Challenge: No Rules.

That’s right! It is time to cut loose and go for it with our first “anything goes” challenge of 2015! The standard (must be new project, etc) rules apply, but other than that the theme this week is whatever you’d like to make it! Cut loose and have some fun.

Ashli has been wanting to put an often forgotten supply to use.
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I just love the Butterfly Die and Texture set from Tim Holtz! But, I don’t use it enough, So, for this “anything goes” challenge, I decided to dust them off! Taking advantage of the lovely tone on tone effect that a white embossed shape can give, I simply lined the butterflies on top of my page. A fun and wonky stack of layered papers from Amy Tangerine and Studio Calico completes this little page about my three little ones.

Emma is always looking for note paper, so decided to make her own memo holder.

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I can never find that all important pen and paper just when you need it to write a message and with this in mind, I decided to create my own memo older using the Tim Holtz Cabinet die as a basic shape. I used Distress Paints to create a verdigris look to the Riveted Metal embossed panels and added rusty coloured hand crafted flowers and an Ornate Plate as embellishments.

Meihsia always has fun to create mixed media canvases to decorate her craft room.

Although I love all the seasons I really wish spring would be here already. This week I decide to create a mixed media canvas with Prima Flowers and butterfly to display on the wall of my craft room. I made the texture with modeling paste, and added some sentiments with Tim Holtz Chitchat Stickers and metal embellishments on this canvas.

Mona was inspired to create a mixed media home decor wall hanging.

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I love to decorate my home with various homemade projects so I took advantage of this challenge to create a mixed media wall hanging featuring a crackled Caged Bird. Using a variety of Distress Stain Sprays, I created an inky Trellis Framework textured background. I embellished with a trio of die cut Tattered Pinecone blossoms and Garden Greens.

Sandra made herself a new notepad to write down her groceries in

My previous one had no more sheet to rip out, so I needed a new one that matches the new colors I decorated my new home with: teal and mint. I love the contruction with the canvas boards I used in the past. I applied the washi tape and I wanted to add some Classic Teal colored Embossing Paste, but was not sure with which stencil. When I saw the Stripes one, I knew. Perfect fit for this notepad cover.

Anna-Karin had tons of fun altering and decorating this bird house.

I have a thing for houses and birds and Prima’s Altered Bird House Frame called my name. The Bird House was altered with paints and various mediums. I also used Prima’s Glass Beads and the wonderful Moth Wings and Butterfly Wings. Inside the house you can find another bird, die cut gears, corked vials and other bits and pieces. It has now become one of my favourite home decor pieces.

Suzz decided to pick up the leftover items in her catch all tray and mix up some Mail Art.

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I have a little antique brass tray on my desk and as I am doing laundry, cleaning the house or even in the car I pick up bits and pieces of metal that is left behind. I decided to use a Simon Says Stamp #10 Button & String envelope as my canvas. I love these envelopes as they are the shape of a large tag and all you have to do is apply a layer of gesso and start building up the objects you want to incorporate. I used Zip Dry to add my embellishments and then another layer of gesso before I worked with the Ranger Distress Stain Sprays to add color. I love that I now have a beautiful funky envelope to slip a card, gift card or note in and give to a friend.

Michelle took “No Rules” quite literally.

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“No Rules” is the perfect excuse to take one thing and turn in it into something entirely different. For instance, the Sizzix Mug and Spoon Die creates a spoon shape that reminds me of a spoon doll. The sweet little faces were stamped with tiny face stamps, but their clothes came from an unusual place; party hats from the Winnie & Walter Party stamps!

Andrea decided to fully fill her folio.

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You know I’m a big fan of Tim Holtz’s folios, so I decided to focus all of my crafty oomph on the inside of the folio. I have always loved the Lost and Found paper collection, which I incorporated a lot, and I also utilized that fabulous trellis frameworks die.

I (May) decided it was time to decorate my art journal.

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I never bother decorating my art journal covers as a rule, but then this challenge came along and I thought “why not?” and off I went! Armed with some distress spray stains, a cute sticker, and some gesso I was off and running. Avoiding my actual work and to-do lists? You betcha. It was great creative fun and I’d do it all over again too!

