Friday, May 24, 2024

Simon Says - Mix and Match card

Hello my friends, it's me again, popping up like the proverbial bad penny to share a bit of a mix and match card using the Birthday Wishes wafer die from Simon Says Stamp Sweet Birthday June Card Kit, Craft Consortium Ombre paper from the May Card Kit, the Organic Leaves Cling Stamp from the Celebrate release and Daisy Heads die from the Just A Note release.

I stamped the Organic Leaves Cling Stamp on to a 4" x 5.1/4" panel of Craft Consortium Ombre patterned paper, inked with Simon Says White Pigment ink and dried.
I die-cut Simon Says Daisy Heads from Distress Watercolor card and coloured the flowers and centres with Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide and Scorched Timber Distress ink using Simon Says Round Detail Blending Brushes.
I die-cut Simon Says Birthday Wishes twice from Distress Watercolor card, layered to create dimension and fixed to the panel along with the Daisy Heads flowers using Distress Collage Medium. I wound twine around the top of the panel, tied in a bow and added Trinity Stamps Bubble Blow Out embellishments.
To finish, I added foam tape to the back of the panel and fixed to a top folding A2 white card blank.

Have a lovely weekend, whatever you have planned. I'll be joining Tim and Mario on Tim's YouTube Channel for the Live launch of the new Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios Recoil Scissors which are absolutely amazing - a cut above the rest, forgive the pun. If you intend joining me, I'll see you tomorrow - Saturday 9am PT 12noon ET or 5pm UK.
Hugs Kath xxx



Simon Says - Birthday Wishes

Hello my friends, I'm sharing another card today using the Birthday Wishes dies and PinkFresh Studio patterned paper from Simon Says Stamp Sweet Birthday June Card Kit along with the Windswept Leaves die from a previous release.

I trimmed the PinkFresh Studio Picture Perfect patterned paper to 4" x 5,1.4", die-cut using the shadow die from Simon Says Birthday Wishes and fixed to an A2 white card blank.
I die-cut the word from the left over negative of patterned paper.
I die-cut the shadow section again from Simon Says Black Cardstock and fixed into the negative space using Distress Collage Medium. I die-cut Birthday Wishes again twice from white cardstock, layered to create dimension and fixed inside the aperture.
Because the patterned paper and sentiment die-cut are quite busy, I decided to keep the decoration simple and die-cut the Simon Says Windswept Leaves dies from white and black cardstock and layered slightly offset to create a shadow effect.
To finish I added Simon Says Pawsitively Dazzling Gems Warm Tones.


I'll be back later today to share yet another card that I've ticked off the long list of things to do.
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Simon Says - June Card Kit

Hello my friends, we're heading towards the end of another week and I'm on a mission to share all the cards I've made with products from Simon Says Stamp Sweet Birthday June Card Kit along with other products from previous card kits and releases, such as the Daisy Heads die which, due to my laziness in filing products away, is sitting in an ever growing pile in the cubbyhole.

I trimmed the Craft Consortium Ombre patterned paper from the Celestial Wishes May Card Kit to 4" x 5.1/4", embossed with Simon Says Winslow Embossing Folder, sanded the detail with a mini round blending tool and Distress Sanding Disk and fixed to an A2 white card blank. I die-cut the Simon Says Daisy Heads dies from Distress Watercolor card, coloured the centres with Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade and Scorched Timber Distress Oxide inks using Simon Says Detail Round Blending Brushes and fixed to the card with Distress Collage Medium.
To finish I inked the sentiments from Simon Says Sweet Birthday stamp set with Intense Black ink, trimmed and fixed to the card with foam squares to create dimension.
Did you know that Simon Says Stamp have a great deal on all brand embossing folders this week
I'm working my way through the product pile and will be back tomorrow to share another card or maybe 2. In the meantime, have fun with whatever you're making.
Hugs Kath xxx

Simon Says - Summer Birthday Wishes

Hello my friends, I'm back to share another card made with products from Simon Says Sweet Birthday June Card Kit. The kit is still available to purchase HERE at time of writing or if you so wish, you can also purchase individual items from the kit.

I created a Summer Birthday card using the Winslow Medallions Embossing Folder, PinkFresh Studio Picture Perfect patterned paper, Birthday Wishes dies, all included in the kit and Simon Says Windswept Leaves from a previous release.
I trimmed the Picture Perfect patterned paper to 4" x 5.1/4", embossed using the Simon Says Winslow Medallions Embossing Folder and attached to an A2 white card blank.
I sanded the embossed detail to reveal the white core using Tim Holtz Distress Sanding Discs with a mini round blending tool.
I die-cut Simon Says Birthday Wishes 3 times from Simon Says Ultra White cardstock and the shadow die from Vellum.
I die-cut Simon Says Windswept Leaves from the same white cardstock and arranged on the card to get an idea of placement.
I fixed two of the die-cut words on the front of the vellum and one on the back which will raise the vellum slightly off the panel.
I added dots of Distress Collage Medium to the letters on the back of the vellum, pressed into place and tucked the Windswept Leaves die-cuts, behind the vellum,  popped up on foam squares to create dimension.
To finish I added Simon Says Rainbow Splash Cool Tones Dazzling Gems.


