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Challenge 26 January 15, 2009

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Happy New Year Everyone

and Welcome to the 1st challenge of 2009

Our challenge this week has been slightly messed up due to a commnication error *Caused by Tracey (thats me by the way) so although the challenge was supposed to be one for the boys , its had to be rethought and we have decided on

Challenge 26 SOMETHING WITH WHISKERS  as usual you can use this in whatever way it inspires you . Use it as a title or think outside the box , its totally up to you how you use the challenge .

Our sponsor this week is non other than Joanna Sheen

Joanna has been involved in the craft world since 1979. She has written over 30 books on cookery, herbs, stencilling, crafts and flowers during the past 20 years and is now best known for her work on TV with her craft CDs, cardmaking and pressed flowercraft programmes

Teaching comes naturally to Joanna, she began her craft school here in the UK some 17 years ago and there is also the Joanna Sheen Flower School based in Osaka and with teachers spread around Japan. Joanna’s craft courses are now very limited with other commitments taking so much of her time but, old and welcomed visitors return every year for Joanna’s new and innovative teaching.

Joanna has an amazing rage of Printable CDRoms, instructional videos and stamps

You can visit Joannas online shop HERE

THE PRIZE THIS WEEK

Two lovely stamp sets from Joannas lovely range of Messy Rabbit stamps and a sheet of EZ mount so you are ready to go if your the lucky winner

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Really cute stamps.

The design team also got to play with some messy rabbit stamps the footballer and footballer extra sets. Though absoloutly great for mens cards you can see from our examples that you can use them for other cards as well . Very versatile stamps sets.

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So here are the design team examples for this week

Now you may wonder where the whiskers are on my old bag card. Don’t all old bags have whiskers I know I do LOL

Our Guest designer this week is our great friend Rosie. Who has done a brilliant job as always

“It was so nice to be asked to be Guest Designer again – I love sharing what I do as much as crafting itself.  I’d have to describe myself as pretty much a life-long crafter, but whatever else I get up to I always seem to come back to paper!  Scrapping brings together so many crafts I’ve explored over the years – stamping, stitching to name but a couple.
 
It was quite a challenge for me to do something with the footbal stamps  because I’m the mother of 3 girls, and the granny of 2 more …. and what I know about football you could write on a pinhead.  Anyway, as you can see what I did was use the rabbit figure, getting out my trusty watercolours to bring them to life.  They’re all simple graphic designs, because my style tends to straight lines and crisp edges.  Do come over to my blog if you want to see what else I get up to http://atcexchange.blogspot.com

As usual deadline for entries is 5pm Wednesday Night

Good luck everyone

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Challenge 25 Naughty or Nice December 11, 2008

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Hello all

We have decided that with Christmas fast approaching , and all of us designers and entrants needing to spend time preparing for it, and spending time with our families.  This will be the last challenge this year. So we want to say thank you very much for supporting us this year, and we look forward to seeing you here on the 15th of  January with another great sponsor.

Our challenge this week is called Naughty or Nice. You can use a naughty theme, or a nice theme or a bit of both . You can use it as a title, or just go with your mojo however the theme takes it.

So who is the sponsor that we were excited about , non other than Cosmo Cricket.

The prize on offer is excellent . The brilliant Chemistry paper pack ( great for valentines)  and a pack of Buck naked buttons and more. A brill prize I think you have to agree.

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A few words from our excellent sponsor

Cosmo Cricket is the creation of married designers Eric and Julie Comstock. You might have heard of Comstock before. Eric and Julie are the original creators of the Comstock Collection. When they decided to go on their own, they needed a new name. They thought they could simply rearrange the letters of Comstock Collection into something new, but it wasn’t that simple. So they took Eric’s first and last name and came up with Cosmo Cricket!

            In July at CHA Cosmo Cricket launched the company and four new lines. Since then Cosmo Cricket has moved warehouses 3 times and continues to grow every year.

