01 May 2017

May Day, May Day.......Happy May Day!!!

Today - Monday is the first of May! So it is time to announce the next challenge at this blog. I wonder why the sign for trouble and the need for help is 'May Day'? Whenever I need to know something like this I google it:

Mayday got its start as an international distress call in 1923. It was made official in 1948. It was the idea of Frederick Mockford, who was a senior radio officer at Croydon Airport in London. He came up with the idea for “mayday" because it sounded like the French word m'aider, which means “help me."

Well, that was interesting. May Day - the First of May -  itself is often a public holiday, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere as it is associated with an ancient European Spring Festival. It marks for them the first day of Spring. For the rest of us it is often associated with International Worker's Day. So, if I marry those two ideas - we spring into work and get into trouble.......mmmmm, sounds like a normal crafting day to me...... 

We are of course right in the middle of Autumn

The new challenge is:

#68 Layering and Borders

TWIST use a border punch/die (or two)

Random Number Prize
Couture Creations Dies
(New )

How's that?

We have some work from the wonderful Design Team to show you to get you thinking of how this might be applied.....

So, as long as there is a layer or two in there, and some type of border (either die cut or punched), you are home and hosed!

Just add your work to this LINKY

PLEASE - NO STAMPS in your work

24 April 2017

Final Week for the Current Challenge: #67 to Die for.....with a TWIST of a few birds.......

Hello Peeps - hope you are all recovered from Easter and ready to face the rest of the year? 
Our current challenge is

#67: To 'die' for.......   
TWIST  add a bird or two or three....

We have some lovely entries for this challenge and people are all so clever
However, three people did not carefully read the rules


Well, that being out of the way, here are a few inspirational things to get you going....

Firstly, there is a random prize draw

 Two small die sets
IO Dies - Bunnies 


Cheery Lyn Dies - chicks

Then there is the work of the wonderful, magical DT

Love these folds and that colour combo!

Three little bird house with birds!
They are so pretty!
Here is a close up of one

In my mind's eye this looked quite different.......however, this is what it became!

An inspirational photo too......

by Greg Faulls, at the entrance to the Salmon Ponds, central Tasmania
Autumn has arrived......

So, enough inspiration..... 

You can enter your creation 

Scroll down to find the LINKY

17 April 2017

Wheeew - midway already!

Hope you are all enjoying your Easter break and all that chocolate!

Just a reminder that there is a challenge running at this blog

#67: To 'die' for.......   

TWIST  add a bird or two or three....

Yes, there is a Prize - two small die sets
IO Dies - Bunnies 


Cheery Lyn Dies - chicks

Just look at the amazing things my lovely Design Team came up with to inspire you further!

How busy is this!

If that doesn't get you lusting for the craft room I don't know what would!

You can enter your creation 

Scroll down to find the LINKY

10 April 2017

March Winners and using Dies for a new challenge

Well, we had some lovely work presented for March - but still one crafted used a stamp. Please,


All the work submitted was lovely and all deserved to be in the draw to win the random number draw but unfortunately that could not be the case for one lovely crafter.

However, the winner of that random draw for the March Challenge: #66 Punctuate

Number 10 Sheetal

Graphic 45 Recycled box

Always, we like to acknowledge the wonderful work of an individual which has appealed the most to the DT - remembering that we all like different things in our crafting. This month that person is:

What a gorgeous, fun page.

The latest challenge for April is of course running now and is based around

To 'die' for.......   

TWIST  add a bird or two or three....

Yes, there is a Prize - two small die sets
IO Dies - Bunnies 


Cheery Lyn Dies - chicks

If you look at the inspiration this week you will see that I used the CL chicks in my project - not from the prize packet but from a set I purchased for myself as I thought they were so cute!

A box of chocolate!

and not one but three from 

So I decided to make 3 cards this month.
See my blog post for more details on each one.

Looking forward to seeing what you can create with all your dies

enter it HERE

or scroll down until you find the latest Linky!

03 April 2017

April.......how did it get here so fast?

Well, April has snuck in and our clocks got turned forward on Saturday night (meaning I got an extra hour of sleep this morning) although if you are reading this in the northern hemisphere, your just turning into Spring!
So, the Challenge #67 is 
To 'die' for.......   

