Coral inspiration with Ashli Oliver

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Hello there! I love coral and I love playing with mixed media, so I have combined the two and have a fun little video for you today….

I hope this gave you some fun new ideas to try on your next project!

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Here is the supply list:

Amy Tangerine Epoxy Stickers

Coral Gelato

Simon Says Floral Stamp

Amy Tangerine Papers

Crate Paper Papers

Pebbles Heart Stickers

White Paint

Watercolors

Palette Knife

Challenge: Don’t abandon the coral

Abandoned Coral is the second new distress color of 2015, and the inspiration for this challenge. Don’t have this color of distress? That’s ok! We are challenging you to use any coral paper, ink, paint, or other product. You could also be inspired by actual coral as I was this week. I know I could really use some fresh ideas for this color and I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with – let’s not leave that coral hanging! Let’s get it out and use it today.

Suzz loves the new Abandoned Coral and is happy that the challenge allowed her to share her card.

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Coral is all the trend and my girls have coral nails, dresses and accessories. The abandoned coral is such a soft pretty color and I couldn’t wait to use a spray on a special wedding card. I started with a leftover piece of cardboard which a butterfly was cut out using the Sizzix Layered Butterfly. I used that as my stencil and placed the beautiful Memory Box Lathenay stencil and applied the Wendy Vecchi White Embossing paste and created a soft focal point to spray with the new coral ink.

Barbara loves that coral is a wonderful mix of red, orange and pink!

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The new Distress color of February made me think to the sea and summer holiday! I love the coral, starfish, possibility to create texture that seems sand! So the choice was easy! With this color I created a little canvas with a beach cabin, occupied by one of the fantastic crazy Birds, relaxed in the summer version with his fashion sunglasses!

Michelle discovered a similar color ink that she’s been celebrating.

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I’m not Abandoning the Coral, but I am currently partying with a similar shade…Wendy Vecchi’s Tea Rose. It’s archival and doesn’t smudge a bit. Perfect for creating a Party Set! With Crate Paper’s Confetti Papers and the Winnie and Walter “The Party” Stamps, I can create everything I need to get the party started. (Even a bow!)

Meihsia was inspired to have the beautiful color of Abandoned Coral Spray Stain on the tag and her art journal page.

I love the beautiful and vibrant color of new Abandoned Coral Distress Stain and use it to create the background of this journal page. I also sprayed the tag with the same Distress Stain after the tag was stamped with Tim Holtz Rubber Stamp Simple Sayings, and embossed with Clearsnap Clear Embossing Powder, As a finishing touch, I randomly applied Distress Spray Stain Picket Fence on the page.

Andrea made a bookmark with plenty of pops of coral.

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When I was in high school, I got a job at a library. It has been a LONG time since high school, but I’m still at the same little library and adore being surrounded by books and words and writing. Since you can never have too many bookmarks, I decided to make one of my own using Dina Wakley’s Positive Women stamp set, My Favorite Things’ Whimsical Wishes stamp set and my trusty set of watercolors.

Anna-Karin made a springtime art journal page this week.

Abandoned Coral and Cracked Pistachio look great together and on this art journal page I used both the paints and the ink pads in those two colours. I had fun with a heat embossed resist technique, stamping and watercolouring. The glittery butterflies were die cut with the new lovely Deco Sheets by Tim Holtz. They add a fun sparkle to a project in an instant.

I (May) went nautical with this theme.

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I did, in fact use a number of colors including Abandoned Coral on this tag but I really got to thinking about coral the stuff that lives in the ocean and got a bit salty with this project. (Arg?!) The Tim Holtz mariner stamps did the trick to really help me set sail with coral this week.

Sandra doesn’t abandon coral for her butterfly card

I love Tim Holtz’ new releases of Distress colors. Each month it’s so much to find the new color, and I adore Abandoned Coral. I’m in love with the big butterfly of the Perspective stamp set. And I wanted to make it pop so I stamped it with Versa Mark and used Black Embossing Powder. I made it white with White Linen Dylusions Spray and a Water Brush.

Emma used Abandoned Coral as a vibrant pop of color against her black and white background.

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When planning this project, I thought it would be wonderful to use this beautiful colour against a backdrop of black and white. I used Abandoned Coral Distress Paint mixed with Texture Paste to add splashes of colour and texture to the background and also coloured my Tattered Florals die cut flower with Distress Spray Stain which created a vibrant focal point on my project. I added these to a painted striped background together with various pieces of idea-ology and a die cut postage frame.

