Challenge: Rock the Techniques

It wouldn’t be STAMPtember without techniques – so show us what you’ve got!

How about a shimmery technique? Suzz used a shimmery glittery technique this week.

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I have to say I think I was looking at glittery shimmery dresses on Pinterest which inspired my technique and project. When I am looking for inspiration I look for effects on clothes that I can emulate on my art. My art this week is inspired by the new beautiful Stampendous Lux which has a mix of mica flakes, glitter and other bits all in silver. I wanted to showcase that and create a selection of birthday cards using the new Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Birthday Die Set. I was trying to store up some glamorous girl birthday cards for my daughters to use.

Emma loved using the resist technique to create a pocket FULL of love.

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Since I first started stamping, the resist technique has always been one of my favourites and the Hero Arts Looped Flower and Distress Paints work so well to bring this technique to life and create a background for my slider tag project. The stamped background was added to my pocket, which is covered with Tattered Florals blooms. For the element of surprise I added a tag inside the pocket, stamped with a wonderful Tim Holtz quote from the Random Quotes stamp set.

Ashli put one of her favorite techniques to use on one of her favorite crafts this week…

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I love using white embossing powder as a resist. And, for this week, I just had to put my brand new Mini Blueprint Stamp Set to use in this way! Some watercolors show off the lovely stamped images just perfectly. Layered up with pockets of Sequins and plenty of scraps, we have one of my favorite things to make… Prize Ribbons!

Sandra Mouwen expiremented with some new techniques in her art journal

Sure love to play around and try new things. So why not expirement a bit. I grabbed my Gelli Plate for this, and started to apply some Washi Tape for texture. It was a bit bright after the first layer, so I toned it down with a whole white layer. That didn’t turn out the way I wanted it, and with the Peacock Doily stencil and a baby wipe I began to remove the White Paint layer and the bright colors from the first one appeared! Love expirementing and discovering new techniques along the way!

Meihsia loves to create watercolor effect with Distress Inks and wet brush pen.


I’ve always loved to create watercolor effect with different inks and medias on my mixed media projects. This week, I decided to make the watercolored background on my art journal page using Simon Says Stamp New Stamps, Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Pentel Aquash Brush. The texture on the background was created with Modeling Paste and Tim Holtz Layering Stencil.

Michelle used a very basic stamping technique to enhance treats from the kitchen.

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Our non-stamping friends consider Masking to be an impressive and delightful technique. With Holidays and bake sales fast approaching, a simple set of personalized tags created with the Avery Elle die is and the Hero Arts My Recipe stamps, is a treat in itself.

Andrea decided to try her hand at water stamping this week.

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While browsing Pinterest (what do you mean it’s three hours later?) I found a link to a most excellent tutorial by M. Carmen Sanchez (aka Cuchy) on how to water stamp. All I can say is that I’m a huge fan of this technique (sort of like backwards stamping) and was amazed at what could be done with a handful of Distress Inks, water and some stamps such as Simon Says Stamp’s Scribble Flowers, Prima’s Doily #1 and Paper Artsy’s Word 5.

Mona was inspired to create a tag featuring the heat embossed resist technique.

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I love the contrast effect that may be achieved by heat embossing stamped images using white embossing powder. With the Autumn season right around the corner, I opted to create a fall themed tag featuring Leaves. The background was created using a variety of Distress Inks and the sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamps Thanks set.

I (May) went with a trio of favorite techniques.

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For my tag I used a favorite new STAMPtember Simon stamp and stencil, as well as my watercolor set and other favorites. I have so much fun playing with color and layering up details for this project. I love how it turned out and I always love when a “clean the stencil” base tag turns out better than I hoped!

Anna-Karin will be back on Wednesday with a tutorial on how to stamp on black cardstock, with some glitter and shine.

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 September 21st 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: Bold Stamping challenge

What time is it? Prizes time!

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We have three lovely entries to spotlight this week:

#23 Pearshaped Anna-Karin says A stunning and vibrant journal page with bold colours and patterns.

#75 Valerie-Jael Mona says: Valerie-Jael created a fabulous canvas full of incredible texture and bold colors. A real work of art.

#160 Jane’s Journal Ashli says: she really looked this challenge in the eye! Sorry – couldn’t resist :) But seriously, I love the bold eye and the textures she achieved in both her layering and in her background. Gorgeous work!

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:

#67 Isha

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: Simon Says… STAMPtember hop!

