Friday, July 19, 2019

Goodbye Sweet Friend...

Hi my friends, this week I had to make the heartbreaking decision that every pet owner dreads and say goodbye to my Furry Hooligan. Over the last few months old age has been rapidly catching up with him and he was struggling at times with everyday life. But when a sore inflamed eye didn’t respond to treatment and large lumps appeared on his head and neck, I knew the time had come for me to let him go. I couldn’t put him through the trauma of surgery followed probably by a course of aggressive chemotherapy, which may have given him, at best, a few more months of life. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do but I know, in my heart, it was the right thing to do for my best friend and faithful cubbyhole companion. I will miss him more than words can ever say and the cubbyhole will never be the same without him. In his last few days, he seemed to lose his enthusiasm for life but not for food I hasten to add and after tucking into his breakfast, he did what he has done every day since he was a puppy, he clocked in at the cubbyhole, lay down on his favourite rug ready for a day of supervising, snoozing and snoring. He was a larger than life character, a chance his luck at every opportunity cheeky chappie and a very naughty hooligan on occasions but the gentlest sweetest soul at the same time and I will treasure forever all the precious memories of the happy times we spent together.

 Farewell Buddy
 my beautiful boy, you will live on in my heart always xxx

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

AALL&Create - Hexagonal Stem

Hi folks, it's Tuesday and that means it's time to share this week's Guest Designer project for AALL&Create using the gorgeous Hexagonal Stem #206 stamp set designed by Tracy Evans.

I smooshed Victorian Velvet and Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide inks on to my Glass Media Mat and brayered the colours on to my 5" x 7" Gelli Press Plate.
I spritzed the plate lightly with water and pulled a print on to Distress Watercolor card trimmed to 4.3/4"" x 6.3/4".
I inked the top hexagon section only on Hexagonal Stems #206 with Hickory Smoke Distress Archivaal ink and stamped randomly on the background.
I die-cut Distress Watercolor card using two ovals from Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stitched Ovals Thinlits to create a frame.
and coloured the centre section with Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink using a mini round blending tool, spritzed with water and dabbed with kitchen towel.
I inked the flower images with Black Soot Archival and stamped on to Idea-ology Plain Collage Paper. I coloured the flowers on the reverse with Victorian Velvet and Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide inks and dried. I traced around the images with a wet paint brush and teased apart with my fingers.
I fixed the frame in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte, added the coloured flower and squares. I fixed the extra flower to a scrap of Distress Watercolor card, fussy cut, fixed with Mini Foam Adhesive to create dimension and applied a generous coat of Distress Collage on the bottom of the frame.
I placed the panel in the lid of the Gelli Press box and sprinkled the Distress Collage Medium Matte with Prima Art and Mini Art Stones. These little devils are inclined to go everywhere so drastic measures to contain them are very necessary.
I wound Hemptique Twine around the panel and tied in a double bow, added a few extra hexagons and highlighted the stamped hexagons on the background with a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen. I inked the sentiment from the stamp set with Black Soot Archival, stamped on to a scrap of Distress Watercolor card, fussy cut and fixed in place with Mini Foam Adhesive.
I matted the panel on to Slate cardstock trimmed slightly larger and then on to a 5" x 7" White card blank.

You can find the AALL&Create products I used and where to buy HERE
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Simon Says - Animal Magic

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...

Tim Holtz is the featured brand of the month over on the Simon Says Stamp Store Blog and the Design Team  are showcasing some of his fabulous products this week!

and the theme for this week is...
I decorated a Dina Wakley Canvas Media Board with Tim Holtz/Sizziz Chapter 3 Christmas dies to create an 8" x 8" Christmas for very special friends card, one which could be framed perhaps or used as a Christmas Home Decor item.

