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Monday 11 January 2010

Challenge 12 - What's New?

I hope you all had a wonderful new year and have stuck to the resolutions hehe! With all this snow and ice around I think its given a little extra time for crafting!

Many many thanks for all your entries to challenge 11 favourites, so much variety but I think promarkers and copics are clearly a hit! Also thanks once again to Joanna Sheen for sponsoring us and to Vicky for being our special guest.

OK I'm back! We've counted 53 entries so thank you all very very much! Firstly onto the winner of the Joanna Sheen voucher who random.org says is....

Number 48 which is JODI!
Well Done Jodi, please email me your details so your Joanna Sheen prize can be sent to you, enjoy enjoy!
Now onto our Top 3 choices which were chosen by Mandy & Judie who are....

Mandy - A Sprinkling of Glitter

Suzy - Crafty Suzy

Lynn - Lynn Antill Crafting

Well Done ladies and please grab your Top 3 blinkie from the sidebar, fabulous creations!


A little bit of a change to the design team too as sadly Rose has decided to stand down so we'll say a fond farewell and thanks for all her hard work to the blog. We'll miss you sweetie and good luck with all your future plans x

We're also changing the format of the challenges slightly in that the special guest designers will also give a short interview with their top tips to help you along which will be at the bottom of this post.

Also if there are any tutorials you would like to see please pop them in this thread here and I will work through them. You can also email in any questions if you're a bit shy to ask!

Righto onto Challenge 12 which this fortnight is sponsored by the one and only Stampman! I saw many of you taking part (and winning!) in the recent Stampman blog hop and what a lot of fun it was too!

The Stampman also have a £10 voucher to use in their shop and what a lot of goodies you'll find there such as starburst stains (If you havent noticed I use these in practically everything I make lol!) and some wonderful stamp plates by Tracey Coates and Kay Carley. They also stock DVD's, distress inks and some of the yummiest embossing powders you'll ever see and thats just the starters! Pop on over and check them out as there is so much stock to suit every craft taste!


Our challenge this time is What's New?
Did santa bring any new goodies or did you buy something thats still in the wrapper (guilty!) or maybe you're learning a new technique? What's new to you?

Here's what's new to our ladies and many thanks for doing a brilliant job once again!


I used a green card from my stash, added a small square of red homemade (not by me I might add ) paper putting it on the card so that it is diamond shaped, then added a second cream piece ... both pieces were fixed using double sided tape, I then added some pale blue flock flowers onto the cream paper, a couple of butterflies, one at the top point of the red card & the other at the bottom point of it, and finally added some red flock flowers towards each corner and the word friends in the pattern.

Hi everyone, our challenge this fortnite was to use something from our Secret Santa or from "the Real Santa" aka "my hubbie" - well i am playing with distress inks, i got 5 and have been playing big time with them, I used 3 different colours inking up until i got the background colour just as i wanted - I have used a Gorguss Girl image donated to me via another swapping group - I dont own any Gorguss Girls myself. I made the flowers with paper that I had coloured in with promarkers and the word tag was coloured as well. Thanks for looking and for any comments ladies and gents - Judie xx

New to promarkers I was pleased with the way this card has turned out. They were a Christmas present and was a new technique for me to use. I started with a blank square card, and covered it with the backing paper, I recently purchased some new digi stamps of which this image is one, which I coloured with the promarkers, I matted the picture onto some miri card and mounted it onto the layers of backing paper. I stamped the greeting and added the flowers and gem in the corner covering with a little glitter.

I've used a new stamp, Riley Moose enjoying some chocolates (can't remember what it's called!), coloured with promarkers. A friend gave me the paper so I'm not sure of the brand. The sentiment is a Penny Black stamp that I've cut out and edged with distress inks. Green Tara flowers with a button centre and some little pink pearls to finish.

I have used my new Sizzix scalloped die to cut the base sheets of card and linked them all together using eyelets and jump rings.
The papers I used are mainly from a pack called Bloom & Grow from My Minds Eye. I found myself succumbing to this gorgeous pack of papers whilst shopping only yesterday!

