Moonlit Sky Tutorial with Emma Williams

Hello everyone, it’s Emma here and today, I’m so excited to be sharing my “Moonlit Sky” tutorial with you all. In this post, I will be showing you how to create a winter’s night background using Distress Inks.

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Distress Inks are a wonderful way of creating backgrounds for stamped projects and they can give the most fabulous effects by layering and blending different colours together.

To begin with, cut a circle from a piece of copy paper approx. 3.75″ in diameter (at this stage don’t throw away the paper that you’ve cut the circle from, you will need this for later) and also punch out a scallop circle, approx 2.5″, from copy paper. You will use these as masks to create your sky. You will also need a piece of white stamping card measuring 5.5″ x 6.25″, Antique Linen, Dusty Concord and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks and blending tools.

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Lightly blend Antique Linen Distress Ink over the entire surface of the white card.

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Take your circle shape and place it onto the inked card, to act as a mask for the moon.

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Holding the circle in place, ink the card with Dusty Concord Distress Ink.

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To create the cloud effect, keep the circular mask in position and using the scalloped circle, place it at the top of the card, holding it in place and ink around the top section of the scallops to create clouds. Move the scalloped circle around the card to create a cloud effect over the entire background.

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With the moon mask still in place, flick droplets of water over the top of the inked card.

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Using a paper towel, dab the background to remove the excess water from the card. Ink around the edges of the card with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.

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Remove the moon mask from the card and here’s where you will need to use the piece of scrap paper that you previously cut your circle from. Place the circular aperture over the top of the moon, to mask off your cloudy sky background.

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Using Old Paper and Dusty Concord Distress Ink and using a piece of cut n dry foam, lightly ink the inside of the circular mask to create shading for your moon. Start with a little ink at first and then build up the colour gradually to create light and dark within the circle.

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Tear a strip from a sheet of copy paper place the rough, torn edge of the strip over the top of your moon. Add shading by lightly inking along the torn edge to give the effect of moon shadows.

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Your background is now complete and ready to stamp on.

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Using Jet Black Archival Ink, ink up Santa and his reindeers from the Tim Holtz Christmas Nostalgia stamp set and stamp the image across the centre of the moon.

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Ink up the silhouette foliage, again from the Christmas Nostalgia stamp set and use the stamp to create the foliage in the top left hand corner.

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Cut a piece of kraft card, 6.75″ x 7.5″. Ink up the starburst background stamp from the Christmas Nostalgia set using a Versamark Watermark Stamp pad, (or any other clear embossing ink pad) and stamp around the edge of the piece of kraft card. Sprinkle white embossing powder over the top of the wet ink and heat emboss until shiny and molten.

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Ink the edges of the kraft card with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, matt onto purple cardstock and mount onto the front of a white cardblank, measuring 7″ x 8″.

Matt the inked background onto gold cardstock, leaving a narrow border around the edge.

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Using the Written Believe stamp, stamp the word onto your background in Jet Black Archival Ink.

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Cut two strips of crinkle ribbon. Apply some Old Paper Distress Stain to your craft sheet, mist with water and dye the ribbon using the stain. Heat dry.

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Layer the ribbon over the top of a piece of burlap and wrap the layers around the bottom section of stamped background. Tie into a shabby double bow. Mount the matted layers of card, with the ribbon attached onto the front of your covered card blank.

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Using the Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecone die, die cut a piece of kraft card, ink with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and assemble two pinecones. Attach the pinecones to your bow, using a hot glue gun. Add a small piece of cheesecloth to the arrangement.

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Add die cut twigs to the arrangement and then apply small amounts of Picket Fence Distress Paint onto the edges of the twigs and pinecones to give the appearance of snow.

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Place a Mirrored Star in the centre of the bow and add decorative pins.

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As a finishing touch, attach three small Mirrored Stars onto your main stamped image.

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Your card is now finished and ready to send to someone special!

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I really hope you’ve enjoyed my tutorial and I’ve inspired you to use your Distress Inks to create some wonderful backgrounds for your stamped images.

