Challenge: Thank You

This time of year I’m writing thank you notes to school teachers, coaches, and office staff. What better time to get a jump on a few thank-you notes and gifts? From tags for store bought things to homemade thank you gifts, cards, or anything else you dream up – thanks is the theme this week.

Ashli loves having cards on-hand and at the ready!

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While I didn’t have a specific person in mind as I crafted up this card, I do love having a stash of handmade cards at the ready! Using some Amy Tangerine and Studio Calico Papers, I hand-cut the lettering for this whimsical look. Some black splatters provide the much needed contrast and a Pink Flamingo is the perfect finishing touch!

When Barbara needs to thank someone, the first idea that comes to mind is a card.

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I know it may seem something obvious, but the way and the care that you put to realize the card, makes the difference! This week I wanted to color my “thank you” with spring shades. The stars of my project are my Distress ink pads, the stunning butterfly and my favorite dies Mixed media. To hold my card, I created an envelope with vellum which incorporates colors and design and I embellished it with crinkle ribbon and some new Idea-ology remnant rubs.

Emma‘s thank you card is full of surprises!

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We all love surprises and I love the idea of creating cards that contain a little hidden gift for the recipient ~ what better way to say “thank you”. I chose to use a coffee theme which would compliment the gift card that’s tucked away in a secret pocket and used the Tim Holtz Fresh Brewed die to create the coffee cup focal point. I added the die cut to a Cracked Pistachio background that I embossed using the Trellis Texture Fade and to complete this card, I added various embellishments including a flash card.

Sandra is loving the foil movement

I love that foil is the new thing in crafting. It’s lots of fun and can be applied lots of different ways. Personally I like the not so perfect look, and it’s easier too. Double win! For the background I used Heidi Swapp’s Hot Pink Minc Foil with Clear Embossing Powder and a laminator. The Thanks die is from Simon Says Stamp and is cut out of Adhesive Cork.

Meihsia was inspired to create a thank you tag this week.

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My kids and I usually make simple and cute thank you cards together for teachers and friends. This week, I wanted to try something different with some mixed media elements. This thank you tag was stenciled with Tim Holtz Layering Stencil and Modeling Paste. The edges of the tag were distressed and embossed with Gold Embossing Powder after the Tim Holtz embellishments and Alpha Parts were attached with Tombow Glue.

Anna-Karin made an art journal page with a theme relating to being thankful.

I made quite a few thank you cards lately, so instead of that, I decided to make a page in my art journal, about being thankful. The background was done with Dina Wakley’s paints and stencils, and I used Ranger’s Texture Tools on the heart and half circle. Dina’s Silhouetted Women stamps are perfect for journaling and I paired it up with a sentiment stamp by Tim Holtz.

Suzz decided to get a head start on some thank you cards with all the birthdays and parties coming up.

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I decided to create a series of quick and inky cards for the different events coming up. I used three basic combinations: Stampers Anonymous Monarch, Ranger Distress Stain Sprays, and a few Simon Says Stamp Thank You sets (Many Thanks, Lots of Thanks). Then I just played around with different combinations of inks, butterflies and thank you sentiments. A fun morning and I ended up with a nice selection of cards.

I (May) love thank you cards!

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They are my favorite to make because they always get used, and they are my favorite to send too! This Hero Arts stamp is one of my favorites, and when I saw this challenge listed I knew immediately I would use it. Combined with some embossing, some pistachio ink, and a few splatters of gold I just love how this card turned out!

Michelle owes thanks to many people in her life.

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Sometimes the smallest of deeds can make the greatest impact. These everyday “Thank You” cards are easy to make with the Avery Elle Alpha Dies and my Sizzix. An easy way to express my gratitude.

Andrea wanted to thank those who keep her afloat!

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I have the best family and friends in the universe and it’s always a pleasure to let them know how grateful I am for them keeping me sane. I went with a water theme for this card and tried to mix vintage with whimsy. I used Tim Holtz’s Found Relatives cards, the Avery Elle “Simply Said You” die and some Salty Ocean Distress Ink Stain to pull it off.

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 May 31st Eastern time. We will also be choosing some of our entries to put in the spotlight – a special honor where we talk about why we loved that entry in particular and award a special badge too! For the full rules, read the “challenge rules” posted in the side-bar here on our blog.

