Friday, May 25, 2018

Guess What...It's Another Botanical...

Hi folks...surprise surprise, one more card made with the gorgeous 3-D Botanical Texture Fade...
this time I inked up the raised side of the Texture Fade with Versamark ink, placed a panel of Distress Watercolor card in the folder, ran it through the Big Shot 3 times and heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder. I may have been a bit heavy handed with the inking because, as you can see, some of it landed on the background. I could have used a small paintbrush to remove it from those areas but hey I quite like the effect. I then spritzed the panel generously with water and used the Ranger Distress Detailer Brush to drop in Twisted Citron, Evergreen Bough and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide inks, letting the water do the blending to achieve a watercolor effect. I then created splatters using Evergreen Bough and inked around the edge using a mini round blending tool.
I coloured scraps of card with Evergreen Bough and Fossilized Amber and die cut the leaves using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Garden Greens and Alphanumeric Thinlits for the sentiment. I fixed a torn strip of vellum across the panel, fixed the die cuts in place with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and added Idea-ology Chit Chat Stickers to complete the sentiment.
and check out the gorgeous texture and dimension.
But I need to get my skates on and get creative for next week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge project and guess what, the challenge is a perfect excuse to play with two of the other 3-D Texture Fades...don't you just love when a plan comes together.
and if you love the texture and detail on Botanical, believe me folks, you are going to go nuts for Lumber and Foundry...seriously, check out the very realistic look of riveted metal and the "oh so touchy feely" plank of wood.
but, you definitely have not seen the last of Botanical, I can't wait to try it out with the absolutely gorgeous "Beautiful Flowers" stamp set from the Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit.
Have a great Bank Holiday weekend everyone and I'll see you all on Monday with my "3-D Texture Fade" project for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and a little reminder that you still have time to join in with this week's Inspired By A Song Challenge with the chance to win a $50 dollar voucher to spend in Simon Says Stamp store...a chance to get yourself some 3-D Texture Fades to play with, perhaps.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, May 24, 2018

I'm in love with Botanical...

Hi folks, I'm back to share another card made with the Botanical 3D Texture Fade using a faux letterpress technique and I have to say I'm love with these 3D Texture Fades, the detail and texture is just so amazing.
I inked up the flat debossed side of the Texture Fade with Antique Distress Oxide ink, placed Distress Watercolor card in the folder and ran it 3 times (as recommended by Tim) through my Big Shot. The ink transfers to the background and leaves the raised detail white. I inked around the edge with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide and added splatters with the same color. I coloured scraps of  Distress Watercolor card with Walnut Stain and Evergreen Bough Distress Oxides and die cut the flowers and leaves using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Funky Florals 1 and Garden Greens Thinlits.
I spritzed the panel with Distress Resist Spray which creates a slightly textured sheen which unfortunately doesn't show up in the photos. I then added Idea-ology Design Tape Chatter, Small Talk Occasions stickers and glossy accents to the centres of the flowers.

I have one more Botanical card to share with you tomorrow, 
In the meantime Happy Crafting.
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

It's Back To The Day Job...

Hi folks, we've been enjoying almost 3 weeks of glorious spring sunshine in my neck of the woods and the cubbyhole crew have been spending much of that time outdoors, with one member doing lots of this...
this...
and this...
while the other member has been enjoying lots of days out with her lady who lunches hat on and of course, it goes without saying, we finished off the week by taking time out to enjoy the Royal Wedding and wasn't it amazing.

So I could hardly complain about waking up yesterday to a bit of light drizzle, a little reminder that it was time I was back in my happy place for some playtime with the FABULOUS 3D Texture Fades and Distress Blending Brushes from our adorable Professor...
If you're like me and inclined to rush in where angels fear to tread, I would highly recommend that you watch Tim's video for lots of 3D Texture Fade Embossing helpful hints and tips before you dive in.

and here's the first of many cards I suspect using beautiful Botanical
 I embossed Botanical on to Distress Watercolor card, coloured the amazing texture with Distress Oxide inks using the Distress Blending Brushes and added a generous splattering of Distress Resist Spray.

