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Simon Says: Grunge It Up


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the Take Note Challenge and we hope you will join in with us this week too!

This week we are challenging you to create distress your project and give it a grungy look.

Grunge It Up  

Definition: informal Grime; dirt.

You can achieve this by simply distressing the edges and adding inks

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 gift voucher to one randomly selected winner to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store


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Stacy was inspired by a vintage photo of her Grandfather to create a vignette with a Tim Holtz 6×8 Burlap Panel, a new Etcetera #8 Tag and some lovely vintage items she has collected. All blend beautifully with the Tim Holtz Distress line.

Andrea got grungy with some fabulous new products including Dina Wakley’s Abstract Figures stamps, Tim Holtz’s Dotted stencil, and Heidi Swapp’s Hawthorne paper collection.

Anna-Karin made a very grungy tag this week, with lots of layers, stamping and embossing powders, such as Ranger’s Gunmetal and Verdigris powders. The inspiration for the tag was Tim Holtz’s Ultimate Grunge Background stamps.

Barbara this week has created a series of  grunge ATCs. She used for her project  Seth Apters dies, Tim Holtz Stencils, Paper Artsy Fresco paints and Ranger Embossing Powders.


Cathie used the Tim Holtz Hearts and Flourish layered stencils to create the background of her card and grunged it up with Black Soot Distress Ink.

Emma used a small Etcetera tag for the base of her project and added layers of Distress Paint and Grit Paste to create a rusty, grungy looking background. She completed the tag using the beautiful Tim Holtz Entomology stamp set.

Kath decorated a Mini Etcetera Tag with a collage of “grunged up” Tim Holtz Idea-ology


Lols made a set of tags using some Side-Kick Side Orders from the latest Tim Holtz release. She used the Springtime, Birthday and Travel sets, adding ‘grunge’ by distressing the edges and applying Distress Oxide Inks and Embossing Powders.

Macarena has experimented with a small wooden shadow box trying for the first time a rusty techniques. The main blue/teal color was made with Lindy’s Stamp Gang mists and the rusty effect is due to Viva Decor Rusty Paper Paint. She put some Idea-ology Snippets Ephemera and covered all the surface with Simon Says Stamp Clear Embossing Powder.

Maura got grungy with a steampunk twist and used the Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Theories stamp set on a Tim Holtz burlap panel along with Viva Decor Rusty Paper paint and Prima Rust Pastes.

Meihsia was inspired to create a mixed media tag using Tim Holtz black ink pad to distress the edges of the tag and decorated with Sizzix Heart and Gear die cut embellishments.

Sandra went all grungy with her card, for the background she used Distress Oxide and Infusions. To age the Gearhead gears she added some Texture Paste, painted them black with Distress Paint and applied some Metallique Wax.

Zoey used a mix of Tim Holtz Distress Paint to rust her project, she also used Tim Holtz Sizzix Gearhead Thinlits to slightly add a steampunk feeling to her altered project!


So now it’s YOUR turn to get out your inks, paints and all things arty and start creating! We are looking forward to seeing what you make!

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We will also be choosing a selection 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.

Spotlights and Winner for the Take Note Challenge



We have four artists in the Designer Spotlight for the Take Note Challenge!

#13 scrpxoxo –  Meihsia says: I truly adore the beautiful distressed embellishments and all the fabulous vintage details on this Valentine’s Day card! The whole design is awesome and the photo is great!

#26 Red Queen Art Creations – Andrea says: These grungy-gritty notebook covers stopped me in my tracks! They are so beautifully bold and prove that even a neutral color palette can really pack a punch. The mix of graphic fonts with soft skillful paint-blending was really inspiring to me.

#35 Pam DeChellis – Macarena says: The background colors are so mesmeric and I love how they penetrate one through another. Blues an greens look so well together and much more with several nice patterns. What I love the most from Pam’s card is the front panel with the sentiment. I love how she made it so vintage and distressed and the black embossing is a perfect final touch. Lovely!

#93 All That Glitters – Anna-Karin says: Linda made such a gorgeous card with a big, bold and beautifully colored flower on notebook paper. The gold embossing adds a wonderful touch and I also really like the sentiment banner.

Congratulations everyone and thank you so much for joining us!

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So who is the lucky winner of the $50 voucher?

Please note, all of our winners are chosen at random so everyone has an equal chance of winning.
Good Luck to all!


Here’s is the random winner:

Congratulations Sue! Below you can see Sue’s sweet card with three layers of notebook papers.


Congratulations! Please email us so we can explain how you can claim your prize, a clickable link is on the sidebar.

Be sure to include your full name in the email so we can issue a Gift Certificate 

Thanks to everyone who joined in with the challenge and we hope you will all join in our current challenge too!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin and the DT