Designer Spotlight and Winners Post: Ticket Please

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We have 4 Designers in the Spotlight this week!

#5  Zoey  Anna-Karin says:  This 3-D piece is amazing. The two stacked suitcases are fantastic and the textures, colours, details and design work so well together. 

#17: Kerstins Kartenblog Andrea says: I love the incredible personality that was brought to life through the traveller on this clever ATC.  The whole thing is filled with adventurous elements that give it both a feeling of whimsy and sophistication.

# 47 Janice Carl  Ashli says: Not only do I love the historical significance portrayed in this lovely tag, but the layers are simply wonderful!

# 50 Beulah Bee Sandra says: Ohh wow, this tag looks amazing! So postage vintage, love the woman on the ticket! Perfect! 

Congratulations everyone!

Please copy this spotlight badge, display it on the sidebar of your blog and if you could please link it to Simon Says Stamp!

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

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Here are your random numbers:

55

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Congratulations Lisa!

Please email us so we can explain how you can claim your prize, the address is on the sidebar.

Thank you to everyone for joining in with the challenge and we hope you will join in with our current ‘Trio Of Colors’  challenge too!

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Challenge: Trio of Colors

The challenge this week is to use three colors of ink, paint, or another color medium of the same kind. From distress ink to gelatos, acrylic paint to watercolor pencils – you can pick the medium and the trio! I have no doubt some great color combinations will be shared, and new inspiration found.

Cheiron experimented with some new Distress colors to make a bunch of papers she cut into tags.

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I love trying out new color combos, and was inspired by a dress I was wearing the other day to combine Blueprint Sketch, Fossilized Amber and Cracked Pistachio Distress Paints. When I play around with new Distress Paint combos, I like to cut a bunch of panels of Distress Watercolor cardstock and play with the colors to see how they work together. I loved this combo and decided to cut out a bunch of tags out of my painted cardstock using my Tim Holtz Framelits tag dies to use on future projects or in my art journal.

Michelle was inspired by some of her favorite inks.

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Catkin Green, Red Geranium, and Sky Blue are my current favorite ink colors. These colors inspired my mixed media mail folio filled with fun elements from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ephemera pack as well as some other fun surprises.

Andrea made some muse jars that could certainly come in handy.

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As my eyelids drooped and my head started bobbing forward even as I tried to do some crafting, I realized that I could use a little more sleep; and if not that, at least a little more pep or oomph or inspiration! And so these little shaker jars were born. One holds pep, another holds oomph and the last one holds some muse. I made them by blending three of my most-loved inks: Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed and Peacock Feathers.

Anna-Karin went for a monochrome look this week.

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Minutes before starting on this project, I got a parcel with the new Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink, and I decided to make my page with three shades of blue Distress Ink. I used Simon Says Stamp lovely Sail Away stamp set, and built a wavy sea scene. The word dies are also by Simon Says Stamp.

Sandra made a color explosion with the three primary colors.

I was in the mood of some color and why not use the primary colors, make some splatters and lots of new colors along the way. By tapping Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry and Mustard Seed Distress Stain kinda hard onto the paper color explosions were happening. The sentiment is from the KaiserCraft Chace Rainbows stamp set.

Maura’s heading to the ocean for inspiration.

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My go to color trio is green, purple and blue. I reach for these colors over and over. As summer draws to an end, my thoughts head to the ocean and the possibility of one more beach day. I had fun altering an Altoids tin with distress paints in Twisted Citron, Seedless Preserves , and Mermaid Lagoon. Of course, I had to use the Nautical Blueprint stamps with this tin!

Emma’s fun journal pages are an explosion of colour!

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Like so many other people, I love Tim Holtz’s Bird Crazy stamp set and used one of the adorable images together with the matching die set to create my journal pages. I surrounded my artistic bird with a trio of colours using Ripe Persimmon and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and gold sequins, which for me are three colours that are a match made in heaven.

Barbara was inspired by the sea and the soft colors of sand and shells, thinking about the holidays that are running out!

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This week I have taken literally the theme of our challenge and I used three colors of the same type for each part of my canvas! Three Alcohol inks for the background, three Distress paints to color Letterpress, three Distress markers to color the shell and three embossing powders to decorate the corners.

Nicole is ready to fly.

