Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Happy Happy Happy Mail Monday...

Hi folks, the sunshine seems to be taking some time out in my little corner of the world at the moment but despite yesterday's gloomy sky and rain showers, this old crafter was full of the joys, dancing on the ceiling and absolutely thrilled when the postie came a-knocking with a parcel filled with Distress Oxide deliciousness and the new Alcohol Lift-It Ink products.

A huge thank you to Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz, I'm so grateful for your support, encouragement, amazing kindness and generosity and can't wait to dive in and get inky. But, of course, my obsession with everything organised took over and first task of the day was the all important labelling and sorting out my Distress Oxide re-inker and mini blending tool storage
which sits just within reach on the shelf below my workdesk. 
And as luck would have it, there are two empty shelves ready for the next "before Christmas" release and woohoo my Distress Oxide collection will be complete.
I'm off on a jolly this weekend, attending a workshop with my bestest buddy Anne and I have a couple of  "deadlines looming" projects to finish off before then...

but if you visit my blog on a regular basis, you'll know that I'm unlikely to be able to resist and will be doing my utmost to squeeze in a little playtime with the new boys in town. And hey ho...I just happened to find some alcohol ink backgrounds in the "saving for another playtime" box so who knows, watch this space.
I'll be back tomorrow to share another two cards made with the Simon Says Stamp July Card Kit, in the meantime, have fun whatever you're creating.
And don't forget to tune in to Tim's Facebook Live tonight at 5.00pm if you're in the UK for the launch of the new Sizzix Seasonal releases.
Toodle-oo for now 
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, July 16, 2018

Simon Says...Add A Little Sparkle

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

and the theme for this week is...
ADD A LITTLE SPARKLE
I made a Cocktail Beach Party card using  new and old favourite Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous stamp sets - Cocktails Blueprints, Handwritten Thoughts and Crazy Cats and I know the theme says "A Little Sparkle" but I didn't get that memo and added sparkle at every opportunity.
I trimmed a panel of  Mixed Media Heavystock to 4.1/2" x 6.1.2" and coloured using Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide inks which seems to be a favourite colour combo at the moment.
I laid the Splotches Mini Layering Stencil from Set 9 on the panel and dabbed with a slightly damp cloth which removed some of the colour from the background.
I stamped the image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Cocktails Blueprints and the sentiment from Handwritten Thoughts with Black Soot Archival and heat set with Ranger Superfine Clear Emobssing Powder. I applied Ranger Opague Texture Paste through the Splotches Mini Layering Stencil and flicked on some drops of Distress Resist Spray.
I sprinkled Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter on to the spots of Distress Resist Spray which is technically a glue and will hold the glitter in place. I then put a little Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter into the lid of the jar and added a pinch or two of Ranger Superfine White Detail Embossing Powder, sprinkled on to the Texture Paste and heat set when the paste was dry.
The texture paste is much more sparkly in real life than in the photos.
I stamped the Crazy Cat image and accessories from Crazy Things on to Mixed Media Heavystock with Black Soot Archival, coloured with Distress Markers using a Distress Detailer Water Brush and die- cut with the matching Framelits using the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Sidekick. I make no apologies for singing the praises of this cute little machine AGAIN, it's the best thing since sliced bread,an amazing portable "take anywhere" game changing time-saver.
I stamped the Cocktail Blueprint image again on to Mixed Media Heavystock, heat embossed as before, coloured with Distress Markers, fussy cut and popped up on 3D foam to create dimension. I added Glossy Accents to the glass and cherry and highlights with a Sakura White Gelly Roll pen.
I coated the balloons with Distress Collage Medium Matte and sprinkled with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter. I popped the cat up on 3D foam, added Glossy Accents to his eyes and used Eclectic Elements Black thread for the balloon strings. I used Simon Says Stamp Summer Gold Sequins to add a little more sparkle.
I added the panel to white cardstock and fixed Idea-ology Halloween Design Tape around the edge, trimmed leaving a white border and added to a 5" x 7" black card blank,

You can find all the products I used over at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp online store...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 all have the chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend at Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2 pm CET to join in...

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
and why not encourage your children to join in the crafting fun too

Simon Says Stamp currently has a Kids Vacation Challenge running for all young budding designers! Click HERE to go directly to the challenge for all the details.
Hugs Kath xxx

Friday, July 13, 2018

Two For The Price Of One...

Hi folks, it's Friday and I'm sharing two cards for the price of one from Simon Says Stamp Cool Summer July Card Kit, again only using the stamps from the One Cool Pineapple stamp set.
I die-cut a panel from Simon Says Stamp White Cardstock using Wonky Rectangles and stamped the pineapple image and sentiment with Simon Says Intense Black Ink. I then stamped the sunglasses on top with Intense Black and added Glossy Accents.
I coloured the images and around the sentiment with Zig Clean Color Brush Markers and added splatters of Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink, highlights to the pineapple and sentiment with a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen and matted the panel on to a card blank coloured with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink using the direct to paper technique.
I used all the same techniques for the Cactus Stuck On You card panel, added Summer Gold Sequins from the kit, glossy accents to the pot and the sentiment and matted on to a card blank coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink.


