Monday, October 15, 2012

Challenge: Your Favorite

Favorites really are the best, aren't they? This week, we challenge you to share a favorite! This could be a technique, product, photo, idea, project type- or even a favorite theme. Anything goes as long as you have a note on what in your project is your "favorite".
 Let's check in with the design team and see what their favorites are...

Anna-Karin altered a blank wooden frame into something pretty special.
One of my favourite techniques is to build up layers of UTEE and stamp into it. Here I also added some black paint and Biscotti Perfect Pearls mixed with Perfect Paper Adhesive and brushed on the frame for lots of shine. This gorgeous face stamp from the Stamper’s Anonymous Classics #5 set fits perfectly into the frame. I embellished the frame with a word stick, Vintaj piece, facet, philosophy tag, mini gears, game spinners, and corked vials filled with inspiration. The metal pieces were aged using the Weathered Copper inks.

Halloween is one of Sandra Mouwen favorite themes. She loves the spookiness of it!
Halloween seems like so much fun. I wish they celebrate it more in The Netherlands so I could experience it like I should! Last year I bought the Halloween Silhouette Embossing Folder and haven't had the change to use it yet. So on its first use I it got all dirty by inking it up with the Fall Distress Inks. I inked the raised areas with some Black Soot Distress Ink. To make it a bit interactive I inked up some tags and folded them as flaps.
Trace wanted to combine a few of her favorites, so she made a mixed media board full of "wear your sunglasses " bright colours and a big shiny heart.
Bright colours just make me happy, and pink and red together are one of my favorite colour combos! The background on this mixed media board has many layers of mediums... Jenny Bowlin chewing gum paint, Dylusions bubble gum pink ink spray, and Fabel Castels Big Brush Pens and Pastels. I adore hearts on projects, so I knew I really wanted to add one big shiny statement heart to the center. Rangers Foil Sheets are so easy to work with to give you that shine. I added many different pink and red shades of Rangers Alchol Inks and accented it with my Krylon Silver Leaf pen.


Halloween is also a favourite for Tracy, showcased in her spooky rust like coffin.
I have to say a huge THANK YOU to my fellow teamie Candy,  for sending me some fabulous Halloween goodies to play with, she knows me so well!  These wonderful gifts including the coffin inspired me to create this spooky piece. Halloween being a favourite for me, I like to make the most of every opportunity to indulge my passion for anything spooky. Using the On The Edge Ornate die gave a perfect trim for my coffin, but this time around using the negative cut out. I love the little spider cut using the Memory Box Dangling Spider die along with the fabulous dimension created from Melissa Frances Pearls. But does my coffin hide a TRICK or TREAT?

Ashli's favorite supply is patterned papers and for this week, she is not holding back!
I can't help it. I am totally in love. In love with patterns, especially tiny repeating patterns. Echo Park's Everyday Eclectic collection has the perfect mix of whimsy, color, and of course pattern. For this week's theme, I am putting all of these papers to work on this photo-less layout that will be the cover page to my 2012 album. After selecting my most favorite pattern for the background, I cut up the journaling card sheet and layered those bits up with some messy-stitched circles. My favorite Thickers and wood veneer accents finish off my layout that is filled to the max with my favorite patterns!
Suzz is back to her favorite books. 
I was inspired by folding the pages of the books to create architectural features.  I took an old children's book and started folding the pages.  I added punched edges to create a beautiful arch.  After I finished the folding I sprayed the entire book with a coat of Dylusions Ink.   To frame out the ends of the book I created matching clocks. I cut the clocks from the Sizzix Tick Tock.  The birds and branches are nested in the pages of the book and are using it as there home.

I (May) loaded this tag with my favorite products and techniques!
From distress inks to stenciling, playing with resist prodcuts to aging with rock candy crackle I had an incredible time making this gift tag. Every single piece on here is a favorite - including my techniques. One of my favorite things right now is using stencils with a blending tool and distress ink - I love the color and all it adds to my projects.