            The great thing about Cosmo Cricket products are that they are incredibly easy to work with. Our patterns and embellishments make layouts and cards come together in no time! We hope you love our prize.

 Cosmo Cricket Buck Naked Buttons and More

Contain 46 chipboard buttons and frames. Thread holes with ribbon or add eyelets and brads. These shapes can be painted, inked, stamped or covered with our Buttons and More Fashions.

 Cosmo Cricket “Chemistry” Paper Crafting Kit

Contain 12 double-sided cardstocks, one double-sided Strip Tease, 8 double-sided cut a part Journaling Cards, Die cut shapes, and a Cosmo Cricket Design Studio Sheet with project ideas.

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We the design team were very lucky to recieve the stunning christmas paper pack Oh Joy, and we can see why its called that as its a joy to work with. You can probably tell by the amount of examples we have done. LOL Anyway here are our examples for this week .

Our amazing guest designer is Linda van Vliet, Who has provided a lot of examples

a few words from Linda

Hello all                                                      

Being asked to be guest designer for This Thursday was a pleasantly unexpected surprise! Of course I said “yes!” and shortly thereafter I received a package from sponsor Cosmo Cricket containing their lovely Crafting Kit “Oh Joy”.

Of course I had already looked at their site and I was secretly hoping for some of these designer papers! Check out Cosmo Cricket for more lovely craft supplies!

Personally I have been scrapbooking and card/atc/tag making for about 10 years already. It is by far the longest time I have stayed with one hobby and I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon!

Crafting with paper and stamps is an endless joy. Giving away home made gifts is a satisfying eperience. I have made a long journey to be where I am today and I still have many places to go and sights to see.

I wish all of you joy on your art-journey!

 Linda van Vliet, Holland.

 you can see more of Lindas work here http://r2art.blogspot.com

 

So thats it for this week we will announce the winner next week as usual , and our next challenge will start on the 15th of january.

A final word

               Wishing  you all a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays

                                                      hugs from

                                                                                                              Tracey Susie and Barbara

 

Challenge 24 Mistletoe and Wine December 4, 2008

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Hi all

This weeks challenge is called Mistletoe and Wine. You can use it as a title, You can use mistltoe and wine images, or you can use the colours. Or as usual you can use it any way it inspirs you.

The prize this week has kindly been donated by Susie

A selection of 5 clear stamps. Great stamps

So here are this weeks examples from the design team

Our guest designer this week is Sara Lively

a few words from sara

I have to admit to doing a just little dance when asked to be a guest designer for This Thursday… I was so pleased to be invited and of course I said yes! 

I have been card making for almost 2 years and particularly love playing with colours and layers.  I enjoy finding ways around problems in order to create exactly the finished design I envisaged.  Whenever my little boy has friends over to play, they all like to make cards with my stash of child-friendly bits and pieces – I save all the free cards and papers from magazines for them to use.  This hobby we all share is such a wonderful creative outlet for us and our children, and its fun too!

I did have a couple of minutes of mild panic over the ‘wine’ portion of this weeks challenge, but thankfully I found some lovely wine coloured papers and an appropriate image to match (which I coloured with watercolour pencils) adding some crystal seed beads for bubbles.  The idea for the mistletoe card and tag is nice and simple, but I just had to incorporate a little of my favourite colours!  I hope you enjoy my creations for this weeks challenge, and should you like to see more of my work, please do pop over to my blog. I look forward to seeing your take on this challenge too!

 Kind Regards  Sara x

 

So thats this weeks challenge we can#t wait to see your Mistletoe and wine confections.

 

Ps Make sure you drop in next week for a very special sponsor and a great prize

 

Challenge 23 Lime, Pink and chocolate November 27, 2008

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We thought that we would go with a colour scheme this week, mostly inspired by the wonderful products we recieved from our sponsor. We thought the colour scheme from the download was brilliant.

So Use Lime , Pink and Chocolate. You can use it as a title if you want. Use Lime, pink and chocolate colours or if it inspires you in another way feel free to go with your mojo.

