Stamped Gift Picks with Michelle Zerull

I’ve discovered a fun and inexpensive way to dress up the holiday gifts this season. Stamped Gift Picks! I came up with the idea recently while shopping for floral picks at my local craft store. I like to use them on my Christmas gifts to make them pretty, but the cost was ridiculous. After figuring the expense of the pricey floral picks, I put them all back on the shelf and vowed to make my own this year. So, that’s what I did!

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To create the picks, I chose holiday images from the Styled Woodlands stamp set. To create a multi-colored image, I colored directly on the stamp with Distress Markers. A quick spritz of water from the Mini Mister activates the water based ink and allows me stamp a beautifully clean multi-colored image.

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The “pick”, or stick, part was fun to make. The Woodgrain Washi gave it a fun “faux” stick appearance.

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There are currently many steel dies on the market to create Paper Bows. Stamp “To” and “From” from the Simon Says Stamp Envelope Sentiments stamp set on the “tail” portion before assembling.

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I can make tons of these….FOR PENNIES!

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Happy Holidays!

 

A winter scene with Anna-Karin

Hello everyone! It is Anna-Karin here with a winter scene tutorial, using mainly Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Stencils.

I worked in my Ranger Small Creative Journal, but the techniques work just as well for cardmaking, tags or maybe to create a scene in a scrapbook. I love making my own scenes, using stamps, dies, stencils and more. This week, I decided to focus on stencils, since I wanted to use the new Christmas Scene stencil.

Ink the snowy hills, carefully holding the stencil in place. I used a Colorbox Stylus Tool for my inking, with an oval blender foam tip. It gives great control. Start with the lightest shade of blue (Tumbled Glass) and continue with Stormy Sky and then Faded Jeans. Move the stencil to complete the hills.

I love the trees on this stencil, and there are many of them too, so you can create a varied scene. Ink them with the same colours as used on the hills, making the trees towards the front a little darker.

I wanted some clouds in the sky and used the Make a Scene stencil and Tumbled Glass ink. You don’t need a lot of ink for the clouds to show.

For snow, use the Falling Snow stencil and Tumbled Glass ink for the snow in the sky, but Stormy Sky for the snow on the ground, to make it stand out better.

To add another element to the scene, I reached for the wonderful Mod Tree Simon Says Stamp die. It was die cut three times from white cardstock using the Sizzix Magnetic Platform and Big Shot machine. Cut two of the trees shorter.

Stamp sentiments from the Peace on Earth set using Jet Black ink and add a little bit of journaling.

The mix of blues, soft inking, rolling hills and varied trees makes for a peaceful page, great for winter time.

Thank you so much for looking!

Happy Christmas Crafting!!

Anna-Karin

Supplies:

Surfaces: Ranger Dylusions Small Creative Journal; Neenah Smooth Solar White Cardstock

Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Mod Tree

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Peace on Earth

Ink: Ranger Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans; Archival Ink: Jet Black

Stencils: Simon Says Stamp: Christmas Scene, Falling Snow, Make a Scene

Tools: Sizzix: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform; Colorbox Stylus Tool

 

Mixed Media Christmas with Meihsia

This week we’re taking a break from challenges – but we have a lot of inspiration lined up for you! Please enjoy the lovely creations and tutorials a few of the design team members are sharing this week!

Hi, everyone, Meihsia here today to share a tutorial of mixed media Christmas tree wall hanging for this holiday season. I’ve always loved fun and vibrant colors on my mixed media projects so this week, I decide to make a colorful mixed media Christmas tree to hang on my wall.

To start this project, I apply a layer of Heavy Gesso using a paint brush on the 12″ chipboard Christmas tree.

Tear some strips of patterned paper from Tim Holtz Paper Stash Seasonal and adhere these strips on the background of the Christmas tree using Heavy Gesso.

Add some textures with Tim Holtz Layering Stencils and Modeling Paste using a palette knife.

Arrange Tim Holtz Countdown Coins from 1 to 25 and adhere the coins on the tree with heavy structure gel. Use a Needle Tool to pierce holes to place the Fasteners to secure the Ornate Plate and baubles.

Apply Distress Stain around the edges of the Christmas tree to show the texture and dimension on the background.

Dab Distress Paint on the stenciled image and dry the background with a heat tool.

Rub a layer of Heavy Gesso on the Countdown Coins with fingers.

