2015-2016 Design Team Call

One of my favorite things about the Monday challenge blog is all of the lovely creative people all over the world I am inspired by. The creative community is such a wonderful one – and I love being a part of it. Today I’m excited to announce to you that we’re looking to add a few new members to our team!

Do you love to create inspired by our weekly themes? Love blogging your latest creations? Do you enjoy making a variety of projects and want to share your ideas with the community here? If you are interested – this is your chance! Previous design team experience is NOT a requirement – you just need to have an active blog and want to be a part of the team. We don’t have calls very often (our members tend to stay a nice long time – it’s fun!) so read on, and then send in your entry via email.

If you’d like to be considered for a position on the team, please carefully read and follow the instructions for applying. I can’t state this strongly enough: follow the instructions exactly!

Send an email to may.flaum@gmail.com with the following information

  • Your name
  • links to:
    - your blog
    - twitter, Instagram, pinterest, youtube, or other social media accounts
    - 2 of your favorite projects posted to your blog
    - any current design team(s)
  •  2-3 sentences about a project you made featuring a technique that you really like. Attach a single image (image should be attached as .jpg and size should be between 500-1000px wide) of the project to your email.
  • Your favorite color of ink (include the brand, color, and why)
  • 3 sentences or less about you. This could include notes on your personal style, favorite products or techniques, why you’d like the team, or any other information you think we should know about you.

Applications must be received by May 14th, 2015 at noon Eastern time and any applicant(s) offered a position will be notified by June 6, 2015.

Remember – following instructions is important to be a member of this team so you’ll want to read carefully and be sure you turn in a complete entry. This is as many hints as I can drop that the details above, that you follow the instructions exactly is a huge part of what we’re looking for! An email reply will be sent out within 3 business days to each applicant, and as needed follow-up questions may be asked.

Potential team members should be ready to make a six-month commitment. Applicants invited to join the team will be given full compensation information and team duties/expectations.  If you have any questions before you apply, feel free to email may.flaum@gmail.com directly.

“In the middle” Challenge Winners

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

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We have three entries to spotlight this week:

#15 Sandy Diller Sandra says These crazy birds are amazing! Love the steampunk theme! So very cool and fun! Fabulous! Andrea said: I adore what Sandy did with her towers of steampunk birds! The birds definitely stand their ground in the middle of these charming creations.

#119 Paru Ashli says: This card is so lovely and the vase full of flowers as the central focal point is just stunning!

#234 Jane’s Journal Suzz says: Jane’s beautiful rock niche starts out as a beautiful box and turns into a hidden treasure trove with a beautiful pool of shells.

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:

#305 Crafty Coffin

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: Due Date

When I think of due dates, I always think about libraries. Date stamps. Oh yes, and craft assignments! This week whether the words make you think of a new baby or school assignment, the library or perhaps something past due – we look forward to your interpretation. Just remember this challenge is due no later than Sunday evening (see end of post for exact time)!

Meihsia was inspired to use a date stamp on her art journal page.

I love using date stamp to document life. On this art journal page, after coloring the background with Distress Spray Stain and water, I stamped the date with American Crafts Dear Lilly Date Stamp , and added more dates and numbers with Tim Holtz Idea-ology Numbers Remnant Rubs. The compass was stamped and die cut using Sizzix Framelits Compass Blueprint Die And Stamp Set.

A post with her new Silhouette Cameo is long over due for Michelle.

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Although there’s no actual due date, it’s about time that I learn to use my new Silhouette Cameo. By pairing it with some Stampendous Marks stamps and a fun Date Stamp, a few simple cut shapes can make a big impact. Which is a good thing….because it’s all I can do with it right now.

Andrea decided to make a bulletin board calendar to keep her due dates straight.

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I was always that nerdy kid in school who would start to hyperventilate if she earned an A- on something instead of an A. If it was due, I knew about it. I was on it! But somewhere along the way, either I got lazy or my brain turned to mush because I sure need a lot more reminders than I used to! Using Prima’s Timeless Memories paper, a circle punch and a whole lot of Dina Wakley acrylic paint, I made myself a bulletin board calendar to get back to my organized roots.

Emma is making sure she never forgets another important date!