Ashli pulled out some of her favorite Coral supplies this week…

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Be sure to check back later in the week for her video tutorial!

For more inspiration click on our design team’s blog links so you can see more photos (and full supply lists) for their projects. Leave them a little comment love while you’re there so they know how they’ve inspired you too, if you’re so inclined.

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As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by random generator. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here. This challenge will end at 11:59pm on Sunday May 10th Eastern time. We will also be choosing some of our entries to put in the spotlight – a special honor where we talk about why we loved that entry in particular and award a special badge too! For the full rules, read the “challenge rules” posted in the side-bar here on our blog.

Winners: Due Date challenge

It’s that time – spotlight and this week’s winner!

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We have 2 entries to spotlight this week:

#51 Birgit Andrea says Birgit took the concept of a library due date card and elevated it to a sweet, shabby chic level. Her card is bursting with beautiful details.

#65 Two Mad Dahlias Anna-Karin says: This is an amazing project, especially for someone who loves books. Wonderful idea and details. All the book related vintage images and the little doll are precious.

Congratulations to this week’s spotlight winners! You can email May (may.flaum(at)gmail. com) for the code to our spotlight badge.

Now, speaking of codes, it’s time to talk about the winner of the $50 voucher!

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Each week we draw (using random generator) a winner from our entries in the challenge. This week the lucky winner is:

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Congratulations! Email May (may.flaum (at) gmail. com) within the next two weeks to claim your voucher!

A big thank you to Simon Says Stamp for sponsoring such a generous prize each and every week here on the Monday challenge blog! Also I’d like to thank everyone who participates in the challenges – seeing your creations is always such fun and we love how you take our challenges and make them your own each week.

Challenge: Anything Goes

We are having a Design Team call! This doesn’t happen often – so if you are interested check it out here and enter.

Now this week for our challenge it is the usual rules: anything goes!

Emma’s love of fashion, inspired her runway tag collection!

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Inspired by spring and summer catwalk fashion, I created this triptych of tags using Tim Holtz’s Runway and Cityscapes stamp sets. I’d noticed that yellow had been a key colour for this season’s shows and recreated this on my stamped images by colouring each one using a combination of Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Markers before mounting them onto backgrounds coloured with Distress Paints and textured with Texture Paste, applied through the Lace layering stencil.

Ashli was inspired by Prize Ribbons this week…

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One of my favorite ways to use scraps is to craft up little prize ribbon embellishments. And since anything goes, I figured I would do just that! Using some lovely Basic Grey papers, along with some Wood Embellishments, I created my Prize Ribbon! A few little Word Stickers complete this page all about the importance of Amazon Prime in our lives!

Meihsia created a mixed media canvas to display on her desktop.

I really loved this sentiment so I decided to make a canvas this week using Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamp 2015 Life Quotes. To create the texture, I applied Modeling Paste over Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Measured, and distressed the edges with Ranger Paint Dabber.

Suzz was inspired by the lovely Memory Box Heartwood stencil to create a mixed media art display.

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Since this week was anything goes I decided to pick up a scrap piece of cardboard and play with my new stencil. I layered on Wendi Vecchi white embossing paste on top of a coat of white and light blue paint to give me texture. The design made me think of fairies in the forest. What better image than the whimsical Prima Don’t forget to fly Finnabair inspired stamp to be the focal point of my art.

Michelle was inspired by woodcut block prints.

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I’ve often admired woodcut prints. This adoration lead me to experiment with stamps to find a similar look. The Ellen Vargo Paper Artsy Stamps were perfect for this technique. The pots in the Waffle Flower Planted Set made a simple focal point for these faux woodcuts.

 

Anna-Karin had fun making three mixed-media envelopes.

I really wanted to ink up Tim Holtz new Cityscapes stamps and went with a travel theme on three die cut envelopes. To embellish the envelopes I used Fragments, more stamps, die cut shapes and words. There is also an important message on a card inside each envelope. I plan to hang the envelopes in the Clip Carousel where they will be easily accessible.

 

Andrea made some sweet little baby headbands this week.

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I have learned that people have strong and widely-varying opinions about baby headbands. The pro-headband camp likes how they break up the monotony of a baby’s bald head. The anti-headband folks think it’s silly to have a headband without any hair. A third group likes headbands, but not when the flower on it is as big as the baby’s head. Whatever your stance, I made some baby headbands this week using fabric, my Sizzix Big Shot, Tim Holtz’s Tattered Florals die and the 3D rose die from Sizzix.

