Monday, May 25, 2020

Simon Says - We're Going Around In Circles

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...
WE'RE GOING AROUND IN CIRCLES
I created an Art Journal page in my Dina Wakley Media Journal using Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Splotches and Halftone Layering Stencils with Ranger Translucent Matte Texture Paste,  to add circles to the background, coloured with Distress Crayons and added Tim Holtz/Idea-ology Urban Layers Ephemera, Baseboard Paper Doll and Clipping Stickers.

I began by trimming Dylusions Mixed Media Card to 6" x 8.1/2" and added torn strips of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Typeset Collage Paper fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte. I added Ranger Translucent Matte Texture Paste through the Splotches Layering Stencil. Once the paste had dried, I applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte over the whole panel. I scribbled Rusty Hinge, Shabby Shutters and Crushed Olive Distress Crayons over the panel, working in small sections and blending the colours with my fingers.
I removed the crayon from the Texture Paste Splotches using a slightly damp kitchen towel and rubbed over the Grid Dots Layering Stencil to remove the crayon from the background and create another layer of circles.
I stamped small images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous The Professor 2 and Mini Glitch randomly on the background, inked with Black Soot Distress Archival.
I sanded the edges of Tim Holtz/Idea-ology Urban Layers Ephemera, tapped the Distress Embossing ink pad randomly on the edges, sprinkled with Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint Embossing Glazes and heat set
I fixed the Urban Layer Ephemera in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte, added an Idea-ology Baseboard Paper Doll and stickers from the Idea-ology Clippings Sticker Book, outlined with a permanent black marker pen.
To finish I added Black Soot Distress Paint to the edges of the panel using a piece of Ranger Cut 'n Dry Foam and fixed to a burlap page in the Media Journal.





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...2 pm CET to join in with the chance to win a $25 voucher to spend at Simon Says Stamp Online store.

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




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Friday, May 22, 2020

Clarence Memo Board

Hi my friends, I'm back on the Sizzix "The Making Journal" Blog to share a project with you using the adorable Clarence from the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Chapter 2 Colorize Collection release. They do say that elephants never forget so Clarence was the perfect choice to decorate a Memo Board for those of us that are somewhat challenged in the memory department. You can find all the details and a step-by-step photo tutorial on the Sizzix Blog HERE.

Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx




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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Confined to Barracks...

Hi my friends, With the weather putting a damper on my plans to spend the weekend in the garden, I retreated to the cubbyhole to try and make a dent in the box of backgrounds I've made, inspired by the amazing, fun and inspirational Saturday night Facebook Lives over at Tim and Mario's place. This is definitely the highlight of my "10 weeks confined to barracks quarantine" week, the in-place to be on a Saturday night if you are a Distress Lover. No need to dress up or spend hours applying the polyfilla, just turn up in your jammies with your Wurzel Gummidge hair, and enjoy a glass of wine, a bowl of snacks and all the demos in the company of lots of crafty friends.  So let's kick off with the Wrinkle Free Distress backgrounds, fun to make but they did require much pondering and several cups of coffee before I was in the "I know what I can make" zone
 and decided to make journal card pockets to use in my Collection Folio "floral theme" project.

Busy and colourful backgrounds make a great backdrop for a little bit of collage layering, so I spread out  the Field Notes Ephemera on my workdesk and arranged on the backgrounds until I was happy with each layout.
I fixed the Ephemera in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte and applied a layer over the entire background, lightly so as not to re-active the Distress inks. I added shadows around the Ephemera pieces using a Walnut Stain Distress Crayon.
I added splatters of White Gouache
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stacked Circles Thinlits to die-cut a notch
and fixed the panels to kraft card to create the pocket.
On this one, before adding the Ephemera, I stamped the dragonfly from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Classics #1 on to the panel, inked with Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink and coloured the wings and body using Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide inks using a Distress Detailer Brush. I tapped Black Soot Distress ink on to the back of the Halftone Layering Stencil, spritzed with water and pressed randomly on to the panel to create a mono print effect. I applied Distress Translucent Grit Paste through the Tangled Layering Stencil, sprinkled with Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint Distress Embossing Glazes and heat set once the paste had dried.

