Challenge: Ray Of Sunshine

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the  Love Is In The Air Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

We are still going through all of the entries into the Design Team call but we hope to be back soon with a final decision. There were so many fabulous entries! Thank You all.

Please scroll down to see who are in the Designer Spotlight and who is the lucky winner of the ‘Love is in the air + Use Red’ Challenge!

This week the challenge is,

RAY OF SUNSHINE

After the long winter months we are looking forward to summer!

We are showcasing Dina Wakley Products this week, you don’t have to use them, but if you have them we would love to see them used!

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

 

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Remember to click on the person’s name to see all of the details of how we made these creations and leave these wonderful girls some comment love

Andrea made some sunshine-bright yarn holders using Dina’s Collaged Hearts, Scribbly Holiday Birdies and Scribbly Women stamp sets.

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Don’t get me wrong- I love me some winter, but bring on the sunshine and flowers, too!  And what better artist to remind us of bright happy colors than Dina Wakley?  I think her style is fabulous and I enjoyed incorporating her Collaged Hearts, Scribbly Holiday Birdies and Scribbly Women stamp set images into my house-shaped yarn holders.

Anna-Karin did an art journal page with paint, stamps and stencils.

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I am very inspired by Dina’s art journaling and use of colour. On this page, I challenged myself to draw a body for one of her Positive Women stamps. The background is painted with Dina’s paints and I used four different stencils to add texture and details, such as the Alphabetic stencil. For some extra sunshine, the page has quite a lot of yellow paint.

Barbara  has used a lot of stamps and stencil by Dina mixed with Distress Paints!

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I love so much Dina’s style and this week I was very happy  to create with her wonderful products! It was  really fun to mix Dina’s stamps and stencils  with Distress Paint ! Scribbly birds are absolutely cute! I left my comfort zone and I  just   used  my hands  without thoughts , this is the result!

Cheiron wanted to make a card for her sunshine and used a Dina Wakley Handwritten Heart set

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I love heart stamps and this big bold one from the Dina Wakley Handwritten Heart set is fabulous. Instead of the normal red, I colored it with tones of gold and yellows using Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paints and some gold paper from the Tim Holtz Core’dinations Metallic paper stack. The sunshine rays were made using the rays from the Basics Media Masks and Stencils.

Emma mixed Dina Wakley with Tim Holtz to create a ray of sunshine on her card!

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I love creating my own backgrounds and for my card, I combined Dina’s Lemon Heavy Body Acrylic Paint and the beautiful Daisies stencil with Distress Inks and texture paste to create a background for my multi layered card project. I added layers of embellishments including a Stacked Hearts die cut, a Vintage Photobooth image and fussy cut flowers from the Wallpaper Stash and completed the card with a die cut feather dipped in gorgeous Platinum Glitter Dust.

Lols used a Dina Wakley‘s Scribbly Bird set to make a colourful sunny card

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I am looking forward to the long sunshiny days of summer and used the colours of the beach for my card. I recently bought some Mixed Media Cardstock and wanted to use it to create the background and for the image and I love how the colours absorbed into the card so evenly. I coloured the Scribbly Bird with Cracked Pistachio,  Twisted Citron and Picked Raspberry. The background was inked with Distress Inks and I made a mask using a Scribbles and Splatt Die and used that to create the ‘Sun’ with Embossing Paste and a sprinkling of Mustard Seed Distress Glitter.

Maura  is dreaming of a moon garden and used Dina Wakley’s Moon Face stencil and Woodcut stamps

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Sometimes when you start digging through your stash looking for certain products, you get inspired and put together things you might never have paired, like Dina Wakley’s Moon Face stencil and Woodcut stamps. The fun really begins for me once I start playing with the colors, like Dina Wakley Heavy Body Paints. I tried Dina’s Clear Gesso for the first time, and I loved how I could use it to prep the canvas, and later build layers with it. The rays of sun are raising the moon flowers in the garden!

Meihsia created an art journal page with beautiful sunshine on it.
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I always love creating with bright colors. On this art journal page, I first stenciled the background using Dina Wakely Leafy Stencil and Prima Flowers Modeling Paste. The image was stamped with Tim Holtz Stamp Pen and Pencil, and Memento Black Ink. The beautiful sunshine was created with Distress Paint and water mixture.

