Monday, March 19, 2018

Simon Says...Road Trip

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...
In today's world, a road trip usually means jumping in the car but I'm venturing down memory lane for this week's project inspired by happy times back in the day when my little Sis and I, during the school holidays, would jump on our bicycles to seek out new adventures, returning home happy as larry with mucky faces and nine times out of ten, torn breeks (trousers).

Of course, I had to use my favourite mixed media surface, an Etcetera MediumTag and Memoranda, one of my all-time favourite Tim Holtz Paper Pads.
I fixed the Memoranda paper to the tag using Distress Collage Medium Matte, added torn strips of contrasting paper, a light coat of Distress Collage Medium Vintage randomly over the top and once it was dry, I sanded the edges to remove any excess paper. I die cut Stacked Deckle panels from Idea-ology Substrate Sheets and Memoranda paper, used Mixed Media 5 Thinlits to die cut the floral image and fixed the panels together.
I die cut a larger stacked deckle panel from white Substrate Sheet and stamped with the Botanical background from Botanical and Batik and the script from Entomology with Iced Spruce and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink.
I fixed the die cut panel to the tag and added Ranger Opague Texture Paste through the Mosaic Layering Stencil.
From here on in, I got a little bit engrossed in the creative process, so the step by step photos are a bit higgedly-piggedly I added the Paper Dolls, coloured with Distress Markers and some shading around the frame with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink. I stamped the image from Ornate Trims with Vintage Photo Archival ink randomly on the background and highlighted the centres of the flowers with a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen.
I added Quote Chips and die cut the bicycle multiple times from white cardstock, cutting off the wheels from two of the die cuts to add to the background.
I die cut the flowers using Funky Floral 1 Thinits from Distress Oxide inked backgrounds left over from a previous project and Classic Kraft Cardstock.
I added two layers of Idea-ology Lace Trimmings along the bottom of the die cut panel and fixed the Funky Floral die cuts and Idea-ology Bouquet Findings in place with Ranger Multi Matte Medium. I layered up the bicycle die cuts, coloured with Distress Markers and added Idea-ology Jump Rings to the wheels.
I added Idea-ology Tiny Text Remnant Rubs, Nailheads and Jump Rings filled with Glossy Accents to the flowers.

an Idea-ology Story Stick, a twine bow and Chit Chat Design Tape. I finished off  applying Black Soot Distress Paint to the edges of the tag using a mini round blending tool.

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I look forward to seeing your Road Trip creations this week
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Love, love, love your tag Kath!! So clever, all the layers are amazing!! Love & hugs Ann xxx

  2. Gorgeous tag Kath :-) the background is beautiful, love the deckled edge panels and the rose design. The colours, flowers, bike, wheels, oh my goodness so many details to see and admire, I just love this! ❤️ I remember those bike rides as a kid too, nowadays, there is far too much traffic to enjoy it!!

    Lols x x x

  3. Outstanding--really evokes nostalgic emotions!

  4. I get so much inspiration from your blog. How you put things together is magical. thanks as always for sharing.

  5. This is so lovely! What wonderful memories. =)

  6. Beautiful! Looks like Summer.

  7. Love your tag and the memories it holds, Kath! I really like how you interpreted road trip by going into your memories. Our biking adventures as kids sound similar as I often came home with skinned knees, dirty, but happy. hugs, Maura

  8. What a fun tag! So many lovely details, I felt like I was taking the road trip with you.

  9. Kathy, your tag is gorgeous!! The beautiful colors of the flowers paired with the bicycle remind me of the bike rides I use to take in the Springtime when I lived in the mountains of Colorado. This is so pretty!

    Cathie ♥

  10. This is beautiful and tells an amazing story. Love the retro look of your tag which really recalls an old memories of a cute childhood. Love the washed-out colors, great floral patterns and the bicycle is so cool. Hugs, Marzena

  11. What a gorgeous tag Kath, and all the better because it brings back wonderful memories for you. It was such fun in our day when we could play out as kids! I absolutely love the look of the girls and the bicycle is superb (looks great the way you layered it up). A real wow factor tag! Hugs, Anne xx

  12. WOW Kath this is stunning! So much to take in and can't stop going back and finding something else to find! Exquisite.
    Linda xxx

  13. Oh, Kath! Your project is so perfect for Spring and just a burst of sunshine! I love the imagery of flowers and a bicycle and those sweet girls. Lovely!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  14. What a sweet memories inspired you! Your tag is absolutely fabulous, full of wonderful details! Great project! barbara

  15. This is lovely- like a breath of fresh air without having to leave my house! I love how you created such a quaint scene and you are always so skilled at combining different elements so cohesively.

  16. This is such a pretty project, full of the joys of spring and it really brings back memories of bike rides as a kid and having no cares in the world! Lovely work, Kath... Hugs xx

  17. Wow Kath, this is wonderful!! I love the theme and all the layers and details. Your background is gorgeous and so are all the flowers and special details like the jumpring flower centers. I also really like the bike wheels placed here and there.

  18. Wow.. this is such a gorgeous tag, Kath. The flower embellishments and all the details are awesome! :)

  19. This is absolutely my favorite tag of yours! So unique and creative!

  20. What a fun tag, Kath! Love all the fabulous texture, so many colors and love the cute paper dolls and bicycle! Hugs, Sandra

  21. PINNED! This is so fantabulous!!! LOVE every detail and all the color and texture!

  22. Wow! This is great! Love all the layers, the cute girls & dog, the die cut flowers and the bicycle. (SSS was already sold out of the Floral 1 die set.) I must give this layout a try! Love your step process.


Thanks for taking the time to visit me in the cubbyhole...I love to hear from you.
hugs Kath xxx