I have embellished the pages using chipboard numbers from Poundland which I coloured in black. The butterflies, scalloped circles and journalling tag on the last page are from a freebie pack of papers from a magazine as the colours all matched so well. The rest of the flowers and leaves were cut from the MME paper pack and have been mounted using 3D foam squares.I have covered the leaves with Rangers Glossy Accents and added a few buttons. A couple of glittered brads, a liberal sprinkling of Stickles glitter glue and as Gordon Ramsey says DONE!

RecipeCard:Stampin Up - Tempting Turquoise, Creamy CaramelThe other card was from Paper MillStamps: Magnolia - Tilda with CatPapermania - Doodles from Clare Curd's Signature RangeInk:Memento Tuxido BlackCopic Markers:Skin - E00, E21, R20, E04Hair - Y11, E43, E35, E33, E57Clothes - BG10, BG23, BG34, B93, YG03, YG00, G99, Y11, Y17Cat - E21, E35, E37, E47, E57, YR16, R20, R02Atyou Spica Pens:00 Clear08 TurquoiseFlowers:2 Large and 2 Slight smaller. I brought mine from the Flora Doodles Daisy Box Blends rangePlus 2 gems for the centres

Other:NotebookRibbonDiamond Glaze or similar
Notebook - I replace the cover with a new one create from Tempting Turquoise SU Card. Added a smaller piece of card at the bottom. Added strips of ribbon and then a the flower with a blue pearl in the centre. Tilda was coloured in with Copic's and then I added highlights with Spica Pens. I used Glaze on her shoes and the Cat nose. I added faux stitching using black pen.
Card - Tilda is decoupaged and coloured as for the note book. I cut a card blank from Tempting Turquoise. I cut a piece of Creamy Caramel card and added strips of the ribbon and then stick it to the card blank. I cut a circle from Tempting Turquoise using a Nestability Die and then a scalloped one from the paper mill card. Then I put this on the the card. I stuck Tilda to the circle. I again added faux stitching. For the inside I cut two squares from the paper mill card and then stamped flowers from the doodle stamp set and added spica to them. These I then stuck inside.

I have used a colouring page by Selina Fenech which is new to me and coloured with promarkers, using greys to make darker shadows and used a copic spica glitter pen for the wings then I've edged using a brilliance (peacock) inkpad and used my new sewing machine! Background papers are My Minds Eye and starburst stains which are also sewn on. The charm is blog candy I won a couple of weeks ago on Stampin for the weekend blog. I added a sticky gem coloured gold to the centre of the daisy for a bit of bling. The ribbon is also new from my secret santa :D

May I now have the pleasure of introducing our special guest for this challenge which is TRACEY COATES! Her name might be ever so familiar to many as she is the very talented designer for The Stampmans new range of stamps; Starburst Fairies, Butterfly Beauties and Classical Instruments and has appeared on Create & Craft doing live demos!
Tracey has sent us two lovely designs to show what a difference different colour schemes can make to the same design.

Questions we had for Tracey

1. How long have you been crafting and what kind of things do you make?

I have always been arty, I have even got a degree in it! I have been Card Making for about 6 years and a demonstrator for 4 years, but it has only been the last 2 years that I have been designing rubberstamps. I love making Altered books and often take my ideas to canvas. Made the odd sculpture too.

2. What are your favourite materials to work with?
I love Stamping, and I love using my chalks, but love paper most of all buying at least 2 of each, one to use and on to stroke!

3. What do you most love about your craft(s)?

Do you know it's the crafters themselves. No matter where you are you will always meet a friendly crafter willing to share their secrets and have a laugh and a chat.

4. What are your achievements and future plans?

I have been very fortunate to design some rubberstamps for The Stampman. As far as the future is concerned some more stamps are in the pipeline, more TV and some other very interesting developments that have to stay under wraps at the moment ( my lips are sealed!) Lets just say you might be hearing and see lots more from me in 2010!!!

