Friday, April 27, 2018

It's All About Flowers...Day 4

Hi Everyone, it's Friday, the last day of the week and also my last day of sharing cards made with Simon Says Stamp Even More Spring Flowers stamp set and papers from the 49th & Market Virtual Artistry Paper Pad. It's a "two cards for the price of one" day and here's the first...
and you may have noticed there are more and more products from my adorable Professor creeping in. I make no apologies, I just can't help myself and it just goes to prove how versatile they are and that they don't have to be used for grungy, Distress can be pretty too.
I started off by trimming down one of the Virtual Artistry papers to be slightly smaller than the 6" square Black card blank and stamped the script image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Entomology with Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide.
I lightly inked around the edges of the panel with Frayed Burlap using the mini round blending tool and used Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mixed Media 5 Thinlits to die cut the floral image from the panel. paper. I coloured a scrap of card with Frayed Burlap and fixed behind.
I created splatters on the background using Black Soot and Picket Fence Distress Paints and flicked on some droplets of Anitque Bronze Distress Mica Spray. I fussy cut around the edges of the left over Even More Spring Flowers die cuts from yesterday to remove the white border, coloured the flowers with the Antique Bronze Distress Mica Spray and the leaves with Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink using the Detailer Water Brush. I coloured the centres with a Sharpie Black Fine Line Pen and added dots with a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen. I added strips of Idea-ology Chatter Design Tape and pricked holes around the edges with Tim Holtz Craft Pick.
I ran the Sharpie Black Fine Point Pen along the rows of pricked holes which creates realistic faux stitching and stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks Words on to a scrap of paper with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink. The camera really doesn't do it justice but I love the shimmer on the flowers and the splatters on the background.
 and the second card...
As before I trimmed the Virtual Artistry paper down to be slightly smaller than the 6" x 6" card blank and stamped the Batik image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Botanical and Batik with Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide ink.
followed by the bee image from Entomology inked with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink.
I die cut the planks from Distress Woodgrain Card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Planks BigZ die, coloured with Evergreen Bough and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxides and darkened the edges with Black Soot Distress Marker.
I stamped lots of images from Simon Says Stamp Even More Spring Flowers on to Distress Watercolor Card using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink, coloured with Zig Clean Color Brush Markers and a Detailer Water Brush and die cut using the matching dies.
I fixed the planks in place with 3D foam and arranged the bouquet of Even |More Spring Flowers. I added splatters of White Gesso and Black Soot Distress Paint, added Ranger Black and White Enamel Accents to the centres of the flowers and coloured the bodies of the bees with a Mustard Seed Distress Marker.
I die cut 3 layers of the Script Thanks and fixed to the planks with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. I created faux stitching around the edge of the panel and added trails to the bees with a Sharpie Black Fine Point Pen
I hope you've enjoyed the "It's All About Flowers" cards, as much as I've enjoyed making them...it's been a fun "going with the flow" playtime adventure.
Have a great weekend everyone and I'll see you all on Monday with my DT project for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. You still have time to join in with this week's Flower Power Challenge with the chance to win a $50 gift certificate for Simon Says Online Store, so look out your flower stamps, dies and embellishments and have fun creating.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, April 26, 2018

It's All About Flowers...Day 3

Hi folks, it's Thursday and Day 3 of  my "It's All About Flowers" crafting adventure using Simon Says Stamp Even More Spring Flowers stamp set and the gorgeous 49th & Market Virtual Artistry Papers.
I trimmed a sheet of the Virtual Artistry paper to be slightly smaller than the 6" x 6" square card blank and applied Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink through the Latticework Mini Layering Stencil from Set No 4.
I cut small sections from various papers to create a collage, inked the edges with Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte.
I stamped the flowers and leaves from Even More Spring Flowers with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink on to Distress Watercolor card
and die cut using the matching dies. I wasn't sure at this point which flowers I would use but any left-overs will be stored for use later in the handy envelope that comes with the dies.
I coloured the images with Worn Lipstick and Pumice Stone Distress Re-inkers using the Detailer Water Brush and I know that crocuses are not pink but I'm using Artistic Licence here and hey in crafting, anything goes.
I stamped Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Glorious Bouquet inked with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black to add some interest in the corners
fixed the flowers and leaves in place and added Ranger Black Enamel Accents to the centre of the small flower.
I die cut the word Thanks from black Distress Core'dinations cardstock 3 times  using Simon Says Stamp Script Thanks die, stamped the sentiment from Glorious Bouquet on to a small tag and added an Electic Elements White Thread bow.
I'll be back tomorrow to share the last of the "It's All About Flowers" cards, in the meantime, have fun whatever you're creating.
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

