Friday, August 17, 2018

Inside Tunnel Card...

Hi folks, not a very catchy blog post title today but I couldn't think of a better one to describe today's card. I'm sharing an Inside Tunnel card inspired by Jennifer McGuire, decorated with Tim Holtz/Sizzix Flower Jar Framelits in a clean and simple style.

It's years since I have made this type of card but it was so easy and you can find Jennifer's excellent step-by-step video on how to create the tunnel insert HERE.
I used Sizzix Framelits Circle Dies to create the apertures for the insert, Ranger Wonder Tape to make sure it all stayed together and was rather surprised that this person who is not known for following instructions, nailed it on the first attempt.
I coloured a panel for the back of the insert and a die-cut circle for the front of the card with Evergreen Bough and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide inks using the familiar smooshing, drying, spritzing and picking up the left over droplets technique. I should have added the back panel before I assembled the tunnel insert but I trimmed a sliver off the side, added Distress Collage Medium Matte and managed to slide it into place.
I die-cut a selection of Flower Jar Framelits from white cardstock, fixed to the back panel and circle on the front of the card, coloured the rest with Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet and Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide re-inkers using a Distress Detailer Brush to get a variation of colours and fixed to the circle apertures.

I added splatters of Black Soot re-inker using the Distress Splatter Brush and stamped the sentiments from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Glorious Bouquet on to white card with Black Soot Archival,trimmed, edged with the archival ink and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte.

I coloured a strip of white card to match the circle, die cut using the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Scallop 3D Impresslits and sanded back the detail.
I added it to the side of the card with a twine bow and one of the die cuts flowers.
The card folds flat for postage which is always a bonus and I have a sneaky feeling I may be making Halloween and Christmas versions for the special little people in my life. Have a great weekend whatever your plans are and I'll see you all on Monday with my project for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, in the meantime, here's a little sneaky peek...
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Picked With Love

Hi folks, I'm sharing another card made with the Mandy's Flowers stamp set from the Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit.  Although the kit has already sold out, some of the products from the kit are still available to buy separately HERE.

I'm still very much a beginner when it comes to watercolouring and it's easy to feel a bit intimidated about sharing when there are so many expert watercolorists out there but with the wise words "embrace your imperfections" from my adorable Professor ringing in my ears...I'm realising that the only way to learn is to keep having a go. So I'm sharing a "less than perfect but had lots of fun trying" card using this gorgeous image from Mandy's Flowers.
I stamped the image on to Strathmore Bristol Smooth Card and masking paper with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink, only trimming the section of the mask that was going to be overstamped...I was having one of those lazy "don't do more than you have to" kind of days.
With the mask in place I stamped the fence image at both sides of the flower jar.
and used Zig Clean Color Brush Markers with a Distress Detailer Water Brush to colour the images.
I added highlights to the jar with a Sakura White Gelly Roll pen, added splatters of Black Soot Distress Paint to the background, some of the Doodlebug Tiny Heart Shape Sprinkles that came in the kit and stamped the sentiment on to black card with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder. I die-cut the panel with Simon Says Stamp Wonky Rectangles die, matted the panel on to a piece of purple Distress Core'dinations card left from a previous project and then on to a white card blank.
I'll be back soon with another August Kit card, in the meantime, have fun whatever you are creating.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, August 13, 2018

Simon SaysStamp - Sprinkles and Splatters

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 decided to decorate an Idea-ology Worn Cover to hold colour swatches for all my Distress and Watercolour products...
and because it's got to be practical, I had to keep it flat and non-dimensional with nothing that's going to fall off with lots of use. I started off by brayering on two light coats of White Gesso, allowing some of the surface colour to show through. I then applied patchy brayered layers of Twisted Citron and Tumbled Glass.
I added a hint of Blueprint Sketch by dragging the metal edge of my Tim Holtz Design Ruler through the paint and pressing it down on to the surface.
I applied White Gesso through the Splatters Mini Layering Stencil from Set 3 using a mini round blending tool
and masked off a section of the stencil with Design Tape, applied Candied Apple Distress Paint and repeated with Dusty Concord.
By this time I had realised that stamping on this "doesn't sit flat" surface was going to be tricky but thanks to the Stamp Platform and Idea-ology Plain Collage Paper, the problem was solved. I stamped the images from ALL and Create Border 26 stamp with Black Soot Archival on to the collage paper and fussy cut as close the edge as I could
and fixed to the cover with Distress Collage Medium Matte.
I applied Candied Apple Distress Paint with a mini round blending foam on to the image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Label Frames, stamped on to the plain collage paper, fussy cut and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte.
I die-cut the wording for the label from white card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Thin Thinlits and because you get multiple letters in this set, managed to cut 3 lots of each letter in one pass, apart from the "C" as there are only two of those.
I'm sharing a quick and easy way to layer up the letters. Rather than adding little dots of glue to the back of each letter, I applied a thin layer of Distress Collage Medium Matte inside the label, picked up each letter with my sticky pen tool and laid it in place. I then applied a second layer of the Distress Collage Medium Matte and laid down the second layer of letters, nudging them into place with my craft pick and then repeated the process for the third layer. I used the centre of the letter "O" for the word and added the left over O's to the background, again applying a little Distress Collage Medium Matte where I wanted each letter to go.
I stamped the image and sentiment from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Odds and Ends on to Plain Collage Paper using Black Soot Archival, painted the edge with Twisted Citron Distress Paint, fussy cut and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte. I had a few bits and pieces of stamped Collage Paper left over so I fixed them here and there on the cover.
I added splatters of White Gesso and Black Soot Distress Paint

