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Challenge 20 Mojo Surfing October 30, 2008

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Your misson this week , if you should decide to take it,

is Mojo surfing

You can either Click on any random  5  of our participants blogroll links and take inspiration from something on each of those blogs or something on one of them . Please mention in your post where inspiration came from .  But not including themes from other challenges (Too easy) You can use the theme with other challenge sites challenges but not as the actual inspiration.  or

Click on any 1 of our participants blogroll links and then follow 1 link on there and so on until you reach  5 links and then take your inspiration from there.  Again it would be nice if you could list your inspiration on your post.

We thought that it would be a great way for you to get to know each other and a way you could find regular inspiration if your mojo has a day off.

Our sponsor this week is Tanda Stamps who have provded  this brilliant prize in time for Christmas Crafting

this wonderful set of clear “Dot and Stripe Christmas” stamps you can see them HERE

a few words from Tanda Stamps

TandaStamps was started in 2005, manufacturing high quality natural red rubber stamps as well as clear polymer stamps for the craft market. Based in sunny Dorset on the South West coast of England, we as a small company try to take extra care in  the quality of the products we produce and our customer service.  
Currently we have over 200 rubber and clear polymer stamp sets as well as over 1000 individual designs which are available on a choice of backings.  If we don’t have the particular stamp design you are after, we can make it for you.  Or you can make your own stamps using the Imagepac Stamp !t stamp making kits we stock.
So here are the design teams examples for this week . To find out about our Mojo surfing  see our blogs.
We would also like to thank our brilliant guest designer   Sally West. Who has really pushed the boat out for us. She has made the most wonderful book of which you can only see the smallest sample of in our slide . You really should drop into her blog . to see the rest of this beautiful peice of work. You can see it on her blog at
A few words from Sally

I have been creating for as long as I can remember; art is all around and I take my inspiration from it. Art is about having fun; experimenting, not being afraid to take risks and watching those happy accidents take form. I love all forms of art including photography, drawing, scrapbooking, altered art, ATC’s, and textiles to name a few. I am a teacher of Art and Design and love my job, how many people get paid to do the thing they love? A friend introduced me to the world of scrapbooking just over a year ago, and since then I have been inspired by so much, especially branching out into the world of altered art and distressing.

It is my aim to impart my passion onto others and inspire creativity in all around me. To give others a glimpse of the creative slant I see the world through. I look at a rusty boat and do not see a heap of junk but a myriad of textures, colours and shapes from which so much can be taken and turned into art. There is no right or wrong in art and everyone is able to create something.

I am currently on the Design Team for Scrapbook Sisters and have had a great year producing work for them around altered art. It was an honour to be invited to be a guest designer on This Thursday and be able to share with you my creations.

For this challenge I was asked to surf for inspiration and at the end of my search landed on a great site full of vintage, aged, distressed images – right down my alley! I took inspiration from this and took a set of photos of ‘vintage’ items in my home and then altered this small board book and box to hold those images. Techniques I used include using crackle paint, distressing photos by sanding, adding distress inks, stamping and free hand doodling. I hope this inspires you all to go out and have a go, experiment; it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t go to plan – those are often the best pieces of work, and distressing hides any mistakes!


You can see more of Sallys work including some amazing felted dolls at

Good luck everyone


challenge 19 round up

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Challenge 19 was great fun for the design team as we got to play with a wonderful range of papers by Pink Petticoat our so very very generous sponsor. Who has donated not one but two prizes. If you had any problems getting onto the Pink petticoat website on Tuesday or part of Wednesday, the site had crashed so please try again. The Tis the season Cds are definatly worth buying as they are so versatile as we the design team have so happily found out. 

