Monday, June 26, 2017

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 love stencils...they are truly my go-to favourites when it comes to creating depth and interest on backgrounds so I looked out my Dylusions Journal for some fun playtime with Distress Oxide inks. I started off with a light wash of Cracked Pistachio applied with a baby wipe and then smooshed (technical term) Cracked Pistachio and Fossilized Amber on to a small piece of non-stick craft mat, spritzed with water and pounced the mat on to the pages...dried with the heat tool and repeated until I was happy with the coverage.
I then applied Ranger Opaque Texture Paste through the beautiful Circular Lace stencil from Simon Says and left to dry.
Time to look out some of my favourite Idea-ology Mini Layering Stencils...Mosaic from Set 28 using Fossilized Amber...
Ringer from Set 7 using Worn Lipstick and the beautiful Roses from Set 25 using Cracked Pistachio...I just love how the Distress Oxide colours layer over each other...
I die cut flowers from Sizzix/Tim Holtz Wildflowers 2 Thinlits and coloured with Worn Lipstick...Fossilized Amber and Cracked Pistachio...
fixed to the journal page with Distress Collage Medium Matte. I also stamped the background with the script stamp from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Victorian using Potting Soil Archival Ink...
added Idea-ology Butterfly Design Tape...
and created shadows around the Wildflowers with the Walnut Stain Distress Marker using Ranger's Detailer Brush...
I used my favourite stamping trick...stamping the sentiment from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Way With Words on to Plain Tissue Wrap using Potting Soil Archival Ink.
cut the sentiment into sections and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte...


And if you love Distress Oxides as much as I do...Tim will be sharing  with us the 12 new colours joining the Oxide family soon on Facebook Live today...9.00am PT/12.00 noon ET/5.00pm if you're in the UK and 6.00pm in Europe...woohoo...I've got my front row seat booked...hope to see you there.

You can find all the products I used on my project 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 fabulous Guest Designer Anne. 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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Friday, June 23, 2017

Be Careful What You Wish For...

Hi folks...it's Friday and the weather has taken a "be careful what you wish for" turn for the worse in my neck of the woods...sizzling temperatures at the start of the week followed by cloudy skies and monsoon like thunderstorms...in other words...a typical British Summer.
With outdoor pursuits out of the question...I've been keeping myself busy in the cubbyhole organising and re-organising the crafty stuff while I wait rather impatiently I have to say for the return of the hunky joiner and deciding what goes where has been a bit of a "moving everything around umpteen times" marathon but I think I've finally cracked it...
the "can never have enough" canvas cupboard
 my journals all in one place
 yummy Idea-ology within easy reach...
 and the all-important clean up supplies...
I've also had a shuffle around in the bookcases...adding extra shelves to eliminate some of the dead space...

and moved the MDF Man drawer units...don't they look smart with their new paint overcoat and cute wooden knobs...
the perfect place to store replacement Mini Foam Pads, Idea-ology trims and the Idea-ology items which are too big to fit in my other storage...
and woohoo I'm excited...I've been making space in the ink storage unit for the new release of Distress Oxide inks...YES...a little birdie tells me they are coming SOON...
In the meantime I'm sharing a little sneaky peek of my DT project for Monday's Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp...
and don't forget...you still have time to join in the fun at this week's "Let's Take A Vacation" challenge with the chance to win a $50 spending spree at Simon Says Stamp online store...you gotta be in it to win it. Have a great weekend everyone whatever the weather and I'll see you all on Monday.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

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