Friday, 27 July 2012

Anything Goes / Celebrations

Thank for entering our Anything Goes/Summer Colours challenge, the winners will be announced next Friday.

Wow, what a lot of entries, the weather in the UK hasn't proved summery this last fortnight but you certainly managed to work with summery colours!!

We hope you will join us for our new challenge, Anything Goes Celebrations.

Your projects can be for any celebration, a special birthday, anniversary, or a congratulatory card (maybe for all those Olympic medals that will be won in the next fortnight!)

As usual, the top prize winner will have £10 to spend on our website,

We are looking forward to seeing your entries!!

Brenda used -
Tim Holtz - Shabby French stamp set
Sizzix Book cover 2 embossing folder
Downloaded butterfly
Vintage ribbon
Computer generated sentiment
Caran D'Ache aquarelle crayons
Lace, button, burlap


Kimx used - 
Hero Arts - S5601 Newspaper Background
Hero Arts -  F5042 Leaf Flourish
Woodware - JGCL560 Just To Say
TH Distress Ink - Weathered Wood, Black Soot
Floral and leaf Dies


Siobhan used

Aspect of Design Framie 5 Antique Script and Keys
Spellbinder Nestabilities Labels 
Stampendous Music Score Background
StampendousOrnate Border
Hero Arts Fabulous Flourish
Distress Inks
Tim Holts Ideology Letters
Copper Embossing Powder
Gold Embossing Powder 
"Time to Celebrate" - free stamp from Craft Stamper magazine 


Sue used:
Distress inks - Barn Door, Dried Marigold, Fired Brick, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade
Darkroom Door stamps - Home Sweet Home 
Tim Holtz - Fabulous Flourishes
Tim Holtz die - Word Play & Tattered Flowers

Lisa Sparkle

Lisa used:
Stampendous Cling- Butterfly post
Watercolour pencils in grey and pink
Silver mirri card
Black ribbon

We look forward to seeing your projects!

Friday, 20 July 2012

Winner announcement for Bling It On Challenge

Thank you to everyone who entered our Bling it on Challenge, it is now time to announce the winners!

I am sure that each fortnight it gets harder for the team to pick the winners and this time it seemed especially hard, you all really excelled yourselves in your projects, in fact, you all always do!!!!

With a long short list from the team, believe me it then became even harder to choose the top 5.

So I sincerely ask that you all give yourselves a pat on the back even if you are not in the 5.

OK, so the winner this time is....

Congratulations Monique, I appreciated your perseverance and experimentation to complete your project!

Please can you email me (Jill) at to claim your prize of £10 to spend on our website.

The others in the top 5 are

8: Wendy P
35: xtqlx
67: Lydia
68: Chris Olsen

Please take and display our binkie on your sidebars!

Again, well done everyone and thank you for entering.

There is still almost a week for you to join in with our next challenge Anything goes/summer colours please scroll down for details

Have a great weekend!!!!

Jill x

Friday, 13 July 2012

Anything Goes/Summer Colours

Welcome everyone to our latest challenge which is "Anything Goes/Summer Colours". I have just seen the fantastic winner of the "Time or Travel" challenge. Well done Trace (InkyPinkyCraft)'s a stunner!! Thanks to you all for entering and sharing your wonderful creations. And I am looking forward to sitting down later to look through the Bling it On entries.

Most of us have had a rather dismal summer so far, very dreich as we say here in Scotland. So I am looking forward to seeing lots of lovely hot summer colours in your entries for this challenge to brighten us up!! You can make anything you like as long as you use summer colours.

I will kick off with a card using one stamp for my focal image and my background.  You have two weeks to enter and remember there is a £10 voucher for the winner!!

Siobhan Used
Spellbinder Parisian Accents Border
Mark Richards Natural Pearls - small and medium

Lisa Sparkle

Lisa used:
Stampendous cling stamp- Garden background
Watercolour pencils
Martha Stewart punch
Papers and bling from stash

Angela used:
Aspects of Design stamps - "On Gossamer Wings"
Tim Holtz Stamps - "Urban Tapestry" & "Winter Sketchbook"
Tim Holtz Distress inks - Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers, Dusty Concord, Picked Rasberry, Ripe Persimmon, Walnut Stain and Brushed Corduroy.
Clear Embossing Powder
Black Archival ink
Dymo Label maker
Baby Wipes


Sue used:
Aspects of Design - Alluring Ladies
Distress Inks - Mowed Lawn; Mustard Seed; Ripe Persimmon
Tim Holtz die - Wordplay
Glossy Accents


Kimx used
Woodware Clear stamps (Will be available soon)
Distress Inks - Rusty Hinge, Seedless Preserve, Faded Jeans 
Hero Arts S5601 Newspaper Background
Clear Embossing Powder
Water Spritzing bottle
Small circle punch

Brenda used -

Memory Box Pastry Labels
Wooden embellishments
Distress Markers

Friday, 6 July 2012

Time or Travel

Good morning, afternoon, or evening, wherever you are in the world!! What a lot of wonderful art we saw this last challenge of Time and Travel... I loved so many of them, and felt inspired by several,  so it was a very difficult decision for us to decide.

So, the Top Prize of £10 to spend at The Stamp Man goes to.....

OOO it's so yummy, isn't it?? Clever use of all her bits and pieces and ink.

Congratulations Trace, please contact Jill to claim your prize

Closely following are the runners up, in no particular order
Tammy - #6
Clare - #10
Silvia / Barnie - #33
H - #40

Please take your blinkies for your sidebars!

Thank you to everyone who entered and we hope that you will enter our current challenge, which is Bring on the Bling, that ends next Thursday, the details are in the post below.

Have a great weekend!

Frankie and the team xx