Winners: Journey challenge

You know what time it is – spotlights and voucher winner time!
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We have two beautiful projects in the spotlight today:

#50 Stacy has a fantastic how-to on her post as well as an awesome concept for the challenge. Andrea says: Stacy made a completely “out of the box” collage that successfully combined bright colors, black buildings and animal-people riding bikes. It was beautifully unexpected.

#75 Susan has me wishing for a trip to Paris. Anna-Karin says: Such a great project with so many travel related details. The stencilled paste map is gorgeous and all the tiny stamped images from Tim Holtz are used in such a great way here. Ashli says: I love the way she layered up the pieces and what what was done with the paste and the map!

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:

#21 Louise ‘zuzu’ Crosbie

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.

Serendipity card tutorial with Tracy Evans

Tracy Evans here, and today I am going to run you through a few step by steps to create the background in my card below.

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I have used acetate and alcohol inks to create an opulent background adding further texture with a touch of embossing. So lets begin!

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Apply Diamond Glaze to a piece of acetate, my piece measures 4″ x 6″.

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Add drops of Cranberry Alcohol Ink to the acetate, applying colour over the entire surface but leaving gaps for other colours if necessary.

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Add Gold Mixative into the mix, simply adding randomly to the background. Continue this process until the acetate is covered with Alcohol Ink.

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You can add as many colour as you wish at this stage but I opted for just two colour choices. I was aiming for a real opulent feel.

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Crumple a piece of tissue and then place on top of the inked acetate.

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Dab the tissue into place using a piece of kitchen towel. Ensure you are working on a Non-Stick Craft Sheet when using this technique!

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Continue to press the crumpled tissue onto the acetate and then set aside until completely dry. Once dry trim away the excess tissue paper.

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Now that the acetate is completely dry, emboss the decorated piece with the Twisted Hearts Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Embossing Folder, this adds further texture to the piece, something I love.

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For a touch more opulence rub over some of the embossed areas with Olive Bronze Treasure Gold Wax.

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This gives the design a touch more opulence and really adds to the overall feel of the background piece.

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To decorate the background piece I decided to use the girl from Tim Holtz Winged Things 1 Stamp Set. I stamped the image onto white card with Black Archival Ink and stamped the wings a second time onto Wendy Vecchi’s Clear Clearly For Art using Black Stazon Ink.

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Both the girl and the wings were then cut out; the wings were coloured with a touch of Cranberry Alcohol Ink.

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I coloured the wings and the crown with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.

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I then heated the Clear Clearly For Art, once this product is warm it allows you to bend and manipulate your piece.

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I die cut a circle from white card and then applied Aged Mahogany and Walnut Stain Distress Inks to my Non-Stick Craft Sheet and then spritzed with water and mopped up the beads of ink with the card. Heat with a heat tool to dry.

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Apply Black Soot Distress Ink to the edges for definition.

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Add background stamping to the circle using the background stamp from Tim Holtz Classics 9 Stamp Set and Black Archival Ink.

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Place all the elements onto the decorated backdrop.

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Stamp the sentiment onto white card with Black Archival Ink, cut out and colour with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink, applying Black Soot ink to the edges.

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I like to ‘ground’ my images to that they do not appear to be floating so on this occasion I have added a torn piece of book page machine stitched into place to ground my little winged girl. I have also added machine stitching to the outside edges of my card. For further interest and dimension I have also included a wing embellishment coloured with Alcohol Ink, highlighting the detail with Olive Bronze Wax.

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I love the detail and texture the backdrop gives to my card; I love to create my own backgrounds.

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Happy accident but I also love the text from the book page, this was not planned but I love it when things like that happen so unexpected.

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Wow! I love all of the techniques and details that Tracy added into this piece, and how much inspiration she has shared. Thanks Tracy!

Guess what? Now it is your turn – join us this week in the challenge! For the full rules, read the “challenge rules” posted in the side-bar here on our blog, and be sure to enter the challenge in the post below this one.

