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.

One Stamp, Many Ways!

Do you have stamps that are versatile? That can be used many ways? This week we challenge you to use a stamp multiple ways on the same project or use the same stamp in different colors or ways on multiple projects!

Emma challenged herself to use 1 stamp, 3 ways to create a card with an abundance of flowers.

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When I started thinking about this challenge, I knew I had to choose a stamp with versatility and with this in mind, I immediately thought of the gorgeous Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamps that I had recently bought. I used one stamp from this set to create a background for my card, which I hand painted with Abandoned Coral Distress Stain before using the stamp again to create a resist technique background for the next matted layer. Finally, I used the stamp for a third time to create a layered decoupage flower, which I added to the front of my card with a stamped quote.

Mona was inspired to create a layout using 1 stamp, 3 ways.

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The woodgrain stamp from Trust The Magic cling stamp set was the perfect versatile stamp for my outdoor themed layout. I inked up the stamp with Vintage Photo Distress Ink then stamped my heart out on a piece of paper from the French Industrial Paper Stash collection. Once I was finished stamping, I put my newly stamped patterned paper to use in the following three ways: I pieced a patchwork background border, die cut Mini Heart embellishments and a frame to highlight a stamped butterfly image.

Ashli put a new Dina Wakley stamp to use on her page…

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Having just received the Scribbly Flower stamp set by Dina Wakley, I was so excited to put it to use on this page. I first created a resist with some White Embossing. Then, I stamped with Archival Ink to create an embellishment, and finally… the leaves of the stamp added a nice border accent! To finish things off, I used some lovely floral pieces from Maggie Holmes. I just love making the most of one supply!

Meihsia had fun to play her butterfly stamp in different ways on her art journal page.

I was inspired to create this art journal with different ways using Tim Holtz Rubber Stamp Watercolor Butterfly. For the background I watercolored the some images with Distress Mini Ink Pad, and embossed some images with ColorBox Petal Point Pigment Inks and Clearsnap Clear Embossing Powder. The dimensional butterfly embellishments were stamped and embossed on the canvas fabric.

Sandra made a card for her teammate Anna-Karin

Anna-Karin has a new baby boy named Leo, and I wanted to make a card to congratulate them. It’s fun stamping on different surfaces, I used Romance Novel for my background stamping. It’s so tricky to stamp on slick surfaces, not every waterproof ink is suitable for that. Love, love, love this cute Shaker Kite from the Simon Says Stamp Hop to it collection!

I (May) am loving this new art stamp!

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I took this new Prima art stamp and tried her out a few different ways. Archival or plain color wasn’t quite right. I found that black embossing powder and blending distress inks to be just right!

Suzz was inspired to use a frame in multiple ways.

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I decided to show how to use the Hero Arts Engraved Frame in a variety of ways. I masked, reverse masked and used it to create a pattern on a background page. The frame can be stamped multiple ways to create a variety of patterns that make an interesting layer of texture. This spring inspired tag uses the background stamping as the bottom layer with a mix of circles stenciled using the Prima Honeycomb Stencil and Wendy Vecchi White embossing Paste for a fun background to my Rabbit.

While playing, Michelle used one stamp in different ways.

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The Umbrella image from Abby’s Spring Shower Set looks like a simple stamp, but it can be used so unique many ways, that I was immediately drawn to the simplicity. Whether it’s mixed media, or using my Kuretake watercolors, I love playing with a new stamp.

Andrea loves the versatility of text block stamps.

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Being a total lit nerd, I’m always drawn to stamps with words. Text block stamps in particular offer such amazing possibilities. Tim Holtz’s Individual stamp is perfect for playing with. I love to cut up and rearrange words within it, combine it with stencils, and experiment with paint.

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 March 29th 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: B is for challenge

With over 400 entries this week – you really blew us away with your “B” craftiness!
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We have three entries to spotlight this week:

#9 Nikki Suzz says Nikki’s birds are on a holiday and her card made me smile because of how they are all decked out for the beach.

#381 Mona says: Rebecca created a colorful canvas featuring lots of beautiful butterflies fluttering about.

