Challenge: Five

Today is 5/5, and since the day and month are very rarely the same number I’ve got a special kind of challenge in mind!

It’s a pick-your-adventure kind of challenge.

A) You need to “pick five” things TOTAL to create your next project. (and yes, picking something like ‘copic markers’ would count as one thing but you could use multiple colors)


B) You need to use five of something (papers, buttons – anything!) on your project


C) be inspired by the number five

Let’s see what the team came up with!

Mona challenged herself to create a greeting card using five main products.

Since this card is rather simple without a lot of “fluff”, I made it for my husband for our upcoming wedding anniversary celebration. I pieced pretty patterned paper from the Tim Holtz Wallflower collection, stitched it on to a piece of Tim Holtz Kraft Core cardstock, adhered a couple of distressed die cut mini hearts along with a beautiful rose charm and completed it with a hashtag sentiment. I have to hide this from my husband for a few months!

Ashli chose to put her embossing folders to good use this week!

For this layout, I pulled out 5 of my favorite embossing folders and put them to good use for my grid design of journaling pockets. A little watercolor, and some tags finish off the foundation of this page all about the silly things my daughter does and says right now!

Anna-Karin thought it was a real challenge sticking to her five products.

I picked out five different products: Simon Says Stamp dye inks, Simon Says Stamp Falling Hearts stencil, a stamp set by Wendy Vecchi, Kelly Purkey washi tape and heart dies also by Simon Says Stamp. The only thing I added was paper. This page was done on Ranger’s Specialty Stamping Paper, which gave the dye inks a really vibrant look. I also used a tiny piece of old book paper.

Meihsia loves to have some angels on her spring garden art journal page.

I don’t usually put many dimensional embellishments on my art journal but I really love these five Prima Flowers Resin Angels and have to let them stay on my spring garden journal page. After watercoloring the background with Izink inks, I created the raindrops with Prima Flower Raindrops stencil and modeling paste, and the brick pattern with TCW Mini Brick Template and Color Shine.

Dan decided he was going to use 5 stamped images on his arty card this week.

While making this card I put stamp to paper 5 times, can you spot them all? It’s not as easy as it might at first seem! Once again I played with some of the newer Tim Holtz releases this week, “Daydream” and “Purveyor“. The background started out as a panel from the “Laboratorie” card stash.

Michelle created a set of Five tags with Five products.

The Hero Art stamp that I used is named “Three Smiles”, but I got five of these lovely ladies to grin. I used the Avery Elle Simply Tags die to cut five tags which were watercolored with Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils. I added fun embellishments from BasicGrey Spice Market Die Cuts and Transparencies.

I (May) am having a creative fiesta with my five distress favorites!

My background is created with five bright, fabulous, and totally FUN colors of distress! Paired with some new washi tape and a classic flower die and this card was nearly as fun to make as it will be to send to a special crafty friend.

Tracy opted for an artsy card this week incorporating numbers 1 through to 5 in her quirky design.

I knew I wanted to incorporate numbers in my design this week and I decided that Tim Holtz Numeric Stamp Set combined with the Bird Feather Stamp Set make a perfect combination. I used the numbers 1 through to 5 in my background masking the bird to add the background stamping. Tones of grey were key in this design using Weathered Wood Distress Ink and Watering Can Archival Ink. This is one of those designs that I was really pleased with the outcome!

Sandra Mouwen made this tag using her 5 favorite tools

I made this tag for my colleague, who is just operated, to go on it’s present we got him. I used 5 tools to create it. The first one I used is the Ink Blending tool to make the background, the second is a Stencil to create more interest and dimension. With the first stencil I used the third tool the Distress Marker Spitzer, love that new tool. For the second stencil I used a Palette Knife. And last but not least, my favorite tool of all, my favorite Stamp!

Emma challenged herself to use no more than five main products on this tag covered in butterflies.

I love using texture and dimension on my projects and carefully chose my five products to use alongside paper and card, to create my springtime tag. Once I’d inked the tag with my first product, Distress Inks, I then embossed it using the Regal Flourishes Texture Fade. I attached the stamped Tim Holtz quote together with Idea-Ology items, including Crinkle Ribbon and a Heart Charm. The final product that I used was the Butterfly Frenzy die to create an array of butterflies.

To Suzz the number five makes her think of her family.

When I heard the challenge of five I couldn’t image how I could only use five items on a project so I thought about what was significant about the number 5 and thought of my family. The inspiration was to create a set of houses reflecting each of my family in a house. I used the Impression Obsession House Frame Die to frame out my houses. Then the fun began as I searched all my stamps and papers to see what would fit the personalities of my family. The Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport collection really helped me out with the men in the house.

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 11th 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. Great interesting and challenging challenge! I am enjoying playing along. Please note that I accidentally submitted my older Steampunk Willy tag (which I meant to only submit into the Work it Wednesday challenge) and could not figure out how to delete it. Please remove that submission. Thanks so much. Warmly, Kristina

  2. Always wonderful design team samples. My favorite this week was the colorful tag made by Michelle. Fantastic stamps, colors and layering! Thanks for the unique challenge and chance to win a wonderful prize.

  3. My earlier post somehow got deleted…so added a new link here..really a good challenge and fab DT work!!

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