27 December 2013

Cathy's Last Inspiration for Unstampabelles

Cathy can't leave without one more bit of inspiration.  Our current challenge is Christmas (closes Friday, 3rd January) and proving to be a huge success.  Can you help us crack 100 entries…..we currently have 86 entries as I post this.  So exciting and really going make the Design Team work when choosing their favourite.

The card above is a wonderful quick idea.  Cathy has cut three trees from pearl paper and run them through her Cuttlebug then added Kindy Glitz for a little sparkle.   Finished with a gold sentiment sticker.  You can see Cathy's blog post here.

This is a clever way to give money or a gift card at Christmas time.  You can find more details here on Cathy's blog.

Closes Friday, 3rd January.

16 December 2013

Halfway Inspiration - Challenge #30 - Christmas

We are seeing that Christmas is a well liked theme as we already have 46 amazing entries.  It will definitely be a challenge at the end of this month to for the Design Team to choose just one favourite.  However, keep them coming and really make the Design Team work. :-)

Challenge #30 is all about paper crafts for Christmas with no stamps used.  There is a wonderful prize on offer for one lucky winner.  You can enter your creations here.

The Design Team have been busy coming up with some more awesome Christmas ideas for inspiration.

Trish - our Guest Designer for December.  Beautiful cards using a collection of dies and wonderful folds.

Beth - used a custom wood tree produced by Kaiser Kraft which has been decorated with Christmas papers and die cuts to embellish.  Before adhering the design papers the edges were painted green. Once the glue (PVA) adhering the paper was dry, the edges were trimmed where necessary, sanded, inked and then painted with Jo Sonja Opal Dust. The six sections are joined with lengths of Christmas ribbon.

Jan - created this pretty Christmas card with glitter paper, die cut snowflakes, patterned paper, trim, bling & Thickers

Susan - has created this wonderful card that 'Merry' loves as it is her final 'Christmas' challenge at Unstampabelles.  Susan has used dies, ribbon, paper flowers and leaves.

Merry - created this card with pinwheels using 4cm squares of white pearl paper and added some bling to the centre of each.  The sentiment is a rub-on.

Thanks for visiting and leaving such lovely comments.  All of the Unstampa'belles' wish you a very Merry Christmas.

02 December 2013

Unstampabelles Challenge #30 - Christmas

Such terrific creations we saw using Vellum last month. Thanks for joining in the fun.  It was also wonderful to see that it got a lot of people digging through their stash and some people out of their comfort zones.

The random prize draw winner of Beth's terrific prize pack this month is……

20 - Elly Booij

Random numbers generated Dec 2 2013 at 7:16:45 by www.psychicscience.org 

Congrats Elly Booij please email Merry and she will organise your prize.


Now this did take  a little while for the Design Team to choose but our favourite entry for the Vellum challenge is……………..

 As Design Team Favourite Wendy L we invite you to be our Guest Designer for December please email Merry for further details.


We have NEWS!!!!!

There will be changes to Unstampabelles in 2014 but it still will remain a fun challenge for paper crafts with no stamps.

Merry is stepping down from Unstampabelles at the end of December as her two kids have finished school now which means things will be different in 2014 and she wants to be ready for whatever comes.  

Susan has said that she will happily (although nervously) take on the organising of challenges for Unstampabelles.  Thanks so much Susan.  So stay tuned for new things to happen in 2014.

Cathy and Lauren are also moving on from Unstampabelles at the end of the December challenge.

Lauren it has been lovely having you as part of the team and we will miss your terrific scrap pages that added variety to our inspiration each month.  

Cathy will definitely be missed as she has been part of Unstampabelles since the very beginning and has been Merry's fall back often when she needed help with posting and time management.  :-)

From Merry - "Thanks everyone for making Unstampabelles what it is today…. a place for all paper crafters to use a variety of techniques without the use of stamps."

So you want to hear about the new challenge I suppose. :-)


Challenge #30 - Christmas (No stamps)

Yes, we have made it nice and easy for you this month.

 Scrap pages, cards, journal pages, origami etc. are all welcome.

All entries are subject to the Design Teams discretion.

Any form of paper creation will be accepted as long as NO STAMPS (Digital or Rubber) have been used.
You can find our rules here for further information.

