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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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!

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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!

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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:

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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!
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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!

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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:

#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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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!
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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!

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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:

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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.

Mixed Media Card Journey with May Flaum

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May Flaum here ready to take you on a mixed media journey!

I love how this project turned out – so much fun with all the embossing, inking, stenciling, and messy goodness!

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Supplies Used:

Tim Holtz mini distress ink
Ranger Paste
Tim Holtz Compass Stamp
Metal embellishments (Tim Holtz and Prima)
Burlap Stencil
Alcohol Ink
Foam Blending Tool
Black Embossing Powder
Dina Wakley paint brush
Sunflower Sparkle mist
Perfect Paper Adhesive
I hope you enjoyed my creative journey – and that you’ll join us this week on one of your own!

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Now it’s your turn – join us this week in the challenge!

Challenge: J is for…

July, journey, jump rings, jewel tones, and journaling. This week we are challenging you to be inspired by the letter J somehow. From jewels to jade ink – there are oh so many possibilities! Be sure to tell us how you’ve been inspired by the letter J this week.

For Dan, who recently resolved to use his art journal more often, there was only ever 1 thing that J was going to stand for.

Never let it be said that I’m not a man of my word – I said I was going to use my art journal more and here’s the proof – J is for journal page. There are all kinds of fun things squeezed in here, including Psychedelic Grunge, Daydream, Reflections and some of Simon Says Stamp’s Authentic Vintage Paper.

Just a Dream inspired Suzz’s tag this week.

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I have to admit that the “J” had me stumped. I searched on Pinterest for “J” inspired projects, I had my son and daughter throw “J” words at me and I looked through my products for anything starting with the letter “J”. So my project is really a “Just” in time project. As I worked through the other ideas I ended up with about 5 different projects and many new backgrounds created with the Gelli plate. One of my papers stuck to the plate because I let the paint get too dry. I actually liked the texture left on the paper and that was the base for my tag. The Wendy Vecchi The Beauty flower became the focal point for my dreamy tag.

Andrea pilfered her family’s Jenga game in order to make some altered word blocks.

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I wanted to create some word blocks to express my emotions and these Jenga blocks filled the bill. I have just recently discovered the beauty of Memento Luxe inks, which can be used on lots of fun surfaces like fabric and wood. I utilized them for this challenge and some of my favorite colors are Bahama Blue, Rose Bud and Dandelion.

Michelle is loving the junk.

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We all have Junk lurking in those drawers and bins. I labeled mine with the help of some Jenni Bowlin Scalloped Chipboard (another “J” word!) and Simon Says Stamp Sketched Alphabet.

After a bad ‘knee-day’, Anna-Karin made an art journal page:

For me ‘J’ ended up standing for ‘journaling’ and ‘joint’, as in knee joint. I had fun playing with my Inktense Blocks on this page, using them both for the background and the stamping. Lots of broken circles to symbolise my messed up knee. Various Hero Arts stamps were used to build up the page. Finally, I embellished it with Simon Says Stamp Exclusive dies and some tissue tape.

This challenge forced Barbara to think about the letter J

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The word that inspire me could be only… Journal! For a long time I thought about it and finally I managed to start my own. Since it’s my first experiment in this sector, I desired to be in my comfort zone, my favorite color palette and all things Tim. I prepared my background with gesso and Distress Paints, I’ve created layers with tissue tape (diy with stamps and tissue paper), rubber stamps, embossing paste, and gelatos. Starting my art journal has been a wonderful experience, positive and relaxing. Free your mind and recharge your energy! Surely, you’ll see other pages…

Meihsia created this canvas wall decor for Natalie to remeber her end of school year party in June.

J is for June – Natalie graduated from elementary school this June and we held an end of school year party for her. I was inspired to create this canvas wall decor for her to remember all the great time she had with her friends in the party and in those school years. The canvas was colored with Color Shine and distressed with ColorBox Ink Pad.

Emma had summer on her mind and chose a “J” for…journey.

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With summer holidays on my mind and using journey as my theme, I created a fancy fold, passport style card for this week’s challenge. I created the backgrounds to each page using various colours of Distress Stains and then die cut the Mini Jalopy, together with a die cut arrow, to use as my focal point on the front of the card. I layered the inside with die cut Gadget Gears, Ephemera and various pieces of Idea-Ology. To complete the inside I stamped the wonderful Tim Holtz verse on the final page.

For Sandra Mouwen the J is for Jump rings

I have a ton of Jump rings in my stash, but I only use them for attaching embellishments. Why not use them as an embellishment. So I did! The card base is from Manila Cardstock and I stamped the Papillon Background stamp with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. I cut out a strip of Burlap Paper and placed it on the left, like it’s a binding, after I stamped the Papillons with Jet Black Archival Ink.

The letter “J” inspired Mona to create a piece of jewelry using jumprings.

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This challenge was the perfect opportunity for me to create a piece of metallic jewelry using a various products including an Ornate plate, Word Key, and Heart Charms.

Ashli’s husband has a hobby that takes them on many journeys…

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My husband is a power kiting enthusiast. Since this hobby tends to take quite a bit of land space, it has us heading out on many a journey to find the next open field. Using plenty of Webster’s Pages Our Travels Papers and Chipboard, I layered on Distress Ink and Gesso to scrap this page that features his car full of stickers, representing his favorite kiting destinations.

