26 December 2016

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All!

Well, another one over! I hope you are all having a wonderful time with family and friends and that the pud and turkey made it to the table in that order!!

This is our Christmas Day today - beautiful blue and sunshine! About 26 degrees outside in the sun. 
This is Susan's Bay, about an hour's drive from my house. 
Photo: Greg Faull

I got most things done but my work space looks like a tip and I really don't know where to start cleaning it up. On top of all that, my husband was put into hospital on Christmas Eve with a nasty infection in his leg, and that meant spending all day Christmas Eve sitting in the Emergency Department! The turkey went into the oven at 9.00 pm! We got there though and now sitting in a pool of silence with a ridge full of food and half a bottle of champers waiting for me!

As you know the theme for December is 

 Flickering Lights
 TWIST have a candle in the item made 

Here are two more pieces of inspiration and you have a few days to create and upload - no stamps please.


You can go 

and scroll down for the linky!

19 December 2016

Getting closer now!

Are you closer to be organised yet? Nope, neither am I. I keep telling myself I still have time......

Not sure when that will be ......

Anyway, the theme for December is

 Flickering Lights
 TWIST have a candle in the item made

The design team have been busy and to lead off is CG's oh-so-amusing house with not only a candle in the window for the twist, but her flickering lights are the house decorations on the roof! Too clever!

The rest of the team are doing amazing stuff too!



using a recycled image

Cheers, to all and I hope you get sorted for Christmas in time to enjoy it all!
See you next week

In the meantime, you can enter 

Remember, no stamps please. 

12 December 2016

November winners and a new Guest Designer

Only two weeks to go until that funny old man in the red suit climbs down the chimney with goodies for all the good girls and boys - sounds a bit creepy doesn't it?

Image result for flickering candle gif

Before we go on to the current challenge, it is time to announce the winner of the 

Random Number draw for the prize
and it is:

and the
DT Favorite
(Gee this was hard)


Congratulations to both crafters!

It was an obviously hard challenge, as we didn't get entries until the end of the month (much like this month really) and then they all came flooding in and were all so beautiful. 
You were all just resisting the temptation to enter!

Now for this month

Flickering Lights 
TWIST have a candle in the item made

Prize is a $20 Aust (includes postage) Gift Voucher from shop of choice 

Christmas of course, Hanaka and New Year.  A candle can be a sign of hope, a light in the wilderness, or through a window; it can be on a Christmas tree or just around it.........you can make a candle holder or similar or a Christmas candle decoration........... 

To get your minds working on this theme we have for you this month not one, but three
 Guest Designers.  

In no order at all, here they are:

Karen Brierly

Hi!  My name is Karen, and I live in a semi-rural area in South East Queensland (Australia) with my husband and teenage daughter.  We live on bush acreage with our dog, and an assortment of chooks, ducks and Australian wildlife.  I enjoy sharing my scrapping creations online with like-minded people, so I was thrilled to be invited to be a guest designer at Unstampabelles this month.  I love to create, and I am definitely a layout girl.  I favour simple, linear designs and strong colour combinations, though sometimes I dabble in creating mixed media backgrounds.  My favourite tool is my sewing machine.  I'd love you to visit my blog at beingkaren.blogspot.com 

Such a pretty page layout. 


Hi, I am Alicia O'Bryant, a mother and wife who also works full time as an office manager. I have been crafty since childhood. I owned a jewelry crafting business for over 20 years and have been paper crafting for almost as long. I enjoy the city of life of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA where I have lived for 18 years. I love to scrapbook as well as create cards and mixed media projects. I am also mom to two fur babies.

For today's project, I up-cycled some glass jars with Epsom salts. I added decoration and a flickering tea light.

Wow, how effective is the Epsom Salts here!

Alice K
of Yellow House Studio

Hi! I was very inspired by the challenge theme - flickering lights - candle as a sign of hope... We have winter now so they are of course wintry.
I have been making ATC's a log time. I started 8 years ago, but there were some years when I didn't do any crafting due to a heavy work load. I am most inspired by old photos, and you can often see people in my cards. Although I do love fish, birds and butterflies! When  I hold an old photo in my hands I ask myself what kind of life that person might have lead. I like to build small worlds on my cards and prefer to make cards that don't 'open up' easily. I like to build them up in layers - physical layers, layers of color and layers of meaning.

