Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A Crazy Little Thing Called Love...

Hi folks, I'm back to share another card made with the Ornate Love stamp set from Simon Says Stamp You Are Loved release, you can check out all the products from this release HERE.

I trimmed a panel of Simon Says Stamp #120 Ultra White card to measure 4" x 5.1/4" and used the watercolour smooshing technique to add colour to the background. If you are not familiar with this technique, it's really easy and lots of fun. I tapped the Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink pad on to a piece of plastic, spritzed with water and pressed on to the card, leaving it for a few seconds to allow the card to absorb the ink and repeated until I was happy with the coverage.
I picked up the remaining ink on a paintbrush, flicked it over the background to create splatters and dried with a heat tool.
I stamped the LOVE letters on to a scrap of the white card using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink, sprinkled with Ranger Superfine Clear Embossing Powder and heat set. I stamped the heart image with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide and fussy cut around both, leaving a small white border. I coloured the letters with the Worn Lipstick droplets of ink left on the plastic.
I stamped the stitching from Bo Bunny Stitches (which is an old stamp set and I'm not sure if it is still available) and sentiment from Ornate Love with SSS Intense Black ink and the hearts from Stitches with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide.
I fixed the letters and heart to the panel with Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive, using my T Square Ruler (another crafter's must-have) to ensure they were straight.

I applied Distress Collage Medium Matte to the heart, sprinkled with Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter and added a sequin.

I fixed the panel to SSS Black card and matted on to an A2 white card blank.
Hugs Kath xxx

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

This Must Be Love...

Hi folks, you may have noticed that blog posts have been few and far between so far this year. If truth be told, my usual crafting routine hid the skids, my motivation was nowhere to be found and I became an honorary member of the Festive Lazy-itis Club, chilling out with my Furry Partner, watching daytime TV and stuffing my face with Christmas treats. But before the naughty pigging-out becomes a habit, I need to get back in the swing and get crafty with the pile of new products that have arrived since Christmas.
Simon Says Stamp very kindly sent me the Ornate Love stamp set from the recent "You Are Loved" release to play with and I love the beautiful scripty sentiments in this set, perfect for creating quick and easy/clean and simple cards to ease myself back in gently. Starting off with this one...

I trimmed SSS #120 Ultra White card to create an A2 panel, lined up the Hearts Stencil from Tim Holtz Mini Layering Stencil Set 6 centrally and fixed the panel to my Glass Media Mat with washi tape. I applied Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxides using Mini Round Blending Tools, starting at the top and working my way down, blending the colours as I went along. I spritzed the stencil with water using the Distress Sprayer and blotted with kitchen towel.
I die cut the panel using SSS Wonky Rectangles die.
I stamped the "Love" sentiment from Ornate Love 4 times down the centre using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink leaving a gap for the "this must be" sentiment which I stamped on to SSS Black card stock using Versamark and heat embossed with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder. I die cut the sentiment using my new best friend, SSS Nested Banners and fixed in place with Darice Thin Strips Foam Adhesive. I have always struggled to cut thin sentiment strips straight, despite carefully lining them up on the grid of my trimmer and have no idea why I waited so long to add this handy set of dies to my list of crafty must-haves. I'm all for making life a bit easier and there is no doubt about it, this is definitely going to be one of my favourite LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE products.
I added Lucy's Little Things Ice Crystal Sequins and matted the panel on to an A2 white card blank


I'll be back tomorrow with another Ornate Love card, in the meantime, have fun with whatever you are making.
Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Simon Says - Recycle Something

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...
RECYCLE SOMETHING
I decided to recycle a pile of Corrugated Packaging which arrived with a Christmas delivery to decorate an Eileen Hull Wrapped Journal

I die cut the Sizzix Scoreboards XL Wrapped Journal Die from Sizzix Matboard and painted the outside spines and inside of the Journal with Frayed Burlap Distress Paint
I cut the corrugated packaging into manageable pieces and highlighted the corrugations with White Gesso using a mini round blending tool
I fixed the panels to both sides of the journal using Distress Collage Medium Matte and trimmed off any excess.
I applied Ranger Texture Paste Opaque Crackle randomly on the outside panels of the journal using a palette knife and also on to a scrap of corrugated packaging that I painted with Worn Lipstick Distress Paint and White Gesso. I scribbled Ground Espresso Distress Crayon over the crackle once it had dried, rubbed it in to the detail with my finger and removed the excess with a slightly damp cloth.
I used Idea-ology Ephemera Expediton, Thrift Shop, Snippets and Botanical Layers and Simon Says Stamp Outline Clustered Leaves die cut from SSS #120 Ultra White card to create a collage on the front of the journal, all fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte. 
I coloured a section of corrugated packaging with Worn Lipstick Distress Paint and White Gesso, applied a coat of Distress Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint and once it had dried, die cut 3 of the smallest flowers from Tim Holtz/Sizzix Tattered Poinsettia BigZ die.
I fixed two of the flowers to the cover and added an Idea-ology Dapper Fastener to the third flower.
I applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte to both sides of the journal and used Ground Espresso Distress Crayon to darken up the edges of the corrugated panels and the painted spine sections. I threaded the elastic through the spine of the journal to hold the signatures (inserts) in place, added a loop of elastic and an Idea-ology Dapper Fastener to the front cover to use as a closure.
I coloured the smaller inner leaf sections from the Outline Clustered Leaves die with Peeled Paint Distress Paint and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte





