28 July 2014

Final Week to enter the July Challenge - I Could have Danced All Night

Come on, peeps - you can do it - still time to enter this challenge and the odds are pretty good for a win!  It is not that difficult and there are many images that can be used other than a dancing pair - what about a dreamy window scene or bed scene from after the event - whatever that was!

Or perhaps something a bit more modern?

Or even to celebrate a particular event

Why not Google dancing, or go to Pinterest (don't get lost!) or shuffle through your stash........

Here are some more pieces fromthe Dt to get you inspired!

Wynn:    Image from Le Suh, decoupage sheet using one layer.
Ribbon on the ballet pumps!! 


 Susan - using the cut out from the iris folding card from last week!
The ribbon in this is the sequin belt!

using sentiment and papers from Kaisercraft "Confetti" plus ballerina punch and ribbon

What a fabulous sentiment Margaret!

So just remember, no stamps and you should be OK 

You can find the entries HERE

21 July 2014

Mid Post for Challenge #37 - Dancing all Night!

I could have danced all night...... who remembers the wonderful film based on the play Pygmalion by George B Shaw in which this song was one of the main hits?

The song was actually sung by Julie Andrews - poor old Audrey couldn't sing very well!

I loved the costumes and the whole romance of this film - always disappointed that the Professor (misogynistic that he was) didn't marry her - rags to riches! Never mind, Pretty Woman took that idea and ran with it! Enough of this - on with the challenge!

I Could have Danced All Night - 
with the TWIST of ribbons!

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The DT have some amazing inspiration for you midway through this challenge - I am so impressed with their work! If this doesn't make you get the itch to have a go at the challenge I am not sure what will!

Scrapbook page of dance concert
Love that ribbon trim too!

As you can see she is a Spanish dancer cut from another card originally. She has used a 7 gypsies harlequin print plus French sentiment.

Samara - using a stencil

JANE - Using a sticker

Hilde using free ephemera found on Pinterest and with an added ribbon bow on the butterfly

Susan - my first attempt at Iris Folding

and this one is from a kit 

Tracey - I went in a different direction than showcasing a dancer....this beautiful vintage boot got me thinking of ladies dancing, big beautiful vintage skirts swishing across the ballroom dance floor...and some gorgeous vintage ribbon to complete the look and bring the whole elegance factor up a notch.
Certainly did!


some of the Flourish with a Bling on a gift bag
Gift bag template from Katy Sue Fabulous Giftware CD.

Well, what do you think? Inspirational right? So, that should get you  thinking and creating and making something to enter for this July challenge - we look forward to seeing what you me up with! You can enter it HERE

14 July 2014

June's Winner Post!

Hi everyone! Welcome to the winner's post for the June challenge - Mixed Media. Wow did we have some super entries there - and it is interesting how much people do and don't mix their medias!

The TWIST was to alter something and that certainly happened!
Well done to all!

 We were being 
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The winner of this prize is:

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That is Priya P 
Congratulations Priya - please contact me for your prize information and badge!
Now, the DT Favourite this month caused a bit of discussion but was finally sorted forMerethe A - an altered canvas
Merethe, I will email you your Favourite badge to display proudly! Congratulations to both ladies for their wonderful pieces of mixed media.
This month our challenge is 

I could have Danced all Night!

with the TWIST to........ use RIBBONS!
I have already had to reluctantly remove one entrant who didn't read the rules

Our wonderful Sponsor for this month are the ladies at 

and they are offering a $15 voucher to the winner of the challenge!

So, what are you waiting for? Go sort out what you will be doing and if you need inspiration, look at our last post. Next week there will some more inspiration for you to spur you on so until then, happy crafting!

Remember you hook up at the challenge HERE!

07 July 2014

July's Challenge#37 Has Begun!

So, what is the July Challenge, I hear you ask!

Well, it is ......

I could have Danced all Night!
(Yep, you are all singing it now, even if it is just in your head - ear worm!)

with the TWIST to........ use RIBBONS!

How easy is that!!! No?? You don't find it easy?   Are you sure?? 
There really are a lot of things out there for you to use! 
Wait 'til you see what the DT came up with --- and the two Guest designers we have this month!

