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Challenge 7 Winged things July 31, 2008

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Hi all

Now our challenge subject was chosen many weeks ago , and it seems as if many minds think alike as I know it has featured on a couple of other challenges recently, however I hope you still enjoy the challenge


So you can put wings on things, use things that already have wings, whatever the title inspires you to create

The challenge this week is sponsored by  Jennie of The Stamp Connection.

 A few words from Jennie

I started manufacturing rubber stamps about 15 years ago, and now The Stamp Connection manufactures The Artistic Stamper range of unmounted rubber stamps, and Kling-On repositionable cushioning. We have an online shop, where you can buy all of our range of stamps and more besides!

Jennie has provided us with this weeks great prize and a set of stamps for the design team, which we all enjoyed using, and know that you will too

Not just the beautiful and really useful butterfly and bugs stamps but Kling-on as well , So you don;t need to rush out to buy some if you have run out, and will get perfect impressions every time.

So here are this weeks design team examples

and our guest designer this week is Hels Sheridan, whos Gothic Arch is stunning,

Hels Sheridan is Creative Design Team Co-Ordinator at The Stamp Connection. Hels is married to Grim and has a fur baby cat called Alfie. Hels works full time as a train driver, so she finds her hobby helps her relax and unwind after a long day at work. She has been crafting for nearly six years now, something that started out as a little hobby has taken over and now is her passion! She loves nothing better than sitting playing with rubber stamps and getting inky and messy. She loves anything to do with Altered Art and says she is always on the look out for new items to alter.

Hels has recently designed a range of stamps called Stitchels, which can be purchased from The Stamp Connection and has a brand new Christmas collection due for release next month. Hels designed this Gothic Arch card using stamps from The Stamp Connection along with Adirondack inkpads and embellishments. She says herself she has a tendency to go for muted colours so this Arch is something a little different from her. To see other examples of Hels’ work you can visit her blog at

So thank you Hels for taking the time out of your busy schedule to fit in our challenge great job.

The project this week is a quicky on how to use kling on and scrap rubber to make our own abstract and background stamps, as per the Mosaic background and the Everyone has wings design in the design team examples .  You can find this quicky project  on the project page .

There are also some free papers available for download on a free Downloads page.

Fiona, Susie, and myself will be in the chatroom between 9pm and 10pm tonight Thursday UK time, pop in and have a chat

Winners are chosen by random number generator.

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Challenge 6 round up

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Hi all

It gets harder every week to pick our weeks favorites , as your entries get better every week, but we really enjoy looking through them all , and really get loads of inspiration every week from your entries. So thanks for taking part in the challenge this week

We’d like to say thank you to Jill at The Stampman for the fantastic prize of the Moonshadow mists  and design team samples.

So here are our selection of this weeks favs

What an amazingly fantastic standard of entries we had this week .

We’d also like to thank Enfys for the fantastic job she did as guest designer this week, her book was beautiful . If you want to see more work by Enfys you can visit her blog

So finally the number chosen by the random number generator was the number 1

so thats Louise Crosbie  Congratulations Louise . We know you will enjoy playing with the Moonshadow Mists


Challenge 6 “The Golden rule” July 24, 2008

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Our challenge this week is inspired by a quote from the father of the Arts and crafts movement William Morris, who said  “If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

Now don’t worry we’re not asking you to get rid of your clutter or tidy up, or wonder where you are going to stick your Husband ( only joking) , although you can if you want.

Our CHALLENGE is  attempt to  create something you truly believe is either beautiful or useful If like the design team you find that something did nt quite hit  the mark , we still want to see it.  Its about the journey not the destination . We posted all our examples  even the ones we were not quite happy with.

THIS WEEKS PRIZE :  Moonshadow Mist Set – Brown Label – value £19.99


The set contains 5 spray bottles containing Moonshadow Mists, a combination of walnut ink and mica.  They are 5 different colours that can be mixed and matched.  Instructions included in pack.

 Here are the colours you will recieve

 Burnished brass, Tawny turqouise, Incandescent copper, Ethereal Emerald, Volacious Violet.

Our great sponsor this week is Jill at The Stamp man who supplied the design team with some amazing products to play with. We had some amazing metal embellishments Egyptian and Buddas  . Gold leaf, Moonglow inks, Starburst stains  , Mists, and some great stamps too, all available from  The stamp man. This weeks examples by the design team. I appologize in advance I again got carried away playing. Its just a shame that the photos really do not do justice to the nature of the starburst stains and moonglow inks. They are magical to work with, and fun  

Our Guest designer this week is

Enfys Cashmore – A word or two from Enfys

 I live in the West Midlands, and in Hudson, Florida, spending three months at a time in each place. I started cardmaking four years ago, and last year started scrapbooking – mainly of my grandchildren, Kiki age 4 and Max age 1. My first love is cardmaking though, and when I am in the US I go to a scrapping group once a week, where I have made great friends. My favourite tool is my Cricut, with the Cuttlebug coming in as a close runner-up! My blog  has been featured in an article in Quick and Crafty magazine, and I have recently started designing for Papercraft Inspirations magazine (look out for Septembers issue!). I am on the design team for the US Bitten by the Bug site, and for Funky Hand in the UK. 

 I loved using the products, although the word book took forever!

Tracey here .  I love Enfys book, it looks so tactile

We have free downloadable papers again this week, and a quick tutorial on how to create the tiles used in the love 4 squared  on our project page .

