Thursday, September 20, 2018

All Because I Love Toadstools...

Hi folks, it's been a bit of an unproductive week in the cubbyhole and it all kicked off on Monday morning. For some reason I just couldn't gee my ginger, wasn't in the mood for heading for the cubbyhole - crikey that's not like me at all and I began to wonder if I was sickening for something. It was so bad that after the morning stroll with my Furry Partner, I put my jammies back on and sat on the sofa drinking coffee and watching TV almost all day. And it was looking like Tuesday was going to be no better, I was beginning to think my creative brain had left the building so I decided to fire up my trusty Sidekick and have a die-cutting session day, stocking up for future projects and making a dent in the Classic Kraftstock scrap box. It didn't take long for me to fall in love with the cutest toadstool ever from Tim Holtz/Sizzix Funky Foliage Thinlits.
and before you know I was back in business decorating an Idea-ology Burlap Panel with some of those cuties.
I trimmed a piece of paper from the Idea-ology Halloween Paper Stash to be slightly smaller than the 6" x 4" Burlap Panel...
applied a light coat of White Gesso and used Vintage Photo and Peeled Paint Distress Oxides with the Diamonds Mini Shifter Stencil from Set No 38 to add some detail.
I stamped the images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Nature's Wonder with Ground Espresso and Forest Moss Distress Oxides
and to lighten things up a bit, the sentiment and another leaf with Versamark ink and heat set with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder.
I machine stitched around the edges of the panel stitching over the Idea-ology Mummy Cloth to hold it in place.
Then it was time to return to my pile of Tim Holtz/Sizzix Funky Foliage die-cuts
I added Distress Collage Medium Matte to the lower sections of the die-cut leaves so that I could curl them up slightly and Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive to the toadstools and flower to create more dimension. I added a few loose threads from the Mummy Cloth and splatters of White Gesso.
I trimmed a piece of green Classic Kraftstock, sanded it to reveal the kraft core, distressed the edges and cut out the middle section to save for another day.  Yes, I'm a thrifty Scot and who's going to know once the decorated panel is in place. I won't tell if you don't.

Today is one of those "out and about/meeting a friend for coffee" kind of days. Have fun whatever you have planned and I'll be back tomorrow to share my second project for Neat And Tangled.
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, September 17, 2018

Simon Says...It's A Wrap

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...
It's A Wrap
I decided to decorate Kraft Gift Bags with an Autumn theme, a little "thinking of you" gift for dog-walking friends filled with sachets of  Hot Chocolate and packs of mini marshmallows, perfect for a warm-up treat after a chilly Autumn stroll through the forest.

I removed the handles which made it easier to decorate, especially when there's stamping involved and applied a light coat of White Gesso fading it out towards the edges.
I placed the bag in my Stamp Platform, inked the beautiful Lace background from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Ornate and Lace with Versamark ink, sprinkled with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder. I used a fine dry paintbrush to flick away a little of the embossing powder from the edges and heat set. I did have to give the stamp a bit of CPR due to the uneven surface of the bag and that pesky folded over section at the bottom.I didn't get a completely perfect image but that adds to the vintage feel and I wish you could see the detail on this amazing stamp in real life
I trimmed a piece of the Halloween Idea-ology paper, inked the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress ink and distressed the edges. I applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte and added strips of Idea-ology Mummy Cloth which I suspect has become my current Tim Holtz addiction.
I die cut leaves from Idea-ology Classic and Metallic Kraftstock using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Skeleton Leaves Thinlits and spritzed with Antique Bronze Distress Mica Spray
and once it was dry, inked lightly over the top with Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon Distress Oxide inks and flicked on splatters of Black Soot Distress Paint.
I used Tim Holtz/Sizzix Funky Foliage Thinlits and my trusty Sidekick to die cut flowers and leaves from scraps of Idea-ology Classic Kraft Stock.
I used Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Cut Out Lower Thinlits to die cut the wording from yellow Classic Kraft Stock, added a scrap of black to the back, cut out the letters and added a Small Talk Seasonal Sticker.
I stamped the Ladybug from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Entomology on to Distress Watercolor card and coloured with Abandoned Coral Distress Marker using a Distress Detailer Brush
Then came the moment that all us Entomology lovers have been waiting for. I held my breath and watched the magic of die-cutting technology as the matching Entomology Framelits die-cut this little fella perfectly, all six legs present and correct. A huge thank you to Tim and Sizzix for bringing us this game changing set of dies, taking die-cutting to a whole new level. The detail and precision cutting of all those spindly legs is just amazing. I fixed the ladybug to the gift bag using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive and added Glossy Accents to the body.

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
We have a whole month long STAMPtember party on the Simon Says Stamp Blog! Lots of inspiration, activities and give aways during the whole month of September. Please pop over every day to see whats going on!