Supplies Used:
Surfaces: Ranger Kraft Card, Ranger Speciality Stamping Paper. Purple Core’Dinations Cardstock.
Stamps: Tim Holtz Written Believe, Christmas Nostalgia
Dies: Sizzix Tattered Pinecone by Tim Holtz
Inks: Distress Inks Dusty Concord, Antique Linen, Old Paper, Chipped Sapphire, Frayed Burlap. Jet Black Archival Ink. Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Distress Paint: Picket Fence
Distress Stains: Old Paper
Embossing Powder: Stampendous Detail White Fine Opaque Embossing Powder
Embellishments: Idea-Ology Mirrored Stars, Crinkle Ribbon
Tools: Hot Glue Gun, Craft Sheet, Big Shot, Blending Tools, Ranger Cut-N-Dry Foam, Ranger Mister Spray, EK Success Scallop Circle Punch
Items from my own stash: Cheesecloth, decorative pins, burlap ribbon, white card blank, gold cardstock, copy paper

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Wow! I absolutely love how Emma created such an interesting background so simply. Stunning – and perfect for this week’s challenge! Now it’s your turn! Join us this week in the challenge and show us what techniques you’re ready to rock!

Challenge: To the Moon

If you’ve always wanted to go to the moon, love all celestial things, want to be a space explorer, or perhaps just like stars on your craft projects this week we want to see how you’re inspired by the universe, galaxy, or anything else out of this world.

Sandra Mouwen is over the moon with her card!

Well not so literally, it’s the working title of this card. But I had so much fun playing with the Prima Copper Crackle Texture Paste. It’s gonna be the moon of my card. First I made the dark blue background with Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire. I made a stencil out of a piece of cardboard with the biggest of the Sized Circles and applied the paste with a Palette Knife. While drying a halo appeared because the paste is very wet, but I think it’s perfect.

Barbara felt that to the moon is a very large theme!

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When I read the title of this challenge, I quickly realized that would use a Hero Arts stamp that I fell in love at first look and that is the background of my jumbo tag! Then I thought about the stars and I was reminded a David Bowie’s song, the soundtrack of my teenage years! The new die-cut with small letters by Tim Holtz seemed perfect to create the title: “Starman”. And who but the very classic “umbrella man” in space to infinity and beyond?

“I’ll Love you all the way to the Moon and Back” is something Suzz shared with her youngest every night.

My youngest and I read the beautiful book by Sam McBratney called “Guess How Much I love You” many times and it started a nightly ritual of saying how much we loved each other. This layout is inspired by those special moments when she was little and the nighttime ritual. I used the beautiful Memory Box Star Dust Stencil to create a sprinkling of stars mixed with the Heidi Swapp Color Shine Gold spray to create a shimmery night. I die cut a mix of stars using Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Stars and Sizzix Stars.

Ashli was inspired to scrapbook about her little “rock star” this week…

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I have quite the little helper in the garden these days and when we finished a rock installation, I knew I had a little “rock star” on my hands, worthy of scrapping! Layering some Wood Vaneers under my Punched Stars adds to the rustic feel of this layout. Some lovely watercolors and a fabulous little Deer finish it off!

Mona gave a star shaped piece of home decor a new look for the upcoming holidays.

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As the holiday season is right around the corner, I was inspired to alter a star shaped decoration with embossed Foil Cardstock. Adding a touch of color using pitch black acrylic paint along with African Jade paint added lots of depth and dimension. A finished it off with a stamped sentiment from Holiday Labels.

Meihsia created a mixed media canvas with the moon and stars.

I just received my new texture paste and Gesso, and thought they would be perfect to create textures for this project. I covered the background of this cavas with Heavy Gesso and the edges with Texture Paste White Sand. The moon and stars were die cut using Tim Holtz Sizzix Die Crescent Moon & Stars.

Anna-Karin thought it was about time to start making some Christmas cards.

I love to create little scenes and the new Sizzix Winter Deer die makes it very easy to create a snowy forest scene. The scene is done on gloss cardstock and coloured with Adirondack Dye and Distress Inks. The moon was masked out while inking. To give the card even more of a snowy feeling, I white embossed Tim Holtz Specks stamp on the ground.

I (May) took a look up at the night sky and was inspired.

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These Dina Wakley stamps had the perfect thoughtful lady for my tag. Inspired by the moon and stars, I had a lot of fun stenciling, coloring, and building texture onto this tag.

