Monday, April 12, 2021

Simon Says - Not A Card

 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...
NOT A CARD
I created a sign for my cubbyhole with a gentle reminder that tucking into my treat box too often can have BIG consequences. I decorated a Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Small Etcetera Tag with papers from Idea-ology Backdrops Volume 1, Worn Wallpaper Scraps, Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Bold and Label Thinlits and added the star of the show, the gorgeous Bernice from Tim Holtz/Sizzix Chapter 2 Colorize Collection, dressed in her Sunday best.

I began by selecting papers from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Backdrops Volume 1 and trimmed them into 1.3/4" squares.
I fixed the squares in place with Distress Collage Medium using a T Square Ruler to ensure they were aligned straight.
I added a larger section of the pink paper at the top of the tag, applied Dina Wakley White Gesso around the edges and randomly over the tag using a palette knife and covered the hole reinforcer with the script paper.
I fixed Sizzix Adhesive Sheet to the smooth side of Distress Watercolor card and die-cut the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Bernice Colorize Thinlits. I coloured using Hickory Smoke, Gathered Twigs and Spun Sugar Distress Inks by dragging the ink pads across the textured surface of the die-cuts, spritzed with water, dried and repeated the process until I was happy with the colours. 
I inked the edge of each die cut with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink using a mini round blending tool, removed the self adhesive backing and assembled. I fixed strong double sided tape to Bernice and created her ra-ra skirt from elasticated ribbon, white ric-rac and lace I had in my stash.
I applied of Distress Vintage Collage Medium over the tag and added shading around the edges and paper squares using a Walnut Stain Distress Crayon, smudging the colour out with my finger. I added small strips of the white ric-rac ribbon, Idea-ology Worn Wallpaper Scraps and added splatters of White Gesso. I applied White Gesso lightly to Idea-ology Ruler Pieces, added shading around the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Crayon and fixed in place. I added Bernice popped up on Sizzix Foam Adhesive.
I fixed Sizzix Adhesive Sheets to scraps of Distress Watercolor card and black card from Idea-ology KraftStock Neutral, die cut using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Bold and Label Thinlits and layered the Bold words to create a drop shadow.
I applied Distress Collage Medium to the Worn Wallpaper Scrap flowers,, sprinkled with Chunky Black and Gold Embossing Powder and heat set until melted.
I die-cut the small flowers from Distress Watercolor card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Funky Nature Thinlits, coloured the centre of the bottom layer with a black marker, the top layer with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium.
I trimmed the elasticated ribbon to remove the elastic section, threaded through the hole in the tag and tied in place with white twine.




You can find all the products I used over at Simon Says Stamp, just click on the links below


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

Friday, April 9, 2021

Tim Holtz/Sizzix Chapter 2 - Funky Insects Tag Book

Hi my friends, I'm sharing the Tag Book I made for the YouTube Live launch of  the Tim Holtz/Sizziz Chapter 2 release using Funky Insects, Flower Field and Countdown Thinlits, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Flower Shop, Idea-ology Ephemera and Sentiments Label Stickers. If you missed the Live, you can watch the replay and check out all the amazing projects from the Makers over on Tim's Blog HERE.

I began by spritzing 6 - Distress Mixed Media HeavyStock #8 Tags with water and sprayed with Antique Linen and Iced Spruce Distress Spray Stains, allowing the colours to run and blend to create a soft vintage style background. I dried the tags and repeated the process to add colour to the back of each tag.

I sprayed Ground Espresso Spray Stain on my Glass Media Mat, spritzed lightly with water, tapped the stamps from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Flower Shop into the stain and holding the stamps in my hands, stamped to create a watercolour effect on both sides of the tags.
I fixed the tags together using Tim Holtz Idea-ology Design Tape leaving a slight gap between each tag to allow for folding.
I fixed Sizzix Adhesive Sheets to dark brown Classic KraftStock, die-cut using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Flower Field Thinlits and fixed to the tags varying the height on each tag.
I fixed Sizzix Adhesive Sheets to Distress Watercolor card and die-cut the Flower Field Thinlits again. I spritzed Speckled Egg and Fossilized Amber Distress Spray Stain on to the craft mat on my Glass Media Mat, spritzed the card with water, laid on to the stains and dried. I tapped the card back into the stains to pick up the remaining droplets
I added Idea-ology Ephemera on each tag and fixed the Flower Field die-cuts in place, matching them up with the brown layer but arranging slightly offset to create a drop shadow and the look of dimension. I die-cut the numbers from brown Classic KraftStock using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Countdown Thinlits, sanded and fixed in place using Distress Collage Medium.
I die-cut the insects from Idea-ology Classic and black card from Idea-ology Neutral KraftStock, Vellum and the left over Distress Watercolor card used for Flower Field which I covered with Idea-ology Entomology Collage Paper, using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Funky Insects Thinlits and assembled. I added embossing ink to the bodies and wings, except the vellum wings on the bee, using the Distress Embossing Pen, sprinkled with Distress Embossing Glazes in matching colours and heat set.
I fixed the insects in place using Distress Collage Medium

and added Idea-ology Sentiments Label Stickers 
To finish, I fixed ribbon and twine to the front of the tag book.
Have fun with whatever you're creating
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Remember The Now

Hi my friends, I'm sharing two slimline cards I finally got round to making with the backgrounds inspired by the Tim Holtz Distress Paint YouTube Live Q&A demo and if you missed it, you can watch the replay HERE, 2 hours and 30 minutes of fun, amazing hints, tips and inspiration. To make sure you don't miss out on future demos, click the Subscribe button on Tim's YouTube Channel to receive notifications.