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My desk is always covered with scraps of paper and notes to remind me of important dates but when I saw this challenge it gave me the perfect opportunity to create something that was so much more appealing to the eye. I began by altering a plain clipboard with a layer of Wendy Vecchi’s Crackle Paste before adding layers of colour using Cracked Pistachio, Brushed Pewter and Picket Fence Distress Paints. To complete the board I used the beautiful die cut feathers and butterflies and added these to a collage of Tim Holtz pocket cards.

Ashli crafted up a long overdue thank you note this week…

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Oh, yes… this card is long over due! After a wonderful gift received, I really must send a proper thank you note! So, after applying some Modeling Paste through a Chevron Stencil, I added some Gelatos and Watercolors. Then, a few punched butterflies add some welcome movement to the composition. To finish things off, I added a little die cut Hello word. Now… to mail it!

Suzz created a layout inspired by a tag.

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Have you ever had something that inspired your entire project? Usually when this happens I end up not using it on the project. This time the tag had me thinking of a monochromatic layout even including printing my photo in sepia tones. I used some beautiful Ranger Distress Stain Sprays (Vintage Photo and Antique Linen) along with the Tim Holtz Flourish Laying Stencil to create a backdrop for the photo and journal cards. I was happy my inspiration piece made it all the way through to the finished project.

Barbara always tries to arrive in advance on due date: appointments, payments, craft assignments!

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Time and watch are very important for me! This is the reason I decided to use as element of inspiration for this challenge themed due date , Tim’s dies “Pocket watch” , used on my Art Journal page together to winged elements as dragonfly and butterflies, to represent how fast time flies away!

Sandra made a weekplanner to be more organized

I always try new ways to stay organized. So I made this weekplanner and see if this will help me to stay on top of my blogging. The display is made out of foamboard that I painted with Black Soot and I used Magnetic Panels to adhere my cards to the display and make it interactive. I will rotate the days, and when a day is over I’ll place it at the end of the board so that the next day is first inline.

Anna-Karin couldn’t help but to think about babies when she heard ‘due date’.

Since I love clear elements, I knew I wanted to make an album with Hero Arts new Clearly Kelly Wallet Album by Kelly Purkey. For my album, I also used two of the plastic inserts and the Grid Booklet. The background was done with watercolours and embellished with stamps and die cuts. The blue stamping was done with Mermaid Lagoon, which arrived here just half an hour before I started working on the album.

I (May) set aside all thoughts of the things I have due and just played in my journal.

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Armed with just a few Prima Watercolor pencils and my trusty small art journal I headed out into the woods to forget all the pressures of everyday life. Am I a great sketch artist now? Not so much. But it was so wonderful to just play with color + images in front of me instead of focusing on what I needed or should be doing.

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

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As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by random generator. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here. This challenge will end at 11:59pm on Sunday April 26th 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: A challenge

It’s that time – spotlight and this week’s winner!
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We have two entries to spotlight this week:

#131 Berdien Sandra says: This clipboard is stunning, love the layering and the color scheme she chose! So very artsy! Fabulous!
#227 Birthday Butterflies Andrea says Elizabeth nailed our “A” theme using adorable Alley Way stamps to create a card that is clean, fresh and bursting with color!

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:

#154 Laury55

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

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

Challenge: In the Middle

We’re right in the middle of the month. Not quite to the middle of the year. I (May) am right in the middle of a creative space re-do! Are you stuck in the middle of creative chaos? I suppose what we’re in the middle of will vary greatly, but I’m still inspired by the idea of being in the middle. Whether you craft something where your focal point is in the middle, you journal about what you’re in the middle of, or perhaps select a stamp or sticker from the middle of the set this week we’re all about being in the middle of things!

Suzz decided to focus on a spotlight in the middle on her card.

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I decided that most designs on my card have a focal point that is in the middle. My design this week starts from a focal point place slightly off center and I continued my design from the middle flowing outward. The Stampers Anonymous 2015 garden flowers haven’t left my desk since they arrived and were the perfect choice for my tag. I accented with a few tiny bees from the Time to Flourish set.

These crazy birds were made the centre of attention on Emma’s fun card.

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I love, love, LOVE these Crazy Bird stamps from Tim Holtz and wanted to create a fun card using 3 of the images which I stamped onto watercolor card using the masking technique. I coloured each of the birds with Distress Marker Pens and then added a background using the Rays Layering Stencil. As a finishing touch, I stamped and die cut the cute little hat from the Simon Says Stamp Make A Splash stamp and die set, so that the bird in the centre would stand out in the middle of the crowd!

