Monday, July 23, 2018

Simon Says...Christmas In July Blog Hop

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...

This week we are getting ready for Christmas with a 

and if you've arrived here from Emma's Blog, you're in the right place.
But if you get lost along the way, here is the order of the blog hop


Did you know that there are only 21 weeks left to Christmas! It's time to make a start on your preparations! And for this special Blog Hop, we are showcasing the fabulous Tim Holtz Products. You don't have to use them to join in, but I think most, if not all, of us have at least one of his products in your supplies and we would love to see what you make with them.
The Christmas Elves at  Simon Says Stamp have been busy packing 4 Surprise Christmas gift Boxes for 4 lucky entrants!  All you have to do is hop around all the stops along the way, leave a comment on each and find where the hidden gifts are.


I decorated a Mini Etcetera Tag with lots of favourite Tim Holtz Christmas products

I applied a light coat of White Gesso to the tag, leaving the edges bare and wiped back slightly with a damp cloth
I fixed scraps of Idea-ology Christmas Paper Stash in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte using a Distress Collage Brush, stamped Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mini Swirly Snowflakes with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ranger White Superfine Embossing Powder.
I added a piece of Idea-ology Christmas Ephemera, applied a coat of Distress Collage Medum Matte over the whole tag and created shadows around the snowflakes and papers using a Forest Moss Distress Crayon.
I painted Distress Mixed Media Heavystock with a mix of Candied Apple/Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint/Fossilized Amber and die cut using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Tattered Poinsettia, an oldie but still one of my favourite Christmas dies.
I spritzed the petals or bracts I think is the correct term, with Distress Tarnished Brass Mica Spray, curled the edges and layered together.
I embossed the Peeled Paint/Fossilized Amber die cut using the Poinsettia Texture Fade which comes with the Tattered Poinsettia die and dragged the Forest Moss Distress Oxide ink pad over the top to accent the embossed detail.
I returned to the tag and used Tim Holtz/Stampers Anomymous Ornate Trims inked with Versamark and heat embossed as before to add more interest to the edges of the tag.
This Found Relative photo was just what I wanted as a centrepiece but was too big so I trimmed down the image from the Found Relatives packaging...don't you just love when a plan comes together.
I stamped the images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Tattered Christmas on to Distress Watercolor card and coloured wth Distress Markers and a Distress Detailer Water Brush,
and die-cut using the matching Framelits.
but I wasn't happy with the colours so it was time to change tack and paint the die-cuts with a mix of the same colours I had used for the Poinsettia.
For the centre of the poinsettia, I coloured Idea-ology Baubles Findings with Alcohol inks, a fabulous trick I learned from Professor Tim Holtz himself. I added a few drops of Dandelion Alcohol ink to the bottom of the plastic cup I keep for this technique, dropped in the baubles, swirled them around until they were coated and emptied them out on to paper towel. I repeated the process with Mushroom Alcohol Ink to give them a more vintage, not so bright and shiny look and added them to the poinsettia with Glossy Accents. I spritzed the cup with Rubbing Alcohol and wiped clean with a paper towel, ready for next time.
I added the Found Relative and highlighted around the edges with a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen.
I added Christmas Remnant Rubs, Idea-ology Fluted Stars, painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint, Eclectic Elements White Thread as hangers for the die-cut baubles, Christmas Fasteners and a rosette of white ribbon from my stash. To create the rosette, layer up 3 ribbon bows and cut the loops on each bow.
I added an Idea-ology Christmas Quote Chip edged with Peeled Paint Distress Paint and white accents to the baubles and parcels with a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen.


And your next stop on the hop is Lols Blog

You can find all the products I used over at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp online store...just click on the links below...

You can also follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram
and if you use Instagram...
please add #sssmchallenge to your entry uploads so we can see them on there too
I look forward to seeing what you create this week...
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx

101 comments:

  1. Wow, I am always so impressed by people´s art work and ask myself, how things come together. Thank you so much for sharing step by step!
    Kind regards from stempelfrida
    http://stempelfrida.blogspot.de

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  2. Another beautiful tag. Thanks for sharing the step by step "tutorial". Greets, Marieke

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  4. WOWSERS!!! Your tag is over the top, gorgeous!!!! Love these sweet Christmasy images and how you painted each one! The pic is absolutely adorable and didn't know it was a TH! Thought it was family of yours!! Great tag and loving the hop!! So inspiring and fun!

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  5. Amazing tag and poinsettia - Oh my goodness love, love the mix media of this tag TFS and thanks for this hop and the opportunity to win a nice prize - also for the challenges that are offered at Simon Says
    https://ilikepaper01.blogspot.com/

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  6. WOW how I would love a day with you just learning your skills here. So much to see from the beautiful image, Christmas hat, bauble and gifts...stunning...

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  7. Wonderful tag thanks for sharing all the details!