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Who can resist Sizzix Bird Silhouette die. The creative possibilities are endless with this bird. I wanted to add my own twist for the trio of color using my Custom Blend DIY Ink Pad. I love how the trio of colors blend. I continued my elements of green trio with the tiny tatter floral flowers and even with the tags background.

Meihsia picked her favorite colors from her Distress Ink collection for the project this week.

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Picked Raspberry, Faded Jeans and Evergreen Bough are the most beautiful colors in Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad collection to me. After stamping and heat embossing the tag with Tim Holtz Cling Stamp and Clearsnap Clear Embossing Powder, I applied these three colors on the tag using ColorBox Art Daubers.

Ashli decided to put her trio of color to use on some custom embellishments this week!

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I love the rich color that Gelatos provide. Using my Dear Lizzy Flower die, I turned my Gelato painted paper into some custom leaves and such to embellish my page with. The Wood Hoop adds some dynamic dimension along with the flower while the Simple Stories Brads finish off this page about my dear friend.

Suzz has been watching Project Runway and getting inspired by the designers.

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I love Project Runway and seeing what the designers do on a weekly basis with the crazy challenges that are thrown at them. I used one of the techniques that different designers use on their outfits which is color blocking. It took me a few tries with different results and a decision to just mix up my colors on one of my cards, but I was pleased with my results. I used the Heidi Swapp Color Shines to lay down my trio of colors: Salmon, Patina and Mustard. The rest was playing with different stencils and additional colors to add patterns to form my chic & stylish background. I am glad our timelines for the challenge aren’t as short as the designers on the show.

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 September 6th 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: Citrus with a Twist

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

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We have six entries to spotlight this week:

#31 Annie Rose Meihsia says: Annie’s tag is gorgeous with many layers of beautiful embellishments. I love the way she distressed the tag. Simply fabulous! Anna-Karin says: Such a fun take on the challenge! The mason jar is beautiful and I like the vellum label behind it and the great layered effect.

#37 Shilpa Suzz says: Shilpa’s journal page exudes a summer full of citrus. She has beautiful citrus colors and summery images to make you feel like you are drinking a lovely glass of lemonade watching the butterflies flitting around your garden.

#59 Doreen Maura says: Doreen’s butterfly collage is so lovely! Her blues and greens are serene and calming, and the detail in the butterfly is gorgeous! Sandra says: This card is absolutely stunning! I love that butterfly stamp and she uses a fabulous color palette to go with it! Amazing!

#90 Hello with a Twist Ashli says the explosion of color on this card is most fabulous… and I just love the contrast of those little bees. Perfection!

#108 Lydia Emma says: The colours and layout of Lydia’s card are just so eye catching and I loved the watercolour effect she used ~ beautiful work on a stunning card!

#121 Laurie Y May says: I don’t often pick my own favorites, but this week I couldn’t resist! Laurie’s use of Tim’s bird stamp as well as wheelbarrow and awesome use of tying it all in with the citrus theme this week knocked my socks off! Such a great dimensional piece – love how it turned out! Andrea also loves this project! She says: I love how Laurie took our theme in a 3D direction with this whimsically wonderful fruit cart.

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: Ticket, Please!

Before we get to this week’s challenge, I (May) would like to say how much fun I’ve had the past three years here on this team, creating and being inspired along side so many talented designers. It has been my pleasure and honor leading this team and this will be my final challenge leading the team. Don’t worry – the challenges are still going to be coming and a new leader will be stepping in. But for this week, I just take this moment to say farewell and thank you all for making this special challenge blog so much fun!

Now onto this week’s challenge! Design team member Sandra challenges us this week to show our tickets. Trains to movies, concerts to planes, stamps to paper – let’s see your tickets!

Sandra made an invite tag for a movie night

I love going to the movies, I even have a membership of the local cinema. So this tag is inspired by movie tickets. I started with inking the background with Walnut Stain. I needed some light color and choose Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint and the Numbered stencil to apply it. To give the letters a marquee feel, I used the Dot Fade stencil with Cracked Pistachio, some Wink of Stella Glitter and a Sharpie Pen.

I (May) have two tickets…

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For my entry this week I was inspired both by a song and my favorite Tim Holtz tickets. I had a lot of fun bringing Blueprint Sketch into the fold and playing with all kinds of bits and pieces. Now that I’ve got my tickets out – where shall we go?

