Monday, April 29, 2013

Challenge: Passport to fun

    Whether you have two tickets to paradise or you really just want a reason to create something with your Tim Holtz travel blueprint stamps this is the week for you! We invite you to join us in creating something travel themed in some way. Perhaps a card inspired by the colors of the tropics? Going to use that postmark stamp you never seem to find on your projects? Want to wish someone bon voyage or decorate a notebook for your next road trip?
You’re cleared for take-off on this week’s challenge!

Trace would love to get a few more destination stamps put in her passport!

Travel and maps hold a special place in my heart! I almost went to post secondary school to become a cartographer instead of a nurse. I love to travel, but my desire is to always go to a different location; hence the saying of this board. I love how this Studio Calico Circle Graph Mask resembles the world globe, and I just sprayed it with Mr. Huey's Opaque White Color Mist .To finish off the board I found the perfect embellishments in these Studio Calico Wood Veneer accents.

Tracy decorated a canvas board this week with a journey to Paris.
Full on texture from me this week using Wendy Vecchi's white embossing paste accompanied with the Fleur de Lis and Eiffel Tower die cuts. I took myself off to the romantic city of PARIS this week, well in my creative head anyway, with lots of help from Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean Distress Paints, with touches of Pitch Black Paint Dabber.  I just need to stop dreaming now and move on!

Suzz  has been planning the family vacation and thought a travel log would be the perfect project to hold all the mementos gathered along the way.
I am excited about a family road trip we will be taking later this summer and thought it would be perfect to create a flip travel log with pages to capture all the bits and pieces along the way.  I had a great selection of travel inspired stamps including the Stampers Anonymous Tiny Things and the new Hero Arts - Postcard Collage.  To create a background for the cover I wanted some texture and I used the Hero Arts - Friends Collage.   To allow for multiple pages to be added I used the Tim Holtz Large Ring Binder and cardboard to create a back for my project.  For a touch of whimsy I added a few different charms with a chain. Now my book is ready for all the photos and mementos after our trip.

Candy decided that her Passport To Fun would involve a Tim Holtz inspired vintage pocket folder that could be used as a travel journal to hold photographs, journaling or other memorabilia.
 Follow along with my instructions to create your own four pocket travel folder out of a plain manila folder. Tim Holtz' products create the magic! Shown here are the front and back covers. The entire folder is covered in various papers from Tim Holtz' Lost and Found Paper Stash.  The distressed Picture Wheels not only embellish the cover but create a very cool vintage closure for the folder. The vintage gentleman from Paris Memoir and the stacked suitcases from Time Travelers beckon you to come along for the ride!  Tim's Elements Tissue Tape colorized hands are placed on a piece of Sticky Back Canvas to create a decorative vintage binding.

London was really calling to Anita last week as she was smack dab in the middle of the bustling city!
I had a brilliant time in London Town, and took in all it had to offer, even the rain and cold! The group I was with let nothing get in the way of our fun- my kind of people. I made these ATC Pamphlets for them, complete with pocket envelopes that they can even keep a few more mementos in.
These very brightly colored keepsakes, started as manila and were colored with Distress Paints, Distress Inks, and Dylusions Ink Sprays. They are filled with a plethora of images depicting the great city from three London Artistic Outpost sets, and from Tim's new Stamper's Anonymous Paris to London Stamp Set. The embossed portion on the pocket envelope is from the new Sizzix Texture Fade from Tim called London Icons.

I (May) decided to use this challenge to get motivated to scrapbook more travel photos.
I mixed some of Tim's rub-ons, metal bits, and my favorite travel blueprint stamps to pull this Hawaiian Luau layout together in a snap. I love using this stamp under titles on my scrapbook layout, and I think it worked great here with some black embossing powder. Travel scrapbooks are always my favorites because I get to re-live the adventures and fun that we've had on trips in the past, so this challenge was a blast for me!   
Sandra Mouwen has the biggest crush on Paris. Uhh, Paris the city of course!
It's so true, I  really love Paris. And guess what? I'm going to Paris again late next week! I had some old pictures from another trip, and those needed a pretty place to stay. So I used this Maya Road Canvas Pocket Binder and spruced it up. On the cover I used the Prima Marketing Camera Stencil with some Modeling Paste. I sprayed some Color Shine Tropicana Teal on the whole canvas cover to give it some color and a light shimmer. Then gone wild with embellishments such as Wooden Stars, Film Ribbon, Philosophy tag and some Kaiser Craft Collectibles.

