Monday, 27 August 2018

Simon Says Stamp - Designer Spotlight - Week 4

Hello Friends!

This is my final week in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Designer Spotlight (sad face) and I would like to thank them, along with all of the Designers for having me back again.  It has been a real pleasure, I have really enjoyed making projects for the challenges.

So, it is time for a new challenge and this week the challenge is 'Fall'.

Fall, to me, means we are getting close to Halloween!  I have used some of Tim Holtz's new Halloween release Mr Bones stamp set, his latest Shifter Stencil along with lots of  Tim's older Halloween products to create 'Mr Sherlock Bones'.

Meet Mr Sherlock Bones!

I have grouped the 'how to' photos so that my post is not too long.
I could not wait to get my hands on Tim Holtz's new Shifter Stencils, this one is the Diamond shape and boy, are they clever!!
1)  I placed the stencil on white card and used Carved Pumpkin Distress Oxide through the stencil
2)  I placed the stencil back on the card (as Tim demonstrates HERE - starting around 22 minutes), shifting it over and used Black Soot Distress Ink (I wanted a really strong black)
3)  I wanted to experiment to see if I could fill in the white spaces left as it was a little too bright for my liking.  I shifted the stencil and used Pumice Stone Distress Ink
4)  I was not entirely happy with the grey colour so I placed the stencil back over half of the Pumice Stone coloured diamond shapes and used Shabby Shutters Distress Ink - now I am very happy!
5)  I wanted a shelf where I could put some bits and pieces, so  I cut off 1.1/2" from one of Tim's medium sized Etcetera Tags.
6) I covered the tag with my stenciled card and glued the 'shelf' to the bottom of the tag.
7)  I gathered together lots of Idea-ology pieces that would go on my shelf.  I also coloured some gauze with Black Soot
8)  I stamped the Spider Web stamp onto white card and toned it down with Pumice Stone Distress Ink and slid this inside the Cabinet Card
9)  I stamped Mr Bones onto white card, embossed the image with Black embossing powder, fussy cut him out and then attached a red glass bead to his eye
I attached the Idea-ology Monocle and Spider to the frame.
Here is a close up view of the shelf.  The word 'wicked' is from the Mr Bones stamp set.  I added some red alcohol ink to the mini corked bottle, to resemble blood.... and added lots of other spooky elements, including another one of the spiders....
To finish off, I attached a word band to the top, coloured with Distress Crayon and added some string and black ribbon to the top.

Products used:
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Stamp - Mr Bones
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Webbed Halloween Stamp
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Shifter Diamonds
Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag - Medium
Tim Holtz Cabinet Card Frames
Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder - Black
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Incantation Word Band
Tim Holtz Corked Domes
Tim Holtz Tiny Vials
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Boneyard Skulls
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Pumpkin Pieces
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Boneyard Bones
Tim Holtz Wicked Metal Adornment - Spider
Tim Holtz Assemblage Monocle
Tim Holtz Distress Oxides
Tim Holtz Distress Crayon

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 above.
I hope you like Mr Sherlock Bones and also hope that you will join in the 'Fall' challenge this week and if you have time please have a look at what the Design Team have created, there are some amazing 'Fall' creations.

Thank you again to Simon Says Stamp for having me in the Designer Spotlight.

Hugs, Anne xx


  1. Oh my! Oh my! Oh my!! This is absolutely brilliant Anne!! I am not into Halloween (we don't really celebrate it in Australia .. although it is becoming more popular now) but I absolutely looooove this!! Of course, the colours are perfect, and those stencils are totally brilliant but, what I really love, is the little shelf at the bottom with all the Halloweenish (is that a word?? LOL!!) paraphernalia!! Sooo gorgeous!! Love, love, love this!! big hugs xx

  2. LOVE him. Halloween is my favorite holiday. He is soooo cool!

  3. Wow Anne...this is what I call Wickedly Awesome!!!! You couldn't close your Month as Guest in a better way, my friend!! Brava...hugs ❤

  4. You are absolutely amazing -- I can't believe you!! This is so creative, original and quite wicked!!!!!!
    Anne, you are the very best - You get the very best Halloween award ever!
    Sandy xx

  5. OOH this IS Wicked!! the stencilled background is brilliant and I love the skull and scary details, SPOOKTACULAR and a perfect finale to a fabulous month!

