Challenge: Not so Mellow Yellow!

From soft buttery yellow to electric neon – this week Anna-Karin challenges you to be inspired by yellow!

Meihsia created the spring art journal pages using her favorite inks.

Yellow reminds me of the beautiful sunshine in the garden in the spring. I colored the background of these journal pages with Gelatos and Izink inks. The Simon Says Stamp Die Cut Hearts were connected with stitches and Tim Holtz Life Quotes Remnant Rubs sentiment was added on the tissue wrap and glued on the page using modeling paste. I love to have some pretty butterflies in the garden.

Anna-Karin made a very happy yellow layout.

I love yellow and it is such a happy colour. For this week, I made a layout using painted sticky-back canvas as my background and stitched die cut circles to it. I used some new great stamps by Tim Holtz and yellow Archival Inks to create a tone-on-tone effect on the background. A Picture Wheel adds a playful feeling and there are also stamped Clearly For Art Modeling Film, vellum and Idea-ology embellishments.

Tracy opted for a chunky ATC this week to showcase her new found love for yellow!

To be honest I rarely use yellow in my creative pieces and I don’t know why but I think there are always colours that we tend to not be drawn towards and for me it’s yellow. However, after making this piece I have a new found love for yellow! I painted a chunky ATC with Mustard Seed Distress Paint and decided to combine with touches of blue in my Design. The girl from the Winged Things 1 takes centre stage in my design.

Sandra Mouwen thinks yellow with black is a beautiful combination

I sure do! I think they compliment each other very well. I made this tag starting by creating the background with the Chunky Chevron stencil and Lemon Zest spray. I love the new Distress Marker Spritzer and used it with Dot Fade stencil and Spiced Marmelade marker. The City Skyline stamp is so pretty and used it on the bottom of the tag.

Suzz pulled out all the yellows in her collection of paints, mists, and inks to play with for the challenge this week.

I love yellow, but it often gets left behind when I am creating and I was happy we were asked to create using yellow this week. It inspired me to create a decorative wall plaque full of sunny shades of yellow. I started with a coat of gesso to cover the green plaque. I then sprayed on a pretty layer of yellow with the Tattered Angels – Glimmer Mist – Sun Sisters. I offset my yellows with the Ranger Archival Ink – Watering Can which was used to create my Fine Feathered Friend using the Stampers Anonymous Bird Feather Set. I now have a wonderful ray of sunshine to hang in my craft room for the rainy days of spring.

Mona created a tag featuring a trio of yellow die cut blossoms along with a yellow die cut song bird.

The color yellow reminds me of signs of Spring ~ newly blossomed flowers and sweet little birds chirping about which was my source of inspiration to create my tag. I added texture to the Ranger Manila tag using the Bricked Texture Fade, applied a thin coat of Gesso then added color using mustard seed and scattered straw Distress Inks followed with more texture using Tim Holtz Doily stencil.

Emma created a burst of sunshine on the covers of her artist’s journal book.

Yellow reminds me of my garden as it bursts into life during Spring and I wanted to emulate that on the cover of my artist’s journal and used a combination of Distress Paints and PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints to get wonderful tones of this sunshine colour. After applying some of Wendy Vecchi’s Embossing Paste through a Layering Stencil for texture, I stamped the image of the swallow from the Bird Feather stamp set and added Remnant Rubs, Idea-Ology and some die cut flowers and foliage using the Tattered Florals die and Garden Greens. The whole book was bound using The Cinch.

Michelle created an embroidered sampler celebrating the color yellow.

I’ve always had a fondness for this sunny color, so I created an embroidered sampler to celebrate yellow. I began with a Watercolor Paper background using Distress Markers in Mustard Seed and Wild Honey. Snippets of bits and pieces, such as Tim Holtz Found Relatives Portraits, were added as well as stamped doodles from Prima’s Free Spirit Cling Stamp Set. Embroidered additions were added with We R Memory Keepers Yellow Floss.

The first thing that comes to Ashli’s mind when she think of yellow is sunshine…

That’s right! Sunshine and yellow go hand in hand, but the morning and I do not. So, this was the perfect week to scrap up a page all about that. Using the Frag Stencil, which reminds me of a sun, along with plenty of Modeling Paste and Ink, I was able to work up this mixed media layout in no time!

Dan’s mind wandered to the topic of dreams this week.

I love that time of year when it’s “new stamp” time, don’t you? I decided this week to have a play with some of the new Tim Holtz releases. One of the sets is called “Daydream” and although I haven’t used it here, the name sent me down a dreambound path (or maybe nightmare might be closer to the mark?) Stamp sets I used here included Big Top, Cracks & Specks and Classics #18.

Andrea used yellow to create a whimsical Spring flower tree.

I’m so grateful to Anna-Karin for this week’s “yellow” theme. For some reason, it’s not a color I focus on very often, so I appreciated the chance to incorporate it into my project. Since it reminded me of Spring and all the beautiful flowers in bloom, I created this collaged Flower Tree using Prima’s Sunrise Sunset paper, Bazzill’s Vintage Lace paper and Martha Stewart’s Hydrangea punches.

This week I (May) am  loving yellow inks!

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With my butterfly stamps, new lovely lemon ink pad, and some cardstock I just began to emboss and play. I had so much fun blending textures, colors, and layering elements onto this tag. This isn’t a color I use much – but now I see that I should because I love the energy it brings into my project!

Check back in Wednesday for Barbara’s project tutorial.

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 May 4th 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. Yellow is such a hard colour to use, I think it’s one we all often shy away from – but your DT have come up trumps (again) with some wonderful projects!

  2. Awesome design team samples. Your design team is so talented. Thanks for the “yellow” challenge. It makes me think of sunshine and summer!

  3. As always ladies – really stunning inspirations and I have enjoyed playing with yellow very much! Thank you for the gorgeous DT inspirations and another great challenge Karen x

  4. FABULOUS challenge and inspiration, all the more fun because I have been humming along to Donovan singing in my head since the second I read the challenge title :)

    Have a happy and mellow day!!!

  5. Ops I forgot to post my email on challenge #140 & #141… Hoping that posting here helps!

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