Challenge: X, Y, Z…

With our alphabet challenges we usually focus on just one letter – this week we’re giving you three! X, Y, and/or Z. I suppose you could also be inspired by the end (as this is the end of the alphabet), zoo animals, yellow, or yarn. What else? Well that’s for you to decide and share with us this week!

Meihsia decided to use sunny yellow color on her art journal page this week.

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I always love to create with bright colors. On this art journal page, I was inspired to spray Distress Spray Stain and apply Distress Paint Mustard Seed on the background to create the sunny yellow scheme. Some sentiments by Tim Holtz Stamps were added to remind myself to be brave and own my dreams.

Anna-Karin thought it was time for another album.

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The end of the alphabet made me think about school and I’ve been planning to make an album to document my son’s years in pre-school. I needed space, but without the album becoming overwhelming to complete, and Graphic 45′s Mixed Media Album was perfect since it is sized 8 x 8 and contains lots of pages and pockets. I altered the cover with stencils by Stencil Girl and an alphabet stencil made from a Sizzix die. The paints are by Dina Wakley.

Michelle is adding ZIPCODES to these easy to mail postcards.

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Who needs an envelope? These fun postcards look legit with the Correspondence Stamps by Tim Holtz. Why wait for the real thing when these Postmarks by Inkadinkado look just as good.

Andrea’s school days were plagued by solving for X, so she got revenge by cutting up some math flashcards.

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Teenagers’ lives are heavy on the drama, but in my teens, nothing caused more tears and angst and howling than algebra in particular. I remember several vivid breakdowns from junior high through high school whenever the math book came out. I got off on the wrong foot by not even getting subtraction right, so I found some vintage flashcards and went to town on showing them who was boss. I turned them into yarn holders using Penny Black’s Tabs and Toggles die set, Dina Wakley paint, and lots of great stamps like Paper Smooches’ Fruitastic set.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.

Suzz decided to zip it up for the challenge this week.

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I love the idea of creating an opening with a zipper attached and that was the premise of my book art this week. I used some pretty Ranger Distress Stain Spray (Abandoned Coral, Mustard Seed) and the Tattered Florals to add some elegance and warmth to my pages. The zipper opens the pages to reveal a secret message.

Ashli was inspired by left over letters this week!

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I think it happens to all of us, doesn’t it? The random X, Y’s and Z’s leftover on a letter sheet. Well, this week was the perfect excuse to use them! After painting over the mis-matched letters in white, I added some lovely Amy Tangerine Embellishments. Watercolors are the perfect finishing touch!

Emma challenged herself to use the letter’s x,y and z to create a background for a journal page.

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When I started thinking about this challenge, the 1st thing that came to mind was “y for yellow” and I started to create a background using Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink. But never one to make my own life easy, I challenged myself a step further and used Texture Paste applied through the “xo’s” of the Valentine Layering Stencil to incorporate the letter “x” and for the letter “z” I used the Zig Zag stencil. To complete my journal page entitled Young Love, I added various pieces of idea-ology including the gorgeous Photo Booth vintage photo!

For Sandra it’s birthday card season

The month of May is all about birthday cards for me. Had lots of fun with the xyz theme for my brother’s 40th birthday using all the letters, but also with the color Yellow. The in pattern dotted stamped xyz in the background is from the Simon Says Stamp Dotted Alphabet. Love the artsy funky vibe of those letters. The balloons I cut out with my Silhouette Cameo.

I don’t know about you – but from alphabets to zoos to yellow I’m feeling inspired! Be sure to click our design team member’s names so that you can visit their blogs and see more details, supplies used, and more about their wonderful projects. Oh yes, and be sure to leave them a comment too- always nice to get a little love.

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Speaking of love…. 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 May 24th 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.

Coral challenge winners!

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

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We have two entries to spotlight this week:

#56 Annette Meihsia says This is a gorgeous card with perfect coloring and full of beautiful details. I love her great step photos showed the progress. Wonderful design! Emma says: I love how Annette has used the Fresh Brewed stamp set to create this beautiful card. The pop of coral is so pretty against the vintage tones of the background and I adore the dimensional flower growing out of the coffee cup ~ gorgeous work!

#128 Christine Ashli says: The white embossed resist on this card sets the gorgeous colors apart! I just love the combinations

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:

#110 Kelly Szafron

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: Simon brand products

There is just one rule this week: Use any one Simon Says Stamp brand stamp, stencil, ink pad, cardstock, die, or kit on your project! It can also feature other things – just be sure to let us know what Simon brand exclusive product(s) you used in your creation this week.

