Monday, November 18, 2019

Simon Says - Recycle

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge BlogThank 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...
RECYCLE
I recycled empty Idea-ology Design Tape containers to make festive treat holders for the guests at my Christmas table.

First I needed to remove the labels so I dunked them in a bath of warm soapy water which removed the paper element but left behind a sticky goo. I've tried many many versions of Sticky Residue Remover and some work better than others so I resorted to an old tried and tested method which works every time. I dried each container and filled them with hand hot water and left them to stand for a minute or so, then put a good spot of sunflower or vegetable oil on to kitchen towel and rubbed. Hey presto, the goo is gone we're ready to decorate.
I die-cut 3 snowflakes per container from Simon Says Stamp Silver Glitter paper using the Kate snowflake. I adhered the snowflakes to the containers using Distress Crackle Paint and left to dry overnight. I painted the tops of the lids with Tumbled Glass Distress Paint and while the paint was still wet, sprinkled with Distress Rock Candy Clear Glitter. I filled the containers with mints, fitted the lids and added Idea-ology Design Tape around the tops to hide the inner section of the lid which I didn't paint just in case, with the extra coats of paint, the lid wouldn't fit back into the container. 
I die-cut tags from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas 2019 Paper Stash using the starter kit that came with the Sizzix Sidekick
I pencilled around the inside of the tag on to scraps of Distress Watercolor card, cut out and inked the edges with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink using a mini round blending tool.
I stamped the images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Seasonal Scribbles inked with Fired Brick and Black Soot Distress Archival inks and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink.

I sprayed Idea-ology Woodland Trees with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink


I applied Grit Paste with my finger to the tips of the trees, fixed to the lid along with white pom poms using Distress Collage Medium Matte. I tied the tags to the container handle with Red Bakers Twine



and as an afterthought, I added "25" die-cut from red Idea-ology Classic Kraftstock using Alphanumeric Label Thinlits and Ice Crystal Sequins.



At one stage, I did think I might give these treat holders to my Grandson for his fundraising Christmas Craft Fairs but quickly realised anything consumable for sale needs the required allergy etc labels to keep the Food Regulation Police happy and having already spent time removing labels, I had no intention of sticking any back on again. So the family will all have their own individual tub of mints, the perfect digestion aid after over-indulging at the Christmas Day Feast.


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 all have the chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend at Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2 pm CET to join in...

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I look forward to seeing what you create this week...
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


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Friday, November 15, 2019

The Ho Ho Deer Production Line

Hi my friends, thank heavens it's Friday because it's been one of those hectic weeks in the cubbyhole. Brodie has his first Christmas Craft Fair tomorrow to fund raise for his trip to Machu Picchu so I've been back on the production line, burning the midnight oil to make more Christmas cards using the adorable Ho Ho Deer die, and red pom poms that came with Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit and Pebbles Metallic Foil Foam Alphabet Stickers from the October Card Kit.

I learned my lesson from the last production line adventure and kept this one fairly simple. I began by trimming kraft card bases to measure 3.3/4" x 5", inked one of the snowflakes from Mini Weathered Winter, one of my favourite Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Christmas stamp sets with Colorbox Frost White Pigment ink and heat set.
 die-cut the deer
coloured the antlers with Ground Espresso Distress Marker and the eyes with a Sakura Black Glaze Pen
I matted the panels on to A2 white card blanks and used the Alphabet Stickers to create the sentiment. When I ran out of "Y" and "R", it was time to get creative with alternative sentiments.
I fixed Lucy Little Things Ice Crystal Sequins and the red pom poms in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte
I inked the sentiment from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Modern Christmas with Ranger Carnation Archival ink, trimmed and fixed to the cards with Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive.

On the one hand, I'm hoping for a big turnout and lots of sales tomorrow, on the other, if stocks are seriously depleted, I will be back on production line "Christmas cardmaking" duty again on Monday for Christmas Craft Fair Take 2 on the 30th. Have a great weekend, whatever you have planned.
Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx

 
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Thursday, November 14, 2019

AALL& Create - Teasel

Hi my friends, I'm sharing a gift bag I made as a sample for the AALL&Create One Day Special Show on Hochanda with the beautiful #239 Teasel stamp set designed by the lovely and very talented Tracy Evans and if you follow my blog, you'll know that I love to decorate plain white gift bags. In my opinion, you can never have enough gift bags, they are so handy to have when you need to send some treats or birthday goodies to family and friends.