All I have to do now is decorate the inside and make a start on those swatches...I have a sneaky feeling it's going to be a marathon labour of love, a "keep me busy for many an hour" work in progress.

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, August 10, 2018

Playtime with Simon Says August Card Kit

Hi folks, I've finally got round to having a play with the August Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp. No surprise that it has already sold out but some of the products from the kit are still available to buy separately HERE.

There are so many gorgeous goodies in this kit that I didn't quite know where to start but I'm a sucker for anything floral so it was time to get the gorgeous Mandy's Flowers stamp set inked up and create a paper pieced card with the beautiful Early Bird papers from Bo Bunny.
I scored and folded the 120# White Cardstock included in the kit to create an A2 card blank, cut Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock to be slightly smaller and stamped the image with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink. I re-stamped the image several times on to the patterned papers and fussy cut around the inner circle, flower and leaves.
I fussy cut four layers of the flower, fixed the first layer in place with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and popped the other 3 layers up on Tim Holtz Sizzix Mini Foam to create dimension.
I fussy cut the outer circle, stamped the sentiment and the small dots image from the stamp set with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black and added highlights to the little sprigs and centre of the flowers with a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen.
I added thin strips of the patterned paper and another flower to the bottom of the card and matted the panel on to the card blank.
And it's Friday, which means I'll be catching up with my Friday Girlfriends for a fun day, lunch, lots of chat and no doubt some retail therapy. Have a great weekend everyone, have fun whatever you have planned and I'll see you all on Monday with my DT project for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. And you still have loads of time to join in with this week's Tape It Up Challenge with a chance to win a $50 spending spree in the Simon Says Stamp Online Store.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, August 9, 2018

I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas

Hi folks, it's true...I am dreaming of a White Christmas. It's been one very hot, hot, hot Summer so far, if only we could turn down the temperature just a notch because it's too hot to work in the garden, too hot to be in the cubbyhole, too hot to get a decent night's sleep, too hot for our usual doggy strolls, in fact, it's too hot to do much of anything. So this crafter and her stir crazy furry partner are dreaming of cooler Autumn days, chilly Winter mornings and fingers crossed...a White Christmas.
With that in mind, I decided to turn some "just having a play" Alcohol Lift backgrounds into cards and make a start on filling up the Christmas Card box.

I trimmed Distress Yupo White Heavystock and Distress Watercolor card to size
added drops of Stream, Pistachio and Amethyst Alcohol Inks to the Yupo panel and blew through a straw to move the colour around.
I added a few drops of Blending Solution to the felt pad on a mini round blending tool and tapped lightly until I was happy with the background.
I stamped the snowflake image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mini Swirly Snowflakes inked with Alcohol Lift Ink on to the Yupo paper, dabbed with a paper towel to remove the excess ink, buffed with a clean cloth and then stamped on to Distress Watercolor card transferring the ink lifted from the Yupo paper. I repeated this process until I had filled the background and used the same technque with the sentiment from Tim/Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Holiday Drawings. I trimmed the panels diagonally, applied splatters of White Gesso to the Yupo paper , coloured the Distress Watercolor card panel lightly with Tumbled Glass using a mini round blending tool and added Wilted Violet splatters.
I added the panels to white cardstock leaving a space larger enough to stamp the sentiment from Holiday Drawings
I trimmed white cardstock to be slightly larger than the panels and stamped the Plaid Background from Tim Holtz/Stampers Plaid & Nordic inked with Broken China/Wilted Violet and Blueprint Sketch/Lucky Clover Distress Oxide inks.

I coloured a scrap of Distress Watercolor card with the same combination of Distress Oxide inks as I used for the plaid background, spritzed with water and stamped the snowflake images with Black Soot Archival ink.
I die-cut the snowflakes using the matching Sizzix Framelits, added white highlights with a Sakura Gelly Roll Pen and brads from my stash

I did a little bit of machine stitching around the edges of the panels,
added double twine bows and fixed the snowflakes in place with Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam to create dimension. I matted the panels on to Classic Kraftstock and Kraft-Core Core-dinations and fixed to white card blanks.
Today I'm hoping to have a play day with the August Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp, have fun whatever you're creating.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx


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