Challenge: Winged Things

DT member Tracy suggested “winged things” as a topic and it got me thinking! Would I use a favorite bird stamp? Add fairy wings to something? Create a tag featuring a spring scene? accent a scrapbook page with butterflies? There are so many possibilities from airplanes to angel’s wings…

I (May) think a pair of wings could come in handy sometimes.

057 copy

This lady is so much fun to stamp and color with distress markers. Using a bit of water let me blend the colors and is a lot of fun to do as well. Then by lifting her up (on foam adhesive) and stamping her wings behind this card gets an added layer of dimension.

Suzz loves butterflies and the winged thing challenge is perfect for her.

I just acquired the new Memory Box Butterfly Vine Designer Template and couldn’t wait to use it. I was playing around with mists and the Heidi Swapp Color Shine – Primrose made the prettiest background. I added a touch of gold with the Versafine Toffee Ink. I created a variety of backgrounds that I can use for a series of cards all perfect for different occasions.

Barbara flew away with this challenge and made a colorful tag.

Flying is one thing that I would really like try at least once! In this work I wished to imagine being a butterfly with colorful wings just come out from its cocoon that is surprised by what she can do! I played with words, colors and materials! For the wings I used the “Clearly for Art” heat embossed and colored on the back with Distress Paints, small leaves with alcohol ink. The hashtags stamp set was perfect for making the idea of a self-portrait of fantasy.

Meihsia created two mixed media tags with butterflies for this spring.

It is always so fun to create spring projects with flowers and butterflies. I cut two watercolor paper tags, and colored the background with Gelatos and water mixture. After pasting the cheese cloth with Gel Medium, I attached the Prima Flowers and some vintage trinkets on these two tags. Love the beautiful colors and textures.

Ashli took this opportunity to scrap a page all about a sculpture she made in college.

I have been admiring the lovely Butterfly Rub-Ons by 7 Gypsies for some time. As soon as I was able to get my hands on some, I knew they were perfect as a starting point for this page. And, when I came across these pictures of myself installing a giant wire sculpture of a Luna Moth that I made in Art College… well, the rest is history! With my Rub-Ons applied, I finished up the page with Paint and Gelatos. I love having this story told!

Michelle was inspired by the American Tag International Airmail Labels.

I love those labels! They make my mail art look so official. You’ve got to send mail in order to receive mail, so hopefully, these fun, and whimsical envelopes created with We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board will entice someone to send mail flying back in my direction. I created the envelopes with the stronger Neenah Classic Crest 110 lb. cardstock so it would withstand the wet mediums as well as the wear and tear from traveling through the mail.

Emma was inspired by the lyrics of a song that she grew up listening to.

Whilst making this wall hanging the lyrics to “Come Fly With Me” got stuck on a loop in my head and I just had to include them in my piece using Chit Chat stickers. The background of the tag is stained with Distress Stains and has soft, subtle layers added using Tim Holtz stamps and the Honeycomb Layering Stencil. I slightly adapted the Christmas Cardinal die cut to use as my main focal point, adding small blossoms to the branches which are die cut from the Tattered Flower Garland die. To complete this piece I added a little tag charm that slides out from behind the main tag and has the charming die cut bird and cage attached.

Sandra Mouwen had time on her side when making this card

I had so much fun making this card. Although the first version of it didn’t make it. But I therefor love my second try even better. First I stamped the Time Traveler with Jet Black Ink on the Manila cardstock base and then stamped it on masking paper. Cut it out and started making the background. I used Pumice Stone Distress Ink for the first layer and then Frayed Burlap with the Clockwork Stencil and distressed the edges with Walnut Stain.

Anna-Karin was in a spring mood with this burlap panel.

I love birds and wanted to ink up the new Tim Holtz Bird Feather set. The large bird was made the focal point of my green and yellow spring burlap panel. I used Wendy Vecchi’s new wonderful Crackled Texture Paste for the background and coloured the panel with Distress Paint and Archival Inks. The finishing touches were made with some Idea-ology pieces and leafy branches die cut with the Garden Greens.

This week Dan created a page for his art journal which included some natty airborne Victorian gentlemen.

Don’t you feel sorry for those poor Steampunk guys, sitting around all immobile after Tim Holtz chopped their legs off? I know I do, so this week I decided to give them not only legs but wings too! I had a lot of fun fitting two of the guys’ heads onto the boys body from the Winged Things 2 stamp set and I think it worked out pretty well. The third man’s body came courtesy of the Dance Card stamp set.

Andrea created a swirl of lovely butterflies as the highlight of her unique winged creation.

I am such a sucker for vintage kitchen tools and gadgets. Maybe it’s because I think that if they’re vintage, I’ll never be required to actually cook or bake with them. Such is the case with this Jello mold that I found and used for the base of my butterfly flurry. I created these winged lovelies using Martha Stewart’s Classic Butterfly Punch and her 3-in-1 Butterfly Punch along with some Prima Life Time paper.

Pop back on Wednesday when Tracy showcases how to use acetate and Alcohol Inks in your artwork to create eye catching backgrounds in your designs.

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 April 13th 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. Wow, there a a lot of great pieces of art here today again, wonderful inspiration for this super challenge if needed, and what a delight for our eyes anyway, thanks everyone! :)

  2. Absolutely gorgeous creations by design team. I was so much inspired, couldn’t miss to create a project for this challenge. Just created and linked my journal page here.

  3. Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular article!

    It’s the little changes that make the most important changes.
    Many thanks for sharing!

  4. I’m impressed, I have to admit. Seldom do I come across a blog that’s both equally educative and engaging, and let me tell you, you
    have hit the nail on the head. The problem is something which not enough people are speaking intelligently about.
    Now i’m very happy that I came across this during my
    search for something relating to this.

  5. iformation as you require before planning a meting or making a decision. These services include the ones that aare often advertised on TV.
    Whhat is more, if they paste their photograph with their profile you can easily zero in on your target partner.

    Here is my web blog – singles

We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By agreeing you accept the use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.