Challenge: Tic Tac Toe

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

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

This week the challenge is


The lovely Maura Hibbitts has made this fabulous grid for us to use! Choose a line and use the 3 items in that line, you can also choose a full house option if you’re feeling adventurous!


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



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This is Alison’s last week with us in the Designer Spotlight. We would like to say a huge thank you for all of your creations over the past month. It has been a great pleasure to have you along with us!

Alison  I took the Tic Tac Toe diagonal of Stamp-Stencil-Spray and played in one of my favourite altered book art journals.

SSS Tic Tac Toe-2

The lush meadow is created with lots of layers, from the Wildflower Stencil inked in Peeled Paint Distress Ink, to multiple stamping with the Tim Holtz Twigs and Dried Flower stamps, and then some of the Wildflower Thinlits over the top, altered with embossing powder.  I used the Blossom Layering Stencil with Ranger Transparent Matte Texture Paste to add my cloudy blossoms at the top, and heat-embossed them with off-white powder, before spritzing around them with Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky Distress Spray Stains.  The Layered Dragonfly was made with a layer of embossed acetate so he is mouldable and catches the sunlight, as does the Large Butterfly Punch at the foot of the Found Relatives Occasions vintage photo.  A couple of Small Talk sentiments and lots of inky shading and splatter finish the pages off.  I’ve had a wonderful time here this month – thank you so much for having me!

Andrea went with a stamp, cardboard, washi combo to create a fat little notebook.


In all my days of crafting, this is the very first tic tac toe challenge I’ve ever done!  And I loved it!  Thanks, Maura, for the clever bingo grid and for helping me create something I never would’ve thought of otherwise.  I used some of my favorite new Tim Holtz stamps for the background, namely Halftone and Rings and Sideshow, along with a great little stamp set from Hero Arts called My Words.  And I think I’ve established that I would never last long without my hand-dandy book-binding Cinch tool!

Anna-Karin went with the first row: sequins, gold and stamps.


I like to make notebooks and thought the Tim Holtz Evolution stamps were perfect for a notebook cover. The notebook itself was made from Dina Wakley’s Media Boards. Idea-ology metallic pieces, such as a Gadget Gear, were coloured with Gold Alcohol Ink Mixative. I also coloured some sequins the same way.

Barbara this week works with her favorite products!


For our TIC TAC TOE I chose a diagonal line: stamp, stencil and spray! I created a mini canvas with black background , I love  the contrast with bright colors! Tim Holtz stamps HALFTONE AND RINGS and Dylusions paints for the colorful  background,  Tim Holtz mini stencil set 8  helped me to give some lights in my project with  the white Texture paste! I used Tim Holtz’s  Butterfly  and  Distress sprays as watercolors to color it! I utilized the wonderful stamp  Brave by Seth Apter   and Tim Holtz Sizzix Die Believe (obviously a little bit changed!) to create  my sentiment!

Cathie decided to try a little doodling along with some of her favorite stamps.
Bingo Final
The spray, doodle and washi combination was one I wanted to try. I love to doodle and I have to admit, I spent most of my time in class doodling instead of taking notes when I was a kid. I used Dyan Reaveley’s Fancy Florals and Background Love stamp sets to get the doodling started and then added my own doodles. The adorable little bird is from Dina Wakley’s Scibbly Small Birdies stamp set and painted with Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paints. I love birds and they always make me smile which led to the sentiment I chose for my mixed media panel. I used Dyan Reaveley’s Dy’s Alphabet stamp set for part of the sentiment.

Cheiron chose her favorite combo of spray, stencil and stamp.

Cheiron Brandon- Keep Some Room tag

I decided to break out Tim’s Crazy Cats this week to create a fun tag. I created the base of my page with Distress Spray Stains in Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers. I “stamped” onto my tag using a stencil from the Mini Stencil Set 7 using Blueprint Sketch Distress Spray Stain. I added some Crazy Things (tie and sunnies) and a Numbers remnant rub and a quote band colored in with a picket fence Distress Crayon then tied on with linen ribbon.

Emma felt adventurous and decided to go for a full house!


The combinations for this challenge are limitless but this week I felt adventurous and decided to go for a full house, creating a tile panel using all nine options! I started with a piece of watercolour card and spritzed the moistened card with Broken China Distress Spray Ink and Gold Foil Color Bloom Spray, letting the spray drip and run around the cardstock. I then added Tissue Tape to my background before stamping with the Type stamp and applying Texture Paste through the Tim Holtz Herringbone Layering Stencil. Once dry, I spritzed over the top with some more sprays and added highlights of paint to create a shimmer to the background. I used the Tim Holtz Sand & Sea die to die cut cardboard and added these together with Wildflowers, die cut from gold metallic kraft core cardstock. As a finishing touch, I added a scattering of sequins from the 28 Lilac Lane Minty Fresh Embellishment Bottle and doodled around the edge with a black pen.

