challenge: No ordinary paper

From specialty stamping paper to glitter, corrugated to extra heavy mixed media to tissue – special papers abound! Tim Holtz has some great sets that I’ve been playing with and I just love that special papers can add so much more than just a starting point for a project. This week we challenge you to use something other than regular patterned paper or cardstock on your page – and inspire us with the world of papers available!

Emma chose to use vellum and glitter paper.

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I love the sparkle and shimmer of glitter paper and the delicate floaty appearance of vellum but for some reason, I very rarely use either of them in my projects…until now, and today was the day I decided to change all that when I used Deco Sheets to die cut my Eiffel Tower and Wallflower Vellum, which worked so well for my punched butterflies. I added these elements to a background of paint and ink to create my Parisian inspired journal pages!

Meihsia used some corrugated cardboard and sparkling sheets on her project this week.

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The base of this wall décor was the cardboard from the package of Tim Holtz Minis Burlap Panels. Tim Holtz Textured Surfaces were layered on the background and I die cut some embellishments with Tim Holtz 2015 Deco Sheets to decorate it. To soften the color scheme of this wall decor, I applied Gesso randomly as the final touch.

Maura was inspired to make a birthday tag.

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I save tissue paper whenever I get a gift and often reuse it with a pretty bag. The tissue is perfect to use on my tag to create a colorful background. Time to use my Simon Says Stamp It’s Your Birthday! set (which was my birthday gift). What says celebrate better than a Tim Holtz cupcake? Now, I have a lovely tag ready to attach to a gift bag.

Ashli was inspired to scrap an intro page for a new album…

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Using some specialty stamping paper, I created my four little stamped birdies, along with my doodled nest. After stitching down some tissue paper, my birdies got all nestled in, along with some floral embellishments. Four little birdies on a page to introduce an album all about my four little girlies!

Andrea made a coin purse out of some “plasticized paper.”

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I often dream of making my own sturdy sew-able paper. The jury’s still out on how this turned out for me, but this challenge seemed like the perfect time to give it a whirl. I started my coin purse by decorating a vintage book page with stamps such as Simon Says Stamp’s One With Nature set and stencils like Dina Wakley’s Organic Shapes.

Barbara loves all of the alternatives to regular cardstock now available.

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I love Tim Holtz Core’dinations Kraft Core Metallic and Ranger textured surfaces. For me it was natural to choose these two products to cut the wonderful Tim Holtz globe die and the letters and words of my card. The brightness of these Cardstock and versatility of Textured surfaces give a special touch to each project. Have not you tried yet? Do it, you’ll love it!

Corrugated cardstock was Sandra’s inspiration for this card.

I usually never use bright colors along with corrugated cardstock, but I wanted to try something different and the new Distress Colors Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Fossilized Amber were perfect for a colorful background. With the Botanical Remnant Rubs and White Sharpie Pen I created some contrast.

Anna-Karin used a mix of surfaces to create this textured card.

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It is no secret that I love watercolour paper which was used for this tag, together with my fun new Brushos. The leaves from the lovely Simon Says Stamp One With Nature set were stamped on cork and the butterfly was die cut from wood veneer paper. For even more texture I used burlap and a piece of Linen Ribbon.

Michelle used Corrugated Paper to create a Book Cover.

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I adore Corrugated Paper! It is study and has a great texture for visual interest. I used it to make book covers for a pocket size journal that I can keep in my handbag. The sweet Prima Stamp is just the right size to fit on the cover. I love that stamp!

This subject suited Nicole just fine, as she’s always up to a good paper challenge.

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Anyone who knows my craft style knows I don’t have a lot of  designer paper.  I love creating my own paper to suit what I’m creating.  My Ranger Watercolor Paper is always my go to paper.  I love to ink it, drag and add some Wendy Vecchi Texture Paste.

Cheiron used Metallic paper to create the leaves on her tag.

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I love the Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft Core Paper it really adds the perfect hint of subtle bling to my neutral tag. I used the paper to cut out some leaves with the Spring Greenery die to frame the Photobooth photo .

Suzz ordered the Simon Says Happy Pack of Papers for the challenge this week.

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I couldn’t resist ordering the Happy Pack of papers because of the wood veneer sheets of paper. I love playing with the wood grain. I stained the different pieces with distress stain, paint, and for this layout the Distress Stain Spray – Vintage Photo. My two daughters were goofing around during graduation photos and I wanted to show the bond between sisters the wood grain went beautifully with the lovely trees in the background. I mixed in flowers, acorns, branches and bird nests. I spent some time splattering some different sprays and paint including the Heidi Swapp Color Shine – Patina.

