Challenge: Stamp And Punch/Die Cut



Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the Trio of Colors Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

It’s Lorraine aka Lols here and I am the new Design Team Leader for the challenge. We would like to thank May for all of the fabulous work she has done setting up and  leading the challenge from the very beginning. I am looking forward to experimenting more with the more ‘artsy’ side of crafting and looking forward to seeing what you all create too.

This week we are challenging you to


Whether you use a die cut with coordinating stamp, use a paper punch on a background stamp, or stamp a pre-made diecut shape or alphabet sticker this week we want to see your projects that feature a punch or die cut with a stamp!


As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store



Remember to click on the person’s name to see all of the details of how we made these creations and leave these wonderful girls some comment love

Andrea used house dies to provide a home for her embroidery floss.


If I were trapped on a deserted island and could only take five dies with me (long shot scenario, I know), one of my top five would be Tim Holtz’s Artful Dwellings.  I love popping this set into my Sizzix Big Shot and seeing what little villages I can create.  This time, I combined the houses with some great October Afternoon Summertime paper to make some embroidery floss holders.

ANNA-KARIN wanted to use some lovely new punches.


These are two of my favourite photos and I wanted to make a warm and textured layout for them. Tim Holtz new punches are so fun and easy to use and I made layered golden flowers by using different flower punches together with Kraft Core Metallic paper. The flowers were stamped with a ledger script stamp, which I also used on the mixed media background.

Ashli decided to get a head start on her Christmas Card making!


Feeling inspired to get my Christmas craft on this week, I grabbed some Embossing Powders, a lovely Flourish Stamp, and some acetate! I then cut my heat embossing into Stars. A few little embellishments finish it off and…Rejoice! A card is created!

Barbara was inspired by the pop art of Andy Warhol and created a set of ATC’s using Tim Holtz  Bird Crazy Cling Stamp and Coordinating Die Set


I created a series of four ATCs, a bit psychedelic and very 70’s.  Distress Ink Pads, in their most vibrant tones, have helped me to set the right mood. I used a Tim Holtz Bitty Grunge Cling Stamp Set to stamp the circles for the final touch.

CHEIRON is still going Bird Crazy.

cheiron- crazy in love birds

I can’t get enough of these Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamps and Thinlits dies and all their fun accessories. I used some fun hats and flowers from the Crazy Things set to make these “Crazy in Love” birds on this wedding card. I added a little sparkle with texture paste thru the Mesh Layering Stencil and Rock Candy Distress glitter to make my card extra festive.

EMMA was inspired by a trip to her local interiors store.


I adore spending time looking around interior design stores and find I’m always inspired by the different patterns and designs that I see and as soon as I saw the style of the Explore Nature Stamp and die set, it immediately reminded me of Eloise Renouf’s work. So, with this in mind I created a home decor panel combining retro colours against a textured background of paste applied through the Mesh Layering Stencil and added to a canvas panel painted with the neutral tone of Hickory Smoke and Pumice Stone Distress Paint.

Lols was inspired by the orange hibiscus flowers in her garden and made a card using a Simon’s Exclusive Flowers of Whimsy Stamp and Die Set


I used a Grid Cling Stamp, inked with a Versamark Frost Dazzle Ink Pad and then used a Tim Holtz Dot Fade Stencil and Embossing Paste to create a textured background. A perfect backdrop for the bright sunshiny flowers don’t you think!

MAURA  is going crazy over birds this week.


A special young friend who loves owls has a birthday coming up, so I knew those Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamps would be perfect for this card. I am not a big die cut person, but when I saw the Bird Crazy thinlets that goes with the stamps, I had to try them out, and they are great! The Crazy Things stamp set adds the perfect touch of whimsy and humor for my birthday owl. I can’t wait to see how my young friend likes his birthday card.

 MEIHSIA created a tag with her favorite die and background text stamp.

Meihsia Liu Simply Paper Crafts Mixed Media Tag Adventure 600

I was inspired by our summer trip, and created a mixed media tag embellished using Tim Holtz Mini Old Jalopy Die cut with Impression Obsession Beauty Text stamped on it. I colored the background of this tag with Tim Holtz Distress Paints and distressed it using a ColorBox Art Dauber. Can’t wait for our next trip!

MICHELLE used her Waffle Flower stamps to alter a bottle for a fun decor piece.

Simon Says Stamp Tropical Altered Bottle with stamps from Waffle Flower Crafts

I have always been an admirer of my teammate Emma’s Flowers, so I am taking the plunge and trying my hand at making my own. The Leafy Stamp set stamped beautifully on paper colored with  Zig Kuretake Watercolors and the Coordinating Leafy Dies cut perfectly, making my leaves a great companion to dimensional flowers.

Nicole is ready for Autumn.

With Fall just around the corner I am definitely into my Autumn colors.  I love this Leaf Blueprint Framelit die and the ability to make all these great oak leaves.  Who remembers the Thankful Silhouette stamps!  The embossed wheat stamp is always a favorite layer when creating a background.

SANDRA had lots of fun trying out watercolor

Watercolor is kind of new to me, as I see it everywhere, I decided to give it a go and make a background with Watercolor Cakes and of course Watercolor Paper. I browsed through my stamp + punch possibilities and knew that it had to be the Simon Says Stamp Scribble Flower set. The sentiment is embossed with Metallic Pewter. Love that charcoal look.

 SUZZ   was thinking of the Tim Holtz bird punch and a series of tags using the bird punch as a mini focal point.


I have the bird punch and thought it would be fun to use the negative space created from the punch on a series of tags.  I ended up with a series of inpiraatioional tag inside of a tin.  I used the Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Pocket Cards to cover my tin and to create a series of tags.  I mixed up my sentiments from the various Idea-Ology Remnant Rubs and Idea-Ology Big Chat Stickers.  Now I have a tin of inspiration to send to someone as a quick pick me up.

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 3 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.  Please read the challenge rules posted in the side-bar for more information.

  1. Welcome lorraine and best wishes! I wasn’t the original leader – another came before me- but I did so enjoy working with this team the last three years.

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