Winners: Fall challenge

We’ve fallen in love all right – with all the amazing entries this week! It’s a pleasure to share with you this week’s spotlights and voucher winner.

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We have three entries to spotlight this week:

#36 Two Mad Dahlias Anna-Karin says: This is a very spooky Halloween shadowbox, with a great metallic crackle finish. All the details are great.

#98 Valerie-Jael Sandra says: Ohh wow, this piece is gorgeous! The colors are really popping! The white outlining gives it such a stunning effect! Absolutely fabulous!

#105 Marjie Kemper Mona says Marjie created a couple of fabulous art journal pages using a variety of stencils and a beautiful blend of colors.

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

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

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

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Congratulations! Email May (may.flaum (at) gmail. com) within the next two weeks to claim your voucher!

A big thank you to Simon Says Stamp for sponsoring such a generous prize each and every week here on the Monday challenge blog! Also I’d like to thank everyone who participates in the challenges – seeing your creations is always such fun and we love how you take our challenges and make them your own each week.

O is for Ombre Canvas Tutorial with Mona

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Hi there! Mona Pendleton here to show you how to create an Ombre colored canvas using the following products: stains, texture paste and stencil.

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To begin, I applied Gesso to a burlap canvas and allow to dry.

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To add texture and design to the background, apply texture paste to stencil and allow to dry.

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Prime embellishments using Gesso and allow to dry.

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Adhere embellishments to canvas using Gel medium.

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To create an Ombre background, start at the bottom of canvas applying darkest color first. For my project, I started with Dusty Concord Distress Ink.

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For the next shade, I mixed a small amount of Dusty Concord Distress Ink with Gesso, then applied to canvas.

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Next I added a layer of Milled Lavender Distress Ink.

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Repeat Step 5, substituting with Dusty Concord with Milled Lavender Distress Ink. Then I completed the canvas with a stamped sentiment.

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I love the various shades of color that may be achieved while creating an ombre project. I hope you enjoyed my project and I hope I inspired you to create.

Supply list: Tim Holtz District Market Burlap Panel Bare, Ranger Texture Paste, Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Harlequin, Tim Holtz Distress Stain Dusty Concord Ranger, Tim Holtz Distress Stain Milled Lavender Ranger, Dina Wakely Ranger White Gesso, Dina Wakely Ranger Soft Gel, Tim Holtz Rubber Stamps Hashtags, Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper Ranger, Prima Flowers Roses Sunrise Sunset Trinkets, Prima Flowers Flower Shapes Sunrise Sunset Vintage Trinkets, Wendy Vecchi Art Parts Leaves Studio 490

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Thank you Mona for the awesome project tutorial in my favorite color. Now guess what? it’s your turn! Join us this week in the challenge and show us what techniques you’re ready to rock!

Challenge: O is for…

Here’s a letter we haven’t covered yet – what will you use? October Afternoon products? Be inspired by the number one? Create an ombre effect? order new goodies to play with? We want to see what O means in your crafting!

Emma chose “O” for October.

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As Halloween creeps up on us, for me the letter “O” was always going to be for the month of October and all things spooky and eerie. So, with this in mind, I chose to create this card using the Tim Holtz carved spider and web stamps on a background created with Distress Stains. I added some crackled die cut Apothecary bottles, together with hand dyed linen ribbon and various pieces of Idea-ology.

The first thing Sandra Mouwen thought of was October when she heard the letter O

Thinking of October, Halloween wasn’t far behind. I love the spookiness of Halloween. This time I worked with Watercolor Paper. And started spraying with Squeezed Orange and Pure Sunshine on top of the Simon Says Stamp Leaves Mask. The excess I dabbed off in the top right corner. I love the properties of watercolor paper and how it can soak up all that liquid without starting to warp!

This letter has Ashli’s name written all over it!

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With my last name being “Oliver,” I wasn’t at a loss for inspiration this week! I decided to reinforce the theme and create a background of Die Cut “O’s.” This set the stage perfectly for my layers of sequins, die cuts, and clouds! I love the way this little layout of all the Oliver girls turned out!

If given the opportunity to use glitter, Michelle will fold faster than a lawn chair.

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Origami is a fun “O” word! The Mama Elephant Origami images made glitzy-glam embellishments for my Sn@p Binder.

Meihsia was inspired to create a mixed media tag with the orange color scheme.

