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Simon Says: Winter Blues

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

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

This week we are challenging you to add some:


As it’s the first Monday of the month we are showcasing a brand/company. This week we are all using some fabulous products from Tim Holtz. You don’t have to use them to join in with the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.

The lovely folks over at Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a FABULOUS $25 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!

Please 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


This week we’re welcoming back the lovely Rox aka Red Dirt Crafter into the Designer Spotlight. If you haven’t visited her blog before then you are in for a real treat!

Rox made a card using a Tim Holtz Equisite Stamp Set, stamped with Archival Blue Inks and Prize Ribbon Distress Ink and Faded Jeans Distress Spray Stain. She added Collage Strips and also used some coordinating ribbon and buttons. She machine stitched the border to finish. 

Andrea made a card using Tim Holtz’s Paper Doll Portraits. She added visual interest to her card by using some of her favorite Tim stamp sets: Seasonal Scribble, Theories, and Halftone and Rings.

Anna-Karin made a tag with a whole crowd of snowmen. The snowmen were made with Tim Holtz Twig & Stump die set. Their bodies were die cut from homemade glitter paper made with Distress Texture Paste Sparkle.

Barbara made a duo of tags with Tim Holtz’s adorable Walter the Penguin! For the backgrounds she used two stencils from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Twinkle, Shifter mini stencil set 45 and a stamp from the Jolly Holiday stamp set. Landscape and sentiments from the Festive Print stamp set. The colors are Distress Spray Stains, Mica Stains and embossing powders all Ranger brand.

Cheiron used a hint of blue and blue stamping on her die cuts with the Tim Holtz Funky Nordic dies. She combined them with a sentiment from the Christmas Cutouts that was sprayed with Snow Flurries Mica Stain. She arranged all her pieces onto DIstress Black Heavystock and splattered her card with a bit of Gilded Foundry Wax.

Emma embraced those gorgeous winter blues by creating a background for the adorable Tim Holtz Die, Walter The Penguin and also gave him a cute little girlfriend, Winifred! She used Tim’s Distress Mica Sprays and Distress Spray Stains to make a background, and added Grit Paste through the Speckles Layering Stencil for snow before layering the penguins over the top of Forest Shadows die cut trees.

Kath created a trio of cards using the absolutely adorable Walter the Penguin, the Cyber Monday surprise from Tim Holtz and Simon Says Stamp along with Tim Holtz/Sizzix Festive Words and Scribbly Snowflakes Thinlits. Winter has definitely arrived in Kath’s neck of the woods with “Jack Frost nipping at her nose” temperatures and just like Walter, she will be looking out her cosy hat and scarf.

Maura made a wintry blue card using Tim Holtz’s Festive Print stamp set , with a number of blue inks like Prize Ribbon Distress Oxide ink on Simon Says Stamp’s Ultraheavy white cardstock.

Meihsia was inspired to create a mixed media tag using Tim Holtz Idea-ology 2023 Christmas Layer Frames on the background, and decorated it with Tim Holtz Sizzix Santa Greetings, Colorize Thinlits Dies and Tim Holtz Idea-ology CONFECTIONS CANDY CANES.

Zoey used Walter the Penguin as the main focus of her little tag. She will use them for her Christmas Gift as Name Label. She used Distress Spray Inks + inks for her background and she used Tim’s scripts stamp and the script stamp from the Poinsettia set. Embellishments are from Tim Holtz Ideaology

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 note that all previous challenges and winners posts can be accessed by clicking on the button at the very bottom of this page.

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 they are not eligible to win the voucher. All creations must be newly published. Thank You 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Trees Challenge Winner and Spotlights


We have 3 artists in the Designer Spotlight for the Trees Challenge!

#17 mistletoehome – Kath loves everything about Monika’s sweet tag, the colour in the background complements the colouring on the tree and the adorable Winterscapes snowman perfectly. This is definitely a favourite snowman, so cute.

#40 Debbie Emmons – Lols loves this Christmas home decor piece! The soldiers, surrounded by a forest of trees, along with the drum and reindeer are absolutely fabulous. I am going to have to CASE this masterpiece!

#18 Bunny Hoyle – Maura loves the delightful story Bunny’s card envisions. The simplicity of the scene shares the delights of friendship and the season, and the rich colors work beautifully together. Such a sweet card, Bunny!


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 $25 voucher? Please note, all of our winners are chosen at random so everyone has an equal chance of winning. Good Luck to all!

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Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2023-12-05 11:37:11 UTC

Congratulations Karen Letchworth

and this is Karen’s gorgeous card!

Congratulations! Please email us so we can explain how you can claim your prize, the address 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!


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