Sandra made a card for a colleague that just had surgery

My colleaque had a major surgery and had to make a card for him. I find it a challenge to make a masculine card but with lots of feminine touches. Like making a bow out of Jute and add some glitter here and there with the Wink of Stella Glittery Brush. But by using blue tones and lots of black it gives it a masculine feel.

I (May) am jumping the gun with a great product coming soon to the shop.

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The new Prima relics line will be in the shop SO soon! I happen to have this heart from the line and since “anything goes” this week decided to jump the gun and share a small canvas piece primed with gesso and then loaded with dylusions paints and other color mediums. To finish things off? New idea-ology sticker phrases, of course!

For more inspiration click on our design team’s blog links so you can see more photos (and full supply lists) for their projects. Leave them a little comment love while you’re there so they know how they’ve inspired you too, if you’re so inclined.

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As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by random generator. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here. This challenge will end at 11:59pm on Sunday May 3rd Eastern time. We will also be choosing some of our entries to put in the spotlight – a special honor where we talk about why we loved that entry in particular and award a special badge too! For the full rules, read the “challenge rules” posted in the side-bar here on our blog.

2015-2016 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 may.flaum@gmail.com 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 may.flaum@gmail.com directly.

“In the middle” Challenge Winners

It’s that time – spotlight and this week’s winner!

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We have three entries to spotlight this week:

#15 Sandy Diller Sandra says These crazy birds are amazing! Love the steampunk theme! So very cool and fun! Fabulous! Andrea said: I adore what Sandy did with her towers of steampunk birds! The birds definitely stand their ground in the middle of these charming creations.

#119 Paru Ashli says: This card is so lovely and the vase full of flowers as the central focal point is just stunning!

#234 Jane’s Journal Suzz says: Jane’s beautiful rock niche starts out as a beautiful box and turns into a hidden treasure trove with a beautiful pool of shells.

Congratulations to this week’s spotlight winners! You can email May (may.flaum(at)gmail. com) for the code to our spotlight badge.

Now, speaking of codes, it’s time to talk about the winner of the $50 voucher!

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Each week we draw (using random generator) a winner from our entries in the challenge. This week the lucky winner is:

#305 Crafty Coffin

Congratulations! Email May (may.flaum (at) gmail. com) within the next two weeks to claim your voucher!

A big thank you to Simon Says Stamp for sponsoring such a generous prize each and every week here on the Monday challenge blog! Also I’d like to thank everyone who participates in the challenges – seeing your creations is always such fun and we love how you take our challenges and make them your own each week.

Challenge: Due Date

When I think of due dates, I always think about libraries. Date stamps. Oh yes, and craft assignments! This week whether the words make you think of a new baby or school assignment, the library or perhaps something past due – we look forward to your interpretation. Just remember this challenge is due no later than Sunday evening (see end of post for exact time)!

Meihsia was inspired to use a date stamp on her art journal page.

I love using date stamp to document life. On this art journal page, after coloring the background with Distress Spray Stain and water, I stamped the date with American Crafts Dear Lilly Date Stamp , and added more dates and numbers with Tim Holtz Idea-ology Numbers Remnant Rubs. The compass was stamped and die cut using Sizzix Framelits Compass Blueprint Die And Stamp Set.

A post with her new Silhouette Cameo is long over due for Michelle.

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Although there’s no actual due date, it’s about time that I learn to use my new Silhouette Cameo. By pairing it with some Stampendous Marks stamps and a fun Date Stamp, a few simple cut shapes can make a big impact. Which is a good thing….because it’s all I can do with it right now.

Andrea decided to make a bulletin board calendar to keep her due dates straight.

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I was always that nerdy kid in school who would start to hyperventilate if she earned an A- on something instead of an A. If it was due, I knew about it. I was on it! But somewhere along the way, either I got lazy or my brain turned to mush because I sure need a lot more reminders than I used to! Using Prima’s Timeless Memories paper, a circle punch and a whole lot of Dina Wakley acrylic paint, I made myself a bulletin board calendar to get back to my organized roots.

Emma is making sure she never forgets another important date!

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My desk is always covered with scraps of paper and notes to remind me of important dates but when I saw this challenge it gave me the perfect opportunity to create something that was so much more appealing to the eye. I began by altering a plain clipboard with a layer of Wendy Vecchi’s Crackle Paste before adding layers of colour using Cracked Pistachio, Brushed Pewter and Picket Fence Distress Paints. To complete the board I used the beautiful die cut feathers and butterflies and added these to a collage of Tim Holtz pocket cards.

