Monday, April 20, 2020

Simon Says- Create A Scene

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...
Create A Scene
I've been spending lots of time in my garden recently, my favourite place to sit and enjoy my first cup of coffee in the morning in the company of my feathered friends who gather at the bird feeder so I was inspired to create a cover for a Collection Folio project I will be working on over the summer with a reminder that now more than ever, we should appreciate and enjoy the little things.

I began by trimming Distress Watercolor card to 5.1/2" x 8.1/2" which is slightly smaller than the front of the Small Collection Folio. I was inspired by one of Tim's Facebook Live demos when he shared a technique for creating a quick background using Distress Spray Stain, a brayer and Distress Sprayer. If you missed the Facebook Live, you can find the demo on Tim's Blog HERE at 1:38. I wanted a neutral coloured background so I used Bundled Sage and woohoo, this time saver would be great for art journal backgrounds too.
I created the brick panel on Distress Watercolor card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Brickwork 3D Texture Fade Embossing Folder. Once embossed, I sprayed the panel with Old Paper, Bundled Sage and Vintage Photo Spray Stains, dried, spritzed again with Vintage Photo, spritzed with water letting the colour run into the brickwork detail and finished with a little spritz of Bundled Sage Distress Oxide Spray.
I tore the panel in half diagonally, used a Ground Espresso Distress Ink pad to darken the edges and fixed in place using Distress Collage Medium Matte. I inked the script stamp from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Flower Shop with the same ink and stamped randomly on the background.
I applied Carved Pumpkin Distress Paint through the Bubbles Layering Stencil using a piece of Ranger Cut 'n Dry Foam.
I die-cut the flowers and birds from Distress Watercolor card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Wildflower Stems 1 and Feathered Friends Thinlits.
I coloured the flowers and foliage using Distress Oxide Re-inkers using a Distress Detailer Brush
and fixed in place using Distress Collage Medium for the foliage and Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive for the flowers to create dimension.
I die-cut the bird bodies again from Idea-ology BlackOut KraftStock and coloured the rest of the die-cuts as before
I used Tim Holtz/Sizzix Media Marks Thinlits to create a branch for the birds to sit on, die-cut twice from brown Idea-ology Classic KraftStock, layered to make it sturdier and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium.
I added the birds, popped up on Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive. I fixed Tim Holtz/Sizzix Adhesive Sheet to the back of Distress Watercolor card and die-cut the sentiment using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Label Thinlits.
I added details to the birds and the flower centre using Sakura Black Glaze and White Gelly Roll Pens.

and finished by rounding off the right hand corners of the panel to match the Small Collection Folio and darkened the edges using a Ground Espresso Distress Ink Pad.

As you may know, Simon Says Stamp are 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!
You can find all the products I used over at Simon Says Stamp, just click on the links below

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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. Stunning card Kath you’ve certainly been busy whilst in lock down


  2. Kath, this hits ALL my buttons! Love it to pieces, wonderful design! ♥♥

  3. okay, I would have never thought to use Oxide reindeers to color flower or anything else. What great idea! I love the little bird and flowers commanded. Your cover is so pretty!

  4. I just love every part of this! Don't tell anyone but this is one of my most favorite projects I've seen in the TH Fanatics FB group.

  5. Gorgeous mixed media creation, I love your layout!

  6. I love this,the flowers and the brick design look awesome together, and I love the colours too. Hope your staying well.xx

  7. I follow your blog and enjoy every one of your creations but his one has my eyes popping. The colors and dimension is exquisite.

  8. Wonderful and very artistic - Tim Holtz just demoed his custom blank "make it your own" pads on Saturday, and here you are with absolutely stunning pieces of art using pads you custom-made yourself. Absolutely beautiful and I love both color combinations. Thank you so much for sharing.
    P.S. Your poochie is beautiful too; never out of our hearts. I love my pooches too. Virtual hugs for your loss and loving memories.

  9. Gorgeous, love the distressed look to it, love those birds and the colors, and great title!