Saturday 1 February 2014

It's February and it's challenge #12

Is is us or has January just disappeared before our very craft rooms? lol We can't believe it!  Thank you to all of you who entered January's challenge, another bumper month with such beautiful entries. You are all so creative! As usual, our winners will be announced in about a week's time so please watch for the winners' post.

And now to February.... This month it's the turn of our very creative Trace to choose the challenge topic and Trace has chosen:


Your projects can be anything you'd like to make as long as there is a strong or base theme of paint. What kind of paint? Any kind of paint you like from watercolours to acrylics, oils to household paint, just paint, paint, paint.

As usual, we're kicking off our inspirational DT line up with our first guest for the month, winner of December's challenge...

kbrandy4 aka Hazel

"I have altered an old tile using paint, papers, dies and embellishments. First I drilled two holes in the tile, painted it and then added some papers which I distressed and painted, a 'Tilda in Vintage Clothing' on a beautiful Spellbinders diecut and finished it with flowers and ribbons."


"Well whilst paint is not my go to product I have fallen head over heals in love with the Distress Paints from the first few colours. They have some amazing properties and work so well with all the rest of the distress line, having some super cool reactions with water! So here is my painty playtime piece number one.. hopefully with a rusty feel?"


"No hardship in choosing which paint to play with for this challenge........Distress Paint.....I LOVE it!!! Used it to create the background of this very large chipboard tag and also to paint the die cut 'umbrella man'....... "

"More details on my blog."


"There is something really satisfying about paint. It can be used to cover large areas or to make delicate strokes. It's quite fabulous! For this Art Part panel I used PaperArtsy Fresco paint to cover the background and to highlight the flowers. I'm no painter by any means but painting a stamped image makes me look like I am!"


"It is lovely to be back after a month off and I had great fun making these book covers for some of my Tim Holtz Stamp Sets.  I am quite a newbie to paints but I have really enjoyed using the fabulous Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Paints and the equally fabulous Grunge Paste to create the texture.  There are more details on my blog as to how I made the covers."


"Paint is my number one passion at the moment, there are so many different techniques you can use it for. I've used Fresco Finish paints and mixed it with embossing paste; painted flowers and metal; and stencilled with it too !"

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So there you have them - a diverse range of projects and techniques which we hope will encourage, inspire and motivate you to join in this month. The (randomly chosen) winner receives a £20 shop voucher and blog badge and we have 3 Top 3 badge awards as well as a DT Member's Special Mention badge to be won. All winners are invited to join us as a guest designer the following month.



  1. loving all the inspiration team :)
    Von ☺

  2. Wow! Lots of stunning creations! Thanks for having me as a guest this month!
    Hazel xx

  3. Sooo lovely inspirations from the DT. Thank you for the challenge.

  4. Great challenge, I love my paint! and some fabulous DT samples.

  5. Fantastic theme and fabulous inspiration from the team as ever!
    Alison xx

  6. Gorgeous creation from the design team...xx

  7. Great, I am all in for this Challenge, love getting messy!

  8. Wow! fabulous DT inspiration samples and a fabulous theme for February little brain is spinning with ideas......
    see you later


  9. Beautiful theme and design team sample!

  10. So much gorgeous inspiration! I love paint!
    Alison x

  11. amazing blog,and stunning samples from the team,just my kind of,blog,love it hugs Cherylxxxx

  12. Hello,
    can you delete the post No. 9, I used the link to my new blog for more informations. Thanks, Kerstin

  13. Beautiful inspiration from the Design Team. Vee xx

  14. Coming from Alison Bomber's blog, I'm just discovering your challenges blog, and wow! :) I see a set of fabulous samples from the Design Team for this painty pleasures challenge!!! Thank you for this one and the inspiration! Happy Sunday, Coco x

  15. Super inky challenge, fantastic inspiration DT.

  16. Had to play this month no matter what as I just love to get painty! Great inspiration throughout challenge ladies.


  17. Wonderful inspiration by your Design Team!

    Thanks for a great challenge!


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