Friday, December 9, 2016

The Countdown Begins...

Hi Everyone...it's Friday and with Christmas only 2 and a bit weeks away...the countdown begins for real...the cards are all written (thanks to my day of rest and recuperation) and I braved the long queue at the Post Office yesterday with fingers crossed and much trepidation as I approached the dreaded "is it too thick/will it cost a fortune to mail" slot. The gift cards are sorted and I just have the local cards to hand deliver and the dreaded card marathon is ticked off the list for another year...
the tree has made it's way down from the loft but up until now is standing in the corner looking rather forlorn...un-decorated and un-lit...I suspect hubby is hoping if he leaves it long enough...I'll do what I usually do...step in and do the job for him BUT it ain't happening...I'm sticking to my guns...standing firm even it means this year we have one crazy "baubles in all the wrong places" disaster of a tree...
because before we close up the cubbyhole for the holidays and take up residence in the kitchen for the annual Christmas Cook-athon...there are still one or two exciting crafty adventures to enjoy...not forgetting...ONE more tag to make to complete my "12 Tags of 2016" journey. I've thoroughly enjoyed this year of Technique Remixes from Tim and I wonder what our adorable Professor/Creative Genius Extraordinaire is planning for "12 Tags of 2017"...
but the most important task of all...
a chasing the person who has tickly feet around the floor task
to tidy up those hairy toes before Santa pops down the chimney...

Have a great weekend everyone whatever you're up to...I'm looking forward to a "Winter Wonderland" day out with the Friday Girls and I'll see you all on Monday to share my DT project for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, December 8, 2016

What A Week...

Hi Everyone...crikey we're heading towards the end of another week and it's scary how quickly Christmas is creeping up on us. At the beginning of the week I was polishing my halo having completed the last Simon Says Stamp DT projects for 2016...

feeling elated...excited and over the moon when a "beyond my wildest dreams" parcel of wonderful fabulousness arrived from Tim Holtz and Ranger late on Tuesday afternoon...
but I'd forgotten that old saying that pride comes before a fall and I can confirm that is definitely true because on yesterday morning's doggy stroll...I slipped on wet leaves and in an Olympian effort to stay on my feet and avoid hitting the ground with a thud..I twisted my back. Good patient I'm not...walking like a pregnant duck with pain shooting down my leg with every step...I had to admit defeat and rest up...my friends will tell you I don't do sitting around/watching TV very well but the "bear with a sore head" mood was averted when...as if by magic the postie came calling with the perfect excuse to take time out without feeling guilty...my little Christmas treat to me from me...
a signed copy of the story of the most talented and wonderful dressage horse ever...not signed by Valegro I hasten to add but by my hero...Carl Hester himself and woohoo...in the same delivery a special Christmas treat from M&S Bank.
They do say that the instant cure for muscle strain is to plunge yourself into an ice cold bath...sod that for a game of soldiers...I stuck with my tried and tested "works everytime" remedy...a painkiller or two and feet up snuggling a hot water bottle and woohoo it seems to have done the trick...I won't be running any marathons but the appointment with the knackers yard has been cancelled and I'm back in the swing...cubbyhole here I come.
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Gifts...

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's "O ChristmasTree"challenge...we hope you can join us this week too because...
and the theme for this week is...
CHRISTMAS GIFTS
It's the first Monday of the month when we showcase one company's products and this week the Design Team are using our very own Simon Says Stamp products

I found some bargain Kraft bags and a huge roll of brown paper parcel wrapping in my local pound (dollar) store and decided to decorate the bags and customise the parcel wrap to match one of this year's Christmas card designs.

I carefully removed the handles from the bags to get a nice smooth surface for stamping and inked up my favourite sentiment stamp from the Simon Says Stamp "Believe In The Season" release with Versamark ink...heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail White embossing powder and stamped the additional sentiment with Black Archival ink.
time to look out The Misti...the amazing stamp positioning tool that is truly your best friend when it comes to batch stamping. I stamped loads of images from the gorgeous Winter Flowers stamp set...I love this stamp set so much and it goes without saying it will definitely be a "year-after-year" favourite...
some easy peasy simple watercolouring using Distress Markers and a Ranger Detailer Water Brush... 
and no fussy cutting when you use the matching dies to do the work for you... 
I added the die cuts with Ranger Multi Medium Matte...created splatters with Distress Picket Fence Paint and coated the berries with Glossy Accents...
 punched holes in the top of the bag and closed with ribbon...
Gift bags completed...I set to work on the gift wrapping...
I cut the paper to size and roughly outlined the top of each parcel with pencil...stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail White embossing powder. I then repeatedly stamped with Versamark ink and left it to dry to create a tone on tone look.
erased the pencil marks and wrapped the parcel...added Crinkle Ribbon...the Winter Flower Die Cuts and coated the berries with Glossy Accents.


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 a very special Guest Designer for December.
This week we are super excited to welcome Cate Dixson into the Designer Spotlight...Cate was a junior guest designer for the Summer Vacation Challenge...she is 15 years old and super talented so please pop by and give her a very warm welcome. Cate is being hosted on the lovely Jenn Shurkus blog.
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

Sunday, December 4, 2016

We have a winner and other news...

Hi Everyone...just popping in to announce the winner of the Fiskars Give-Away...
Congratulations
please e-mail me with your address Christine (click on profile) and your leaf punch will be on it's way to you soon.
I'm looking forward to a snuggled up on the sofa in my jammies day after a crazy Friday and Saturday chained to my workdesk in the quest to get to grips with the Christmas Card Marathon and oh boy was I jumping for joy to see the last two cards leave the production line...
and because Mr Mojo seemed to be firing on all cylinders I managed to finish the gift card holders too...
before collapsing into an armchair with a take-away and a large glass of vino for my usual Saturday night "Strictly" treat. But I now need to pysche myself up and get the cards written and in the mail...bah humbug...my least favourite Christmas task.
Enjoy what's left of your weekend and I'll see you all tomorrow with my DT project for Monday's Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp.
Hugs Kath xxx

Friday, December 2, 2016

Let The Countdown Commence...

Morning Everyone...here we are in December...the month of the year when us crafters are running around like headless chickens...time to get into "let the countdown commence" mode. There's no hot date with the Friday girls today so I'm on a mission to make a start on the hand made Christmas card marathon...no time for individual tailor made cards...when you're back's up against the wall batch card making is the way to go. Time to look out some new and old favourites from Mr H...
and the Misti...
the amazing stamp positioning tool that's definitely your best friend when it comes to mass production stamp layering on Christmas Card Design No 1...what happened to keeping it simple I ask myself...
but  it just so happens I have lots of left over stamped die cuts from Monday's Simon Says Stamp DT project all ready to make Christmas Card Design No 2...looks like the plan is coming together nicely she says with fingers crossed.
But must dash and fire up the production line...have a great weekend whatever you're planning and I'll see you on Sunday to announce the winner of the Fiskars Give-Away...if you haven't entered yet...click HERE to put your name in the hat.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

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