Monday, May 15, 2017

Simon Says...Home Sweet Home

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

and the theme for this week is...
I had lots of fun creating a framed panel to hang in my craft room using the amazing Sizzix/Tim Holtz Cityscape Suburbia and Commute Thinlits dies. I started off by adding torn strips of paper from the Idea-ology Memoranda Stash Pad and Suburbia die-cuts...cut from white cardstock to a panel of Distress Watercolor Card using Collage Medium Matte and applied a thin wash of White Gesso.
I smooshed Peeled Paint Distress Oxide on to my non-stick craft mat, spritzed with water and pounced the craft mat on to the card surface, dried, spritzed and pounced again until I was happy with the effect...
turned the card over and repeated with Broken China and Faded Jeans to create the sky...
I used Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Scribbles and Spirals inked with Faded Jeans and Birch and Pine inked with Walnut Stain to create some interest on the background...
I delved into my "bulk buy" stash of the original manila tags which I've been neglecting since the new Media Heavystock tags came to market and had a fun session creating lots of Distress Oxide backgrounds...
die cut the buildings along with their accessories and settled down with a trusty precision tipped bottle of Multi Medium Matte and sticky pick up tool to put them together...believe me when I say...this was a heart in my mouth "no sudden sneezing or tail-wagging from the Furry Boy" adventure...
I fixed some down flat...others with 3D foam to create dimension (how adorable is that washing line of cute clothes) and then created shadows around the buildings in the background using the Ground Espresso Distress Marker and Ranger Detailer Water Brush. I then decided to stamp the word "Home" with Tim's Block Lower Foam Stamps using Ground Espresso Distress Paint...immediately realised I'd made a bigga-mistakea...crikey was I going to have to start all over...
after the initial panic...the drastic measures lightbulb switched on...I die cut a Stitched Oval and used Alphanumeric Thinlits to die cut letters from white cardstock...created shadows with my black fineliner pen and voila...who would ever know.
I added Washi Tape from my stash along the bottom of the panel and the plane and cars from Cityscape Commute...

Idea-ology Label Letters...
Idea-ology Typography Findings...
Idea-ology Design Tape Chatter fixed to white cardstock and cut out to create individual words.

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. LOVE this Kath :-) It will look FABULOUS on your new craft room wall!! Absolutely GORGEOUSSS! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Like Lorraine has already said, this is going to look fabulous on your newly painted craft roof wall. I love the way you created the background colours and the buildings look amazing in all those beautiful colours too. The washing line is adorable - you are right about sneezing etc., such tiny pieces but they really finish off your wall hanging beautifully!! Hugs, Anne xx

  3. Oh my gosh, Kath, this is amazing. I love all the bright and cheery colors you used and the design is awesome!

    Cathie ♥

  4. WOW Kath this is amazing! I love the scene you have created and can't wait to get my Oxides.
    Linda xxx

  5. This looks fabulous Kath. Love the colours you have used.
    Toni xx

  6. I love that you took the time to create the tags and THEN cut out the houses! WHat a fun layered piece. I just love this. xx

  7. This is fabulous! Great oxide colors everywhere. Amazing layering on the houses. Perfect details and all placed on this fantastic frame. Love it. Hugs, Marzena

  8. I just agree with what everyone else has said!! :) Really an amazing project, Kath!! I think I could stare at it for hours and find new wonders...LOVE it! xx Maura

  9. I love this Kath! It makes me happy to look at it. =)

  10. This is AMAZING!!! I recently bought the suburbia house dies and was intimidated at how TINY the dies were and the pieces! OMG a challenge for sure to assemble! But I so want to work with them to create a scene soon! This is amazing!

  11. Love your fabulous creation, Kath. Those tiny houses and the colors are fantastic! :)

  12. This is one of my favorite pieces of art that you've done yet! And you've done a lot of favorites! I love how you used so many houses and cars and trees to make your scene look full of life and energy. And wow! That background effect is incredible! Really inspiring work!

  13. This is such a fun project Kath and I love how you've layered the tiny little houses in all their glorious colours against that beautiful inky background! A gorgeous piece of art... Hugs xx

  14. Wonderful project! Love that we 've used the same dies and love to see how different are the projects ! Your work is fantastic, love the colors and especially I love the design! BArbara anev

  15. This might be my new favorite project of yours!
    Love it!


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