Ashli is putting home front and center this week…

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I am loving little doodled houses lately. So, this week, I decided to put them front and center on this mixed media collage! I used lots of my favorite mixed media supplies, including… Gelatos, Watercolors, and NeoColor Crayons. And a finishing touch of some “home sweet home” words complete this whimsical piece!

Sandra knew immediately which stamp she wanted to use for this challenge.

This big Botanical Sketch stamp came directly to mind as soon as I heard about this challenge! I think it’s a gorgeous stamp and is so versatile. I rarely use White Embossing Powder with such a graphic stamp. I thought it would be perfect for a soft look. I colored the stamp in with lots of Distress Markers and a Water Brush.

Anna-Karin has many new cute photos and made a layout this week.

A grid design is always fun to do and especially so if you have new Tim Holtz idea-ology papers and embellishments to play with. The background paper was toned down with some gesso. Tim’s new Pocket Cards are perfect for a grid layout, and even though they are meant for pocket style projects, that doesn’t mean you have to only use them for that. My page was embellished with die cut hearts, stamping, die cut words and ephemera pieces.

Mona created lots of texture right in the middle of her card.

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I recently added the fun Waves stencil to my collection which made for the perfect background right across the middle of my card. I created an underwater scene featuring a die cut mini seahorse and sand dollar. I completed the card with additional texture and interest using the Bubble stencil.

Meihsia used her new stamp in the middle of her art journal page.

I loved this Tim Holtz 2015 Fashion Stamp model and had to put her in the middle of the at journal page as her stage. Her wings were stamped with Prima Flowers Butterfly Wings. There were many flowers stamped using Simon Says Stamp Artful Flowers clear stamps and Clearsnap ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink Pad.

Michelle stepped away from the middle by trying different compositions.

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Here I tried to not use the middle. With the Tag Hole Reinforcer, I can place the hole wherever I please. I placed the focal image off-center too. The mixed media Planted Succulent was created with Prismacolor Colored Pencils as well as inks and old book pages to create a tag that’s off-centered, but not off-putting.

Andrea paid homage to some of the TV shows she enjoys, such as The Middle.

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When I feel like vegging out, there’s nothing I enjoy more than an entertaining TV show. Some of my favorites have been Leverage, The Middle, and Food Network challenges. I wanted to create a board with a space for funny TV quotes that I could switch in and out. The TV die from My Favorite Things worked as the perfect frame and I used two paper collections that I adore: Kaiser’s Kaleidoscope and Prima’s Epiphany.

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

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

Pastel challenge winners

It’s that time – spotlight and this week’s winner!
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We have two lovely entries to spotlight this week:

#87 Kirsten Sandra says: Oh wow, what a great project! Love the photo of her in front of it! It’s if she is really there. Amazing!

#277 Shilpa Andrea says: This page is the perfect combination of whimsy and sophistication with the beautiful pastel background, flowers, and that endearing little bird. I also liked how Shilpa created texture in the background with paper strips.

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:

#186 Rema

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

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

A is for…

Apples, amethyst, April flowers, and art come to mind right off the bat, but for this challenge anything A inspired would be fabulous! Will you create with Avery Elle stamps? Use some American Crafts products? Perhaps you have an art stamp that is in need of use… however you’re inspired by the letter that is our focus this week we hope you’ll share with us!

Barbara realized that creating ATCs was my first step to realizing her true creative soul!

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When May suggested this theme, it was natural for me to start my project from there! My Distress in all possible forms, new stamps, new Mixed media dies and my indispensable Manila have an inspirational power. I created a series of four ATCs to celebrate the wonderful new Tim’s butterflies, combining them with stamps and embellishments, using also one of my new favourite colors: Cracked Pistachio! To me, they seem very appropriate for spring! I hope for you too!

Suzz decided to play with a new technique this week showcased in a series of arches.

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I started with a series of arches which made me think of vintage cathedral windows. The artwork uses a faux stain glass window using the Stampers Anonymous Cracks and black embossing powder. The backdrop is weathered with Crackled Paint Rock Candy and smearing Ranger Archival Watering Can over the dried crackled surface. I love the end result and it sits on an easel in my craft room.

