Monday, January 9, 2012

Simon Says Stamp and Show a Red Letter Day!

Hello Everybody! Thank you for playing along with our last 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 ... A Red Letter Day! 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...
Following a search on Google, Tracy found that red letter day originated from the practice of marking the dates of church festivals on calendars in red. The term came into wider use in 1549 when the first Book Of Common Prayer included a calendar with holy days marked in red ink, these dates were designated in the book as a red-letter day. Red letter day today is also known as a gift experience. With this in mind Tracy tried to incorporate both into her card using Tim's Air Travel set to represent the gift experience, a flight being the experience or the journey. Dates highlighted in red were used taken from the Odds and Ends set along with the sentiment stamped in red using vermillion Archival Ink . A dashing gentlemen from the Steampunk set has been added to a bottle cap and a little embossing using clear embossing powder for dimension. Copper brads and a Blue Moon metal charm token add a little more interest to the card.
When she thinks of Red Letter Day.....she thinks of the day one is born......THE BEST DAY EVER!! So, she created this ATC to commemorate such a WONDERFUL day!! The base of her ATC is a piece of cardboard, which she dipped in water, then ran through an embossing folder. She then painted it with acrylic paint, she then sanded it, inked it, spritzed it. The chipboard topper was colored using Distress Ink and then spritzed. The wooden lock was painted then inked. The flowers were made from toilet paper, paper towels and watercolor paper colored with various Distress Stains and Reinker Mixtures.
Nancy took this challenge both figuratively and literally.  With Tim's birthday this past weekend, Nancy created a birthday card featuring District Market Advert paper and Mini Cirque Alphabets. Fired Brick Distress Embossing Powder along with Distress Embossing Ink were used for the letters. Edges were distressed with a Tonic Edge Distresser and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Candy's RED LETTER DAY is something that really impacted the world; VJ Day, September 2, 1945-the official end of World War II.  In her nostalgic dimensional 6x6 piece, Candy recreated the excitement of that day.  Her "tin type" background using a Metal Foil Sheet is embellished with a Tim Holtz' Pocket Watch, complete with a mini Pacific Rim Map from his Crowded Attic Paper Stash and "1945"  created from the Newsprint Alpha Parts covered in Glossy Accents.  See the little film reel?  That began as two gears from Tim Holtz' Mini Gears die cut, gear ends cut off and then heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.  Add a little dowel rod and Tim's Film Strip Ribbon and you've got a vintage film reel!  The elaborate bunting began with Tim Holtz' Medium side rosette from the Mini Paper Rosettes die cut.
When Terry heard about the RED LETTER DAY, she didn't know what it meant, but after some amazing teamies explained it to her she made a tag and took the theme LITERALLY. She made a tag using a wonderful image of a little girl. She used Crackle Paint Rock Candy and distressed the borders with the Paper distresser. The background of the Tag was done a Tim Holtz technique from the 12 Tags of Christmas... She used a Tim Holtz embossing folder, then embossed almost the whole tag with Copper Embossing powder. The flowers were worked on with Crackle Paint Rock Candy and everything is distressed with Forest Moss, Bundled Sage, Worn Lipstick, Barn Door, Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo. The sentiment was made using Barn Door and rewritten with the Spica Glitter Marker.
Ellen interpreted red letter day as a day worthy of remembrance, and decided to create a simple tag to remember her Dad.  She printed an old photo of her Dad on Neenah white card stock (isn't that old jalopy awesome?), adhered it to the a #8 manila tag with multi medium matte, and added some alpha parts to "remember" him by. She used a pearl pen to add the black dots between the numbers in the date, and to highlight 'dad' at the bottom.  Added some brushed corduroy distress ink to the edges to add to the vintage feel, and some ribbon to top it off.
Linda is in a Valentine's Day frame of mind and "red letter" made her think of a love letter.  She created a wall hanging based on that using stamps from Tim Holtz's Urban Grunge and Crafty Secret's Rosy Wishes embossed with Ranger Superfine Gold Embossing Powder.  The Tattered Florals and Elegant Flourishes dies were used to create the embellishments and her filigree metal corner was heat embossed with white embossing powder and then sanded to give it a worn enamel appearance.  
Lots of birthdays this month means many circled calender dates, so Sarah went for an all metal take on that elusive subject 'The Male Card'. She also wanted to pay a little birthday tribute to Mr. Tim with oodles of Idea-ology. Her Steampunk Gent lives a Memory Frame suspended from a flying Timepiece and is layered across the Weathered Clock, made with corrugated cardboard and Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to create an old wooden effect. It also returns inside the card with a well-loved Tim phrase.
Dan is mindful that Valentine's Day is creeping ever closer, so he chose that to be his red letter day for this week's challenge!  He started by painting his base card with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Acrylic Paint in sable brown, blank canvas and dash of red, which he applied with a Ranger Craft Scraper.  Stamps he used were drawn from the Royal Script, From the Heart, Floral Tattoo and Odds and Ends sets.
I began with a literal meaning when I first started making this journal ... then I thought ... how nice would this be as a present with some tickets to a London attraction? To assemble the book I used my Bind it all with some Red 1" wires and to decorate I used Artistic Outpost London Underground; Ranger Archival Ink in Crimson; Vintage Photo Distress Ink; Tim Holtz Vintage Market Strip Die and some truly scrumptious Blue Moon Charms.

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, 15th January 2012 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. Wow, such jawdroppingly beautiful creations from the DT.

  2. Great creations from the DT members!! Thanks for this new challenge.

    greetings, Alie :-)

  3. Happy New Year to you all!

    Great challenge topic and the background info to where Red Letter Day comes from,always good to know the facts around a topic!

    Great challenge,Fab projects from the Dt!

    Take care
    Big hugs

  4. Okay, I'm in! I love this idea, and just a hint of red is quite eye popping!

    Wonderful projects!


  5. A wonderful variety of gorgeous projects! Thank you! ;)

  6. I added a link to my entry. As always, the DT has created wonderful projects!

  7. I love the DT's creations!! Thank you for this challenge, you got me started on my Valentine Cards :-)

  8. Congratulations to the DT members on the variety of examples they created. Thanks for the challenge - it worked for a 100th birthday card I made for the sister of a friend.

  9. what a bummer!!! My computer and my cutting machine had a rocky relationship this evening and I just posted my entry for the Red Letter Day challenge. I'm very thankful for you and what you do for everyone---AND I'm so uber thankful to get my project completed. It was such a blessing to do. :) Please check it out---scroll to bottom of first post labeled Thank You:)


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