Saturday, April 4, 2020

Simon Says Stamp Blog Party

Hi my friends, I'm delighted to be joining the Simon Says Stamp United We Craft Blog Party where lots of creative friends have come together to share inspiration with you all. The crafting community is one big family, with members spread across the globe, so kind, caring and ready to help each other in times of crisis and together, we will get through these difficult "stay at home-self isolating" times. We are all feeling anxious and overwhelmed and miss spending time with our family and friends but you can have your own creative crafting party with your friends on social media via What's App, Facetime or Skype. In the meantime, you can join the United We Craft Blog Party and check out all the amazing inspiration from 99 makers HERE

I created 2 cards with encouraging words using the same products, Simon Says Stamp Stronger Together stamp set, Extra Large Dots Stencil, Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Glazes and Tiny Text stamp, on Distress Cracked Leather and Distress Watercolor Card. I took advantage of the translucent properties of the Distress Embossing Glazes and love how the sentiment stamping on the background shows through the stencilled dots, cool or what !!!
Let's begin with the card on the left...

I trimmed Distress Cracked Leather card to A2, inked the whole of the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Tiny Text stamp with Hickory Smoke Distress Archival ink, placed the card panel on to the stamp and pressed all over with my fingers to transfer the ink. I placed the panel in my Travel Stamp Platform and using Simon Says Stamp Grid Transparency lined up the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Stronger Together and stamped with Black Soot Distress Archival ink. I fixed Simon Says Stamp Extra Large Dots stencil over the panel and tapped the Versamark ink pad all over.
I sprinkled on Tattered Rose, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio and Broken China Distress Embossing Glazes, gently tapped off the excess and heat set.
I inked the leaves images from Stronger Together with Black Soot Distress Archival and stamped on to a scrap of Distress Cracked Leather card. 
I tapped the Versamark ink pad over the images, sprinkled with Cracked Pistachio and Broken China Distress Embossing Glazes and gently tapped my fingers on the back of the card to mix the embossing glazes up a little bit.
I fussy cut the leaves and fixed to the panel using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive to create dimension. I inked the sentiment again with \Versamark ink, stamped on to Simon Says Stamp Black cardstock, heat embossed with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder, fussy cut and fixed in place with Mini Foam Adhesive. 


I created the second card using the same method but used Black Soot Distress Archival to stamp the Tiny Text background on to Distress Watercolor card. I inked the leaves images with Versamark ink, stamped on to Simon Says Stamp Black cardstock and heat set with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder.
To finish, I added shading to the edges of the panels using Fossilized Amber and Broken China Distress Oxide inks using a mini round blending tool, Simon Says Stamp Buzzy Bee gold sequins, matted the panels on to black cardstock and fixed to white card blanks.
I'm off to make myself a cuppa, snuggle up on the sofa and have fun visiting all my blog party friends. Have a great weekend and I'll see you all on Monday to share my DT project for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.
Stay Safe and Keep Well
Hugs Kath xxx

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Hello Spring...

Hi my friends, Spring has definitely arrived in in my little corner of North-East Scotland, bringing beautiful sunny, although still a bit chilly, weather, ideal weather to continue with the big garden make-over but I've had to downsize my ideas somewhat and will explain later. In the meantime I'm sharing a card to celebrate Spring, inspired by the colours of the crocuses in my garden, using Tim Holtz Sizzix Bunny Hop Thinlits from Chapter 1 and Stacked Circles Thinlits from Chapter 2 with one of my favourite alphabet sets, Alphanumeric Classic Upper, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Spring Shadows and Flower Shop stamp sets.

I trimmed Distress Cracked Leather and Distress Watercolor cardstock to make 2 - 4.1/2"x 6.1/2" panels, spritzed the Cracked Leather panel with Scattered Straw, Fossilized Amber and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Sprays and the Distress Watercolor with Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade. I used Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink and Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Halftone Layering Stencil to add more interest on the background and spritzed with water to create that oxidised look. I die-cut the large circle using Sizzix Circle Framelits and used two different sized circles from Stacked Circles to create that faux frame effect. I fixed the panels together, pieced the smaller circles back in place and stamped the script image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Flower Shop inked with Black Soot Distress Archival randomly over the background.
I used a Sakura Black Micron pen to add faux stitching around the circle frames. I inked the flower stamp from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous with Wild Honey and Dusty Concord Distress Oxide inks, stamped on to a scrap of Distress Watercolor card and fussy cut leaving a white border.
I die-cut the bunny from Distress Cracked Leather card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Bunny Hop Thinlits, coloured lightly with Walnut Stain Distress Ink using a mini round blending tool, spritzed lightly with water and fixed in place with Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive.
I die-cut the letters from Distress Watercolour card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Classic Upper Thinlits and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte.
I inked the splatter stamp from Spring Shadows with Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink and stamped over the alphabet letters. I fixed the flowers in place with Mini Foam Adhesive and added dots to the centres using a Sakura Black Glaze Pen.
 To finish I added splatters of White Gesso and matted the panel on to  5" x 7" white card blank.
But back to the garden make-over which I have been tackling a little bit at a time. I've raked the borders almost level, removed lots of stones and debris, bagged a couple of days' work up ready to be taken to the recycle centre, started planting some flowers and shrubs and thought I would soon be ready to lay the weed control fabric and order the gravel.
BUT the project has ground to a halt, I can't get rid of the bags of garden waste I already have because the recycle centre is closed and can't order the gravel and materials to make the raised beds, because, yes you've guessed it, the DIY Store/Garden Centre is also closed. It is what it is and I ain't getting my knickers in a twist about something so trivial in the scheme of things, instead I've downsized my ideas and will be having fun with my new indoor garden, thanks to the Little Garden Seedlings Kits from my friends at my local M&S and if all goes well, come Summer I'll be feasting on Peppers, Basil, Carrots and Pansies, remind me to Google if pansies are edible.
Have fun with whatever is keeping you occupied while you stay at home.
Hugs Kath xxx
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Monday, March 30, 2020

Simon Says Stamp - Spring Mood Board

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

 
As you may know, the Simon Says Stamp Store is accepting new orders, but have longer shipping times for the moment due to the coronavirus. With this in mind we have made the difficult decision to suspend the $50 voucher for this challenge. We know that many people are staying safe at home and we would love it if you would continue to enter the challenges and have fun! We are all in this together! 

