Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Late Nights and Early Mornings...

H folks...I've been on this planet for many decades and you would think I would know by now  that late nights and early mornings are not a good mix, staying up until the early hours of the morning watching the downhill and slalom ski-ing and then being rudely awakened by my furry companion a couple of hours later has knocked my body clock for six.  Needless to say, the time I normally spend in the cubbyhole has been replaced by snuggled up on the sofa afternoon snoozes and thank goodness the Winter Olympics only come around every 4 years because that's a habit I don't want to get into.
But I had a birthday card to make before I left for Stitches and I know the recipient would have been disappointed to receive one bought from M&S so on Friday, I hit the cubbyhole running, matchsticks in place to keep my eyes open and with the help of two fabulous sets of Thinlits dies from Tim Holtz and Sizzix, managed to conjure up a flower themed card with a Garden Centre gift holder card inside for my very special "obsessed with her garden" friend.

I scored and folded Distress Watercolor Card to make a 5.1/2 square card, applied a wash of Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink front and back and then created splatters using the left over ink on my craft mat.
I stamped the Botanical background from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Botanical/Batik with Antique Distress Oxide ink and Ornate trims inked with Ground Espresso Archival on the front and insides of the card...
I coloured Distress Woodgrain paper with Ground Espresso Distress and Distress Oxide ink using a mini round blending tool...
and die cut using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stitched Slots Thinlits
I then made lots of backgrounds using Distress Oxide inks...
and die cut a selection of flowers and leaves using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Funky Florals 1 Thinlits
I cut two tag shapes from the Distress Oxide backgrounds, stamped one with the script stamp from Entomology, embossed the other with the folder from the Sidekick Valentine Side-Order and sanded it back to reveal the heart pattern.  I tucked the gift card and tags into the slots and assembled all the flowers and foliage.


I stamped the sentiments from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Glorious Bouquet on to the Stitched Slots tabs and to finish off, I smooshed Abandoned Coral and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide inks on to my craft mat, spritzed with water and coloured the Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon.
By the time you are reading this, I'll be waking up at the luxurious Hotel En and Mike in Birmingham and looking forward to another fun day at Stitches. Have fun whatever you're doing and I'll be sharing all the gossip from the show with you when I get back.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, February 19, 2018

Simon Says...Grunge 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 challenge...we hope you can join us this week too because...

and the theme for this week is...
GRUNGE IT UP
I decorated a Mini Etcetera Tag with a collage of Grunged-Up Idea-ology. I love this new size of Etcetera Tag and with 4 in pack for such a reasonable price, they are great value for money. I started off tearing up strips of Tissue Wrap and fixed them in place with Distress Collage Medium to create a textured wrinkly effect on the background. Once it had dried, I sanded the edges to remove the excess and gave the tag a coat of White Gesso.
I added Idea-ology French Design Tape, applied a thin coat of White Gesso over the tape and applied Ranger Opague Crackle Texture Paste randomly with a spatula. Once the texture paste had dried, I applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium over the entire surface and coloured with Distress Crayons. I stamped the images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Dapper with Black Soot Archival.
and then changed tack entirely from my original plan of adding cut out stamped images and went with a Collage of Grunged Up Idea-ology instead. I used Collector Layers Ephemera to create a base  for my collage. To create the rusty look on all the Idea-ology metal pieces, I tapped Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Spiced Marmalade and Evergreen Bough Distress Paints on with my fingers, drying between coats and repeating until I was happy with the look. I sanded an image from Idea-ology Photobooth and fixed behind the frame, added a Ruler Piece Finding coloured with Evergreen Bough Distress Paint, Dapper Brads, Ruler Ribbon fixed to the Buckle with a Hex Fastener and Gears.
I added Quote Chips coloured with Evergreen Bough and lightly sanded, Life Quote Remnant Rubs and Clippings Stickers.


I covered up the photo and spritzed the tag lightly with Distress Resist Spray, sprinkled with Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder and heat to set. I removed the cap from the spray and dripped on large dots and embossed as before.

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



Friday, February 16, 2018

A Handcrafted HELLO...

Hi folks, there's been no improvement on the weather front in my neck of the woods and unfortunately for me, my Furry Companion is an out-in-all weathers breed who insists on his 3 times a day trip to the forest whether it's chucking it down with rain or blowing a blizzard but with his waterproof super insulated coat, he just needs a quick rub down with a towel while I need to dry off the Abominable Snowman jacket ready for next time, change out of the soaking wet trousers and park my bum on the radiator with a hot cuppa until I thaw out.
Roll on Spring !!!
I'm sharing another quick and easy card made with the Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit - A Colorful Crafty Life...

and there's no Friday Girls Outing today, instead I'll be spending the day cosy and snug in the cubbyhole tidying up the debris from this week's crafty session...
And I'll leave you with a little sneaky peek of my DT project for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...

Enjoy your weekend whatever you have planned and if the conditions are wintry where you are, stay safe if you're out and about.
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Crafters Gonna Craft...

