Monday, September 17, 2018

Simon Says...It's A Wrap

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...
It's A Wrap
I decided to decorate Kraft Gift Bags with an Autumn theme, a little "thinking of you" gift for dog-walking friends filled with sachets of  Hot Chocolate and packs of mini marshmallows, perfect for a warm-up treat after a chilly Autumn stroll through the forest.

I removed the handles which made it easier to decorate, especially when there's stamping involved and applied a light coat of White Gesso fading it out towards the edges.
I placed the bag in my Stamp Platform, inked the beautiful Lace background from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Ornate and Lace with Versamark ink, sprinkled with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder. I used a fine dry paintbrush to flick away a little of the embossing powder from the edges and heat set. I did have to give the stamp a bit of CPR due to the uneven surface of the bag and that pesky folded over section at the bottom.I didn't get a completely perfect image but that adds to the vintage feel and I wish you could see the detail on this amazing stamp in real life
I trimmed a piece of the Halloween Idea-ology paper, inked the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress ink and distressed the edges. I applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte and added strips of Idea-ology Mummy Cloth which I suspect has become my current Tim Holtz addiction.
I die cut leaves from Idea-ology Classic and Metallic Kraftstock using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Skeleton Leaves Thinlits and spritzed with Antique Bronze Distress Mica Spray
and once it was dry, inked lightly over the top with Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon Distress Oxide inks and flicked on splatters of Black Soot Distress Paint.
I used Tim Holtz/Sizzix Funky Foliage Thinlits and my trusty Sidekick to die cut flowers and leaves from scraps of Idea-ology Classic Kraft Stock.
I used Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Cut Out Lower Thinlits to die cut the wording from yellow Classic Kraft Stock, added a scrap of black to the back, cut out the letters and added a Small Talk Seasonal Sticker.
I stamped the Ladybug from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Entomology on to Distress Watercolor card and coloured with Abandoned Coral Distress Marker using a Distress Detailer Brush
Then came the moment that all us Entomology lovers have been waiting for. I held my breath and watched the magic of die-cutting technology as the matching Entomology Framelits die-cut this little fella perfectly, all six legs present and correct. A huge thank you to Tim and Sizzix for bringing us this game changing set of dies, taking die-cutting to a whole new level. The detail and precision cutting of all those spindly legs is just amazing. I fixed the ladybug to the gift bag using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive and added Glossy Accents to the body.

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I look forward to seeing what you create this week
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Wowzers, Kath, this is amazing! What a beautiful combination of elements!

  2. Gorgeous gift bag Kath :-) I am sure your dog walking pals will just love this filled with hot choccy and marshmallows!! the mummy cloth is fabulous! it adds a really lovely texture to the whole design, beautifully done :-)

    hope you have a great week!
    Lols x x x

  3. Your Autumn bag is perfection Kath~I would keep it forever! It's got so much depth and detailing~

  4. Beautiful autumn bag, its a gift on its own Kath....sorry I am not getting on here as much, FB is making me lazy, I hate the way its killing blogland, will try harder..xx

  5. oh my! Look at this autumn mood! I love the colors so warm and vibrant. The layers are fabulous and the lace stamp is so cool. Great composition of leaves and the ladybug rulez! Hugs, Macarena.

  6. Wow Kath, you have combined so many beautiful stamps and dies in this beautiful gift bag creation, the elements look wonderful together and the little ladybird is just so sweet! A gorgeous project! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. what a beautiful bag! the leaves are so beautiful and I love the lady bug - that is my favorite bug on the Entomology set.

  8. Your bags totally speak of fall to me, Kath! They are gorgeous! Love all the colors and leaves, ladybug...and what a great idea filling these with treats for your friends! hugs, Maura

  9. This is wonderful Kath! The lace stamp is perfect in the background and I love all those leaves and the ladybug. I haven't used the coordinating die set yet, but I soon will, those thin legs look amazing!

  10. A really pretty bag, that has so many lovely details! I adore those leaves and the colours you've used and who can resist that cute little ladybird, he always works so well on these autumnal pieces! Hugs xx

  11. Love your gorgeous bag, Kath. The leave embellishments and the colors are so beautiful. :)

  12. What a wonderful project Kath! Your bag is fabulous and your use of funky foliage absolutely incredible, love the colors! barbara

  13. Stunning project Kath!!! You made me buy this set!!! lol!!! Love the colors, autumn is so my favorite season!

  14. Stunning bag, Kath! The leaves are amazing and love the cute ladybug! Hugs, Sandra

  15. Absolutely love your work!! Just subscribed to your newsletter and am looking forward to being inspired.
    Thank you for sharing your incredible work.


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