The prize pack this month is from Merry.
Prize for December Challenge includes:
Laser cut cards and card fronts - Christmas Designs
Card front designs pre-holed ready for stitching.
Card front designs with the stitching pattern printed on the card.
Christmas stickers.
3 types of star brads
Christmas foil shapes
Four pads of Sticky Notes

Now to be inspired…………

First off we have our regular email entrant Trish who is our Guest Designer this month.
Trish has used Marvellous Squares by Spellbinders with some paper from her stash and a poinsettia from the same paper.  The corners are from the Marvellous Squares and have just inked them and some pearls from my stash.

Used scraps and diecuts and flower soft.

Started with a sketch from Feeling Sketchy #75 (flipped upside down, Miss Pat) added Christmas Trees from scraps, decorated using a method seen on Splitcoast Stampers, Kindy Glitz added and snowflakes cut with the CraftROBO placed on Kindy Glitz whilst wet.  Ribbon and pre-made embellishment & gold sticker stars added.

used a mdf PEACE, patterned paper and various embellishments.

Created an advent calendar using the Kaisercraft kit, some Bella! paper and lots of Scrapmatts chipboard.

Created this gingerbread house using the pattern here.  Merry used lots of paper scraps and glitter.

made this card with ribbons, craft paper and die cuts for the J and Y and a sticker for the O in Joy.  

 made a stack of cards from a freebie pack included with a magazine - she got 11 cards out of this, and they made up very quickly.  The pack was from Hot off the Press.

I am sure you are inspired by the wonderful creations of the Design Team…..your turn to share….just remember - no stamps.

29 November 2013

Email entry from Trish

This is a lovely email entry from Trish who said that she hasn't done much parchment/vellum work but thought she would still give it a try.   This is what our challenges are all about.  Trying something new.

26 November 2013

Last Minute Inspiration

Isn't this beautiful.   This is Susan's first attempt at Pergarmano and I think she has done a fantastic job of it.  You can find out more details here on Susan's blog.

Still a few more days for you to dig out your vellum and put it to use.  Entries close 29th November and you can enter here.

18 November 2013

Halfway Inspiration - Vellum Challenge

The lovely ladies on the Design Team have been busy again creating a papercraft item using Vellum. I am sure these projects will inspire you. Our current challenge is open for your entries until 29th November. 
Your entry will put you in the running to win the wonderful prize from our very own Design Team member - Beth

The following is another amazing creation from our Guest Designer Mags.
The background and the fan are vellum.

from Beth  who had made this a long time ago, in 1998 actually.
Beth can't bear to part with it (I can completely understand .... can you?  :)) 

from Cathy - the verse inside an anniversary card printed on fancy vellum

From Lauren who has used vellum to create a shaker pocket behind the photo which has been filled with wood veneer shapes and sequins. 

04 November 2013

Unstampabelles Challenge #29 - Vellum (No Stamps)

A lovely variety of stitching was used for your creations last month.  Machine stitch, hand stitching, faux stitching, cross stitching and even some original designs that were stitched.  Thanks so much for joining in the challenge and giving the Design Team the massive task of choosing one Design Team Favourite. :-)

Our Design Team Favourite is……….

comments from the Design Team were: intricacy, sheer volume of stitching, wonderful design, the stitching is beautiful.

 As Design Team Favourite Trish we invite you to be our Guest Designer for December please email Merry for further details.


The winner of our random draw for the Blue Edge Prize Pack is……..

#9 PatK
Random numbers generated Nov 3 2013 at 7:33:26 by www.psychicscience.org  

Congrats PatK please email Merry and she will organise your prize.

Challenge time……..

Challenge #29 - Vellum (No Stamps)

 Scrap pages, cards, journal pages, origami etc. are all welcome.

All entries are subject to the Design Teams discretion.

Any form of paper creation will be accepted as long as NO STAMPS (Digital or Rubber) have been used.
You can find our rules here for further information.

Our sponsor this month is one of our Design Team - Beth

The prize pack consists of:
15 x A4 sheets of card-stock, Jenni B ovals, 2 pkts of 12 felt christmas icons, 1 x Making Memories sheer frame, 1 x 1m x 9cm wide burlap ribbon, 1 pkt crafty bits, 1 pkt Forever Friends elements, 2 pkts Say It crystals, 1 pkt Bazzil Basic organza flowers.

