Monday, August 12, 2019

Simon Says - Midsummer Blues

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog Thank you for joining us for last week's challenge and we hope you can join us this week too because

and the theme for this week is...
I embraced nature this week to create two-for-the price of one Midsummer Blue cards using some of my favourite Distress colours with Tim Holtz/Sizzix Poinsettia Pieces Thinlits and Stampers Anonymous Dots and Circles and Tiny Toadstools from the new release.

I trimmed Distress Watercolor card to create 2 - 5" square panels, coloured one with Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink and the other with Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky using the familiar by now "applying ink to my craft mat and dragging the panel through" technique.
I die-cut the multi coloured panel with Tim Holtz/Sizzix Poinsettia Pieces Thinlits and fortunately all the pieces stayed in place.
I flipped the panel over and applied teeny dots of Distress Collage Medium Matte to the negative pieces using a Ranger Fine Tip Applicator, carefully lifted the panel and pressed down on to it's neighbour. 
I inked the Dots background from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Dots and Circles with Antique Linen and Stormy Sky Distress Oxide inks and stamped on to the matching backgrounds to create a tone-n-tone effect and stamped the tiny splatters from Tiny Toadstools with Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky.
I stamped the script and one of the toadstool images inked with Ground Espresso Distress Archival on to the panels
I inked the specimens image with Ground Espresso and stamped on to scrap card coloured with Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky Distress Oxide inks, fussy cut and fixed to Idea-ology Vial Labels. I added Eclectic Elements thread and a bow and fixed in place on Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive.
I added splatters of White Gesso and Ground Espresso Distress Oxide ink to the backgrounds and Ranger Enamel Accents to the centres of the Poinsettia Pieces. I fixed the panels to white card trimmed slightly larger using Mini Foam Adhesive.

I used Idea-ology Small Talk Stickers for the sentiments
and fixed the panels to 6" x 6" card blanks which I had covered with contrasting colours of 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...

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

** 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.


  1. Love these card Kath, they are gorgeous!
    Linda xxx

  2. It is such an interesting theme Kath and you have really done it proud! Love how you used the negative - so clever and such beautiful results. Hugs, Anne xxx

  3. Just want you to know that YOU are my professor. I just love your work. Also, my boy left me on May 19, so my heart is with you.
    I just cried when I read your post on July 19.

  4. I absolutely love these, Kath - I really like things in pairs and contrasts, so I love what you've done with the reverse colours and the emboss/deboss texture of the flower head is so clever. There's a fairytale magic to the mushrooms too, which works perfectly, especially with the darker bluesy card - it seems like another variation on A Midsummer Night's Dream to me! Gorgeous.
    Alison x

  5. beautiful cards Kath! The color is wonderful and I love that you added the little mushrooms in the corner!

  6. I'm kind of a die-cut newbie but I've purchased Tim's poinsettia and I appreciate your technique of using the inside bits. It's brilliant and I will definitely try it. Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Kath, I love these cards!!! wonderful texture and focus on nature, and the blues are lovely. LOVE!!! hugs, Maura

  8. A beautiful pair of cards using that poinsettia die and the new 'shrooms stamp set. I hemmed and hawed over including that in my last order, and now I'm kicking myself for not adding it. I love how you were able to keep those poinsettia bits in place long enough to add the adhesive and stick them down so perfectly! Well done! This has to be one of my favorites from your talented hands!


I appreciate you visiting my blog and leaving a comment xxx