Monday, December 6, 2021

Simon Says - Santa

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



It's the first Monday of December and that means we are showcasing one particular brand/company and this month the design team are using products from Tim Holtz. You don't need to use them to join in the challenge but we would love to see how you use them if you have them in your stash.
This week we are welcoming the lovely Susan Babcock aka Susanbcards into the Designer Spotlight and if you haven't visited her blog before, then you are in for a real treat. 
The theme for this week is...
SANTA
I decided to make Place Setting ornaments for my Christmas Day guests using Tim Holtz adorable Diecember Exclusive Dash Away All Thinlits, Tim Holtz/Sizzix Paper Village and Village Thinlits, Idea-ology Woodland Tree Lot and Bauble Findings to match my Christmas Table centerpiece which I'll be sharing soon.

I began by applying a coat of White Gesso to the wood slices and trimmed Distress Watercolor and Kraft HeavyStock card ready for die-cutting. I die-cut the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Paper Village houses and roofs and used the roof tile dies from Tim Holtz/Sizzix Village Thinlits to decorate the roofs. I die-cut the Santa and sleigh from Distress Watercolor using the Dash Away All die, 4 times for each ornament and layered to create dimension. I applied a thin coat of Distress Collage Medium to the top layer and sprinkled with Distress Rock Candy Glitter.
I assembled each house, drybrushed and added splatters of White Gesso. I added the roofs and used hot glue to fix the Dash Away All die-cuts in place. I applied Distress Grit Paste on the roofs and windows using a palette knife and sprinkled with Distress Rock Candy Glitter.
I attached the houses to the wood slices using hot glue, added a tree from Idea-ology Woodland Tree Lot decorated with Distress Grit Paste and Distress Rock Candy Glitter, an Idea-ology Bauble coloured with Deception Pearl and Mushroom Alcohol Ink and some sticks from my garden.
I applied Distress Grit Paste around the edges of the wood slice to cover up any blobs of hot glue.

To finish I coloured Rudolph's Nose with a red marker.

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

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Dash Away All

Hi my friends, have you managed to get your hands on the adorable Dash Away All set of dies, an amazing cyber Monday surprise gift from Tim Holtz and Simon Says Stamp.

I immediately fell in love with these dies and woohoo, they are perfectly sized to use with the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Village and Paper Village 1 and 2 Thinlits so I decided to create a winter scene in a 8" square Shadow Box with Santa and his trusty reindeer flying high into the sky on their way home to the North Pole. 
And I couldn't resist adding some Idea-ology Tiny Lights to make it even more magical.
I began by trimming Distress Watercolor card to 7.1/2" square, fixed the largest of the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Moon Masks in place with a piece of Sizzix Sticky Grid Sheet, spritzed the panel lightly with water and sprayed with Iced Spruce and Evergreen Bough Distress Spray Stains and dried. I spritzed a little Iced Spruce on to the craft mat on my Glass Media Mat and tapped the panel into the stain to pick up the droplets, flicked on some water and dried. I inked the words image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Jolly Santa, inked with Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide and holding the stamp in my hand, stamped randomly on the background. I die-cut the "woosh", the Santa and reindeer from the panel and fixed vellum behind the Santa aperture and the "woosh". I die-cut the Santa again from Distress Watercolor card and fixed into the aperture with Distress Collage Medium Matte. This was the stage of the make, I got carried away and forgot to pick up my camera. I die-cut Santa again twice and layered to raise him up from the background. I applied a thin coat of Glossy Accents to Idea-ology BlackOut KraftStock and dusted with Distress Moonlight Glitter. Once it was dry, I brushed off the excess glitter, placed the die on top and sandwiched between a folded sheet of copy paper before die-cutting. This saves any glitter sticking to your plates and believe me, ignore my advice and your plates will definitely need a rub-a-dub scrub in the kitchen sink. I adhered the glittered die-cut on top of the others slightly offset. 
I die-cut Tim Holtz/Sizzix Tall PinesThinlits from Distress Watercolor card and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium. I die-cut the large tree on the right 4 or 5 times and layered to create dimension. I added a generous splattering of Brushed Pewter Distress Paint to add some magical sparkle. I turned the Shadow Box over and placed the panel into the box face down to help with the placement of the Idea-ology Tiny Lights. I coloured the first light on the strand with Deception Pearl Alcohol Ink using a small brush, poked a hole alongside Rudolph's nose, pushed the light through the hole and began fixing the strand behind the reindeer, Santa and the woosh leaving the last 4 lights on the strand for the next step.
I die-cut the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Paper Village Thinlits from Distress Watercolor card. I painted the roofs with Evergreen Bough Distress Paint, fixed vellum behind the windows, assembled and positioned the remaining lights where I intended placing the houses. I sprayed the Idea-ology Woodland Trees with Iced Spruce Distress Spray Stain, coloured the Idea-ology Baubles with Sterling Alloy Alcohol Ink, painted the Idea-ology Decorative Deer with Brushed Pewter Distress Paint and added sparkly highlights with the Sterling Alloy Alcohol Ink. I added a thick layer of Distress Grit Paste on the bottom edge of the shadow box and fixed all the elements in place with hot glue. I applied Distress Grit Paste on the houses and trees and sprinkled generously with Distress Rock Candy Glitter and Distress Mica Flakes.
I pulled the battery pack to the outside, fixed the baseboard into the shadow box to hold the panel down and attached the battery pack with hot glue.
I applied Distress Grit Paste randomly around the edges of the shadow box and once it was dry, applied a thin coat of Distress Collage Medium and sprinkled with Distress Rock Candy Glitter and Distress Mica Flakes.
I added Idea-ology Mirrored Stars to the background and an Idea-ology Christsmas Word Plaque coloured with Picket Fence Distress Crayon and highlighted with Sterling Alloy Alcohol Ink. Then it was time to flick the switch on the Idea-ology Tiny Lights