Products Used:

Tim Holtz Winged Things 1
Tim Holtz Classics 9 Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Regal Adornments
Alcohol Inks – Cranberry, Gold Mixative
Spellbinders Standard Circles Large Die
Black Archival Ink
Black Stazon Ink
Distress Inks – Aged Mahogany, Walnut Stain, Black Soot
Wendy Vecchi Clear Clearly For Art

Challenge: Winged Things

DT member Tracy suggested “winged things” as a topic and it got me thinking! Would I use a favorite bird stamp? Add fairy wings to something? Create a tag featuring a spring scene? accent a scrapbook page with butterflies? There are so many possibilities from airplanes to angel’s wings…

I (May) think a pair of wings could come in handy sometimes.

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This lady is so much fun to stamp and color with distress markers. Using a bit of water let me blend the colors and is a lot of fun to do as well. Then by lifting her up (on foam adhesive) and stamping her wings behind this card gets an added layer of dimension.

Suzz loves butterflies and the winged thing challenge is perfect for her.

I just acquired the new Memory Box Butterfly Vine Designer Template and couldn’t wait to use it. I was playing around with mists and the Heidi Swapp Color Shine – Primrose made the prettiest background. I added a touch of gold with the Versafine Toffee Ink. I created a variety of backgrounds that I can use for a series of cards all perfect for different occasions.

Barbara flew away with this challenge and made a colorful tag.

Flying is one thing that I would really like try at least once! In this work I wished to imagine being a butterfly with colorful wings just come out from its cocoon that is surprised by what she can do! I played with words, colors and materials! For the wings I used the “Clearly for Art” heat embossed and colored on the back with Distress Paints, small leaves with alcohol ink. The hashtags stamp set was perfect for making the idea of a self-portrait of fantasy.

Meihsia created two mixed media tags with butterflies for this spring.

It is always so fun to create spring projects with flowers and butterflies. I cut two watercolor paper tags, and colored the background with Gelatos and water mixture. After pasting the cheese cloth with Gel Medium, I attached the Prima Flowers and some vintage trinkets on these two tags. Love the beautiful colors and textures.

Ashli took this opportunity to scrap a page all about a sculpture she made in college.

I have been admiring the lovely Butterfly Rub-Ons by 7 Gypsies for some time. As soon as I was able to get my hands on some, I knew they were perfect as a starting point for this page. And, when I came across these pictures of myself installing a giant wire sculpture of a Luna Moth that I made in Art College… well, the rest is history! With my Rub-Ons applied, I finished up the page with Paint and Gelatos. I love having this story told!

Michelle was inspired by the American Tag International Airmail Labels.

I love those labels! They make my mail art look so official. You’ve got to send mail in order to receive mail, so hopefully, these fun, and whimsical envelopes created with We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board will entice someone to send mail flying back in my direction. I created the envelopes with the stronger Neenah Classic Crest 110 lb. cardstock so it would withstand the wet mediums as well as the wear and tear from traveling through the mail.

Emma was inspired by the lyrics of a song that she grew up listening to.

Whilst making this wall hanging the lyrics to “Come Fly With Me” got stuck on a loop in my head and I just had to include them in my piece using Chit Chat stickers. The background of the tag is stained with Distress Stains and has soft, subtle layers added using Tim Holtz stamps and the Honeycomb Layering Stencil. I slightly adapted the Christmas Cardinal die cut to use as my main focal point, adding small blossoms to the branches which are die cut from the Tattered Flower Garland die. To complete this piece I added a little tag charm that slides out from behind the main tag and has the charming die cut bird and cage attached.

Sandra Mouwen had time on her side when making this card

I had so much fun making this card. Although the first version of it didn’t make it. But I therefor love my second try even better. First I stamped the Time Traveler with Jet Black Ink on the Manila cardstock base and then stamped it on masking paper. Cut it out and started making the background. I used Pumice Stone Distress Ink for the first layer and then Frayed Burlap with the Clockwork Stencil and distressed the edges with Walnut Stain.

