Challenge: Say it with stamps!

From phrases to words to simple alphabets, let’s not leave the words out of our STAMPtember celebration! We are embracing all those letter, word, and phrase sentiment stamps that we’ve got and sharing our creations with you this week.

Candy loves inspirational quotes and has filled the pages with them in this inspirational mini tag book.

“Art is the window to the soul”. Don’t you agree that our art reflects our soul? I love inspirational quotes and I also love beautiful, intricate stamps. So I combined my love of both using Darkroom Door’s Gothic Arches to create the cover of my inspirational mini tag book. Crackled, distressed and bound with Tim Holtz’ Ruler Binder, each page features different techniques using Distress Inks and Paints, Embossing Paste, and more. Explore the windows of your soul as you thumb through the pages of this inspiring book.

Andrea’s dad has been dubbed The Quote King. She used his old wallet as a fitting platform to show off her favorite quote stamp.

When you’re a teenager and are up to your eyeballs in a field full of vicious weeds, the last thing you want to hear is a cheerful parent saying, “No matter the labor great or small, do your work well or not at all.” In times like those, it was tempting to opt for “not at all.” But the truth is, those oft-repeated and slightly tweaked quotes that my parents were always saying, especially my dad, stuck with me. Now I find myself repeating those one-liners instead of rolling my eyes at them. As a tribute to my dad, I rescued his beat up old wallet from the garbage and fixed it up with one of my favorite Tim Holtz quote stamps. I also added in a favorite image (that of a typewriter) from Crate Paper’s DIY line. It’s a wallet of possibilities and reminds me to follow in my parents’ footsteps, who absolutely live up to every quote they’ve ever taught me.

Dan chose an inspirational message for his art journal page.

Words are very important to me in my work and they always have to be the right ones, which is why I can often be found cutting up letters and words from phrase stamps and recombining them in a different way! Today though, I opted for some alphabet stamps and I love these grungy letters from KaiserCraft. The members of Her Majesty’s Constabulary came from the Artistic Outpost Steampunk stamp set and were coloured with Promarkers. Finally, Tim’s Rays layering stencil gave me the sunny final touch for the bottom of my page.

Michelle needs a little affirmation to hold it all together.

I wanted to use the Simon Exclusive “Sentiments of Be” set so that I could nurture positive thoughts. The sentiment words were stamped on common clothespins painted with Wild Honey Distress Paint. A perfect Autumn color! Diamond Glaze was used to give those words a bit of sparkle and shine.

Mona was inspired to create a tag featuring an inspirational and encouraging sentiment.

I love to have a homemade tag on hand to share with a family member or special friend when they are in need of words of encouragement. So I stitched some patterned paper on a tag then added one of the many versatile sayings from Stuff To Say. I embellished the tag with a variety of metal trinkets as well as a flower.

Meihsia was inspired to use a stamp on the layout for her summer vacation.

It’s our first time to see glaciers and eat reindeer sausage pizza during our family trip to Alaska this summer. These are really amazing and unforgettable memories. I decided to use this Tim Holtz stamp which has a perfect sentiment for my layout with a photo of my children in Anchorage. There were three different stencils used on the background and I layered some paper and jornaling cards under the photo. We really wish to go to Alaska again soon.

Tracy loves adding dimension to her pieces and this week was no exception using the Postage Stamp Frame.

My inspiration this week came from the Stampers Anonymous Paris Memoir Stamp set which I thought worked beautifully with the Postage Stamp Frame die to create my masculine hanging. I love creating pieces for the men in my life and these images are a blast to create with. I simply spent a couple of days playing around with this piece, shuffling my pieces around until I was happy with the design and layout. I also love to add texture to my pieces and this week corrugated card came to my rescue. Now all I need to do is decide who I am sending it to!

Sandra Mouwen found the perfect quote to make another art journal page

I found this quote from Havelock Ellis on the internet. I totally agree with it. What better way to say it with stamps in my art journal? I so love my new small Dyan Reavely Creative Journal. The quality of the paper is really awesome. The Grunge Font alphabet stamps are from Kaiser Craft. I played with all sorts of mediums on this page. I started with Antique Linen Distress Paint and stamped with it with the Circles of the Grunge Cirque stamp set. Sprayed with Vibrant Turquiose and Fresh Lime Dylusions and dabbed with some Neon Pink Dauber.

Ashli was inspired by one of her favorite Simon Says Exclusive Stamp Sets to create this layout.

My husband has a special place in his heart for cats and Simon’s exclusive For The Record Stamp Set is full of fun sentiments to convey this love. I also couldn’t resist adding in the Kelly Purkey Best Thing Stamp as well! I love the fun texture and contrast this repeated stamping of these sentiments adds to my layout. Once I had them all stamped on, I simply layered up some Studio Calico Atlantic papers, and added in some Basic Grey Captured embellishments. A man and his cat… documented!

Suzz has a great fondness for verses and quotes and was happy to pull out her sentiments and create a few different projects using different quotes.

I was playing around creating a background with glimmer mists and Shari’s new stencil found here. The stormy background had me thinking about how turbulent our lives can be. The sentiment about moments and time from the Visual Artistry The Journey fit perfectly with my background. The man with the umbrella fit with the rain that can sometimes shower down in our lives.

Anna-Karin is very fond of sentiment stamps, which offer a great way of saying something meaningful on all kinds of projects.

I made a layout using a lot of Simon Says Stamp Exclusive stamps and dies. It all began with the wonderful Be and Happy sentiment sets, both of which can be used on so many different types of projects. The hearts stamped with Archival Inks were the perfect addition to my happy layout, as were the word die cuts and the tiny hearts. I also made my own stencil using the Full Card Bubbles die. Happy little hearts and stars are falling from the sky.

For more inspiration click on our design team’s blog links so you can see more photos (and full supply lists) for their projects. Leave them a little comment love while you’re there so they know how they’ve inspired you too, if you’re so inclined.


As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by random generator. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here. This challenge will end at 11:59pm on Sunday October 6th Eastern time.

We will also be choosing some of our entries to put in the spotlight – a special honor where we talk about why we loved that entry in particular and award a special badge too!

For the full rules, read the “challenge rules” posted in the side-bar here on our blog.



  1. More seriously varied, inspiring and utterly professional makes from the team this week. You are such a talented and creative bunch of people. Hugs, Jenny x

  2. Your DT has shared wonderfully creative ways of using words to help convey the subject of their artwork! Love the shading and vintage flavor, and the pretty abstract designs. Thank you for offering this sentiment challenge which includes even single words!

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