Simon Says: Grunge It Up

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

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

This week we are challenging you to:

Grunge It Up

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 Carabelle Studio. 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!

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This week we’re welcoming back the lovely Anita Rao into the Designer Spotlight. If you haven’t visited her blog before then you are in for a real treat!

Anita made a grungy zine journal with thin layers of acrylic paints applied using a Gel Press 8 x 10 Reusable Gel Printing Plate. In the background, she used Carabelle Studio Garlands of Leaves Stamp, and for the insects, she used various stamps from Tim Holtz Entomology stamp set.

Andrea made a happy-grungy tag using Carabelle Studio’s Head and Shoulders stamp set. She used AALL & Create’s Tag it Yourself die set to get some great tattered edges. She also used Studio Light’s Scallop Fun die (Art by Marlene).

Anna-Karin started to make an Artist Trading Card and then decided to place it on a card and add a grungy background. She used Carabelle Studio Raton Laveur Small stamp for the cute focal image. The background was embossed in Tim Holtz’s 3-D Mosaic folder and misted with Distress Spray Stain.

Barbara created a tag using as her focal point a tree from the stamps set Winter Woodlands by Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous. She chose a stencil from Carabelle Studio, Constellation, to create the snowy effect on the tree also added Ranger Rock Candy Glitter to give a little bit of sparkle to the tag

Cheiron used the Carabelle Studios Hamsa stamp as the focal point on her card created a grungy watercolor background using Distress Ink Reinkers, Stoked Dina Wakley Gloss, and the Tim Holtz Speckles and Numbered Layering stencils. She finished her card with a sentiment from the Noteworthy stamp set.

Emma created a Stampers Anonymous Etcetera Panel, and used the Carabelle Studios Mix & Match Stencil Set to create a textured background. She used The Scarecrow Stamp Set by Tim Holtz as her focal point and surrounded the image with Sizzix/Tim Holtz Funky Floral 3 and Modern Floristry Die Cuts before completing the piece with a grungy Large Hinge Clip and Hardware Heads.

Kath created an Autumn card using Peeled Paint and Rusty Hinge Distress Oxide inks for her colour theme and Carabelle Studio Entomologie Le Papillon for the focal point. She added texture with Simon Says Wistful Leaves Embossing Folder, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Berry Leaves Mini Layering Stencil with Black Distress Texture Paste and stamped the leaves and sentiment using Simon Says Cozy Autumn Hugs stamp set.

Macarena made a 50th Birthday card using a Carabelle Studio A Ladybug’s Dream stamp for the background. The numbers were made with Tim Holtz Element Stencil Mechanical. She also added a suitcase hand from Stamperia Lady Vagabond Lifestyle Suitcase mold to give some more dimension.

Maura got grungy in her art journal using Carabelle Studio’s Dans Mon Art Journal stamp, Tim Holtz’s Ringer Layering Stencil, Tim Holtz Label Quote Chips, and one of her favorite art journals – Ranger Dylusions Creative 8×8 Journal.

Meihsia was inspired to create a mixed media tag using Tim Holtz Clear Stamps and Stencil NOTEWORTHY on the background, and decorated it with Carabelle Studio FACE IT! Cling Stamps and Tim Holtz Idea-ology LABEL STICKERS THOUGHTS

Zoey used Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Cargo and Distress Spray Ink to create the background. She also used Distress Resist Spray to create a resist effect over the inked background. Tim Holtz Sizzix Leaf Fragments are perfect to create a grunge effect, she used Distress Ink to grunge them up and used embellishments from ideaology to decorate it even more.

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. Thank you so much for having me in the spotlight again! I look forward to the rest of this month. Love the amazingly creative and inspiring projects by the DT–as always, you folks rock! :-) xoxo Anita

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