Monday, February 12, 2018

Simon Says...Take Note

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...

My 2017  notebook was looking a bit worse for wear so I splashed out on a new one and got to work making a decorative cover which would be practical for everyday use.  I trimmed a a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock to be slightly smaller than the front of the notebook
and I couldn't resist having a play with the new Distress Resist Spray and colours from the latest release of Distress Oxide inks. But first, there are 3 things (recommended by Tim himself) you need to have on hand before you use this bottle of magic...
a Spray Box, a container with water if you intend spraying through a stencil
and a cloth to clean the nozzle of the bottle after each spray
I spritzed the Distress Resist Spray through the Flourish Layering Stencil, removed the stencil and lightly spritzed the card again. The Distress Resist Spray only takes a few minutes to dry or you can speed things along with a heat tool  I then smooshed Evergreen Bough, Fossilized Amber and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide inks on to my non stick craft mat, pulled the card through the ink, spritzed with water and tapped the card back into the remaining droplets of ink until I was happy with the background and voila check out the amazing chalky look resist "with a textured feel" background.
I stamped the Lined background stamp from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Cosmopolitan and Lined with Ground Espresso Archival Ink...
and overstamped with the script stamp from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Entomology with Black Soot Archival ink.
I applied Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink through the Cargo Mini Layering Stencil using a mini round blending tool.
I placed the card in to the Stamp Platform and stamped one of the images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Wildflowers with Black Soot Archival ink several times until I got a nice dark impression, sprinkled with Ranger Superfine Clear embossing powder and heat set.
I stamped one of the insect images from Entomology randomly over the background with Black Soot Archival.
I then stamped one of the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Label Frames with Black Archival on to a scrap of card coloured with the same Distress Oxide inks as the background
and used the Cargo Mini Layering Stencil with Black Soot Distress Oxide ink to create the word, sprinkled with clear embossing powder and heat set.
I cut out the label frame and fixed in place with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and Tiny Attacher staples. I added Idea-ology Life Quotes Remnant Rubs, splatters of White Gesso, darkened up the edges with Black Soot Distress Paint and fixed the panel to the front of the notebook with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

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. Well...talking about revamping an old notebook...Absolutely gorgeous Kath! That background is fabulous...and I need that Resist Spray!!! 😍😍😍

  2. WOW this is fabulous Kath, love the colours you have used and wonderful design. I so NEED the resist spray!
    Linda xxx

  3. My gosh, Kath, that background is dreamy! I love the colors, it turned out awesome! I just got my resist spray and can't wait to play. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Cathie ♥

  4. thanks for giving the resist spray a go so we all can see how you did it! I just go some in the mail last week so I'll be trying it out very soon.

  5. Hmmm, after seeing Tim using it and realising what a mess I could get myself into, I wasn't going too but, as always, you are a tremendous enabler and it is now top of my list! Love, love, love how you used it, your notebook cover is a real stunner!!! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Gorgeous yellows and blues! Love the stenciling you added to the project too : )

    Simon Says Stamp!

  7. Absolutely love it, wow you sure know how to create a fabulous picture,thank you for the blow by blow tutorial, helps a lot Kath....xx

  8. I can say only fabulous! love love love the oxides palette you used, the dsign, the stamps.... Fantastic work! barbara

  9. Absolutely Beautiful in every way.Huggles and cuddles for Buddy xxxx

  10. Great notebook alteration, Kath! Wonderful mix of colors and your nature theme with the flowers and insects is awesome! Happy Valentine's Day! Maura

  11. ABsolutely stunninng, I;m sure your notebook is so proud of its new life. I love the colors blended together and all the stamping on the background. The embossed wildflower is amazing and match with the rest so well. Love the random insects too. Beautiful notebook. Hugs, Marzena

  12. Gorgeous notebook Kath! the colours and whole design. of this is fabulous!! I just can't wait to get my hands on some of the distress spray!!! FABULOUS!!! :-)

    Lols x x x

  13. What a beautiful notebook and fabulous choice of colours.
    Toni xx

  14. Wow! I'm so impressed with the way this turned out! Your colors are so rich and vibrant and I love how everything blends together so well. I always enjoy seeing the way you work with Tim's products, so thank you once again.

  15. Love the fabulous colors and texture you created on the background, Kath. Such a great inspiration! :)

  16. The one thing that this fabulous book cover has convinced me is that I need that Resist Spray NOW, lol...I can't wait any longer!! This is such a great project, Kath and I love the layers of stamping and the colours you've used! Hugs... xx

  17. oh yes. I neeeeeeed Resist spray like RIGHT NOW!!!
    Love this cover page!! well done hun xx