07 April 2014

Challenge#34: Incorporate an Animal or a Bird

Well, it's the 7th April and as promised here is our next challenge!

Challenge#34: Incorporate an Animal or a Bird

and the TWIST is
use PASTEL colours

This challenge ends on the 2nd May so you have a whole 28 days to get a project done and entered. 
Maybe you could enter more than once!

This month we are proud to be sponsored by: 

Very many thanks to them - and this is their very first blog sponsorship, so YAH to them and lets hope its a great experience!!They have lots of lovely stuff at their store in Launceston, Tasmania and on-line as well, so why not go over and have a look.  I know that I have spent a lot of time (and money) there over the years!

Our Guest Designer in April is
Victoria Botham

Hi everyone, I’m Victoria (although usually known as Tor or VeryBelleMakes!) and I’m from Essex, England. I am a stay-at-home mum to two great children, aged 7 and 4. I’m also really lucky to be supported and encouraged by a very patient husband, who regularly has to wade through a ton of glitter just to make it to his desk next to mine!

I have enjoyed card-making since my early twenties; I drifted away a bit when my son was small, as there were never enough hours in the day, but now that the children are a little more independent, I’m enjoying picking up where I left off!

Thank you very much to Susan and the Unstampabelles team for having me as a Guest Designer this month!
You are very welcome Tor - and your work is amazing! Just look at this card!

I love those die cut rabbits and their tails!

Now the DT here at Unstampabelles are also pretty darn good too, and here are the pieces they have produced to inspire you for this challenge!

Mr. Bunny is on an Action Wobble. 

She loves retro and vintage styles, so opted to work with some retro collage sheets.

She likes a bit of bling, so the pastel blue dragonfly is keeping the chipboard bunny company.

Love the butterflies

Margaret's card uses a sticker

An easel card

Pretty colours


Rabbits and Easter always go together in our house!

If you follow the links from the DT's name to their posts on their blogs you can find out more about how the card was made.  Your entry does not have to be a card - it can be anything that follows the theme and is paper base and has not used stamps - digital, rubber or cling!  It does not have to be an Easter theme, but if you need to get another card done using that theme, be our guest!

Just remember, your project has to have an animal or a bird in it, and if you are going to add the TWIST you need to work in mainly PASTEL colours.

02 April 2014

Guess who won the Unstampabelles Challenge #33

for our Geometric Shapes Challenge, with the TWIST of at least three shapes being used. 

Well, we had a good interest in this challenge.  Thanks for all you crafters who give this non-stamping idea a go! We all appreciate your efforts. Hopefully April will prove to be just as inspiring for people. Check in next Monday to see what we want you to do!

This month our challenge was sponsored by 

Prize:   $15 Discount Coupon

The winner of this is.....drum roll..........drum roll........

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:3 

Timestamp: 2014-04-02 04:54:37 UTC

Congratulations Debbie - please contact me at suhogan(at)gmail(dot)com for details about your prize

Now, we also have a DT Favourite each month and the DT have nominated and commented and the selection for the March Challenge is......drum roll please.......

who made this amazing exploding box!

Inside the box is a circle!

Congratulations Tracey!

Now, as well as announcing the winners, I have to announce a farewell to one of our team members and a welcome to a new member of the team.

Sarah from My Paperpie has been a member for over a year now, and in that time she has been very creative and produced a beautiful,  amazing little boy called Eli, whom we have watched growing like a little weed over the past few months. He is now nearly walking and probably talking up a storm as well, and crafting time has been greatly diminished for Sarah! As well as that, Sarah is a spouse of a serving military man who has been overseas but is due to return home shortly. We at Unstampabelles know that family always come first, and so we wish them all much happiness and success in this newest phase of their life and will hopefully see Sarah having a go in our challenges over time - or when Eli is asleep! 

Do not despair - we have been able to obtain the gain the talents of a wonderful Australian crafter to help us out - please welcome to the team Jane Howden from Scrap Pieces of Me.  

