Friday, January 19, 2018

It's Sneaky Peek Friday...

H folks...here we are at Friday, the end of another week and more than halfway through January already. It's been a bit of a non-productive week in the cubbyhole but with no Facebook Live from Tim to look forward to yesterday and the temperature well below freezing, I gladly headed for the cubbyhole, got my head down and managed to finish off two big projects I've been working on...

the one that nearly landed in the bin has been salvaged
 and my DT project for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is done
and I've made a start on some cards using happy mail from Simon
 from a new release coming soon
and woohoo I'm looking forward to the first Friday Girls outing of 2018. I don't imagine we'll be wandering very far because north, south and west of Aberdeen is covered in a blanket of snow, can't believe we escaped this time round although it's absolutely freezing out there. So a short trip to a local hostelry, toasting our toes at a roaring log fire, catching up on all the gossip and setting the world to rights with great food thrown in for good measure, sounds just the ticket.
Have a great weekend whatever you have planned and if the weather is treacherous where you are, stay cosy and safe. I'm intending having a snuggled up on the sofa weekend with my furry hot water bottle at my feet, laptop on my knee checking out Mario's BTS and Tim's Facebook Lives from Creativation.
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Oh My Giddy Aunt...

Hi folks. I've been a bit quiet on social media and the old blog this week BECAUSE I've been otherwise engaged, trying to get up to speed with the crafty stuff by early afternoon so that I could prepare supper before Tim and Mario popped up on my laptop screen at 5pm to share all the amazing new product releases for 2018 from Stampers Anonymous, Idea-ology, Sizzix and Ranger and if you're not on Facebook and missed the action or you just want to make sure you haven't missed anything off your shopping list, make yourselves a cuppa and click on the links below to watch the Facebook Live videos on Tim's blog...


And oh my giddy aunt, our adorable Professor has done it again...it's been 5 days of overwhelming game changing products. This old crafter's head is in a total spin, can't wait to get the new Distress Oxides, the new blending brushes, the Distress Resist Spray, the new Alcohol ink colours and that little list is just from one day.
In the meantime, while I wait for my "as long as a mile" wish list to land in the cubbyhole, I've been playing with some old friends...Distress Spray Stains. It's easy to forget about the Distress products that were released way back...yes I'm guilty too of always being drawn to the latest stuff so I'm on a mission to mix it up and ring the changes and that includes making a sizeable dent in the job lot of old style manila tags I stocked up on when Tim did his "12 Tags"...they became somewhat redundant when Distress Mixed Media Heavystock took over.
Now we'll have to wait and see how long this New Year Resolution lasts.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Using Up The Left-Overs...

Hi folks, it's a rather apt blog post title today because I seem to have been living off the Christmas left-overs forever. I have finally cleared the fridge, feasted on the cheese mountain, devoured packet after packet of biscuits for cheese,eaten the last Mince Pie and demolished the Christmas cake all by myself...only because no-one else resident at this establishment likes fruit cake so someone has to step up and make the sacrifice. But now the cupboards are bare, this Old Mother Hubbard needs to make a trip to the shops to re-stock.
And I've been using up left-overs in the cubbyhole too. I had a few practice stamping sheets lying around from yesterday's Birds Of A Feather Art Journal Page for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and being a canny Scot, there was no way they were ending up in the bin. So I looked out Simon Says Stamp Wonky Rectangles Die, the Letter it Collection stamp sets which are still sitting on my workdesk and my trusty Sharpie Black Marker Pen...
 and voila, another 3 cards for the cubbyhole card box
Broken China, Cracked Pistachio and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxides
sentiment from LETTER it - Baby
 Broken China and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxides
sentiment from LETTER it - Thank You
 Cracked Pistachio, Abandoned Coral and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxides
sentiment LETTER it - Celebrate
In the meantime, I'm working my way through what's left of the sweetie mountain...tough job but someone's gotta do it.
See you all soon
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, January 15, 2018

Simon Says...Birds Of A Feather

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...
BIRDS OF A FEATHER
I decided to have a little fun and create a whimsical Art Journal page featuring a flock of cute chubby birds, reminiscent of the birds that regularly gather in my garden for a feeding frenzy get-together. The inspiration for this page was an adorable card from Kristina Werner's 2016 Holiday Series.

I applied a liberal amount of water to Distress Watercolor Card and using a paintbrush, dropped Broken China and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide reinkers randomly on to the wet surface, allowing the water to do the work of blending the colours. I kept it quite light and tried to avoid getting colour on the edges of the card. Once it was dry I created splatters using up what remained of the Broken China re-inker.
I have to confess that, unlike Kristina, drawing anything remotely resembling a circle by hand is not a talent I've been blessed with so I looked out one of my favourite circle stamp sets...Simon Says Stamp Lots of Dots and inked up 3 of the solid dots with Fossilized Amber and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide inks to create the chubby bodies
 and then stamped the outline circles slightly offset using Black Soot Distress Archival
I added Tim Holtz Idea-ology French Design Tape to ground the birds and used a Sharpie Fine Liner pen to add the eyes, beaks, legs and squiggly lines for wings. To create a little interest on the background I applied Broken China Distress Oxide ink randomly through the Bubble Layering Stencil using a mini round blending tool.
I stamped more circles and outlines and used Tim Holtz Idea-ology Type Lower Foam Stamps to create the wording
and Tim Holtz Idea-ology Chatter Design Tape and Hero Arts Typewriter Letters to complete the sentiment...
To finish off I stamped more outline circles around the edge with Broken China Distress Oxide ink and added small circle dots with Fossilized Amber and Abandoned Coral

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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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Hello There...

