Monday, July 23, 2012

challenge: Hey Girl

Whether you want to invite some friends to tea, create a card for your favorite aunt, an art journal page inspired by one of your favorite women in history, a piece of jewelry, or a project that simply has a feminine feel to it, this week is all about ladies. Of course feminine inspiration doesn’t have to mean pink and flowers - you could use Wonder Woman, a classic movie star, or your favorite lady writer or musician as inspiration too. 
Let's see how the design team interpreted this challenge:

Terry went for a shabby vintage look with her feminine tag this week.
I sat down at my table and it just popped into my head what I wanted to make. I started out with  Distress inks to give the Tag lots of color, and at the bottom of the Tag I played around with Metal Foil. The rose was made with Grungeboard and die from Tim Holtz. Lots of blue and orange distress inks and Crackle Accents too. I always think that if you BELIEVE in YOURSELF you can create anything, and the Chitchat stickers helped me express my sentiments on this piece.  

Dan took a trip back to the golden age of Hollywood for this movie-themed purse.
Ok, let me start straight out by saying that girl-themed things aren't exactly in my wheelhouse, but what could be more girly than a purse, right?  The trickiest part of this project was the popcorn container, which I stamped 3 times in different colours to achieve this effect.  Among the products I used were the At The Movies stamp set, Fired Brick Distress Stain, film-strip ribbon and the Tiny Attacher.  Of course, once I'd attached the film-strip ribbon, the..... oops, the movie's starting, someone pass the red vines!

Sarah Engels-Greer was in the mood for drama and a compendium of circles!
I dived into a rich mix of funky, bright inks combined with dramatic black to create my alternative triple hinged card! I wanted to try out Ranger's Specialty Stamping Paper which is fabulous. I adore this damsel from Wendy's Art Rules Stamps, and thought she would look right at home with Dylusions Sprays and Jet Black Archival ink.

Tracy Evans decided to use the Winged Things 1 for her grungy feminine piece this week, adding lots of texture and interest.
I love this young feminine image, I find it so dreamy and perfect for the ladies in our life, young or old.  I love adding lots of texture and interest to my pieces including a dimensional flower cut using the Spellbinders Spiral Blossom One die. I added further interest in the background with a little stamping using the Mixed Media stamp set.

Candy Colwell loves the shabby chic style. She had a little wooden chest that she wanted to use for storing her favorite laces and little charms but just never was inspired to finish it until she saw  Pink Paislee's London Market Collection.
When I saw those luscious London Market pieces, I knew I had to create this chest!  All of the distressing is done with various Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  I also love dimensional, interactive pieces so this shabby chic chest is dripping with beautiful ephemera and Tim Holtz Ideaology pieces with some 7 Gypsies Antique Brass elements added as well.

Inspired by an upcoming trip to Paris, Sandra Mouwen takes us to the Moulin Rouge with her tag.
Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world, and as I'm planning this trip, creative ideas are flying around in my head. I had some scrap metallic gift wrapping laying around that I wanted to use for this project, and I made a big mess by coloring it with jet black Archival ink and creating the pattern using my fingernails. It's always fun to dress up Tim Holtz' dress form! To get the bright rich red background color and let it pop, I've used two different kinds of red, Barn Door and Fired Brick Distress ink and finished the edges with Black Soot.

With 3 girls at home, Ashli Oliver is no stranger to all things girlie! 
This layout turned out nothing like I had it in my head. Actually, that often is the case for me! Inspired by the photo and the combination of colors in the Snow White dress, I decided to bring in these colors in a soft and feminine way through the use of watercolor paintAfter some fun artistic play with paint and paper, I cut out a heap of flowers using my Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die. I think the colors in the American Crafts Shoreline collection provide a much needed contrast for my watercolor flowers. Some finishing touches of black with Heidi Swapp's Color Magic BannersAmy Tangerine stamps and Studio Calico Arrows provided the perfect punch.

What could be more girl inspired than sisters? That’s the direction Suzz took her card this week with a walk down memory lane.
These sweet sisters are adorable in their party frocks in this Artistic Outpost Birds of a Feather stamp. They remind me of when my older sister and I were little and my mom would put us in matching dresses. The background is stamped using the Hero Arts Cling - Classic Fabric Design to create an elegant pattern. To add even more of a feminine touch I dyed some Maya Road Organza trim using a combination of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Silver Sugar and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Pure Violet and sprinkled pearls all around.

Anna-Karin created a canvas about her grandmother, using a rich teal, brown and gold color scheme and many meaningful little details.
This turned out to be one of my all-time favorite projects, since it represents my memories of my grandmother very well. She wore stylish clothing, created artsy ceramic pieces and loved dogs and birds. The background was painted, stamped, and splattered with paint. Fragments form the main embellishments and were inked with alcohol ink and glued to patterned papers and stamped images. The Mini Sewing Room dress form was die-cut from grungeboard and covered with layers of UTEE, finishing off with two layers of Stream embossing powder and a bit of gold powder, to create a faux-ceramic look.

To see more photos and detail of any of the design team member's creations, simply click on their name (above the photo of their project) to visit their blog.

Now that we've shared their creations - we're ready to see yours! As always, Simon Says Stamp is once again giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by Random Generator. The challenge will close at Midnight Eastern time on Sunday, July 29 and the winner will be announced during the following week. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in with our theme and post it to your blog, then add a direct link to that project post here.
For the full rules, read the "challenge rules" posted in the side-bar here on our blog. We can't wait to see what you make.


  1. Stunning projects again ladies. Such inspiration.


  2. ...a posting awash with inspiration, superb work from the team...Mel :)

  3. Some great work from the team, some great makes! Trace x

  4. Fabulous DT creations and great challenge!!
    Hugs Hazel xx

  5. Stunning projects, girls!! (:o)

  6. Fabulous inspiration by the DT.

    I love this challenge!

  7. These are all so beautiful! Way to rock it!

  8. Loved all the inspiring examples DT

  9. Thanks for another fab challenge! The DT art is stunning as usual!
    Alison x

  10. Fabulous creations and a lovely challenge theme too.
    Krafty Karen.xx

  11. Wow! The DT did an amazing job this week. Gourgeous projects. Thank you for the inspiration.

  12. thanks for the challenge! Awesome job DT! Hugs, Jas

  13. Thank you for another amazing challenge--LOVE all the gorgeous and stunning DT work! :)

  14. Beautiful examples, love this challenge and hope I can find time to play along!

  15. Great theme for this weeks challenge and fantastic cards and projects from the DT
    x catherine

  16. Oops clicked on wrong pic, can entry #141 be deleted please.
    Great challenge and inspiration : )

  17. Great challenge!!! I love all the wonderful DT artwork. Thank you so very much for letting me play along. See you next time…


  18. Great challenge and outstanding work from the DT. Loved visiting each and every one of them!
    Alison x

  19. You guys are so great! Thanks so much for all of the very nice comments. We appreciate them so much! Glad we inspired you this week! <3 Candy

  20. Thanks so much for your kind comments, much appreciated . Lovely to know we inspire. Tracy x


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