I'll be back tomorrow to share another version of this card using some of the same products,  in the meantime, have fun with whatever you are creating.
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, May 20, 2024

Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios Recoil Scissors

Hello my friends, it's an exciting news day. Tim Holtz and Tonic Studios have just released their fabulous new Recoil Scissors  - 9.5" and Mini Snips and I couldn't wait to put these new boys through their paces when they arrived in the cubbyhole. The minute I released them from the packaging, I knew they would become favourites. They are so comfortable to hold with their soft cushioned handles, have super duper sharp non serrated blades and the added safety features of a locking mechanism and blade covers when not in use and also come with interchangeable high tension springs. For more info and to see them in action, make sure you join Tim on his YouTube channcel for the official Live launch on Saturday 25th May at 9am PT, 12pm ET or 5pm in the UK.

I decided to make the Recoil Scissors their very own storage box to sit on my counter top for easy access.

I just happened to have an empty Ranger Heat It Tool box and the 9.5" Recoil Scissors made short work of chopping off the lid and shortening the top.
I covered the outside and inside of the box with Tim Holtz Idea-ology paper from my hoard of long since retired paper pads, neatened the top edge with Idea-ology Design Tape and applied Black Soot Distress Paint along the edges.
I used the 9.5" Recoil Scissors to trim out strips from Tim Holtz/Eclectic Elements Colorblock fabric and oh boy, these super sharp blades are amazing, one minute they're chopping thick cardboard, the next minute effortlessly cutting fabric.
I stamped letters from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Blockprint, inked with Black Soot Distress Archival ink, on to the fabric strips and trimmed into individual tiles with the Mini Recoil Snips.
I fixed the alphabet tiles to Distress Watercolor card and trimmed out with the 9.5" Recoil Scissors. I am so impressed that with the super sharp blades there was no fraying on the edges of the fabric.
I stamped the image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Abstract Florals, inked with Black Soot Distress Archival ink, on to Distress Watercolor card, coloured with Distress Watercolor Pencils and a Distress Detailer Brush and easily fussy cut with the Mini Recoil Snips. I'm a bit of a fussy cutting nerd and believe me, the Recoil Scissors will be my absolute No 1 go to from now on.
Just to up the anti - I decided to re-stamp the flower head image, inked with Black Soot Distress Archival ink, on to a square of the Colorblock fabric and the magical Recoil Snips didn't let me down. I fixed the perfectly fussy cut flowerhead on top of the original using Distress Collage Medium.
I fixed larger trimmed rectangles of the Colorblock fabric to the front and sides of the box, added the alphabet tiles and Abstract flower using Distress Collage Medium.  To finish I applied Distress Collage Medium randomly over the front of the box, sprinkled lightly with Stampendous Frantage White Chunky Embossing Enamel and heat set.


Have fun with whatever you are making.
Hugs Kath xxx

Simon Says - Let's Art Journal

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...
LET'S ART JOURNAL
I created a page in my Dylusions Small Media Journal using Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Abstract Florals and Curiosity Shop, Mini Layering Stencils from Set 59, the Simon Says Abstract Florals dies and Tim Holtz/Idea-ology Archives Collage Paper from the new 2024 collection.
I began by applying a coat of White Gesso over the pages and attached torn strips of Tim Holtz/Idea-ology Archives Collage Paper using Distress Collage Medium.
I applied Distress Texture Paste Opague Crackle through Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Labels Mini Layering Stencil from Set 59. Once the paste was dry and crackled, I spritzed the pages with Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide Spray. I applied Scattered Straw Distress Oxide ink through the Spots Mini Layering Stencil also from Set 59 using a Tiny Blending Tool. I scribbled the Walnut Stain Distress Crayon over the crackle and blended out with a damp finger.
I inked the images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Abstract Florals with Black Soot Distress Archival ink, stamped on to Distress Watercolor card, die-cut using Simon Says Stamp Abstract Florals dies and fixed to the pages with Distress Collage Medium.
I repeated the process with the images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Curiosity Shop and fussy cut - I don't have the dies for those.
I fixed the typewriter in place with Distress Collage Medium, trimmed out the individual letters from the Idea-ology Archives Collage Paper and added them to the page using Distress Collage Medium to spell out the page title.
I coloured the Abstract Florals and added shading to the papers in the typerwriter using Fossilized Amber, Crackling Campfire and Walnut Stain Distress Watercolor Pencils from Set 1 and a Distress Detailer Brush.
I highlighted some of the stencilled spots using the Fossilized Amber Distress Watercolor Pencil, added extra circle letters from the Idea-ology Archives Collage Paper, added splatters of Distress Resist Spray, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set.









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