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Monday 6 August 2012

Challenge 71 Olympic Spirit and Design Team Call

Well we're back! FINALLY
What a stressful experience moving is. Firstly my ISP accidentally cut off my broadband two weeks before my move and next I had to squish the contents of a two bedroomed house with dining room into a one bedroom bungalow. I am currently sleeping in a very untidy craft shop!

Anyhow enough of my woes.
Before we tell you what our challenge is, we are having a DT call and if you think you could create up to two projects per month (although there is no pressure to come up with something for every challenge as we are a VERY laid back team), and comment on a percentage of the entries per challenge then please add DT after your name in your entry below. I am holding this open until we have enough new members to boost the team, so at this present time there is no closing date for the call.
So onto our challenge

Our hostess Feebsy thought that with the UK hosting the Olympics in London that an Olympic theme would be a great challenge. Bearing in mind how small the UK is we are amazed to be third on the medal table. Apparently per head of population we actually have more medals than the two leaders! Anyhow congratulations to all our current medallists and good luck to the rest of Team GM and also for the paralympics at which my Daughter has a friend competing in the women's volleyball - go Jodi Hill!.

So our challenge this fortnight is a sporting theme.  Any sport will do but it would be brilliant if there were some sports that form part of the Olympic Games, either Summer or Winter. We look forward to seeing your sporting creations.

Please check the rules in the right-hand sidebar before entering. Thank You!


We are sponsored  for this challenge by

with these two fabulous stamp sets

As a family business we're a friendly, helpful, bunch at Hobby Art.  All our stamps are designed by us and manufactured in Britain.
Look at the gallery on my blog - jennymayes.com - for lots of card ideas using the Hobby Art range. 
We're pleased to sponsor the Crafty Cardmakers Challenge and look forward to seeing the entries.   Good luck everyone.  Jenny and all. X
and also by

With a $10 gift voucher
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 likeminded 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!

So without further ado we are under starter's orders and we are off and
First out of the blocks is
I chose judo for the theme of my card. I used the "Karate Anya" digi from TGF and changed her into a judoka. I made a wordy background using judo terms and I tried to make the main background look like tatami mats
Hot on her heels and breathing steady we have
I made a set of ATCs using some postage stamps from the 1976 Montreal Olympics.  Of course I had to make 3 ATCs (Gold, Silver and Bronze).  I also made a little case to keep them in.
Currently in the Bronze medal position and puffing hard we have
I have made a postcard collage, the background is a scene from the opening ceremony. The other additions are from a CD or free images found on the internet.
(She just about has the British Summer down pat, lol)
Punching above her weight is
There is a girl from my hometown boxing for Ireland in the Olympics this year so that is about all of the Olympics that I will watch lol with this in mind I made a boxing themed card. For my card I have used a digi stamp from Just Inklined called "Rocky". All of my papers are from the Authentique Celebrate collection. I have made the sentiment on my computer.
(Personally I think it would be safer if Fiona remains at the back!)
Kicking her way desperately towards the front is
I used my Craft Robo and a template from Beanpole Books to create this Taekwondo themed card!! And of course, my trusty Spellbinders Edgeabilities.
Hoping that the the first ever women's football in the Olympics will prove a winner is
I used for my card a Marianne Design stamp "soccer Don" and Echo Park paper "note to self" 
Spinning like a Top towards the finishing line is
I used an image from Dover Books that I got in one of their Sampler emails, coloured it with Promarkers, then used the triangular motif to cut and mat the image before mounting it and a hand-written sentiment onto an A5 card.
Trying desperately to emulate Wiggo and Sir Chris Hoy is
I used one of the lovely Lili of the Valley die cut sheets that I have had forever. My card is to honour our cyclists, although I'm not sure that the Olympic rules allow for canine passengers lol.
Sailing towards the line is and hoping for Gold like Ben Ainslee is

I struggled with the challenge this time round - who knew I had so little sporty stuff in my craft stash!?  This card was made using docrafts 1x12 paper, and some stamps from my stash.

Bringing up the rear should have been me, but they have yet to have the Chocolate Eating Challenge so it's over to you instead.
I think you will agree there are some fabulous ideas here to inspire you.

If you would like to stop by the team's blogs I am sure they would be pleased to see your comments and if you want to know how something was done I am sure there will be more details on their own blogs.
Don’t forget to add DT to your name if you fancy joining our team. We won’t bite, honest!



  1. My first time here (via Feline Playful) and loving the blog design. Ali x ps Thank you for the opportunity to possibly be a DT member

  2. Such wonderful creations from you all.

    Hugs n HaPPY Crafting.


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