Monday, June 17, 2019

Simon Says - Transport It

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...
TRANSPORT IT
I decided to try out some different colour combinations using the latest release of Distress Oxide Sprays from Tim Holtz and Ranger to create a masculine card suitable for the car fanatics/ motorheads in the family.

I began by misting an 8.5" x 11" sheet of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock lightly with water and sprayed liberally with Rusty Hinge, Iced Spruce and Old Paper Distress Spray Stains. I allowed the ink to do it's own thing and blend, dried, spritzed with water to create the water droplet look and trimmed the sheet in half.
I spritzed droplets of the Distress Oxide Sprays randomly on to the panels, dried, spritzed with water and dried again. I repeated this process using a different mix of colours, building up layers until I was happy with the result. What I find fascinating about this technique is that you could use exactly the same colours on 6 pieces of card and each one would look different and entirely unique. I then trimmed the panels in half to create 4 (A2 sized) backgrounds. 
While I had the supplies on my workdesk, I went into production mode and decided to decorate all four backgrounds at the same time. I applied Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink through the Hex Gradient Mini Layering Stencil from Set 39 and Ground Espresso Distress Ink through Patchwork Circles Mini Layering Stencil from  Set 41 using Mini Round Blending tools. 
I inked the image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Vintage Auto with Ground Espresso Distress Oxide ink and stamped all over the background on one panel and just a single image on the other three panels.
I flicked splatters of Antiqued Bronze Distress Mica Spray on all four backgrounds and set aside three to use later.
I die-cut Tim Holtz/Sizzix Steampunk Parts three times from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock and coloured using Distress Spray Stains and Distress Oxide Sprays similiar to the backgrounds.
I fixed an Idea-ology Found Relative on the back using Distress Collage Medium Matte and trimmed off the excess. 
I tapped a Versamark ink pad randomly around the outside edge and heat embossed with Ranger Superfine Clear Embossing Powder to add a little bit of texture.
I stitched around the edge of the panel with black thread, fixed a bundle of thread in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte and added the die-cut. I die-cut gears from Idea-ology Metallic 2 Kraft Stock using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Gearheads Thinlits and decorated with Idea-ology Hex Fasteners.


I finished off by adding Idea-ology Small Talk Stickers trimmed to create individual words




and matted the panel on to a 4.3/4" x 6" card blank covered with Idea-ology Classic Kraft Stock.

You can find all the products I used over at Simon Says Stamp, 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

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Simon Says Stamp - Leafy Frames June Card Kit

Hi folks, I'm a bit late to the Simon Says Stamp Leafy Frames June Card Kit party. At the time of  writing the kit is still available to buy or you can purchase the individual items separately HERE. I love the botanical theme of this great value for money kit and for a little bit of Summer Sparkle, it includes a pot of my favourite ever Distress Rock Candy Glitter and the magic Glitter Duster from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous.
As luck would have it, I had some pieces of Distress Oxide Spray backgrounds left over from a fun playtime a few weeks ago, sitting on the edge of my workdesk, definitely too good to waste
and perfect for using with one of the beautiful frame images and gorgeous sentiments from the Leafy Frames Stamp Set.

I trimmed the background which was created using Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Sprays on Distress Watercolor card to measure 4" x 5.1/4". I stamped the frame and sentiments from the Leafy Frames stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black and heat embossed with Ranger Superfine Clear Embossing Powder. I drew a frame on the inside of the frame image using my T Square Ruler and a Sakura MicroPerm pen and coloured the flowers and leaves with Sakura White and Black Gelly Roll Pens. I added splatters of white gouache and matted the panel on to an A2 Black Card blank.

the second background was created by spritzing Dried Marigold, Twisted Citron and Victorian Velvet Distress Oxide Sprays diagonally on the back of the Tim Holtz Flourish Layering Stencil, spritzing with water, placing on Distress Watercolor card and pressing with kitchen towel to transfer the ink. This background wasn't large enough for an A2 card so I trimmed it down to measure 3.1/4" x 5.1/4". I stamped the frame and sentiment and drew a frame around the inside of the image as before. I cut around the frame and then trimmed off about 1/4" so that it would sit inside the outer frame leaving a border. I fixed strips of Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive to both pieces and fixed to a Black Card blank measuring 3.1/2" x 5.1/2".