Sandra made two ray of color tags a la Dina style
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It’s so fun to try new things and styles to find new ways to expand your own. I love Dina Wakley’s style, her color use is amazing. I tried to apply her style and mix it with my own to create these tags. I used a few Dina products like her Magenta, Turquiose and Lime Paint along with her Leaves and Plastic Canvas stencil.

So now it’s YOUR turn to get out your inks, paints and all things arty and start creating! We are looking forward to seeing what you make!

Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #sssmchallenge so we can see your entries there too!

There are fabulous Give Aways and inspiration from fabulous designers on a daily basis over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog , if you haven’t subscribed by email you may want to so you don’t miss out

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You have until Monday  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

We will also be choosing 3 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.

Winner and Designer Spotlight for the Love + Red Challenge

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We have 5 gorgeous projects in the Designer Spotlight for the Love is in the air + Use Red challenge!

#25 Stamp Tart - Barbara says: I love this card! Immediately impressed me! So cool and full of vibrant colors! Every little detail is balanced: white dots, background, the stunning Crazy Bird. I think it’s perfection!

#89 MarjutMaura says: Marjut’s gorgeous card caught my eye! There are so many lovely layers of goodness from printed linen, to honeycomb, to hearts and flowers. I really love the thoughtful touches she has added, like the stitching and gears to make this extra special.

Anna-Karin says: This is such a lovely card with so many special touches! The gorgeous linen background is perfect, and I love the look of the Frameworks die and the hearts.

#162 Daydreams in Paper - Andrea says: Speaking of love, I am in love with this clever collaged canvas! I think Cathie hit the absolute perfect balance between grunge and elegance on this project.

Emma says: A really striking piece of artwork which has showcased the theme of our challenge perfectly! I love the background which is beautifully done and the heart with the letterpress wording is the perfect finishing touch!

#189 GráMaura says: I love the beautiful mixed media approach that Grá took in making her card. The golds and reds create elegance with this beautiful design, and the texture is awesome! She also made a special heart embellishment with clay that is a wonderful finishing touch!

#235 LehtipolloSandra says: What a gorgeous ATC, love the stunning apple, the sentiment fits perfectly. The background is amazing, so much texture, and love the touches of color of the Brusho.

Congratulations everyone!!

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

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Here is the random number:

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Congratulations Dawn – The Little Mennonite!! Here is Dawn’s lovely card:

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

Thanks to everyone who joined in with the challenge and we hope you will all join in our current challenge too!

Happy crafting!!

Anna-Karin and the DT

Challenge: Love Is In The Air

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Thank you for joining us for the ‘Best Friends’ challenge and we hope you will join us again this week too!

Before moving onto the challenge we would like to say a HUGE thank you to Suzz who has been with us for a couple of years but she is moving on to pastures new. We would like to wish you the very best of luck Suzz, it has been a pleasure working with you.

We are currently looking through all of the entries into the Design Team Call and we will be making our decisions as soon as possible. There is so much fabulous talent and this is a very difficult decision. Thank you to everyone!

Please scroll down to see who are in the Designer Spotlight and who is the lucky winner of the ‘Best Friends’ Challenge!

This week the challenge is

LOVE IS IN THE AIR + USE RED 

With Valentine’s Day in a few days we are getting all romantic and creating for someone we love. As red is the color of love we would like tho see a hint of that in your creation too! We will be looking forward to seeing what you create!

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

 

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Remember to click on the person’s name to see all of the details of how we made these creations and leave these wonderful girls some comment love

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This is Zoey’s last week with us in the Designer Spotlight and we would like to thank you for all of your fabulous creations over the past month. It has been a real pleasure having you along with us.

Zoey: “Love when you are ready, not when you are lonely”  is the quote that inspired my project today.