Terry's favourite technique is embossing, she made an embossed Christmas envelope with Tim's technique.
I really love the Christmas holidays and making presents for everyone, Christmas time is the best time of the year for sharing love and gifts to the loved ones in your life. I started out with a Envelope and played around with the Silver Shiny material. I embossed the sentiments from Tim's stamp set Silhouettes and sprayed lots of glimmer mist on top to give it more shine on top. The snowflakes and deer are also from the stamp set, the perfect set to use for making Christmas gifts. And a fun thing to play around with is Utee, to see the melting process that is just great and then to create something with it. The Metal Letters are so much fun to play around with, so this time I put them onto a rope. A nice way to finish the Christmas envelope.

Dan's favourite product line is Tim Holtz's Distress range, and he's used both the stains and ink pads on these business card matchbooks.
I had the idea for this project when I was absent-mindedly staring off into space and my eyes fell on my Tonic mini perforator tool.  It's pretty essential for this, without it those business cards just aren't going to tear off nicely!  I used Distress Stains to colour the matchbook outers before embossing them with my Cuttlebug and a range of embossing folders.  Finally I applied a light coat of walnut stain Distress Ink to pick out the details.

Sarah just loves to play around with her stamps collections to create master-boards at the moment and that was the inspiration for her mixed media card...
I just love rubber stamps in all designs, shapes and sizes and there is no better way to play with them all than on a stamped master-board. It gives me the chance to combine all my favourite designs and create a harmonious base from which I can cut various shapes to use in my crafting. I've gone for hearts, a fabulous Wendy Vecchi sentiment and torn dictionary pages - all three being top of the list of my favourite 'go to' crafty ideas... A splash of Dylusions Ink Spray adds that little bit of wildness which always does me good.

One of Candy's favorite times of year for crafting is Halloween.  She has combined that with her love of creating dimensional pieces in this surprise jack-in-the-box.
 I totally love Halloween for crafting!  Whether you're a fan of cuter, grungier or classic vintage images; there are tons of products to incorporate into your Halloween creativity.  I also love dimensional and interactive home decor pieces.  So, I combined those things to create this 4x4 jack-in-the-box featuring those wonderful vintage Halloween images from Graphic 45 Happy Hauntings 8x8 paper pad.  Every side has a different scene.  Some embellished with Black Diamond, Platinum and  Paprika Stickles.  Others featuring Tim Holtz Ideaology Foliage flowers or Seasonal Halloween Muse Tokens.  Open the top and a surprise vintage moon man greets you!

I had a great time with this challenge, and encourage you to check out each of the design team member's blogs for more photos, supply lists, and more. Simply click on their name (above the photo of their project) to visit their blog.

Now that we've shared the team creations - we're ready to see yours! As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by Random Generator. The challenge will close at 11:59pm Eastern time on Sunday, October 21st and the winner will be announced during the following week. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and 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. what a nice subject and such a beautiful creations, I'll do my best to create something

    groetjes Coby

  2. Well chosen challenge and sooo gorgeous DT works !!!!

    die amelie xx

  3. GREAT work from the DT!!!!!
    Greetz Patricia

  4. Thanks for the fun challenge! Any reason to use my favorite Distress Inks.... :)

    Annie Rose

  5. Great challenge thanks for sharing such interesting DT items too! Shaz in oz.x

  6. Loved all the fantastic examples DT.

  7. you always have the best design team samples on your challenge site!

  8. Design Team heaven again - amazing work that I can't wait to come round and have a closer look at! Lovely challenge... thank you.
    Alison x

  9. gorgeous creations by the DT!!
    thanks for a fun challenge letting us use our favorites!

  10. I love the DT creations!
    Just entered my card with my favorite stamp on it.

    greetings Aly

  11. Fab inspiration from the team, & a great challenge!
    Alison x

  12. THIS "Your Favorite" challenge really is my favorite!!! Well, I guess, I have shown all of my favorite working materials and subjects now *lol

    Thank you so much (again)!

    Greetings from Vienna,
    die amelie xxx

  13. Oh that skeleton box is really cool...must go see how it's made! Great work team Simon. You're creations are an inspiration!

  14. Thank you for the amazing inspiration and the great challenge!!

  15. Phew, I just made it this week. Fabulous creations from the DT, thanks for a great challenge topic!

  16. I have to say this is my "Go to" Challenge blog for inspiration. Everything is beyond FABULOUS! xxD

  17. Thanks for more great to find more time :)


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