I (May) love watercolor paper like no other!

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These days I feel like I should buy it by the case! Here on my project I used manila cardstock (a favorite!) with great heavy watercolor paper and had a blast! What I love about both of these papers is that they allow a lot more water use and play in general. They are tough – which makes them favorites in my book!

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

Winners: Anything Goes

It’s that time – spotlight and this week’s winner! You wowed us with so many amazing entries!

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We have four fabulous entries to spotlight this week:

#14 Anja Ashli says: I love the way she incorporated the colored images on this layout. And, her wonderful layering really pulls my eye around the page!

#144 Ruth Andrea says I was completely stunned by the amazing starry-sky scene that Ruth created. It is rich with detail and I’m so impressed at how she achieved this beautiful look with such a non-traditional color palette.

#369 Kerstin Anna-Karin says: This piece is so interesting, with many layers and details. Gorgeous photos and I love the paint brushes. Sandra says: Wow this layout is fantastic! The dimension is absolutely stunning! The pencils are genius!

#506 Ink A Pink Suzz says: Ink a Pink’s card is beautiful and glows with radiance. The light is interactive and swings.

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: i scream for…

Ice cream to indigo blue stamps, and ink to ice resin – this week the letter i is our inspiration! How will you be inspired this week? I think that I’ll find all kinds of interesting inspiration from this letter!

Andrea wanted to create trophies for the intelligent individuals in her life.

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I love people who know stuff, but don’t have to prove that they know stuff. These humble super geniuses deserve the highest kudos, so I made some trophies for them using Tim Holtz’s Trophy cups that I painted with Dina Wakley’s acrylic paint and Distress Paint.

Sandra had some inky fun making this art journal spread

I love inks and spray inks are lots of fun to play with in my art journal. To create some texture for some interest, I gessoed the surface and applied some Crackled Texture Paste with the Honeycomb Stencil. Love the crackle effect, and by spraying with some Ink Sprays like Glimmer Mist and Cracked Pistachio, the effect gets more intense.

Michelle was screamin’ with this “I” challenge.

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Occasionally, the first project doesn’t work out as planned. The cute-as-can be Carta Bella Stencil provided a great place to scribble out frustration and soon the second project evolved into a collaged art journal entry with lots of stamped and watercolor papers. The second time’s a charm!

Cheiron created this page in her art journal featuring an independent woman.

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I love all of Dina Wakley’s stamps especially the girls from the Face In The Crowd set. What I love about them most is their sense of independence, and the way that it is so easy to change their look in my mixed media projects. I gave this gal a new look with some clothing made with deli paper that was colored with lots of Dina’s stencils and paints.

Suzz was itching to ink up some inchies.

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I had the iron out looking to use it on my project this week, but as usual the iron sits collecting dust. Instead I created a series of inchies which were very much inspired by Andrea. I am always in awe of Andrea’s whimsical colorful and beautiful art each week. I tried to emulate her style in my little inchies by bring pops of color using the Heidi Swapp Color Shine sprays, a variety of stamps and stencils. The house my inchies are built on is the Impression Obsession House Frame. The finishing words are from the Idea-Ology Remnant Rub-Ons.

I (May) had a lot of ideas.

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Inks? Eyeballs? Indigo? I took out some face stamps (thinking I/eye) and started playing with a little craft hoop and just let things happen! I’m loving how this little piece turned out – it will soon be hanging on my studio wall.

Maura altered her iPhone box.

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I am a big steampunk fan and love to work with metals and gears, and my iPhone box has been taking up space, so I thought, why not turn it into a cool treasure box! Dina Wakley’s Penny and Gilt paints are perfect for creating a metallic finish. Of course, some Tim Holtz ephemera is needed, like gears and and a word band.

Anna-Karin made a very inky journal page.

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It is no secret that I love ink, and this page is all about the ink. I used Distress Inks to create my background and also had fun making my own custom coloured ink pad. The page was built up with stamps by Tim Holtz and I played around with the new Distress Micro Glaze for a resist effect.

Nicole was chilled by this challenge.

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There are so many ways you can go with this challenge but I was stuck with “icy” thoughts.  In the end I got there when I was looking at my Airmail Paper String and Pen Nibs. I’m always inspired by my Idea-Ology.  They always make a great addition to anything I create.

Ashli doesn’t need to be told twice to indulge in some Ice Cream!

