Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Mid month inspiration

Good morning everyone, it's time for some mid month inspiration following this months theme of 'For the Boys', the challenge runs until Wednesday 2nd August so there is still plenty of time to join in for a chance to win one of the fabulous prizes on offer.

Our July GDT Lynda had made another card for us, look at that lovely sky...................

Using Penny Black  40-502 Tranquil and 30-419 Happy Wishes 

Brenda
Using Penny Black 2827K Song Bird and 30-229 Special Wishes
Using Penny Black 4129J game on

Linda
Using Penny Black 30-066 Eat Cake

Leanne
Using Penny Black 40-312 Sunny Pair, 30-419 Happy Wishes and 30-352 Animal Wisdom.

Lynn
Using Penny Black 30-107 Summer Fun

Mervi
Using Penny Black 2356K Merry Band, 80-008 Gentle Whisper paper pad and 51-299 Heart Bow die

Tracy
Using Penny Black 2083J Beehave

Happy crafting to you all.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

July - For the Boys


Good morning and welcome to our July challenge where this month our theme is:

********For the Boys********

As the title suggests, we want to see creations aimed at the boys and men in our lives. As always you can use any make of stamp and enter up to three times, but we must see hand stamping as the focal element of your artwork, it can be a stamped image/s, large sentiment or quote....... the one exception are Penny Black Stickeroos. But no digi images

Before we move on to some inspiration I have a couple of announcements to make.

We are saying a sad farewell to Shirley, she has been a member of the team for some years and we will miss her unique style of crafting, she is hoping to move back to more watercolour work and we look forward to following her artwork. Thank you Shirley, it's been a pleasure to work with you.

So moving onward we are pleased to welcome a new teamie, her name is Leanne and you will find out more about her and her crafting on her blog. We are looking forward to working with you Leanne and hope you will all join me in giving here a big welcome.

Now onto this months prizes..................


Penny Black invite you to explore their creative world and see for yourself why their rubber stamps, stickers, beautiful papers for scrapbooking, cardmaking and stamp crafting are everyone’s favourites. Their products are designed to integrate style and colour for creating the best handicraft projects ever. If you would like to be one of the first to hear about new products from Penny Black please click here to join the free club, plus their Facebook is full of activity and news.



Marianne Design is a Dutch owned craft manufacturer. The company was established in 1994 by Marianne Perlot and is based in the Netherlands. For years now, we develop all our products with much care and quality. We have a practical understanding of the needs of crafters, we integrate product development, design and customer service to bring fresh ideas and beautiful products to the craft industry. All to enable the consumer to make beautiful cards, scrapbooks and other projects and enjoy this wonderful hobby. We produce a wide range of products which represent a complete concept of paper crafts. There are different lines of stamps and dies with matching papers and materials to decorate your card or scrap. Products are chosen carefully for mixing and matching and stimulating creativity.



Stamp Addicts is a family run business based in Bedfordshire and have been in business since 1992. We have watched the popularity of rubber stamping and all papercrafts steadily increase over time and now manufacture our own branded rubber stamps which frequently feature on Hochanda TV as well as craft shows across the UK. The prize is a £10 store voucher.

We are pleased to welcome Lynda as this months Guest Designer, she has created a beautiful card to share with us.............

Using Penny Black 40-229 Bubble Boy and 30-013 Critter Party 

And here is what the Design Team have come up with to inspire you on your way..............

Brenda
Using Penny Black 40-416 Hidden Lane

Daniela
Using Penny Black 4127K Born Wild!

Ellie
Using Penny Black 10-164 Pond- Size Celebration

Leanne
Using Penny Black 30-284 Sprigs and 30-352 Animal Wisdom.

Using 30-108 A Bear of all Trades

Lynn
Using Penny Black 4220K Miniful and Penny Black 40-116 London

Mervi
Using Penny Black 30-180 sunny days

Susan
Using Penny Black 4060K Hedge-word and 30-053 Betsy Bluebell sentiment

Tracy
Using Penny Black 1685J Cheesecake Express



Please note: If we do not comment on your entry it will be because it does not follow the theme, qualify under our rules, or because we are asked to sign in or provide additional data to comment on third party hosts such as Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, Slipcoast. We do not want to be rude but we do want to be fair to those who do follow the rules


Friday, 30 June 2017

June winners


Morning Peeps, after a fabulous month with so many lovely entries it's time to announce our winners of the two rather special prizes.

