Monday, June 5, 2017

Simon Says...Masculine

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...

This week the Design Team are showcasing Darkroom Door don't have to use them for the challenge but if you have any of their products we would love to see what you make with them.
And I'm absolutely thrilled delighted and over the moon that my lovely super talented friend Anne Redfern aka Redanne will be joining us in the Guest Designer Spotlight for June...if you haven't visited Anne's blog yet you are in for a real treat.
and the theme for this week is...
I've had an obsession with books from the day I learnt to read and believe you're never too young to take the first steps on that magical adventurous journey that comes from having your nose stuck in a book so I decided to decorate a Tim Holtz Small Etcetera Tag with one of my favourite Darkroom Door stamp sets...Bookworm and how true is the sentiment from this stamp set...So Many Books...So Little Time...after six decades I'm still playing catch up...
I started off by applying a coat of Gesso to the tag and while it was wet stuck down some torn sections of book paper.
A little bit of finger painting with Distress Paint...Antique Linen, Shabby Shutters and Pumice Stone followed.
I then applied Grit Paste through the Clockwork Layering Stencil and when it was dry...applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte ready for some Distress Crayon colouring...
I scribbled and blended the Distress Crayons with my fingers until I was happy with the background and then stamped the script image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous The Chemist with Black Archival...
and the clock image from a stamp set I got at a Tim Holtz workshop (don't know the name) with Red Carnation Archival...
I stamped the book images from Bookworm with Potting Soil Archival on to Distress Mixed Media Heavystock...cut out and fixed to the tag with Distress Collage Medium Matte...
I coloured some of the books with Distress Markers...added Paper Dolls and shaded around the books and Paper Dolls with Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon. I rubbed the Picket Fence Distress Crayon over the Clockwork sections to lighten...
I die cut the spectacles from the Hipster Goat Framelits set...coloured with the Candied Apple Distress Crayon and darkened the edges with Gathered Twigs and added Idea-ology Ball Chains.
I stamped the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Label Frames with Potting Soil Archival on to Mixed Media Heavystock...overstamped the script from The Chemist and the letters from Type Lower with Black Archival adding Label Letters to complete the word.
added a Hinge Clip coloured with Candied Apple Distress Paint...
I coloured the edges of the tag and the Idea-ology Typography letters with Black Soot Distress using a blending tool and as an afterthought dabbed on some Candied Apple.
I stamped the sentiment "So Many Books...So Little Time" with Potting Soil Archival on to Distress Mixed Media Heavystock...cut apart and added to the tag and again with Black Archival and added to the Idea-ology Watch Cameo...

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 Anne our June Guest Designer. 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. You've out-done yourself again Kath, this is a stunning piece of work and the pop of red is so in love with it...x

  2. I absolutely love that DD Bookworm set of stamps Kath and you have used them SO beautifully!! I love how you added the children, they just look so right amongst the books and that sentiment is just so very true! The red glasses did it for me - now I want (need) a red pair - lol!

    It is a joy to be working alongside you again, if only for a month, together with all the hugely talented designers at Simon Says Stamp!!! I still cannot believe it!! Huge hugs, Anne xxxx

  3. Gorgeous tag Kath :-) I love how you built up the background and the books and children are fabulous, It is so true! so many books so little time, I always have a book on the go and am lost without it ;-)

    Lols x x x

  4. I love to read and I love your tag. The pops of red really add a lot.

  5. Kath es una etiqueta preciosa, gracias por el paso a paso .

  6. Love this, Kath! There are so many elements to discover and I love your background. Love it!

    Cathie ♥

  7. I just can't tell how much I love this project! I gues it's your second one where you mixed the vintage browns with vibrant reds and I love this combo, amazing results. Love all the details and the texture! Hugs, Marzena

  8. What a fabulous project, Kath, so much detail. xx

  9. Amazing tag, Kath! I totally love your book theme, and you have really packed a lot into this! Those red glasses - freaking cool! You and I sound a lot alike when it comes to books and reading - I always have to have something to read, with many more waiting in the wings. Love the DD book stamps!! hugs, Maura

  10. Very clever creation, Kath! This would be a perfect gift for a bookworm! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  11. Amazing tag Kath - love all the detail, texture and interest that you have managed to include.
    Toni xx

  12. Such a lovely card!!! Love the book theme and how you staged everything! so clever!!! Love it!

  13. This makes my librarian/English major self giddy with excitement! What a great tribute to books. And I loved how more and more details came to light as I looked at this. Your work is always so thoughtful and all of the elements go together brilliantly!

  14. Just wooooow! AMazing artwork, so full of details and yummy texture!I love it.

  15. Wow, these new tags are awesome and your layers and decoration
    are the bomb!

  16. Another amazing project Kath! Love the care for the details you put in your works...Awesome!
    Hugs xxx

  17. Love your gorgeous tag, Kath. The texture you created on the background and those embellishments are fantastic! :)

  18. Fabulous tag, Kath and being a real bookworm, (I can't be dealing with Kindles, lol)...this really does appeal to me and I love how you've incorporated the three Paper Dolls, the little boy sitting on the books is definitely my favourite, he looks fab! Hugs xx

  19. This tag is amazing Kath!! I LOVE it! The book theme is a favourite of mine of course and I love how you placed the kids among the book. It made me think of the hugs pile of books that I just tidied up in Anton's room (no space left in his book shelf). The red on the letters is perfect too.

  20. Amazing tag! Color palette is incredible, love love love so much! The idea to mak sit your boy on the books is fabulous! Wonderful design! Barbara