Michelle’s scrapbook layout is all about the stars.

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Theodore Roosevelt said, “Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.” The Crate Paper Chipboard Frame surrounds a vintage vacation photo of eager young boys full of life. The stamped sentiment from Waffle Flower echoes the shining optimism of the stars.

Andrea made a travel-sized art kit just in case she ever finds herself on the moon.

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I’m sure there would be a lot of fascinating things to see in space. But I don’t think I could live for long anywhere in the galaxy without my art supplies. I created a condensed art kit using a Configurations box and filled it with some of my very favorite (and tiny) supplies like these fabulous new mini Distress Ink pads.

Emma will be back on Wednesday with a tutorial on how to create a moonlit sky using Distress Inks.

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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 November 23rd 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.

Mixed Media Ornament with Meihsia Liu

Hi, everyone, Meihsia here today to share a tutorial of how to create this mini canvas wall hanging with a cute ornament on it.

To start this project, I die cut the ornament base with Tim Holtz Sizzix Die Carved Ornaments and kraft chipboard.

Apply a layer of Prima Flowers White Heavy Gesso on the ornament base and dry it with a heat tool.

Dab Clearsnap ColorBox Top Boss Embossing Stamp Pad on the ornament base.

Sprinkle UTEE or any clear embossing powder on the ornament base then pour the excess powder off.

Apply heat to UTEE on the ornament with a heat tool until UTEE melted. Repeat the heat embossing steps 3 or 4 times for a thick raised layer.

After applying the heat on the last embossing, IMMEDIATELY stamp the pattern on the ornament with Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps 2014 Christmas Nostalgia.

You can always heat and melt UTEE or clear embossing powder on the ornament again, and stamp the pattern on it until you are satisfied with the result.

Apply Clearsnap Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink Gold on the stamped pattern. The felt tip of Smooch Accent is perfect to color the small pattern like this.

Apply Clearsnap Aladine Pigment Ink Gold Izink around the edges of the ornament.

Cover Tim Holtz Sprocket Gears watch parts and Regal Adornments metal with Heavy Gesso.

After the Gesso is dry, color these embellishments with Distress Paints.

Apply a layer of Heavy Gesso on Tim Holtz Idea-ology Bare Minis Burlap Panel.

Cut the image from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Stash Seasonal and distress it. Then attach the image on the canvas while the Gesso is still wet.

Attach all the embellishments using heavy structure gel.

I really love this cute ornament with these gorgeous colors and beautiful metal embellishments.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and got inspired to create your unique ornament for this holiday.

Happy crafting!

Meihsia
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Thank you Meihsia for the awesome project tutorial. This one absolutely blows me away!!  Now guess what? it’s your turn! Join us this week in the challenge and show us what techniques you’re ready to rock!

Challenge: Ornaments

From simple paper designs to mixed media masterpieces, stamped ornaments to something you create to be ornamental – this week we are inspired by ornaments. They can sparkle, shine, be big or small – how will you be inspired this week?

Sandra Mouwen put her ornamental frame stamp to use for this card

I hardly use this Ornamental Frame stamp, but this challenge is perfect for it. I began with a blanc sheet of Neenah Solar White cardstock and stamped the frames in a pattern. Masked the inside of the frames with Masking Tape and inked the background with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink. Stamped. Removed the masking tape and stamped with the Silhouettes inside them. On top of the center frame I applied a coat of Rock Candy Crackle Paint.

Emma made a start of creating her Christmas decorations for 2014.

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I bought the Tim Holtz Luminary die this time last year but just never found the time to actually use it but today was the day to break open the die and the perfect opportunity to make one of my first Christmas decorations for this year and I had so much fun painting the luminary with Distress Paints to achieve the look of brushed, aged metal before decorating it with hand dyed crinkle ribbon and die cut tattered pinecones and festive greenery.

Suzz was thinking tags that could be used on a present and turned into an ornament.

Around the holidays I get the loveliest tags from my on-line crafting pals and I love hanging them on the Christmas tree. That had me thinking of what type of tags or die cuts could I create a tag to use on a present which could than be turned into an ornament? The Tim Holtz Sizzix Die Skates are the perfect size for a set of tags. I added a soft old fashioned look with the lovely floral pattern from the Darkroom Door Floral Garden using Ranger Archival -Cornflower ink. Now I have the perfect accessory to a gift and all I have to do is the shopping.

