Monday, July 4, 2022

Simon Says - Red, White and/or Blue

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.


Before we get to this week's challenge, it's time to announce that the annual Kids Vacation Challenge over on Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is back. It's open to all kids aged 2 to 16 and will run until 6pm EST on 28th July. We want to encourage our kids to get crafty so let them loose to have fun in your crafty space and share their makes with us. You can find all the details on how to enter HERE, with the chance to win one of 3 fabulous specially selected Simon Says Grab Bags.


It's the first Monday of the month when the design team showcase one particular brand/company and this month we are all using fabulous products from Paper Rose. You don't have to use them to join in the challenge but if you have them, we would love to see what you make with them.
We are also welcoming the lovely and very talented Rox aka Red Dirt Crafter as this month's Designer In The Spotlight. If you haven't visited Rox before, pop on over, you are in for a real treat.

The theme for this week is...
RED WHITE AND/OR BLUE
I made a card to wish all my friends in the USA a very happy 4th of July using Uncharted Mariner Distress Oxide Ink and Paint, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Bubbles, Falling Stars Layering Stencil and Mechanical Element Stencils, Sizzix Shadow Upper Thinlits and balloons fussy cut from Paper Rose Sunny Days patterned paper.

I smooshed the Uncharted Mariner ink pad on to my Glass Media Mat, spritzed generously with water and applied a wash of colour on to an A2 panel of Distress Watercolor card. I dried, spritzed the panel with water and dapped with a cloth to create that water droplet effect. I applied Uncharted Mariner Distress Paint through the Mechanical Element Stencil using a mini round blending tool. I inked Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Bubbles with Uncharted Mariner Distress Oxide ink and holding the stamp in my hands, stamped randomly on the background. I fixed Tim Holtz Design Tape from a retired Christmas set to Distress Watercolor card and die-cut using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Shadow Upper Thinlits.
I die-cut the letters 3 more times from Distress Watercolor card, stacked to create dimension and fixed to the panel using Distress Collage Medium.
I fussy cut the red balloons from the Paper Rose patterned paper, intensified the colour with Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink, applied with a mini round blending tool and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium.
I applied Distress Grit Paste through Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Falling Stars Layering Stencil.
I trimmed the panel to 3.3/4" x 5", matted on to Distress Watercolor card, coloured around the edges with Candied Apple Distress Ink using the direct to paper technique and matted on to an A2 white card blank. To finish I used Eclectic Elements Thread for the bow and balloon strings.



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, July 1, 2022

Make Today Amazing

Hi my friends, it's Friday, the first day of a new month and I'm sharing another card made using one of the backgrounds from my playtime with Uncharted Mariner. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the sentiment is a good omen because yesterday was one of those "brain not plugged in" disaster days. I thought I had transferred the step by step photos for this card to my draft post, so I deleted them from my camera and the photo editing programme, only to discover that was not the case. It's that spinning too many plates at one time syndrome but it is what it is, once they're gone they're gone and there's no point having a meltdown after the event. It's time to suck it up, move on and admit I'm an idiot.

The background was created in the same way as yesterday's card using Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Uncharted Mariner Distress Oxide inks. I coloured the edge of an ephemera piece from the Idea-ology Ephemera Memoir pack with the Uncharted Mariner Distress Oxide ink pad and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium. I applied Crackling Campfire Distress Oxide ink through Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Linked Circles Layering Stencil using a mini round blending tool. I  stamped the floral image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Botanic Collage, inked with Black Soot Distress Archival Ink. I inked part of the script section on another Botanic Collage image with Uncharted Mariner Distress Oxide ink and stamped randomly on the Memoir panel and background. I inked the image from Eccentric with Versamark ink, sprinkled with Ranger White Detail Embossing Powder and heat set. I flicked Distress Resist Spray over the panel, sprinkled with the embossing powder and heat set. I stamped the sentiment from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Noteworthy on to a scrap of Alcohol Ink Black Cardstock inked with Versamark ink, sprinkled with embossing powder, heat set, trimmed to create individual words and fixed to the panel using Distress Collage Medium. To finish I matted the Distress Watercolor card panel on to an A2 white card blank.

All's well that ends well. Enjoy your weekend whatever you have planned and I'll see you all on Monday to share my DT project for Simon Says Monday Challenge. In the meantime, have fun with whatever you are making and remember, if things go haywire, tomorrow is another day and in my case, I'll settle for one that is ordinary, drama and stress free.
Hugs Kath xxx

I have temporarily disabled comments on my blog due to being inundated with spam comments recently. It's not the best start to the day having to remove 142 from morons who need a slap around the face with a baseball bat.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Trust Your Crazy Ideas

Hi my friends, I'm back on board the SS Uncharted Mariner to share a card made from my "making backgrounds" adventure with the latest colour to join the Distress Family.