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I love ice cream! Oh yes… so, this week, I just had to play with creating some ice cream of my own, complete with a stamped present on top! Using a favorite floral embossing folder, along with a polka dot one, I crafted up my scoop and cone. Some pretty papers and a bit of watercolor finished off this happy birthday card!

Emma‘s inspiration came from a world of pure “imagination”!

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Inspiration and imagination is a very important part of my every day creative life and with this in mind I made a panel using Tim’s gorgeous world globe die that created a glistening and shimmering focal point on a background of Distress Paints, micro beads and texture paste. To complete the panel, I added wording using Alpha Parts and Big Chat stickers.

Meihsia was inspired to create an “I heart U” art journal page with some Iced Enamels.

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I have some Iced Enamels and I think they are perfect for this week’s theme. After creating the background with Distress Paints and Distress Spray Stains, I decorated the page with Prima Flowers Resins and Tim Holtz Embellishments. The Iced Enamels were added to finish off this project.

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 July 26th 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: Coffee or Tea Challenge

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

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We have two entries to spotlight this week:

#79 Keia Maura says Keia has created an awesome coffee gift card holder. The clean colors and design caught my eye. The coffee splatters and bit of black twine finish it off beautifully.

#113 Zelda Sandra says: I love this shaker card! The sentiment is perfect. So original to use real coffee in it.

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:

#30 Lisa

Congratulations! Email May (may.flaum (at) gmail. com) within the next two weeks to claim your voucher!

A big thank you to Simon Says Stamp for sponsoring such a generous prize each and every week here on the Monday challenge blog! Also I’d like to thank everyone who participates in the challenges – seeing your creations is always such fun and we love how you take our challenges and make them your own each week.

challenge: anything goes

You know the rules… anything goes!

Want to create some rockin’ ATCs? Work with your newest ink? Play with a cool technique? From art journaling to card making and anything in between – anything and any subject goes this week!

We are kicking off this week of inspiration with our newest DT member – Nicole!

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How do I get inspired for Anything Goes? I just look at what I love and build from there. I adore the Correspondence paper pack and I’ve been dying to create with it. Once I tied in the Photobooth images I knew there had to be some love letters shared.

Meihsia created an art journal page with an ocean theme this week.

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I was inspired by the colors of new Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Ink Pad and created this summer and ocean theme art journal page. I drew a face and colored it with Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain. The anchor was stamped using Tim Holtz Stamp and embossed with Clearsnap Clear Embossing Powder.

Ashli had some ephemera to scrap this week!

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With a stack of old gallery brochures from my days as an art school graduate, I created a “layout-sized” pocket to store them in. Some Stenciling and Misting provided a focal point for the front of this giant pocket, while some and Paper Punches, and Die Cuts finish it off!

Emma is simply crazy about these stamps!

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It’s been a while since I made a card and with this in mind, I decided to bring together two of my favourite Tim Holtz stamp sets, Bird Crazy and Flower Garden to create this fun project. I stamped the images on watercolor card and coloured them with a water brush using a selection of Distress Marker Pens. To complete the card I added a stamped quote and some linen ribbon.

Sandra was pleasantly surprised when she played around with the Gelli Plate

It’s been a while since I played with the Gelli Plate. And this time I tried printing on a dark surface. I love the results I got! Especially with the green and blue colors. This background is a second ghost image I made with Bundled Sage, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers Distress Paint. To create more interest to this dark background, I’ve stamped with Simon Says Stamp White Ink, and embossed the borders with the Stitches stamps with White Embossing Powder.

Maura crafted up a bit of magic in her art journal.

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The lightning bugs in the yard at night have started me thinking about fairies and magic. This challenge is the perfect opportunity to get back into my neglected art journal and play. Finnabair’s “Trust the magic” stamp is perfect! I used the Prima Clear Crackle to get some background texture on the pages, and pulled out my Faber-Castell Gelatos to add some color.

Anna-Karin was in the mood for some home decor.

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I am planning to make a whole bunch of panels to hang in my Tim Holtz Flip Frame and this is the first one. The panel is embellished with fragments, adhered to Wallflower patterned paper. I added rub-ons to the papers before gluing the fragments with Glossy Accents.

Suzz took the anything goes opportunity to create a little magic on her tag.

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My tag today just came together quickly. I had a variety of inks, sprays, and stamps on my desktop and the creative process was magical which is lovely when it happens. I started with the Tim Holtz Latticework layering stencil and the pretty Ranger Distress Stain Spray – Peacock Feathers to create a backdrop and then added in the Prima striking image to add a strong focal point.

