Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Week Got Off To A Shaky Start...

Hi folks...Seriously is it really Thursday already...another week flying in and let me say that the weekend never came round as quickly back in my pre-retirement days of the 9 to 5 grind and the dreaded daily commute. Now work consists of playing all day...answerable to no-one and the journey to work is a breeze as long as you remember that the furry juggernaut has right of way when negotiating doorways.
We've been busy busy making projects with Tim Holtz Halloween Ideaology...sneaky peek of my DT project for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...
and another I can't share with you yet...
But the week got off to a bit of a shaky start...I found myself stranded at the shops with 2 bags of shopping when the car keys went AWOL. I retraced my steps around the shop but there was no sign so I left my telephone number with the manager and set off home on shanks' pony in the torrential rain praying with every sodden step that we had a spare set. I decided to have a calm down cuppa before I broke the news to hubby, removed my rain jacket and what do you know...said keys were in the front pocket of my paint spattered cubbyhole crafty hoodie...Mrs Numptie does it again and we all know that stupidity has consequences...another soaked to the skin adventure to rescue the car.
But every cloud has a silver lining and talk about perfect timing...I couldn't have cared less about getting drenched yet again on the cubbyhole crew's lunchtime stroll because UPS arrived with a yummy parcel of red rubber...I was dancing in the rain and splashing in the puddles all the way round thanks to Tim, Mario, Paula and the lovely folks at Stampers Anonymous...suddenly Mrs Numptie's week was looking a whole lot brighter...
this Halloween collection of fabulous stamps and stencils is fan-spooky-tastic...I love love love the smell of new red rubber but I'm still at the looking/oooh-ing/aaah-ing stage because I've been a little bit distracted...hunky joiner's been back for 2 days laying new flooring in the front room


but I'm back on track and can't wait to break out the ink pads next and have fun.
In the meantime...enjoy your weekend whatever you have planned and I'll see you all on Monday
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, August 14, 2017

Simon Says...Nautical

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...
NAUTICAL
I made a fun and whimsical art journal page dedicated to Edward Lear's 
fabulous nonsense poem published in 1871

The Owl and The Pussycat went to sea
In a beautiful pea green boat
They took some honey and plenty of money
Wrapped up in a five pound note

I coloured Distress Watercolor paper with Salty Ocean and Broken China Distress Oxide inks...the usual smooshing, drying and spritzing until I was happy with my sky background...
I then tore strips of Distress Watercolor card, coloured with the same inks and although it looks pretty much like the sky in this photo I did add more Broken China to turn it into a greeny blue. I roughed up and curled the edges and fixed to the bottom of the page.
I used the Rays Layering Stencil with Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink to add the sun...
and used the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Tea Time die to create that beautiful pea green boat. I scored lines to mimic wood, coloured with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide and shaded with Walnut Stain
I added a mast and a sail cut from Idea-ology Textile Surfaces, added eyelets from my stash, twine and a flag decorated with a skull and crossbones Remnant Rub...
I stamped a Stampers Anonymous Crazy Cat and Bird with Black Archival ink and die cut using the Sizzix/Tim Holtz matching Framelits...
coloured with Distress Markers and tucked them in to the slits in the teacup/boat. I stamped and die cut the mortar board and scroll for the £5 note from Crazy Things and added a pirate's patch on the cat. I coloured the Prima French Riviera Paintables (globe and starfish) with Distress Oxide inks and added Life Quotes Remnant Rubs.
I stamped the sentiment with Distress Paints using Idea-ology Type Lower Foam Stamps, added Label Letters and splatters to the page using Picket Fence and highlighted the letters with Ranger's Black Fude Pen.
I stamped the octopus from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Seal Life, coloured with Broken China and Walnut Stain Distress Oxides, highlighted his tentacles with a Signo Uniball White Pen.
I also stamped the compass image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Tiny Things on the background with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink.

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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