Challenge: Best Friends



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

The Design Team call is now closed. We are looking carefully at all of your blogs and this is going to be a VERY tough decision, you are all so talented! Good Luck to all

Please scroll down to see who are in the Designer Spotlight and who is the lucky winner of the ‘Stencil It’ Challenge!

This week the challenge is


there are lots of ways you can interpret this theme, so we will be looking forward to seeing your interpretation of it!

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



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Zoey  made this for her best friend, Chiara, to let her know how much important she is!



I used a mixture of Peacock Feathers , Vintage Photo , Walnut Stain Weathered Wood ,Antiqued BronzeShaded Lilac and Black Soot Distress Paints to achieve this patina look. For the cluster my favorite Crowded Attic and Postale Tissue Paper worked perfectly! I distressed the edge with a Paper Distresser and then used Walnut Stain around the edges. The cord is braided using Hemptique Natural Bamboo cord and the decorations are all by Tim Holtz Idea-ology.

Home is the place where Andrea has always found her best friends.


How blessed am I to have my besties related to me?  I have always loved being home with the people I love and I wanted to pay homage to that homey feeling by making three little houses.  I used the Hero Arts 3D Fancy House Die and did a nifty trick with my Sizzix Big Shot when I cut them to make them into varying heights.  I decorated them with some wonderful paper from Webster’s Pages Hall Pass collection and with some Simple Stories Carpe Diem Illustrated Life stickers.

Anna-Karin hopes her boys will still be best friends when they are older.


I wanted to scrap this year’s Christmas photo, since I might forget to do so when it is again Christmas. The background was created with stamps from Prima and watercolours. I embellished the page with various Simon Says Stamp die cuts, such as the Sketch Trees, and some more stamping. There are also some stenciled clouds and hearts.

Barbara thinks that friendship is one of the most important feelings  for each of us!

best friends Simon

I believe that the distance is not a problem  for the true friends: the feeling is the most important thing! I decided to create a Burlap Panel with a lot of things Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Found relatives image,Gilded accents Remnant Rubs on the frame, Ephemera pack vellum Expedition and the beautiful butterfly by Sizzix! I think I’ll give as a gift  to my best friend!

Cheiron made this card for one of those friends who will help you out with just about anything.cheiron- good friends card_

I made this fun friendship card using a sentiment from the Tim Holtz Way with Words set and a photo from Tim’s Photobooth cards.  The background was created by adding Distress Inks in Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade and Carved Pumpkin to my background, and an accent from the Gilded Foil remnant rubs.

Emma had so much fun creating this card, perfect for that special person in your life!


I wanted to make a fun project this week and when it comes to fun, there’s nothing better than those Bird Crazy stamps which always make me smile! So, with the help of two of my feathered best friends, fondly renamed as “the tweethearts”, I created a large tag shaped card and based it around the Tim Holtz Wonderful Life stamp which I mounted onto an inky background and layers of Metallic Kraft Core Card Stock.

Lols used a canvas created at the Simon Says Stamp CREATE event for her inspiration to make one for her best friend.


The lovely Shari Carroll designed a beautiful canvas for the Create Event and I was lucky enough to make one too. My best friend loved it too so I made this along similar lines for her. I started with a 6×6″ canvas and primed with White Gesso, I then splattered with Tumbled Glass, Black Marble, and Pale Tomato inks. I then used White Embossing Paste a Splatters Stencil and a sprinkling of Pumice Stone Distress Glitter. I used a Butterfly Duo Stamp and Embossing Set  a Hearts Die  and a Scribbles and Splatt Die to decorate the canvas. I hope she likes it!

Maura is scrapbooking her mountain adventures with her hubby.



I made my husband a scrapbook of our camping adventures out west to give to him at Christmas. I loved using the We R Memory Keepers photo sleeves in a wide range of layouts. They really sped up the process! I used up a lot of paper scraps in my stash with these too. The Pitt pens are perfect for journaling, and my go to black pens. Loved looking back on our adventure together.

Meihsia was inspired to create a mixed media art journal page.

Meihsia Liu Simply paper Crafts Mixed Media Art Journal Friend 6001

I made a friendship themed art journal page with some mixed media elements this week. The background of the page was colored with Distress Paints, and stenciled with Distress Spray and Tim Holtz Layering Stencil. The sentiments were stamped with Simon Says Stamp Oh Happy Day and Clearsnap black ink pad.

Sandra had lots of fun making this friend themed spread
It was a while ago I played in my art journal and with my Gelatos. I so love the drippage effect you get with those. To create some more dimension, I’ve applied some Embossing Paste with the Doily stencil. Underneath I’ve added a layer of Gesso, else the Gelatos won’t blend as nice.

Suzz  was inspired to use an embroidery hoop this week.


I decided to create a wedding / anniversary inspired hoop.  What a lovely keepsake for a couple.  The background is a stenciled pattern using Ranger Distress Ink Victorian Velvet and Tim Holtz Layering Stencil – Flourish.   I think it is sweet when you see couples who are best friends and the Tim Holtz Idea-Ology – Found Relatives has the lovely vintage couple all dressed up in their finery for their official pose.


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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  1. As every monday there so much inspiration here!!!
    and I love to see 2 lovely italian creative artists who i personally know and esteem a lot!

  2. This challenge came at a time when I really needed to remember my best friend. Thanks SSS for always knocking it outta the park! I had a blast creating for this theme!!!

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