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 March 1st 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: Red & Pink

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

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We have three entries to spotlight this week:

#142 Catherine Emma says I’m really impressed at how Catherine has created such a wonderful and impressive work of art using finger painting ~ it’s so unique and utterly gorgeous. Ashli says: I just love these free-form scribbled flowers! The red and pink is sheer perfection, set off by the lovely shade of green. Sandra says: Amazing piece of art journal! Incredible that she made this with her fingers! Really gorgeous!

#144 Justine Mona says: Justine made a beautiful card featuring a pretty inky background that was made using a variety of Distress Inks.

#217 Melfina Andrea says: This is such a powerful piece and I really like the unique direction that Melfina took our theme and how she explored the concept of hope and courage with the color pink.

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:

#218 Joy Meadows

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: A Piece of Paradise

I’m dreaming of sandy beaches and the sound of ocean waves, of sitting down to read a whole book and of quiet relaxation. Whether you’re inspired by a tropical shore, exotic travels, or simply want to play around with a new technique and be in a crafter’s paradise this week we invite you to share your creations and be inspired from a blissful place. Your personal happy place and paradise awaits…

Michelle is dreaming of a warm and sunny paradise vacation.

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Frosty February days have me dreaming of warm, exotic vacations. Of course there would be letters sent home, like this this mail art envelope with a stamped flamingo with Zig Kuretake watercolor. Exotic postage and Airmail Labels lend a touch of realism to this mail from my paradise fantasy.

Andrea turned a bread tin beachy to bring paradise closer to home.

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There is nothing that rejuvenates my soul as much as a trip to the coast. I decided to pay homage to the beach, and to starfish in particular, with this bread tin. The tin was rusty and sad when I found it in a thrift store, but I gave it a new beachy life with paper from Webster’s Pages Hall Pass collection, a Tim Holtz sand dollar die, and Technique Tuesday’s DIY flair die set.

Meihsia was dreaming of the sunny beach and inspired to create an ocean themed art journal page.

The beach on a sunny day is always my paradise since I grew up in Tawian, a beautiful island surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. I watercolored the background of this art journal page with Clearsnap Izink inks, and stenciled the patterns with Heidi Swapp Color Shine and ColorBox Art Screens. The images were stamped with Tim Holtz Mini Blueprints Nautical Stamps. I really enjoy the beautiful sunshine and the blue ocean on this journal page.

Sandra was inspired by the botanic part of paradise for her tag

Maybe someday in the future I will go to a piece of paradise on holiday, but for now let’s talk about the tag. When I think of paradise I don’t only think of sandy beaches, I actually think about the palm trees and other botanical beauty. So I used Crackle Paste that I colored green with a Lettuce Dabber and the Palm Fronts stencil. For more dimension I added Simon Says Stamp Clustered Leaves I’ve cut out.

Anna-Karin used a favourite quote on a mixed media canvas.


I was thinking of finding your own piece of paradise and it made me think of this quote about butterflies by Hans Christian Andersen. On the canvas, I also used tropical colours. The butterflies were stamped on watercolour cardstock and Clearly For Art Modeling Film and I made layered flowers with Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Flower Garland die. The Found Relative girls got some extra colour with Distress Inks.

Barbara’s piece of paradise is definitely the time she spends at her desk making art!

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Especially when I work on my Art journal, I feel really free and relaxed as on a beautiful beach! The colors I used on this page remember sunsets: yellow, orange and purple are perfect to represent the theme of this challenge. For even more fun, I used different types of colors: Distress paints, Gelatos, Archival Ink, Distress ink pad and I mixed together to create my background! I hope you understand from my page, the happiness I feel when I can spend my time in my piece of paradise.

Suzz decided to create a layout in remembrance of their family pet who has moved on to his own paradise.

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I have been wanting to create a layout celebrating our older dog Harry who left us this summer and when I saw the word Paradise I thought of him. When I saw the Simon Says Stamp Furever in our Hearts and the Pawprints stencils I knew they would be perfect in capturing my thoughts for the layout. I used the Hero Arts Snow white chalk ink with the stencils to create paw print clouds in the background. My family was pleased to have a memento that we can frame and set out.

Ashli was inspired by beach houses this week…

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I must confess, I am still trying to find my mixed media footing and this piece took me on quite the adventure! Drawing inspiration from little beach houses and colors of the sea, I used lots of my favorite supplies… Watercolors, Gelatos, Watercolor Crayons, and Pitt Pens, to doodle, paint, collage, cut, and glue. After lots of playing and reworking, I ended up with a little 8×8 mixed media piece that I really like!