We are joined this month by the very talented Guest Designer 
with her beautiful Vellum Christmas Cracker….please visit Mag's blog for more details.

has used her Vellum in the form of flowers and the sentiment behind the frame.

has used the pergamano technique on her piece of vellum.  You can find more information on this technique here.  Beth has embossed, cut and coloured her vellum.

has run her vellum through the Cuttlebug with her Stylised Flowers embossing folder.

has added a strip of vellum to the bottom of her card then used a rub-on sentiment and attached the cute quilled butterfly.

has decorated a chipboard tag with die cut vellum flowers.
found a wonderful tutorial by Kara for these vellum stocking gift bags.
The first stocking top has been embossed in a quilted patterned and left-over gold stickers added.
The second stocking Merry used for the first time some 'flock' powder.
The pearls were coloured with her Copic pen

As you can see there are so many ways you can use vellum, now it is your turn to create.

If you don't own a blog you can email your entry to Merry.

26 October 2013

Email Entry from Trish

Hi everyone, today I have an email entry from Trish.

Anyone who does not have a blog and wants to enter feel free to email me with a photo of your creation.  Thanks Merry

18 October 2013

Halfway Inspiration for Challenge #28 - Stitching

Thanks for joining in the Stitching fun here at Unstampabelles for our current challenge. We have a little more inspiration for you.  Hoping you will join in and remember you can have up to three entries.  Have you checked out the fantastic prize this month from our sponsor 
 you can see it here.

First off we have a lovely card from our Guest Designer this month.  Gail has stitched all the stems for the flowers.
Visit Gail's Blog for more details.

This beautiful page layout is from Jan.
There's lots of stitching on there.....through the chevrons, around the outside (though it's kinda hard to see in the pic) and the flowers have stitching on them too.

 Merry remembered that she had some pre-holed card fronts ready to be stitched that she bought from Blue Edge Crafts (they have a huge range) for last Christmas.  Merry likes the adage.....'better late than never'.


08 October 2013

Design Team Favourite and Prize Winner of Challenge #27

Thank you all for being so patient.  I (Merry) have returned from the most fantastic weekend in Brisbane catching up with the ladies of
 who just happens to have been our sponsor for our Challenge #27.

I know you have not come to hear about my travels so I will get on to the important information.

The winner of our random drawn prize is 

50 lalkygirl

Random numbers generated Oct 8 2013 at 17:4:50 by www.psychicscience.org  

Congrats lalkygirl please email Merry and she will organise your prize.


We had an amazing 60 entries for our Old Stash and Scraps challenge #27.  Some very inventive use of both items.  Again, not an easy task but the Design Team have chosen 

with this wonderful card using her paper scraps for the hexagon background.  You can visit Mags's blog for more details.

As Design Team Favourite Mags we invite you to be our Guest Designer for November please email Merry for further details.


You can join in our latest challenge 'STITCHING' here.

07 October 2013

Unstampabelles Challenge #28 - Stitching (No Stamps)

Hi everyone, Cathy here, filling in for Merry, who is away from the blog for this lovely long weekend (in ACT, NSW, QLD & SA it is Labor Day)

Merry will be back a bit later to put the Linky Thingy in,
and to post the DT Faves & Challenge winner - stay tuned!

but for now, it's Challenge time.

Challenge #28 - Stitching

 Scrap pages, cards, journal pages, origami etc. are all welcome.

All entries are subject to the Design Teams discretion.

Just for this challenge, any form of creation will be accepted (it does not have to be papercraft)
 as long as NO STAMPS (Digital or Rubber) have been used.

You can find our rules here for further information.

Our Sponsor this month is Blue Edge Crafts
with this gorgeous prize
Be sure to visit here and see all the other goodies they have to offer.

The October challenge closes Friday, 1st November 2013 and Winners will be announced Monday, 4th November 2013 - Remember we are working on Aussie Time.

Gail was unsure what sort of stitching so has created a machine stitched card with the butterfly
and a handstitched card for Christmas.

with some hand stitching, cupcakes cut with Silhouette, patterned paper, twine,
a couple of sequins and a rub on sentiment.

From Beth  
Beth has submitted her embroidered apron.  
Please visit Beth's blog for more photos of this lovely apron.

used Stampin Up card stock Naturals White, stitched on the dress pattern,
flowers from her stash and stitched the stems.

who is not fond of stitching as a rule but used twine and 
stitched the banner and buttons to the paper before adding the flags.

From Sarah
with a banner is stitched together and to the card and
the cupcake sticker came pre-stitched, conveniently!
The sentiment is also a sticker.

Looks like Sarah, Susan and Jan were all on the same wavelength this month with banners and cupcakes :-)  
with another stitching Christmas card sample