Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Love You With All My Heart

Hi my friends, with Valentine's Day just around the corner, I'm sharing a card made with Simon Says Faceted Snowflakes Embossing Folder, Layered Chickadee die and So Much Love stamp set from the January To The Moon release and Etched Berry Branch from the Handmade Holiday release.

I trimmed Distress Watercolor card to make a 4" x 5.1/4" panel and embossed using Simon Says Faceted Snowflakes Embossing Folder. I spritzed the panel with Faded Jeans and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide Sprays, spritzed with water and dried.I added splatters of Snow Flurries Distress Mica Stain to add a little sparkle, dried and sanded back the detail on the embossed snowflakes.I die-cut Simon Says Etched Berry Branch from Distress Watercolor card and fixed to the panel with Distress Collage Medium, leaving the tips of the leaves without adhesive to create dimension.I die-cut Simon Says Layered Chickadee from Distress Watercolor card, coloured with Faded Jeans and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide inks using Distress Blending Brushes, added the beak and eye die-cut from black card and assembled.I stamped the Love sentiment from Simon Says So Much Love, inked with Simon Says Intense Black on to a scrap of Distress Watercolor card and fussy cut. There is a matching die for this sentiment but I don't have it. I find fussy cutting quite relaxing, patience and a good pair of scissors make the task so much easier.I inked the smaller sentiment from the So Much Love stamp set with Versamark ink, stamped on to a scrap of black card, sprinkled with Simon Says White Detail Embossing Powder, heat set and trimmed. I fixed both sentiments and the bird in place with thin strips of foam adhesive to create dimension. I felt that the bird was looking lost against the blue background, so I die-cut another Etched Berry Branch, did a little surgery to separate the leaves and berries and tucked them behind the bird.


To finish I matted the panel on to an A2 white card blank. I'll be back soon to share more makes with new products from Simon Says, in the meantime, have fun with whatever you are making.

Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, January 17, 2022

Simon Says - Insects and/or Birds

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...
INSECTS and/or BIRDS
I created a butterfly themed Art Journal Page using Simple Stories Vintage Weathered Garden Paper Pad, Bits and Pieces and Foam Stickers, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mini Glitch, Mini Mosaic Layering Stencil, Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Stretch Lower Thinlits and Idea-ology Small Talk Stickers.

I began by fixing papers from Simple Stories Vintage Weathered Garden Paper Pad in my Dylusions Small Creative Journal using Distress Collage Medium and once dry, trimmed off the excess. I applied a thin wash of white gesso using a paintbrush and then scraped on some extra gesso to create a little bit of texture. I added torn strips of paper and ephemera from the Bits and Pieces pack, all fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium.
I applied Distress Crackle Texture Paste randomly through the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mini Mosaic Layering Stencil from Stencil Set 28. 
I stamped the image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mini Glitch, inked with Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink randomly over the background. 
Once the texture paste areas were dry, I applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte over both pages, scribbled Peeled Paint Distress Crayon over the texture and used my fingers to push the colour into the crevices and to smooth out the colour. I added definition and shadows around the ephemera pieces using a Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen, again blended out the colour using my finger.
I die-cut the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Stretch Lower Thinlits three times from Distress Watercolor card, layered to create dimension and fixed to the page with Distress Collage Medium Matte.
I added Idea-ology Small Talk Stickers and butterflies from Simple Stories Vintage Weathered Garden Foam Stickers sheet.
To finish I added splatters of White and Black Gesso.




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

Friday, January 14, 2022

Tim Holtz/Sizzix Bold Text - Valentine Window Pop Out Card

Hi my friends, I'm sharing a Valentine themed Window Pop Out Card I made using the Bold Text and Stacked Tiles Hearts Thinlits from Tim Holtz/Sizzix Chapter 1 release. If you missed the YouTube Live for the release, you can check out all the new products and inspirational projects from the Makers over on Tim's blog HERE.


I began by trimming Distress White HeavyStock to create a 4.3/4" square panel. I added Sizzix Adhesive Sheets to the back of lightweight card and die-cut lots of the second smallest heart from Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stacked Tiles Hearts. I removed the backing, used my T Square Ruler to arrange them on the panel and ran the panel through my die-cutting machine to make sure they were firmly attached. I spritzed Old Paper Distress Spray Stain on to the mat on my Glass Media Mat, laid the panel into the spray, dried and tapped back in to pick up the remaining droplets of colour. I added splatters of Peppermint Stick Distress Mica Stain and dried. I scored and folded Distress Kraft HeavyStock to make a 5" square card, used a rectangle die from my stash to create an aperture in the card and heart panel and fixed the panel to the card using Distress Collage Medium. I die-cut "Love You" from the inner panel using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Bold Text Thinlits, discarded the letters, fixed to card coloured with Peppermint Stick Distress Mica Stain, added die-cut hearts from the left over Peppermint Stick card and set aside.

