Winners: Anything Goes Challenge

It’s that time… we’ve got the spotlight and voucher winners!
designer-spotlight
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!

50dollar_voucher_600px

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.

|

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!

50dollar_voucher_600px

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!

kraft_ashli

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.

emma2

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.

kraft_michelle

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.

kraft_mona

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.

kraft_andrea

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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.

153 copy

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.

50dollar_voucher_600px

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!

designer-spotlight

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!

50dollar_voucher_600px

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

#99 Snazzyjj

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.

any_mona

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.

any-andrea

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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.

any_michelle

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…

any_ashli

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.

emma1

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.

196 copy

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.

50dollar_voucher_600px

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.

Winners: In The Family

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

designer-spotlight

We have three entries to spotlight this week:

#20 Catherine Andrea says: Catherine’s bright and wonderfully colored journal page is a visually stunning tribute to friends. I love how she blended the background so beautifully and set it against the black and white “friend” images.

#39 Beulah Ashli says: I am really taken by this lovely tag! Her interpretation of this challenge was spot on with her use of the old family photo set on a fun and colorful background!

#92 Mary Elizabeth Anna-Karin says: These two vintage photography canvases are both gorgeous and full of wonderful details and techniques. I love the images and words used, and all the different cameras. Sandra says: Ohh wow, this is gorgeous! I love every inch of this vintage looking project! The camera’s on the printed paper are stunning, but so is the camera die cut! Amazing!

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!

50dollar_voucher_600px

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

#32 Jill

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: Scratched Up

From rubbing with steel wool to sandpaper, giving an aged look with a brown ink pad to crumpling and then flattening back out some paper, or even using a scratched up looking stamp – this week we challenge you to embrace imperfection and get grungy.

Ashli decided to play with some modeling paste this week…

scratch_ashli

I wanted to try using some Modeling Paste to achieve a crackle effect. I ended up making a fun Bow with my little experiment and surrounding it with lots of other little bows. This family of bows inspired me to borrow inspiration from last week’s challenge and scrapbook about my family. A little Watercolor and some layering of the remaining crackle work finished off this fun page!

Handcrafted embossed metal flowers were the main focus of Emma’s tag.

scratch_emma

I love creating handcrafted flowers for my projects and these flowers, made using grungepaper and covered with metal foil tape are something a bit different but perfect for this week’s challenge. Each die cut bloom is embossed with the Blueprint and Gears Texture Fade and inked with alcohol ink before I used the Tim Holtz Sanding Tool over the surface to scratch away some of the ink on the raised areas. I then added them to my tag as the main focal point for my project this week.

Grungy is one of Suzz’s favorite words so when she saw the challenge she knew she would be distressing the edges.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I was thinking of scratching up the surface of a piece of ephemera. But when I went into the drawer to pull out an old image I spied these sweet 7 Gypsies mini-tags and that was all the distraction I needed. I pulled out all kinds of images to create mini vignettes. I added a lovely sponge of Ranger Distress Ink Walnut Stain around the edges to give it the lovely grungy touch.

Sandra Mouwen made this tag for the sweet found relative girl.

I love those Found Relatives. It makes me wonder who those people were. This cute girl needed to be on a tag that complemented her. I wanted to use some lighter colors I normally don’t choose for the background. Like Victorian Velvet, Wild Honey and Spun Sugar Distress Ink. But before I blended those colors, I first did the paint resist technique with Antique Linen Distress Paint and Sunset Sunrise Stencil. The edges of the tag are all scratched up with the Paper Distresser.

Michelle did some “Pocket Scrapbooking” with scratched vintage photos.

scratch_michelle

My Snap Binder was the perfect size for “Pocket Scrapbooking” these mini vintage photos. Instead of trying to hide the scratches, I emphasized them with Paper Artsy Stamps by Ellen Vargo. My Mind’s Eye Nob Hill Die Cuts have the prettiest shade of green to compliment the sunny Summer theme.

Meihsia was inspired to create an art journal page with scratched looking edges.

I created an art journal page to remind myself to follow my heart and be daring. On this page, I colored the background with ColorBox Smooch Spritz and distressed the edges with ColorBox Ink Pads. To create the scratched look, I stamped Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Bitty Grunge Stamper Anonymous around the edges.

