Monday, September 21, 2020

Simon Says - Steam Punk

 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...
STEAMPUNK
I created a page for my art journal using using Distress Crackling Campfire and Speckled Egg Distress Spray and Distress Oxide Sprays with Tim Holtz /Stampers Anonymous Gears Layering Stencil and Specimen stamp set, ephemera from the Idea-logy Curiosities Sticker Book, Specimen Remnant Rubs and Hardware Heads. Steampunk is a bit out of my comfort zone but hey, that's why they call this a challenge, so I put my best foot forward and gave it a shot. To be honest, the whole of last week was a CHALLENGE, trying to come to terms with the new blogger interface, certainly not the "easier to use" improvement promised but hey ho, I'm hanging in there with you all and hopefully they will iron out the bugs and we'll be back to blogging with our eyes closed again. But the biggest challenge of all was setting up my new IPhone, let's just say Apple and I are not best friends at the minute. Having been used to an easy peasy Android Phone, enter a few details and bing bang bosh, you're ready to go versus much tearing my hair out moments and many bad words. The politest thing I have to say about my new gadget is that it was a bloody nightmare and an utter faff but I'm getting there and will not be beaten by an all singing, all dancing little package of technology.

I began with Distress Watercolor card trimmed to 5" x 7", applied Distress Micro Glaze through the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Gears Layering Stencil which creates a resist to any medium applied. I then spritzed the panel with Crackling Campfire Distress Spray Stain and Antique Linen and Speckled Egg Distress Oxide Sprays. Once the panel was dry, I sprayed Crackling Campfire Distress Spray on the back of the stencil, spritzed with water and used as a monoprint on the panel. To complete the background, I applied Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink through the stencil using a mini round blending tool, stamped the script image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Dearly Departed, inked with Walnut Stain and heat embossed with Walnut Stain Distress Embossing Glaze. I arranged a collage of ephemera from the Idea-ology Curiosities Sticker Book, stamped the moth image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Speciment inked with Black Soot Distress Archival on to plain Idea-ology Collage Paper and fixed both to the panel using Distress Collage Medium Matte.
I stamped the moth again on to a scrap of Distress Watercolor card, heat embossed with Ranger Superfine Clear Embossing Powder, coloured with Crackling Campfire and Speckled Egg Distress Reinkers using a Distress Detailer Brush and fussy cut.
I fixed the image in place over the collaged image using Distress Collage Medium leaving the wing on the left free, bending it upwards to create dimension. I sanded the edges of the Quote Chip, dabbed on Speckled Egg Distress Paint with my finger and heat embossed with Speckled Egg Distress Embossing Glaze. I die-cut the gears using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Gearhead Thinlits, finger painted with Crackling Campfire Distress Paint, added a little Distress Grit Paste and sprinkled with Speckled Egg Distress Embossing Glaze. I heat set while the Grit Paste was still wet which creates a bubbly gnarly look. I fixed the gears in place, added Specimen Remnant Rubs and Hardware Heads finger painted with Crackling Campfire Distress Paint.


To finish, I matted the panel on to kraft card and Idea-ology BlackOut KraftStock and added to my Dina Wakley Media Journal. I'm running out of wall space to display projects so this is an ideal storage solution.



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 have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2 pm CET to join in with the chance to win a $25 voucher to spend at Simon Says Stamp Online Store

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


Monday, September 14, 2020

Simon Says - Frame It

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...
FRAME IT
I created a page for my Art Journal to tell the strange story of Amelia Hardy using Tim Holtz Idea-ology Vellum Haunts and the floral image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Dearly Departed, coloured with Crackling Campfire Distress Re-inker, to create a frame.

I trimmed Distress Watercolor card to 5" x 7" and decided to work on the textures side. I smooshed a Custom Blend ink pad created with Iced Spruce DO, Hickory Smoke DI, Weathered Wood DO and Old Paper DI on to the craft mat on my Glass Media Mat and spritzed with water. I laid the card into the ink, dried and tapped back into the remaining droplets of ink.
I stamped one of the background images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Tapestry inked with Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink on to the panel.
I stamped the floral image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Dearly Departed several times on to Distress Watercolor card, inked with Black Soot Distress Archival ink and fussy cut.
I trimmed down the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Vellum Haunt and fixed to Tim Holtz/Sizzix Adhesive Sheet.
I fixed the Vellum Haunt to the panel, inked the sentiment stamp from Dearly Departed with Crackling Campfire Distress Ink and heat embossed with Crackling Campfire Distress Embossing Glaze.
I arranged the flowers to create a frame, fixed in place along with the Wholesale Florists image and coloured with Crackling Campfire and Peeled Paint Distress Re-inkers using a Distress Detailer Brush.
I fixed the panel to Light Green cardstock from my stash and white card measuring 6" x 8" and added small strips of Idea-ology Botanical Paper around the edges. I added "Amelia Hardy" a sticker from the Idea-ology Curiosities Sticker Book.
I inked the sentiments from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Tiny Text Halloween with Versamark ink, stamped on to a scrap of Idea-ology BlackOut KraftStock, heat embossed with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder and trimmed.