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I used a mix of scrap paper from Crowded Attic and  Postale Tissue Wrap Paper and I used Gel Medium to stick everything together. I then brushed it over with Gesso to mute the colors. I used a Mesh Layering Stencil  and Aged Mahogany and  Walnut Stain to add color to the background.I modelled the wire to get a figure and a heart balloon and I covered part of the figure with Postale Tissue Wrap Paper and added color with an Aged Mahogany Distress Marker. I embellished with Raspberry Seed Beads and Corked Vials.

Andrea loves fortune cookies and thought others might love these little Valentine’s treats, too.

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Oh how I adore fortune cookies!  When I was a teen, my dad would often surprise me with a bag of fortune cookies that he’d picked up at an Asian market close to his work.  Not only do I love the taste and intriguing fortunes that these cookies offer, but they remind me of the many little ways my parents let me know they love me.  So when I saw the American Crafts Valentine Fortune Cookie Kit, I had to give it a try!  I added some words made with Tim Holtz’s Label Letters and gave these some more color oomph with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.

Anna-Karin made a mosaic pen holder for her desk.

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I love the look of mosaic and was looking forward to trying out Ranger’s Distress Mosaic Kit. The final result looks really cool and it is easy to do. The pen holder was embellished with Tim Holtz idea-ology pieces, such as an airplane and a Shield charm. Words were die cut with the Adventure Words Script.

Barbara has created this canvas thinking to her  beloved husband (25 years of love !)

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I dedicated my canvas  to my husband and me,  because 2016 means to us 25 years of love! We met in 1991 …. Neither of the two  likes to be photographed and I used for this project   a photo  from Found relatives, I did some  mixed media experiments ( I must to learn  much more in this craft zone!!!) , using Dina Wakley White Gesso  and Distress Paint, to finish  I gave a touch of red and gold (Vintage shiny foil). At last  I added a Word band, perfect to describe my feelings!

Cheiron used her new favorite red, Candied Apple on her love themed card.

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I made this valentine by mono printing with the Doily Layering Stencil onto Distress watercolor card stock to create my background in shades of pinks and reds. To tie it all together, I die cut and painted the Ornate Frame in a gorgeous shade of Candied Apple Distress Paint. Bunches of fun little hearts from the Heartfelt and some mirrored hearts decorate the frame.

Emma‘s treat box has been struck by Cupid’s arrow!

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As Cupid get’s ready to fire his arrows, I chose to make a little jewel incrusted box full of chocolate treats and all wrapped up in a crinkle ribbon bow. I added glittered die cut hearts to the painted and stamped sides and completed the box with a Trophy Cup, holding a couple of gilded adornment arrows and full of love potion number 9!

Lols made a tag for her husband to use on the gift he is going to buy her *wink*

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I love these Crazy Birds and couldn’t resist dressing him up as a dapper gent in a dickie bow and top hat from the Crazy Things Set. I inked the tag with Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky Distress Inks and then used some Embossing Paste and Hearts Stencil to add more texture.  I used the heart and ‘ground’ from a Scribbles and Splat Die Set  and ‘i love you’ from a Small Chat Stickers Pack. Now I am hoping that hubby will buy me a nice gift to attach this to, not that I am dropping any hints or anything!

Maura is loving adding some pink to her steampunk.

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I’ve been challenging myself to move out of my color palette, and this time, it’s pink. Add that to something I would not tie in with pink, steampunk, or as I am calling this – SteamPink! I love steampunk, which just goes to show this challenge can be about anything you love. I went for the brightest pink I could find, Dylusions Bubblegum Pink and my touch of red, is the delicious Candy Apple Red Distress paint. It’s always fun to add the embellishments when I have ones like Tim Holtz’s Mini Gear Sprockets and Sprocket Gear Watches to use. Of course, I had to add some love, and the Big Chat stickers were just the thing.

Meihsia created an art journal page with her favorite mixed media elements.

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It’s always fun to experiment different medias and elements in the art journal. I sprayed the background of this page with Distress Spray and ColorBox Stencil. The die cut letters were colored with Distress Paint and layered on top of the burlap and cheese cloth. I really adore this sentiment so I stamped and embossed it with ColorBox black ink and clear embossing powder.

