Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Nature's Inspiration

Hi my friends, I've been having so much fun making backgrounds with the latest addition to the Distress Family, the amazing and devilishly gorgeous, Villainous Potion, it's a great way to get a feel for a new colour, mixing up colour combinations and who knew that this colour would sit so well with so many other colours.


If you struggle with colour combinations, take a leaf out of Mother Nature's book because she never gets it wrong. For the backgrounds on today's cards I used a combination of Bundled Sage and Villainous Potion Distress and Distress Oxide inks, inspired by the landscape of my home in the Scottish highlands, dense pine forests and mountains covered in purple heather to make some cute Christmas cards for the kiddos using some new and old favourite products from Tim Holtz, Sizzix and Stampers Anonymous.

I began by stamping the tree line image from Tim Holtz STAMPtember 2020 along the bottom of the panel inked with Black Soot Distress Archival ink, the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Christmas background from Sparkles and Christmas and a snowflake from Retro Flakes, inked with Versamark. I sprinkled with Simon Says Detail White Embossing powder, wiped some of the powder off the Christmas wording and heat set. I die-cut Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mr Frost Thinlits from Distress Watercolor card and Idea-ology Black and Brown KraftStock, coloured with Villainous and Bundled Sage Distress Reinkers using a Distress Detailer Brush and fixed to the panel with foam adhesive. I inked the sentiment from STAMPtember 2020 with Black Soot Distress Archival, stamped on to a scrap of card coloured with Bundled Sage Distress Re-inker, trimmed to separate the words and fixed with foam adhesive.

I stamped the tree line image from STAMPtember 2020 as before along the bottom of the panel, inked with Villainous Potion Distress Ink, the sentiment from STAMPtember 2020 and snowflakes from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Weathered Winter with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Simon Says Detail White Embossing Powder.  I die-cut the stag from Idea-ology Classic KraftStock using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Cool Yule Thinlits. I die-cut his scarf from Distress Watercolor card coloured with Bundled Sage Distress Oxide ink, added the check details with a Faber Castell Purple Artist Pen and Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen. I added Glossy Accents to his eyes and nose and fixed him to the panel with foam adhesive.
I trimmed both panels to 3.3/4" x 5", matted on to 4.1/4" x 5.1/2" panels of white card coloured with Bundled Sage Distress Oxide ink using the direct to paper technique and matted on to 4.3/4" x 6" white card blanks.
My obsession with Villainous Potion continues and I'll be back soon to share more cards made with different colour combinations. In the meantime, happy crafting and have fun with whatever you are making.
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, October 25, 2021

Simon Says - Thinking Of You

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...
THINKING OF YOU
I created a card to send to a friend to let her know she is in my thoughts and, as if I needed an excuse, I couldn't resist having a play with the delicious and devilish Villainous Potion, the latest colour to join the Distress Family.

I smooshed my favourite Custom Ink blend pad for creating neutral backgrounds (Antique Linen/Old Paper Distress and Speckled Egg/Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide Re-inkers) and Bundled Sage Distress Oxide ink pad on to the craft mat on my Glass Media Mat, spritzed with water and laid a 5.1/4" square panel of Distress Watercolor card into the ink, dried, tapped back into the inks to pick up the remaining droplets and repeated, drying between layers, until I was happy with the background. 
I used the smallest of the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Shifter Multi Harlequin Layering Stencils with Bundled Sage and Forest Moss Distress Oxide inks to add interest to the background.
I inked one of the images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Faded Type with Villainous Potion Distress Oxide ink, held the stamp in my hand and stamped randomly over the background.
I die-cut Tim Holtz/Sizzix Festive Bouquet Thinlits from backgrounds I had created previously using Villainous Potion, Fossilized Amber, Bundled Sage and Forest Moss Distress Oxide inks.
I assembled the flowers and leaves following the indented marks left on the card by the dies and used Tim Holtz/Sizzix Shaping Kit to curl the petals and leaves.
I fixed my bouquet to the panel using Distress Collage Medium, die-cut the sentiment using Simon Says Script Hello Shadow die and added the word Friend, trimmed from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Sentiment Label Stickers.
I inked around the edges of the panel with Villainous Potion Distress Oxide ink and matted the panel on to a 5.1/2" square white card blank. 


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...2pm CET to join in with the chance to win a $25 voucher to spend online at Simon Says Stamp



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

Friday, October 22, 2021

Waste Not, Want Not

Hi my friends, I'm sharing another Autumn themed thank you card using the waste from die-cutting the Simon Says Extra Large Thank You die for Tuesday's card, a great way to get more bang for your buck and two cards for the price of one.


