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Monday 9 December 2013


Please note our challenge is WINTER FUN not Winter, solitary trees and other Winter related items, unless they depict something you can have fun with DO NOT COUNT

Good morning everyone. This is our last challenge for 2013, and it’s hosted by one of our team who is sadly leaving us after this challenge, Marie.

Before we get down to the nitty gritty, I should like to take this opportunity of thanking my fabulous team. To those who have left during the year, or are leaving at the end of this year I bid a fond farewell, and to those staying, are you insane? LOL. Thank you for the hours you put in and the fabulous designs you create. If you are leaving us, I wish you luck in your new ventures and if you are staying, thanks for sticking around!

I should also like to thank ALL of this year’s sponsors, without whom there would be no prizes!

Who we are thrilled to say will be back with us next year
Who we are delighted to say will also be back with us next year

Again we are thrilled to have Sir Stampalot back with us next year
Who have been supporting us here since we started, a special Thank You to you!

and last but most definitely not leastWOODWARE CRAFT COLLECTION
Who again, we are delighted to say will be returning with us in 2014

We have some changes planned for 2014, and a couple of new sponsors, and we look forward to seeing you then, but for now......

Onto our final challenge for 2013

Our hostess, Marie, would like to see your interpretation of Winter Fun. PLEASE NOTE, we do not want to see an obvious Christmas or New Year greeting as this challenge is about Winter Fun and not necessarily Christmas! In other words no Christmas cards/projects or New Year cards/projects, but some form of fun you might have during the Winter, for example, skiing, skating, sledding, building a snowman, snowballing.

We are sponsored by
with a $20 gift certificate for their fabulous store
If you are looking for fun, cute and lovely digi stamps for your paper-crafting or web design projects, The Paper Shelter is your one-stop boutique! This growing catalog of high-quality digi stamps with many different kind of options offers a multitude of themes such as everyday items, holidays, special occasions, children, adorable characters and creatures. Stamps are available in standard black and white line art, as well as in pre-colored format. Images are wonderful for coloring and make perfect additions to greeting cards and scrapbook albums. In "The Paper Shelter" you'll also find great other resources for all crafts (or digital) projects, like Paper Packs, Printables, Accessory sheet, etc.

and also by

with this fabulous prize:-

In the Snow Ski Tilda 
Sir Stampalot is a retail shop and online website that specialises in stamps, die cutting and paper-crafting goodies.  We try to offer exceptional delivery times on your orders as well as keeping our stock fresh, new and exciting!  Our dedicated team of card makers means we have a wonderful, inspirational online card gallery with many more cards still to upload!  Sir Stampalot ships internationally as well as domestic so why not check us out if you haven’t already – www.sirstampalot.co.uk.

Happy Crafting!

Here is how the team interpreted the challenge:-

A card made with a TPS image as focus. She's coloured with Letraset markers and paired up with some lovely dp's from Panduro. A ribbon that is much more pink IRL together with some lace, metal corners, snow flakes and pearls gives the card some details.

My make for this challenge was a quickie card using an old snowman image, an embossing folder, some dies and lots of Stickles! He looks like he's having a lot of fun skating in his ear muffs I think!

I got to work with this lovely image from our sponsors, Paper Shelter. I used the ready-coloured image and paper supplied, cut the image using a Nestibility and matted with a Grand oval using gunmetal mirror card. I completed the card with snowflakes cut from the same card using a Cuttlebug die. 

I also used an image from one of our sponsors - The Paper Shelter.  I used promarkers to colour in the image, and some paper from my stash and distress inks. 

My Image is a Paper Shelter one called 'Fantasy on Ice', merged with a digital silhouette tree and coloured with Copics, I added some glossy accents to look like ice (doesn't show so good in the photo) 

For Winter Fun you need : 'Fantasy on Ice' digi from our sponsors Paper Shelter, snowflakes dies from Marianne Design and Nellie Snellen, design papers, emboss folder with snowflakes, and Spellbinder's leaf die for the Christmas star flower.

For my card I have used a Crafter's Companion stamp which I have coloured with my ProMarkers. I have added some stickles and perfect pearls for snowfall and snow on the ground. My papers are from LOTV and DCWV. To embellish I have added some flowers and gems from my stash.

I have used a lovely pre-coloured image from Lili of the Valley for my card, cut out with my nesties. The background is a Snowflake stamp CRR122 Cling Snowfall available from our sponsors SirStampalot.

I have used an image from our sponsors - The Paper Shelter - called 'Ice Skating Friends'. It's coloured using Promarkers, and simply matted and layered on a selection of Kanban cardstock.

I think I may have gone "silly" instead of "funny". Lol.  I've used Hero Arts and Tim Holtz Stamps. Paper pieced the hat and scarf and drew the face freehand. The sentiment is PC generated. Mounted onto some gold printed vellum, touch of stickles and a bow.

