Monday, February 14, 2011

Simon Says Stamp and Show a Tag!

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone ... Boy, do we have an exciting week for you! But more of that in a moment! Thank you for playing along with last week's challenge ... The winners will be announced this Wednesday .... so don't forget to check back ... this could be your lucky week! This week Simon Says Stamp and Show ... A Tag! 
If you want to join in the fun ... 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! To start you on your way... take a look at some inspiration from the Design Team ...
As the song says, "there ain't too much sadder than the tears of a clown", and that's what Dan had at the back of his mind while he was creating this tag. Dan drew from several different stamp sets for this creation, including Tiny Textures, Ultimate Grunge, Mona's Sketchbook, The Big Top and It's More Flower Art. He also used a white paint dabber and a key from the Word Keys set.
With Valentines Day right around the corner, Lynne decided to sneak in one more "LOVE" item!! She made an "extenda tag" it's 1.5 times normal size (see the right side covered with Picket Fence and Black Soot Distress Ink??) She created one of her signature flowers using the Tattered Floral Die and Linen. She cut multiple pieces and colored them with Distress Reinkers, Aged Mahogany, Victorian Velvet, Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar with each layer stiffened using Multi Medium. Oh and that Flourish is by Hero Arts. She added blingage with Prima and Vintage Glitter Glass to show....All things "DO" grow with Love!!

It all started with Kim trying some cork sheet with Tim's Tag & bookplate die, she backed the cork with some card first, then continued to embellish with a few Studio 490 stamps... for the sentiment, the Background, the leaves & tag, The leaves were covered with rock candy crackle paint. Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die was used to create the huge flower, each flower stamped with designer woodgrain using distress inks... Finished with a shimmering of copper perfect pearls. The heart is hanging from a jump ring attached to a memo pin which is secured into the corkl. The ribbon is Websters pages.

Nancy says she loves stamping because there are a million ways to use one stamp. The tag she made for this week's challenge uses several Stampers Anonymous stamps including Going Somewhere, Mini-Classics, Artful Mosaic and Fleur with Script. With the addition of the tags, Distress Inks, Copic Markers, Idea-ology tags, spinners, lockets and clips, a mini-book was added to the larger tag. More photos including the inside of the mini-book may be found on Nancy's blog.

Lori chose to collage the tag with 7 Gypsies Conservatory paper. She brushed a coat of beeswax on straight from the melting pot. A little bling was added using a pearl bauble.
A roof from chipboard cut with Tim's On the Edge Scallop die, ran through a Cuttlebug Victoria embossing folder, and treated with various paints, sanding and inks completes the tag!

Terry couldn't wait untill she could use her new paperpack from Graphic 45, Steampunk Debutante. The Tag's background is Distressed with Forest Moss, Fired Brick and Vintage Photo Distress inks and embossed with the fabulous Tim Holtz Sizzix Postcard & Sheet Music Texture Fades Embossing Folders. The embossed parts are worked on with glossy accents to give it that extra look. The lace is from her own stash just like the Die from the flowers. On top of the flowers there is glossy accents and distress rock candy. Some of the borders on the images are worked on with the Martha Stewart Doily Lace Punch.

Nancy needed a bit of whimsy this week – her head’s been so full of numbers & forms! All of her thoughts of time with friends & play time outside the office can be seen in all of the cut-outs from Tim Holtz’s Lost & Found and Seasonal Stash paper pads – all of which are bursting out of Tim’s The Look stamp. “Whistle While You Work” reminds Nancy to remember to find fun in every day, no matter where you are – hope it does you, too!
Linda started her vintage tag by stamping from Urban Grunge, Flights of Fancy and Mini Holidays in Aged Mahogany, applied Tim's Rusted Enamel technique over the entire tag and treated the edges to a bit of gold UTEE.  The glittered oval frame was cut with a Spellbinders Petite Scalloped Oval die and distressed with Tattered Rose ink.  The frame was embellished with Spellbinders Floral Accent die cut which was painted with Tattered Rose crackle paint and crowned with one of her enameled roses.  
My inspiration came from Day 9 of Tim's 12 tags of Christmas! I ran my tag through Tim's sheet music embossing folder. I then spritzed it with Butterscotch; Cranberry and Red Pepper Colorwash. Next I swiped the tag with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. I embellished with a Bauble; Upon a time letters and Tim's Rosette to finish!

