22 December 2014

Final December Post!

Hi to all our followers.

Well, what a week it has been for us in Australia and for those of you in the rest of the world. 
Vale to all victims of mindless violence where-ever you are in the world.

This is a photo of Martin Place (Sydney)  two day's ago - so many flowers....
And I am particularly proud of my fellow Aussies and the 
"I'll ride with You" campaign too........

BUT the theme for the December Challenge is 

with a TWIST of making a Christmas card to fit the Southern Hemisphere

Without any more ado, here is some more inspiration for you from some of the DT

I try to keep my cards generic using lots of stars, decorations and plain greetings to showcase the Christmas theme. No snow, roasting chestnuts, or logs blazing on open fires in this household.

Jane is leaving us at the end of this year  as she really needed to pull back from some of her crafty commitments. We are sad to wave goodbye to her but hope to see her entering into our challenges in the future. Many thanks Jane for your work and your suggestions and general helpfullness.


Poor Santa looks exhausted!

(A new one)


I don't know about you but wine provides a lot of Summer Fun at our place at times, and as we live by the water I thought it an appropriate image to include here!

This challenge is being Sponsored by Bizzy Bec
Bec has an on-line store in Australia and she is offering us 
this die as a prize for the winner.

To enter the challenge, just go 

15 December 2014

Halfway Post for December!

Challenge #42 for December is as you know 
Summer Fun

and the TWIST is to make a Southern Hemisphere Christmas card

Now, this seems to have frightened off people - especially as they remember that you cannot use a stamp in this challenge - either digital or rubber or clear!

There are lots of decoupage, inks, beautiful dies and other ways of creating some Summer Fun images for a Southern Christmas - just go to the first post for December and look at the cards created by the DT!

This challenge is being Sponsored by Bizzy Bec
Bec run's an on-line store from Western Australia and she is offering us 
this die as a prize for the winner.

Here is some more inspiration to assist your creative juices

                                                               Urvashi Rao

Xmas Shaker cards, with glitter powder and sand inside. Santa is hand sketched.
Santa is certainly having a good break and cooling off in the Summer heat!

I used a similar idea of recycling a former card received by me last year - that Koala is having fun getting ready for the Santa run and hanging up his stocking!

It's a fabulous prize, so why not take some time out, put the feet up and create up a storm for this challenge - I did!

You can enter your card HERE

08 December 2014

November's Winner's

It seems so long ago that we were making boxes for November!

We has some truly beautiful creations but there is only one winner
(Please note that I contact winners and DT Favourites - if you have not heard from me, certainly shoot me an email, but check your junk mail first in case it has been transferred there)

True Random Number Generator: Result:8
Being Karen

Well done Karen - I really like that this is an experimental piece and she comments on the way it is done and her findings, so if you would want to make such a box you already have feedback

Karen has been a winner with us before - I think she may be a lucky type person - fancy random org pulling her number again! Anyway, that is how the proverbial cookie crumbles sometimes, isn't it!

The DT Favourite went to Jane at 

Well done Jane

Summer fun - twist: to make a Southern Hemisphere Christmas card
On to December - and to the busy time of the year for so many of us - perhaps that's why people are a bit shy about entering this one? Maybe it's because I made it a bit too hard? Remember, you can enter the Summer Fun part without the TWIST if you wish - but of course, we would want you to have a go at the TWIST as well. There is a great prize for this:

This die

Bizzy Becs Store Blog

Sammy, who starred for us in October, agreed to be a Guest Designer for December
"I can honestly say it was the hardest brief I've ever worked with... Summery Christmas is one thing, but without stamping!? EEK!
But I finally hit on an idea, so I hope you like it!!"

I'm not sure about you BUT I LOVE IT!

I love the inkiness of the background, the quirky humour and the simple tree

See, if you really think about this, you can do it - and I know it pushes you outside your comfort zone, but the results are always worth it!

So, have a go and enter - you have until the 29th December (an extended time) to get your entries in!

01 December 2014

December - Challenge #42: Summer Fun!

Yes, our challenge this December is 

Summer Fun 

The TWIST to make a Southern Hemisphere Christmas card

Now, this does not mean you have to make a Christmas card - only if you want to have a go at the TWIST as well. However, we would love you to use your ingenuity and imagine a friend in the Southern part of the world (Africa, South America, Antarctica or Australia) and have a go at making them a card to acknowledge the Christmas Spirit. Just remember: NO polar bears in Antartica -just penguins I am afraid!

This challenge is being Sponsored by Bizzy Bec
Bec run's an on-line store from Western Australia and she is offering us 
this die as a prize for the winner.

Thank you Bec!

Now the DT have really scratched their heads and though how they can create a card without using a stamp (digital or rubber or clear) and they have come up with some amazing ideas! Sometimes I really do not know how they are going to make something from the challenges I throw at them!!


I cut a Christmas image from a scrap of material left over from a quilting project and adhered it to my card base using spray adhesive. I then used gold puffy paint to seal the edges and wrote my greeting on with black artliner pen.

