Monday, August 1, 2016

Summer Vacation Kid's Challenge...

Hi Everyone and welcome to the annual Simon Says Stamp Summer Vacation Kid's Challenge
a special challenge dedicated to our young designers and the theme is...
it's time for all you crafters to let your children loose in your crafty spaces for a few hours...just close your eyes and let them explore their creativity. You are allowed to hide your Copic Markers and extra special papers and to help just a little bit if necessary but we really want the children to "DO IT" themselves as much as possible.
The challenge is open to all children aged between 2 and 16 inclusive and there are not 1 not 2 but 3 surprise parcels of crafty goodies to be won hand picked by Simon

My grandsons Brodie 11 and Oliver 9 were super excited to be invited to take part...woohoo their first Junior DT assignment/adventure while I on the other hand was a little nervous about the GLITTER part and had visions of having to scrub them and the cubbyhole down at the end of our crafting session. Just like their Grandma they have fallen in love with the Crazy Dogs from Tim Holtz...
 so with a little help from the Misti they began stamping their favourite dogs on to their cards...
stamped them again twice on to scrap card and got to work colouring with the Mini Ink Pads and blending tools...the perfect size for small fingers...
they cut out the main images and noses and eyes only from the second stamping...
Oliver coloured scrap card with Broken China and Candied Apple Distress Paint and fixed Stick It to both sides...he then cut strips of Broken China using the Fiskars Procision Trimmer and die cut Candied Apple stars using the Star Parade die...removed the Stick It backing paper and fixed to his card. Then removed the Stick It from the front and sprinkled with Broken China and Festive Berries Distress Glitter...rubbing the glitter on to the sticky surface with his finger...
Brodie used the "You Are My Favourite" die on the front of his card and fixed card coloured with Broken China Distress Paint to the inside. He used Oliver's left over Candied Apple card and Sizzix/Tim Holtz Heartfelt BigZ die to die cut hearts...fixed to his card...removed the Stick It and sprinkled with Festive Berries Distress Glitter.

Oliver coloured the left over letters from the "You Are My Favourite" Die with Broken China and Candied Apple Distress Markers and fixed to his card using the Quickie Glue Pen.

I have to confess I was itching to help out when it came to removing the top layer of Stick It but retreated to the kitchen to put the kettle on and left them to only contribution was applying Glossy Accents on the noses and eyes and it could be said I'm a bit biased but I think they did a great job and believe it or not the cubbyhole and the crafty crew only needed a quick brush down before we headed out for lunch with just odd specks of glitter here and there on our faces as evidence of a super duper fun morning.

You can find all the products used over at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp online store...just click on the links below...
The challenge will close on Wednesday 31 August at  8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2 pm CET so you have a whole month to join in the fun...
Hugs from
Kath, Brodie, Oliver & Buddy aka The New Cubbyhole Crew


  1. Well done boys, you did a brilliant job, you've inherited a crafty gene from grandma! Xx

  2. Brodie and Oliver, you did an amazing job on your cards!!! I love those crazy dogs and you colored them perfectly. Love your bright red glittered hearts too, they're amazing! Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

    Cathie ♥

  3. Hi Brodie and Oliver! Boy are you two lucky to get to use your Grandma's crazy dog stamps!! Love all the red glitter you added on your awesome cards!! I love that you are sharing your talent with us! hugs, Maura

  4. Ah, I know how hard it is NOT to help! But they obviously have your crafty genes Kath because they did a brilliant job on their cards - and no fingerprints all over either, now that's a big bonus. You must be a very proud Grandma indeed! Well done Brodie and Oliver!! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Great job? They did a FANTASTIC job! Two brilliant cards. Well done lads. x

  6. Their cards are just adorable and what terrific crafters the boys are. I love the cute dogs and bright red glitter. Good job, Kath, at letting them design and do their own thing. They are cute as can be.

  7. It's clear to see that talent runs in this family and is abundant. Great job, Brodie and Oliver and to grandma, too! Two of my grandsons(ages 4 and 6) were here today and though we didn't pull out the glitter, we watercolored for at least an hour. Thank you Crayola! LOL! It was great fun and they always expect to create something when they come to Grammy's house!

  8. The boys did a fabulous job. Two wonderful cards and I'm sure a very proud Grandma.
    Well done Brodie & Oliver.
    The photo of Buddy in his 'post-op pants' made me chuckle but if they are doing the job, who cares.
    Toni xx

  9. GREAT JOB Brodie and Oliver!! both of your cards are fantastic! They look so professionally made I would never have thought that 2 lads had made them! They deserve a pat on the back and a huge ice cream each :-)

    Thanks for being on the Junior Team, you have both done a brilliant job! :-)

    Lols x x x

  10. Awww how cute are they and what good jobs they both did with the cards do we have future artist's !! take care x

  11. Brilliant cards Brodie and Oliver...Kath, I think you have some competition!
    Lorraine x

  12. Brodie and Oliver, you have certainly got Grandma's creative gene! Your cards are super fun and cool! Love them! So glad that you join the fun over Simon Says Stamp “Summer Vacation: Kid’s Challenge” Challenge! Awesome details and design!

  13. Those boys are so talented! your cards are amazing, so beautifully painted and the embellishments are fabuolous! Kath you're very lucky! Brodie and Oliver BRAVISSIMI!!!! Barbara

  14. Well done Brodie and Oliver such brilliant card not sure I can make a card as good as theirs.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Children's Challenge.

  15. It's looking to a great idea to improve kids skill in summer vacations.


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