Trick or Treat with Suzz

Hopefully today’s tutorial will teach you a new trick and be a treat!

You open up the left flap:

And then the right flap:

Completely open the card lays flat like this:

Here’s how to make a card like mine.

I cut two pieces of white cardstock measuring 5 1/2″ x 11″.

I scored the cardstock at 5 1/2″. I then scored on a diagonal from the top left corner to the middle score on a diagonal and folded it back. To score the opposite side score at 5 1/2″. I then Score from the bottom right corner to the middle score at the top.

You will tape down the center pieces in the middle together. I wait until I am done with all my stamping before putting the two pieces together.

This is how the card looks with the two front folds folded back and the middle opened up:

The rest of the design is deciding what you want to use for your front and inside design. I decided to use this as a Halloween card for my oldest. I will send it off to him with a gift card inside.

Products: Bone Folder, Idea-ology – Apothecary Remnant Rub-Ons, Stampers Anonymous – Poisonous, Stampers Anonymous – Mini Halloween 3, Stampers Anonymous – Halloween, Visual Artistry – City Central, Ranger Archival Ink – Black, Ranger Distress Sprays – Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Dusty Concord, Paper Artsy – Hot Pick 1205, Signo – Uni-Ball White Gel Pen, Tattered Angels – Glimmer Mist – Turquoise
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Thank you Suzz for the new crafty tricks! 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: treats!

Halloween is just days away, and while not everyone will be celebrating, surely you all like to be inspired by treats! From a sweet gift bag to making a crafty treat for a friend, making a candy inspired card or journaling about your favorite desserts – we can’t wait to see what kind of a treat you are inspired to craft this week.

Michelle’s favorite treats are a temptation all year long!

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My favorite treat is the donut. So sweet and Delicious! The Simon Exclusive, “I Love Donuts” stamp set was enough to make me drool. Especially when a touch of Diamond Glaze created the perfect frosting. No calories!

Andrea thinks a test tube pennant makes the perfect Halloween treat.

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Who doesn’t love eyeballs at this time of year? These corked domes are so fun to fill with all sorts of creepy things. For this project, I filled it with good old googly eyes and then attached it to a tag I made using the Sizzix Tag Set and a Tim Holtz Halloween blueprint stamp.

When I (May) started to work on this challenge I went more with some tricks instead of treats.

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Layering an embossed image, texture from paste, and various stencils I was able to create a lot of depth on this tag. I simply love the results! Usually I’m a candy and all things pumpkin and cute kind of crafter this time of year so I really enjoyed going to a darker, spookier place with this week’s challenge.

Mona was inspired to decorate a Halloween treat bag for her husband.

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Now that my children are all young adults, trick or treating days are long gone but no one in my family, including my dear husband Scott, is too old to receive a decorated treat bag! I randomly stamped a brown paper gift bag with the Speckles stamp then I created a mixed media rectangular panel to adhere to the front of the bag. I added texture using Texture Paste along with various Distress Paints for color. I topped it off with a heat embossed spider web image from Mini Blueprint which I layered on top of a Rosette.

Barbara got into the spirit of treats.

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Halloween is a holiday not yet very popular here in Italy, even if the children are already very involved with the idea of “trick or treat”!  Just for kids I created this packaging, a small bag with skull and spider web and a wrap for chocolate in the traditional colors of Halloween. What I enjoyed most was shrinking Tim’s  bat and spider.

Anna-Karin made a sweet little treat bag.

My son loves little bags and boxes and I knew he would want a Halloween one. I used Tim Holtz In The Bag die for the base and die cut an owl window. Behind the window there is a piece of Frosted Film coloured with Adirondack Alcohol Ink and stamped. The background was done with a stencil, stamps and Distress Ink.

Emma was in her element creating home crafted decorations and filling them with treats for Halloween.

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There are so many uses for the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and one of those uses is to make these cute little treat holders which I thought would be perfect as a part of my Halloween decorations. Each box is made from black card, spritzed with Distress Stain Spray before being covered in Graphic 45, An Eerie Tale papers. As finishing touches, I added die cut rosettes and glittered bats and spiders.