I (May) combined many of my favorite holiday elements on this card.

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This challenge reminded me that I have an ornament stamp that I rarely use. I decided to use this challenge as an opportunity to use two other stamps I haven’t used much- a banner and branch stamps. I love how a few stamps and some distress ink lets me create unique cards that can be duplicated (or just closely remade) with minimal embellishments!

Ashli was inspired to create a non-traditional holiday ornament!

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I was inspired to play with layers of paper to create a three dimensional ornament with lots of movement. Using my Tim Holtz Layered Butterfly die cut and embossing set, I created my butterflies. I then added some Gold Ink, Glitter, and plenty of Bling! I just love the way this ornament takes flight!

Mona was inspired to create a timeless pocket watch holiday ornament.

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As I was looking through my stash of dies, thinking which would make a great ornament, the pocket watch frame die spoke to me! It makes a great base to create a holiday ornament with. I set out to make a winter wonderland scene so I framed a tree from Christmas blueprint and filled the sky with grunge flakes.

Anna-Karin loves snowflakes and to make holiday ornaments.

I thought the new Tim Holtz Sizzix Layered Snowflake and Stacked Snowflakes dies would make great ornaments, especially together with lots of frosty Rock Candy Glitter. After dry embossing the snowflakes, they were painted with Distress Paint and completely covered with Rock Candy. These would look wonderful in a tree or hanging in a window.

Christmas is Barbara’s favorite time of year!

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I love to create and buy every year new decorations for my tree, and of course make cards for friends! I got inspired by the new Tim Holtz stencils for the background and for the wreath. As a center I used the new Blueprint colored with Distress and embellished with gold leaf! A sparkling star at the top to look like my pine cone at a Christmas tree. I know that this challenge will put each of you in the Christmas spirit!

Each year, Michelle makes gift tags that double as ornaments.

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It’s so much fun to make personalized gift tags! At our house, the tags are often saved and hung on the tree. The luggage tag die made hanging photos easy. The fun enamel shapes from My Mind’s Eye makes all of the photos festive for the holidays.

Andrea loves the simple look of paper ornaments.
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Simon Says Stamp has some really amazing exclusive products for the holidays. I love the elegance and intricacy of their snowflake dies in particular. On this project, I used the Eliza snowflake die, the Maryanne snowflake die and the Holiday Frames die.

Check back on Wednesday for Meihsia‘s tutorial of creating a mini canvas wall hanging with a cute ornament on it.

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 November 16th 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.

Note: The winners of this challenge will not be announced until Monday November 24th

Winners: Treat challenge

It’s that time – spotlight and this week’s winner! What a treat of a challenge we had too.

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We have two entries to spotlight this week:

#35 maja Suzz says: This scary scene for Halloween is definitely a treat as you wander through her graveyard scene on her card.

#94 Lunea Sandra says Ohh this hat is amazing! Love that it holds treats! It’s steampunk and Halloween in one! Fabulous!

Congratulations to this week’s spotlight winners! You can email May (may.flaum(at)gmail. com) for the code to our spotlight badge.

Now, speaking of codes, it’s time to talk about the winner of the $50 voucher!

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

#50 Stacey H

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.

Custom Embellishments with Ashli

Hi there! Ashli here with you today. I am excited to share with you an oldie, but goodie! Not only is my photograph a trip down memory lane of days spent roller skating with my dad, but I am going to revisit a favorite technique…

Handmade Grunge Board Glossy Embellishments! Yes, that is the technical term for these. I promise.

I used to use my grunge board and Glossy Accents to create all sorts of custom pieces for my projects. But then, I ran out of glossy accents and by the time I remembered to order more I had gotten out of the habit of making these. So, it is time to return to that!

Here, you can see my assortment of supplies. What’s included? Various inks, glitters, embossing powders, paint, markers… and of course some grunge board and my die cut shapes:

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Let’s get started! Here I have my fabulous arrows to work with. Now, let’s go ahead a paint some of them white. This will give a nice base for some of the techniques.

