Monday, May 22, 2017

Simon Says...Little Critters

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...
LITTLE CRITTERS
if you follow my blog you'll know I'm currently in the midst of a big renovation of the crafty space we call the Cubbyhole and with my supplies stored hither and thither throughout the house I needed to find a quick "grab what I could find" solution for my project for this week's challenge and this bundle of Dylusions goodies just happened to be at hand. 
all the supplies I needed to get creative with my Dylusions Creative Dyary Planner Journal and keep me on track with the renovation.
I chose one of the preprinted/ready to colour pages featuring super cute chirpy chirpy cheep cheep little critters...
and looked out my palette of Distress Oxide Reinkers and Ranger Detailer Brush to watercolor the right hand page...



then created a colourful wash background using Ranger's Broad Brush on the opposite page...
adding Dyary Stickers...Stick It's and using the stamps for the dates...


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 19, 2017

Things are ticking along...

Hi folks...things are tickling along with the cubbyhole renovation...once the plaster had dried it was time to don my painting and decorating hat...arm myself with a tray of 2 parts paint/1 part water and get stuck in to priming the walls ready for painting proper...
and as per usual I ended up with a coat of perfect splatters all over my hands...my face...my clothes and my hair...
but before I headed for the shower and bed...I couldn't resist a test patch of the new cubbyhole colour...Chic Shadow from Dulux which on reflection wasn't a great idea because I spent a restless night thinking it was going to be too dark...
but as luck would have it...it's perfect...just the colour I had imagined...a lovely soft charcoal grey which will compliment the white units and wood effect workshops...don't you just love when a plan comes together...
and just as I finished the first coat of my new "One Shade of Grey/49 To Go" Cubbyhole...two of my favourite crafty chums paid a surprise visit with cake...
there is no better way to end a busy day than spending time with special friends. Today I'll be back on the crafty production line...temporary located in the kitchen...to finish off my DT project for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...
with my crafty stash strewn hither and thither throughout the house and garage...it turned out to be one those "grab whatever you can find" flying by the seat of my pants projects and the sentiment says it all...
Have a great weekend everyone whatever you have planned and I'll see you all on Monday.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Best Laid Plans...

Hi folks...things have moved on in the cubbyhole...the new flooring is down and the plasterer has worked his magic on the walls...

I just need to be patient and wait for it all to dry out...
I did intend moving my old workdesk back in so that the crafty production line could continue BUT totally out of the blue sod's law came to visit bringing with him a rather nasty summer cold and I've had a miserable sneezing coughing and feeling downright pants weekend...time to rally the faithful troops...Messrs Manuka Honey, Lemon Juice and Neurofen...
I don't want to tempt fate but I have a sneaky feeling we may be winning the battle and while hubby gets stuck in to painting the ceiling...I'm having a feet up with lots of cuppas kind of a day studying paint charts...decisions...decisions.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, May 15, 2017

Simon Says...Home Sweet Home

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's "It's A Frame Up" Challenge...we hope you can join us this week too because...

and the theme for this week is...
HOME SWEET HOME
I had lots of fun creating a framed panel to hang in my craft room using the amazing Sizzix/Tim Holtz Cityscape Suburbia and Commute Thinlits dies. I started off by adding torn strips of paper from the Idea-ology Memoranda Stash Pad and Suburbia die-cuts...cut from white cardstock to a panel of Distress Watercolor Card using Collage Medium Matte and applied a thin wash of White Gesso.
I smooshed Peeled Paint Distress Oxide on to my non-stick craft mat, spritzed with water and pounced the craft mat on to the card surface, dried, spritzed and pounced again until I was happy with the effect...
turned the card over and repeated with Broken China and Faded Jeans to create the sky...
I used Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Scribbles and Spirals inked with Faded Jeans and Birch and Pine inked with Walnut Stain to create some interest on the background...
I delved into my "bulk buy" stash of the original manila tags which I've been neglecting since the new Media Heavystock tags came to market and had a fun session creating lots of Distress Oxide backgrounds...
die cut the buildings along with their accessories and settled down with a cuppa...my trusty precision tipped bottle of Multi Medium Matte and sticky pick up tool to put them together...believe me when I say...this was a heart in my mouth "no sudden movements...no sneezing or tail-wagging from the Furry Boy" adventure...
I fixed some down flat...others with 3D foam to create dimension (how adorable is that washing line of cute clothes) and then created shadows around the buildings in the background using the Ground Espresso Distress Marker and Ranger Detailer Water Brush. I then decided to stamp the word "Home" with Tim's Block Lower Foam Stamps using Ground Espresso Distress Paint...immediately realised I'd made a bigga-mistakea...crikey was I going to have to start all over...
after the initial panic...the drastic measures lightbulb switched on...I die cut a Stitched Oval and used Alphanumeric Thinlits to die cut letters from white cardstock...created shadows with my black fineliner pen and voila...who would ever know.
I added Washi Tape from my stash along the bottom of the panel and the plane and cars from Cityscape Commute...

Idea-ology Label Letters...
Idea-ology Typography Findings...
Idea-ology Design Tape Chatter fixed to white cardstock and cut out to create individual words.


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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