To me, O is for orange and orange is the color of Fall. From falling leaves to pumpkins, orange is all around us in this season. I created this tag with different shades and products of orange color include Distress Paint, Faber-Castell Gelatos, Distress Stickle and Distress Ink. The texture on the background was made with Tim Holtz Layering Stencil and Modeling Paste.

Anna-Karin made a mini book that is going to be filled with spooky stories.

My son and I tell a lot of stories to each other; he particularly enjoys slightly scary stories where he is the hero at the end. I thought I would collect them in a little book. O is for Odds & Ends, the Ornamental die and Occasions Found Relatives by Tim Holtz, and there are three O’s in my title. Lots of fun Halloween stamping on the inside too.

O Domino… Suzz was thinking it was time to play with her Dominoes again.

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I was thinking I haven’t used my dominoes in awhile and thought the O challenge would be the perfect time to pull them out and make a spooky Halloween inspired book. I tried a variety of images but liked the family from the Visual Artistry Lost & Found set as my haunted children. The covers made good use of the Bingo Embossing folder and some aluminum foil.

For this challenge Barbara thought of two words that are really good together: October and owl!

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Obviously these words suggest Halloween and here is my project: an altered burlap panel with elements recalling this celebration! Forms such as the owl and the moon are inevitable as well as the palette of Distress paints orange green purple I used. Finally, I’ve made sparkling my owl with Distress glitter, perfect finish for this time of year!”

For Andrea, O is for Organization.

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I’m always looking for somewhere to stash lots of paper scraps and bits of ephemera. When I saw this collection folio by Tim Holtz, I knew it was just the thing I needed. I decorated it with paper from Prima’s Epiphany and Free Spirit collections.

Mona will be back on Wednesday with a tutorial featuring an Ombre colored canvas:

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For more inspiration click on our design team’s blog links so you can see more photos (and full supply lists) for their projects. Leave them a little comment love while you’re there so they know how they’ve inspired you too, if you’re so inclined.

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As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by random generator. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here. This challenge will end at 11:59pm on Sunday October 19th 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: Finishing Touch challenge

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

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We have two entries to spotlight this week:

#31: Mocha Doodle Designs Andrea says: I love how Misty created a card with stamping and with paper-piecing that resembles a quilt. The star shape she incorporated makes it look totally modern and it’s a great way to use up all those delicious paper scraps!

#72 Susan Sandra says This tag is amazing! Love the fall colors and those giant textured leaves! Absolutely gorgeous!

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

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

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

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Congratulations! Email May (may.flaum (at) gmail. com) within the next two weeks to claim your voucher!

A big thank you to Simon Says Stamp for sponsoring such a generous prize each and every week here on the Monday challenge blog! Also I’d like to thank everyone who participates in the challenges – seeing your creations is always such fun and we love how you take our challenges and make them your own each week.

Lovely wall hanging with Emma Williams

Hello everyone, it’s Emma here and today, I’m thrilled to be sharing my ‘Falling In Love’ tutorial with you all. In this tutorial, I will be showing you how to create a fall wallhanging with plenty of texture and dimension.

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Inks, paints and stains can give the most wonderful array of colours to a project and these are exactly what I’ve used to create some natural looking effects from just paper and mdf.

I began by using a mdf heart that I had in my stash, (you can use any surface that you choose). I gave the heart a coat of Gesso to prime it before drying it with a heat tool. I then applied a layer of Antique Linen Distress Paint over the surface, blending it with Frayed Burlap.

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Once the first layer of paint was dry, I started to add some texture onto random areas of the heart by applying Texture Paste through the Speckles Layering Stencil with a palette knife.

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Leave the paste to dry or give it a quick blast with the heat tool, being careful not to overheat the paste or to bubble it and then, add a layer of Gathered Twigs Distress Paint over the surface, blending the paint with a brush to give the look of wood. Once happy with the blend and effect, I would give the surface a coat of Multi Medium and then, place the heart to one side to dry.

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To start creating the leaves, add various colours of Distress Stain to a craft sheet and spritz with water.

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Swipe a piece of Manila card through the stains and pick up all the colour on your mat. (Continue to do this with several pieces of card, so that you have enough stained card for die cutting your leaves). Heat dry the card and then, die cut a good selection of leaves using the Mini Movers and Shapers Tattered Leaves and the Tattered Leaves Bigz die. At this stage, also die cut and emboss two leaves using the Layered Leaf die.

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To add more colour to your leaves, ink the surface of each die cut with Distress Ink, blending the colours together to give a realistic look and then continue to add even more colour by inking the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

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Spritz all your die cut leaves with Biscotti Perfect Pearls mists and then, gently scrunch each of the leaves in your hand, before opening them out and leaving them to dry.