    Thank you so much for joining us in the Designer Spotlight! It has been such a great pleasure to have you along with us!! :-) XXX

    Lols x x

  6. This is awesome Anne! Love the little shelf at the bottom. How in the world did you cut the Etcetera Tag? TFS!

    1. Thank you so much Deb! I have a heavy duty guillotine and it cuts through most things, including Tim's thicker tags..

  7. PINNED! This is spooktacular Anne! I LOVE the background, and the cut off for the shelf...LOVE!

  8. Wowza! What a fantastic finale Anne! That background is superb!! And so cleanly done, as always! Then all the wonderful layers, including Mr. Bones and his high impact clever eye, look amazing! All the idea-ology is brilliant too! Standing ovation from me!! Nicola x

  9. This was so lovely to see in person and the attention to detail is fantastic and so professionally finished. I am hoping for more Anne Halloween pieces xxxx

  10. You will be missed every Monday at Simon's, Annie! Once again you are in your element with anything Halloween! Your creation is sensational! I was intrigued by the stenciling, so thank you for showing the photos, and the rest of your how-to was so compelling! You think of EVERYTHING right down to the last spider and bottle of blood!! And when I saw that list of Tim's products that you used, I thought, wow, he should put you on the payroll!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  11. WOW! This looks amazing Anne .... you do Halloween projects so well. Love the stenciled background ..... I can't wait to get my hands on those stencils! I love all the extra details too ..... it's all so very spookylicious. Mwahhahahaha! xx

  12. This is a wonderful effect on your stencilled background, and I liked that you used the Pumice & Shabby Shutters as you did to not show a lot of white. It looks very 'eery' and perfect for Mr. Sherlock. You always pay attention to the smallest detail (the monocle! and the shelf!) and it's evident how much you love Halloween. This is amazing! (I'd say gorgeous, but no, it's just scary and boo excellent!) TFS & Hugs

  13. OMGosh!! Sherlock Bones!!! hahaaa You have me laughing out loud Anne! I love it!
    and while I am laughing I am crying that I pulled that stencil out of my cart when I placed a recent order!(face palm) You totally rocked the first Halloween piece I have seen this year! You have set the bar high for those who follow !
    huge hugs,Jackie xx

  14. Sherlock Bones indeed!! I can imagine you have been dying to get that skelly out! Love that background! Yes, it's surprising how quickly the time goes - soon be Autumn proper!! Hugs, Chrisx

  15. This is outstanding example! Wow! I am so going to give the two tone stencil look a try! I love crafting for the Halloween holiday!

  16. Oh my gosh, spectacular!! Wow, Anne!! I absolutely love Mr. Sherlock Bones (so clever!!) The background is amazing!! I want that stencil!! The colors you used are perfect!! And I just love the details you added to the shelf!! This is just jaw-dropping!! I love, love everything about this!! You are such an inspiration, my friend!! Wow!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  17. Anne, I don't even know where to begin! Mr. Sherlock Bones! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! What a hilarious name! You have done an AMAZING job with that Shifter stencil, and I am totally sold! I love the monocle over his one red eye and all of your spooky details! I could certainly see this as my centerpiece on my Halloween table! Love it! Big hugs to you!

  18. Oh Anne x This is such a fabulous creation and even nicer in real life !! I love the background and the stamped image and embellishments really add to this home decor piece. TFS and it has been a real treat for mammy and I to catch up with you xx

    Huge hugs
    Annie xx

  19. Wicked Sherlock Bones, Anne!! I love that name, btw. This is such a cool piece for Halloween, and your love for the holiday shines through. Love all the fun touches, especially that monocle! It's been wonderful having you with us this month for our challenges! hugs, Maura

  20. Your background is amazing, love it all especially the shelf at the bottom! Fantastic creation!

  21. Wow these 4 weeks have flown by! This is just brilliant Anne, such a fun piece but beautifully made. I've not seen these shifter stencils - I may have to check them out (who am I kidding, of course I will) Have a very happy week, Sue xx

  22. Your background looks great and for one moment I thought you'd used scrapbook paper. Then I thought no Anne wouldn't do that. Love Sherlock Bones and the Halloween bits and pieces you've added too. Elaine xx