Anna-Karin was in a spring mood with this burlap panel.

I love birds and wanted to ink up the new Tim Holtz Bird Feather set. The large bird was made the focal point of my green and yellow spring burlap panel. I used Wendy Vecchi’s new wonderful Crackled Texture Paste for the background and coloured the panel with Distress Paint and Archival Inks. The finishing touches were made with some Idea-ology pieces and leafy branches die cut with the Garden Greens.

This week Dan created a page for his art journal which included some natty airborne Victorian gentlemen.

Don’t you feel sorry for those poor Steampunk guys, sitting around all immobile after Tim Holtz chopped their legs off? I know I do, so this week I decided to give them not only legs but wings too! I had a lot of fun fitting two of the guys’ heads onto the boys body from the Winged Things 2 stamp set and I think it worked out pretty well. The third man’s body came courtesy of the Dance Card stamp set.

Andrea created a swirl of lovely butterflies as the highlight of her unique winged creation.

I am such a sucker for vintage kitchen tools and gadgets. Maybe it’s because I think that if they’re vintage, I’ll never be required to actually cook or bake with them. Such is the case with this Jello mold that I found and used for the base of my butterfly flurry. I created these winged lovelies using Martha Stewart’s Classic Butterfly Punch and her 3-in-1 Butterfly Punch along with some Prima Life Time paper.

Pop back on Wednesday when Tracy showcases how to use acetate and Alcohol Inks in your artwork to create eye catching backgrounds in your designs.

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 April 13th 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: Anything Goes

You know what time it is – spotlights and voucher winner time!
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You really wow-ed us with al the entries this week! We have six beautiful projects in the spotlight today:
#15 Tracy wows with her intensely beautiful tag. Dan says: I love the distressed, water-damaged feel of this tag. The hand-drawn nature of the main image almost makes it look like it’s a scrap from someone’s journal that has been washed up on a beach.

#89 Schaerfchenskreativwelt has an amazingly fun and dimensional project this week. Sandra says: What a great dimensional card! Love the busy nature of the card and that’s interactive! Really rock and roll!

#276 Kerstin F wowed the team this week! Here are some of the comments from the team: Emma said: A wonderful piece of art, which draws you in and tells a story to the viewer. It has such amazing attention to detail and dimension and is just fabulous. Tracy says:  Love the clock with the Eiffel Tower and the embossed metal. Meihsia says: Kerstin created a gorgeous work of art with all the beautiful details and embellishments.

#282 Houses Built of Cards inspires with her feathers and use of color. Andrea says: I would’ve never thought to use watercolors on my stamps, but the effect is so striking and I adore how these feathers turned out.

#324 Shilpa Suzanne says: Shilpa’s mixed media project has a beautiful mix of colors using distress stains and watercolor paper.

#351 Agnieszka has an incredible project this week that I wish I could check out in person! Anna-Karin says: What a great idea to make a spool stand out of an old wooden box. Each spool and the bottles are special. Great use of tissue tape!

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:

#312 Andrea La Vigne

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.

Japanese Washi Technique with Michelle

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This particular journal was inspired by Prima’s new Free Spirit line of papers and embellishments. I love the soft colors and funky, artistic prints. Instead of using black ink, I did my stamping with Hero Art’s Soft Granite grey. It matches wonderfully with the grey in the Prima patterns.

Pocket journaling, or Project Life, has become a popular scrapbooking trend. Manufacturers in the paper crafting industry have produced numerous lines of beautiful papers in smaller sizes to meet the demands of these crafters. I personally don’t scrapbook that way, but I do love pretty papers! For my book, I used Prima’s 3×4 cards for pages as well as some water colored pages I created with my Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

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Look closely at the binding and you will see that it was created with twine and washi tape. The binding stitches are based on the Japanese Stab 4 Hole Binding technique.

