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Simon Says: Thanks/Thanksgiving


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

Thank you for joining us for the Make Your Own Background Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week we are challenging you to


As we are celebrating Thanksgiving here in the US on November 22nd we thought it would be nice to have a challenge dedicated to being thankful!

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



Jo created this art journal page by stamping Tim Holtz Leaf Prints Stamps using eleven different colours from the Memento Dew Drop Ink Pads range to fill the page with fall colour, then she covered some of these leaves with Glossy Accents to add some shine. She also made her own bunting using Tim Holtz idea-ology Airmail Paper String, Simon Says Stamp Cream Card Stock and Authentique Paper.

Andrea utilized both the positive and negative acorn shapes she cut out with Right At Home’s Quirky Acorns die set on her “Give Thanks” tag.  She used the corresponding Quirky Acorns stamp set and Altenew’s Halftone stencil.

Anna-Karin started out planning to do an autumn themed project, but was inspired by a photo of a flower which is often called a weed, and ended up doing a cheerful scrapbooking layout about thankfulness instead. Various Sizzix embossing folders were used, in combination with stamps such as Darkroom Door Garden Birds and Nature Walk.

Barbara created an Etcetera tag using mixed media technique. She was inspired by Tim Holtz Sizzix Skeleton leaves , Tim Holtz Sizzix Shadow Script 2 and Idea ology Paper Dolls. She painted her project with Paper Artsy Infusions and Distress crayons.

Cheiron created a thankful card using her favorite fall Distress Ink colors and Simon Says Stamp Plank Background. She added some Sizzix Tim Holtz Skeleton Leaves and CZ DesignThankful die to finish her card along with a sentiment from the CZ Design 30 Days of Thankful set embossed in white.

Emma made a thank you card using the Sizzix Skeleton Leaves by Tim Holtz to create her focal point, together with a cluster of red berries made from Baubles inked with Cranberry Alcohol Ink. The leaves were layered onto matts of Metallic Kraft Stock and Classic Kraft Stock Paperie.

Kath created a set of Thank You cards to gift to a friend using Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Nature’s Wonder and Craze and Planks stamp sets and created the sentiments using Simon Says Stamp Script Thanks Die and Big Thanks Words stamp set

Lols  made a rustic style thankful card using a Tim Holtz 3D Lumber Texture Fades Embossing Folder, a Simon’s Exclusive Thanks and Leaves Clear Stamp Set  and Thankful Die 

Macarena made a warm and brownish Thank You card using Tim Holtz Sizzix Globe die, colored the backgrounds with Distress Oxide Inks and embossed the sentiment taken from Simon Says Stamp Brush Stroke Messages. 

Maura made place cards for her family’s Thanksgiving dinner with the Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit, Photo Play Fall Breeze paper pad, and the Simon Says Stamp Ornate Leaves stamp set. 

Meihsia was inspired to created a mixed media tag using Tim Holtz Sizzix Celebration Words Script Thinlits Die for the sentiment, and Fall Foliage Thinlits Die to decorate the tag.

Sandra made a Thanks card using Crackle Paste with the Spaced Dots stencil, and to give color to her background she used Infusions, Shimmer Powder Atlantic Burst and as base Opal Magic Green-Gold Paint

Zoey used Prima Marketing Metallic Accents and Finetec Mica Watercolor Pearlescent Palette to color Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves and decor this little wood panel

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 and Winner for the Background Challenge



We have four artists in the Designer Spotlight for the Make Your Own Background Challenge!

#73 MartyF – Emma says: I absolutely adore this card! The depth and dimension, together with the textures and patterns create such a feast for the eyes and I love how that handsome white moose looks so majestic prancing through the winter snow! Beautiful work…

#73 MartyF – Macarena agrees with Emma and says: This is one of the most beautiful Christmas cards I’ve seen this year. Love this brown/red/white mood cause it makes it so warm and cozy. I love the scene with the cutest moose ever, too. The sentiment rocks, lol. Great background, textures, layers, patterns, details. I just love everything about this card! Great job!

#87 Kakichka Kat – Meihsia says: This is such a gorgeous creation with so many beautiful details. I love the stunning mixed media collaged background, and all the embellishments on this piece are awesome!

#153 Cards by Maakie – Anna-Karin says: The Aurora Borealis background on this card is fantastic, it really glows. The die cut winter scene in the foreground is very calm and I like the mix of shades of brown and black and white.

#240 Time – Andrea says: I love the texture, vibrant colors, and wonderful sense of movement created in this background. I also really like the way that journaling was incorporated into the actual design itself. Very clever and beautiful!

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 Linda Kunsman! Below, you can see Linda’s gorgeous Poppy tag.



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