Challenge: A Cameo Appearance

I love when I’m watching a TV show and some actor I like (from another show) pops on an episode. I also love vintage cameos and vintage inspired cameos such as the beautiful ones from Webster’s Pages. So what will make a cameo appearance in your next craft project?

By using her dies, Michelle created vintage inspired cameos with old world charm.

I adore the look of vintage cameos. I am also fond of glitter. I combined both to create one of my favorite crafting projects. By using Tim Holtz’s Framed Silhouettes, I was able to create my own silhouettes that are gently tucked inside Tart Tins. Chalkware inspired flowers were created by using Martha Stewart’s Crafter’s Clay.

Suzz decided to create a faux cameo to place on a Parisian inspired mini canvas.

I was bouncing all over the place with this challenge. Should I do a Hitchcock Cameo inspired journal page mixing in all his movies or should I try to create a Cameo using my paper crafting tools? The Mold and Pour and a vintage cherub made the decision easy. I decided to mix clear and pink embossing powder in the Melt Pot to create a milky pink cupid. The Floral Oval Spellbinder die created a lovely Cameo background . Once the cameo was created the canvas came together with touches of pink and black along with the Parisian influence.

Andrea wondered if traditional cameos ever felt bad about just being heads, so she experimented with making whole people silhouettes this week.

We’ve all heard of the headless horseman, but are body-less cameos equally tragic? Maybe cameos just want to roam free sometimes and that’s probably tricky with just a head. Always happy to accommodate, I made a collage with a sassy girl silhouette that can go wherever she wants. I used some fabulous My Mind’s Eye washi tape on the background and brightened things up with Dylusions Funky Fuchsia, Cut Grass, and Vibrant Turquoise ink sprays.

Tracy created a very sophisticated card this week incorporating an abundance of cameos.

Tim Holtz Artful Silhouettes seemed the perfect addition on my creative piece this week showcased in a Maya Road Heart Tart Tin. This is one of those pieces that was a joy to create and came together beautifully. I tend to spend a great deal of time thinking about my designs in my head before putting anything to paper and I find that helps with the creative process. I also wanted to try colours that I have not used for a while so Weathered Wood Distress Ink and Distress Paint were given a cameo appearance this week.

Ashli’s brain went on a bit of a tangent with this week’s theme…

When I think of cameo, I think of film, and when I think of film, I think of “making the cut.” So, what better way to use my Tim Holtz Filmstrip Die to scrap about my daughter’s first haircut? A simple white base is the perfect start for all of these fun bits of yellow… including, Watercolor, Mist, and Washi. I had more fun using the filmstrip to frame out the pictures and tell this special story for my sweet girl!

Sandra Mouwen simply can’t get enough of her Gelatos

Just can’t help myself, I’m having so much fun playing with my Designing with Gelatos Kit. I made these inventations for my birthday party. I love the blending and the drippage propeties of the gelatos when it’s on a non-porous surface. When I think of cameo’s I think of silhouettes. So I used the Silhouettes stencil from Jenni Bowlin with some colored Modeling Paste. The outside ones are also textured with Black Soot Distress Embossing Powder.

Anna-Karin made a vintage card with cameo embellishments.

My grandmother had a really pretty cameo brooch and my memory of that inspired this card. I made a distressed background with Walnut Ink crystals and stamping. For a focal piece, I used the great Darkroom Door Henry & Harriet stamp, which fit perfectly together with cameo embellishments. The image was coloured with Inktense pencils. Pen nibs stamped on a left-over piece of walnut distressed paper gave the finishing touch.

I (May) always have products making cameo appearances on my projects.

Though you see them, often they don’t get credit as the stamps (like these new Dina Wakley birds) steal the show. This week making a special cameo on my project are my favorite blendable colors! Distress markers and gelatos are here to bring my birdies to life and make this card extra special.

Meihsia was inspired to create a wall hanging with layers of contrasting colors.

A cameo reminds me of a profile and contrasting colors so I altered this burlap panel with various elements in black and white colors after stamping this girl’s profile image using the Glitz clear stamp. Since this girl is a beautiful dreamer, I attached the stamped sentiment “dare to dream” on Tim Holtz film strip ribbon.

Emma was inspired by late 18th Century/early 19th Century silhouette cameos.

One of my favourite books is Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and for my piece I wanted to create a cameo frame capturing the romance of this period. I made a faux embossed leather book frame using chipboard as a base, covering it with Manila card and then painting it with Distress Paints. The silhouettes inside are die cut using Tim Holtz’s Mini Movers and Shapers Sihouettes from Sizzix, painted black and glazed with clear embossing powder. To complete the book and capture a very feminine romantic feel for the cover, I made paper flowers using the Tattered Florals die.

Tune in Wednesday to see Mona Pendleton’s project:

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


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 February 23rd Eastern time.

We will also be choosing some of our entries to put in the spotlight – a special honor where we talk about why we loved that entry in particular and award a special badge too!

For the full rules, read the “challenge rules” posted in the side-bar here on our blog.




  1. Was not sure if silhouette only meant people. I think of silhouette as meaning a shadow image of anything. I used TH Mini Old Jalopy die cit as my silhouette on entry.
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”

  2. Awesome inspirations from the DT! Been having fun with the challenges.
    Wish I could have joined last week. Can’t wait till next week!

  3. I really had alot of fun with this challenge…thanks so much for all of your wonderful and inspiring creations…so many differnt takes on this challenge…

    Nancy T.

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