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Since I am utilizing washi, or paper tape, I am going to call this the Japanese Washi Technique. I have never seen it done this way before, so to the best of my knowledge, you’re seeing it on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog first!

After completing my project, I realized that the muted colors would be hard to distinguish in a tutorial, so I am using the Glitz Designs Finnley papers and embellishments to show you how to create this Japanese Washi Technique. This is an easy technique. This is what the book will look like when I am finished.

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First, prepare your materials. You’ll need the items pictured, plus a needle with a large eye, scissors, a binder clip, a ruler and something to punch holes through the tape with. A small hole punch or awl will work fine.

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I have found that when threading the needle, it helps to use a dental floss threader. You can find these in the toothpaste aisle.

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Let’s prepare the pages by attaching the washi tape to the top of each card. Place the tape approximately 1/4″ on the card. The majority of the tape will be hanging off of the edge. Place a strip on the front as well as the back. It is important for each card to be done the same so that the tops will align.

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Once you have attached the washi to each card, trim the sides even.

Clamp the pages evenly together and mark the placement of four evenly placed holes. Poke or punch the holes through all layers of the washi. Do not poke through the card itself.

Now you are ready to sew. Insert the needle through the second hole from the left. Take it from the front to the back. Leave a tail on the front about 3 inches long.

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Your needle is now on the back. Take the needle from the back over the top spine and through the same hole so that it is in the back again. Similar to a blanket stitch.

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Flip the book over to the back. Insert needle in hole #3. Bring the thread to the front.

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Again, insert needle through hole #3 and back around the spine. End with the thread in the front.

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Stitch from hole #4 to hole #5 on front. (See photo 5) Needle will now be in the back.

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Bring needle from the back around the top of the spine and back through hole #4. Your thread will be in the back. (see photo #6)

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Bring your thread around to the front again by going around the right side of the spine and through hole #4. (see photo#7)

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The needle is on the back. Stitch through hole #3. The needle is now in the front.

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Stitch from hole #3 to hole #2. Your needle is now on the back.

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With needle on back, insert through hole #1. Needle is in front. Wrap thread around the left side of the spine and bring back through hole #1 in the front.

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Now you can tie the two ends to complete your binding. (see photo#11)

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Your binding is now finished! You can add a button, or leave it like it is.

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When you open the book, it will lay relatively flat.

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Once you’ve made one of these, you’ll want to make more.

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Thank you for allowing me to share this technique with you this week as I journeyed into bookbinding. I hope I’ve inspired you to journey to new place with your creative endeavors. Link your project to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog for the opportunity to win a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp. Your project could also be chosen to be featured in our weekly designer spotlight. Enjoy!

Journey Tutorial Products Used:
Prima Flowers FREE SPIRIT 3 X 4 ATC Cards
Prima Flowers 6 x 6 Paper Pack FREE SPIRIT
Prima Flowers FREE SPIRIT Flair Buttons
Studio Calico LEMONLUSH Solid Vellum
Hero Arts Mini CUBE INK PADS Set SUMMER SPLASH
Lawn Fawn BELINDA’S BORDERS Clear Stamps
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad MOWED LAWN
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WORN LIPSTICK Pink
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SALTY OCEAN
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SQUEEZED LEMONADE
Ranger Inkssentials INK BLENDING TOOL Applicator
Paper Artsy MINI 12 Rocket Scientist Rubber Cling Stamp
Tim Holtz 9 GRID ACRYLIC BLOCKS Set to Cling Stamps
7 Gypsies PAPER TAPE GLOBAL
We R Memory Keepers 3 X 4 CARD PUNCH Round Corner Tool
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die REGAL CREST Bigz
Sizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE
Glitz TRIANGLES Washi Tape
Glitz FINNLEY BITS & PIECES Die-Cuts
Glitz 6 x 6 FINNLEY Paper Pack
Hemptique CANDY LANE Cotton Bakers Twine
Ranger Inkssentials COLLAGE GLUE STICK Adhesive
Royal Langnickel Essentials 5 x 7 WATERCOLOR ARTIST PAD Paper
Lawn Fawn GOLD SPARKLE Single Cord Trimmings

Challenge: Journey

Whether we are talking about your own creative journey, process, life in general, or your next vacation we know one thing: it’s going to be a journey. This word is so inspiring, and conjures up so many images and thoughts we can’t wait to see how you interpret the challenge.

