Introducing: new team member Barbara

I am so very excited to announce that you’ll be seeing a new creative face here at the Monday challenge blog! Barbara (aka Barbara YaYa) will be joining us with some very special projects over the next few months! We are very excited to have her contributing to the team – and we think you’ll really love her work.

barbaraI live in Bologna, Italy, and be here to work with this wonderful team is one of my dreams come true.

I have started to create at 5 years old with scissors, glue, colors and newspaper clippings to make collages. Then my creative journey continued with decoupage, cardboard, card making and scrapbooking.

When I discovered Tim Holtz and Ranger products I think without a doubt what was my true way. My creativity has two souls: the first totally grunge / vintage inspired above all by Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi, the other is super colorful as the style of Dyan Reavelay. I also really like the shabby chic style but I have not jumped on this adventure!

Since that time I became interested also to other styles and this year would like to start my first art journal and making some experiment with mixed media.

In my free time by craft (very little because I have two children aged 12 and 8 years) I like to watch TV series , listen to music and watch movies!”



When I heard the theme of the challenge ” love letters ” I immediately thought the four letters that spell the word love . While I was looking in my materials that I could use, I have fallen into the hands still packed mini burlap Ideaology.

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I have used many Ideaology supplies because I like them very much and they are almost always present in my work.  I stamped the small cupid on watercolor paper Ranger with Archival ink Sepia and then I colored it with distress ink , let it dry and then sprinkled with crackle paint Rock candy.


All pieces Ideaology were slightly modified by adding a touch of Distress paint Tarnished brass , sprinkled with your fingers. For the hearts I’ve always used grungeboard but I’ve colored them with Distress stain Fired brick .


To cut the 4 letters I used grungeboard and the alphabet by Tim Holtz “world play.”


Always with my fingers, I colored the letters with distress paint Evergreen bough mixed with Broken china and illuminated with a touch of tarnished brass.


To finish the project I used tissue tape and a long zipper , making this a kind of frame . I love the zip and I like to use them very often.

I hope you enjoyed my project. Valentine’s Day is very near and could be a nice thought to give the person you love.


Supplies Used:

Tim Holtz Idea-ology BARE MINIS Burlap Panels , Tim Holtz Sizzix WORD PLAY Bigz XL Die Alphabet ,,*Tim Holtz Sizzix Die MINI HEARTS SET Movers & Shapers Alterations , *Tim Holtz Sizzix POKER FACE Texture Trades Embossing Folders ,Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps MINI BLUEPRINTS 2 Stampers Anonymous , Tim Holtz Idea-ology Salvage Stickers CROWDED ATTIC , Tim Holtz Idea-ology SEASONAL CHITCHAT Stickers ,Tim Holtz Idea-ology 2013 HINGES , Tim Holtz Idea-ology 24 METAL GAME SPINNERS with Brads ,Tim Holtz Idea-ology BOX CORNERS & Brads Metal , Tim Holtz Idea-ology CUSTOM FASTENERS ,Tim Holtz Idea-ology LABEL PULLS & Brads ,Tim Holtz Idea-ology MEMO PINS Split Ring Metal Embellishment ,Tim Holtz Idea-ology ORNATE PLATES , Tim Holtz Idea-ology TISSUE TAPE SYMPHONY Music Self Adhesive Vintage Paper , Tim Holtz Idea-ology TRINKET PINS Pin Hardware Fasten , Tim Holtz Idea-ology CRINKLE RIBBON , Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad AGED MAHOGANY Red Ranger , Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ANTIQUE LINEN Brown Ranger , Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WALNUT STAIN Brown Ranger , Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TATTERED ROSE Pink Ranger , Ranger Archival Ink Pad VERMILLION , Tim Holtz *Huge Crackle Paint ROCK CANDY Distress Clear Ranger , Tim Holtz Distress Ink Stain FIRED BRICK Ranger , Tim Holtz Distress Paint BROKEN CHINA Ranger ,Tim Holtz Distress Paint EVERGREEN BOUGH Ranger , Tim Holtz Distress Paint METALLIC SHADES SET OF 3 Ranger , Ranger Archival Ink Pad SEPIA , Tim Holtz Idea-ology GRUNGEBOARD BASICS PLAIN Altered Art.

  1. Huge welcome aboard Barbara. I love your piece of art, wonderful design, beautifully embellishments and fantastically executed. Love the zipper idea around the outside edge. Enjoy your creative journey with SSS. Tracy x

  2. Barbara! Woohoo!! So great to see you here on the Design Team!!! Congratulations. Always love your creations.

  3. Welcome Barbara! I am so happy to have you join the team! Beautiful project! Looking forward to you playing along with the DT!

  4. Love that !! Oh that has gotten me all excited can’t wait to try something with my burlap. What a fantastic addition to the wonderful SSS team. thanks for bringing us all this wonderful talent.

  5. And this is exactly why you’ve been picked to join the team! Gorgeous project Barbara. I adore the way you’ve joined and trimmed these burlap panels. A triumphant first project. Jenny x

  6. Grande Yaya, una sorpresa bellissima e meritatissima!!!! Bellissima avventura, bellissimo progetto…in bocca al lupo con tutto il cuore!

  7. Welcome to the team Barbara and what a fabulous first project!! It’s wonderful with so many elements to feast your eyes on. I can’t wait to see more of your work and working alongside you! Emma xx

  8. Welcome to the team Barbara!! So happy to have your here. This project is gorgeous, so many special details. Looking forward to seeing all your gorgeous projects!!

  9. CONGRATULATIONS BARBARAYAYA!!! I am so excited to see you as a member of Simon Says Stamps’ DT! Your work is amazing and I know you will be such an asset to the team! <3 Candy

  10. You really have created the most wonderful first project Barbara! Many congratulations on joining the Simon Says team. Anne x

  11. Wow, wow, wow – fantastic!! So thrilled to see Barbara here – her work is always jaw-droppingly brilliant… congratulations on joining the team, Barbara, and on a fantabulous first project!
    Alison xx

  12. Congratulations Barbara! You are a great addition to the Challenge team! Beautiful project by the way…full of great layers. I look forward to seeing you every Monday.

  13. BIG congrats to Barbara and what a fantastic choice! Her work is always amazing as this project so clearly demonstrates! Love the four panels, each one is an inspiration by itself!!

  14. Wonderful piece, Barbara!! You are a very talented one and you deserve to be here.
    Sei GRANDE!!
    A big hug and congratulations!

  15. I’ts amazing!
    Yaya is a source of creativity and inspiration! In her work there is passion, love, fun, cuoriosity and lot of skills!
    Congratulazioni YAYA meritatissimo questo posto!!!
    un abbraccio forte!!!!

  16. So awesome to see you joining this awesomesauce team! Your work are majestic my dear friend!
    So so so happy to see you shine this way!
    <3 Love ya!

  17. Barbara — I’m so excited for you. Congrats! I seriously love your portrait photo above!!! And this introductory project capture all of your amazing creativity and charm! Looking forward to a great deal of fun and inspiration as I follow you and rest of the amazing DT members. Hugs to you my friend! — Mary Elizabeth

  18. This is wonderful news and an awesome first project as a member of SSSS Monday Challenges! I have always loved Barbara’s incredible artwork – so I am very excited to see her on the team now and I know exactly why you wanted her to become part of your DT! Well done!!!
    Claudia x

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