So Thank you again Liz for the brilliant design team packs and the great prizes too

As usual the quality of entries was fantastic . in fact there were so many brilliant entries that in the end we could only get it down to 18 not our usual 15 . So this week here are our favorite 18

so the two lucky winners picked by random number generator are

no 11 Linda van Vleit


no 23 Sara

Congratulations to both of you


We would also again like to thank Kris for her brilliant work as this weeks guest designer. If you want to see more of her work you can go to or 

Thanks to everyone who joined in with this challenge its been brill


Challenge 19 Thrown a Curve October 23, 2008

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Well so our challenge this week is entitled Thrown a curve. now you can use that as a title or you can use anything that curves eg  arches arcs, circles ovals waves, well even let you use squiggles

We have an amazingly generous sponsor this week who not only has given us not 1 but 2 prizes but has also given you the opportunity to download three of her wonderful papers, which you can if you choose use in your entries or just use them when you want.

So who is our sponsor this week Pink Petticoat. Who specialise in trendy and easy to use cds and downloads. What surprised us is what a joy they are to play with and we all have been carried away and even though our examples are finished , We are still playing. I am myself creating some wound paper beads for a charm braclet and am also printing onto fabric to make a bag.

Pink Petticoat also has its own blog full of great inspiration from the Pink Petticoat Desgn team and customers cards.

A few words from Liz

Hi everyone. My name’s Liz and I have the fantastic job of managing Pink Petticoat. I’m one of those creative types who’s had a go at most things crafty throughout her life, a bit of knitting, dressmaking, making soft furnishings etc etc, who discovered that Card Making & Papercrafting could be a major obsession quite by accident. And now I’m hooked. I think you all know what I mean!
At Pink Petticoat, I design craft supplies you can print yourself at home to use in your Crafting wether that be Cardmaking Atcs or  Altered art. It’s fabulous to do and I absolutely LOVE what I do. I hope they’re as fabulous to create with too : ) I try to keep everything trendy and fun – if you like to make a card that will make someone smile, then Pink Petticoat may have something to offer you.
I’m thrilled to be able to sponsor your challenge this week & I hope you enjoy using your free download. From what I’ve seen so far, most of you have VERY different design styles than my own or most of Pink Petticoat’s customers. And I can’t wait to see what ya’ll come up with. Speak to you soon : )

So this week there will be two random numbers and each lucky winner will recieve one of these brilliant paper collection cds. Don’t you just adore the tins

Plus Liz has given us access to three paper downloads for you, You can download any or all of the papers to play with

You can download them for free at .

So here are our examples for this weeks challenge

as you can see even thought the papers on the cd collection are suitable for Christmas.,. They are so useable for so much more

Our guest designer this week is Kris Dickinson a very talented crafter. We would like to thank her for being our guest designer and for her brilliant examples .

a few words from Kris

Hello.  I’d like to thank the ladies at This Thursday Challenge for asking me to host this week.  I had a wonderful time playing with the lovely papers from Pink Petticoat, our sponsor this week.  Their papers are very whimsical and I wanted to keep that but add a vintage flair to my samples this week.  Hope you enjoy them.
I am a free-lance artist and reside in Parker, CO  USA.  Art has always been my first love and I’ve studies both fine and commercial art.  I have an Advertising Design degree from The Art Institute of Colorado in Denver and I have been creating collage’ and mixed media pieces for years.  I am also a published artist and a member of the design team at Stampin’ D’Amour.  Being an avid blogger, I currently maintain two art blogs:  Nostalgic Collage’: and A Nostalgic Halloween: .  You may recognize me better by my moniker I use almost everywhere:  Parkerquilter.  Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you enjoy the challenge this week.

challenge 18 round up

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Hiya all

So again we have been inundated with amazing entries. We have so many really talented participants that it is so difficult to select our favorites each week.  To be entered into our draw and also our favorites. You should link to our challenge blog in your post, so please do not forget to add a link to your post.

So here are this weeks selction of our favs

We woulds love to thank our brilliant sponsor 3d jean altered art supplies for her wonderful design packs and brilliant prize .

And the winner is

The randon number picked by random number generator was the number 6 So our lucky winner is Joanne . Congrats Joanne

We would like to thank this weeks guest designer Charli, who I am sure you will all agree created stunning examples for us this week.  You can see more of her work here

Thanks to everyone who joined in with our challenge 18 . We love seeing all your entries everyweek


Challenge 18 Art from your heart October 16, 2008

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So another week and another challenge.