Sometimes the best journeys are those close to home and that was Ashli’s inspiration for this week’s challenge…

One of my favorite ways to start the day is to take a neighborhood walk with my girls. We have the best adventures during these times, discovering nature treasures and such. For this week’s challenge, I used lots of Amy Tangerine Plus One Papers, Rub-Ons, and Stickers, as well as the Maggie Holmes die cut camera to layer up this page. I just love how the fun bright colors of the Plus One collection, along with the angular stripes of the Patterned Paper help to covey the energy and movement of our early morning journeys.

Barbara heads on an artful journey this week.

What a wonderful word, it can be interpreted in many ways! Among all I chose the “creative journey”. I used the butterfly as a symbol of freedom to create, beautiful and graphically very versatile! I put it at the center of my canvas and I worked with distress paints very bright! I don’t know if this will happen but this canvas might be the cover of my Art Journal! Next to the word “journey” I’ve added “discoveries” because the curiosity is the most important part of my creativity.

Tracy is thinking of those long summer days in the fresh air with her artistic piece this week.

I am thinking about warm sunny days with my piece today, thinking about bike rides and long walks that we take during the summer months when we visit a local forest. There is nothing more invigorating than a bike journey, long or short (in my case short!), represented here with the Prima Flowers Bicycle Stencil, applying Wendy Vecchi’s White Embossing Paste through the stencil to give me added dimension. The fresh green colour palette achieved using Peeled Paint Distress Ink gives an uplifting feel to my piece.

Sandra Mouwen loves to travel, but just not too far from home.

When I think of a journey, I think of traveling. I’m more of a city trip kind of gal. This year I’m planning to go Barcelona. For the tag I used the Far Away Paper Collection from Teresa Collins. The colors are very neutral, so I worked with Peacock Feathers and Crushed Olive Distress Ink to brighten it up, and made the edges darker with Walnut Stain. The little Adhesive Cork stars and hearts are cut out with the exclusive SSS Holiday Shapes die.

Emma‘s creative journey took her around the world when she created this tag .

I just adore Tim’s Vintage Globe die and as soon as I saw this challenge, I just knew that I wanted to incorporate it within my piece, and that’s exactly what I did when I made this card using a Size 12 Manila tag, inked with various colours of Distress Stains. I added plenty of layers to this piece, using stamps and also the Rays and Dot Fade Layering Stencils. Then, when that was done, I added even more layers by using various sized tags which I stamped. To complete the tag card, I added an Idea-Ology Pen Nib and a Corked Vial, crackled and inked with alcohol inks.

Meihsia created the mixed media cover of this mini canvas album for her vacation.

I love traveling and documenting my journey in a trip journal. This week, I decide to alter the cover of this Maya Road 4″ X 4″ Canvas Album Book with some mixed media elements to record my vacation. After applying the Mod Podge on the cover of this canvas book, I sprayed Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist and dropped Izink ink on the background. The Prima Flowers and vintage trinkets were attached to add more interest on this canvas book.

Anna-Karin loves to travel, both in real life and through books, and this journal page is about the latter.

I have made projects about books before, but not in my art journal. I built a layered background with old book paper, gesso, Distress Paint and stamping. The castle and tree stamps are from Darkroom Door, and so is the one sentiment stamp. The page needed some red and gold stenciling, even more stamping and Tim Holtz Industrious stickers coloured with Red Geranium Archival ink.

A recent trip of Dan’s inspired his art journal page this week.