Have fun with whatever you are making
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Holiday Sprigs

Hi my friends, I'm sharing a card I made with the Holiday Sprigs stamp and stencil and the Peace, Joy, Love and Hope Stencil from Simon Says Peace On Earth release. You can check out all the fabulous products from this release HERE.

I began by stamping the images from the Holiday Sprigs stamp set, inked with Simon Says Intense Black ink on to panels of Distress Watercolor card.I coloured the images using the matching Holiday Sprigs stencil with Distress Oxide inks using Simon Says Mini Blender Brushes and for this colouring challenged crafter, the stencil made it so easy.I trimmed a panel of Distress Watercolor card to 4" x 5.1/4" and applied Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink through the Peace Joy Hope Love stencil placed at an angle and with the stencil still in place, applied Distress Snowflake Grit Paste with a palette knife, sprinkled with Distress Rock Candy Glitter and set aside to dry. A little tip, do not put any paste left on your palette knife back in the jar because chances are it will have picked up some of the green colour and although it looked OK, I was proved right when I wiped it off on paper towel.There are matching dies for the Holiday Sprigs stamp set but I don't have them yet so I fussy cut the foliage and two sizes of Poinsettias leaving a small white border and fixed in place with foam adhesive.
I didn't want to distract from those gorgeous glittered Christmas words in the background so I didn't add a sentiment. To finish I covered an A2 white card blank with Simon Says Lipstick Red cardstock and added the panel. I applied Glossy Accents to the Poinsettia centres and red berries and once dry, added a white dot to the berries using a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen.


I'll be back tomorrow to share a project I made with the super adorable Cyber Monday Dash Away All die set from Simon Says Stamp and Tim Holtz, perfectly sized to use with the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Village and Paper Village 1 and 2 dies, a free gift available with a $25 purchase of Tim Holtz products but only available while supplies last.
Have fun with whatever you are making
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, November 29, 2021

Simon Says - Sparkle Mode

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...
SPARKLE MODE
This week the Design Team are showcasing products from Stampendous who are celebrating their 40th Anniversary, how fabulous is that!!! Huge Congratulations to Fran and her wonderful team.

I created cards that sparkle as you turn them in the light using the fun technique of stamping into layers of molten embossing powders. I used Stampendous Snowflakes, Mermaid Sea Embossing Powder Kits, Simon Says Antique Gold Embossing Powder, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Retro Flakes, inked with Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink and added Simon Says Reverse Merriest Christmas Sentiment Strips.

I began by pressing a Versamark ink pad randomly over an A2 panel of Distress Watercolor card, sprinkled a mix of Stampendous and Simon Says Antique Gold Embossing Powders over the panel and heat set. I repeated the process, adding more embossing powder and this time heated from underneath until the powders were melted.
I repeated the process one more time to build up layers and inked up the Retro Flake stamp with Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink in preparation of the next step.
I heated the panel from underneath and once the Embossing Enamels were molten, I pressed the stamp on to the panel, leaving it in place for 20 seconds or so. Rubber stamps are made in a vulcaniser at extreme temperatures so this technique won't harm your stamp in any way.
I repeated this process to decorate 3 panels and added Simon Says Reverse Merriest Sentiment Strips, die-cut using Simon Says Nested Banners dies and fixed in place with foam adhesive.
I matted the panels on to white card blanks covered with Idea-ology Metallic 3 Champagne KraftStock.




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