Challenge: Take A Leap Into The Unknown



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

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This week the challenge is,


As today is Leap Day we are leaping into the unknown! You choose to use a new technique, or it can also mean a new way of life, getting engaged, married, having a baby, new job, the possibilities are endless!

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Andrea took an experimental leap by creating something she’d never made before: chairs!


Nothing beats a comfy chair even if these are a little on the wonky side!  I sewed and stuffed the cushions, which are made from some fabulous new patterned paper collections: Soiree by Bo Bunny and Family Ties by PhotoPlay.  And don’t you love those sassy speech bubbles?  I cut them out of a piece of patterned paper from the Like a Girl collection, also by PhotoPlay.  My chairs were begging for a human element, so I added some chic ladies from Tim Holtz’s Photobooth strips.

Anna-Karin made a canvas about imagining new possibilities.


On this canvas, I used my brand-new Distress Crayons, as well as Tim Holtz three new Collage Media. The focal point is a Blueprint stamp and ephemera pieces were layered and collaged on the background. I also used both new and old idea-ology pieces, such as a Watch Cameo and a Word Band.

Barbara   took a leap of imagination and invented a character, Hugo, the cat!


This week I couldn’t resist and I used a lot of new Tim Holtz’s stuff! My leap is a big leap in the imagination: I used  my new stamps set  to invent a steampunk cat that I named Hugo ( like  Hugo Cabret). I created a tag where my dapper  Hugo  is the star, with his plumed hat and a themed background full of gears!

Cathie I have always admired the skill of quilling and have seen some beautiful pieces of art using this technique.


I always wondered what quilled flowers would look like on a mixed media project and if the thin layers of paper would hold up to paints and sprays. I decided to take a leap and give it a try and was quite pleased with the outcome. A special tool, such as Spellbinders Quilling Tool, is needed for this technique. I used several Prima Junkyard Findings and  Idea-ology Timepieces and  Sprocket Gears along with some paper flowers for the final touches and sprayed the piece with Mermaid Lagoon and Fossilized Amber Distress Inks.

Cheiron made a card for a friend who is taking a leap into a new career.


This week I made a quick and easy card for a friend who is about to start a new chapter in her life. The background was made with a piece of paper from the Project Life Sweet Edition 6 x 6 pad, and I added a heart stamped onto paper from the same pad with the Dina Wakley Collaged Hearts set and finished it off with an inspiring sentiment from the Mama Elephant labeled messages set.

Emma leapt at the opportunity to use her village dwelling dies for the very first time!


I’ve been waiting for just the right moment to use the Village Dies from Tim Holtz and when I saw the theme of this challenge and saw the word ‘wedding’, I just knew this was the time to break out those beautiful dies and start creating my village. I combined the Village Dwelling die with the Bell Tower die to die cut white woodgrain card stock to create the base of my church before surrounding it with Tiny Tattered Florals and Woodland Trees and adding the finished piece to a wooden base altered with Distress Paints.

Kath made a Wedding Memory Book using 2 new techniques

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I used a Distress Crayon Resist technique and used the Paper Mosaic Kit with fabric.

Lols’s Crazy Birds are taking a leap and getting married!


My nephew will soon be getting married to his beautiful fiancee and this is the card I made for them. I created a background by inking white card with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, I then used some White Embossing Paste, a Falling Hearts Stencil and a sprinkling of Prisma Glitter to add to the romance. I  inked a little piece of acetate with Alcohol Inks to make the stained glass windows in the Church. I colored the happy couple with Distress Inks, don’t they look a handsome pair!

Macarena leapt into a new technique.


This canvas is going to encourage me to do anything I have doubts about. I made it quite mixed media because it’s my recent passion! The background is covered with light and coarse modeling paste to give it dimension and texture. I love to spill aquarel inks on it. The effect is amazing and every time diferent. It’s a lot of fun. The main element was framed with Postage Stamp Frame Die ans embossed with Embossing Folder and finally touched with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. Behind the frame there are pieces of Brick Wall Die and some pieces of gauze covered with Clear Embossing Ink and then with Embossing Black powder. I have never done it before! Lastly I gave some touch of Out Loud Stamp randomly.

Maura’s frog is leaping to catch a butterfly!


I really tried heading into the unknown this week, but frogs kept leaping around in my imagination. Since the frogs were calling, I listened and pulled out my Tim Holtz Flip Frame, measured it up and started playing. I found the perfect frog from Prima and started out by painting it with Lucky Clover Distress Paint. It’s corny, but I also just had to use Frogtape with this project.  I stamped some circle images with Simon’s High Dive ink. This is the first time I’ve tried Simon Says Stamp ink, and I love it!

Meihsia was inspired to create bookmarks and wall art with watercolors.

Meihsia Liu Simply Paper Crafts Handlettering Watercolor flower 600

This week, I wanted to challenge myself to create some home decor with watercolor painting and brush lettering. This wall art was painted with Sakura Koi Watercolors and Pentel Aquash Brushes on watercolor paper. I also created some bookmarks on heavy white cardstock for my planner. I really enjoy watercolor painting and brush lettering.

Sandra was inspired by a love story
I love romantic movies, and so I made this tag inspired by those kind of films. I like the more modern kind, but this picture of the Ephemera pack was just perfect. I used it with the  Something Blue paper pack. It’s so much fun photo tinting with the Watercolor Pencils from Prima Marketing.

Zoey took the leap into the unknown balancing between her fears and dreams…



I worked on two Ranger #10 Manila Tag and adhered some scaps paper and my beloved Tim Holtz Idea-ology Postale tissue paper to decor the background and my little wire man! I colored the background using a mix of Finetec MICA Watercolor Pearl Paint and Twinkling H20 Basic Rainbow and a final touch with Colourarte Basic Primary Elements. I also loved Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ring Fasteners as touch on the umbrella!

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. Thank you for another challenge – lovely DT creations – always like viewing the DT and their techniques posted on each challenge – have a blessed week

  2. Just entered the Monday Challenge for the first time. I’m new and still learning, but having such a great time! Such a lot of inspiration and creativity here. x

  3. Thank you for another wonderful challenge theme! I LOVED what the DT did on all their projects!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

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