Monday, February 26, 2018

Simon Says...In My Garden

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 decorated an Etcetera Mini Tag inspired by the signs in my garden that Spring is just around the corner and forgive me for once again indulging my obsession with these great value for money mixed media surfaces.
I started off by applying a coat of White Gesso and once it was dry, I brushed Broken China Distress Paint on to the centre. I wanted a fairly pale look so then I brushed Antique Linen Distress Paint around the edges without cleaning my brush to blend the colours together.
I fixed torn strips of Tim Holtz Memoranda paper in place with Distress Collage Medium...
and applied Ranger Opague Texture Paste through the Latticework Mini Layering Stencil from Set 4
and Walnut Stain Distress Ink through the Blossom Mini Layering Stencil also from Set 4
I stamped the script from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Entomology with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine White embossing powder
I used the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stacked Deckle set of Thinlits to die cut a frame and panels from Idea-ology Memoranda paper and white cardstock.
I applied Ranger Opague Texture Paste through the Blossom Layering Stencil on to one panel and once it was dry, coloured the background with Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink using the Detailer Brush.
but had a change of heart, went back in with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink to darken it up and die-cut it again with a smaller Stacked Deckle die. I arranged the deckle panels on the tag with circles of Hemptique White Cord to get an idea of placement.
I coloured Distress Watercolor card with Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber and Wild Honey Distress Oxide inks, die cut the flowers using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Funky Florals 1 Thinlits and coloured the centres of the white flowers with a Wild Honey Distress Marker.
and this brush and foam pad from Sizzix are an absolute must-have for removing all those itty bitty pieces that get left in your dies.
I fixed the Stacked Deckle panels, white cord and die cut flowers in place with Distress Collage Medium with the centre panel popped up with 3D foam.  I used Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink with the Detailer Brush to colour the centre of the daisies.
I stamped the butterflies from Entomology with Ground Espresso Archival ink on to Distress Watercolor card, coloured with Broken China, Fossilized Amber and Walnut Stain Distress Oxide inks using the Detailer Brush and fussy cut.
fixed the butterflies and the rest of the flowers in place with Distress Collage Medium
and added an Idea-ology Clippings Sticker, Big Chat and ChitChat Stickers.

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. Another stunning creation Kath!!! Love the colours and all the layers, fabulous!!! Love n hugs Ann xxx

  2. Of course I am going to love the garden theme, being a very keen gardener. Love your tags Kath. Love all the layers you have added, the beautiful flowers and butterflies and the delicate colour palette is perfect . Tracy x

  3. WOW the depth and dimension on this wonderful tag is fabulous Kath! My favourite colour combination too! I love this!
    Linda xxx

  4. Oh my goodness, this is just so gorgeous Kath!! I love the colours and details on this, so much to look at and admire, absolutely stunning!! LOVE it :-)

    Lols x x x

  5. Kath, your tag is gorgeous! I love the soft colors and the beautiful die cut flowers. I love all the little added details too!

    Cathie ♥

  6. Beautiful tag, Kath, just bursting with the joys of Spring! Love the soft minty background and all the wonderful floral layers. hugs, Maura

  7. Stunning. Such fabulous attention to detail

  8. This is SO gorgeous Kath!! Thank you for sharing the details....LOVE xx

  9. This is BEAUTIFUL, Kath! Lovely background with those two stencils applied so diferently. LOve the floral panels and the rectangle dies are so cool, amazing edges, need to have them! Love the retro colors and all the additional details. Hugs, Marzena

  10. so beautiful Kath - from the colors to the design! You rocked this challenge!

  11. It has already been said above but this Etcetera tag is just stunning Kath, I loved seeing how you built up all those beautiful layers into a wonderful collage. So, so very beautiful!! Hugs, Anne xx

  12. What a wonderful spring invitation .I love the colors and beautiful details:)

  13. Really is stunning Kath, I love the process of putting it all together, I really miss my craft room so much...xx

  14. wow- your tag is bursting with Spring and yummy bits and layers. Love it!

  15. Kath! Your tag has major WOW factor! The layering and use of different mediums really makes it POP!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  16. Wow, what a stunning tag! I'm always amazed by all the beautiful details that you create - I love it ๐Ÿ˜. Happy Weekend! J ๐Ÿ˜Š

  17. Lovely tag with so many different techniques that build up such wonderful's gorgeous Kath! Hugs xx

  18. This is so pretty and I always love seeing your wonderful process pictures. The color palette on this one is so fresh and lovely and made me excited for the return of flowers!

  19. This is such a stunning creation, Kath. All the details and embellishments are amazing. :)

  20. Such a fabulous tag, Kath! Love the background with the texture and the pretty color. Hugs, Sandra

  21. Wow Kath you've done it again! this tag is fantastic, techniques you used fabulous and the whole design absolutely amazing! love love love the background! Barbara

  22. Smart idea to stack the daisy images and hang over the completed stamped images below. Love that! Not my style of card, but done very well. Great job.


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hugs Kath xxx