Challenge: Throwback




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

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

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This week we challenge you to choose a previous challenge! Maybe there is a challenge you would like to repeat or maybe you missed one and you would like another chance to try it out!  You will find all of our previous challenges in the archives on the sidebar. Have a browse and I am sure there will be something that you would like to join in with. We are looking forward to seeing which challenge you choose and what you make!

Please be sure to tell us which challenge you chose on your blog post.

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Andrea loved the October 2013 “Spooky” challenge and made some Halloween treat bags in its honor.


I’ve said before that since I am NOT a baking or cooking superstar, I go for the gusto with my treat packaging instead of the treat itself!  I loved spook-i-fying these glassine bags using several products from Taylored Expressions, namely the Witch Boot die, the Toil and Trouble cling stamp set and the Witches Brew cling stamp set.

Anna-Karin is very happy about the challenge that got her to start art journaling.


One of my favourite challenges were a STAMPtember challenge from 2013, when we used Simon Says Stamp exclusive products and an art journaling kit.  It made me start art journaling, something I am very happy about. This week, I did a double pager in the new Ranger Dylusions 8 x 8 square journal, using stamps, stencils and paint by Dina Wakley. The circles were die cut with the SSS Circle Loops die.

Barbara is looking forward to Christmas, time of the year that she loves much!


Christmas is definitely the  time of year  that I love more!!!  I’ve chose one of my favourite challenge of the last year,  December 2014: “Holiday cards“. Bird Crazy and  Tim Holtz’s  Festive Scribbles Thinlits are perfect to start  to create cards and tags for my friends! I added little touch of  sparkle  to give a festive touch: Wink of stella  and Stickles are  wonderful for this  purpose!!!  I hope you like my first Christmas card  of 2015!

Cheiron was inspired by the A Cameo Appearance challenge from Feb 2014.

wicked tag by cheiron_

I love all things made with cameos, and I have been saving these Crypt Cameos for a spooky Halloween project. I made my tag using Wilted Violet Distress Spray stain, and added some black embossing paste through the Tim Holtz Batground layering stencil to create my background, then topped it off with the cameo that I attached using the “chain” from the Gothic Industrious Stickers.

Emma was inspired by the light of the silvery moon.


Inspired by last year’s “To The Moon” challenge, I made a card using the black cat from the Hocus Pocus die set, showing that it doesn’t have to be just for Halloween ~ this one is just to say…’hello”! I stood my glittered cat on a wall created with the Bricked Layering Stencil and Texture Paste and a background inked with Distress Inks before surrounding him with autumnal die cut leaves.

Maura‘s challenged by the blues this week. Throwback challenge: Blues, from January 2014


Art Journals can be a wonderful outlet to put words into thoughts, and let your emotions out. This week mine came out in the blues. Lots of blues, from distress inks in Blueprint to Mermaid’s Lagoon to Salty Ocean. The Kaisercraft Time Machine stamps worked beautifully to create the background.

Meihsia was inspired to make another piece for the Autumn is in the Air theme this week.

Meihsia Liu Simply Paper Crafts Autumn Mixed Media Canvas Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge 600
I just love the cool weather and falling leaves so much in this season, so I created another Autumn mixed media piece this week. After applying Gesso on this canvas, I colored it with Izink inks. The leaves were colored with izink, too, and die cut with Sizzix Fall Foliage Thinlits Die. Some Tim Holtz metal embellishments were attached for more interest.

Michelle was inspired by a Paint Challenge from June 2014.

Altenew Painted Golden Garden Flowers for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge by Michelle Zerull

They say that a little paint goes a long way, but I disagree. More paint equals more fun! I had fun painting my tag with lots and lots of layers. The loose designs from the Golden Garden Altenew Stamps were easy to paint. And the sentiment, an older Stampers Anonymous classic, made a great focal image.

Sandra made some Halloween ATC’s inspired by the Paint it up challenge
I was inspired by my own tag I made back in August of 2012 for this throwback challenge. I just learned this dry brush technique and now I wanted to make it into an Halloween ATC. So I grabbed the Deluxe, Antique and Mini Gears dies and also the Fine Spider Webs die for the texture. I’m in love with the Undertaker stamp set.

Suzz had fun revisiting all the fun challenges but was drawn to the White Challenge.


How fun to look back at all the fun challenges and pick out one to be inspired by.  I am always drawn to monochromatic color schemes.  The all white challenge has you thinking of how to create depth, texture and interest with a plain color palette.   Emma’s use of the Stylish Lady from Tim Holtz Runway stamps    a few weeks ago had me thinking of a wedding card featuring a bride.   I layered in some lacy stenciling using Tim Holtz’s  Doily Layering Stencil with Wendy Vecchi’s White Embossing Paste.  To add a touch of the bridal glamour I covered the embossing paste with  Stampendous Crystal Glitter.  A shimmery elegant wedding card all ready to send.

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! For the full rules, read the “challenge rules” posted in the side-bar here on our blog.


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