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  8. I have spent ages admiring this tag Kath, the whole design. is so beautiful! the vintage photos are fabulous and I love all of the baubles and gifts etc, very very brilliant!!!! :-)

    Merry Christmas!
    luv
    Lols x x x

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  9. What a beautiful tag....love your step by step photos...very inspirational!
    And do I see a hidden gift?
    xxx Margreet

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  10. fab project, thank you for all the step by step photos

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  11. This is a gorgeous Tag Kath all the attention to detail its stunning x

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  12. WOW! This is stunning Kath, love the colours, dimension and wonderful embellishments. Have a wonderful week.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  13. I like the way you used the Found Relatives! The whole tad is out standing!

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  14. What a gorgeous tag!
    The details are amazing &
    I always love poinsettias!

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  15. Very creative how you made poinsettia leaves. And I’m pretty sure I saw the gift box. ;-)

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  16. Love the retro look of the tag--great choices!

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  17. Wonderful creation with lots of TH items used. Let it snow.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  18. It is gorgeous! Found the hidden gift box...

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  19. Beautiful art! So many details- poinsettia looks great and white snowflakes are awesome too!

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  20. This tag is so much fun and so well orchestrated. I love the attention to detail and all the layering. Thank you so much for shraing your work of art!!

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  21. Love this tag. Eclectic and colorful! Hi to Buddy as well!

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  22. Oh my! Look at those tiny mini gifts, adornments and santa hats - what a beautiful details. I love this tag! How come that kraft composes perfectly with any colors?

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  23. Love you detailed photos...great look with all these fun dies.

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  24. Your project is gorgeous! And thanks for the chance to win!

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  25. WOW so colourful!! I love your tag and just have to get the tattered Christmas..,so cute!

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  26. Oh Kath your ectera tag is so cheerful and fun; gorgeous poinsettia!! I so love how you used tattered Christmas stamps to frame that adorable found relative photo.

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  27. You mentioned Professor Tim Holtz - well, I think this piece is a master class in coloring and decorating a tag. There are so many details to take in. It is wonderful. Thank you so much for including instructions on all of these details.

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  28. Love this Kath!!! Such beautiful details!!!

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  29. Hi Kath and Buddy.this is absolutely Beautiful in every way.Hope you are all ok and still enjoying the "Summer" in Scotland.xxxx Hugs and Cuddles for Buddy/xxx

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  30. Amazing tag Kath! Love how you incorporated so many pieces to create such a festive tag. It just looks wonderful.

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  31. Stunning tag, Kath, I love all the detail. Just beautiful. xx

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  32. WOW! So much detail.... The poinsettia is stunning!!

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  33. Don't tell the others, yours is my FAVORITE of the hop! I love the colors and all the layers! And your blog features and adorable dog so BONUS POINTS!

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  34. It's so hard to believe you fit all this wonderfulness on one mini tag.... love every bit of this... Thank you for the inspiration ! I'm so enjoying the hop...

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  35. Such a festive and magical piece you have created Kath 🌟♥️🎄🌟♥️ So much to love in your tag! Your poinsettia is simply perfect as are the ways you have included all the magical Tim Holtz pieces in this Etcetera tag. Simply inspirational ♥️ And such an informative tutorial

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  36. Ooh la la this is soooo pretty! That poinsettia is gorgeous.
    The whole tage is full of so many fun details.

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  37. Oh my giddy aunt!!! I am speechless at this beautiful tag. So many amazing details. I love love love it. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  38. This is really neat! :) I love all of the bright colors and detail you put into it.

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  39. Your projects are so much fun.

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  40. Kath, I love how you made the poinsettia! I must try this technique! Thank you for sharing your beautiful tag!

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  41. This tag is simply fabulous!! I love all the little details--so good!

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  42. Looking at your tag, I felt like singing Christmas songs. Colorful and lively

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  43. Talking about 'festive tag'..this is the perfect example Kath!! Gorgeous, vibrant and full of yummy details! ❤

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  44. Kath, your tag is so fun and festive; I could look at it for hours and still not see every detail! My favorite bit is the addition of all the Christmas Remnant Rubs and those sweetly painted Tattered Christmas elements. Thank you so much for your inspiring tutorial! Hugs!

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  45. Your tag is wonderful and the poinsettia is gorgeous.

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  46. Stunning tag, love that there are so many little details.

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  47. Oh Kat, how many more things I have to learn!
    You're always a source of inspiration, this tag is amazing, I love the overlapping papers and those bright colors .... yes, it's Christmas! Thank you!

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  48. Oh Kath I'm sorry, I wrote your name wrong! Forgive me.

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  49. I LOVE your painting on the decorations!

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  50. Wow Kath, this is just fabulous.
    Toni xx

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  51. What a beautiful tag, such lovely work

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  52. Gorgeous tag. All your layering and add-ons are just the right touch.

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  53. Oh my, this is my favorite so far. Amazing!

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  54. WOW this is amazing, I love how you have walked us though making it, Really inspired me to play with my bits and pieces, Hazelx

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  55. What an amazing piece of work. Love all the details and effort you put into this. The step by step and photographs are wonderful!

