Challenge: Tic Tac Toe

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the Use Patterned Papers Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is

TIC TAC TOE 

The lovely Maura Hibbitts has made this fabulous grid for us to use! Choose a line and use the 3 items in that line, you can also choose a full house option if you’re feeling adventurous!

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As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

 

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Remember to click on the person’s name to see all of the details of how we made these creations and leave these wonderful girls some comment love

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This is Alison’s last week with us in the Designer Spotlight. We would like to say a huge thank you for all of your creations over the past month. It has been a great pleasure to have you along with us!

Alison  I took the Tic Tac Toe diagonal of Stamp-Stencil-Spray and played in one of my favourite altered book art journals.

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The lush meadow is created with lots of layers, from the Wildflower Stencil inked in Peeled Paint Distress Ink, to multiple stamping with the Tim Holtz Twigs and Dried Flower stamps, and then some of the Wildflower Thinlits over the top, altered with embossing powder.  I used the Blossom Layering Stencil with Ranger Transparent Matte Texture Paste to add my cloudy blossoms at the top, and heat-embossed them with off-white powder, before spritzing around them with Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky Distress Spray Stains.  The Layered Dragonfly was made with a layer of embossed acetate so he is mouldable and catches the sunlight, as does the Large Butterfly Punch at the foot of the Found Relatives Occasions vintage photo.  A couple of Small Talk sentiments and lots of inky shading and splatter finish the pages off.  I’ve had a wonderful time here this month – thank you so much for having me!

Andrea went with a stamp, cardboard, washi combo to create a fat little notebook.

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In all my days of crafting, this is the very first tic tac toe challenge I’ve ever done!  And I loved it!  Thanks, Maura, for the clever bingo grid and for helping me create something I never would’ve thought of otherwise.  I used some of my favorite new Tim Holtz stamps for the background, namely Halftone and Rings and Sideshow, along with a great little stamp set from Hero Arts called My Words.  And I think I’ve established that I would never last long without my hand-dandy book-binding Cinch tool!

Anna-Karin went with the first row: sequins, gold and stamps.

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I like to make notebooks and thought the Tim Holtz Evolution stamps were perfect for a notebook cover. The notebook itself was made from Dina Wakley’s Media Boards. Idea-ology metallic pieces, such as a Gadget Gear, were coloured with Gold Alcohol Ink Mixative. I also coloured some sequins the same way.

Barbara this week works with her favorite products!

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For our TIC TAC TOE I chose a diagonal line: stamp, stencil and spray! I created a mini canvas with black background , I love  the contrast with bright colors! Tim Holtz stamps HALFTONE AND RINGS and Dylusions paints for the colorful  background,  Tim Holtz mini stencil set 8  helped me to give some lights in my project with  the white Texture paste! I used Tim Holtz’s  Butterfly  and  Distress sprays as watercolors to color it! I utilized the wonderful stamp  Brave by Seth Apter   and Tim Holtz Sizzix Die Believe (obviously a little bit changed!) to create  my sentiment!

Cathie decided to try a little doodling along with some of her favorite stamps.
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The spray, doodle and washi combination was one I wanted to try. I love to doodle and I have to admit, I spent most of my time in class doodling instead of taking notes when I was a kid. I used Dyan Reaveley’s Fancy Florals and Background Love stamp sets to get the doodling started and then added my own doodles. The adorable little bird is from Dina Wakley’s Scibbly Small Birdies stamp set and painted with Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paints. I love birds and they always make me smile which led to the sentiment I chose for my mixed media panel. I used Dyan Reaveley’s Dy’s Alphabet stamp set for part of the sentiment.

Cheiron chose her favorite combo of spray, stencil and stamp.

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I decided to break out Tim’s Crazy Cats this week to create a fun tag. I created the base of my page with Distress Spray Stains in Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers. I “stamped” onto my tag using a stencil from the Mini Stencil Set 7 using Blueprint Sketch Distress Spray Stain. I added some Crazy Things (tie and sunnies) and a Numbers remnant rub and a quote band colored in with a picket fence Distress Crayon then tied on with linen ribbon.

Emma felt adventurous and decided to go for a full house!

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The combinations for this challenge are limitless but this week I felt adventurous and decided to go for a full house, creating a tile panel using all nine options! I started with a piece of watercolour card and spritzed the moistened card with Broken China Distress Spray Ink and Gold Foil Color Bloom Spray, letting the spray drip and run around the cardstock. I then added Tissue Tape to my background before stamping with the Type stamp and applying Texture Paste through the Tim Holtz Herringbone Layering Stencil. Once dry, I spritzed over the top with some more sprays and added highlights of paint to create a shimmer to the background. I used the Tim Holtz Sand & Sea die to die cut cardboard and added these together with Wildflowers, die cut from gold metallic kraft core cardstock. As a finishing touch, I added a scattering of sequins from the 28 Lilac Lane Minty Fresh Embellishment Bottle and doodled around the edge with a black pen.

Kath chose the bottom line to create an art journal page with lots of doodling and washi tape on a spray background

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I covered the pages with a layer of White Gesso and spritzed with Hickory Smoke Distress Stain Spray, spritzed with water letting it run and do it’s own thing, then patted with a paper towel to lighten up the colour. I stamped the images from Hero Arts Friend Collage randomly over the background using Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and Ranger Wendy Vecchi Orange Blossom Archival Ink. I then applied lots of  Idea-ology Tissue Tape and covered the surface with Distress Collage Medium. I stamped Hero Arts Painted Poppy with Ranger Wendy Vecchi Tea Rose Archival and the small flower image from Friend Collage with Sky Blue Archival on to white cardstock and used a Fine Black Liner Pen to doodle around the edges and in the centres of the blue flowers, cut them out and fixed to the page. I coloured strips of white card with Orange Blossom and Sky Blue Archival using the direct to paper method and doodled the sentiment with the Black Fine Liner Pen, cut them out and fixed to the page. I used the Black Soot Distress Marker and Detailer Water Brush to create shadows around the flowers and tissue tape and added Ranger Black Enamel Accents to the large flower and some circle rub-ons I found in my stash.

Lols  used the sequins/stencil/washi diagonal

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I was going to try for the full house but chickened out *wink*. I used a Tim Holtz Baby Blueprints Stroller to make this card and made an envelope to go with it. I started by blending Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and then stencilled Falling Hearts over the top. I splattered Lindy’s Gang Hibiscus Rose and Creme Brûlée over the top, I also used the Hibiscus Rose for colouring the pram. I finished with a few Gold Sequins and String and a strip of washi tape to finish.

Macarena‘s choice is Spray-Stencil-Stamp (with some doodling)

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The whole work is done on a heavy watercolor paper covered randomly with white gesso and with little dots made with the Mini Tiny Circles. The same stencil is used on the butterflies‘ wings but only touched with a Hickory Smoke Distress Ink. The butterflies are cut out and partly glued to make a very 3D effect. I love to play with sprays on wtercolor paper and gesso. The crazy effects are so inspiring that I just can’t stop! I spried some pink shades with Lindy’s  Spray (Salt Water), Dylusions Ink Spray (Cherry Pie) and lastly add some Bubble Gum Paint and Magicals Powder (Raspberry Lemonade). The glitter grey is made with Lindy’s Spray (Midnight Rendezvous). After have all that dry, I gentle smoothed it with White Dylusions Paint and I stamped the Out Loud text randomly and doodled with Black Chaleleon.

