Friday, July 20, 2018

Fun With Alcohol Lift Ink...

Hi folks, it's Friday and despite a busy week, surprise, surprise, I did manage to fit in a little playtime with my new craft goodies and oh boy, the Alcohol Lift Ink is amazing, what a game changer it is and has made me fall in love with Alcohol Inks all over again. But before I rushed in, as I usually do, I made myself a cuppa and headed over to Tim's blog where he shared the Facebook Live Video+lots of hints, tips and samples HERE
and then I popped over to Paula Cheney's blog where you'll find an excellent step-by-step tutorial HERE to help get you started. And cor blimey, I have to say I was pretty pleased with my first attempt...

I trimmed the 5"x 7" sheet of Yupo in half to make two backgrounds, added drops of Amethyst, Dandelion and Turquoise Alcohol Ink and a drop of Blending Solution to the felt pad on a mini round blending tool and pounced until I was happy with the result (the one on the right) but I still had ink left on the pad so I swiped it across the second piece of Yupo (the one on the left) which I set aside for later.
It is very important that you use a clean stamp for this technique to prevent contamination of the Alcohol Lift Ink Pad and I don't have many of those. My idea of cleaning stamps is a quick swipe with a rag and with my "not used often" Archival Ink Cleaner running on fumes, it was a bit of a mission. But hey ho, there were two images on Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Sea Life that fitted the bill. Once I had inked and stamped the image, I grabbed a clean paper towel and dabbed (do not rub) repeatedly turning the towel to a clean spot each time. Once there was no ink coming off on the towel, I buffed the image with a soft cloth and repeated the process for each image.
I put the smallest drop of Alcohol Lift Ink re-inker on to a clean piece of felt, pounced on my work surface to distribute the ink and pounced through the Bubble Mini Layering Stencil from Set 5 and repeated the process of dabbing and buffing. Pretty amazing, if I say so myself.
and using the other clean stamp on the Sea Life set
I trimmed a piece of Distress Media Heavystock to be slightly smaller than the A2 card blank, embossed wth the Lumber 3D Texture Fade and coloured with Peacock Feathers and Gathered Twigs using  mini round blending tools.
I added extra bubbles with a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen and Idea-ology Small Talk Stickers.

But my new addiction with Alcohol Lift Ink will have to wait because I'm off on a fun weekend trip to the ALLandCreate workshop to meet up with lots of crafty friends. First there's a suitcase to pack and those grungy hands and nails sure need some serious attention. I'm so looking forward to sitting back, relaxing and letting the train take the strain, no need to be there hours before departure, no security queues to negotiate, no restrictions on what you can carry in your luggage and the view from the window is far more interesting than staring at clouds. Enjoy your weekend whatever you have planned and I'll see you all on Monday with my DT project for a very special challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and a little birdie tells me that the wonderful elves at Simon Says Stamp have been busy packing up extra special boxes of goodies for you to win.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Fishing You A Happy Birthday...

Hi folks...I'm back to share the last of the quick and easy cards made with the Simon Says Stamp Cool Summer July Card Kit using the One Cool Pineapple Stamp set, this time featuring the cute fishes.
I stamped the fishes, sentiment and bubbles with Simon Says Intense Black ink on to a panel of  White Cardstock, die cut with Simon Says Wonky Rectangles die and coloured with Distress Oxide re-inkers using a Distress Detailer Brush.
I tapped Evergreen Bough and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide inks on to my glass mat, spritzed with water, added a wash to the background using the Distress Broad Water Brush and flicked on water to create the watersplashed look.
I added white accents to the sentiment and the bubbles using a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen and used a Zig Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter pen to add shimmer to the fish and a coat of Glossy Accents.
I'll be back tomorrow with another Sea Life project, this time using the FABULOUS new Alcohol Lift Ink from Tim Holtz and Ranger.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

You're One In A Melon...

Hi folks, I'm back to share another two quick and easy cards made with the Simon Says Stamp Cool Summer July Card Kit, again using images from the One Cool Pineapple stamp set...
I used the same format as the previous cards, a panel die cut using Simon Says Wonky Rectangles, stamped the melon slices along the bottom and an extra on to a scrap of card. I stamped the sentiment with Simon Says Intense Black ink, coloured the melons with Zig Clean Color Brush Markers, added highlights with a Sakura White Jelly Roll Pen. I fussy cut the extra melon, added glossy accents and popped up on 3D foam.

and the second card
I stamped the melons and the sentiments on the background of the Wonky Rectangles panel with Simon Says Intense Black and an extra melon on to a scrap of card. I coloured the background with a wash using Zig Clean Colour Brush Markers and a Distress Broad Water Brush. I added splatters to the background using what was left of the Brush Marker scribbled on my craft mat, added highlights to the melon and sentiment with a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen.
I fussy cut the extra melon slice, added Glossy Accents and popped it up on 3D foam.
I'll be back tomorrow to share one more card made from the July kit and oh boy have you seen the Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit,

it's an absolute corker, a beautiful floral stamp set, a gorgeous background stamp, delicious papers and loads more and I can't wait for mine to arrive.
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Happy Happy Happy Mail Monday...

