Friday, March 22, 2019

Distinguished/Eclectic Adverts

Hi folks, I don't want to tempt fate but woohoo, I think I'm winning the battle with the nasty cold virus and seem to have sent it packing with the help of my jar of magic Manuka Honey.  Not cheap but worth it's weight in gold and the absolute bees' kness when it comes to kicking that bad boy's ass. So I was back in the cubbyhole yesterday to finish off the card I had to abandon on Tuesday using a quartet of Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous stamps..Distinguished/Eclectic Adverts/Inventor 7 and Blockprint.

I trimmed two panels of Distress Watercolor Card to measure 4.1/4" x 6.1/4" and coloured using Antique Linen, Old Paper and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide inks using the very familiar to you all by now smooshing/drying and picking up the remaining drops of ink technique
I stamped the numbers from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Blockprint with Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide, spritzed with water to smudge slightly and dried with a heat tool.
I stamped parts of the image from Inventor 7 randomly on the panel using Ground Espresso Distress Archival
I stamped the image again on to a scrap of Idea-logy Dapper Paper, trimmed to fit over the existing image. I darkened the edges of the panel with Ground Espresso Distress Oxide ink using a mini round blending tool and then dragged the Distress Archival ink pad is the same colour around the edges to darken even more.
I die-cut a panel from Dapper Paper using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stitched Rectangle Thinlits, stamped the umbrella from Distinguished with Distress Archival Vintage Photo and the image from Eclectic Adverts with Distress Archival Ground Espresso on to a scrap of Distress Watercolor Card.
I coloured the images from Inventor 7 with Mustard Seed Distress Oxide Ink. I dragged the Ground Espresso Distress Archival Ink pad over the Idea-ology Stencil Chip and sanded using the Sanding Grip. I fussy cut the stamped images and fixed in place with Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive.
I sanded around the edges of an Idea-ology Big Talk Snarky Sticker and fixed in place with Mini Foam Adhesive.
I couldn't be bothered changing the thread and spool in my sewing machine, so created some faux stitching using my Craft Pick and a Sakura Black Micron Pen.
 I finished off by matting the panel on to Classic Kraftstock panels, sanded to reveal the kraft core and fixed to a 5" x 7" White Card Blank.
and added splatters of Ground Espresso Distress Stain


I'm a bit behind with the crafty list this week but it's Friday and I'm heading off on a little road trip, out and about with coffee, lunch, some retail therapy and catching up with old friends on today's menu. Enjoy your weekend whatever you have planned and I'll see you all on Monday with my DT project for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, which, by the way, is still at the drawing board stage but hey, tomorrow's another day.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx


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Thursday, March 21, 2019

A Trio of Amazing....

Hi folks, I'm back to share a trio of cards made with the AMAZING stamp set from Simon Says Stamp March Card Kit. The kit, at the time of posting is still available to buy HERE and this very versatile stamp set is also available to purchase separately HERE I have to admit that AMAZING is not how I've been feeling lately but you can read all about that after the crafty stuff.
So with one of the cubbyhole crew not firing on all cylinders, today's cards were super easy and very quick to make.

I trimmed Simon Says Stamp Fog Card to create an A2 panel and fixed a sheet of Tim Holtz/Sizzix Sticky Grid Sheet in the centre of my Stamp Platform. This super sticky sheet will hold the card panel in place eliminating the need for magnets which just get in the way of  "off the edge" stamping. The sheets can be used over and over so I replace the cover sheet when I'm done and leave the sheet in place on my stamp platform for next time.
I stamped all of  the circle images from the Amazing stamp set inked with a variety of inks to create a tone-on-tone look, SSS Fog and Intense Black, Distress Hickory Smoke, Wendy Vecchi Make Art Watering Can and Versamark with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder.

I stamped the sentiment with SSS Intense Black
I fixed Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Clear Droplets, pink and silver sparkly self adhesive enamel dots from my stash in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte and added a stripe of polka dot paper.
I added some Black Soot Distress Paint splatters and fixed the panel to an A2 White Card Blank.

I trimmed Simon Says Stamp #120 Ultra White to create an A2 panel. There are 4 plain circle images in the stamp set ranging from Medium and Small down to two teeny weeny but I wanted to start off with something larger so I chose the large circle image with lots of dots and inked the reverse of the stamp with Worn Lipstick and Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide inks, another way to get more bang for your buck from your stamp sets.
I stamped the rest of the plain circles using Fossilized Amber and Evergreen Bough, the pinwheel circle image and sentiment with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black.
I added splatters of water to create the droplet effect, splatters of Black Soot Distress Paint, Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Clear Droplets, trimmed the panel to 4" x 5.1/4", edged with a Black Soot Distress Marker and fixed to an A2 White card blank.