Maura is playing high fashion bingo.

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I am probably the last person to ask for fashion advice unless you might be asking me about color, but Dina Wakley makes it so easy to be a fashionista with her Silhouetted Women stamps. Pair a lovely lady with a great script background like the one from Paper Artsy Hot Picks, dyed in Simon Says Stamp High Dive and Jellybean inks, and topped off with Tim Holtz’s Cracked Pistachio distress ink, and I think we are ready for the runway. Oh, I can’t forget some blitz and bling with 28 Lilac Lane French Quarter and Heidi Swapp Gold Lame, and now she is ready to step out!

Meihsia created a mixed media tag using stamps, stencils and sprays.

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I really had fun creating this mixed media tag using Distress Sprays over Tim Holtz Stencil Valentine on the background. There are text patterns stamped with Perfectly Stamper Anonymous on the tag. I adhered some metal embellishments and Prima Flowers using Tombow Mono Glue.

Sandra went for sequins-stencil-washi combo

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Had so much fun with this challenge. I’ve started with creating the background of the tag. With Frayed Burlap and Broken China I’ve build up the first layer to create a sandy beach scene. Then I’ve used the Ringer stencil and went over it with the same Distress colors. The whimsical beach house is from Simon Says Stamps newest release Amongst the Stars. It’s one of Suzy’s Sizzling Water Color Paintable Prints. I’ve colored it in with Prima Water Color Pencils. The look was a bit to bright so I went over it with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

Zoey choose the trio Blue/Stencil/Cardboard and made this tag

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I used a bunch of Distress Paint in the range of blue green and yellow to create my backrgound, then I used two stencils by Tim Holtz…and of course the base of my tag was cardboard! I used a sizzix die to cut my tag shape from the cardboard. as always to finish it off I used a stickers from the Tim Holtz ideaology stickers sheets.

So now it’s YOUR turn to get out your inks, paints and all things arty and start creating! We are looking forward to seeing what you make!

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Challenge: Use Patterned Papers

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the World Traveler Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

Please scroll down to see who is the lucky winner and who are in the spotlight for the World Traveler Challenge!

This week the challenge is

USE PATTERNED PAPERS 

With all of the background stamps, stencils and paints out there patterned papers have been taking a back seat, especially in the word of mixed media, so we thought it was about time we included them in our projects!

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

 

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Alison  made a mini album using empty toilet rolls and patterned papers

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Like most crafters I’ve got a hoard of patterned paper which I take out and stroke, but rarely use!  I’ve broken into it to make a mini-album with the Tim Holtz Wallflower Paper Stash and some empty toilet rolls.  There are Photobooth photos and collages inside made using the Idea-ology Pocket Cards and some other paper snippets, and I’ve added metal embellishments – a Timepiece on the cover; File Tabs on the pull-out pages, altered with Fresco paints and Treasure Gold,  and Muse Tokens, Foliage and Philosophy Tags in the collaging.  Come over to Words and Pictures for a proper look inside.

Andrea made some tart tin medals with a plethora of patterned paper pieces.

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Maybe I should still be in elementary school, but if I ever get any sort of badge or medal, I smile and walk a bit taller.  Hoping my friends feel the same way, I made some medals for them that celebrate their talents and characteristics.  The metal part of the medals are made from smashed tart tins and the patterned paper “ribbons” are made from some of my favorite current collections: Webster’s Pages’ Painted Passport, Bo Bunny’s Believe, Lawn Fawn’s Perfectly Plaid and Shimelle’s Starshine.

Anna-Karin prepared an album ready to be filled with summer memories.

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Last year, I made a mini-album with our summer photos, and I wanted to do the same this year, with a 6 x 8 Echo Park album as my base. I used Kaisercraft Story Book patterned paper to decorate the cover, and prepared inserts for many of the pages, also including paper by Prima, from the Vintage Emporium and French Riviera pads. Simon Says Stamp sentiment stamps were used for both the cover and the inside pages, such as the new Uplifting Thoughts set, from the Among the Stars release.

Barbara let herself fascinate by the blue of this  patterned paper!

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Blue is definitely, next to the green, one of my favorite colors! This color  is for me synonymous of  elegance and this word perfectly matches with  Dapper Paper Stash by Tim Holtz.  I chose to cover  a Mini clipboard and I ‘ve played with these patterned papers, Stitched Ovals  and  Dapper die !  To  make contrast with blue shade  I used Core’dinations Kraft core Metallic and Nostalgic Collection : they are perfect! Distress crayons  in various colors are so  incredible to make look older the clip at the top and I love use them in this way too!! The buttons are  absolutely  vintage, directly from my  Mom’s sewing  box !

Cathie used several different die cut sets to create her “Every Day Is A Blessing” mixed media art piece.

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I have so much patterned paper in my stash and this is a wonderful way to use it. I cut several shapes for my project from My Favorite Things Spring Garden and  Things With Wings die cut sets along with the Lawn Fawn Sunny Skies die cuts. I shaded everything with Faber-Castell Pitt Big Brush Pens and added a sentiment from the Paper Artsy ELB22 stamp set.

Cheiron decided to break into her 6 x 6 paper pads and finally cut one up!

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I have a habit of buying 6 x 6 paper pads and never using them! This week I decided to finally cut into one of them and make some fun tags, perfect to send with parcels in the mail. I used this Project Life Sweet Edition paper pad and cut the papers up to make some fun tags, layering the strips on with some Ranger matte multi medium. I die cut a couple of the fun Simon Says Stamp painted dies: painted hello and painted create to add words to my tags.

Emma invites you to come over to her blog and take a look inside her tailor made shop!

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When it came to this week’s challenge, I was really spoilt for choice with all the wonderful paper collections that are around at the moment but there was one that really did stand out for me and that was the Dapper Paper Stash by Tim Holtz and I instantly knew that these papers would be perfect for me to create an altered box project with a hidden surprise inside. For the cover of my altered box, I used the fabulous Dapper Die to die cut felt and mounted this onto a die cut Stitched Rectangle. I matted the image onto burlap before attaching it to my box covered with paper from the Dapper stash and for a finishing touch I added a quote band. I do hope you’ll pop over to my blog to take a look at the inside of this project.

Kath decorated a chipboard tile with papers from Tim Holtz Dapper Paper Stash

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I covered my tile with paper from Tim Holtz  12×12 Dapper Paper Stash, coloured the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink using a blending tool and created texture using the Flourish Stencil from Mini Layering Stencils Set 10 and Studio 490 Crackled Texture Paste. I used the Sizzix Tim Holtz Garden Greens and Tattered Poinsettia dies to cut the leaf stems and flowers from contrasting papers. I used the Signo Uniball White Pen to add highlights to the leaf stems and added an Idea-ology Dapper Fastener to the centre of the flowers. I added a strip of paper and Dapper Design Tape in the corner. I stamped the tickets and the sentiment from Tim Holtz Odds and Ends with Black Archival Ink, cut them out, inked around the edges with Gathered Twigs and fixed in place with 3D foam pads. I smudged Distress Collage Medium Matte around the edges of the tile with my finger and sprinkled with Prima Mini Art Stones.