Barbara says this challenge was made for her!

scratch_barbara

The use of sandpaper and Distress ink Walnut stain on the edges, is really an essential part of my projects! I think I have made very few without using it, I love the grunge style. This time I did it with my Artist Trading Block, sewing theme, in which I have included many elements and I created a small model with my mini dress form. Its accessories are all signed Tim Holtz: the belt, the flower and even the dress, sewn with the crinkle ribbon.

Andrea got all scratched up while doing some gardening this weekend, so she made some lovely thorn-free Washi tape roses.

family_andrea

A gardener I am not, though I have great admiration for those green thumb geniuses out there who make beautiful things bloom. I always feel like I’m going to battle when I head into the garden, but at least I can make some paper flowers bloom! I made some Washi tape roses (no scratch risk here) with the help of a Sizzix flower die and scads of Washi tape, like this great set from My Mind’s Eye. The roses seemed to be the perfect accompaniment for my tag which features a Tim Holtz “Be Brave” sentiment stamp.

Mona was inspired to create a grungy canvas with scratched edge butterflies.

scratch_mona

Striving to create a grungy canvas, I reached for a variety of Distress Ink Refills, Distress Stain and Distress ink to add color to the burlap panel filled with vintage trinkets and die cut embellishments. Wanting to add more texture to the canvas, I scratched up the edges of the die cut crackle painted butterflies.

Anna-Karin created texture with scratches on this mixed-media canvas.

Starting with not much of a plan, I made scratches into wet gesso, which ended up looking a little like a landscape. I used a Tim Holtz elephant stamp which has a scratchy sketched texture. The third type of scratches is into the birds and letters die cut from foil tape. It was fun playing around with dramatic colours and my Distress Paints here.

I (May) scratched off some paint as I made this tag.

161 copy

For this week I started thinking about the scratchiness of sand, and that led me to the beach. As I cut loose playing with this tag I ended up using a favorite scratchy distress paint on metal technique, as well as having a great time with texture paste and distress.

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.

50dollar_voucher_600px

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 17th 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.

“J” challenge winners:

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

#47 Kerstin F says The rust effects on this project is wonderful, with so many different textures. The background is great too and the touches of yellow work so well here.

#107 Julie Sandra says: This art journal page is so very pretty! Love the lettering she did, and the cup of tea is really beautifully drawn. The water color effect has such an amazing effect!

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!

50dollar_voucher_600px

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

#80 Marianne’s Craftroom

Congratulations! Email May (may.flaum (at) gmail. com) within the next two weeks to claim your voucher!
A big thank you to Simon Says Stamp for sponsoring such a generous prize each and every week here on the Monday challenge blog! Also I’d like to thank everyone who participates in the challenges – seeing your creations is always such fun and we love how you take our challenges and make them your own each week.

Challenge: In the family…

What family? The family of distress colors? Your ancestors? Friends you feel are closer than your biological family? The people you share your home with? There are a lot of answers to the question of this week’s challenge – and how you answer our call to creativity is entirely up to you.

Sandra Mouwen would have loved to have pictures of her own ancestors.

Well I come from two big families, but I don’t have any pictures of my grandparents or their parents. So I’ll have to do the Found Relatives to make my family chronicles. I started these pages with inking the edges with Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door and Walnut Stain Distress Inks. To make the background more interesting I stamped randomly with lots of different stamps, like Checkered and Cartographer 1.

Ashli was inspired by her four little girls…

family_ashli

With our newest addition, we now have four little girls. I was inspired by these photos of them in some dresses my mother made them… four of a kind! Using a negative cut from the Clustered Leaves Die, I added patterned paper to show through. With the addition of a Painted title, some Sequins, and an Amy Tangerine Tag, I have my my little family scrapbooked!

Emma made a precious keepsake using a beautiful photograph of her Grandmother.

family_emma

I’ve always loved this precious photo of my Grandmother, I just think it’s so beautiful and captures the era so well and this challenge gave me the perfect opportunity to create a frame for the photograph, using Wendy Vecchi’s Embossing Crackle Paste. I used the photo as my main focal pint and surrounded it with a Tim Holtz verse stamped onto an inked tag, paper flowers created with the Tattered Florals die and various pieces of Idea-Ology.

