Friday, 18 March 2016

A few more inspirational creatures


Good morning, this month seems to flying by as it's time for our mid month post already. So many lovely entries thank you, but there is still plenty of time if you have not yet joined in or of course would like to enter a second or even thirds time and with so many great prizes why not.

The Design Team have been busy at work again and have more inspiration following our Feature a Creature them, my thanks to them all for their lovely work.............................

Brenda
Using Penny Black 40-099 Soft Wings and 4070F Dreams


Ellie
Using Penny Black 30-150 Chick to Chick

Linda
Using Penny Black 30-150 Chick to Chick and 30-021 Garden Friends

Lynn
Using Penny Black 1729K Just Buzzin' By! and Penny Black Gentle Whisper Paper pad

Mervi
Using Penny Black 4370J Special Delivery and 80-008 gentle whisper paper pad

Sam
Using Penny Black 1403K Bunny Hop and 51-128 Doodles

Shirley
Using Penny Black 1727K Daisy Swing

Susan
Using Penny Black 2361K Ecarte Splits Pirouette

Tracy
Using Penny Black 30-028 Micey Day and Penny Black Paper Pad Painted Blooms

Happy crafting all.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

March challenge - Feature a Creature


Welcome to our March challenge where this month our theme is..............

******Feature a Creature******

I thought I would check out of definition of a creature and was quite surprised by some of the inclusions in the Cambridge Dictionary: A living being especially an animal, land creatures large and small, flying creatures, prehistoric creatures, mythical and fantasy creatures and would you believe all of us as well! 

So a pretty wide brief, but of course we do want to be able to see your creature focally in your stamping, not a tiny punched butterfly tucked in a corner and added as an after thought. Usual rules apply, you can enter up to three times, combine with other challenges, use any make of stamp......but can I please remind you.......

We are a stamping challenge so must see hand stamping as the focal element of your artwork, it can be a stamped image/s, large sentiment or quote.........the one exception is Penny Black Stickeroos. But no digi images and entries using them WILL NOT be eligible for prizes. It so upsets us to see names come out in the draw who are not eligible for a prize because they have not read the rules. 


Penny Black invite you to explore their creative world and see for yourself why their rubber stamps, stickers, beautiful papers for scrapbooking, cardmaking and stamp crafting are everyone’s favourites. Their products are designed to integrate style and colour for creating the best handicraft projects ever. If you would like to be one of the first to hear about new products from Penny Black please click here to join the free club, plus their Facebook is full of activity and news.

Here are the lovely prizes from them this month, a super useful set of animal dies and two stamps from the Spring 2016 So Special collection which just arrived with me from across the pond................


You can click here to join the free club, plus their Facebook is full of activity and news.


Crafty Ribbons is a ribbon emporium, we are passionate about ribbons and want to share our fantastic ribbons with others. Our range of Christmas ribbons is second to none. Remember when we only used ribbons to add a bow to our hair, or tie up a birthday parcel ? Ribbons are now a "must-have" for all types of craft. Whether your project requires satin, sheer, silk, grosgrain, gingham or polka dot ribbon we have them all! Lots and lots of different colours in a range of widths. Need a little bit of ribbon inspiration - then have a look at our projects on our blog,or visit our Inspiration blog,or maybe join in with us at our Challenge blog. Go on, have a look... It's worth it !


 is a Dutch owned craft manufacturer. The company was established in 1994 by Marianne Perlot and is based in the Netherlands. For years now, we develop all our products with much care and quality. We have a practical understanding of the needs of crafters, we integrate product development, design and customer service to bring fresh ideas and beautiful products to the craft industry. All to enable the consumer to make beautiful cards, scrapbooks and other projects and enjoy this wonderful hobby. We produce a wide range of products which represent a complete concept of paper crafts. There are different lines of stamps and dies with matching papers and materials to decorate your card or scrap. Products are chosen carefully for mixing and matching and stimulating creativity.


And we have an extra prize courtesy of our very own Sam.......................seems she got a bit over enthusiastic with her Penny Black stamps and found herself with a few repeats, wonder how on earth that could happen ?
And don't forgot the DT are always on the lookout for our next Guest Designer from entries using Penny Black stamps.

This month we are pleased to welcome Carol as our Guest Designer, she tells me she has a fondness for Penny Black Frogs and has used one of her favorites for her card......................


Our Guest Designer from Allsorts this month is Helene..........


