Challenge: I ought to use this more!

You have them (we all do) – those products that don’t get used nearly enough. Perhaps it is a stamp or maybe it is a particular ink color. Whatever your particular product or technique is – this is your chance to get it used and share!

Sandra Mouwen had much fun looking through her stash looking for rarely used items

I often use my favorite products and this challenge really got me to go a bit outside of my comfort zone. I rarely use Black tags and about 6 months ago I got myself the Ink Spray Pad with the White Linen Dylusion Spray. It was time to put them both to use along with the Wallpaper background stamp. Love that you can stamp with sprays this way! What works perfectly on a dark background is Perfect Pearls, also something I need to use more!

A rarely used butterfly was Ashli’s starting point this week.


This gorgeous Devonshire Butterfly Die Cut Exclusive by Simon Says has only been used once! It is so beautiful and delicate, I must put it to use more. Using a tone on tone effect, along with Gesso and Mist, these butterflies created a lovely background for this sweet page!

Mona was inspired to create a tag using neglected fabric.

Fellow DT member Ashli was my source of inspiration to create my fabric based tag. Admittedly, I hoard fabric like I do cardstock! After creating the background with ripped strips of fabric, I embellished with an embossed foil flowerand butterfly. I love the added texture and homespun feel that the fabric gave to my project.

Suzz decided that she ought to be creating scrapbook pages with her family photos.

I am always inspired by my fellow team member’s scrapbooking layouts and decided that I ought to be capturing more memories. I started with a sweet photo of my dad with my youngest at one of his annual sledding outings. Because of the yellow sweatshirt my dad is wearing I pulled out my yellow Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists Sun Sisters to create a back splash. To create a swirling motion to reflect the snowflakes the Tim Holtz Doily Stencil with a touch of black dye ink was stenciled randomly in the background.

Emma loved using a technique and colour that she doesn’t use often enough.

Purple is a colour that I really should use a lot more of in my work and with this in mind, and inspired by Tim Holtz’s Distress Damask Stamp set, I used the colour purple and a faux batik technique, that I haven’t used in a while to create this week’s card project. I added a die cut heart chipboard covered with Distress Glitter and crinkle ribbon dyed with Picked Raspberry and Dusty Concord Distress Stains to complete my card.

Tracy paid homage to her fury friend Mitzi this week in a rustic wall hanging.

I have many items in my crafting arsenal that are a little neglected at the moment, but this week was a simple decision, I opted to use Tim Holtz Traveling Friends stamp. Over the last 8 weeks I have been reorganising my craft space and this stamp kept catching my eye and this challenge gave me the perfect opportunity to use it. As a dog owner, I think I was drawn to the image in that my fury friend is also my best friend, and this image reflects that perfectly for me. Combined with a backdrop of Walnut Stain Distress Paint and Wendy Vecchi’s White Embossing Paste to add the all important texture, I feel I have captured just exactly how I feel about my little dog Mitzi!

Meihsia altered a configurations shadow box that she always loves but has never created any project with it before.

I have collected many different sized Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Configurations Shadow Boxes and they are perfect for storing and sorting my craft embellishments and jewelry accessories. This week, I decided to alter one of the boxes, and create some textures using Modeling Paste and colors using Distress Paints on it.

Anna-Karin made a mixed-media canvas panel using two products she should reach for more often.

I sometimes neglect the wonderful pads of patterned papers that I have, and decided to remedy that in this piece, using Prima Cartographer and Vintage Vanity pads both to create the background and for transfers. Even though I love stencils and use them all the time, my 12 x 12 stencils don’t see as much action as the smaller sizes. Embossing paste was smeared through two large Prima stencils to create the flowers, sentiments and dot texture. I had fun building up many layers of papers, paint, paste and stamps.

Michelle has been distracted by shiny things.

I’ve been drawn to metallic lately. Gold, Bronze, Silver…all of them are wonderful! With my Metallic Pan Pastels, I can add a touch of sparkle and shine everywhere with a simple swipe! What a great way to add a glow to the raised pattern in the darling Maggie Holmes embossing Folder! These easy-to-use chalky pans even added deeper color and radiance to the Fresh Cut Poms Poms. Now everything can shimmer on my vintage inspired tag. I ought to use those PanPastels more often!

The product that Dan feels he should really use more is his art journal.

I love my Dylusions Art Journal, it’s the perfect size, has a beautifully decorated front cover (if I say so myself) and it has a handy envelope to hold elements for works in progress. My mission to use it more starts today, with a page devoted to some of my favourite stamps. Among the stamps I used were Winged Things 2, The Big Top and Snapshot in Time, the perfect Polaroid stamp.

I (May) really ought to create ombre die cuts more often.


This Simon exclusive hello die is the perfect thing to do it too! All you need is some ink, a foam tool, and get tapping! You can create shading, ombre effects, or just fun color variations and it is both fun and easy. I love how this butterfly filled tag turned out – and I’m off to find my next die cut to color!

Andrea remembered how much she loves to use Glossy Accents when she made this trio of house pendants.

SSS I Should Use This More

Glossy Accents is such a versatile substance, yet I don’t use it nearly as often as I should. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in fancy new products that I forget the reliable stand-bys. I love how Glossy Accents can serve as a faux resin for jewelry. Pour this magical liquid over some fabulous paper, like this Finnabair collection or Sunrise Sunset and you’ve got the perfect base for all sorts of whimsical pendants.

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 June 29th 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. hmmm I will have to think about this one or have multiple entries because i think i have a lot of stuff. the first thing that comes to mind is the hundreds of eyelets. :D hmmm…i have an idea.

  2. Thank you so much for another fabulous challenge! I am looking forward to incorporating some stash that I never use enough – a fabulous way to use some of that stuff up!
    As always there DT inspirations are wonderful – thank you so much for sharing Karen x

  3. Wow, these projects are amazing! I hoard bits and pieces of everthing – spending more time figuring out how to store them than actually USE them. Thanks so much for the inspiration!!

  4. I’ve scrapbooked over the years, but put the hobby on hold for quite sometime and now I’m getting back into it, I’m new to blogging and following blogs. I’m so grateful to have come across Simon Says Stamp! I’ve been looking over it in the past month trying to figure out what the challenges are about! Since I’m getting inspired by all the wonderful designers I think I can pick this skill up again and enter the challenge one of these days! Thanks for providing all this great inspiration! I hope I get a chance to win “blog candy” ? Not sure what that is either. Good Day All from a re-newbie scrapbooker!

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  6. Fantastic challenge! All works are so bright and exclusive. I found so many ideas how to do here. Thanks!!

  7. Great idea DT – make us dig and find forgotten treasure. Thanks for all of your inspiring projects!

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