Cheiron finally got to make a Mini Mason jar project.

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I have been waiting to get my hands on some of the Tim Holtz Mini Mason Jars. I created a winged gal with the Tim Holtz Salvaged Dolls and the butterfly wings from the Tim Holtz Watercolor stamp set. I filled the jar up with pearls that have been colored with alcohol ink colors to match the Tim Holtz Letterpress on the top of the jar.

Michelle whipped up some bookmarks for her favorite student.

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Back to School is right around the corner. This year, my Daughter-In-Law will be hitting the books on campus with a set of mixed media bookmarks made with the Avery Elle Bookmark Die. Embossed stamped Flowers will add a little funk to the typical textbook text.

Andrea felt like going on vacation, so she made some travel tins.

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Oh to escape the monotony of daily life and go adventuring! I love this time of the year for its feeling of travel and freedom and family. I decided to make two travel tins that pay homage to my favorite destinations. I made them using Memento Luxe ink, which works awesome on fabric, and Paper Artsy’s London-themed stamp set.

I (May) wanted to test an idea out and ended up making a very simple card.

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After making a tag with my Tim Holtz bird die, I took the paper left over from when I cut it out and used that as a stencil with some Mermaid Lagoon ink on watercolor paper. I’m loving how this birdie looks stenciled! What to do? Well since anything goes this week, I just topped it off with a few things and called it a good creative play session.

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 July 19th 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: Summer Challenge

It’s that time – spotlight and this week’s winner! With over 200 entries you really wowed us with all your summer inspiration!

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We have three entries to spotlight this week:

#13 Tofa Ashli says: this certainly is lucky number thirteen! I love the bright colors and the contrast of all the texture… an eye catcher for sure!

#186 Mary Elizabeth says I love all the texture in Mary Elizabeth’s project and the crackle on the star is fabulous ~ a wonderful piece of art!

#219 Crafty Paws Maura says: CraftyPaws debuts pocket letters for us! She has put together a bright and cheery collection for summer chockfull of summer images and cuteness. This looks like so much fun to do!

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:

#73 Sandi Pressley

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.

Introducing: Nicole Wright

I’m excited to introduce you to Nicole Wright, our newest design team member! Nicole has blown me away with her textured and unique pieces for a few years now and I know you’re really going to enjoy all she contributes to our team! Here she is to share a bit about herself, as well as some of her favorite creations.

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Just another Canadian trying to keep warm with my hot glue and heat gun. I started scrapbooking about 20 years ago when I started my family. I thought it was am inexpensive way to make a few gifts. I know, you’re laughing and nodding your head in agreement because you thought the same when you started.

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Since then my style is ever evolving with new techniques, products and inky things. I’m a technique based crafter and I love creating 3D Projects. I love to be challenged and try new things. If I make a mistake I don’t start over. I work with it because when you’re a craft ninja you can do that.

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Please join me in welcoming Nicole to our team! You’ll get to see her first project on Monday…

challenge: coffee or tea?

With the popularity of coffee and tea themed stamps, die cuts, and more it was only a matter of time before we took this on as a challenge! You’re welcome to tea stain your paper, leave a coffee mark on your page, use Tim Holtz new coffee or tea stamps or dies, or be inspired by your own favorite beverage!

Hoping her writing utensils share her love of warm beverages, Andrea made a teacup-shaped pen holder.

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I don’t drink coffee or tea, but I do ingest hot chocolate by the bucketful. LOVE it and think a teacup is the perfect iconic shape for many things, including a 3D pen holder. I made this by using a teacup stamp from Mama Elephant’s Warm Wishes set, which I enlarged on a copy machine. I added a girl from Tim Holtz’s Found Relatives set and added a cute little tea bag from Prima’s Coffee Break stamp set.For more inspiration click on our design team’s blog links so you can see more photos (and full supply lists) for their projects. Leave them a little comment love while you’re there so they know how they’ve inspired you too, if you’re so inclined.

Coffee or tea? Hard question for Barbara!

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Tim’s themed stamps are absolutely perfect! I enjoyed it to create “spots” of coffee with embossing paste and coloring the cups with Distress markers and I tested my patience with stamping and cutting the little coffee beans. ! I chose a quote that seems to me absolutely true:  coffee is always a good idea!

I (May) find that a card with a coffee place gift card is always a welcome present!