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Once that paint is dry, we can play around with some more paint and markers. I have chosen to add some whimsical patterns using a small brush and yellow paint, as well as a blue Pitt Pen to create a triangular pattern. Just have fun with this and do what works for your project!

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See? Even watercolor works!

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Those are all set to dry, now let’s use some of this Navy Ink

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With just one press, this is the look… and I LOVE it! The mottled effect is so fun, yes? If you don’t like that, simply press your ink pad into your shape once more and you will be good to go!

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OK! Now that we have worked with the arrows that were painted white, let’s get back to the plain ones. It’s time to heat emboss! Because embossing powder is opaque when heated, there is no need to pre-paint your shapes first. Simply press a watermark ink onto each shape…

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Sprinkle of various powders….

Don’t be shy. Have fun with this!

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Ta Da! There they are, all ready to go…

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Now, for the rest of the arrows… let’s just press our Gold Pigment Inkpad into them. Easy peasy!

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And now for the icing on the cake… or arrows, as it were. Glossy Accents! Once dry, this will give these arrows a high gloss sheen that creates a lovely finished look. You might notice I have moved all the arrows to another surface? This is because they will take overnight to dry and I need to be able to move them to the side. Be sure to choose a non-stick surface to do this on.

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Simply outline each shape with the Glossy Accents, then fill each shape in. This is similar to glazing a cookie. Yum!

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And there they are! All “iced” and ready to dry. See how they have a slight “milky” appearance? Not to worry! This will turn completely clear as it dries.

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Creating little doo-dads and such like this makes the perfect little embellishment for any project!

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And I just love how they look on this layout!

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The arrows are such a fun addition to the story of this page and I love how I was able to customize my colors and patterns to further highlight the time period of this photo! 1984, to be exact… complete with bright yellow shorts and knee socks. Oh, and lots of handmade, shiny arrows!

I hope this has inspired you to break out your favorite shapes and create some shiny bits of your own!

Other Supplies Used:
Tim Holtz Block Talk Alphabet DieMemory Box Urban Lowercase Alpha DieCosmo Cricket PaperWood Veneer DotsEnamel DotsPink Bling

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Another fun project from Ashli! Old or new - it’s your turn! Join us this week in the challenge and show us what techniques you’re ready to rock!

Challenge: Good ‘ol Days

Remember when… it’s fun to walk down memory lane and whether you’d like to create a classic vintage project, try a technique you used to use, or perhaps walk down memory lane we want to see how you’re inspired by the good ‘ol days.

Sandra Mouwen was inspired by Tim Holtz January 2014 tag

I love industrial, steampunk and grunge. And when I was thinking about this challenge, Tim’s January tag popped in my head. Perfect inspiration for making this art journal page. For the background I used Pumice Stone Distress Ink and played with a lot of stamps, like the Retro Circles, Checkered and Numbers. The Painted Industrial technique is such a great technique, love it! Makes the metal elements pop!

Suzz had thoughts of some of her favorite stamps that are the oldest in her collection.

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One of the many things I love about Simon Says Stamp is that they have a great variety of stamps and many times if I see a stamp that may have been released previously and I love I can find it in the store. For this weeks challenge I decided to sort oldest to newest in the store for stamps to see what goodies exist. The Hero Arts Stunning Snowflake DesignBlock is one of the good old stamps that I love and wanted to play with. I had a new technique I wanted to try with Wendy Vecchi’s Silver Embossing Paste which made this card a perfect mix of old and new.

Meihsia created a vintage mixed media canvas with an old picture.

I loved this vintage photo when I saw it since it reminded me of my lovely brother and sister. I decided to create a mixed media canvas to display in my craft room using this photo. The canvas was colored with Distress Paints on the background and attached with Prima Flowers Antique Frame and Gear Resin Icons. Gold Izink pigmenet ink was randomly added on the embellishments for the final touch.

Anna-Karin took a walk down memory lane in an old scrapbooking album.

I had a look at the very first layout I posted online in the ‘good ‘ol days’ and was inspired by the grid design and a couple of other things. I used Tim Holtz stencils and Rangers Texture Paste, together with Distress Stains for the different squares. The circles were die cut from scrap papers and stamped with small images.

Michelle was inspired by the fun shape of a new product.

