Monday Challenge Blog: Design Team Call!


One of my favorite things about the Monday challenge blog is all of the lovely creative people all over the world I am inspired by. The creative community is such a wonderful one – and I love being a part of it. Today I’m excited to announce to you that we’re looking to add a few new members to our team!

Do you love to create inspired by our weekly themes? Love blogging your latest creations? Do you enjoy making a variety of projects and want to share your ideas with the community here? If you are interested – this is your chance! Previous design team experience is NOT a requirement – you just need to have an active blog and want to be a part of the team. We don’t have calls very often (our members tend to stay a nice long time – it’s fun!) so read on, and then send in your entry via email.

If you’d like to be considered for a position on the team, please carefully read and follow the instructions for applying. I can’t state this strongly enough: follow the instructions exactly!

Send an email to with the following information

Your name
links to:
- your blog
- twitter, Instagram, pinterest, youtube, or other social media accounts
- 2 of your favorite projects posted to your blog
- any current design team(s)
2-3 sentences about a project you made featuring a technique that you really like. Attach a single image (image should be attached as .jpg and size should be between 500-1000px wide) of the project to your email.
Your favorite color of ink (include the brand, color, and why)
3 sentences or less about you. This could include notes on your personal style, favorite products or techniques, why you’d like the team, or any other information you think we should know about you.

Applications must be received by May 14th, 2015 at noon Eastern time and any applicant(s) offered a position will be notified by June 6, 2015.

Remember – following instructions is important to be a member of this team so you’ll want to read carefully and be sure you turn in a complete entry. This is as many hints as I can drop that the details above, that you follow the instructions exactly is a huge part of what we’re looking for! An email reply will be sent out within 3 business days to each applicant, and as needed follow-up questions may be asked.

Potential team members should be ready to make a six-month commitment. Applicants invited to join the team will be given full compensation information and team duties/expectations. If you have any questions before you apply, feel free to email directly.

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Monday Challenge: Anything Goes

There are two things you should know about our Monday Challenge Team this week. The first is that we are having a Design Team call! This doesn’t happen often – so if you are interested check it out here and enter. The other thing to know is that this week “anything goes” so you don’t want to miss out on this challenge!  Be sure to join them with your version of this challenge over on the Monday Challenge Blog.

Below are three projects created by team members this week – love the variety and inspiring ideas! And don’t forget that when you enter your projects into the challenge, you have a chance to win a $50 Gift Voucher to Simon Says Stamp!

Made by Suzz:


Made by Andrea:


Made by May:

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Thanks for reading today!


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Enjoy the Little Things Art Journaling + Video


Hi readers! Happy Sunday to you! We have a special treat today with Vicky Papaioannou as our guest, and she’s made a couple very beautiful art journaling pages!  Be sure to watch the video to get the full instructions on how to recreate this beauty with your own twist! Some products to highlight that Vicky used are the Bricked Layering Stencil, Bitty Grunge stamps (to help “age” the wall of the house), Tattered Flower Garland, and of course the Window & Window Box.



Hi everyone, it’s Vicky Papaioannou and I am happy to guest design here today. So let’s make an art journal layout!

To make my project I mainly used distress paint by Tim Holtz along with a couple of his dies, stamps and stencils. The idea was to recreate an old Mediterranean house with terracotta bricks and a lovely window with flowers. Loved making this layout and those street signs really added a great final touch. You can watch the how-to video for a step by step tutorial on how I made the layout.

Watch the video:




Thanks for reading today, and thanks to Vicky for being our awesome guest!


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Keeping It Simple

Many of us lead hectic lives and there are times when we simply do not have the time to spend several hours making a card to give to our family or friends. On the other hand we don’t want to buy a mass produced one from a shop, so what is the alternative ? CLEAN AND SIMPLE! That’s this weeks theme on the  Wednesday Challenge ! Our lovely Guest Designer, Yuki, and the Design Team have made some beautiful cards that don’t need to take up much of your time. We hope that they will be able to give you some ideas and a starting point for your creations.

The designers are showcasing Hero Arts Products this week. You don’t have to use them to join in, but if you have some we would love to see them used.

Once you have made your creation just go ahead and upload it into the linky on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog!  We can’t wait to see what you make!

As always, we’re offering a chance to win a $50 Gift Voucher to Simon Says Stamp! (If you enter in this weeks Wednesday Challenge, you’ll have a chance to win!)


Below are three projects created by the design team, that showcase this weeks theme! You can visit the challenge blog to get all the details and see the amazing cards and projects that the design team has created this week. If you click on each designers name, you’ll be taken directly to their blog where you’ll get more details about their project! Be sure to give these talented ladies some comments!

Created by our Guest Designer  Yuki:

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Yuki used:

Created by Jennifer:

SSS Howdy

Jennifer used:

Created by Melissa:

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Melissa used:

So now it’s your turn. Happy Crafting !

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Simon Says Stamp Falling For You MEGA Blog Hop!


Hi friends! Welcome to the Simon Says Stamp Falling For You Blog Hop. We are busting at the seams with inspiration for you!  To top it off, EVERY SINGLE stop along the way is a chance to win a Mega prize package for you!  All you need to do is comment on the stops along the way to be eligible to win.   Winners will be drawn April 28.

Check out the inspiration below by Shari Carroll. Can you tell which products she used?

Please join us today for this MEGA blog hop where designers from around the world have brought these products to life to share with you.  The hop starts here on the Simon Says Stamp Blog and continues:

Thanks for joining us today!  We hope you have fun hop, hop hopping!!

Founder of Simon Says Stamp. Mother of two adorable children and one dog, Simon. Lover of all things art, craft, and stamp related.