Monday, August 14, 2017

Simon Says...Nautical

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...
I made a fun and whimsical art journal page dedicated to Edward Lear's 
fabulous nonsense poem published in 1871

The Owl and The Pussycat went to sea
In a beautiful pea green boat
They took some honey and plenty of money
Wrapped up in a five pound note

I coloured Distress Watercolor paper with Salty Ocean and Broken China Distress Oxide inks...the usual smooshing, drying and spritzing until I was happy with my sky background...
I then tore strips of Distress Watercolor card, coloured with the same inks and although it looks pretty much like the sky in this photo I did add more Broken China to turn it into a greeny blue. I roughed up and curled the edges and fixed to the bottom of the page.
I used the Rays Layering Stencil with Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink to add the sun...
and used the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Tea Time die to create that beautiful pea green boat. I scored lines to mimic wood, coloured with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide and shaded with Walnut Stain
I added a mast and a sail cut from Idea-ology Textile Surfaces, added eyelets from my stash, twine and a flag decorated with a skull and crossbones Remnant Rub...
I stamped a Stampers Anonymous Crazy Cat and Bird with Black Archival ink and die cut using the Sizzix/Tim Holtz matching Framelits...
coloured with Distress Markers and tucked them in to the slits in the teacup/boat. I stamped and die cut the mortar board and scroll for the £5 note from Crazy Things and added a pirate's patch on the cat. I coloured the Prima French Riviera Paintables (globe and starfish) with Distress Oxide inks and added Life Quotes Remnant Rubs.
I stamped the sentiment with Distress Paints using Idea-ology Type Lower Foam Stamps, added Label Letters and splatters to the page using Picket Fence and highlighted the letters with Ranger's Black Fude Pen.
I stamped the octopus from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Seal Life, coloured with Broken China and Walnut Stain Distress Oxides, highlighted his tentacles with a Signo Uniball White Pen.
I also stamped the compass image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Tiny Things on the background with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink.

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!!!! the Owl and the Pussycat,, PURR-FECT!! :-D what more can I say!! this is pretty awesome!! :-). LOVE it :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. OH. MY. GOSH. I love this Kath....from the colors to the tea cup absolute favorite!

  3. Amazing Kath I love this work of art!

    Sarah x

  4. This is brilliant Kath! I love the eye patch on the cat!
    Linda xxx

  5. Totally in awe at this, wow Kath you did an outstanding job I love it...xx

  6. Oh my gosh, Kath, how fun is this journal page! You are the master at creating with the crazy cats and dogs. Your ideas and creations with them always put the biggest smile on my face. I just love those two venturing out in the boat and the eye patch on the cat is hilarious! Love, love, love this!

    Cathie ♥

  7. What fabulous pages Kath. The stamps are perfect for this and the characters look such fun.
    Toni xx

  8. This is so COOL! I love the waves! And the idea of making the boat from a cup was amazing! Love the scene and the crazy pirates inside the boat. Love your imagination! Hugs, Marzena

  9. Amazing pages, Kath, I love all the detail. Just brilliant! xx

  10. This is great fun Kath and I love all the 'adapt and over come' bits. How would have thought a teacup could look like a boat and a graduation scroll like a £5 note LOL! Love it!

  11. A truly stunning creation Kath, my new favourite of your work, it is so clever! I love how you did the 'sea', the octopus if fabulous and then the owl and the pussycat - wow, they are amazing. The teacup was such a clever idea for the boat. I LOVE THIS so much!!!! Hugs, Anne xx

  12. What a masterpiece in creativity Kath - FAN--TAS--TIC!!!
    Love Lynda xxx

  13. I love everything about this Kath-really super!!

  14. These are such fun and fabulous journal pages, Kath. I love the beautiful background colors you created. The cat image is so cute! :)

  15. this is so darn cute Kath, I just love it!

  16. Kath, you have created a masterpiece. I hope Tim sees this and realizes just how creative you are. To have a story, this much love poem, go along with your stamping is one of a kind. Thanks for all the smiles you bring to my face .

  17. Oh Kath....cute, brilliant, funny and witty!!! Love all the details...gorgeous as always! Hugs xxx Simona

  18. This design totally made me smile, Kath! LOVE all the detailing : )

    Simon Says Stamp!

  19. Stunning bit of work, Brenda. So inventive and cute x

  20. Hi Kath and Buddy.WOW,I Love this page so colourful and I adore that Tea Time Die,love Tea cups.Owl and Pussycat adorable.Hope you are all well.Huge Huggles and a Huge Cuddle for me furry

  21. What a wonderful story this tells, Kath! I love how you took all the different elements and created this! The teacup boat is amazing, and your owl and pussycat are divine! Love this!! hugs, Maura

  22. How cute is this?? I am such a fan of your ability to combine sophisticated techniques with happy elements that are always uplifting and inspiring. I adore the idea of sailing in a teacup! This is full of so much imagination!

  23. So clever and cute. Love the attention to detail!

  24. This is just so cute, Kath and I love the story you've told with the scene you've created...the background looks amazing and that pea green boat is genius! Fab, as always... Hugs xx

  25. Kath I'm really speechless! This work is outstanding, incredible, amazing! Love love love! Every detail is an idea to observe with attention, your ability to create fabulous pages is stunning! Barbara

  26. What a fabulous art journal spread, Kath! Love the cool title, although it's based on an old poem, it could be a movie or a book. The teacup is so cool, love it! Hugs, Sandra

  27. I love this project Kath! So many clever details - from the teacup boat to its fantastic passengers and all the waves and sea elements.

  28. what an adorable scene, love the birds and cats in the water and the teacup is so perfect.