This Thursday, it’s all about…

Creating and having fun!

Challenge 11 Its a puzzler August 28, 2008

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Hello all and its the second week in our Just for the fun of it challenges. I again will be unable to comment this week , so please forgive me.

So this weeks challenge is called Its a puzzler, and you can use puzzle peices, alter any form of puzzle, make your own puzzle or portray something that puzzles you Eg The meaning of Life LOL

Here are a couple of links you might find useful

I was planning to make one of these but i ran out of time this week. But wouldn’t they be great altered

So here are this weeks design team examples


Our guest designer this week is Jill from the stampman, and she has created some great examples. Thanks Jill for being our GD this week A few words from Jill

I’ve always enjoyed messy crafts, I remember my grandmother giving me a pile of
magazines along with flour and water paste as a child, my brother and I had great fun with it
all!  I dabbled with sewing, knitting and other crafts until I found my true favourite, rubber
stamping.  Having sold craft materials with my partner Ian trading as The Stamp Man for the last 17
years, I have been lucky enough to attend many trade shows and have tried new gadgets
and techniques as they hit the market.  I’ve met so many wonderful people, and I hope I
have shared as much knowledge about crafting as I have learnt from others.
I’ve discovered something about my crafting along the way, I’ve thought I’ve had times
where inspiration is in short supply, but I’ve really had a planning block, although it is nice to
have an idea of what you want to achieve before you start a project, I now have no fear of
getting started, I can then let the project develop, a little like I did with the UTEE frame. 
The puzzler is, which way up should it be, it can be hung upside down, or whichever way preferred!

 You can find The stamp man in our sponsors list in the side bar

There are no projects or papers this week


Challenge 10 round up!

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So another challenge comes to an end and we really hope that you enjoyed playing along just for the fun of it, and getting out your glamourous glitz and bling,  We think you must have done from the quality of your entries

So we have picked this weeks fav 15 and here they are

It never gets any easier , Susie and I can  honestly say that we had many more that we would have liked to see in the favorites, that we were so tempted to add some extras this week.

 We would like to say a great big thank you to  Becky Clews    whos work this week was wonderful. thanks for being our guest designer, you can see more of her work here.


Challenge 10 Blings the thing August 21, 2008

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Hi everyone

Now last week I said that this week we would introduce our new team member. However due to sudden family illness our new team member has had to pull out. We are extreemly sorry to lose her and her wonderful work, and hope that her family member improves rapidly.  We have decided on a new team member who will be starting with us for challenge 13 (although we may renumber it LOL to 14)

When we started This Thursday we decided that we would have some weeks where there were no sponsors and no prizes, because it shouldn’t all be about winning prizes .  As we have constantly had sponsors from the beginning we have decided that for the next 2 weeks the challenges are going to be just about taking part for the fun of it. It also gives the design team some real playing time where we can start with a completly blank page.

The challenge this week is Blings the thing  so we want to see loads of shine, sparkle, glitter and glimmer with some added pow and pizzazz. Or as usual  you can interpret the title however it inspires you

So here are the design team examples for this week

Our guest designer this week is Rebecca Clews , we would like to thank her for her brilliant examples and hope that she enjoyed playing with this weeks theme. A few words from Becky

I started crafting with cross stitch about 8 years ago when a colleague at work introduced me to the craft. I bought a magazine with a cover kit and stitched it all with 6 strands! It looked awful and still makes me laugh thinking about it now! I started making cross stitch cards and gradually my cards were made primarily with paper crafting materials.
My favourite technique is rubber stamping and I am lucky enough to be on the Design Team of two rubber stamping companies – OneFourZero and Dinky Dots Crafts where I make cards to show on my blog, their websites and craft magazines. I also design for two challenge Blogs – My Time to Craft Challenge and The Penny Black Saturday Challenge. And, of course, it’s an honour to be a guest designer on ‘This Thursday’ this week!

