Tuesday, November 21, 2017

I think I'm addicted...

Hi folks...after mentioning in a previous post that the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stitched Ovals Thinlits would be great for making Shaker Ornaments, I just had to give it a go. And stand by your beds and get ready for a shocking confession...who knew that this No 1 fan of Tim Holtz/Distress inky edges would now be addicted to making CUTE shakers. Of course, the blame lies entirely with Mr H and Sizzix for the gorgeous collection of Holiday dies this year and for providing the perfect little machine to cut them all...die-cutting all those teeny weeny bits and pieces was a piece of cake with my new Sidekick best friend.  However, hubby is not best pleased to hear we may have to buy a bigger tree to accommodate this new ornament obsession.
I started off die-cutting 12 Stitched Oval Frames from white cardstock and one from Silver Metallic Kraftstock with Stick-it attached to the front ready for it's overcoat of Chistmas glitter. The good thing about using layers of frames is that there is no need for 3D foam and making sure that it is perfectly sealed.
I die-cut the base from white cardstock which will be the background for the ornament and 2 from acetate using the larger of the dies...
I used the slopes die from Home From the Holidays to cut 2 snowbanks and rounded off the bottoms with the Stitched Ovals Die...

I coloured the background with Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans Distress inks and flicked on some water droplets to create a little bit of a snowy sky...
fixed the first snowbank in place and attached silver seed beads and small sequins to the background using Ranger Mult Medium Matte...
I layered up 5 frames and added the die cut house, trees and fence from Snowglobe 2, the trees from Home For The Holidays and stars from Winter Wonderland. I fixed 3D foam at the bottom where the second snowbank will be (this will ensure that this layer of loose sequins will stay in the top half of the shaker) added the sequins and seed beads and fixed the first acetate piece in place with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.
I layered up another 5 frames and repeated the process of adding another snowbank, house, trees and fence, more sequins followed by the last piece of acetate. I then added a further two frames on top....
I removed the Stick-It from the Silver Metallic Kardstock frame and sprinkled with Nuvo Snow Glow Sparkle Dust. I fixed the frame in place, added stars and a moon to the front of the acetate and the frame...
 and finished off with an Idea-ology Silver Metallic Trimmings Hanger and Bow.
I should have altered the title of this blog post because there's no two doubts about it...I'm definitely addicted and will be back tomorrow to share Round 2 of my new Shaker Ornaments Obsession..
Hugs Kath xxx


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Monday, November 20, 2017

Simon Says...Tear It Up

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...
TEAR IT UP
 I created a Winter Wonderland Wall Hanger...

I had something entirely different in mind for this project but happened to find the Tim Holtz Motif Kraft Resist Paper Pad in my paper stash when I was looking for something else. I have always loved the Resist Paper Pads so decided to ditch my original idea...that's crafting for you and the way the cookie crumbles sometimes in this mad crafty place we call the cubbyhole. Unfortunately I think these paper pads are now a discontinued line but Simon Says does have this particular one, a mix of kraft and white 12" x 12" sheets with different resist motifs, in stock.
I cut a panel, fixed it to thick chipboard, brushed on a coat of Picket Fence Distress Paint and wiped it back around the edges with a paper towel revealing the resist pattern.
I then applied a coat of Ranger Opague Crackle Texture Paste in the centre.
tore up strips from some left-over Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stitched Rectangles and fixed them in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte. I then gave the whole panel a coat of the Collage Medium Matte creating a non-porous surface for the easy application of Distress Crayons.
I created shadows around the snowbanks and the Crackle element with a Black Soot Distress Crayon and at this stage of the process, thought I had gone too dark but decided to run with it.
I then scribbled over the background with an Evergreen Bough Distress Crayon rubbing it into the crackle with my finger and then wiping it back with a slightly damp baby wipe...
I popped the panel in to the Stamp Platform so that I could re-stamp the images if necessay on this uneven surface. I stamped the snowflake image from Mini Swirly Snowflakes with Potting Soil Archival Ink and the stars/snow image from Great Outdoors with Versamark and heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder.
I still wasn't sure about all those black shadows but hey did I really want to start all over again? What do you think. So I moved on to die cut the deer from Tim Holtz/Sizzix Winter Wonderland, the trees from Home For The Holidays and lots of foliage from Garden Greens using Classic Kraftstock, white card and card coloured with Evergreen Bough Distress Paint and added dots of Ranger White Enamel Accents. And I know I'm repeating myself here but I love love love my new best friend, the amazing Tim Holtz/Sizzix Sidekick, how did I ever manage without this little guy who sits happily on my workdesk, doesn't take up much room at all and has really speeded up every die-cutting session.
I fixed the die cuts in place with Ranger Multi Medium Matte, leaving the foliage unattached at the tops to create dimension and popped the large deer up with 3D foam and now the dark shadows don't look quite so in your face.
I added an Alpha Transparent Tile fixed to a scrap of the Resist Paper with Glossy Accents and added Texture Paste around the edges, and White and Gilded Metallic Christmas Remnant Rubs...
Holiday Talk Stickers and a little bit of Picket Fence Distress Paint splattering...
I fixed the panel to a sheet of white cardstock and tore around the edges leaving a border and then on to a panel of white cardstock coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink...
and added Crinkle Ribbon and twine bows...


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...

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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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