Challenge: Summer

For some people this time of year means pools, beach time, and warm weather. Some love to travel and enjoy vacations. Other people just soak in the sunshine. How does summer translate into your creative life? What do you make to celebrate it? Are you inspired by the colors? The themes? This theme is wide open – we can’t wait to see what you come up with for this summer challenge!

Emma hopes for a summer full of adventure!

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When I think of summer, I think of friendship, good times and adventure and wanted to capture all the fun of summer in my canvas project using one of the wonderful Tim Holtz Found Relatives images as a focal point. I attached the photo to a background of Cracked Pistachio and Salty Ocean Distress Paint and added layers of Texture Paste and 3D gel before completing the collage using ephemera pieces and various idea-ology pieces.

Cheiron was inspired by carefree summer vacations at the beach.

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I love summer the most out of any season, and love to spend time at the beach. This cute couple from Tim Holtz’s Found Relatives looks like they are having a great summer vacation. I used Core’dinations Kraft Core Metallic paper and embossed it with some rays as the backdrop for their photo that is filled with golden sunshine.

Summer rainstorms were Ashli’s inspiration this week.

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We have had quite the rainy summer so far around my house! That inspired this whimsical mixed media piece. Using the lovely Dylusion Paints and Neocolor Crayons, I created my colorful background. Then, with some Prismacolor Pencils, I doodled on my little birdies! A few finishing touches and this fun little piece is done!

Meihsia created an art journal page with a sea creature on it.

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Summer reminds me of our family vacation, sunshine, ocean and sea creatures. On this art journal page, I sprayed the background with Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain and ColorBox Art Screen Stencil. The crab was stamped with Tim Holtz Rubber Stamp Crab Sketch and colored with Sakura Koi Watercolors.

Maura created a summer canvas.

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Summer flows with bright colors, sunshine, days at the beach or on the water. It’s fun and playful, and full of unexpected moments and brings us back to being a kid again. The kid in me had a great time melting crayons onto canvas, then painting sections with Dina Wakley turquoise and doodling with my Pitt Pens.

Andrea made some beach boxes to take the beach with her wherever she goes.

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Every summer, my favorite memories always involve the beach! I made these little boxes with a beach tucked inside using Tim Holtz’s Matchbox die, a beach shack stamp from Paper Artsy and some stylin’ sunglasses using a glasses die from My Favorite Things.

Anna-Karin is planning to fill this summer with memories.

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I decided that a mini album was the perfect place to collect my summer memories, namely a 6 x 8 canvas album by Heidi Swapp. It comes with page protectors with both full sheets and pocket sheets. Since I knew I’ll need space, I also got an additional pack of page protectors. The cover was decorated with a Woodgrain background stamp and Layering Bird stamps by Hero Arts, as well as Simon Says Stamp Exclusive dies.

I (May) went a bit… off with this one.

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Maybe it was the twisted citron. Or the extreme heat and wishing for cool fall days. I really don’t know. But instead of getting all summer inspired I pulled out the poison and the skeletons and went all Halloween and fall on this tag. I’m really not sure why, but it gave me a chuckle and so I’m sharing it here with you as a reminder that sometimes the theme really can go off in a wild direction!

Summer is the best time for Michelle to get back to Nature.

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“The Color of Fun” recent release by Simon Says Stamp included a darling new “Nature” set. Influenced by Vintage Newsprint Pages and the soft, earthy colors of nature in the Summer, this easy, breezy card with matching envelope (thanks to the Envelope Punch Board) will be created quickly and in the mail fast.

The color yellow was Suzz’s summery inspiration.

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When I was thinking about Summertime I thought of all the sunshine and summer weddings. I decided to pull out all my yellow inks and sprays and create a shabby chic monochromatic card. I used a mix of Ranger Distress Spray Stain – Mustard Seed and Ranger Archival Ink – Chrome Yellow . In the background I stamped the elegant Darkroom Door Texture – Floral Stamp to provide a soft and pretty background.

Sandra’s last birthday card this summer

For me the birthday card summer season is over, and I wanted to try something I normally would do in an art journal, collaging from magazines. In my case the H&M catalog. I kept it simple, because of the small surface. The background is created by spraying Lemon Zest over the SSS Leaves Mask and outlining it with a Pitt Artist Pen.