Emma was in her own little paradise when creating this home decor panel.

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I had so much fun making this box canvas playing with Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass and Picket Fence Distress Paints to create the perfect coloured backdrop for my die cut seahorse and starfish, collaged ephemera and trinkets, which surround the beautiful vintage Found Relative photo.

I (May) got to thinking about tropical flowers, beaches and sunsets.

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I ended up being inspired by the colors of these things and went exploring with my newest stencil, a favorite stamp, and plenty of gel medium too. On a cold and rainy day it is easy to be transported to paradise by sipping some hot tea and playing with such vibrant colors! I love how this tag turned out and it was such fun to make. Paradise for me often is thinking of a tropical place – but more often I find it right here playing with patterns and colors in my studio!

Mona’s piece of paradise may be found under the sea.

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I’m longing to go for a deep sea diving trip to explore the beautiful under water world. With the pretty colors of the ocean in my thoughts, I created a tag mimicking that color palette by combining the following Distress Spray Stains: salty ocean, peacock feathers, tumbled glass and broken china. The background is full of Bubble texture and embellished with a resin seahorse and a couple of starfish.

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 February 22nd 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.

H is for… happy winner time!

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

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We have four lovely entries to spotlight this week:

#191 SannaS Meihsia says Sannas created a gorgeous and unique storage unit to display tags. I love the beautiful vintage effect and embellishments of this tag storage. Brilliant design! Anna-Karin says: Wow, look at this clever tag storage project! I wish I had one of these for my tags. Beautifully embellished too. Sandra says: Really cool project! Love this idea to store and showcase tags! Absolutely fabulous! I’m speechless!

#193 Victoria Lavender Emma says: Victoria’s card is utterly charming and I love how she’s framed the beautifully coloured cats with the adorable confetti heart – just lovely and definitely a card to make you smile.

#262 Sandy Diller Andrea says: This is the best use of a ladle I’ve seen in a long time! I adore how Sandy pulled together such whimsical elements and created a gorgeous pastel palette for her Home canvas.

#316 Hula Dancer Ashli says: How fun is it that she chose “H is for Hula?!?” Love that! And, this card could not get any cuter!

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:

#19 Deb Duty

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: Red + Pink

From gold to pink, white to red it is Valentine’s week and chocolates to heart shapes love sure is in the air! This week we challenge you not necessarily to be inspired by the spirit of the holiday, but rather the traditional colors associated with it. Are you a red or pink person? While my personal challenge is to pick one or the other and run with that color, you’re welcome to use both together, other Valentine’s type colors, or even your favorite color palette that incorporates one or both of these colors!

This challenge was really hard for Barbara.

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Pink is certainly not my favorite color, but work to the outside of your comfort zone is always helpful! I prepared a tag using vintage images Idea-ology, Found relatives portraits, combining them with romantic and grunge elements. In this romantic atmosphere was essential to use hearts and arrows. Hearts  as a stencil in my background and arrows as embellishments to complete my project. I hope I’ve struck your hearts.

Anna-Karin likes to combine pink and red and made an art journal page this week.


Every time I combine pink and red in a project I think that I should do so more often since they look great together. On this journal page, I decided to use a large black and white photo, in combination with some great messages. The stamps are by Dina Wakley, and so are the paints and stencils. I also added some rub-ons and tissue tape by Tim Holtz.

Meihsia used red and pink along with a yellow color scheme to create an art journal page.

I decided to combine yellow with traditional Valentine colors on my art journal page this week. The background was sprayed with Dylusions Pure Sunshine Ink Spray and stenciled with Tim Holtz Layering stencil. I colored the Tim Holtz Ornate Plates and Tim Holtz Mini Die Cut Hearts with Distress Paint. I really love this warm color scheme for Valentine’s day project.

Suzz is in full Valentine’s mode creating cards for family and friends.

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I have been whipping up a few more Valentine’s cards to send to family. This card started with Ranger Shell pink acrylic paint dry bushed onto Maya Road Kraft Parcel Tag. I loved the soft effect and decided to pop a background using Ranger Archival Ink – Vermillion ink and the the background valentine’s words. I love pulling together some bits and pieces of lace and trim to soften the card. This one is going off to celebrate a Valentine’s birthday.