Ashli crafted up a long overdue thank you note this week…

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Oh, yes… this card is long over due! After a wonderful gift received, I really must send a proper thank you note! So, after applying some Modeling Paste through a Chevron Stencil, I added some Gelatos and Watercolors. Then, a few punched butterflies add some welcome movement to the composition. To finish things off, I added a little die cut Hello word. Now… to mail it!

Suzz created a layout inspired by a tag.

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Have you ever had something that inspired your entire project? Usually when this happens I end up not using it on the project. This time the tag had me thinking of a monochromatic layout even including printing my photo in sepia tones. I used some beautiful Ranger Distress Stain Sprays (Vintage Photo and Antique Linen) along with the Tim Holtz Flourish Laying Stencil to create a backdrop for the photo and journal cards. I was happy my inspiration piece made it all the way through to the finished project.

Barbara always tries to arrive in advance on due date: appointments, payments, craft assignments!

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Time and watch are very important for me! This is the reason I decided to use as element of inspiration for this challenge themed due date , Tim’s dies “Pocket watch” , used on my Art Journal page together to winged elements as dragonfly and butterflies, to represent how fast time flies away!

Sandra made a weekplanner to be more organized

I always try new ways to stay organized. So I made this weekplanner and see if this will help me to stay on top of my blogging. The display is made out of foamboard that I painted with Black Soot and I used Magnetic Panels to adhere my cards to the display and make it interactive. I will rotate the days, and when a day is over I’ll place it at the end of the board so that the next day is first inline.

Anna-Karin couldn’t help but to think about babies when she heard ‘due date’.

Since I love clear elements, I knew I wanted to make an album with Hero Arts new Clearly Kelly Wallet Album by Kelly Purkey. For my album, I also used two of the plastic inserts and the Grid Booklet. The background was done with watercolours and embellished with stamps and die cuts. The blue stamping was done with Mermaid Lagoon, which arrived here just half an hour before I started working on the album.

I (May) set aside all thoughts of the things I have due and just played in my journal.

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Armed with just a few Prima Watercolor pencils and my trusty small art journal I headed out into the woods to forget all the pressures of everyday life. Am I a great sketch artist now? Not so much. But it was so wonderful to just play with color + images in front of me instead of focusing on what I needed or should be doing.

For more inspiration click on our design team’s blog links so you can see more photos (and full supply lists) for their projects. Leave them a little comment love while you’re there so they know how they’ve inspired you too, if you’re so inclined.

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As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by random generator. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here. This challenge will end at 11:59pm on Sunday April 26th Eastern time. We will also be choosing some of our entries to put in the spotlight – a special honor where we talk about why we loved that entry in particular and award a special badge too! For the full rules, read the “challenge rules” posted in the side-bar here on our blog.

Winners: A challenge

It’s that time – spotlight and this week’s winner!
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We have two entries to spotlight this week:

#131 Berdien Sandra says: This clipboard is stunning, love the layering and the color scheme she chose! So very artsy! Fabulous!
#227 Birthday Butterflies Andrea says Elizabeth nailed our “A” theme using adorable Alley Way stamps to create a card that is clean, fresh and bursting with color!

Congratulations to this week’s spotlight winners! You can email May (may.flaum(at)gmail. com) for the code to our spotlight badge.

Now, speaking of codes, it’s time to talk about the winner of the $50 voucher!

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Each week we draw (using random generator) a winner from our entries in the challenge. This week the lucky winner is:

#154 Laury55

Congratulations! Email May (may.flaum (at) gmail. com) within the next two weeks to claim your voucher!

A big thank you to Simon Says Stamp for sponsoring such a generous prize each and every week here on the Monday challenge blog! Also I’d like to thank everyone who participates in the challenges – seeing your creations is always such fun and we love how you take our challenges and make them your own each week.

Challenge: In the Middle

We’re right in the middle of the month. Not quite to the middle of the year. I (May) am right in the middle of a creative space re-do! Are you stuck in the middle of creative chaos? I suppose what we’re in the middle of will vary greatly, but I’m still inspired by the idea of being in the middle. Whether you craft something where your focal point is in the middle, you journal about what you’re in the middle of, or perhaps select a stamp or sticker from the middle of the set this week we’re all about being in the middle of things!

Suzz decided to focus on a spotlight in the middle on her card.

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I decided that most designs on my card have a focal point that is in the middle. My design this week starts from a focal point place slightly off center and I continued my design from the middle flowing outward. The Stampers Anonymous 2015 garden flowers haven’t left my desk since they arrived and were the perfect choice for my tag. I accented with a few tiny bees from the Time to Flourish set.

These crazy birds were made the centre of attention on Emma’s fun card.