I began by trimming the Canvas Media Board to 7.3/4"" x 7.3/4" and applied a coat of White Gesso using a palette knife to create a slightly uneven surface.
I wanted the background to be quite light, so decided to go with a neutral colour palette and use the watercolor smooshing technique. I pressed the Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink pad on to a piece of plastic, spritzed with water, laid on to the panel, pressed down with my fingers to spread the ink around and dried with my heat tool.
I repeated the process with Old Paper and Pumice Stone Distress Oxide inks, drying between each layer and added splatters of Antique Linen and Pumice Stone. If you wanted the background to be darker, just add more layers but remember to dry in between.
I die-cut a circle mask and applied Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink using a mini round blending tool around the mask to create a moon, faded the colour out over the entire panel, flicked on droplets of water and patted with kitchen towel to absorb the excess water.
 I inked the music background from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Music & Adverts with Ground Espresso Distress Archival and stamped randomly on the background.
I die-cut Festive Repeat from Gold Classic KraftStock Metallic 
tore into strips and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte along with Crochet Thinlits die-cut from Distresss Mixed Media Heavystock, coloured with the same colour Distress Oxides I used for the background with the addition of Ground Espresso.
I die-cut Tim Holtx/Sizzix Reindeer BigZ 4 times from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock, fixed together and coloured with Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide inks
I die-cut Tim Holtz/Sizzix Layered Pine BigZ from Idea-ology Corrugated Textured Surfaces and Substrate Sheet
I applied a light coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte over the panel, randomly on the Reindeer and Layered Pine, sprinkled with Stampendous Frantage Chunky White Embossing Enamel and heat set.
I fixed left over waste pieces from the Festive Repeat die-cut on the panel using Distress Collage Medium Matte and added the Reindeer and Layered Pine popped up on Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive to create dimension.
I die-cut 3 Large Funky Festive Thinlits flowers from white card, coloured with Ground Espresso and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide inks and fixed in place with Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive.
I wound white twine around the panel, created a hanging bauble using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Circle Words Thinlits die-cut from white card, card coloured with Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Distress Oxide inks and Gold Classic KraftStock Metallic. I fixed the bauble in place with Distress
Collage Medium Matte, added a twine bow, an Idea-ology Tiny Bell to the reindeer and matted the panel on to a 8/1.4" Brown Card Blank 

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 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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Friday, July 12, 2019

Tim Holtz/Sizzix Chapter 3 - Nordic Winter Neutrals

Hi folks, I've become a little bit obsessed with a certain die called Nordic Winter from Tim Holtz/Sizzix Chapter 3 release and before I set this amazingly versatile die aside and concentrate on the other dies, I treated myself to one more play and created a set of 6 cards to kick-start this year's mission to make boxes of cards for local charities. When you have the supplies on your workdesk anyway and a pile of left-over bits and pieces to be used up, it's just as easy to make 6 cards as it is one. If the truth be known, I'm currently in quick and easy/working part-time mode because come 1.00pm, the cubbyhole is closed for business and everything stops for tennis.

I chose a neutral palette of black/grey and brown/kraft for my set of clean and simple, have to be quick to make, set of cards and gathered supplies.
Nordic Winter Thinlits die/Star Trim Impresslits
Scraps of Idea-ology Classic KraftStock,sanded back to reveal the kraft core
 and Tim Holtz/Sizzix Adhesive Sheets fixed on the back
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Glorious Gatherings, Simple Sayings and Brushstrokes
I trimmed white cardstock to create 6 - 4.1/4" x  5.1/4" cards, inked the Brushstrokes image with Hickory Smoke and Pumice Stone Distress Oxide inks, spritzed the stamp with water and stamped on the cards.
I used scraps of Classic Kraft Stock to die cut only what I needed for the cards - the houses, larger trees, deer and large stars, die-cutting whole panels and ending up with an even bigger mountain of waste was not on the cards, forgive the pun
I fixed the die-cuts on the background, added a torn strip of Classic KraftStock to ground them, die-cut the gorgeous and very detailed Star Trim 3D Impresslits which I cut into small strips and attached to the cards with Distress Collage Medium Matte.
I inked the sentiments from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Glorious Gatherings and Simple Sayings with Black Soot and Vintage Photo Distress Archival inks and stamped on the cards, mixing up the sentiments from the two stamp sets.

I added Lucy's Little Things Ice Crystal sequins to add just a little touch of Christmas bling..

Have a great weekend whatever you are planning. ME, I'll be glued to the TV for what I suspect is going to be a spectacular weekend of tennis and woohoo I'll be cheering on my hero, the mighty Federer who, and I don't want to tempt fate, has had a fairly easy ride so far through to the semi final but now faces Rafa and I have a sneaky feeling that is going to be a cracker of a match. Let the best man win and roll on the Men's Final on Sunday.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

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