Monday, January 24, 2022

Simon Says - Furry Friends

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...
FURRY FRIENDS
I created a trio of love themed cards mixing old favourites, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Snarky Cats, Stitches and Media Marks 2 with the new Heart Stencils/Masks and Big XOXO die from Simon Says And Back Again release.

I began by colouring 3 - 4" x 5.1/4" panels of Distress Watercolor card by smooshing Spun Sugar Distress Oxide ink on to the craft mat on my Glass Media Mat, spritzed with water and laid the panels into the ink, dried and then tapped back in to pick up the remaining droplets, repeated until I was happy and dried.
I applied Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink through the second smallest heart stencil from Simon Says Hearts Stencils/Masks using a mini round blending tool, flicked on water with the stencil still in place on all 3 panels.
I stamped the sentiments from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Snarky Cats, images from Stitches and Media Marks 2, inked with Black Soot Distress Archival.
I die-cut Simon Says Big XOXO die 4 times from Distress Watercolor card and coloured with Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide inks using mini round blending tools to create an ombre effect and layered to create dimension.
I stamped the Snarky Cats images on Distress Watercolor card, inked with Black Soot Distress Archival, die-cut using the matching dies and coloured with Brushed Corduroy Distress ink using a mini round blending tool.
I fixed the XO to the panel using Distress Collage Medium, added the snarky cats, popped up on foam adhesive and added splatters of Brushed Corduroy Distress ink. 
I coloured the eyes with Spiced Marmalade Distress ink using a Distress Detailer Brush and added Glossy Accents to the noses.
To finish, I matted the panels on to A2 white card blanks, covered with Distress Kraft HeavyStock.


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

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Love Your Kind Heart

Hi my friends, I'm sharing a card which could be for Valentine's Day or just to send to a friend using the So Much Love stamp set and Polka Hearts Stencil from Simon Says To The Moon January release.

I trimmed Distress Watercolor card to 4" x 5.1/4", smooshed Kitsch Flamingo and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide inks on to the craft mat on my glass media mat and spritzed with water. I laid the panel into the inks, dried and tapped back in to pick up the remaining droplets of ink. I placed the Polka Hearts Stencil over the panel, pounced White Gesso through the polka dots using a Mini Round Blending Tool and dried.
I cleaned the stencil and moved it so that the hearts were over the polka dots and applied Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink using a Distress Blending Brush.
With the stencil still in place, I inked the sentiment from Simon Says Warmest Wishes stamp set with Intense Black ink and stamped through the stencil on to the pink hearts.
I inked the sentiments from Simon Says So Much Love with Intense Black ink and stamped in the centre of the panel.
I added sequins from Lucy's Little Things Crystal Collection and matted the panel on to an A2 card blank.



Have fun with whatever you are making
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Love You With All My Heart

Hi my friends, with Valentine's Day just around the corner, I'm sharing a card made with Simon Says Faceted Snowflakes Embossing Folder, Layered Chickadee die and So Much Love stamp set from the January To The Moon release and Etched Berry Branch from the Handmade Holiday release.

I trimmed Distress Watercolor card to make a 4" x 5.1/4" panel and embossed using Simon Says Faceted Snowflakes Embossing Folder. I spritzed the panel with Faded Jeans and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide Sprays, spritzed with water and dried.I added splatters of Snow Flurries Distress Mica Stain to add a little sparkle, dried and sanded back the detail on the embossed snowflakes.I die-cut Simon Says Etched Berry Branch from Distress Watercolor card and fixed to the panel with Distress Collage Medium, leaving the tips of the leaves without adhesive to create dimension.I die-cut Simon Says Layered Chickadee from Distress Watercolor card, coloured with Faded Jeans and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide inks using Distress Blending Brushes, added the beak and eye die-cut from black card and assembled.I stamped the Love sentiment from Simon Says So Much Love, inked with Simon Says Intense Black on to a scrap of Distress Watercolor card and fussy cut. There is a matching die for this sentiment but I don't have it. I find fussy cutting quite relaxing, patience and a good pair of scissors make the task so much easier.I inked the smaller sentiment from the So Much Love stamp set with Versamark ink, stamped on to a scrap of black card, sprinkled with Simon Says White Detail Embossing Powder, heat set and trimmed. I fixed both sentiments and the bird in place with thin strips of foam adhesive to create dimension. I felt that the bird was looking lost against the blue background, so I die-cut another Etched Berry Branch, did a little surgery to separate the leaves and berries and tucked them behind the bird.


To finish I matted the panel on to an A2 white card blank. I'll be back soon to share more makes with new products from Simon Says, in the meantime, have fun with whatever you are making.

Hugs Kath xxx

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