My Photo

Hi I'm Jane, a busy wife and mother - scrapbooker - family history researcher - taxi driver to my two wonderful children - chief cook and bottle washer (and I wouldn't have it any other way).

We welcome Jane to the team and look forward to seeing her work

Remember, working without using stamps (digital or rubber or cling,and that includes sentiments) requires a lot of ingenuity and thinking outside the proverbial square, but when I flick through the various crafty magazines I see so many examples of just that - a paper project created without using stamps or sometimes with a sentiment only stamped on them.  This sentiment can be hand-written, or computer generated or made using rub-ons or stickers or printed items or with letter dies or words. Images can be created by dies, or photographs or images from 12 x 12 papers, or hand drawn.  (Look at the amazing guitar drawn by hand by entrant Number 4 Rock Star in our last challenge!)

An example might be the cards on page 47/48 of Australian Papercraft Essentials magazine  - No 35, the latest edition. Starting on page 23, Leanne Sue Tin creates some Mother's Day items using the free gift with the magazine, and while I think there are two or three small stamps (which could be swapped out for stickers or rub-ons), she has created five pages of wonderful work.  On page 47 and using Kaisercraft papers The Looking Glass, Karen George has created some stunning cards and a small booklet. There are no or few stamps to be seen here. On page 60 Kim Dellow shows us how to create our own lettering using a variety of techniques.  On page 66 Jo Kill uses sequins in her card making and there are no stamps used in three pages of projects! This is just one magazine this month! So, get out there and look and CAS and have a go and enter our April challenge! Coming to this blog on Monday 7th April!!

30 March 2014

Hello Peeps

Just a quick post to explain that our next Challenge does not go live until the 7th April.  The turn around was a little fast for the DT to be expected to keep up, from the end of the last one the the beginning of the next, so I had added an extra few days. It also means I can keep to the timetable of last Friday of the month to finish, and first Monday of the month to begin a new challenge! So, new Challenge goes live on the 7th April!

A sneak peak of the new challenge may be coming before start  - and I will, of course, be announcing the winner's of the last challenge next week anyway, so stay turned for that! In the meantime, think Easter, think soft.................and begin to plan that next entry into the world of creating without using stamps of any kind! It's a great place to be!

25 March 2014

Some more inspiration from Margaret!

Margaret has made another card to inspire you all to enter in this final week of Unstampabelles Challenge #33.  In fact Margaret had this card made and ready to be posted yesterday but I was too super organised and forgot to check for any more after pieces from the team after scheduling my post earlier in the weekend! Sorry Margaret - and it is such a great piece of inspiration too!

Card is rectangle, picture is circle (it is not a stamp), square around picture, star washi tape.  Ribbon from Annabelle Stamps.

Isn't that nifty! Great card Margaret - thanks!

Don't forget Peeps - we close on the 28th at Midnight
You can find the challenge HERE. 

24 March 2014

Last Week for Challenge #33

 Hello Peeps - we have some lovely entries to date but  we are also sure you are just waiting until that last moment to enter our current challenge! Well, the good news is that we have ONE WEEK to go - so you had better get those skates on and go create a masterpiece for our challenge!


Our lovely sponsor this month is the delightful Andrea from 

and Andrea is offering our winner a
Discount coupon worth $15.00 Aus

We have some further inspiration for you:

Julene:  A circle (under the elephant) and a square plus the shapes on the backing paper

Susan: lots of shapes here!

You can find the challenge HERE!

17 March 2014

Midway Post for Challenge # 33 - Geometric Shapes

Hello Peeps!
Well we have six entries as I write this for our current challenge to create a CARD or SCRAPBOOK PAGE (all paper based) without using stamps and following our theme this month


Our lovely sponsor this month is the delightful Andrea from 

and Andrea is offering our winner a
Discount coupon worth $15.00 Aus

There are many lovely items available at Annabelle's, so why not pop over and have a look!