I hand made some gum nuts and gum leaves and embellished them with pens.

A very simple card with a tree die done in yellows & oranges.

Well, there you have it - and how wonderful are the ideas for Summer Fun!
Please link up your card  below and have fun creating!

29 November 2014

Challenge is over but the inspiration goes on.....

I know the challenge closed yesterday at midnight - the winner will be announced on the 8th December. Our new challenge will be posted on Monday, 1st December - in just two days actually!

In the meantime, here is another box made by

So cute!

You should see what is in it! - If you go to her blog, you will be able to see how clever she is!

Meanwhile, curb your patience and wait until Monday!!

24 November 2014

Final Week for November!

OMG - only four weeks to Christmas! So much still to do.........

Hopefully making a gift box will lighten the present load for those that celebrate Christmas.

Our sponsor The Stamp Spot is offering our winner

a $15 Gift Voucher
Many thanks for this.

Novelty bird box!

I will have more on my blog on instructions to make this on Tuesday afternoon - I am having a problem with blogger reading my blog on other machines at present.
I thought I would try and make this as a Santa or an elf box with a gift inside - this one has mints inside it!

Lets see what you can create in the remaining few days of this challenge - amazing stuff done so far!

You can go HERE

 to see the link up

17 November 2014

Well, its MIDWAY for our November Challenge: Box it Up!

Hello Peeps! Welcome to our new Followers too.

Reminder: the November Challenge is to Box it Up and the TWIST is to keep a photo diary of how you made/changed your box! You can repurpose a container or you can make one from scratch but we all need something to present our presents in at some time. Just take a few photos and put them up on the post or if you have followed a tutorial, link to that then then make a few comments about how easy/hard/different you found the tutorial.

I have some more inspiration to show you - the DT just keep producing stuff! I just have to showcase it - too adorable......

CG - Incense tube box

(I have made/ altered  mini boxes and assembled it all to make a vintage box wall unit-dressing table)

I have made a Christmas Box from a Christmas Card (step by step will be on my blog)

A box for tea candles - as a gift!

So, there you have it - go to the DT's blogs and see how they created theirs and then have a go yourself. Don't forget to leave some love there as well!

Our Sponsor this month is 

who is offering a $15 Gift Voucher to the winner!

So, lets see what you crafty people can create!
Add your  work HERE

10 November 2014

Winner's post for October

Firstly, have to share this gorgeous photo of two Humpback whales playing in the Mercury Passage off Maria Island one Spring afternoon this week. Not my photo's - but so amazing! I used to live just near there - in fact if you go to my blog page and look at the photo at the top, these whales were just a little way off to the left of that photo!

Just showoffs really!

Bit like the winner of our October Challenge

..........TIME - and the twist was shabby chic!

Our winner is No 3: Being Karen
There is so much gorgeousness going on in those layers!

Karen has already been contacted but why not go and leave some extra love on her blog!

For October our DT Favourite is 

Congratulations to both wonderful crafters! They both got the TWIST of shabby chic down pat!

Now, on to other news!
We have another new DT member joining us......
 Meet Claire Dale

Hi, my name is Claire! I have been crafting on and off for about 20 years now, and can officially say that I'm addicted! My craft room is my happy place! My passion is card making, but I also do cake decorating and dabble in a bit of crochet when the dog doesn't want to sit on my lap! I am married to a wonderful man, and have two grown up children, the youngest still at university and the oldest working but back living at home! I work in a school office, so get all the school holidays off to craft! I am really excited to join UnstampaBelles, and look forward to my first challenge!

Please go and welcome Claire to the team

A reminder that our November Challenge is 

#41 Box It Up!

Twist: make a photo journal of your journey!

We are being sponsored this month by

who are offering a $15 Gift Voucher to the winner.

To give you some more inspiration, we have 

a Guest Designer: 

who went from this

to this!

Who would think that a wine box could be so lovely!

If you want to know how she created this box, go to 

Hopefully this is getting those creative juices really flowing - we look forward to seeing your creations being added HERE

03 November 2014

November's Challenge: #41 - Box it Up!

Hello Peeps! Hope life is treating you reasonably well and that you are enjoying the experience!

Our new challenge - Number #41, can you believe that? It is a construction challenge - not a card challenge - and we ask you to 

Box It Up 
You can either construct something from scratch or repurpose/change something into a receptacle to hold something useful or pretty or both!

the TWIST is.......

.....show us how the box was made!  Show progress photos and add tips - make a photo journal of it!

Our Sponsor for this challenge is:
an Australian on-line store

Today we start off the inspiration tour with a repurposed container by Elly, a Guest Designer for November!

Wait until you see how she created that butterfly!

Now,what have the rest of the Design Team come up with!


Tealight candle gift box

Shylaashree - small treat box

CG - Box-o-boxes
(I have lots of photos & instructions on my blog post!)

Tracey F

Dale - Pillow Boxes

Got pics on my blog too!

 and Susan

So, lets see how you would Box it Up! Don't forget to take lots of photos too along the way!

Add your link here to enter the competition.