I stamped the image on to the panel inked with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink.
and used my favourite watercolour smooshing technique with Dusty Concord and  Peeled Paint Distress Oxide inks to add quick colouring and working on small sections at a time, I can control where the colours go. It is important to dry between colours so it doesn't end up a strange coloured muddy mess.
I smooshed Dusty Concord Distress Oxide ink on to my Glass Media Mat and spritzed with water to create perfectly colour-co-ordinated Crinkle Ribbon.
I inked the number section of the stamp with Versafine Clair Nocturne, stamped on to a scrap of Distress Watercolor card, coloured with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink and trimmed to create a tag.
I fixed the panel to the bag, added the tag fixed in place with Tim Holtz Mini Foam Adhesive and fixed the Crinkle Ribbon and double twine bow to the handle.

I stamped the sentiment on to scraps of Distress Watercolor card using Versafine Clair Nocturne, trimmed, edged with Dusty Concord Distress Oxide ink using a mini round blending tool, fixed in place and used a Sakura Micron Pen to add doodling around the edges.

You can find AALL&Create products and a list of worldwide stockists HERE

Hugs Kath xxx



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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Peace On Earth

Hi folks, today I'm sharing a card I made for the Facebook Live launch of Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous 2019 Christmas collection. If you missed all the fun, you can check out all the stamps, stencils and inspiration samples over on Tim's Blog HERE.

I trimmed Distress Watercolor card to create a 4.1/2" x 6.1/2" panel and spritzed with Black Soot and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide sprays on the textured side of the card. I dried and spritzed with water to create that beautiful oxidised look. I inked sections of the Lumberjack background with Black Soot Distress Archival ink and holding the stamp in my hands, stamped randomly on the background.
I stamped the holly image from Yuletide Gatherings inked with Black Soot Distress Archival and I love how the texture of the watercolor card gives the images a slightly faded look.
I inked the Peace sentiment from Christmastime 2 with Versamark and heat embossed with Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold. I inked the stamp again and repeated the process which gave the sentiment  more dimension. I inked the Peace On Earth sentiment from Modern Christmas with Versamark ink, stamped on to black card and heat embossed with Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold. I trimmed off Peace and fixed the sentiment in place with Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive.
I sprinkled Stampendous Frantage Chunky White and Aged Black Embossing Enamels on the panel and heated from underneath until melted. I added Ranger Carnation Red Enamel Accents to the holly berries on the stamped images.
I tapped the Versamark ink pad around the edges of the panel, sprinkled with Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold and heat embossed. I added the panel to mats of white and black card and adhered to a 5" x 7" white card blank.
Classic, elegant and traditional and fairly easy to make multiple times if you enlist the help of every stamper's best friend, the Stamp Platform. If I can magic up some extra hours in the day, this may well be this year's special Christmas card for family and friends.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx


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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

AALL&Create - Blooming Field

Hi my friends, it's Tuesday and that means I'm sharing my AALL&Create Guest Designer project. I decorated a Journal cover with one of the images from #229 Blooming Field designed by Olga Heldwein. I love floral images and they don't come any more beautiful than these. There is so much detail and shading on the flowers which makes colouring easy. Now that the chilly days have arrived, I was inspired to go with Autumnal colours.

I began by die-cutting Eileen Hull's BigZ XLScoreboard Journal from Sizzix Matboard.
I inked the large image from #229 Blooming Field with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and stamped on to the front cover and masking paper.
 I fussy cut the masking paper image, placed on top of the stamped image and sprayed the covers with Antique Linen and Tea Dye Distress Oxide Spray inks to create a soft look. I dried the covers and spritzed with water, blotting off the excess with a paper towel.
I added Tea Dye Distress Oxide ink through Stencil #52 Quadrilaterals using a mini round blending tool.
I rubbed the Ground Espresso Distress Oxide ink over the back of Stencil #53 Florastella, spritzed with water and monoprinted on to the covers.
I removed the mask and coloured the image with simple watercoloring using Tea Dye, Pine Needles and Ground Espresso Distress inks.
And last but not least, I couldn't resist a little bit of stencilling using my favourite AALL&Create Stencil #39 Lotza Dotz with Pine Needles Distress Oxide ink. 
I applied Distress Collage Medium Matte randomly on the background and centre of the largest flower, applying it sparingly with my finger, sprinkled with Stampendous Frantage Aged Black and Chunky White Embossing Enamel and heated until melted. 
I fixed the covers together with Ranger Wonder Tape and added shading around the edges using Ground Espresso Distress Oxide ink and a mini round blending tool.
I inked the sentiments from #229 Blooming Field with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and stamped on to a scrap of card coloured with Tea Dye Distress Oxide ink, sprinkled with Ranger Superfine Clear Embossing Powder and heated until melted. I tore around the edges of the sentiments and fixed to the cover with Distress Collage Medium Matte.


You can find the AALL&Create products I used and a list of worldwide stockists HERE



I'll be back tomorrow to share another Christmas card using stamps from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Christmas 2019 Collection
Hugs Kath xxx



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