Emma’s “A” was inspired by her love of art.

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When I began thinking about this week’s challenge, I had so many ideas for the letter A but then I came across one of my favourite Tim Holtz quote stamps and immediately knew that this was the stamp that was going to inspire my project for this week. The quote is stamped onto watercolour cardstock and colour with Distress Marker pens including the gorgeous Cracked Pistachio which has fast become my favourite colour in the Distress family. I layered the quote onto a backing of corrugated card painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint and added Idea-ology and painted pencils to complete the canvas.

Meihsia decided to use different adhesives to attache the embellishments on her art journal page.

Usually I use Gesso or Glue Runner Adhesive to adhere embellishments on my art journal page. On this page, I use Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to attach the die cut bird cage. The stamped bird and die cut leaves were attached using 3D Foam Squares.

Mona was inspired to create a page in her art journal.

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I embraced the letter A and created an abstract art journal page. For the background, I created a crackled textured Bubbles and Bars design. Once dry, I had a lot of fun spraying and misting using the following colors all beginning with the letter “A” ~ Antiqued Bronze and Abandoned Coral Distress Spray Stains and Amethyst Color Shine.

Ashli is taking this one personally…

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I couldn’t resist… A is for Ashli, so I went for it! Using the Maggie Holmes Chipboard pieces, along with a fabulous Maya Road Deer, I scrapped up a little page about the things I am loving right now. A little watercolor and some sequins finish it off!

Sandra was feeling artsy while making this card

Love this new Anna stamp from Prima, and wanted to make a card with it the minute I got it. I was feeling artsy and in the mood for some bright sprays like Vibrant Turquiose, Bubblegum Pink and Crushed Grape, to make a amethyst purple background. I didn’t mask off the stamp, but used White Linen and a Water Brush to tone down some areas like her face and some of the elements to create some depth.

Anna-Karin made a watercolour canvas for her son.


A is the favourite letter of both myself and my son, and I knew he would love a canvas for his wall with many versions of the letter A. The background was watercoloured and cut into squares. I used most of my alphabet die sets to die cut letters, and also white embossed some of the letters. The canvas was finished with a stamped sentiment, some idea-ology pieces and a few more die cuts by Tim Holtz.

Michelle loves a happy mailbox.

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It’s fun to receive surprises in the mail. It’s fun to send mail too, especially with Air Mail elements. The new Tim Holtz Correspondence Stamps add realistic airmail images to all mail. I used the stamps to dress up some Watercolor stamped postcards with Prima’s Pictionary and Love Letter stamps.

Andrea worked up an A-level Appetite when making this yummy treat banner.

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If I got stranded on an island that had a donut factory, I think I’d wave off the rescue crews. I do love me some pastry and thought I’d pay tribute to desserts with this mini banner. I used some of Melissa Frances’ The Sweet Life Journaling Cards, the Little B pennant die set and some fabulous donut dies from My Favorite Things.

I (May) went right into my art journal this week.

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I love running wild in my art journal – where everything A-Z and beyond is possible! Taking a favorite Tim Holtz stencil, gold paste, and of course my beloved Dina Wakley bee stamp I pondered taking flight on new adventures and trying new things. The results got a bit messy – and that is ok! That is what my art journal is here for, and why I’m glad I start my creative alphabet and adventures here.

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

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

Winners: One stamp challenge

It’s that time – spotlight and this week’s winner!
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We have two entries to spotlight this week:

#38 Nina-Marie Sandra says: Love this cute card! The hedgehog is so adorable. Love that the whole background is made with one stamp!

# 41 JTBalsby Andrea says I was so impressed at the three different ways this adorable ghost stamp was used. I like how it was lined up nice and neat as a background layer for one part of the card and was tilted and randomly-placed to make a different background layer. Definitely a great example of different ways one little stamp can shine!

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:

#5 Peonies

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: Pastels

From soft shabby chic colors to white washing with gesso, being inspired by Easter to using actual pastels, this week we challenge you to be inspired by the softer side of the color wheel…

Andrea created a notebook with a soft and subtle color palette.

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Enough with the tweed and the wool and the mittens! I’m ready for Spring and love how the world explodes with color. Flowers are among my favorite things to look forward to, so I made a notebook with a floral theme. I used fabric with the Tim Holtz’s Tattered Florals die and created some more abstract-looking blooms with the fabulous new Scribbles dies from My Favorite Things. And where would Spring be without all sorts of lovely shades of pink, like Spun Sugar?