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 5th 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: paste

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

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We have two entries to spotlight this week:

#20 Hee Sun Kim Suzz says: Hee Sun Kim’s glorious canvas has a step by step tutorial showing how she created the fabulous shimmery layers. Ashli says: the many layers and textures in the layout are beyond extraordinary! A true feast for the eyes!

#72 Adele Andrea says: This card is so stunning with its beautifully blended watercolors and the expertly used embossing paste. The leaves have such great dimension and I love how well the soft thoughtful image matches the sentiment.

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:

#54 Megan

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: Stamp + Mist

Here in my world, stamps and mists (color washes, etc) are two products that I can always use more often! Color sprays and stamps are also a great combination. You could emboss or stamp an image and spray over it. Use mist to ‘ink’ a stamp. Apply mist color with a paintbrush to a stamped image. So many possibilities! This week we want to see a project that features at least one stamp, and one mist or color wash/spray.

Maura was inspired by the mists of Ireland to make a card.

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I went back through the mists of time to a wonderful trip I took with my mom and two sisters to Ireland. We stopped at an ancient monastery on a misty day. It was a magical moment seeing the Celtic crosses in the swirling mists. I knew I had to use a lot of greens since this is about the Emerald Isle! So much fun to play on my card with Prima’s Emerald Color Bloom and my new Twisted Citron Distress Spray Stain.

Emma loves the shimmer and sparkle of a starry night.

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Inspired by clear summer nights and the twinkle of stars in a moonlit sky, I used my sprays and stamps to recreate this on my multi layered wall panel. I added a base of texture paste before spritzing the background with Brushed Pewter, Black Soot and Broken China Distress Spray Stain and stamping with the circles from the Psychedelic Grunge Stamp Set and the type stamp. I continued building up the scene by attaching shimmery die cut gadget gears onto a layer of micro beads and completing the panel with a glittered die cut moon and stars.

Ashli was inspired by some new paints this week!

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With the new Dylusions Paints on my desk, I couldn’t wait to play! Lots of fun polka dot stenciling and blending on the Mixed Media Cardstock provided the prefect background for my stamping! Using Dylusions White and a Tim Holtz heart stamp, I added some soft white stamping. With this mixed media play all cut up and stitched, I have the perfect handmade embellishments for my layout!

Meihsia was inspired to create a sunshine garden journal page.

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Distress Spray Paint is one of my favorite art mediums to create mixed media projects. On this art journal page, I sprayed Distress Spray Paints on the page to create the misty background. The sentiment was stamped with Tim Holtz Rubber Stamp and embossed with ColorBox Clear Embossing Powder.

Anna-Karin was inspired to use light coloured mists this week.

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When I use mists, I often end up with pretty bright projects, but this time, I wanted to use the lightest colours of mists I had at home, namely Distress Spray Stain Tattered Rose, Tumbled Glass and Antique Linen. I made an Artist Trading Block using a Sizzix die for my base. The Mariner Blueprint stamps by Tim Holtz work great for many types of summer projects.

Michelle is experiencing Misty Memories.

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Mists don’t always need to be front and center. I prefer to leave them behind the stamps. A luscious Heidi Swapp Mustard Spray makes a great background to highlight another stamp, such as a large Daisy stamp. And since Heidi’s mists are acid-free, they’re great additions to scrapbook layouts.

Andrea incorporated one of her husband’s ideas into this week’s misty project.

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Whenever I hit a creative wall, I’ll ask my husband for some ideas. He’ll usually say something manly like, “Add some metal,” or, “Make a car.” When I made this background, I didn’t know what to do for a focal point and my husband said, “Add a paper airplane.” Instead of dismissing his macho suggestions like usual, I actually thought it was brilliant! And so my little airplane soars against a background made with Dylusions Bubble Gum and Fresh Lime sprays, along with some stamped wonky circles from the Simon Says Stamp Scribble flowers set.

Cheiron used mists on her stencil masks and “stamped” the background of her journal page with them.

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I love finding creative ways to use the products I already have. I sprayed the masks from the Dina Wakley Graphic Shapes Media Masks and Stencils with different colors of Dylusions sprays and used them as stamps to create a background in my art journal this week. I used the same color sprays (and some white) to stamp on my background using  Dyan Reaveley Basic Backgrounds cling stamps.

Suzz was thinking pink this week.

