Monday, March 7, 2016

Simon Says 'Make Your Own Background' Challenge


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the Take A Leap Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
This week we are challenging you to


There are so many different techniques and products we can use to create our own one of a kind backgrounds! From Stencilling to Gelli Printing, Embossing and Stamping, the list is endless and we will be looking forward to seeing what products and techniques YOU decide to use!

We are showcasing Darkroom Door Products this week, you don't have to use them to join in, but if you have them we would love to see them used on your projects!

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store


I am getting ready for the lovely days of Spring and used a Carved Birds Vol 2 Stamp Set 

 I have been buying quite a few bird stamps lately and I just couldn't resist adding this cute Carved Birds Vol 2 Stamp Set to my collection! I inked some Watercolor Paper with Tumbled GlassMowed Lawn and Stormy Sky Distress Inks and then used a Hero Arts Polka Dot Background Stamp, inked with the same inks to add some more interest. When that was completely dry I used a Simon Says Stamp Leaves Background Stamp and White Embossing Powder to add another layer. I colored the birds with Distress Inks and fussy cut them out, popping them on the front with 3D foam.

While I had the stamp set out I just HAD to make another card! 

This time I stamped the birds with Archival Black ink and masked before using a stamp positioner to stamp the next bird. I then masked all of the birds before inking, stamping, stencilling and embossing the background. 

Can you see the little bird did actually reach the stars!! ;-)

So now it's YOUR turn to get all inky and artsy!
 Happy Crafting


If you use instagram add  #sssmchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too!

You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in 

Come And Get It   Fave Technique, I think I would have to say stencilling.
Craft Rocket   Feathers Or Fur
Mod Squad   Feature A Creature
Use Your Stuff   Lace Ribbon or Twine

Hope you all have a great week :-)
Happy Crafting
Luv Lols x x x


Kathy Krug said...

Love the background and those cute birds. Great colors and design. Thanks for joining us at the Mod Squad Challenge Blog Feature a Creature this week.

D.Ann C said...

These are both just too cute!

Maura said...

Those little carved birds are SO cute, Lols! I especially like the bright primary colors you used in the first one!

Darlene said...

WOW! What fun creation Lois! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at the USE YOUR STUFF Challenge Blog! We hope to see you again next week!


creationsnz said...

Wonderful cards Lorraine, I specially love your colourful one. Thanks for playing with us at Come And Get It challenges, hope you join us again, Carol DT

Kajcyika said...

This is just fab! Love it!
Thanks for sharing it at CAGIC! Kaja

Anonymous said...

Awesome cards! I love the versatility of that bird stamp set! Thanks for joining our ribbon/twine/lace challenge at Use Your Stuff and hope to see you again soon! Tammy DT Co-ordinator

Judy McKay said...

Beautiful work. Great colour scheme. Thank you for joining us this month at Come and Get It this week. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

Stephanie said...

Love these sweet birdie trios, Lols! The first speaks to me the most with the bright colors and talks of Spring...YES..PLEASE! :D

Simon Says Stamp!

Amber Sheaves said...

I can not stand birds. They creep me out. But I will admit that these are cute. :) I love the two different looks you created with the stamp!

karenlotty said...

A lovely card. The little birds are cute. Great background too Thank you for joining in at Craft Rocket Challenges - Karen DT

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

This card is one of my favorites!! But I think I say that every week. Even so, I'm sincere every time! I love how you are so versatile in your aesthetic and are talented at so many different "looks." It was especially fun to see these stamps used in two completely different applications. These birds made me smile and you get two thumbs up for bringing them to life so perfectly!

Barbara said...

You know how I love this card! I adore the colors you used for these stamps, so fresh! The little birdies are cute! As always an incredible work! barbara

Macarena said...

This is soooooo cute, Lorraine! I love the colorful birds. The soft embossed background is beautiful. The Spring is really in the air around your card! Hugs, Marzena

Beth McCullough said...

This card is darling! I love the cute birds and all the layers! Thanks for joining us at Use Your Stuff Challenge Blog.

missgailly said...

Fantastic job with those cute birdies!
Gail from Use Your Stuff

Meihsia Liu said...

Wow.. both cards are super cute! Lols. Love the adorable bird images. :)

Catherine said...

Both of your cards are adorable, Lols. I have a weakness when it comes to bird stamps, they are just so cute on everything.

Unknown said...

Lovely cards! Great backgrounds on both cards. I like how you made the birds standing on your twine. The second card is just perfect for reaching for the stars. I think I may use your card for inspiration in an upcoming challenge.
Thanks for joining us at Use Your Stuff. I hope you will join us again next week!
Tammy - DT

Kath Stewart said...

great cards Lols and you rocked those backgrounds...I think the birds will be going on my ever growing wish list...hugs kath xxx

Wendy L said...

Fab designs on your lovely cards, thanks for joining us at Craft Rocket Challenges, xxxx

Lori said...

Oh my goodness! I love all of your cards and those super cute birdies! Thanks so much for joining our ribbon, twine, trim challenge at Use Your Stuff!

Tricia Coffin said...

The birds are darling.

Sandra said...

Fabulous cards, Lols! These birds are so cute, love the colors on them and the felt clouds are so sweet. Love the birds stacked up as well. So funny! Hugs, Sandra

Emma Williams said...

I love, love, LOVE these fun cards...they are so bright, beautiful and bring a smile to my face! Gorgeous work, Lols! Hugs xx

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Anna-Karin said...

Such fun cards Lols!! I love the birds, that is one of my favourite stamp sets from Darkroom Door, and yours look wonderful.

Zoey | Scrapsaurus said...

These birds are awesome! I am surprised I didnt notice them before as they are so much fun and perfect for mixed media! Love how you incorporate them in your cards, can't decide my favorite! hugs Zoey

Shirl said...

OMG what gorgeous cards. Those little birdies are just too cute. Thanks for playing along with us over at UYS. Hugs DT Shirl

Barbara Washburn said...

Two great ideas with one stamp set! Thanks for sharing at Craft Rocket Challenges. Barbara DT