The Design team have come up with a few new inspirations for you to get going on your design.  Why not pop over to their blogs ans see how they put these together and leave them some love: 

Susan: circles, squares and the card itself is a rectangle. The bling comes from the lovely Andrea at 
Annabelle Stamps!

Julene: Squares, circles(buttons & bling in shaker box) and  a rectangle.
The buttons and bling are from Annabelle Stamps.
What a nice gift and card combined!

Tracey with the geometric shapes of rectangles, a few hearts and some circles (the bling handles on the little dresser drawers, the eye of the rocking horse).  The ribbon and bling are from our current sponsor, Annabelle Stamps! The entire card has been created using my Silhouette Cameo print and cut features. 

Merry - (Who is DT Guesting here for this one). I had so much fun creating this.  Thanks so much for the Sprinkles from Annabelles.  I will have to look at some other colours as they are so lovely and shiny. :-)
I have circles, rectangles and triangles.  The sentiment is a Stampin Up rub-on.

Margaret:  Card is a rectangle, layered paper tole pixie on circle and then square, sticker Merry Christmas on oval, added star and triangle Christmas tree.  Added circle rhinestones

You can find the current challenge HERE and we would love to see what you can make around the theme of GEOMETRIC SHAPES! You have two weeks to go to get your entry in. 

03 March 2014

Challenge #33 - Geometric Shapes!

Well, obviously our last challenge was just that - a bit of a challenge for some of you who don't like to get your hands dirty when crafting - I usually don't but sometimes I just want to dive in and smear and paint and swipe and splash........anyway, those of you who did have a go produced some fabulous pieces and we had great fun commenting on them and reading all about your differing journeys. Just a reminder to read the rules before you enter please. Several entries had to be discounted because they failed to follow the rules.

However, there is only one winner and the person who has won this fabulous prize from

Sticker Store Craft Stickers
Thanks Mandy!

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2014-03-01 04:31:03 UTC

Please contact me here with your details to collect the prize
and also take the winner's badge from the side bar and brag a bit!

Our DT favourite for this Challenge #32 is

Please take our badge from the sidebar and display proudly as a DT Favourite


How do you see the world? In circles and curves and bubbles, or lines,and squares and angles? A mixture of both? What colour are shapes? For me anything with a curve is in the warmer colours and all the angles and straight lines and box shapes are in the cooler range. How about you?

Challenge #33 is to create a CARD or SCRAP PAGE 
with geometric shapes

The TWIST this month - if you can face this challenge - make sure you have at least THREE different shapes on your paper-based project. 

Our Challenge this month is being sponsored by the lovely Andrea at 

and Andrea is offering our winner a

Discount coupon worth $15.00 Aus
There are many lovely items available at Annabelle's, so why not pop over and have a look!

The DT have come up with some amazing inspiration for you all but we also have a Guest Designer this month. Please pop over to visit Laney and see how clever she is with images and Promarkers too, but for us today she has made this gorgeous card without using any stamps.

Guest Designer Laney

Now the rest of our DT have some more inspiration for you:

Jan's sentiment is created with her Silhouette and sketch pens

Beth used punches, and embossing for texture,with the 4 & U being rub-ons.

Tracey came across this adorable easel card file at My ScrapChick...and the first thing she did was start counting shapes...rectangles in the fence, circles on the fence posts as well as the centre sentiment, an elongated oval for the card stop, and of course triangles for those adorable birdie beaks! She rummaged through her stash for suitable rub-ons for this project, and came up empty handed...so her own handwriting it was! 

There's rectangles, hexagons, heart and circle.

From Sarah

Sarah says: "For this card, I used repeating geometric shapes: squares, circles, rectangles and stars. The sentiment is a combination of chipboard and stickers."