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Set aside the leaves to use later.

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Die cut 3 of the large feathers from kraft card, using the Pointed Feathers die.

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Paint each feather with Picket Fence Distress Paint and then ink the surface with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and set aside.

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Using the Tattered Florals die, die cut eight of the “spikey” flower blooms from Manila cardstock. Blend the surface of each die cut with Dried Marigold Distress Ink and ink the edges with Walnut Stain.

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Spritz the inked die cuts with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist.

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Once dry, shape each of the petals around a pencil, which will give movement and dimension to your flower. Layer the petals over the top of one another, slightly offsetting each petal and attaching them with a small amount of glue.

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Continue to do this until all eight die cuts are layered over one another to give one complete flower.

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To create the centre of the flower, I used an old bottle top which I washed and dried. I attached a 1″ punched circle of card to the centre of the upturned top before adding a good layer of Glossy Accents.

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I then sprinkled a good amount of Glass Glitter over the Glossy Accents, tipping the excess back into the bottle.

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Allow to dry, before attaching to the centre of your layered flower.

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You now have a complete flower to use on your project, alongside all your die cut leaves and feathers.

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Cut a strip of Crinkle ribbon and dye the ribbon using some Crushed Olive Distress Stain, applied to your craft sheet and misted with water.

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Leave the ribbon to dry before tying into a bow and attaching a heart charm using a wire pin.

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Arrange and layer all your leaves and the feathers onto your painted heart, overlapping the sides and shaping each leaf to give dimension. (At this stage you can always add die cut branches if you want to create a fuller look to your arrangement)

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Add the large flower over the top of the cluster of leaves, layering it over some coiled wire and cheesecloth.

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If you have some dried moss then this will look fabulous and can be tucked into the leaf arrangement. Attach your bow by placing it just underneath the flower and finally, add some Chit Chat stickers, attaching them to the leaves and hang this piece using some twine.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it’s inspired you to create some autumnal home decor pieces of your own.

Enjoy the rest of the week and happy October!
Supplies:
Surfaces: Manila Cardstock
Dies: Simon Says Stamp Pointed Feathers. Sizzix Tattered Leaves, Mini Tattered Leaves, Layered Leaf, Tattered Florals
Distress Paint: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Gathered Twigs, Picket Fence
Distress Stains: Wild Honey, Seedless Preserves, Tarnished Brass, Barn Door, Crushed Olive
Mediums: Multi Medium, Gesso, Glossy Accents, Texture Paste
Distress Ink: Dried Marigold, Forest Moss, Walnut Stain, Fired Brick
Embellishments: Idea-Ology Chit Chat Stickers, Crinkle Ribbon, Heart Charm, Wire Pin. Prima Marketing Wire Thread, Twine
Layering Stencil: Speckles
Sprays and Glitter: Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist, Stampendous Frantage Champagne Crushed Glass Glitter
Tools: Big Shot, Craft Sheet, Blending Tools, Hot Glue Gun, Palette Knife
Items from my own stash: mdf heart, bottle top, dried moss, cheesecloth

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Thank you Emma for the jaw-dropping and amazing fall project tutorial and beautiful inspiration! Now guess what? it’s your turn! Join us this week in the challenge and show us what techniques you’re ready to rock!

Challenge: Falling in love with…

Fall is here and I’m loving the cooling temperatures, seasonal treats, and leaves changing color I’m inspired to do some seasonal crafting! What colors, textures, and products are you inspired to craft with this fall?

Andrea has fallen in love with several new recently released crafty products.

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When I saw the Tim Holtz Alphanumeric die set, it was love at first sight. I couldn’t wait to try it and finally got my chance when I made this card. I also incorporated my new favorite paper collection: the Nest by Webster’s Pages. And being the book nerd that I am, I loved the chance to throw in a library card pocket, too.

Mona was inspired to create a Fall themed layout featuring a rusty / patina color palette.

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I scrapped a photo of my daughters that was taken over 10 years ago as the prepared to carve their pumpkin. My goal was to create an autumn vibe using a rusty / patina color palette by combining Broken China and Rusty Hinge Distress Paints along with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. I embellished with Tattered Leaves and Tattered Florals.

Michelle was inspired by a sentiment.

