Challenge: Anything goes!

This is the final challenge of 2014… so anything goes!

Emma’s festive wreath is full of shimmery sparkle and shine!

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As Christmas approaches and we make the final touches to our beautiful festive decorations, I thought this wreath would be perfect to hang in pride of place in my home. The central Festive Gent die cut is covered is painted with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint and covered in Distress Glitter for sparkle and then surrounded by stacked die cut snowflakes covered in Frosted Film for added shimmer.

Mona was inspired to create a holiday tag.

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Tags are so versatile and during the holiday season, a tag can easily be used as an ornament, a gift tag or simply an inspirational piece to spread some cheer! I was inspired to create a mixed media holiday tag featuring a pair of beautiful layered angel wings. and a crackled Mini heart. The tag has a lot of texture that was created using Texture Paste along with the Latticework Stencil. Once dry, randomly applied various colors of Winter Distress Paints made for a fantastic painted background.

Suzz was inspired by vellum this week and using it to overlay on a beautiful sunset.

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I had to create a quick sympathy card which had me creating a vellum overlay on a serene scene. I decided to continue with the vellum and create a holiday card using the beautiful colors from Memento dye inks-Paris Dusk, Memento Dye Ink – Lilac Posies, Memento Rose Bud Ranger Distress Ink – Mustard Seed and a birch tree backdrop. This has me wishing for a snowy night where all is quiet and the sky is shades of purple.

Ashli needed a little something special for Christmas…

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My girls are getting a special gift this Christmas… one that can’t be wrapped, so I needed a creative way to present it to them on Christmas morning! Using some Cosmo Cricket and Studio Calico paper, I created an interactive prize ribbon for them. A simple brad creates the interactive element that is layered behind the fabulous Maya Road deer embellishment. I can’t wait for them to read the inside come Christmas morning!

Meihsia decided to create a mixed media cover for a Dollhouse album this week.

I love all the fabulous Prima Flowers embellishments that I received recently so decided to use them to create a mixed media cover for this Dallhouse Chipboard Album. The texture on the background of the cover was created using Texture Paste White Sand after the Heavy Gesso was applied. Facetten- Lack Crackling Colour was covered on the windows and the door for crackling effect.

Michelle has been busy making tags for those holiday packages.

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By using one color palette and similar shapes, I’ve discovered that gift tags can be made out of just about anything. The Retro Packages were quickly made using my Sizzix Big Shot. The Styled Woodlands Deer looks happy resting upon the Crate Paper Notes and Things Ephemera.

Anna-Karin needed business cards and decided to make her own.


I needed business cards to hand out to people and used leftover gelli printed papers to make these. Very simple and quick and all the cards are different. I stamped each card with various Tim Holtz image and sentiment stamps using Archival Jet Black ink and then the cards were done.

Andrea went wherever her feet took her, which in this case was to make shoe memo holders.

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While browsing the baby section at a local clothing store, I became intrigued with the adorable little shoe forms that baby socks were packaged on. I bought a package of socks, ignored them, and went straight for the little cardboard foot shapes instead! With a healthy dose of Gesso and tons of Washi (my current faves are Cavallini and Company’s Numbers set and My Mind’s Eye’s Pretty Things set), these shoes took on a life of their own.

Sandra Mouwen is moving and made some tags to send out her new address

Yes, it’s almost time for the big move. Construction is in the final stage, so time to make some moving tags to let my family and friends know my new address. I started with a Kraft tag to represent the cardboard boxes of moving. To adhence that fact I used the Distressed Texture stamps from Bo Bunny. I love the new Arrow border from Simon Says Stamp. I cut them out of Adhesive Cork.

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

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As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by random generator. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here. This challenge will end at 11:59pm on Sunday December 21st Eastern time. We will also be choosing some of our entries to put in the spotlight – a special honor where we talk about why we loved that entry in particular and award a special badge too! For the full rules, read the “challenge rules” posted in the side-bar here on our blog.

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  1. Lovely projects ladies, gorgeous. Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and wonderful New Year. Big hugs. Tracy x x x x

  2. You leave me with my mouth hanging open, drooling over your incredible creations! Thank you for another favorite AG challenge!! Happy Holiday Hugs! Darnell

  3. I read this is your final challenge and felt sad. Aaawwww……then I collected myself and remembered that it will start all over again in a couple of weeks. I sure do hope! I’ve learned so much from your talented designers.

  4. Wow, fabulous inspiration by all the DT. All projects are truly amazing!! :D Thank you for this ‘Anything Goes’ challenge to end the year!

  5. Happiest of holidays to all however you choose to celebrate! Thank you for a year of fabulous challenges and projects!!

  6. It’s been such an age since I’ve been able to join in … so thank you for an Anything Goes – a chance to get back into the swing!! Glorious projects from the DT – I’m off to see more…
    Alison x