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 Circles Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week we are challenging you to


As it’s the first Monday of the month we are showcasing a brand/company. This week we are all using some fabulous products from Paper Rose. You don’t have to use them to join in with the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.

The lovely folks over at Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a FABULOUS $25 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 makes and will pop around to visit you ASAP!

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This week we are welcoming the lovely Sandra Rupp aka SR Paper Love   into the Designer Spotlight. If you haven’t visited her blog before then you are in for a real treat!

Sandra created a beautiful flowery frame. For the background she used several Distress Oxides and used one of her favorite Bouquet Layering Stencils and Distress Texture Paste. For the focus she used a variety of flowersField Notes Ephemera and a Tim Holtz Paper Doll.

Andrea made an artsy tag using Maker’s Movement’s Nested Box Tag Dies and Paper Rose’s Wildflowers 2 Die. She added lots of dots with Altenew’s Many Dots Washi tape and Tim Holtz’s Dotted stencil.

Anna-Karin made a double art journal page with a mixed media background. She layered stencils by Simon Says Stamp, such as the Large Dots and the Circle Dots. Stamping was done with Tim Holtz Ultimate Grunge.

Barbara loves so much to create backgrounds! For this tag, she used Circuit Layering StencilFaceted Heart Die Glitch 1 Stamp SetSnarky Cat Stamp Set, a lot of Distress products, and Perfect Pearl Powder Forever Blue.

Cheiron created a background on her tag using Speckled Egg Distress Oxide along with some of her favorite stencils including Digits and Stitches. She added layers of Ephemera and a Photobooth photo along with a Wildflower Stems 2 Sizzix die cut. She finished her card with Clippings Stickers.

Emma was in her element using the Gradient Hex Layering Stencil, Distress Micro Glaze, Distress Sprays and Oxide Sprays to create the background for her vintage style Etcetera tag project inspired by friendship. She added a Photobooth image, placed in a Geo Frame and surrounded it with die cut Funky Florals 3 foliage.

Kath used lots of Distress Speckled Egg products on her Art Panel, creating the background with Distress Spray Stains, Grid Dot Mini Layering Stencil and The Professor 2 stamp set and decorating with an Idea-ology Lace Baseboard Frame, Field Notes Ephemera and Snippets, Specimen Remnant Rubs and a Wildflower Stems 1 Thinlits die-cut.

Lols  made a card using Paper Rose Texture 2 and Stitched Eucalyptus Dies. For the background she used White Yupo Paper and Dandelion, Coral and Sublime Pearls Alcohol Inks. While the ink was still puddled in places she applied a layer of Gold Foil and buffed with a Teflon Bone Folder

Macarena made up her background by stamping with Distress Sprays and a bit of water. She stamped the Tim Holtz Faded Type and covered it with Distress Glaze in Cracked Pistachio and Broken China.

Maura made a background for her art journal page with Paper Rose Grunge Textures paper, and Paper Rose’s Hud and Modern Geometric stencils.

Meihsia was inspired to create a thank you card using Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks and Cardstock on the background, and added the sentiment with Paper Rose Inky Antics Paper and CZ Design Extra Large Thank You Wafer Dies on the card. 

Sandra made her background with Distress Paints Broken ChinaCracked PistachioWeathered Wood and Vintage Photo, and to add some shimmer to it, she used Metallique Paint Rustic Brown and Stormy Ocean. She used the Hud stencil from Paper Rose with Distress Embossing Glaze Walnut Stain to complete her background.

Zoey used as always Distress Paint in various colors to create the background of her tag. She also used Tim Holtz Wildflowers thinlits , Tim Holtz Clippings and Tim Holtz Photobooth to decor it.

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 note that all previous challenges and winners posts can be accessed by clicking on the button at the very bottom of this page.

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 they are not eligible to win the voucher. All creations must be newly published. Thank You 

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  1. I am thrilled to see my friend, Sandra, in the Designer Spotlight, and her gorgeous artwork here today is incredible! That background blows me away in her chosen colors and in her unmistakable style. Wow, wow, WOW! We are in for a month of treats! And as always, The Design Team, has made amazing inspiration to drool over! Love this challenge theme, and hope to at least make one entry.

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