Monday, July 30, 2012

Challenge: What do you say?

What do you say?   Sentiment stamps and stickers are my most forgotten asset in my stamping arsenal. Either I forget to use them, never find the perfect project, or otherwise just don't get them used up. No more! Today's challenge "what do you say?" encourages you to use a sentiment in some way.
You could talk about something, create with a sentiment stamp, share your favorite quote on an art journal page, even create a scrapbook layout filled with your thoughts on something special to you. The ways to interpret the challenge are wide open. We just want to know... what do you say?

Sarah Engels-Greer created two vintage-inspired cards steeped in memories from yesteryear...
I always think that old photographs and sentiments go hand in hand! There's just something about vintage photos and their untold stories that gets me every time! I created two travel themed cards using Tim's fabulous Destinations Paper Stash, Walnut Stain Ink and two stamped sentiments from the Attic Treasures set which fitted just perfectly on my mini-tags.

The perfect sentiment for Tracy Evans this week was from the Huck Finn plate by Artistic Outpost, a great starting point for her sailing piece.
I love this sentiment, it's something that has been said to me many times in my life and it seemed the perfect time to use it and works perfectly for me in this piece. Lots of blended ink create my scene using faded jeans and weathered wood Distress Inks.

Candy Colwell's sentiment encouraging individualism inspired her tag;  reminiscent of the explosive 60s and psychedelic 70s. 
I live by this sentiment; whether it be in my personal life or my art.  And because I feel so strongly about this sentiment, I really wanted to create something that screams "Be Different".  I used some bright and fun Dylusions Sprays and Stamps to create the basic design.  Then for a major POP of color and shimmer, I added Stickles to the flowers.  I love Stickles for that "WOW" factor!

Terry was feeling like making an ATC and while she was sitting at the table all her ideas came out in crackle, distress stains and words.
I was in a loving mood so I decided to use these fabby stamps from Tim Holtz.The background is worked on with lots of yummie distress stains, paint dabber and crackle. The birds are embossed with copper embossing powder to give them such an effect, like they are breakable, like everything in life is. The sentiments are from the Chitchat stickers and work really well with the birds, don't you think? In life everything flies by and goes fast like in the movies.

was inspired by the simple sentiment of "Love" to create a sweet canvas that will hang in the room that her daughters share.
I love the versatility of the word "love" and it is the feeling I most want my kids to receive from me. So, when I saw Ali Edward's SMOOCH stamp set, I just knew I had to have it! After priming a salvaged canvas with gesso and collaging on some patterned paper, the simple handwritten words became a perfect textural background when stamped repeatedly in Archival Black. The gorgeous colors in Basic Grey's What's Up collection dress up this sentiment and add a fun touch of whimsy that is perfect for any girl's room!

This week Suzz created a shabby chic piece that will be perfect for displaying in her home.
I am an avid reader and loved reading Emily Dickinson growing up. The lovely quote from Artistic Outpost Quote and Quotables is one of my favorites. The bird from the Crafty Secrets Clear Fairyland set seemed like the perfect image with the poetry.  I created a perch using the 7 Gypsies Tryptich Arc Window.  I also added texture using the 7 Gypsies Gaffer Tape, Claudine Hellmuth Gesso, and Baking Soda. This arch will fit perfectly on an easel on my desk.

If she gets the chance, Sandra Mouwen dreams all day long. This is what she dreamed up this week.
"Don't dream your life, live your dream" is such a true sentiment. I'm a bit of dreamer. One of my biggest dream is to go to the USA one day. But first I'm going to Paris next week! One dream at a time. For this card I did the reflections stamping technique using the Remnants Stamp set and  Distressed Frame Embossing Folder.  I made a mask out of an old packaging by stamping the hot air balloon with Archival Jet Black and cut it out with Craft Scissors. I used the positive to color in the background and used the negative to color in the hot air balloon and spray it with some Perfect Pearl Mist Biscotti.

I (May) fall in love with stickers with sentiments, but never use them. This must change- starting with this card.  
I am a doily loving girl, and one of my favorite tricks is to grunge it up with some distress ink to add color to an otherwise cheap and plain white doily. With a bit of ink and some stitching all I needed to add was a bit of Basic Grey's new Paper Cottage collection  and a go-to card design. One of my favorite products from the Paper Cottage line is the layered cardstock stickers that just beg to be used and mailed to someone special. Now I need to get back to using up some sentiment stickers and getting cards mailed out to loved ones.

Anna-Karin made the sentiment the centre of the world on this dimensional card:
I rarely let sentiments take centre stage on a card, so this was a fun challenge for me. After deciding to use this great sentiment from Artistic Outpost, I thought it would go well together with the Vintage Globe die, and some gears turning the globe around. The globe was die-cut from grungeboard and watercolour paper, and the circle part was watercoloured with Distress Inks. To really showcase the sentiment I stamped it on one of my favorite products, clear modeling film, and shaped it into a rough globe shape, adding a little wood veneer bird on top.

When it came to project time, Dan began to write in rhyme...
Although this challenge is themed around sentiments, right from the get-go I couldn't get the title, "What do you say?" out of my head.  After mulling over it for a while I wrote a little morality tale in poem form.  There are four verses, it seemed to make sense to show you the first one.  Among the products I used were the Tattered Time card stack, the It's Face Art, World Traveler and School Desk stamp sets and a range of Distress ink pads.

Dan shares more of his book pages on his blog, and in fact I encourage you to check out each of the design team member's blogs for more photos, supply lists, and more. 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, August 5 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 link 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. ...awesome inspiring pieces from the team...Mel :)

  2. Oh my.....this time, your inspiration is really over the top. (:o)

  3. Thank you for the inventive challenges! The DT samples are outstanding!

  4. Brilliant challenge this week and fabulous designs as always by the DT. Good luck everyone. xx

  5. Thanks for the challenge and the amazing DT creations! :)

  6. Hope this fit's the bill, great cards everyone. Janet

  7. Fabulous inspiration from the dt!!!

    Thanks for another great challenge.

  8. A great theme for this weeks challenge and fantastic projects from the DT
    x catherine

  9. Lovely challenge, and fantastically inspirational work from the DT as always - thank you all so much!
    Alison x

  10. Fabulous work from the DT as always. Enjoyed working on my piece so thanks for the fun!

  11. Fantastic projects DT, so inspirational.

  12. wonderful inspiration from the dt

  13. Awesome creations from the DT!! Thanks for the inspiration and for the wonderful challenges. Have a fantastic weekend!! Hugs, Gloria

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  14. Thank you for the wonderful inspirational pieces and for reminding me to use my letter stamps. Blessings!

  15. What a great challenge!!! I love all the wonderful eye candy from your DT’s. Thank you so very much for letting me play along with you. See you next time…


  16. Thanks so much for your kind comments and your continued support. Tracy x

  17. Thank you for another great challenge!!
    Hugs Hazel xx


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