Monday, July 18, 2011

Simon Says Stamp and Show Some Embossing, a Sad Goodbye and a Design Team Call!

Hello again everyone! 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 winning week!

Before I set out the details for this week's challenge I have some sad news to share with you all. After spending the most amazing year on the Design Team with Kim, Lori and Nancy ... we have to say goodbye. All three ladies are leaving the Design Team to spend more time on other things ... we are going to miss them and I am sad to say that next week will be the last time we will get to see their amazing creations here on the challenge blog. Of course you can still check out their talent on their own blogs. I am sure you will all join me, the Design Team and the entire Simon Says Stamp family by saying a huge THANK YOU and wishing them the best of everything in all that they do! We are soooooo gonna miss you guys!

This week Simon Says Stamp and Show ... Some Embossing! 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! Before you start take a look at what the Design Team came up with...
Nancy used both heat and dry embossing on her project this week. First, using a Big Shot Nancy dry embossed a Tim Holtz Glassine Pocket Envelope with a Texture Fades Embossing Folder. A tag was stamped and heat embossed (Distress Embossing Ink + embossing powder) using Tim Holtz Papillon stamps. Ribbon and more ink finished off the tag.
Candy decided to both dry and heat emboss on something she's not made before...a chunky ATC card. The pattern originated from Tim Holtz' ATC and Corners Die Cut. Each side has an embossing technique using Tim Holtz Stamps Sets, Tim Holtz Texture Fades and Ranger Embossing Powders. Then she embellished every side with Tim Holtz Ideaology and other finishing pieces.
Lynne began with a piece of Distress Cardstock which she then embossed it, sanded it, applied Tissue Tape, she then colored it with Distress Stain, brushed on some Perfect Pearls and finished off the card face with some drybrushed paint.
Sarah Engels-Greer
A lack of summer sun inspired a darker mood in Sarah's inky world... and her multi-layered Curiosity canvas of fabrics, wire, papers and ephemera. Sarah created a cracked glass tag with lots of UTEE and Tim's Haberdashery stamps. She also indulged in Distress inks, Color Wash, stitched Kraft Glassine Paper, Idea- ology and lots more!
Nancy Crissinger
A friend shared a different card fold with Nancy recently - and she just had to try it! When she saw this cloud-print Fine & Dandy paper from My Mind's Eye, everything started coming together for this week's challenge. Nancy wanted Tim Holtz's Umbrella Man to be the focus on her card, so she used Ranger's Embossing Ink with Tim's Vintage Photo Distress Powder to stamp Mr. Umbrella - heating it with the Ranger Heat-It tool.
Lori chose to go a little steampunk this week!  She incorporated stamps from Steampunk, using clear embossing powder to create a resist from the images.  Some gears created using the mini mover and shaper gadget gears add to the industrial feel, as do the Idea-ology sprockets and gears, and 7 Gypsies Steampunk rubbings!
This time Terry decided to make a card for a man...and what better way to start the card with Tim Holtz The Journey clearstamps. She embossed the car, the clock and the arrows with copic embossing powder. The background is embossed with Distressed Stripes. Everything is distressed with Vintage Photo, Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans and Stormy Sky.
Linda loves all embossing and enjoyed playing around with both heat and dry embossing.  The heat embossing around the outer edge was done with clear UTEE with a little gold EP mixed in.  She also used clear UTEE around the horse and rider image. She dry embossed a die cut  Foil Tape Sheet.  The two stamp sets used here are Tim Holtz Wild West and Artistic Outpost Ephemera Backgrounds.
This is the first of a set of colour-themed boxes Dan is making to store his Promarkers.  The main panels were textured with embossing folders and then spritzed with Denim Colorwash spray and Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist.  It was edged with tissue tape and images from the Artistic Outpost Generation Redux plate were added.
Kim has incorporated both heat embossing and dry embossing! The cover to her mini sketch book has been doubled distressed using victorian velvet, aged mahogany, walnut stain and black soot distress inks. The leaf art part has distress stain and clear embossing powder. Then inked tabs along the edge using inspirational words.
My canvas this week shows lots of metal embossing. I used both Ten Second Studio moulds; metal and one of Tim's embossing folders to create the design. I LOVE the bird cage and to add some contrast I used the Tattered Florals Die to cut some old book pages to create some flowers for the leaves that were stamped using Wendy Vecchi's leaf stamp.
Please stop by The Design Team's individual blogs for more detailed pictures and further information on their work...Just click on their names! 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 24th  July 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 some more fabulously talented designers 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, July 24th, 2011.
Blog URL/ Website URL
What message boards or craft sites are you active on?
What Social Networking sites do you use regularly?
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 your entry and 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. It's so much fun checking in every Monday morning to see what the new challenge theme is and how the DT interpreted the theme. I'll miss those members leaving and will keep in touch as I can. Can't wait to see what new talent is in the wings...we can always learn a little something from every one and each piece of art.

  2. Another array of inspirational DT samples,Lori, Kim & Nancy will be sadly missed, good luck in their new ventures. x

  3. Best Wishes in all your crafty endeavors departing DT members. Thank you so much for all the lovely inspiration you have provided for so many!

  4. Great projects from the DT, inspirational as always. Good luck to Nancy, Lori and Kim, enjoy your new ventures. Tracy x

  5. you girls will seriously be missed for your wonderful inspiration !!!

  6. Thank you all for your sweet comments!! You all are THE best!

  7. This is a fun challenge and I enjoy stopping every Monday to see what's up and the fabulous things the DT puts out. I will truly miss these ladies who are leaving, but look forward to seeing the new DT's efforts.

  8. Some beautiful projects by the design team! Sorry to see some of the team members move on and wish them all the luck!

  9. some fantastic things from the DT as usual!Good luck to the outgoing and incoming members!Heres my entry

  10. Link posted! Now to send an email -- Thanks for the inspiration each and every week! Goodbye to the DT members.. may you be successful in all your endeavors!

  11. good bye to the dt members whose work I've enjoyed seeing. thanks for another great challenge.

  12. Great DT projects, this was a fun challenge, so I had to make to tags.

  13. Hiya there,

    How are you all?

    Sorry to hear that you ladies are leaving and wish you sucess now and in the future where ever your paths may lead!

    Great challenge and topic.

    Have a great weekend.

    Take care
    Big Hugs

  14. Your works are just gorgeous! Sorry that you're all leaving! Take care and good luck:)



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