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I adore the sentiment in this clear stamp set by Impression Obsession and wanted to make it the focus of this Autumn card. Watercolor backgrounds are sweetly romantic, so this new set of pigment Watercolors by Zig Kuretake Gansai was the perfect medium choice.

Anna-Karin loves the vibrant colours of fall and made a card.

I love the new Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Leaves & Scribbles set, with which you can stamp wonderful layered leaves. The leaves were stamped with Ranger Archival Inks on Specialty Stamping paper. For the background, I gold embossed the Leaf Background stamp and misted with Copper Perfect Pearls, for the special shine of a clear autumn day.

Suzz loves fall and the beautiful leaves that decorate the trees with their mix of warm colors.

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We have a tree planted the year we moved into our house that we called my son’s tree. Every year we take the first day of school photo in front of the tree. Two year’s ago the tree had a few acorns and this year we have had a big harvest of acorns with many squirrels visiting. They acorns inspired me to make a leafy decoration topped with a few acorn toppers. I die cut plenty of leaves using the Tattered Leaves Bigz Leaves and the Tattered Mini Leaves. I sprayed them with the new Ranger Distress Inks sprays.

Sandra Mouwen loves the beautiful colors of changing leaves in autumn

I sure love the warm colors of autumn, but I don’t like the weather that goes with it. For this card I chose for the autumn color palette and started with the Simon Says Stamp Blocked Circles stencil and blended Barn Door and Mustard Seed Distress Ink to get some orange too. Since it’s October now, I had to use some October afternoon washi tape!

Ashli was inspired by a new embossing folder this week…

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A fabulous Lifestyle Crafts Embossing Folder just landed on my desk and I couldn’t resist pairing the soft floral texture with some Die Cut Leaves. A finishing touch of Watercolor makes the leaves really pop while all of those Gold Rub-Ons provide the perfect contrast for my layout!

Meihsia always loves Halloween and she was inspired to create a Halloween tag for this Fall.

My children and I love trick or treating on Halloween in Fall. The background of this tag I created was embossed with Tim Holtz Embossing Folder and distresse with Distress Paints. After stamping the black cat image with Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps Mini Blueprints and Memento Ink Pad Tuxedo Black, I covered it with Crackle Accents and framed it with Tim Holtz Frames and Trims Stickers .

I (May) am in love with the idea of finishing my Christmas list early.

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The idea of having December to relax and soak up the sights and sounds of the season without any deadlines or to-do lists is oh so intoxicating! So far I’ve been spending the fall season making things merry and bright. Since I’m also deeply in love with coloring foil with alcohol ink, this technique and project was a perfect match for this challenge!

Tune back in Wednesday…

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Emma will be here with her October Fall tutorial!

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 October 12th 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.

Stamp & Stencil Winners!

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

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We have three fantastic entries to spotlight this week:

#48 Jenny Marples Emma says: Jenny’s card was so simple but absolutely beautiful. The design had so much detail and texture and featured a very clever use of embossing powders. Stunning work

#58 Edith Sandra says: This autumn tag is amazing! Love the dimension she made without any real texture! So much depth! Gorgeous!

#141 Coffee Anna-Karin says This is a gorgeous altered canvas with a fun sentiment. Love the coffee theme and all the special details.

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

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

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

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Congratulations! Email May (may.flaum (at) gmail. com) within the next two weeks to claim your voucher!
A big thank you to Simon Says Stamp for sponsoring such a generous prize each and every week here on the Monday challenge blog! Also I’d like to thank everyone who participates in the challenges – seeing your creations is always such fun and we love how you take our challenges and make them your own each week.

Challenge: Finishing Touch

Finishing off a project with a stamp is just the thing, and the perfect way to end our STAMPtember celebration!

I (May) just needed a sentiment stamp to finish my card.

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Armed with the new Dina Wakley stamps, I just can’t quit stamping up a storm!! When I got caught not sure where (or what!) to do for a sentiment or how to finish off my card I thought of this week’s challenge. Of course – a stamp was just what I needed.

Emma embraced her romantic side to create a card, inspired by Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s quote.

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Ever since I first bought it, I’ve been waiting to use this wonderful Love Letter stamp from Tim Holtz for quite a while and this project became all about creating a card and using the quote as the perfect finishing touch. To complete the card, I added various Idea-Ology pieces and the Mini Feather & Inkwell die cut, against a background of Victorian Velvet Distress Paints and stencilled texture.