I've just realised it's FRIDAY THE 13TH...oh dear, best keep my head down today and try and avoid the gremlins.Have a great weekend whatever you have planned and I'll see you all on Monday with my DT project for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and here's a little sneaky peek
You still have time to join in this week's Summer Fun Challenge with the chance to win a $50 spending spree in Simon Says Stamp Online Store and did you know there is a special Kids Summer Vacation Challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog? 
It’s open to all kids aged between 2 and 16 and they could win a fabulous box filled with crafty goodies especially selected by Simon! All the winners are chosen at random, but they have to be in it to win it! You can find all the details HERE
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, July 12, 2018

You Bring The Sunshine...

Hi folks, I've been having a little playtime with Simon Says Stamp Cool Summer July Card Kit, but crafting has been confined to mornings only because afternoons at the moment are all about Wimbledon. It's been day after day of amazing tennis but if you follow my blog, you'll know I'm absolutely gutted that my hero, Roger Federer was knocked out in the quarter finals by Kevin Anderson in 5 nail biting sets but Kevin Anderson played a blinder and was a worthy winner. Now my 2nd and 3rd favourites, Djokovic and Nadal face each other in the next round. And oh boy, Nadal v Del Potro, what a match, the fifth set was way up there as one of the best ever in the history of the game.
In the meantime, back to the crafting and the first of the quick and easy cards made with the One Cool Pineapple stamp set from the kit...
I trimmed a panel of Simon Says white cardstock and die cut using Simon Says Wonky Rectangles. I applied Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxides through the Rays Mini Layering Stencil using Distress Blending Brushes and stamped the sentiment with Simon Says Intense Black Ink.
 I stamped the sun image with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide and Simon Says Intense Black inks.
I added Summer Gold Sequins from the kit, splatters of Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink and added highlights to the sentiment using a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen.
I used the direct to paper technique with Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide ink to colour co-ordinate the white card blank.
And every cloud has a silver lining, there is some HAPPY HAPPY news, the launch of 12 new delicious Distress Oxides colours...
if you happened to miss Tim's Facebook Live launch, you can watch it HERE.
And woohoo, the cubbyhole crew are excitedly awaiting the arrival of the new boys in town.
I'll be back tomorrow to share another two quick and easy cards made from the kit.
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, July 9, 2018

Simon Says...Summer Fun

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

and the theme for this week is...
SUMMER FUN
I decorated a Mat Board panel to remind me of happy fun filled summer days spent with my sister, those carefree idyllic childhood days, out and about in the fresh air, long before the days of computers and I Pads, when we created our own adventures and only returned home when we were hungry.

I cut the Mat Board to measure 6" x 8", fixed a slightly smaller piece of Memoranda paper in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte and applied a light coat of White Gesso.
I die-cut a Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stitched Oval from another Memoranda paper, stamped randomly with the script stamp fromTim Holtz/Stamper Anonymous Entomology inked with Ground Espresso Archival ink and inked the edge with Ground Espresso Distress Ink using a mini round blending tool.
I die-cut the word Summer from a scrap of Memoranda paper using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Thinlits and fixed to the panel with thin strips of 3D foam tape.
I added interest to the background with Harlequin and Linen Mini Layering Stencils from Sets 9 and 22 with Broken China and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxides using Distress Blending Brushes which I find so much easier to use than the round blending tools when you want to add small areas of colour.
I coloured a piece of Distress Media Heavystock with Evergreen Bough and Iced Spruce Distress Oxide inks, using the "familiar by now" smooshing, dragging, drying, spritzing with water and tapping back into the remaining droplets technique
and die-cut the foliage using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Garden Greens Thinlits and a decorative border using Tim Holtz/Sizzix 3D Provincial Impresslits which die cuts and embosses at the same time and oh boy, the texture is amazing, definitely IMPRESS-IVE.
I coloured some sections of the Provincial  Impresslits with a Fossilized Amber Distress Marker and sanded back to reveal some of the detail. I stamped the cone flower from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Flower Garden with Black Soot Archival ink on to Distress Watercolor Card and fussy cut. There is a matching Framelits die set which I don't have...a mega fail it would seem on the part of the cubbyhole procurement department and one I need to rectify. I coloured the cone flowers with Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Markers using a Distress Detailer Water Brush.
I applied a coat of Clear Gesso to these adorable Paper Dolls and coloured with Iced Spruce, Wild Honey and Spun Sugar Distress Markers.
I added a mix of Idea-ology Small Chat and Big Talk Stickers for the sentiment

and flowers die-cut from white cardstock using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Funky Florals 1 Thinlits, coloured with Fossilized Amber and Walnut Stain Distress Markers and finished with a little splattering of White Gesso.
and here's the inspiration for my project, two nineteen oatcake golden oldie photos harking back to those carefree days.


You can find all the products I used over at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp online store...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 all have the chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend at Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2 pm CET to join in...

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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