After the Gesso is dry, apply various Distress Paints on these coins. Dry the coin before applying another color of Distress Paint on it with a heat tool.

Add a final touch with some Distress Stain metallic shades randomly on the embellishments and background.

Now this mixed media Christmas tree is finished and ready to hang on the wall for the holiday.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and got inspired to create something fun and beautiful for your holiday.

Happy crafting!

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Challenge winners & spotlights: a mega post!

Buckle up – I’m back from (a much needed) vacation and we’ve got a LOT of challenge winners and new spotlight entries to share with you! This week the challenge blog will be taking a vacation – but not to worry! Three fabulous design team members will be checking in this week to share incredible tutorials and projects – so stay tuned!

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Let’s kick this post off with all kinds of fantastic projects to add to our spotlight!! So many fantastic entries… here are some of our favorites!

Good ‘Ol Days:

#2 Cathy Mona says: Cathy made a beautiful vintage card featuring a background full of texture. All the distressing adds such fabulous detail.

#84 Beulah Anna-Karin says This is a beautiful tag in memory of the good old days. Great use of Tim Holtz Found Relatives.

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#8 Kerstin F Sandra says These ornaments are so pretty! Love the vintage shabby look! The images are so darling! Perfect! Andrea says: I love the way these ornaments combine vintage images with fabulous textured rosettes. I also really like how they have a festive feel that’s combined with “thank you” sentiments.

#51 Irene McBeatle This is my (May) pick this week. Honestly? I’ve got a real thing for dangling ornaments off the top of projects but I never do it well! Irene has taken this idea and just made the most beautiful card. Love it!

#92 Susanne Ashli says: The depth created with this star box is just stunning and I love all the grungy layers of wintery goodness!

To The Moon:
#32 Friday finally This one is my (May) pick – I just love this penguin, and how all of the elements from the moon to the dangling gift come together on this sweet tag. Here’s one tag I’d be over the moon to receive!

#59 Olga Ashli says Everything about this project is just perfection! I love the soft background, with the earthy wood layered on top and the twine is fabulous!

Congratulations to all of these 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 for each challenge!

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Each week we draw (using random generator) a winner from our entries in the challenge. Here are the winners from our recent challenges:

Good ‘Ol Days: #33 Broni

Ornaments: #108 Gini Cagle

To The Moon: #53 Lentochka

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.

Moonlit Sky Tutorial with Emma Williams

Hello everyone, it’s Emma here and today, I’m so excited to be sharing my “Moonlit Sky” tutorial with you all. In this post, I will be showing you how to create a winter’s night background using Distress Inks.

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Distress Inks are a wonderful way of creating backgrounds for stamped projects and they can give the most fabulous effects by layering and blending different colours together.

To begin with, cut a circle from a piece of copy paper approx. 3.75″ in diameter (at this stage don’t throw away the paper that you’ve cut the circle from, you will need this for later) and also punch out a scallop circle, approx 2.5″, from copy paper. You will use these as masks to create your sky. You will also need a piece of white stamping card measuring 5.5″ x 6.25″, Antique Linen, Dusty Concord and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks and blending tools.

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Lightly blend Antique Linen Distress Ink over the entire surface of the white card.

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Take your circle shape and place it onto the inked card, to act as a mask for the moon.

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Holding the circle in place, ink the card with Dusty Concord Distress Ink.

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To create the cloud effect, keep the circular mask in position and using the scalloped circle, place it at the top of the card, holding it in place and ink around the top section of the scallops to create clouds. Move the scalloped circle around the card to create a cloud effect over the entire background.

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With the moon mask still in place, flick droplets of water over the top of the inked card.

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Using a paper towel, dab the background to remove the excess water from the card. Ink around the edges of the card with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.

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Remove the moon mask from the card and here’s where you will need to use the piece of scrap paper that you previously cut your circle from. Place the circular aperture over the top of the moon, to mask off your cloudy sky background.

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Using Old Paper and Dusty Concord Distress Ink and using a piece of cut n dry foam, lightly ink the inside of the circular mask to create shading for your moon. Start with a little ink at first and then build up the colour gradually to create light and dark within the circle.

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Tear a strip from a sheet of copy paper place the rough, torn edge of the strip over the top of your moon. Add shading by lightly inking along the torn edge to give the effect of moon shadows.

