Challenge: Pastels

From soft shabby chic colors to white washing with gesso, being inspired by Easter to using actual pastels, this week we challenge you to be inspired by the softer side of the color wheel…

Andrea created a notebook with a soft and subtle color palette.

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Enough with the tweed and the wool and the mittens! I’m ready for Spring and love how the world explodes with color. Flowers are among my favorite things to look forward to, so I made a notebook with a floral theme. I used fabric with the Tim Holtz’s Tattered Florals die and created some more abstract-looking blooms with the fabulous new Scribbles dies from My Favorite Things. And where would Spring be without all sorts of lovely shades of pink, like Spun Sugar?

Michelle was inspired by a new ink pad.

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I normally don’t use pastel green, but the Viridian Green ink pad caught my eye. I’m not sure what prompted me to use it with the Envelope Liner Background stamp, but I did it anyway. This is the first time that I’ve ever made an envelope before I made the card. It was easy with the We R Memory Keepers Envelope b\Punch Board. Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Flowers made fun embellishments with the richly colored Zig Kuretake paints.

Suzz thought of shabby chic and lavender for her pastel inspired card.

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I decided it had been awhile since I had created a shabby chic card. A perfect opportunity to use pastels to create a card for my mother in law for mother’s day. I created my own background using a damask from Stampers Anonymous Distress Damask. My MIL loves lavenders which inspired me to use the Ranger Archival inks Blue Violet and Watering Can.

Mona was inspired to create a shabby / vintage style greeting card.

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One can never have too many greeting cards on hand so I thought this challenge was a great time to pull out the beautiful pastel Victorian Velvet Distress Ink pad and put it do good use. The background of the card was stamped with the text image from Papillon, heat embossed, then Victorian Velvet and Iced Spruce Distress Inks were randomly applied. For the focal point, a Mini Cabinet card was adhered in place and embellished with a crackled die cut Mini Butterfly. For the sentiment, a Remnant Rub was applied.

Emma created a pretty shabby chic gift box full of Easter treats.

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I adore creating my own seasonal decorations and I had so much fun making this little gift box and filling it with chocolate eggs in readiness for Easter. I began by making my own matchbox from kraft card which I then covered with card stock painted in Tumbled Glass and Picket Fence Distress Paint which makes the most beautiful shade of pastel blue. I added texture paste through the Lace Layering Stencil before decorating my box with handmade paper flowers created from the Jumbo Tattered Pinecone die and an altered Trophy Cup.

Meihsia was inspired to use the soft color scheme on her mixed media canvas.

I always love soft and feminine colors on my projects. After creating textures on the background with Liquitex Modeling Paste and Prima Flowers Raindrop Stencil, I colored the canvas with Distress Spray Stain and distressed it with Distress Paint. Some beautiful Prima Flowers were attached using Prima Flowers Heavy Gesso.

Sandra is in love with the new Cracked Pistachio color.

Cracked Pistachio looks like a green minty pastel color, so I went with this color for my tea boxes. I made them from scratch with foam board. I cut all the pieces out with a Craft Knife and gave them 2 coats of paint. The doily is made with the Ring Doily stencil and Cracked Pistachio colored Embossing Paste.

Ashli was inspired by spring for her card this week…

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My garden is in full bloom and I just can’t get enough of the pretty colors and textures. That inspired my card this week! Using some lovely paper bits from the Amy Tangerine Stitched Paper Pad, along with some black alpha letters, I created this card of pastel leaves. Some sprinkles of Color Shine and this card is ready to go!

Anna-Karin made a layout for the new little family member.

I wanted to make a first layout welcoming our baby boy into the world, and pastels works great for baby themed projects. For the background, I used Pearlescent Pan Pastels together with a new background stamp by Tim Holtz. The butterflies were die cut from vellum and heat embossed. I also love the Simon Says Stamp Sketch Heart die, and will certainly be using it a lot.

I (May) have been playing a lot with watercolors.

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With my favorite watercolor set and a floral stencil I sat and colored each and every piece of the design. What I found was, I then had too bold of an image and this is where it gets really fun – I sprayed with water and “stamped” the image onto more pieces of cardstock! I just love how this turned out and how easy it was to make several similar Easter cards at once.

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 April 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.

Lions & Lambs (Animals) Challenge Winners:

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

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We have three entries to spotlight this week:

#3 Giorgia Ashli says: I love this layout – the soft greens, combined with the black and white creates a beautiful contrast!

#41 Ingrid Meihsia says Ingrid created a gorgeous pocket journal altered from a filing case. She made beautiful colors and textures on the cover and her photos showed all the great details.

#225: Two Mad Dahlias Andrea says: I love how animals were incorporated into this clever collection of trophies. It was inspiring to see how many different trophy ideas were created and I loved how each was so unique.

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:

#121 In Sunny Tucson

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.

One Stamp, Many Ways!

Do you have stamps that are versatile? That can be used many ways? This week we challenge you to use a stamp multiple ways on the same project or use the same stamp in different colors or ways on multiple projects!

Emma challenged herself to use 1 stamp, 3 ways to create a card with an abundance of flowers.

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When I started thinking about this challenge, I knew I had to choose a stamp with versatility and with this in mind, I immediately thought of the gorgeous Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamps that I had recently bought. I used one stamp from this set to create a background for my card, which I hand painted with Abandoned Coral Distress Stain before using the stamp again to create a resist technique background for the next matted layer. Finally, I used the stamp for a third time to create a layered decoupage flower, which I added to the front of my card with a stamped quote.

Mona was inspired to create a layout using 1 stamp, 3 ways.

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The woodgrain stamp from Trust The Magic cling stamp set was the perfect versatile stamp for my outdoor themed layout. I inked up the stamp with Vintage Photo Distress Ink then stamped my heart out on a piece of paper from the French Industrial Paper Stash collection. Once I was finished stamping, I put my newly stamped patterned paper to use in the following three ways: I pieced a patchwork background border, die cut Mini Heart embellishments and a frame to highlight a stamped butterfly image.

Ashli put a new Dina Wakley stamp to use on her page…

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Having just received the Scribbly Flower stamp set by Dina Wakley, I was so excited to put it to use on this page. I first created a resist with some White Embossing. Then, I stamped with Archival Ink to create an embellishment, and finally… the leaves of the stamp added a nice border accent! To finish things off, I used some lovely floral pieces from Maggie Holmes. I just love making the most of one supply!

Meihsia had fun to play her butterfly stamp in different ways on her art journal page.

I was inspired to create this art journal with different ways using Tim Holtz Rubber Stamp Watercolor Butterfly. For the background I watercolored the some images with Distress Mini Ink Pad, and embossed some images with ColorBox Petal Point Pigment Inks and Clearsnap Clear Embossing Powder. The dimensional butterfly embellishments were stamped and embossed on the canvas fabric.

Sandra made a card for her teammate Anna-Karin

Anna-Karin has a new baby boy named Leo, and I wanted to make a card to congratulate them. It’s fun stamping on different surfaces, I used Romance Novel for my background stamping. It’s so tricky to stamp on slick surfaces, not every waterproof ink is suitable for that. Love, love, love this cute Shaker Kite from the Simon Says Stamp Hop to it collection!

I (May) am loving this new art stamp!

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I took this new Prima art stamp and tried her out a few different ways. Archival or plain color wasn’t quite right. I found that black embossing powder and blending distress inks to be just right!

Suzz was inspired to use a frame in multiple ways.

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I decided to show how to use the Hero Arts Engraved Frame in a variety of ways. I masked, reverse masked and used it to create a pattern on a background page. The frame can be stamped multiple ways to create a variety of patterns that make an interesting layer of texture. This spring inspired tag uses the background stamping as the bottom layer with a mix of circles stenciled using the Prima Honeycomb Stencil and Wendy Vecchi White embossing Paste for a fun background to my Rabbit.

While playing, Michelle used one stamp in different ways.

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The Umbrella image from Abby’s Spring Shower Set looks like a simple stamp, but it can be used so unique many ways, that I was immediately drawn to the simplicity. Whether it’s mixed media, or using my Kuretake watercolors, I love playing with a new stamp.

Andrea loves the versatility of text block stamps.

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Being a total lit nerd, I’m always drawn to stamps with words. Text block stamps in particular offer such amazing possibilities. Tim Holtz’s Individual stamp is perfect for playing with. I love to cut up and rearrange words within it, combine it with stencils, and experiment with paint.

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 March 29th 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: B is for challenge

With over 400 entries this week – you really blew us away with your “B” craftiness!
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We have three entries to spotlight this week:

#9 Nikki Suzz says Nikki’s birds are on a holiday and her card made me smile because of how they are all decked out for the beach.

#381 Mona says: Rebecca created a colorful canvas featuring lots of beautiful butterflies fluttering about.

#393 Ana K Andrea says: Ana used so many beautiful shades of blue in her piece. I was so impressed at the dimension she was able to build and the emotion she evoked using only blue, black and white.
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.

Lions and Lambs, oh my!

I was thinking about the saying that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb and it got me pondering the animal craft possibilities. From cute Lawn Fawn critters to animal print stamps, collaging images of your favorite animals to scrapbooking a photo of your pet – we can’t wait to see how animals inspire you this week.

Sandra just can’t wait till it’s Spring and nature starts to bloom

I was inspired by the Easter die from Simon Say Stamp Hop to it collection. Spring is my favorite season and I can’t wait until nature wakes up and shares the beautiful wonders it full with. I wanted to make a Spring spread in my art journal and as base I used Tissue Wrap and Tim’s Caged Bird, along with Broken China and Peeled Paint to color the background.

Suzz created a masculine card for a royal celebration.

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The Stampendous Lion is a royal and beautiful etched image he was the focal point for a card that will be sent to someone who will receive wishes to celebrate royally on their birthday. I mixed in some beautiful Stampendous Copper Luxe in the background along with a Ranger Distress Stain Sprays Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint.

Michelle can’t go long without playing with glitter.

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It’s true, I’ll look for any excuse to use the glitter. Remember the dioramas that were created inside eggs? I used the Hero Arts Bird and a touch of beautiful Fuchsia Glass Glitter to re-create this kitschy spring-time craft.

Andrea created some Post-It note holders with a party pup and a crime-fighting cat.

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If you work in a gray cubicle day after day, you learn pretty quick to try and spiff up even the most mundane office supplies for your own entertainment. I decided to give my Post-It notes some oomph by making these covers for them. I love Waffle Flower’s On My Mark die set which feature these furry critters and I learned that Post-It’s fit perfectly inside Tim Holtz’s Matchbook dies.

Mona was inspired to create a layout featuring her two sweet dogs.

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I love to run and my dogs little four legs can’t quite go the distance, so I take them for a ride in their stroller. One of my favorite photos of my sweet dogs positioned in a Cabinet Card Frame made for a great focal point on my layout. To compliment the vintage frame, I combined pretty patterned papers from the Wallflower Cardstock Pack then embellished with Rusty Hinge colored die cut Grungeboard Gadget Gears.

Emma is taking you on a trip to Wonderland.

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Inspired by my love of Alice in Wonderland, I created a home decor panel featuring my favourite character from the book and the Disney film ~ the white rabbit. I had so much fun creating all the elements for this canvas, including the suspended 3D pocket watch, the stamped rabbit image and the surrounding foliage, all of which I layered onto a double canvas painted with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Paints.

Meihsia was inspired to create a canvas with the photo of her first pet.

Ding Dong was my first pet and I still remember how excited I was when I first saw her. This photo was taken when she was 8 weeks old. I stenciled the background with Tim Holtz Layering Stencil and Prima Flowers White Sand Texture Paste, and colored it with Distress Paints. The die cut butterflies was covered with Prima Flowers Crackle Paste.

Ashli was inspired by a beloved pet…

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We love dogs around here and Susie will always hold a special place in our lives, especially since she was the ring bearer in our wedding! Using a little doodle of mine as a template, I cut out some little doxie shapes out of some Studio Calico paper. With the addition of some watercolors, wood veneers, and sequins, I have a lovely little page to remember this special moment!

Anna-Karin had the perfect photos for this challenge theme.


As soon as I saw this theme, I knew I had to scrap these photos of meeting a lion cub. The mixed media background was done with paints, new fun dies by Tim Holtz, stencils and stamps. I wanted to create a rough, textured and wild background, fitting with the photos. To embellish the page, I used ticket and word stamps, and die cut words and labels from inky papers.

I (May) have some wild new stamps to play with.

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I always love any chance to play with distress colors and stamps! With these new Lawn Fawn critters and some black archival ink I had fun coloring in these critters. I used a combination of distress spray stains and watercolor pencils. Love how I tamed those critters for this card!

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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 March 22nd 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: Hint of Clover

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

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We have two entries to spotlight this week:

#49 I’m so lucky Sandra says: Ohh this card is captured the challenge perfectly in more that one way! Love the vibe it gives and the couple is so cute! Stunning!

#119 Samra Mona says: Samra up cycled and transformed an empty candy box into a beautiful mixed media work of art! It’s full of beautiful texture and the green inky details look fantastic.

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:

#50 Susanne V

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.

Queen Bee Shadowbox with Emma Williams

Hello everyone! It’s Emma here today and I’m sharing a tutorial on how to create a little shadowbox book with a hidden niche inside.

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I love to make shadowboxes and for me, it’s always such fun to see how you can use dies in a different way and for this project, I did exactly that and used them to create this 3D box.

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To begin with I cut a piece of kraft card to measure, 15.5 x 13cm. Measure 3cm from each edge and score vertical lines around each side of the card. Fold along the score lines. To form the side tabs for your box and with the card placed horizontally in front of you, cut a small section of the card away, following the horizontal fold lines of each corner, as shown in photo.

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Apply adhesive to each tab.

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Attach the tabs to the sides of your box to form your basic box shape.

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To create the cover, cut two pieces of chipboard to measure 9.5 x 7cm and a third piece to measure, 9.5 x 3cm. Attach the chipboard onto a piece of card stock, 17.5 x 9.5cm, leaving a narrow gap between each piece. Score between the chipboard pieces and then fold along the scorelines to create the cover.

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Using the Sizzix Postage Stamp Frame die by Tim Holtz, die cut two complete shapes from chipboard before placing the largest of the Movers and Shapers Sized Rectangle die inside the Postage Stamp Frame die to die cut a frame from a further piece of chipboard.

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Apply a coat of Gesso to both sides of all your chipboard pieces, including the die cut shapes and the chipboard cover. Allow the Gesso to dry before painting the pieces using Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass and Picket Fence Distress Paint. Blend the paints together to give a wood effect to your pieces. Set aside to dry.

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Cut a piece of Metal Foil Tape and emboss using the Honeycomb Texture Fade.

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Adhere the embossed foil onto one of the solid die cut Postage Stamp shapes.

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Apply small amounts of Black Soot and Picket Fence Distress Paint to the embossed foil and allow the paint to become tacky but not dry before using a kitchen towel to remove some of the paint from the surface to leave a distressed look to the foil.

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Place the die cut Postage Stamp frame over the top of the foil, aligning the frame with the layer underneath. Use a sharp tool to scratch away some of the paint to reveal the chipboard underneath which will give a worn look to the frame. Ink the edges of the frame with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

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Attach your box to the inside of your painted chipboard cover.

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Adhere the complete box to the second of the painted Postage Stamp chipboard shapes.

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Attach the frame section onto the front of the box, aligning the front and back die cut shapes, so that they match perfectly and the shadowbox will stand alone.

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Paint the inside and outside of the kraft box with a diluted wash of Picket Fence Distress Paint. Don’t cover the box with white paint as you want a rough distressed feel to the card. As before on the cover of the box, distress the inside using a sharp tool to scratch the surface of the paint. You have now completed the basic box shape for your project.

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To decorate the inside, cut a piece of Manila card to measure 9 x 6.5cm. Ink the card using Brushed Corduroy and Old Paper Distress Ink. Place the Honeycomb Layering Stencil over the top of the inked card and attach the Wild Honey Distress Marker Pen into the Distress Marker Spritzing Tool and spritz the colour through the stencil. Attach the inked card to the inside of your box.

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Using the Postage Stamp shape die from the Tim Holtz Labels Thinlits die set, die cut a second piece of inked Manila card stock. Take the quote stamp from Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Insects stamp set and ink with Jet Black Archival Ink. Stamp the quote in the centre of the die cut shape and attach to the inside of the box using foam pads.

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Add a small amount of Weathered Wood Distress Paint to the surface of the metal crown charm from the Regal Adornments set.

