Challenge: Red White And/Or Blue



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

Thank you for joining us for the Tic tac Toe Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too. Please scroll down to see who is in the spotlight and whois the lucky winner!

This week the challenge is


you can choose one, two or all three colors, it is your choice!

This week we are showcasing Indigoblu and  the Design Team are all using their products. CLICK HERE to see the whole range!

The lovely Barbara Schiassi made this lovely graphic for us to use



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We are welcoming the super talented Aida Haron  in the Designer Spotlight this month. If you haven’t visited Aida’s lo then you are in for a real treat!

 Aida  made this gorgeous canvas 



This Monday’s challenge for Red/White/Blue immediately gave me ideas and being the 4th of July, I wanted to create a project to wish friends and everyone in the US crafting community a Happy Fourth !! I used a flat back 6x8in canvas with the Sizzix the Tim Holtz Postage Stamp Frame, the center cut out with the the largest Rectangle Movers and Shapers Repositionable die. The Tim Holtz Correspondence Journal cards were the perfect size to fill the project and the elements included a die-cutGlitter paper heart, and Ideaology metal star as well as Journal pieces.

Andrea included red, white and blue in her USA-themed card and decided to create three colorful bonus tags, too.


I always think of the US (land that I seriously do love) when I hear “red, white, and blue,” so I used Tim Holtz’s United States thinlits die as my focal point for my card and tag trio.  I incorporated a lot of reds/pinks and blue/teals in my card and for all of my projects, I added patterns and designs using IndigoBlu’s Calculus stamp, Rain Droplets stamp, and Rugged Edge stamp.

Anna-Karin had fun turning the IndigoBlu Periodic Table of Elements into a hill.


I enjoyed making a little summer scene on a glossy tag, using mainly stamps from the IndigoBlu Clumber Park set, which are perfect for scenic stamping. I managed to stick to only red, blue and white, with the addition of a tiny bit of beige. The stamping was done with Red Geranium Archival Ink and Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy. The sentiment comes from the new Uplifting Thoughts stamp set by Simon Says Stamp. I thought it fitted well with the dog stamp. For dogs, almost every day is a good day to smile.

Barbara loves this color combination and used  Indigoblu Stamp Crackleglaze for the star.


I couldn’t choose just one color of these three because together  they are fabulous! Even though I’m  Italian, I love to create a project each year for July 4, this time I wanted to test myself with the fabric! I chose the wonderful Indigoblu Stamp “Crackleglaze” to create  my star, cut with Sizzix Tim Holtz die 3-D STAR BRIGHT. Substrate sheets in brown color ,Textile surfaces in blue color and Tim Holtz stencil “Stars” for the background, Eclectic element and various Idea ology strings and ribbons for the rest of my piece!

Cathie created a wall hanging to celebrate the 4th of July.

final with wood

I created my wall hanging using IndigoBlu Tasty Textures and Ink Splat Butterfly stamps and my sentiment was created using the Tim Holtz Alpha Grunge background stamp. I added some Idea-ology Souvenir Adornments and Number Tokens attached to a metal chain link and hung those from the Tim Holtz Display Hanger. To finish off my display, I added some Tim Holtz Mirrored Stars to the display hanger.

Cheiron create a tag perfect to tie on a 4th of July treat for her favorite pups using Indigo Blu Dukes Gang stamps.

cheiron- red white and blue tag_

I created my tag this week using some cork textured surfaces as a base and spraying with them with Distress Stains in Mermaid Lagoon and Candied Apple.  I used the same stains to color in my Reverse Confetti Happy Pretty Panels die and stamped it with a sentiment from the Whole Lotta Happy set. I then added these cute little pups from the Indigo Blu Duke’s Gang stamps, watercolored in using Distress Inks in Mermaid Lagoon and Candied Apple.

Emma created a celebration of the 4th of July using IndigoBlu’s Limor Circles stamp set to create the background.


I love creating backgrounds and for this challenge I found the perfect set of stamps to work with for my 4th of July panel! I started with a piece of canvas paper and stamped the circles from the Limor Circles stamp set across the centre. I painted the circles with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Snowflake paint for the white areas and then, Festive Berries and Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint for the red and blue. I also added a touch of gesso into the coloured circles. I then completed my background with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Distress Paints to create a vintage look before layering die cut metal Stacked Stars, embossed with the Tiny Stars Texture Fade, vintage Ephemera pieces, a beautiful image from the Occasions Found Relative set and to complete the panel, a Letterpress number.

Kath loves butterflies and created a garden themed tile.