Michelle loves exploring new ways to use shapes.

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The Exclusive Shaker Kite from Simon Says Stamp is adorable on its own. There’s no doubt about that. But the shape and angles had me intrigued. This week, I created a set of tags using those angles and shapes. The background of paints and inks includes a stamp from the 2015 Correspondence Set by Tim Holtz. A nod to the kites original origins.

Andrea painted up some snazzy journaling cards.

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I have become a believer in pocket scrapbooking! When I was looking through my dies, I realized that the Simon Says Stamp Circle Card Border die, along with the Simon Says Stamp Circle on a Line die, would fit perfectly onto some journaling cards for pocket scrapbooking. I used those dies, along with the Simon Says Stamp Circle Friends stamp set to create a few fun cards to use.

Anna-Karin needed to make some sweet cards.


I needed to make a bunch of cards, and simply folded up gelli printed papers as my background. The backgrounds were given even more interest with Simon Says Stamp Seeing Spots stencils and Rock Candy Distress Glitter. These fun balloons were made with the Balloons and Patterns stencil set. I used die cuts as sentiments, such as this Happy word, and to embellish some of the cards.

Sandra is crazy about the hop to it collection

I love the Hop to it release from Simon Says Stamp and especially the Artful flowers! For the background of this tag I used Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio Distress Spray Stain and colored the edges with Walnut Stain. I love the effect of White Embossing around the black flowers.

Emma’s card is packed full of some of her favourite Simon Says Stamp products.

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I loved this super cute stamp from the New Beginning stamp and die set and I had so much fun creating this card where she is floating on die cut Chevron Clouds set against an inky background created using Distress Inks and a little bit of “stamping” using the Ring Cluster Stencil. To complete my card, I added lots of layers and texture using wire thread, tissue tape and die cuts from the Tim Holtz Scribbles and Splats die set.

Ashli was inspired by one of her all time favorite Simon Products this week…

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The Clustered Leaves Stencil is one of my most favorite Simon Says products! Combined with some Prismacolor Pencils, I created a lovely background for my layout! A little stamping with the Simon Says Drawn Hearts Background Stamp completes the page.

Suzz was flying high using the Simon Says Stamp Let’s Go Fly A Kite set on her layout this week.

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I have been singing the Let’s go Fly a Kite song for weeks as my DH and myself watched Saving Mr. Banks the other day and really enjoyed the movie. This inspired me to create a layout with my youngest at Disney posing with Mary Poppins. The layout uses the Ranger Distress Inks Abandoned Coral and Cracked Pistachio to add a touch of spring in the background following the colors in the photo.

Meihsia was inspired to create an art journal page with her favorite stencil, stamp and dies from Simon Says Stamp.

On this art journal page, I used my favorite Simon Says Stamp products such as the Stencil Mosaic Heart, Feather Craft Dies, and Life Family Love Craft Dies. I especially love the new Falling Stars Cling Stamp so I stamped it on the background and embossed the stars with Ranger Embossing Powder Gold.

I (May) have a birthday this week.

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Shameless plug for my own birthday? Why not! Well the perfect card begins with a new Simon background stamp – one that looks amazing with Ombre ink. Inspired by the lovely shades of mint I found some lovely Crate Paper bits to layer onto my card. Now just one thing left to do: decide who to give this special card to!

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 May 17th 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: Anything Goes challenge

It’s that time – spotlight and this week’s winner! Last week was an anything goes week – and we had nearly 600 entries – wow! Love seeing all that you create each and every week for sure.

Oh but first a reminder – last call to enter if you are interested in applying for our design team! This chance doesn’t come along often, and the opportunity ends in just under a week.

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It wasn’t easy – there are so many wonderful entries I strongly recommend looking at them all! We have five entries to spotlight this week:

#53 Handmade by Yulianna Andrea says: I love how a real-life photo is nestled in this gorgeous fantastical setting. All those gorgeous drips of color give it an incredible magical feel!

#250 Judie Anna-Karin says: This watercoloured Hummingbird card is so pretty. Gorgeous vibrant colours and the flowers are wonderful too.

#254 Clare Suzz says: An adorable baby card with a shaker pocket made from vellum and yellow sequins. Love how it looks over a series of tiny umbrellas!