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Simon Says Stamp was founded in 2002 with an interest in exclusively selling rubber stamps. It didn’t take long until we realized we couldn’t stop there. For more than 10 years we have celebrated rubber stamping and its glory. We work to bring companies from around the world together in a one stop shopping environment. Rubber stamps still remain the heart of our business and we are celebrating by hosting a “STAMPtember®” event intended to inspire, educate, and celebrate the delight of rubber stamping. Part of the enticement of rubber stamping is that stamps can be used in creating or complementing ANYTHING! From stamping dates on bank documents and postage parcels in the early 18th century, rubber stamping has dramatically expanded to include card making, scrapbooking, mixed media and many forms of altering and expressing art.

This week we’ve got something STAMPTASTIC for you – we’re mixing things up and sharing our projects with you hop style!

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What is the challenge? We are challenging you to embrace STAMPtember! We encourage you to use your favorite Simon brand stamp (or other Simon exclusive) and help us share the STAMPtember love!!

Where to start for inspiration? Check out all of the team members blogs by starting with Andrea here.

When you’re all done with the hopping fun, come on back here and share your project with us.

In case you’d like it, here is the full list of our designers (and their posts):

Andrea
Anna-Karin
Ashli
Barbara
Emma
May
Meihsia
Michelle
Mona
Sandra
Suzz

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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 September 14th 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: Witch Kraft challenge

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

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We have two entries to spotlight this week:

#67 Ana K Sandra says This shadow box is amazing! Love all the creepy elements, and even better that she made most of herself! Perfect as a Halloween decor piece! Anna-Karin says: This is a very spooky shadow box! Lots of very clever details, such as the spiders and scary eyeballs.

#85 Jenny Martin Andrea says: This tag is stunning with its vibrant Halloween colors that are blended so beautifully. I also like the layers of stamping that Jenny used to make some elements fade and others stand out.

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:

#30 Create & N*joy

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: Boldly go into STAMPtember!

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It’s that time of year – STAMPtember!! Be sure to check out all the new products, guests, and extra special fun Simon and the team have in store. We’re jumping right into the spirit of things this week with our first challenge of the month. We challenge you to make a statement with bright ink, a large stamp, or otherwise be bold in your stamping! Whether you take a big chance in your art journal or try stamping onto a nearly finished project- we can’t wait to see.

Emma’s thoughts are turning towards her favourite season.

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Inspired by my favourite time of year, I used Tim Holtz’s wonderful Damask stamp to create a backdrop for my autumnal project. The stamped image is glittered with Distress Glitter and layered onto a burlap panel and I added the cutest little die cut owl, sitting on a branch full of die cut leaves to complete the project.

Anna-Karin made a scrapbooking page with some bright and bold stamping.

One of the boldest stamp sets I have is Tim Holtz Numeric, with large bold numbers. I stamped the entire background with the numbers using bright Archival Inks. An alphabet stamp was white embossed here and there over the numbers. In addition, I also used a bold sentiment, stamped on a die cut tag. The title and hearts were die cut from cork.

This week, Ashli is going bold with gold…

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I was inspired to use one of my most favorite Simon Says background stamps and some gold embossing for this week’s challenge. And, challenge it was! That giant block of gold hearts gave me some trouble, but plenty of Dear Lizzy Daydreamer Die Cut Shapes and Watercolors ended up being just the thing. This page took me on quite an adventure, but I love where it ended up!

Sandra Mouwen played with a bold number stamp in her art journal

I took the challenge literally this week and my inspiration were the bold numbers from the Purveyor stamp set. I was in the mood for lots of texture. The mesh I got from the hardware store and adhered it down with lots of Multi Medium Matte. I colored the pages in with a few Distress Inks and a Brush. After I applied some Embossing Paste with the Bubbles stencil it was time to stamp with the bold numbers.

Meihsia was inspired to create art journal pages using some big stamps.

Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps Artful Voyage remind me of the beautiful memories of our Alaska trip. The background of these art journal pages were colored with Izink inks, and sprayed with Prima Flowers Anchors & Helm Stencil and Heidi Swapp Tropicana Teal Color Shine. I really enjoy the journey and am planning to have another cruise soon.

Mona was inspired to create a page in her art journal using a bold color palette along with a lot of bold stamping.

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I had so much fun challenging myself to create an art journal page using a bold and bright color palette with Distress Paints including broken china and picked raspberry. the colors are so vibrant and seem to jump right off the page! After applying many layers of paint, I added various bold stamped images using the following stamp sets: Stuff to Say, Papillion and Fairytale Frenzy. I might just have to step outside my pastel comfort zone again sometime soon!

Suzz used bold colors to make her stamps come to life.