We have a beautiful 
SPRING MOOD BOARD 
to inspire you this week
I created a botanical panel to add to the kraft page in my Dina Wakley Media Journal using lots of the new Tim Holtz products from Ranger, Stampers Anonymous and Idea-ology.


I began by trimming Distress Cracked Leather Cardstock to measure 4.1/2" x 6.1/2" and spritzed with Antique Linen and Old Paper Spray Stains to create a soft coloured background and I think a new addiction and a love for this gorgeous textured effect has been born.
I inked the script stamp from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Flower Shop with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink, sprinkled with the matching colour of Distress Embossing Glaze and heat set.
I applied Distress Crackle Texture Paste through the Bouquet Layering Stencil, sprinkled with Tattered Rose and Fossilized Amber Distress Embossing Glazes, tapped on the back of the panel gently with my fingers to mix the powders up a little bit and set aside to wait for the Texture Paste to dry.
I used my heat tool to melt the Embossing Glazes, spritzed the texture paste sections with Vintage Photo Distress Spray Stain and sprayed water to soften out the stain from the edges of the texture paste. I dabbed the paste with kitchen towel to remove any excess stain.  

I placed a piece of Field Notes Ephemera on the panel, applied Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink through the Digits Layering Stencil using a mini round blending tool, sprinkled with Peeled Paint and Walnut Stain Embossing Glazes and heat set. I flicked on splatters of Vintage Photo Distress Spray Stain and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Spray using the plastic tubes from the bottles.
I sanded the edges of the Ephemera panels, fixed them in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte and added a twine bow.
I added the bee and mushrooms from the Field Notes Ephemera pack popped up on Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive to create dimension.
I tapped the Distress Embossing Dabber on to a Theories Quote Chip, sprinkled with Peeled Paint and Fossilized Amber Distress Embossing Glazes, wiped away some of the glaze with my finger and heat set. I sanded the edges to match in with the Ephemera panels and fixed in place with Mini Foam Adhesive.
I fixed the panel to the kraft page in the journal using Distress Collage Medium, added Idea-ology Specimen Remnant Rubs and doodled around the edges using a Sakura Micron Pen



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 Ann, our Designer In The Spotlight. You 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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Friday, March 27, 2020

Follow Your Heart

Hi my friends, I'm back to share a card I made with the left over background from my Tim Holtz/Ranger Ink Alcohol/Alcohol Alloy inks playtime the other day, using it to die-cut Tim Holtz/Sizzix Tattered Butterflies to sit on a Tim Holtz/Sizzix Brickwork 3D Texture Fade vellum panel.

I trimmed a panel of Idea-ology Black Classic KraftStock to 4.1/2" x 6.1/2" and sanded to reveal the kraft core. I placed vellum in the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Brickwork 3D Texture Fade and ran through my Sizzix Big Shot. I tore the edges of the vellum to create a smaller panel
I fixed the vellum in place using dots of Distress Collage Medium Matte where the butterflies and Quote Chip were to be fixed.
I added drops of Gumball, Ember and Dijon Alcohol inks and a drop of Gilded Alcohol Alloy ink to an Alcohol Ink Applicator tool and pounced on to a 5" x 7" panel of Distress HeavyStock White Yupo paper. I added drops of Blending Solution and Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol, moved the inks around using the Alcohol Ink Air Blower and set aside to dry.
I trimmed the panel in half and check out that amazing shine from the Gilded Alcohol Alloy ink
I die-cut two of the smaller butterflies using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Tattered Butterflies BigZ die and contrary to what I usually say about using a heat tool with Yupo paper, I heated the butterflies until the Yupo became pliable so that I could shape and curl the wings.
I used the Distress Embossing Dabber to add ink to the Idea-ology Theories Quote Chip, sprinkled with Fossilized Amber Distress Embossing Glaze, removed some of the glaze from the edges with my finger and heat set. I then scribbled over the Quote Chip with a Fired Brick Distress Crayon, pushing the crayon into the texture of the Embossing Glaze and wiped gently with kitchen towel to remove some of the crayon. Tim demonstrates this technique on his Distress Crayons Facebook Live HERE.
I added splatters of Tarnished Brass and Antiqued Bronze Distress Mica Sprays to the panel, fixed to a panel of Idea-ology Metallic KraftStock and matted on to a 5" x 7" white card blank covered with Idea-ology Classic KraftStock. I fixed the butterflies and Quote Chip to the vellum panel using Distress Collage Medium Matte, added highlights to the butterfly bodies, die-cut from Idea-ology BlackOut KraftStock using a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen and Idea-ology Tiny Text Remnant Rubs.
I added drops of Gilded Alcohol Alloy ink to an Idea-ology Gumdrop Heart
and added Glossy Accents to the butterfly bodies.


Have a great weekend everyone, whatever you plan on doing in this stay-at-home, self isolating world we now live in. If the weather is kind, I'm hoping to spend some chill out time in my garden. I'll see you all on Monday to share my DT project for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and what a great opportunity, if you are cooped up at home, to join us and take part in the challenges with a chance to win a $50 spending spree over at Simon Says Stamp.
Stay Safe
Hugs Kath xxx
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