Hi folks...if you visited yesterday, you'll know that Ranger very kindly sent me their brand new LETTER It Collection to play with, a parcel of fabulous stamps, inks, gorgeous embossing powders, Perfect Pearls, Metallic Markers, Embossing Pens and card stock.  There was no chance of it being set aside for another day so I got stuck right in and made a card...
using the beautiful gray card stock, the big script "Hello" from the Greetings Stamp Set inked with the Embossing Ink Pad and heat embossed with Rose Gold Embossing Powder which is so gorgeous in real life. I stamped Simon Says Stamp Winter Flowers with the embossing ink pad and heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine White Embossing powder (not included in the collection) and coloured the flowers with the Metallic Markers.
I used the Embossing Pen with the fine nib to create faux paint splatters...just making dots with the pen and sprinkling with the white embossing powder.

I'm sharing what's included in the LETTER it collection...all the products are the usual high quality that we assocate with Ranger and are available to buy separately. I've added links below.
LETTER it Clear Stamps
Now I'm a bit of a sentiment geek and in my opinion, a crafter can never have enough sentiment stamps. I love that Ranger have covered all occasions with these great value for money stamp sets. I love the mix of sizes and fonts and the ability to mix and match the wording to create your own "hand lettered look" sentiment.
Embossing Ink Pad, Embossing Powders (4 Metallics & 4 Tinsel) and Embossing Pens
with different size nibs
Metallic Markers
 2 sets of Perfect Pearls wth Perfect Medium & Brush
 2 sets of Archival Ink Mini Cubes
 Gray/Ivory Cardstock and Assorted Tags
I can't wait to continue playing with this fabulous collection but today I'm skiving off to meet up with a crafty friend for lunch and lots of catch-up chat...time to ditch the scruffy cubbyhole togs and look out the "lady who lunches" hat.
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Full Steam Ahead In The Cubbyhole...

Hi folks...I know for certain that I'm not alone in feeling more than a little bit excited about the new Tim Holtz releases coming soon from Stampers Anonymous/Sizzix and Idea-ology and have been eagerly waiting for Tim and Mario to share some peeks on Facebook Live and woohoo...
Tim will be sharing the product debut of the new Sizzix Sideorders today at 9.00am PST or 5.00pm if you're in the UK. I have my front row seat booked and hope you will be joining me.
In the meantime, I'm on a mission to get back up to speed in cubbyhole after the excesses of the festive season, desperately trying to make a dent in the pile of new products sitting in the "Goods In" corner and keep control of the wildlife that has recently taken up residence, starting off with the "oh so cute" Picture Book Giraffe from Simon Says Stamp recent Friends Release...
clean, simple and cute is a bit out of my comfort zone but they do say variety is the spice of life...
 is it just me or does looking at this one for too long make your eyes go funny too...
and we've also had a flock of cute chubby birds (project coming soon) fly in to join the party...
and I definitely need to up my game, push the full steam ahead button on the crafty conveyor belt and give Mr Mojo a motivatonal pep talk because this "happy mail" parcel has just arrived from Ranger...
with some of my "can't craft without" essentials and woohoo, thank you Ranger, the gorgeous Letter It collection...
Have fun whatever you're doing today and I hope to see you in Tim's studio at 5.00pm.
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, January 8, 2018

Simon Says...Winter Blues

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...
WINTER BLUES
I have two friends who celebrate birthdays in January so I decided to use Tim Holtz/Sizzix Gift Card Package Thinlits to make gift card holders with a Winter theme...
I die cut all the bits and pieces from white cardstock
coloured the pocket and bow on Gift Card Holder 1 with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink and stamped Mini Weathered Winter and Mini Swirly Snowflakes to create a tone-on-tone effect. I then stamped the insert and ribbon strips with Plaid from Plaid and Nordic with the same ink. On Gift Card Holder 2  I used the same stamps but reversed the stamping on the pocket, bow and insert to create a slightly different look.
I stamped lots of Mini Swirly Snowflakes with Faded Jeans on to white card and die cut using the matching set of Framelits and used a small circle die from Sizzix Circles Framelits to die cut the centres from two of the snowflakes to create an accent for the bows.
I coloured some scrap white card with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink and die cut using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Festive Greens.
I used the flower centre die from Festive Greens to add interest to the centres of the snowflakes...
and added the small circle die cuts and flower centres to the bows.

I have a feeling this may well turn out to be one of my most-used dies not only for Christmas and Birthday Gifts but it could be used to hold a party invitation, a famly photo to send to Grandma or to announce the birth of a baby.
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

* Please note: the above links are affiliate links, for which I receive a small percentage of sales generated by the link, at no extra cost to you.

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