Maura is fascinated with trains, especially the old steam engines.

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I love trains, I love to watch them, I love to ride on them. I think it all goes back to when I was a little girl and my family went in to Boston to pick up my grandparents who came to visit us by train. I knew a vintage/steampunk style would be just right for this, so started with a giant tag just to have enough room for this great Tim Holtz train stamp . I pulled out my remnant rubs which worked beautifully with the distress inks like the ripe persimmon. Anyone ready for a train adventure with me?

Emma is giving you a ticket to the world!

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I love using vintage photos in my projects as they instantly capture a moment in time and create a story and for my project this week I created a canvas, taking you on a world journey using lots of Tim Holtz products including a photobooth image as the main focal point. I surrounded the photo with a die cut globe, clouds cut from sparkly paper and added various idea-ology pieces including an arrow from the Alpha Part Framed set and the fabulous Correspondence Design tape.

Nicole is ready for the picture shows.

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I just love all my ticket stamps and Sizzix dies especially the Movers and Shapers Big Ticket. This bright 8×8 Seasonal Paper Stash is a great starting point full of color and eye popping images. I wanted my Bird Crazy Bird to pop so I went for stark black and white. This fun wall hanging is a perfect addition to my vintage media room.

Ashli was inspired by a recent museum outing this week!

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We recently went on a little family day trip to a local children’s museum. It was so much fun! Using Tim Holtz’s ticket stamp, I heat embossed my colorful little embellishments. Adding in some paper rolls from the Basic Grey Barista Pad, as well as some Floss, completed my little cluster. With an interactive flap under a photo for journaling and my title in place, this day is scrapped!

Meihsia was inspired to create a mixed media tag with some tickets.

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This week I decided to use my favorite pattern paper from Tim Holtz Paper Stash Lost and Found collection to create a ticket tag. After embossing the ticket background using Tim Holtz Embossing Folder, I added a layer of Faber-Catsll Glaze, and decorated the tag with Tim Holtz Metal Word Band and Idea-Ology Numbers Rubs.

Suzz used the tickets theme to take a trip to her imagination.

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I decided to create a set of tickets in a match box using my tickets as entry to my imagination. I love designing on a smaller scale and this gave me the opportunity to create a series of tickets using leftover backgrounds created with the Heidi Swapp Color Shine Sprays. I then pulled out the Idea-Ology Photobooth images drive the destination of my imagination. I loved finding the right sentiment to go with each ticket and image. My favorite might be the Wendy Vecchi Domestic sentiment about having a bad hair day. I remember plenty of my grade school teachers sporting the do on the image on that ticket.

Cheiron was inspired by lottery tickets and came up with this lucky ticket shaped card.

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I love giving scratch off lottery tickets as a gift and decided to created a lucky ticket card using my Tim Holtz Big Ticket die to hold my gift. I used my Tim Holtz clover punch as a stencil and inked through it using a foam blending tool using Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress inks. I finished it off with a little Black Soot marker sprayed with the Distress Marker Spritzer.

After playing with an enormous amount of tickets, Michelle pushed them aside and created her own.

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I discovered an overwhelming amount of tickets in my stash! So many, in fact, that it freaked me out. I put them all away and cut a new one with my Lawn Fawn Stitched Die. The clean surface was perfect for a “Hello” stamp!

Andrea loves the excitement of tickets, but is not a fan of ticket lines.

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Ah, tickets! So many happy memories come to mind! And yet like a dark smudge on my memory bank, I saw myself waiting in line with my number ticket for what seemed like hours at a certain fabric store which shall remain unnamed. I waited and waited and waited and…well, you get the idea. So I paid homage to this event by making a background out of Tim Holtz’s Odds and Ends stamps which were stamped over a speech bubble mask.

Anna-Karin loves tickets and has quite a collection.

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The shape of a ticket lends itself to a mini book, and I made a notebook using the Sizzix Photo Love die set. The Timeless Memories papers by Prima have just the right amount of texture for notebook pages, without too much detail overwhelming the text. I embellished the cover and the papers with stamps by Finnabair, and a butterfly stamped on Clearly For Art Modeling Film.

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 August 30th 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 Winners: Homegrown Summer

It’s that time – spotlight and this week’s winner! Your entries for the Homegrown Summer challenge inspired and blew us away! Who knew so much creativity was growing in this community?

