Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Christmas Countdown...

Hi folks, the cubbyhole crew are now in serious Christmas Countdown mode and I don' t know about you, but I was a bit surprised when I realised yesterday that Christmas Day was only 6 weeks away. It seems to creep up on us every year.
And I was even more surprised when the postie came a-knocking with a big parcel covered in Fragile stickers. I wasn't expecting any happy mail deliveries, so whatever could it be. It was very well packed so the excitement was mounting as I peeled back the layers to reveal a gorgeous Home Decor Christmas Tree

such a lovely kind and thoughful gift from some very special friends, the lovely David and Brenda from Craft Obsessions
and the excitement went stratospheric when I realised it also lit up like a Christmas tree, forgive the pun and was personalised, how cool
Of course, we had to drop everything and hang it up in the cubbyhole

David and Brenda at Craft Obsessions have a range of reasonably priced Home Decor Christmas Decorations which you can find HERE, a range of Humidifiers/Diffusers and Essential Oils HERE, perfect if you're looking for something a little bit different to add to your Christmas Gift Shopping List and of course, they also stock all your essential crafty items. Craft Obsessions is a great company run by lovely folks with great customer service and speedy delivery.
And I'll be back to the Christmas crafting and another outing soon for the super cute snowman from Tim Holtz/Sizzix Cool Yule Gang.

But not today because I'm donning my lady who lunches hat and meeting up with friends for some yummy grub and lots of catch up chatter. Have fun whatever you have planned and I'll be back soon to share some more Christmas makes.
Toodle-for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, November 12, 2018

Simon Says - Thanks/Thanksgiving

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 created a set of Thank You Cards to gift to a friend
I started off by trimming panels of Distress Watercolor card slightly smaller than an 
A2 card and applied a light wash of Antique Linen Distress Paint, leaving the edges white
I cut out a mask from copy paper to cover the edges and stamped the Planks background from TimHoltz/Stampers Anonymous Craze and Planks with Bundled Sage Distress Oxide
I inked the leaf images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous with a mix of Distress Oxide inks and a Gathered Twigs Distress Marker and spritzed the stamp lightly with water before stamping. I stamped each image on the 6 panels before moving on to the next.
I used Simon Says Stamp Script Thanks Die to die-cut the word from the panel, set it aside, placed the shadow die on the panel and die-cut. 
I matted the panel on to Kraft card, fixed the word into the shadow space with Distress Collage Medium Matte and spritzed with Antiqued Bronze Distress Mica Spray

I stamped the sentiments from Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks Words on to Kraft card with Versmark ink, heat embossed with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder and trimmed to create sentiment strips.

I stitched around the panels and matted on to A2 white card blanks

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...

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

Saturday, November 10, 2018

AALL & Create Guest Designer Project - You Quack Me Up

Hi folks, I'm popping in a few days early with my Guest Designer Project for AALL&Create using the super cute Quack The Duck #135 stamp set designed by Olga Heldwein and Stencils #39 Lotza Dotz and #45 Digital Bubbles designed by Autour DeMwa. The minute I saw this stamp set I knew it would be ideal to decorate a gift bag for a dear friend who, by her own admission, is just a little bit QUACKERS.
The plain white gift bags came in a pack of 5 for £1 at a local discount store and we all know how ridiciously pricey ready made gift bags are and they don't come personalised, so why not use your stamps and stencils to make your own. I cut a panel of Distress Watercolor card slightly smaller than the gift bag, added Distress Paints to my Glass Media Mat spritzed with water and laid Stencil #45 Digital Bubbles on to the paint.
I then transferred the paint to the textured side of the watercolor card, repeated the process until I was happy with the background and edged the panel with Mustard Seed Distress Paint.
I coloured scraps of white card with the Distress Paints used for the background and die cut 3 circles using a Sizzix Circle Framelits die.
I fixed the die-cut circles to the panel using Distress Collage Medum Matte and applied Ranger Opaque White Texture Paste through Stencil #39 Lotza Dotz
I stamped the images from Quack The Duck #135 on to Strathmore Bristol Smooth Card with Versafine Onyx Black ink
and coloured with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a Water Brush
I fussy cut the images leaving a white border, fixed to the panel with Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive to create dimension and added a very appropriate Tim Holtz Idea-ology Snarky Small Talk Sticker
I added Pretty Pink Posh 4mm and 6mm Clear Droplets fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte
I stamped the sentiment from Quack The Duck on to scrap card coloured with Twisted Citron Distress Paint, die cut using the Sizzix Framelits Circle die and added to the gift bag with an Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon bow.

Have a great weekend everyone and I'll see you all on Monday.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Festive Season...

Hi folks, one week of November gone already, the Christmas ads are on the TV and the shops are filled to the brim with lots of Christmas goodies, so it's time for the cubbyhole crew to start the Christmas Crafting production line.
I was so inspired by the lovely and very talented Autumn Clark from SewPaperPaint who has been making boxes of cards for a charity close to her heart. I decided to follow Autumn's lead and make some for one of my local charities to sell at their Christmas Fair. You can find Autumn's great tutorial and a free downloadable template to make the boxes HERE.

I decided to make 6 cards per box and started off by colouring 6 panels of Distress Watercolor card with Antique Linen and Old Paper Distress Oxides using the familiar smooshing, drying, and picking up the remaining droplets technique.
I inked up the Advert stamp from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Music & Advert with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and spritzed the stamp with water before stamping. I patted the panel with kitchen towel, spritzed with water again
and dried with a heat tool
I trimmed and tore panels of vellum to the same size and added Idea-ology Holly Collage Paper using Distress Collage Medium Matte
I then stitched each panel of vellum to the Distress Watercolor panels. If you don't have a sewing machine, you could attach the vellum with strips of 1/8" Wonder Tape under where the Gold Embossing will be.
I stamped the sentiments from Christmastime and Festive Overlays with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold embossing powder.
I repeated with the star/snow image from Great Outdoors
I stamped the Santa image from Yuletide on to Distress Watercolor card, coloured with Distress Markers, a Signo Gold and Sakura Black Glaze pens and fussy cut.
I ran the Versamark ink pad around the edges of each panel, tapped into the Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold embossing powder which is the most gorgeous Vintage Gold and heat set. I added the Santas to the panel with Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive.
I matted the panels on to Idea-ology Christmas Stash Paper and Deco Sheets left over from last year and added to white card blanks.
I created a box from Autumn's downloadable template
decorated the lid of the box to match the cards and added strips of Idea-ology Christmas Deco Sheets to the sides of  the box and box lid.

I added a vellum strip which can be removed to open the box decorated with gold embossing and a Santa image.

One box done, 5 more to go, so I'd best get a move on and crank up the production line again.
Have fun with your Christmas creations and I'll see you all soon.
Hugs Kath xxx


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