I recently travelled to Florence, Italy to visit a friend who had moved there a few years ago. There are no direct flights there from my local airport so I flew via Amsterdam on the way out and Paris on the way home. I only had enough time in Amsterdam to dash from one flight to the next but in Paris I had 9 hours to kill so I went into town, had a nice lunch and a good mooch around. It only served to remind me how much I love Paris and it inspired this page for my art journal. Among the materials I used were the Paris Memoir and I See Paris stamp sets and the French Industrial 12×12 pad.

I (May) will be sending my card on a journey to someone special soon.

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Air mail, journeys, travel – these thoughts were going through my head as I went on a stamping journey this week. I love how I was able to blend this classic Stampers Anonymous set with Distress Inks, metal accents, and layers to create this card. Stitching and washi tape add texture to my card. When you’re looking to take a creative journey but don’t have a ton of time – I highly recommend working on a card or tag!

Andrea reflected on her creative journey and how fabric plays a huge role in her aesthetic.

I think one of the reasons I appreciate fabric so much now is because it started out as my enemy. I totally bombed my junior high sewing class and thought that fabric was evil for over a decade. Now I adore fabric, even though I’ve never embraced it “traditionally.” Be that as it may, it’s always been therapeutic for me to look back at how my feelings for fabric have changed for the better. Here I’ve combined my fabric collage with gorgeous patterned paper from Memory Box’s Brioche paper pack and 7 Gypsies’ Maritime paper pack.

Mona loves to travel with her husband and created a layout preserving a memorable photo that was taken while on a journey to Greece.

I can’t get enough of the gorgeous architecture that can be seen amongst the ancient ruins in Greece. I wanted to capture a vintage vibe when creating my layout so I added beautiful gold detail using Viva Decor’s Gold Beeswax Polish along with Ranger’s Espresso Color Wash. For a little contrast, I applied several Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs Words around the layout.

Suzz loves exploring new locations and that was the inspiration to her project this week.

I love exploring new locations and my tags this week reflect my love of different countries. I used the Eiffel Tower Die as my inspiration and added some texture with the Harlequin stencil to continue my Parisian journey.

Regardless of where your journey takes you, you’re going to want to record it. Michelle will be here on Wednesday to share a washi tape book binding tutorial for artisans as well as scrapbookers.

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 April 13th 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: Transparent challenge

You know what time it is – spotlights and voucher winner time!
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We have three projects in the spotlight today:

#23 Silvia has an amazing tag to share for this challenge. Mona says: She made a gorgeous tag with a beautiful background featuring a vintage image and stunning transparent butterfly.

#68 Button Fairy wows with an adorable project this week. Suzz says: Cheryl’s Fairy of Lost Buttons is so sweet and adorable. I need a few of these for all my lost buttons! Tracy says- the button fairy is so adorable and I love the transparent wings. A fantastic idea too, beautifully executed.

108 Kerstin F has a lovely piece full of vintage hues. Sandra says: Ohh I just love this vintage looking, metal heavy tag! The old rub on car is fabulous! And the picture really completes it! Anna-Karin says: Ohh I just love this vintage looking, metal heavy tag! The old rub on car is fabulous! And the picture really completes it!

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:

#90 Donna Phelan

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.

Kraft Glassine with Ashli

Hi there! Ashli here to share a fun technique using Kraft Glassine paper. Kraft Glassine is amazing for many reasons, but one of the best things about it is that the more you mess with it… the cooler it gets. Now that is my kind of product!

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To begin this technique, simply apply some white ink onto the surface of your Glassine paper. I have chosen the Hero Hues White Chalk Ink

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With a nice solid coating of the white, I wanted to add in some blue. Simon Says Stamp’s Sea Glass is the perfect choice.

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I just lightly rubbed the pad directly onto the surface. This creates a subtle and lovely effect.