Sandra loves trying new things in her art journal
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I love my art journal and trying different things in it. I love Ikea and this is kind of an ode to that store. Do you see the pages of the catalog in the back? Wonderful for creating an interesting background. To cover most of it up I applied a thin layer of Gesso. As the theme is using red, I’ve mostly used Bubblegum Pink and Barn Door Paint.

Suzz created a striking tag full of love.

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I want to thank Heidi, Stephanie and Lols very much for the time spent on the design team. It has been a wonderful experience!  My tag today celebrates love with a mix of reds, pinks, gray and black.  I used the Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Florals to create a path of flowers. I stenciled the background with the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil – Valentine to add a strong graphic in the background.

 

So now it’s YOUR turn to get out your inks, paints and all things arty and start creating! We are looking forward to seeing what you make!

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You have until Monday  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

We will also be choosing 3 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.

Winner and Designer Spotlight for the Best Friends Challenge

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We have  5 beautiful projects in the Designer Spotlight for the Best Friends challenge!

#29: BirgitAndrea says: I thought it was a genius idea to cut out the center of a doily and lace
flowers through it. The organic look of this card is lovely and makes the perfect card for a friend.

#47 Coffin Cards and CreationsAnna-Karin says: This card is so cheerful. The ombre background is gorgeous and I love the colourful bird, little hearts and music notes. Lovely colours too.

#49 DorothyMaura says: Dorothy’s card caught my eye, especially after the big storm on the east coast. I love the image of the group of friends under one umbrella, trying to stay dry. The best friends banner adds a wonderful touch to this sweet card.

#130 Daydreams in Paper –  Barbara says: I love this project! It’s brilliant! Especially the way she’s created the vase! Wonderful colors, beautiful flowers, she has really impressed me by the design and the perfect balance of all the elements.

#141 IrmgardSandra says: Oh wow this tag is amazing. Love the texture of the watercolor paper and the lake at winter time vibe is fabulous! Absolutely love it!

Congratulations everyone!!

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Here’s your random number.

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Congratulations Josefine!!

Here you can see Josefine’s gorgeous watercolour card:

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Thanks to everyone who joined in with the challenge and we hope you will all join in our current challenge too!

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Anna-Karin and the DT

 

 

Challenge: Best Friends

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

The Design Team call is now closed. We are looking carefully at all of your blogs and this is going to be a VERY tough decision, you are all so talented! Good Luck to all

Please scroll down to see who are in the Designer Spotlight and who is the lucky winner of the ‘Stencil It’ Challenge!

This week the challenge is

BEST FRIENDS 

there are lots of ways you can interpret this theme, so we will be looking forward to seeing your interpretation of it!

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

 

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Remember to click on the person’s name to see all of the details of how we made these creations and leave these wonderful girls some comment love

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Zoey  made this for her best friend, Chiara, to let her know how much important she is!

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I used a mixture of Peacock Feathers , Vintage Photo , Walnut Stain Weathered Wood ,Antiqued BronzeShaded Lilac and Black Soot Distress Paints to achieve this patina look. For the cluster my favorite Crowded Attic and Postale Tissue Paper worked perfectly! I distressed the edge with a Paper Distresser and then used Walnut Stain around the edges. The cord is braided using Hemptique Natural Bamboo cord and the decorations are all by Tim Holtz Idea-ology.

Home is the place where Andrea has always found her best friends.

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How blessed am I to have my besties related to me?  I have always loved being home with the people I love and I wanted to pay homage to that homey feeling by making three little houses.  I used the Hero Arts 3D Fancy House Die and did a nifty trick with my Sizzix Big Shot when I cut them to make them into varying heights.  I decorated them with some wonderful paper from Webster’s Pages Hall Pass collection and with some Simple Stories Carpe Diem Illustrated Life stickers.

Anna-Karin hopes her boys will still be best friends when they are older.

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I wanted to scrap this year’s Christmas photo, since I might forget to do so when it is again Christmas. The background was created with stamps from Prima and watercolours. I embellished the page with various Simon Says Stamp die cuts, such as the Sketch Trees, and some more stamping. There are also some stenciled clouds and hearts.

Barbara thinks that friendship is one of the most important feelings  for each of us!

