Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Happy Birthday Script/Altenew Take 3

Hi folks, I'm back to share the third card in the "Happy Birthday Script/Altenew Washi Tape" Trilogy and fingers crossed that there is no repeat of yesterday's Mr Blogger editing tantrums.
I fixed two torn strips of the gorgeous Altenew Watercolor Strokes Washi Tape to the front of a 4" x 7" card blank. I die cut the balloons and strings from white card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Crazy Things Framelits and coloured with Crushed Olive, Broken China and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks and woohoo they turned out to be the perfect colour match.
I fixed the balloons in place with 3D foam, doodled the strings with a Sharpie Black Fine Line pen instead of using the strings and highlighted the balloons with a Sakura White Jelly Roll Pen..
I die cut 3 layers of the  Happy Birthday Script from white card and finished off by adding#Simon Says Stamp Pale Pink sequins and doodling around the edge of the card.
The weather forecast for today is not looking promisingso it may be the perfect day to continue with the "Tunnel Book" floral die-cutting marathon.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Tunnel Book Saga...

Hi folks, I recently decided to have a go at decorating a Tunnel Book but being a thrifty Scot...
decided I could make two tunnel books out of one, if I divided up alternate pages
and made two new covers from chipboard for the second book and oh boy, am I glad I did because
I didn't realise as I set out on this decorating adventure what a marathon it would turn out to be, but more about that later. I started off by covering the covers and pages with White Gesso back and front and that was a marathon in itself, waiting for it all to dry. I fixed papers from Tim Holtz Wallflower Paper Stash to both sides of the cover using Distress Collage Medium Matte and repunched the holes. Sharing a little "do as I say, not as I do" tip...repunch the holes as you add each piece of paper because once you have paper on both sides, you can' no longer see where the holes are, simples, but why didn't I realise that.
I fixed torn strips of Menagerie Tissue Wrap in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte and applied a light coat of White Gesso.

and then had lots of messy fun applying Worn Lipstiick , Fossilized Amber and Cracked Pistachio Distress Paints with my fingers followed by a layer of White Gesso
I then added Idea-ology Design Tape and applied Ranger Opaque Texture Paste through the Flourish Mini Layering Stenciland while it was drying, I finger painted all the pages with the same colours, added Idea-ology Design Tape around the edges of all the apertures and added more White Gesso.
I then stamped images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Entomology and Illustrated Garden on the covers and pages using Black Soot and Vintage Photo Archival Inks...
and added words from Idea-ology Chatter Design Tape

And if you're thinking that was a marathon, prepare yourselves for Instalment 2...the diecutting of millions of florals to decorate my nature themed book which may result in a lie down in a darkened room but I'm just thankful that I decided to divide up the original book otherwise I may have been carted off in a strait jacket screaming "I can't see the light at the end of the tunnel". But hey ho, today I'm having a little break, a change of scene which I hope will kick start the motivation and hopefully I'll be back soon to share the completed tome, the War and Peace of Craft Projects.  In the meantime you have fun with whatever you're making.
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, April 16, 2018

Simon Says...Let's Doodle

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...
LET'S DOODLE
I created a Doodled Flowers art journal page in my Dylusions Black Creative Journal and you may need to wear your sun specs for today's bright and very colourful project.


and please forgive this absent minded crafter for the "out of sequence-caught up in the moment" set of higgedly piggedly photos...
I trimmed a piece of Distress Watercolor card to measure 7" square and used Antique Linen and Hickory Smoke Distress Oxides with the familiar smooshing, drying and spritzing technique. I used the Botanical stamp from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Botanical and Batik inked with Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide to add subtle detail to the background.
I revisited an old "more bang for your buck" technique and die cut flowers from fun foam using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Tattered Florals Bigz die to create my own set of foam stamps. I cut the leaf and flower centre from an extra flower die cut, fixed two die cuts together to create a bit more cushioning and added a glue dot to the back of each. You can use the die-cut fun foam stamps over and over again, just clean with a baby wipe and store in a polybag.
I fixed the foam stamps to the lid of my Stamp Platform and dabbed on Distress Paint with my fingers...you can use a mini round blending tool with foam to apply the paint if that suits you better and if you need to restamp, make sure that the first layer of paint is dry first.
I inked one of the images from Ornate Trims with Black Soot Archival and stamped randomly on the background.
I used my Ranger Black Fude Pen, Sharpie Black Fine Liner and Sakura White Bold Jelly Roll pens to doodle around the flowers, add patterns and accents and it's important to make sure the paint is thoroughly dry before you start doodling or you will damage the nibs of your pens.
I tapped the Ranger Craft Scraper into Spiced Marmalade and the eraser on the end of a pencil into Black Soot Distress Paints to add a cross hatch pattern and dots to the background.
To create the wording on the opposite page, I used "donkey's old/saving for a rainy day" American Crafts Remarks Alphabet stickers from my stash
and stamped the flowers and letters from the Cut-out Lower Foam stamp set on to Idea-ology Plain Collage Paper, cut out and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte.
I added cross hatching, white eraser pencil dots and doodling on the flowers and letters.

