Monday, June 25, 2012

Challenge | Depth of Distress

Don't distress - our Design Team call is open until Wednesday morning - see all the details here - and  you still have time to apply if you'd like to be considered!
Now, our fearless leader Linda has departed for a new adventure, but she left us with an intriguing challenge titled "Depth of Distress". What does that mean to you? How will you interpret the challenge? Will you write in your art journal about a most trying time? Will you scrapbook a distressing event, or create a card for someone in distress?

Somehow, with this blog, I suspect the word distress will more likely trigger everyone running for their Tim Holtz inks, stains, stickles, crackle paint, reinkers, and markers of the distress variety. Luckily, carries all things in the Distress line, including the brand new summer set of colors. The challenge is open to you to interpret however you would like. Let's take a look first at how the design team interpreted this challenge: 

Sarah Engels-Greer teamed up the best of Tim's Distress with the loveliness of Wendy Vecchi.
  She used a fabulous mix of Distress Inks, Distress Stains and Dylusions Sprays on Sticky Back Canvas to create her bright and flowery stamped triple tag.

Tracy Evans pays homage to PaperArtsy with her distressed inky tag.
She combined images from Hot Pics 1005 and the Hot Pick Xtra. Lots of layers of Distress Stain and Distress Ink Broken China, Faded Jeans and Vintage Photo add great depth to the background and add to the charm of this piece.

For Candy Colwell "Distress" is synonymous with Tim Holtz!
Candy's piece is all about Tim - her large Matchbook is distressed inside and out.  Metal Foil Sheets embossed with Tim's Subway and Stencil Texture Fade and distressed courtesy of Pitch Black, Gold and Juniper Paint Dabbers create such a dimensional cover.  Add a distressed Ornate Plate adorned with a Crackled Numeral and you've got DEPTHS OF DISTRESS!

Dan thought it was time to give a distressed update to the ancient Japanese proverb of the 3 Wise Monkeys.
"Scary clown alert!  I cut these '50s businessmen with up-to-date accessories from a sheet of Kraft Resist paper and coloured it with blended Distress Inks.  The grimy background was achieved with splashes of coloured and white Distress Stain.  Now all I have to do is avoid meeting them in a dark alley."
Terry was thinking of creating a Thanks Tag for her departing colleque.
For her background she used the Chequered Dots Dylusion Stencil, worked on it with Milled Lavender and Crackle Distress Paint. The bottom of the Thanks Tag is worked on with the Tim Holtz Springtime Background and Borders Set. And distressed with Dusty Concord, Milled Lavender,

To see more photos and detail of any of the design team member's creations, simply click on their name (above the photo of their project) to visit their blog.

Now that we've shared their creations - we're ready to see yours! As always, Simon Says Stamp is once again giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by Random Generator. The challenge will close at Midnight Eastern time on Sunday, July 1 and the winner will be announced during the following week. To qualify all you need to do is create a new piece of work that ties in with our theme and post it to your blog, then add a link here.
For the full rules, read the "challenge rules" posted in the side-bar here on our blog. We can't wait to see what you make.


  1. O wow what a BEAUTIFULL work from de DT!!!!!!!
    Loveley challenge this week, because i love all kind of ink!!!!
    Greetz Patricia

  2. Beautiful pieces.
    Another great challenge. Can't wait to start.

  3. ...superb makes by the team!...amazing inspiring piece's...Mel :)

  4. Fantastic artwork from the Team as usual, thanks for another great challenge!
    Alison xx

  5. Fabulous DT creations! Great challenge theme!

  6. Wow! Amazing inspiration from the DT.

    Dan's was a bit horrifying for this coulrophobic.

  7. Stunning designs by the DT!! Don't think i could create anything as brilliant as these!!
    Hugs Hazel xx

  8. Love the dt pieces, inspiring as always! Trace x

  9. What a team you have there! Real artists who make inspiring art!

  10. Fab DT pieces to get the creative juice flowing. x

  11. Fab DT pieces to get the creative juice flowing. x

  12. Beautiful work by the DT. Loved this challenge. Hazel x

  13. Fantastic stuff from the states. Really loving candy and Dans pieces.

    Daft question. Do we have to use a stamped image in our design? Looking at the rules it doesn't mention we have to?
    Thanks. Mark

  14. Always glad to answer questions - and NO. Stamped image is only a requirement if the challenge calls for it (for example: use your favorite stamp, stamp a ___, etc)

  15. fantastic, thought as much but best to check when the site is simon says STAMPS ;) thanks. mark

  16. Great challenge this week and fab projects from the DT. Congratulations to sarah and family on the arrival of Ruby - a gorgeous picture
    x catherine

  17. of course - our site is sponsored by - can't leave that out of our name! :)

    But stamping as a participant, is most definitely optional.

  18. Beautiful work as always from the DT... have looked at some of the entries and they are all fab too

  19. Great work from the DT! Linked up pretty early this go round. Two weeks in a row :)

  20. Gorgeous DT work, thank you girls. Debbiexx

  21. love your DT samples - great creations! thank you for the "distressing" challenge!

  22. Thanks for the great challenge and fab DT inspiration! I'm a 'distressed product' kind of girl LOL!

  23. oh wow stunning,DT samples,just brilliant super challenge too hugs Cherylxxx

  24. Lovely creations by DT. Thanks for the challenge.

  25. Wow, what a beautiful and creative work from your DT members!!
    This is my first time in taking part of this challenge and there is a red cross before my name!
    Did I do something wrong??
    Groetjes Gery

  26. nope - it's there Gery! Red "X" usually just means a photo isn't available but the link looks like it is working and an image now shows. :)

  27. Thanks so much for this challenge and inspiring projects of the team! I have actually made three cards :) All in one post for your convenience.


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