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Stephanie Leykauf
Marketing Director • Enjoys photography, interior decorating, and crafting • Music enthusiast • Loves to smile!

Monday Challenge: Thank You!

The Monday Challenge Team invites you to be inspired by two important words this week: Thank You! From cards to a gift for a special teacher, a reminder to send a note just because to a friend or reason to break out a stamp you’ve not used yet – let’s all be inspired to give a little thanks this week. Be sure to join the design team with your version of this challenge over on the Monday Challenge Blog.

Below are three projects created by team members this week – and you’ll want to check out the Monday Challenge blog to see the rest. 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 Barbara:


Made by Emma:


Made by May:

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Thanks for reading today!

May Flaum

Faber-Castell Canvas: Creativity Takes Courage!


May Flaum here, and today I’m excited to share with you this fun little canvas full of Faber Castell products and fun!


First up, I prepped a burlap panel with whipped spackle and gesso. I needed a white solid surface to build upon. Then I used texture gems in pearl to draw my main flower.


That down, I added white buttons and my sticker element. Any buttons not white? Just add gesso coating! This is a great way to use ugly or weird colored buttons. Once this is dry, you’re ready to get colorful!


Apply gelatos directly, then use a waterbrush to blend the colors.

Want more opaque coverage? Mix a bit of gelato with gesso!


Once this layer is dry, let’s add contrast and more texture! First with the gold texture gems – love this so much!


Then Use a bold black pen for highlighting contrast and then with the clear (ice gel) gems add accents to the petals.


Need more? The big bold white pen is awesome for finishing touches!


This project is super quick and easy – the longest part? Waiting for all the lovely layers of color to dry. I hope you’ve enjoyed this project how-to, and that I’ve inspired you to use some of the wonderful color mediums that Faber-Castell offers.


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May Flaum

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Color Pop: Fossilized Amber!


Hi readers! I sure hope you’re loving this fun feature as much as I am! We’re back with the awesome Wanda Guess for our monthly color POP series, and this month she’s spotlighting Fossilized Amber! Next: Twisted Citron! If you missed our features on Cracked Pistachio/Abandoned Coral or Mermaid Lagoon, be sure to check them out!


It’s Wanda, and I’m here today with the third installment in our Color Pop series – featuring the newest Distress Ink Color! I’m excited to share a project using the color for April – Fossilized Amber. This is a rich, deep, warm, golden yellow. Perhaps the color of sunflowers? That is what inspired me! So I made a card with some bright and cheerful flowers.


This ink color was an easy one to match with other colors – since yellow goes with almost any other color. But, I wanted something special, and something maybe not obvious. Well, it came to me – Picked Raspberry! And, yes, I love these colors together now! I used the Fossilized Amber Ink pad to stencil my background paper with the Typo Stencil. I also used the ink pad to color my Tattered Floral Dies. I used the Fossilized Amber Spray Stain to color in some Tim Holtz Gumdrops for the centers of my flowers. I like to show you different ways to use each medium. The spray stain is dark and pigmented and it drenches on the color.

I’ve made another color swatch reference chart for you to see where the new color fits in with your existing Distress Ink colors. Here is the entire Distress Ink Yellow color story.


To make my background paper, I taped my stencil down to some watercolor paper and used a sponge dauber to ink it. Then, while the stencil was still on the paper, I misted the entire thing with water – to soften the edges of my stenciled images. Then I spattered some Vintage Photo ink and also edged my paper with the Vintage Photo ink. This gives me a nice base to work with. You can see I put my stencil on at an angle for some visual interest.


I die cut my Tattered Floral die pieces out of Ranger Watercolor paper and then applied ink from the ink pads. Here you can see my color choices. I die cut the word ‘beautiful’ from a TH word die and then added my stained gumdrops and my small word stickers. I decided to pop the card by using a layer of pretty raspberry cardstock behind my images.

Next up is the gorgeous Twisted Citron! (Editor’s note: Available to reserve now!!) Since the moment Tim announced he was doing a new color each month, I have been hoping for a bright citrus green! Yahoo – can’t wait to get my hands on the new color. See you next month! Have a great day and happy crafting!



Thanks for reading today and thanks so much to the awesome Wanda for this inspiration today!

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Stephanie Leykauf
Marketing Director • Enjoys photography, interior decorating, and crafting • Music enthusiast • Loves to smile!

