Monday, September 30, 2019

Simon Says - Let's Get Ready For Christmas

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...
Like it or not my friends, Christmas is just around the corner so now might be a good time to get organised and start planning because it has a habit of sneaking up on us. With that in mind, I decorated a notebook to use for Christmas Card Addresses, Present Ideas, Menus, Food Shopping Lists, in other words, all the things that we need to do to make the festivities go without a hitch. It's taken me 40 odd years to realise that a stress free Christmas is all about making lists, so let's hope that still applies.

I didn't want to go with the traditional Bright Red and Green so decided to go for an alternative more vintage colour palette using colours from the latest release of Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Sprays and of course, some of the fabulous new stamps from the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Christmas Collection. If you didn't happen to see the Facebook Live Launch of the amazing new stamps and stencils, you can catch up HERE on Tim's Blog.
I began by trimming two pieces of Distress Watercolor Card to 5.1/2" x 8.1/2" to create the covers, spritzed with Tattered Rose, Tea Dye and Forest Moss Distress Oxide Sprays, dried, spritzed with water and dabbed with kitchen towel to remove excess water and create the oxidised water droplet effect.
I inked sections of the background stamp from Lumberjack with Forest Moss Distress Oxide ink and stamped randomly on both covers. 
I inked the pine branch image from Yuletide Gatherings and the images from Scenic Holiday with Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed with Ranger Superfine Clear Embossing Powder.
I added Ranger Opague Texture Paste through the Sparkle Mini Layering Stencil from Set 44 on the front cover only, sprinkled with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder and left the paste to dry before heat embossing.
I added Festive Berries Distress Oxide ink with the Gingham Mini Layering Stencil from Set 44 using a mini round blending tool, sprinkled with Ranger Superfine Clear Embossing Powder and heat set.
I trimmed the covers down to 4.1/4" x 8.1/4", used my Corner Chomper to round the corners at the opening edge, added splatters of White Gouache, tapped a Versamark ink pad around the edges, sprinkled on Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder and heat set. I trimmed the left over card to fit the spine of the notebook, decorated with Festive Berries and the Gingham Mini Layering Stencil and heat embossed as before with Superfine Clear and then Antique Gold on the edges. 
I fixed the panels in place with Ranger Wonder Tape and because this is a practical item rather than a decorative one, I kept the addition of embellishments to a minimum. I tapped Versamark ink on to a scrap of Distress Watercolor card, sprinkled with Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder, heat set and repeated several times to build up the layers of embossing. I die cut the numbers using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Handmade BigZ XL die. I inked the sentiment from Modern Christmas with Festive Berries Distress Oxide ink, stamped on to a scrap of Distress Watercolor Card and heat embossed with Ranger Superfine Clear, repeated on the edges with Antique Gold and fixed both in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte.
I spritzed Crinkle Ribbon with Tattered Rose and Tea Dye Distress Oxide Sprays to tie-in (forgive the pun) with the soft peachy colour on the background.

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Hugs Kath xxx

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Linda Simpson said...

Great idea, love the design and wonderful layout. I need to make a start on my Christmas cards this week.
Linda xxx

Lorraine A said...

Oh Kath! I have been scrolling up and down your post, admiring everything about this and seeing how you made it!! It's absolutely GORGEOUS!! I need to make one now!! Todays challenge is going to cost me a fortune as I am hopping around and popping things in my trolley!! ;-)

Hope you have a great week!
Lols x x x

Nancy said...

I love this organizer; it is so vintage-y and lovely! The color and layers are perfect for a utilitarian notebook, would also make a great Christmas card! Thanks for the wonderful easy to understand tutorial and inspiration. And now I need to add the lumberjack stamp to my order! Happy Crafting!

Marci said...


Emma Rose said...

Gorgeous. Thank you for the great instructions and photos too

Emma Rose said...

Oh and Buddy 😍. Please give him some snuggles from the USA

Redanne said...

You really did achieve a vintage look with this gorgeous organiser, it will be a real pleasure I am sure to use this. Fab-u-lous!!! Hugs, Anne xx

World of Animals, Inc said...

Wow, this is just so beautiful. Just amazing that it's going to be October already. Christmas is right around the corner. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful rest of your week.
World of Animals

ann barnes said...

I just love this Kath! I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t want to keep pulling this notebook out and admiring it, which would be all the more reason to be organized! You’ve achieved an authentic vintage vibe, I am in love!

Lee said...

Really beautiful and classy.xx

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Anna-Karin said...

What a great idea Kath! So much more fun with lists when you can keep them in such a pretty notebook. I love the nostalgic Christmas look of the covers.

Deb Riddell said...

What a gorgeous notebook Kath, adore your vintage colour palette and all of the bits of gold and sparkle with the pops of red. Great idea to have a place to make your list so you can check it twice! Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo