Simon Says: Make Your Own Background


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the Take Flight Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week we are challenging you to take out your inks, stencils, embossing folders etc and

Make Your Own Background

There are so many fabulous techniques for making your own backgrounds! We can’t wait to see what you use!

As it is the first Monday of the month we are showcasing a particular company and this time we’re all using some fabulous prodcts from the Carabelle Studio! You don’t have to use them to join in, but if you happen to have some in your drawers then please take them out and give them an airing!

The lovely folks over at Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a FABULOUS $50 voucher to shop at the  Simon Says Stamp Store! All you have to do is take out your crafty supplies, make something following this week’s prompt, and add a link in the Inlinkz at the bottom of this post! You can join 5 times so you could have 5 chances to win! How AWESOME is that!! All winners are chosen randomly, so everyone has an equal chance to win! Woo Hoo!! Good Luck to everyone! The Design Team is looking forward to seeing your crafty packages and will pop around to visit you ASAP!


Remember to click on the person’s name to see all of the details of how we made these creations and leave these wonderful girls some comment love


This week we are welcoming the lovely and super talented Jo aka Let’s Art Journal into the Designer Spotlight. If you haven’t visited Joanne’s fabulous blog before then you are in for a real treat! Please pop by and give her a warm welcome and leave her some nice comments ;-)

Jo “To showcase the beautiful flowers which are stamped using the Carabelle Studio Fleurs Dalex Cling Stamp Set and coloured using Spectrum Aqua Markers, Jo had fun creating her own background using Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, Tim Holtz Distress Inks as well as a stencil and a stamp, also by Carabelle Studio.”

Andrea made three tree ATC’s using Carabelle Studio’s Ronds art printing texture plate and Stitched Mixed Media stamp for the background.  She added some snow using Simon Says Stamp’s Falling Snow stencil.


Anna-Karin created a forest-inspired wrapped journal this week. She used the Carabelle Studio Bulles stencil for the textured background, and the sweet Ecureuil stamp for the squirrel.

Barbara created the background of this card using Carabelle Studio Grand Cercles Embossing Folder. For the focal point  she chose Tim Holtz Sizzix Ice Flake and she painted it with Distress Oxides.

Cheiron used the Carabelle Studio The Sun stencil and Distress Paints to create her background. She finished her card with Tim Holtz Sizzx Shadow Script 1 dies and a sentiment made from a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Remnant Rub finished with a few enamel dots.

Emma used the Carabelle Studio Constellation Stencil to create a background on her vintage style layered Etcetera Tag. As a focal point she used Tim Holtz’s Inventor Stamp 6 together with a Christmas Ephemera piece, die cut Holiday Greens and a frosty icicle.

Kath created the backgrounds for her set of Festive and Funky Christmas cards using her Ranger Gel Plate and Carabelle Studio Abstract Flowers and Ronds Texture Plates and added Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Mini Weathered Winter snowflakes and die cuts using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Home For The Holidays and Snowglobe 2 Thinlits

Lols made a Christmas card using a Bonhomme De Neige Cling Stamp and Distress Oxide Inks for the background.

Macarena stays in an Autumn mood making this Birthday rusty card using the Carabelle Studio Texte Grunge embossing folder colored with Distress Oxide Inks. For the main panel she used Tim Holtz Sizzix Scroll Bigz die rusted with Viva Decor Rusty Paper paint.

Maura  loves to make her own backgrounds and had lots of fun creating her art journal page with Carabelle Studio’s Pattern 1930 stencil, Gypsy Caravan Art Printing Texture Plate, Birgit Koopsen’s Mixed Media Strips stamps and a 6×6 gel plate. She even made her own washi tape.


Meihsia was inspired to create a mixed media tag using Carabelle Studio Papillons Embossing Folder for the background and Prima Marketing Fall Pine Leaf Embellishments to decorate the tag.


Sandra love making her own backgrounds and she made one using Distress Oxides Ripe Persimmon, Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo, and made it more interesting by stamping with the Carabelle Mixed Media Strips and adding texture with Texture Paste, Metallique Paint Steampunk Copper and Carabelle Degrade De Points stencil.


So now it’s YOUR turn to get out your inks, paints and all things arty and start creating! We are looking forward to seeing what you make!

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You have until Monday  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

We will also be choosing a selection of our entries to put in the spotlight. This is a special honor where we talk about why we loved that entry in particular and award a special badge too! For the full rules please read the challenge rules posted in the side-bar here on our blog.

Please read the challenge rules on the sidebar. It has come to our attention that some are entering projects that were posted weeks ago. While they may follow the theme these are not eligible to win the voucher. All creations must be newly published. Thank You 

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