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We have four entries to spotlight this week:

#2 Eulalia Emma says: These cards were just so elegant and so sophisticated, that I couldn’t help but fall in love with their beauty ~ a truly stunning project

#Hyunhee Choi Suzz says: The beautiful layers of paper and accessories create a gorgeous layout for her summery photo.

#59 Melissa Maura says Melissa has frogs leaping onto some beautiful cards! I love the wonderful textured background of blues she has created, it reminds me of water. Her frog image and stories of summers and frogs just make me smile.

#127 Penny Ward Ashli says: This card is so colorful and delightful! I just love the way she has used the beautiful Simon Flowers and her lovely touch of soft, yet vibrant pinks and blues!

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: Citrus with a Twist

Twisted Citron has me thinking about all things citrus, neon, and fresh! This week from oranges to bright fresh color we want to see how you’ll use citrus… with your own twist.

Anna-Karin’s art journal page turned into something different than planned.

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I started out thinking about lemons and ended up doing a page about finding shelter underneath pretty flowers, on a soft bird’s nest. Twisted Citron Distress colour is a new favourite colour of mine and I used it generously here. The flowers come from Tim Holtz Flower Garden set and the sentiments are from a Simon Says Stamp set, which also includes a lemon.

Nicole went floral with her project this week.

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Who doesn’t love the new Twisted Citron with it’s vibrant green? I love using it as a background with the mesh stencil. Why not crackle the Mini Apothecary Bottle and add some stain? This inspired a lovely card with a bouquet of flowers.

Cheiron loves Twisted Citrus with Picked Raspberry.

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I love the color combo of green and pink so Twisted Citrus and Picked Raspberry were the perfect summer color match for me. I added some Twisted Citrus Distress Paint to kraft paper thru the Tim Holtz Tiles layering stencil to create a background. I “watercolored” the flowers using Distress Stains and a small brush.

Michelle is loves seeing her citrus.

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Slices of Lemon and Lime were fun to make with my Silhouette Cameo. The new Fuse tool is a blast to play with and sealed in the fresh fun to make a transparent postcard.

Floating beach umbrellas reminded Suzz of citrus slices this week.

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I kept seeing fabulous pictures of sliced citrus on line in the most beautiful colors. It reminded me of the very cool Hero Arts Umbrella Fancy Die. I had the best time looking through my sprays and mists for colors to use for my citrus and ended up with the Heidi Swapp Color Shine – Salmon, Ranger Distress Stain Spray – Twisted Citron, Dylusions Lemon Zest Spray and Dylusions Pure Sunshine Spray After that it was refreshing fun creating floating beach umbrellas in citrus color for my journal page.

Maybe Andrea has a twisted mind, but the thing she thought of first with citrus was a grater.

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My mom is a brilliant cook and even does fancy things like add lemon zest to things. I can see her in my mind’s eye using all sorts of graters as the scent of citrus filled the air. I decided to pay homage to her by turning a vintage grater into a magnetic memo holder using Tim Holtz’s Found Relatives cards, French Industrial paper, and Elementary Flash Cards.

Barbara really likes the bright colors and this is definitely the best season to take advantage of their potential.

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For my tag I have chosen to use the most yummy distress sprays, combined with the background crackle effect, with white embossing powder to contrast. Also my flowers are totally vibrant and in my little lawn the new amazing Twisted Citron has the lead role. Enjoy the summer!

Citrus colors remind Meihsia of drinking a glass of cold lemonade or a cup of grapefruit smoothie in the hot summer.

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My favorite summer drinks are a reflection of summer itself: bright, fun and refreshing. To create the bright citrus color scheme on this art journal page, I applied different shades of Izink ink on the background. The cup image was stamped with Tim Holtz Stamp and Memento Black Ink. Instead of iced coffee, it’s grapefruit smoothie in the cup.

Sandra made a tag with a twist of citron.

How great are the new 2015 Distress colors? I’m not only played with the Twisted Citron, I also had to go with Hickery Smoke and Mermaid Lagoon! It’s amazing how these colors mix so well together. I’m loving this bright addition. It brings some freshness to the palette. To add some interest to my tag, I mixed a little Twisted Citron in with the Crackle Paint and applied a medium layer with the Bricks stencil.