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I was thinking pink and lucky enough to have the Ranger Distress Stain Picked Raspberry and Dylusions Bubblegum Pink along with the Ranger Distress Stain Picket Fence to make up a pink ink background. After I had my pretty pink tag I decided I needed coordinating butterflies who flew through my misty inking and ended up matching their background.

Stamps and sprays are two wonderful products Barbara loves to use!

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Definitely among my favorites because you can always try new combinations! For this challenge, I chose to cut on cardstock , Tim’s die “Globe” and I used it as a stamp. Instead of the ink, I used gesso to create a resist- effect onto my tag. For my background I worked with Sprays, inks, stamps and stencils.

Sandra’s art journal needed a little stamping and some mist.

Playing in my art journal is so relaxing, for me it’s trying new things. I wanted to layer , but not too bulky. I created the colorful background with pigment powder, like Primary Elemants from Luminarte, and a Mister with only water. I didn’t prepare the surface only used Texture Paste with the Jumbled Letters stencil to create 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 June 29th 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: Flower challenge

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

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We have three entries to spotlight this week:

#47 Stacy Ashli says: these journal pages are so delightful! So much lovely color to pull the eye in to those gorgeous flowers!

#146 Diana K Emma says: This stunning card definitely made me smile ~ it’s just so beautiful and I adore that thin strip of gold on the border which gave it that extra touch of luxury and opulence! I love it…

#153 Susanne Meihsia says Susanne created a gorgeous card with beautiful mixed media layers and wonderful layout. Great tutorial, too!

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:

#213 Amy Rohl

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.

Introducing… Maura Hibbitts

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From inventive mixed media creations to soulful art journal pages – Maura Hibbitts is full of great ideas! We’re excited to announce that she will be joining our team here. Maura is here to share a few favorite projects, and introduce herself today:

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Greetings from upstate New York. I share a small house on a hill overlooking the Adirondack Mountains, with my husband, two sons, and Jasper, our Jack Russell. I’ve been working for many years on the left side of my brain, teaching science, and now it’s time to flex the right side and play creatively. As a child, I remember sitting out under a tree and drawing, so this crafting love started young. I am always excited to learn new ways to create and then experiment. Mixed media and art journaling are two of my favorites. I have recently discovered yoga and meditation to add to my interests of reading, gardening and travel. I am really excited to begin sharing my creative projects with you!

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Welcome Maura! We’re excited to have her join in, and see what fabulous creations she comes up with. Please join me in extending her a warm welcome – and stay tuned her first challenge project will be with us on Monday!

Challenge: Don’t cut, just paste!

From texture paste to paste-like paints, molding paste to gesso so heavy it reminds me of paste – this week is all things paste. It’s a staple of great mixed media projects, can add texture or be a great medium for using with liquid colors and stencils. Check out all of our design team’s inspiration then create something yourself!

Anna-Karin went big this week with a 30 x 40 canvas.

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Large stencils work great for large surfaces and StencilGirl’s pretty Nosegay stencil was calling my name. It it is the focal point of this canvas. To create texture, I used three different pastes by Prima: Light Paste, Graphite Sand Texture Paste and 3D Gloss Gel. The canvas was painted with Dina Wakley’s paints and I also added some mica flakes, which worked well with the organic look of the project.

Embossing Paste is one of Suzz’s favorite mediums to play with.

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I love making backgrounds using a mix of Wendy Vecchi’s Embossing Paste, Ranger Distress Sprays and this week I added a little twist with some gold leaf. I had created a few tags using these materials and set them aside. This week using paste gave me an opportunity to finish off the tag by added and stamped butterfly on embossing paper/tissue paper.

Ashli is seeing clouds in her paste this week!

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The tone on tone effect of modeling paste can be so lovely… and so very cloud-like! Using the Simon Blocked Circle Stencil, I applied my Modeling Paste. With some watercolor accent, that area is instantly transformed into “clouds!” A wood title and Doodlebug Rainbow finish things off!

Emma loves using paste to create backgrounds!

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I adore using Texture Paste to make backgrounds for my projects and for this challenge I chose to use the paste together with the Wildflower Layering Stencil to make a background that would become the main focal point of my canvas. I coloured the paste using Distress Inks before adding various Idea-Ology pieces and a beautiful die cut and embossed butterfly to complete the project.