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Attach the charm on the inside of the box, placing it above the stamped quote.

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Apply small amounts of torn Tissue Tape around the outsides of box to strengthen the joins.

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To complete your box, all that’s left is to decorate the outside and for this, start by inking the Scribbly Bee image from Dina’s stamp set with Jet Black Archival Ink and stamping it onto the smooth side of Ranger watercolour card.

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Apply the following colours of Tumbled Glass, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed and Black Soot Distress Marker Pens onto your craft sheet and watercolour the stamped image of the bee by picking up the ink from the sheet using a water brush. Once the image is completely coloured, cut around the outline of the bee. At this stage, I stamped a second image of the bee but cut away the body to leave just the wings which I then layered underneath the first stamped image, to create a more realistic look to the bee.

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Colour some Crinkle Ribbon by applying Wild Honey and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Stain to a craft sheet and spritzing the stain with a light misting of water before adding the ribbon to pick up the colour. Whilst heat drying the ribbon, dab it lightly with small amounts of Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.

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Tie the dyed ribbon into a scruffy bow and together with some Ephemera, the stamped bee and some film ribbon, attach these elements onto the front of your box.

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Add some Sprocket Gears to the arrangement, layering a small crystal gem over the top. Add Enamel Dots to each of the corners of the box

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Finally, to complete the box, I added various Remnant Rubs to the inside and the outside.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it’s inspired you to look at dies in a different way.

Supplies:

Surfaces: Chipboard, Ranger Manila Cardstock, Ranger Metal Foil Tape, Kraft Card, Ranger Watercolor Paper

Dies and Texture Fades: Postage Stamp Frame Die by Tim Holtz, Sizzix Labels Thinlits by Tim Holtz, Sizzix Sized Rectangles Movers & Shapers Die by Tim Holtz, Sizzix Bubble and Honeycomb Texture Fade by Tim Holtz

Stamps: Scribbly Insects by Dina Wakley

Ink: Jet Black Archival Ink, Brushed Corduroy, Old Paper, Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap

Pens: Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Black Soot, Tumbled Glass

Distress Stains: Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey

Paint: Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky, Black Soot, Picket Fence, Tumbled Glass

Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-Ology: Emporium Ephemera Pack, Mini Sprocket Gears, Sprocket Gears, Film Ribbon Strip, Crinkle Ribbon, Regal Adornments, Tissue Tape, Remnant Rubs. Prima Epiphany Crystals. My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots

Tools: Big Shot, Craft Sheet, Brushes, Distress Marker Spritzer Tool, Blending Tool, Honeycomb Layering Stencil, Tim Holtz Detailer Waterbrush

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Wow! So many fantastic possibilities- and perfect for this week’s challenge! Now it’s your turn! Join us this week in the challenge and show us how you’re inspired by the letter B.

Challenge: B is for…

Birthdays, blue, Basic Grey, and balloons are just a few things that come to mind when I think about the letter b and my crafting. How about you? This week we challenge you to use this letter as inspiration and share with us what B stands for in your crafting!

Ashli is thinking of Birds this week…

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I was inspired to use my Dina Wakley Bird Stamps this week to create a whimsical collage. Stamping the image in Black Archival, I then added plenty of colorful Acrylic Paint and Watercolors. Some hand drawn houses and machine stitching finish it off!

Suzz was inspired by butterflies and sunshine for this challenge.

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With the weather being extremely cold and below zero temperatures I jumped at the chance to create a summery canvas featuring the beautiful Stamper Anonymous 2015 watercolor butterfly. To bring a little sunshine into my background I added texture with Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste and sprayed it with the lovely yellow from Ranger Distress Stain Spray – Mustard Seed.

Meihsia was inspired to create an art journal page with beautiful butterflies.

Tim Holtz Rubber Stamp 2015 Watercolor Butterfly is so beautiful that I have to use it on my art journal right after I received it. I first applied Distress Spray Stain to make the background. The flower was stamped using Garden Flower Rubber Stamp 2015 and the sentiment was made with Tim Holtz Rubber Stamp 2015 Live with Your Dream.

Mona was inspired to create a layout featuring shades of blue, bricks and butterflies.