5. Your top 3 tips

1. If you are into distressing, I find make up sponges good for applying ink and cheap too try your local pound shop.

2.Keep you tools clean, rulers,scissors, knives etc. I use lighter fuel on cotton wool it a bit smelly, but boy does it get rid of all the gunk and sticky stuff.

3.Put a strip of double sided down you card and then rub chalk all over the strip it turns into silky ribbon, blend different colours to match your card.

Thank You Tracey!


  1. Nice work ladies! Here is mine: http://lisashandmadecards.com/thanks-tweetie-money-card/

  2. Its Titled My Incy Wincy DT project Will be listing more later unsure how to give you direct link without linky Great DT suff there
    Here is my card

    Liz xx

  3. Vix thanks for that link - amazing work!

  4. I enjoyed the last challenge so much i am back for more. <a href="http://mess2magic.blogspot.com/2010/01/allsorts-challenge-week-34-sketchy.html> Here </a> is my card

    The DT's cards are great

  5. hope this workhttp://1.bp.blogspot.com/_m4c5nk3dRSw/S0uVL3_4zmI/AAAAAAAAABU/k5lyHp1o4Qo/s1600-h/cards+002.JPGs

  6. Something new - shamefully another uninked stamp :) Here's my card

  7. Ooops.... guilty too! Had my Inkadinkadoo cat-stamps still in the wrapper... Soooo....perfect for this great challenge and finally used them.
    Here's my card.

  8. Another card from me.
    Been really busy this afternoon. ;-)

  9. Gorgeous DT cards! Thank you for the chance to enter :o) My entry is HERE i used a new digi stamp that I got and also some new papermania mini buttons which i LOVE!

  10. What a FUN challenge!!! You inspired me to use some Autumn Leaves papers that I have had for over a year....that I have never even opened! How shameful!! The DT have created some wonderful eye candy!!! Thank you for the inspiration:o) You can find my card HERE.


  11. Beautiful DT creations. My card is here.

  12. Hi fab dt projects hope you like mine you can find it HERE

  13. Brilliant to have some info below all the brilliant DT cards! Here's my card (hopefully!)

  14. Great challenge and fab DT work!
    My card is here

  15. Here I am again, what's new for me...Lot's more ink and a new brayer...
    I honestly really enjoyed this one...
    you know I love your blog...and take pleasure in pushing my ability to show you what I can do....
    You bring out the best in me...as I was not the most confident to start....you know that...

    So what you think.....

    Great challenge guy's, all the DT work is a pleasure to see, thank's for all your inspiration...

    Vicky ;0)

  16. Great Theme!!! Perfect for me, Ive gotten quite a few new things since Christmas :)
    Here Is my entry :)

  17. hi ladies, sorry i could not do a card this week again, but so busy preparing for my exam (next week) aaarrggghhh, will be back soo.. oh by the way lovely cards

  18. Here are my 2nd lot of challenge cards!

  19. This was a fun challenge. I love to seewhat the DT created with this theme. They all are fabulous! Thanks for letting us play with you!
    Here is my card

  20. Great work DT!!

    Please follow this link to my card.


  21. Great work by the DT. You'll find my entry HERE
    Julie W

  22. Great use of your new stash! Wonderful samples, ladies. Here's my card
    - Ann

  23. Love the DT's creations on this lovely challenge. Here is my take on the challenge over at DOING LIFE
    Thanks for stopping by.

