Friday, May 18, 2018

Sending More Sunshine

Hi folks, I'm back to share one more card made using the Four Seasons Sayings stamp set from Simon Says Stamp latest release, Sending Sunshine. You can check out all the products HERE.


and no step-by-step photos for this one because the background was one left over from a play day with my Gel Press plate. The flowers are from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Day stamped with Intense Black ink, the sentiment and sun are from Four Seasons Sayings, stamped with Intense Black and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide inks.

I've failed miserably this week on the crafty list front due to playing truant two days in a row, so I'm admitting defeat, throwing in the towel and heading off out with the Friday girls for a pamper session kind of a day. We need to get ourselves spruced up for tomorrow's big event, you can't attend the wedding of the year, albeit if it's only from the comfort of your sofa, looking as though you've been dragged through a hedge and on the way home, I'll be stopping off at my local M&S to pick up the champers and party food order for tomorrow's wedding party feast.
It's going to be a fun Best China/Union Jack napkins, happy but "tissues at the ready" emotional day and I'm sure I won't be alone in thinking of Diana and how proud she would be of the wonderful young man that Harry has become. Have a great weekend everyone, I hope the sun shines for Harry and Meghan tomorrow and I'll see you all on Monday
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Sending Double The Sunshine...

Hi crafty friends, I'm sharing two more cards made with the Four Seasons Sayings stamp set from Simon Says Stamp latest collection...Sending Sunshine.
You can check out all the fabulous products from the collection HERE.

I'm continuing with yesterday's stencil theme and sending double the sunshine your way.
I used Simon Says Stamp Line Dance Stencil with Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide inks to create a background on a 5" square of Distress Watercolor card.
I removed the stencil and created water splatters using the Distress Sprayer. I stamped one of the images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Flower Garden and the sentiments from Four Seasons Sayings with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black. I stamped the small sun from the same set with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink.
I used the Distress Detailer Water Brush to remove colour from the petals, stem and leaves of the flower, wiping the colour off the brush frequently on to kitchen roll.
and added Pretty Pink Posh Share Kindness sequins.


I used the Simon Says Stamp Square Dance stencil and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink for the background on the second card, again using a 5" square of Distress Watercolor card.
I masked off the word "day" on the sentiment stamp from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Day
and stamped with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink
I stamped the leaf image from the Beautiful Day stamp set with Intense Black and coloured with Fossilized Amber using the Detailer Water Brush
I stamped the butterflies from Beautiful Day and the sentiment from Four Seasons Sayings with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink, added Black Soot Distress Paint splatters to the background using the Distress Splatter Brush, added dots on the body and antennae of the butterflies using a Sharpie Fine Black Pen and fixed Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets and Sparkling Clear Sequins using Ranger Multi Matte Medium.
I'll be back tomorrow with another Sending Sunshine card, in the meantime, I hope the sun is shining where you are.
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Sending Sunshine...

Hi folks...Simon Says Stamp latest release "Sending Sunshine" is full of gorgeous stamps, dies and stencils and all the products are available to buy HERE.

Simon very kindly sent me the Four Seasons Sayings stamp set to play with
and with the glorious Summer weather we've had recently I was inspired to make a super easy quick and simple card...
a chance to try out the fabulous Distress Blending Brushes from Tim Holtz with Altenew's Classy Stripes Stencil to create a summery background on a panel of Distress Watercolor card with a quick spritz of water from the Distress Sprayer to fade the stripes out even more.
I stamped the butterflies and trails from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Day stamp set on to the background using SSS Intense Black ink and then stamped the butterflies again on to Distress Watercolor card using Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder. I coloured the butterflies with the same Distress Oxide colours using the Distress Detailer Water Brush, fussy cut, fixed over the original stamping

and added shimmer with the Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen. 
I stamped the sentiment from Four Seasons Sayings with SSS Intense Black, matted the panel on to a SSS Green Apple card blank and added Pretty Pink Posh 3mm clear sequins.