Ashli's annual family beach trip is just a few weeks away. She decided to get in the mood for all of the adventures that await by crafting a travel journal to keep her memories in!
We look forward to our family time at the beach every spring! I typically do some sort of crafting and creative play while away. However, I haven't kept my daily adventures and memories in one place before. So, this year... I am going to do just that! To get started with my handmade travel journal, I adhered a piece of paper from the Studio Calico Darling Dear collection onto some Sticky Back Canvas. This gave me a nice durable surface to play with Paints and Mists. Once I was happy with my cover, I grabbed some pages from my SMASH 365 journal and some Studio Calico paper scraps. Some simple holes punched with a few binder rings hold all of this goodness together. And finally, some of my favorite Crate Paper On Trend Alphas and a bit of Glitter Ribbon complete the front. A perfect place to jot down memories while away!

When travelling, Sarah is always delving into the depths of her bag in search of her passport so she decided to create a bright and sunny stitched passport holder...
It's true, I can never find anything in my bag at the best of times so I thought some bright Distress Paints, funky Wendy flowers and stitching were called for. I love combining paints, fabrics and stitching - they are all favourites of mine. I used artists canvas, prepped with gesso, to create my holder and really enjoyed playing with washes of colour. I've used the fabulous versatile Sticky Back Canvas from Claudine Hellmuth for my flowers and added touches of wording all over with great Hero Arts peg stamps. Hopefully, I won't have too look far on my next journey...

This week, Dan packed up his car and headed off on a little road trip.
I know that many of you will be creating entries for this week's challenge that will whisk us to all corners of the globe, so I thought that I'd forgo any exotic air or sea travel this week and head off on a little road trip.  I dunno about you but I think the road trips I took as a child were a little more exciting than they seem to be these days.  On this virtual road trip, I filled my mind with giant balls of string, beards of bees and tic-tac-toe playing chickens at the side of every road - much more fun!  Among the products I used here were Claudine Hellmuth white gesso, the Road Trip, Mixed Media and Spills & Splatters stamp sets and Tim Holtz's sanding block.  Oh, and my handy thumb stamp.

Anna-Karin took an imaginary trip to Paris this week with an inky pop up-card:
I have never been to Paris, so it was fun to take a trip there with stamps, inks and dies. I wanted to use my new Tim Holtz Paris Memoir and Paris to London sets and thought the Eiffel Tower would look great on a pop-up. The background is inked with Distress Inks and misted with Biscotti Perfect Pearls. I also added a lot of stamping, some platinum embossing and a few die cut tickets and postage stamps. On the front of the card you will see the very cool dimensional hot air balloon that I flew to Paris with.

There are so many ways to be inspired by this challenge, and so many directions to run with it! For more inspiration click on our design team's blog links so you can see more photos (and full supply lists) for their projects.
As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by Random Generator. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here. This challenge will end at 11:59pm on Sunday May 5th EST.

For the full rules, read the "challenge rules" posted in the side-bar here on our blog.


  1. Oh, now I want to travel somewhere... what brilliant pieces from all the DT.

  2. blown away by these projects! so much talent :)
    -Rachel w k

  3. I love all of your projects!! Thank you so much for wonderful inspiration! :)

  4. Great theme- greatDt creations :-) Debi x

  5. here early this week!! Fab designs as always by the DT.

    TFS and for the chance to join the challenge

    Annie x

  6. My project features a stamp to Heaven with a Sacred Heart on it that I designed. I hope that counts. Blessings!

  7. Couldn't resist entering! You helped me find Mr Mojo! Chris

  8. Wow what great design team samples this week. Love them all. Thank you for the unique challenge theme!


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