#393 Ana K Andrea says: Ana used so many beautiful shades of blue in her piece. I was so impressed at the dimension she was able to build and the emotion she evoked using only blue, black and white.
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:

#259 Paper Talk with Samr

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.

Lions and Lambs, oh my!

I was thinking about the saying that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb and it got me pondering the animal craft possibilities. From cute Lawn Fawn critters to animal print stamps, collaging images of your favorite animals to scrapbooking a photo of your pet – we can’t wait to see how animals inspire you this week.

Sandra just can’t wait till it’s Spring and nature starts to bloom

I was inspired by the Easter die from Simon Say Stamp Hop to it collection. Spring is my favorite season and I can’t wait until nature wakes up and shares the beautiful wonders it full with. I wanted to make a Spring spread in my art journal and as base I used Tissue Wrap and Tim’s Caged Bird, along with Broken China and Peeled Paint to color the background.

Suzz created a masculine card for a royal celebration.

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The Stampendous Lion is a royal and beautiful etched image he was the focal point for a card that will be sent to someone who will receive wishes to celebrate royally on their birthday. I mixed in some beautiful Stampendous Copper Luxe in the background along with a Ranger Distress Stain Sprays Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint.

Michelle can’t go long without playing with glitter.

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It’s true, I’ll look for any excuse to use the glitter. Remember the dioramas that were created inside eggs? I used the Hero Arts Bird and a touch of beautiful Fuchsia Glass Glitter to re-create this kitschy spring-time craft.

Andrea created some Post-It note holders with a party pup and a crime-fighting cat.

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If you work in a gray cubicle day after day, you learn pretty quick to try and spiff up even the most mundane office supplies for your own entertainment. I decided to give my Post-It notes some oomph by making these covers for them. I love Waffle Flower’s On My Mark die set which feature these furry critters and I learned that Post-It’s fit perfectly inside Tim Holtz’s Matchbook dies.

Mona was inspired to create a layout featuring her two sweet dogs.

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I love to run and my dogs little four legs can’t quite go the distance, so I take them for a ride in their stroller. One of my favorite photos of my sweet dogs positioned in a Cabinet Card Frame made for a great focal point on my layout. To compliment the vintage frame, I combined pretty patterned papers from the Wallflower Cardstock Pack then embellished with Rusty Hinge colored die cut Grungeboard Gadget Gears.

Emma is taking you on a trip to Wonderland.

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Inspired by my love of Alice in Wonderland, I created a home decor panel featuring my favourite character from the book and the Disney film ~ the white rabbit. I had so much fun creating all the elements for this canvas, including the suspended 3D pocket watch, the stamped rabbit image and the surrounding foliage, all of which I layered onto a double canvas painted with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Paints.

Meihsia was inspired to create a canvas with the photo of her first pet.

Ding Dong was my first pet and I still remember how excited I was when I first saw her. This photo was taken when she was 8 weeks old. I stenciled the background with Tim Holtz Layering Stencil and Prima Flowers White Sand Texture Paste, and colored it with Distress Paints. The die cut butterflies was covered with Prima Flowers Crackle Paste.

Ashli was inspired by a beloved pet…

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We love dogs around here and Susie will always hold a special place in our lives, especially since she was the ring bearer in our wedding! Using a little doodle of mine as a template, I cut out some little doxie shapes out of some Studio Calico paper. With the addition of some watercolors, wood veneers, and sequins, I have a lovely little page to remember this special moment!

Anna-Karin had the perfect photos for this challenge theme.


As soon as I saw this theme, I knew I had to scrap these photos of meeting a lion cub. The mixed media background was done with paints, new fun dies by Tim Holtz, stencils and stamps. I wanted to create a rough, textured and wild background, fitting with the photos. To embellish the page, I used ticket and word stamps, and die cut words and labels from inky papers.

I (May) have some wild new stamps to play with.

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I always love any chance to play with distress colors and stamps! With these new Lawn Fawn critters and some black archival ink I had fun coloring in these critters. I used a combination of distress spray stains and watercolor pencils. Love how I tamed those critters for this card!

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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 March 22nd 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.