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  56. Wow, your tag is absolutely gorgeous Kath, I love the background, the wonderful image and that fabulous poinsettia! Truly, truly beautiful my friend! Hugs, Anne xx

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  57. Wow! Love your tag with all the eye candy.....I best get creating before the holiday season is upon us. thank you for the inspiration.

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  58. So super fun with all the whimsical presents! That poinsettia rules!!!

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  59. Wow, wow, wow Kath, what a fabulous tag! Adore all of those fabulous layers and textures and the Found Relatives you chose were an absolutely perfect addition, brilliant idea to use the image on the packaging. The texture on the poinsettia is amazing and love Tim's bauble 'trick', your mixative container looks very well used! Thanks so much for sharing this, Deb xo

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  60. This tag makes me want Christmas right the way.It´s awesome!Xo

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  61. OMG, Kath! This is stunning. All the details in this tag just makes me wish I was good at mixed media. This is amazing!

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  62. Beautiful tag! I need you to teach me mixed media!

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  63. It's an explosion of colors and Xmas feelings, love it!

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  64. Nothing says festive quite like this amazing tag you have made Kath! The gorgeous bright green and reds grab your eye right from the get go, and when they draw you in and you get to see all the parts that go together, just fantastic! I love how you have incorporated the tattered Christmas set and the tulle bow is just perfect! Thanks for sharing and inspiring! xx

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  65. WOW what a stunning tag!! I love all of the textures and that sweet image, your poinsettia is beautiful, great step by step tutorial too!

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  66. such a gorgeous tag - thanks for sharing:)

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  67. This is amazing. Such pretty details!

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  68. your work is great!!! love all these tim holtz products that you used!!!

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  69. I love every. little. thing about this!! All the details, just fabulous!

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  70. What a brilliant idea to use the photo from the packaging. Your tag looks fabulous, it must have taken you absolute ages to do, but it was really worth it.

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  71. This is amazing!! I love all those layered embellishments and the splatters that look like snow!

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  72. WOW! Gorgeous...simply brilliant.

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  73. Love the painted stamped images you used on your tag!

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  74. Are you going to put this on a gift? Because with all the work and detail you put into this, it is a gift all by itself. I love the way your brain thinks and assembles. Love it! Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Debi

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  75. What a fun tag Kath! Love the layers and textures... the poinsettia is fantastic! Oh, those little ornaments are so sweet!

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  76. A stunning tag and fantastic Christmas inspiration! I love all the detail you've added. The snowflake stamps are fantastic and the poinsettia dies are amazing!

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  77. Your tag is absolutely gorgeous! I think the tag itself would be a gift - so many beautiful details and layers! I absolutely love it - I don't think I could part with this tag - I would use it as a holiday decor item - it's stunning!

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  78. Fantastic layers and textures! Just gorgeous!

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  79. Found the gift! Love the the poinsettia and colors! Fabulous!

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  80. What a great project! Thanks for sharing all of your tips and techniques.

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  81. wow FABULOUS project!!! so many gorgeous elements and layers!!! Love the photos too!!! wonderful tag!!!

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  82. Beautiful Tag! Thank you for sharing how you made it.

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  83. Fantastic tag with great attention to detail.

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  84. Kath -- This tag seriously sent me into Christmas orbit. It so put me in the Christmas spirit. I love your layers and the ornate border stamping. Your color palette really just made this tag. I adore the mica spray and white gel pen accents as well. Amazing!!!! Thanks so much for putting me in the Christmas mood in July ;). Hugs -- Mary Elizabeth

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  85. What a beautiful tag you created with stunning details, gorgeous colors and an amazing design. Loving all the gorgeous stamps you used and great textures!
    Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  86. Gorgeous tag, Kath! Love how you used really bright colors which pop. Great photo with Santa as your centerpiece. hugs, Maura

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  87. TrudysARK.1@yahoo.com is preferred e-mail. Trudy Neumann Having a time doing this blog hop...name won't attach to posts - anyhow...OMG...HOW GROGEOUS IS THAT...LOVE ALL THE DETAILS!!!

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  88. Great piece! Ho-Ho-Ho right back at cha!

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  89. Beautiful tag Kath - love how you've used those little Tattered Christmas stamps!
    Helen x

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  90. Magical tag Kath, lots of details and layers, thanks for sharing your process I'm itching to get into some layering.

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  91. Thank you for sharing the process of how you created your beautiful tag!

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  92. Gorgeous tag! Lot to look at and admire!

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  93. Kath.... your skills are incredible, you are so versatile, you create so many wonderful projects! This is fabulous and I love love love design and colors! barbara

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  94. Love this tag, Kath! The kraft with the white, green and red is a master color combo! Love the whimsical style of the stamps too. Stunning piece! Hugs, Sandra

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  95. WOW! This is just BEAUTIFUL! I love the very festive scene!! Ond of my favorites!!
    Stunning job!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Migdalia
    Crafting With Creative M

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  96. I definitely think this is one of my favorite christmas tag ever! So many details I get lost!!! So so so amazing!

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  97. Very nice tag! I really like that the photo is black and white in the midst of all the color! It stands out!

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  98. Beautiful tag! Thanks for the Christmas inspiration.

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