Hi folks...greetings from a very chilly, windy and snowy Scotland. Winter has definitely returned with a vengeance and it's pretty wild out there...
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for my flight to Stitches at the weekend although it takes more than a bit of snow to close Aberdeen Airport but if this weather continues, I suspect it's going to be a bit of a bumpy ride.
I'm back to share another card made with the Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit - A Colorful Crafty Life...
using papers and the Crafty Friend stamp set from the kit along with Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stitched Slots Thinlits Die cut from one of the pearlescent envelopes in the kit and the hearts using the Sidekick Valentine Side-Order...


It's been many years since I got excited about Valentine's Day and I've long given up watching for the postie but imagine how surprised I was, when a very special card arrived all the way from the USA from Juli, a special friend from the Tim Holtz Addicts group on Facebook and wow...thank you so much Juli, it's gorgeous and I love you too...
check out those sparkly shimmery dots and the beautiful heart using the die inlay techique.
I'll be back tomorrow to share one more card from the February Card Kit, in the meantime I'll be stalking the postie eagerly awaiting the arrival of the fabulous March Card Kit...wow wow wow TWO stamp sets, TWO ink pads, beautiful papers and lots more.




If you like what you see, I WOULD NOT hang around, this one is going to fly.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

I'm On A Mission...

Hi folks...where does time go...Monday's been and gone and before I know, the weekend will  be here and I'll be heading off to Stitches...the UK Craft Trade Show held at the NEC in Birmingham from Sunday through to Tuesday. I'm not working this time so it's going to be a fun few days, spending time with some very special friends, doing what we do best, drinking coffee and chatting in Wetherspoons, wandering the show/catching up with all the latest products and our favourite retailers and chilling out in the evening with some delicious grub and a glass or two of vino.
So I'm on a mission to nail some projects this week with the new products that have arrived in the cubbyhole, starting off with Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit-A Colorful Crafty Life
and at the time of writing, there were still a few kits available to buy.
I unleashed CLEAN AND SIMPLE ME again to make a quick and easy card
I trimmed a panel of Audrey Blue cardstock to be slightly smaller than the A2 card blank and fixed to the card with the SSS Craft Tacky Glue from the kit. I then trimmed a panel of white card to be slightly smaller and embossed it with the Tim Holtz Dot Matrix Texture Fade. I used Sizzix Circle Framelits Dies to die-cut apertures in a panel of white cardstock which I fixed temporarily to the embossed panel with low tack tape. I popped the die cut circles back into the negative spaces, using them as masks to protect the adjoining circles while I inked each circle with Distress Oxide ink using a mini round blending tool. 
I stamped the sentiment from the Crafty Friend stamp set which is available to buy separately with SSS Intense Black ink and trimmed to fit across the bottom of the embossed panel... 
I stamped the color palette, brushes and tube of paint with SSS Intense Black ink on to scrap card and cut out. I restamped the brushes with Distress Oxide inks and cut out the bristle sections. I coloured the dots of paint on the palette with Distress Oxide inks and added Glossy Accents to them and the bristles of the brushes.
Most of the items in the kit are available to buy separately, you can find them HERE
I'll be back later to share another February Card Kit card, in the meantime I've found myself slightly distracted from the aforementioned mission because some Tim Holtz/Sizzix Happy Mail has arrived.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, February 12, 2018

Simon Says...Take Note

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 hope you can join us this week too because...

and the theme for this week is...
TAKE NOTE
(notebook/notepaper)

My 2017  notebook was looking a bit worse for wear so I splashed out on a new one and got to work making a decorative cover which would be practical for everyday use.  I trimmed a a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock to be slightly smaller than the front of the notebook
and I couldn't resist having a play with the new Distress Resist Spray and colours from the latest release of Distress Oxide inks. But first, there are 3 things (recommended by Tim himself) you need to have on hand before you use this bottle of magic...
a Spray Box, a container with water if you intend spraying through a stencil
and a cloth to clean the nozzle of the bottle after each spray
I spritzed the Distress Resist Spray through the Flourish Layering Stencil, removed the stencil and lightly spritzed the card again. The Distress Resist Spray only takes a few minutes to dry or you can speed things along with a heat tool  I then smooshed Evergreen Bough, Fossilized Amber and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide inks on to my non stick craft mat, pulled the card through the ink, spritzed with water and tapped the card back into the remaining droplets of ink until I was happy with the background and voila check out the amazing chalky look resist "with a textured feel" background.
I stamped the Lined background stamp from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Cosmopolitan and Lined with Ground Espresso Archival Ink...
and overstamped with the script stamp from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Entomology with Black Soot Archival ink.
I applied Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink through the Cargo Mini Layering Stencil using a mini round blending tool.
I placed the card in to the Stamp Platform and stamped one of the images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Wildflowers with Black Soot Archival ink several times until I got a nice dark impression, sprinkled with Ranger Superfine Clear embossing powder and heat set.
I stamped one of the insect images from Entomology randomly over the background with Black Soot Archival.
I then stamped one of the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Label Frames with Black Archival on to a scrap of card coloured with the same Distress Oxide inks as the background
and used the Cargo Mini Layering Stencil with Black Soot Distress Oxide ink to create the word, sprinkled with clear embossing powder and heat set.
I cut out the label frame and fixed in place with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and Tiny Attacher staples. I added Idea-ology Life Quotes Remnant Rubs, splatters of White Gesso, darkened up the edges with Black Soot Distress Paint and fixed the panel to the front of the notebook with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.



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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