Monday, October 31, 2016

Thinking Of You...

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's "Autumn" challenge...we hope you can join us this week too...

and the theme for this week is...
my thoughts are never far away from special "birds of a feather" friends who live in far flung corners of the globe and today especially I'm thinking of my team mates Barbara and Zoey and all those affected by the earthquakes in Italy...
I was intending stepping out of my "Tim Holtz" comfort zone to create my art journal page and use products from other designers products that I've had for some time and never got round to using but who was I trying to kid...addiction is a powerful thing and as you'll see I didn't even get past first base...
I covered the pages with Tim Holtz Postale Tissue Wrap using Distress Collage Medium Matte and once dry gave the pages a light coat of White Gesso...
then applied Distress Paint with my fingers and smooshed (technical term) it around to blend. I used Dylusions Black and White Paint Pens to create a border but wasn't sure if I liked it so moved on to the next step...
Then comes the fun bit...adding some interest to the background using one of my favourite Paperartsy/Lin Brown stencils with White Gesso...Mini Layering Stencil from Set 21 with Worn Lipstick Distress Paint and stamped images from Tim Holtz Correspondence with Potting Soil Archival Ink...
I die cut the Memory Box Woodland Branch from cardstock coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Paint and splattered with Walnut Stain Spray Stain
stamped the Scribbly Little Birdies on to Ranger Watercolour Card with Black Archival...coloured with Cracked Pistachio and Mustard Seed Distress Markers and cut out.
stamped letters from Tim Holtz Worn Text with Black Archival, highlighted with Dylusions White Paint Pen...added Idea-ology Design Tape and woohoo...Dina Wakley's New Media Tape...
I die cut the "U" from cardstock coloured with Worn Lipstick Distress Paint using Simon Says Stamp Big U Words die...stamped the sentiment from the matching stamp set...added circles using the Lots of Dots stamp set and created lots of splatters using White Gesso and Walnut Stain Distress Spray Stain.
At this point I decided the chequered border had to go so I painted Black Gesso around the edge and highlighted the border with white dots using Dylusions White Paint Pen.

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 our October Guest Designer...the lovely and talented Nikki Acton. 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...

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


  1. Fabulous art journalling Kath, the whole design of this is absolutely gorgeous. LOVE it :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Love these pages with the glorious colours, detail and those cool birds! Love the black spotty border too!

  3. You make the prettiest backgrounds, Kath. I'm in love with the color combination on your project and love those birds!

    Cathie ♥

  4. What amazing Art Kath. It really is amazing. So bright and colourful and those little birds are beautiful. Hugs Rita xxxx

  5. Fabulous journal pages, love the colours and wonderful background. The birds and twigs look gorgeous too.
    Linda xxx

  6. Kath this is so beautiful! Love the colours you have used and Dina's birds are still my favourite bird stamps over others and it's so lovely for me to see something that uses supplies that I do own for a change, lol, I have an addiction to feed next month too x

  7. Love these pages! Wonderful design.

  8. Oh, you addicted girl! Keep with your addiction cause I love it :-) and to be honest it's extremely complicated to make do without Tim's products so don't worry! The pages are beautiful and I really loved the first version of the edges! Hugs, Marzena

  9. WOWSER,those colours are Awesome.Love the images and the message it gives.Beautiful in every way.Sending Huggles and a Huge Cuddle for Buddy.xxxxx

  10. Lovely pages, love the colours and added branchesfor the birds. Tracy x

  11. Beautiful pages Kath, love the colours, design and beautiful birds xxx

  12. Wonderful journal page Kath, love those scribbly birds and what a wonderful colour palette and sentiment. Thanks for sharing it and so glad you succumbed to your Tim addiction 😉 Deb xo

  13. What a fabulous creation. Beautiful design and super colours Kath. I have to say I prefer the second version of the border - the first one seemed a bit harsh for the lovely effect that your colour choice was creating on the pages.
    Toni xx

  14. Just gorgeous! The mint color stands out so strongly in your journal. Those birds are so sweet and you added so many great things! TFS!

  15. An absolute stunner Kath, love the gorgeous background colours and those birds are delightful! Hugs, Anne xx

  16. How TWEET!! (<- see what I did there :D) I love the bright colors and the texture and branches in the background :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  17. Ah a gorgeous layout Kath - wonderful colour, fabulous composition. Thanks for all the support you have given me as guest designer and sorry I haven't managed to visit every week! Nikki xx

  18. Your journal pages are so fantastic! Kath. The colors and the texture you created are fabulous. :)

  19. Kath, these pages are gorgeous! Love that you went out of your comfort zone! I love the colors you've used here, they are so soft and lovely...kind of remind me of spring. hugs, Maura

  20. This is flippin' fantastic! Another one of my favorite pieces of yours! And now I surely must have that cool stencil! I also thought it was interesting to see how you blended colors and made the whole thing come together. Looks like you did a black and white checkered border at first, then blacked it all out and added polka dots, which looks fabulous. That was cool to see you all through the decision-making process and the end result is PERFECT in every way!

  21. Fabulous journal pages and I love the blend of colours you've chosen...they work so well together, creating the perfect background for those little tweeties! It's gorgeous, Kath... Hugs xxx

  22. Kath I adore your ability to mix Tim and Dina! fabulous pages! your color palette is fantastic and the whole design is so beautiful! i adore the touch of black! barbara

  23. So pleased I didn't miss seeing this - what a wonderful spread! Chrisx

  24. Amazing art journal spread, Kath! Love it! The colors are soft but also bright! The birdies are so sweet! Hugs, Sandra


Thanks for taking the time to visit me in the cubbyhole...I love to hear from you.
hugs Kath xxx