Kath chose the bottom line to create an art journal page with lots of doodling and washi tape on a spray background


I covered the pages with a layer of White Gesso and spritzed with Hickory Smoke Distress Stain Spray, spritzed with water letting it run and do it’s own thing, then patted with a paper towel to lighten up the colour. I stamped the images from Hero Arts Friend Collage randomly over the background using Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and Ranger Wendy Vecchi Orange Blossom Archival Ink. I then applied lots of  Idea-ology Tissue Tape and covered the surface with Distress Collage Medium. I stamped Hero Arts Painted Poppy with Ranger Wendy Vecchi Tea Rose Archival and the small flower image from Friend Collage with Sky Blue Archival on to white cardstock and used a Fine Black Liner Pen to doodle around the edges and in the centres of the blue flowers, cut them out and fixed to the page. I coloured strips of white card with Orange Blossom and Sky Blue Archival using the direct to paper method and doodled the sentiment with the Black Fine Liner Pen, cut them out and fixed to the page. I used the Black Soot Distress Marker and Detailer Water Brush to create shadows around the flowers and tissue tape and added Ranger Black Enamel Accents to the large flower and some circle rub-ons I found in my stash.

Lols  used the sequins/stencil/washi diagonal


I was going to try for the full house but chickened out *wink*. I used a Tim Holtz Baby Blueprints Stroller to make this card and made an envelope to go with it. I started by blending Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and then stencilled Falling Hearts over the top. I splattered Lindy’s Gang Hibiscus Rose and Creme Brûlée over the top, I also used the Hibiscus Rose for colouring the pram. I finished with a few Gold Sequins and String and a strip of washi tape to finish.

Macarena‘s choice is Spray-Stencil-Stamp (with some doodling)


The whole work is done on a heavy watercolor paper covered randomly with white gesso and with little dots made with the Mini Tiny Circles. The same stencil is used on the butterflies‘ wings but only touched with a Hickory Smoke Distress Ink. The butterflies are cut out and partly glued to make a very 3D effect. I love to play with sprays on wtercolor paper and gesso. The crazy effects are so inspiring that I just can’t stop! I spried some pink shades with Lindy’s  Spray (Salt Water), Dylusions Ink Spray (Cherry Pie) and lastly add some Bubble Gum Paint and Magicals Powder (Raspberry Lemonade). The glitter grey is made with Lindy’s Spray (Midnight Rendezvous). After have all that dry, I gentle smoothed it with White Dylusions Paint and I stamped the Out Loud text randomly and doodled with Black Chaleleon.

Maura is playing high fashion bingo.



I am probably the last person to ask for fashion advice unless you might be asking me about color, but Dina Wakley makes it so easy to be a fashionista with her Silhouetted Women stamps. Pair a lovely lady with a great script background like the one from Paper Artsy Hot Picks, dyed in Simon Says Stamp High Dive and Jellybean inks, and topped off with Tim Holtz’s Cracked Pistachio distress ink, and I think we are ready for the runway. Oh, I can’t forget some blitz and bling with 28 Lilac Lane French Quarter and Heidi Swapp Gold Lame, and now she is ready to step out!

Meihsia created a mixed media tag using stamps, stencils and sprays.

Meihsa Liu Simply paper crafts mixed media tag simon says stamp monday challenge 600
I really had fun creating this mixed media tag using Distress Sprays over Tim Holtz Stencil Valentine on the background. There are text patterns stamped with Perfectly Stamper Anonymous on the tag. I adhered some metal embellishments and Prima Flowers using Tombow Mono Glue.

Sandra went for sequins-stencil-washi combo

Had so much fun with this challenge. I’ve started with creating the background of the tag. With Frayed Burlap and Broken China I’ve build up the first layer to create a sandy beach scene. Then I’ve used the Ringer stencil and went over it with the same Distress colors. The whimsical beach house is from Simon Says Stamps newest release Amongst the Stars. It’s one of Suzy’s Sizzling Water Color Paintable Prints. I’ve colored it in with Prima Water Color Pencils. The look was a bit to bright so I went over it with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

Zoey choose the trio Blue/Stencil/Cardboard and made this tag


I used a bunch of Distress Paint in the range of blue green and yellow to create my backrgound, then I used two stencils by Tim Holtz…and of course the base of my tag was cardboard! I used a sizzix die to cut my tag shape from the cardboard. as always to finish it off I used a stickers from the Tim Holtz ideaology stickers sheets.

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. Had to read this twice after looking at samples for how it works. I figured it out, it think this is a cool way to issue a challenge!

  2. This was difficult to understand the challenge at first. I had to give it more thought than usual. Now I understand and I like the options possible with the tic-tac-toe grid.

  3. Love the fun challenge! Was inspired with the design teams beautiful work to create something for this challenge .Awesome projects.

  4. Fabulous inspiration board, Maura. And the DT’s projects are incredible as well. Love this kind of challenge. Thanks for the encouragement for trying something new. Cheers!

  5. There is such a fun mix of projects by the DT members, with all the possibilities available through the beautiful tic-tac-toe this week. I had fun with this challenge, criss crossing the central horizontal and vertical lines. If you celebrate the 4th of July, have fun!

  6. Can you please delete my card , entry # 82. I deleted it from my splicoaststamper gallery by accident and will have to re-upload. So sorry for the mistake. Thank you.

  7. What a cool challenge. LOVE the inspiration photo. And Emma – your card stopped me in my scrolling tracks. So much lovely detail to take in. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. What an incredible gallery of inspirational projects by the design team . Fabulous challenge too . x

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