Monday, December 6, 2010

Simon Says Stamp and Show a Holiday Greeting.

Hi there everyone ... Thank you so much to all of you that played along with last week's challenge ... The winners will be announced on Wednesday .... so don't forget to check back ... it could be you! This week Simon Says Stamp and Show ... a Holiday Greeting! We are an international challenge blog and well aware that not everybody celebrates Christmas ... so feel free to make a project to celebrate any holiday that is important to you and yours. If you want to join in the fun this week ... all you need to do is ... create something that ties in with our theme ... pop it on your blog ... and come back here and link up so everyone can see what you made! The challenge will close next Sunday at Midnight ... and to start you on your way... take a look at what the Design Team has made to inspire you this week ...
Linda created a tussie mussie - a lovely way to give a holiday greeting to a friend.  She randomly stamped images from Tim Holtz's Urban Grunge set in Old Paper distress ink and then clear embossed them.  Next the entire sheet was sponged with Antique Linen distress ink.  A Scrollwork Alterations die cut plus three tiny Prima roses were used to cover where the cone was joined.  An Idea-ology Memo Pin holds the Merry Christmas ticket stamp greeting while an Idea-ology heart charm altered by coating with Adirondack Alcohol Ink Gold Mixative adorns the tail of the tussie mussie.  

Dan borrowed a technique from the screen-printing process to transform this foliage spray into a folk art poinsettia garland. The image was stamped twice in the same place, first with Barn Door distress ink. After re-inking the stamp with a Pine Needles distress ink pad, Dan used a moist baby wipe to remove the ink from the parts he wanted to show as red and then stamped again in the same position. The same technique was used on the holiday ticket. Stamp sets used were both by Tim Holtz @ Stampers Anonymous - Odds and Ends and Floral Tattoo.

Nancy’s finally cut into Tim Holtz’s Seasonal Paper Pack, choosing one of the Christmas images that works with her kraft note cards. She edged the card with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, then, using a technique she learned recently, Nancy framed a piece of plain white cardstock with Embossing Ink, then applied Detail Gold embossing ink – no need to cut a piece of gold cardstock! Green cardstock was placed under those two layers, placed on the card – then a bit of floral trim was stapled onto the card with her Tiny Attacher, a velvet ribbon bow was attached- and a greeting card is ready to be mailed!

Terry decided to make 2 candleholders (check out her blog for the other one) for Christmas, She used the fabulous papers from Graphic 45 Christmas Past Deluxe Edition. Every piece of paper was inked with Distress ink: Dusty Concord, Vintage Photo and Forest Moss. The flowers are brown and purple roses and worked on with Tattered Angels Glimmermists Dazzling Diamonds to make it real shiny. On the top and the bottom of the candleholder there are green stones from Basic Grey.

Lynne has been waiting ooooooohhhh so impatiently to create her Christmas Greeting. The inspiration for her card is a copied vintage postcard.....she then used her Tall Trees Texture Fade to emboss the face of the card, cut the Pine Tree from cardboard, inked it with Forest Moss Distress Ink and accented with Rock Candy Stickles. Do you see the Film Strip she used....what a great accent!

During the holidays, Nancy tries to create cards that are easy and stress free. That's one reason why she picked up Tim Holtz Seasonal double sided paper stash. This paper stack includes every holiday throughout the year, from January through December. In this card, Nancy simply cut-out images from the Seasonal pack and adhered them onto a piece of cardstock. To complete the look, add miscellaneous ribbon, Stickles and Tim Holtz Idea-ology Charm Clip.

Lori used paper from the Seasonal Paper Pack, some Seasonal Salvage Stickers, and Tidings Tissue Tape to collage on a Configuration. The Merry Christmas sentiment and snowflakes stamps are from the Winter Sketchbook stamp set. Aged Mahogany Distress Embossing Powder was used to emboss the sentiment. Various holiday themed objects helped create this holiday decor!

This week I have used the Seasonal Paper Pack and lots of Tim Stamps to decorate my box frame. I wanted to give the stamping a layered look so I used Coffee Archival, Black Archival and some Gold Paint Dabber. This is my all time favourite Santa Stamp ... and I am just loving the Reindeer die and the Idea-ology Facets.
Please do stop by the Design Team's individual blogs for more detailed pictures and further information on their work ... just click on their names.
The Design Team are looking forward to seeing your Inked masterpieces! Drum roll required here ... Because throughout December our wonderful site sponsor Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher!

The prize will go to a random entry chosen by Random Generator. The challenge will close at Midnight Eastern time on Sunday 12th December 2010 and the winner will be announced during the following week. To qualify all you need to do is create a new piece of work ... post it on your blog ... with a link to this site and then pop a link below so everyone can come see what you made! And who knows ... if you don't win this prize ... your work may be selected for the much sought after Top Three Blinkie.
Have fun everyone :o)


  1. Wow, the team has outdone themselves here! Wish I could find some time! These are all very inspiring pieces.

  2. What an awesome variety of holiday inspiration from the DT!!!!!!

  3. Fun, fun challenge ladies and all of your creation are gorgeous! Happy holidays to you all! Hugs ~S~

  4. Beautiful pieces by the DT to inspire us all- love them!

  5. Another beautiful round of DT projects! Love them all!

  6. Gorgeous work from the DT!

    Super Fun challenge as always!

  7. I love looking at everyone's unique creations.

  8. Thanks design team for all your beautiful inspiration!


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