To create the window pop out insert, I trimmed lightweight card to 7" x 4.3/4" and scored at 2.1/4" and 4.1/2" and coloured to match the front panel. I trimmed Distress Kraft HeavyStock to 3" x 1", scored at 1.5" and covered with strong double sided tape to use as tabs for the pop out section. I added strong double sided tape to the back of the right hand section of the insert panel and fixed to the inside of the card. I folded the pop out section back on itself and added the tabs with the folds against the edges. Keeping the tabs out of the way I closed the pop out section as shown in the last photo, held it down and closed the card.
This is what it should look like at this stage
I stamped the sentiment from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Stuff To Say, inked with Black Soot Distress Archival and added hearts die-cut from the left over card coloured with Peppermint Stick Distress Mica Spray Stain.
To finish, I closed the card, applied adhesive to the inside panel as shown on the photo and placed the sentiment panel back into the aperture.
and voila, when you open the card, as if by magic, the sentiment panel pops out through the window.
Certainly easier to make than it was to photograph

Hugs Kath xxx

Quick and Easy Collage Cards

Hi my friends, it's hard to believe we are almost halfway through January already and the weather in my neck of the woods has been so strange, one day it's freezing cold and windy, quite normal for winter, the next day it's been positively springlike with mild temperatures and sunshine and hey, it's even been warm enough to sit outside with a coffee, crazy I know. In fact, I haven't been spending much time in the cubbyhole this week because I've embarked on a "new me-need more exercise-fitness" regime and all that being out and about at one with nature inspired me to make some quick and easy collage cards using the Simple Stories Vintage Weathered Garden collection from Simon Says Stamp.

I began by scoring and folding Distress Kraft HeavyStock to create A2 cards. I trimmed papers from  Simple Stories Vintage Weathered Garden 6" x 8" pad to be slightly smaller, distressed the edges with my Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios Paper Distresser and fixed to the cards using Distress Collage Medium Matte.
I trimmed the panels from the paper pad, distressed the edges and added to the cards.
I added ephemera from Simple Stories Vintage Weathered Garden Bits and Pieces pack popped up on foam adhesive to add dimension
To finish I added words and hearts from Simple Stories Vintage Weathered Garden Foam Stickers
The joy of using a collection is that it takes the thinking out of the equation because everything has been designed to go together and before you know, I have another 4 cards to add to the "if I need cards in a hurry" box, I told you they were quick and easy to make, didn't I.



Time to grab my coat, a warm woolly hat, my go anywhere boots and camera and set off on today's hike around one of my favourite walks. Have fun with whatever you are doing today, enjoy your weekend and I'll catch up with you all on Monday to share my DT project for Simon Says Monday Challenge using more of the Simple Stories Vintage Weathered Garden products.
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, January 10, 2022

Simon Says - Transport It

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...
TRANSPORT IT
I created a set of whimsical cards using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Wacky Transport Thinlits, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Bubble and Stars Mini Layering Stencils, Simon Says Talk Bubbles Stencil and sentiments from the Good Vibes stamp set by Sizzix UK Designer, Pete Hughes.

I began by trimming Distress Watercolor card to create 3 - A2 panels and coloured using Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stain and Tumbled Glass/Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Sprays. I created speech bubbles on each panel using Simon Says Talk Bubbles Stencil by pouncing White Gesso repeatedly through the stencil using a Mini Round Blending Tool, drying between layers. I stamped the sentiments from the Good Vibes stamp set from Sizzix UK Designer, Pete Hughes, inked with Black Soot Distress Archival ink on to the panels and cut some of the stamps apart to stamp individual words. 
I trimmed the panels to 4" x 5.1/4" with Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios Deckle Edge Trimmer and fixed the left over strips to the panels using Distress Collage Medium to add a little texture.
I die-cut Tim Holtz/Sizzix Wacky Transport Thinlits several times, to create dimension, from ~Tim Holtz/Idea-ology Classic KraftStock and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte.
To add some interest on the backgrounds, I applied Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink through the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Bubble Mini Layering Stencil from Set 5 and added faux stitching around the speech bubbles using a black permanent marker pen.
and added stars using Distress Crackle Texture Paste with the Stars Mini Layering Stencil from Set 11.
I inked the deckle edges with Ground Espresso Distress ink using a mini round blending tool and stamped the text from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Stuff To Say, inked with Barn Door Distress Archival ink, randomly over the panels.
To finish I matted the panels on to red Classic KraftStock trimmed to be 1/8" larger and fixed to A2 white card blanks.



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