Monday, November 13, 2017

Simon Says...It's A Stitch Up

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 gave an old tattered notebook a bit of a make-over to keep track of all the things us girls have to do to make sure that Christmas runs smoothly...
and with the help of the fabulous products from Tim Holtz...scraps of paper from the Idea-ology Christmas Mini Stash Paper, Stampers Anonymous Swirly Snowflakes, Sizzi Retro Merry Christmas Thinlits and a little bit of stitching using Eclectic Elements thread, my "Christmas may be a disaster without it" planner will be sorted...
This project was inspired by the pile of tags I made while I was playing with my new best friend...the amazing Tim Holtz/Sizzix Sidekick...
I started off with a panel of the black plaid paper and added a torn strip of the script paper to the bottom but it wasn't quite wide enough for the front of the notebook so I added strips of the red polka dot and script paper. I stamped the Swirly Snowflakes with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine White Detail Powder, used the Tim Holtz Craft Pick to make holes at the centre of the snowflakes and stitched with red thread to create accents. 
I die cut Christmas from Tim Holtz/Sizzix Retro Merry Christmas Thinlits from red Classic Kraft Stock 3 times and once from white cardstock,layering them up slightly offset to create dimension.
I used the Starry Layering Stencil and the Craft Pick to create holes at the points of the stars on the background and stitched with red Eclectic Elements thread...
And not forgetting the tag that inspired me, I fixed it to the edge of the panel, looked out my sewing machine and added 2 rows of rather wonky in places stitching around the edges and a strip of zig-zag stitching between the paper strips...
I decided that the sequins I had added were not blingy enough so I managed to remove them and add self adhesive red gems from my stash...
and now the Christmas preparations can begin...

You can find all the products I used over at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp online store...just click on the links below...

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I look forward to seeing what you create this week...
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Fabulous notebook Kath! the papers and details are all gorgeous and I love the little date tag, very cute :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Oh how I love the plaid, Kath, and the combination of black and red! This is so pretty and I love all the stitching, especially in the center of the snowflakes. Beautiful!

    Cathie ♥

  3. This is fabulous Kath! Love the papers and wonderful date tag too.
    Linda xxx

  4. just fabulous Kath. Love the plaid!
    I cannot believe you made all those tags!!

  5. This is super great! I love how you limited to a pair of essential colors and how the black and red mix perfectly together. The stitched stars are amazing and give such a warmth to this cover. The plaid is fantastic, I widh I have this paper pack too. Hugs, Marzena

  6. What a wonderful book to keep track of all the holiday stuff, Kath! Love the red, white and black simplicity, and it sure looks like you had a ball die cutting!! hugs, Maura

  7. Just perfect Kath! I love the plaid background and the embossed snowflakes with the red stitching are fabulous - what a lovely way to plan your Christmas! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. Awesome! I love how you stitched the red stars!

  9. Beautiful notebook Kath. Love the colour choice.
    Toni xx

  10. Stunning Kath is your note book and those papers are gorgeous x

  11. Wonderful notebook! The black, white and red colour palette looks so elegant and stylish - beautiful 😁. Wishing you a great week! J 😊

  12. Oh, Kath! This is truly gorgeous! Love the B&W plaid with a pop of red! Totally classic gorgeous Christmas theme! You nailed it!! :D

    Simon Says Stamp!

  13. This is such a pretty notebook, Kath! I love the colour palette and that pop of red is's another gorgeous make! Hugs xx

  14. Fabulous make over for your notebook!!!!!!!!!

  15. This is such a fantastic creation, Kath. Love the beautiful patterns and stitching on the background. The Christmas embellishments are awesome. :)

  16. So fantastic Kath! Love this project, perfect for Christmas time!!!

  17. Stunning notebook, Kath! Looks amazing, love the black and white with the pop of red, it's so pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  18. You're a genius! I adore the color palette and your stitching on the background is absolutely adorable! Amazing piece! barbara


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hugs Kath xxx