Monday, December 11, 2017

Simon Says - Christmas/Winter Holidays

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...
CHRISTMAS/WINTER HOLIDAYS
I made a card for a special friend using some of my favourite Tim Holtz stamps and dies...
I started off by cutting a panel of Distress Watercolor card to be slightly smaller than my 7.1/2" x 5.1/2" card blank and applied a coat of slightly watered down Hickory Smoke Distress Paint.
I added strips of French Design Tape and applied several coats of Picket Fence Distress Paint, drying between coats until I was happy with the coverage.
I then stamped one of the snowflakes from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mini Swirly Snowflakes with Versamark Ink, dusted with Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder and heat set. While the embossing powder was still warm, I placed a Ranger Vintage Foil Sheet over the snowflakes and rubbed with my finger, transferring the foil to the images.

it's hard to capture in a photograph but the snowflakes have a beautiful shimmer when turned to the light...
I used Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Sparkles inked with Hickory Smoke Distress to add some interest to the background.
I used Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stitched Rectangles Thinlits to create a frame cut from Distress Watercolor card.
I coloured the inner section as before with Hickory Smoke Distress Paint and using the Tm Holtz/Tonic Stamp Platform stamped the cottage from Holiday Drawings 3 times to darken the image using Hickory Smoke Distress Archival Ink.
I placed the stamped section back into the frame and added Mini Swirly Snowflakes using the same Sticky Embossing Powder/Vintage Transfer Foil technique...
I used a Sakura Quickie Glue pen for the detailed areas  and Versamark inkpad at the bottom of the panel, to add snow accents, sprinkled with Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder, heat set and sprinkled again with Stampendous Chunky Embossing Enamel
I machine stitched around the edge of the panel with Silver Metallic thread, randomly sprinkled on Stampendous Chunky White Embossing Enamel and heat set from underneath until it was melted.
I die cut the deer from Tim Holtz/Sizzix Winter Wonderland, the sentiment from Retro Merry Christmas and the foliage from Festive Green from Idea-ology Silver Metallic Kraftstock and several layers of white card. I layered the die cuts and fixed in place with Ranger Multi Medium Matte slightly offset to create a shadow effect.
and here you can see the shimmer and shine from the Vintage Snowflakes...
I coloured the edges of a panel of white card with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink using the direct to paper technique and matted on to the white card blank.

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 Valerie our Designer In the Spotlight. As always you have the chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend at Simon Says Stamp and you have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2 pm CET to join in the fun...

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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Friday, December 8, 2017

I Do NOT Believe It...

Hi folks...in my best Victor Meldrew voice...I DO NOT BELIEVE IT but I definitely seem to be getting the hang of this "being organised for Christmas" malarkey...mind you it's taken nearly 50 years to get there and I think this is the third Christmas I've found myself ahead of the game with the cardmaking and gift buying. And I have to say that this little guy has been a godsend, what a little "time-saving" trooper he is...
When I unearthed a pile of plain old Kraft gift bags I'd bought from a local discount store many moons ago (6 for £1 if my memory serves me right) and decided to give them a bit of a make-over, I sat him on my workdesk on a dark rainy Sunday afternoon, looked out a pile of Thinlits dies and
voila...they were transformed in no time at all from drab and dreary to this...
thanks to my new best friend, another Christmas task has been ticked off the list and with the time saved, I'm skiving off from the cubbyhole today to meet up with a very special crafty friend for lunch and lots of chit chat.
Edited to add: lunch has been cancelled because this happened but I have plenty to keep me busy in the cosy cubbyhole.

Have a great weekend whatever you have planned and I'll see you all Monday to share my DT project for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx


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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Tim Holtz Holiday Inspiration Series - Swirly Snowflakes

Hi folks...I'm sharing the last two cards I made for the Tim Holtz Holiday Inspiration Series. I hope you've been inspired and enjoyed all the amazing creations from a great team of talented designers as much as I have and a huge thank you to Tim, Mario and Paula for inviting me along on this fabulous creative journey.
Today's cards feature the Stampers Anonymous Swirly Snowflakes and Mini Swirly Snowflakes. If you follow my blog, you'll know that I need no excuse to add a gorgeous snowflake or two to a Christmas/Winter project and they don't come more gorgeous than these, the detail is amazing...
Swirly Snowflakes...
I trimmed panels of Christmas Kraftstock and the Christmas Mini 8 x 8 Stash Paper to be slightly smaller than the card blank. I inked the Swirly Snowflake and sentiment from the Watercolor Trees stamp set with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder on to a panel of Heat Resistant Acetate.
I heat embossed the Swirly Snowflake image on to a torn strip of vellum, pricked the holes with Tim Holtz Craft Pick and hand stitched all the layers together with Eclectic Elements thread.  I added an Idea-ology Number Token coloured with Picket Fence Distress Crayon, a Snowflake Adornment Charm painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint, decorated with a White Enamel Accent dot...
and finished of with Idea-ology Christmas Remnant Rubs and a Silver Metallic Trimmings bow.

