Monday, June 24, 2013

Challenge: Stripes

Thick to thin, multi-colored or monochromatic, stripes are all over the place in any crafter’s supply stash. You can make your own out of strips of cardstock, buy papers, or even get a background striped stamp. If you’re feeling really adventurous you could cross your stripes and create a plaid.

Design team member Dan has suggested both stripes and plaid challenges to me, and I’m going to combine them here for this week’s challenge! I do hope you’ll play along - it is easy enough. In some way be inspired by stripes or plaid, or use striped (or plaid) paper or product on your crafting project. This is going to be a fun one, and it has possibilities far beyond mere lines of color on paper. I’m thinking I may be zebra inspired, or perhaps I will go with a rainbow... who knows where the stripes will take me? 
Meihsia is very excited about her first project for Simon Says Stamp and Show. She made a scrapbook layout.
I made this layout for Christopher's school open house day using Bo Bunny Weekend Market paper collection which I think is perfect for a boy layout. I first sprayed the background using the Tim Holtz gear diecuts as stencil with ColorShine. After sewing and placing thread, I decorated this layout with some more Tim Holtz metal embellishments and Prima flowers. To make it more interesting, I stamped some text randomly on the background.
Just wait until you see all of the different stripes that Candy incorporated into this Wendy Vecchi Art Parts Gatefold Journal Mini Book!
I have to admit, I am not a huge fan of stripes.  But, Wendy Vecchi products really helped bring this project together! I love her Art Part Gatefold Journal.  The stripes on the front are thanks to Wendy's Yikes Stripes Stencil and Black Embossing Paste.  On the back, more textured stripes from Wendy's Brick Wall Stencil and White Embossing Paste colored with Fired Brick Refill. A Sticky Back Canvas binding on the outside and a Tim Holtz' Large Ring Binder on the inside hold pocket dividers stamped in various stripe patterns and also striped with Tim Holtz' Tissue Tape.

Suzz thought she would make a humorous project this week around her ability to cook.

I have never been a great cook, although if I spent as much time practicing cooking as I do with my inky time I might be a bit better. I loved the Wendy Vecchi Domestic Arts set as I felt a real affinity to the sentiments.  I decided to use the fun Stampers Anonymous Vecchi Yikes Stripes Stencil and apply silver stripes with the Wendy Vecchi Metallic Silver Embossing Paste onto a PaperArtsy Chalk Fresco Paint - Inky Pool background . The sentiment was just perfect for me and I can't wait to hang it in my kitchen.

Ashli decided to create her own "plaid" design this week by weaving some stripes together.

I have had a ton of fun lately playing around with paper weaving. And you know what? Weaving lots of stripes together creates a bit of a "plaid" effect, don't ya think? After applying some soft watercolors in pinks, yellows, and oranges, I cut my papers into strips and then wove them together to create my custom "plaid" background. I love the texture this gives, especially once it is all stitched together! Once I selected a photo that complimented this background nicely, I set about layering up bits from Basic Grey's Mint JulepAmerican Craft's Mayberry, and Crate's Party Day.
This week, Dan let his mind go blank and sat down for a good old play.
What is it about tags?  I find them completely addictive, I hope some of you are the same too.  So often when I sit down to have a bit of creative play it's my pile of blank manilla tags that starts to sing it's siren song - not that I'm complaining of course, they're so much fun to work on.  I knew from the outset that I wanted to have torn paper stripes on Queeny's face and I worked some into the crown too for good measure.  As I'd suggested this theme, I thought I'd better make sure the stripe quotient was high enough!  There are more stamp sets used here than you might at first realise, among them were Classics #5, Around the Edge and World Traveler.

Stripes run a muck in Anita's stash, be it paper or stamps, so she had a tough decision on which she would use this week.
After having been asked to create a card for a friend's parent's special anniversary, I decided a Kaiser Craft Wooden Postcard would be fun, and that finally lead me to use a stamp for this project. I ultimately went with Wendy's vintage looking striped background from her Quality Art set. After heat embossing the stripes, I added more stamps, wooden elements, and Prima's Mini Fairytale Roses.

I (May) got to thinking about stars & stripes this week.
With the 4th of July next week I knew I wanted to make a special patriotic card featuring my set of Tim Holtz blueprint stamps. Thanks to some clear and black embossing powder and some creative layering I love how this card came out.
Sandra Mouwen made a birthday card for her best guy friend

Turning 30 is a big deal and that needs to be celebrated.  I love stripes and I wanted to create my own striped pattern. I used a scrap piece of Neenah Desert Storm cardstock and cut it the right size. With lots of different washi tape, like Vertical Stripes Teal, Black Chevron and Scattered Dots, I made the striped pattern background by placing them horizontally right below each other. I used the biggest numbers I could find, the Jumbo Numbers, to make notice of the fact he's turning 30!

This week, Anna-Karin was inspired to do a triptych showcasing two old family photos.
As several of my team mates, I was also inspired to use Wendy Vecchi's Yikes...Stripes stencil for my project, together with her Metallic Gold Embossing Paste. It was meant to symbolize newly plowed soil on a farm. My other type of stripes are the rays from Tim Holtz Psychedelic Grunge set, gold embossed as the sun above the photo. The triptych was made with Tim Holtz Arch Frame die and inked with yellow and brown shades of Distress Ink. I stamped it with various sentiment, image and background stamps and embellished with a pocket watch die cut from grungeboard and smeared with gold paste.

An exploding card held Tracy's attention this week, passing away many happy hours in her craft room and she will be sharing a tutorial on Wednesday.

I wanted to try something a little different this week, something to add movement to my piece, what better way than an exploding card!
For more inspiration click on our design team's blog links so you can see more photos (and full supply lists) for their projects.
As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by Random Generator. 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. This challenge will end at 11:59pm on Sunday June 30th EST.

For the full rules, read the "challenge rules" posted in the side-bar here on our blog.


  1. Fabulous DT work as usual pleased to playing here after such a long time can't believe I'm first usually late!


  2. wow- all you DT members have such wonderful and very creative ideas!! Guess you have me inspired to paly again :) Off to put something(s) together :)

  3. Kudos to DT and thank you so much for another challenge! Enjoy your crafting week!

  4. stripes and dots have been on my mind.

  5. Beautiful design team creations...thank you for the "stripe" challenge!

  6. Fabulous DT creations and a brilliant challenge, thank you!!
    Hugs, Hazel xx

  7. Thanks for all the inspiration from you Design Team . See you next time!!! Thanks again! :-)



  8. Wonderful inspiration from the dt.

    I love stripes, so I'll be entering more than once! :D

  9. I love the variety of interpretations on the theme by the DT. Blessings!

  10. Love all the creativeness of the DT, thanks for the inspiration.

  11. Amazing creations here... what a team!
    Alison x

  12. WOW DT creations are amazing! TFS

  13. Your DT has the coolest, most diverse projects EVER! Thanks for the inspiration. xxD


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