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Simon Says: Make Your Own Background

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

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

This week we are challenging you to:

Make Your Own Background

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


Estelle made a big card using the new Pinkfresh Studio Lantern Botanical Bundle and used the  StampsStencils and Dies. She colored with Distress inks 

and used a Pear Blossom Press EZ-Light Set to make the lanterns illuminate.

Andrea used cardboard as her background and added accents using Dina Wakley’s Typed Ledgers 2. She also used Dina Wakley’s Pocket Circles stamp set for the savvy lad on the front. She used Tim Holtz’s Noble Gent stamp set to add the “Idea hat” sentiment and created even more texture by making holes in some scrap paper using her McGill 1/8″ hole punch.

Anna-Karin made a background of strips colored with Paper Artsy Infusions Colored Stain. The background was also white-embossed with a stamp from Tim Holtz Tiny Textures. The flowers were die cut with Simon Says Stamp Etched Flower Buds.

Barbara loves the new Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Collection of stamps and stencils! She chose for her tags the stamp set Abstract Florals CMS479, Deco Feather, and Spots stencils. This week the colors she used are Ranger Alcohol Inks and the surface is White Yupo Heavystock. She added the fabulous butterfly from Sizzix Vault Scribbly Butterfly.

Cheiron created a fun background with Tim Holtz Idea-ology Remnant Rubs, Distress Spray Stains and Opaque Texture Paste with Embossing Powder. She used some of the new flowers from the Abstract Florals and added some color to the leaves with Cracked Pistachio Distress Embossing Glaze.

Kath created a bold and bright page in her Dylusions Small Creative Journal. She used the numbers image from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Curiosity Shop, Deco Leaf and Spots Layering Stencils with Distress Oxide inks and Distress Grit Paste to make a funky background. She added TimHoltz/Stampers Anonymous Abstract Florals coloured with Distress Watercolor Pencils and used Sizzix Alphanumeric Stretch Lower Thinlits for the title.

Macarena made a birthday card for her friend using a mix of Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamps: Field Notes, The Inspector and Baroque. She empellished the background with a rosette from Tim Holtz Sizzix Vault Rosettes dies made with Stamperia Forest paper.

Maura created an underwater scene in her art journal. She created her background with Daniel Smith watercolors such as Sap Green, Phthalo Green Blue and Quinacridone Violet. and bubble wrap. She die cut jellyfish using Memory Box’s Graceful Jellyfish dies, and stamped and fussy cut mermaid tails from the Simon Says Stamp Be A Mermaid stamp set.

Meihsia was inspired to create a mixed media tag using Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains Set and Tim Holtz MINI STENCIL SET 3 on the background, and decorated it with Tim Holtz Idea-ology LABEL STICKERS THOUGHTS and Tim Holtz Idea-ology PAPER DOLLS MINI.

Zoey used Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps Curiosity Shop and Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Wheel to create her own background! She also used Distress Ink Spray and Oxide Spray.

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

Spring Flowers Challenge Winner and Spotlights


We have 3 artists in the Designer Spotlight for the Spring Flowers Challenge!

#81 Koikreative – Emma says: I just love everything about Kristie’s card, from the gorgeous background to the pretty bird sitting on the branch, it’s so beautiful and is the epitome of spring! Beautiful work Kristie, well done…

#103 Terrie D. – Macarena says: The color palette was the first thing which caught my eye, then the beautiful flourish design and the lovely simplicity of the project. And finally I checked out the details and saw this amazing letterpress effect on this card which I totally adore! So clever and beautiful. Great job, Terrie!

#95 Helen – Zoey says: this card caught my eyes! First the color of the flowers, I love these shades of purple and orange together, they are so warm and scream spring! I also think that the touch of gold is brilliant and gives to the whole card such a regal tone! The image is well balanced and stamped to perfection! I’m sure the recipient of this card will be extra happy! Well done Helen, i love your card!


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!

Here are your random numbers:


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Congratulations Terry D! Not only are you in the spotlight but your number is the winner!

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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