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I believe that the distance is not a problem  for the true friends: the feeling is the most important thing! I decided to create a Burlap Panel with a lot of things Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Found relatives image,Gilded accents Remnant Rubs on the frame, Ephemera pack vellum Expedition and the beautiful butterfly by Sizzix! I think I’ll give as a gift  to my best friend!

Cheiron made this card for one of those friends who will help you out with just about anything.cheiron- good friends card_

I made this fun friendship card using a sentiment from the Tim Holtz Way with Words set and a photo from Tim’s Photobooth cards.  The background was created by adding Distress Inks in Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade and Carved Pumpkin to my background, and an accent from the Gilded Foil remnant rubs.

Emma had so much fun creating this card, perfect for that special person in your life!

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I wanted to make a fun project this week and when it comes to fun, there’s nothing better than those Bird Crazy stamps which always make me smile! So, with the help of two of my feathered best friends, fondly renamed as “the tweethearts”, I created a large tag shaped card and based it around the Tim Holtz Wonderful Life stamp which I mounted onto an inky background and layers of Metallic Kraft Core Card Stock.

Lols used a canvas created at the Simon Says Stamp CREATE event for her inspiration to make one for her best friend.

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The lovely Shari Carroll designed a beautiful canvas for the Create Event and I was lucky enough to make one too. My best friend loved it too so I made this along similar lines for her. I started with a 6×6″ canvas and primed with White Gesso, I then splattered with Tumbled Glass, Black Marble, and Pale Tomato inks. I then used White Embossing Paste a Splatters Stencil and a sprinkling of Pumice Stone Distress Glitter. I used a Butterfly Duo Stamp and Embossing Set  a Hearts Die  and a Scribbles and Splatt Die to decorate the canvas. I hope she likes it!

Maura is scrapbooking her mountain adventures with her hubby.

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I made my husband a scrapbook of our camping adventures out west to give to him at Christmas. I loved using the We R Memory Keepers photo sleeves in a wide range of layouts. They really sped up the process! I used up a lot of paper scraps in my stash with these too. The Pitt pens are perfect for journaling, and my go to black pens. Loved looking back on our adventure together.

Meihsia was inspired to create a mixed media art journal page.

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I made a friendship themed art journal page with some mixed media elements this week. The background of the page was colored with Distress Paints, and stenciled with Distress Spray and Tim Holtz Layering Stencil. The sentiments were stamped with Simon Says Stamp Oh Happy Day and Clearsnap black ink pad.

Sandra had lots of fun making this friend themed spread
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It was a while ago I played in my art journal and with my Gelatos. I so love the drippage effect you get with those. To create some more dimension, I’ve applied some Embossing Paste with the Doily stencil. Underneath I’ve added a layer of Gesso, else the Gelatos won’t blend as nice.

Suzz  was inspired to use an embroidery hoop this week.

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I decided to create a wedding / anniversary inspired hoop.  What a lovely keepsake for a couple.  The background is a stenciled pattern using Ranger Distress Ink Victorian Velvet and Tim Holtz Layering Stencil – Flourish.   I think it is sweet when you see couples who are best friends and the Tim Holtz Idea-Ology – Found Relatives has the lovely vintage couple all dressed up in their finery for their official pose.

 

So now it’s YOUR turn to get out your inks, paints and all things arty and start creating! We are looking forward to seeing what you make!

Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #sssmchallenge so we can see your entries there too!

There are fabulous Give Aways and inspiration from fabulous designers on a daily basis over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog , if you haven’t subscribed by email you may want to so you don’t miss out

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You have until Monday  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

We will also be choosing 3 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.

Winner and Designer Spotlights for the Stencil It Challenge

 

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We have 6 ladies in the Designer Spotlight for the Stencil It challenge!

#21 Everyday Expressions Meihsia Says: This is such a gorgeous card with layers of beautiful colors and fabulous embellishments. I also love the wonderful photos Erin took to show all the great details on this card.

#69 Twinkling Paper Studio-Harlequin Style: Andrea says, I felt so inspired by the rich colors and clever use of a cover plate on this card.  Vicki created her own stencil, then brought the pattern to life through innovative techniques such as popping up some of the diamonds to give added dimension.