I've now used up all the Distress Oxide Spray backgrounds and left over bits and pieces, so it's time to make some more with different colour combos. Have fun, whatever you are creating.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx


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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

AALL&Create - Elegant Peacock

Hi folks, it's Tuesday and time to share this week's Guest Designer project for AALL&Create. I decorated the cover of a Mini Book with the gorgeous Elegant Peacock #163 stamp set designed by Tracy Evans. I decided to keep it simple and create a metallic shimmering background using Ranger Perfect Pearls, a product I haven't used for years, with the image as the star of the show. However, I quickly realised as the project moved along, that the shimmer was going to be a challenge to photograph and I warn you in advance, there are lots of "shot from all angles" photographs in an effort to capture the shimmer without the glare.

I began by die-cutting a notebook from mat board using Sizzix Travellers Notebook die, applied a coat of Black Gesso, stamped the image from Elegant Peacock #163 with Versamark ink on the front of the notebook and heat embossed with Ranger Superfine Clear Embossing Powder
I scooped a little Ranger Sunflower Sparkle and Pewter Perfect Pearls into the lids, added water to a thin paint consistency and applied with a brush randomly on the front cover. The embossing will resist the Perfect Pearls allowing the images to show through.
I repeated the process with Perfect Bronze and Turquoise.
I mixed up a separate wash of the three metallic colours and applied in layers to the back cover, drying between each layer and added splatters of all four colours.
I applied the same wash of just three colours to black card
and stamped the words from #163 Elegant Peacock with Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
I fussy cut the words, fixed to white cardstock and added to the front cover using Distress Collage Medium Matte. I painted the spine of the notebook with Black Gesso and also used it to add shadows to the edges.
To finish, I added highlights to the images and randomly on the background using a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen. Because I mixed the Perfect Pearls with water to make a paint, the water reacts with the resin in the Perfect Pearls making it permanent, so no need to seal.


You can find the AALL&Create products I used and where to buy HERE

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Simon Says - Vacation

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...
VACATION
We all take air travel for granted nowadays, hop on a plane and within 24 hours you can be at your holiday destination anywhere in the world, all made possible by the early pioneers of aviation. So I took inspiration from those intrepid adventurers to create a Vintage Traveller's Notebook for a Victorian gentleman.

I die-cut the notebook from Sizzix Mat Board using Eileen Hull's Notebook die and covered front and back covers with papers from Tim Holtz French Industrial 12" x 12" Paper Stash fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte. I also fussy cut the images which were on the back side of the left over paper pieces.
I dug into my stash of Idea-ology Snippets and Expedition Ephemera and started to create a collage on the covers.
I die-cut Tim Holtz/Sizzix Destinations twice from white card, trimmed in half and fixed the first die-cut in place with Vintage Distress Collage Medium Matte. I coloured the land areas on the second die cut with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink, using a Distress Detailer Brush, fussy cut and fixed in place to create dimension. I applied Distress Vintage Collage Medium Matte over the entire cover to create a more vintage look.
I applied Idea-ology French and Journey Design Tape and scribbled round the collaged elements with a Faber Castell Pitt Black Pen, blending it out with my finger.
I fixed Idea-ology Chatter Design Tape to white card, applied a coat of Distress Vintage Collage Medium Matte, fussy cut, sanded the edges with an emery board and fixed to the covers.

I die-cut TRAVEL from Red Classic Kraft Stock, sanded to reveal the kraft core using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Idea-ology Alphanumeric One Inch Tall Thinlits and fixed around the Destination die-cut
I punched a hole using my Crop-A-Dile and added an Idea-ology Elastic Loop as a closure.
I sanded the edges of the covers for a worn look and added splatters of Picket Fence Distress Paint.


You can find all the products I used over at Simon Says Stamp, 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

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*** Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can find my affiliate and product disclosure HERE.