Monday, May 21, 2018

Simon Says...Inspired By A Song

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...
I created an Art Journal page inspired by one of my all-time favourite Abba songs
it's hard to believe this song was released in 1979, almost 40 years ago and I took a wonderful trip down memory lane while I worked on my art journal page singing along to all those Abba classics and isn't it strange how you remember all the words.
I have a dream, a song to sing
To help me cope with anything
If you see the wonder of a fairy tale
You can take the future even if you fail
I believe in angels
Something good in everything I see
I believe in angels
When I know the time is right for me
I'll cross the stream - I have a dream
Abba were known for their colourful stage costumes so with that in mind I used bright colours for my background and I had to include the feathered friends from my garden who definitely have a song to sing and at this time of year, unfortunately, their dawn chorus concert usually starts around 4.00am.

I started off by tapping Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink to a small piece of non stick craft mat, spritzed it water and pounced on to the pages. I then repeated with Twisted Citron and Carved Pumpkin.
I continued adding the individual colours until I was happy with the background. I then added torn strips of Tissue Wrap carefully using Distress Collage Medium so as not to re-activate and smear the Distress Oxide inks.
I used the Mosaic, Hearts and Wildflower Layering Stencils with Wilted Violet, Carved Pumpkin and Black Soot Distress Oxide inks to add interest to the background.
I stamped letters from Idea-ology Block and Type Lower Foam Stamps on to plain Collage Paper with Black Soot Archival ink,
cut out and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte. I used Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Thinlits die cut from white card,
a chopped up Quote Chip and Label Letters to complete the title
I stamped Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy on to Distress Watercolor card and die cut using the matching Thinlits
I coloured the birds with Distress Oxide inks using mini round blending tools
die cut the branches and flowers using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Small Tattered Florals Thinlits
added Ranger Enamel Accents to the centre of the flowers
and glossy accents to the eyes and beaks of the birds
I used a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen to accent the black letters and added shading around the white Letters with a Black Soot Distress Marker.

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
Hugs Kath xxx

Friday, May 18, 2018

Sending More Sunshine

Hi folks, I'm back to share one more card made using the Four Seasons Sayings stamp set from Simon Says Stamp latest release, Sending Sunshine. You can check out all the products HERE.

and no step-by-step photos for this one because the background was one left over from a play day with my Gel Press plate. The flowers are from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Day stamped with Intense Black ink, the sentiment and sun are from Four Seasons Sayings, stamped with Intense Black and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide inks.

I've failed miserably this week on the crafty list front due to playing truant two days in a row, so I'm admitting defeat, throwing in the towel and heading off out with the Friday girls for a pamper session kind of a day. We need to get ourselves spruced up for tomorrow's big event, you can't attend the wedding of the year, albeit if it's only from the comfort of your sofa, looking as though you've been dragged through a hedge and on the way home, I'll be stopping off at my local M&S to pick up the champers and party food order for tomorrow's wedding party feast.
It's going to be a fun Best China/Union Jack napkins, happy but "tissues at the ready" emotional day and I'm sure I won't be alone in thinking of Diana and how proud she would be of the wonderful young man that Harry has become. Have a great weekend everyone, I hope the sun shines for Harry and Meghan tomorrow and I'll see you all on Monday
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Sending Double The Sunshine...

Hi crafty friends, I'm sharing two more cards made with the Four Seasons Sayings stamp set from Simon Says Stamp latest collection...Sending Sunshine.
You can check out all the fabulous products from the collection HERE.

I'm continuing with yesterday's stencil theme and sending double the sunshine your way.
I used Simon Says Stamp Line Dance Stencil with Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide inks to create a background on a 5" square of Distress Watercolor card.
I removed the stencil and created water splatters using the Distress Sprayer. I stamped one of the images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Flower Garden and the sentiments from Four Seasons Sayings with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black. I stamped the small sun from the same set with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink.
I used the Distress Detailer Water Brush to remove colour from the petals, stem and leaves of the flower, wiping the colour off the brush frequently on to kitchen roll.
and added Pretty Pink Posh Share Kindness sequins.