Brenda
Using Penny Black 40-449 Light Touch and 30-297 Sprinkles and Smiles

Using Penny Black 30-261 Nature's Friends, 4271L Winter Ledge and 30-229 Special Wishes

Ellie
Using Penny Black 30-337 Party Friends and 30-283 Snippets

Linda
Using Penny Black 30-150 chick to chick

Lynn
Using Penny Black 30-305 Smile all day and 30-297 Sprinkles and smiles

Mervi
Using Penny Black 2300K Tulip Jungle and 80-009 Painted Blooms papers

Sam
Using Penny Black 2070K Frequent Flyer

Shirley
Using Penny Black  40-063 Merci Bouquet

Susan
Using Penny Black 4060K Hedge Word

Using Penny Black 40-015 You Are The Bestest

Good luck all, we look forward to seeing all your lovely creations.


Friday, 4 March 2016

February winners


A very good morning to you all, it's time to announce the winners from our February challenge and what a fabulous month it was with so many wonderful entries, out thanks to each and every one for you for your support.

So here we go with the winners..............

The prizes from Penny Black




Crafts U Love

Crafty Ribbons

Sizzix

And the NRC Hobbycraft tickets.....................


Well done to you all, please mail me with your full names and postal addys so I can get your prizes arranged. Any prizes unclaimed by 10th March will be re-drawn and winners notified by e.mail or blog comment.


As usual the Design Team have been keeping their eyes on the entries using Penny Black stamps and after counting their votes we would love Yenni to join us as our Guest Designer in April. Please mail me so I can tell you more about our April theme.

I will be back on Sunday with a now challenge.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

February challenge - Anything goes with a stamp and a die/s


Good morning, it's time for our new challenge and this month our theme is..............

******Anything Goes with a stamp and die/s******

So nice and open, we all seem to love our dies and I am sure you are going to wow us with your entries. Usual rules apply, you can enter up to three times, combine with other challenges, use any make of stamp......but can I please remind you.......

........we are a stamping challenge so must see hand stamping as the focal element of your artwork, it can be a stamped image/s, large sentiment or quote.........the one exception is Penny Black Stickeroos. But no digi images and entries using them WILL NOT be eligible for prizes. It so upsets us to see names come out in the draw who are not eligible for a prize because they have not read the rules. 


Penny Black invite you to explore their creative world and see for yourself why their rubber stamps, stickers, beautiful papers for scrapbooking, cardmaking and stamp crafting are everyone’s favourites. Their products are designed to integrate style and colour for creating the best handicraft projects ever. If you would like to be one of the first to hear about new products from Penny Black please click here to join the free club, plus their Facebook is full of activity and news.

Here are the lovely prizes from them this month.................

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Crafts U Love  was formed in 2001 by Paul Baughton and Jenny Baughton. They are one of the largest stockist in the UK of die cutting and rubber stamp products as well as a wide range of general card making and scrapbooking products.



Crafty Ribbons is a ribbon emporium, we are passionate about ribbons and want to share our fantastic ribbons with others. Our range of Christmas ribbons is second to none.


Remember when we only used ribbons to add a bow to our hair, or tie up a birthday parcel ? Ribbons are now a "must-have" for all types of craft. Whether your project requires satin, sheer, silk, grosgrain, gingham or polka dot ribbon we have them all! Lots and lots of different colours in a range of widths. Need a little bit of ribbon inspiration - then have a look at our projects on our blog,or visit our Inspiration blog,or maybe join in with us at our Challenge blog. Go on, have a look... It's worth it!


Sizzix, there's no bigger or better place for craft materials, custom dies and machines that can die-cut, emboss and texturize many materials, including cardstock, paper, construction paper, fabric, faux fur, felt and foil plus much more.




And we also have another pair of tickets to give away for the NEC Spring Hobbycraft show 17th - 20th March.


And don't forgot the DT are always on the lookout for our next Guest Designer from entries using Penny Black stamps.


Our first Guest Designer this month is Marika  who has made this really pretty card.....................


And we welcome to Kath one of my teamies from Allsorts who is joining us for the first time as our GDT......


And a lovely selection of inspiration from the Design Team, thank you teamies............

Brenda
Using Penny Black 3381K Aspire, dies 51-178 Berry Branches and 51-031 Perched


Ellie
Using Penny Black 1754H In a Nutshell and 30-283 Snippets

Linda
Using Penny Black 30-020 Hugs!

Lynn
Using Penny Black 30-028 Micey Day, die 51-932 Pennant Beau and paper pad Beau Jardin 

Mervi
Using Penny Black 4033K Cupid at work, die  51-022"heart string
and paper pad 80-011 Beau Jardin

Sam
Using Penny Black 3343H Snuggles

Shirley
Using Penny Black 4144K For Mimi


Susan
Using Penny Black 40-361 Spruced Up

Tracy
Using Penny Black 3980K Team Effort

Good luck to you all.

 
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