Brown Paper Packages (tied up with string) with Emma Williams

Hello everyone, Emma here and as we arrive in Christmas week, I thought I would show you some last minute gift wrapping ideas. As you can see below, mine is ready to place under the tree ready for the recipient on Christmas Day but when the big day is over, then why not use the basic ideas of this tutorial to create your own wrapping paper for birthdays or special occasions. All you need do is change the stamp design to suit the occasion and it would look beautiful with paper roses or other types of flowers arranged on the top of your parcel. The ideas are endless…

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To begin with, I cut some brown kraft wrapping paper that would fit the size of my present and inked up the holly spray stamp from the Tim Holtz Styled Woodland stamp set using Adirondack Snow Cap Ink pad and stamped a continuous pattern over the sheet of wrapping paper.

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Once the ink is completely dry, then wrap up your present with the stamped paper. I then wrapped a piece of burlap ribbon and some striped paper string around the present.

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Now we need to create the floral arrangement for the top and for this, I used the Tattered Poinsettia die to die cut cream paper. You will need two of each of the various sized die cuts, (six in total) to create one flower, plus the centre die cut.

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Using Festive Berries Distress Paint, colour the back and the front of each Poinsettia die cut. I used the Distress Paint for this as it gives a more substantial feel to the completed flower. Spritz the painted petals with Forever Red Perfect Pearls Mist.

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Whilst the petals are still slightly damp from the paint and spritz, scrunch each of them up and then using a heat tool, dry completely.

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Open out each of the petals and layer them up, fixing each petal in the centre with a dot of adhesive and shaping the flower to create dimension.

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Once all six petals are layered, add the centre piece to create one complete dimensional. Repeat to make a second poinsettia.

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Ink the edges of each flower with Pumice Stone Distress Ink and then, to create the look of snow over the top of the flowers, lightly spritz with Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain.

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To create the centre of your poinsettia, add a small amount of Glossy Accents and sprinkle some Champagne Glass Glitter over the top. Tap away the excess and leave to dry.

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Using the Holiday Greens die, die cut some foliage from Core’dinations Kraft Core Nostalgic cardstock.

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As with the poinsettias, spritz the foliage with Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain to create the look of frost and snow. Heat dry.

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Arrange your poinsettias and foliage onto your parcel.

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For the finishing touch, I made a tag. For this I used the largest of the Stacked Stars die to die cut a piece of kraft card.

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Die cut the word “Joy” from white pearl card and attach to the centre of your star. Ink around the edges of the tag with Pumice Stone Distress Ink and add small dots of Opal Liquid Pearls as a finishing touch.

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Attach your tag using a Memo Pin to the floral display to complete your special gift wrapped parcel.

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I really hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and thank you so much for stopping by today. Hope you all have a wonderful festive holiday and a very happy new year!

Emma

Supplies:

Surfaces: Ranger Kraft Card, Crafter’s Companion Pearl Cardstock, Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Cardstock

Stamps: Tim Holtz Styled Woodlands

Dies: Tim Holtz Sizzix Holiday Greens, Tim Holtz Sizzix Holiday Words Script, Tim Holtz Sizzix Bigz Die Tattered Poinsettia, Tim Holtz Sizzix Bigz Die Stacked Stars

Ink, Paint and Sprays: Pumice Stone Distress Ink, Ranger Adirondack Pigment Ink Snow Cap, Festive Berries Distress Paint, Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain, Forever Red Perfect Pearls Mist Spray

Glitter and Liquid Pearls: Stampendous Champagne Crushed Glass Glitter, Ranger White Opal Liquid Pearls

Embellishments: Idea-ology Memo Pins, Paper String Stripes

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

From my own supplies: Kraft wrapping paper, burlap ribbon

Winners: Transportation Challenge

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

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We have two entries to spotlight this week:

#17 Monica says: There is something about a vintage truck with a Christmas tree that makes you think of country Christmas. Monica’s card has a beautiful scene with lots of shimmery snow.

#56 Binty Anna-Karin says: A fabulous layout with fun techniques and a great design. It has such a happy and energetic feeling too it, perfect for the topic.

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:

#16 Susan B

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!

This is the final challenge of 2014… so anything goes!