Andrea made a quick and quirky valentine with lovely pink and red layers.

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It’s always a challenge for me to stick to a certain color palette since I’m all over the place with colors, but I adore the focus on pink and red for this romantic time of year. Speaking of being in love, I am quite enamored with some of the new products that have hit the shelves, like the Sizzix 3X4 card thinlit die set and the Go With It stamp set from My Favorite Things, both of which I used on my valentine card.

Sandra thinks that reds and pinks go very well together

I really like the color combo, and decided to make a sort of a mixed media looking tag to go all out. I applied a thin layer of Gesso with the Palette Knife and used the Simon Says Stamp Swirls and Dots stencil with a a touch of Neon Pink and Ruby paint, and went from there.

Some lovely die cuts served as Ashli’s inspiration this week…

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I just love all the pretty tones of pink mixed with gold in the Maggie Holme’s Open Book Flower pack. So, I had to put those to use on a page this week! Layered up and stitched down, they became the perfect place for my title. I used a chipboard camera from the same collection to balance out the page and layered everything over a piece of vellum by Cosmo Cricket. I just love the pinks and golds contrasted by the black and white!

Emma couldn’t help but be inspired by the fact that love is in the air this week!

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I love red and pink as a colour combination and for this week’s project and with love in the air, I decided to make an Artist Trading Block using these colours of Distress Paints and combining it with a splash of gold to create my little box full of love. To complete the ATB, I added some glittered Woodland Trees, which I had coloured with Spun Sugar Distress Spray Stain, a vintage Ephemera piece and as a finishing touch, I used the gorgeous “Love” stamp from the Simon Says Stamp Locking Hearts set.

Red or Pink? Big or Little? Michelle loves red AND pink, so she used a little of both for some cards with big love.

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Mini Valentines are small in size, but hold a large amount of love. The exclusive stamp set from Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of the Month created a big embossed background on the Love Notes Paper Pad from We R Memory Keepers. Heidi Swapp Clear Pop Hearts might be small in size, but make a big impact. Little or big, I love them all.

Mona was inspired to alter a piece of home decor this week.

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I LOVE to create with a pink and gold color palette and this week’s challenge was perfect for this combination! I altered a piece of home decor with a generous application of crackled texture paint. Once the paint had works its magic, I randomly applied Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry Distress Paints and Metallic Gold acrylic paint. I embellished with a beautiful Spun Sugar Tattered Floral Flower along with Metallic Gold tipped Prima Lace Heart Resin pieces.

I (May) have one tough heart to craft this week!

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With a favorite texture fade + some alcohol ink I was ready to get mixing with red and pink this week. This is a color combo I avoid so it was fun finding ways I could like it! Turns out, adding in brown and “grunging up” a bit was just the way to do 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 February 15th 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.

challenge winners: clouds

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

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We have two entries to spotlight this week:

#12 Mayline Andrea says: I adore everything about this card from the clever concept to all of those beautiful falling hearts! It just goes to show that “simple” can still be stunning.

#104 Silvia Suzanne says Sylvia was inspired by the challenge to create three beautiful cards. My favorite was the button cloud dripping raindrops made of sequins. Ashli says: I just love all of her clever takes on clouds, especially the buttons! What a great way to create whimsy on her card!

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:

#30 Laura

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: H is for…

With Valentine’s Day next week my mind is on hearts, but what else could this letter inspire in your crafting this week? From hexagons to heat embossing, Hero Arts to Heidi Swapp there are plenty of ways to let this week’s letter challenge inspire you!

I (May) declare that Holtz is what H stands for!

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With new Cracked Pistachio goodies now in stock – I’ve got to thank Mr. Holtz for giving me inspiration for this challenge! Combined with some metallic distress paint I’m sure loving the Mardi Gras feel of this tag!

Ashli was inspired by a new supply this week!

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A brand new set of PrismaColors just landed on my desk and I couldn’t wait to use them! After lots of experimenting, I found a fun technique using my White Pitt Pen to blend the colored pencils. And, since “H” is for heart, I played with some little heart doodles of my own. With those all set on the page, I layered up some Studio Calico and Amy Tangerine papers to complete this page.