I trimmed Simon Says Stamp #120 Ultra White to create an A2 panel. I inked the images with Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey Distress Oxides, spritzed with water and stamped on the panel to create a watercolour effect. I stamped the centres of the Worn Lipstick circles in the same way using Evergreen Bough and the centres of the Wild Honey circles and the sentiment using SSS Intense Black.

I added splatters of Black Soot Distress Paint, coloured the edges with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide using a mini round blending tool and fixed the panel to an A2 white card blank.
And now I'm sharing some tales of woe from this creaky old crafter.  I've been struggling with a sore wrist and elbow for some time and then wham bam, been laid low for the last 2 days with a stinking cold. Nose running like a tap and constant sneezing which, when you get to a certain age, creates another problem, which we won't elaborate on, but you know what I mean. I don't do ill, so the atmosphere in the cubbyhole has been a bit grumpy. To cut a long story short, my Doc thinks the wrist and elbow problems are related and I have an appointment early April with a joint specialist. It doesn't affect me crafting, thank goodness for that and I suspect too much time on the keyboard is the cause of the problem so I've been given strict instructions to use only my right hand when typing for the time being and who knew how difficult that would be compared to having the dynamic duo working in perfect harmony. As for the dratted cold, I've been kicking that bad boy's ass with hourly Hot Lemon and Manuka Honey drinks and despite feeling slightly water-logged and not out of the woods yet, after two nights of 10 hours of blissful slumber, I'm feeling way better. And I have a challenge for all the science boffins out there, why is it that my Furry Partner seems to be immune to the dreaded cold virus, what is it in his make-up that makes that so, find the answer to that mystery my friends and you could be sitting on a gold mine. 
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

AALL&Create - Flourish

Hi folks, it's Tuesday and that means it's time to share this week's project for AALL&Create. There are so many fabulous stamps and stencils in the new release but the Flourish Stamp #164 designed by the lovely and very talented Tracy Evans is definitely a favourite. I'm really looking forward to Spring proper arriving and spending time in the garden. This image reminds me of the plants that scramble up the trellis and are a riot of colour come Summer. You can check out all the products I used along with a list of worldwide stockists HERE.

I started off by adding small amounts of PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints to my Ranger 9" x 11" Gel Plate
spread it out with a brayer to create a wood effect. I pressed the Broken Circles Stencil #67 into the paint, removed it and lifted a print on to a 5" x 7" panel of Distress Watercolor card which I forgot to photograph.
I cleaned off the plate and brayered Toffee Paint over the Broken Circles Stencil, spritzed with water and pressed randomly on to the panel. Naughty, naughty another missing photograph.
I applied Mermaid mixed with a little Snowflake Fresco Finish Paint through Stencil #49 Rota Vitae using a mini round blending tool and foam pad.
I inked the Flourish stamp with Versafine Onyx Black and stamped centrally on the panel
I applied Ranger Opague Texture Paste through the circles on the Rota Vitae Stencil.
stamped the Flourish flower twice on to scraps of Distress Watercolor Card. I fussy cut the first flower leaving a thin border around the edge and fixed over the original image using Distress Collage Medium Matte. I coloured the flower head on the second image with Smoked Paprika Fresco Finish which is translucent so the detail will still show through the paint.
I fussy cut the small numbered circles, coloured with Smoked Paprika and fixed in place over the original stamping.
I fussy cut the sentiments, edged with Smoked Paprika, fixed in place and added black doodling using a Sakura Micron Pen. I fussy cut the flowerhead leaving a border around the edge and fixed in place with 3D foam to create dimension.
I coloured Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon with Cracked Pistachio and Tumbled Glass Distress Spray Stain, spritzed with water to lighten, dried with a heat tool
and added a double bow to the panel.
I trimmed the panel down and matted to a 5" x 7" White Card Blank.
Things are not going well in my world at the moment. As if a sore wrist, elbow and heel were not enough to contend with, I've been awake since 3.20am, nose running like a tap and sneezing for Scotland. I have a doctor's appointment today and I suspect that the prescription may feature the word EUTHANASIA, just saying, in case you wonder where I am tomorrow.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Simon Says - Miniature/Tiny Things

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...
MINIATURE/TINY THINGS
I decorated a Mini Etcetera Tag and Etcetera ScallopTrims to create a fairy woodland scene with tiny Shrink Plastic die-cuts and pearl beads

