Thursday, February 23, 2017

Amazing...

Hi Everyone...I'm in taking things easy mode until the old body catches up after spending 4 AMAZING fun days at Stitches with my Fiskars family and crafty buddies. I'm not going to lie...set up day is hard work but it's so rewarding to see the end result...the brand new stand to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of our "known the world over...iconic" Orange Handled Scissors looked AMAZING.



On your feet all day and the constant chatting do take their toll but it can hardly be considered work when all you're doing basically is meeting lots of lovely people...playing all day with fabulous products alongside the best team ever...the most wonderful caring funny and fun people to hang out with.
The tone for the whole weekend was set when this old grandma...our new Sewing Demonstrator Keren and our boss man from Fiskars HQ wearily headed to our hotel on Day 1 to check in...the young lad on reception obviously misunderstood my comment that we were all together and allocated us ONE room with a kingsize and single bed and 3 key cards. I love my team mates to bits but hey bunking up together would definitely have been taking our friendship a step too far.
The lovely Keren did an AMAZING job showcasing the new Fabric Circle Cutter...
while I spent my time trying to stop our adorable UK Account Manager Steve from completely taking over my punch work station...

Ta...da...well done Steve...definitely one for the Fiskars Wall Of Fame...I fear I may be out of a job...
The stand was so busy that I never found time to walk the show and suss out what's new in our crafty world...I did however manage to catch up with a few old friends...the ones who are most likely to lead me astray given the chance...the gorgeous Marion...Sharon and Paula...
and it was wonderful to finally meet the lovely Els from Elizabeth Craft Designs
I did manage to grab a quick catch up with my favourite crafty people...you all know who you are and I have to say a huge thank you to two of my bestest buddies... Enfys for her "we couldn't have done it without you" help with set up and breakdown and to Anne for this AMAZING stunning "Eileen Hull Sewing Box" gift...

to Diane from the Fiskarettes Design Team for this super cute pin cushion and yummy Dark Chocolate.


and not forgetting Fiskars...for my gorgeous new scissors...

When you work with lots of products...you just can't help having favourites...the Power Punches definitely fall into that category and I totally fell in love with the Love and Ampersand Intricate Punches from the new release. Three days of playing resulted in one or two lightbulb "how to get more bang for your buck" moments which I'll be sharing with you soon but I've been suffering from mega withdrawal symptoms and am looking forward to getting back to some serious Distress Oxide playtime.
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, February 20, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge-Transport It...

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

and the theme for this week is...
TRANSPORT IT

I chose to decorate one of the new Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Etcetera Small Tags...there are 3 tags in the pack...great value for the price and don't be fooled by the word SMALL...they measure 10" x 5.1/2" so lots of bang for your buck. I started off by giving the tag a quick coat of gesso...
and applied Ranger Texture Paste through the Woven Layering Stencil...
once it was dry I applied a thin wash of Tumbled Glass Distress Paint wiping it back a little from the textured areas. I die cut the Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits Globe from a paper scrap from the Tidings Stash Pad and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte...
I applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte over the entire surface of the tag which prepares the surface for easy application and blending of the Distress Crayons. I used Tumbled Glass from Set 7 for the background...Gathered Twigs from Set 10 for the globe and textured areas and Picket Fence from Set 3 to highlight...
I used Layering Stencil Measured and Picket Fence Distress Paint applied with Cut 'n Dry to add some interest to the background.
I placed Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap in to the Misti and stamped the car image from Stampers Anonymous Vintage Auto with Black Archival ink and used Tim Holtz Idea-ology Block Lower Cling Foam Stamps and Ground Espresso Distress Paint dabbed on with my finger to create the sentiment.
I cut around the car image and alphabet letters and fixed them in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte...adding Idea-ology Label Letters and Quotations to complete the sentiment.
and it's amazing how the colours on the finished project look so different when you take photos in natural daylight as opposed to ones taken in the cubbyhole on a dark gloomy rainy afternoon...

I added Design Tape from the new Idea-ology Travel pack ...Special Delivery Remnant Rubs and highlighted the alphabet letters...globe and car image with the Signo White Uniball pen...

along with Idea-ology Ruler pieces and lots of gears highlighted with Picket Fence Distress Paint...

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...

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

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