Talk about blowing my tiny mind!!!
They will give you lots and lots of inspiration.......

Our wonderful Sponsor for this month are the ladies at 

and they are offering a $15 voucher to the winner of the challenge!
WOW - that is amazing! Thanks ladies!

(If you go there now,there is a great special offer on Retail Only packs of goodies too)

Now, as mentioned before we have TWO Guest Designers this month:

Guest Designer - Andrea (Dreja) Janzon

What a gorgeous image Dreja has used - beautiful card - thanks Dreja! I can tell you, her cutting skills are much better than mine!

..and another angle....

 Thanks, Kim - I do love that dancer die cut, and the way you have used ribbon and embellished this is fabulous!

Such amazing inspiration already - see, you are already getting some good ideas!

Now, the DT have taken up this challenge and really run with it - as you will see!


Samara - using a stencil and journalling in her altered book......

Yep, definitely FUN! How wonderful is that image - full of light and movement

JANE - Using a die cut and sticker

Shake those hips baby!

Using a picture from Blue Cardigan Designs Impressionist Art Accent sheet 

I love Degas' dancers - I think this is one or if it isn't it reminds me of one - so romantic.

Wynn -
she was worried about the shadow from the window shutters but I think the whole card is just magical

Susan - using a pearl flourish created by our sponsor; I did dismantle it a little.....

Hilde - An interactive Scrapbook page: the top part has a pull out tag, and there is lots of bling of course!

I love the fact that Hilde has used a music sheet here with the song on it - and that wonderful image is so evocative.

Well, there you have it at this stage.......you have until the 1st August to enter this July challenge. Remember NO STAMPS are to be used in your creation.  It can be a card or a scrap page or a page from your multi-media art journal. As long as it is inspired by the theme - and we hope you will be encouraged enough to add the TWIST too - RIBBON!

30 June 2014

An In-between Post

Hi Peeps

I hope you are all feeling spiffy! I am hunky-dory, thanks. I just wanted to pop in with a quick post to remind you that our next challenge will not go live until the first Monday of the month - which for this next month  is the 7th July! So, don't panic if you pop in and see no challenge yet - it is coming ....on the 7th July!

In the mean time I just wanted to show you some work I did without using any stamps.  I usually rabbit on about things I have seen made without using stamps in various magazines, and when I got my latest copy of Australian Simply Cards (No 69) it had the usual freebie of a pack of paper in it, some pearls and a sheet of die cuts.  They are the Melissa Frances Bits of Paper set of 6 x 6 paper pad with die cuts to match. Very pretty they are too.

The magazine also had a four page spread on how to use your free gift so I didn't even have to think - all I had to do was follow their suggestions! I made 6 cards - not exactly like but similar; I have some different die cuts and flowers, and I used card from the stash, that matches the colours and bling, but altered things only slightly. The 'leaves' in card one are made by cutting out the petals of a green flower.

One of the things I noticed was that the colours in the magazine were quite a way out - the photos were quite bright while the papers and diecuts were not as bright. I also smeared around some ink on edges quite a bit more than they did.  I still have about half the papers and die cuts left over. They have gone into the stash for another time.

The black flower on the bottom left is made by cutting into a scrap piece of DP I had laying around in my scrap tray. I cut out two 'flowers' (circles) and layered one into the other.  I had fun making these and finding the stuff in my stash to step in for stuff the magazine had used and I didn't have - yes, there are things out there that I don't yet have! You can also see that I didn't make them all the same size or shape as the magazine ones.  They took me about 20 minutes each to make. 

The point I wanted to make is that there were NO STAMPS used in creating these six cards - either in the magazine or by me - ink, yes, but not stamps. So, it is not only probable but possible! I got to use stash, make some pretty cards with very pretty papers and die cuts and stretch my ingenuity a bit!! Really I think layering is the main effect here and it is not all whole sheet on whole sheet - there are lots of smallish pieces diecut and layered in a stepping motion.