Mini Swirly Snowflakes...
I covered a white card blank with the kraft side of the Christmas Kraftstock paper and cut a panel of the same paper to be slightly smaller. I stamped the Sparkles background from Sparkles and Christmas with Vintage Photo Distress Archival Ink and the Mini Swirly Snowflakes inked with Versamark and heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder.
I added a strip of the Christmas Kraftstock and Corrugated Texture Surface to the bottom, tapped the Versamark ink pad around the edges of the panel and across the surface of the corrugated section, sprinkled with White Embossing Powder and heat set. 
I stamped the North Pole image from Holiday Postmarks with Versamark ink on to layered Christmas Kraftstock circles die cut with Sizzix Framelits layered and heat embossed as before. I wound Electic Elements thread around the corrugated section and added a bow. I stamped the Happy Holidays sentiment also from Holiday Postmarks on to Christmas Kraftstock, cut out and fixed over a die cut heat embossed circle.
and finished off by adding large dots of White Enamel Accents to the centres of the snowflakes.

To check out the amazing creations from the team this week, make sure you follow Tim on Facebook, Instagram and his Blog.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Keeping It Simple...

Hi folks, after a couple of decades of making my own personal Christmas cards, I've learned that it pays to keep it simple, there's no point in going down the route of using lots of techniques when you have a pile of cards to make. The run-up to Christmas is stressful enough and who wants to be a frazzled wreck come the big day...

I decided to use the gorgeous snowflakes from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mini Swirly Snowflakes stamp set and looked out my must-have tool when it comes to batch stamping...the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. I did a little test run on scrap paper, just to check I was happy with the arrangement of the snowflakes and as most of the snowflakes were to be stamped off the edges, I marked with pencil on the scrap paper where to place the card panels. I inked the stamps with Versamark ink and stamped all the panels before sprinkling them with Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder and heat setting. 
I used Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Thinlits to die cut the words from the panels, it's a great alphabet set for creating words as it has multiple vowels and consenants. I then looked out some of my favourite Distress Oxide ink colours, Faden Jeans, Frayed Burlap, Wilted Violet and Peacock Feathers, lightly inked the panels with a blending tool and spritzed with water to create that snow splattered look. I then flicked on Tarnished Brass and Brushed Pewter Distress Mica Spray which doesn't show up in the photos but gives a lovely shimmer when you turn the cards to the light. I fixed the left over die cuts letters back into the negative die-cut space with Ranger Multi Medium Matte, stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Stained Glass Greetings with Distress Black Soot Archival, Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet Distress Oxides and Versamark heat embossed with white embossing powder and finished off by adding sparkly gems I found in my stash, bought donkeys years ago but what a stroke of luck, they were an exact colour match...

I still have cards to make for the grandkiddos but if I've the done my maths right, I should have enough for everyone else so it looks like I won't be making a last minute dash to my local M&S Card Department this year. I just need to find the motivation to write and address them all, which is NOT a task I enjoy.
Hugs Kath xxx


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Monday, December 4, 2017

Simon Says...Icy Inspiration

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...

This week the design team are showcasing products from PaperArtsy, if you have some of their products we would love to see what you make with them but it isn't necessary to join in the challenge.
And as it's the first week of a new month, we are welcoming the lovely and super talented Valerie-Jael aka Bastelmania into the Designer Spotlight. If you haven’t visited her blog before then you should head on over there for a browse! her blog is fabulous!
The theme this week is
ICY INSPIRATION
and our lovely teamie Maura has created a fabulous mood board to use as inspiration.
I made an Art Journal page to christen my new 8" x 8" Dylusions Black Journal
I started off by trimming Distress Watercolor card down to 7.5" x 7.5" and used a brayer to apply a patchy coat of PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Ice Blue paint...
I lightly sprinkled on PaperArtsy Royal Blood Infusions, spritzed it with water and brushed it out towards the bottom of the panel with a damp brush...
I applied Studio 490 White Embossing Paste through the PaperArtsy Snowflake Stencil but at this point I wasn't sure if the moisture from the Embossing Paste would reactivate the Infusions powder and the snowflakes would soak up some of the blue colour.
So I'm sharing a little tip...if you want to make sure that your embossing paste stays pure white, sprinkle on white embossing powder while the paste is wet but do not heat set the embossing powder until you are sure the embossing paste is dry, otherwise it will bubble up and distort.
Woohoo...hip hip hooray, I am so happy that the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Ice Skates BigZ die, one of my all time favourites, which was retired, has been re-released again this year. I die cut the skates from the textured side of Distress Watercolor card, used Silver Metallic Kraftstock for the blades and the reverse side of the Kraftstock for the heel of the boot. I applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium to the skates to prepare the surface for some shading...
with Gathered Twigs and Black Soot Distress Crayons. I threaded a needle with Eclectic Elements thread to create the lacing on the boots...
I used scraps of acetate to create snowbanks because I wanted a see through kind of a look, painted on a coat of Ranger Multi Medium Matte and once it was dry, a coat of Ranger Opague Crackle Texture Paste, waited for it to crackle and then fixed to the bottom of the page with Multi Medium Matte.
I then applied Distress Collage Medium Matte on top to seal the crackle on this unorthodox choice of surface, shaded the snowbanks with the Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon and to balance out the layout added more Embossing Paste/Powder stencilled snowflakes...
I coloured White cardstock with PaperArtsy Royal Blood Infusions and a scrap of card with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and die cut the foliage from Tim Holtz/Sizzix Festive Greens.
fixed the skates and foliage in place with Multi Medium Matte and 3D foam pads to create dimension

added Christmas Clipping Stickers...

a Christmas Typed Token painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint and a Metallic Holiday Talk Sticker.


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


* Please note: the above links are affiliate links, for which I receive a small percentage of sales generated by the link, at no extra cost to you.

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