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

Friday, September 14, 2018

Neat And Tangled Guest Designer

Hi Everyone, I was absolutely thrilled and excited to be invited by the lovely Miriam from Neat And Tangled to be their September Guest Designer. Neat And Tangled very kindly sent me some fabulous products to play with and I'm sharing a little sneaky peek of my first project. If you would like to see the whole project and the products I used, pop over to the Neat And Tangled Blog.

Neat and Tangled also very kindly gave me a discount coupon code to share with you all, just enter the code below at checkout to receive 10% off your purchase.
I'll be back next Friday to share my second Neat and Tangled project with you all.
It's the end of another week and the weekend beckons but first I have a hot date with Tim and Mario tonight on Facebook Live at 9.00am PST, 5.00pm if you're in the UK amd 6.00pm for our European crafty friends, for the launch of Stampers Anonymous Christmas stamps and stencils.  Woohoo, I'm so excited and hope to see you there.
In the meantime, have a great weekend and happy crafting.
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Playing Peek-a-boo with Mr Bones...

Hi folks, I'm sharing a Peek-A-Boo card today, one that I planned making for the grandkiddos last year with Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous 2017 Halloween stamps and stencils but never quite got round to finishing. So I thought I would continue where I left off but add some of this year's Halloween products and hey presto, one year later, it's finished...better late than never as they say.
and for the peek-a-boo effect, as you open the card, another spooky sentiment appears as if by magic

This was as far as I got last year. The front and inside were trimmed from white card, the back from black card and scored. Here are the measurements for each piece to make a 5.1/2" square card
FRONT - 8.1/4" X 5.1/2" scored at 2.3/4"
INSIDE -  8.1/2" X 5.1/2" scored at 4.1/4"
BACK - 5.3/4"X 5.1/2" scored at 5.1/2"
I covered the back of the card front with black paper, the flap on the card front and the reverse of the card back with paper from the Halloween Idea-ology Paper Stash Pad.
To continue where I left off, I stamped the spooky gentleman from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mr Bones with Black Soot Archival on to the card front and also on to masking paper.
With the mask in place, I coloured the card with Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide ink using a mini round blending tool, spritzed with water and blotted with a paper towel. I die cut the circle aperture using Sizzix Framelits Circle Dies.
I applied Ripe Persimmon and Black Soot Distress Oxide inks through the Mini Layering Stencils from Set 30
I decorated the inside section of the card in the same way
I stamped the cobweb image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Tangled Webs with Black Soot Archival on to the card front and the inside section.
I closed the inside section of the card, placed the card front on top and marked through the aperture with a pencil. I lined up the circle die and die cut through both layers of card.
Now it was time to put this construction together. I applied Ranger Wonder Tape to the small scored flap on the back section of the card and fixed to the right hand side of the inside card section. I closed the inside card, applied Distress Collage Medium Matte around the edges and the aperture and fixed the front card section on top. If you're confused by my attempts at explaining this part, just type PEEK-A-BOO CARDS into Google and you'll find excellent step-by-step video tutorials.
I stamped the sentiment from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Monstrous with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder on the back section of the card , closing the card and using the aperture as a guide for placing the stamp. (This is the one that will show on the front of the card when it is closed.
The sentiment for the sliding Peek-A-Boo section was stamped on the back of the flap on the left hand side of the card front.
I stamped the Mummy image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Monstrous 3 times on to white card, coloured with Gathered Twigs and Ripe Persimmon Distress Oxide inks using a Distress Detailer Brush and fussy cut into sections
I then re-stamped the words from the Mr Bones stamp set on to one of the papers from the 2017 Halloween Idea-ology Paper Stash, cut out and fixed over the original stamping.
I added Idea-ology Mummy Cloth and fixed the layered Mummy image in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte
and added paper labels cut from the same paper pad
Then it was time to give Mr Bones a bit of a make-over. I coloured his face with Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink, his eye with Ripe Persimmon using the Distress Detailer Brush and applied Glossy Accents to his eye. I stamped his hat on to white card with Black Soot Archival and cut out the brim. I restamped the hat with Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink and used the Diamonds Shifter Layering Stencil with Ripe Persimmon and Black Soot to decorate. I cut out the hat, darkened the edges with Black Soot Distress Paint, added Idea-ology Halloween Design Tape for the hat band and fixed the brim in place with Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam. I added highlights to an Idea-ology Heirloom Rose with Picket Fence Distress Paint, threads of Mummy Cloth and an Idea-ology Halloween Word Band coloured with Picket Fence Distress Crayon.
I added strips of Mummy Cloth, the spruced up and looking even spookier Mr Bones, more paper labels and Idea-ology Boneyard Findings, all fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte
Here's a bird's eye view of what the card looks like when it's put together, showing how the slider section tucks inside the back of the card.
I don't know about you but I need a cuppa after that rather wordy explanation, let's just say the card was much easier to make than it was to explain.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx


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