Lols decorated a Mini Clipboard using Patterned Tissue Wrap

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When I saw Kath’s decorated clipboard a few weeks ago I just had to get one for me! I love that we inspire each other to have a go at making things that we would never have thought of! I started by painting the  Mini Clipboard with White Gesso and then blended Peacock Feathers Distress Ink over the top. I cut a piece of the Melange Tissue Wrap and blended the same ink on the ‘wrong’ side,  I then covered the whole board with Multi Medium Matte Glue  and adhered it in place before splattering with Dylusions White Linen, Black Marble and Vibrant Turquoise ink. For the flap I cut a piece of  paper from a Lost and Found Paper Pack and inked to match the base. I decorated the flap with Wildflowers and Botanical Remnant Rubs, I love how this turned out and think these would make great gifts!

Macarena flies free and used  Paintables  Watercolor paper which has a watercolor resist pattern.

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My project is so far away from my comfort zone! But… I love to trying new things and crossing the border of my zone. There is a lot of splashing, colors mixed together, layers of colors, lol!  The whole piece is done on the Paintables Watercolor paper from the Salvage District collection. Great thick paper which works with mixed medias perfectly. First I inked it with some Distress Inks, sprayed with water to get some irregular coloring and drops of water left. After that I put some white and black marks with two different sizes of jar taps. The marks were made with Dylusions Paints. Then I add some Distress Crayons into the circles and a White Sharpie touches. Lastly I sprayed the background with Dylusions Sprays.  For my focal point which is a giant butterfly I used only one color of Dylusions Spray to make a contrast with the colorful background. The same with letters.

Maura’s taking a voyage beneath the sea this week.

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Sometimes, my imagination runs away with me, and when I saw these Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea papers, that is exactly what happened. Of course, I had to add some stamped images too, and the Graphic 45 set 3 matching the papers was at the top of my list, as well as Tim Holtz’s Nautical Blueprint stamps.  I created some details using Seth Apter’s Pocket Watch die with Prima Rust Pastes, and added a touch of glitter and bling with the lovely 28 Lilac Lane Party On set. I think it’s time to read some Jules Verne again!

Meihsia was inspired to use patterned papers on her mixed media canvas.
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Patterned papers are so fun and easy to use when creating mixed media projects. On this mixed media canvas, I pasted Tim Holtz Paper Stash patterned paper and colored the edges with Distress Paints. The butterflies were cut out from the same paper stash. I added some Prima Flowers and die cut a sentiment SMILE to decorate the canvas.

Sandra rarely  uses pattern papers, but love the Sea Breeze paper pack
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I had my eye on the Sea Breeze paper pack for months now. So when it was finally released, I had to have it, and it’s perfect for this challenge. I had a hard time choosing my favorite sheets, because they’re all so pretty. The Wildflowers dies are amazing and I distress them with Pitch Black Paint Dabber, Distress Embossing Powder Black Soot and Opal Magic Alchemy Paint Blue-Gold.

Zoey decided to make an ATC only using Tim Holtz patterned paper!

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For this challange I decided to use only patterned paper – ok ok except for the stickers!! I used pieces of paper from the Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Paper Stash Collage Mini and I also used the same patterned paper to die cut some pieces from dies by Tim Holtz and Sizzix.
To add some interest to the otherwise “plain” background I used as always gesso and distress crayons!

 

So now it’s YOUR turn to get out your patterned papers, inks, paints and all things arty and start creating! We are looking forward to seeing what you make!

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World Traveler Winner and Spotlights

 

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We have 5 artists in the Designer Spotlight for the World Traveler Challenge!

#17 Kerstins  Kartenblog Barbara says : Kerstin has created two fantastic  ATCs with beautiful muted colors and a touch of   black. I really like their  design and I love much the mood a bit dreamy that  she’s been able to express with this work, really  gorgeous  and striking!

#57 Eva Laney - Cathie says: I love how Eva altered an SVG file to create a porthole and out that porthole is a ship sailing along in the deep blue sea. When I first saw it, it was as if I was looking right through that porthole and there was the ship. Amazing!

Sandra says: This is such an amazing card. The porthole is fabulous. Love the gorgeous teal colors and the touches of metal of the porthole!

#66 Poydankulma - Maura says:  I love the beautiful feel this travel card has with all the vintage ephemera. I feel like I am stepping back in time to another era. It has wonderful dimension to the layers, and makes me want to head out and explore!

#90 KatesCrafts- Kath says: I particularly liked Kate’s monochromatic travel card…simple but yet incorporating lots of detail and that great sentiment…Everyday is a journey

#116 Rachel Bergfeld - Cheiron says: What a fantastic CAS design (and awesome guy card) Rachel has created. I love the kraft frame and the bold black background, it really makes her image pop!

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Challenge: World Traveler

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the Summer Garden Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is

WORLD TRAVELER

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

 

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Remember to click on the person’s name to see all of the details of how we made these creations and leave these wonderful girls some comment love

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We have an extra special guest joining us this week! Please give a huge welcome to the one and only Heidi Crowl, owner of Simon Says Stamp. Heidi was with her family on vacation in Gozo, staying with Lols, and she made this fabulous Art Journal page to commemorate her visit.

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I’m really excited that Lols invited me to join in this week’s challenge.  How perfect is it that my family and I are here in Gozo visiting Lols for the first time during this challenge!? Coming here was the first stamp on my daughter’s passport and just the second passport stamp for my son. Lols graciously shared her supplies with me so I could create this art journal page: Tim Holtz: Souvenir Adornments, Crazy Cats Stamps & Dies, Mixed Media 3 dies (probably my favorite die set EVER!)  The brick wall reminds me of all the limestone buildings you see around Gozo, Mini stencil set 5 (such a GREAT must have stencil set!), Wildflowers stamps (which remind me of Lols gorgeous garden), Halftone and rings stamps (to add texture to the sea) Botanical Rub ons, Graph and Croc stamps (to add texture to the limestone walk), chit chat stickers, various distress inks, blending tools, Ranger Art Journal, Ranger Texture paste, and Art Impressions Cat Lady stamps (Seriously!  So perfect for a lady with 7 cats- Lols!) Thanks again to Lols for including me and for being a friend that we consider family!

Alison made a clever combined travel journal and wallet.

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I loved this theme, and was inspired to create a travel journal and wallet for documents. I used cardboard packaging and Tim Holtz papers from the Dapper and Correspondence stashes.  The cover has plenty of Idea-ology metal embellishments – Muse Tokens and Compass Coins and so on, and the Globe and Adventure Words Thinlits have been altered with Frantage Embossing Enamel and Distress Paints.  Inside there are aged journalling pages, already “sketched” on with Tim’s Cityscapes stamps, as well as loads of Expedition ephemera and Found Relatives snapshots collected en route by my rather glamorous world traveller.  But if you want to see inside you’re going to have to hop over to Words and Pictures I’m afraid!

Andrea made a set of cards to pay homage to her beloved London.