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Your background is now complete and ready to stamp on.

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Using Jet Black Archival Ink, ink up Santa and his reindeers from the Tim Holtz Christmas Nostalgia stamp set and stamp the image across the centre of the moon.

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Ink up the silhouette foliage, again from the Christmas Nostalgia stamp set and use the stamp to create the foliage in the top left hand corner.

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Cut a piece of kraft card, 6.75″ x 7.5″. Ink up the starburst background stamp from the Christmas Nostalgia set using a Versamark Watermark Stamp pad, (or any other clear embossing ink pad) and stamp around the edge of the piece of kraft card. Sprinkle white embossing powder over the top of the wet ink and heat emboss until shiny and molten.

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Ink the edges of the kraft card with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, matt onto purple cardstock and mount onto the front of a white cardblank, measuring 7″ x 8″.

Matt the inked background onto gold cardstock, leaving a narrow border around the edge.

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Using the Written Believe stamp, stamp the word onto your background in Jet Black Archival Ink.

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Cut two strips of crinkle ribbon. Apply some Old Paper Distress Stain to your craft sheet, mist with water and dye the ribbon using the stain. Heat dry.

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Layer the ribbon over the top of a piece of burlap and wrap the layers around the bottom section of stamped background. Tie into a shabby double bow. Mount the matted layers of card, with the ribbon attached onto the front of your covered card blank.

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Using the Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecone die, die cut a piece of kraft card, ink with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and assemble two pinecones. Attach the pinecones to your bow, using a hot glue gun. Add a small piece of cheesecloth to the arrangement.

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Add die cut twigs to the arrangement and then apply small amounts of Picket Fence Distress Paint onto the edges of the twigs and pinecones to give the appearance of snow.

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Place a Mirrored Star in the centre of the bow and add decorative pins.

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As a finishing touch, attach three small Mirrored Stars onto your main stamped image.

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Your card is now finished and ready to send to someone special!

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I really hope you’ve enjoyed my tutorial and I’ve inspired you to use your Distress Inks to create some wonderful backgrounds for your stamped images.

Supplies Used:
Surfaces: Ranger Kraft Card, Ranger Speciality Stamping Paper. Purple Core’Dinations Cardstock.
Stamps: Tim Holtz Written Believe, Christmas Nostalgia
Dies: Sizzix Tattered Pinecone by Tim Holtz
Inks: Distress Inks Dusty Concord, Antique Linen, Old Paper, Chipped Sapphire, Frayed Burlap. Jet Black Archival Ink. Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Distress Paint: Picket Fence
Distress Stains: Old Paper
Embossing Powder: Stampendous Detail White Fine Opaque Embossing Powder
Embellishments: Idea-Ology Mirrored Stars, Crinkle Ribbon
Tools: Hot Glue Gun, Craft Sheet, Big Shot, Blending Tools, Ranger Cut-N-Dry Foam, Ranger Mister Spray, EK Success Scallop Circle Punch
Items from my own stash: Cheesecloth, decorative pins, burlap ribbon, white card blank, gold cardstock, copy paper

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Wow! I absolutely love how Emma created such an interesting background so simply. Stunning – and perfect for this week’s challenge! Now it’s your turn! Join us this week in the challenge and show us what techniques you’re ready to rock!

Challenge: To the Moon

If you’ve always wanted to go to the moon, love all celestial things, want to be a space explorer, or perhaps just like stars on your craft projects this week we want to see how you’re inspired by the universe, galaxy, or anything else out of this world.

Sandra Mouwen is over the moon with her card!

Well not so literally, it’s the working title of this card. But I had so much fun playing with the Prima Copper Crackle Texture Paste. It’s gonna be the moon of my card. First I made the dark blue background with Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire. I made a stencil out of a piece of cardboard with the biggest of the Sized Circles and applied the paste with a Palette Knife. While drying a halo appeared because the paste is very wet, but I think it’s perfect.

Barbara felt that to the moon is a very large theme!

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When I read the title of this challenge, I quickly realized that would use a Hero Arts stamp that I fell in love at first look and that is the background of my jumbo tag! Then I thought about the stars and I was reminded a David Bowie’s song, the soundtrack of my teenage years! The new die-cut with small letters by Tim Holtz seemed perfect to create the title: “Starman”. And who but the very classic “umbrella man” in space to infinity and beyond?