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When thinking of the letter B, a brick textured and stamped brick background made for the perfect background for my layout. Pretty shades of blue and brown Distress Spray Stains made for the perfect color palette along with beautiful butterfly Remnant Rubs fluttering about.

B is for Barbara, and what did she make?

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For me it was easy this week to find inspiration for our challenge. I prepared a card inspired by love with Core’dinations Cardstock and one adorable little bird. Tim’s stamps “Bird crazy” has completely captured me! I love their expressions, their forms and the chance to give them life with color. For the background I used Distress Watercolor Cardstock and a stencil with Distress stains. The “crazy bird” I chose is the most cute for me and his eyes made me immediately think about love. I hope to inspire you too!

Sandra thought of a bookmark for this letter B challenge

I don’t have a bookmark and need one since I started reading before bed again. I read paperbacks and did some measurements to determine the perfect size. I cut it out of Manilla Cardstock. As first layer I played with the new Cracked Pistachio Ink and Morrocan stencil. On top I applied a layer of Gesso with a Palette Knife and building more layers with Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers Stain.

Michelle is packaging up some encouragement with Buttons, Brown Paper Bags, and Love!

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In gift-giving, everyone knows that it’s the thought that counts. So why not proclaim your thoughts boldly? The Hand Lettered Encouragement sentiment is beautiful enough to be the focus of this gift bag. A simple token of love looks extra-special wrapped in glittered Bags with button trim.

Anna-Karin was thinking of birds and made an art journal page.

I cannot withstand a bird stamp and just got Tim Holtz Bird Crazy set. These birds are so much fun and they called out for a bright and happy page, done in my Small Creative Journal. The background was made with Distress Paint, and Archival Ink stamping. I also die cut branches for the birds to stand on, using the Branch Tree die, one of my all time favourite dies.

Andrea was inspired by Austin Kleon’s blackout poems and decided to try one of her own.

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If you’ve never heard of Austin Kleon or his clever blackout poems, they are quite remarkable! With a Sharpie in hand, he blacks out 95% of the words on a newspaper page leaving only a few visible words which make up a poem. I was so intrigued by his concept that I tried it myself, only I used a book page instead of a newspaper and I traded in a black Sharpie for Dina Wakley’s paint, her Textures stamps, and Donna Downey’s Dandelion Pods stencil.

I (May) immediately thought about favorite shades of blue.

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For me, few blues can compare with Salty Ocean! I just love that it plays nicely with fellow blues, greens, pinks, pastels, or even browns. Armed with some Gathered Twigs brown and a few new ideaology goodies I had a lot of fun creating this tag and being inspired by this color.

Don’t miss Emma’s tutorial on Wednesday, when she will show you what she created using the letter B as inspiration.

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

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As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by random generator. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here. This challenge will end at 11:59pm on Sunday March 15th 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.

Anything goes challenge winners

With 641 entries… I think we had an all time high for entries last week! How exciting! That’s a lot of entries to sort through, but now we’re ready to share the spotlights and this week’s winner!

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We have five entries to spotlight this week:

#294 Kristina Suzanne says Kristina’s lovely spring inspired card has a clever up-cycle used to create her background.

#295 Karon Mona says
Karon created a card featuring beautiful homemade shimmery flowers.

#498 Kitty Ashli says this little birdie really caught my eye! He is the perfect bold color and I love how he is accented with the lovely background!

#501 Scrappallino Meihsia says This is such a gorgeous vintage album with many fabulous embellishments and design. I also love all the beautiful photos show those great details on this creation.

#612 Pam Andrea says: Pam made the snazziest coffee cups I’ve seen in a long time! I love how decorative they are and how she added lots of texture and visual oomph with the clever addition of burlap.

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:

#132 Ana K

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: Just a hint of clover…

Whether it’s spring in the air or just the leprechauns showing up all over the local stores for St. Patrick’s Day I’m feeling a lot of love for clover, shamrocks, and green in general. Will the luck of the Irish be with you? Want to craft with just a hint of bold clover green? Perhaps feature your favorite green ink pad or marker in your next project? We can’t wait to see what you dream up this week.

Barbara let herself be inspired by her vintage soul and a shade of green.