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This Tim Holtz tea cup die has become an absolute favorite in my crafting. I love inking it up, stamping on it, stacking them, and using them on everything from cards to custom place settings! Today I’m keeping it simple – a nice card to mail off to a friend in need of a cup of coffee or tea! I’ll let her decide- just as you can decide how to be inspired by this week’s challenge.

Having recently gone for a week without coffee, Ashli was inspired to scrap about that!

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Using some of the gorgeous Dylusions Paints and a Polka Dot Stencil, I created a foundation reminiscant of my photo. A little die cut Coffee Mug added the perfect embellishment. I chose to journal with my Pitt Pen, in a sideways fashion to create more of a visual texture, along with my title. A week of no coffee… documented!

Maura brewed up a bit of coffee humor.

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I love my coffee, so this was the perfect time to pull out my Tim Holtz Fresh brewed stamps. One of my favorite mediums to work with are my Peerless Watercolors. They have such brilliant colors and are so easy to take with me wherever I go, just like a cup of coffee!

Anna-Karin loves the first cup of coffee in the morning.

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I did an art journal page in my large Dylusions journal, about the need to relax. It was fun making pretty porcelain cups using Tim Holtz Sizzix Tea Time die. The dry embossed panel was done with Inksheets and mist. I also found the perfect sentiment stamp to use here.

Emma turned back the clock and was inspired by vintage tea dances!

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Inspired by the 1940′s tea dances, I created a panel using the Tea Time die as the main focal point. I added pretty pastel tea cups, complete with ephemera pieces and a beautiful Photobooth photo to a background of Distress Paints and Texture Paste and completed the project with a die cut word and some idea-ology pieces.

Coffee and tea stains were Sandra’s inspiration for this tag.

I’m only a fan of coffee and tea stains on my art projects. Well, only if they’re intended of course…I used mostly brown inks for this tag. All with a name that is inspired by the theme stains: Tea Dye, Walnut Stain Distress Ink and Coffee Archival Ink. I stamped some stains from the Chase Rainbows stamp set and made some with Walnut Stain Distress Stains in a spray bottle.

Meihsia enjoyed creating this coffee themed mixed media canvas with a shabby chic style.

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This canvas wall hanging was created to display in the kitchen for the coffee lover in my family. After applying the Modeling Paste on the background, I colored the canvas with Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain. The Tim Holtz Mini Burlap Panel was glued on the canvas and decorated with Prima Flowers Decaf Coffee Break embellishments.

Suzz was tea inspired in her colors this week.

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I was inspired to pull out the Ranger Distress Ink – Tea-Dye and Heidi Swapp Tea Color Shine and add a tea-inspired color scheme. The Memory Box distressed grid stencil gave me an opportunity to create a pretty golden backdrop to my golden flower.

Cheiron was inspired to make a card for her sister who loves tea.

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My sister and I always love to relax with a good cup of tea at night whenever she visits. I used the Tim Holtz Tea Time dies and Tim Holtz Distress Damask stamps to create colorful mugs on my card for her.

Michelle Upcycled the Grocery Store Coffee Bag.

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I love those little bags at the grocery store that you put the coffee beans in. This week, when my husband got his beans, I snitched his bag once we got home. The sweet little bag got a mixed media makeover with the help of a well placed Tim Holtz Layering Stencil. The shaped tag is a Sizzix Mug and Spoon. Perfect for declaring some caffeinated love.

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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 July 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.

Challenge Winners: Stamp + Mist

Happy Fourth of July everyone! I don’t have any fireworks to share, but I can tell you that last week’s challenge was explosive with splatters of inspiration featuring stamps and mist. That’s right, it’s that time – our spotlights and this week’s winner!

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We have four entries to spotlight this week:

#21 Katy Suzz says: Katy’s underwater scene is lovely and makes me want to visit the beach!

#42 Light ATC series Andrea says: I love the intense color misting that CraftyPaws achieved on the backgrounds of these vibrant ATC’s. I also love how she gave her chandeliers some glittery bling.

#49 Bitney Ashli says I love the multitude of layers and colors on this gorgeous layout! And, the use of multiple photos in this way is inspiring!

#60 Pamellia Emma says: Pamellia’s beautiful card is full of so much wonderful detail and techniques and I can’t stop looking at the gorgeous driftwood planks that she’s created for the background, they look so realistic ~ just stunning!! Anna-Karin says: This project is so beautiful and full of texture. The Wood planks look wonderful and so does the focal panel with the butterfly. Sandra says: Ohh my, this is amazing! This makes me think of a summer day on the beach. The planks are so realistic! And the flowers are so pretty,also very realistic!

