Monday, August 15, 2016

Summer Fun...

Hi Everyone...hey it's Monday and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's "Try To Contain Yourself" challenge...we hope you can come and play along with us this week too...

and the theme for this week is...
the weather in my little northern corner of the UK this Summer hasn't exactly been fact you could say it's been a total washout so thank goodness I signed up for something guaranteed to be fun...Summer of Creative Chemistry with Tim Holtz...running from June to August finishing off with a week of fabulous inspiration in the Creative Chemistry 103 classroom but where was I going to store my homework...the 30 odd technique tags that I created were desperate for a home. So I decided to make a binder file to keep them within easy reach for future reference...
I started off by cutting chipboard to size to make the outer covers and five insert pages...rounded off the covers with my corner chomper and gave them all a coat of Gesso.
followed by a coat of Distress Paint in Summery colours...Broken China...Scattered Straw...Worn Lipstick and Peeled Paint. I lightened and softened the colours slightly by adding some White Gesso...
I used the black side of Cut 'n Dry foam to create a soft scratched it doesn't absorb the paint like the foam side so you use less paint and is certainly more economical than using a brush
then it was time for a little bit of a stamping marathon using Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Wildflowers but I have to say my trusty Misti made it a whole lot easier...
I stamped each page with Distress Ink to match the colour of the paint
and over-stamped with more Wildflower images using Black Archival Ink...
I used Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Half Tone/Rings and a sentiment stamp inked with Black Archival Ink and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to create some background interest
and punched the holes for the book rings using the Crop-a-dile
decorated the front cover with Passport Design Idea-ology Monocle with Label Letters and a Chit Chat Sticker and used Alpha Cards...Alpha Tiles and Label Letters to create the title.
I applied Ranger Transparent Gloss Texture Paste through the Mini Splotches Stencil from Set 9 but doesn't show up in the photo and didn't really achieve the result I was looking for so we'll just GLOSS OVER...forgive the pun...that bit. Once it was dry I applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte on the front and covers to seal everything in place and give a protective layer.
I created an acetate page for each technique tag...staggered the placement of the tags to reduce bulk and fixed the technique label on the reverse of the acetate sheet to hide the adhesive.
A little bit of a marathon but I now have a go-to reference library and a wonderful keepsake to reminder me of fun times in the Creative Chemistry 103 classroom.

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Happy Crafting and Have Fun
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Absolutely stunning binder Kath. A perfect way to store all your lovely tags. x

  2. I think your folder looks fabulous.
    Toni xx

  3. I am going to have to make one of these too! :-) I haven't had time to actually join in with the classes BUT I will catch up sooner or later :-) I love the whole design of this, GORGEOUS! :-)

    Lols x x x

  4. Afternoon Kath, this is a fab keepsake for your gorgeous work, very inspirational...
    Hope you got the sunshine today, been so nice in NW today, no wonder we're all vit D

  5. What a great idea! I need to make my "container" for the tag I made too!!!! I was SO HAPPY that I took part of the CC103... So glad you and Maura pushed me to sign up! Thank you dear Kath <3

    Hugs xx

  6. WOW what a fabulous idea and loving the design, colours and layout too.
    Linda xxx

  7. Totally gorgeous way to store your lessons from Creative Chemistry! Brilliant idea!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. Kath, what a wonderful book you've made to hold all of your CC103 masterpieces!! I love your idea! I don't often choose yellow, but I really love seeing it, and can tell I need to choose it more! Love it! hugs, Maura

  9. I love your beautiful binder, the soft colours are wonderful and give the stamped images a wonderful lift. Great idea to stagger the tags on the acetate, must remember that one! Beautiful work, as always! Hugs, Anne xx

  10. Lovely binder Kath and a great idea too so that you can look back on your designs and the techniques. Love,the softness of,your colour palette and the stamping. Lovely. Tracy x

  11. What a great way to organize all your Creative Chemistry tags, Kath! Love it!!

    Cathie ♥

  12. Love the colors you chose and the different sizes of letters that contrast with the yellows. Very nice!

  13. This is fabulous Kath what a wonderful way to keep it all together for future reference! Thanks for sharing

  14. Terrific idea!!! This is such a practical piece of art... you can just leave that baby right in plain site and in reach :)

  15. Its good to see this at a 'proper' size - so beautiful Kath! Maybe I need to stay at home more?! Hugs, Chrisx

  16. What an absolute feast for the eyes! I always love to see what you think up and I love how this is beautiful AND serve a purpose! You are so good at highlighting Tim's products and it always inspires me to see your take on Tim!

  17. Such a brilliant idea and great creation! Kath. Love the beautiful colors and great stamping! :)

  18. Kath you made a big work! Stunning project, amazing and helpful idea! Love how you use the back of Cut'n'dry, brilliant! Barbara

  19. Fabulous project Kath, love the beautiful colours you used and the wildflower stamp was perfect for this Summer of Creative Chemistry binder. Love how you've stored the technique tags inside as well, what a wonderful and useful project! Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  20. What a great idea! Your are so well organized lady, Kath! I love the binder pages all in different pastel colors. Love the shadow stamping of wildflowers too! Great job. Hugs, Marzena

  21. What a great project and a wonderful way to remember a great Summer of Creative Chemistry ~ it's such a fabulous idea, Kath and as always a brilliant piece of work! Hugs xx

  22. What a great idea Kath and I bet it looks wonderful with all your tags inside! Love the flowers, and all the different details. The summer was way to busy for me to do Creative Chemistry, but I am looking forward to catching up on it now.

  23. What a fabulous idea, Kath! Love it! I need to organize my tags of CC103 too! Amazing binder! Hugs, Sandra


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