TWIST  add a bird or two or three....

Prize - two small ones
IO Dies - Bunnies 


Cheery Lyn Dies - chicks

Easter is just around the corner for us all - lot's of scope there for projects with no stamps - and for those in Australia and New Zealand, we have ANZAC Day on the 25th. Just remember please no stamps to be used. Every month we have to disappoint some lovely crafter who has not read the rules.

Before we begin this month it would be remiss of me not to say to all those people in Southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales suffering from the flooding as an aftermath of Cyclone Debbie, and those who were battered around by the winds when she made land last week - my thoughts are with you all; stay safe, dry and stay positive.

There is also some inspiration to help you get started on your April project - please remember NO STAMPS are allowed:

The birds (swans) are part of the die cut border.


You can add your project at the linky at the bottom of this post

Before we leave...........

Our photo this week was taken by Greg Faull on his morning walk around Hobart last week
It is of the boat sheds at Cornelian Bay
This bay is directly opposite my house on the western side of the Derwent River

Greg says: Some of the most tightly held properties in Tasmania are not in an upmarket area or come with a million-dollar price tag - in fact, they are not even houses. The Cornelian Bay boatsheds have been a popular waterside feature for about a century and are some of the most hotly contested real estate going.

The first boatsheds were built in the late 1890s. Most of the 33 sheds were built between 1920 and 1930. 

People can stay there during the day but are not allowed to live in them, although overnight stays occasionally are permitted. They are subject to Heritage Guidelines re building and maintenance and they sell for over $A250,000 when and if they come onto the market......

Cute, eh....

28 March 2017

Final Week for the March Challenge #66: Use Punctuation

ED: My apologies for the lateness of this - I am running behind permanently lately!!

Hello Peeps - well, just a week to go for this challenge
How are you travelling?
Time to have a go?

There is a prize and some DT Favorites to be announced in the second post for April
but until then, here is some more inspiration for you!

#66 Punctuate and maybe  - be amusing


Some more work to inspire you......


Well, there you have it

Scroll down to the linky 

20 March 2017

Punctuate like a Pro!

Hi Peeps
A sunrise in Hobart last week:

Gotta love those early morning people for sharing with us this beauty!

The current challenge for March is to add punctuation to your work and the TWIST is to be amusing if possible. This opens many possibilities but just remember - please, no stamps! We all know that leaving out a comma (especially an inverted one) can bring the punctuation squad down on us like a ton of bricks. This probably illustrates why:

So, which are you?

If you are wondering what punctuation signs are suitable:

This might help.

I find my most used sign - apart from the comma - is the exclamation mark.
I think I am addicted to it's use!

Yes, there is a prize (random draw)

Here is some more inspiration to assist your imaginations:

(Did Grandma make the cake? Perhaps she is in it!)

Lot's of different ways the team have used Punctuation Signs here and all are "tongue in cheek" amusing.
So - let's see what you can make

13 March 2017

Week Two for March and Winners for February

Happy St Patricks Day to those who observe this holiday and happy Labour Day Long Weekend for my Australian readers - I hope you had a lovely weekend.

Wow, we had a great list of entries for February, proving that the 'Anything Goes' challenges are popular. We also had to disqualify some as they used stamps - please read the rules carefully before entering. They are fairly simple.

Now to announce the winner of the first random number draw prize for 2017

Congratulations Chris

DT Favorite

The DT Favorite is always a struggle to choose and this one was no exception
The team nominated over 15 and I narrowed it down to three
Here they are in no apparent order:

Look at this gorgeous garden!

Image may contain: food
Those birds are quilled too!

So delicate

Ladies, there is no prize but our congratulations on being chosen and we hope to see you back soon!

The second challenge in 2017 need's a bit more careful thought but can be easily got around
Remember, the twist is up to you but if you can - go for it!

Use a Punctuation Sign somewhere in your work 
with the TWIST being to be amusing as well -  if possible!
The Prize
Random Number Draw

The magazine has an embossing folder and a die with it

There are a couple of pieces of inspiration this month

Isn't this a stunning card!

Found this photo when tidying up my craft cave so gave it a quick scrap!

You an enter HERE 
(Scroll down to the linky) 

See you next week!