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:

#94 Artsy Vintage Roses

Congratulations! Email May (may.flaum (at) gmail. com) within the next two weeks to claim your voucher!

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Challenge: Summer

For some people this time of year means pools, beach time, and warm weather. Some love to travel and enjoy vacations. Other people just soak in the sunshine. How does summer translate into your creative life? What do you make to celebrate it? Are you inspired by the colors? The themes? This theme is wide open – we can’t wait to see what you come up with for this summer challenge!

Emma hopes for a summer full of adventure!

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When I think of summer, I think of friendship, good times and adventure and wanted to capture all the fun of summer in my canvas project using one of the wonderful Tim Holtz Found Relatives images as a focal point. I attached the photo to a background of Cracked Pistachio and Salty Ocean Distress Paint and added layers of Texture Paste and 3D gel before completing the collage using ephemera pieces and various idea-ology pieces.

Cheiron was inspired by carefree summer vacations at the beach.

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I love summer the most out of any season, and love to spend time at the beach. This cute couple from Tim Holtz’s Found Relatives looks like they are having a great summer vacation. I used Core’dinations Kraft Core Metallic paper and embossed it with some rays as the backdrop for their photo that is filled with golden sunshine.

Summer rainstorms were Ashli’s inspiration this week.

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We have had quite the rainy summer so far around my house! That inspired this whimsical mixed media piece. Using the lovely Dylusion Paints and Neocolor Crayons, I created my colorful background. Then, with some Prismacolor Pencils, I doodled on my little birdies! A few finishing touches and this fun little piece is done!

Meihsia created an art journal page with a sea creature on it.

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Summer reminds me of our family vacation, sunshine, ocean and sea creatures. On this art journal page, I sprayed the background with Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain and ColorBox Art Screen Stencil. The crab was stamped with Tim Holtz Rubber Stamp Crab Sketch and colored with Sakura Koi Watercolors.

Maura created a summer canvas.

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Summer flows with bright colors, sunshine, days at the beach or on the water. It’s fun and playful, and full of unexpected moments and brings us back to being a kid again. The kid in me had a great time melting crayons onto canvas, then painting sections with Dina Wakley turquoise and doodling with my Pitt Pens.

Andrea made some beach boxes to take the beach with her wherever she goes.

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Every summer, my favorite memories always involve the beach! I made these little boxes with a beach tucked inside using Tim Holtz’s Matchbox die, a beach shack stamp from Paper Artsy and some stylin’ sunglasses using a glasses die from My Favorite Things.

Anna-Karin is planning to fill this summer with memories.

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I decided that a mini album was the perfect place to collect my summer memories, namely a 6 x 8 canvas album by Heidi Swapp. It comes with page protectors with both full sheets and pocket sheets. Since I knew I’ll need space, I also got an additional pack of page protectors. The cover was decorated with a Woodgrain background stamp and Layering Bird stamps by Hero Arts, as well as Simon Says Stamp Exclusive dies.

I (May) went a bit… off with this one.

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Maybe it was the twisted citron. Or the extreme heat and wishing for cool fall days. I really don’t know. But instead of getting all summer inspired I pulled out the poison and the skeletons and went all Halloween and fall on this tag. I’m really not sure why, but it gave me a chuckle and so I’m sharing it here with you as a reminder that sometimes the theme really can go off in a wild direction!

Summer is the best time for Michelle to get back to Nature.

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“The Color of Fun” recent release by Simon Says Stamp included a darling new “Nature” set. Influenced by Vintage Newsprint Pages and the soft, earthy colors of nature in the Summer, this easy, breezy card with matching envelope (thanks to the Envelope Punch Board) will be created quickly and in the mail fast.

The color yellow was Suzz’s summery inspiration.

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When I was thinking about Summertime I thought of all the sunshine and summer weddings. I decided to pull out all my yellow inks and sprays and create a shabby chic monochromatic card. I used a mix of Ranger Distress Spray Stain – Mustard Seed and Ranger Archival Ink – Chrome Yellow . In the background I stamped the elegant Darkroom Door Texture – Floral Stamp to provide a soft and pretty background.

Sandra’s last birthday card this summer

For me the birthday card summer season is over, and I wanted to try something I normally would do in an art journal, collaging from magazines. In my case the H&M catalog. I kept it simple, because of the small surface. The background is created by spraying Lemon Zest over the SSS Leaves Mask and outlining it with a Pitt Artist Pen.

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 July 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.