As usual these have been selected by Random Org., and as per the request on the June challenge post only those entrants who have told us which prize they prefer have been entered into the draw. Sadly an awful lot of you didn't do that which is such a shame.

Winner of the collection of wood mounted Penny Black stamps is..................


And the winner of the Baby Blue die cutting machine is.................


Congratulations to your both, please mail me so I can send your prizes.


As usual the Design Team have been keeping an eye on the entrants using Penny Black stamps and would like to invite Marlies to be our August Guest Designer. Well done for being selected Marlies, please mail me so I can tell you all about that months theme.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Mid month inspiration


Good morning and welcome to our mid month post where the Design Team have all been busy making more lovely pieces of artwork to inspire you. Our theme this month is Anything Goes and runs until 28th June so there is still plenty of time to join in for a chance of winning one of the rather special prizes we have on offer this month. 

Our June Guest Designer Claudias has made two more lovely cards for us...........................


Using Penny Black Luminous 40-279 and Script 40-470


And here are the offerings from the Design Team........................

Brenda
Using Penny Black 4376K Hollyhocks, 3381K Aspire and 4070F Dreams Come True

Using Penny Black 1448F Garden Gossip

Ellie
Penny Black  40-452 Bejeweled and 30-297 Sprinkles and Smiles

Linda
Using Penny Black 4247J Three Clowns

Lynn
Using Penny Black 40-501 On the Lake and 2695J Dance, Sing, Love

Mervi
Using Penny Black 40-506 Red Blush and paper 80-015 Golden Moment

Susan
Using Penny Black 40-405 Holly Tweet

We look forward to seeing you over at the challenge blog.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

June - Anything Goes


Welcome to our June challenge, it's a bit of a special one as this month as we are seven years old so have two special prizes to be won and a theme that is nice and easy...................

********Anything Goes********

Normally we put all the entries into the draw but this month we are going to ask you to let us know which prize you prefer, this is because the Penny Black stamps are all wood mounted and we know that presents storage problems for some people. So we are asking all entrants this month to leave us a comment to tell us if they prefer the stamps or the die cutting machine...........we will only enter the people who have commented into the draw as we would not want to send these lovely stamps to someone who would not use them.

Here are the prizes:



Penny Black invite you to explore their creative world and see for yourself why their rubber stamps, stickers, beautiful papers for scrapbooking, cardmaking and stamp crafting are everyone’s favourites. Their products are designed to integrate style and colour for creating the best handicraft projects ever. If you would like to be one of the first to hear about new products from Penny Black please click here to join the free club, plus their Facebook is full of activity and news.


Tattered Lace is home to a range of beautifully delicate and detailed craft products, including the successful Tattered Lace Dies and Embossing Folders, designed by Stephanie Weightman.

Finally a note about our challenge rules: You can use any make of stamp and enter up to three times, but we must see hand stamping as the focal element of your artwork, it can be a stamped image/s, large sentiment or quote....... the one exception are Penny Black Stickeroos. But no digi images. Please note: If we do not comment on your entry it will be because it does not follow the theme, qualify under our rules, or because we are asked to sign in or provide additional data to comment on third party hosts such as Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, Slipcoast. We do not want to be rude but we do want to be fair to those who do follow the rules

Claudia is our first Guest Designer this month and has made two very different cards using the same stamp proving how versatile it is.................

Using Penny Black Luminous 40-279 and Script 40-470


My team mate Wendy from Allsorts is our second Guest Designer this month and has made this sweet card to share with us.................


And here is the inspiration from the Design Team.................

Brenda
Using Penny Black  3157 Growing Free and 40-547 Flower Lanterns from the new Poetic Collection available in the UK from Crafts U Love

Daniela
Using Penny Black 40-534 Celebration Song

Ellie
Using Penny Black 1750K Warm and Fuzzy

Linda
Using Penny Black 30-049 Party Time

Using Penny Black 30-228 Blooming Tags

Mervi
Using Penny Black 40-512 Happy Bliss and 51-340 Dream Big 
Using Penny Black 10-194 Flower Field stickeroo

Using Penny Black 40-348 Winter Pine

Tracy
Using Penny Black 1665K Cheesecake Party

Happy crafting.
 
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