Monday 26 June 2017

Simon Says Stamp - Designer Spotlight Week 4

Hello Friends!

This is my last week (sadly) in the
at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!  I would like to say a huge thank you to Simon Says Stamp and especially to Lols and the whole Design Team for making me feel welcome and for leaving me such lovely comments, I really do appreciate it.  It was a huge honour to work alongside such a talented team!!

But now,
and this week the challenge is 'Stencil It'.  For my project I used several Tim Holtz stencils and dies an Etcetera Tag and Tim's wonderful Sealife Stamp set.
I created one of my most favourite themes, an underwater scene.
I took one of the small Tim Holtz Etcetera Tags and painted it with Picket Fence Distress Paint.
I decided to use four Tim Holtz Stencils - Stripes, Dot Fade, Bubble and Splash.
Before using the stencils I used three colours of Distress Oxides, smooshing them on my craft mat and dipping the painted tag into the Oxides, several times, drying between each layer.  There were some white patches and I liked them so I stopped.

Next, I coloured Ranger Texture Paste  with Distress Oxide Re-inkers in Broken China and Cracked Pistachio respectively and applied these to the tag in a random fashion.
To create some 'greenery' I coloured some gauze with Distress Spray Stains in Broken China and Cracked Pistachio.
I stamped all of the images from the Sealife Stamp set and coloured each of these with Distress Oxide Inks and I fussy cut each of the stamped images, before coating each one with Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint.
Time to put the tag together, first I applied the gauze with some Dina Wakley Gel Medium.  I saved a piece of the gauze to put through the top of the tag.
I attached the octopus and seahorses to the tag along with some Tim Holtz Small Talk Stickers 'there is nothing like a dream to create the future'.
I die cut some greenery and wild flowers along with a Sand Dollar and Starfish, from Tim's Sand & Sea die set, colouring them as before and applied them to the tag.  I just love that lobster!
As a final touch I added some clear droplets by Pretty Pink Posh.

Will you be joining in the 'Stencil It' challenge at:

Each week there is a fabulous $50 gift voucher on offer!

All the of the products that I used, which are available from Simon Says Stamp 
are listed below.

Thank you so much for your visit today, I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xx

Products Used Available at Simon Says Stamp

Monday 19 June 2017

Designer Spotlight - Simon Says Stamp Week 3

Hello Friends!
It is hard to believe that this is my third week in the 

at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!  Each time I sit down to do a post, I have to pinch myself, I feel so very lucky!  It is time ....

and this week the Challenge is 'Let's Take A Vacation'.  I love this theme and for me a vacation/holiday has to include a trip to the seaside - any sea / ocean will do!!

Many of you know already how much I love crafting in 3D and this challenge gave me the opportunity to make a pair of beach huts which can be found at many seaside resorts in the UK.

 I don't have the Tim Holtz Tiny Houses Bigz die (yet) but my dear friend Kath kindly sent me the die cuts.  I used the two largest of the tiny houses.
To start off, for my base I used one of Tim's Vignette trays, the smaller of the two.  I made a little banner using off-cuts of card and some kebab sticks.
I turned the tray over and gave it a good coat of Dina Wakley's Gesso and then a good coat of Dina Wakley's Gel Medium to stick my florist's sand to the whole of the base.
I coloured cardstock with Festive Berries and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paints and then cut them into strips.  I cut the roof tiles and the ridge pieces from the Tim Holtz Rooftops die, the roof tiles from grey cardstock and the ridge pieces from coloured blue or red cardstock.
I applied the strips to the die cut house and roof with Gel Medium.  The doors were made from one half of the roof piece each and I covered both with cardstock to match the strips.
I needed a 'doorstep' so I used the step from the Tim Holtz Village Surf Shack die and I covered each step with popsicle/lolly sticks, painted over with a light coat of Gesso, adding some 'nail' holes at each end to give the look of wooden boards.
After placing the huts and the doorsteps onto the sand platform, I added some florist's greenery and I made a fence from Tim's Idea-ology Memo Pins and Ball chain.
Here is a view from the back of the piece.
To finish off I added the words using Tim's Typography Findings, a couple of surf boards and Lifebuoy ring from the Surf Shack die set.  The starfish is from Tim's Sand and Sea die, cut from shrink plastic.  David thought it would look more realistic by having a Seagull, so I drew one, coloured it and fussy cut it.

So, how about joining in the
Where each week there is a fabulous $50 voucher for one lucky winner!

I have listed below all of the items I used that are available for you at Simon Says Stamp.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my beach huts and I look forward to seeing
you again soon!

Hugs,  Anne  xxx

Products from Simon Says Stamp Shop

Tuesday 13 June 2017

Stampotique and Eileen Hull Designs - The Crafter

Hello Friends!