I die cut flowers from white and black cardstock using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Wildflowers Thinlits and added Idea-ology Small Talk Occasions Stickers.
and check out that TEXTURE, amazing...amazing...amazing.
I'll be back tomorrow to share another Botanical card, in the meantime, have fun whatever you are creating.
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, May 21, 2018

Simon Says...Inspired By A Song

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...
INSPIRED BY A SONG
I created an Art Journal page inspired by one of my all-time favourite Abba songs
I HAVE A DREAM 
it's hard to believe this song was released in 1979, almost 40 years ago and I took a wonderful trip down memory lane while I worked on my art journal page singing along to all those Abba classics and isn't it strange how you remember all the words.
I have a dream, a song to sing
To help me cope with anything
If you see the wonder of a fairy tale
You can take the future even if you fail
I believe in angels
Something good in everything I see
I believe in angels
When I know the time is right for me
I'll cross the stream - I have a dream
Abba were known for their colourful stage costumes so with that in mind I used bright colours for my background and I had to include the feathered friends from my garden who definitely have a song to sing and at this time of year, unfortunately, their dawn chorus concert usually starts around 4.00am.

I started off by tapping Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink to a small piece of non stick craft mat, spritzed it water and pounced on to the pages. I then repeated with Twisted Citron and Carved Pumpkin.
I continued adding the individual colours until I was happy with the background. I then added torn strips of Tissue Wrap carefully using Distress Collage Medium so as not to re-activate and smear the Distress Oxide inks.
I used the Mosaic, Hearts and Wildflower Layering Stencils with Wilted Violet, Carved Pumpkin and Black Soot Distress Oxide inks to add interest to the background.
I stamped letters from Idea-ology Block and Type Lower Foam Stamps on to plain Collage Paper with Black Soot Archival ink,
cut out and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte. I used Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Thinlits die cut from white card,
a chopped up Quote Chip and Label Letters to complete the title
I stamped Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy on to Distress Watercolor card and die cut using the matching Thinlits
I coloured the birds with Distress Oxide inks using mini round blending tools
die cut the branches and flowers using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Small Tattered Florals Thinlits
added Ranger Enamel Accents to the centre of the flowers
and glossy accents to the eyes and beaks of the birds
I used a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen to accent the black letters and added shading around the white Letters with a Black Soot Distress Marker.


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, May 18, 2018

Sending More Sunshine

Hi folks, I'm back to share one more card made using the Four Seasons Sayings stamp set from Simon Says Stamp latest release, Sending Sunshine. You can check out all the products HERE.


and no step-by-step photos for this one because the background was one left over from a play day with my Gel Press plate. The flowers are from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Day stamped with Intense Black ink, the sentiment and sun are from Four Seasons Sayings, stamped with Intense Black and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide inks.

I've failed miserably this week on the crafty list front due to playing truant two days in a row, so I'm admitting defeat, throwing in the towel and heading off out with the Friday girls for a pamper session kind of a day. We need to get ourselves spruced up for tomorrow's big event, you can't attend the wedding of the year, albeit if it's only from the comfort of your sofa, looking as though you've been dragged through a hedge and on the way home, I'll be stopping off at my local M&S to pick up the champers and party food order for tomorrow's wedding party feast.
It's going to be a fun Best China/Union Jack napkins, happy but "tissues at the ready" emotional day and I'm sure I won't be alone in thinking of Diana and how proud she would be of the wonderful young man that Harry has become. Have a great weekend everyone, I hope the sun shines for Harry and Meghan tomorrow and I'll see you all on Monday
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Sending Double The Sunshine...

Hi crafty friends, I'm sharing two more cards made with the Four Seasons Sayings stamp set from Simon Says Stamp latest collection...Sending Sunshine.
You can check out all the fabulous products from the collection HERE.

I'm continuing with yesterday's stencil theme and sending double the sunshine your way.
I used Simon Says Stamp Line Dance Stencil with Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide inks to create a background on a 5" square of Distress Watercolor card.
I removed the stencil and created water splatters using the Distress Sprayer. I stamped one of the images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Flower Garden and the sentiments from Four Seasons Sayings with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black. I stamped the small sun from the same set with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink.
I used the Distress Detailer Water Brush to remove colour from the petals, stem and leaves of the flower, wiping the colour off the brush frequently on to kitchen roll.
and added Pretty Pink Posh Share Kindness sequins.


I used the Simon Says Stamp Square Dance stencil and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink for the background on the second card, again using a 5" square of Distress Watercolor card.
I masked off the word "day" on the sentiment stamp from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Day
and stamped with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink
I stamped the leaf image from the Beautiful Day stamp set with Intense Black and coloured with Fossilized Amber using the Detailer Water Brush
I stamped the butterflies from Beautiful Day and the sentiment from Four Seasons Sayings with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink, added Black Soot Distress Paint splatters to the background using the Distress Splatter Brush, added dots on the body and antennae of the butterflies using a Sharpie Fine Black Pen and fixed Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets and Sparkling Clear Sequins using Ranger Multi Matte Medium.
I'll be back tomorrow with another Sending Sunshine card, in the meantime, I hope the sun is shining where you are.
Hugs Kath xxx

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