Monday, June 11, 2018

Simon Says...Anything But A Card

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 a Sizzix/Eileen Hull Journal with a floral theme to give to a friend, using Idea-ology Correspondence papers and because I wanted it to be practical, something she can use frequently, I kept the decoration as flat and un-dimensional as possible but this was definitely one of those projects that fell into the "far easier to make than photograph" category.
I started off by covering two pieces of Sizzix Mat Board with the Correspondence papers using Distress Collage Medium Matte and die cut using the Sizzix/Eileen Hull Scoreboards XL die. I find that you get much neater results if you cover the mat board before die-cutting rather than the other way round. I then covered the inside of the covers with matching papers and re-punched the holes using my Crop-a-dile.
I stamped the typewriter image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Inventor 1 on the front cover with Hickory Smoke Archival ink to get a softer faded look.
I fixed the covers together with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and strung with 1mm black elastic which will accommodate 4 signatures or inserts which I have still to make but will probably include a couple of notebooks, a diary and calendar section and lots of pockets. You can find an excellent tutorial on how to assemble the journal, add the elastic and create inserts from Eileen Hull HERE.
I die cut the closure tab which is included on the Journal Die from mat board and Black Classic Kraft Stock and cut it in half. I attached Idea-ology Lace Trimmings to the back of the journal using Ranger Wonder Tape, threaded the lace through the holes in the tab, leaving enough to tie in a bow and fixed the tabs in place using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

Then the fun part, decorating the front cover. I die-cut different sizes of Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stacked Labels from white card stock inked with Hickory Smoke and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide ink and Correspondence papers. I die-cut Mixed Media 5 from the Abandoned Coral frame and fixed the left over from the die to the Hickory Smoke frame.
I die-cut 3 layers for the large words from black and white cardstock using Tim Holltz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Thinlits. I die-cut small circles from Black Classic Kraft Stock and used the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Gift Card Bag alphabet to cut out the individual letters.
I backed each circle with a white die-cut circle, added a flower instead of the "O" die cut from a scrap of card coloured with Abandoned Coral and Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide inks using Tim Holtz.Sizzix Funky Floral 3 Thinlits and added Idea-ology Label Letters to complete the wording. I then die-cut extra flowers and added randomly on the cover.
I spritzed the front cover with Distress Resist Spray, sprinkled on Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder and heat set. I added dots of Ranger Black Enamel Accents in the centre of the flowers on the Mixed Media 5 label and Glossy Accents to the centres of the Funky Floral flowers and finished off with Idea-ology Special Delivery and Numbers Remnant Rubs.

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Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Wow! What an amazing gift - this colour combination works so well with your choice of stamps! Hugs, Chrisx

  2. You already know how much I love Eileen's Journal die but you have decorated it so beautifully Kath. I love how you managed to create depth and texture and yet the journal is still usable. I really love those Tim papers and the stamped typewriter looks amazing!! Hugs, Anne xx

  3. So pretty Kath...what a clever use the Gift Card Bag die set!

  4. This is fabulous Kath, love the colours, layers and wonderful design.
    Linda xxx

  5. Oh my goodness this is so pretty! What a great gift! Your friend is going to LOVE this!! SWOON!!! :-) 💗

    Lols x x x

  6. Simply beautiful! I love all the stamps you used!

  7. Love this journal Kath- you always come up with the perfect design! I am a huge fan- thanks for making my journal die look amazing <3

  8. This cover is awesome. The mix of grey and pink is stunning and so soft. I love the background, you chose great papers. Hugs, Macarena

  9. So Beautiful and I love the colour combo.Hugs to all xxxx

  10. What a wonderful handmade gift for your friend, Kath! Love that you headed to the pinks, it is always fun to see something in a color you don't use as much. hugs, Maura

  11. Love this gorgeous creation, Kath. The soft color scheme and all the flower embellishments are stunning. :)

  12. I'm sure your friend is delighted with this gift because it's just gorgeous Kath. The colours are so pretty and the lovely flowers and embellishments are perfect... Hugs xx

  13. What a fantastic project! I love this die and seeing how different people use it. I must get it for myself one of these days! Thanks, as usual, for the inspiring ideas!

  14. How beautiful is your project! Love your use pf pink, you know that is not my favorite color but you used it in an extraordinary way! I love it on this journal! fantastic design and great attention to details as always my friend! barbara


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