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Suzz says:  Cathie’s created a beautiful canvas using layers of medium and stencils.  Her end result is a gorgeous flower on a lovely stenciled background.

Emma Says: Cathie created such a striking piece of artwork full of beautiful layers and texture and I love the wonderful colour palette which works so well as a background to showcase that beautiful stamped flower!

#121 Sew Paper Paint Maura says: I am in love with this winter snowmen canvas Autumn created! The wonderful blues and greens in the background with the chevron stencil and bubblewrap stamping are perfect for the adorable snowmen. Autumn made a template for her snow people, and they are sweet, especially with all of the doodling she added.

Sandra says: This canvas is amazing! Love the snowmen Autumn has created. They are so fun and the doodling add lots of whimsical-ness. The background with all the texture added by stencils is gorgeous!

#129 laury55  Barbara says: I love the simplicity and the intensity of this project! I really like the choice of colors, really very elegant! With few elements,  perfectly balanced,  Laury55 has created a fascinating work!

#145 Kezzy Cheiron says: I just love this fresh take on stenciling. Kezzy used her gelli plate along with stencils to make a fabulous acrylic skin which she then added to her card. Her blog tutorial on her step by step process is wonderful!

Congratulations!

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

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Here are your random numbers:

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Congratulations Debi Ryan!

and this is Debi’s gorgeous tag and folder.

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

Thanks to everyone who joined in with the challenge and we hope you will all join in our current challenge too!

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Lols and the DT

 

Winner And Designer Spotlights For The Something New Challenge

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We have 5 ladies in the Designer Spotlight for the Something New Challenge!

#112: Kerstin F -  Suzz says:  What a magical winter wonderland layout Kerstin created with white ink over tree stencils framing a beautiful photo.  Her layout is gorgeous and has me wanting to visit Austria in the wintertime.

#171: Shelly Hickox - Sandra says: This card is so pretty. Love the beautiful pattern papers, and the corrugate frame with the Eiffel Tower is fabulous. Love it when a card is interactive! And those dies and stamps are so fun

#255 Deb Riddell - Maura says: I love all the wonderful vintage and shabby textures Deb used in making her plaque, from the crinkled paper to the ripped and torn edges. She has added a lot of fun details into her collage to support her theme “wish you were here”, like a wishbone!

#272 Tasha Vovchuk - Anna-Karin says: Such a fabulous coffee themed banner. The blueprint stamps look wonderful on the kraft background and I really like the addition of the burlap.

#316: Cassandra DeGrace - I adore this canvas and how it reflects such a feeling of hope and optimism for the new year.  The color palette is especially stunning and I love the way the ribbon was incorporated as a design element.

Anna-Karin says: Cassandra’s canvas is lovely with beautiful layers, colours and an important message for the new year.

Barbara says:  Cassandra’s canvas strikes my eyes and my heart! I absolutely agree with Sandra e Anna-Karin: palette is stunning  this is a project full of details to see carefully! The butterfly is a masterpiece!

Congratulations everyone!

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

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Here are your random numbers:

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Congratulations Teresa Abajo!

and this is Teresa’s gorgeous card, made using her new stamps designed by Finnabair.

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Challenge: Stencil It

If you would like to enter the Design Team Call CLICK HERE 
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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Would YOU like to join the Design Team? CLICK HERE for more details.

Monday Challenge DT Call

Thank you for joining us for the Something New Challenge and we hope you will join us again this week too!

This week the challenge is

STENCIL IT 

There are so many fabulous stencils available right now and there are so many techniques you can use with them. It is fun to ink, spray or use embossing paste, lots of options and the end result is always a little bit unpredictable. It is a fabulous way to create your own backgrounds, or the designs can be the focus of attention. Of course you can always create your own stencils, whatever you decide to do we will be looking forward to seeing what you create!

