Monday, December 12, 2011

Simon Says Stamp and Show Thru' the Looking Glass - Projects with Depth!

Hello Everybody! 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 ... Thru' the Looking Glass - Projects with Depth! 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...
As soon as Tracy knew this weeks challenge was projects with depth she really wanted to decorate a configuration box, something she had not had chance to do for a while. She decided on a Christmas configuration coloured with Distress Stain Vintage Photo and decorated with papers from the My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas paper pad. Tracy had great fun decorating each area with Christmas finds along with the use of the Reindeer Flight die, The Tattered Pinecone Die, and The Pine Tree. JOY was added using Grunge Blocks along with a mini Christmas tree and sleigh. Small frames were decorated with images from the Seasonal Salvage Stickers and a Christmas Muse Token and several vintage finds.
Ellen went all out with a configuration box this week.  She started with a medium configurations, and rather than leaving all the boxes inside the frame, she took 4 out and attached them on either side.  She used christmas kraft resist paper, tissue tape, and 7 gypsies antique brass corners to line and wrap the piece.  Then filled it with lots of yummy knick-knacks (many of which she "borrowed" from her hubby's model train pieces!). Other elements used were: corked vials altered with butterscotch alcohol ink, optical lens, wreath from christmas adornments, xmas red stickles, ornate plate, WISH stamp, mini old jalopy, bingo piece, seasonal salvage stickers, and melissa frances glass glitter
This weeks' dimensional theme is perfect for Candy's creation...a sparkly sleigh for Santa. The base of the sleigh is a 2x3 Configuration Box compartment colored with a Cranberry Paint Dabber. Santa's chair dons a beautiful vintage Santa from Tim's Seasonal Paper Stash. The sparkly runners for Santa's sleigh are courtesy of the Vintage Noel die cut. The sparkly top of Santa's chair is from Tim's Vintage Lace die cut. All that festive sparkle is courtesy of Martha Stewart's White Gold Glitter. Some Tim Holtz Trimmings, Mini Holiday Stamp Sets, Silver Embossing Power and Platinum Stickles help to put the perfect finishing touches on Santa's Magical Sleigh.
Dan has been watching a lot of Christmas movies lately to get himself into the holiday spirit and was inspired to make this 3D diorama card after watching "The Polar Express"! He made his swirling winter sky with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints in Charcoal Black, Smidge of Blue, Sky Blue and Blank Canvas, before adding snowflakes with a Ranger Opaque White Pen. White Enamel Accents was used for the snow on his tree branches and Rock Candy Stickles added a touch of bling to his snowflakes. The frame was coloured with Distress Ink pads in Weathered Wood and Tumbled Glass and the Santa from the Holiday Wishes stamp set was coloured with Promarkers.
These little 7 Gypsies trays were calling Nancy's name as was the new Simple Stories Year-O-Graphy papers. With both in hand, Nancy created a birthday calendar. The birth date would be highlighted on each month's calendar with a photo of the honoree in a Tim Holtz ornate plate. The calendars from the Simple Stories collection were cut and then put together with the help of a Zutter Bind-It-All. A Kaiser Craft wood branch along with a 7 Gypsies bottle and sticker adds to the overall theme of a precious life. A Tim Holtz memo pin marks the occasion.

This was Lynne's first time outta the shoot with a Configurations Box!! She had to admit it was a bit intimidating but she dove in....and never looked back! She chose to theme her box around Christmas and snow!! She gathered up old and new doo dads to include the wooden snowflake and ruler piece, a clear bottle and some bakers twine. Everything was adhered in and onto the box with Multi Medium....the best dang stuff in the world!!!

Sarah created a dimensional hanging star inspired by Tim's seventh tag with Glassine Paper leaves and Joyful Song Stamps. She used lots of her favourite techniques and products including Ranger Metal Tape, Alcohol Inks, and the Textile embossing folder. Sarah aged the stamped centre with Rock Candy Crackle and Distress Ink and finished off her star with vintage lace and two hat pins.
Terry was experimenting with the Configuration Box and teasing her teamies a bit  but at the last minute she decided to create a Vintage Steampunk Configuration box. She used Tim's Configuration Box  and Tissue Tape on top of the box. The papers used for the background are from Graphic 45, Steampunk Debutant. The compartments were filled with The Tim's Sprocket GearsTimepiecesSpinners7 Gypsies Clear Bottles and everything was distressed with Distress Inks from the Winter Limited Editon, Forest Moss, Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo. Terry played with Rock Candy Crackle Paint  and Picket Fence Crackle Paint on the Box top and front and the stamps are from The Tim Holtz Seamless Experience set.
For her dimensional project, Linda took the plunge into the configurations box scene with her first ever configurations box.  She featured a collection of sweet shabby/vintage style items.  She used Tim Holtz dies:  Tattered FloralsTattered PineconeReindeer Flight and Festive Greenery.  Other products used include Spellbinder Scallop Square NestabilitiesSnow Flurries embossing folder and gold glass glitter.  
Linda Elbourne
I set to work on the largest Configuration ... I covered it with Tissue Tape and a mixture of Lost and Found and The Seasonal Paper Stack. All the papers were distressed with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Stickles. The final sample is packed to the rafters with Idea-Ology including Corked Vials; Light Bulbs and an Ornate Plate.
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, 18th December 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. what stunning inspirational projects, love them all

  2. Wow, brilliant projects from the team, and all those configurations boxes! I'm looking forward to having a play with this theme. Something to do now that we've had Tim's last tag for the year (boo hoo!). Congratulations to you all. x

  3. OO, inspiring and exciting... off to have a think...

  4. Wow! Stunning projects by everyone!

  5. Wow, awesome projects all absolutely gorgeous.

  6. The projects are so detailed and beautiful. I love the creative variety here. ;)

  7. Just linked up.. wonderful wonderful inspiration from the team!!

  8. Beautiful projects ladies!!! Thank you for another super fun challenge!!
    Cheryl W

  9. WOnderful projects! I'm working on mine right now, but I don't think I will finish it today!

    Love from The Netherlands,

  10. A very nice showing this week. Loved this theme!

  11. I see I JUST made it...LOL I'll try to give myself a bit more time for the next challenge, thanks for the great inspiration by the DT


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