Challenge: O is for…

Here’s a letter we haven’t covered yet – what will you use? October Afternoon products? Be inspired by the number one? Create an ombre effect? order new goodies to play with? We want to see what O means in your crafting!

Emma chose “O” for October.


As Halloween creeps up on us, for me the letter “O” was always going to be for the month of October and all things spooky and eerie. So, with this in mind, I chose to create this card using the Tim Holtz carved spider and web stamps on a background created with Distress Stains. I added some crackled die cut Apothecary bottles, together with hand dyed linen ribbon and various pieces of Idea-ology.

The first thing Sandra Mouwen thought of was October when she heard the letter O

Thinking of October, Halloween wasn’t far behind. I love the spookiness of Halloween. This time I worked with Watercolor Paper. And started spraying with Squeezed Orange and Pure Sunshine on top of the Simon Says Stamp Leaves Mask. The excess I dabbed off in the top right corner. I love the properties of watercolor paper and how it can soak up all that liquid without starting to warp!

This letter has Ashli’s name written all over it!


With my last name being “Oliver,” I wasn’t at a loss for inspiration this week! I decided to reinforce the theme and create a background of Die Cut “O’s.” This set the stage perfectly for my layers of sequins, die cuts, and clouds! I love the way this little layout of all the Oliver girls turned out!

If given the opportunity to use glitter, Michelle will fold faster than a lawn chair.


Origami is a fun “O” word! The Mama Elephant Origami images made glitzy-glam embellishments for my Sn@p Binder.

Meihsia was inspired to create a mixed media tag with the orange color scheme.

To me, O is for orange and orange is the color of Fall. From falling leaves to pumpkins, orange is all around us in this season. I created this tag with different shades and products of orange color include Distress Paint, Faber-Castell Gelatos, Distress Stickle and Distress Ink. The texture on the background was made with Tim Holtz Layering Stencil and Modeling Paste.

Anna-Karin made a mini book that is going to be filled with spooky stories.

My son and I tell a lot of stories to each other; he particularly enjoys slightly scary stories where he is the hero at the end. I thought I would collect them in a little book. O is for Odds & Ends, the Ornamental die and Occasions Found Relatives by Tim Holtz, and there are three O’s in my title. Lots of fun Halloween stamping on the inside too.

O Domino… Suzz was thinking it was time to play with her Dominoes again.


I was thinking I haven’t used my dominoes in awhile and thought the O challenge would be the perfect time to pull them out and make a spooky Halloween inspired book. I tried a variety of images but liked the family from the Visual Artistry Lost & Found set as my haunted children. The covers made good use of the Bingo Embossing folder and some aluminum foil.

For this challenge Barbara thought of two words that are really good together: October and owl!


Obviously these words suggest Halloween and here is my project: an altered burlap panel with elements recalling this celebration! Forms such as the owl and the moon are inevitable as well as the palette of Distress paints orange green purple I used. Finally, I’ve made sparkling my owl with Distress glitter, perfect finish for this time of year!”

For Andrea, O is for Organization.


I’m always looking for somewhere to stash lots of paper scraps and bits of ephemera. When I saw this collection folio by Tim Holtz, I knew it was just the thing I needed. I decorated it with paper from Prima’s Epiphany and Free Spirit collections.

Mona will be back on Wednesday with a tutorial featuring an Ombre colored canvas:


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 October 19th 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. The possibilities are endless with O as the challenge. Hopefully, I’ll find time to create more!

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