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Now the real fun begins! Crumple it up! Do it again. In fact… do it over and over again. The more it’s crumpled and re-crumpled, the softer and fabric-like it will become:

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Ta Da! Wait… I know what you are thinking… “that doesn’t look like much, Ashli.” Well, you may be right. But, we are on our way to gorgeousness. Just you wait and see…

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A quick little brush of White Paint:

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And a dabby dab off with a baby wipe…

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Now for some more of that Sea Glass Ink. This time, I want a watercolor effect. So, I am smooshing the color directly onto my Craft Sheet and will add water…

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Then, just drag your Glassine Paper through the color:

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Gorgeous! With that looking just how I want it, I go ahead and give it a good heating with my Heat Tool. This will set all of this inky fun before moving on.

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See how pliable it is? Like fabric!

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And yet, it still tears like paper. Fantastic!

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With my strips all torn out, it’s time to make those stitched borders. I just gathered, pleated and folded the pieces. It still has enough of it’s paper properties that it stays in place and doesn’t need any temporary adhesive:

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Once you have all your folds how you like, just run them through your sewing machine. Easy! But wait… don’t have a sewing machine? Not to worry! You could certainly use a dot of Tacky Glue or Hot Glue to secure your pleats down. Staples from the Tiny Attacher might even be a cool look and a great way to incorporate a metal into these pieces.

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With my little “fabric” border pieces all finished, I decided to work them onto a layout… about Paper Making, of course. There is some sort of fun irony in that, yes?

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I just love the handmade feel and the lovely texture that this gives to my page. Not to mention those lovely Daydreamer Wood Buttons and Alphas

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And there we have it!

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The possibilities of this are truly endless! Just think of all of the color combinations to try. Not to mention other things you can construct with “fabric.” Perhaps some flowers, bows, or a stitched patchwork of sorts.

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Thank you for joining me today. I do hope this has inspired you to try something new in your crafting!

 


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Ashli’s process is always so inspiring to me. Love seeing what she came up with this week. Guess what? Now it is your turn – join us this week in the challenge! For the full rules, read the “challenge rules” posted in the side-bar here on our blog, and be sure to enter the challenge in the post below this one.

Challenge: The one with lots of rules.

Just kidding and April Fools! This week we are going with a no rules, just create approach. That is right – anything goes!

Anna-Karin made a tag without much planning for this anything goes challenge.

I just sat down and started taking out some Tim Holtz products to make a tag. The background is covered with Eclectic Elements fabric strips, stitched down. I layered ephemera, an alpha card, die cuts and an Alpha Part together for the focal point. Here and there flutter tiny die cut butterflies and I also used a Film Strip Ribbon and Industrious stickers.

Meihsia had fun playing various mixed media elements on this chipboard decor since it is anything goes this week.

Since it is anything goes this week, I wanted to play anything on my work desk and have fun. This 16″ X 6″ chipboard key was covered with Heidi Swapp Serendipity paper using Gel Medium, and distressed with Mix’d Media Inx. I embossed the background with ColorBox embossing powder and colored the background with Tim Holtz Distress Paints. To add a final touch on this project after the embellishments were attached, I randomly dropped some Heidi Swapp Color Shine on it.

Andrea made a magnetic inspiration board onto which anything can go!

You know if it’s an “anything goes” challenge that I’m going to whip out the fabric scraps! Fabric is my go-to medium and this time I combined it with white gesso and Tim Holtz Distress inks in Wild Honey and Peacock Feathers. And because my board is magnetic, I can attach all sorts of inspirational scraps and notes to it. I’m starting to think I’m obsessed with memo boards, but that didn’t make this one any less fun to create.

Sandra Mouwen needs to take notes more often, like writing her groceries down

If you know me, you’ll know that I use little note papers for everything. So I needed a better way to stay a bit more organized. Why not make a notepad? I used small 4 x 6 inches canvas board as covers. I covered it with Gesso and stamped the word NOTES with the SSS Sketched Alphabet Stamp Set on some tissue paper and with a brush and Multi Medium Matte a collaged it onto the canvas board. I made my own cork embellishment with the SSS Large Hearts Die, Adhesive Cork and the SSS Diagonal Stripe Stencil. Decorated it some more and bind it all together with my Cinch.