Emma’s home is where the heart is!

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For me, there really is no place like home and I made this wallhanging to proudly display in my home. I painted an 8″ square canvas using Distress Paints to create the background before adding a large die cut heart made from the Petal Drop Die. The focal point of the canvas is made using a smaller die cut heart placed in the centre of the stamped and die cut compass and surrounded by various pieces of idea-ology, including the gorgeous Letterpress blocks.

Mona was inspired to create piece of home décor.

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We love to travel but we always look forward to returning home. I created a wall hanging to share my fondness of our happy home featuring a couple of pieces from Wendy Vecchi’s Residences which I added lots of texture and detail to using the Basically Bricks stencil along with Crackled Texture Paste. To express my sentiments in words, I combined fun Big Chat stickers with Remnant Rubs.

Anna-Karin went with a heart theme on this mixed media canvas panel.

I was first planning something a little more for Valentine’s Day, but the project took on its own life. I made this for my son’s room and he picked some of the elements out. I had fun playing with Ranger’s Texture Tools and Texture Paste to create the background and used Tim Holtz stamps as my main elements. The hearts were stamped and hand drawn and there is also an Idea-ology Heart Charm.

Meihsia was inspired to create an art journal page with a home theme.

I made this art journal page because H is for home to me. “H”eidi Swapp Mustard Color Shine, my favorite spray, was used on the background along with Distress Paint after I covered this page with Gesso. I glued some Tim Holtz metal embellishments and Prima Flowers die cut flowers to decorate the page.

Suzz inked it up to show off her hearts.

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I love mixing inks and creating backgrounds. I found this background already cut and ready to go in my folder of scraps. I loved the soft oranges, pinks and reds. I decided to use this as a base for a valentine card featuring my “H” this week.. hearts. I used a set of heart dies to trace my outline of my heart with watercolor pencils. I had plenty of pretty soft pastels in my background made with a mix of Ranger Disress Stain Sprays – Picket Fence, Picked Raspberries, and Sun Dried Marigold. I used the Simon Says Stamp Sketch Alphabet to stamp my message. I had a card finished already for my hubby but really like how this turned out so he may be getting two cards this year.

Andrea decorated her folio with a row of happy houses.

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Oh how I never get sick of using houses in my projects! Maybe the iconic house shape will always be tender to me because of the happy home memories I’m fortunate enough to have. I made my street of houses using Tim Holtz’s Artful Dwellings dies on his Wallflower paper.

Sandra was very happy to play in her art journal for this H challenge

I was inspired by the big Hugs die from Simon Says Stamp. It’s so big, it’s perfect for in my art journal. I wanted to make a grungy distressed page because I love contrast, not only in color. I started with applying a thin layer of Gesso with a palette knife on some Neenah Cardstock and played with a few Gelatos and a bit of water to make that drippage effect. With the Honeycomb stencil I began to make some depth.

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 February 8th 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: Winter challenge

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

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We have three winter inspired entries to spotlight this week:

#37 Beulah Anna-Karin says: A beautiful winter scene is built on a tag using a great combination of different stamps. The effects of creating snow are really great. Ashli say: this tag is so lovely! She created the perfect winter scene that makes me want to be there!

#91 Nina-Marie Design Emma says Even though this is a one layer card, Nina-Marie created so much depth with her beautiful inking and embossing to create a wonderful winter card, which I totally adore

#138 Gerrina Suzanne says: Gerrina’s beautiful snowy scene uses touches of silver swirls to bring the icy feel of winter to her card.

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:

#34 Winter Love

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: Up in the clouds…

The rain clouds might seem dreary to some, but I love the clean smell and lovely sound of rain. Of course a lone fluffy cloud on a sunny day, or the view of the world from an airplane window above the clouds are equally lovely! This week we challenge you to wander up in the air for your inspiration. Whether you are inspired to create a light and fluffy piece, use sky blue, create an art journal or quote about clouds, or any other interpretation of our challenge we invite you to go soaring among the clouds with us this week.

Mona was inspired to create a cloud like background on her layout.

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I scrapped a photo that was taken while hiking the Swiss Alps. For a backdrop, I attempted to create a fluffy cloud like appearance using Texture Paste. For a splash of color, Stormy Sky and Brushed Pewter Distress Stain Sprays were randomly added.

