Monday, October 2, 2017

Simon Says... A Walk On The Dark Side

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's Heavy Metal challenge...we hope you can join us this week too because...

Wow can you believe it's October already...the first challenge of a new month and this month the Design Team are showcasing products from Tim Holtz. You don't have to use these products to join in but if you have them and we're pretty sure you will, we would love to see what you make with them.
We are also welcoming the lovely and very talented Wanda Hentges aka Art By Wanda as our October Guest Designer, if you haven't visited Wanda's blog before you are in for a real treat so pop over and say Hi.

The theme this week is...
we are challenging you to think of all things Halloween or to use dark colours on your project...

I used Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Monstrous, Scared Silly and Skulls and Cobwebs stamp sets to make a MONSTROUS-LY SCARY - OPEN IF YOU DARE Halloween Treat Bag...

I started off by painting a Kraft Bag with Black Gesso, trimmed paper from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween Stash Pad to be slightly smaller than the front of the bag and fixed to white card with Ranger Distress Collage Medium. I coloured the panel with Seedless Preserves and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide inks using a blending tool, stamped the cobweb background from Skulls and Cobwebs randomly with Versamark and heat embossed with Ranger White Detail Embossing Powder. I used the Crossed Layering Stencil with Black Soot Distress Oxide ink to add detail to the background and stamped the sentiment from Monstrous with Black Archival ink.
I stamped the Monstrous images on to Distress Watercolor card, coloured with Distress Markers using the Ranger Detailer Brush and fussy cut.
and the sentiments from Scared Silly on to scraps of the Idea-ology Halloween paper, coloured with Seedless Preserves and Peeled Paint Distress Oxides using Versamark ink and heat embossed with the same white embossing powder as before. 
I cut around the sentiments and applied Black Soot Distress Paint to the edges, fixed them in place along with the Monstrous images and added Idea-ology Halloween Remnant Rubs...
I scuffed up the edges of the panel with Tim Holtz Paper Distresser, applied Black Soot Distress Paint to the edges and fixed the panel to the front of the bag. I added strips of Cheesecloth around the top of the bag and a few pieces here and there to the panel and the sides of the bag using Distress Collage Medium Matte ( the perfect adhesive for the job and Ranger need to bring this amazing product out in 2 Gallon buckets, just saying) and added an Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon double bow...
coloured with Seedless Preserves Distress Spray Stain...
I added an Idea-ology Halloween Word Key, highlighted with Picket Fence Distress Crayon...
I coloured Tissue Paper with Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stain which on reflection, as you can see by the colour of my hand, was perhaps not the brightest idea in the world but hey nothing that the Ranger Craft Scrubbie didn't sort out and once it was dry I popped it through my paper shredder.
I filled the bag with lots of Halloween Sweet Treats added the tissue paper and left over scraps of cheesecloth on top...
and surprisingly or not, it just so happens there were some treats left over which are now snuggled up in the cubbyhole treat jar...
which, if you are a fan of treats from Bassetts, you will recognise as a giant Liquorice Allsort, my favourite favourite sweets.
Tim Holtz has been sharing amazing projects using products from his Sizzix Alterations, Stampers Anonymous and Idea-ology Halloween collections in a 2017 Inspiration Series over on his blog...
guaranteed to inspire and kick start your SPOOKY creative be sure to pop by and check them out.

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 Wanda our Guest 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. What a great idea Kath!!! Love the use of all the new Tim Holtz items and the Oxides! I'm inspired to make some treat bags!!!

  2. ooh very scary spooky gift bag Kath! its choc full of spookyliciousness ;-) the images and colours are fabulous and I love the background and the added bits of cheesecloth, the whole design is terrifying!! I am not sure I would dare put my hand in there LOL,,, although I am sure I would eventually pluck up some courage, those eyeballs look very tasty 👀

    Lols XXX

  3. OMG brilliant, wowser Kath, this is stunning....I love how you put everything together....wouldn't mind that sweet jar allsorts....xx

  4. WOWSERS! This is awesome Kath! I love the elements and wonderful design. I hope the fingers are now back to skin tone rather than green.
    Linda xxx

  5. Oh my! This is realy scary! I don't like Halloween but love your project, isn't it weird? Love the colors, especially the green on your hand :P and all the spooky vampire's faces... I do not like spiders at all. Hugs, Marzena

  6. Wow, I really like your amazing Halloween project!!! Very very nice layout. Thanks for sharing:)

  7. Love this, Kath! The textures and webs all come together for a perfect back drop for those creepy creatures. Love it!

    Cathie ♥

  8. As always your creations are amazing and l just love that sweetie jar xx

  9. Oh wow Kath, this is so fabulous, in a creepy kind of way, the monsters are brilliant (and the mummies too), the cheesecloth is just the perfect creepy finishing touch! Loving your liquorice allsorts sweety jar too! Hugs, Anne xx

  10. Fantastic Halloween make Kath x Love those monster who does Dracula look like??
    Great sweet of my dad's favourites too !!

    Best wishes
    Annie xx

  11. What an amazing treat bag Kath.
    Love your sweetie jar.
    Toni xx

  12. oh my gosh- the treat bag IS the gift!! Wouldn't matter to me what's inside. This is fabulous!!
    PS I recognize hands like that;)

  13. Kath! What a gorgeous piece! I love the gauze you added for extra detail and texture. The images are colored perfectly!! : )

    Simon Says Stamp!

  14. love, love your altered bag, fantastic combination of colours and I love all the different Halloween elements. Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog,
    Eleanor xx

  15. What a cool and spookalicious treat bag, Kath! Did you make these for your grands to use on Halloween? What a treat for whoever gets this!! hugs, Maura

  16. What a fabulous mix of materials here! I love how you mixed creepy with cute with grunge. I especially love the way the spiderwebs look and how they pair so perfectly with the cheesecloth.

  17. What an amazing open if you dare gift bag! I love all the details and the fine detailed Tim Holtz cobweb stamp is stunning 😁. Wishing you a Happy October and Weekend! J 😊

  18. What a great treat bag! This is just perfect for Halloween and I love how you've combined all the different products and bought them together on one fab project! Great work as always, Kath... Hugs xx

  19. You created quite the bag!! Lots of great details and shredded paper to match!! Wonderful!!

  20. This is so cool and very spooky Kath! Love all the details, the colours and the shredded paper.

  21. This is such a brilliant design, Kath. Love your great coloring and all those spooky details on this gift bag are awesome! :)

  22. Wow!! what a fun unique gift bag!! Definitely spooky!! i ALSO love the photo of your hand...isn't it the best feeling ever to have your hands covered in what you love???

  23. What a fabulous spooky treat bag! Love all the creepy stamps and love the gorgeous background! Hugs, Sandra

  24. Your use of these stamps is breathtaking! I adore them, now they are in my wish list! Barbara


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