 I tucked them safely into the Collection Folio until I'm ready to make a start
I've decided that this confined to barracks regime ain't so bad and think I am coping pretty well with the situation but you may not agree when I tell you that every morning for the last few weeks, while I enjoy my first coffee of the day, I've been having a conversation with a chubby thrush who, regular as clockwork, flies on to the grass, dances around to attract the worms to the surface and cheeps back at me while he gobbles his breakfast feast AND at around 4.00pm every day, a couple of wood pigeons fly on to the trellis and entertain me with their courtship ritual. Lots of bobbing of heads, shaking of tail feathers, neck snuggling and canoodling which sometimes leads to a bit of hanky panky, so who knows, they may soon be announcing the arrival of babies, taking my lockdown entertainment to a whole new level.
In the meantime, I'm going to have a go at the foiling techniques shared by Tim on his Instagram Story collaboration with Heidi Swapp, I don't have a Minc or Toner Ink and who knows, it may be an adapt and overcome triumph or a mega fail- watch this space, kind of a day.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx



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Monday, May 18, 2020

Simon Says Stamp - We're All A-Buzz

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...
WE'RE ALL A-BUZZ
I created an art journal page to celebrate the news that has the crafting world All A-Buzz. Tim Holtz fans everywhere are super duper excited and eagerly waiting the reveal of the new Distress colour that will be joining the Distress Family on May 20th, only two more sleeps, my friends.



I used a sheet of paper from the Idea-ology Abandoned Paper Stash 8" x 8" pad as the background for my page
added torn sections of the World Map paper from the Idea-ology Memoranda Paper Stash pad and a selection of Idea-ology Urban Layers Ephemera, all fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte.
I applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte over the whole page and created shadows around the collaged layer with a Walnut Stain Distress Crayon smudging it out at the edges with my finger.
I applied Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide ink through the Grid Dot Layering Stencil using a mini round blending tool, sprinkled with Rusty Hinge Distress Embossing Glaze and heat set.
I applied the Distress Embossing Dabber over the Idea-ology Theories Quote Chips, sprinkled with a mix of Rusty Hinge and Cracked Pistachio Distress Embossing Glazes, removed some of the powder from the edges with my finger and heat set.
I die-cut Tim Holtz/Sizzix Retro Type from Sizzix Matboard, Idea-ology Classic KraftStock and Silver Metallic Kraftstock.
I layered the die-cuts, added a scrap of Idea-ology Silver Metallic Kraftstock behind the typewriter keys, applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte, added shading with a Black Soot Distress Crayon and sanded to create a vintage look.
I fixed Tim Holtz/Sizzix Adhesive Sheet to scraps of Idea-ology BlackOut KraftStock and Distress Watercolor card, die-cut the letters using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Label Thinlits and fixed to a torn strip of Memoranda Paper
I repeated with the Distress Watercolour card
I dug around in my stash of Alpha Parts to add question marks, arrows and capital letters and totally shot myself in the foot adding the number 62...I was thinking 60 colours + the new one + Picket Fence but that doesn't apply to Distress Paints, Sprays or Crayons which also come in metallics so with hindsight, adding the numbers was not a great idea but they were well and truly stuck down by the time I realised (that's the power of Distress Collage Medium Matte, my friends) and I wasn't starting over. So another numptie moment when I have no alternative but to embrace my imperfections.
I added the typewriter popped up on Mini Foam Adhesive and added an Idea-ology Tiny Clip. Then I had one of those "what if" moments and printed the promotional picture on to copy paper, fixed to card and applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte gently over the top so that the printer ink didn't smear.
I die-cut sections using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stacked Circles Thinlits 
fixed to the page with Distress Collage Medium Matte and created shadows around the edges using a Walnut Stain Distress Crayon
I tapped Shabby Shutters Distress Paint on to the Alpha Parts and once dry, sanded to create a distressed look. I added Idea-ology Hardware Heads, Special Delivery Remnant Rubs and splatters of Black Soot Distress Paint.



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...2 pm CET to join in with the chance to win a $25 voucher to spend at Simon Says Stamp Store.


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



Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can find my affiliate and product disclosure HERE