this fun Christmas making party by decorating a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Vignette Display Panel.


I began by fixing Tim Holtz Idea-ology Collage Tiles to the Idea-ology Vignette Display panel using Distress Collage Medium. The tiles are pre-trimmed to 1.1/2" square and fit perfectly on the 8" x 8" panel. There are 72 tiles in the pack which means there are enough to decorate 2 panels, great value for money. I added strips of Idea-ology Christmas Backdrop Papers to the edges. I drilled a hole in the back of the panel using my trusty Dremel and fixed the Idea-ology Tiny Lights battery pack to the panel using hot glue. I fixed 4 layers of Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Etcetera Scalloped Trims together using Distress Collage Medium Matte to create a shelf and set aside to dry.
I painted the Etcetera shelf with White Gesso and applied Distress Snowfall Grit Paste with a palette knife. I spritzed the Idea-ology Woodland Tree with Rustic Wilderness Distress Spray Stain and once dry, I sprayed again with Distress Resist Spray to seal the colour and allow me to add Distress Grit Paste to the tips with my fingers and it not discolour.  I trimmed the frame from Idea-ology Baseboards in half, fixed a piece of vellum on the reverse and added Distress Icicle Crackle Paste with my fingers and set aside to dry. I applied Distress Snowfall Grit Paste randomly on both Idea-ology Baseboard frames with my finger and sprinkled Distress Rock Candy Glitter over the frames, Etcetera shelf and tree. I dropped the Idea-ology Bubbles into a small plastic cup, added drops of Crimson Alcohol ink and Deception Pearl Alcohol ink, swirled them around to colour and tipped out on to kitchen towel to dry.
I applied a mix of Distress Grit Paste and Snowfall Grit Paste around the edges and sides of the panel with my fingers and sprinkled with Distress Rock Candy Glitter. I wound the Idea-ology Tiny Lights around the tree, poking the wires down out of sight, leaving enough left over to add to the Etcetera Trims shelf and temporarily laid the tree on the panel to aid placement of the other elements. I fixed the frames from Idea-ology Baseboards in place with hot glue, added Idea-ology Christmas White Remnant Rubs to the vellum and then fixed the tree in place with hot glue. I added Distress Embossing ink to the poinsettia from Idea-ology Christmas Layers using a Distress Embossing Dabber, sprinkled with Distress Frosted Crystal Embossing Powder and heat set. I scribbled Rustic Wilderness Distress Crayon to my glass media mat and applied over the leaf areas to darken using a Distress Detailer Brush. I fixed in place with foam adhesive and Distress Collage Medium.
I spritzed Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon with Rustic Wilderness Distress Spray, spritzed with water, scrunched up in my hand and dried. I fixed the ribbon to the Etcetera Trims shelf, fixed the shelf in place with hot glue and added a ribbon double bow.
Then it was time to embellish. I applied a thin coat of Glossy Accents to the Idea-ology Confections, sprinkled with Distress Rock Candy Glitter and fixed to the tree along with the Idea-ology Bubbles using a generous dot of Distress Collage Medium. I used the same process on the stars from Idea-ology Baseboards. I added dots of hot glue to the strip of Tiny Lights to fix it down on the Etcetera Trims shelf and added Idea-ology Bubbles also held in place with hot glue. I applied Distress Grit Paste to the bubbles to create snowballs and sprinkled with Distress Rock Candy Glitter. I added extra bits and pieces from the Idea-ology Baseboards pack, an Idea-ology Christmas Quote Flair button and a scrap trimmed from Idea-ology Christmas Vellum Scenes. To fill in the gap at the left hand side of the panel, I added a "stick" from my garden, painted randomly with white gesso. Once dry, I applied Distress Grit Paste with my fingers and yes, you've guessed it right, sprinked with Distress Rock Candy Glitter.
To finish, I coloured Jingle Bells from my stash with the Alcohol inks and fixed in place beneath the bows with hot glue.
Then it was time to turn on the Tiny Lights and hey it doesn't matter how old you are, there's that magical feeling of wonder that takes you right back to when you were 5 years old and so excited for Christmas and the arrival of Santa.