I'll be back tomorrow to share another "Sending Sunshine" card but in the meantime, have you seen the Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit "Fly Me Away"...another amazing kit jammed packed with fabulous crafty goodies and I can't wait for mine to arrive.

The kit includes the gorgeous Beautiful Flowers stamp set, Modascrap Fly and Scrap papers, Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray, the brand new Tim Holtz/Sizzix Botanical 3D Texture Fades Embossing Folder and much more. You can watch a walk through the kit video with Shari Carroll HERE and my advice would be, if you want this kit, DO NOT delay, because forgive the pun, this one is going to FLY AWAY. If the kit has already sold out, you can purchase individual items HERE
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

It's Going To Be A Crazy Crazy Week...

Hi folks...Summer seems to have returned to my neck of the woods after a few rainy day hiccups and it's going to be a bit of a crazy crazy week in the cubbyhole. I'm out for lunch Wednesday and Thursday (bad planning on my part) and then, of course, I'll be very busy on Saturday attending a Royal Wedding from the comfort of my sofa. Yesterday was a bit of a write off in the crafty department, my Furry Partner decided it was far too nice to stay indoors...

 and I was inclined to agree...
so that just leaves today and Friday to get up to speed with the stamp set that Simon Says kindly sent me from the Sending Sunshine release which goes live tomorrow
I still have to finish off next week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge project...
and play nursemaid to the latest cubbyhole casualty. My "can't live without" Distress Sprayer rolled off the workdesk, landed with a bang, resulting in a gaping hole on his bottom.
requiring some surgical intervention with parcel tape...fingers crossed it holds up until his replacement arrives...
And just to throw the cat amongst the pigeons, I'm completely smitten with this gorgeous flip album from my sweet and very talented friend Anne over on the Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog with a great "step-by-step" tutorial...

and I have a sneaky feeling that today may not go according to plan, just saying
Have fun whatever you're creating
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, May 14, 2018

Simon Says...Stencil It

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...
STENCIL IT
I used lots of stencils to decorate my Summer Garden Canvas and started off by applying Ranger Opague Crackle Texture Paste through the Tim Holtz Trellis Layering Stencil.
and while it was drying, I looked out my new toy, the Gel Press which may well be my latest addiction. I added small dots of Distress and Dina Wakley paints and brayered lightly so as not to end up with a muddy mess...
I used a Tim Holtz/Sizzix Texture Fade and Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Halftone and Rings and Mixed Media stamps to lift colour from the plate.
and pressed the die cuts which I had cut from chipboard using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Writing Desk, Butterfly Duo and Wish BigZ dies on to the plate to transfer the paint. (Writing Desk is not in stock over at Simon Says Stamp so instead I have linked to Feather Duo which would work just the same).
I stamped the die-cuts with the script stamp from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Entomology with Black Soot Archival ink, added detail using Mini Layering Stencils from Sets 20 and 22 with Evergreen Bough and Black Soot Distress Inks and added dots of Fired Brick Distress Paint using the eraser on the end of a pencil and a little Distress Crayon shading on the edges.
I used Ranger's Black Fude Pen to added circles around the dots
I then turned my attention back to the canvas, added drops of Distress Resist Spray and once they were dry, spritzed with Worn Lipstick and Mustard Seed Distress Spray Stain, spritzed with water and patted lightly with kitchen towel to remove excess colour.

I decorated the canvas using the same stamps and stencils as I had used on the diecuts.
I added Idea-ology Rose Design Tape, circles of white twine, and Idea-ology Tiny Text Remnant Rubs to the background and the die cuts. I darkened the edges of the die cuts using Ranger's Black Fude Pen and fixed the feathers in place with Distress Collage Medium and 3D foam. I added white dots to the red circles using a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen and Idea-ology Quote Chips.

I added the die-cut Butterflies and a Paper Doll. I painted the bow in her hair with Distress Collage Medium Matte and Fired Brick Distress Paint.


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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