Monday, November 28, 2016

O' Christmas Tree...

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

and the theme for this week is...
it's hard to believe that Christmas is less than 4 weeks away
and it will soon be time to decorate our own Christmas Trees for real
I decorated an Idea-ology Burlap Panel to create a non traditional rustic "way out of my comfort zone" Nordic look.  I applied a coat of Gesso around the front edges and sides of the panel...
 then die cut Holiday Knit strips from the Dapper Stash Pad...
fixed them to a panel of Substrate Sheet using Distress Collage Medium to create the look of a Norwegian cosy hand knitted sweater...
I die cut 3 trees from white cardstock using the TimHoltz/Sizzix Thinlits Woodlands Die and layered them up to create a thicker tree...
which made it easier to ink the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink...I did the same with "Believe" from the Sizzix Thinlits Holiday Script Words Die
I die cut the tree again from Denim Textile Surface and filled in the negative spaces on the cardstock tree...I was amazed at how snuggly they fitted and not nearly as fiddly as I thought...just like doing a jigsaw really...the only one that didn't want to co-operate was that little blighter at the top but he was no match for the Tim Holtz piercing tool.
I used Grit Paste with the Snowflakes Layering Stencil and decorated the snowflakes with self adhesive pearls...added a Crinkle Ribbow bow and rusty jingle bells from my stash...
I created splatters with White Gesso using Tim Holtz Splatter Brush...

cut the numbers from the Dapper Stash Pad and fix to an Idea-ology Fragment with Glossy Accents.

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...

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


  1. It does look fab and no one would ever guess you were 'out of your comfort zone'....didn't know you had one it.x

  2. Hi Kath, this looks amazing! I love the fabric under the tree. Gorgeous textures and design.
    Linda xxx

  3. Love this, Kath! I love the black and gold combination, so pretty!

    Cathie ♥

  4. Wow Kath, the denim behind the tree is so effective and I just love the wonderful Nordic pattern in the background. You may have been out of your comfort zone but it sure doesn't look it here! Love this! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Kath,
    You created an OUTSTANDING project! The colors, the textures, the mediums, EVERYTHING - I love it!

  6. Love this Kath! The non-traditional colors work so well with the Nordic pattern!

  7. beautiful work Kath - I just adore what you have done xx

  8. Ooh, this is so beautiful Kath, the whole design of this is stunning!! 😍❤️

    Lols X X X

  9. Hi Kath x although you were out your comfort zone you did a stellar job in creating this fabulous make in traditional Scandinavian style xx love the layout and your Christmas tree xx this year has truly flown by !!!
    TFS and hugs to you both

    Annie x x

  10. Every detail gorgeous! I LOVE the neutral vintage tones. PINNED!

  11. Wow - I love this! What a special treat with some awesome products. Yours was my favorite of all the DT samples at SSS.

  12. WOAH! So great!!! Thank you Kath for sharing this wonderful project!
    Hugs, Zoey

  13. I love neutrals for Christmas, so this is right up my street - I love how you've used all the die-cuts, and the rustic burlap base is great.
    Alison x

  14. What a gorgeous Christmas project! I love the neutral colour scheme and all your elements! Thanks for leaving me a comment - you are always an inspiration to me, so it puts a big smile on my face:)

  15. Love this gorgeous piece, Kath. All the details and embellishments on it are fantastic! :)

  16. This is fantastic, Kath! I love how you totally nailed the balance between rustic and elegance here. As always, your ability to mix patterns and colors is admirable and your work is always bursting with wonderful emotion and the stuff that happy memories are made of!

  17. This is beautiful Kath and I adore the Scandinavian feel to the whole piece, you've really captured it so well with the colours and gorgeous embellishments ~ love it! Hugs xxx

  18. LOVELY! I couldn't imagine the dies could look so fantastic! You turned them out into a beautiful background and I guess it's because of the mix of colors: the beige and dark blue. The overall is fabulous! Hugs, Marzena

  19. What a wonderful canvas, Kath! Love the grungy look and the colors you are working with. I especially love the rusty bells at the top!

  20. fantastic project! I love the rustic look! Your use of textile surfaces is amazing! love love love it! barbara

  21. Hi!
    I just saw a picture of your "Snowflake hanger" on Pinterest. I tried to follow the link to find your tutorial, but was not successful.
    Could you please steer me in the right direction?

  22. I love this piece, Kath! The color combo is amazing and love the tree, it's fantastic! Hugs, Sandra