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 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

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

It's Tidy Up Time in The Cubbyhole...

Hi folks, the first week of the New Year has gone already and I'm finally back on track with knowing which day of the week it is. The weather has turned pretty stormy in my neck of the woods, gale force winds, trees and power lines down all over the place and predicted to get worse as the week goes on. With last year's January storms in mind, when Aberdeenshire was cut off from the rest of the country for a couple of days, I'm relieved that the box of  Stampers Anonymous "Secret Stuff" samples was collected yesterday by the nice man from UPS and is now winging it's way across the pond but I'll be like a cat on a hot tin roof until I know it has arrived safely.
But, after all that stamping fun, there's the not insignificant problem of tidying up the debris left behind. Although I'm mega organised when it comes to storage, a place for everything and everything in it's place is my motto, that doesn't seem to apply when I get behind my workdesk.
So I bit the bullet yesterday and made a start, moving this year's Cubbyhole Christmas Decs up on to the project storage area on top of my Tim Holtz products bookcase...
 dismantled my very sophisticated photography studio set-up
and looked out my trusty Cubbyhole tidier-up ready for action
and THAT is as far as I got. One look at the "debris everywhere"surfaces and I was off to the kitchen to console myself with lots of cups of coffee followed by a bit of foraging in the fridge, an afternoon watching TV and a valiant effort to make a big dent in the Christmas sweetie pile. I woke up this morning, relieved that the roof was still attached to the house but disappointed that the magic tidy-up fairy hadn't snuck in under cover of darkness and the realisation that the one who created the mess will be pulling on her big girl pants to tidy it all up.


They do say that many hands make light work, but the resident Furry Hooligan is nowhere to be  seen, probably snuggled up somewhere, taking life easy and doing what he does best.
Just one more cup of coffee and I'm on it
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, January 7, 2019

Simon Says - Use Something New

Hi Everyone...I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and wish you all the best for 2019. Welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for the last challenge of 2018...we hope you can join us this week too because...

and the theme for this week is...
USE SOMETHING NEW
As it's the first Monday of the month, the Design Team are showcasing products from our very own Simon Says Stamp, you don't have to use them to join in the challenge but we would love to see them if you do.
We are also welcoming a new Designer In The Spotlight for the month of January, the lovely and very talented Wendy aka Dabble (Kinda) Doday. If you haven't visited her blog before then you are in for a real treat!
I decided to mix the new with the old this week and created a card using the Ornate Love stamp set from Simon Says Stamp recent You Are loved release along with two old favourites, Simon Says Stamp Falling Hearts Stencil and Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy and matching Sizzix Framelits.
I trimmed a panel of Distress Watercolor card to measure 4.3/4" by 6.3/4", stamped the large heart and LOVE letters from the Ornate Love stamp set with Versmark and heat embossed with Ranger Superfine White Embossing powder. I diluted Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide inks with water and applied a light wash.
I stamped the image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Crazy Birds with Black Soot Archival and stamped "Love" from Ornate Love with Picked Raspberry randomly on the background.
I stamped the Crazy Birds on to a scrap of Distress Watercolor card with Black Soot Archival, coloured with Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber and Weathered Wood Distress Oxides using the Distress Detailer Brush and die-cut using the matching Sizzix Framelits.
I applied Ranger Opague Texture Paste through Simon Says Stamp Falling Hearts stencil
At this stage, I wasn't happy with the white embossed heart and letters...excuse the pun, but you could say I had a change of heart and re-stamped them on Distress Watercolor card using Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide. There is a matching die set for this stamp set but I fussy cut the images with a white border around the edges, helping them stand out better from the background. I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set on to Distress Watercolor card using Black Soot Archival, fussy cut and then fixed the heart, letters, bird and sentiment banner in place with Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive. I doodled around the edge of the panel using a .05 Sakura Micron Pen and fixed it to a 5" x 7" white card blank.




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 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

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*** Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can find my affiliate and product disclosure HERE.