Our sponsor this week is Funky Fairys Papercrafts/ A ferw words from our sponsor

 A few years ago my love of cardmaking and scrapbooking became more or less an ‘addiction’Well all we at This Thursday can say is what an amazing prize, Funky Fairys have given us to give to the lucky winner. 5 Complete Christmas downloads

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 The lucky winner will not only recieve the Chocolate Covered Christmas, and Christmas rounds downloads but will also get  The “Lets get traditional”, “Merry Christmas” and “Funky Christmas” Downloads. What an amazing prize and the lucky winner will have Christmas crafting all wrapped up . I wish we could enter LOL

Plus during the challenge week only Funky fairys have put the download shop into Sale mode. so take your chance to get some stunning paper downloads at a reduced price.

So here are our examples for this week

We were amazed at the variety and versatility of the Chocolate covered christmas from Funky Fairys papercrafts. With gift boxes, a quick brag book, Pillowboxes, word albums. decorative mats and alpha sheets and that is just the tip of the iceberg. The papers are not just for Christmas as you can see from our examples.  We loved working with them and the Christmas rounds download was also great.

We have a great guest designer this week Nancy Torsen. We love both her wonderful examples

a few words from Nancy

Here is a little bit about me. I was very happy to be asked to be a guest on “This Thursday”.I’ve worked with mixed media for years – without really knowing what I was doing. Then I got involved with theart community online and started learning new techniques and trying new things. I started by making atc’s only, back in April of this year; then gradually took on other challenges. I enjoy making and trading postcards – my latest craze! This challenge was very different for me. These colors, when used together give a more contemporary look than what I usually do. I’ve made a set of coasters – perhaps a good hostess gift for the holidays – and a shield-shaped Christmas hanger.If you would like to see more of nancys work you can visit her blog http://www.neatcs.wordpress.com

As per we can’t wait to see all your wonderful work.

Bye for now and good luck

I always NEEDED more…more papers…more everything.To this day i still have lots of papers that i bought when i first started out, as i just cannot bring myself to cut into them, as i would be ‘gutted’ when they ran out..or if they got discontinued.I use so much paper on cards,scrapbook pages,altered art..you name it. So this got me thinking and i decided to try and design my own papers ect for my own use.I was ‘amazed’ at the quality of the printed papers,the fact that i could print whatever i wanted and would never run out of ‘that’ favourite paper.This also meant that the money i saved on buying papers i could use to buy all the other ‘must have’s’ 🙂 Eventually after a year or so Funky Fairys Papercrafts was born (www.funkyfairyspapercrafts.com)

Funky Fairys offer unique downloadable,printable papers and kits that can be used in your papercrafting. We also offer unique polymer and rubber stamps too.As our name suggests..most of our designs are ‘fresh,modern & funky’…however in the last few months ‘my own’ style has changed a bit in towards the ‘shabby chic’ look. So this crosses over into the papers i design, such as the cherish and the hope collections….amongst others.I design papers that i want to use in my own crafting,thats how my papers are ‘born’

If you have never tried printing out your own papers before and would like to give it a go, we do have the Blog of Inspiration (http://funkyfairyinspirations.blogspot.com/) which is full of free printable papers for you to download.

Iam really pleased to be sponsering such a great challenge blog 🙂

I shall even be joining in with this challenge myself 🙂

Happy crafting everyone

 

Challenge 22 playing with paint November 20, 2008

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We decided that this weeks challenge would be another nice and easy one , all you have to do is use anyform or paint on your work .

This weeks challenge is sponsored by  stamp company Toodles and Binks

Toodles & Binks was only launched in late October of this year, with the first 3 designs by Genevieve Godbout a French/Candian designer living and working in London. The images are charming, and just that little bit different – with Celeste the Fairy, Joel the Reindeer and Simone, the long-legged beauty.  Just a few weeks later came the first of the Toodles designs by Kathleen Reitz, who is a children’s illustrator living in America.  There has also been another fantastic release of Matthieu & Arthur designed by Genevieve, a charming little boy with a lollipop and his Squirrel companion ………there are lots more designs planned from both of the designers, plus some new faces being lined up from next year.
 