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I lived in London for about a year and a half and that time period remains a highlight of my life!  Though that was several years ago, I made a set of cards to pay tribute to some of the things that I saw everyday that I still miss.  I started off with these great file cards that I cut with my Sizzix Big Shot and Penny Black’s Tabs and Toggles die set.  I painted them with acrylic paint and then added some of my favorite stamps to the backgrounds such as Bo Bunny’s Stitches, Tim Holtz’s Documented and Dina Wakley’s Textures.

Anna-Karin scrapped about memories of a big city.

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While thinking about the topic, I came up on this large photo, and thought I’d write down some of my thoughts about Johannesburg. I created a city at the top of the layout with Natalie Kalbach’s fun Urban Scribble set. The buildings were coloured with Brusho crystals, and I added some more stamping to the background. The title of the layout was die cut from gold metallic kraft-core cardstock, using two different alphabet dies by Tim Holtz, Wanted and Alphabet Typo Lower.

Barbara likes to dream to travel  around the world!

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It would be really nice to go around the world! I have chosen for this challenge a Flip frame, it’s the first time that I used it!!  Tim Holtz/Sizzix  Globe  is certainly one of the dies I love most and couldn’t really miss it!  I have used as the basis for my project  SUBSTRATE SHEETS Paperie  in white color,  I crumpled and painted it  with Distress inks pad and Distress Crayons. Under my globe to make a nice contrast I used Textile surfaces paperie  in blue color! I like the effect of the two colors together! To complete my panel a lots of Idea-ology products and a Tim’s stamp from “Dapper”set!

Cathie decided to go with a masculine design and color palette for her World Traveler mixed media panel.

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I used Tim Holtz Travel Ways and  Paris to London stamp sets to create my World Traveler panel. I decided to try a masculine design and colors stepping out of my comfort zone. I liked how the Gathered Twigs and Rusty Hinge Distress inks paired together and was pleased with the outcome. I created my background using stamped tissue paper with Tim Holtz Plain Tissue Paper and the Ledger Script stamp set. I then stenciled Dot Fade and Burlap layering stencils along with some other stamps on the background for dimension.

Cheiron made a card encouraging a friend to follow her dream of traveling across the world for a new opportunity.

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To make my card this week, I started out with a piece of manila cardstock and embossed it with the Tim Holtz Arrows texture fade. I colored the folder using Distress Stains in Cracked PistachioPicked Raspberry and Shaded Lilac. Then I added some Picket Fence Distress Paint with a splatter brush. I cut the clouds from corrugated Textured Surfaces paper and the plane from mirrored card stock using the Mini Airplane and Clouds die.

Emma is taking you on a journey around the world.

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This week’s World Traveler theme is definitely one of my favourites and I had so much fun creating this 3D cube with a freestanding globe. I began by making the cube and after adding a coat of gesso to prime the surface, I painted the cube with Black Soot Distress Paint before dry brushing the edges with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint to create a worn look. I added stamped images around the sides of the cube using Tim Holtz’s Cityscapes Stamp set and coloured each of them with Distress Marker Pens. The Globe is die cut from Manila card stock and then coloured using Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive Distress Spray Stains and mounted onto foil cardstock inked with Alcohol Ink before being attached to the cube.

Kath had great fun making a “Travel” page for her Art Journal

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I used 4 pages for this project. I painted around the edges of the outer 2 pages with Black Gesso and inked the Darkroom Door Scratches Texture Stamp with Versamark Ink, sprinkled with Ranger White Embossing Powder and heat to set. I then covered the inner pages with Postale Tissue Wrap using Distress Collage Medium Matte as my adhesive. I applied Fossilized Amber and Cracked Pistachio Distress Paints using a baby wipe to create a wash effect. I stamped images from Simon Says Stamp (Darkroom Door) Enjoy The Journey with Black Archival Ink and repeated the white embossing with the Texture Stamp on the background, applied Correspondence Tissue Tape, Special Delivery Remnant Rubs, an Adage Ticket and Expediton Ephemera. I created shadows around the tissue tape and ephemera using Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distress Markers. I used Ranger White Texture Paste and Decoart/Andy Skinner Industrial Elements Stencil to create the wording and once it was dry, I created shadows using the Black Soot Distress Marker. I painted the edges of the inner pages with Black Gesso and used a Signo Uniball White Pen to highlight the edges, the globes and some of the Remnant Rubs.

You definitely need passports for any world travel so Lols made passport holders for Jax and Abby, Heidi’s children.

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Having Heidi and her family here in Gozo has been a dream come true and while Heidi was creating her journal pages I thought I would make these cute little passport holders! Jax chose teal and Abby chose blue, so that was the starting point. I used Grunge Paper, inked and stamped with Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch Distress Inks and then stamped with Mixed Media 2 and Drawn Hearts background stamps. I stitched the edges, folding approx 1 inch flaps on the inside to hold the passports. I used a Tim Holtz Tag to make a travel tag, some air mail washi tape and tickets, a die cut plane and some Linen Ribbon to finish. Safe Travels Jax and Abby, I am going to miss you and your Mummy and Daddy xx

Macarena is going to see the World!

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I’ve been planning to make a world map canvas for some time and this theme was just perfect so I did it :-) First I took my son’s school atlas and draw the map with a watercolor pencil, filled it with Distress Inks mixed with water and splashed the background with colorful Dylusions Sprays. Then I started to stamp and make circle marks randomly. The best part was to use Rub Ons and give the final touch with Prima Rub On Foil.

Paris is on Maura’s mind.

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I had a lovely trip to France last year with my sister, and our grand finale was staying at an apartment in Paris so we could explore the city. So, the first place I thought of for this week’s theme was Paris. I began with Tim Holtz Distress Paints in Spun Sugar, Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean and Dusty Concord. I loved trying out Tim Holtz’s collage mediums and applying them with his cute little brushes. The Eiffel Towers sketch stamp by Tim makes a great focal image for my canvas, and highlights one of my favorite sights.

Meihsia created a mixed media traveling tag and she is ready for her adventure tour.
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I am looking forward to our family vacation this summer, and I created a mixed media tag for this week’s challenge. The tag was embossed with Tim Holtz Gear Set Embossing Folder and colored with Distress Ink Pads. I decorated the tag with die cut antique car and punched butterfly. The metal Word Band and Small Talk stickers were adhered for the sentiment on this piece.

Sandra was in the mood for some grungy distress colors

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I would love to travel the world if I could. With summer holiday here, it’s traveling time. So I made a traveling tag with grungy vintage distress colors like Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain, Forest Moss, Broken China and Ground Espresso. I’m more of a city explorer, so I used the Townscape die.

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I used a bunch of distress crayons to create the background of my art journal page – I also used pieces of tissue wrap paper and the mini stencil by Tim Holtz. The Globe thinlits was a perfect add for the page theme and so was this Flashcard as title! I love travelling and I love making memories!

So now it’s YOUR turn to get out your inks, paints and all things arty and start creating! We are looking forward to seeing what you make!

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Winner and Designer Spotlights for the Summer Garden Challenge

 

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We have six artists in the Designer Spotlight for the Summer Garden Challenge!