A Simon Says Exclusive Die set served as Ashli’s inspiration this week!

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I love pretty much anything clouds and the Simon Says Stamp Chevron Clouds are no exception! With lots of lovely clouds cut, I simply layered them up with my photo and some Webster’s Pages Patterned Paper. A little watercolor and a hand written title finish things off!

The sky was the limit for Emma’s journal pages.

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I built up the background for my journal pages using a combination of Postale Tissue Wrap and various shades of blue Distress Paints to create the blue sky. I then added touches of Picket Fence Distress Paint to capture the look of a cloudy sky before stamping the beautiful bird in flight from the Bird Feather stamp set and adding the wording using Deco Type Industrious Stickers and Chit Chat stickers.

Sandra Mouwen made a baby card inspired on a Dutch saying

My colleague has a cute baby daughter and I had to make a card for her! We have been saying in Dutch, a cloud of a baby. That’s literally translated, which means an healty beautiful baby. I wanted to make a super bright and fun card, and with Neon Pink I’m sure it’s bright enough. In combination with Teresa Collins Stencil I started making the background. The Cloud is an exclusive from Simon Says Stamp.

Suzz decided to take to the sea with a cloudy background.

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I decided to catch the trade winds and paint a stormy scene. The stormy scene was divided into two different projects. A layer of gesso on mixed media paper was a great base for a mix of paints and the DarkRoom Door – Sail Away to create a few different scenes. I created this card for a male friend taking on a new challenge.

Anna-Karin likes to think of different ways to depict clouds.

I like to add clouds on my projects and it is fun to try out ways to imitate their fluffy nature. Here I inked through a stencil, heat embossed and used Prima Mica Flakes for my clouds. The cloud stencil and dies are by Simon Says Stamp. The background is natural sticky-back canvas, misted with Distress Spray Stains. Finally, I added some stamped sentiments and a lovely die cut tree.

Meihsia was inspired by the rainy day and created an art journal page this week with some die cut clouds.


I love rainy day so on this art journal page, I punched out the clouds using Fiskars Cloud Large Easy Squeeze Punch, and stenciled the raindrops using Prima Flowers RainDrops Stencil. The watercolored background was inspired by the rainy day through the window.

Michelle is feeling positive and created a card to share.

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It’s a new year, and things are looking up! Hopefully, my card will have the recipient walking on clouds. With the Avery Elle sentiment, I can spread the sunshine. A fresh watercolor background is pretty-in-pink peeking through the flat-bottomed clouds.

Andrea made some day planner cards to keep her mind from being too far up in the clouds.

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Were you ever that kid in school who daydreamed a little too much and had your thoughts in the clouds? Yeah. That was me…especially in math class or anything that ended in -ology. I still need all the help I can get to stay “mentally grounded” in terms of what I need to get done. I decided to make some day planner cards using Studio L2E’s Plan It stamp set, Waffle Flower’s Planner: Stay Focused stamp set, and some great Flea Market paper.

This week I (May) was so in the clouds, I forgot the theme.

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I was having so much fun creating on camera, and playing with the new Simon Says Stamp kit that well, I forgot to stick to the theme! I’m hoping you can forgive me, as it is ‘up in the clouds’ after all! Some gold paste and oh boy – I was really off and playing. Here’s hoping I can pull my head out of those creative clouds and stay focused next week!

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 February 1st 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.

Challenge Winners: Inky Background

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

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We have two entries to spotlight this week:

#86 Jill Anna-Karin says This happy card is so vibrant and the inky background is gorgeous. Love the use of dies and the strong colours. Andrea says: I thought Jill was so clever in the way she created a stunning background out of asymmetrical stripes. They pair so beautifully with the bright blue sentiment. The sun and clouds were the perfect finishing touch. Ashli says: This card is gorgeous! I am in love with the bright, cheerful colors and the little white clouds! But, what I love even more is that she has been having a hard time lately, and chose to craft up her own sunshine! I hope it brightened her day, because it sure did brighten mine!

#164 Suman Sandra says: This canvas is so cool! Love the explosion of color and the transfer is perfect! So much details. Suzz says: Suman’s beautiful canvas features an image transfer over many fantastic inky layers.

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:

#119 Nina-Marie Design

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.