Ashli took inspiration from a patterned paper this week…

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As soon as I saw the lovely grey floral in the Cosmo Cricket Vellumptuous Paper Pad, I knew what I wanted to do! Layering circles of those lovely papers created some beautiful custom embellishments. Then, Stamping them with an Inkadinkado Lace Doily using Gold Embossing was the perfect finishing touch! I just love what this adds to my layout about my Great Grandmother’s Ring.

Anna-Karin made an artsy little mini canvas this week.

I love using background stamps to add a finishing touch to a project, such as the cracks stamp here. Randomly stamped background stamps can give just the perfect amount of texture to a background. The canvas was also stamped with a sentiment and face stamp by Tim Holtz. In the background you can spot some stencilling. I embossed the edges with Ranger’s Liquid Platinum embossing powder.

Michelle loves creating Autumn leaves!

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Ever since I was a little girl, I have enjoyed creating and coloring Autumn leaves from paper. For this art journal page, I chose the unusual color of Distress Paint in Pewter for my Tattered Leaf. As a finishing touch, the word “Fall” was stamped directly on vintage postage stamps.

Sandra Mouwen had lots of fun being silly in her art journal

I love to play in my art journal and I was a bit silly making these pages. I tried to make a print with the Simon Says Stamp Scrambled Letters stencil and Blackberry Violet paint. Not as visible as I had hoped. I used Peacock Feathers and the Distress Spritzer instead. That makes for such a subtle background. A perfect start to build up these finished pages. As for the finishing touch I love to add those Stitches stamps from Bo Bunny around the edges!

Suzz started a project with lots of different elements but saved her stamping for the very last touch.

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I started this process with a look around my crafty surface. I saw some new Ranger Manila Craft Tags and some Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste which had me pulling out the beautiful Memory Box Lanthenay Stencil. After that I was stencilling up different surfaces and they started to overlap and blend into a project. I love when the creative process leads you to an idea which turns into something beautiful.

Meihsia was inspired to create a mixed media canvas with some stamping as a final touch.

To create a mixed media canvas with a different color scheme this week, I tried Tim Holtz Distress Paint Ever Green Bough. After attaching some Tim Holtz and Prima Flowers embellishments, I stamped the Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps Cracks & Specks as the final touch and I love the beautiful crackled effect.

Andrea likes to finish things off with a handful of polka dots.

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned about myself and my style, it’s that I’m a polka dot addict. Almost subconsciously, my hands will reach for polka dot paper, polka dot stamps, or polka dot Washi tape. It seems to be one of the constants in my phase-filled artistic style. Imagine my excitement when I came across this fabulous polka dot brayer, which I used on my card, along with the great new Prima paper line titled Cigar Box Secrets and the handy-dandy Simon Says Stamp Thanks on a Line die.

Mona had fun creating a holiday inspired canvas.

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One of the many things I love about the holidays are the fun shaped ornaments. To create a holiday inspired canvas, I added added Texture Paste along with the Harlequin stencil then topped off the canvas with a trio of heat embossed ornaments.

Barbara decided to create a jumbo tag which can become a home décor and hanging.

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Christmas mood already pervades me and I couldn’t wait to use the new stencil and Tim’s stamps! With the blueprint I created a simple embellishment that shows all the beauty of the design ,illuminated with Stickles and colored with distress ink, perfect finish to this work and to celebrate the end of Stamptember”

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 October 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.

Winners: Rock the Technique

It’s that time – spotlight and this week’s winner! You all really ROCKED the techniques!

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We have three entries to spotlight this week:

#16 Irit Shalom Ashli says: I am really taken with her background work on this beautifully colorful layout! I just love the scene she created and it is such a lovely backdrop for her photos!

#22 Erica Miskel Andrea says Erica used a clever drip technique to give her card the look of rain against a window. She also did a great job of blending colors for a stenciled ombre effect that’s both bold and beautiful. Anna-Karin says: Such a great idea to create the look of rain falling down a window, using a stencil and Distress Ink. Love the clouds too.

#127 Binty Suzanne says: Binty used cork in her layout in a fun an whimsical way. Her design with the framed images intermixed with touches of cork is fantastic.

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

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

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

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Congratulations! Email May (may.flaum (at) gmail. com) within the next two weeks to claim your voucher!

A big thank you to Simon Says Stamp for sponsoring such a generous prize each and every week here on the Monday challenge blog! Also I’d like to thank everyone who participates in the challenges – seeing your creations is always such fun and we love how you take our challenges and make them your own each week.

