Join us every MONDAY for a new challenge! Examples from our Monday Design Team incorporate a vintage artistic style, but we welcome all styles! Show us your take on the challenge!

Simon Says: Recycle Something


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

Thank you for joining us for the New Something Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week we would like you to recycle something! Maybe use some ribbon or twine from a gift you received or decorate a carton or jar, there is so much ‘rubbish’ that we can alter into something beautiful and help to save the planet at the same time!

Recycle Something


The lovely folks over at Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a FABULOUS $50 voucher to shop at the  Simon Says Stamp Store! All you have to do is take out your crafty supplies, make something following this week’s prompt, and add a link in the Inlinkz at the bottom of this post! You can join 5 times so you could have 5 chances to win! How AWESOME is that!! All winners are chosen randomly, so everyone has an equal chance to win! Woo Hoo!! Good Luck to everyone! The Design Team is looking forward to seeing your crafty packages and will pop around to visit you ASAP!


Remember to click on the person’s name to see all of the details of how we made these creations and leave these wonderful girls some comment love


 Wendy has recycled a wooden embroidery hoop as a sun-catcher to hang in her kitchen window using Tim Holtz Botanical Collage Paper, Bouquet Findings, Funky Florals #3, Ruler Pieces, Adornment Butterflies and Mixed Media Thinlits


Andrea was about to toss her 2018 mini wall calendar, but collaged over it instead.  She used some classic Tim Holtz products such as paper dolls and the lowercase cutout alphabet, along with a Color Wheel background stamp from Inky Antics.

Anna-Karin made a tag using almost only recycled materials, and some bits and pieces found on her desk. The hearts were die cut with Simon Says Stamp Windows to my Heart die, and the title comes from the Big Happy set.

Barbara has created a perpetual calendar recycling scrap of paper and some packages by Tim Holtz Idea-ology. She used Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Inventor 1, Tim Holtz Layering stencil Plus , Tim Holtz Sizzix Gadget Gear, Idea-ology Paper Dolls and Ranger  Perfect Pearls.

Cheiron used a colorful page from one of her magazines in the recycling pile and turned it into into sparkly patterned cardstock. She cut a rectangle out of manila cardstock with with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die and then applied Distress Collage Medium and sprayed it with the Stampers Anonymous Glitter Duster to make it sparkle. She added a sentiment using the Simon Says Stamp You’re Doing Awesome die.

Emma had plenty of cardboard boxes that needed to be recycled and put them to good use by using a piece as a background on her canvas panel. She added some rips and tears to the cardboard before applying Floral Collage Paper over the top and adding a the stamped Entomology image, sitting on top of some recycled twigs and showcased in a Vignette Frame.

Kath recycled some corrugated packaging from a Christmas delivery to cover an Eileen Hull Wrapped Journal and decorated the cover with Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ephemera, Sizzix Tattered Poinsettia and Simon Says Stamp Outline Clustered Leaves dies.

Lols used some packaging card and leftover pages from school exercise books to create a notebook. She used a Visible Image Ahead Of Our Times Stamp Set for the focus and a Tim Holtz Grid Cling Stamp and a Mini Stencil Set 5 for the background.

Macarena recycled clothes’ labels and made a set of notes and a card using Tonic Misted Mauve Nuvo Expanding Mousse and a lot of Tim Holtz Ground Espresso Distress Spray with some touches of Ranger Bone Mixed Media Powder.

Maura up cycled a tamale bag using Inky Antics The Queen’s Quips and Circle Stems stamp sets, along with AALL and Create’s Lotza Dots stencil.


Meihsia was inspired to create a mixed media tag using the recycled bubble wrap, book page, wire and cardboard, and decorated it with Tim Holtz Rubber Stamp Opportunities and Idea-Ology Quotation Metallic Stickers.

Sandra made another spread in her art journal using an old stamp set packaging, she also added the Simon Says Stamp Deco Diamonds stamp, Clear Gesso, Nuvo Shimmer Powders and Texture Paste to her page.

Zoey used cardboard to add texture to this tag. She also used Tim Holtz Tissue Paper and Tissue Tape and some distress paint

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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You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

We will also be choosing a selection of our entries to put in the spotlight. This is a special honor where we talk about why we loved that entry in particular and award a special badge too! For the full rules please read the challenge rules posted in the side-bar here on our blog.

Please read the challenge rules on the sidebar. It has come to our attention that some are entering projects that were posted weeks ago. While they may follow the theme these are not eligible to win the voucher. All creations must be newly published. Thank You 

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Spotlights for Use Something New


We have 6 artists in the Designer Spotlight for the Use Something New Challenge!

#38 Kristina`s Art Corner – Zoey says : I am in love with this card, I always am impressed by how people are so great with coloring. It is something that fascinates me and I don’t know why to be honest. It just catch my eyes and makes me go all woahs! Kristina’s card is one of these! I love the shades of blue she used to color this amazing flower set and the leaves too! The white all around the background makes everything pop out more and the sentiment it is so elegant and classy just as the flower! Overall an amazing card i’d love to receive for my birthday!

#88 Sarah G – Zoey says : Sarah did an amazing job with using stencils outside the box! I have to admit that the quote she used for her sentiment is something really dear to me! I have it printed and on the wall of my studio to keep me balanced and with feet down earth. Anyway, this card is awesome in its own simplicity, it goes straight to the point and has such a calm and uplifting feeling to it! Good job Sarah!

#146 Lisa A – Meihsia says: Lisa created a gorgeous card with many beautiful embellishments and the fantastic rusty effect. I truly adore the pretty vintage color scheme and the whole design is fabulous.

#147 The Blue Sky Maiden – Emma says: This is such a beautiful make with so much detail and layering and I adore the muted colour tones and the vintage feel to this piece, it’s just fabulous!

#230 Ritratto di Famiglia – Anna-Karin says: What a beautiful collection of altered frames. I love the distressed look, all the details, the metal pieces, butterflies and gorgeous heart.

#261 New Stamp – Andrea says: I love the vibrancy and energy created for the background of this card and how beautifully it pairs with the elegant organic lines of the plant stamp. The thoughtful composition and beautifully-blended colors take my breath away!

Congratulations everyone and thank you for joining us!!

Please copy this spotlight badge, display it on the sidebar of your blog and if you could please link it to Simon Says Stamp!


We now have this lovely badge for you to add to your sidebar if you are this weeks, or a previous, winner please feel free to add this to your sidebar and please link it to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

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So who is the lucky winner of the $50 voucher?

Please note, all of our winners are chosen at random so everyone has an equal chance of winning.
Good Luck to all!


Here’s your random number:

Congratulations Amy from Brite Designs by Amy! Below you can see Amy’s pretty card.

Congratulations! Please email us so we can explain how you can claim your prize, a clickable link is on the sidebar.

Be sure to include your full name in the email so we can issue a Gift Certificate 

Thanks to everyone who joined in with the challenge and we hope you will all join in our current challenge too!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin and the DT