Challenge: Anything Goes!

It’s rare that we indulge in one of these – so take advantage! It’s an anything goes, no rules, just create kind of week! GO!

Mona was inspired to get inky and create a mixed media greeting card.


Creating mixed media greeting cards isn’t something I do regularly so I challenged myself to do just that. I created lots of texture on the background using texture paste along with the Latticework stencil. I had fun adding splashes of various color including broken china and vintage photo. For the sentiment I used chit chat stickers and embellished with a trio of roses along with many more items.

Andrea was inspired by cute babies this week.


On the universe’s “Cute-O-Meter,” babies are right up there in the top one percentile! I decided to see what I could do with a traditional white Onesie and some fabric-safe ink from Memento Luxe. I created a design using the Simon Says Stamp Scribble Flowers stamp set, the Simon Says Stamp Ring Cluster stencil, and the American Crafts/Amy Tangerine Document alphabet stamps.

Meihsia had lot of fun playing with her new Prima dies to make a card for this Anything Goes week.

I had to use these Prima Flowers Doily Metal Die and Prima Flowers Leaves Metal Die once I received them because they are so beautiful. On the background of this card, I distressed the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink. The sentiment was stamped using Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Simple Sayings stamps and Memento Black ink.

Suzz decided to play with a multi-textured background.


What do you get when you mix Tim Holtz Tissue Tape, Paper Artsy Nougat Fresco Finish Chalk Paint, PaperArtsy Mocha Mousse Fresco Finish Chalk Paint, Ranger Paint Dabber – Gold and Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste (white) together? A background of beautiful layers of color and texture. That had me thinking of nature and discovering new places which I incorporated in my card.

Michelle re-visited a paper crafting classic.


Remember the good-ole days when recipes came from books? I love the Simon Says Stamp Bookmark It Die. It’s sweetly curved shape creates fun bookmarks in seconds. The Waffle Flower Loved Set adds floral fun, while the Retro Kitchen Set Embossing Folder lends it kitschy-kitchen charm.


Anna-Karin made a happy little journal page.

I was inspired to use some of the new Simon Says Stamp Exclusive stamps, dies and stencils to create a little page in memory of childhood summer camping trips. The Waves stencil also looked a little like hills to me and I liked the green hills made with the stencil and White Embossing Paste. The rest of the scene was created with stamps and dies, adding some fun ice cream cone trees.

A fellow team member served as Ashli’s inspiration this week…


Suzz makes the most lovely tags! So layered and full of goodness… I was inspired to try my hand at some layered Tags this week as well. I wasn’t sure what the final project would be, but I ended up putting them to use on a scrapbook page. I had more fun layering up bits of Basic Grey Fresh Cut papers along with some Crate Oh Darling Chipboard shapes to create the layered embellishments. Perfect for my layout!

Sandra Mouwen spent almost her whole summer vacation making this travel album

I never spent so much time on a project! But I love making albums and this one is no exception! Every page is different but in the same style and I love that. I think there are about 200 pictures inside of it. This time I journaled alot too. The paper I used is Accomplished from Authentique, and I had so much fun experimenting with new techniques like printing with an inkjet printer on Black Cardstock and make the letters visible with Heirloom Perfect Pearls powder.

Emma’s garden inspired her to create a mini album to fill with photos and notes.


I adore my garden and over the years, I’ve taken a huge amount of photos and decided that now was the time to journal some of those photos that I’d taken. So, I created my own mini album using chipboard covered with burlap paper. As my focal point, I couldn’t resist using Tim Holtz’s gorgeous Layered Bee and surrounded this beautiful image with various pieces of Idea-Ology.

I (May) seem to be getting ahead of my seasons.

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But when you have such great stamps – who can help it? I enjoyed playing with distress ink and the new Tim Holtz Halloween stamps and ended up creating two cards. Not bad for what began as a creative session just messing around and testing out new ideas!

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 August 24th 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. I am in awe of the inspiration and creativity being shown here. Fabulous job everyone, you have shown many great ideas which I hope I can try on my future projects.

  2. I so love your Anything Goes challenges because of what your DT shares – absolutely stunning DT inspirations and a superb challenge – thank you so much! Karen x

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