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

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous - Merchant

Hi folks, I'm sharing another card I made for the Stampers Anonymous booth at Creativation using the Merchant stamp set CMS 331 and the Stitches Mini Layering Stencil from Set 33...

and with all those different sized numbers, it's so easy to make a background for a special birthday card
I trimmed a panel of Distress Watercolor card to be slightly smaller than the A6 card blank, smooshed Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and a little Black Soot Distress Oxide inks on to my non stick craft mat, swiped the card through the colour, dried and spritzed with water and tapped the card back into the ink to pick up the remaining droplets. I applied Black Soot Distress Oxide through the Stitches Mini Layering Stencil from Set 33 using a mini round blending tool. I stamped the circle from Stampers Anonymous Mail Art which will be shipping to a store near you this month with Black Soot Archival. I stamped the rest of the numbers and the border numbers image with Black Soot, Vintage Photo and Hickory Smoke Archival inks.
I added Idea-ology Clock Hands and Nailheads, coloured the 4 and O on the border number image with a Black Soot Distress Marker, stamped the sentiment from Stampers Anonymous Crazy Talk with Black Soot Archival and added splatters of White Gesso
I tattered up the edge of the panel with the Tim Holtz Distresser and fixed to a panel of card coloured with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink using the direct to paper technique.
I'll be back tomorrow to share another card made with Stampers Anonymous Inventor 1, in the meantime have fun and happy crafting.
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, March 12, 2018

Simon Says...Easter/Spring Inspiration

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...
and our lovely team mate Zoey made a gorgeous mood board to inspire you
I can't wait for Spring to arrive and I'm looking forward to drinking my first coffee of the day out in the sunshine with the birds, bees and my Furry Partner for company and that was the inspiration for my art journal page in my new Dylusions Journal.
I started off by spritzing Distress Resist Spray through the Hive Layering Stencil (remember you need to spray within some sort of container and either wash your stencil immediately or place it in a container of water.
I coloured the pages with Twisted Citron, Fossilized Amber and Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide inks using mini round blending tools and added Idea-ology Remnants Design Tape.
I stamped the Slate background from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Slate &Stone randomly on the pages using Vintage Photo Archival Ink.
and the script stamp from Entomology with Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide.
I roughly cut out the images I wanted to use from the Idea-ology Botanical Collage Paper and coloured them on the reverse using Distress Oxide inks and a waterbrush. I then traced around the edges of each image with the waterbrush and gently teased away the excess with my fingernail but you can use scissors if you feel more comfortable with that.
I fixed the beautiful botanical images in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte and wow wow wow...I had a real "I'm in love" moment. I then applied Ranger Opague Texture Paste through the Bricked Mini Layering Stencil from Set 3 and once it was dry, created shadows in the crevices with a Walnut Stain Distress Crayon.
I used Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide and the Mosaic Mini Layering Stencil from Set 28 to add more interest in the background and to tie in with the pink flowers at the bottom of the page
I used the Stamp Platform to stamp the words on to Idea-ology Collage Paper using a selection of letters from Idea-ology Cut Out Lower, Block Lower and Block Upper Cling Foam Stamps inked with Black Soot Archival Ink
cut them out and fixed to the pages with Distress Collage Medium Matte.
and highlighted the letters with dots using a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen.
I also stamped the bees from Entomology on to Collage Paper, coloured the bodies from behind with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink, cut them out (I love fussy cutting and luckily they all still have six legs) and fixed to the pages.

I created splatters with Evergreen Bough and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxides and White Gesso.

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

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

Hi Everyone, it's Mother's Day here in the UK and whether you're Mum to human children or the furry variety, the cubbyhole crew would like to wish you all a very happy day, enjoy being spoiled, you deserve it.
While I'm here, I thought I would share my new addiction with you all...the absolutely gorgeous Idea-ology Collage Papers from our adorable Professor...I tell you I am seriously in love and with 6 yards in each pack for £5.99, they are great value for money. It may be some time before even this "will be using them on every project from now on" addict will have to re-stock.
No surprise then that I used them for my DT project for tomorrow's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
G O R G E O U S... if I say so myself...
The lovely and very talented Paula Cheney has a great tutorial HERE sharing tips and tricks for stamping on Collage Paper using the new Cut Out Lower Cling Foam stamps.
The weather doesn't seem to be able to make it's mind up at the moment in my neck of the woods, Friday was a glorious sunshine Spring day and yesterday was rain, rain and more rain so I've been holed up in the cubbyhole trying to get ahead of the game with some projects and I love love love the new Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mixed Media 5 set of thinlits...

Enjoy your day and I'll see you all tomorrow over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.
Hugs from The Furry Boy and his MUM

Friday, March 9, 2018

Best Day Of The Week...

Hi folks, it's Friday...some would say the best day of the week because it's the start of the weekend and I'm back to share more cards made with the Big Thanks Words stamp set from the Simon Says Stamp Best Days exclusive collection.

You can check out all the other products in this fabulous release HERE.
I used the gorgeous Simon Says Stamp Cosmos Background from the Spring collection to make two cards with an entirely different look.
I inked the stamp with Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey Distress Oxide inks and spritzed the stamp with water to achieve a watercolour look.
and then overstamped with Bouquet Of Thanks and the sentiments inked with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black
On the second card I applied Simon Says Stamp Fog ink through Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Dotted Layering Stencil using a mini round blending tool..
stamped a portion of the Cosmos background stamp inked with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide on to Distress Watercolor card, coloured the centres with a Light Gray Zig Clean Colour Brush Marker, added black dots using a Sharpie Fine Liner Black pen, cut out and inked the edges with Fog ink.
stamped the sentiment with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black and added a strip of Idea-ology Chatter Design Tape
Have a great weekend whatever your plans are and I'll see you all on Monday to share my DT project for next week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.
Hugs Kath xxx


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