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I had another project in mind for my bold stamping but I was distracted with the idea of using a soft watercolor stamp and a combination of colors to see if I could make a soft stamp still look bold with bright colors. The Hero Arts Petals of Beauty stamp has a lovely watercolor effect when stamped. I have been wanting to try out my new Pan Pastels and see the bold colors would make the stamp pop. To make the pan pastels blend I added a little shimmer by misting the stamp after I had applied the Pan Pastels. I loved the effect I achieved and I ended up making a set of cards using a variety of inks and sentiments.

Michelle was bold enough to break the first rule in stamping.

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One of the first things that’s taught, is to NOT mix the inks. See what happens when I boldly mixed the silvery shimmer of Delicata Pigment Ink with the Simon Says Stamp Smoke dye ink.

Andrea boldly stamped where she’d never stamped before: paper towels.

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I got to thinking this week that I should try and stamp on one of the most fragile surfaces possible, so I went with wet paper towels! Though it was a bit sketchy at times, I do love the finished result of how the colors blended together so beautifully. It’s a happy mish-mash of colors now, but I started it off using a Decorative Grate stamp by Stampendous and a handful of Distress Ink, such as Squeezed Lemonade and Picked Raspberry.

I (May) looked around for my boldest stamp.

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A huge snowflake isn’t the easiest thing to use, but it sure is pretty! With this beloved Hero Arts snowflake I got big and bold this week in my art journal and just ‘let it go’.

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 STAMPtember 7th 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: Anything Goes Challenge

It’s that time… we’ve got the spotlight and voucher winners!
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We have four entries to spotlight this week – though we could have so very many! With over 480 entries it wasn’t easy!

#10 Bonnie Anna-Karin says: Bonnie made three Artist Trading Blocks on top of each other with so many gorgeous details: birds, lace, picket fence, words. Gorgeous project!

#114 Ana K Emma says: Ana has created a fabulous piece of collaged artwork with so many textures and layers that are perfectly put together

#193 Love Freebie Andrea says Binty inspired me with her layout where she used Project Life elements in a totally clever way. This layout is layered with vacation goodness.

#420 Macarena Sandra says: This notebook cover is amazing! Love the soft colors and the embellishments are so gorgeous! The big bold flower is perfect!

Congratulations to this week’s spotlight winners! You can email May (may.flaum @ 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:

#358 Crafty Paws

Congratulations! Email May (may.flaum @ 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.

Witch-kraft with Sandra Mouwen

Hi Sandra Mouwen here to share a tutorial with you on how I made ​​this Witch-Kraft invitation. As you might know, I love Kraft, but also spooky stuff and Halloween is the holiday for making something spooky. We are very early with our Halloween challenge, but why not, right?

The Wallpaper stamp I find very Halloween-ish. With such a large background stamp, I like to use the Stamping Press and especially since the stamp was not covering the entire piece of Kraft Cardstock. And it’s also very handy with stamping exactly were I like. The edges are inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

The wallpaper background was a bit too busy for me and I had to come up with something to tone it done or cover it up. While searching my Kraft stash, I found some Corrugated Cardstock. Perfect to make a frame. I made the frame 1/2 inch wide with my exacto knife.

My favorite Halloween stamps are the Mini’s and I have stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink the Trick-or-Treaters and Text. I inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink the same as for the corrugated cardboard and the wallpaper background. The gold splatters are splashes I made with Color Shine Bronzer. The effect of those drops are really amazing, gold sparkly with a dark edge.

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The frame needed a banner and in the Masquerade Party stamp set I found the perfect stamp. I stamped it on a piece of Black Bazzil Cardstock with Versamark Ink. Then covered it with Silver Embossing Powder and heated with the heating tool. After it had cooled, I fussy cut it out.

How cool is this Haunted Webs die? It’s a bit larger than the background, and this way I can determine where I want it to be before I adhere it down. Love these Tissue Tapes!

It is difficult to glue this web because it’s very intricate, but with a dot of Tacky Glue on my Craft Sheet, I applied the glue with a toothpick on the back of it. When I glued it in the right place, I cut off the excess.

With Glossy Accents I highlighted a couple of things. Like the bats of A Bunch of Bats die and the umbrella of the Trick-or-Treaters.

The spider webs needed something extra to make them stand out more, I applied with a small brush Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. Love the crackle effect! Really beautiful!

The last thing I had to do was after everything was dry, was to assemble all the elements. Here the final result:

Hope you liked this Witch-Kraft invitation tutorial, made you want to create your own and join us this week!