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This green is one of my favorite colors! Often I prefer it in stronger tones but I wanted use it in this shade to create a very delicate tag. For an ethereal and slightly transparent effect, I cut out the butterflies from Paper stash Wallflower vellum and helped by my beloved Distress inks, I created a background tone on tone. I hope this spring mood inspire you too!

Anna-Karin made a very green journal page this week.

This page is about finding balance in life and with some luck those elephants won’t fall, at least not too often. To go with the theme, I used mainly green, which just a little bit of grey. The Tim Holtz elephants were stamped on watercolour paper and coloured with Distress Inks. I had fun making a textured background with stencils, stamps, Distress Ink and Distress Spray Stain.

Green has Ashli thinking about change…

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That’s right! The first thing I think of when pondering green is the lovely fresh growth in spring. Well, and that brings to mind change and how change can really be a welcome thing. So, I decided to scrap up a little page for my daughter’s scrapbook, with some journaling to remind them to embrace change. Using my Watercolors and Prismas, I was able to add in lots of green colors to compliment the lovely green Maggie Holmes floral pieces.

Emma hopes this four leaf clover will bring her luck.

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I love making dimensional flowers for my projects and with this in mind, I challenged myself to create a 3D clover. I used the smaller of the Mini Hearts Movers and Shapers die to die cut card, which I coloured with Mowed Lawn and Antiqued Bronze Distress Stains before adding the completed clover to an inked background, mounted on paper from the Wallflower stash.

Sandra had fun making this greenish card for St. Patrick’s day

I’m not really familiar with this Irish holiday. But I loved making this card! I started with stripes of paper of the Lucky paperpad from Authentique. That green is not really my color so I toned it down with Gesso and applied Cracked Pistachio and Crushed Olive Distress Paint around the corners. Love that the patterns of the papers are in the background somewhere.

Suzz was inspired by the color of the clover and broke out her new Cracked Pistachio Ranger Distress Stain Spray.

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When I saw May’s description included being inspired by the color I knew that new Cracked Pistachio spray was going to be leaving a trail of green. I ended up blending the new spray with a few different Ranger Distress Stain Sprays like Iced Spruce and Pumice Stone on a few different backgrounds. I didn’t stop there as I wanted to play with some more goodies that just arrived including the new Tim Holtz Flowers and couldn’t wait to mix them up on these backgrounds. I ended up with three different cards and multiple more backgrounds all starting from the challenge this week.

Michelle’s Valentines Day hearts became Shamrocks!

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Sometimes a messy craft table can be an asset. While putting away my Dina Wakely Collaged Hearts, I thought about how fun they’d be as shamrocks. One thing lead to another and this page for my vintage photo 6×8 album evolved. The Kaiser Grunge Font declares the dog to be a lucky one, but I’m feeling pretty lucky myself!

Meihsia created an art journal page with green color palettes.

I was inspired by the green color scheme of spring to create the background of this art journal page. The watercolor effect was made with Clearsnap Aladine Pigment Ink Cactus and Avocado Izink Inks mixed with water. Some Tim Holtz Gadget Gear Die Cuts and Prima Flowers Metal Embellishment were attached using Tombow Liquid Glue on this page.

Clovers made Andrea think of luck.

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While I did enjoy trying to pinch my non-green-wearing brother on St. Patrick’s Day while growing up, I’d like to think I’ve matured at least a little since then (no comment on my success rate). Instead of a pinching focus, I’ve grown to look at this month as a time to be thankful for all of my good fortune in life. I decided to create this “Lucky Lady” to remind me of my blessings. I made her using Dina Wakley’s All the Gals stamp and played with some fun black Prima thread wire on her dress and crown.

Mona created a greeting card using various shades of green Distress Stain Sprays.

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Admittedly, the color green is not one of my “go to” colors so I was brave and reached for the following Distress Stain Sprays: bundled sage, mowed lawn, evergreen bough and pine needles to create an inky background. For the focal point, I embellished with a crackled die cut butterfly which was colorized using bundled sage. For the sentiment, a small talk sticker was used.

This week I (May) played with my lucky new stamps.

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These new Lawn Fawn stamps are so much fun! Paired with a new blue ink pad and my favorite watercolors I had a blast coloring and building this card. I even managed to get a few shamrocks in there – just for a little extra luck.

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.

50dollar_voucher_600px

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 March 8th 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.