Sandra decided it was time for some collaging.

I thought it was fun to use some Thriftshop Ephemra to collage the background for this card. I adhered everything with Multi Medium Matte, but didn’t seal it. I needed the paper still to be porous. To shade the outlines of the pieces I used Loew Cornell Watercolor. Love the way the water color gives it an even more vintage look.

Meihsia created a mixed media canvas with pasted textures on the background.

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Modeling Paste is used on most of my projects and I really love to create textures with it. I stenciled the background of this canvas with Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Cargo and Modeling Paste, then colored the texture with various shades of Distress Spray Stain and Distress Paint. Some Prima Flowers were layered and glued to finish off my creation.

Maybe she was just hungry, but modeling paste reminded Andrea of frosting.

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It’s no mystery why I love cupcakes! Fluffy cakey goodness topped with creamy sugar dreaminess? Yes, please! I decided to use modeling paste to replicate the look of frosting. The cupcake was made using a die set called You’re the Sweetest and the frosting was made from modeling paste mixed with Spun Sugar Distress Paint.

Paste is a whole lot prettier now than when Michelle was in school.

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Remember when paste was ugly? Not any more! Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste is pure Gold! A simple “Hello” card gets pretty fast with this paste.

Cheiron loves using transparent texture paste to let book paper show through on her projects.

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This canvas was made to inspire a friend. I love that one of the words on the book paper I used was shine and I wanted that word to show through the painty layers on my piece. I used Ranger Transparent Texture Paste in matte along with a Dina Wakley Essentials Media Stencil.  To create the painty layers, I used Dina Wakley Heavy Body paints mixed with water.

 

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 June 21st Eastern time. We will also be choosing some of our entries to put in the spotlight – a special honor where we talk about why we loved that entry in particular and award a special badge too! For the full rules, read the “challenge rules” posted in the side-bar here on our blog.

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

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We have two favorite entries to spotlight this week:

#2 cards by maaike Andrea says I love the “Queen Bee” theme of this card and how the honeycomb background fades away into those fantastic splatters. I (May) am also really drawn to the strong colors and designs of this one!

#16 zoey Emma says: I love the attention to detail on Zoey’s fun tag which is full of so much texture and is such a great design! Suzz says: Zoey’s tag has incredible texture in the background with the crowning touch being the image which is crowned, winged and has a touch of lipstick colored in! Anna-Karin says: Such a gorgeous tag with lovely background texture and rich colours. The crown is a really great addition to the fun photo.

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:

#79 Bonnie

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: For the Love of Plants

Whether you’re into succulents (so popular in stamping right now!), fruits, great big pine trees, nature scenes, flowers, or leaves this week we challenge you to do something with a plant. It could be using a floral embellishment, stamping a tree, stenciling a leaf pattern, or perhaps creating something with new succulent stamps. The details are up to you – we just want to see what plants (or plant parts!) you love crafting with this week.

First up – our newest design team member! Cheiron loves colorful flowers and she has created a trifold flower card.

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Colorful flowers bring me so much joy. The best thing about this trifold card is that these flowers never need to be watered. I cut my card base out of Ranger Watercolor Paper and stamped and colored in the flowers from the Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp set with Distress Markers and a water brush . After coloring, I cut a few of the flowers and leaves to give them added dimension.

Botanic in crafting is something that Sandra loves!

I wish I had green fingers so I could keep my plants in my home alive, but that’s not in the cards for me… The vibe of botanical is something I love also in crafting, and those will live forever! I adore the Tattered Flower Garland and the Spring Greenery dies! I cut them out with Bazzill Kraft Cardstock and painted them with Distress Paints.

Meihsia loves to decorate her craft space with flowers and mixed media canvas.

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This week I decided to decorate my craft space with more flowers and canvas on the wall. I started this project with applying Prima Flowers White Heavy Gesso and Distress Paint on the background of the canvas, then I applied Ranger Crackle Accents to make the aged texture. Some Prima Flowers Vintage Trinkets and Paper Flowers were added to complete this wall hanging.

Michelle has discovered a new way to keep a friendship growing.

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This Triptych Bi-Fold Letter has lots of room for fun things that can be easily embellished. The Striped Flowers from Altenew are fun to color with a White Signo Pen. Having a pen-pal has never been more fun!

Andrea made a faux glass pen topped with a glitzy flower.