  24. Awesome challenge!
    Here is my card. Thanks for looking!

  25. Great challenge and DT samples! Here is my entry.
    Thanks for looking
    Hugs, Vanja

  26. Great samples ladies, thanks for looking at my card which you can find HERE.
    Kim xXx

  27. Gorgeous work everyone. You can see my card here

  28. Congrats, Jodi!!!
    HERE Is my 2nd entry :) The stamp is new.

  29. Great Work! Here is mine


  30. Wonderful creations from the DT. Here is my card.

    Suzi xx

  31. Happy New Year to you all. What a lovely challenge and what lovely DT cards.

    Here is my card for this challenge

    Best wishes

    Kym xxx

  32. Not that I need a reason to use New things but it's always nice to have one! Here is my card

  33. I've way too much new or unused stamp
    Here is my Entry

  34. Here is mine

  35. What a wonderful job the DT did!! Here's mine

  36. Just got this Wings of Friendship set this week, I just love the chubby bird.
    Here's my card

  37. My card with my new puncher MS :
    Greetings from Poland

  38. Here is my new card- the embosser and the paper are all new dor me

  39. Hi Ladies, Lovely challenge and fab work!
    My card is here


  40. Here is my card at my blog PAPER FLOURISH -

    Many thanks

  41. Brilliant work from everyone. Here's my entry!
    Hope you like it
    Suzanne x

  42. Lovely cards...

    Mines a new stamp and can be found here


  43. Great DT inspiration. Lots new on my project:


    Kym Kreates

  44. Here is mt card
    My new thing is the Inverted Scalloped Circle

    Hugs Berit

  45. hier is my project..thanks for looking!

    lg Veronika

  46. Wonderful challenge. My card was made with a brand new digi.

    Here’s my card

  47. Great challenge.Love it.
    Here is mine
    Sorry,I don't know how to link it.

  48. Beautiful samples! I've downloaded some Selena Fenech files and I'll be having a go soon. In the meantime, here's my card.

  49. Wow, great tutorial thanks for sharing that... will give it a go, it looks fun and really effective!!

    Here is my project making an Easel card which is a new style to me.

    Sarah x

  50. Gorgeous samples and a great challenge. My card is here

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  52. fabulous dt work and a geat challenge
    HERE is my entry
    lalkygirl[tracey ]x

  53. Great DT work and fab challenge.
    here is my entry
    Dawn x

  54. Anothr fab challenge and bautiful cards by the DT. My card is here

  55. Love what the DT have done for this challenge.

    Here's my card, hope you like my new bear stamp from Hobby Art.

    Kat x

  56. Happy New Year! Wonderful samples.

    Mine is here

  57. Great challenge I love the DT creations

    Here is my entry

    X Amy X

  58. Thanks for the Tut for distress inks, I have some but been unsure how to use them.
    here is the link for my card

  59. Thanks for the chance to enter, I really love that friend card. I'm glad I found this place! I haven't been here before.

  60. Hello Ladies - what a great challenge and gorgeous cards from the DT - there is my card:
    Thanks for having me!! {{{hugs}}}

  61. Some lovely DT cards and a great challenge


    The link does not seem to work!

  62. Great challenge and fab DT cards! Here's mine - thanks for looking
    Pauline x

  63. Great challenge and wonderful DT cards.

    Here is my card

  64. Thanks for the challenge and inspiration. Here is my card - http://scrappydoodledoo.blogspot.com/2010/01/deck-chair-hedgie.html

  65. My new things are the image and the papers.Love the DT cards.my card

  66. Great challenge and fab DT cards,
    Mine's here

    Jo x

  67. Hi Ladies - what a great challenge - it is fun using new things - great inspiration from the DT! Here is my card:


    Thanks for having me!! {{{hugs}}}

  68. Great DT work. You'll find my card HERE
    Julie x

  69. Here I got to use some brand new ribbon, flowers and a new charm that I just picked up!



  70. here is mine


  71. Amazing work, ladies! Here is my entry:


  72. Lovely cards! My card is here

  73. What fun! I love the variety from the DT, and all the wonderful changes to the blog with an interview. I drew up a new digital image and used it in my card HERE
    Thank you again for the challenge!

  74. hiya
    Fab challenge. Mine is here
    Rachel xx

  75. Fantastic challenge, here is my entry.


  76. Always fun to use something new! My card is HERE

  77. thanks for the inspiration....here is my entry


  78. Great challenge and beautifull cards by the DT.

    here's my project

    xoxo karin

  79. Love the challenge thought id uploaded my piccy but cant see it so will try again.The papers and stamped image are both new.
    Here’s my entry


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