For Sandra Mouwen making a journal page about Halloween is a treat

I was inspired by bright pink colored candy for these pages. And I love neon pink! Perfect combination. I started with building up the background with washi tape, and the Distress Marker Spritzer in combination with the Latticework stencil. The little Bats and the Webs are so much fun and gives the pages the Halloween vibe!

Ashli is ready for some Christmas crafting!

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Every year, I attend a fabulous cookie swap. This year, I want to have an extra special treat bag to put the hostess’s cookies in. After playing around with a lovely We R Memory Keepers Embossing Folder on a simple brown bag, I added some Hero Arts White Ink and played with a bit of Gelatos to enhance the design. A playful prize banner made of scraps top the bag off nicely while the sequins add the perfect finishing touch!

Meihsia was inspired to create a Halloween treat bag for her children.

My children asked me to make Halloween treat bags for them and I found that brown bags are very easy to create with Halloween theme. I distressed the edges of the bag and most of the embellishments with black Distress Paint. The sentiment and the cute image were cut out from Holtz Idea-ology Paper Stash Sensonal. I also added some fun elements such as Rosette Flowers, a clip and a Seam Binding ribbon.

Check back on Wednesday to see the crafty treat that Suzz has cooked up for you!

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 November 2nd 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: “O” challenge

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

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We have two entries to spotlight this week:

#46 Clarissa Ashli says: this little box is sheer perfection! I love the softness, combined with all of the gorgeous embellishments! Anna-Karin says: This is such a pretty box with lovely stamping, texture and embellishments.

#145 Anne R Meihsia says Anne created an amazing haunted house with lots of awesome details. It is absolutely a brilliant creation.

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:

#58 Diana Johnson

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.

Tips for Drips and Splatters with Andrea Ockey Parr

Happy Almost-Halloween, everyone! It’s Andrea here and you know I love incorporating drips and splatters into my projects all year long. But Halloween is an especially fun time to get extra drippy with goo and fake blood and slimy oozes of all sorts. In today’s post, I’ll share four of my favorite tips for making drips and splatters on paper, all of which I have incorporated into this Halloween tag:

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The first fun drip-splatter technique is to cover your paper with dye ink or Distress ink and then use water to create puddles and drizzles that cut through the ink. I started with a piece of watercolor paper which I cut into a tag shape using the Sizzix Big Shot and a die from Tim Holtz’s Tag Collection. Working over a craft sheet and using an ink blending tool, I covered my tag with smears of Memento ink in shades of Tuxedo Black, Paris Dusk and Teal Zeal. Then I took a paintbrush, dipped it in water and put little puddles of water on my tag.

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Once the water had sat on my tag for a few minutes, I leaned my tag up against a wall so the water ran down in drips. It took some of the ink with it, leaving lovely puddle and dribble lines.

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Once my tag had dried, I smeared Ranger Jet Black Archival ink through Tim Holtz’s Halloween stencil to add some words to my background.

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My second favorite splatter technique involves using paint, water and canned air. Here I’ve dabbed Peacock Feathers Distress Paint onto some paper.

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Using a paintbrush, I added some water to my paint dot, then hit it with my canned air. The force of the canned air makes the paint splatter in all sorts of crazy ways.

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I repeated this technique on my tag background and here’s how it turned out:

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The third trick I’m sharing is these lovely splatters made with Distress Stains. Simply shake your Distress Stain, then hold it vertically above your paper. Slam the sponge dauber tip straight down onto your paper and wah-la! This is what you get. The splatter will be bigger or smaller depending on how much force you use when you slam it against the paper. For this project, I used Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire.

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Here are how the Distress Stain splatters look when I added them to my background:

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The fourth way that drips or splatters can be easily added to projects is to use ink and stencils. My all-time favorites are Tim Holtz’s Splatters stencil and Memory Box’s Rings and Puddles stencil. I lay the stencil over my background, then dab ink through the stencil with a sponge.

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Here’s what the background looks like with the stenciling added:

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With such a wonderfully dripped and splattered background, there wasn’t much left to do. Using embossing ink and white embossing powder, I used a heating tool to emboss this spider web image from Tim Holtz’s Trick or Treat stamp set.