Susan: rectangles, squares (behind the rectangle), circles, ovals in the leaves

Well, there you have it.  There are lots of geometric shapes represented here and if you visit the blogs of the team you will be able to see how the cards and pages were created.  Don't forget to leave them some love as well! So, great prize and great inspiration -what else is needed? Oh yes, the Linky - see it below?  Just add your card or scrap page to the linky - link directly to your relevant post - and don't forget to mention us and link back. No stamps please. 

24 February 2014

Not long to get dirty now for Challenge #32!

Hello Peeps

Thanks for looking in at our Unstampabelles Challenge blog - our current challenge "Dare to Get Dirty" is still running for a few more days - it finishes on the last day of February this year, the 28th at midnight AET.

If you were thinking of having a go -now's your time to get busy!
You are asked to get your hands dirty making a CARD/SCRAP PAGE without using any stamps of any kind and the TWIST of this challenge is to document your journey while you were getting dirty! 

We have some new pieces to inspire you from the team - being a Crafter you know there are many ways to get dirty whilst creating your masterpiece. Here are a few of them!

Susan: messy blocks of colour and then some inking through masks and then some scribble - see the journey on my blog!

Julene: we have an inked card using a sea themed stencil.
The background paper suggests holidays and the "sentiment" says where.
This is for a friend going on a cruise.

Margaret: My grand daughter getting dirty helping her in the garden. I did this layout today using Pink Gem background paper, Distress stain and marker for garden at the bottom plus punched leaves, flowers and butterflies and rhinestones.  Typed title with word art on the computer. 

We have a wonderful sponsor for this challenge...

Sticker Store Craft Stickers

There is approx $40 worth of goodies in here! WOW!

So, what is your excuse?  Off you go and produce something for our challenge, remembering there  are only a few days to go, and don't forget to take some photo's and tell us the story of the journey in your blog ramblings. Link through the Inkylink Thingy here. 

17 February 2014

Midway Post for our challenge - Dare to Get Dirty!

We have some lovely entries to date - you cannot see them without clicking on the Inkylink thingy though. Why not go and have a look!

Remember - NO STAMPs and it has to be paper based.  There are still two weeks to go so go on - get down and dirty! Soap and water cleans it up after all!

We have a wonderful sponsor for this challenge...

Sticker Store Craft Stickers

There is approx $40 worth of goodies in here! How wonderful is that!

Some new inspiration from some of the team for you:

I'm back with more inking, pasting and paper piecing with a fantastic cut file from SVG Cuts. Unfortunately I forgot to journal my mess along this journey this time, but this is very similar to the last project I posted here...

(Isn't that just gorgeous!)

Getting dirty building my daughter's retaining wall   My fingers were dirty after just using the brown distress stain around the edges!

Susan: wet embossing on dry embossing with die cut. Go to my blog to see how dirty it got to make this card!

Remember: NO STAMPS and to enter just click on the Inkylink thingy and follow the instructions!

03 February 2014

Challenge #32 - Dare to Get Dirty

Hello everyone:

Well, we are still here and still running! thank you  to the many well wishers who sent such lovely positive comments and to the people who entered the first challenge.  It's funny - I thought I was being quite inventive with the title "New Beginnings" but there were several different challenges out there with the same name this month! Of course, none of them were like ours!

Firstly, on to the winners of January's challenge:

Challenge# 31 - New Beginnings

Our sponsor for this was the wonderful

It was won by:
Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2014-02-01 05:14:26 UTC

Debbie Reed

Congratulations Debbie! Please contact me for details on collecting the prize. 