Emma’s festive wreath is full of shimmery sparkle and shine!

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As Christmas approaches and we make the final touches to our beautiful festive decorations, I thought this wreath would be perfect to hang in pride of place in my home. The central Festive Gent die cut is covered is painted with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint and covered in Distress Glitter for sparkle and then surrounded by stacked die cut snowflakes covered in Frosted Film for added shimmer.

Mona was inspired to create a holiday tag.

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Tags are so versatile and during the holiday season, a tag can easily be used as an ornament, a gift tag or simply an inspirational piece to spread some cheer! I was inspired to create a mixed media holiday tag featuring a pair of beautiful layered angel wings. and a crackled Mini heart. The tag has a lot of texture that was created using Texture Paste along with the Latticework Stencil. Once dry, randomly applied various colors of Winter Distress Paints made for a fantastic painted background.

Suzz was inspired by vellum this week and using it to overlay on a beautiful sunset.

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I had to create a quick sympathy card which had me creating a vellum overlay on a serene scene. I decided to continue with the vellum and create a holiday card using the beautiful colors from Memento dye inks-Paris Dusk, Memento Dye Ink – Lilac Posies, Memento Rose Bud Ranger Distress Ink – Mustard Seed and a birch tree backdrop. This has me wishing for a snowy night where all is quiet and the sky is shades of purple.

Ashli needed a little something special for Christmas…

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My girls are getting a special gift this Christmas… one that can’t be wrapped, so I needed a creative way to present it to them on Christmas morning! Using some Cosmo Cricket and Studio Calico paper, I created an interactive prize ribbon for them. A simple brad creates the interactive element that is layered behind the fabulous Maya Road deer embellishment. I can’t wait for them to read the inside come Christmas morning!

Meihsia decided to create a mixed media cover for a Dollhouse album this week.

I love all the fabulous Prima Flowers embellishments that I received recently so decided to use them to create a mixed media cover for this Dallhouse Chipboard Album. The texture on the background of the cover was created using Texture Paste White Sand after the Heavy Gesso was applied. Facetten- Lack Crackling Colour was covered on the windows and the door for crackling effect.

Michelle has been busy making tags for those holiday packages.

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By using one color palette and similar shapes, I’ve discovered that gift tags can be made out of just about anything. The Retro Packages were quickly made using my Sizzix Big Shot. The Styled Woodlands Deer looks happy resting upon the Crate Paper Notes and Things Ephemera.

Anna-Karin needed business cards and decided to make her own.


I needed business cards to hand out to people and used leftover gelli printed papers to make these. Very simple and quick and all the cards are different. I stamped each card with various Tim Holtz image and sentiment stamps using Archival Jet Black ink and then the cards were done.

Andrea went wherever her feet took her, which in this case was to make shoe memo holders.

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While browsing the baby section at a local clothing store, I became intrigued with the adorable little shoe forms that baby socks were packaged on. I bought a package of socks, ignored them, and went straight for the little cardboard foot shapes instead! With a healthy dose of Gesso and tons of Washi (my current faves are Cavallini and Company’s Numbers set and My Mind’s Eye’s Pretty Things set), these shoes took on a life of their own.

Sandra Mouwen is moving and made some tags to send out her new address

Yes, it’s almost time for the big move. Construction is in the final stage, so time to make some moving tags to let my family and friends know my new address. I started with a Kraft tag to represent the cardboard boxes of moving. To adhence that fact I used the Distressed Texture stamps from Bo Bunny. I love the new Arrow border from Simon Says Stamp. I cut them out of Adhesive Cork.

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 December 21st 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: Holiday Cards

It’s that time – spotlight and this week’s winner! With our holiday cards challenge you blew us away with your many creative entries. Wow! Loved seeing all the homemade goodness this time of year most especially.

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We have four fabulous entries to spotlight this week:

#18 Bonnie McLain Sandra says: This tag is gorgeous! Love the white poinsettia, they are so very pretty! The greenery with the glitters make it really Christmas!

#54 Blue HOHOHO Ashli says: I just love the blue background and the one spot of red adds the perfect touch to this fabulously whimsical card!

#302 paperimajuri Michelle says: The colors are delicious and her stamped images really stand out on the wonderfully inky watercolor backgrounds.

