Monday 17 February 2014

Winners and TOP 3 - Sketch Challenge no.26

Hello Everyone

Wow...did we have some beautiful and amazing entries for this sketch challenge!!!!! We so loved your work and you really made it so hard to choose just 3 projects! So thanks so much to all of you who played along, it was really great to visit your blogs! ;-)

You will not believe that there was only 1 point between 1st and 2nd place! This is how close the the DT judged the top projects! So as I said really rocked this challenge.

Soooooooo a drum roll please for our TOP project...that goes to 21. Miki Yatsuka! Congratulations Miki!

We loved the earthy tones and stunning background, along with your sweet, sweet photo's! We loved how you used the circles in the sketch for photo's and your sewing and twine! This is a fabulous page and we congratulate you warmly! You really created a stunning page! ;-)

In a very close second was this gorgeous page by 29. Anna Rogalska ! Well done Anna!

We so loved how your little chap just popped out of the page at us!! He is soooo very sweet! We loved the colours, the texture and just everything, that made this page so perfect and gorgeous!

In third place is this wonderful and beautiful page by 16. Lizzy Crust! Congratulations Lizzy!

We loved how dynamic and gorgeous this page is, and the beautiful colouring! We loved the stunning photo and the different textures! It is just a fabulous page! ;-)

Congratulations to you all, you really created super pages and we truly did love what you created!

We would really love to see more of Anna's work.  So please could you email us at for a Guest Design opportunity.

Thanks also, once again, to Molossi for sponsoring our giveaway.

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Check out this super prize pack you could win...
One random winner will get to play with these super goodies!

This super giveaway goes to  14. Katrina (Poland)! Congratulations Katrina!

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Katrina please send your details to so that Molossi can get these goodies out to you!
Again, thanks to everyone who played along! We are always inspired and wowed by your creativity!

Saturday 15 February 2014

Challenge no. 26 - Chipboard with a Difference

Hello Everyone

We really do have a very exciting challenge today! We have some amazing Guest Designers and an awesome prize! So you really don't want to miss playing along with this challenge! ;-)

So to tell you about the challenge, it is "Chipboard with a Difference" and it means you need to use some chipboard on your layout, card or altered piece, but cannot be left raw and must be altered. This challenge is hosted by the lovely Ada Nicholls.

So to tell you about our prize, we have an amazing new sponsor this month.7 Dots Studio.

We are a team of creative women who cannot image their world without paper, glue and the creative process. Scrapbooking is our passion and we love to share our passion with other scrapbookers. For this reason, 7 Dots Studio exists. The quality of our products is our top priority. Our collections are made from thick (250gsm), acid-free, lignin-free, archival scrapbooking paper. We also offer high quality cardstock stickers.

7 Dots Studio has so very kindly given us a wonderful new collection as a giveaway prize. Check it out.

So you get the whole collection, as well as the 6x6 paper pad! Isn't that so fabulous?! Thanks so much to 7 Dots Studio and Tusia Lech
I am suddenly very jealous, as I would love to have this collection too! ;-))

Guest Designer Badge

I am thrilled to introduce our very Special Guest Designer, she is the owner of 7 Dots Studio - Tusia Lech.
She is an amazingly talented lady and really one of the nicest ladies ever!!

I love all kinds of media – if I would have to define my style, I would say that media are the only constant thing. My favourite colours are fresh, bold greens, blues and pinks, but at the same time I just love delicate, pale hues of beige, rose and white. However there is something in my projects, what can be found always – a positive, feminine style.
Scrapbooking fills my whole life – it is all around me – in my private life and in my job career. I love the process of creation – I have created things since early childhood – all kinds of handmade things always attracted me. I cannot imagine my life without making some art. Even if I leave for a weekend, I always take my small “art-bag”, filled with art-journal supplies. I am lucky enough to be a designer in a few very creative places. I love drinking coffee, reading books, walking through the forest, watching flowers on the meadow, basking in the autumn sun and being deep in my inner world. I can say that I am happy person and wouldn’t change a single thing in my life.

Tusia created this beautiful card for the challenge. It is so absolutely gorgeous and stunning!

How I altered chipboards - text - I have used plain, white chipboards from 7 Dots Studio Nature Walk collection. I embossed them with Lindy Stamp Gang embossing powder, than I paint them with Gelatos from Faber-Castell and at the end I have embellished them with Liquid Pearls.

Thanks so much Tusia, for your amazing card! Please pop along to Tusia's blog and the 7 Dots Studio to see more of Tusia's work! You will not be sorry! ;-)

We also have a previous winner as a Guest Designer - Ekaterina Antipova

My Photo

Ekaterina created this beautiful and amazing piece.

I made mix-media panels. I used the chipboard on the background, heart and words "you&me" in russian. The heart I covered in crackle paint and gold acrylic paint. Words - acrylic paint, gesso and Perfect Pearls Mist.

Thanks so much Ekaterina for this beautiful and wonderful piece! ;-)

To wow you even more, the 7 Dots Studio Design Team, also designed some wonderful projects for this challenge and you are going to really love their work.  Here is their amazing inspiration.

"Captured Moment"

"This picture depicts another wonderful day. The kids got to fly their kites at the beach downtown. I used lots of stamping again behind the photo to create texture and movement."

"I love capturing these moments in time. These beautiful snapshots of life will help me remember how my kids were then"

Altered Chipboard:
"I used some Blue Fern Studio chipboard for this challenge. The chipboard icons "Captured" and "Click" were simply inked in Black Coal fluid chalk ink. The Honey comb chipboard was painted in black acrylic paint and while it was still wet, I added some fine glass micro-beads on top to enhance the texture"

Product list
7 Dots Studio 9th Wave- Stormy sea
7 Dots Studio 9th Wave- 12x12 Elements
7 Dots Studio Wonderland- Stickers

I have used the Domestic Goddess collection in this one.
My chipboard alphas are gessoed, misted and stamped!

