Wednesday 1 May 2013

Challenge #3 - May 2013

Whoo-hoooo! Thank you everyone for making April's butterflies challenge another great success, so many beautiful, beautiful entries! We will announce the winner and the top 3 merits as soon as we can but today we announce our new challenge.

If you'd like to enter May's challenge and have a chance of winning a £20 shop voucher from our host at Country View Crafts then submit your entries for...

'How does your garden grow?'

Our theme has been chosen by our very special GUEST DESIGNER, the fab' Lin Brown of Yours Artfully who designed some of the Eclectica³ range of stamps and dies for Paper Artsy. Welcome Lin, and thank you for joining us this month as a guest designer.

Not only do we have Lin joining us but also the winner of our first (Pick and mix) challenge in March the VERY talented Alison (butterfly) of Words and Pictures. Welcome to you too Alison.

We have a BUMPER month this month as our top 3 merit badge holders, Alison of Craftytrog's Inky Advantures, Jennie of 'Words and Pictures' and Laura of Laurart will also be featuring with a guest DT piece throughout the month which means 2 new and inspiring pieces published each week! 

Yeeharrrrr, HERE WE GO.......


"I created this project using all things PaperArtsy......a 6x4 box canvas, Grunge Paste, Fresco Finish Paints, Blossom Die and last but not least my hand carved style stamps. It's an easy project to re-create in a couple of hours. I love using these stamps, they are so versatile, all three plates are mix and match but today's project was made with the images from ELB01, full instructions can be found on my blog"

Alison (butterfly)

"I've been playing with Decorative Strip Dies.  I really wanted to see how realistic a wall I could create with the Brick Wall.  Lots of inking, and some embossing paste mortar, and then the brick-laying, and I'm pretty happy with the result.  Then I used the Tattered Flower Garland to create lots of flowers to go in my walled garden... Lots of fun making this - but pretty fiddly at times!"


"A tag to fit in with our garden theme this month with a row of Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers on a bed of foliage created from a Cuttlebug embossing folder. Birds and butterflies are attracted to this beautiful red colour and feed on the sweet nectar. A garden for our future generations."


"My first piece is a painty canvas of many layers with a garden scene of birds in trees and flowers. The handmade flowers are paper, stamped and inked with some made from crinkly cellophane packaging stained with alcohol inks. The 3D garden fence is made using Tim's Snowflake die."


"This is a little hanging using the fabulous PaperArtsy stamps designed by my incredibly talented friend Lin Brown. The little MDF plaque was covered in white then blue PaperArtsy paints. I stamped the leaves with green paint and then sanded the whole piece for a shabby, aged look. The flower was covered with white and blue paint and stamped onto grungepaper. A little blue Distress Ink on the very edge of the petals (and for the sentiment) and brown on the edges of the plaque finished it off!"


"I made a hanging board, using die cut cogs and some steampunk  metal flowerswith light bulb leaves to add to my imaginary garden. The flower centres are bottle tops,filled with UTEE and cogs."
Hopefully, we've whetted your appetite, fuelled your fire, floated your boat and you're raring to go....? Lol. We're hoping to see more of your stunning cards, tags, ATCs, journal pages, sewing projects and altered art pieces etc this month so good luck! Don't forget to check back every few days for more fab' pieces from your Design Team to keep you going.

Have fun everyone,

Your Design Team xxx


  1. Thank you so much for having me along for the ride - what an amazing set of creations!
    Alison x

  2. Gorgeous work ladies, really hope to join in this one!!

  3. Great Challenge girls, and great work from the Dt's, just want to clarify that the closing date is next month and not in 5days as is written below the links.

    1. Totally my fault, not sure how I managed it but I've amended it now. Thanks for pointing it out Sue. Chris xxx

  4. Wow! Amazing creations everyone and thanks to Lin for a fab theme. Off to put my creative hat on!
    Fliss x

  5. Absolutely gorgeous work by the Design Team!

  6. Is this challenge only a week long? It says it closes in under six days, I thought your challenges were for a month? I'd love to join in but won't be able to do so if it finishes that quickly, beautiful inspiration and I'll try to enter Karen x

    1. My fault Karen, sorry. Have amended to correct date, thanks for pointing it out. Chris xxx

  7. Wow, all the design team have worked really hard this month, every piece of artwork is simply are indeed a very talented bunch.Thank you so much for inviting me to join in the fun.


  8. Fabulous inspiration ladies great pieces of art hope to join in this monthlife keeps getting in the way :(.
    Linky is saying only 4 days to go to end of challenge eeek!!!!!!


    1. Sorry Maggie, my fault, I've changed it to the end of the month. Chris xxx

  9. Really original takes on the theme to stimulate and inspire us. Thank you! Julie Ann xx

  10. Thanks for the fun challenge - the DT did some great work! :)

  11. Such wonderful entries I hope I have some time left to submit an entry this is my first time taking part in your challenge. I usually get very nervous in entering but this year I'm not. I have a rough idea of what I want to make but not saying.
    Glad I found your shop the prices on Tim Holtz'z products are cheaper than any where else.

  12. Thanks Brenda resubmitted entry .Sorry !!

  13. Name of challenge theme amended on my blog as requested...Thanks


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