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The new Sizzix “Labels” set has so many fun shapes! I was delighted by a shape that reminded me of old-fashioned medals. The Prima Flair fit nicely in an old bottle cap and added the perfect amount of color to my Vintage Inspired Prize Medals.

Emma was inspired by the beautiful, nostalgic imagery of Christmas past.

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I wanted to make a start on my Christmas crafting and not, as in past years leave it until the last minute and then go and buy cards from a store. So, when I saw this challenge I just knew this would be the perfect place for me to begin. I used the Victorian Carolers images which I felt were the epitome of the good ‘ol days and placed them over the music score background from the Festive Sounds stamp set. To complete the card, I added some crinkle ribbon dyed with Festive Berries Distress Stain and a Snowflake adornment.

I (May) got to thinking about Grandma’s cabin in the woods.

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Something about this Tim Holtz texture fade got me thinking about a special cabin in the woods, and about how Grandma used to always send me pinecone ornaments and things. This train of thought sent me down a nostalgic path that resulted in this tag, and I’m so glad! I love the colors and the pinecone stamp and it will be a perfect topper for a special package this Christmas.

Mona was inspired to create a vintage themed layout featuring a photo of the gorgeous Eiffel Tower.

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I love most anything vintage especially beautiful vintage landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower. A piece of beautiful paper from the French Industrial collection triggered my creativity to scrap a photo of the Eiffel Tower that my husband snapped while we were vacationing in France. After creating the collage background using other papers from the French Industrial collection, I used various Distress Inks along with the Harlequin stencil to add a touch more color and design. I embellished the layout with various metal findings which I colorized using Gesso, Vintage Photo and Faded Jeans Distress Stains.

Andrea considers cassette tapes part of the good old days.

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Oh how I remember sitting in my room, glued to the radio, waiting for my favorite songs to come on so I could hit the “record” button on my tape player. Timing was critical and you just hoped the DJ wouldn’t ruin your recording by talking over the beginning or end. Technology has come a way, but I decided to make a roladex of song memories: My Life’s Soundtrack. I adore the Cassette Tape Die and matching Playlist Clear Stamps that I used for this project.

Be sure to check back in later this week as Ashli takes a trip down memory lane with both her photo and her technique…

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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 November 9th 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.

note: the winners from this challenge will not be announced until Monday November 24th

Winners: Anything Goes

It’s that time – spotlight and this week’s winner! This was a record breaking week I believe with 579 entries! WOW!!

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We have four entries to spotlight this week, though it could have been four hundred with all the fabulous creations:

#17 stokely Anna-Karin says: A beautiful layout with wonderful colours, layers and design. The poem used is also very pretty.

#357 Jenny Martin Ashli says: this caught my eye right off the bat. I love the softness of this, yet the bold use of green. It’s the perfect combination and makes for a truly stunning card!

#484 Canadian Nickel says You have to go visit Nicole’s Halloween Town. Her Macabre sense of humor had me chuckling as the skeletons cavort through town having way too much fun on Halloween night.

#556Kezzy Andrea says: I will never look at hot glue or spiders the same after this! Kezzy managed to make the most elegant spiderweb I have ever seen and I’m still shaking my head at the clever techniques that she used.

Congratulations to this week’s spotlight winners! You can email May (may.flaum(at)gmail. com) for the code to our spotlight badge.

Now, speaking of codes, it’s time to talk about the winner of the $50 voucher!

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

#419 Pam’s Paper & Ink

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.

Trick or Treat with Suzz

Hopefully today’s tutorial will teach you a new trick and be a treat!

You open up the left flap:

And then the right flap:

Completely open the card lays flat like this:

Here’s how to make a card like mine.

I cut two pieces of white cardstock measuring 5 1/2″ x 11″.

I scored the cardstock at 5 1/2″. I then scored on a diagonal from the top left corner to the middle score on a diagonal and folded it back. To score the opposite side score at 5 1/2″. I then Score from the bottom right corner to the middle score at the top.

You will tape down the center pieces in the middle together. I wait until I am done with all my stamping before putting the two pieces together.

This is how the card looks with the two front folds folded back and the middle opened up:

The rest of the design is deciding what you want to use for your front and inside design. I decided to use this as a Halloween card for my oldest. I will send it off to him with a gift card inside.