I started off by applying a coat of White Gesso followed by a thin layer of Antique Linen Distress Paint to a Mini Etcetera Tag and 3 layers of the new Etcetera Scallop Trims
I painted around sections of Idea-ology Document Collage Paper with clean water, teased the sections apart with my nail and fixed to the tag with Distress Collage Medium Matte.
I wasn't happy with the section on the left so while the Collage Medium was still wet, I pulled off some strips.
I added Antique Linen Distress Paint to my Glass Mat, applied a light coat over the tag using a brayer and removed some of the paint from the Collage Paper with a damp cloth.
I applied Ranger Opague Texture Paste through the Mosaic Mini Layering Stencil from Set 3. Ignore the pot that says Opague Crackle, that was my intention but I changed my mind. Once the paste had dried, I applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium over the tag ready for some Distress Crayon colouring.
I scribbled Walnut Stain Distress Crayon over the stencilled surfaces, rubbing it into the detail with a wet finger and buffed some of the excess off the texture paste with a soft cloth.
I also applied Walnut Stain Distress Crayon to the Baseboard Lace Frame, wiped it back with a soft cloth to reveal the detail and sanded the edges and a little over the surface with an emery board. This handy nail accessory is ideal for using in small spaces where it might be awkward to use the Distress Sanding Grip.
So far, the tag is looking a bit beige so I decided to jazz things up a bit by adding colour to the gorgeous Idea-ology Transparent Wings. I am totally in love with these beauties and should have ordered a job lot before they become one of those "can't get for love or money" items. I added a few drops of Intrique Pearl Alcohol Ink and a drop of Blending Solution to a felt applicator, pounced the ink on the back of the Transparent Wing so that the hint of colour and detail on the front will still be visible.
I applied a light coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte on the front  and added Distress Rock Candy Glitter using the Glitter Duster.
In keeping with my gorgeous pink glittery Transparent Wings, I inked the script stamp from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Entomology with Picked Raspberry Distress Archival and stamped randomly on the background. I added a torn Idea-ology Journal Card and Mummy Cloth to the back of the frame, fixed to the tag with Distress Collage Medium Matte and added the Idea-ology Transparent Wing with a few strands from the Mummy Cloth.
I applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte to the Etcetera Trims, scribbled on Walnut Stain Distress Crayon, smoothed it out with my finger, wiped it back from some areas to reveal the paint underneath and fixed it in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte. I applied a generous coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte above the Etcetera Trims shelf and added several layers of Mummy Cloth.
I fixed the other Transparent Wing to the back of the Idea-ology Baseboard Doll and added a little hint of Picked Raspberry Distress Crayon to the Dolls using a neat trick from Paula Cheney. I scribbled the crayon on to my glass mat and added a little puddle of water separate from the crayon. I wet the tip of the cotton bud, rolled it between my fingers to remove the excess water, picked up the crayon and applied to small areas on the Dolls.
I die cut the flower and leaves from Distress Watercolor Card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Wildflower Stems 2. I spritzed Antique Linen, Peeled Paint and Walnut Stain Distress Spray Stains on to my glass mat and tapped the die cuts into the stains to pick up the colour. I tapped Distress Collage Medium on to the flowerhead with my finger and added Distress Rock Candy Glitter using the Glitter Duster.  I fixed the die-cuts to the tag using Distress Collage Medium Matte and popped the flower head up on Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive.
For my next trick which I learned from The Professor himself, I added a few drops of Intrique Alcohol Pearl to a plastic cup, added the Idea-ology Bauble Findings, swirled them around until they were coated with colour and tipped out on to kitchen towel to dry. I wiped the cup with a cloth and a little Blending Solution and repeated with Mushroom Alcohol Ink.
I filled an Idea-logy Tiny Vial with Distress Rock Candy Glitter, applied a generous coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte above the Etcetra Trim shelf and fixed the Vial and Bauble Findings in place. I have run out of the tiniest Bauble Findings so I added some pearl beads from my stash, the ones with the irritating holes. 
I then decided, in my wisdom, to revisit an old technique and die cut the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Large Stems from Shrink Plastic, an adventure I don't think I'll be repeating anytime soon. Crikey it's scary to watch such large die cuts curling, twisting and contorting into miniature versions of themselves. 
I coloured the stems of the die cuts with Sublime Alcohol Pearl and Mushroom Alcohol ink using a small paint brush dipped in blending solution and fixed these fiddly diddly die cuts in place with, yes you guessed it, Distress Collage Medium Matte - my go to glue for everything. 
I cut out the individual words from an Idea-ology Big Talk Snarky Sticker
added to the tag, along with Idea-ology Numeric painted with White Gesso, Classic Label Stickers, Number Remnant Rubs and a Clippings Sticker.



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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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