As well each month the DT girls get to select a favorite:

DT Favorite this month is:
Congratulations Very Belle - a truly wonderful CAS card; love the little button

Challenge #32 - Dare to Get Dirty

The sponsor for this is 

Sticker Store Craft Stickers

and the prize is valued at approx $40 Aust
How generous is that! Why not go and see what they have there and perhaps snag a bargain!
Before we see what the DT has come up with just a quick reminder to you all about our rules:
  1. We like your project to be paper based unless it clearly says not
  2. We want to see you create something beautiful without using any stamps at all - be they digis, rubber or cling stamps
  3. Decoupage is wonderful but please clearly state that is what it is - there are quite a few companies now who are producing their own CD's and decoupage sheets with their stamp images on them.  If you use one of them, acknowledge it clearly please in your blog
  4. HAVE FUN - we would really prefer that you see the challenge and then create but reality is that you create and then look-see what you can link it to; that's OK if there is no back linking and you clearly follow the theme of the challenge
  5. There is a (not-compulsory-but-gee-would-like-to-see-you-do-it) TWIST each month - are you a crafter who is up to that challenge? It may be just to blog some extra words, take a few more photo's or to use a specific colour or shape or use a specific thing. Extend yourself!
The TWIST this month is for you to document (hopefully with photo's) your journey!

What does this mean? Well, you can make a background using ink or paint or both; you can make an embellishment ink or painty or both! You can use dies and embossing folders with paint and/or ink - either before, during and after; you can use texture paste and glitter and glue and crayons and inkpads........just remember to take lots of pictures and tell us about your journey!

And now the DT's inspiration for you:

Margaret's Scrap page
Grandchildren painting the garage - with a paint background on layout!

A brave parent who allowed that but what fun! Great layout Margaret.

From JanR 
I rolled the wooden circles in ink as well as used mist. Unfortunately, I forgot about the "twist" so I didn't take any pictures which was really too bad as my fingers were stained brown from the Distress Ink!

 I used paint and a doily to make my background.


I used photographic paper and inks and created the Northern Lights technique for my background. I forgot to take photo's of my messy hands, but do have a photo of the inked worksheet which I'll post on my blog.


I will confess that I struggled with this one and wasn't sure which direction to go in. To get some inspiration I read over the "Ideas for Creations" which you can find on the tabs here on the blog.  Well, the word "box" just jumped out at me.  I had a cutting file for my Silhouette from My Scrap Chick that I had been wanting to use which was a box treat card all in one! Now cutting with that machine can sure get messy with all the tiny pieces, and all the pieces need to be inked, glued, etc...but my version of "dirty" may be a little cleaner than others...I hope this works for you!
Stop by my blog just to see how messy things did get!

This is a layout that fits with the "Getting dirty" theme.
My daughter was about 2 and a half in these photos and certainly enjoyed her spaghetti.
I did some dry embossing on the tag to resemble spaghetti.

For this card, I inked up a piece of transparency sheet, mixed in water and then inverted it and transferred everything onto a clean sheet of card stock.  I then cut up the inked image and used pieces of it for the background of my stickers and rub on sentiment. To see more go to my blog!

It was my 30th Wedding Anniversary last Tuesday and this is the card I made my husband - of course he didn't get it until the weekend 'cause it wasn't finished or dry.......30 is apparently pearls or diamonds. Still waiting........(lol).  Details of the making on my blog - see you there!

Now, I have been keeping a lookout for the last few weeks at work that uses any of these techniques: a masterclass on mono-printing in Craft Stamper using a gelatine place and ink - very messy!; Ditto magazine (same one I think) on using drywall tape and ink to create patterns (but you could use onion bags or hessian or plastic wrap or bubble wrap....); Australian Simply Cards has lots of ideas using sprays on card and cutting it up; inking edges with the various Distress inks; acrylic paint resist (they use stamps but you could dip a feather in the paint or a leaf or flower petal or die cut or a household item of some type (ie potato masher!) - lots of inspiration and how-to-do-it instructions out there on the web as well..........

Well, that is it - how about you do some careful thinking and designing - not while driving or cooking, we don't want accidents, but all other times are OK - and then get creating. I recommend a G and T or a good coffee while indulging in thinking time!We look forward to seeing what you can come up with and are sure that we will be learning from you and delighting in sharing with you your joy in the creation!

Don't forget to link your creations here and back to your blog post: Your link-up and thumbnail will appear in a new page - and not here. We will still see it though! Just click on the link below!