I smooshed Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Uncharted Mariner Distress Oxide inks by on to my Glass Media Mat, spritzed with water and tapped an A2 panel of Distress Watercolor card on to the inks, dried and tapped back in to pick up the remaining droplets. I mixed Crackling Campfire Distress Paint in to Distress Grit Paste and applied through the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Elements Stencils - Freight
I stamped the images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Inquisitve inked with Uncharted Mariner and Rusty Hinge Distress Oxides and the images from Eccentric inked with Black Soot Distress Archival.

I stamped the image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Dapper, inked with Black Soot Distress Archival, on to the panel just for placement and again on to Plain Collage Paper.
I painted the back of the images with White Gesso
I repeated this process with the images from Eccentric because I wanted them to stand out more on the panel.
I fixed the plain collage paper images to the panel with Distress Collage Medium and added Idea-ology Small Talk Stickers, sanded back aroimmd the edges to reveal the white core.

I trimmed the panel to 4" x 5.1/4" and fixed to an A2 white card blank.


I'll be back tomorrow to share another card also made using an Uncharted Mariner/Crackling Campfire colour combo. In the meantime, have fun with whatever you're making.
Hugs Kath xxx




Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Simon Says - You're Sweet

Hi my friends, I'm back to share another card made using Simon Says July Card Kit. Can you tell I had so much fun making with this card kit but this will be the last card for now, time to move on to new making and organisation adventures. I used the Simple Stories Vintage Lemon Twist patterned papers, Tim Holtz/Idea-ology Baseboards Window Frames with Distress Crackle Texture Paste and Simon SaysYou Shine stamp set for the sentiment.


I trimmed one of the Simple Stories Vintage Lemon Twist papers to 3.3/4 x 5" and a co-ordinating paper to fit behind the Idea-ology Baseboards Window Frame.
I applied Distress Crackle Texture Paste to the Window Frame using a palette knife and set aside to dry.
I fussy cut the flowers and bee motif from the patterned papers
I fixed the patterned paper panel to an A2 white card blank, fixed the co-ordinating paper to the back of the Window Frame and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium. I used foam adhesive and Distress Collage to attach the fussy cut flowers, stems and bee.
I inked the sentiment from the You Shine stamp set with Versamark ink, stamped on to a scrap of Simon Says Black Cardstock, sprinkled with Simon Says White Detail Embossing Powder and heat set. I fussy cut around the sentiment and fixed to the Window Frame with Distress Collage Medium Matte.

To finish I added Ranger Glossy Accents to the centres of the flowers.
I'm rather surprised by two things this morning - the first is that tomorrow is the last day of June already, crikey the last 6 months have flown by and the second is that this gorgeous Card Kit hasn't sold out yet and you know what they say, once it's gone it's gone but you can grab it while you still can HERE.
Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Simon Says - Make Lemonade

Hi my friends, I'm back to share another card using the You Shine stamp set from Simon Says July Card Kit. The card kit is still available to buy or you can purchase the individual items from the kit HERE


I die-cut one of the backgrounds I made with Uncharted Mariner, Salvaged Patina and Mustard Seed Distress Oxide inks using Tim Holtz/Stacked Hexagon Tiles.
I masked off the sentiment from Simon Says You Shine stamp set, inked with Intense Black ink and stamped separately on a panel of Distress Watercolor card.
I stamped the lemon image from You Shine with Simon Says Intense Black ink and coloured with Squeezed Lemonade and Salvaged Patina Distress Re-inkers using a Distress Detail Brush.
I added splatters of Mustard Seed Distress Oxide ink, arranged the Stacked Tiles Hexagons on the panel and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium.
I stamped the butterfly image from You Shine and coloured as before with Squeezed Lemonade and Salvaged Patina, adding a touch of Uncharted Mariner to add shading on the body and wings.
I fussy cut around the lemon and butterfly leaving a small border - there are separate dies available for this stamp set but mine haven't arrived yet and the shapes are simple to cut. I fixed them in place with foam adhesive to create dimension.
I trimmed the panel to 3.3/4" x 5" and fixed to an A2 Kraft HeavyStock card blank.
I've got one more July Card Kit make to share with you soon. Have fun with whatever you are making.
Hugs Kath xxx