Challenge: Stencils & Stamps

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Whether you stick with STAMPtember stamping or mix it up and pull out a stencil – this week we want to see how you stamp or stencil your way into crafty fun this week!

Barbara loves playing with stamps and stencils in her art journal.

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Stamps and stencils are two of the “tools” of a crafter that I love most! This is the second page of my art journal and I played with Simon’s exclusive stencil that I love very much and Tim’s stamps! To add more fun to my work I used Distress paints and Gelatos in warm tones of yellow, pink, and orange, unusual shades for me!

Emma was in her element using stencils to create the background for her wall hanging.

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I had so much fun creating this piece, using a combination of embossing paste through the Zig Zag Dots stencil and playing with the Distress Marker Spritzer, misting Black Soot through the Latticework Layering Stencil to give me a wonderful textural background set against one of my favourite colour palettes, Evergreen Bough. I added the gorgeous Layered Dragonfly, various Idea-Ology and finished the project with a stamped quote.


Sandra Mouwen always has lots of fun playing with stamps and stencils

I don’t know what I’ll do if I don’t have any stamps or stencils. They are such great tools to make a project amazing. For this page I started with a blanco sheet of Neenah Solar White cardstock. And with the Harlequin stencil along with Tattered Rose and Dried Marigold Distress Ink, I began to build up the background. With lots of differtent washi tape I made the composition and to adhance those lines, I stamped along them with the Cartographer stamp amongst other stamps.

Ashli was inspired to create some embellishments using a stencil this week…

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A super fun way to use a stencil is to make your own embellishments using Modeling Paste. This week, I did just that for the cover of my notebook! Using the Simon Says Bouquet of Flowers Stencil, and some Modeling Paste, I was able to work up these embellishments in no time! Some Watercolors and a bit of Mist finish off the cover of my little journal.

Anna-Karin was in the mood for art journaling this week.

With stamps, stencils and some paint and ink you can create anything you want to on a white piece of paper. I love the endless possibilties with these products. Here I used stamps and stencils together with Dina Wakley’s vibrant paints, some ink and Ranger’s Texture Paste. This shade of pink is not a colour I use often, but I really liked the result. The page was finished with old dictionary paper circles and words.

Michelle created a scrapbook layout using stamps and stencils.

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I was excited to use the Waffle Flower “Be My Guest” Stamps with my old photo to create this vintage inspired layout. Tattered Leaves and Wendy Vecchi Gold Embossing Paste transformed ordinary embellishments into Autumn treasures.

Halloween is creeping up and Suzz created a Treat of a tag.

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Halloween is such a fun time of the year and we love going out and seeing the clever, sweet, and funny costumes. I had this bit of stenciled inky background with some non traditional halloween colors that I thought would be fun to create into a Halloween tag for one of my older kiddos who doesn’t get to go trick or treating anymore. The trick-or-treat kids from Tim Holtz Halloween set made the perfect border. My non traditional colors came from the Ranger Dauber Paint – Honey and Ranger Dauber Paint – Salty Ocean. Now I have a fun tag to put on a treat bag going off to my son at college.

Meihsia created an art journal page with her favorite stamp and stencil this week.

Stamps and stencils are essential for my art journaling. This week, I used my favorite Tim Holtz Rubber Stamp Brush Collection and Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Harlequin to create this art journal page. The background of this page was sprayed with Clearsnap Colorbox Pinkolicious Dye Ink Spritzer and stenciled with Modeling Paste.

Mona was inspired to create a mixed media style card using both stamps and a stencil.

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I love t0 create layers on my projects using both stamps and stencils. This week, I inked up a fun sentiment from Apothecary Labels surrounded it with various flowers including die cut roses. For the background, I combined a variety of Distress Inks and added texture and design using the Latticework stencil.

Andrea made a Color Book to stay inspired with all sorts of lovely shades and hues.

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Don’t report me to the hardware store police, but I made a color book out of more than my share of paint color swatches that I acquired from Home Depot and Lowe’s. I put my paint swatch acquisitions to good use by making a color book where I store notes and samples of various Distress paint, inks and stains. I made the cover using this great little Picture Wheel die, a Rings and Puddles stencil and this stylish bathing beauty that I cut out of the Fancy Pants Me-Ology paper collection.

I (May) think stamps + stencils are the perfect combination.

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Armed with my new Dina Wakley stamps and one of my favorite Tim Holtz stencils I set out to play with paste, distress, and generally just have a real good time with this week’s challenge. I love how stencils can help add texture and fun to my stamping projects!

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 September 28th 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.