Challenge: Anything goes!

It’s been quite a while since we had an “anything goes” kind of week – so enjoy it! Now is your chance to create absolutely anything and share with us. From cards to scrapbooks, jewelry to altered art – we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Anna-Karin was in the mood for a colourful canvas this week.

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I recently got the new Hero Arts Elegant Pine stencil and immediately wanted to use it. I love trees and this one is so pretty. The leaves were die cut from old book paper and applied to the canvas with multi-medium. I used Distress Paints to paint the canvas and gave it extra texture with embossing paste and a border stencil. The little bird is also a Hero Arts stamp and was stamped on tissue paper and glued to the canvas.

Michelle wanted to create a world where Autumn leaves never needed raked.

With a Falling Foliage stencil from Claudine Hellmuth, and a Tattered Leaves die, I was able to create a world where beautiful colored leaves swirled freely around in a diorama box.

Mona was inspired to create a greeting card for a dear friend.

Combining one of the many versatile sentiments from Apothecary Labels with a fancy coordinating die made for the perfect focal point for my card. I layered the sentiment on a variety of die cuts pieces then finished it off with a homemade glitter coated Bitty Blossom.

Meihsia was inspired to use most of her Heidi Swapp collection to create a project this week.

I have lots of Heidi Swapp‘s cute stuff but didn’t get chances to play most of them. Since anything goes this week, it’s the best time for me to use them up and create something beautiful and colorful. On this Memory File, I decorated the cover with the stickers, paper roses, vintage chic note and seam binding. There are also some die cut embellishments were attached made using my favorite cutting machine the Silhouette Cameo . It’s so fun to play with those great stuff that I was too busy to use or I almost forgot they were in my craft room.

I (May)  am really in the mood to get a jump start on the holidays!

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The new Simon (exclusive!) Tim Holtz kit is just the thing to get me in the holiday spirit! I had so much fun making this tag layering, embossing, painting, and just playing with all kinds of ideas. You’ve got to love the freedom of an anything goes week!

Suzz started playing with metallic and tissue paper to add texture and sheen to her anything goes project.

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Anything Goes opens up all kinds of possibilities and my mind was wandering around thinking of things I wanted to try and play with. I decided to play with gluing tissue paper onto a book cover and painting it with a mix of metallic polishes. I continued my exploration and applied another metallic using Wendy Vecchi Gold Embossing Paste through the Prima Flourishes Stencil. I think my eclectic mix of whimsy fits the anything goes theme perfectly.

Andrea wanted to house her memo’s in a fancy new location.


Don’t tell my husband, but I am also very much in love with Post-it notes. I use them for everything, even if I have to string ten or twenty together in an epic Post-it Note chain to convey my most important communications. And while I always align my Post-It notes in a very neat and tidy manner and buy them in fun colors, I thought it might be nice to make my memo situation even more glamorous. And so I created this magnetic memo house using gorgeous Prima Lifetime paper, Prima Divine paper and this adorable October Afternoon Farm Girl Tin Pin.

Dan seems to have gotten quite far into fall and not made anything fall-y yet, so he’s rectified the situation this week.

I’ve actually had Tim Holtz’s Simple Sayings stamp set for quite some time now so took the opportunity to open the packaging for the first time. Finally getting around to making something with an autumn theme is another first for this project, for this year at least. Autumn is my favourite season, both for the changes in nature and for the traditional colours of rich browns, reds and golds. Other stamps I used included the Fallen Leaves stamp set (also for the first time) and the Autumn Blueprint set. The sharp-eyed among you will probably have also picked out the Bubble and Burlap layering stencils.

Inspiration for Tracy this week was the need to make a birthday card for her daughter’s 13th Birthday.

I decided to unwrap my Gelli Plate which has been in its wrapping for over six months, how embarrassing! I did not want to look at any videos or step by steps, I simply wanted to play in my own way and see where inspiration took me. Claudine Hellmuth’s Studio Acrylic Paints Classic Teal and Modern Red helped with my first experimentation. I also experimented with Distress Paints Fired Brick and Broken China and I have whipped up three pieces with the backgrounds I created with the Gelli Plate and had great fun along the way.

Sandra Mouwen loves making her own albums, like this one she made for her trip to London

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I certainly do like to make my own albums. This way I can make it so that it perfectly fits with the project I have in mind. This time I wanted a small one, because all my pictures are printed out in the size 2×3 inches, yes that small! So I cut the Chipboard pieces to the size it would hold the fabulous 6×6 Memorabilia papers from Teresa Collins. The black paper of the 12×12 Memorabilia paper line is like it’s chalkboard! Perfect for stamping with the amazing London Sights stamps in Picket Fence Distress Paint.

It may be an “Anything Goes” challenge week, but Candy is still thinking Halloween.

Come along for a ride and a tutorial on my vintage/retro Halloween plane made from Configurations Box compartments and Graphic 45’s Steampunk Spells 8×8 Paper Pad! An Artistic Outpost Pumpkin pilot and his retro Black Cat and Witch pipe cleaner passengers are swooping in to say “Trick or Treat!” Paprika and Platinum Stickles provide the perfect sparkle to this little cast of characters.

Since anything goes this week, Ashli took this opportunity to do a double pager, complete with interactive mini-books!

A double pager tends to be a rare occasion for me, but since anything goes, I am going for it! I am loving large 12×12 prints as page backgrounds lately, so for this layout I decided to put two together and document our family festivities for our daughter’s second birthday. I had more fun layering up bits of the Wild and Free 6×6 paper pad, along with some of the Alison Kreft paper clips. Since I had lots of little photos to include from the day, I made some little interactive “books” bound with washi tape. A finishing touch of an Amy Tangerine stamped title completes this interactive double pager!

Be sure to tune back in Wednesday when guest designer Sarah Gough will join us!

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 October 27th 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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