Wednesday, March 21, 2018

I Love Happy Mail...

Hi folks, for the next week or so I'll be sharing cards and projects with you using the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous stamp sets released this month, starting off with
CMS 339 Mail Art and CMS 338 Stamp Collecctor

I have to confess I was a little bit stuck on how I was going to use these stamps but the old brain started ticking...the word MAIL kept popping up in my head and hey presto, as if by magic, the postie arrived with some of the HAPPY variety. And those words definitely go together in my world, so I decided to create an Art Journal page featuring the stamps and some of the new products that have taken up residence in the cubbyhole recently.
I covered the pages with Memoranda Paper, added strips of Remnants Design Tape and added a thin coat of White Gesso. I then stamped the background images from Cosmopolitan with Vintage Photo Archival to create some shading and Lined with Ground Espresso Archival and added some of the gorgeous Idea-ology Aviary Collage Paper.
I stamped a selection of the images from Stamp Collector with Distress Oxide inks on to Disress Watercolor card...
and the circles and wording from Mail Mart with Black Soot Archival on to plain Collage Paper,
I die cut the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Gift Bag from Memoranda paper but decided it was going to be too bulky for the page so I cut the bag into two sections, cut off the flaps to make faux envelopes.
I cut out the stamps and collage paper circles and words and fixed to the pages using Distress Collage Medium Matte. I created shadowing around the stamps with a Walnut Stain Distress Crayon and highlighted the wording and numbers with a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen

I die cut the word "Love" from Memoranda Paper and black cardstock using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Shadow Script 1 Thinlits and added hearts die cut from scrap card coloured with Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide using the Sidekick Valentine Side-Order Thinlits.
 I cut up Idea-ology Snarky Small Talk Stickers for the sentiment...

and created highlights around the elements using the Sakura Gelly Roll Pen, added Label Letters and edged the pages with Black Soot Distress Paint to finish,
I'll be back tomorrow to share another "March Release"project
until then, have fun whatever you're doing
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, March 19, 2018

Simon Says...Road Trip

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...
In today's world, a road trip usually means jumping in the car but I'm venturing down memory lane for this week's project inspired by happy times back in the day when my little Sis and I, during the school holidays, would jump on our bicycles to seek out new adventures, returning home happy as larry with mucky faces and nine times out of ten, torn breeks (trousers).

Of course, I had to use my favourite mixed media surface, an Etcetera MediumTag and Memoranda, one of my all-time favourite Tim Holtz Paper Pads.
I fixed the Memoranda paper to the tag using Distress Collage Medium Matte, added torn strips of contrasting paper, a light coat of Distress Collage Medium Vintage randomly over the top and once it was dry, I sanded the edges to remove any excess paper. I die cut Stacked Deckle panels from Idea-ology Substrate Sheets and Memoranda paper, used Mixed Media 5 Thinlits to die cut the floral image and fixed the panels together.
I die cut a larger stacked deckle panel from white Substrate Sheet and stamped with the Botanical background from Botanical and Batik and the script from Entomology with Iced Spruce and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink.
I fixed the die cut panel to the tag and added Ranger Opague Texture Paste through the Mosaic Layering Stencil.
From here on in, I got a little bit engrossed in the creative process, so the step by step photos are a bit higgedly-piggedly I added the Paper Dolls, coloured with Distress Markers and some shading around the frame with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink. I stamped the image from Ornate Trims with Vintage Photo Archival ink randomly on the background and highlighted the centres of the flowers with a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen.
I added Quote Chips and die cut the bicycle multiple times from white cardstock, cutting off the wheels from two of the die cuts to add to the background.
I die cut the flowers using Funky Floral 1 Thinits from Distress Oxide inked backgrounds left over from a previous project and Classic Kraft Cardstock.
I added two layers of Idea-ology Lace Trimmings along the bottom of the die cut panel and fixed the Funky Floral die cuts and Idea-ology Bouquet Findings in place with Ranger Multi Matte Medium. I layered up the bicycle die cuts, coloured with Distress Markers and added Idea-ology Jump Rings to the wheels.
I added Idea-ology Tiny Text Remnant Rubs, Nailheads and Jump Rings filled with Glossy Accents to the flowers.

an Idea-ology Story Stick, a twine bow and Chit Chat Design Tape. I finished off  applying Black Soot Distress Paint to the edges of the tag using a mini round blending tool.

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 your Road Trip creations this week
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx

Friday, March 16, 2018

Simon Says Stamp...Choose Joy

Hi folks, it's Friday and I'm sharing a card I made with the Simon Says Stamp Choose Joy stamp set from the March Card Kit...

