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

Thursday, July 5, 2018

You Bring The Sunshine...

Hi folks, I'm sharing a card made with the Simon Says Stamp Cool Summer July Card Kit  and you can check out all the products included in the kit HERE. A card celebrating the gorgeous sunshine weather we've been having in my neck of the woods for what seems like forever and believe me, that's not a regular occurrence in the North East of Scotland so I'm hanging in there and enjoying it while I can.
I coloured a panel of Distress Watercolor card with Broken China, Twisted Citron, Fossilized Amber and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide inks, using a mini round blending tool and spritzed with water using the Distress Sprayer. I die cut the card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stacked Deckle Thinlits, trimmed the frame, attached to an A2 top folding card blank, fixed the panel back in place and rounded the corners. I added the Umbrella Sticker from the American Crafts Amy Tangerine "Sunshine and Good Times" sticker book included in the kit.
I stamped the sun image from the "One Cool Pineapple" stamp set with SSS Intense Black ink on to the background, stamped again with Fossillized Amber Distress Oxide and SSS Intense Black on to a scrap of Distress Watercolor card and die cut using a Hero Arts Nesting Circle die.
I stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder, stamped the sunglasses with Intense Black, the hearts with Abandoned Coral on to Distress Watercolor card, fussy cut leaving a border and added SSS Summer Gold sequins.
But all these sunshine days are playing havoc with the crafting production line, because there's been lots of this...


and in the afternoons, we've retreated to the sofa and been glued to the TV now that the 
Wimbledon fortnight of tennis has begun.

and fingers crossed that my hero will be Wimbledon Men's Singles Champion for the ninth time
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July...

Hi folks, I'm sharing a card using some of my favourite Tim Holtz products to wish all my friends in the USA who will be celebrating Independence Day today, a very Happy 4th of July...

I created a "stars and stripes"panel by fixing Tim Holtz Idea-ology Classic Kraftstock,which I lightly sanded to reveal a little of the kraft core, on to a panel of white card, added Correspondence Design Tape around the edges and applied Ranger Opague Texture Paste through the Stars Mini Layering Stencil from Set 11.
I fixed Correspondence paper, trimmed slightly smaller, to a 7" x 5" card blank with Distress Collage Medium Matte, matted the panel on to white cardstock and fixed on top.
I die cut Tim Holtz/Sizzix Dimensional Stars Thinlits from Correspondence paper, inked the creases with Faded Jeans Distress Ink using a mini round blending tool and added Idea-ology Small Talk Occasions Stickers.

I applied a coat of Clear Gesso to the large paper doll (a great tip from Paula Cheney) which gives the slippery surface some tooth and makes colouring with Distress Markers much easier
I fixed the paper doll in place with 3D foam and die cut "Brave" from Classic Kraftstock and white card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Shadow Script 1

and added an Idea-ology Numeric painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint using my favourite finger dabbing technique

Happy Independence Day
Hugs Kath xxx

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