The Company is owned and run by Kay and Guy Bolton, and Toodles is based on their Daughter Lydia.  Binks is her faithful furry companion.  Guy, aka the Rubber Elf is in charge of producing the fantastic quality red rubber stamps, which are currently sold un-mounted, and lucky Kay gets the chance to commission designs, and co-ordinates just about everything else including shipping out orders in the eye-catching pink mail bags.  They have a wonderful Design Team contributing to their blog www.toodlesandbinks.wordpress.com, and are just waiting for the release of the www.toodlesandbinks.com website. You can only buy the stamps currently at www.stampgalaxy.co.uk (who ship internationally),  but there are negotiations afoot to expand the Retail partnerships in the very near future in the UK, Europe and the USA.
So this weeks prize is three stamps Celeste, Joel and Simone and a pack of Zoomz You can see the stamps and Zooms in our examples as well as here
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You may notice that there are no actual stamps. Er thats because I was so keen to use them I forgot to photograph them 1st.
Anyway here are this weeks examples by our design team .
Our guest designer this week is Emma and we would like to thank her for her brilliant examples
‘I only started crafting two years ago after being converted from cross stitching by a friend ,who I then went on to run a craft club with for Forces wives in Gibraltar. Since then I have worked with special needs adults, helping them to learn new crafting techniques and I am now lucky enough to take part in varous Design Teams.
Even though my main stay has always been cardmaking I have recently fallen in love with mixed media and vintage designs. I am a great believer in not buying the latest crafting craze but do let myself down when it comes to buying lace, ribbon and Basic Grey papers!
To me, crafting of any kind, is about immersing yourself in the textures and colours you are working with, having fun with it and never being scared to experiment with new techniques.
Thats why I was over the moon to be asked to Guest on Thisthursday as it is the challenges the girls set on here that have pushed me to try so many new styles and techniques. I hope you have as much fun with this weeks challenge as I have!
 
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You can see more of Emmas work here at Elf Creations   I will say that Emmas blog changes its look at least once a month LOL
So thats it for this week Good luck everyone
 

Challenge 21 Marvelous Metallic’s November 13, 2008

 This week is all about Marvelous Metallics . use what ever you like in which ever format you chose to produce a project that Shines!!

Our Sponsor this week is the fabulous Crafty Individuals!  who have given us this excellent prize to send to the winner.

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 What a brilliant set of stamps.  Called Seasons. We just loved the trees which are amazingly lovely and brilliantly etched  as are all crafty individuals stamps. Im sure all of us will be adding the rest of the seasons set to our tree stamps at some time in the near future.

A few words from our sponsor

‘Crafty Individuals is principally a UK web based business run by partners Jean Hardy and Malcolm Noble, although other retailers do now stock our products.  We specialise in our own unique vintage inspired rubber stamp designs, along with a collection of 6” x 6” books of background papers, miniature images and series of period style pictures printed onto glossy paper.  The designs feature everything from collage, calligraphy and bathing belles through to angels, flora and fauna.’

Good Luck everyone

Jean and Malcolm

 Here are this weeks Design Team projects

Our Guest Designer for this week is Debbie Moore of A Card is for Life 

My name is Debbie and I started crafting many years ago and actually started with parchment and quilling!  Looking back I have always been crafting in one way or another.  I love card making, altering things and doodling.  I do dabble a little in scrapping – but not enough really.  I also design doodles for my Debs Designs – details are on my blog.  I was very honoured to have been asked to do guest designer for This Thursday and really enjoyed creating my projects.

Hope you enjoy this weeks Challenge and we look forward to seeing you entries.

Susie x

 

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 http://onedragonsdream.blogspot.com/

Good luck everyone