Friday, September 22, 2017

Holy...Moly

Hi folks...you know when you've been looking forward to something for so long and then suddenly...holy moly it's nearly time for my exciting trip and that's the reason I've been a bad blogger this week...I've been busy busy/all systems go having fun working my way through this bundle of gorgeous red rubber...
and planning projects with Tim's new Holiday Idea-ology...isn't it gorgeous...
tough job but hey someone has to do it...who am I kidding...this is real kid in a sweetie shop stuff...
but busy busy means MESS and this week's cubbyhole clean up challenge required drastic measures...just in case you didn't know...the CEO of the cubbyhole (ME) also doubles up as chief cook/bottle washer and CLEANER and I had a real task on my hands to rid the floor of loads of pesky Distress Paint splatters.  We all know that Distress Paint is permanent when dry and I've just discovered...is oblivious to the power of the steam cleaner so it was time to fall back on the old trusty BRILLO PAD and a basin of hot soapy suds...
an old fashioned "down on my hands and knees" scrubbing session did the trick before I turned my attention to the cubbyhole stool...blimey who knew these little blighters could travel so far...
and now that the cubbyhole is looking spick and span...it's my turn for a hose down...WOOHOO IT'S NEARLY TIME for my fun adventure in Harrogate this weekend with Tim, Mario and lots of crafty friends and that brillo pad may come in handy to clean up the grungy inky painty "Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous" nails because strangely both my trusty scrubbies have suddenly disappeared without a trace.
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.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, September 18, 2017

Simon Says...Shimmer And Shine...

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...
SHIMMER AND SHINE
I made a card with lots of shimmer and shine but quickly discovered it's not easy to pick up the shine with the camera and avoid the glare at the same time...
I began with a  7"x 5" panel of Distress Watercolor card and created a muted "going for a silvery grey look/ leaving lots of white" background with Black Soot Distress Oxide.
I then tapped the Versamark ink pad through the gorgeous Plaid Layering Stencil on to vellum and heat embossed with Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder...
I die cut a frame from silver Idea-ology Metallcic Kraft Stock using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stitched Rectangles...
distressed the frame with Black Soot Distress Paint and fixed to the vellum and a scrap of white cardstock...
I used Tim Holtz/Sizzix Garden Greens and Wildflowers Thinlits to die cut foliage from silver Metallic Kraft Stock and paper from Idea-ology Tidings Paper Stash...
I tapped the Versamark ink pad on to the reverse of the silver Kraft Stock Wildflowers and heat embossed with a magic Wendy Vecchi Rust Effect recipe ...note to self: I should have taken a note of the recipe so that I can mix it up again when the pot is finished...
repeated with Idea-ology gears and dabbed with Evergreen Bough Distress Paint...another note to self: don't try and pick them up until you are sure they have cooled down...OUCH !!!
I then stamped the sentiment from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Motivation 3 on to silver Metallic Kraft Stock and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder...
and if you struggle with your Stamp Platform magnets clashing together with the risk of them breaking...I'm sharing a little tip. If you use the magnets with the words "Tonic Studios" facing upwards...they will repel each other...it's quite funny watching them desperately moving away from each other and to make sure they are always facing upwards...I used cute paw prints rub-ons to remind me...
then I assembled the foliage over the vellum/shiny metal panel...
cut the sentiment into sections and added Life Quotes Remnant Rubs...
I painted a little bit of Evergreen Bough on to the white foliage, added a dot of Glossy Accents and a double Crinkle Ribbon bow coloured with Evergreen Bough Distress Spray Stain...
and finished off with Idea-ology Label Letters to complete the sentiment...
and fixed the panel to a card blank covered with Turquoise coloured Classic Kraft Stock
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 

and if like me you love all things Tim Holtz...make yourselves a cuppa, find a comfy sofa and join Tim over on Facebook Live for the launch of  the Idea-ology Holiday Collection at 5pm if you're in the UK
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


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