A very quick and easy card to make. I applied a wash of Squeezed Lemonade and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide inks to a piece of Distress Watercolor card using the Ranger Broad Water Brush, added a few Peeled Paint splatters and inked the edges with Worn Lipstick. I stamped the leaf image with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink and coloured with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide using the Detailer Water Brush. I then stamped the swirly flower on to scraps of Worn Lipstick/Fossilized Distress Oxide backgrounds left over from a previous project, cut them out and popped two of the flowers up on 3D foam pads...
 added the sentiment and a few sparkly sequins
The Furry Boy has his rescheduled vet appointment at 12.45pm today so fingers crossed I will be feeling JOYFUL at the end of it and it will NOT be a repeat of the previous shenanigans.
Have a great weekend whatever you have planned and I'll see you all on Monday with my DT project for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. You still have time to join in the fun with this week's Easter/Spring Inspiration Challenge with the chance to win a $50 shopping spree at Simon Says Stamp.
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, March 15, 2018

It's A Cutie-Patootie Day

Hi folks, I'm sharing something a little bit different today, not my usual style I admit but I fell in love with the adorable images from Simon Says Stamp Showers and Flowers stamp set included in the March Card Kit...the stamp set is currently out of stock but just click on the "Notify Me When Back In Stock" button and leave your details.

I just happened to be working on a project using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mixed Media 5 Thinlits, so I thought why not put the two together to make a card featuring the cutest little ducky ever...
I trimmed the MFT Graphic Grid Pastel paper to fit the the front of my A2 card blank. I used the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mixed Media 5 thinlits to die cut the corner of a panel of Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper and fixed to a same sized panel of white cardstock. I coloured through the die cut with Zig Clean Color Brush Markers and created shading around the die cut using a Detailer Brush.
I stamped the duck image and sentiment with SSS Intense Black ink and coloured the image with Zig Markers. I scribbled the blue marker on to my glass mat, spritzed with water, created splatters on the background and added shimmer to the image and the splattered drops with the Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen.
When the March Card Kit bug bites, you just have to roll with it, so I'll be back tomorrow to share another card made with the second stamp set from the kit...Choose Joy.
And my very own cutie patootie, the member of the cubbyhole crew who is butter wouldn't melt" adorable most of the time gave me a reminder that he's still capable of those "catch you unawares" hooligan moments and is currently on the naughty step indefinitely after yesterday's little escapade.
He had an appointment at the vet for his annual health check and vaccinations. Unfortunately he has a bit of a phobia about vet visits and lord knows how he knew that was where we were heading...silly me for forgetting that dogs are expert at reading body language. Perhaps he picked up on my apprehension at the thought of man-handling a very reluctant 5 stone golden retriever into the consulting room or maybe he spotted his health check record book in my hand but as I went to shut the door of the boot, he snuck under it and took off on a 30 minute "you can't catch me" run-around the lanes near the house. Once he noticed that I was not impressed and had headed back home, he was right behind me looking decidedly sheepish. After an apologetic telephone call to the vet to reschedule the appointment and a few choice words in the ear of said hooligan, Mr "I'm very sorry Mum" Adorable is wagging his tail and showering me with slobbery kisses. And if he CAN read my mind...TAKE NOTE MATEY, fail safe procedures WILL BE put in place...I WILL NOT be caught napping twice.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous - Inventor 1

Hi folks, I'm back with another card I made for the Stampers Anonymous booth at Creativation using the Inventor 1 stamp set CMS340 and the Code Layering Stencil shipping to a store near you mid March...
I covered the card blank with Corrugated Textured Surfaces and darkened the edges and corrugation with a Black Soot Distress Crayon. I trimmed a panel of Distress Watercolor card to be slightly smaller than an A6 card blank and applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte. I then scribbled on Stormy Sky, Broken China and Vintage Photo Distress Crayons and moved them around with my finger blend. I rubbed a slightly damp paper towel over sections of the Code Layering Stencil to remove some of the colour from the background. I placed the panel in my Stamp Platform and stamped the Inventor 1 and Pennants images with Black Soot Archival ink.
I inked up the Pennants image with a mix of Stormy Sky and Vintage Photo Distress inks, stamped twice on to a scrap of Distress Watercolor card, cut out, curled the top layer around a pencil, fixed in place and added an Eclectic Elements Black thread bow.
I stamped the sentiments from Stampers Anonymous Pennants with Black Soot Archival and added Idea-ology Life Quotes Remnant Rubs and Gadget Gears. Have fun and happy crafting.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx


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