I began by inking the Simon Says All Leaves Cling Background with Versamark ink, removed the ink from the edges of the stamp and heat embossed on to a 5.1/4" square panel of Simon Says Black Cardstock with Simon Says Antique Gold Embossing Powder.
I had saved the waste from die-cutting Simon Says Extra Large Thank You die for Tuesday's card, safely stored on a scrap of Sizzix Sticky Grid.
I die-cut the thank you word again from Simon Says Black Cardstock to use as a template to make sure the waste die-cut wasn't distorted when I fixed it to the panel.
I smooshed Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Rusty Hinge and Ripe Persimmon Distress Oxide inks on to the craft mat on my Glass Media Mat, spritzed with water, laid a scrap of Distress Watercolor card into the ink, dried, tapped back on to the ink to pick up the remaining droplets and die-cut using Simon Says Ornate Leaves die.
I fixed the black word die-cut in place with Distress Collage Medium, added the waste die-cut and nudged into place with my trusty Craft Pick. I trimmed the leaves to fit around the curve of the waste-die-cut, added "You" trimmed from Simon Says Christmas Sentiment Strips and decorated with sequins from Sizzix Gold Beads and Sequins Tower. To finish I matted the panel on to a 5.1/2" square white card blank.

Woohoo Mr FedEx came a-knocking yesterday with my bundle of Villainous Potion and a huge thank to Tim, Mario and Heidi at Simon Says Stamp.
The swatches and labelling are done and the first snow of winter has fallen on the hills, so I'm planning a snug weekend in the cubbyhole having wicked fun with this most devilishly gorgeous shade of purple. 
Enjoy your weekend and have fun whatever you have planned.
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Tim Holtz/Sizzix - Winston and Candlelight Colorize Thinlits

Hi my friends, I'm sharing the Etcetera Tag I made for the YouTube Live launch of Tim Holtz/Sizzix Seasonal release using two of the new die sets from the Colorize Collection, Winston and Candlelight and Festive Words Thinlits. If you missed the Live, you can check out the new release and the ama\ing projects from all the Makers on Tim's Blog HERE and YouTube Channel HERE. Winston is the most adorable snowman ever and doesn't he remind you of someone, of course, it's that amazing elder statesman Winston Churchill and Tim obviously thought so too, hence the name.




I instantly fell in love with this chubby, chilly little dude and had so much fun with this make. I began by die-cutting the Let It Snow sentiment 6 times from Distress Watercolor card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Festive Words Thinlits and fixed together with Distress Collage Medium to create 2 dimensional sentiments. I used Tim Holtz/Sizzix Brickwork 3D Texture Fade with Distress Watercolor card and cut into small sections. I fixed the sentiments and brickwork pieces to a Small Etcetera Tag using Distress Collage Medium Matte. I applied two coats of Black Soot Distress Paint to the tag. I used Evergreen Bough, Salty Ocean, Fossilized Amber Distress Paints and White Gesso to drybrush the background. This process is all about building up layers of colour with the minimum amount of paint on your brush and making sure that each layer is dry before continuing. If you are impatient, perhaps this technique is not for you. I started off drybrushing with Salty Ocean and once I was happy with the coverage, I picked up Evergreen Bough on my brush without cleaning off the Salty Ocean and continued with Fossilized Amber and sometimes adding a little White Gesso into the mix along the way. I scrubbed the colour off my brush on kitchen towel and drybrushed the sentiments with White Gesso.
I fixed Sizzix Adhesive Sheets to panels of Distress Watercolor and Classic KraftStock and die-cut Tim Holtz/Sizzix Winston and Candlelight Colorize Thinlits.
I used Distress Reinkers and a Distress Detailer Brush to colour Winston's scarf and broom, the candle and holly leaves and berries.
I sanded the lantern to reveal the kraft core

I dry-brushed Winston's hat which was die-cut from Black KraftStock with White Gesso.
I die-cut the lantern from Idea-ology Black KraftStock and Winston from Distress Watercolor card and fixed to the tag with Distress Collage Medium Matte to help with the placement of the Idea-ology Halloween Tiny Lights. I applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium over the entire background, sprinkled on Stampendous Frantage Chunky White Embossing Enamel to create snow and heat set. I drilled a hole in the back of the tag, fed through the light strands and fixed around the edge of the lantern, behind where the candle would be and around the edge of Winston's body, held in place with small dots of hot glue applied to the wire sections only - if you get hot glue on the lights, you've cooked your goose - been there, done that, got the Tshirt. I tested the lights and attached the battery pack to the back of the tag with hot glue. I fixed Winston and the Lantern to the tag popped up on foam adhesive to create dimension and also to allow the glow to shine out from the Tiny Lights.

To finish I added Idea-ology Christmas Remnant Rub stars to the top corner. I added Christmas  Remnant Rub sentiments to strips of Idea-ology Black KraftStock and used one to cover the hole in the tag
and added the other on Winston's body.

A huge thank you to my sweet "master shipper" friend Mario, who made sure Winston made it safely home from his exciting trip to Tim's studio and I can't wait to switch him on and enjoy his cheery Christmas company in the cubbyhole and in my cosy TV den for the festive season.
Have fun with whatever you are making to decorate your home for the holidays.
Hugs Kath xxx