Monday, August 21, 2017

Simon Says...Make An Artist Trading Card

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 also have a special challenge for children between the ages of 2 and 16. CLICK HERE to go directly to the challenge page.


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and the theme for this week is...
MAKE AN ARTIST TRADING CARD
Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) are miniature pieces of art that are traded around the world. 
The only official rule for ATCs is the size 2.5" x 3.5"

I have to confess when I saw this week's challenge...there was a huge intake of breath followed by a major panic moment because the thought of working on such a small area scares the living daylights out of me but a challenge is a challenge and it's good sometimes to take yourself out of your comfort zone and challenge your creativity...you don't know how it will go until you try.
I made a trio of ATCs with a Halloween theme using the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Label Frames stamp set...the second largest stamp in the set is the perfect size and I couldn't resist having a play with the fabulous new Tim Holtz/Sizzix Halloween Thinlits...
and at risk of sounding immodest they turned out better than I thought. But old habits die hard and my brain soon returned to larger surface mode so I used my spooky trio to decorate a Halloween Wall Hanger...
I stamped the label frame on to 3 different scraps of Tim Holtz Ideaology Halloween Paper Stash using Simon Says Intense Black Dye Ink, backed them on to white card and trimmed around the edges...
I used a selection of die cuts from Tim Holtz/Sizzix Haunted House, Village Graveyard, Witchcraft and Scarecrow, trimming them down to fit...
added Ideaology Clippings and inked around the edges with a Black Soot Distress Oxide
Halloween Fringing...
and Halloween Remnant Rubs...
I used an 8 x 8 sheet of paper from the Halloween Paper Stash as the background for the wall hanger and die cut the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Cobweb from the black paper in the Ideaology KraftStock Paper Stash, fixing it in place with Distress Collage Medium...easy peasy...no fiddling around with dots of glue.
I used the Rosette Layering Stencil with Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide to add some colour to the background and added Black Soot around the edges...
I used Idea-ology Boneyard Findings to create the "H" and added Label Letters to complete the word, added an Apothecary Vial filled with Bones, Adornments Spiders coloured with Black Soot Distress Paint fixed to Black Eclectic Elements Thread... 
a Broomstick, a Word Band coloured with Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint, Idea-ology Fringe (my new addiction) and Typography letters coloured with Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint and sanded back...

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 our Guest Designer Simona.As always you 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...

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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

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Week Got Off To A Shaky Start...

Hi folks...Seriously is it really Thursday already...another week flying in and let me say that the weekend never came round as quickly back in my pre-retirement days of the 9 to 5 grind and the dreaded daily commute. Now work consists of playing all day...answerable to no-one and the journey to work is a breeze as long as you remember that the furry juggernaut has right of way when negotiating doorways.
We've been busy busy making projects with Tim Holtz Halloween Ideaology...sneaky peek of my DT project for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...
and another I can't share with you yet...
But the week got off to a bit of a shaky start...I found myself stranded at the shops with 2 bags of shopping when the car keys went AWOL. I retraced my steps around the shop but there was no sign so I left my telephone number with the manager and set off home on shanks' pony in the torrential rain praying with every sodden step that we had a spare set. I decided to have a calm down cuppa before I broke the news to hubby, removed my rain jacket and what do you know...said keys were in the front pocket of my paint spattered cubbyhole crafty hoodie...Mrs Numptie does it again and we all know that stupidity has consequences...another soaked to the skin adventure to rescue the car.
But every cloud has a silver lining and talk about perfect timing...I couldn't have cared less about getting drenched yet again on the cubbyhole crew's lunchtime stroll because UPS arrived with a yummy parcel of red rubber...I was dancing in the rain and splashing in the puddles all the way round thanks to Tim, Mario, Paula and the lovely folks at Stampers Anonymous...suddenly Mrs Numptie's week was looking a whole lot brighter...
this Halloween collection of fabulous stamps and stencils is fan-spooky-tastic...I love love love the smell of new red rubber but I'm still at the looking/oooh-ing/aaah-ing stage because I've been a little bit distracted...hunky joiner's been back for 2 days laying new flooring in the front room


but I'm back on track and can't wait to break out the ink pads next and have fun.
In the meantime...enjoy your weekend whatever you have planned and I'll see you all on Monday
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

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