It's All About Flowers...Day 2

Hi folks, I'm sharing another "It's All About Flowers" card, using Simon Says Stamp Even More Spring Flowers and Big Thanks Words stamp set and the 49th & Market Virtual Artistry 6" x 6" paper pad.
I was inspired by this gorgeous paper with just a hint of colour and detail at the bottom corner, so I stamped two of the images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Ornate Trims with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine White Detail embossing powder.
and to match in with the colours already on the paper, I blended on Antique Linen and Peeled Paint Distress Oxides
and a little bit of Frayed Burlap before adding some water splashes
I used the script stamp from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Entomology inked with Frayed Burlap to add detail to the background.
I stamped the flowers and leaves from SSS Even More Spring Flowers on to Distress Watercolor card, die cut with the matching dies and coloured with Zig Clean Color Markees using the Distress Detailer Brush.
I wound twine around the edge of the panel, added a double twine bow and fixed the flowers and leaves in place with 3D foam pads.
I stamped the sentiments from SSS Big Thanks Words with Tea Dye Distress Ink and SSS Intense Black...
highlighted the Thanks with a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen and added a butterfly cut out from another sheet of the same paper...
and added Pretty Pink Posh Share Kindness sequins
I'll see you all tomorrow with Even More SpringFlowers, in the meantime, happy crafting
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

It's All About Flowers Week...

Hi folks, crafting virtually came to a standstill last week due to the unexpected glorious sunshine weather and the cubbyhole crew were on lasting all day coffee breaks, just relaxing in the fresh air and enjoying that much needed top-up of Vitamin D. Great while it lasted but with the weather forecast to be very unsettled this week, rain, rain and more rain apparently, we're heading back to our happy crafting space for some playtime with some new Simon Says Stamp goodies.
I'm continuing the Flower theme from yesterday's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and will be sharing cards this week made with the same supplies...49th & Market Virtual Artistry 6 x 6 Paper Pad, 36 sheets of beautiful double sided papers in a soft neutral colour palette, the Even More Spring Flowers stamp set and matching dies from Simon Says Stamp and for the sentiments Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks Words and Script Thanks dies. And surprise, surprise, in my world, no project is complete unless it has something Tim Holtz, so I will be adding a little bit of Stampers Anonymous magic each day into the mix...
 and here's today's "Even More Spring Flowers" Monochromatic Card...
I stamped one of the images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Brushstrokes on to the Virtual Artistry paper with Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide Ink (the more observant amongst you will notice that the ink in the photo is Frayed Burlap which was going to be my first choice but I had a change of heart). I then stamped the Even More Spring Flowers images just for placement with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink.
I re-stamped the images on to a matching sheet of the Virtual Artistry Paper (there are 4 sheets of each design in the pad)
die-cut using the matching dies, coloured with Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Oxide re-inkers using the Distress Detailer brush, fixed in place over the original stamping and added white dots using a Sakura Jelly Roll Pen.
I then die-cut the shadow portion of the Script Thanks from the paper, added a panel of matching paper on the reverse and then die cut 3 layers of the Script Word from white card coloured with Black Soot Distress Oxide...
 layered the word die-cuts and fixed them in place in the negative shadow space.
 I added thin strips cut from the MFT Dots and Stripes Black and White Paper Pack
 and added the sentiment from Big Thanks Words inked with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black.
I used Black Soot Distress Oxide to darken the edges of the panel and to create splatters on the background, added Studio Katia Clear Round Drops and fixed the panel to a 6" x 6" white card blank.
I'll be back tomorrow with Even More Spring Flowers, in the meantime have fun whatever you are creating.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, April 23, 2018

Simon Says...Flower Power

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...
FLOWER POWER
I decorated an Idea-ology Mini Clipboard inspired by a beautiful old vintage postcard I found in a thrift shop featuring a 1950's girl posing in an English Country Garden.
I removed the hinge clip and covered the clipboard with torn strips of Idea-ology Memoranda Paper  and Worn Wallpaper, using this beautiful image from one of the papers as my 1950's girl. I used my go-to adhesive, Distress Collage Medium Matte to fix them down and once dry, I used the Tim Holtz Sanding Grip to neaten up the edges.
I scribbled on Vintage Photo Distress Crayon, moved it around with my finger to create a vintage look and applied Ranger Opague Crackle Texture Paste through the Bricked Layering Stencil.
Once the cracks had appeared, I used a Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon to darken up the edges of the papers and highlight the crackle and very importantly, remembered to repunch the holes.
I used Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stacked Deckles to die cut frames from Memoranda Paper and Worn Wallpaper, fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte and added sections of Botanical Collage Paper.
Then it was time to put my little Sidekick friend to work, die cutting lots of Funky Florals 3 Thinlits blooms from Distress Core'dinations papers and scraps of white card.
I added Idea-ology Dapper Brads to the centres of the large flowers, added Glossy Accents to the berries on the die-cut foliage and centres of the white flowers.

I painted the hinge clip with a couple of coats of white gesso, added Ranger Opague Crackle Texture Paste, rubbed Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon into the detail, buffed with a soft cloth and fixed back in place.
I added Idea-ology Tiny Text Remnant Rubs and a Quote Token which I sanded to give a worn look and highlighted the wording with a Picket Fence Distress Crayon.


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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