Friendship Gives Wings to the Heart

Hi readers! Happy Saturday to you! I must say when Anna-Karin Evaldsson sent me this gorgeous feature to share with you all, are lovely readers, I literally said OOOOOH! :) This is mixed media at it’s finest folks! Just look at all the detail and texture…not to mention the gorgeous blues and purples! Anna-Karin so kindly made a lovely tutorial to explain her process. Enjoy!


I made a canvas board for a friend who lives far away, but the techniques would work just as well for other themes, and on other surfaces, such as an art journal page or a card. I used a mix of fun products by Simon Says Stamp, Tim Holtz, Sizzix, and Ranger. Let’s start.


  • Start by covering the surface with gesso. I used a 6 x 8 canvas board, but. Add some lines of gesso with your palette knife, for extra texture.

  • It is fun to embed die cut shapes into a background, and it is a great way of getting even more out of your dies. I used the Bubble Parade and die cut it three times from watercolour paper. Since this is a wafer thin die, it works great together with the Sizzix Magnetic Platform.

  • Glue the Bubble Parade die cuts and some of the inside circles to the background with multi-medium.

  • Add more texture and detail by adhering pieces of tissue and design tape to the background.

  • Whitewash the background with a thin coat of Dina Wakley’s white paint, to tone down the tape and make it more a part of the background.

  • Paint Sky paint on the background with a paint brush.


  • Before the paint is dry, place a stencil on top and rub some paint off with a baby wipe.

  • Mix a little Blackberry Violet into white paint for a lighter shade of purple. Paint and repeat with the stencil.

  • I used the lid of a glue bottle to add more circles to the background, this time with Magenta paint.

  • The background was stamped with a grid background stamp, using both Turquoise and Blackberry Violent paint. Remember to always clean your stamps immediately after using them with paint, otherwise the paint will dry on the stamp. I also stamped the background with a variety of postage and traveling related stamps, using Jet Black ink.

  • Mix a little Magenta paint into Texture Paste to make colored paste. Don’t use too much paint since that might make the paste too thin. Smear through the Falling Hearts stencil with a palette knife.

  • Dry-brush a tiny bit of Sterling paint on the background, to add subtle silver shine. The effect is hard to capture on a photo, but looks particularly nice on the textured parts.


  • Adhere Ranger’s Metal Foil Tape to a piece of smooth white cardstock. The Globe die is very detailed, and Sizzix has now come out with the Precision Base Plate, which helps you get a perfect die cut with these types of detailed dies. You only need to run it through the machine once. The plate replaces one of the Cutting Pads in your sandwich. Use this sandwich: Magnetic Platform, Precision Base Plate with the metallic side facing up, paper, die facing down, Cutting Pad.

  • Here you can see the perfectly die cut globe, together with the Precision Base Plate and the die.

  • Put a piece of felt on an ink blending tool and add drops of Slate, Stream and Silver Mixative, and a drop of Blending Solution. Pounce on the globe, particularly the continents, until you are happy with the effect. Add a tiny bit of Snow Cap and pounce on the two poles, and where there might be snow. Use an Alcohol Ink Fillable Pen and Pitch Black alcohol ink to colour the longitudes and latitudes black.

  • Die cut two clouds and a heart from grungeboard.

  • Coat the shapes with white gesso and, when dry, add tissue tape. Whitewash the tissue tape with white paint. Finally, add a little bit of Stirling silver metallic paint.

  • Stamp wings on vellum with embossing ink, sprinkle with Platinum embossing powder and melt with a heat gun. Cut the wings out.


  • Print a sentiment and cut into strips. I love that little vintage plane stamp.

  • The clouds are a great place for additional sentiments, these are rub-ons, but you could also use stamps or handwriting.

  • The grungeboard heart was glued to the wings and then to the canvas. I also added a rub-on word to it.

  • The Globe looks really nice colored with the alcohol inks. I used the same inks on the metallic idea-ology embellishments. The Game Spinner is painted with Sterling.

  • I used Industrious Stickers for the title and to add some details. My favorite part of this project is the background, with the various types of circles, stamping and stenciled hearts.

Thank you so much for looking!


Thanks for reading today, and thanks to Anna-Karin for being our amazing guest!


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Stephanie Leykauf
Marketing Director • Enjoys photography, interior decorating, and crafting • Music enthusiast • Loves to smile!