Ashli was inspired to create a sweet little card this week…

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I love having cards at the ready and this week I decided to craft up a card that could be sent for a thank you, or perhaps when someone just needs a little sweetness sent their way. With my trusty Pitt Pen, I created a striped paper to back my Watercolored orange with. Some little Doodlebug Sprinkles finish things off perfectly.

Emma had some inky fun making this card with a pop of citrus!

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When I first saw Tim Holtz’s Twisted Citron, it was love at first sight and made me think of summer and mojitos and this challenge gave me the perfect opportunity to create a card showcasing this gorgeous colour! I added zesty coloured handmade paper blooms to a background of Hickory Smoke Distress Spray Stain and completed the card with mini sprocket gears and a Small Talk sticker as a finishing touch.

Summer days in the garden are on Maura’s mind.

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I can see that gardening is still in my thoughts this week. I spent many a day in the gardens helping my dad when I was a little girl. I wanted to play with citrus colors in my art journal, and I love the Dylusions paints, fresh lime, lemon zest , and squeezed orange, they are such lush and lovely colors. They played very nicely with the Distress twisted citron products .

I (May) went for the classic trio of citrus hues.

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Twisted Citron leads the way into my bright tag. Why with the new Tim Holtz stencil and a few goodies I found myself surprised to see that orange, yellow, and green could be a combo I enjoy quite a bit! I’m thinking about darkening things up a bit for some autumn projects but in the meantime I’m really enjoying the bold summer citrus hues.

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 August 23rd 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 winners: Make a Plan!

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

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We have three entries to spotlight this week:

#45 Kavitha Cheiron says: I love this art journal cover by Kavitha. Her mix of clay and metal embellishments over black gesso really magnifies the texture. This would be such a great idea for using all those leftover bits and bobs we all have in our stash.

#49 Scrap Equation Maura says Rachel has a well planned out layout with lovely layering. I am really impressed with her story of how she plans out the details for her layouts. The bright pops of red polka dots and chevrons really catch the eye!

#58 Macarena Sandra says: Love the cover of this pretty notebook cover! The brown with the touches of red are stunning! Absolutely adore this!

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:

#29 Syl Designs

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: Homegrown Summer

Design team member Michelle has a summer challenge for us this week! She says: So many things have grown in the Summer. Inspiration can be found in backyard gardens and jars of freshly canned veggies or maybe children who have grown like weeds. Or an idea that’s just taken root. There’s a lot of room for growth. (Pun intended)

So let’s see how a homegrown summer is inspiring you!

I (May) am keeping an eye on all those lovely fruit trees full of yummy treats.

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The Hero Arts layered tree stamps are fantastic for creating a variety of trees – including ones full of apples! The Lawn Fawn Lobster ink pad was the perfect choice of red, and I had a lot of fun playing with these colors and thinking back to being a kid and how summer meant hanging out in the orchard and eating fruit right off the tree.

Barbara thought of herself for this challenge!

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Today it is my birthday and I want to dedicate this project to me! My canvas is very vintage, like the photo that portrays me, dated 1963! For framing my picture I used Mini cabinet cards and Distress paints Cracked Pistachio to make it stand out! A large quantity of Idea-ology products helped me to add more details in vintage style. In my work couldn’t miss one of my favorite Frameworks die: Wave. Happy Birthday to me!

When Nicole thinks home grown, she thinks of her garden.

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I love to be in my garden and fresh cut flowers. I wanted to create a market vibe with the Mini Mason Jars and a bushel of Jumbo Tattered Pinecone rosettes. Perfect to brighten up any room.

Cheiron was inspired to use some of her ever “growing” stash.

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I have been working on cleaning out and de-stashing my home all summer. I decided to put all those items I haven’t used a lot since I bought them right out on my table including my Dylusions paints. I had so much fun playing with my paints, Dina Wakley woodcut stamps and stencils to make this art journal page.

Michelle is going green with her paper terrarium tag.

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I might not have a green thumb, but I do have inky fingers! This paper terrarium is bursting with Waffle Flower Crafts Leafy Stamps and Distress Glitter Soil. A sweet little tag from the new Crate Paper Wonder collection, tops it all off.

Suzz loves this time of the year when all the flowers, fruits and vegetables are flourishing.