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Thank you again to Sandra for the tutorial and beautiful inspiration! Now guess what? it’s your turn! Join us this week in the challenge and show us how you’re inspired by “witch-kraft”.

Challenge: Witch Kraft

We’re a bit early with this one, but the word play combined with getting a jump on fall decor and a new color palette has us eager! Team member Sandra dreamed this one – in her words ”a challenge for Halloween. I love the word play, I love Kraft and I love Halloween.”

What magic will you work with kraft? Or will your project be more witchy? Whether themed or color based – you can hop on your broom and fly a lot of directions with this one…

Anna-Karin made a layout with both kraft and witches.

My son made up a story about tiny witches that have a school not far from his own, which is what this layout is about. I made the school with the Rickety House die, Distress Paint and stamps. The witches were stamped and cut out and I also used the Halloween Shadows die to add the little witches to the page, die cut from kraft-core cardstock. The background is Motif cardstock.

Ashli is not big on witches, but she does love some kraft!

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My favorite thing about Kraft is the lovely ton-on-tone effects that can be achieved. Drawing inspiration from a class I recently took with our fearless leader, May, I decided to play with the tone-on-tone look of some paper rolls. To add even more depth, I stamped some lovely Dear Lizzy stamps using Simon’s Khaki ink. The beautiful white of the Signo Pen completes this fun page!

Emma had so much fun creating the first of many Halloween projects for 2014.

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As soon as I saw the new Halloween stamp releases from Tim Holtz, they went straight to the top of my “must-have” list and just knew that I wanted to combine the Halftone Halloween set with the Halloween Blueprint 2 set from last year to create my first Halloween project. I added the stamped images against a background created with Black Soot, Brushed Pewter and Pumice Stone Distress Stains and then completed my fun card with a die cut Pediment and Cross Bone Adornment.

Witch Kraft? Or Which Craft? Michelle combined several crafts to create a mixed media scrapbook layout.

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Which Craft? Why Choose? Stamping, Scrapbooking and Needlework are all fun! The inspiring cardstock sentiment sticker from Glitz Design sets the tone for this unusual vintage photo. Grunge circles that are stamped on vellum and stitched to the background float around a watercolored Sizzix bee that has been die cut and embossed.

Mona was inspired to get crafty with a Kraft tag.

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I LOVE anything Kraft and when you combine a Kraft tag with a Postcard texture fade along with a hint of picket fence paint, you get magic! Embellished with several Kraft Glassine flowers makes for a wonderful multi Kraft toned project.

Andrea honed in on the “witch” part of the theme by making a witch-approved Halloween necklace.

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Thinking of witches this week, I was reminded of my childhood witch costume. My mom made me the dress and hat and I even had a plastic broom. Unfortunately, my older brother and I got into a fight over the broom and broke it in half. But I loved it so much that I kept it for years even though it had a huge wad of duct tape around the broken part. This challenge theme took me back to my witchy roots, so I made a bold Halloween necklace that any witch would be proud to wear. I love to incorporate Tim Holtz embellishments into jewelry, such as the pocket watch, corked vials and metal tag labels.

Kraft had Suzz looking around her craft supplies for a neutral kraft inspired palette.

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My pretty little gift bag came together so easily this week. I had quite a mess going on my desk which helped me grab a few items to put together my art. I had the Stampers Anonymous Winged Things , a previously cut Memory Box Stained Glass die cut, and a inky background scrap created with Tattered Angels Valencia, and Party Pink . Having these pieces helped me use up a few odds and ends and kept me focused so I was able to create something quickly.
Meihsia was inspired to create a kraft Halloween tag this week.

I decided to create a Halloween tag with some non-traditional color scheme and embellishments this week. The background of this kraft tag was colored with Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks. After stamping the image with Tim Holtz Rubber Stamp Poison Sketch and Simon Says Stamp Lipstick Red Dye Ink, I decorated the tag with some Prima Flowers and Resion Icons.

I (May) got krafty and used both of the words in my project.

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Which direction should I take this? how crafty can I be? I went wild with my favorite Halloween texture folder and some foil cardstock and created this bewitched card. With some kraft colored word stickers, of course! It was so fun to embrace my inner mad scientist and just go wild with all kinds of color mediums and texture possibilities. I love how this card turned out, and I’ll be creating more with texture folders in the near future for sure.

Sandra Mouwen surely loves both Kraft and Halloween and has a tutorial to share

Check back here Wednesday for the tutorial of this Witch-Kraft invitation.

