Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Remember Me...

Hi folks...remember me...the serial blogger who used to post every day back in the day...don't quite know how I managed that because lately I've been struggling to get round to twice a week but hey the absolutely crappy "soggy doggy stroll" weather may lend a hand in that department. Seriously I think we can kiss goodbye to Summer now and call me cynical if you will but I'm not holding out any hopes for a September Indian Summer either, in fact I've jumped ahead to Autumn and the cubbyhole crew have got their October spooky Halloween hats on...
having a ball playing with lots of Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous red rubber. The Stamp Platform has been working overtime, definitely earning his keep. I would never in the month of Sundays have attempted stamping such a solid image on the textured side of Distress Watercolor card with an acrylic block but with this guy it's an easy peasy "ink twice and stamp" process with a perfect result... 
and likewise with these "lots of fine detail" happy smiling faces
And not to be left out...I've also joined the happy smiling face club because Mr Postie came to call with Distress Reinker Set 2...woohoo...
But I need to get a wiggle on...another 2 days of Halloween Red Rubber playtime and I'll be diving in to all things Tim Holtz Christmas because my hot date with Professor Tim, Mario, the King of Kitting and BTS/Master Shipper and Cook Extraordinaire and lots of lovely crafty friends at Art From The Heart is only 4 and a bit weeks away...wohoo if that's not an incentive to get my skates on..I don't know what is...
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, August 21, 2017

Simon Says...Make An Artist Trading Card

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's challenge.
We also have a special challenge for children between the ages of 2 and 16. CLICK HERE to go directly to the challenge page.


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and the theme for this week is...
MAKE AN ARTIST TRADING CARD
Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) are miniature pieces of art that are traded around the world. 
The only official rule for ATCs is the size 2.5" x 3.5"

I have to confess when I saw this week's challenge...there was a huge intake of breath followed by a major panic moment because the thought of working on such a small area scares the living daylights out of me but a challenge is a challenge and it's good sometimes to take yourself out of your comfort zone and challenge your creativity...you don't know how it will go until you try.
I made a trio of ATCs with a Halloween theme using the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Label Frames stamp set...the second largest stamp in the set is the perfect size and I couldn't resist having a play with the fabulous new Tim Holtz/Sizzix Halloween Thinlits...
and at risk of sounding immodest they turned out better than I thought. But old habits die hard and my brain soon returned to larger surface mode so I used my spooky trio to decorate a Halloween Wall Hanger...
I stamped the label frame on to 3 different scraps of Tim Holtz Ideaology Halloween Paper Stash using Simon Says Intense Black Dye Ink, backed them on to white card and trimmed around the edges...
I used a selection of die cuts from Tim Holtz/Sizzix Haunted House, Village Graveyard, Witchcraft and Scarecrow, trimming them down to fit...
added Ideaology Clippings and inked around the edges with a Black Soot Distress Oxide
Halloween Fringing...
and Halloween Remnant Rubs...
I used an 8 x 8 sheet of paper from the Halloween Paper Stash as the background for the wall hanger and die cut the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Cobweb from the black paper in the Ideaology KraftStock Paper Stash, fixing it in place with Distress Collage Medium...easy peasy...no fiddling around with dots of glue.
I used the Rosette Layering Stencil with Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide to add some colour to the background and added Black Soot around the edges...
I used Idea-ology Boneyard Findings to create the "H" and added Label Letters to complete the word, added an Apothecary Vial filled with Bones, Adornments Spiders coloured with Black Soot Distress Paint fixed to Black Eclectic Elements Thread... 
a Broomstick, a Word Band coloured with Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint, Idea-ology Fringe (my new addiction) and Typography letters coloured with Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint and sanded back...

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 Guest Designer Simona.As always you 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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