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I love seeing the beautiful flowers, the fresh fruit and vegetables in the garden. The best part is my hubby is doing most of the work and I get to enjoy the results. My garden is created on paper mostly where I am much more successful at creating it. With supplies on hand like Twisted Citron, Wild Honey, and Mustard Seed Paint Dabbers creating a summery backdrop creating my fanciful garden is easy.

Andrea made a storage binder for her yarns and scraps, which have been growing this summer.

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It would seem that I like to buy yarn…and ribbon…and fabric and apparently I’ve upped my “collection” this summer. There’s a fabric store in the heart of my favorite vacation destination and let’s just say I didn’t pull any punches when I went there last month! But not to worry. I made this storage binder to house some of that yarny goodness and made it using a Tim Holtz worn cover, the Sizzix picture wheel die, and several yummy shades of Distress Stain.

Meihsia created an art journal page to document her favorite flowers in her craft room.

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These sunflowers were new addition to my craft room this summer. I created the watercolor effect on the page with Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain and water mixture. The sentiment was stamped using Tim Holtz Stamp. I glued some Tim Holtz metal embellishments to decorate the photo, and added some random Tim Holtz Rub-On to finish off this project.

Sandra was feeling for some mason jar flowers

When I was little I loved to pick wild flowers and give them to my mom, and she would put them in a mason jar or other jar she had on hand. The Mason Jar Florals stamp set is perfect for this card. I masked off the jar with Masking Tape and the flowers with Liquid Frisket. I masked off the bottom and top of the card too. And stamped the Floral Petites stencil with Squeezed Limonade and Shabby Shutter.

Maura thought of all of the beautiful blooms in her garden.

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We have gardens at my house, lots of gardens. We have vegetables, we have herbs, we have fruit trees, but I always love my bright colorful flowers the best! Side note: I am not so good at weeding them, I would rather be crafting, but that’s another story. I love the new Tim Holtz Garden Stamps bloom and stem which are just perfect for my jumbo note clothespins. Remnant Rubs add a strong graphic background to the flowers.

This week’s theme prompted some nostalgia in Ashli

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I recently came across some old photos of my mother while she was expecting me. I just love the one of her tending the garden and this week was perfect to scrapbook about this! Using my Pitt Pens, watercolors, and White Signo Pen, I doodled some large flowers, complete with houses. With some fun patterned paper layered up and a few embellishments, my home grown story is told!

Emma‘s garden is her pride and joy

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I”ve taken so many photos of my garden as it burst into life this summer and decided it was sacrilege to hide them all away in a box! So, with this in mind I created a 3D photo display holder and used a trophy cup altered with alcohol ink and a memo pin to hold my pictures securely in place. To complete the project, I created a little “crate base” from kraft card and added a die cut butterfly and flowers as decoration.

The challenge made Anna-Karin think of growing a home.

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I was inspired by the process of turning a house into a home and built a fun mixed media home using Hero Arts wooden blocks. It was fun painting and stamping the blocks. Windows were added with a stencil and Texture Paste. Finally I gave the house a bird family and a bike (which is mine).

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 August 16th 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: No Ordinary Paper Challenge

It’s that time – spotlight and this week’s winner! You all delighted us with your not-so-ordinary projects! Extraordinary talent each week – love looking at all you made!

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We have three entries to spotlight this week:

#25 Maggie Cheiron says: I love this art journal page from Maggie. The sky, the waves, and the addition of the beads and shells just make this beautiful ocean scene.

#55 Irmgard Meihsia says: This is such a gorgeous tag with fabulous colors and magical butterflies. I love Irmgard’s wonderful design! Sandra says: Amazing tag! The butterflies are stunning and the background looks fabulous! The cute bow at the bottom gives it such a lovely touch!

#131: Kerstin F Andrea says This piece is stunning and I love the textures that were created through corrugated cardboard. Suzz says: You need to visit Kerstin’s magical steampunk page to see her innovative bugs life.

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:

#119 Marybeth

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: Make a Plan

Planners are all the rage these days! We’d love to see your crafty planner pages, but this challenge can be taken many more ways! You can share a project about plans you’ve made, you could get a jump on holiday crafting, art journal a dream or hope for the future, or make a crafty plan of some other kind, and show us what happens!

