Monday, June 12, 2017

Simon Says...Touchy Feely

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...

and the theme for this week is...
we would like to see you using texture on your projects this week 
and forgive me but I couldn't resist decorating another Small Etcetera tag...
a great surface to work on and even the small tag allows you plenty space to get creative
I started off by cutting a piece of gorgeous paper from the Memoranda Paper Stash Pad slightly larger than the tag...
and partially die cut the Thinlits Detailed Butterflies using Sizzix Dimensional Cutting Pad...if you haven't used this amazing tool can watch Tim demonstrating how it works HERE...
but basically it cuts around the edges of the butterfly but leaves the centre intact...the section covered by the central groove on the plate...
I then die cut the second layer of butterflies from a lighter paper...inked around the edges with Walnut Stain and set aside...
I fixed the paper to the tag with Distress Collage Medium Matte carefully lifting the butterfly wings out of the way, added torn strips of the botanical flowers from one of the papers. Once it was thoroughly dry I sanded the edges to remove the excess paper. Personally I find sanding gives a neater finish on the edges than using scissors.
I applied Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture Paste through the Stone Layering Stencil and treated myself to a cup of tea while I waited for the magic to happen.
I applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium Vintage...
scribbled with a Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon...rubbing it into the crackles with my finger...
and then highlighted with Picket Fence
I stamped the image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anomymous Etcetera with Versamark and heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder...
added strips of Design Tape Butterfly...
fixed the top layer of the Detailed Butterfly die cuts in place and added a knotted piece of twine to the body section...
I die cut the scroll from white card and Taylored Expression Peach Felt...I know it looks's that old "camera doesn't lie" scenario that us crafters know only too well and the Small Tattered Florals from White Felt...
and die cut "Beautiful" using Sizzix/Tim Holtz FriendshipWords Script Thinlits...once from black card and 4 times from white to create dimension and offset to create a drop shadow. I finished the sentiment by adding Idea-ology Label Letters. 
and added a double twine bow and black pearls to the centres of the flowers...

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 fabulous Guest Designer Anne. 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. Gorgeous tag Kath :-) I love how you partially cut the butterflies to show the Kraft base, the colours and textures are all fabulous! I am sure this is going to look awesome in your new super cubbyhole! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Lovely! Love those layered butterflies xx

  3. The layered butterflies are stunning, I love how you did the string bodies and the crackled stone wall elements looks so textural and touchable, just perfect to run the fingers over! The Memoranda papers are gorgeous and so are the Design tapes you used! Love this... a lot!! Hugs, Anne xx

  4. This is fantastic, Kath! Love everything about your tag! The colors are so soft and vintage! You used both dies I was about to order last week: butterflies and scroll bigz. I wasn't sure and now I absolutely am. Must have for nearest ordering. Thank you for this inspiration. Hugs, Macarena

  5. This is beautiful, Kath! I love the background and lovely texture and of course, the butterflies are amazing. I just LOVE butterflies and these are real beauties. So pretty!

    Cathie ♥

  6. What a fabulous creation, Kath! Love all the texture. xx

  7. A gorgeous tag! Beautiful layers and textures.

  8. Perfect collage work, Kath! And those beautiful butterflies look like they could just flutter off the page!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  9. Hi Kath and Buddy.What a Stunning Creation sooo Beautiful.Thinking of you all.Hugs and a Huge Cuddle for Buddy.xxxx

  10. Beautiful mixed media tag! Love the gorgeous colors, textures and pretty butterflies!

  11. It's gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!

  12. Such a beautiful tag. It really does look fabulously 'touchy, feely'. Toni xx

  13. Your Etcetera Tag is absolutely stunning Kath with so many wonderful details. So much to look at those touchy feely textures.

    TFS and best wishes
    Annie x

  14. I think you outdid yourself with this tag! It is fantastic! i LOVE all the layers and details!!

  15. This is so beautiful Kath! I love the new-ish fangled die cutting gadget, it's a wonderful thing and I've not see it elsewhere. But the texture and the crackle and those gorgeous butterflies: swoon! Karen x

  16. Kath, I just want to reach out and touch this! Wonderful dimensions and texture, and I really like how you worked in more neutral colors with a bit of brighter colors in there. Those butterflies are awesome! hugs, Maura

  17. There is just so much depth and texture to this tag and I love how you've built up the layers to create it all! The addition of the butterflies are just perfect and the colours are gorgeous! It's beautiful, Kath! Hugs and happy Sunday... xx

  18. This tag is fantastic Kath! I love the colours and of course all the fantastic textures. The butterflies are so pretty too.

  19. Love love love this gorgeous tag, Kath. The texture on the background and those butterflies are fabulous. :)

  20. Outstanding Kath! It's incredible, background is incredible! Love all the techniques you used! Fab work as always! barbaraab