I used the Simon Says Stamp Square Dance stencil and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink for the background on the second card, again using a 5" square of Distress Watercolor card.
I masked off the word "day" on the sentiment stamp from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Day
and stamped with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink
I stamped the leaf image from the Beautiful Day stamp set with Intense Black and coloured with Fossilized Amber using the Detailer Water Brush
I stamped the butterflies from Beautiful Day and the sentiment from Four Seasons Sayings with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink, added Black Soot Distress Paint splatters to the background using the Distress Splatter Brush, added dots on the body and antennae of the butterflies using a Sharpie Fine Black Pen and fixed Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets and Sparkling Clear Sequins using Ranger Multi Matte Medium.
I'll be back tomorrow with another Sending Sunshine card, in the meantime, I hope the sun is shining where you are.
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Sending Sunshine...

Hi folks...Simon Says Stamp latest release "Sending Sunshine" is full of gorgeous stamps, dies and stencils and all the products are available to buy HERE.

Simon very kindly sent me the Four Seasons Sayings stamp set to play with
and with the glorious Summer weather we've had recently I was inspired to make a super easy quick and simple card...
a chance to try out the fabulous Distress Blending Brushes from Tim Holtz with Altenew's Classy Stripes Stencil to create a summery background on a panel of Distress Watercolor card with a quick spritz of water from the Distress Sprayer to fade the stripes out even more.
I stamped the butterflies and trails from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Day stamp set on to the background using SSS Intense Black ink and then stamped the butterflies again on to Distress Watercolor card using Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder. I coloured the butterflies with the same Distress Oxide colours using the Distress Detailer Water Brush, fussy cut, fixed over the original stamping

and added shimmer with the Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen. 
I stamped the sentiment from Four Seasons Sayings with SSS Intense Black, matted the panel on to a SSS Green Apple card blank and added Pretty Pink Posh 3mm clear sequins.

I'll be back tomorrow to share another "Sending Sunshine" card but in the meantime, have you seen the Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit "Fly Me Away"...another amazing kit jammed packed with fabulous crafty goodies and I can't wait for mine to arrive.

The kit includes the gorgeous Beautiful Flowers stamp set, Modascrap Fly and Scrap papers, Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray, the brand new Tim Holtz/Sizzix Botanical 3D Texture Fades Embossing Folder and much more. You can watch a walk through the kit video with Shari Carroll HERE and my advice would be, if you want this kit, DO NOT delay, because forgive the pun, this one is going to FLY AWAY. If the kit has already sold out, you can purchase individual items HERE
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

It's Going To Be A Crazy Crazy Week...

Hi folks...Summer seems to have returned to my neck of the woods after a few rainy day hiccups and it's going to be a bit of a crazy crazy week in the cubbyhole. I'm out for lunch Wednesday and Thursday (bad planning on my part) and then, of course, I'll be very busy on Saturday attending a Royal Wedding from the comfort of my sofa. Yesterday was a bit of a write off in the crafty department, my Furry Partner decided it was far too nice to stay indoors...

 and I was inclined to agree...
so that just leaves today and Friday to get up to speed with the stamp set that Simon Says kindly sent me from the Sending Sunshine release which goes live tomorrow
I still have to finish off next week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge project...
and play nursemaid to the latest cubbyhole casualty. My "can't live without" Distress Sprayer rolled off the workdesk, landed with a bang, resulting in a gaping hole on his bottom.
requiring some surgical intervention with parcel tape...fingers crossed it holds up until his replacement arrives...
And just to throw the cat amongst the pigeons, I'm completely smitten with this gorgeous flip album from my sweet and very talented friend Anne over on the Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog with a great "step-by-step" tutorial...

and I have a sneaky feeling that today may not go according to plan, just saying
Have fun whatever you're creating
Hugs Kath xxx


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