Monday, September 4, 2017

Simon Says...Stamp It

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'm sure you all know that STAMPtember is a very special month in the Simon Says Stamp Store calendar and this week we are asking you to use a stamp, no digi images allowed. 
And we are welcoming the lovely and super talented Carol Harper aka Carol Stamps into the Designer Spotlight this month. If you haven’t visited Carol’s fabulous blog before then now is the time to drop by to say ‘Hi’ and leave her a lovely comment. 
The Design Team are showcasing exclusive products from Simon Says Stamp and I used the "On A String"stamp set from the STAMPtember release to decorate my Christmas Planner...

I die cut the covers from thick chipboard and if I'm honest I prefer to use MatBoard which is a much smoother surface but there was a bit of  a blip in the cubbyhole ordering system and I'm waiting for more to arrive...
I fixed the covers together with strong adhesive and applied a coat of White Gesso on both sides...
masked off the bottom section and painted with Pumice Stone Distress Paint...
and sanded lightly to smooth the surface and to create a textured look...
I die cut the snowflakes using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stacked Snowflakes die, laid them on the cover for positioning and stamped the strings from the On A String stamp set with Potting Soil Archival Ink...
I then stamped the snowflakes with the Happy Holidays sentiment using the same ink...
I fixed the snowflakes in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte, added Merriment and Tidings Design Tape and applied a coat of Collage Medium over the entire surface giving a nice slick surface for some Distress Crayon shading...
I used Broken China to colour the centres of the snowflakes and Walnut Stain to create shadows...
and added interest to the background using one of my favourite snowflakes from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Weathered Winter inked with Sky Blue Archival...
I decorated the strings with stars from On A String inked with Red Geranium Archival...
stamped the sentiments with Black Archival and the tiny snowflake from On A String with Versamark, sprinkled with White Embossing Powder and heat set, added Idea-ology Label Letters and a generous splattering of White Gesso...
I coloured Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon with Candied Apple Distress Spray Stain...
added Christmas Typed Tokens highlighted with Picket Fence Distress Crayon and Eclectic Elements thread bows...
Idea-ology Metallic Stickers and a double Crinkle Ribbon bow...
now I'm all set to plan Christmas 2017

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...

You can also follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram
and if you use Instagram...
please add #sssmchallenge to your entry uploads so we can see them on there too
I look forward to seeing what you create this week...
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Hi Kath and Buddy.thank you for leaving a comment on me new blog.I Love this planner and good of you to share the different stages,quite a lot of work.Very imaginative and
    Christmassy great colours.Huggles and a Huge Cuddle for

  2. Wow, beautiful work on your Christmas planner. Kath, this is just lovely. I like how you stamped on the snowflakes and added DI to them. The pops of red add so much and mounting them on the strings is so cute.

  3. Gorgeous planner Kath! I love the background with the stamped string and the snowflakes, so pretty and the red tape and stars are fabulous, I really LOVE the whole design of this ❤️:-)

    Lols x x x

  4. I really LOVE your Christmas planner Kath! Those snowflakes look amazing on the strings and I love the beautiful red stars and the red ribbon is just gorgeous!! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. What a fabulous planner Kath. I love all the Cristmas bits & bobs that you have used.
    Toni xx

  6. I love your Christmas journal, Kath! The whole design is amazing and I love how you attached the stars to strings. So pretty!

    Cathie ♥

  7. OMG! You left me with mouth wide opened. It's definitely my fave project of yours lately! This planner is amazing first because I would never come up with the ide of making Xmas planner at all! Second - the colors and texture and patterns are amazing. I love the pumice-stoned background - what a fabulous effect! And the stars in light blue with brown shadows? Amazing! The touch of deep and vibrant red just stole the show... I really really LOVE that! Hugs, Marzena

  8. What an awesome project Kath...I'm in love with the journal die and in love with this detailed planner! Hugs xxx Simona

  9. Absolutely love it Kath, it looks just fabulous...x

  10. Fantastic, Kath. I'm just about to have a go with the journal die and wasn't sure how thick a board it would cope with so now I know. Love all the detail.

  11. WOW! You now have an absolutely stunning planner to use for Christmas! This is gorgeous! I love how you used the on a string set to hang your snowflakes! The pops of red look amazing, love this, Kath! hugs, Maura

  12. This is so beautiful l love all the cutting out you do Kath with all your creations and the finish is stunning truly is!

  13. Beautiful design and colour combination x

  14. such a gorgeous planner! I love the whole vintage feel it has-very comforting.

  15. What a treasure Kath! Wow! A new favorite project. I love the color palette and gorgeous use of the die cut snowflakes. And that hill is genius! The red bow is a perfect accent. I may have to make one of these to keep my lists organized. Big hugs, Autumn

  16. What a fabulous project! And I'm so appreciative of the detail shots you included. I've seen this die a little bit, but loved seeing it in your close-up shots. Of course, you've given me another product to add to my "need" list!

  17. Beautiful project. Love the look of pumice stone.The red really makes it pop.

  18. Absolutely wonderful Christmas planner! Love your dangling snowflakes and the pop of the red stars - beautiful! xxx

  19. Love your beautiful creation, Kath. The vintage style and all the details are gorgeous. :)

  20. I love the vintage feel of your planner Kath and love that you chose to create this project, it just works so well with the journal die! Fabulous use of the SSS stamp set and I adore the colour palette you've used! Hugs xx

  21. What a fabulously funky look you've given this journal - the b&w taped spine is so cool, and I love the metallic shimmer with all the textured snowflakes. Brilliant!
    Alison x

  22. WOW!!! This is fantastic!!!! I am at loss of words, you rock!!!

  23. So artistic & beautiful, Kath--love everything about your planner!

  24. Speechless! This project is FANTASTIC! love every single detail and the colors..... fabulous! As always a fab project! Barbara

  25. What a fabulous christmas planner, Kath! The touches of red are so stunning, love it! Hugs, Sandra

  26. I do not know how to describe the beauty of this planner, it is so beautiful that I would like to reproduce it as such and which.
    I love the background, the choice of colors, the workmanship of the stars ... in short everything is really great!