Monday, 6 August 2018

Simon Says Stamp - Designer Spotlight

Hello Friends!

I am so thrilled and honoured that Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge has asked me to be in the Designer Spotlight for August!  The whole team is amazing and I am so pleased to be working alongside them again.   How fabulous is that!  Huge thanks to the team for this opportunity.

The first challenge for August is 'Tape it Up' and the team will be featuring products by Jane Davenport this week!  I had not used Jane's products before but now, I have to say, I have a new addiction and I so enjoyed making this project for the challenge!
I created a colourful journal using Jane Davenport Washi Tape, Mixed Media papers and Face stamps along with Eileen Hull's new Wrapped Journal die, all of which can be obtained from Simon Says Stamp online shop.
I started by gathering my supplies together, they are listed below (from Simon Says Stamp)
1) Start by die cutting the Wrapped Journal in matboard (mountboard) and then paint with Dina Wakley Heavy Body Paint in Sky.
2) Apply the Washi Tape in the pattern of your choice (I created a weave pattern)
3)  Stamp, cut and colour the face stamp (I added short hair by hand drawing it and the frill on the dress was created with the Washi Tape) (bottom left)
4) Use the face stamp set to create a second face (I added some flowing hair, in Jane's style)
5) Line the inside of the journal with Jane's beautiful Mixed Media paper
6) Create signatures with the Mixed Media papers (Signatures measure 6.3/4" x 4.7/8")
7) Create tuck spots and pockets on the journal back, if desired
To finish the cover, the face was glued to the front and some beautiful sari ribbon from my stash provides a closure for the journal.
Handcrafted elements can be used as embellishments (I covered the clips with more washi tape to tone in with the papers I used).
A final look at the journal from the inside.

Each week there is a fabulous $50 gift voucher on offer!

All the of the products that I used, which are available from Simon Says Stamp 
are listed above.
I hope you will pop over to Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge to see what the talented Design Team have made, and of course it would be lovely to see you join in the challenge!

I would like to enter my journal into the Craft Stamper Make It, Take It Challenge (August).  The faces in the journal are hand stamped and coloured.

Thank you so much for your visit, I hope to see you again soon and/or next Monday for my second project for Simon Says Stamp!

Hugs, Anne xx


  1. Congratulations Anne on being back in the GD spotlight at SSS. Your journal is lovely and you have used Jane Davenports products to great effect .
    hugs x

  2. First up...HUGE congratulations on being the Cover Artist for the month of August for Simon!!That is fabulous and well chosen!

    Secondly, how very cool is your journal! I totally love the overall blues and the girl on the front cover- ,her short hair, sweet indeed! I want a cut like that! Beautiful Anne! Well done!
    Jackie xo

  3. absolutely stunning Anne and woohoo I'm so lucky to have seen this beauty up close and personal. We are hugely honoured to have you as our Designer In the Spotlight for the whole of August and can't wait to see what other amazing projects you are going to share with us xxx

  4. THUDUNK!!! Oh my goodness Anne! this is absolutely AMAZING!!! Totally LOVE this!!! The cover is gorgeous, I love how you weaved the tape, and the girl is beautiful! You really did a brilliant job inside and out!! STUNNING!! I am just in awe of this, you definitely get the gold star this week 🌟👏
    Lols x x x

  5. I have seen this up close and personal and it is absolutely fantastic. The finish is so professional as with all your projects Anne. Fantastic piece and Simon Says are so lucky to have you on board. Tracy xxx

  6. Huge Congrats Anne for the Designer are so talented my friend, as we all can see from this amazing journal you have made! Waiting for more gorgeousness to come! Hugs! ❤❤❤

  7. oh wow! Anne. First of congratulatios on the Designer Spotlight (not surprised given your wonderful creative talents!) and secondly for creating such an amazingly different journal. It is so vibrantly colourful, full of fun and the gorgeous face on the front is just stunning. Looking forward to seeing you other projects through the month. Congratulations again xxx

  8. Woohoo for you Anne on returning to the SSM Designer Spotlight! Huge congratulations. Absolutely love your fabulously designed journal, it looks superb! Every little detail is fantastic, right down to the washi covered clips - talk about co-ordination! Both you and your cover girl have it in spades! Brilliant make! Nicola x

  9. Wowza! I love everything about this but my fave detail may just be that washi tape frill on her dress! Totally digging the lining of the mini - is that a pocket on the inside front?