I don't have a full step-by-step tutorial for these cards but will try to explain the process as we go along. So let's start with the background on the right. I trimmed Distress Mixed Media HeavyStock to 4.1/4" x 5.1/2", spritzed with water and added layers of Speckled Egg and Frayed Burlap Distress Paints with my fingers. I dried the panel, applied more paint and while those areas of paint were still wet, I removed the paint using a damp cloth through the Bubble Mini Layering Stencil from Set 5. I applied Ground Espresso Distress Paint on to some of the images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Patchwork Pieces using the Distress Small Brayer and holding the stamps in my hands, stamped on to the background. I applied Picket Fence Distress Paint through the Crate Mini Layering Stencil, also from Set 5 using a mini round blending tool and domed foam. I dried the panel, stamped the images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Field Notes and Specimen inked with Black Soot Distress Archival.I stamped the text from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Faded Type, inked with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder. I applied Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink through Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Bubble Mini Layering Stencil, sprinkled with Fossilized Amber Embossing Enamel and heat set. I added texture to the second panel using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Intertwined 3D Texture Fade. I spritzed the panel with water and added Antique Linen, Speckled Egg and Frayed Burlap Distress Paints using my fingers. I spritzed the paint with water, tilted the panel allowing the paint to blend. I dried the panel and applied Picket Fence Distress Paint lightly across the surface to highlight the detail using the small Distress Brayer.
I added Idea-ology Entomology Collage paper to the panel and die-cut the Brushstroke Flowers 1 Thinlits for both cards from Distress Watercolor card coloured with Fossilized Amber Distress inks, BlackOut and Classic Kraftstock
I matted each panel on to Idea-ology BlackOut Kraftstock, added Idea-ology Cool Velvet Trim around the left hand panel and fixed to White Slimline Card Blanks.
I stamped the sentiment from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Handwritten Thoughts inked with Black Soot Distress Archival and Versamark ink, sprinkled with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder and heat set. I added small Stormy Skies Glossies enamel dots.
To finish I added Glossy Accents to the black centres of the flowers.
I'll be back soon to share another Chapter 2 project, in the meantime, stay safe, stay warm and have fun with whatever you are creating.
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Baby, I Can Light Your Fire

Hi my friends, I'm sharing the first of the projects I made for the YouTube Live launch of Tim Holtz/Sizzix Chapter 2 dies using Rupert, the adorable dragon from the Colorize Collection. If you missed the Live, you can rewatch and check out all the projects from all the Makers over on Tim's Blog HERE.


I began by fixing Sizzix Adhesive Sheets to panels of Distress Watercolor card. I find this is the easiest way for me to colour all the pieces instead of fiddling around trying to colour them once they are die-cut but hey ho, that's my personal preference and as my adorable Professor says, You Do You.
I smooshed various colours of green Distress Ink on to the craft mat on my Glass Media Mat and spritzed with water. I should have taken a note of the colours at the time but if memory serves me right, I think they were Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive and Forest Moss. I laid the panels into the ink, dried, spritzed lightly with water again and dipped back into the ink to pick up the remaining droplets.
I inked around the edges of each piece with Walnut Stain Distress Ink using a mini round blending tool to create definition and assembled, using the indent marks left by the dies on the card. I know that some people have struggled putting together the Colorize characters in the past but Tim and Sizzix have addressed this and in my opinion, the latest releases are much easier with less pieces to assemble and check out that adorable face.
I covered a Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Small Etcetera Tag, Idea-ology Vignette box and Vignette Panel on both sides with papers from the Idea-ology Abandoned Paper Stash pad using Distress Collage Medium Matte and once dry, sanded the edges to remove any excess paper.
I used the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Circuit Textured Impressions from the Chapter 2 release to add textured detail to a panel of Vellum and die-cut using a Circle die. I die-cut 3 more circles from plain vellum and fixed together to help diffuse the light from the Idea-ology Tiny Lights. I coloured the Circuit detail using Crackling Campfire Distress Oxide using a mini round blending tool and darkened the edges using Walnut Stain Distress ink.
I fixed Sizzix Adhesive Sheets to scraps of Idea-ology Abandoned paper and BlackOut Kraftstock and die-cut using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Bold and Tiny Type Thinlits. I fixed the letters in place using Distress Collage Medium, adding a black drop shadow to the Bold letters to add definition.
I drilled a hole in the Idea-ology Vignette Box and at the bottom of the Etcetera tag and fed through the Tiny Lights. I fixed the Vignette box to the back of the Etcetera Tag using Distress Collage Medium Matte so that the tag would stand up and once dry and secure, I fixed to the Vignette panel.
I laid the Circuit Circle and Rupert temporarily on the tag to aid with the placement of the Tiny Lights and created a circle of lights to light up the sentiment panel, fed the strand down behind Rupert's body and finished where the campfire would be. I fixed the lights in place with tiny dots of hot glue making sure that the glue didn't touch the Tiny Light bulbs - yes I've been there, done that and got the T-shirt. I fixed the Circuit Circle and Rupert in place using Sizzix Foam Adhesive.
I coloured the Tiny Lights bulbs with Tim Holtz Valencia Alcohol ink using a small paintbrush, gathered together to create the glowing embers of the campfire and added stick bundles from my stash and moss strategically placed to hide any wires that were showing.
I added Idea-ology Wood Slices and foliage die-cut from the left-over Distress Watercolor card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Funky Nature Thinlits.
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I added sticks and moss to Rupert's hands
and small pieces of moss around the Circuit Circle.
I'll be back soon to share more Chapter 2 projects, in the meantime, have fun with whatever you are making.
Hugs Kath xxx