“I’ll Love you all the way to the Moon and Back” is something Suzz shared with her youngest every night.

My youngest and I read the beautiful book by Sam McBratney called “Guess How Much I love You” many times and it started a nightly ritual of saying how much we loved each other. This layout is inspired by those special moments when she was little and the nighttime ritual. I used the beautiful Memory Box Star Dust Stencil to create a sprinkling of stars mixed with the Heidi Swapp Color Shine Gold spray to create a shimmery night. I die cut a mix of stars using Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Stars and Sizzix Stars.

Ashli was inspired to scrapbook about her little “rock star” this week…

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I have quite the little helper in the garden these days and when we finished a rock installation, I knew I had a little “rock star” on my hands, worthy of scrapping! Layering some Wood Vaneers under my Punched Stars adds to the rustic feel of this layout. Some lovely watercolors and a fabulous little Deer finish it off!

Mona gave a star shaped piece of home decor a new look for the upcoming holidays.

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As the holiday season is right around the corner, I was inspired to alter a star shaped decoration with embossed Foil Cardstock. Adding a touch of color using pitch black acrylic paint along with African Jade paint added lots of depth and dimension. A finished it off with a stamped sentiment from Holiday Labels.

Meihsia created a mixed media canvas with the moon and stars.

I just received my new texture paste and Gesso, and thought they would be perfect to create textures for this project. I covered the background of this cavas with Heavy Gesso and the edges with Texture Paste White Sand. The moon and stars were die cut using Tim Holtz Sizzix Die Crescent Moon & Stars.

Anna-Karin thought it was about time to start making some Christmas cards.

I love to create little scenes and the new Sizzix Winter Deer die makes it very easy to create a snowy forest scene. The scene is done on gloss cardstock and coloured with Adirondack Dye and Distress Inks. The moon was masked out while inking. To give the card even more of a snowy feeling, I white embossed Tim Holtz Specks stamp on the ground.

I (May) took a look up at the night sky and was inspired.

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These Dina Wakley stamps had the perfect thoughtful lady for my tag. Inspired by the moon and stars, I had a lot of fun stenciling, coloring, and building texture onto this tag.

Michelle’s scrapbook layout is all about the stars.

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Theodore Roosevelt said, “Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.” The Crate Paper Chipboard Frame surrounds a vintage vacation photo of eager young boys full of life. The stamped sentiment from Waffle Flower echoes the shining optimism of the stars.

Andrea made a travel-sized art kit just in case she ever finds herself on the moon.

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I’m sure there would be a lot of fascinating things to see in space. But I don’t think I could live for long anywhere in the galaxy without my art supplies. I created a condensed art kit using a Configurations box and filled it with some of my very favorite (and tiny) supplies like these fabulous new mini Distress Ink pads.

Emma will be back on Wednesday with a tutorial on how to create a moonlit sky using Distress Inks.

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For more inspiration click on our design team’s blog links so you can see more photos (and full supply lists) for their projects. Leave them a little comment love while you’re there so they know how they’ve inspired you too, if you’re so inclined.

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As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by random generator. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here. This challenge will end at 11:59pm on Sunday November 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.

Mixed Media Ornament with Meihsia Liu

Hi, everyone, Meihsia here today to share a tutorial of how to create this mini canvas wall hanging with a cute ornament on it.

To start this project, I die cut the ornament base with Tim Holtz Sizzix Die Carved Ornaments and kraft chipboard.

Apply a layer of Prima Flowers White Heavy Gesso on the ornament base and dry it with a heat tool.

Dab Clearsnap ColorBox Top Boss Embossing Stamp Pad on the ornament base.

Sprinkle UTEE or any clear embossing powder on the ornament base then pour the excess powder off.

Apply heat to UTEE on the ornament with a heat tool until UTEE melted. Repeat the heat embossing steps 3 or 4 times for a thick raised layer.

After applying the heat on the last embossing, IMMEDIATELY stamp the pattern on the ornament with Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps 2014 Christmas Nostalgia.

You can always heat and melt UTEE or clear embossing powder on the ornament again, and stamp the pattern on it until you are satisfied with the result.

Apply Clearsnap Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink Gold on the stamped pattern. The felt tip of Smooch Accent is perfect to color the small pattern like this.

Apply Clearsnap Aladine Pigment Ink Gold Izink around the edges of the ornament.

