Challenge: Anything Goes

We are having a Design Team call! This doesn’t happen often – so if you are interested check it out here and enter.

Now this week for our challenge it is the usual rules: anything goes!

Emma’s love of fashion, inspired her runway tag collection!


Inspired by spring and summer catwalk fashion, I created this triptych of tags using Tim Holtz’s Runway and Cityscapes stamp sets. I’d noticed that yellow had been a key colour for this season’s shows and recreated this on my stamped images by colouring each one using a combination of Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Markers before mounting them onto backgrounds coloured with Distress Paints and textured with Texture Paste, applied through the Lace layering stencil.

Ashli was inspired by Prize Ribbons this week…


One of my favorite ways to use scraps is to craft up little prize ribbon embellishments. And since anything goes, I figured I would do just that! Using some lovely Basic Grey papers, along with some Wood Embellishments, I created my Prize Ribbon! A few little Word Stickers complete this page all about the importance of Amazon Prime in our lives!

Meihsia created a mixed media canvas to display on her desktop.

I really loved this sentiment so I decided to make a canvas this week using Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamp 2015 Life Quotes. To create the texture, I applied Modeling Paste over Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Measured, and distressed the edges with Ranger Paint Dabber.

Suzz was inspired by the lovely Memory Box Heartwood stencil to create a mixed media art display.


Since this week was anything goes I decided to pick up a scrap piece of cardboard and play with my new stencil. I layered on Wendi Vecchi white embossing paste on top of a coat of white and light blue paint to give me texture. The design made me think of fairies in the forest. What better image than the whimsical Prima Don’t forget to fly Finnabair inspired stamp to be the focal point of my art.

Michelle was inspired by woodcut block prints.


I’ve often admired woodcut prints. This adoration lead me to experiment with stamps to find a similar look. The Ellen Vargo Paper Artsy Stamps were perfect for this technique. The pots in the Waffle Flower Planted Set made a simple focal point for these faux woodcuts.


Anna-Karin had fun making three mixed-media envelopes.

I really wanted to ink up Tim Holtz new Cityscapes stamps and went with a travel theme on three die cut envelopes. To embellish the envelopes I used Fragments, more stamps, die cut shapes and words. There is also an important message on a card inside each envelope. I plan to hang the envelopes in the Clip Carousel where they will be easily accessible.


Andrea made some sweet little baby headbands this week.


I have learned that people have strong and widely-varying opinions about baby headbands. The pro-headband camp likes how they break up the monotony of a baby’s bald head. The anti-headband folks think it’s silly to have a headband without any hair. A third group likes headbands, but not when the flower on it is as big as the baby’s head. Whatever your stance, I made some baby headbands this week using fabric, my Sizzix Big Shot, Tim Holtz’s Tattered Florals die and the 3D rose die from Sizzix.

Sandra made a card for a colleague that just had surgery

My colleaque had a major surgery and had to make a card for him. I find it a challenge to make a masculine card but with lots of feminine touches. Like making a bow out of Jute and add some glitter here and there with the Wink of Stella Glittery Brush. But by using blue tones and lots of black it gives it a masculine feel.

I (May) am jumping the gun with a great product coming soon to the shop.

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The new Prima relics line will be in the shop SO soon! I happen to have this heart from the line and since “anything goes” this week decided to jump the gun and share a small canvas piece primed with gesso and then loaded with dylusions paints and other color mediums. To finish things off? New idea-ology sticker phrases, of course!

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 May 3rd 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. Wow, wow, wow! Awesome DT inspirations – they are all gorgeous and I would to create and keep any of them! You are a seriously talented DT! Thanks for a nice and easy challenge too – AG – always my favourite as I tend to stamp anything and everything these days! Hope you all have a good week Karen

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  3. Thanks DT for the unique projects you’ve shared with us this week, all are so fun! Thanks also for anything goes, that is always a fun challenge!

  4. Another group of sensational creations! Emma’s really blew me away! Thank you for another ever-popular AG challenge!! Hugs, Darnell

  5. Great to see so much different styles and all so inspirational! I didn’t think much of the stamp that Emma used, but like this it is stunning!

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