#210 Meresanth Anna-Karin says This is a beautiful little canvas. I particularly like the circle effect, which is very original.

#501 A Pink Emma says: This beautiful bright card has such a happy, uplifting feel to it and you can’t help but smile when you see it! A really gorgeous piece of art that makes me long for summer to visit soon.

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.

Coral inspiration with Ashli Oliver

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Hello there! I love coral and I love playing with mixed media, so I have combined the two and have a fun little video for you today….

I hope this gave you some fun new ideas to try on your next project!

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Here is the supply list:

Amy Tangerine Epoxy Stickers

Coral Gelato

Simon Says Floral Stamp

Amy Tangerine Papers

Crate Paper Papers

Pebbles Heart Stickers

White Paint

Watercolors

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Challenge: Don’t abandon the coral

Abandoned Coral is the second new distress color of 2015, and the inspiration for this challenge. Don’t have this color of distress? That’s ok! We are challenging you to use any coral paper, ink, paint, or other product. You could also be inspired by actual coral as I was this week. I know I could really use some fresh ideas for this color and I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with – let’s not leave that coral hanging! Let’s get it out and use it today.

Suzz loves the new Abandoned Coral and is happy that the challenge allowed her to share her card.

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Coral is all the trend and my girls have coral nails, dresses and accessories. The abandoned coral is such a soft pretty color and I couldn’t wait to use a spray on a special wedding card. I started with a leftover piece of cardboard which a butterfly was cut out using the Sizzix Layered Butterfly. I used that as my stencil and placed the beautiful Memory Box Lathenay stencil and applied the Wendy Vecchi White Embossing paste and created a soft focal point to spray with the new coral ink.

Barbara loves that coral is a wonderful mix of red, orange and pink!

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The new Distress color of February made me think to the sea and summer holiday! I love the coral, starfish, possibility to create texture that seems sand! So the choice was easy! With this color I created a little canvas with a beach cabin, occupied by one of the fantastic crazy Birds, relaxed in the summer version with his fashion sunglasses!

Michelle discovered a similar color ink that she’s been celebrating.

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I’m not Abandoning the Coral, but I am currently partying with a similar shade…Wendy Vecchi’s Tea Rose. It’s archival and doesn’t smudge a bit. Perfect for creating a Party Set! With Crate Paper’s Confetti Papers and the Winnie and Walter “The Party” Stamps, I can create everything I need to get the party started. (Even a bow!)

Meihsia was inspired to have the beautiful color of Abandoned Coral Spray Stain on the tag and her art journal page.

I love the beautiful and vibrant color of new Abandoned Coral Distress Stain and use it to create the background of this journal page. I also sprayed the tag with the same Distress Stain after the tag was stamped with Tim Holtz Rubber Stamp Simple Sayings, and embossed with Clearsnap Clear Embossing Powder, As a finishing touch, I randomly applied Distress Spray Stain Picket Fence on the page.

Andrea made a bookmark with plenty of pops of coral.

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When I was in high school, I got a job at a library. It has been a LONG time since high school, but I’m still at the same little library and adore being surrounded by books and words and writing. Since you can never have too many bookmarks, I decided to make one of my own using Dina Wakley’s Positive Women stamp set, My Favorite Things’ Whimsical Wishes stamp set and my trusty set of watercolors.

Anna-Karin made a springtime art journal page this week.

Abandoned Coral and Cracked Pistachio look great together and on this art journal page I used both the paints and the ink pads in those two colours. I had fun with a heat embossed resist technique, stamping and watercolouring. The glittery butterflies were die cut with the new lovely Deco Sheets by Tim Holtz. They add a fun sparkle to a project in an instant.

I (May) went nautical with this theme.

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I did, in fact use a number of colors including Abandoned Coral on this tag but I really got to thinking about coral the stuff that lives in the ocean and got a bit salty with this project. (Arg?!) The Tim Holtz mariner stamps did the trick to really help me set sail with coral this week.

Sandra doesn’t abandon coral for her butterfly card

I love Tim Holtz’ new releases of Distress colors. Each month it’s so much to find the new color, and I adore Abandoned Coral. I’m in love with the big butterfly of the Perspective stamp set. And I wanted to make it pop so I stamped it with Versa Mark and used Black Embossing Powder. I made it white with White Linen Dylusions Spray and a Water Brush.

Emma used Abandoned Coral as a vibrant pop of color against her black and white background.