Meihsia plans most drawings and paintings on her canvas cover sketchbook. This week, she decided to decorate the cover with inks and paints.

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I always sketch or plan my drawings on this sketchbook before painting. The front and back boards of this sketchbook have been covered with primed canvas, so I applied Izink inks to created the colors and patterns. To add layers of images, I stenciled the background with Tim Holtz Layering Stencil and ColorBox Pigment Inks, and stamped with Tim Holtz Stamps and Simon Says Stamp Inks.

Maura is planning for the weather.

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I taught earth science for years, and if I could teach my students to wear long pants when it was cold, or bring an umbrella if it was going to rain, I counted that a success. So, I immediately thought to plan for the weather with this challenge! I made a little weather journal using Tim Holtz’s Umbrella Man stamp , the Waffle Flower Weather Planner stamps, and tried out the Ranger Blueprint Distress Paint for the first time.

Emma is planning to be more organised!

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From as far back as I remember I’ve always loved stationery products and have numerous notebooks, diaries and journals and when I saw this challenge I decided it was time to make my own planner and that’s exactly what I did! I began by decorating a worn cover using papers from the Correspondence paper stash. I added an frame and a corked vial filled with handmade blooms, together with various pieces of idea-ology before decorating the inside of the cover using Distress Ink applied through the Honeycomb Layering Stencil.

I (May) didn’t have a great plan this week.

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When in doubt, a good hello sentiment always works! One plan I always make is to use up scraps on my desk by making small projects. This works in my favor especially when I fail to plan ahead enough for a challenge like this one. Hey, a lack of a plan is still sort of a plan, right?

Making a memory book was the inspiration for Sandra’s art journal spread.

I’m planning on making a memory book, and this spread is a reminder to actually do it. I need to make more pictures and journal about my life. I have so much fun date stamps like KaiserCraft Months and Simple Stories DIY Date, and this is a way to see them in action. I stamped twice with each stamp so I got an original and a ghost one. For a splash of color I used Picked Raspberry and Neon Pink.

Anna-Karin started thinking of daily plans, one of which is story telling time.

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Story telling is the most important part of my son’s bed time routine, and I make up a new story every evening. This shadow box is inspired by that, which is why I used various fairy tale themed products. The box itself, as well as the owl and wooden embellishments are by Prima. The magical castle was die cut with a Sizzix die.

Cheiron loves to keep her thoughts and goals in a paper planner.

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My nude filofax planner is very plain, so I used the Hero Arts Planner Page fancy die to make some artsy inserts of my own. I cut them from manila cardstock, painted and stenciled them with Distress Paints and made the tabs for them using the Tim Holtz Tiny Tabs & Tags die and some Chit Chat Stickers.

Ashli was inspired to document her daily plan…

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In order to function around these parts, with four little ones, we rely heavily on a “daily list.” Using the Fuse tool, I created a custom pocket page, complete with lovely papers from the Seven, Baxter line. To finish things off, I stenciled using one of the Baxter Cards, and added some watercolor. Some old daily lists will fit perfectly in the pocket portion at the bottom of this custom layout.

For Nicole, keeping organized is important.

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I like to work ahead and keep to a schedule. I instantly was inspired to create a Worn Cover Journal where I can keep my design team responsibilities, challenges and dates in order. The Assorted Pocket Pages are perfect to tuck my notes and inspiration.

Michelle is planning on making lists.

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I haven’t jumped on the planner bandwagon, but this DIY-er loves to make lists with my Hero Arts Checklist Stamp. It’s a perfect fit for the library pocket that I made with the Silhouette Cameo. Coincidence? No, I planned it!

Summertime plans always involve a trip or two for Suzz and her family.

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I have been hoarding the Tim Holtz Collection Folio waiting to create a trip planner. When I saw the challenge this week I knew it was time to pull out my planner and create a series of pockets using the awesome Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Pocket Cards. I also added some inspiring words for our trip using the Idea-Ology Words Remnant Rub-ons. Now all we have to do is plan our next trip and I am ready to go.

Andrea did a re-do on a basic generic planner.

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When I saw this lonely little lifeless planner at Walmart, I thought it would appreciate a makeover. Using Prima’s Garden Fable paper, my trusty Cinch machine and my watercolors, I stripped it down to its binding and added some gusto!

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 August 9 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.