Monday, October 23, 2017

Simon Says...Monochrome

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 Christmas Wall Hanger using Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Stash pad, Stampers Anonymous Tattered Christmas and Mini Swirly Snowflakes stamp sets and one of my favourite Simon Says dies "Believe"

this week's project was inspired by the gorgeous new Idea-ology Christmas packaging and I'm holding my hands up, I'm one of those crafters who saves all the Idea-ology packaging, backing and acetate sheets, all stored in a huge box out in the garage for that "you never know when you might need them " rainy day. So I trimmed down the backing sheet from the Christmas Remnant Rubs...
cut a rectangle from paper from the Christmas Paper Stash and roughed up the edges with the Paper Distresser.
I cut a smaller rectangle of the black Plaid paper, added a torn strip of a contrasting paper for a snow bank. I applied Ranger Opaque Texture Paste through the Starry Mini Layering Stencil from Set 31 and while it was drying, I stamped the super cute snowman from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Tattered Christmas using Ranger Archival Black on to the plaid paper and then 3 times on to Distress Watercolor paper. I cut out and layered each section and used Ranger's Detailer Brush with Black Soot and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide inks to add shading.
I fixed the snowman panel in place and stamped one of the snowflake images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mini Swirly Snowflakes around the edge with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail White Embossing powder. Now for the "I'm not a happy bunny" moment. I felt that the snowman didn't stand out enough from the dark background so...
I stamped him again, cut out the whole image leaving a white border and the added layers as before.
I dabbed Picket Fence Distress Paint on to the Idea-ology Frozen Findings and sprinkled with Distress Clear Rocky Candy Glitter...
added Idea-ology Christmas Clippings and  Holiday Talk Stickers...
and used Simon Says Stamp "Believe" die for the sentiment, cutting 2 layers from the black paper using the outline die and 3 layers for the sentiment from white cardstock.

I covered a piece of chipboard with Sticky Back Canvas to use as the backing panel, coloured around the edge with Black Soot Distress Oxide ink using the direct to paper technique...
added an Idea-ology Holiday Talk sticker to the hanger, Idea-ology Linen Ribbon and a white Eclectic Elements thread bow.

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. What an adorable wall hanging Kath. The monochrome look is very effective.
    Toni xx

  2. WOW Kath this is fabulous! I love the layers and wonderful design. I hope that you have enjoyed your day out and lunch.
    Linda xxx

  3. "What we need is more ... PLAID" - it's a variation on a classic Saturday Night Live sketch. I am amazed at how effective the monochromatic plaid is. Really the whole project is impressive with this color scheme.

  4. Oh wow Kath, this is a stunning monochromatic piece, I love the beautiful plaid and those wonderful snowflakes! Really, really beautiful! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. I love, love your wall hanging, Kath! The mixture of papers and that plaid pattern is awesome!

    Cathie ♥

  6. Gorgeous hanging Kath,everything about it is festive and I would love that word die...x

  7. Absolutely incredible! I love this black and white panel a lot. The papers are stunning and the embossed snowflakes look like cut out from a white plastic sheet. One of my favorite projects of yours! Hugs, Marzena

  8. what a wonderful Retro hanging Kath xx Great use of the packaging it !!!

    TFS Annie xx

  9. So cool in the black and white Kath! Love the plaids and snowflakes and that cute snowman! hugs, Maura

  10. Beautiful wall hanging! I loved seeing how you created this piece and the materials you used, thanks for the inspiration 😁. Enjoy your week! J 😊

  11. This is such a unique and refreshing color palette! It still feels very festive, but it's amazingly original. I also love the incorporation of the plaid.

  12. Such a fabulous interpretation of the monochrome theme which works so well with all the elements and layers you've used and how clever to use the packaging, I love that idea! Fab work as always, Kath... Hugs xx

  13. No words.... only WOW! love love love this piece! barbara

  14. such a wonderful christmas project! loe the way you made the snowy effect! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

  15. This black and white winter project is so pretty Kath! I love all the details and the wonderful glittery snow. (I too save a lot of packaging. :)

  16. I Love this!!!! A totally fabulous project that is going to look great hanging up!!!

  17. This is such a gorgeous holiday wall decor, Kath. Love the beautiful colors and those Christmas elements are awesome! :)

  18. What a fabulous hanging, Kath! Love the cute snowman and all the stunning snowflakes. Hugs, Sandra