I hope you feel inspired to join this challenge. You can find my blog here: yellowhousestudio.blogspot.com .
alice k.

Alice has created ACT's with her candles as symbols of hope

Then there is this to also hopefully inspire you

Remember, no stamps and then off you go!
HINT: I have seen some lovely candle dies being use out there in crafting land......

Go HERE and scroll down to find the link!

05 December 2016

Flickering Lights and Happy Faces - Christmas

That look of wonder and excitement on a small child's face, and reflecting the flickering light of a real or imitation candle. That's Christmas really. 

Image result for children and candles

I hope you are well on the way to preparations for your Christmas time, however you enjoy the period. I am as usually way behind. You know, I have found that it doesn't really matter - it all gets done eventually - and you can always ask for assistance!

We are asking you this month to think of candles and create

Flickering Lights 
TWIST have a candle in the item made

Prize is a $20 Aust (includes postage) Gift Voucher from shop of choice

Christmas of course, Hanaka and/ or a New Year.  A candle can be a sign of hope, a light in the wilderness, or through a window; it can be on a Christmas tree or just around it.........you can make a candle holder or similar or a Christmas candle decoration........... 

I am using mechanical tea lights for my candles to avoid catching fire
but Dale and Wynn are adventurous!

Lets see what you can come up with

When you have made your 2D or 3D candle object - without stamps of course - enter it at our linky

Happy Christmas!

28 November 2016

Final Week for Resistance

Good morrow friends. I hope you are all enjoying the day. 

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends as well, and I hope you all had time with family and friends. We all have a lot to be grateful for and sometimes we forget this in the hurly-burly of life. 

I have just been visiting my family across the Eastern side of Australia, and I encountered such kindness and generosity of spirit from everyone at every place we went that I was quite blown away with it all - we are indeed the Lucky Country here in Australia but I think we forget that with all the bad news out there overshadowing our thinking. In particular we noticed how friendly, and caring and just plain nice our newest Australians were to us - my husband was using a walker and we had a wheelchair at times - and often our luggage as well. The taxi drivers, car transfers, train conductors, ferry conductors, tourist operators, airplane officials and hotel workers we met were fantastic. So was the family!

Home again now - and knee deep in Christmas preparations and Uni work (yes, apparently I wasn't busy enough so I added two Spring semesters to my load). Still thinking of our trip though - this is my photo from the plane flying into Sydney a couple of weeks OK. Taken with my phone camera. 

It is the final week for Resistance - in any form - and we only have a few entries so your chances of winning are high! Go on - you can do it! Here is some more inspiraton to assist!

Using an Embossing Folder to dry and wet emboss at the same time!

Versamark inside the folder; watercolour card and emboss; heat emboss; add inks which have been sprayed with water via a sheet of acetate - find out more details on my blog

Wynn has used an embossing folder too - here she has resisted inking her folder and has just added colour to the finished product!

You can enter HERE

21 November 2016

Midway Through the month - OMG!

Challenge #63
Resistance - what exactly is this? Something that stops something else from happening
As long as you can tell us what resistance system you have used, you can entr this challenge
(oh, and no stamps of course)

There is a prize, yes

Here is a small mollusk resisting being eaten!

photo by Greg Faull; taken at Seven Mile Beach, Tasmania

Some more inspiration for you to drool over and then go to the blogs of the DT and leave some love

Then you can think about how you are going to create a resist and DO IT!
Two more weeks to enter your wonderful creation!
At Unstampabelles


Using a stencil as the resist

Using a stencil and texture paste.

Glue & alcohol ink resist on plastic eggs!

Now isn't that nifty!

Off you go and have a go at it!

14 November 2016

October Winners and Week 2 for Challenge #63

Hello Peeps!

I hope you are all recovering from the elections in the good old US of A, and settling down to think about your contribution to this challenge blog! Some of you are waiting to hear who has won the random number prize for October and been selected as the Design Team Favorite as well!
So, here it is

Winners for October

Random Number Draw is 
Random Number selection - 8: Janis

Design Team Favourite
Number 15: Karen

Congratulations to both Crafters!