Tune in Wednesday when I (May) will be here sharing a video on my jewel toned journey into cardmaking…

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 August 3rd 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: Face Challenge

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

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We have three lovely faces to spotlight this week:

#15 Theresa Pace Andrea says: Theresa made a beautiful card with a stunning woman emerging from the background. I admire the way she used color to bring the woman to life.

# May says Not only do I love that this was created for her son, but the project itself is fantastic! Love the use of the gears and details to create a special watch.

#91 Vicki Tovar Anna-Karin says: This is such a pretty canvas with a great image transfer. The crackles and rich colours are lovely.

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:

#36 Maura

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.

A mid-summer’s challenge…

A challenge to me this time of year would be to brave getting a heat tool involved when my crafting space is nearly hot enough to melt embossing powder on its own! Well perhaps not quite that hot, but mid-summer is a time of hot temperatures, long days, longing for more time spent by the water, and vacation. Whether your creative mind wants to take a vacation or be inspired by Shakespeare; play with a Farmer’s Market inspired paper line or stamp into a starry night frenzy – we challenge you to create and share with us.

Meihsia created an altered anchor to display in her son’s ocean themed bedroom.

Summer reminds me of ocean, and ocean reminds me of an anchor. My son, Christopher, loves everything about ocean. So for this week’s challenge, I decided to alter a chipboard anchor to display in his room. I gethered different inks in blue shades such as Distress Stain, Izink ink and Distress Ink, then colored them on the chipboard anchor that’s already covered with Gesso and stenciled with Modeling Paste.

Emma was inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream and the beauty of a summer garden in full bloom.

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For me, there is nothing better than the beauty of a summer garden bursting to life with the wonderful colours of summer and for my project, I wanted to combine this, with the magic of Shakespeare’s play. I filled my wallhanging with bursts of colour using Tattered Florals die cuts, inked with Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks and added a Prima Resin Angel to a die cut Ornate frame, which I surrounded with Garden Greens die cut foliage.

Mona was inspired to create a layout documenting a summer vacation.

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Every year, I look forward to a fun family summer beach vacation. My daughter Meredith loves to surf so I scrapped a layout featuring a photograph of her that was taken while on a summer beach vacation. I surrounded her with Nautical Blueprint images as well as Mini Sand & Sea Grungeboard embellishments.

When Sandra Mouwen thinks of mid-summer, she thinks of really bright colors.

I’m starting to like bright colors more and more. But often with lots of contrast, like with a bit of black. I think that makes the colors pop even more. I made this bright bold background with a piece of Specialty Stamping Paper, one drip of Raspberry, Sunshine Yellow and Gold Mixative Alcohol inks and some Bleding Solution. The yellow got a bit lost, so I applied Mustard Seed Distress Ink, to get that color back in.

 

Ashli was inspired to scrapbook a picture of her baby in her first swimsuit:

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Yes, it is somewhat silly to put a five week old in a swimsuit! I confess, I purchased it solely for the photo op as I knew it would be scrap worthy. After all, nothing says summer like an infant in a bathing suit, right? Using the Simon Says Stamp Best Mom Ever and the Dear Lizzy Daydreamer stamp sets I created some custom embellishments to place around my layered papers from the Dear Lizzy Daydreamer collection. A few Studio Calico Hearts finish off this page of my summery girl.

Suzz had Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night Dream on her mind when she saw the challenge.

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Immediately I thought of Shakespeare and fairies dancing around and glowing in the night. I created the scene for the fairies to come visit with a little table salt, Dylusions – Lemon Zest, and water. Of course you have to have a field of wildflowers to attract the fairies and the Hero Arts With Sympathy set had the perfect flowers. Now I have the perfect background to create several projects with.

Dan channeled his thoughts towards an English summer garden for this piece.

Quite a change of style from me this week – I really love this sentiment stamp from Tim’s Random Quotes set and it spoke to me very clearly, saying “give me lots of white space”. I’ve tried to bring in some of the colours of the English summer countryside into my card, in the inks I used and in the shattered core cardstock used for the card itself and the leaves. I love how the shattered pattern on the cardstock works so well as veins on the leaves. The other stamp set I used for the branches and stitching was Spring Sprung. Those of you who know me well will know that I rarely “do” flowers, so it was a fun change to make one for this piece!

Andrea, a huge Shakespeare fan, made a banner featuring the words of her favorite sonnet.

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Is this my dream challenge week or what? I’m a complete literary nerd and I was thrilled to see a challenge come up that I could tie into the Great Bard himself. I decided to make a banner with the words of his epic Sonnet 29. I used everything but the kitchen sink on this banner, including the Mini Paint Lids stencil, Paper Artsy stamps, and a href=”http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product.aspx?id=100442&c=0″ target=”_blank”>Tim Holtz Urban Grunge stamp or two.

The lush foliage of vintage photo inspired Michelle.

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I love using vintage photos. Tim Holtz Mirrored Stars and flowers stamped on vellum enhanced the photo and transformed it into a card fit for Shakespearean lovers.

Anna-Karin had a beach photo on her desk waiting to be find its way onto a layout.

I took this photo quite a few years ago and came across it when thinking of what to do for this challenge. I decided to extend the scenery in the photo with watercolours, not aiming to copy it completely. The layout was embellished with a stamped sentiment, two small seahorses, mini blueprint stamps and Linen Ribbon.

I (May) used a quote to add into my art journal this week.

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Using the falling stars stencil, my watercolor pencils, and a Dina Wakley stamp to name a few things I journaled a quote that inspired me this week. My art journal is quickly becoming my favorite escape and place to store inspiring and interesting quotes and thoughts and notes.

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 July 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.