#211 SandeeNC Andrea says: : I really like the way that Sandee turned an “everyday” stamp into a festive collage. This tree has style and pizazz and she skillfully made it from a combo of other stamped images.

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:

#216 Nancy Littrell

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: Transportation

Trains, planes, automobiles, and even a boat – how are you getting around these days? Whether inspired by the metal and gears, intrigued and wanting to create a steampunk jalopy, or perhaps wishing someone a bon voyage – this week team member Anna-Karin challenges you to be inspired by transportation!

Mona was inspired to give an old truck a new look.

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I love anything vintage and shabby so I gave a plain black metal decorative truck a new Patina like paint job using various Distress Paints. For a touch more vintage vibe, I applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Since I’m in the holiday spirit, I embellished the truck with a few Christmas Remnant Rubs, a Woodland Tree and Wreath along with a variety of other items.

Anna-Karin is moving and made a folio for documents, mementos and photos.

I worked in Tim Holtz large Collection Folio and covered it with patterned papers from Destinations and French Industrial. The papers were stamped with various transportation stamps. For embellishments, I used the Vintage Globe die, Artful Arrows and Prima wooden planes and suitcases.

Sandra Mouwen loves to go on a hot air balloon ride someday

Well I’m a little bit afraid of heights, but I think if I got the chance I sure would love to go. I chose a bit of a colorful steampunk theme for this card. That’s the vibe the hot air balloon gives me. So I used the Cogs stamp around the corners, and for some color in the background I chose Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves. To give it some shimmer I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and applied Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls to it.

Andrea thought it would be wonderful to travel in a whimsical manner.

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What absolute fun I have had with all the various characters in Tim Holtz’s Found Relatives set! Today we find our two adventurers cruising along in a cart with an umbrella that I suspect must be magical. We can thank the wonderful J.R.R. Tolkien for the fine quote included in this piece and we can thank the Away We Go stamp set for making the quote look so great.

Emma has transported you to a time gone by with her wintery scene.

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With Christmas preparation in full swing, I wanted to create this winter’s scene on a burlap panel using the wonderful Sleigh Ride stamp from Tim Holtz. To embellish my panel, I added dimensional snowflakes, Christmas ephemera and a decorated tree as the finishing touch.

Suzz decided to pack up all her Christmas Memories into a crocodile valise mini book.

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I have hardly pulled out the fun Vintage Valise Sizzix die and when I saw the transportation theme I thought it would be fun to create a Christmas mini-book using the TIm Holtz Layering Crocodile Stencil and the new Prima Gold Crackle Texture Paste. I had fun putting together a variety of pages and can’t wait to fill them up with special memories after the holidays.

Michelle took the phrase, “Merry & Bright” literally this week.

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Look closely at the shape. Do you see my bright idea for our Transportation theme? The Hero Arts “Merry and Bright” stamp set is a companion to the BasicGrey Evergreen line of papers and embellishments. I was inspired by the non-traditional colors in this line when creating my vintage inspired hot-air balloon. I used the Tim Holtz Framed Silhouettes Stamp and Die set to create the balloon’s floral print. The little basket is trimmed with Maggie Holmes paper tape.

Meihsia was inspired to create a Road Trip canvas.

Our family loves road trips so I created this mixed media canvas to display with the souvenirs that we got during our trips. I embossed the tag with Tim Holtz Embossing Folders and distressed it with Distress Inks. The image was stamped using Simon Says Stamp Road Trip and Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

Ashli was inspired by a stamp this week…

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This week, I wanted to play with an enlarged image, so I stamped the bike from the Dear Lizzy Daydreamer Stamp Set and then enlarged it on my scanner. This gave me the perfect foundation for layering bits of Studio Calico papers, Maggie Holmes Embellishments, and plenty of watercolors. To finish things off, my journaling about my little one’s sense of adventure is tucked behind the photo using a Simply Stories Tag.

I (May) am traveling via wings this week.

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I do not use this wing embossing folder nearly enough, and I love how it looks paired with some distress spray stains and gears for a steam punk journey on this tag. After all – transportation doesn’t have to be a plain or ordinary thing!

