Monday, September 11, 2017

Simon Says...It's Written In The Stars

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...

Apologies in advance for the rather higgedly piggedly assortment of step by step photos this week...while I was happily clicking away recording each step...the SD card in my camera had a little tantrum and decided to save only some of the photos.
I started off by creating a starry night background on Distress Watercolor card using BlackSoot, Wilted Violet and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide inks...the usual fun adventure of tapping the ink pads on to my non stick craft, spritzing with water etcetera all know by now how it works. I then added detail using the Crossed Mini Layering Stencil from Set 30 with Black Soot Distress Oxide ink...
I tore strips of dictionary paper, added to the bottom of the pages and coloured with Spiced Marmalade...
I'm a huge fan of vintage dictionary papers but they are hard to find so I was jumping for joy when I found this huge old dictionary at a local charity book sale for the princely sum of 50p (65 cents in US money). It's old but not exactly vintage but hey I can sort that out with some tea bag staining and there's enough pages in this hefty tome to last me for the rest of my life.
So with the theme of written in the stars in mind, I die cut stars using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Crescent Moon and Stars BigZ die, coloured some with Spiced Marmalade and inked around the edges with Black Soot Distress Oxide ink.

I die cut the Haunted House from the Idea-ology Halloween Paper Stash, the Village Graveyard Fence from black and white card and the Ghost from the dictionary paper and Boo from Vintage Spirits also from black and white card...
I backed the die cut house on to card coloured with Spiced Marmalade and highlighted with a Signo Uniball White Pen, tinged the white fence with Spiced Marmalade and fixed the black fence slightly offset to create a shadow...
I cut the Boo word apart to create individual letters, fixed in place slightly offset again to create a shadow and added Halloween Remnant Rubs and Occasions Small Talk Stickers
I used a Faber Castell Black Pitt Pen to create shadows around the house, stars and ghosts, created splatters with White and Black Gesso, added a few flicks of Brushed Pewter Distress Mica Spray and used Black Soot Distress Paint to darken the edges of the page.

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. This is just fantastic Kath. I have not one but 2 dictionaries well worn out and torn (one with no cover) left over from when my children were in school. What a great way to use them. Thanks for the "higgedy, piggedy" tutorial. LOL (I thought it was great and very helpful!)

  2. oh my goodness Kath, this is so spooky I don't think I would dare open the pages!! ;-) It reminds me of the book of nasty spells in Harry Potter where all the ghosts and monsters are trying to escape! haha The background and all of the details are brilliant!! LOVE it :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. OMG Kath you have done an amazing job, I mean really wow...the colours and textures, just love it so much...clever trick with the pages from an old dictionary...xx

  4. I really struggle with Halloween ideas, but you've totally nailed it. Stunning!

  5. Oh how I love this gorgeous creation, I love all the 'spooky' elements, the ghosts and stars are fabulous, the background is so, so beautiful.... I am going to sit here for the next few minutes and just drink this in!! LOVE it!!! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. what a fun creation Kath! I know you love that Haunted House - and you have used it again brilliantly!

  7. Oh, Kath, this is such an amazing Halloween scene! The layers of colors in the background with all the elements you've put together are perfect. Absolutely stunning!

    Cathie ♥

  8. Boo! This is scarry! But I really love this pages. The background you made with orange and purple is totally amazing, it seems there was a light underneath the paper! Great details and te ide of making the stars and ghosts out from this book paper. Hugs, Marzena

  9. Hi Kath and Buddy.Ditto to all comments.Again another fantastic creation.Loving the colours and textures and of course the images,brilliant in every way.Hope you are not getting blown away like us lol.Keep thinking of all those people that are now homeless.Huge Hugs and Cuddles for the Big Furry Boy.xxxx

  10. Awesome pages! Gorgeous colours and love all the images - sooooo cool! xxx

  11. Wow! Beautiful Halloween pages! Love the colours and the images. Kisses, my friend.

  12. Oh Kathy I love your work ... what Boo-ti-ful pages, you rocked those stars !

  13. Love your Halloween creativity Kath.
    Toni xx

  14. Wow, wow, wow-- you DO know how to do Halloween, huh! I adore this piece and all of its details. The layers are remarkable and as usual, I'm impressed with the way you're able to combine so many different elements so cohesively. This is definitely spook-tacular!

  15. What a fabulous layout and I love how you've used the traditional Halloween colours and combined them with all the individual dies and those wonderful stars... Hugs xx

  16. Fantastic Halloween scene Kath! Love all the ghosts and the dictionary paper. I too have a couple of old dictionaries that I like to use for projects. My dad wanted to get rid off them, and instead I have had so much use for them. :)

  17. HAlloween inspire you so much! These pages are fantastic, the details are wonderful and color palette perfect! barbara

  18. Wow.. these are stunning Halloween art journal pages! Kath. I love the fantastic background colors and all the fun spooky elements. :)

  19. Such a stunning art journal page!!! I love it!!

  20. What a gorgeous Halloween art journal spread, Kath! The creepy mansion is fabulous and the spooks are so cool. Hugs, Sandra

  21. What an awesome find in that old dictionary, Kath! Great pages in your art journal to celebrate the season! I really like the ghosts and stars in the dictionary paper. hugs, Maura


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