Wednesday, 1 April 2015

April Challenge

Welcome to April and our first month back after our little U turn on the challenges.  I found this gorgeous image and it was love at first sight. 
There are so many breathtaking items available in their shop.  Please take a look you will not be disappointed.
So how does this inspire you?  Is it the colours, the theme, the eggs, the wreath, the circle or something else?  Show us your best imaginative projects by clicking on the link and submitting your entry. 
There are new rules from this month:
  • your project must be created during the period 1st April and 29th April 2015
  • your project can only be entered into this challenge and 2 others
  • we must be able to see clearly how you have been inspired by the picture
  • you must enter using the inlinkz button during the period 1st - 29th April 2015
  • you can submit a project using any crafts you like. We are not just about paper crafting
  • you must HAVE FUN and ENJOY your crafting
The prize this month is a selection of blue flowers and the winner will be selected using on 30th April and announced that day.
Here is what the design team created using the picture as inspiration

As soon as I saw the picture for this months challenge I knew exactly what card stock I was going to use. During a recent visit to Stamparama in Stevenage I spied the Graphic 45 pad 'Artisan Style'. The designs and colours are so me it simply had to pop into my basket. So you can imagine how delighted I was to see I had to use the papers and not just sit stroking them (you so know you do that too!) Anyway on the back cover of the pad are templates for tags and for this pocket envelope. So using the template I made the pocket and decorated it with images from the other papers. Using a edge punch I made a platform for the peacocks to stand on. I then used 3 punches to make a flower with matching paper, a leaf punch and finished it off by adding a self adhesive pearl. I am going to fill this with mini eggs for my mam for Easter.

Hi Shell here... 
I decided to take my inspiration from the theme of Easter & the eggs used in the wreath & cam up with this fun creation.


As soon as I saw the inspiration photo I knew I wanted a springy frame on my card with a bunny inside.  I incorporated the blue in the background rather than the frame to avoid being too matchy-matchy.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

U Turn

Thanks so much for all the lovely messages and suggestions following my decision to pull the plug on the monthly challenges. It seems there is a lot of agreement out there about multiple entries/not following criteria. 

Having given it a lot of thought I've made a u turn and challenges will be back starting with april but with new rules. 

See you on 1st April

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Introducing Monthly Flowers - March

Introducing a new venture - monthly flowers.  Each month a new set of flowers will become available in my ebay shop.  The link to the March flowers is here. 
So what are they - I've made and sold book print and patterned paper flowers successfully for a long time so I've added some crocheted flowers in and each month will be a different colour combination. This month is sees a touch of spring in the colourway. The book print flowers are from Virginia Woolf - To The Lighthouse.
March Flowers
Over the next few days I'm going to be tidying up my shop a bit and having a sort out of the existing flowers too.
My lovely design team have agreed to stay on board and this is what they created using this month's flowers.

 These stunning crocheted flowers made By Kerry added the finishing touch to what otherwise would of been rather plain napkin rings.
 The double layered paper flowers are great embellishments for card making and scrapbooking, the button in the middle is such a lovely finishing touch.

I decided to decorate on of my cards, using one of the gorgeous crocheted flowers...
I think they are just the most perfect finishing touch to any creation!
Flowers are limited in quantity and are available in my shop here

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The Future

Having given this a lot, and I mean a lot, of consideration I've made the decision to no longer carry on with the monthly challenges. There are a number of reasons. 

The main one (I don't feel comfortable saying this but it does need to be said because it is the main reason) is the sheer number of challenges out there mean that a lot of people try and make their project fit the criteria for as many as possible. That in itself I don't have an issue with but very often the criteria is not even closely met. If a company/challenge blog gives you a colour palette it doesn't mean take one colour that just happens to be on a card containing no other colours from that palette and say it meets the criteria. If someone has worked hard to make/find a palette and their design team have provided inspiration based on those colours then it isn't fair. If they say use a bird or a flower then it doesn't mean use a star. I won't allow my challenges to be drawn into that any more.

Another reason and again I am not comfortable with saying it but I have had enough of is the sheer rudeness and lack of manners of some people in comments or by email. Just this morning I've had an email saying simply - 'you forgot the linky!'. That's one of the more polite ones. I purposely don't put a linky in the just for fun months and always say to put a link to any project you have made in the comments section as we love to see what you have made. I used to put a linky but then I would be bombarded with messages from people a few days after the closing date saying I had forgotten to draw the prize even though it clearly said there was no prize that month. Hence the change. However I'm coming to the conclusion that people just aren't interested unless there is a prize which brings us back to the problem of making a project fit as many challenges as loosely as possible. I saw one the other day that had tried to be fitted into no less than 50 challenges. To me that is not what crafting is about which is why I've always had just for fun months and only a few prize months. That's what creating should be - fun and not about winning as much as possible. 

I appreciate that this decision is not going to be popular but I cannot let it carry on like this. I want to be true to what I feel and not comply with the sheep way of doing things. 

On 1st March I will be launching a new venture so if I haven't offended you with my comments and feelings above then please watch this space.