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 have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2 pm CET to join in with a chance to win a $25 Voucher to spend at Simon Says Stamp Online Store.

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

Monday, September 7, 2020

Simon Says - Use Your Favourite Stamp

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...
USE YOUR FAVOURITE STAMP
STAMPtember is a very special time in the Simon Says Stamp store calendar and this week the design team are showcasing their favourite Simon Says exclusive stamps. We are also welcoming the lovely and super talented Tracy Ware aka Redsas on Instagram into the Designer Spotlight. 
I made a card with two of my favourite stamp sets, Beautiful Flowers and Stronger Together, used Tim Holtz Crackling Campfire and Bundled Sage Distress Oxides to create a smooshed watercolor look and the Square Dance Stencil to monoprint on the background.

I trimmed Distress Watercolor card to 4.1/2" x 6.1/2", stamped the large floral image from Simon Says Beautiful Flower inked with Black Soot Distress Archival and left the stamp in my Stamp Platform.
I smooshed the Crackling Campfire and Bundled Sage Distress Oxide ink pads on to the craft mat on my Glass Media Mat, spritzed with water, picked up the individual colours using a piece of acetate and smooshed on to the card. I repeated and dried between layers.
I tapped the Simon Says Square Dance Stencil into the remaining Crackling Campfire ink, placed the stencil on to the panel, covered with a paper towel and pressed to transfer the ink and mop up any residue creating a monoprint effect.
I placed the panel back in to my Stamp Platform in the same position as before, re-stamped the image again to accentuate the detail and stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stronger Together.


I matted the panel on to Simon Says Stamp Black cardstock and fixed to a 5" x 7" white card blank. 

This, without a doubt, is the quickest card I have ever made because when you have a huge oops moment and drop the intended art journal project below, face down into a puddle of Black Soot Distress Paint (the toast always falls butter side down syndrome), you have to pull on your big girl knickers, pull out all the stops and crack on with a replacement.

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 have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2 pm CET to join with a chance to win a $25 voucher to spend at Simon Says Stamp Online Store.

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


Friday, September 4, 2020

STAMPtember 2020 - Simon Says - Because Of You

Hi my friends, I'm back to share another card using the Simon Says Stamp Because Of You stamp set from the STAMPtember 2020 release and you can check out all the fabulous products from this release HERE. And I couldn't resist using my favourite colour combination of Tim Holtz Distress Speckled Egg and Vintage Photo again.

Just like the previous card made with Because Of You, I attached the whole stamp set, still on it's cover sheet to the door of my Stamp Platform using a sheet of Tim Holtz/Sizzix Grid Sheet, inked the entire stamp with Versamark ink, stamped on to a 6.1/4" x 4.1/4" panel of Distress Watercolor card and heat embossed with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder. I added drops of Speckled Egg and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide re-inkers to my glass media mat, spritzed the card with water and added the re-inkers using a Distress Detailer Brush letting the water on the card do the work of creating a watercolor background and added splatters of the two re-inkers. I fixed Tim Holtz/Sizzix Adhesive Sheet to Distress Watercolor card, die-cut the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Garden Green Thinlits and fixed to the panel.
I inked one of the sentiments from the stamp set with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink, stamped on to a scrap of vellum, sprinkled with Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Glaze and heat set. 
I tore around the edge of the vellum and fixed to the panel over the same stamped sentiment using Distress Collage Medium Matte which doesn't show through the vellum once it's dry. I added Idea-ology Bouquet Findings decorated with gems from my stash.



I matted the panel on to Distress Watercolor card coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink by dragging the pad over the card and fixed to a 7" x 5" white card blank.
Have a great weekend whatever you have planned and I'll see you all on Monday to share my DT project for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. In the meantime, happy crafting.
Hugs Kath xxx



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