I covered the chipboard tile with a thick layer of white gesso and while it was still wet laid down the die cuts from Sizzix/Tim Holtz Mixed Media Thinlits. Once it was dry I pounced on more gesso with a paper towel to create a stippled whitewashed garden wall effect. I applied a coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte over the tile and coloured the die cuts with the Chipped Sapphire Distress Crayon rubbing it in to the detail with my finger and smudging to create a softer look. I added Wildflower Thinlits die cuts and used the Faber Castell Walnut Brown Big Brush Pen to create shadows around the die cuts. I stamped the butterflies from the Indigo Blue Floral Fantasty Stamp set on to Ranger Watercolor Paper with Black Archival Ink and coloured with Candied Apple and Chipped Sapphire Distress Markers using Ranger Detailer Water Brush and added highlights with the Signo Uniball White Pen. I cut them out and fixed the first layer of butterflies with Distress Collage Medium Matte, fixing the second layer with a spot of  Glossy Accents on the body section only to create dimension. I stamped the sentiment on to SSS black card with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder, cut out to create individual word tiles. I used the Walnut Brown Faber Castell Pen to add shadows around the butterflies and sentiment and added splatters using Black Soot and Picket Fence Distress Spray Stains. I coloured Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon with Candied Apple Distress Spray Stain and created a double bow, finishing off with a twine bow. I used the Black Soot Distress Paint Dabber to colour the edge of the tile.

Lols made a 4th of July card using an Indogoblu Tasty Textures Background Stamp


One of these days I will go to the US during the 4th of July celebrations, I am sure the atmosphere during the parades would be amazing! I made this card to wish all of my friends on the other side of the pond a vey Happy 4th July! I used some Corrugated Card for the base and then splattered some Watercolor Paper with London Blue and White Linen Inks. I stamped the stripes with Hero Arts Red Royal ink and then coloured the Stacked Stars with Faded Jeans Paint and London Blue ink before sprinkling with Blue Glitter. I die cut a Star using Burlap and then aded a few splurges of Gesso before adhering the Small Talk Stickers to finish

Macarena will always remember using Indigo Blu Dinkie Poppy Stamp


I covered the tag with White Gesso randomly and unevenly. After that I applied the gesso through the Mini Tiny Circles stencil. I wet the surface, put Red and Blue Ecoline letting it spread upright over the tag. When the colors seem to be too strong I apply my favorite smoothing Dylusions Paint White Linen. I love the effect it gives  when I feel I have exaggerated with colors. When the paint was still wet I sprinkled Black Embossing Powder randomly and melted it with a heat tool. I used Black Marble Dylusions Paint and the White Linen as well to make the ink splats. As a background element I chose the Ring Frame (thanks Sandra!) As a focal point I used the Indigo Blu Dinkie Poppy stamped softly with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and watercolored with the same color. After that to get the result even more soft, I applied White Linen Dylusions Paint over the flower as well. Finally I placed the Big Chat Stickers and embellished the flower with Clustered Leaves (thanks Sandra!) and some red sequins.

Maura is celebrating the Fourth of July with the beautiful Indigo Blu Plume stamp set by Limor Webber.



With our red, white and blue theme, I knew I wanted to work in my art journal with lots of paint, so pulled out my Dylusions London Blue and Postbox Red, as well as Paper Artsy’s Inky Pool and Autumn Fire. Don’t forget the white, and for that I used Dina Wakley’s Heavy Body White. I had fun doing some mark making with Paper Artsy’s EEA02 set and trying out my Ranger Texture Tools for the first time.

Meihsia was inspired to created a mixed media tag using Kibble Pups Stamp with red, white and blue colors.

Meihsia Liu simply paper crafts mixed media tag indigoblu Simon says monday 600

I really love this adorable Kibble Pups stamp from IndigoBlu, so after stamping and embossing it using Colorbox black ink and clear embossing powder, I colored the image with Sakura Watercolor. Some Index Labels and sentiment stickers were adhered to decorate the tag.

Sandra made a holiday project with the Splattered Heart stamp from Indigo Blu

These colors are so dramatic, and I find them difficult to work with. But I love a challenge, and I’m so happy with the way it turned out. I’ve used Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Canded Apple and Fired Brick Distress ink to make my background. With the Stars stencil I created some interest. The Globe thinlit die is perfect for this project!

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 the new challenge and as always the DT Rocks with their lovely eye candy creation! Have a blessed day – Happy 4th of July to Americans – Let Freedom Ring – Remember this day and never allow the government to take away your freedoms – blessings!

  2. I love Indigo Blu stamps and it is so lovely to see this wonderful array of projects using them, so much inspiration! Happy 4th July! Anne x

  3. Great Americana work by all the DT members! I had already posted my patriotic art on my last post, so I focused on the white and blue, as well as peace for the USA during these trying times. Blessings!

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