Please stop by The Design Team's individual blogs for more detailed pictures and further information on their work... Just click on their names! Fancy becoming a Design Team Member yourself? Well read on ...
We are looking forward to seeing your interpretation of this theme! Our wonderful site sponsor Simon Says Stamp is once again 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 21st February 2011 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!
**Design Team Call** 
Okay then ... Do you want to be part of this hot Challenge Blog?
We are looking for one more fabulously talented designer to join us and inspire folks to be part of our weekly challenges.
We ask that you be an active blogger and be willing to commit to creating art for each week's challenge and post it on your blog. We are asking for a 6 month commitment with possibility of extension. You will be responsible for actively joining our team in visiting our participants' blogs.
In return, we will offer you a Design Team pack every 6 weeks. You will also receive a DT discount on all of your purchases from the Simon Says Stamp store. You, your work, and your blog will receive a tremendous amount of exposure! Lots more fun goodies may be in store for you too!

TO APPLY, Please email the following to me, Linda Elbourne  with the statement SSS DT SUBMISSION in the subject line.
The DEADLINE for applications is Sunday, February 20th, 2011.
Blog URL/ Website URL
What message boards or craft sites are you active on?
What other Design Teams are you on right now?
What Design Teams have you been on in the past?
Write a few sentences about your style of crafting...
Please enter this week's challenge and email photos of at least 2 more of your projects.
Explain in a few sentences why you wish to be considered as part of this Design Team, and what you think you can contribute...

Good Luck with your applications everyone and have fun with this week's challenge!


  1. Love the variety of tags on show from the DT. They showcase so many ideas, styles and techniques..... x

  2. very cool tags!!!! gotta get busy :)

  3. Beautiful tags ladies!
    This is my first time here:)

  4. Thanks,everyone! We all truly appreciate your comments & participation here!
    Heidi - welcome! It's always great to have new folks join in!!
    Nancy C

  5. This team is so AMAZINGLY talented and I can't wait to see who our new TEAMIE will be!!

  6. Thank you so much ladies for your very sweet comments and your absolutely great and fabulous vintagy projects and creations. And I am also as my teamie Lynne very excited about our new teamie.....and who it is going to be....And Heidi, so wonderfull to join in with us.
    Hugs Terry xxxx

  7. Beautiful tags from everyone - and as I love doing tags, this was easy for me!!

  8. the design team tags are just amazing....

  9. Brilliant! I love making tags! All the DT examples are magnificent! x

  10. Fab selection from the DT, lots of inspiration indeed

  11. Awesome samples! Your team ROCKS!

  12. I am lovin the tags!!!

  13. so great to see a tag challenge, beautiful creations and great blog, can't wait for more challenges!

  14. Fab tags from the DT. Thanks for the challenge.

  15. wonderful tags by the DT. i can't add my link for some is my tag:
    please let me know if i should try adding the link again.
    *hugs* steph :)

  16. Always such fabulous and gorgeous inspiration from the DT! Happy to play along!

  17. yay, i was able to add my link. i had to use mozilla as my browser. sorry about that. *hugs* steph :)

  18. WOW...what fantastic inspiration from the DT. the entries to date are brillant too. You are going to have a hard decision to make selecting new DT members. Happy to have played along again with you :)

  19. Made it! Glad to join in again with another great challenge - and the fab DT pieces set the bar pretty high. Great to see all the entries and be inspired!

    All the best with the DT.


  20. So much inspiration! I love it!!!

  21. I had a super fun time creating my Tag Play House

  22. Great, fun challenge, & the samples are very inspirational :)

  23. So many directions each of us has gone. Its been wonderful to look at everyone's blogs and see what a creative world we live in.


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