Monday, March 5, 2018

Simon Says...Whatever The Weather

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...
and the weather sure has been the topic of conversation this week with freezing temperatures, crazy winds and snowstorms causing havoc in the UK and Europe, airports closed, flights cancelled, no trains and motorists stranded for hours on motorways.
It's the first challenge of the month and the Design Team are showcasing Tim Holtz products, you don't have to use them to join in the challenge but we would love to see them used and I doubt there are many of you without at least one or two of Tim's products in your stash.
We are also welcoming the lovely and super talented Bonnie aka My Stuff My Life as our March Designer In The Spotlight, if you're not familiar with Bonnie's Blog, please pop over and say hi.

I created an Art Journal Page in my Dylusions Creative Journal inspired by the saying...Raining Cats and Dogs...

which had me wondering where this strange saying came from. Apparently in medieval times, homes had thatched roofs which the domestic animals such as cats and dogs liked to hide in. In heavy rain, they would either be washed out of the thatch or rapidly abandon it for better shelter so it would seem to be raining cats and dogs.
I started off by applying a light patchy coat of Antique Linen and Hickory Smoke Distress Paints using a brayer.
and then went back over the pages with the same colours of Distress Oxide inks using a mini round blending tool.
I applied Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste through the Studio 490 Rainy Day Stencil and sprinkled with Ranger Superfine Detail White Embossing Powder. Once the embossing paste was dry, I heat set. (it is important to wait until the paste is dry or it will bubble and distort with the heat). I then stamped some old favourite friends, Crazy Cats and Dogs with Black Soot Archival on the pages to get an idea of placement. I knew there was little chance of getting perfect images on such an uneven surface...
so I stamped them again several times on to Distress Watercolor Card using the Tim Holtz/Tonic Stamp Platform and set aside.
I inked the Halftone stamp from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Halftone and Rings with Black Soot Archival and stamped randomly on the background.
I applied Black Soot, Hickory Smoke and Ground Espresso Archival inks through the umbrella stencil from Rainy Day using a mini round blending tool.
I coloured the cat and dog images with Distress Markers, die cut with the matching Sizzix Framelits and fixed to the pages with Distress Collage Medium Matte.
and then applied Distress Collage Medium over the whole page
and used a Black Soot Distress Crayon to create shadows around the cats, dogs, clouds and raindrops using the Detailer Brush to smudge it out.
I die cut the saying using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Thinlits. This is a very versatile set of multiple letters which means you can die cut words with repeating letters in one pass.
but I felt something was needed to balance out the stark white of the letters and I wasn't going to chance stamping on the background, making a hash of it and having to start over so I stamped the Rings background on to Idea-ology Tissue Wrap using Versamark Ink, sprinkled with Superfine White Embossing powder and heat set.
I cut around the individual circles and added them to the background using Distress Collage Medium Matte
created splatters with White Gesso
and added Idea-ology Label Letters to complete the saying

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. Fabulous step by step on this double page journal. Love the background and of course the wonderful cats and dogs.
    Linda xxx

  2. Love the whole design of this Kath! Raining cats and dogs! BRILLIANT!! Love the step by step instructions and the explanation for where the saying comes from too, you learn something new every day! :-)

    Hope the weather is improving in your neck of the woods now XX

    Lols x x x

  3. Haha, Kath, I LOVE this! What a fun journal page and those crazy dogs and cats always make a project fun. I love each and every project you've made with them. You give them such personality and really showcase them to perfection. There are so many awesome details to this page! I love it!

    Cathie ♥

  4. Well the topic could not be better for the weather here Kath!! Except that our snow has all but gone, just a few drifts near the hedges... and I am not sorry about that, the poor birdies has certainly suffered...

    I do love those crazy cats and dogs and you have shown them off beautifully on your page, I love the way you created the stormy background and their faces are just so much fun. Absolutely brilliant! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. So happy to get back to see everyone's blog, do miss all the fabulous steps you show Kath, makes a big difference, I really love this one, such fun pages...xx

  6. Ha ha ha, very apt Kath given the crazy aberdeen area weather!

    Sally x

  7. this is just spectacular Kath!!!

  8. Totally stunning! I love the background, I need to try this tool out which I have and have never used! If it gives such a fabulous effect with paints, I need to! I love the stencil and the way you used it, the umbrellas are so funny over the puppies. Love the way you colored the dogs and cats, too. Hugs, Marzena

  9. Love the awesome raining cats and dogs theme! The colors and texture on these journal pages are so beautiful, Kath. :)

  10. Hi Kath, I love your crazy cats and dogs journal pages. You've captured the dreary weather perfectly in the background, great textures and colours but you add a smile and cheer with the crazy creatures with their umbrellas. Very apt theme just now, much preferable and better than the heavy snowy weather we had. Though still not a fan of the soggy doggy weather! Hopefully we'll get some sunshine and you can enjoy your walks with your gorgeous Buddy again. Hugs Alexandra xx

  11. Such a clever design and I love the details and texture of these journal much fun and beautifully done! Hugs... x

  12. Kath, this just makes me smile!! The weather has been crazy everywhere this winter, and I have always liked the saying you've used. I love how you have their tails holding the umbrellas! Wonderful, imaginative pages! hugs, Maura

  13. What a great interpretation of the challenge! I like how you've brightened up all the rain with those adorable critters. You always have such a great way of using Tim's products in a number of different ways.

  14. Kath you amaze me every week! Your interpretation of our challenges are always incredible! I adore everything about this work: colors, design and the idea to stamp on vellum.... fabulous! barbara

  15. Such a fabulous art journal spread, Kath! Love the cute crazy cats and dogs, love the umbrellas too! So sweet! Hugs, Sandra

  16. Such a lovely art journal page!!! Love it Kath! The background is perfect!!

  17. Love this! Absolutely brilliant.

  18. Awesome journal pages. I love the cute cats and dogs and how hunkered down they are under the much texture and dimensional aspect! Looking at the layout in the SSS inspiration email it just didn't show all the details...what a great idea to use the vellum! Love seeing your work! you are def an inspiration to me!


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