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

Friday, April 13, 2018

It's Sneaky Peek Friday...

Hi folks, greetings from the cubbyhole on this dark, wet and cold Friday morning. I did say I'd be sharing another card today made with the Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday Script die but the lack of daylight put the scuppers on any chance of getting a half decent photo...
so it's going to be one of those "only sneaky peeks" kind of days...
I'm beginning to despair about proper Spring weather ever arriving but we have no control over the weather and with the cold wet drizzly stuff forecast to continue into the weekend, I'll  be rolling with the punches and heading for the cubbyhole. I have lots to keep me busy, especially now that I've embarked on my first adventure into the world of tunnel books which I have to say is a bit of a marathon and a labour of love all rolled into one...
I'm beginning to see the wood for the trees now that the covers and pages have had a fun Distress Make-Over so today I'll be switching the lights and the kettle on and watching the rain run down the window while I fire up the die cutting production line, accompanied by the dulcet tones of my snoring Furry Partner.
Fingers crossed, I'll be sharing the finished book with you next week. Enjoy your weekend and have fun whatever the weather's like where you are and I'll see you all on Monday with my DT project for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. In the meantime, an oldie but still a goodie sneaky peek.

Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Happy Birthday Script/Altenew Take 2...

Hi folks, I'm back to share another card using the Happy Birthday Script die from Simon Says Stamp Fluttering By release and the gorgeous Monochrome Washi Tape from Altenew.

There was no repeat of yesterday's fussy cutting adventure...I went for the easy option of fixing the tape to a panel of Distress Watercolor card on the textured side for a change. I picked up the Stormy Sky and Vintage Photo Distress inks on my fingertips and applied colour here and there to take away the stark white look on the background. I inked up the script stamp from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Entomology with Vintage Photo Archival and stamped randomly on the background. I distressed the edges and inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink.
I created a faux panel on the A2 card blank using Idea-ology Collector Design Tape.
I added a torn strip of vellum to the Washi Tape panel and machine stitched around the edge to hold it in place. I die cut the Happy Birthday Script from white cardstock 3 times and layered up to create dimension and added white dots to the flowers and vellum panel using a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen.

I'll be back tomorrow with the third card in my Happy Birthday Script/Altenew Trilogy, in the meantime have fun whatever you're creating. And to check out all the products from Simon Says Stamp Fluttering By release, click HERE.
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Me And My Bright Ideas...

Hi folks, Simon Says Stamp very kindly sent me the "Happy Birthday Script" die to play with from their latest release "Fluttering By". There are so many great products in this release and you can check them all out HERE.
I'm sharing a card I made using a section of the die along with the gorgeous Monochrome Washi Tape and Leaf Burst stencil from Altenew.

I started off by applying Ranger Opaque Texture Paste through the Leaf Burst stencil on to a panel of Distress Watercolour Card and once it was dry, added a wash of Distress Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink over the whole panel using the Distress Broad Brush and then removed the colour from the paste using a baby wipe. Suddenly I had one of those "no idea if this will work" moments, the idea being to try and use the Washi Tape like collage paper, the only problem is that Washi Tape is sticky on the back and was likely to be a nightmare to trim around - sticking to the scissors, sticking to my fingers and being totally unco-operative. And if it didn't work out, you're never going to know but where there's a will, there's a way, so I liberally dusted the back of the tape with my powder tool and woohoo, surprise, surprise, it was a breeze of a fussy cutting adventure. I then fixed the tape over the texture paste section using my go-to adhesive, Distress Collage Medium Matte.
However, the washi tape completely covered up the detail of the stencilled paste, definitely not the look I was hoping for. But hey I'd come this far and had no intention of giving up just yet so I grabbed a small embossing tool and pushed the washi tape down into the detailed sections...woohoo now I'm happy.
I die cut the Happy Birthday Script from black cardstock but felt it was dominating the card too much so it was time for adapt and overcome moment 3. I trimmed out the "Happy" and stamped the rest of the sentiment on to white card using Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Simple Sayings inked with Black Soot Archival, added Black Soot splatters, distressed the edges of the panel and added a strip of My Favourite Things Dots and Stripes Neutral paper.
I'll be back tomorrow to share another "Happy Birthday Script" card, a "simple with no dramas" card and no chopped up sentiment.
And for all my fellow Tim Holtz addicts, our adorable Professor will be joining us from Sizzix HQ for a Facebook Live tonight at 5pm if you're in UK, 6pm for Europe and 9am PT if you're in the US
I've booked my front row seat, hope you'll join me.
Toodle for now
Hugs Kath xxx

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