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

 

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Remember to click on the person’s name to see all of the details of how we made these creations and leave these wonderful girls some comment love

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Zoey loves to use stencils on ATC’s, creating little works of art to share with her family and friends

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For my project I cut  Distress Watercolor Cardstock to an ATC size and covered with a mix of Twisted Citron and Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint. I used a Lattice Work and  Dot Fade stencils and inked with Stormy Sky Distress Paint. I stamped using a Correspondence stamp set and decorated the front ATC with Journaling Tickets Altered Vintage Paper, Photobooth Vintage Photos and Small Talk stickers.
The envelope for my ATC is made with a Ranger Manila #8 Tag folded in 3 that I covered with Dina Wakley White Gesso and then I used the same palette, stencils and stamps to match the ATC decor.

 

Andrea made a happy flag with her favorite stencils and leftover paper scraps from other projects.

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I sort of Frankensteined this flag together from some new supplies and scraps from a few old projects.  I love using stencils on backgrounds and have always counted the Mini Paint Lids stencil by The Crafter’s Workshop among my favorites.  A new favorite is StencilGirl’s Mix and Match Scalloped Edges stencil, which I traced, then fussy-cut out of paper and layered at the top of my flag.  And who couldn’t adore that inspiring light bulb image from Concord & 9th’s Shine Brighter stamp set?  It brought the perfect bit of light to my flag!

Anna-Karin made a winter mixed media canvas on a chilly day.

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It was a very cold and beautiful morning when I started making this canvas and I imagined standing at an old wooden fence looking out at a winter landscape. I love stencils since they are so versatile and you can do many different techniques with them. And they are easy to store! Here I used stencils by StencilGirl, for the background, for the fence and houses and for the sentiment.

Barbara decided to alter a small notebook to take note her creative ideas!

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Sometimes I have an idea for my projects:  details, a particular way of binding, a technique … To remind these ideas, I decided to alter a small notebook  with Distress paints and stencils! A touch of metal and a beautiful image from  ”Found relavitives” by Tim Holtz made my work  perfect for my creative notes!

Cheiron used stencils with texture paste to create the background of her canvas.

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I can’t get enough of these mini canvases. I love creating backgrounds with paint and there is no easier way to add texture to your artwork then using Ranger Texture paste through a stencil. I used Tim Holtz’s Bubble and Numbered Layering Stencils to create the first layers on my canvas.

 

Emma is thinking ahead to beautiful spring days, blue skies and pretty blossoms!

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I love using stencils to create textural backgrounds and for my vintage canvas panel, I coloured Texture Paste with Spun Sugar Distress Paint and applied it through the Tim Holtz Blossom Layering Stencil to create a beautiful border. I applied even more texture through the Speckles Layering Stencil before building up my layers of ephemera and completing the panel with a beautiful vintage photo and some Tiny Tattered Florals.

Lols needed to make birthday cards for her parents

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My parents share the same birthday so I wanted to make them co-ordinating cards. I used the same Dot Fade Layering Stencil and Mini Paint Lids Stencil on both and chose images from a Birthday Blueprint Set. It is my Mum’s 80th Birthday so I will be going back to the UK at the end of the month to share her special day!

Maura is dreaming of pirates in the tropics.

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We have had weeks of gray days where I live, so color is my way to deal with it. I think you will notice that with the bright colors I chose to work with, from Dylusions Bubblegum Pink to Vibrant Turqoise. Nathalie Kahlbach’s N*Studio stamps and stencils work perfectly with my idea, especially the Koffee Klatsch set. I have a number of art journals I work in, but I like the Ranger Dylusions journal for acrylic paints. Now, can you really blame a girl for dreaming of the tropics in the midst of January?

Meihsia created a mixed media tag with a stenciled background.
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I am so looking forward to Valentine’s Day. This week, I decided to create a love themed mixed media tag. The texture on the background was created with Modeling Paste, and the text was stenciled using Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Valentine. I also adhered the Prima Flowers hearts resin and Tim Holtz metal embellishments for more interest.

Sandra loves using stencils in her project
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Stencils are such a great tool to create texture, layers and lots of interest. You can use it with lots of different mediums. I used paint in form of Pool Paint Dabber with the Sunrise Sunset stencil and Embossing Paste with the Simon Says Stamp Diamond Circles stencil. Don’t you just love that Big Hugs die from Simon Says Stamp?

Suzz was thinking spring already with the days starting to stay light just a little bit longer.