Michelle was inspired by a new ink pad.

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I normally don’t use pastel green, but the Viridian Green ink pad caught my eye. I’m not sure what prompted me to use it with the Envelope Liner Background stamp, but I did it anyway. This is the first time that I’ve ever made an envelope before I made the card. It was easy with the We R Memory Keepers Envelope b\Punch Board. Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Flowers made fun embellishments with the richly colored Zig Kuretake paints.

Suzz thought of shabby chic and lavender for her pastel inspired card.

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I decided it had been awhile since I had created a shabby chic card. A perfect opportunity to use pastels to create a card for my mother in law for mother’s day. I created my own background using a damask from Stampers Anonymous Distress Damask. My MIL loves lavenders which inspired me to use the Ranger Archival inks Blue Violet and Watering Can.

Mona was inspired to create a shabby / vintage style greeting card.

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One can never have too many greeting cards on hand so I thought this challenge was a great time to pull out the beautiful pastel Victorian Velvet Distress Ink pad and put it do good use. The background of the card was stamped with the text image from Papillon, heat embossed, then Victorian Velvet and Iced Spruce Distress Inks were randomly applied. For the focal point, a Mini Cabinet card was adhered in place and embellished with a crackled die cut Mini Butterfly. For the sentiment, a Remnant Rub was applied.

Emma created a pretty shabby chic gift box full of Easter treats.

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I adore creating my own seasonal decorations and I had so much fun making this little gift box and filling it with chocolate eggs in readiness for Easter. I began by making my own matchbox from kraft card which I then covered with card stock painted in Tumbled Glass and Picket Fence Distress Paint which makes the most beautiful shade of pastel blue. I added texture paste through the Lace Layering Stencil before decorating my box with handmade paper flowers created from the Jumbo Tattered Pinecone die and an altered Trophy Cup.

Meihsia was inspired to use the soft color scheme on her mixed media canvas.

I always love soft and feminine colors on my projects. After creating textures on the background with Liquitex Modeling Paste and Prima Flowers Raindrop Stencil, I colored the canvas with Distress Spray Stain and distressed it with Distress Paint. Some beautiful Prima Flowers were attached using Prima Flowers Heavy Gesso.

Sandra is in love with the new Cracked Pistachio color.

Cracked Pistachio looks like a green minty pastel color, so I went with this color for my tea boxes. I made them from scratch with foam board. I cut all the pieces out with a Craft Knife and gave them 2 coats of paint. The doily is made with the Ring Doily stencil and Cracked Pistachio colored Embossing Paste.

Ashli was inspired by spring for her card this week…

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My garden is in full bloom and I just can’t get enough of the pretty colors and textures. That inspired my card this week! Using some lovely paper bits from the Amy Tangerine Stitched Paper Pad, along with some black alpha letters, I created this card of pastel leaves. Some sprinkles of Color Shine and this card is ready to go!

Anna-Karin made a layout for the new little family member.

I wanted to make a first layout welcoming our baby boy into the world, and pastels works great for baby themed projects. For the background, I used Pearlescent Pan Pastels together with a new background stamp by Tim Holtz. The butterflies were die cut from vellum and heat embossed. I also love the Simon Says Stamp Sketch Heart die, and will certainly be using it a lot.

I (May) have been playing a lot with watercolors.

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With my favorite watercolor set and a floral stencil I sat and colored each and every piece of the design. What I found was, I then had too bold of an image and this is where it gets really fun – I sprayed with water and “stamped” the image onto more pieces of cardstock! I just love how this turned out and how easy it was to make several similar Easter cards at once.

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

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

Lions & Lambs (Animals) Challenge Winners:

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

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We have three entries to spotlight this week:

#3 Giorgia Ashli says: I love this layout – the soft greens, combined with the black and white creates a beautiful contrast!

#41 Ingrid Meihsia says Ingrid created a gorgeous pocket journal altered from a filing case. She made beautiful colors and textures on the cover and her photos showed all the great details.

#225: Two Mad Dahlias Andrea says: I love how animals were incorporated into this clever collection of trophies. It was inspiring to see how many different trophy ideas were created and I loved how each was so unique.

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:

#121 In Sunny Tucson

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.