Monday, September 16, 2019

Simon Says Stamp - Monochrome

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 definitely stepped a little bit out of my comfort zone this week and used the colour PURPLE to create an invitation to get your spook on and head over to the Halloween party at the Skeleton's house for some wicked fun.

I started by trimming Distress Mixed Media Heavystock to 4.1/4" x 6.1/4", placed it into my SplatBox and coloured with Seeedless Preserves and Victorian Velvet Distress Oxide Sprays with a little help from my trusty Distress Sprayer.

I used Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Burst Shifter Layering Stencil with Seedless Preserves and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide inks to add interest to the background.

I inked the dots background stamp from Circles and Dots with Seedless Preserves and holding the stamp in my hand, stamped randomly on the background.
I stamped the cobweb and skull from Life Of The Party and the border and rib cage images from Weird Science inked with Black Soot Distress Archival on to the panel.
I then stamped the skull and ribcage again and the skeleton hands and bones from Cadaverous on to scraps of Distress Mixed Media HeavyStock with Black Soot Distress Archival and fussy cut.  I will admit cutting out the ribcage was a bit of a surgical challenge and the patient endured a few broken ribs before the procedure was complete but nothing that couldn't be fixed with my trusty Tim Holtz Mini Snips and a little perseverance. I coloured the cut-outs slightly with Antique Linen and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide inks using a mini round blending tool. I fixed the ribcage in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte and popped the skull, bones and hands up on Tim Holtz Mini Foam Adhesive to create dimension. Anatomically correct NO but more pleasing to the eye.

I inked the hat from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Distinguished with Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide ink, coloured the hat band with a black marker and heat embossed with Ranger Superfine Clear Embossing Powder. I added an Idea-ology Creepy Eye and glossy accents to the other eye and nose.

I coloured a scrap of Distress Mixed Media HeavyStock lightly with Antique Linen and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxides and stamped the balloon images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Crazy Things with Black Soot Distress Archival. There is a matching die set for Crazy Things but my Mini Snips were at hand, so I quickly fussy cut them, added Black Eclectic thread to the back, fixed in place with Mini Foam Adhesive and added Glossy Accents. I stamped the bow tie and sentiment from Life Of The Party on to a left over scrap and added to the panel.

I threaded the balloon strings under the skeleton's hand and added a thread bow.

I added the panel to a 5" x 7" card blank covered with Purple Classic Kraft Stock, sanded back to reveal the kraft core. I'm happy to report that Mr Skeleton is recovering well from his surgery and will be ready to welcome his guests to the party.

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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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  1. Kath, I have never seen the life of the party more “in the pink” than he is right now! Gorgeous background too, thanks for the tips and tutorial!

  2. He is quite dashing in pink. If this doesn't put a smile on your face when you look at it....there's no hope for ya! Ha, Ha....LOVE IT!

  3. Gosh Kath this is amazing l love the colour so unusual and truly creative x

  4. Kath, you have taken paper piecing to a whole new level with your body piecing - lol! I love Mr Bones, he looks fabulous in the purple colours and I absolutely adore his fabulous hat! Such fun! Hugs, Anne xxx

  5. Oh my word he really is a happy looking chappy, a fabulous spook and the colour is brilliant Kath.x

  6. Fabulous! I love this happy skeleton.
    Linda xxx

  7. I love the lightheartedness of this Halloween card. The pink color shades and whimsical skeleton make it a delight. Blessings!

  8. Hi Kath, I am so sorry I've been out of the loop for so long but I have thought of you often. Your creations are all awesome, as ever. I am so very sorry to read about Buddy but I am quite sure he is there with you in spirit every day. Take care. Julie x


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hugs Kath xxx