#15 Shirley-Bee - Andrea says: I love this creative, colorful, watery take on our summer garden theme. And I adore the way the card’s sassy lady is emerging from the beautiful background in that fabulous shade of pink! It is a stunner from top to bottom!

#91 Donna@Room In a Cupboard – Marzena says: This project is absolutely fabulous. I adore the summer night scene. Love the view through the window and bricks around it. The dragonfly has stolen my heart :-) Beautiful CAS card. I’m really impressed. Great job, Donna!

#92 Kathryn at KTC – Zoey says: I absolute love that card! Love all the dimensions and the color scheme! The bow is to die for! Awesome card!

#234 Stefania – Marzena says: What I love about this journal page is… everything! The way you colored the stamps, the soft background with light shadows around the flowers, the gold texture and the vintage look of the entire project. This is just great!

#253 Paper Talk With Samra – Emma says: This is such a beautiful card. The colour palette is so pretty and I adore the gorgeous flowers which cascade around the top of the card and create so much impact! A true feast for the eyes…

#264 SewPaperPaint – Anna-Karin says: This Bird Canvas Shadow Box is absolutely gorgeous! What a great technique used to create a shadow box and all the details are wonderful. Gorgeous textures and colours. The rolled old book paper adds a really nice touch.

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So who is the lucky winner of the $50 voucher?

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Here’s your random number:

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Congratulations Maura (beesmom)! Here you can see Maura’s pretty summer garden card.

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Happy crafting!

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Challenge: Summer Garden

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the Monochrome Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is

SUMMER GARDEN

Summer is a wonderful season to enjoy your garden, the weather is warm enough to sit outside and relax, invite friends over for barbecues and enjoy picnics on the grass. We can’t wait to see what creations you make for this challenge!

This week we are showcasing products from Paper Artsy, if you have them we would love to see them used but you don’t have to use them to join in with the challenge.

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

 

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The lovely and super talented Alison Bomber aka Words And Pictures is joining us in the Designer Spotlight this month. If you haven’t seen her blog you are in for a real treat! Please pop by to say ‘Hi’ and leave her a lovely comment

Alison loves a wild and natural garden so her summer garden panel made using PaperArtsy Hot Picks captures that feeling

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The tag at the heart has a Distress Ink background and wildflowers and grasses from the PaperArtsy Hot Picks stamp range and a PaperArtsy butterfly hovers over it all.  My garden is full of trailing ivy cut with the Tim Holtz Spring Greenery Decorative Strip Die, and it winds its way over a textured stone wall created with the Wendy Vecchi Basically Bricks Stencil.  The flowers from the Prima Flowers Sweet Vintage Box have been altered with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints and Distress Stain Sprays, and the metallic accents are mainly from the Prima Sunrise Sunset Vintage Trinkets.  And I can’t manage without some words, so there are some Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk stickers as a finishing touch.

Andrea loved adding a Summer garden section to her altered board book using Paper Artsy Eclectica stamps.

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When it comes to whimsical outdoorsy shapes, you can’t beat Paper Artsy’s Eclectica 3/2 stamp set by Kim Dellow.  I adore the lollipop-looking trees and flowers, which pair beautifully with a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp’s own Hello Sunshine dies.  For a party feel, I also incorporated a banner made with Carabelle Studio’s Frise Nuage edge stamp.

Anna-Karin loves flower stamps and used a lovely Eclectica3 stamp set by Paper Artsy, by Lin Brown.

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I had such fun making this flower garden scene in my large Dylusions art journal. Apart from the stamp set mentioned above, I also used Paper Artsy’s Eclectica 3 #12, by Sara Naumann, for one of the sentiments and various textures. The page was watercoloured with Prima’s watercolour sets, such as the Tropicals, and the text was embossed with white embossing powder from Simon Says Stamp.

Barbara likes to make experiments: Paper Artsy  Rusting powder  is perfect for this challenge!

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My summer garden is a rusty garden! To achieve this effect I used Paper Artsy Rusting Powder and Tim Holtz Sizzix  Wildflowers Thinlits die. It was the first time I experienced Rusting powder   and the result is fabulous! To frame my flowers I printed a label from Tim Holtz Label Frames set  and  I used a stamp from Paper Artsy Stamp HOT PICK 1501 . For the large background I used Fresco Finish paints Antarctic and Guacamole, I added a small photo from Idea-ology Photobooth and   Crinkle ribbon to give a vintage feeling to my  work!

Cathie created a Summer Garden panel using stamps from several Paper Artsy stamp sets.

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I love Paper Artsy Stamps and have quite a large collection. They are wonderful not only for mixed media creations but their smaller sets make beautiful cards as well. I chose to create a Summer Garden panel using flowers and other bits and pieces from several Paper Artsy Stamp sets, EKC01, EKC02, EEV06, JOFY32, ELB22, and ELB15. I created the main background and colored my flowers with Fresco Finish Paints using the brayer technique and added a lovely sentiment from the ELB15 stamp set.

Cheiron used Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Paints to create a background for her mini garden canvas.

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I am certainly not a gardener, but I do love to enjoy nature in the warm weather. I created this mini canvas with a by painting a Dina Wakley Media Board panel with Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paints in Amethyst, Chartreuse and Chalk. I added lots of greens by cutting out a bunch of leaves from the Tim Holtz Sizzix Spring Greenery Die. I decorated a Tim Holtz vignette box to finish off my panel using a found relatives card, tissue tape, hex fasteners, and a small talk sticker. I then covered the box, and gave the rest of the project a quick splatter of picket fence and tarnished brass paints applied with the Distress Splatter brush to finish it off.

Emma used PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints to create a crackled background for her vintage summer garden canvas!

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I absolutely adore my garden and when summer arrives I love seeing all the flowers spring into life, especially the roses which tumble down a trellis and this vision inspired me to create a canvas in a soft vintage style, full of layers and texture. For my background, I used a layer of French Roast Paint before adding the Crackle Glaze. I then applied a layer of Snowflake paint over the top and watched the crackles appear! I then used Distress Crayons to add more depth and to create the worn effect to the background before adding my focal point of the roses, stamped using the images from Tim Holtz’s Lady Rose Stamp Set. To complete the canvas, I added some punched butterflies and a Small Talk Sticker.

Kath decorated a canvas with the Electica 3/02 stamp set designed by her lovely and very talented friend Kim Dellow

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I applied a coat of White Gesso to the canvas and then drybrushed with PaperArtsy Haystack,  Sugar Plum and Snowflake Fresco Finish Chalk Paints to create a patchy background effect. I loaded the edge of my palette knife with Snowflake to create a random cross hatch pattern. I stamped the cloud image with Black Archival, painted with Hey Pesto, outlined and created dots with a Sharpie White Extra Fine Point marker. I stamped the large flowers from the Electica3 EKD02 stamp set in Black Archival and coloured by pouncing on paint with a stiff bristled brush,stamped the spray of flowers in between and the squares stamp around the edges. I re-defined the detail on the large flowers with a Prima Black Mixed Media Marker. I created a highlight around the large flowers and stems using the Sharpie White Marker and also used it to colour in the spray flowers and small squares. I stamped the birds on to scrap card coloured with Haystack and a Plum/Snowflake mix, cut them out and mixed and matched the body details and tails. I popped them on 3D foam to sit on top of the Idea-ology Big Chat and Small Talk Stickers and finished off by decorating the canvas with self adhesive pearls from my stash.