You can see more of Beckys work at  Becky’s Happy Crafting Place

We have some free papers for you this week which you will find on our free downloads page

Tracey here. For the next two weeks I will be unable to comment on anyones entries, please don’t think that I can’t be bothered, I love looking through the entries each week. they are all so inspiring and your standard of work is amazing, Catch you all later


Challenge 9 round up

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We have loads of new entrants this week and again the standard of entries is exceptional and has given us   headaches trying to narrow our favorites down to just 15.

So here are our favorite 15 (thanks for all your entries we really appreciate how great you all are ). We are considering having a favorite 20 in the future. We would like your oinions on whether you think 15 or 20 is better.

 We would like to say thank you very much to this  weeks sponsor Lisas Altered Art  We really enjoyed using the collage sheets that the design team were given , andI am sure the lucky winner of this weeks challenge will enjoy picking the 10 collage and using them . As usual the winner is chosen by randon number generation and the winning number is 10

so the lucky winner is Sharon Neill  her blog is

We would like to say a great big thank you to Maxine Lawson   , Im sure like us you really enjoyed seeing her great examples  . To see more of Max’s work you can visit her blog.  Max’s craft creations


Challenge 9 “Colour is my obsession” August 14, 2008

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Hi all

Before we start with this weeks challenge.  Suzy and myself would like to say goodbye to Fiona who is leaving This Thursday due to time commitments. We have enjoyed working with Fiona and I am sure like us you have appreciated her examples every week,  we hope that she has every success with her business and challenge blog.  You can go to Fionas blog and leave a message and check out what she will be up to next..

Our good friend Rosie of is stepping into Fionas shoes this week, Thanks Rosie your a star, and you will all meet  the new design team member next week. All we will say is we have chosen one of our regular entrants to be our new design team member.  Susie and myself are really pleased that she has agreed to join us, and we know that she will bring a lot of talent to the team. 

So this weeks challenge is “Colour is my obsession”  a quote from Monet . So you can work in your favorite colour or colours or just make something really colourful, We will also accept  peices inspired by Monet.  Deadline for all entries is 6pm Wednesday night Uk time

The prize this week is

 10 sheets of Digital Collage sheet downloads chosen by the winner from this weeks sponsor Patti from Lisas Altered Art  The team really enjoyed playing around with the digital collage sheets

a few words from Patty

I  have been collecting vintage children’s photos for years now. I have always been drawn to them. When I began collecting I actually had no idea what I would do with them. I just loved having them. I loved visiting antique shops and would literally spend hours flipping through any old photos I found. Some of the images on my collage sheets are not the most beautiful or well dressed children, but for some reason, I found the child familiar, sad, or just in need of a good home.

  I spent years as a graphic designer, and have put that experience to good use doing what I love most.   Art.     I started making collage sheets about 4 years ago with my photos and Lisa’s Altered Art (Lisa is my little girl) evolved from there. I still love making my sheets and hope it shows in my work! I hope you will visit
Thank you much!
Patty at Lisa’s Altered Art
So here are this weeks design team examples
Our guest designer this week is Maxine Lawson her blog is Where you can see her wide variety of work. A few words from Max
I have always been interested in crafts and my interests as a young girl included tapestry, needlework, knitting, painting, drawing and everything in between.
I studied and passed ‘O’ Level and ‘Higher’ Art at school and had a fairly impressive portfolio, but for reasons I can’t really remember, I did not pursue it any further.

As an adult my attention switched to crochet and I spent many hours in front of the TV armed with nothing more than a hook and a ball of wool. I’m probably responsible for hundreds of babies and dolls being dressed in the frilly, fluffy baby bonnets decorated with rosebuds and ribbons with matching matinee jackets, hooded capes and shawls. Whoops!