Hi folks, the sunshine seems to be taking some time out in my little corner of the world at the moment but despite yesterday's gloomy sky and rain showers, this old crafter was full of the joys, dancing on the ceiling and absolutely thrilled when the postie came a-knocking with a parcel filled with Distress Oxide deliciousness and the new Alcohol Lift Ink products.

A huge thank you to Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz, I'm so grateful for your support, encouragement, amazing kindness and generosity and can't wait to dive in and get inky. But, of course, my obsession with everything organised took over and first task of the day was the all important labelling and sorting out my Distress Oxide re-inker and mini blending tool storage
which sits just within reach on the shelf below my workdesk. 
And as luck would have it, there are two empty shelves ready for the next "before Christmas" release and woohoo my Distress Oxide collection will be complete.
I'm off on a jolly this weekend, attending a workshop with my bestest buddy Anne and I have a couple of  "deadlines looming" projects to finish off before then...

but if you visit my blog on a regular basis, you'll know that I'm unlikely to be able to resist and will be doing my utmost to squeeze in a little playtime with the new boys in town. And hey ho...I just happened to find some alcohol ink backgrounds in the "saving for another playtime" box so who knows, watch this space.
I'll be back tomorrow to share another two cards made with the Simon Says Stamp July Card Kit, in the meantime, have fun whatever you're creating.
And don't forget to tune in to Tim's Facebook Live tonight at 5.00pm if you're in the UK for the launch of the new Sizzix Seasonal releases.
Toodle-oo for now 
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, July 16, 2018

Simon Says...Add A Little Sparkle

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...

and the theme for this week is...
ADD A LITTLE SPARKLE
I made a Cocktail Beach Party card using  new and old favourite Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous stamp sets - Cocktails Blueprints, Handwritten Thoughts and Crazy Cats and I know the theme says "A Little Sparkle" but I didn't get that memo and added sparkle at every opportunity.
I trimmed a panel of  Mixed Media Heavystock to 4.1/2" x 6.1.2" and coloured using Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide inks which seems to be a favourite colour combo at the moment.
I laid the Splotches Mini Layering Stencil from Set 9 on the panel and dabbed with a slightly damp cloth which removed some of the colour from the background.
I stamped the image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Cocktails Blueprints and the sentiment from Handwritten Thoughts with Black Soot Archival and heat set with Ranger Superfine Clear Emobssing Powder. I applied Ranger Opague Texture Paste through the Splotches Mini Layering Stencil and flicked on some drops of Distress Resist Spray.
I sprinkled Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter on to the spots of Distress Resist Spray which is technically a glue and will hold the glitter in place. I then put a little Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter into the lid of the jar and added a pinch or two of Ranger Superfine White Detail Embossing Powder, sprinkled on to the Texture Paste and heat set when the paste was dry.
The texture paste is much more sparkly in real life than in the photos.
I stamped the Crazy Cat image and accessories from Crazy Things on to Mixed Media Heavystock with Black Soot Archival, coloured with Distress Markers using a Distress Detailer Water Brush and die- cut with the matching Framelits using the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Sidekick. I make no apologies for singing the praises of this cute little machine AGAIN, it's the best thing since sliced bread,an amazing portable "take anywhere" game changing time-saver.
I stamped the Cocktail Blueprint image again on to Mixed Media Heavystock, heat embossed as before, coloured with Distress Markers, fussy cut and popped up on 3D foam to create dimension. I added Glossy Accents to the glass and cherry and highlights with a Sakura White Gelly Roll pen.
I coated the balloons with Distress Collage Medium Matte and sprinkled with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter. I popped the cat up on 3D foam, added Glossy Accents to his eyes and used Eclectic Elements Black thread for the balloon strings. I used Simon Says Stamp Summer Gold Sequins to add a little more sparkle.
I added the panel to white cardstock and fixed Idea-ology Halloween Design Tape around the edge, trimmed leaving a white border and added to a 5" x 7" black card blank,

You can find all the products I used over at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp online store...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
and why not encourage your children to join in the crafting fun too

Simon Says Stamp currently has a Kids Vacation Challenge running for all young budding designers! Click HERE to go directly to the challenge for all the details.
Hugs Kath xxx

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