Cover Tim Holtz Sprocket Gears watch parts and Regal Adornments metal with Heavy Gesso.

After the Gesso is dry, color these embellishments with Distress Paints.

Apply a layer of Heavy Gesso on Tim Holtz Idea-ology Bare Minis Burlap Panel.

Cut the image from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Stash Seasonal and distress it. Then attach the image on the canvas while the Gesso is still wet.

Attach all the embellishments using heavy structure gel.

I really love this cute ornament with these gorgeous colors and beautiful metal embellishments.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and got inspired to create your unique ornament for this holiday.

Happy crafting!

Meihsia
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Thank you Meihsia for the awesome project tutorial. This one absolutely blows me away!!  Now guess what? it’s your turn! Join us this week in the challenge and show us what techniques you’re ready to rock!

Challenge: Ornaments

From simple paper designs to mixed media masterpieces, stamped ornaments to something you create to be ornamental – this week we are inspired by ornaments. They can sparkle, shine, be big or small – how will you be inspired this week?

Sandra Mouwen put her ornamental frame stamp to use for this card

I hardly use this Ornamental Frame stamp, but this challenge is perfect for it. I began with a blanc sheet of Neenah Solar White cardstock and stamped the frames in a pattern. Masked the inside of the frames with Masking Tape and inked the background with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink. Stamped. Removed the masking tape and stamped with the Silhouettes inside them. On top of the center frame I applied a coat of Rock Candy Crackle Paint.

Emma made a start of creating her Christmas decorations for 2014.

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I bought the Tim Holtz Luminary die this time last year but just never found the time to actually use it but today was the day to break open the die and the perfect opportunity to make one of my first Christmas decorations for this year and I had so much fun painting the luminary with Distress Paints to achieve the look of brushed, aged metal before decorating it with hand dyed crinkle ribbon and die cut tattered pinecones and festive greenery.

Suzz was thinking tags that could be used on a present and turned into an ornament.

Around the holidays I get the loveliest tags from my on-line crafting pals and I love hanging them on the Christmas tree. That had me thinking of what type of tags or die cuts could I create a tag to use on a present which could than be turned into an ornament? The Tim Holtz Sizzix Die Skates are the perfect size for a set of tags. I added a soft old fashioned look with the lovely floral pattern from the Darkroom Door Floral Garden using Ranger Archival -Cornflower ink. Now I have the perfect accessory to a gift and all I have to do is the shopping.

I (May) combined many of my favorite holiday elements on this card.

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This challenge reminded me that I have an ornament stamp that I rarely use. I decided to use this challenge as an opportunity to use two other stamps I haven’t used much- a banner and branch stamps. I love how a few stamps and some distress ink lets me create unique cards that can be duplicated (or just closely remade) with minimal embellishments!

Ashli was inspired to create a non-traditional holiday ornament!

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I was inspired to play with layers of paper to create a three dimensional ornament with lots of movement. Using my Tim Holtz Layered Butterfly die cut and embossing set, I created my butterflies. I then added some Gold Ink, Glitter, and plenty of Bling! I just love the way this ornament takes flight!

Mona was inspired to create a timeless pocket watch holiday ornament.

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As I was looking through my stash of dies, thinking which would make a great ornament, the pocket watch frame die spoke to me! It makes a great base to create a holiday ornament with. I set out to make a winter wonderland scene so I framed a tree from Christmas blueprint and filled the sky with grunge flakes.

Anna-Karin loves snowflakes and to make holiday ornaments.

I thought the new Tim Holtz Sizzix Layered Snowflake and Stacked Snowflakes dies would make great ornaments, especially together with lots of frosty Rock Candy Glitter. After dry embossing the snowflakes, they were painted with Distress Paint and completely covered with Rock Candy. These would look wonderful in a tree or hanging in a window.

Christmas is Barbara’s favorite time of year!

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I love to create and buy every year new decorations for my tree, and of course make cards for friends! I got inspired by the new Tim Holtz stencils for the background and for the wreath. As a center I used the new Blueprint colored with Distress and embellished with gold leaf! A sparkling star at the top to look like my pine cone at a Christmas tree. I know that this challenge will put each of you in the Christmas spirit!

Each year, Michelle makes gift tags that double as ornaments.