So this week The title of the challenge is Art from your heart we have decided that we want you to create something from your heart, so you can use techniques you love, create something either  about or for  someone you love, You can use poems or music that you love as inspiration. In fact you can use anything you love as inspiration.

 Don’t forget this is a completly open challenge, So if we inspire you to go and spray paint your car, then you can enter that . You can enter anything that is hand crafted wether that be an Atc, scrapbook page, card, Necklace, painting, vase  or a quilt. As long as its inspired by our challenge theme then you are eligable to enter it.

 Our sponsor this week is 3 d jean a great supplier of scrapbooking and altered art supplies . We have a great prize which includes some really great Navel Jelly photo corners. I loved using them a great stamp and some

and some really ace gems as you can see. Another terrific prize thanks Jean . A few words from Jean

I have been crafting for a long time and originaly started with making cards .Then a few years later got into scrapbooking just as it arrived in England. Having done that for a while I became interested in Altered Art
and Mixed Media and this now is what I enjoy doing most .The shop came about due to the lack of Altered Art stuff available in England. So I saw the chance to share my love of scrapbooking and altered art with others.

I only stock products that I use on my projects , and therefor products that I know are great .My big love is still stamps but more used on projects these days than in card making. We’ve just taken on two new stamp companies Mat Rat Rubber and Character Construction which I think are both producing some really interesting stamps.
Come on over and have a look……….


So here are our examples for this week

We would like to thank Charli, who is our guest designer this week.  I am sure that like me you will be amazed that she is only 16, and a great artist and crafter

a few words from Charli

I’m sixteen, studying Art, Product Design, Maths and English Literature at A level.  I live in a beautiful area of North Wales with my mum, two brothers and three crazy cats!  I enjoy listening to music and going on long country walks.
For as long as I can remember I have loved art.  I’ll try anything – ecaustic art, sculptures, anything –  but my favourite techniques are painting with acrylics and drawing.  I started crafting about 3 years ago, and enjoy making cards and ATC’s and also scrapbooking.  I also like taking photographs of the landscapes where I live and painting from them.
You can see more of Charli’s brilliant work at and   Charli also has a sketch bog if your short of inspiration

So thats it from us this week make sure you drop in to our personal blogs on Sunday to see a preview of next weeks sponsor.  We also have a great prize announcement next week . Don’t miss it


Challenge 17 round up

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Hi all

Nice to see some old friends back on our challenge and the hopefully new friends who have joined us this week. It seems that you all enjoyed our spooky season challenge as much as we did . We would like to thank our sponsor  Artistic Outpost for the brilliant stamps we got to play with, the same Plate of stamps that our lucky winner will receive.

Here our our favorites from this weeks entries , We again had a hard job deciding which ones to leave out as per usual all your entries were brilliant.

So here this weeks favs are

The number chosen by random number generator is 17. So our lucky winner of the fantasic Artistic Outpost stamps is Evelyn . Congratulations Evelyn

We would like to thank Dawn again for being our guest designer this week you can see more of her work here Dawns Craft Time


Challenge 17 The Spooky Season October 9, 2008

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Hello all

So our challenge this week is called The Spooky Season . you can use anything spooky, halloween related or just use the title as your inspiration.

Oue sponsor this week is Artistic Outpost a great stamp manufacturer. The prize this week is a lovely set of halloween stamps

If you love these stamps and can’t wait to see if you win. you can get them from Artistic outpost they also do a really great Halloween wall hanging kit complete with the stamps HERE and I love their new bluebird stamp sheet   which you can buy on its own or with their other new stamp sheet , of christmas stamps , what a great excuse to buy both

We all had a set of the Halloween stamps to play with and I know we all had loads of fun with them.  here are our examples

We would also like to thank Dawn Simpson, for putting up with the hassle of having to be guest designer twice in such a short period, due to the stamp sheets getting lost in the post. We love Dawns examples and are sure you will too. To see more of Dawns work you can go here