Lols used Eclectica 3/01 Stamp Set designed by Kim Dellow

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Summer is my favorite month, even though it can get unbearably hot there is always the cool pool or mediterranean sea to jump into. I used the rubble wall die from a Mixed Media 3 set to create a rocky area and then popped the cute little hedgehogs in the shade of the trees to protect them from the blazing sun. I inked the background with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and then stamped the little circles with Aquamarine Archival Ink before using a Dot Fade Stencil and White Embossing Paste over the top.

Macarena loves the beauty of nature using one of the sweet Jofy Mini stamps!

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The Paper Artsy stamps are adorable. I love my Jofy Mini. I started with the grass made with Mini Well Rounded stencil, white gesso melted with Lindy’s Stamp Fresh Lime spray.  Than I stamped the flower several times and colored them with Distress Inks. I stamped some additional flower heads and glued them with 3D dots randomly. I gave some shadow to the flowers with Hickory Smoke Distress Crayon. The background was made with the same stencil and Distress Inks. Finally I put some gesso through the Mini Tiny Circles stencil. The last step was to choose the Rub-Ons and give a glossy to the flowers.

Maura is adding garden moths with Paper Artsy Everything Art set 2.

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I love my gardens and years ago, I wanted to turn all of my lawn into gardens…that is until I realized how much weeding would be involved! Today, I am happy to create a garden in my art journal, starting with the lovely chalk finish Paper Artsy paints in Limelight, Zesty Zing, and Beach Hut. The Paper Artsy Jofy stencil and Ranger texture paste work as a dynamic duo to build the garden. I hope you are enjoying your gardens as much as I am mine.

Meihsia created a mixed media canvas with many beautiful flowers and Paper Artsy sentiment stamp.
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I really enjoy watering flowers and plants in summer and see all the different colors in the garden. On this canvas, I created the background colors with Distress Paints, and distressed the edges with ColorBox Inkpad and Art Daubers. Some Prima Flowers and Tim Holtz metal embellishments were adhered. I stamped the Paper Artsy sentiment with ColorBox ink pad and pasted it to add more interest.

Sandra had so much fun creating a garden with Paper Artsy stamps
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Summer is after Spring my favorite season. And a great summer garden party is always fun! I started this page with Prima Marketing Opal Magic Alchemy Paint Rose-Gold and used the EM17 and JM 16 stamps from Paper Artsy to start building up the page. With Distress Crayons set 1 I’ve colored them. Love the vibrant color on top of the rose paint.

 

Zoey made a bright tag using Hot Pick 1301 

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I used two of my favorite Dylusions Paint – Bubblegum Pink and Lemon Zest to add color to a #8 Manila Tag , I also added texture using pieces of Tissue Wrap Paper by Tim Holtz. One of my favorite stamps by PaperArtsy is Hot Pick 1301 , so i wanted to use it as background but also make it pop up by double stamping the butterfly and three flowers and adhere them to the tag with 3d foam adhesive.

 

So now it’s YOUR turn to get out your inks, paints and all things arty and start creating! We are looking forward to seeing what you make!

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Winner and Designer Spotlights for the Monochrome Challenge

 

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We have four artists in the Designer Spotlight for the Monochrome Challenge!

 

#125 Judy Woodland – Cheiron says: I just love Judy’s monochrome pearlescent card. There is so much texture, sparkle and shine on this one, and it has such an elegant look!

#157 Alice K – Cathie says: I fell in love with the ATC cards Alice created. The backgrounds are amazing in their beautiful yellow colors. The stamps she chose along with the theme are the perfect match and really captured our theme this week perfectly.
- Kath says: I too fell in love with Alice’s beautiful ATC cards…stunning backgrounds and so much amazing detail in such a small space.
- Sandra says: These ATC’s are stunning! The gorgeous backgrounds are full with lots of details. Love the big bees especially, they look so dimensional!

#159 Marie – Maura says: I just love the trio of cards Marie has created! She made beautiful layers of white to wrap onto her cards. The white and kraft combination is gorgeous, from the tiny bits of stitching that add a wonderful element, to the delicate flowers, bits of string and burlap and some lovely stamping in white! These cards are a celebration of the natural world.

#166 Safsafdesign – Anna-Karin says: These four monochrome cards are so beautiful! The colouring is fantastic and the added embossing, glitter, Glossy Accents and bling are perfect. I also really like the layering and matting behind the main panels.

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We now have this lovely badge for you to add to your sidebar if you are this weeks, or a previous, winner please feel free to add this to your sidebar and please link it to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

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So who is the lucky winner of the $50 voucher?

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Here is your random number:

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Congratulations Theresa Pace!! Here you can see Theresa’s wonderful monochrome card. Isn’t that a fun sentiment?

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Congratulations! Please email us so we can explain how you can claim your prize, the address is on the sidebar.

Be sure to include your full name in the email so we can issue a Gift Certificate 

Thanks to everyone who joined in with the challenge and we hope you will all join in our current Summer Garden challenge too!

Happy crafting and have a lovely weekend!

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Challenge: Monochrome

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the Make A Wish Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is

MONOCHROME

Pick a color, any color, and create something with it!  We will look forward to seeing what you make!

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

 

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This is Kassa‘s last week with us in the Designer Spotlight and we would like to say a huge thank you for all of your fabulous creations over the past weeks. It has been a real pleasure having you along with us!

Kassa made a stunning wreath of flowers using pink tones

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‘Monochrome’ is a gift for a girly girl like me! I went all pink, was spoilt with a lush choice of Tim Holtz Distress Paints and Distress Stain Sprays.  Talking spoilt for choice, I got 5 of my 6 Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Florals Dies out to create the varyious sized flowers for this beautiful ‘sunny days’ wreath finished with a length of Tim Holtz Ideaology Crinkle Ribbon ,Occasions Small Talk Stickers and Sequins.

Andrea made a trio of monochromatic tags.

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I am a color-holic mixer-matcher, so the idea of sticking to tones of the same color for each project was quite terrifying.  Monochrome I am  not.  But you can see by the fact that I’m typing this that I survived and really ended up enjoying this challenge.  I had a lot of fun with Reverse Confetti’s new Big Stripes Color Plate die, which I used to cover all of my Tim Holtz Framelits die-cut tags.  I also went to town with those Seth Apter Spellbinders dies I’m loving: Robo Rings and Ring Around.

Anna-Karin planned to go with yellow, but then picked pistachio after a dream.

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I woke up in the morning and just knew I wanted to use Cracked Pistachio as my colour for this challenge, and it is such a stunning colour. A few darker shades of turquoise were also added to my wall-hanger. The focal point is one of Tim Holtz Sideshow stamps and it was paired up with a great sentiment stamp. I also used Woodgrain paper and die cut some gears from foil tape.

