Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy 4th July

Hi my friends, I don't normally post on a Saturday but I'm sharing a card I made to wish all my friends in the USA a very Happy 4th of July and I couldn't resist using the adorable, if a little stern and grumpy Arthur, the latest addition to the Colorize family, from the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Chapter 3 Halloween release. The expression on his face just cracks me up, he has so much atitude but I'm not sure he would be the life and soul of your Independence Day Party.

I trimmed a panel of Distress Watercolor Card to 4.3/4" x 6.3/4", coloured the right hand section by applying Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink through the Stripes Shifter Layering Stencil using a mini round blending tool and the other side using Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Ink. I spritzed the panel with water and blotted with kitchen towel to create a little of the water droplet effect.
I placed the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Falling Stars Thinlits along the edge of the last stripe and die-cut and repeated on the remaining blue section.
I trimmed the panel down to 4" x 6", matted on to white card which would show throw the die-cut section, then on to a 4.1/4" x 6.1/4" panel coloured around the edge with Fired Brick Distress Oxide ink using the direct to paper technique and fixed to a 5" x 7" white card blank.
I die-cut the base, claws, eyes and eyebrows for Arthur from Idea-ology BlackOut Kraftstock and all the other pieces from Distress Watercolor Card. I watercoloured each piece as I worked my way through the assembly using Black Soot, Hickory Smoke or Gathered Twigs Distress Inks using a Distress Detailer Brush, keeping some pieces very light and adding layers of colour and shadows as necessary as I went along. I fixed Arthur to the branch using Distress Collage Medium Matte and added to the panel using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive.
At this point, I was rushing to get the card finished before I lost the light and didn't realise I had deleted some of the step-by-step photos from my camera. I die-cut the top hat from Distress Watercolor Card and Red Classic Kraftstock using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Winter Wardrobe Thinlits from the Christmas release. I added stripes hand cut from the red cardstock and stars die-cut from Falling Stars. I added splatters using Black Soot Distress Paint and a White Posca Pen and Small Talk Occasions Stickers for the sentiment.
I finished by adding extra die-cut Falling Stars in the bottom corner.



Have a great day celebrating with your family and friends and I'll be back on Monday to share my DT project for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, in the meantime, have fun and happy crafting.
Hugs Kath xxx


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Friday, July 3, 2020

Open If You Dare...

Hi my friends, I'm sharing the spooky "open if you dare" card I made for the launch of Tim Holtz/Sizzix Chapter 3 Halloween release using Gate Keeper and Trick or Treaters Thinlits and if you missed the Facebook Live, you can catch up with all the amazing dies and inspirational samples from all the seasonal makes over on Tim's Blog HERE. A huge thank you to Tim, Mario and Paula for inviting me to be part of this fun adventure.


To begin, I trimmed Distress Cracked Leather Cardstock to create 2 - 4.3/4" x 6.3/4"panels, die-cut a circle from masking paper and fixed to one panel
I spritzed the panels with Black Soot, Hickory Smoke and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide Sprays, spritzed with water to create that water droplet effect and dried. I removed the mask to reveal the moon and added splatters of Black Soot Distress Oxide Spray. I also coloured the back of the plain panel in the same way.
I die-cut 4 gates from Idea-ology BlackOut KraftStock using Gate Keeper Thinlits and fixed to the panel coloured on both sides using Distress Collage Medium Matte. I scored down the panel along the edges of the gates and fussy cut leaving a small strip of cardstock on the outside edge of each gate. I die-cut a further 4 gates and fixed on the back of each gate.
I placed the gates on the background panel so that they were lined up in the centre and stitched them in place along the score lines creating a hinge to allow them to open. I fixed Sizzix Self Adhesive Sheets to the back of silver Idea-ology Metallic KraftStock, die cut the highlight sections of the gate and fixed them in place.
I inked the branch from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mr Bones with Black Soot Distress Archival, stamped in the top left corner and added a double line of stitching around the entire panel 
I added the bats die-cut from Idea-ology BlackOut and silver Metallic KraftStock using Gate Keeper Thinlits and fixed in place slightly offset to create a highlight.
I die-cut the pumpkin, witches hat and broom from Idea-ology Classic Kraftstock using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Trick or Treaters Thinlits and fixed to the gate using Distress Collage Medium Matte.
I added the "scary vampire" Trick or Treater also die-cut from Idea-ology Classic KraftStock popped up on Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive to create dimension.
I fixed Sizzix Adhesive Sheets to Idea-ology Classic and Metallic KraftStock, die cut the words using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Lower CutOut Thinlits and fixed to the gate slightly offset to create a spooky highlight.