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 December 14th 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: Holiday Cards

Whether it is homemade cards, gift tags, or gift wrap there is a lot of making and giving this time of year! We encourage you to show us your homemade holiday goodness this week. While we are focusing on holiday cards, we welcome you to share whatever you may be making and giving this holiday season! Check out all that our design team has dreamed up this week for inspiration.

Emma is dreaming of a white Christmas.

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Christmas is such a magical time of the year and with this in mind and with so many new and exciting products on my craft desk, I wanted to create a winter wonderland scene on my card using a combination of the Tim Holtz Stacked Snowflakes die, Holiday Greens and the gorgeous deer from the Styled Woodlands stamp set. The snowy background is created from Distress Stains and the Falling Snow Stencil.

Ashli was inspired to make a gift for someone special this week.

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Sometimes you need a little more than a card for someone, but less than a full blown gift. A mini book card is perfect for such a time! Using the adorable deer stamp from Carta Bella, I embossed my image, then accentuated it with some Gelatos and Watercolors. My sentiment was stamped in gold to complete the look. With extra pages sewn in, this creats the perfect little mini book for my kids to draw in, making a lovely little card turned gift!

Suzz is in full swing creating holiday cards!

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I have been busy creating holiday cards using the vintage Stampers Anonymous Santa Sketch. While playing with a mix of Heidi Swapp color shine Gold Lame and Ranger Distress Spray Soot I ended up with splatters of ink on my mat. I love using up my leftover ink and I quickly laid a sheet of white cardstock down on the ink splatters. Stamping the santa and adding a few Idea-Ology Christmas remnants gave me a quick and easy holiday card. One more down and a only a few more to go.

This year, Michelle opted for a more playful holiday card.

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I’ve loved playing with my Zig Kuretake Watercolor set this year. But could I stamp with them? You betcha! The deer from the Styled Woodlands set took on a fresh, modern look with the playful, creamy colors. I also used them to paint the background paper textured with Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste. This deer is Merry, indeed!

Sandra Mouwen really enjoys making Christmas cards

I started earlier with my Christmas cards this year, just to be safe. I love making them, but I’m also glad when they are done! The first one is the example, and I’ll tweak it here and there along the way. Then I make the rest in steps. Cutting the kraft packing paper into cardsize is one and stamping with Memento Fog ink the Silhouette Christmas stamp is the step that followed. Love the 25 I made glittery with the Festive Berry Distress Glitter. It pops!

Mona was in the mood for creating a metallic shimmery textured Christmas card.

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I’m all about texture and metallics this holiday season! Using Texture Paste along with a Layering stencil makes for a beautiful textured background. Randomly sprayed metallic Distress Spray Stains adds a beautiful shimmery appearance highlighting all the intricate stenciled detail. I completed the card with a gold embossed Mini Holidays 4 image that really compliments the metallic background.

Anna-Karin made a Christmas card with neutral colours this week.

I wanted to keep it simple and make a card that can be reproduced more than once. I used some new Christmas Simon Says Stamp Exclusive stamp sets. The stamping was done with Potting Soil ink and I coloured the images with Inktense pencils. The background is made with ink and stencils.

Meihsia created a card with a colorful gingerbread house as a sample for her children to make some holiday cards for their teachers.

My children wanted to make some fun and colorful holiday cards for their teachers so I created this card as a sample. The image was stamped with Tim Holtz Gingerbread House Sketch Stamp, and colored with Distressed Markers and Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue. It is easy to make and kids love it.

Andrea went in a dotty direction with her festive holiday card.

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I usually cringe at flashcards as they bring back all sorts of nightmarish math memories, but these Tim Holtz Holiday Flashcards are the exception to the rule! They are so perfect for all sorts of holiday projects. I paired them with this great Merry Christmas die from Simon Says Stamp for just the right loopy cursive look.

I (May) need a bunch of gift card holding cards, asap!

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With a little help from my trusty white embossing powder, a new favorite Tim Holtz stamp set, and some leftovers from my desk I was on my way to completing a fun card in no time! I love all the festive designs of gift cards now, and even more I love recycling a paper cup holder into a gift card holder! December is here, and I’ve got (gift) cards to mail!

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 December 7th 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.

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.

Ornaments:
#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.