Guest Designing at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – November 2017 – Week 1


Hello … bonjour!  What an exciting day for me today … I’m honoured, thrilled and so delighted to share with you … I’ve been invited to be November’s Guest Designer at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge … squeal!  Huge thanks to Lols and the team for the invitation … and for the wonderfully warm welcome!

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As always, there are brilliant challenges coming up for you during the month … and if you play along, you could win a $50 gift voucher to spend at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp store.  This week, our theme is ‘Christmas Tag‘ and we’re showcasing Simon Says Stamp goodies with our creations.  You don’t need to use Simon products to play along … but we’d love to see them if you have some!  We’re also joining my sweet friend, the lovely Tracey McNeely for the first day of her annual 25 Days of Christmas Tags event … Simon Says Stamp is today’s sponsor.

I came up with two tags using the largest die from WPlus9’s Timeless Tags 2 … here’s the first …

This one is cut from watercolour card, masked, stamped and gold heat embossed with a trio of trees/leaves from SSS One With Nature, and watercoloured with Zig Real Brush Markers and a Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle pen.  The sentiment is part of the SSS Joyeux Noël die, covered with shimmer and coated with a layer of Glossy Accents.  I finished off with a sparkly reinforcer cut from washi and some bakers twine for the tie.  You can’t see much of the shimmer and shine from here so how about a close up …

In contrast to the rich, traditional colours of this first tag, my second one is crisp and positively frosty …

Here I cut a base and a sparkly polka dot vellum overlay for my tag.  The base was blended with Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon … with a concentration of colour in the centre (to go under the snowflake) and a spritz of Shimmer Spray.  I cut the SSS Maryanne Snowflake twice … once in silver foil card and once in white glitter card … layered them up to make a single flake and added a shiny droplet to the centre.  The finished snowflake was adhered to the vellum just in the middle, leaving the ‘arms’ free to be all dimensional.  I die cut the sentiment in silver foil card (again, SSS Joyeux Noël) and fixed it in place underneath the snowflake.  The two tag layers were attached together with multiple strands of silver filament and I threaded a few seed beads onto each end to finish off.  How about a little more detail so you can see all that sparkle and dimension …

If you haven’t already been, do go over to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday to check out all the delicious tags created by the Design Team … you really won’t want to miss them!  I do hope you’re inspired to play along with us this week … just think of all those beautifully wrapped Christmas packages tied up with string … with your gorgeous tags attached to them!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!    Anita 🙂





71 thoughts on “Guest Designing at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – November 2017 – Week 1

  1. Cathy R

    Congratulations on your GDT spot with SSS Anita! Your tags are simply gorgeous, love the 1st one, looks like stained glass, Cathy x

  2. susannev2014

    Congratulations on your GD spot with Simon Says Stamp! How exciting! They know how to pick the best! Your shimmery tags look so pretty and festive!

  3. TK

    Perfectly beautiful tags! Love the bold embossing and glitzy colors of the first, and the true feeling of frosty winter on the second — delicious!

  4. born57

    HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to you Anita! How fun but I am not surprised:) I love both of your tags Love the traditional colors on the first tag.
    The kids are hanging in there… some days are harder than others. Tom is still off from work and we are hoping and praying for a full recovery .

  5. Claire A

    Huge congrats on your GD sport Anita – so exciting and well deserved! I’m loving that thick layer of glossy accents on the die cut sentiment on the first and the soft blue and silver on the second is just gorgeous! Looking forward to seeing what else you come up with!

  6. Sharron Gregory

    Congrats on your GD spot, Anita! Both tags are fabulous–so festive and fun! Love the mod trees in traditional colors and the softer shimmery snowflakes! The generous applications of glossy accents make your sentiments really shine!

  7. melissab1872

    Both of your tags are fabulous Anita!! Such pretty designs! Love those snowflakes!!

    We are so happy you are joining us all month!! 🙂


  8. Lindsey

    I remember seeing these tags on Pinterest, loving them, and thinking I needed to come back to get a closer look. How fun to find out that you are the talented maker behind them! I love how you used the same design to produce such different but equally wonderful results.

  9. Geri G

    WOW! WOW! WOW!

    A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS! Guest designing at SSS is such an honor! And…so totally deserved!

    Of course, I’m terribly late to the party mainly because I haven’t been ‘partying’ much these past few months. Sincere apologies dear pal.

    Your tags are so fabulously festive! I’m totally in awe of the Glossy Accent ‘Noel’ sentiment – the depth and shine are so cool. Your second tag made my heart sing! Love the cool frosty colors and adore the wee sweet pearls on the strings – such a clever idea!

    Now I’m off to see the next post that features more of your amazing talent! Once again congrats on this huge honor!!!


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