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I’ve seen some amazing pens made out of glass tubes that are soldered at both ends. But I didn’t have any glass tubes and haven’t mastered the art of soldering yet. But nevermind! I managed to make a faux glass pen using the Avery Elle Embellish It Flower die, some silver crushed glass glitter, and some Tim Holtz crinkle ribbon.

Anna-Karin made a summery journal page filled with plants.

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I enjoy building plants and layering different plant stamps, which is what I did here, using Hero Art’s Stamp Your Own Plant set. The stamping and background was done with Distress Inks. I placed myself into the meadow using the You & Me set by Sizzix, which was also used to die cut the clouds and sun. More sentiments were added with Small Talk stickers.

Suzz is in the month of graduations & awards nights for her girls.

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This month we have been to many events where our middle daughter is finishing up her activities in preparation for heading off to college. This has us presenting her with flowers. I decided to cut out the fresh flowers as our house was starting to look like a florists and focus on creating my own bouquet for her and sweeten the flowers with a few gift cards. The colors consisted of Ranger Distress Stain Spray Mustard Seed, Barn Door, and Fired Brick. Some tissue paper and some beautiful flower stems and a flowery bouquet is at hand.

Although we are very close at the beginning of the summer season, the theme of our challenge took Barbara immediately with the thought to the spring!

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This is the time of year flowers and plants are born again and with their colors and their brightness are so striking to our eyes. I thought of using my new tiny tattered florals dies to make the skirt of my dress form and celebrate in this way the theme of our challenge. Twisted citron, Peacock feather, Abandoned coral are the stars of my altered burlap panel.

The whole family love gardening at Ashli’s house…

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We love gardening and learning about gardening. To scrap this story, I doodled plenty of houses with my Pitt Pen, added some adorable Amy Tangerine alphas, and finished things off with some puffy sticker embellishments. I love having this page scrapped of my home grown girlies!

Emma’s wallhanging is packed full of the beautiful colours of summer!

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As I watered my garden late one evening, the idea for this home decor piece popped into my head ~ the reason I was standing there watering was “for the love of plants”. So with this in mind, the next day, I began creating my garden scene and applied Texture Paste through the Bricked layering stencil to make a background for my watering can which is surrounded by pretty flowers all die cut from the Tattered Garland Die. To complete the project, I added a hanger so that I could proudly display it in my home!

I (May) doodled some trees.

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Mixing and matching mediums from watercolor pencils to colored pens and more – I am really into coloring plants lately! I love taking the opportunity to work outdoors and combine color play with my drawing practice!

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 June 14th 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.

Thank You challenge winners!

Thank you to all those who joined our Thank You challenge this week. Now it’s that time – spotlight and this week’s winner!

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We have three entries to spotlight this week:

#9 Tracie Pond Andrea says: I love the simple fresh look that Tracie created with her card. She proves that white can pack a punch and I like how she used gray for the sentiment as a unique alternative to black.

#146 The Silk Purse Anna-Karin says This is a beautiful thank you card. I particularly like the vellum jar for the flowers.

#98 Theresa Pace Sandra says: What a gorgeous card! I love the white touches she gave the black stamped image, it gives it so much more depth!

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:

#16 Lois Ichimura

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.

Introducing: Cheiron Brandon

I’m excited to introduce the first of three new design team members that will be joining our Monday Challenge blog team! Next week you’ll start seeing her beautiful creations here on the blog.

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Cheiron  was formerly a member over at the Simon Wednesday challenge blog, and we’re excited to welcome her here to our Monday crew! This is one of her projects that is my favorite. I love how she blends techniques, color, and artfully clean design. I’m excited to see her explore the mixed media world even more – and I just know she is going to inspire and delight you!

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Now here’s Cheiron to share a bit about herself -

I live in New Jersey with my husband and our two adorable rescue pups, Big Boy and Oreo. I work in the financial district by day, and love to relax at night in my crafty space.

I started stamping about 10 years ago when I wanted to make my own cards to send to friends. Over the past few years I have been exploring mixed media techniques and have incorporated them into my card making . I recently started art journaling and creating other mixed media projects. I love playing with color, texture and all things Distress in my work. I am always trying out new products and techniques and hope to share them in the upcoming challenges.

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Please join me in welcoming Cheiron to the team!