Thursday, March 23, 2017

All Systems Go...

Hi folks...blimey...shiver me timbers...just when we thought Spring had arrived...the weather's gone bonkers again...we've had all seasons in one day in my neck of the woods...beautiful sunshine...arctic temperatures...howing wind and even a flake or two of snow...looks like the old cosy vest will NOT be going into storage anytime soon. But we certainly haven't been feeling the chill in the cubbyhole...the crafty production line has been going at full throttle...it's been all systems go  trying to get ahead with some DT projects...

Fingers crossed Mr Mojo is firing on all cylinders again today...if I can get another 2 or even better 3 projects in the bag...I'll be all set for next week's adventure. The Cubbyhole Crew will be abandoning the crafty space and moving lock stock and barrel to the sewing station (the kitchen to you and I) to have some fun with the fabulous new Eclectic Elements fabrics Tim kindly sent me...
and a big thank you to my lovely crafty buddy Linda for the extra supplies and all the quilting/bag making hints and tips. Can't wait to fire up the sewing machine and get stitching.
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families of yet another appalling senseless tragedy in London yesterday...I truly despair of the crazy cruel world we live in but we should be very proud of our emergency services and the brave officer who lost his life protecting others.
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

On The Farm...

Hi folks...I'm sharing a few cards I made after spending a day down "On The Farm" with Tim's Stampers Anonymous stamp set...

I'm a country girl at heart and it brought back wonderful memories of times spent with a childhood friend on her grandfather's farm...bringing the cows in for milking...mucking out the byre...bottle feeding the orphan lambs and collecting the eggs...we were as happy as larry covered in muck but nowadays my version of mucky is just as much fun but smells less pungent.
and I had lots of fun stamping and colouring these farmyard animal images...

and this is a scene I see often on my trips out and about...a flock of black faced sheep sheltering against a dry stone wall (dry stane dyke as we say in my neck of the woods) on a cold grey murky day somewhere on a Scottish hillside and though I say so myself...I love that moody sombre "it's going to rain any minute" sky created with Iced Spruce/Walnut Stain and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide inks...


but braving the elements to round up sheep in our unpredictable northern climes doesn't sound such a great idea...Bo Peep I am not and His Nibs turns his nose up at retrieving a ball never mind a whole flock of sheep so I'll settle for playing all day in a cosy crafty space with my furry partner snoozing at my feet.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, March 20, 2017

Simon Says...Layer It Up...

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's "Handmade Flowers" challenge...we hope you can join us this week too because...

and the theme for this week is...
LAYER IT UP
I decided to dig out an Idea-ology Small Folio Folder I've been hoarding for ages and create a travel documents holder/journal for a fun trip I'm taking in April and take the opportunity to use some of the scrap papers I've also been hoarding from Tim Holtz Correspondence Paper Stash. Chances are this will be in and out of my handbag numerous times on my trip so anything bulky is not going to be practical and any fussy 3D embellishments are likely to get damaged so the challenge was to create a layered look without the bulk...
With no plan in mind and no measuring involved...I started to cut up the scrap papers into an assortment of sizes and fixed them down...overlapping to create a layered collage effect...with the best adhesive for the job...the fabulous Ranger Distress Collage Medium. I work in small areas at a time because this medium dries very quickly. 
with the outside covered I turned my attention to the inside...
covered the removable insert with papers and created pockets to hold flight and hotel reservations. I then stuck the insert in place with strong double sided tape and created extra pockets inside the flaps.
I die cut the Thinlits Globe...the Cityscape Skyline and the Cityscape Commute aeroplane from the Idea-ology Classic Kraft Stock Pad...die cut the Skyline again from blue and red papers from the Kraft Pad and cut out individual elements but omitted to take a photo. I then applied a top coat of Collage Medium Matte over all the collaged surfaces and used the Walnut Stain Distress Crayon to add shadowing to the papers and the die cuts and Picket Fence to add highlights.

I used Tim's Block Upper alphabet to stamp the word on to Idea-ology Plain Tissue Wrap...with Black Archival and again with Versamark...heat embossed using Ranger's Fine Detail White Embossing powder...cut around the lettering and fixed them in place with Collage Medium Matte slightly offset to create a drop shadow...
I added Idea-ology Postal Design Tape...Elements and Words Remnant Rubs...SmallTalk and Chit Chat Stickers...
and the aeroplane from Thinlits Cityscape Commute die cut from red paper from the Kraft Pad and white card...

all finished ready for my trip with a place for all the important stuff...passport...flight e-ticket...hotel reservation...I just need to tuck in some spending money and I'm good to go. 


You can find all the products I used over at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp online store...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 all have the chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend at Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2 pm CET to join in...

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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

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