  23. wow wow wow - the background is amazing and all the details are perfect! I love this. Those pumpkins - fabulous! Hugs rachel xx

  24. Oh jeepers - and here am I only finding out about it in your final week... just goes to show how far out of the loop I've been! Your ShapeShifter background is amazing, and I love how you created the shelf for all those Halloween goodies. Mr Sherlock Bones himself is a delight of course - a brilliant finale (and now I'm off to see the rest!).
    Alison x

  25. WOW!!!
    This is such a FABULOUS project, Anne!!!
    I absolutely adore your awesome background, just using this new stencil, and well, everything on this project.
    Coco xx

  26. OMG this is AWSOME! I'm not too much Halloween crafter since it's not a popular holiday in Poland and due to my panic of spiders, lol. But I always admire such a fabulous Halloween projects as yours. The creepy mood is so cool here, the backgound is amazing, can't wait to get this stencils set! Love the monocle (such a funny detail) and teh bottle of blood totally rocks!
    So happy to have had you with us this month, I will miss your projects!
    Hugs, Macarena

  27. A spooktacular creation Anne!! And a superb tutorial too! What you did with the new shifter stencil is so clever, and wow that red eye behind the monocle, real genius, as of course is the whole of Sherlock Bones (I can just see the twinkle in your eye). I am not a huge fan of Halloween, but I always look forward to your amazing creations round this time of year, - keep them coming!!

  28. Oh my that shifter stencil really does give great effects, I'd love to see what it looks like for Christmas too.. so clever. You've created a marvellously spooky scene Anne, fun but still in keeping with the Halloween theme. Mr Bones wears that monocle extremely well.
    So glad I managed to catch this, you have been a fabulous host Thank you as always for sharing.
    Creative Hugs Tracey xx

  29. I absolutely adore this project Anne, I'm so sad this is your last week as Designer In The Spotlight but you are certainly going out with a spookily fabulous bang. It's been an absolute pleasure having you join us and thank you for sharing your amazing creative talents with us all, lots of love kath xxx

  30. Yay! Our Halloween Queen is back!! This is absolutely fantastic, Anne and I'm sure it's the first of many yet to come - I can't wait, mwahhhh.
    A spooktacular showcasing of all those 'Tim' products both old and new .
    Love it lots
    Big hugs x

  31. What a wonderful way to finish your GD position with us ~ this is fabulous Anne, full of spookalicious goodness that combines new and old TH products so all! Thanks so much for sharing your talents this month and for all your hard work, it's been so lovely to have you with us! Love Emma x

  32. This is so cool and spooky Anne!! I love the little shelf you made with all the scary items on it. The harlequin background is stunning. I am so happy you were our guest designer this month. Thank you so much for all your inspiration! Hugs!

  33. Love love love all the fantastic Halloween elements and all the beautiful details you created on this project, Anne. Such a great inspiration! It's so great to have you design with us this month. I always love your brilliant design! :)

  34. What an absolutely remarkable piece and I adore the way you demonstrated the shifter stencils. You really captured the essence of Halloween and fabulous art here and it was such a treat to have you be with our SSS team this month! You are so talented and it was a joy to see all the lovely creations you made for our challenges!

  35. As sorry as I am to see this is your last post in the spotlight, it sure is an amazing one! The stenciled card looks amazing and your entire piece is spooktacular Anne! The shelf was a genius idea to hold all that halloween awesomeness! I always enjoy seeing your creativity come to life and this one is a stand out! xx

  36. Stunning Halloween piece, Anne! Love every bit of it, the stamp is so cool and love the stencil, I really need to get my hands on those! It was amazing to have you back this month, your projects are stunning and you're so talented! Hugs, Sandra

  37. Amazing Halloween project Anne! love so much the stenciled background! Sorry for my late to comment this masterpiece! It was a pleasure to have you with us this month! barbara

  38. This is such a stunning HALLOWEEN project Ann!!! It was such a pleasure to play with you this month!!! Love love love it!

  39. Always love your Halloween projects and this is brilliant. Nearly missed this one as life has got in the way a bit recently. Have a lovely creative weekend, Angela xXx

  40. This is SO fun Anne! I can't believe you stenciled that background - I thought it was DP!! well done you!! So many wonderful spooky details on this delightful project!


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