Barbara pick brown gold palette!
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It’s so difficult to me to work with only one color! I chose a gold/brown palette for my panel !  My Layered dragonfly was cut on  Tim Holtz Idea-ology TEXTILE SURFACES Paperie and painted with Walnut stain  Distress crayons  with a little touch of Ranger VINTAGE Shiny Transfer Foil . For the background I used Tim Holtz Rubber Stamp PATCHWORK 2 Stampers Anonymous and Sizzix Mosaic with Distress inks pads.  To create the frame I used Tim Holtz Sizzix CROSSHATCH Frameworks Die ,  cut  from two different Core’dinations collections: Metallic and Nostalgic.

 

Cathie used different shades of brown for her monochrome “Couture” panel.

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I created my panel using Prima’s Tales of You and Me 8×8 paper collection and added a skirt to the dress form by spraying some card stock with water using the Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer. This enabled the card stock to break down so I could easily shape it into a skirt.  I added a bit of whimsy with Tim Holtz Detailed Butterflies that I cut in half and adhered to the back of the dress form for wings. I added a few flourishes such as Spellbinders Foliage Flourish and some paper roses.

Cheiron created a monochrome look with all of the purples in the Ranger Distress line.

 

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I created this tag by painting it with Shaded Lilac Distress paint then stamping by spraying Wilted Violet Distress Spray Stain on a Ranger non stick craft sheet and dipping my stamp from the Halftone and Rings set into it.  I layered more stamps from the Big Top set and added a flash card, some tissue tape and a mirrored star to finish off my tag.

Kath created a Monochrome look with one of her favourite Distress Colours – Hickory Smoke

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I fixed Idea-ology Sketchbook and Symphony Tissue Tape to my art journal pages and covered with Hickory Smoke Distress Paint applied with a baby wipe. I inked the Halftone stamp with Black Soot and Hickory Smoke from Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Palette and stamped randomly over the background. I applied Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture Paste through the brick stencil from Mini Layering Stencils Set 3 and once dry coloured with the Hickory Smoke Distress Crayon, rubbing it into the texture with my finger and wiping back the surface with a baby wipe. I die cut the Radiant Sunflower from black card and paper covered with the Symphony Tissue Tape. I inked the Halftone stamp with the Picket Fence Distress Ink Pad and stamped on the black circles for the flower centres. I fixed down the tissue tape circles randomly and created a shadow around the edges with the Hickory Smoke Distress Crayon. I scuffed up the edges of the Big Chat Stickers with the Tim Holtz Sanding Grip Tool before fixing to the pages.

Lols also loves the soft grey tones of Hickory Smoke!

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I started by  using White Embossing Powder to heat emboss a piece of Watercolor Paper using a Halftone Cling Stamp to create a resist. I then blended the Hickory Smoke Distress Ink around the edges before using a brick wall mask, made by die cutting a Mixed Media 3 Thinlits Die, to add more interest. I then used a Wildflowers Cling Stamp, inked using the same Hickory Smoke ink for the background. I used a Wildflowers Die and a Thanks die cut for the focus and finished with a pice of Washi Tape and a White Twine Bow.

Macarena doesn’t lose hope…

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I chose my fave shades of fuccsia/purple with a touch of black and white. The background is made on a watercolor paper colored with Distress Inks.  A lot of water and layers of colors. I just couldn’t stop :-) When I was quite satisfied with the blending of colors, I stamped randomly some background patterns with Archival Jet Black Ink and put some accents with a White Sharpie Pen. I embossed the great sentiment from Ponderings by Tim Holtz and again gave a touch of White Sharpie. The dragonfly was stamped with Black Jet as well and softly colored with Seedles Preseves Distress Ink. I finished the edges with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink Pad.

Maura  is using the healing power of art journaling this week.

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I am feeling rather blue, so I chose Dina Wakley’s Ocean heavy body acrylic paint as my color. What better tool to apply it with than a Dina Wakley stiff bristle brush? Stencils are great to add layers to any art journal page, and I love Dina’s Leafy Media stencil. I just took some wonderful classes with Dina, so was inspired to use some of the same products we used in class. Nathalie Kahlbach has some awesome texture stamps that I used, like Grunge and Mish Mesh. I stamped with my favorite ink, Ranger’s Jet Black Archival. I’ve learned my art journal can be a wonderful place to work through difficult times and can be very healing.

Meihsia created a mixed media tag with citron color scheme.
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This week, I was inspired to create this tag with the shade of citron on the background. After coloring the background with Distress Paint, I stamped using Tim Holtz Random Quotes rubber stamp. The tag was decorated with Tim Holtz Townscape die and Leave die. I pasted some Big Chat Stickers and metal embellishment for the sentiment.

Of course Sandra chose her favorite color turquoise

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As you might know my favorite color is turquoise, so I had to go with that color for the monochromatic theme. I made a background with Vibrant Turquoise Dylusions Paint and a baby wipe. As black isn’t a real color, I had to use it to make some shading and a little contrast with Black Tie Paint Dabber, Jet Black Archival Ink and a Black Aquarelle Pencil.

Zoey used Distress Paint to create these two projects!

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Thinking in “monocolor” has always been my safe place, my confort zone. I made these two projects using the same products (just different colors), same stencils, same idea…just as i used to! Distress Paint came to the rescue, and I loved to use the Mini Stencil by Tim Holtz! I also used tissue tape and stickers..all by Tim Holtz!

So now it’s YOUR turn to get out your inks, paints and all things arty and start creating! We are looking forward to seeing what you make!

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We will also be choosing 3 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.

 

Winner and Designer Spotlights for the Make a Wish challenge

 

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We have five artists in the Designer Spotlight for the Make a Wish Challenge!

 

#8 Baby Birthday Wishes Pop-Up Box – Zoey says: I am a huge fan of pop-up box even if i never made one -I always love the dedication that people put into creating these fun pop-up boxes, and this one is particularly sweet and delicate! Love the little mouse holding the balloons!

#37 Ruchi’s Cafeteria - Marzena says: This card absolutely cought my eyes with the strong and vibrant colors. I love the dark blue of the frame broken by the fresh yellow of the beautiful AlteNew flowers! I love te pretty coloring with all the shades and ombre details. And the deep chocolate brown background is an amazing finish to all this composition. Great job! I love it.

#168 Arte Banale – Zoey says: AAAAAH!! I just adore this card! The eyes on this cute alligator are so perfect! The watercolor effect on the whole card design makes it so perfect for a birthday card for a little one! So sweet!

#152 Karen Bearse – Andrea says: Any project that can make Gollum look kind of cute gets my vote! I thought this wishful creation was so out-of-the-box clever with its theme and I love how Karen created an entire scene that tells an interesting story!

#187 Julie Gearinger – Anna-Karin says: Julie’s card is amazing, full of details and textures, and all in just one layer! I would never have guessed this was a one layer card, if I didn’t know it. Fantastic design, masking and inking.

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Challenge: Make A Wish

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the Felt That Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

Please scroll down to see who are in the spotlight and who is the lucky winner of the Felt That Challenge

This week the challenge is

MAKE A WISH 

We usually  ’Make A Wish’ before blowing out the birthday candles, but you could create something with a wish in mind. I wish I was lying on a beach listening to the waves and reading a good book. What is YOUR wish? We will look forward to seeing what you make!

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

 

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Remember to click on the person’s name to see all of the details of how we made these creations and leave these wonderful girls some comment love

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Kassa created a postcard sized birthday party!