To finish I added Idea-ology Halloween Design Tape and Halloween Clipping Stickers to ground the Trick Or Treater, matted the panel on to Silver Metallic KraftStock and fixed to a 5" x 7" white card blank covered with Idea-ology BlackOut Kraftstock.

It's Friday and the weekend beckons. Weather permitting I'm hoping to spend some time in the garden but my make-over plans for the border created by the removal of the conifers has somewhat ground to a halt so I suspect I may be grabbing that paintbrush and pot of paint for Coat No 2 on the fence.
In the meantime, I've created a little garden area just by the back door that I can enjoy while I have my morning coffee.
Enjoy your weekend and have fun whatever you have planned.
Hugs Kath xxx



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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Making A Dent In The Backgrounds Box...

Hi my friends, I'm currently on a mission to make a dent in the pile of backgrounds I've made inspired by all the fabulous Facebook Live Demos from Tim Holtz over the last 16 weeks starting off with some of  the panels I created using Alcohol/Alcohol Pearl and Alcohol Alloy Inks.
I had great fun trying out some of the techniques Tim shared in the Facebook Live Alcohol Ink Part 2 Q+A using Alcohol Lift Ink, Bubblewrap, Cling Film, Isopropyl, Distress Resist Spray and Embossing Ink. If you missed these fabulous Alcohol Ink masterclasses, you can catch up over on Tim's Blog HERE and HERE.
I'm sharing 3 cards I made from the backgrounds and let's just say some were more successful than others.

The backgrounds on the first two cards were created by dripping Isopropyl on to 3.1/4" x 5" panels of Tim Holtz White Yupo followed by drips of Moss Alcohol Ink moved around with the Distress Air Blower, spritzed lightly with Isopropyl using a Ranger Mini Mister and dried with a hair drier. After decorating, the panels were fixed to panels of Idea-ology BlackOut KraftStock trimmed to 4.1/4" x 5.3/4" and fixed to 4.1/4" x 6" White Card Blanks.
For the first card I stamped the image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Faded Type inked with Alcohol Lift Ink, patted the area with kitchen towel, repeated with a clean section of the towel until all the ink had been removed and buffed with a clean cloth. I stamped the script image from Faded Type and the face image from Nature's Walk both inked with Black Soot Distress Archival.
I added Idea-ology Small Talk Stickers, trimmed and sanded around the edges to reveal the white core.

On the second card, I used the Mushroom Alcohol Ink which had been lifted from the panel on the right created using bubble wrap. After removing the bubble wrap from the panel, I reactivated the ink left behind with a spritz of Isopropyl and stamped randomly on the background on the left.
I stamped the images and sentiment text from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Nature's Walk with Black Soot and Vintage Photo Distress Archival inks.
 and added Idea-ology Small Talk Stickers as before
The third card uses one of the "not so happy with" background panels
created in the same way as the first 2 but with Mushroom Alcohol Ink. I spritzed the bubble wrap with Isopropyl using a Ranger Mini Mister, pressed it on to the panel and left to dry overnight. It created all these fabulous bubbly circles. I'm not sure what happened in the centre but it was an instant "no likey" moment.
Things don't always go to plan but I'm an old hand at getting over myself and help is never far away. I added a floral panel and butterfly from Idea-ology Botanical Layers, splatters of White Gesso and more Idea-ology Small Talk Stickers.