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Thank you Suzz for the new crafty tricks! Now guess what? it’s your turn! Join us this week in the challenge and show us what techniques you’re ready to rock!

Challenge: treats!

Halloween is just days away, and while not everyone will be celebrating, surely you all like to be inspired by treats! From a sweet gift bag to making a crafty treat for a friend, making a candy inspired card or journaling about your favorite desserts – we can’t wait to see what kind of a treat you are inspired to craft this week.

Michelle’s favorite treats are a temptation all year long!

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My favorite treat is the donut. So sweet and Delicious! The Simon Exclusive, “I Love Donuts” stamp set was enough to make me drool. Especially when a touch of Diamond Glaze created the perfect frosting. No calories!

Andrea thinks a test tube pennant makes the perfect Halloween treat.

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Who doesn’t love eyeballs at this time of year? These corked domes are so fun to fill with all sorts of creepy things. For this project, I filled it with good old googly eyes and then attached it to a tag I made using the Sizzix Tag Set and a Tim Holtz Halloween blueprint stamp.

When I (May) started to work on this challenge I went more with some tricks instead of treats.

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Layering an embossed image, texture from paste, and various stencils I was able to create a lot of depth on this tag. I simply love the results! Usually I’m a candy and all things pumpkin and cute kind of crafter this time of year so I really enjoyed going to a darker, spookier place with this week’s challenge.

Mona was inspired to decorate a Halloween treat bag for her husband.

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Now that my children are all young adults, trick or treating days are long gone but no one in my family, including my dear husband Scott, is too old to receive a decorated treat bag! I randomly stamped a brown paper gift bag with the Speckles stamp then I created a mixed media rectangular panel to adhere to the front of the bag. I added texture using Texture Paste along with various Distress Paints for color. I topped it off with a heat embossed spider web image from Mini Blueprint which I layered on top of a Rosette.

Barbara got into the spirit of treats.

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Halloween is a holiday not yet very popular here in Italy, even if the children are already very involved with the idea of “trick or treat”!  Just for kids I created this packaging, a small bag with skull and spider web and a wrap for chocolate in the traditional colors of Halloween. What I enjoyed most was shrinking Tim’s  bat and spider.

Anna-Karin made a sweet little treat bag.

My son loves little bags and boxes and I knew he would want a Halloween one. I used Tim Holtz In The Bag die for the base and die cut an owl window. Behind the window there is a piece of Frosted Film coloured with Adirondack Alcohol Ink and stamped. The background was done with a stencil, stamps and Distress Ink.

Emma was in her element creating home crafted decorations and filling them with treats for Halloween.

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There are so many uses for the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and one of those uses is to make these cute little treat holders which I thought would be perfect as a part of my Halloween decorations. Each box is made from black card, spritzed with Distress Stain Spray before being covered in Graphic 45, An Eerie Tale papers. As finishing touches, I added die cut rosettes and glittered bats and spiders.

For Sandra Mouwen making a journal page about Halloween is a treat

I was inspired by bright pink colored candy for these pages. And I love neon pink! Perfect combination. I started with building up the background with washi tape, and the Distress Marker Spritzer in combination with the Latticework stencil. The little Bats and the Webs are so much fun and gives the pages the Halloween vibe!

Ashli is ready for some Christmas crafting!

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Every year, I attend a fabulous cookie swap. This year, I want to have an extra special treat bag to put the hostess’s cookies in. After playing around with a lovely We R Memory Keepers Embossing Folder on a simple brown bag, I added some Hero Arts White Ink and played with a bit of Gelatos to enhance the design. A playful prize banner made of scraps top the bag off nicely while the sequins add the perfect finishing touch!

Meihsia was inspired to create a Halloween treat bag for her children.

My children asked me to make Halloween treat bags for them and I found that brown bags are very easy to create with Halloween theme. I distressed the edges of the bag and most of the embellishments with black Distress Paint. The sentiment and the cute image were cut out from Holtz Idea-ology Paper Stash Sensonal. I also added some fun elements such as Rosette Flowers, a clip and a Seam Binding ribbon.

Check back on Wednesday to see the crafty treat that Suzz has cooked up for you!

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 November 2nd 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.