Sunday, September 25, 2011

Simon Says Stamp and Show Men Only!

Hello 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! This week Simon Says Stamp and Show ... Men Only! 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...
Lynne knew exactly what she was going to do for this weeks challenge....a MAN CARD. As she is such a "FLOWER GIRL" manly things can be quite challenging!!! The entire card was created around the moustache from Men and More. She dabbed on some fiber paste and when dry added Vintage Photo Distress Stain. The hand was lathered with Picket Fence Distress Stain and Stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink. For another manly touch, she added a Timepiece. She then roughed up the card with the Distrezz it All and some ink!
Sarah really wanted to use her Artistic Outpost stamps and thought it was high time she created a card  to inspire all the other card-makers out there. She used Rusty Hinge, Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky Distress Inks to colour the background before stamping the wonderful image in Versafine Ink adding a little stamped bunting too! She indulged in lots of vintage torn layers using October Afternoon papers and Hero Arts Lace Ribbon all mounted on Bazill Cardstock.
Tracy enjoyed making a chunky ATC so much last week that the MEN ONLY challenge allowed her to indulge once again in these addictive forms of art. This weeks piece has been adorned with stamped images from Wendy Vecchi's Steampunk Art and Tim's Steampunk set. The ATC has been coloured with Distress Stain Vintage Photo and all the background pieces coloured with Distress Ink Vintage Photo and Aged Mahogany. Embellishments include Idea-Ology Sprockets, Fragments, Memory Frame, Corners and a 7 Gypsies Knob. Pop by Tracy's blog for more details.
Nancy's husband is all about the outdoors and so she naturally gravitated to an outdoor sport for her *man* project this week. Beginning with a simple piece of particle board, she first painted it with a layer of Claudine Hellmuth Gesso. Then layered pieces of leftover scrapbook paper on top of that using Claudine's Matte Medium. In between the pieces, she scribbled in some watercolor crayons to smudge the edges and finished off with Studio 490 shelves and Art For Men rubber stamps.
When Candy thought of Men Only, she thought of Graphic 45's Proper Gentleman Paper Collection.  So naturally, she used those beautiful papers along with Tim Holtz' Gadget Gears, Rosette, and Pennants to create this wonderful vintage picture frame.  Crackle Accented clock faces and Platinum Stickled accents help to create the vintage feel.  There is even a Kraft Paper pouch and strap attached to hold extra photos and memorabilia!
For her Men Only project, Linda used an old favorite stamp set called Keeper from Artistic Outpost and combined it with a newer Tim Holt set Curiosities.  Lots of distress inks including Scattered Straw, Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo were also used as well as Glossy Accents.
 Ellen found an old picture of her Dad and two uncles when they were very young (Dad on right) and used it as inspiration for a hand-made mini book, celebrating "brothers".  The covers are cut from a cardboard box, painted with distress crackle paint and edged with tissue tape.  The chipboard frames are from Maya Road.   Idea-ology sprocket gears and game spinner, and alpha part letters.  Inside, the pages are made from Kraft Resist paper and various colors of distress stains.   The book was bound together using The Cinch with 1" binding rings
This topic got Dan thinking about classic male figures through art history, and he was immediately drawn to Michelangelo's undiscovered masterpiece, the Jonah Lisa!  Having been inspired by this enigmatic icon of male beauty, Dan created this tribute to the mysterious classic!  Products he used included Promarkers, Clockworks embossing folder, Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad and the Mona's Sketchbook stamp set. 
Terry made a card for the Men Only project, using the fabulous Fall Seasonal Distress Inks. The Art Parts For the Guys from The Wendy were just perfect. The first layer on the card was made with Tim Holtz tissue tape, just like the flower and worked on with distress inks. The clock and sentiment comes from the stampset The Journey. Furthermore she used the Crackle Distress and Glossy Accents.
There are a few special men in my life ... and three of them are on Tim's Steampunk stamp sheet :0) For the background colour on my tag I used Shabby Shutters Distress Stain; Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a mist of Perfect Pearls in Heirloom Gold. The background stamping is made using the fabulous Shabby French set and of course no tag is complete without a bit of Idea-ology!
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 a at Midnight Eastern time on Sunday, 2nd October 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!


  1. Fantastic DT entries - Dan's really made me smile!

  2. Do we need to have a blog in order to enter or can I link from Flickr? I love ATCs...and the DT projects are incredible!

  3. Great challenge with fantastic cards by DT

  4. Fantastic inspiration from the DT! I had to pull out my AO stamps to play along because of all the inspiration here.

  5. Loving the Jonah Lisa! The script adds that authentic hairy chest look.x

  6. Thanks for the timely - for me - challenge and for the wonderful DT samples.


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