What is the definition of “Family”? Suzz went looking in her old dictionary for inspiration.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I decided to use an old dictionary for inspiration and pulled out the pages with “Family”, “Sister” and “Brother”. After mixing those together on a card front I went with the fun concept of the family tree and used the DarkRoom Door Trees set along with a few birds from the Visual Artistry Lost and Found set to blend the definitions together. I think this makes a lovely welcoming card for a new addition to the family.

Anna-Karin thought it was about time she made a necklace again.

I was thinking of lockets, where you can keep family photos real close to your heart. Tim Holtz Locket Book is a perfect place for precious family photos and it is the centre piece of this necklace. I had fun choosing and altering many different Idea-olgy embellishments, such as: Letterpress Letters, Heart Charms, Game Pieces, and a key. My favourite pieces might be the Fragments and Facets altered with patterned paper, rub-ons and alcohol ink.

Mona was inspired to create a family mini album keepsake.

family_mona

I chose to create a grungeboard mini album featuring an embossed framed photo of each of my family members currently residing at home. I enjoyed embellishing each page with 3-D Roses and Metal Charms. Please feel free to stop by and meet my family.

A Summer Family Picnic enticed Michelle to create in her art journal.

family_michelle

A sweetly endearing page from a vintage children’s book is the basis for this page in my art journal. Tim Holtz Stacked Stars added sparkle without taking away from the illustration. Woodgrain washi and silver pigment ink added fun to the page.

Andrea re-purposed a Scrabble tile tray into a photo holder to display her favorite family photos.

scratch_andrea

When I saw a half-dead Scrabble game at my local thrift store, I knew it would come in handy! I gave new life to one of the tile trays by making it into a photo holder. It’s fun to switch out the photos or even throw a quote on it from time to time. I made my photo holder with my favorite Tim Holtz alphabet die, a stamp from his Winged Things II set and some great Memento Luxe inks, like Danube Blue.

Meihsia is always inspired by her two children, Natalie and Christopher, to document family memories.

Documenting family memories was the reason I started crafting. Natalie and Christopher always inspire me to create. On this journal page, I made textures using Modeling Paste and Prima Flowers Stencil. The background was colored with Gelatos and Color Shine. I love to decorate my art journal page with Prima Flowers embellishments.

When Barbara read the theme of this challenge she immediately thought of her family, the most important part of her life.

family_barbara

I am a very reserved person and usually do not use photos of my loved ones, but this seemed like the perfect opportunity to introduce them to everyone. I made a “photo holder” in my own way, using the tags, my beloved distress, something for each family of distress colors , Tim’s stencils and Tim’s fabric. I would say that in this project I mixed the important things in my life: family and my “art”!

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.

50dollar_voucher_600px

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 10th Eastern time. We will also be choosing some of our entries to put in the spotlight – a special honor where we talk about why we loved that entry in particular and award a special badge too! For the full rules, read the “challenge rules” posted in the side-bar here on our blog.

Winners: Midsummer challenge

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

#37 Nicole Meihsia says Nicole created a gorgeous tag with a beautiful vibrant color scheme on the background and great sentiment. It is a fun and awesome mixed media piece for summertime.
Anna-Karin says: This vibrant neon tag is stunning and very summery. The heart, colours, circles and sentiment are all wonderful together.

#42 Julie Lavalette Emma says: Julie’s flower cart is such a clever and creative piece and with all those fabulous blooms, it encapsulated the feel of Mid Summer so well and was perfect for our theme! A truly wonderful creation. Sandra says: Wow, this flower cart is beyond words! I love all the beautiful flowers and the cart itself is absolutely stunning! I can see it standing by the road on a midsummer day of an old country village!

#113 sarascloset Andrea says: Sara’s wonderful summer card includes so many clever techniques, like die-cutting pictures out of a travel brochure to act as embellishments. It’s the perfect way to pay homage to a wonderful summer vacation!

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!

50dollar_voucher_600px

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

#95with crafts and lace

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.