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It’s so much fun to make personalized gift tags! At our house, the tags are often saved and hung on the tree. The luggage tag die made hanging photos easy. The fun enamel shapes from My Mind’s Eye makes all of the photos festive for the holidays.

Andrea loves the simple look of paper ornaments.
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Simon Says Stamp has some really amazing exclusive products for the holidays. I love the elegance and intricacy of their snowflake dies in particular. On this project, I used the Eliza snowflake die, the Maryanne snowflake die and the Holiday Frames die.

Check back on Wednesday for Meihsia‘s tutorial of creating a mini canvas wall hanging with a cute ornament on it.

For more inspiration click on our design team’s blog links so you can see more photos (and full supply lists) for their projects. Leave them a little comment love while you’re there so they know how they’ve inspired you too, if you’re so inclined.

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As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by random generator. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here. This challenge will end at 11:59pm on Sunday November 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.

Note: The winners of this challenge will not be announced until Monday November 24th

Winners: Treat challenge

It’s that time – spotlight and this week’s winner! What a treat of a challenge we had too.

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We have two entries to spotlight this week:

#35 maja Suzz says: This scary scene for Halloween is definitely a treat as you wander through her graveyard scene on her card.

#94 Lunea Sandra says Ohh this hat is amazing! Love that it holds treats! It’s steampunk and Halloween in one! Fabulous!

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.

Custom Embellishments with Ashli

Hi there! Ashli here with you today. I am excited to share with you an oldie, but goodie! Not only is my photograph a trip down memory lane of days spent roller skating with my dad, but I am going to revisit a favorite technique…

Handmade Grunge Board Glossy Embellishments! Yes, that is the technical term for these. I promise.

I used to use my grunge board and Glossy Accents to create all sorts of custom pieces for my projects. But then, I ran out of glossy accents and by the time I remembered to order more I had gotten out of the habit of making these. So, it is time to return to that!

Here, you can see my assortment of supplies. What’s included? Various inks, glitters, embossing powders, paint, markers… and of course some grunge board and my die cut shapes:

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Let’s get started! Here I have my fabulous arrows to work with. Now, let’s go ahead a paint some of them white. This will give a nice base for some of the techniques.

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Once that paint is dry, we can play around with some more paint and markers. I have chosen to add some whimsical patterns using a small brush and yellow paint, as well as a blue Pitt Pen to create a triangular pattern. Just have fun with this and do what works for your project!

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See? Even watercolor works!

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Those are all set to dry, now let’s use some of this Navy Ink

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With just one press, this is the look… and I LOVE it! The mottled effect is so fun, yes? If you don’t like that, simply press your ink pad into your shape once more and you will be good to go!

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OK! Now that we have worked with the arrows that were painted white, let’s get back to the plain ones. It’s time to heat emboss! Because embossing powder is opaque when heated, there is no need to pre-paint your shapes first. Simply press a watermark ink onto each shape…

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Sprinkle of various powders….

Don’t be shy. Have fun with this!

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Ta Da! There they are, all ready to go…

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Now, for the rest of the arrows… let’s just press our Gold Pigment Inkpad into them. Easy peasy!

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And now for the icing on the cake… or arrows, as it were. Glossy Accents! Once dry, this will give these arrows a high gloss sheen that creates a lovely finished look. You might notice I have moved all the arrows to another surface? This is because they will take overnight to dry and I need to be able to move them to the side. Be sure to choose a non-stick surface to do this on.

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Simply outline each shape with the Glossy Accents, then fill each shape in. This is similar to glazing a cookie. Yum!

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And there they are! All “iced” and ready to dry. See how they have a slight “milky” appearance? Not to worry! This will turn completely clear as it dries.

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Creating little doo-dads and such like this makes the perfect little embellishment for any project!

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And I just love how they look on this layout!

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The arrows are such a fun addition to the story of this page and I love how I was able to customize my colors and patterns to further highlight the time period of this photo! 1984, to be exact… complete with bright yellow shorts and knee socks. Oh, and lots of handmade, shiny arrows!

I hope this has inspired you to break out your favorite shapes and create some shiny bits of your own!

Other Supplies Used:
Tim Holtz Block Talk Alphabet DieMemory Box Urban Lowercase Alpha DieCosmo Cricket PaperWood Veneer DotsEnamel DotsPink Bling

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Another fun project from Ashli! Old or new - it’s your turn! Join us this week in the challenge and show us what techniques you’re ready to rock!