Monday, January 17, 2022

Simon Says - Insects and/or Birds

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...
INSECTS and/or BIRDS
I created a butterfly themed Art Journal Page using Simple Stories Vintage Weathered Garden Paper Pad, Bits and Pieces and Foam Stickers, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mini Glitch, Mini Mosaic Layering Stencil, Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Stretch Lower Thinlits and Idea-ology Small Talk Stickers.

I began by fixing papers from Simple Stories Vintage Weathered Garden Paper Pad in my Dylusions Small Creative Journal using Distress Collage Medium and once dry, trimmed off the excess. I applied a thin wash of white gesso using a paintbrush and then scraped on some extra gesso to create a little bit of texture. I added torn strips of paper and ephemera from the Bits and Pieces pack, all fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium.
I applied Distress Crackle Texture Paste randomly through the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mini Mosaic Layering Stencil from Stencil Set 28. 
I stamped the image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mini Glitch, inked with Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink randomly over the background. 
Once the texture paste areas were dry, I applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte over both pages, scribbled Peeled Paint Distress Crayon over the texture and used my fingers to push the colour into the crevices and to smooth out the colour. I added definition and shadows around the ephemera pieces using a Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen, again blended out the colour using my finger.
I die-cut the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Stretch Lower Thinlits three times from Distress Watercolor card, layered to create dimension and fixed to the page with Distress Collage Medium Matte.
I added Idea-ology Small Talk Stickers and butterflies from Simple Stories Vintage Weathered Garden Foam Stickers sheet.
To finish I added splatters of White and Black Gesso.




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

Friday, January 14, 2022

Quick and Easy Collage Cards

Hi my friends, it's hard to believe we are almost halfway through January already and the weather in my neck of the woods has been so strange, one day it's freezing cold and windy, quite normal for winter, the next day it's been positively springlike with mild temperatures and sunshine and hey, it's even been warm enough to sit outside with a coffee, crazy I know. In fact, I haven't been spending much time in the cubbyhole this week because I've embarked on a "new me-need more exercise-fitness" regime and all that being out and about at one with nature inspired me to make some quick and easy collage cards using the Simple Stories Vintage Weathered Garden collection from Simon Says Stamp.

I began by scoring and folding Distress Kraft HeavyStock to create A2 cards. I trimmed papers from  Simple Stories Vintage Weathered Garden 6" x 8" pad to be slightly smaller, distressed the edges with my Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios Paper Distresser and fixed to the cards using Distress Collage Medium Matte.
I trimmed the panels from the paper pad, distressed the edges and added to the cards.
I added ephemera from Simple Stories Vintage Weathered Garden Bits and Pieces pack popped up on foam adhesive to add dimension
To finish I added words and hearts from Simple Stories Vintage Weathered Garden Foam Stickers
The joy of using a collection is that it takes the thinking out of the equation because everything has been designed to go together and before you know, I have another 4 cards to add to the "if I need cards in a hurry" box, I told you they were quick and easy to make, didn't I.



Time to grab my coat, a warm woolly hat, my go anywhere boots and camera and set off on today's hike around one of my favourite walks. Have fun with whatever you are doing today, enjoy your weekend and I'll catch up with you all on Monday to share my DT project for Simon Says Monday Challenge using more of the Simple Stories Vintage Weathered Garden products.
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, January 10, 2022

Simon Says - Transport It

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...
TRANSPORT IT
I created a set of whimsical cards using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Wacky Transport Thinlits, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Bubble and Stars Mini Layering Stencils, Simon Says Talk Bubbles Stencil and sentiments from the Good Vibes stamp set by Sizzix UK Designer, Pete Hughes.

I began by trimming Distress Watercolor card to create 3 - A2 panels and coloured using Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stain and Tumbled Glass/Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Sprays. I created speech bubbles on each panel using Simon Says Talk Bubbles Stencil by pouncing White Gesso repeatedly through the stencil using a Mini Round Blending Tool, drying between layers. I stamped the sentiments from the Good Vibes stamp set from Sizzix UK Designer, Pete Hughes, inked with Black Soot Distress Archival ink on to the panels and cut some of the stamps apart to stamp individual words. 
I trimmed the panels to 4" x 5.1/4" with Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios Deckle Edge Trimmer and fixed the left over strips to the panels using Distress Collage Medium to add a little texture.
I die-cut Tim Holtz/Sizzix Wacky Transport Thinlits several times, to create dimension, from ~Tim Holtz/Idea-ology Classic KraftStock and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte.
To add some interest on the backgrounds, I applied Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink through the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Bubble Mini Layering Stencil from Set 5 and added faux stitching around the speech bubbles using a black permanent marker pen.
and added stars using Distress Crackle Texture Paste with the Stars Mini Layering Stencil from Set 11.
I inked the deckle edges with Ground Espresso Distress ink using a mini round blending tool and stamped the text from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Stuff To Say, inked with Barn Door Distress Archival ink, randomly over the panels.
To finish I matted the panels on to red Classic KraftStock trimmed to be 1/8" larger and fixed to A2 white card blanks.



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 

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Winter Wishes - Ready For A Hug Card

Hi my friends, I had planned on posting this card on Friday, now I realise that was yesterday. Feeble excuse, I know, but I'm still stuck in the "have no idea what day of the week it is" rut and I'm sure I'm not alone. It happens every year around this time but is even more confusing for this "needs help at the best of times" crafter when Christmas Day and Boxing Day fall on a weekend and the following Monday and Tuesday are Bank Holidays. BUT here I am on SATURDAY !!! sharing another Winter Wishes card using Simon Says Scattered Snowflakes Stencil and Warmest Wishes stamp set from the January Card Kit along with Tim Holtz/Ranger Chipped Sapphire and Kitsch Flamingo Distress Oxide inks to colour the background and the snowman.


I trimmed Distress Watercolor card to 4" x 5.1/4" and applied Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide ink through Simon Says Scattered Snowflakes Stencil using a Distress Blender Brush to create a soft gradient of colour. With the stencil in place, I sprinkled on water droplets, removed the stencil and dried.
I inked the snowman and tree images from Simon Says Warmest Wishes stamp set with Simon Says Intense Black, stamped to create a winter scene on Distress Watercolor card.
I drew in snowbanks with a black marker pen and fussy cut around the trees and snowman.
I fixed the panel to the background using foam adhesive to create dimension . I stamped the sentiment from Warmest Wishes, inked with Intense Black, on to a scrap of Distress Watercolor card and die-cut using the smallest circle from Tim Holtz/Sizzix Circle Thinlits. I die-cut a snowflake from Distress Watercolor card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Scribbly Snowflakes Thinlits, fixed to the back of the sentiment circle and fixed to the background using foam adhesive to add dimension.
I coloured the trees, snowman and sentiment circle with Chipped Sapphire and Kitsch Flamingo Distress Oxides ink using a Distress Detailer Brush.
I added a touch of sparkle to the snowbanks, the sentiment circle and the snowman's hat and scarf using a Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen.
To finish, I inked around the edge of the panel with Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide ink using a Mini Round Blending Tool and fixed the panel to an A2 white card blank.

Have fun with whatever you are creating and if it's snowy where you are, stay warm and cosy.
Hugs Kath xxx