Simon Says: Explore

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

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

This week, as its Columbus Day today, we are challenging you to:


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!

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Teresa used a small Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag as the base for her vintage inspired explorers scene. She combined Stamperia ‘Around The World’ Paper with Idea-ology products, including Mummy Cloth, Wood Slices, and some Tiny Vials. She also included some Alphanumeric Classic Lower and Christmas Cutouts. She completed the tag with Reindeer Moss and Jute Twine.

Gitta made a vintage travel birthday card using a Tim Holtz Celebrate Colorize Die Set. For the background she used a Fabulous Flourishes Cling Stamp Set and Cargo Layering Stencil, all colored with Distress and Distress Oxide Inks.

Andrea thinks Fall is a beautiful time to go exploring! She made a tag using Waffleflower’s Nesting Tags dies and Paper Rose’s Abstract Trees dies. She stamped the sentiment with Whimsy Stamps’ Alfrogabet stamp set and added patterns with Simple Stories’ Wildflower and Flea Market paper sets.

Anna-Karin made an art journal page about exploring through the lens of a camera, both small and large things. The film strip was stamped with Tim Holtz Captured Moments. The small images were colored with Prismacolor pencils and the tape comes from Tim’s Design Tape Trims.

Barbara invites you to explore the dark part of autumn: Halloween! She created a Halloween-themed Idea-ology Accordion Folio. She used a lot of stamp sets from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous: Exquisite CMS453, The Obscure CMS471, and Regions Beyond CMS274. She chose a brown-purple color palette using Ranger Distress Ink Spray Stains Villainous Potion, Seedless Preserve, Walnut Stain, Antique Linen.

Cheiron is exploring some new colors for Halloween Cards! She blended a panel of Tim Holtz Distress Oxides and used the Simon Says Stamp Arched Forest Dies and Cutting Folder. She added some little Ghosts from the Ghouls and Tree Wafer dies and a CZ Design Boo to finish her card.

Emma used a created a Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Etcetera Panel and Mosaic Tiles as her base for her vintage style project that explores the adventure of a lifetime. She layered a Tim Holtz Snapshot image over the top of die cut autumnal leaves and foliage and completed the make with idea-ology Flourishes and Sprocket Gears.

Kath is inviting you to come along and explore the magic of a walk through a wintry forest. She used Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas 2023 Backdrops, Stampers Anonymous Winter Woodlands and Winterscape, Snowflakes Layering Stencil and Ranger Distress Snowfall Grit Paste and Distress Rock Candy Glitter to decorate her gift bag.

Macarena gone creative and build up the word EXPLORE with Tim Holtz Sizzix Big Frights die and placed it on the Hero Arts Antique Map Bold Prints stamp which she heat embossed in white. It seems that Oliver from Tim Holtz Sizzix Oliver Colorize die will explore the world.

Maura headed to one of her favorite art journals this week – Dyan Reaveley’s 8×8 Creative Journal. She used La La Land Crafts Globe and Compass dies along with Tim Holtz’s Flourish Layering Stencil to create a vintage style page.

Meihsia was inspired to create a mixed media tag using Stamperia ORCHIDS AND CATS 8×8 Paper on the background, and decorated it with AALL & Create Taiwan A7 Clear Stamps and Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps LIFE QUOTES.

Zoey used Tim Holtz Paper Backdrops volume 2 and Distress Paint to decorate the background of her tag. She also decorate the tag with Ideaology Snapshots + Paper dolls

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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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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