See you on the 7th July for our next challenge ............ think Julie Andrews singing, think romance, think twirling.........the TWIST involves ribbons!

23 June 2014

Final Week for Challenge #36 - Mixed Media

Challenge #36 - Mixed Media; TWIST - alter something!

Well, there is only a week left for you to enter your amazing project using mixed media
into our current Challenge 

More on that in a moment

Sunrise at Nutgrove Beach (photo courtesy Mercury site)

Today, as I write this is the winter solstice: or yesterday was - or whatever, last night was the longest night for the year! We are heading back out of winter into Spring! Or, if you are reading this in the northern climes, you are heading into Autumn after the summer solstice.

Today is also the last day of our Dark Mofo Festival, and the final morning saw the NUDE SWIM  in the Derwent River. The water temp must have been pretty cold (about 11 degrees) but it wasn't as cold as out of the water at sunrise - about 7 degrees. I was in bed all warm and toasty!  Bbbrrrrrrr........ It has been an excellent festival and it will be interesting to see what they can top it with next year but apparently the swim will be on again - coming down to participate?

Back to our Mixed Media Challenge

This June we are being 
Sponsored by 

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This  Marianne  Butterfly Die 

Some new inspiration
I have altered another frame from the tip shop - you can read about it HERE.

We are waiting to see what you come up with!
It closes on Friday the 27th June
You can find the challenge 

16 June 2014

Midway Post for Challenge #36 - Mixed Media

Yes, we are midway through our challenge for the month of June - yes, tempus fugit! This month our challenge is to use MIXED MEDIA in your project, and the TWIST is to ALTER SOMETHING.  Now, you can choose to take the challenge plus the TWIST or just take the challenge! It's up to you - but what fun there is in taking the TWIST challenge too!

You can enter your work 

However, remember NO STAMPS PLEASE!
I will remove any entries that have stamps - we have made our rules very clear to all and it is not fair to those who follow them if we accept stamped images of any kind. 

Now, we have another new team member to introduce as well - and that is 

 Her work is beautiful and we look forward to seeing what she comes up with for us in the next few months!

Hilde Marsh

Welcome to the team Hilde. 

Now, do you want some more inspiration? See what the DT has created!

Don't you just love those rhino's!

She used the back of a cardboard cereal box as her base and stencilled/inked over it. 
 Her image is taken from a magazine.

 Mail Art of Memories.....Altered Envelope.

Use a variety of media inc. paint, magazine pics, stamp artwork, pen, diecut topper etc go to her blog to see what the story is behind these!

An old wooden frame redecorated

So, there you have it - so why not go and make something startling and enter it in our challenge - 
you can win this!

This June we are being 
Sponsored by 

Bizzy Becs Store Blog


This  Marianne  Butterfly Die 

So, get into the Mixed Media and alter something and enter it  - we already have some beauties there and look forward to seeing what else you can come up with before the end of June!

09 June 2014

Winner's Post for Challenge #35 - A Special Person

Hello Peeps! Firstly, welcome to all the new followers. Nice to see you there!

Photo: "A little bit of hidden paradise" - My Uncle built this little house for my Aunt and him to sit in whilst having a 'cuppa' overlooking their beautiful farm - Geeveston
A gazebo in Geeveston, Tasmania

Secondly, we seem to be shedding DT people at the moment as I have to announce that Deanne has decided to withdraw from the team. So, there is still a VACANCY on the DESIGN TEAM! If you are interested in being a member of this team please email me HERE and tell me why you want to be a member of the team and if you can fulfil the obligations.  Please put DT application in the subject line. If you want more details please contact me and ask.

Thirdly, on to the winner of our Challenge #35!

a Special Person

This person could have been male or female, sibiling or parent, any other relative, a friend or just a person who had inspired you!

TWIST: to write in your blog WHY this person is SPECIAL

The winner of this challenge is by random draw:

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2014-06-07 06:24:08 UTC
That's you HILDE! (Yeah!!)
$25 voucher from Blue Edge Crafts

Please contact me for details on collecting this prize Hilde

Our Design Team Favourite for this month is a draw

16: Debbie's

Well done ladies.