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Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Ok it is official………………I am crazy……………………..I like Mondays!  Never used to like them when I worked, but I like them now.   In particular I like today’s Monday.  Why……………because both Sandra and I were runners up in the Avery Elle Monthly Challenge.  The theme was “Tags” and we  both got picked for our entries.  This is a good thing for many reasons.  One reason is that if  she had been recognized and not me, all of you would have been subjected to more of my )(*&^% and moaning about it.  If I had been recognized and not her, she would probably renew her efforts to drown me in a river like she tried last summer.    The third reason is that it is nice to be recognized for something that you like to do and would do, even if no one else ever saw it.

I also like Mondays because several of my favourite challenges are revealed on Mondays.  Simon Says Stamp new Monday Challenge is “gentlemen”.  Well, it seems like  Tim Holtz comes to mind immediately with a theme such as this, as many of the examples use Tim Holtz stamps.    One of the great things about Tim’s stamps are that they are timeless.  Vintage is ………..well………….vintage so it can’t look “out of style” and nothing says “gentlemen” more than top hats, canes and umbrellas, so Tim it is.

I decided to make my card vintage and timely at the same time.




Supplies:  Tim Holtz Paris Memoir stamp set, Disress watercolour ink,  Technique Tuesday Life Circles stamp set, Distress watercolour paper, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape

Loving my Papertrey Ink

I am totally Ga Ga over my two latest purchases from Papertrey Ink.  When I order from them, my orders tend to be large ones, as the shipping is atrocious to Canada.  As always though, you get what you pay for as it is tracked right to my door and always comes quickly.  Today I played with the stamp and die set called Joyful Christmas.  The focal stamps of this set are “Bottlebrush Trees”.  Last year Tim Holtz (well I think it was Mario’s idea) had a beautiful display of coloured three dimensional bottlebrush trees.  It was spectacular and of course I bought some of the trees.  However I forgot to consider that I rarely do 3D home decoration items,  and so they sat unused in my stash.  Like Candy Corn that I spoke of before, I love the look of the bottlebrush trees even though had no apparent use for them, and so when Papertrey Ink came out with this set, it immediately went into my cart.


I have a number of ideas rolling around the empty space above my shoulders about how to use these stamp set, so stay tuned for more cards.