This is a mini project, a  CD wallet perfect for presenting. 
The detail of  the chipboard arabesque : I cut and texturized using the Sixxiz machine.
I used gold metallic paste and applied some patina techniques using white paint.

stickers 6x12 Domestic Goddess
paper Deep Water- 9th Wave collection

I altered my UmWowStudio layered circles, using a layer of copper paint, followed by a circle confetti mask and heavy body paint, and finally I stamped the chipboard using metal stamps, for the heavily embossed word "fly" on each piece.

I made a card using the newest 7 Dots Studio collection - Cold Country.
I altered the chipboards with gesso, gel medium, glass filler and two kinds of mist.
Thanks to all those media it looks like it is rusty.

Sandi Smith

I just love the versatility that chipboard gives to a layout and I tend to use them on all my projects! All the chipboard used here is manufactured by Scrapmatts and has the option of coming in a white mist finish. The frame, compass and lighthouse received some textured paste, mists and embossing powder. The grass chipboard was soaked with brown mist and I peeled apart the layers to give a more dimensional effect. The fence also received a coat of mist and I then added some gesso for a whitewashed effect. I simply inked the edges of the gorgeous butterfly as it was beautiful just as it was!

"I covered the brand new 7 Dots Studio chipboards with two coats of embossing powder. For the first coat I used semi-opaque pearl powder and for the top layer four different colors of embossing powder added here and there. While the powder was still hot, I sprinkled some extra glitter on top."

Thanks sooooo much to the 7 Dots Studio Design Team! You absolutely rocked this challenge! ;-)
Each project is beautiful and gorgeous and the altered chip boards amazing! Certainly, so very inspirational! 

But the magic doesn't stop there, check out our Design Teams projects too! 

Host Ada

 I covered my chipboard with a Tim Holtz ink pad then glued microbeads onto it :)

Some of the chipboard flowers were embossed and some more stamped first and then embossed.

I used a beautiful chipboard swirl and lightly painted it with some Tim Holtz distress ink.


Altered Maya Road banner pieces using pattern paper and the Prima 'love' title with Gesso.

I embossed the chipboard first and then added the colouring using alcohol inks and perfect pearls mists

This little valentines album has chipboard covers that has been painted around the edges and then dipped into glitter. The inside also contains a lot of chipboard that has been painted, glittered, inked and even had some rub ons applied.   It will also be a Valentines give away on my blog.

I used one of my favourite techniques on my chipboard...layering. I wet  my chipboard and divided it into three sections, drying it with a heat gun makes the chipboard curl, giving lovely dimension to it. I then painted it with several colours of  Distress Paints, and also did some stamping on the flower and leaves. I finished it of with some Rock Candy Distress Stickles.


Super work from the Design Team, as usual! ;-)

So we really hope you are super inspired and feeling super creative after seeing all these amazing projects and will play along! We really would love to see your work.

Please link up your projects by 28 Feb.

Monday 3 February 2014

Winners and TOP Projects - Recycling Challenge

Hello Everyone

WOW! You guys really gave us such wonderful eye candy to look at! ;-) You really blew us away with the creativity and the wonderful recycling! So thanks to everyone who played along! You were awesome!

I think we all have so many things around the house that would be super for creating projects, but it's just about being in that mind-set of recycling! I certainly have really given it some more thought, and will try and use a few more goodies in my upcoming projects!

Okay...let's get to the business!!!! ;-)

So start off, let's get straight to our random winners. Billie-Jeans giveaway...

goes to 20. Connie Hall ! Congratulations Connie! ;-)

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Evgenia's giveaway...

goes to 28. Taniko! Conratulations Taniko, you get to play with these goodies!
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Congratulations to our random winners, and thanks so much for playing along! ;-)
Now to our top projects. We really did have so many wonderful entries that the voting was really widespread. So I want to feature quite a number of projects, because of the voting being so widespread, as well as the number of entries.
So the top project is this beautiful album by 2. Marta (Maremi's Small Art) Ireland !

We so loved the originality and the creativity of this album! We loved the little glasses made from tablet packaging and then the sweet photo and gorgeous colouring! This is really so fabulous! So well done Marta, we loved this project! ;-)
In 2nd spot is this super project by  33. Zhanna A. 

The originality of your Pringles can for this little holder is just fabulous! This is a stunning project and so very beautiful and creative! Congratulations Zhanna!
In 3rd spot, is this gorgeous page by 26. Canica Van Loggerenberg !

We loved the cute, recycled clothing tag, as well as those denim hearts. Your photo is just stunning too and we also can't "weight" to see that baby!!!! ;-) Wonderful page! Well done Canica!
So congratulations to the TOP 3 projects, these were really awesome! ;-)
Then we had another 4 stunning projects that were equally voted on and I felt that  they just needed to be featured! In no particular order, are these super projects too!
 21. ChudoOlya 

 8. Denisa (Czech Republic) 

17. Lisa Sarkis 

and 10. Anne Pennington (CANADA) 
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Well done to you 4 ladies....these were really such amazing projects and pages too! ;-)
We would love to see more of Marta's work, so please would you email us at for a Guest Design opportunity! The random winners must also please send your postal details to this email address.
Thanks again to everyone who played guys were "GREEN" and we loved it!Hope to see you playing along again soon!

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