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Monday, 7 July 2014

#119 Under The Sea

Julie is hosting our challenge today and she has chosen 'Under the Sea', so she would like you to create something with Mermaids, Turtles, Fish or other dwellers beneath the waves. Whichever you chose it should be a prominent part of the design and not just a small piece of seaweed or a tiny fish in one corner!

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With this fabulous prize
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I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with like-minded people.
I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself.
This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art. Long may it continue!

Some inspiration from our DT

Julie

My image is by Aurora Wings and coloured with a mix of Copics and Prisma Pencils
the background was done with Adirondack re-inkers and shaving foam.

Viv
I chose to use a mermaid image coloured with Distress Inks

Josephine

I used an image from Josephine Wall's Enchanted Dreams CD Rom and combined it with one of the embellishments which I layered. I created the paper using colours from the image.

Jackie

I've been experimenting with ink misters recently, and one of my practice sheets looked perfect for an underwater location!  I used some digi images and rubber stamps to make the rest of the scene, and used a couture creations die to make the anchor.

Lin
I have stamped and coloured a Sweet Pea stamp with copics, promarkers and a white gel pen. The background is satin card embossed with an embossing folder and various dies to make a frame and water scene.

Vania



Kimx
I used a piece of background paper made using my Creative Palette and a lovely stamp set called Sea Life by Woodware. I also used Distress Inks to colour the image and added some medical gauze, Card Candi and acetate sea weed cut using a Dreamweaver Tree die.

All links are moderated, please be patient whilst I get the chance to check that your link meets the requirements before adding it to the blog. You will add your link as normal, it just won’t appear immediately. Any entry that does not meet the challenge requirement or that does not follow our simple rules will not be published. If you are having issues with any other linking matter please mail me at the address in the side bar  
 

LIN W

#118 Wooden It Be Loverly, Winners and Top 5

Suze has chosen her winner from the Wooden It Be Loverly Challenge as follows:-
 
 
For the Prize from
and Suze's Top 5 are
 
10 Faith W

12 Aisling

20 {Re}nate


Congratulations to you all, please feel free to display our Winners' badge or Top 5 badge on your blogs.

Would the winners please contact me at the address in the sidebar stating the number of the challenge, the title of the challenge and which prize they have won in the subject line

The winners have until 20th July to claim their prize, after which time I am afraid the prizes will be forfeit.





Monday, 30 June 2014

Design Team call for new challenge blog

We are about to launch a new blog for Mixed Media and Altered Art style challenges and we are looking for some members to join the existing ladies who are on this team.

As a design team member you will need to make one project a month, comment on the challenge entries we receive and when it's your turn choose a winner and Top 3 or 5 (depending on how well we do). Obviously the more of us there are, the less frequently your turn will come round!

If you think you might be interested and like this style of design then please add your name to the linky list below, linking to your favourite mixed media, altered art, art journal page, decorated item etc. project on your own blog. If you want to make something specifically for this then that's fine too.

We look forward to visiting your blogs.

Just in case you are wondering if your style meets what we are looking for, this is our definition of what we are after, and will be on the new blog for all entrants to see as well.

Mixed Media is basically whatever you want it to be. In general terms it is usually taken to mean a mixture of mediums in one piece, so you could of course argue that paper and embellishments on a card are mixed media. However for the purposes of this challenge blog we want to see anything other than cards, and also for the purposes of this challenge blog our definition of mixed media is a mixture of any of the following and more besides:-

Texture paste, Gesso, inks both spray and from inkpads, embossing powders, paints, chalks, gilding wax, and gilding flakes. Found items such as old keys, buttons (granny's button box is a great place to look for some fabulous old and intricate buttons), zip pulls, zips, recycled cans, bottles, boxes etc.

You tube is a great resource for inspiration as are pinterest and of course other blogs.

With the challenges we set we will be wanting to see your canvasses, art journals, altered books, decorated wooden and mdf items, albums, upcycled pieces, recyled pieces and we are sure you can think of dozens more ideas both for things to create and things to create them with.

We will not be accepting digital art as mixed media, we want to see you get down and dirty, or at the very least physically make something rather than generating it on a pc.

So come on get messy, arty and join in the fun. 

If in doubt, apply anyway!

This call will stay open until we have filled the team quota.


PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO THE NEXT POST FOR OUR CURRENT CHALLENGE. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER YOUR CHALLENGE ENTRIES IN THIS LINKY AS THIS IS FOR DT ENTRIES ONLY
LIN W

Monday, 23 June 2014

#118 23rd June - Wooden It Be Loverly - PLEASE READ POST FOR DETAILS

Suze is hosting our challenge today and she has chosen the theme 'Wooden it be Loverly'. She would like to see something wood related in your project (the use of paper alone doesn't count - we all know that comes from trees!) So perhaps a wooden embellishment, or wood effect embossed pattern, images of trees, a wooden fence etc. If you fancy being more adventurous your project could be something actually made of wood, so a box, jewellery cabinet, etc. etc.

We are sponsored by

With 3 Images of the Winner's Choice

Some inspiration from our DT

I used a wooden embellishment, some tartan and a Tonic studios die to make this Scottish themed wedding card.
For my card I have used an old Karen's Doodles digi stamp coloured with my ProMarkers. It's quite hard to see in the pic but I have used some wood effect card and some papers from my scrap box. Also on the wooden theme is the wooden boat in my image.

Vania

Josephine

I've used Little Friends from our sponsor, Crafty Sentiments. I coloured with a mix of Promarkers and Spectrum Noir pencils and finished with some wooden embellishments which I've coloured with Promarkers and decorated with glitter glue and liquid pearls.

Carole

I have made an easel card, and used an image from our sponsors - Crafty Sentiments Designs - called Bird House. The wooden bird house along with my wooden buttons are my links to the theme.

Kimx 
I used the fabulous Stampendous 'Tree Poem', acetate and Alcohol inks as well as a leafy Embossing Folder and some wooden buttons for my card. 

All links are moderated, please be patient whilst I get the chance to check that your link meets the requirements before adding it to the blog. You will add your link as normal, it just won’t appear immediately. Any entry that does not meet the challenge requirement or that does not follow our simple rules will not be published. If you are having issues with any other linking matter please mail me at the address in the side bar  
 

#117 Going Round In Circles, Winners and Top 5

The winners and Top 5 from our  'Going Round In Circles' challenge are as follows:-

  
For the Prize from

 
 
and for the prize from
42 Netty

and our Top 5 are

Congratulations to you all, please feel free to display our Winners' badge or Top 5 badge on your blogs.

Would the winners please contact me at the address in the sidebar stating the number of the challenge, the title of the challenge and which prize they have won in the subject line

The winners have until 6th July to claim their prize, after which time I am afraid the prizes will be forfeit.