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Challenge 5 All change round up

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Hi all.

Despite the fact that many  people are busy and on holiday we have still had an amazingly good quality of entries. So thank you everyone for taking part in this weeks challenge.

We’d like to say a big thanks to Hayley from Little Lous Craft supplies for Challenge 5s amazing prize and the wonderful CD roms we the design team got to play with. Which I know I for one really enjoyed, and i am absoloutly sure the lucky winner of all three will have great fun with,  not being a fan of a lot of printable cd’s I can honestly say that I will be getting loads of use from the cd and look forward to seeing Hayleys new CD rom releases with more images from the same artist, which I believe will be out later this year.

So our favorite entries this week

and this weeks number  picked by random number generator ,was Number  15  so our amazingly lucky winner is.

 Liz whos blog is  you can see Liz’s entry in the slide

We would also like to thank  Joanne  our Guest designer for her stunning billboard picture and if you would like to see more of her work  her blog is here So thanks again Joanne


Challenge 5 All Change July 17, 2008

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Hi all

This weeks This Thursday  challenge is called All Change. as usual you can use the title.  Or make something that actually changes ie slider , you could Alter something or you could change the way you use a product or tool.  We have a great sponsor Little lou’s craft Supplies   this week who has provided the design team with a CDRom each  of printables to play with , and the great prize of 3 cdroms for the winner of this weeks challenge. All entries should be in by 5 wednesday evening uk time . To give us time to pick our favorites and use the random number generator to pick a winner. You can post your entries after that time but they will not be eligable to win.

A word from our sponsor

I’ve been crafting since I was 4 years old (but I’m not telling you how many years since !) It all started with my mum teaching me how to knit and I’ve been hooked ever since. Like most crafters I started off with a craft box that quickly became a set of drawers – that grew to a kitchen table, then the spare room and eventually it became a shop! Not happy with that we out grew our premises 18 months ago and moved again into a new Unit with a separate classroom and then I was in my element. I love working with and sharing new ideas, methods and materials so classes and workshops are my passion. While looking for new products I stumbled across the work of CC Kuik and that’s when I fell in love with her artwork and felt they’d work brilliantly in all crafting areas so working on a core of 18 characters a variety of craft printables were born and all put together on a series of 3 cdroms – Oriental Fantasy 1, 2 and 3. Knowing how experimental crafters are we also included jpegs of the original characters to maximize the versatility of these amazing works of art.

After completing the 1st CD I approached Ideal World who loved the CDs and within 24 hours of seeing them we had a show scheduled for a few weeks later! This Friday, 18th July at 2pm I’ll be on again showing off all 3 of the CDs to their full potential along with demonstrations featuring some funky projects that I don’t think have featured on TV before so it’ll be well worth tuning in (Sky Channels 634 & 661 , Freeview Channel 22).

All three of the CDs plus a wide selection of Digital Downloads, that are on a 3 for 2 offer at the moment, are available via our website .


Tracey here, I must admit I really loved the images and playing around with them . If only my printable shrink plastic had arrived in time I would have had a few sets of amazing earings and matching pendants Plus I thought these would be great on a charm braclet . Although I think the images theselves are stunningly coloured I loved playing with the colours, and creating my own backgrounds as well as using the ones on the Cd. I am planning to transfer them onto fimo as well in the near future. Todays project is the Fabric bag, with basic instructions for printing onto fabric. If you fancy a go take a quick look Anyway here are this weeks examples from our design team

 Our guest designer this week is Joanne  her blog is here

a word or two from Joanne

I started making cards about 5yrs ago after a good friend sent me a handmade Christmas card, I loved the card and also the personal touch of it being made for me. I started off with a card kit and quickly found the masses of gorgeous stash available and that’s when my addiction took off. I now have a dedicated craft room, and I have to confess to being a paper addict and there are some sheets of scrummy paper in my room that are just to look at lol.
I have become somewhat addicted to blogland, and spend more time these days searching around all the FAB blogs, especially the challenge ones, than I actually do making anything lol. I found This Thursday it’s …… by accident, I left a comment on one of the FAB projects and the next thing I know Tracey has asked me to be a guest designer!! To say I was chuffed is an understatement and I couldn’t wait to receive my stuff. I must say CD’s are not usually my thing so I had to have a long think of what I was going to do when the CD arrived. I wanted to do something a bit different and came up with the idea of a picture frame made from mountboard with a picture that was coloured on oneside and black and white on the other and changed depending which way you looked at it. I think the overall effect worked quite well but is a bit difficult to photograph but I hope you get the general idea.

So that is this weeks challenge. can’t wait to see what stunning creations you come up with this week, Catch you later. Our winners are picked by random number generator so everyone has a chance to win our amazing prize

Dont forget there is a free project on our project page and some free downloadable papers on our downloads page.

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Challenge 4 Opposites attract round up

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So another week ends and another challenge finishes. Yet again the entries are amazing,

Our favorites

 We’d like to thank Vickie for being this weeks guest designer, and thank her for her wonderful examples. You can see more of Vickies work here.

We’ d also like to thank Marina of Cherry Pie Art Stamps for sponsoring the weeks challenge and providing our winner with such a great prize

and a final thank you to all the amazing entrants

And the winner picked by random Number generator is

 Gisella as soon as we recive your address we will get the prize dispatched to you straigh away

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