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I love, love, LOVE these Crazy Bird stamps from Tim Holtz and wanted to create a fun card using 3 of the images which I stamped onto watercolor card using the masking technique. I coloured each of the birds with Distress Marker Pens and then added a background using the Rays Layering Stencil. As a finishing touch, I stamped and die cut the cute little hat from the Simon Says Stamp Make A Splash stamp and die set, so that the bird in the centre would stand out in the middle of the crowd!

Ashli is putting home front and center this week…

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I am loving little doodled houses lately. So, this week, I decided to put them front and center on this mixed media collage! I used lots of my favorite mixed media supplies, including… Gelatos, Watercolors, and NeoColor Crayons. And a finishing touch of some “home sweet home” words complete this whimsical piece!

Sandra knew immediately which stamp she wanted to use for this challenge.

This big Botanical Sketch stamp came directly to mind as soon as I heard about this challenge! I think it’s a gorgeous stamp and is so versatile. I rarely use White Embossing Powder with such a graphic stamp. I thought it would be perfect for a soft look. I colored the stamp in with lots of Distress Markers and a Water Brush.

Anna-Karin has many new cute photos and made a layout this week.

A grid design is always fun to do and especially so if you have new Tim Holtz idea-ology papers and embellishments to play with. The background paper was toned down with some gesso. Tim’s new Pocket Cards are perfect for a grid layout, and even though they are meant for pocket style projects, that doesn’t mean you have to only use them for that. My page was embellished with die cut hearts, stamping, die cut words and ephemera pieces.

Mona created lots of texture right in the middle of her card.

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I recently added the fun Waves stencil to my collection which made for the perfect background right across the middle of my card. I created an underwater scene featuring a die cut mini seahorse and sand dollar. I completed the card with additional texture and interest using the Bubble stencil.

Meihsia used her new stamp in the middle of her art journal page.

I loved this Tim Holtz 2015 Fashion Stamp model and had to put her in the middle of the at journal page as her stage. Her wings were stamped with Prima Flowers Butterfly Wings. There were many flowers stamped using Simon Says Stamp Artful Flowers clear stamps and Clearsnap ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink Pad.

Michelle stepped away from the middle by trying different compositions.

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Here I tried to not use the middle. With the Tag Hole Reinforcer, I can place the hole wherever I please. I placed the focal image off-center too. The mixed media Planted Succulent was created with Prismacolor Colored Pencils as well as inks and old book pages to create a tag that’s off-centered, but not off-putting.

Andrea paid homage to some of the TV shows she enjoys, such as The Middle.

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When I feel like vegging out, there’s nothing I enjoy more than an entertaining TV show. Some of my favorites have been Leverage, The Middle, and Food Network challenges. I wanted to create a board with a space for funny TV quotes that I could switch in and out. The TV die from My Favorite Things worked as the perfect frame and I used two paper collections that I adore: Kaiser’s Kaleidoscope and Prima’s Epiphany.

For more inspiration click on our design team’s blog links so you can see more photos (and full supply lists) for their projects. Leave them a little comment love while you’re there so they know how they’ve inspired you too, if you’re so inclined.

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As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by random generator. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here. This challenge will end at 11:59pm on Sunday April 12th Eastern time. We will also be choosing some of our entries to put in the spotlight – a special honor where we talk about why we loved that entry in particular and award a special badge too! For the full rules, read the “challenge rules” posted in the side-bar here on our blog.

Pastel challenge winners

It’s that time – spotlight and this week’s winner!
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We have two lovely entries to spotlight this week:

#87 Kirsten Sandra says: Oh wow, what a great project! Love the photo of her in front of it! It’s if she is really there. Amazing!

#277 Shilpa Andrea says: This page is the perfect combination of whimsy and sophistication with the beautiful pastel background, flowers, and that endearing little bird. I also liked how Shilpa created texture in the background with paper strips.

Congratulations to this week’s spotlight winners! You can email May (may.flaum(at)gmail. com) for the code to our spotlight badge.
Now, speaking of codes, it’s time to talk about the winner of the $50 voucher!

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Each week we draw (using random generator) a winner from our entries in the challenge. This week the lucky winner is:

#186 Rema

Congratulations! Email May (may.flaum (at) gmail. com) within the next two weeks to claim your voucher!

A big thank you to Simon Says Stamp for sponsoring such a generous prize each and every week here on the Monday challenge blog! Also I’d like to thank everyone who participates in the challenges – seeing your creations is always such fun and we love how you take our challenges and make them your own each week.