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I used a piece of Dina Wakley’s Media Board trimmed to postcard size and I coated with  Ranger Texture Paste, Tim Holtz’s Crazing MediumDistress PaintDistress ink Spray and Distress Crayons. I used a  Tim Holtz Sizzix Mini Bird Crazy Stamps & Thinlits Dies and  Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits Birthday Blueprint Stamp to create a party. I finished with Abandoned Coral Distress Spray  and stained Ideaology Crinkle Ribbon. I think the cupcake looks good enough to eat!

Andrea made an altered tin assemblage featuring a classy wish-catcher.

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I got to thinking about wishes and what happens to all of the ones that get lost in the fast-paced big city.  So I made a “wish catcher” girl to gather up any stray wishes and make sure they get answered.  The girl is from Tim Holtz’s Occasions Found Relatives card set and her dress is covered with polka-dot and striped Washi tape from Doodlebug.  The city background is made with a very cool double stamp/stencil set from Stampendous called Urban Scribble.

Anna-Karin made a scrapbooking layout this week, full of wishes.

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My boys’ birthdays are close to each other and this layout is about making wishes and following your dreams. I had fun doing a mixed media scenic background using Tim Holtz dies, stamps, stencils and Distress Paint. I had been waiting for the Wildflowers dies and was happy to use them here. I also used some of Tim’s mini stencils, featuring two of my favourite designs, from set 8 and set 9.

Barbara loves to have wishes!

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I interpreted this challenge in a very personal way, I wanted to express something that is very important for me: keep the same curiosity and the same wishes that  all kids of the world have!  To make  this I used one of the photos from Found Relatives  Portraits and I created a canvas using Tim Holtz Idea-ology FRAMED PANEL . For my background Tim Holtz Sizzix CROSSHATCH Frameworks cut on  Core’dinations Metallic Cardstock  painted with Alcohol Inks lights my work. To complete the dreamy atmosphere I used stars and butterflies in subtle colors.

Cathie created a colorful tag with stars raining down representing many wishes.

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I created my background using several different colors of Distress Spray Stains. The stars were applied with the Heidi Swapp Confetti Stencil along with Ranger Gloss Transparent Texture Paste. I applied several stamps from the Tim Holtz Ultimate Grunge set along with a couple of his single clear stamps, Umbrella Man and Weathered Clock. My flowers were created using the Tattered Florals Bigz die cut out of corrugated paper and sprayed with more distress spray stains.

Cheiron created a wish tag with a reminder to keep wishing.

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I made this little tag this week as a reminder to keep on believing. I started off by painting two tags with Distress Paint in Mustard Seed and Victorian Velvet, and cutting one with the Mixed Media 2 die and layering them together. I added Alphanumeric Marquee letters, some remnant rubs, big chat and a mirrored star. I finished the tag up with some Crinkle Ribbon colored with Distress Stain and a spritz with my marker spritzer.

Kath made a notepad to jot down all the items on her crafty Wish List

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I removed the clip from the Idea-ology Mini Clipboard and painted it with Ranger Black Gesso. I created the notepad using papers from the Wallflower Paper Stash trimming them slightly smaller than the clipboard and scoring 3/4″ down from the edge. I created a collage for the front of the notepad by layering small pieces of Wallflower papers and fixing them in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte. I created a shadow around each piece using the Walnut Stain Distress Crayon and highlighted with the Sharpie White Extra Fine Point Marker. I used Tim Holtz Sizzix Writing Desk die to cut the feather from the Idea-ology White Substrate Sheet inked the edges with the Hickory Smoke Mini Ink Pad and stamped Ledger Script with Black Archival. I die cut the inkpot from Tim Holtz Co’redinations Kraft Core sanded lightly, decorated with a Vial Label and coated in Glossy Accents. I added Pen Nibs, stars from Christmastime Remnant RubsChitchat Stickers and Alpha Tiles. To finish off I applied Ranger Vintage Transfer Foil Cream and Gold to highlight the edges, the pen nibs, the feather and the clip.

Lols is wishing her brother a Happy Birthday!

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The Tim Holtz Birthday Blueprints Cling Stamp Set is one of my all time favourites and perfect for both feminine and masculine cards. I stamped the cupcake with Jet Black Stazon and coloured with Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade and Antique Linen Distress Inks, I then masked the image and splattered with Dylusions Fresh Lime and Vibrant Turquoise inks.  The Peacock Feathers Ink coordinates beautifully with Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue Card Stock so I used that for layering and then found a scrap of lime plaid to do down the edge. I finished with Washi Tape, Tim Holtz Paper String and a few dabs of Star Dust Stickles.

Macarena wishes for a colorful starry summer nights!

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For my background made on Watercolor Paper, I used Dylusions Sprays then I put Clear Embossing Ink through the Prima stencil and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder by Simon Says Stamp. After that I covered the page with Dylusions Black Paint ans the colors popped up from underneath the black. Between the black and blank space I used dark blue and purple Distress Inks to get an effect of an irregular night sky. I die cut two lines of houses from a heavy cardboard, covered with gesso and Dylusions Sprays. Finally gave Glossy Accents which brighten the colors and made them vibrant. After that I stamped some details with White Ink, put the stars and to give a final touch of night shining sky, I adhered randomly Gold Foil by Prima. Finally I cut out the sentiment with Alphanumeric Dies which I just love!

Lots of birthday wishes are happening at Maura’s house this month.

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I was inspired to make this little birthday card after watching a video on the Simon Says Stamp You Tube channel. I took out my Distress Crayons and started coloring, and then used the Tim Holtz Honeycomb stencil to add some texture with my Ranger Heat tool. I love the sweet little images from the Simon Says Stamp Baby Party Animals and Cuddly Critters (from the My Favorite collection) stamp sets. I’m happy I tried this new technique!

Meihsia was inspired to create a mixed media tag this week.

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Tags are always one of my favorite projects to create. On this tag, I embossed the background with Tim Holtz Stamp, Clearsnap Inkpad and ColorBox Embossing Powder. To make the sentiment, I pasted the Alpha Parts letter stickers ”wish” after colored them with Distress Paints. Some Prima Flowers and Tim Holtz metal embellishments were adhered on the tag using Tombow Mono Glue.

Sandra is in the middle of a birthday season
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These months are for me kind of a birthday card season. And I’m so glad that this challenge came along. I made a boy and girl version of the card. I used the Simon Says Stamp Birthday Frame die as my base and used lots of Washi tape to stick it down and build up my card. For the background stamping I chose Read To Me stamp with Archival Ink Jet Black.

Zoey altered a Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Vignette Panels to create an unique ATC

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I love these little Vignette Panels and altering them was super easy – I used a bit of Tissue Wrap Paper and a mix of Tissue Tape that then I covered with a bit of Gesso. I used Distress Crayons to add color and the Tim Holtz Distress Paint Metallic Shades to add some light! For the decoration…well..everything is easier when you mix and match Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Ephemera Pack , Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Photobooth and the Tim Holtz Stickers!

So now it’s YOUR turn to get out your inks, paints and all things arty and start creating! We are looking forward to seeing what you make!

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You have until Monday  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

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