But before I can get stuck into creating a Christmas "Village"
I need to take one for the team, knuckle down and finish what I started for Christmas 2020.
Have a great weekend whatever you have planned, I'm looking forward to another fabulous Masterclass from my adorable Professor. The Saturday night Stamps and Stencils party will be held over at Tim and Mario's place at 9.00am PT, 12 noon EST or 5.00pm if you're in the UK, so set your alarm, get your snacks ready and I'll see you there.
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous - Cozy Christmas Santa

Hi my friends, I'm sharing the card I made for the YouTube Live Launch of Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Cozy Christmas using the Santa image from the stamp set. If you missed the Live, you can catch up with all the stamps set, stencils and amazing inspirational projects from the makers on Tim's Blog HERE or YouTube Channel HERE.

I stamped the image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Cozy Christmas, inked with Black Soot Distress Archival,  in the centre of a 5" x 7" panel of Distress Watercolor card and stamped the image and sentiment on to masking paper trimmed to the same size as the panel. I trimmed around the image on the masking paper to leave a border, keeping the outer section of the masking paper to use later.
I fixed the masking paper to the card and spritzed using Peeled Paint/ Bundled Sage Distress Spray Stains and Holly Branch Distress Mica Stain.
I fixed the outer masking paper section in place, covering the green inked area, trimmed around the Santa image on the inner masking paper section, fixed over the image and added Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy Distress Oxide inks through Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Layering Shifter Stencil using a blending brush with domed foams.
I removed the masks and coloured the image with Festive Berries, Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint and Hickory Smoke Distress Ink re-inkers with a Distress Detailer Brush and a very small brush for the fiddly areas.
I replaced the mask over the image, added splatters of the Walnut Stain re-inker left on my glass media mat, stamped the sentiment, inked with Black Soot Distress Archival and trimmed the panel down by 1/8" on each side.
I pounced Distress Collage Medium around the outer edge of the panel and on to the pine branch section of the image with my fingers and sprinkled with Distress Mica Flakes. To finish, I matted the panel on to a 5" x 7" white card blank covered with Idea-ology Gold Metallic KraftStock.
To finish I used a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen and Black Glaze Pen to accent the holly berries and the buttons on Santa's coat.
I'll be back soon to share the last of my projects using Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Jolly Santa. In the meantime, have fun with whatever you are making.
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, November 15, 2021

Simon Says - Trees

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


and the theme for this week is...
TREES
I love to mix and match stamp sets and used Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Holiday Things, Jolly Santa and the cute image from Simon Says Night Before Christmas from the Handmade Holiday release, on backgrounds created with Villainous Potion and Antique Linen Distress Oxide inks, to create my winter woodland Christmas cards. 


I trimmed Distress Watercolor card to 4" x 5.1/4" and created two backgrounds using Villainous Potion and Antique Linen Distress Oxide inks. I stamped the tree image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Holiday Things, inked with Villainous Potion Distress Oxide ink repeatedly across the bottom of the panels. I re-inked the stamp with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and re-stamped slightly lower down and offset from the original stamping. I stamped the snowflake image from Holiday Things, inked with Villainous Potion repeatedly on the background. I stamped the sentiments from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous JollySanta and image from Simon Says Night Before Christmas, inked with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink.
I inked the sentiment image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Jolly Santa with Villainous Potion and Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and holding the stamp in my hands, stamped randomly on the backgrounds.
I cleaned the Jolly Santa large sentiment stamps, re-inked with Versamark ink, stamped slightly offset from the original stamping, sprinkled with Simon Says White Detail Embossing Powder and heat set.
I flicked on splatters of Distress Resist Spray, sprinkled with Simon Says White Detail Embossing Powder and heat set.

I matted the panels on to Simon Says Black Cardstock trimmed 1/8" bigger and matted the panels on to A2 white card blanks. To finish I added Lucy's Little Things Ice Crystals added with dots of Distress Collage Medium.


You can find all the products I used over at Simon Says Stamp, 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 as always you have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2pm CET to join in with the chance to win a $25 voucher to spend online at Simon Says Stamp



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