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

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Happy Birthday Script/Altenew Take 3

Hi folks, I'm back to share the third card in the "Happy Birthday Script/Altenew Washi Tape" Trilogy and fingers crossed that there is no repeat of yesterday's Mr Blogger editing tantrums.
I fixed two torn strips of the gorgeous Altenew Watercolor Strokes Washi Tape to the front of a 4" x 7" card blank. I die cut the balloons and strings from white card using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Crazy Things Framelits and coloured with Crushed Olive, Broken China and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks and woohoo they turned out to be the perfect colour match.
I fixed the balloons in place with 3D foam, doodled the strings with a Sharpie Black Fine Line pen instead of using the strings and highlighted the balloons with a Sakura White Jelly Roll Pen..
I die cut 3 layers of the  Happy Birthday Script from white card and finished off by adding#Simon Says Stamp Pale Pink sequins and doodling around the edge of the card.
The weather forecast for today is not looking promisingso it may be the perfect day to continue with the "Tunnel Book" floral die-cutting marathon.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Tunnel Book Saga...

Hi folks, I recently decided to have a go at decorating a Joggles Tunnel Book but being a thrifty Scot...
decided I could make two tunnel books out of one, if I divided up alternate pages
and made two new covers from chipboard for the second book and oh boy, am I glad I did because
I didn't realise as I set out on this decorating adventure what a marathon it would turn out to be, but more about that later. I started off by covering the covers and pages with White Gesso back and front and that was a marathon in itself, waiting for it all to dry. I fixed papers from Tim Holtz Wallflower Paper Stash to both sides of the cover using Distress Collage Medium Matte and repunched the holes. Sharing a little "do as I say, not as I do" tip...repunch the holes as you add each piece of paper because once you have paper on both sides, you can' no longer see where the holes are, simples, but why didn't I realise that.
I fixed torn strips of Menagerie Tissue Wrap in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte and applied a light coat of White Gesso.

and then had lots of messy fun applying Worn Lipstiick , Fossilized Amber and Cracked Pistachio Distress Paints with my fingers followed by a layer of White Gesso
I then added Idea-ology Design Tape and applied Ranger Opaque Texture Paste through the Flourish Mini Layering Stenciland while it was drying, I finger painted all the pages with the same colours, added Idea-ology Design Tape around the edges of all the apertures and added more White Gesso.

I then stamped images from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Entomology and Illustrated Garden on the covers and pages using Black Soot and Vintage Photo Archival Inks...
and added words from Idea-ology Chatter Design Tape

And if you're thinking that was a marathon, prepare yourselves for Instalment 2...the diecutting of millions of florals to decorate my nature themed book which may result in a lie down in a darkened room but I'm just thankful that I decided to divide up the original book otherwise I may have been carted off in a strait jacket screaming "I can't see the light at the end of the tunnel". But hey ho, today I'm having a little break, a change of scene which I hope will kick start the motivation and hopefully I'll be back soon to share the completed tome, the War and Peace of Craft Projects.  In the meantime you have fun with whatever you're making.
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, April 16, 2018

Simon Says...Let's Doodle

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...
LET'S DOODLE
I created a Doodled Flowers art journal page in my Dylusions Black Creative Journal and you may need to wear your sun specs for today's bright and very colourful project.


and please forgive this absent minded crafter for the "out of sequence-caught up in the moment" set of higgedly piggedly photos...
I trimmed a piece of Distress Watercolor card to measure 7" square and used Antique Linen and Hickory Smoke Distress Oxides with the familiar smooshing, drying and spritzing technique. I used the Botanical stamp from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Botanical and Batik inked with Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide to add subtle detail to the background.
I revisited an old "more bang for your buck" technique and die cut flowers from fun foam using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Tattered Florals Bigz die to create my own set of foam stamps. I cut the leaf and flower centre from an extra flower die cut, fixed two die cuts together to create a bit more cushioning and added a glue dot to the back of each. You can use the die-cut fun foam stamps over and over again, just clean with a baby wipe and store in a polybag.
I fixed the foam stamps to the lid of my Stamp Platform and dabbed on Distress Paint with my fingers...you can use a mini round blending tool with foam to apply the paint if that suits you better and if you need to restamp, make sure that the first layer of paint is dry first.
I inked one of the images from Ornate Trims with Black Soot Archival and stamped randomly on the background.
I used my Ranger Black Fude Pen, Sharpie Black Fine Liner and Sakura White Bold Jelly Roll pens to doodle around the flowers, add patterns and accents and it's important to make sure the paint is thoroughly dry before you start doodling or you will damage the nibs of your pens.
I tapped the Ranger Craft Scraper into Spiced Marmalade and the eraser on the end of a pencil into Black Soot Distress Paints to add a cross hatch pattern and dots to the background.
To create the wording on the opposite page, I used "donkey's old/saving for a rainy day" American Crafts Remarks Alphabet stickers from my stash
and stamped the flowers and letters from the Cut-out Lower Foam stamp set on to Idea-ology Plain Collage Paper, cut out and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte.
I added cross hatching, white eraser pencil dots and doodling on the flowers and letters.

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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