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Simon Says: Midsummer Blues

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

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

This week we would like you to add some blue to your creations! 


The lovely folks over at Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a FABULOUS $50 vouchers 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 makes 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


Alison’s Shakespearean connections took her imagination straight into a Midsummer Night’s Dream. This diptych on a pair of Etcetera Tags is also inspired by the idea of the summer solstice, when day and night are exactly divided in two. She used a Prima’s Stars and Moons Mould and two of the tiniest Paper Dolls, with Transparent Wings.

Andrea has always felt the blues when math comes her way.  She made a notebook expressing her algebra angst using Inky Antics’ Math Misery stamp set, some Jane Davenport Washi Girls Washi Sheets and the We R Memory Keepers File Tab punch.

Anna-Karin made an art journal page, using no other colors but blue, to keep days at the sea in memory as the colder period starts. She used the Simon Says Stamp Beachy Waves stamp for the focal point, and embellished the page with die cut Anchors and words.

Barbara made a card using one of her favorite shade of blue: Chipped Sapphire Distress oxide. This color is perfect to create a creepy sky for Halloween mixed together with purple and orange. She used also Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Brushstrokes stamp setTim Holtz Sizzix Bat Crazy,Tim Holtz Idea-ology Skull FragmentsBrutus Monroe Mermaid Tail Ultra Fine Embossing powder.

Cheiron created a Mini Etcetera Tag that reminded her of summer sunsets using Tim Holtz Abandoned Paper Stash to create her background and filled it with stars from the Hocus Pocus stencil and the Swirling Stars dies. 

Emma created an Etcetera tag inspired by William Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and used Tim Holtz Paper Dolls to tell the story and create a woodland scene set against a background of Ranger Ink Texture Crackle Paste stars created with the Falling Stars Layering Stencil.

Kath embraced nature this week to create two-for-the price of one Midsummer Blue cards using some of her favourite Distress colours with Tim Holtz/Sizzix Poinsettia Pieces Thinlits and Stampers Anonymous Dots and Circles and Tiny Toadstools

Macarena made a vibrant collage card using Carabelle Studio Chiffres Grunge Embossing folder for her background and Tim Holtz Sizzix Entomology stamps and dies for the focal point. 

Maura made a set of encouragement cards to chase away the midsummer blues. She used Stamperia’s Wonderland papers, a variety of stencils such as Tim Holtz’s Harlequin and Flourish Layering Stencils, along with Paper Artsy’s Fresco Finish paints in Venice Blue and Glacier Ice

Meihsia was inspired to create two postcards using Simon Says Stamp Suzy’s Succulents Watercolor Prints and Daniel Smith Watercolor with the sentiments from Idea-Ology Quotations Metallic Stickers.

Sandra loves the color blue and made a card using lots of blue tones of Distress Ink and Distress Oxide, but also with a little bit of Distress Ink Ground Espresso for a vintage look and used a Paper Doll with Transparent Wings as the focal point.

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 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

Winner and Spotlight for the Happy Birthday Challenge


We have four artists in the Designer Spotlight for the Happy Birthday Challenge!

#18 Marie – Meihsia says: I truly love this gorgeous mixed media creation that Marie designed. The texture and layered embellishments on this piece are so beautiful! The vintage effect and all the details are stunning.

#75 ES Cards – Andrea says: This is a gorgeous card and I love the combination of those delicate white florals with the subtle streaks of color in the background.  This is simple elegance at its finest!

#124 Meg Shea – Macarena says: This is such a lovely set using the same stamp but made in such a different ways. I love the coloring and the explosion of colors with the delicate white embosing on vellum.

#143 Pearshapedchris Anna-Karin says: This poppy card is gorgeous! I love the red and kraft color combo, the funky stamping, all the splatters and the small piece of old book paper.


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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Since we were celebrating our birthday, Simon Says Stamp generously gives away two $50 vouchers this week. So who are the lucky winners? Please note, all of our winners are chosen at random so everyone has an equal chance of winning. Good Luck to all!


Here’s our first random winner:

Congratulations Cardially Yours! Here you can see her pretty birthday card.

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


And here is our second random winner:

Congratulations Donna Gourley! Below you can see Donna’s fun 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