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I finished off my tag by cutting out a flying witch using the Bewitched die and paper from My Mind’s Eye’s Record It collection. I stamped out a number 31, then heat embossed it black and fussy cut it. I painted a layer of black Gesso around the edge of my tag and adhered my witch and my number 31. I added the word “Flyer” to my witch using Label Letters. I strung some yarn through my tag and was done- just in time to eat some Halloween candy before the kiddies got to it first!

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Thanks for joining me for this post and I hope that your week is filled with wonderfully whimsical drips and splatters.

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Thank you Andrea for the awesome tips and tricks! Now fabulous readers- it’s your turn! Join us this week in the challenge and show us what techniques you’re ready to rock!

Challenge: Anything Goes

You know the drill here – no rules just crafting! Enjoy making something new and share it with us.

Sandra Mouwen is moving!

Yes, I’m moving and I wanted to make a fun planner to organize all the million things I need to do. As covers I used canvas boards, painted them black with Charcoal Black. The holes I punched with my Cinch. I started out with a blanc piece of Neenah Solar White Cardstock to go onto the front cover. With the Simon Says Stamp Blocked Circles I began to build up the background. I can’t get enough of Neon Pink and made some splashes with it and painted the letters.

Ashli has LOTS of scraps and needs to use them!

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With my scrap pile growing larger and larger, I decided to put some of those bits to use this week! I had more fun layering up papers to create these whimsical houses. A variety of paints, mists and stencils were put to use to create the mixed media background. With the houses in place, a finishing touch of clouds does the trick!

Meihsia created a mixed media tag using the new carved instrument stamps.

My children play musical instruments and I love these Tim Holtz Carved Instrument Stamps, so I decided to use these stamps to create a mixed media tag this week. The texture on the background of this tag was stenciled using Tim Holtz Layering Stencil and Modeling Paste. Those two stamped instrument images were cut and attached on the tag with Foam Squares to give a touch of dimension.

Mona was in the mood to sew.

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Now that Autumn has arrived, I was in the mood to create a mini rag quilt using various Eclectic Elements fabrics. I also stitched together an iPhone pouch using Eclectic Elements fabrics which is embellished with a Fanciful Button and Buckle.

With Food, Friends, and Fun, Anything Goes at Michelle‘s House.

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I don’t usually have formal dinner parties. At our house, a bowl of homemade stew and microbrew is more likely to be on the menu. The place cards should be relaxed and fun too! The sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Thanksgiving Table set is fun addition to the Tim Holtz Journaling Tickets. So come on over and grab a spoon!

Anna-Karin made a layout about a happy Halloween meeting.

The high point of last year’s Halloween celebration was definitely meeting Spider-Man, although it was a little hard to understand why Spider-Man was standing around chatting with the scary guys. I used Tim Holtz Laboratorie paper as my background and stamped quite a bit on it. The cool orange and black images are from the new Halftone Halloween set.

Three different takes on the same ATC was Suzz’s inspiration this week.

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I was cleaning up after trying a few ideas. I cut down my scraps into ATC size and decided to make 3 different ATC all using the same stamps (Darkroom Door – Dashing, Stampers Anonymous – Tiny Things, Darkroom Door – New York Volume I) I loved playing with different backgrounds and mixing the elements and coming out with something slightly different.

Emma was in the mood for some tricks and treats.

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I adore Artist Trading Blocks but just never got around to creating one ~ until today, when I decided it would be perfect for this challenge and the spooky thoughts that were running through my head about what I wanted to create. So with this in mind, I created my first ATB full of mystery. I covered the sides of the ATB with Tim Holtz Motif Resist Cardstock, inked with Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade and Dusty Concord Distress Inks and added various pieces of Idea-ology, including crackled corked vials and letterpress numbers before completing the box with die cut bats and a rosette.

I (May) took the challenge theme and gathered some supplies.

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I know it sounds crazy, but the time to prepare for the holidays is upon us! I’ve created a video and gathered some of my favorite supplies including a few new treats like an Avery Elle stamp set and a Memory Box stencil. While I might not be ready, at least I’ve got the supplies to get started!

Tune back in Wednesday for Andrea’s tips and tutorial…

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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 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: 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!