I'll be back soon to share more cards made from my Alcohol Ink Playtime, in the meantime, have fun with whatever you are creating.
Hugs Kath xxx




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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Doing Battle With The Weather

Hi my friends, I've been doing battle with the unpredictable weather. What started out as beautiful hot sunshine mornings, sitting outside enjoying the first cuppa of the day, turned, in the flick of a cow's tail, into horrendous monsoon downpours which continued off and on for 3 days but I grabbed every sunshine opportunity and finally managed to complete the first coat on the inside of the fence. I've always been a "once I've started on a task, I'm all out to get it finished" kind of a person but hey, life has thrown us all the biggest curve ball lately and life is too short to stress about when Coat No 2 gets done or the fact that painting the outside will have to wait until the man from the Council on his big ride-on grass cutting machine arrives to chop down the 3 foot high overgrown jungle on the other side.
And when the heavens opened, I ditched the paintbrush and headed to the cubbyhole to try out some of the techniques that Tim shared in his Facebook Live Alcohol Ink Part 2 Q+A demo which if you missed it, you can re-watch over on Tim's Blog HERE.
Some went well, others not so but I'm embracing my imperfections and am on a mission to turn them all into cards come what may and will share soon.
And woohoo, Tim will be launching his Seasonal Sizzix Chapter 3 Dies in a Facebook Live 2-Day Extravaganza so make sure to tune in tonight at 10.00am PST, 6.00pm if you're in the UK and 7.00pm for Europe for Halloween
and the same time on Thursday for Christmas
I've booked my seat and hope to see you there
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, June 29, 2020

Simon Says - Take Me For A Ride

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...
TAKE ME FOR A RIDE
I created an Art Journal travel-themed page in my Dina Wakley Blue Edition Media Journal. I used Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Vintage Auto and Ticket Booth, Tim Holtz/Sizzix Baggage Claim BigZ die and Idea-ology Typeset and Travel Collage Papers, Baseboard Doll, Tags and Theories Quote Chips.

I began by trimming Distress Watercolor card to 6.3/4" x 8.3/4", added strips of Idea-ology Travel Collage Paper fixed in place with Distress Collage Matte and layered torn strips of Typeset Collage Paper on top.
I inked the car image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Vintage Auto with Vintage Photo Distress Archival ink, stamped on to Idea-ology Salvage Tags, sprinked with Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Glaze and heat set.
I found a tag in my background box inspired by a Tim Holtz Facebook Live Demo using Tea Dye, Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Sprays with Distress Texture Paste Opague Matt, the Mini Numerics Layering Stencil from Set 7 and I thought the colours were a pretty good match for the colours on the Travel Collage Paper.
I fixed the Salvaged Tags in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte and added varying sizes of circles die-cut from the stencilled tag using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stacked Circles Thinlits. I added small torn strips of the Typeset Collage Paper overlapping the circles and applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte over the whole panel.
I inked the ticket images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Ticket Booth with Versamark ink, sprinkled with Ranger White Superfine Embossing Powder and heat set.
I created shadows around the collaged pieces by applying Ground Espresso Distress Crayon, smudging it out with my finger and lightened any dark areas on the circles with a slightly damp cloth.
I used a Distress Embossing Pen, Vintage Photo and Peeled Paint Distress Embossing Glazes to colour my Idea-ology Baseboard Doll Traveller. I worked in small sections with one colour at a time and brushed away any stray powder with a small dry paintbrush before heat setting.
I coloured scraps of Distress Cracked Leather CardStock with Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint Distress inks using the direct to paper technique. I sprinkled with the matching Distress Embossing Glazes and heat set. I  applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte, added Ground Espresso Distress Crayon generously, rubbed it into the detail with my finger and buffed off the excess with a dry cloth.
I die-cut the suitcases from thick chipboard for the bases, the coloured Distress Cracked Leather CardStock, Idea-ology Classic and Metallic KraftStock (ended up not using the green one) using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Baggage Claim BigZ die and added the straps, buckles and handles. I added shadows to the eddges using a Ground Espresso Distress Crayon, fixed to the panel using Distress Collage Medium Matte and added the Baseboard Doll, popped up on Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive. I covered the suitcases and Baseboard Doll with scraps of copy paper and added splatters of Picket Fence Distress Paint using the Distress Splatter Brush
I added Embossing Ink randomly to the Idea-ology Theories Quote Chips using the Distress Embossing Pen, sprinkled with Rusty Hinge Distress Embossing Glaze, heat set and added Idea-ology Hardware Heads.
I fixed the panel to kraft card trimmed to 7" x 9" and added to my journal.




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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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