This month, Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team have been playing working with some fabulous Stampotique stamps!  I chose 'The Crafter' and several other stamps by Daniel Torrente, along with Kassa Hayelden's fabulous flower stamp - Kassa's Bloom.  I used them to decorate Eileen Hull's Passport die cuts.
I used some calico fabric for the covers of the Passport and decorated the front and back.

I stamped the images using Ranger Archival Ink in Watering Can, using my new Tim Holtz Stamp Platform which gave a nice crisp stamped image.

I coloured the stamped images using Eileen Hull's ColorBox Blend inks in Stop (Red) and Black. The inks colour beautifully onto fabric, with no 'bleed'.
I coloured the spine and the inside covers of the Passport with the ColorBox Blend inks.  The stamped fabric was attached to plain white covers with Multi Medium.  I brayered over the fabric to get rid of any bubbles and left the covers to dry naturally.
I attached the covers to the spine and then glued the red inside covers on top to hide the fabric edges.
I prepared three signatures, each signature has three pages.  I added some tissue tape to the spine of each signature cover.  The images were all coloured with various shades of Eileen's ColorBox Blend inks.
Now it was time to decorate each of the signature covers.  On the first one I used Kassa's Bloom and Art is the Energy stamps.
For the cover of my second signature I used Kassa's Bloom again and also the Art Definition stamp.
For the final signature I used the Lovely Wings stamp and some Tim Holtz Idea-ology pieces.
To finish off I bound the signatures to the cover using thin black elastic and decorated with a felt heart and black multi faceted bead from my stash.

It was such a pleasure to use these Stampotique stamps and I can see myself getting a lot of use from them in the future.  Thank you Stampotique!!

The Inspiration Team and the Stampotique are featuring their choice of stamps and Eileen Hull products, each week on Eileen's BLOG and also Stampotique's Facebook page.  Please do check out the wonderful creations there!

Thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again soon!

Hugs, Anne xx

Stampotique Stamps Used

Monday 12 June 2017

Designer Spotlight - Simon Says Stamp Week 2

Hello Friends!

I am very excited to share my second project in the
for Simon Says Stamp!!  I am still pinching myself at this amazing opportunity!  

The challenge for this week is 'Touchy Feely' and I took challenge quite literally and created a wonderfully soft to the touch Journal, using the Taylored Expressions Felt Bundle, Eileen Hull's Journal die along with Eileen's Stitchy Flowers and Leaf Thinlits dies.
I wish you could touch this, to see just how wonderful it feels!  I have a few step out photos to show you how this came together.
The gorgeous Taylored Expressions Felt Bundle is made from wool and comes in several colours, I chose the red bundle which incorporates three different reds - each sheet is the perfect size to cover one set of Eileen Hull's Journal die cuts.  
I adhered the felt to the die I used Dina Wakley Gel Medium, ensuring I spread the medium well around all of the edges and especially where the join is on the spine.  I left it to dry flat overnight and then I simply poked through the spine holes with a pokey tool.
I took the darker shade of red and die cut six flowers (the largest one) and a stamen from Eileen's Stitchy Flowers and Leaf Thinlits die and also a plain cream ball that I had in my stash.
To create each petal I folded one flower in half, then folded one third over (as shown above) and then folded the last third under.  As the felt is quite thick, I stitched each petal at the base to hold the shape.
I cut one more flower for the base and used hot glue to glue each of the six petals to the base.
I stitched the stamen into the centre of the flower.
I added a felt ball which I top stitched with Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements black thread and created a french knot in the middle before stitching the ball to the flower.
To finish off I added a piece of lace from my stash, the closure is cut from the same shade of red as the flower.  The closure was created using some red yarn and a felt ball from my stash. I also added some Tim Holtz Quote Chips.

I had so much fun creating my Journal that I just had to make another one!
The blanket stitch edging was created using the Tim Holtz thread and I wanted to see if I could use die cuts to decorate the front. I used a Tim Holtz Elastic Loop for the closure.  The 'journal' lettering is made up from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Alpha Parts.
I put a piece of Stick-It onto a square of Taylored Expressions Black Felt and die cut using Tim Holtz Wildflowers #2 die.  It was a bit fiddly removing the backing but once released I applied the flowers to my Journal.  I love the black against the beautiful red!
I am not really into junk journals as such and I tend to keep the insides fairly plain as you can see above.  I added three Kraft card covered signatures to each Journal.
Here's a final look at the journals side by side...

I hope you enjoyed seeing my touchy feely journals and that you feel inspired to join in the
 'Touchy Feely' Challenge at
There is always a fabulous prize of

I have listed below, the items I used, from Simon Says Stamp...

As always, thank you for stopping by, I look forward to seeing you again soon!
Hugs, Anne xx

Products from Simon Says Stamp:

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