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The days have been a little gloomy lately and I decided to pull out some bright happy colors (Ranger Distress Inks – Twisted Citron, Abandoned Coral) with coordinating Heidi Swapp Shine (Salmon, Citron) to create a spring card.  I used two stencils as the inspiration for my card.  The Tim Holtz Layering Stencil – Harlequin and Wendy Vecchi – For Art Stencil.

 

So now it’s YOUR turn to get out your inks, paints and all things arty and start creating! We are looking forward to seeing what you make!

Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #sssmchallenge so we can see your entries there too!

There are fabulous Give Aways and inspiration from fabulous designers on a daily basis over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog , if you haven’t subscribed by email you may want to so you don’t miss out

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You have until Monday  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

We will also be choosing 3 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.

 

Design Team Call

If you are here for the ‘Something New’ Challenge CLICK HERE

Monday Challenge DT Call

Would YOU like to join the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Design Team? We are looking for not one, not two but THREE  talented designers to join us! This challenge is dedicated to a more Vintage/Mixed Media Style so we are specifically looking for designers who  are more in touch with their artsy side.

This Design Team call is open to everyone but you must have a blog.

The call will close on Tuesday 19th January, 9 am EST and we will inform the lucky choice of team member as soon as we are able after that date.

As a DT member you would be required to make a card/creation for our weekly challenges and promote the Simon Says Stamp Store wherever possible.

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You would also be required to leave comments on entries to the challenges, we do have a sharing rotation system for commenting.We need you to be a team player and be an active and helpful part of the team.

There may be times when we have additional activities such as Blog Hops, and we would ask that the DT  participate in those too.

The DT term is for one year and will then be reviewed.

Heidi is a lovely boss and there will be perks which we will not publish.

Please be assured that we will be visiting you all but we will not be commenting on your applications due to time restraints.  I know we will have a very difficult choice!

Please leave one link per person on this post to your blog, not to a specific blog post. We would like the thumbnail to show a picture of one of your arty projects.

Good Luck to everyone :-)

Heidi, Lols and Steph x x x

Winter Wonderland Challenge Winner and Designer Spotlights

 

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As the Winter Wonderland Challenge ran for 2 weeks we have 7 ladies in the Designer Spotlight!

#139 Gabby  Maura says: Gabby has created a magical background of stars and swirls and snowflakes in blues and greens for her card. Add a big full moon, Santa and his sleigh flying over the woods, and this is truly a wonderland!

 

#149 TheLeafstudio  Barbara says: I love this card and cool and bold  colors  that were used! A beautiful design and a wonderful technique make it really spectacular and original!

 

#203 Maura - Anna-Karin says: This winter night time scene is so beautiful. I love the lamp post, red berries, deep blue sky and wonderful snowy hills.

 

No 204 ~ Sew Paper Print Emma Says: Autumn has created a beautiful triptych tag with so much detail and texture. I adore the neutral colour palette, the shabby chic feel of the project and the beautiful poinsettia is just stunning and creates such a striking focal point.

Suzz Says:  The poinsettia on the cover of Autumn’s beautiful triptych tag is gorgeous.  Each tag in the series creates a beautiful holiday vignette that will be a display that can be set out as holiday decor.

 

#243 Ger Meihsia says: Ger created a beautiful vintage Christmas card with fabulous stamping and embellishments. I really adore the gorgeous winter scene on this card.

#302: Giorgia Rossini- Andrea says:  I love the subtle colors and whimsical circle background created for this layout.  It is non-traditional and completely unique, yet still has a festive winter feel.

 

#358 Kezzy: Sandra says: Such an amazing set of cards. They are so pretty. One set more vintage and the other set more funky. So full of texture and depth. Love the process pictures too.

 

Anna-Karin says: Wow, these cards are amazing! The colours are so rich and the details and textures are fantastic.

 

Congratulations ladies!

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

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

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Here are your random numbers:

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Congratulations Alexandra!

and this is Alexandra’s beautiful Winter Wonderland scene!

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

Thanks to everyone who joined in with the challenge and we hope you will all join in our current challenge too!

luv

Lols and the DT