I was fortunate enough to work with one of our sponsor's image and paper sets from The Paper Shelter, "Fantasy on Ice". I decided to use the pre-coloured version of the digi and paper from the kit. I did add glitter to the snowflakes on the paper to give it a bit of sparkle, as well as a glittery silver ribbon for my bows. In keeping with the snowflake theme, I stamped "Happy Birthday To You" onto a die-cut snowflake.
 I used a paper shelter image for this card - she's so pretty!! Snowflakes made with a SB cut and tuck die.

My image comes from our Sponsor, The Paper Shelter, and is called Fantasy On Ice. She is perfect for a winter birthday!

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#105 Clean and Simple, Winners and Top 5

Viv was the hostess for our Clean and Simple challenge - she has chosen her Winner/Top 5 as follows:-
" I know lots of people find CAS difficult and there were the odd one or two that couldn't resist the layers/embellishment overload(!) but  many did - there were so many gorgeous CAS cards that picking out just a few was a terribly difficult choice!"
for the prize from

No 10 Elaine
 Wonderful CAS card!

and for the prize from
Beautiful colouring and the ribbon/scoring adds interest but retains the CAS look

and Viv's Top 5  in numerical order are:-

No 38 Toni
 Lovely masking and sponging!

No 58 Anita
Gorgeous example of stamping and embossing on Vellum!

No 87 Gemma
Clean lines, perfect stamping!

No 94 Stempeloni
Showing that CAS does not have to be all white!

No 102 Stamped by C
Great stamping/embossing finished with a fab shadow greeting

Congratulations to you all, please feel free to display our Winner’s badge or Top 5 badge on your blogs. Would the two 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 22nd December to claim their prize, after which time I am afraid the prize(s) will be forfeit. As we choose our winners, rather than having a random number thingy to pick them it's too difficult and time consuming to go back again and go through the entries to pick out new winners. Neither, sadly do we have time to chase the winners up.

Our next challenge will be our last for this year, so please come back at 12 to join in the fun.

Monday 25 November 2013

#105 Clean And Simple

Welcome to our latest challenge, hosted by Viv who has chosen the theme  of CAS or Clean and Simple.
Clean and Simple is defined as 
A design of card with clean lines, minimal elements, areas of white space and few or no embellishments, most often single layered or minimal layers.

Some definitions of white space, etc. borrowed from the Less is More challenge blog 

Clean and Simple A design of card with clean lines, minimal elements, areas of white space and few or no embellishments.
White Space An area of the card which has no image, layer or embellishment. This can be any colour dependent upon the colour of the card blank.
OLC One Layer Card One piece of card folded in half with no additional layers and minimal embellishments, where the image is stamped or printed directly onto the cardstock.
So please no fussy and fancy and multi layered creations

The above definitions are the criteria we will be using to decide if your entry is CAS or not!

We are sponsored 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! 

 We are kindly sponsored for this challenge by The Stampman (and Lady of course!) who are ofering the winner a £10 voucher for their store, you can spend this online, or if you're lucky enough to see them at a show!  They have a ton of items in store, enough to tickle any crafty taste bud.

Here is how the team interpreted the challenge:-

I used stamped different floral stamps and distress inks to create this card using simple circle nesties to add some dimension.

The image on this card was stamped onto a piece of the same card as the base card and edged with black.  The sentiment was stamped onto the base card and the frame was hand drawn with a pen.  The stamp is by Inkylicious.

The image and sentiment were stamped onto a piece of pain white card, edged with the same ink as used for the image, then mounted onto the whits base card.

I printed a flourish and added some spellbinders baubles and hand tied bows for my CAS Christmas Card.
Although I think most of my cards are fairly uncluttered in design, I rarely leave much 'white space', and I decided to pull myself right out of my comfort zone here. I paperpricked a dogrose design by Janet Wilson and mounted it on blue mirror card, adding some more mirror card, ribbon and a spot of glitter glue.
I used a House Mouse stamp, coloured in with my copics, and an xcut die to form the stitches for the border.

So here it goes, one of my first CAS cards. I used an image from the Paper Shelter and coloured with my Letraset Markers. The sentiment stamp is from YouDo. I have also use a snowflake from Joy Craft and some gemstones to give it a little shine. Further details added with an embossing board, just framing the white card a little bit. And well, I just couldn't help myself and added a bit of red CS to it all as well. :)

This was such a simple card to make. The dressform is a Tim Holtz die, embellished with some seambinding, a small circular SU stamp and some glittery flowers. The DP is also from Stampin’ Up. 
I've got to admit that I'm very into CAS cards at the moment. I created a one layer card using Marion Emberson's "On your special day" stamp set, Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid ink and some pearls.

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