    1. Thank you Susie, yes it is a pocket on the inside front, I just cannot resist doing them! xxx

  10. Wowee Anne - this is an absolute gem - how very lovely!!! Hugs rachel xx

  11. Anne BIG Congrats on your GD spot, your journal piece is amazing you know this is right up my street. Your JD lady is stunning it's a super little stamp set which I have resisted many times. Love how you have used the washi and all those splashes and splodges within the journal. A marvellous piece.
    Thanks so much for sharing, off to check out the others now.
    Big Hugs Tracey xx

  12. WOW!!! This is absolutely gorgeous! All that color! I love it!

  13. HUGE congrats on your GD spot Anne and oh my gosh wow!! You not only hit a home knocked it out of the park!! This may be one of my favorite journals of yours!! The colors are amazing!! I love how you've weaved the washi tapes!! I just absolutely love, love every single detail!! The image is stunning!! Wow!! Just wow!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  14. Congratulations Anne - you are all over the place. Love this journal!
    This is what I call really artsy and I do love artsy creations. Also love the use of color!!!!! You are my heroine!
    Sandy xx

  15. This is absolutely fantastic. I love the cover with the strips of different shades of blue! What a cool idea of making this diagonally. And I love the face of the girl you created, she's so pretty! So happy to have you with us this month! Hugs, Macarena.

  16. Congratulations featuring over at SSS! This is awesome - every single detail is stunning! The tape weave is cool, the face of the front is beautiful(love the washi tape frill) as is the one on the inside! Vibrant yummy colours too - you are the journal queen and such an immense talent my friend! Hugs xxxxxxx

  17. What an amazing journal Anne. How clever of you to hand draw the hair - I need a stamp for everything! What fabulous use of the washi tape too! Congratulations on your GD spot - they are very lucky to have you! xx

  18. Huge Congratulations on the Designer Spotlight and what an amazing journal. Love the design, love the colours .... great job! Thanks for playing along with the Craft Stamper Challenge too xx

  19. Huge Congratulations on your GD spot at SSS Anne x Love the wonderful details on your beautiful journal....simply stunning

    Huge hugs
    Annie xx

  20. Wow.... this is such a stunning creation, Anne. I love the beautiful paper and washi tapes you used. All the details are fabulous. It's so great to have you design with us this month! Love and hugs. :)

  21. My friend I am over the moon happy to see you alongside the talented SSS Monday crew! You've outdone yourself yet again with this tremendously inspiring use of Jane and Eileen's beautiful products. What a fabulous journal that I would so love to flip through again and again... <3 Big hugs, Autumn

  22. Congratulations on your Guest spot, and SSS certainly knows how to pick a superlative designer. So congrats to the SSS folks as well! You never cease to the stunning blues in your washi pattern, and how clever to create the ruffle on this lady's dress with the washi. The sari ribbon is so delicate and lovely on this design, and as usual, you overwhelm with your imagination and then the skill to make it all come together in such awesome projects!!! TFS & Hugs

  23. Congratulations Anne, fantastic news and wonderful tutorial. Your blog gets better and better. I love your enthusiasm
    Lynn xx

  24. Stunning work, Anne! Your coloring is phenomenal!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  25. What an amazing art journal, Anne! I love your beautiful blue girl, and the criss cross of tape makes a great background. What fun inside pages too! Your embellishments are a fun touch too, especially the felt balls. hugs, Maura

  26. Holywow!!! First of all Anne, I am SO SO SO Happy that you will be joining us this month! i always love what you create and I am truly looking forward into seeing what you will create with us!! aaa so excited!!!
    This project is fantastic and it is such a great start off! hugs

  27. I'm sorry to be so late to come and congratulate on receiving this wonderful recognition from Simon again, Annie! They are so lucky to have you showcasing these amazing products! Your art journal is so bright and delightful! Your Washi use is so innovative ... I just love every detail of this cool journal!! WTG!! Love and hugs, Darnell

  28. So pleased to have you back with us at SSS and with such an amazing project ~ this is wonderful Anne! A truly beautiful piece with so many fabulous details, I absolutely love it! xx

  29. What a fabulous project, Anne! Love every bit of it! And so great to have you back with us for a whole month! Hugs, Sandra

  30. This is definitely a treasure trove of gorgeous details! I love how you so perfectly captured the Jane style, yet still made it your own. I love all the little pockets and peek-worthy areas. I really like how you did the collar of your girl's dress and I adore the dangly beads you added to embellish this. I'm so glad you're being featured again with us because your work really is amazing!

  31. Anne I'm absolutely happy to have with us this month! I apologize for my absence on your blog but I have really difficult to follow everyhing! But I see always your magical projects on Facebook! This is an amazing project to start your Designer Spotlight adventure! Fabulous details! barbara

  32. Hi Anne, I saw this on your Facebook page and didn't get round to calling to see the rest but I'm here now and have to say this is brilliant! So much gorgeous detail. Have a lovely crafty week, Angela xXx

  33. Wow Anne, your work is amazingly awesome....

  34. I'm a bit late with this but, huge congratulations on being in the Designer Spotlight Anne!! So well deserved as this project shows! Wow!! What a fabulous journal. The colour is so rich and amazing and I love the face you created for the front!! The inside is spectacular!! So much gorgeous colour .. absolutely fabulous!!!! hugs xx

  35. It's clear you had a ball playing with all these JD goodies. Lovely work with the faces - and I adore all the colours inside. Another magnificent Wrapped Journal - endless inspiration.
    Alison x

  36. OH what a fun album, I am a huge fan of Jane D and it looks as if you had great fun with all these colourful pages! Another wonderful album from you!!


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