Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Birthday Boy...

Hi folks...it's a very special day in the cubbyhole and I"m finding it hard to believe that this little bundle of snuggliness is now 10 years old...
in human years...he's now officially older than his Mum...the most senior...senior citizen in the cubbyhole crew...
still as handsome and adorable as ever but just like his Mum he now has more silver hairs amongst the gold...
but hey...age is just a number and he can't count so I'm not expecting he'll be acting his age instead of his shoe size anytime soon and I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm looking forward to many more happy hooligan years with my trusty 24/7 best friend and cubbyhole companion.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUDDY
LOVE YOU LOADS
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, June 27, 2016

Tic...Tac..Toe

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's "Use Patterned Papers" Challenge...we hope you can join us this week too because...
and the theme for this week is...

TIC TAC TOE
you can use any line...vertical horizontal or diagonal
In what can only be described as a moment of madness...I chose the bottom line..
Spray...Doodle...Washi 
and the bottom line is...it may not have been the best decision. I'm a prolific secret doodler but only when I'm on the phone...usually to the dreaded call centres...hanging on forever waiting to speak to a human and those creative masterpieces are never shared with the world and his wife but I'm up for a challenge so here goes...my first time sharing a doodly kind of art journal page...
using some of my all-time favourite Hero Arts stamps...oldies but definitely still goodies...
I started off by applying a coat of Gesso to the pages...spritzed on some Hickory Smoke Distress Spray Stain...spritzed with water...letting it drip...move around and do it's own thing...then I patted it lightly with a paper towel to lighten the colour. I then stamped the images from Hero Arts Friend Collage in Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and Ranger Wendy Vecchi Orange Blossom Archival Ink.
and then added lots of Idea-ology Tissue (Washi) Tape and applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte to the pages.
I stamped the Hero Arts Painted Poppy with Ranger Wendy Vecchi Tea Rose Archival...the small flower from Friends Collage with Sky Blue Archival on to white card...doodled around the edges of the flowers and leaves and the centres of the small flowers...cut them out leaving a little white around the edges and fixed to the pages.


I coloured strips of white card with Tea Rose and Sky Blue Archival Inks using the direct to paper technique...peniclled in some wavy lines and created the doodled words with a Black Fine Liner Pen...adding white dots on some with the Signo Uniball Pen and stripes on others. I used the Black Soot Distress Marker and Detailer Water Brush to create shadows around the flowers and Tissue Tape.


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 our lovely Guest Designer Alison...as always you all have the chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend at Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2 pm CET to join in...

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Whichever line you choose...I'm sure you'll have fun
Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx
edited to add: I can't help but make some observations on the crazy crazy weekend we've had here in the UK after the EU Referendum..the aftermath sadly highlighting all that's wrong with today's society. I'm not going to go down the road of the whys and wherefores apart from saying that I'm hedging my bets and currently making enquiries about a one-way ticket to the moon.


Friday, June 24, 2016

Infusions Magic Day 3...

Hi folks...Day 3 of sharing my new addiction with Infusions and this card features the gorgeous flower and leaf stem from Simon Says Stamp "Spring Flowers" stamp set...
I used "The Sage" and "Lemoncello" Infusions for the background and stamped the images on to watercolour card I had coloured separately and cut out...

and just as I was about to tidy away the little pots of Infusion Magic...happy "Spellbinders/Tammy Tutterow" mail arrived from Simon Says Stamp and I just couldn't resist stretching out that playtime...
this time I used "Lemoncello"...The Sage" and "Royal Blood"

and woohoo...the new furniture has arrived for the cubbyhole crew's den...I chose a small 2 seater sofa (for the Furry Hooligan)
 and an armchair for me...

I'm loving my extra comfy new throne...the only problem is I'm having a hard time detaching myself from it AND as if that's wasn't enough excitement for one week...Tim announced yesterday on the Summer Creative Chemistry Live Chat that a set of CRAZY DOG stamps will be available very soon with matching dies to follow later in the year and I'm not the only one who is very excited...
But it's Friday and that means a shopping spree with the Friday Girls...we're off to buy more cushions...new lamps and another bits and pieces that take our fancy...they DO love spending money especially if it's not their own...Mr Bank Manager take a deep breath.
Have a great weekend everyone...hope the sun is shining where you are and I'll see you all on Monday with a new project for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.
Hugs Kath xxx
oops...almost forgot...if you are signed up for Summer Creative Chemistry...Simon Says Stamp have a great 20% off deal this weekend...perfect for stocking up on essentials for Creative Chemistry 103...click HERE to go shopping.


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