Simon Says: A New Start

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year with your family and friends.

Welcome to the first theme of 2024 on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

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

This week we are challenging you to make:


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 Brutus Monroe. 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!

Please 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


Rox created a page in her Dina Wakley Art Journal using some gorgeous new Brutus Monroe Fairy Portal Layering Stencils along with Distress Inks and a Distress Sprayer. The sentiments are from a Dina Wakley Typed Ledger and she used a Tim Holtz Paper Doll and Transparent Wings. She layered the piece on Gold Metallic Cardstock and machine stitched around the edge to finish.

Andrea made a tag notebook using Brutus Monroe Mixed Media Tags and Brutus Monroe Alabaster Ultra Fine Embossing Powder. She also used two of her favorite stamp sets from Tim Holtz: Sideshow and Media Marks 2.

Anna-Karin made a New Year’s Tag this week with lots of gold and glitter. The background was made with Brutus Monroe Lots of Lines Slimline stencil. The foliage was die cut with Simon Says Stamp Berry Stems and Tim Holtz Festive Gatherings.

Barbara created a card to wish everyone a Happy New Year! She chose to create a card using the Mega Thick White Cardstock by Simon Says Stamp for the background and the pine cones in the center, the 3D Embossing Folder Lumber die by Tim Holtz Sizzix together with the Cinnamon Sugar Embossing Powder by Brutus Monroe. The sentiment was taken from the Christmastime 2 set by Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous and used with Ranger Ink’s Vintage Pearl Embossing Powder.

Cheiron was still hanging on to her Christmas supplies and created a fun New Year’s card using the letters and banner in the Santa Greetings set. She added a ton of sparkle with Brutus Monroe Shimmer Splash in GIlded and tons of stars cut from Metallic Kraft Stock using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Falling Stars die.

Emma is looking forward to a new year and decided to welcome 2024 by making an Art Deco inspired card. She used the Brutus Monroe Macrame Stencil to create a gold embossed faux enamelled background and combined this with Tim Holtz/Sizzix dies, including Tailored Thinlits Die Set, Falling Stars and Bold Alphanumeric.

Kath created a card to welcome in the new year and wish you all a very happy and healthy 2024 using Brutus Monroe Watercolor Galaxy 6″ x 6″ papers, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous BottleBrush Trees, Retro Flakes, Sizzix Alphanumeric Bold Thinlits, Simon Says BottleBrush Trees, Stitched Slopes, Winter Village and Harmony Snowflakes dies.

Lols made a card for her daughter who is just starting a new job! She used a Brutus Monroe Flower Market Paper Pack, Heat Resistant Vellum Sheets and Sterling Sparkle Embossing Powder. She machine stitched the vellum to the patterned paper, to create a shaker pouch, and added a Honey Bee Lovely Layers Wildflower and a Tim Holtz Small Talk Sentiment Sticker to finish.

Maura wishes each of you a new year filled with joy. She headed to her art journal and created a page to begin the year, using Brutus Monroe’s Aqua Pigments of Rust, Dorothy and Wicked Witch. She added more texture with the Brutus Monroe Slimline Weave stencil and Simon Says Stamp Paprika Pawsitively Saturated ink.

Meihsia was inspired to create a mixed media tag using Brutus Monroe Dream Bigger Stamp and Die Bundle and Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad Set Of 12 Ranger to create a dream catcher, and added sentiments using Tim Holtz Idea-ology METALLIC Sticker Book.

Zoey used Tim Holtz Idea-ology Collector Ephemera Layers + Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ephemera Pack Field Notes to decorate the panel. She used Tim Holtz Sizzix Alphanumeric Stretch Lower and Numbers Thinlits Dies to spell “2024”. She used Brutus Monroe Not Your Mama’s cardstock for the back of the panel

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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