My current passion is papercraft and especially cardmaking, although I did dip my toes into the wonders of scrapbooking, by making a ‘Memory Album’ for my parent’s Golden Wedding Anniversary in January this year.
My likes and dislikes change depending on my mood and I wouldn’t be so bold as to attempt to credit myself with a particular style nor indeed talent. Quite liberating really as it gives me freedom to do whatever I feel like at the time, without worrying about getting bored and whilst I achieve varying degrees of success with the end result, I always enjoy the actual process of creating and that’s what’s important.

Like many crafters, I’m very rarely completely satisfied with my own projects and am constantly seeking to improve. I’m always very grateful to all the talented crafters out there who provide such wonderful inspiration, tips and original ideas which I can mix together and see what happens. I can’t imagine my life without crafting of some kind or other … and will keep creating as long as I’m enjoying the journey



As of this week we are closing the chatroom, I hope the couple of you who have popped in now and again don’t miss it too much. But it hasn’t been that popular and we would rather spend our time working on examples , than sitting in an empty chatroom.
This week there are some free papers , which can be found in our free downloads page
Good luck
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Challenge 8 round up

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This week I am not going to say how we are surprised every week at how great your examples are. Its getting to the stage where its getting to be a bit of a chiche’.  However it certainly isn’t  getting any easier to pick our favorite 15 because of all your wonderful entries.

So here are our favorite 15 (after much deliberation)

We would like to say thank you very much to this  weeks sponsor Ribbon Oasis for the amazing prize of that wonderful selection of ribbons  and the samples the design team got to play with.

As usual the winner is chosen by randon number generation and the winning number is 25

so the lucky winner is Juliet  a 1st timer to our challenge congratulations Juliet

We would like to say a great big thank you to Chrissi Harvey this weeks brilliant guest designer , its been great working with her, and we really enjoyed seeing her brilliant examples. To see more of Crissi’s work you can visit her blog.


Challenge 8 Bowdacious ribbons and Bows August 7, 2008

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Hi Everyone This  weeks challenge is called Bowdacious. so we want you to use ribbons and bows, so use the theme in any way that it inspires you.

This weeks prize is

 These 6 amazing selections of beautiful and useful ribbons. What a wonderful selection.

Our sponsor this week is Bea from

A few words from Bea

 A little about Ribbon Oasis – it all started when I took voluntary redundancy from my job as a Quality Standards Engineer in 2004, I loved card making and loved the floaty organza ribbon but my local craft shops just didn’t have many colours or many metres in stock. In 2005 I approached a manufacturer directly and initially started selling a limited range of organza ribbon only, this soon expanded to stocking all the widths in all the colours. We have grown steadily and last month we moved the business to a 1300 sq ft industrial unit which is now wall to wall ribbon and bows. We stock 53 colours of organza, have access to over 80 colours of grosgrain and over 150 colours of satin. We buy from global sources seasonally so customers get new ribbons to choose from (often ribbons that no one else in the UK stocks) and of course we have lots of yummy decorative ribbons from the World’s leading manufacturers.

We thought a nice selection of our ribbon mixes would be a nice prize for the lucky winner. Good luck

bea also provided the design team with a selection of lilac ribbons to play with and some diamonte sliders Here are the design team examples this week.

Our brilliant guest designer this week is the talented Crissi Harvey you can see crissies blog at Here is a little bit about Crissi in her own words

Hi my name is Crissi I have been crafting for many years one way or another but discovered paper crafts about 3/4 yrs ago could be longer time just flys. I love things that are different so also love altered art, mixed media collage, that kind of thing, I have also discovered Blogs WOW there so many talented people out there and there so full of inspiration, and this is how Arty Girlz challenge blog came about which I co run if that the right word with my Best friend Julie.
Thats me summed up i think 🙂

 A big thanks to Crissi for her brilliant examples and I just adore the noteboard or memo board

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Now usually there are some free papers and or a project available, but due to the last two weeks being really really full this week there are no papers and no project , Sorry all but I really really needed to put my feet up for 5 minutes , so I didn’t get time to do either.

Good luck all