So, what is happening in November?

#63Resistance and twist is explain technique

Random Number Prize

What do we mean by resistance? Using anything where one media resists another media: often this media might be a stamped image, where the image has been stamped with Versamark and left or wet embossed with embossing powder. This can either be left on after inks or paint is wiped over the image (where the image then resists the ink or paint) or ironed off still leaving the impression of the image. We cannot use stamps in this challenge - so, think outside the square! Use a stencil - make a drawing - use an embossing folder. Your resist medium can be embossing powder, liquid rubber, wax - any medium which resists another medium or stops it from appearing on your card or paper.

Or whatever you think of as resistance! Remember, it is your take on the theme!

We have two wonderful Guest Designers

KT Fit Kitty
Hi, I’m Kitty, and I live in Nova Scotia, Canada. I am excited and honoured to be a Guest Designer at the UnstampaBelles! Unlike many crafters, I have not been crafty my whole life - I began making cards about 10 years ago, and now I’m hooked!  I started my blog in June 2013, after being invited to join a design team. My card-making style would be considered “cute” and my favourite subject is cats, mainly due to my three beautiful kitties, Honeydew, Kiwi, and Snowie. In case you’re wondering how I chose my blog name, KT are my initials, Kitty is a nickname, and Fit Kitty is my user name on a fitness forum I used to frequent.  It would make me so happy if you would hop over to my blog for a visit:  http://ktdesigns2013.blogspot.ca/.

For my project, I created a matching gift bag, card, and tag, all using an emboss-resist technique. The falling snow was embossed through a stencil using Versamark and embossing powder before Distress Inks were applied to create a sky background.

Thank you to Susan and the UnstampaBelles for having me as your Guest Designer!  Wishing you and your followers a joyful day!

I'm Carole and I live in the North West of England with my lovely hubby and cat, Casey.  I love all types of arts and crafts and can spend hours in my craft room, losing all track of time.  At the moment I’m enjoying making ATCs, cards and collages.  I have quite an eclectic taste from cute and whimsical to shabby chic and vintage.  I like to enter challenges and started my blog in order to do this.  I do hope you'll pop over and say hello!

I'd like to thank Susan for the opportunity of being Guest Designer on her challenge blog - it really is an honour!

Sending crafty hugs your way,  

Easel Box - the 'resist' here is the fact that the easel is 'resisting' being closed - 
a different take!

Other Design Team Members:


This card was made by clear embossing over a diecut and then distressed with distress inks.

Using a candle as the resist

Well, there you have it

Where are you going with your Resistance? 

Remember, you have another coupla weeks to go to enter 
and at this stage if you do a Trump and win all the prizes!

07 November 2016

Challenge#63: November - Resistance! The twist is to tell us how you did it in your blog.

#63: Resistance 
TWIST use resistance technique and explain it in your blog

Prize (Random Number)

Don't forget you can be chosen as DT Favorite also

You can play with backgrounds and patterns; inks and paints; make the resist the main part or a part of your embellishments.........


Others are as well apparently!
Seen recently on
Are there any other sign posts out there that depicts the area like this one.

So, you are not the only one!

Seriously though, you can do this - there are lots of ways to make a resist - wax crayons; candle wax; rubber paint; embossing powders and ink; stencils .........

Tim Holtz does it a lot and there are lots of wonderful things on Pinterest to inspire you!

Just remember - NO STAMPS please

Our DT has some ideas as well to inspire your creativity

Background using oil pastels sprayed with textile inks.

Embossing resist

The circle is embossed through a stencil and using Versamark and EP before the inks were added for the background.

Well - there you go - easy-peasy!

Just add your entry to the Linky below - you have a month to enter

31 October 2016

Mini Break coming up

Hi Peeps - remember, we start on the first Monday of the month, which for November, is the 7th here in Australia! Probably the same where you are too.........

To keep you happy some more pretty pictures....

Here's a couple of friendly Bennetts Wallabies hanging out at the Patriarchs - a wildlife sanctuary on the east coast of Flinders Island.