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 August 31st 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: Scratched Challenge

It’s that time – spotlight and this week’s winner! You sure did wow us with your interpretations of the scratched challenge – from distressed to crackled, actual scratches to scratch-like effects – amazing stuff!

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We have two entries to spotlight this week:

#30 Binty Ashli says: I love how she used her embossing folders and inks to create such lovely embellishments! And, she tucked them around just perfectly on this lovely layout! Anna-Karin says: I love how she used her embossing folders and inks to create such lovely embellishments! And, she tucked them around just perfectly on this lovely layout!

#94 Andrea May says: This caught my eye right away, and the more I look, the more I love this card! The texture with the dots to the game controller – it’s all scratched up and fabulous for this week’s challenge.

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!

It’s rare that we indulge in one of these – so take advantage! It’s an anything goes, no rules, just create kind of week! GO!

Mona was inspired to get inky and create a mixed media greeting card.

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Creating mixed media greeting cards isn’t something I do regularly so I challenged myself to do just that. I created lots of texture on the background using texture paste along with the Latticework stencil. I had fun adding splashes of various color including broken china and vintage photo. For the sentiment I used chit chat stickers and embellished with a trio of roses along with many more items.

Andrea was inspired by cute babies this week.

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On the universe’s “Cute-O-Meter,” babies are right up there in the top one percentile! I decided to see what I could do with a traditional white Onesie and some fabric-safe ink from Memento Luxe. I created a design using the Simon Says Stamp Scribble Flowers stamp set, the Simon Says Stamp Ring Cluster stencil, and the American Crafts/Amy Tangerine Document alphabet stamps.

Meihsia had lot of fun playing with her new Prima dies to make a card for this Anything Goes week.

I had to use these Prima Flowers Doily Metal Die and Prima Flowers Leaves Metal Die once I received them because they are so beautiful. On the background of this card, I distressed the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink. The sentiment was stamped using Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Simple Sayings stamps and Memento Black ink.

Suzz decided to play with a multi-textured background.

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What do you get when you mix Tim Holtz Tissue Tape, Paper Artsy Nougat Fresco Finish Chalk Paint, PaperArtsy Mocha Mousse Fresco Finish Chalk Paint, Ranger Paint Dabber – Gold and Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste (white) together? A background of beautiful layers of color and texture. That had me thinking of nature and discovering new places which I incorporated in my card.

Michelle re-visited a paper crafting classic.

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Remember the good-ole days when recipes came from books? I love the Simon Says Stamp Bookmark It Die. It’s sweetly curved shape creates fun bookmarks in seconds. The Waffle Flower Loved Set adds floral fun, while the Retro Kitchen Set Embossing Folder lends it kitschy-kitchen charm.

 

Anna-Karin made a happy little journal page.

I was inspired to use some of the new Simon Says Stamp Exclusive stamps, dies and stencils to create a little page in memory of childhood summer camping trips. The Waves stencil also looked a little like hills to me and I liked the green hills made with the stencil and White Embossing Paste. The rest of the scene was created with stamps and dies, adding some fun ice cream cone trees.

A fellow team member served as Ashli’s inspiration this week…

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Suzz makes the most lovely tags! So layered and full of goodness… I was inspired to try my hand at some layered Tags this week as well. I wasn’t sure what the final project would be, but I ended up putting them to use on a scrapbook page. I had more fun layering up bits of Basic Grey Fresh Cut papers along with some Crate Oh Darling Chipboard shapes to create the layered embellishments. Perfect for my layout!

Sandra Mouwen spent almost her whole summer vacation making this travel album

I never spent so much time on a project! But I love making albums and this one is no exception! Every page is different but in the same style and I love that. I think there are about 200 pictures inside of it. This time I journaled alot too. The paper I used is Accomplished from Authentique, and I had so much fun experimenting with new techniques like printing with an inkjet printer on Black Cardstock and make the letters visible with Heirloom Perfect Pearls powder.

Emma’s garden inspired her to create a mini album to fill with photos and notes.

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I adore my garden and over the years, I’ve taken a huge amount of photos and decided that now was the time to journal some of those photos that I’d taken. So, I created my own mini album using chipboard covered with burlap paper. As my focal point, I couldn’t resist using Tim Holtz’s gorgeous Layered Bee and surrounded this beautiful image with various pieces of Idea-Ology.

I (May) seem to be getting ahead of my seasons.

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But when you have such great stamps – who can help it? I enjoyed playing with distress ink and the new Tim Holtz Halloween stamps and ended up creating two cards. Not bad for what began as a creative session just messing around and testing out new ideas!

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 August 24th 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.