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When planning this project, I thought it would be wonderful to use this beautiful colour against a backdrop of black and white. I used Abandoned Coral Distress Paint mixed with Texture Paste to add splashes of colour and texture to the background and also coloured my Tattered Florals die cut flower with Distress Spray Stain which created a vibrant focal point on my project. I added these to a painted striped background together with various pieces of idea-ology and a die cut postage frame.

Ashli pulled out some of her favorite Coral supplies this week…

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Be sure to check back later in the week for her video 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 May 10th 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: Due Date challenge

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

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We have 2 entries to spotlight this week:

#51 Birgit Andrea says Birgit took the concept of a library due date card and elevated it to a sweet, shabby chic level. Her card is bursting with beautiful details.

#65 Two Mad Dahlias Anna-Karin says: This is an amazing project, especially for someone who loves books. Wonderful idea and details. All the book related vintage images and the little doll are precious.

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: Anything Goes

We are having a Design Team call! This doesn’t happen often – so if you are interested check it out here and enter.

Now this week for our challenge it is the usual rules: anything goes!

Emma’s love of fashion, inspired her runway tag collection!

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Inspired by spring and summer catwalk fashion, I created this triptych of tags using Tim Holtz’s Runway and Cityscapes stamp sets. I’d noticed that yellow had been a key colour for this season’s shows and recreated this on my stamped images by colouring each one using a combination of Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Markers before mounting them onto backgrounds coloured with Distress Paints and textured with Texture Paste, applied through the Lace layering stencil.

Ashli was inspired by Prize Ribbons this week…

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One of my favorite ways to use scraps is to craft up little prize ribbon embellishments. And since anything goes, I figured I would do just that! Using some lovely Basic Grey papers, along with some Wood Embellishments, I created my Prize Ribbon! A few little Word Stickers complete this page all about the importance of Amazon Prime in our lives!

Meihsia created a mixed media canvas to display on her desktop.

I really loved this sentiment so I decided to make a canvas this week using Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamp 2015 Life Quotes. To create the texture, I applied Modeling Paste over Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Measured, and distressed the edges with Ranger Paint Dabber.

Suzz was inspired by the lovely Memory Box Heartwood stencil to create a mixed media art display.

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Since this week was anything goes I decided to pick up a scrap piece of cardboard and play with my new stencil. I layered on Wendi Vecchi white embossing paste on top of a coat of white and light blue paint to give me texture. The design made me think of fairies in the forest. What better image than the whimsical Prima Don’t forget to fly Finnabair inspired stamp to be the focal point of my art.

Michelle was inspired by woodcut block prints.

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I’ve often admired woodcut prints. This adoration lead me to experiment with stamps to find a similar look. The Ellen Vargo Paper Artsy Stamps were perfect for this technique. The pots in the Waffle Flower Planted Set made a simple focal point for these faux woodcuts.

 

Anna-Karin had fun making three mixed-media envelopes.

I really wanted to ink up Tim Holtz new Cityscapes stamps and went with a travel theme on three die cut envelopes. To embellish the envelopes I used Fragments, more stamps, die cut shapes and words. There is also an important message on a card inside each envelope. I plan to hang the envelopes in the Clip Carousel where they will be easily accessible.

 

Andrea made some sweet little baby headbands this week.

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I have learned that people have strong and widely-varying opinions about baby headbands. The pro-headband camp likes how they break up the monotony of a baby’s bald head. The anti-headband folks think it’s silly to have a headband without any hair. A third group likes headbands, but not when the flower on it is as big as the baby’s head. Whatever your stance, I made some baby headbands this week using fabric, my Sizzix Big Shot, Tim Holtz’s Tattered Florals die and the 3D rose die from Sizzix.

Sandra made a card for a colleague that just had surgery

My colleaque had a major surgery and had to make a card for him. I find it a challenge to make a masculine card but with lots of feminine touches. Like making a bow out of Jute and add some glitter here and there with the Wink of Stella Glittery Brush. But by using blue tones and lots of black it gives it a masculine feel.

I (May) am jumping the gun with a great product coming soon to the shop.

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The new Prima relics line will be in the shop SO soon! I happen to have this heart from the line and since “anything goes” this week decided to jump the gun and share a small canvas piece primed with gesso and then loaded with dylusions paints and other color mediums. To finish things off? New idea-ology sticker phrases, of course!

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 May 3rd 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.

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.