Tuesday, April 24, 2018

It's All About Flowers Week...

Hi folks, crafting virtually came to a standstill last week due to the unexpected glorious sunshine weather and the cubbyhole crew were on lasting all day coffee breaks, just relaxing in the fresh air and enjoying that much needed top-up of Vitamin D. Great while it lasted but with the weather forecast to be very unsettled this week, rain, rain and more rain apparently, we're heading back to our happy crafting space for some playtime with some new Simon Says Stamp goodies.
I'm continuing the Flower theme from yesterday's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and will be sharing cards this week made with the same supplies...49th & Market Virtual Artistry 6 x 6 Paper Pad, 36 sheets of beautiful double sided papers in a soft neutral colour palette, the Even More Spring Flowers stamp set and matching dies from Simon Says Stamp and for the sentiments Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks Words and Script Thanks dies. And surprise, surprise, in my world, no project is complete unless it has something Tim Holtz, so I will be adding a little bit of Stampers Anonymous magic each day into the mix...
 and here's today's "Even More Spring Flowers" Monochromatic Card...
I stamped one of the images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Brushstrokes on to the Virtual Artistry paper with Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide Ink (the more observant amongst you will notice that the ink in the photo is Frayed Burlap which was going to be my first choice but I had a change of heart). I then stamped the Even More Spring Flowers images just for placement with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink.
I re-stamped the images on to a matching sheet of the Virtual Artistry Paper (there are 4 sheets of each design in the pad)
die-cut using the matching dies, coloured with Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Oxide re-inkers using the Distress Detailer brush, fixed in place over the original stamping and added white dots using a Sakura Jelly Roll Pen.
I then die-cut the shadow portion of the Script Thanks from the paper, added a panel of matching paper on the reverse and then die cut 3 layers of the Script Word from white card coloured with Black Soot Distress Oxide...
 layered the word die-cuts and fixed them in place in the negative shadow space.
 I added thin strips cut from the MFT Dots and Stripes Black and White Paper Pack
 and added the sentiment from Big Thanks Words inked with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black.
I used Black Soot Distress Oxide to darken the edges of the panel and to create splatters on the background, added Studio Katia Clear Round Drops and fixed the panel to a 6" x 6" white card blank.
I'll be back tomorrow with Even More Spring Flowers, in the meantime have fun whatever you are creating.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, April 23, 2018

Simon Says...Flower Power

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...
I decorated an Idea-ology Mini Clipboard inspired by a beautiful old vintage postcard I found in a thrift shop featuring a 1950's girl posing in an English Country Garden.
I removed the hinge clip and covered the clipboard with torn strips of Idea-ology Memoranda Paper  and Worn Wallpaper, using this beautiful image from one of the papers as my 1950's girl. I used my go-to adhesive, Distress Collage Medium Matte to fix them down and once dry, I used the Tim Holtz Sanding Grip to neaten up the edges.
I scribbled on Vintage Photo Distress Crayon, moved it around with my finger to create a vintage look and applied Ranger Opague Crackle Texture Paste through the Bricked Layering Stencil.
Once the cracks had appeared, I used a Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon to darken up the edges of the papers and highlight the crackle and very importantly, remembered to repunch the holes.
I used Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stacked Deckles to die cut frames from Memoranda Paper and Worn Wallpaper, fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte and added sections of Botanical Collage Paper.
Then it was time to put my little Sidekick friend to work, die cutting lots of Funky Florals 3 Thinlits blooms from Distress Core'dinations papers and scraps of white card.
I added Idea-ology Dapper Brads to the centres of the large flowers, added Glossy Accents to the berries on the die-cut foliage and centres of the white flowers.

I painted the hinge clip with a couple of coats of white gesso, added Ranger Opague Crackle Texture Paste, rubbed Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon into the detail, buffed with a soft cloth and fixed back in place.
I added Idea-ology Tiny Text Remnant Rubs and a Quote Token which I sanded to give a worn look and highlighted the wording with a Picket Fence Distress Crayon.

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, April 20, 2018

Woohoo...The Tunnel Book Is Finished...

Hi folks...it's Friday and woohoo it's a hang on to your galluses kind of a day because the Tunnel Book is finally finished. And if you missed how I decorated the pages before adding the die-cut elements earlier in the week, you can check it out HERE.

The die-cutting of the flowers and foliage for this particular garden took longer than anticipated because, believe it or not, we had 2 whole days of gorgeous sunshine this week and that meant extra long coffee breaks out in the garden and if I'm honest, one break was almost running into another, but I won't tell if you don't. So once the sun had gone down, we set to work die-cutting Tim Holtz/Sizzix Wildflower and Wildflower 2 Thinlits from white card and Distress Core-dinations Cardstock
which happens to be perfectly sized to work with my trusty Sidekick and I have to say I couldn't have done it without this little guy...
who worked his socks off to die cut, goodness knows, how many flowers because each flower that showed through the apertures had to be backed by a matching partner and that was another thing I hadn't factored into the equation. I fixed the flowers in place, working from the back to the front of the book, flipping the pages backwards and forwards to check placement.
then I delved into my secret hoard of Grunge and Alpha Parts Alphabets. Sadly Grunge Paper/Grunge Board and some of the Alpha Parts products are now retired but I did find packs of plain Grunge Paper and Alpha Parts Framed in stock over at Simon Says Stamp...see the links below.
I dabbed on White Gesso using a mini round blending tool
and then finger painted the Grunge Alphabet letters to match the cover...
coloured the edges with a Ranger Black Fude Pen, fixed in place slightly overlapping with Distress Collage Medium Matte, added Alpha Parts Signmaker letters to complete the title and a few extra die cut flowers.
I coloured the Crinkle Ribbon with Distress Spray Stains in the same colours as I used for the book, cut them into small sections and tied to the book rings.
and to finish off, here's a look at the details on each individual page....

and the back cover
This sure was a labour of love but worth it in the end because I'm really pleased with how it turned out but let's just say it may be some time before I'm ready to tackle Tunnel Book 2.
I'm abandoning the cubbyhole today for a road trip with the Friday Girls, a footloose and fancy free adventure around the countryside, stopping off wherever we choose for coffee, lunch and no doubt, a bit of retail therapy of the non crafty kind. Have a great weekend everyone and I'll see you on Monday to share my DT project for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and a little reminder that you still have plenty of time to join in with this week's Let's Doodle Challenge with the chance to win a $50 gift card to spent in Simon Says Stamp Online Store.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx


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