Suzz was thinking of spring flowers and warmer weather.

I have been thinking of spring and anxiously awaiting the first flowers of spring. I bought the beautiful Indigo Blue Live, Laugh, Love set of stamps with flowers, butterflies and sentiments and I created my own warmer weather on a card. I decided a pop of red for my flowers using Ranger Archival ink – Vermillion and added a touch of texture to the center with Stampendous Gilded Mica Flakes.

Emma created a gift box with a drawer filled with chocolates from the Easter Bunny.

I love to make homemade gifts for special times of the year and for my Easter box, I used Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments papers to cover a box that I created from chipboard and painted with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Nougat paint. The flowers are die cut using the Tattered Florals die and inked with Wild Honey and Shaded Lilac Distress Ink. To complete my box, I added the gorgeous die cut bunny from the Easter Elements die which stands proud on top of the box and then used the Tapered Fringe die to create my grass.

Michelle used this time to play.

No matter how old you are, new toys are always a joy to play with. I recently received a Crafty Cutts Fancy Oval Slider Box Die from Simon Says Stamp. I had so much fun using it to create a miniature little fantasy world! I used whimsical, colorful papers from the BasicGrey Fresh Cut line. I also used some coordinating Fresh Cut transparencies to add extra dimension. The pretty young woman from PaperArtsy’s Mini 13 Postage Stamps looked like a fun gal, so she took up residence in my imaginative little world, where there’s always crazy weather.

This week Dan gave a favorite stamp of his a new look.

You know when you see someone and think to yourself “that hair is just way too 16th century”? I know, it happens all the time, right? Well, I took steps to address that with one of my favourite stamps, giving him a much more up-to-date look. Ok, so Kojak is from back in the 70s, but I’m not a miracle worker! This is a page for my art journal inspired once again by a piece of music I listened to while I worked. Among the stamps I used were the School Desk, Psychedelic Grunge and Bitty Grunge sets.

Mona took advantage of the creative freedom of not having any rules and created a page in her art journal.

I stepped outside the perimeter of an A2 size card and created a page in my art journal. I applied many layers of a variety of Ranger Distress Paints and randomly stamped fun flowers from the Dyan Reaveley How Does Your Garden Grown stamp set. I wanted additional design, so I randomly added stenciled designs using both the Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember Diamond Circles stencil and the Tim Holtz Bubble Stencil.

No rules gave Tracy the opportunity to indulge in her love of texture.

My fellow team member Andrea inspired me to use the Prima Flowers Lorrena Doll Stamp, something I have had in my collection for a while and I wanted to try and use it in an artsy way. Lorrena has been clothed with Tim Holtz Fabric Documentation and I have added an eclectic mix of embellishment to add texture. This piece is so tactile!

I (May) made a new page in my art journal.

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Anything goes – what direction shall I run? Well, I decided to play in my art journal. My favorite tools lately are stencils, dylusions, and gesso. Simple, fun, and colorful to be sure! What I love about art journaling with quotes is that it becomes a motivational and uplifting visual for me to look through as needed.

Ashli was excited to play with some Kraft Glassine this week.

Be sure to check back in on Wednesday to see what she came up with!

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 April 6th 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: Lucky challenge

You know what time it is – spotlights and voucher winner time!
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We have two beautiful projects in the spotlight today:

#27 Fena has a team favorite with many members nominating it! Anna-Karin says: Fena made a gorgeous vibrant green tag. The stamping is great and the black edge around the tags frames it in such a great way. Dan says: I love this tag, the whole thing projects a feeling of unease and crumbling decay to me. The otherwise vibrant green is darkly subdued by the deep, deep black of the stamping and edging, making it both eerie and atmospheric.

#42 Elly has an incredible creation full of texture and interesting elements. Meihsia says- Her creation is gorgeous with beautiful stamping and distressing on the background. All the embellishments and details are fabulous! Wonderful design!

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:

#7 Love Notes by Marie

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.