Tuesday 26 February 2008

Challenge 23 ~ 'Circles' Sponsored by BOOTIFUL STAMPZ

This week's challenge is 'Circles' so anything goes as long as there is a circle somewhere on your creation..... could be buttons, brads, eyelets, circles in patterned paper etc....

As usual post a photo of your creation on your blog/website or online gallery ... mention Arty Girlz with a link to our site and then come here and leave a comment with a link to your site - easy as that :)

This challenge is Sponsored by sally from Bootiful Stampz ~ Heres a picture of the great prize that is up for grabs. All names will be put in the hat and the winner will be drawn randomly to win these gorgeous stamps.

This is what sally has to say about Bootiful stampz

Bootiful Stampz was born out of a bunny i designed and had made into a die a couple of years ago. He has become my trademark in a way and i thought it would be a nice idea to turn him into a stamp with other details. I am aiming for other designs of bunnys and also other subjects to be released in the future. Stamps range from £3 to £5 for single stamps and £13 - £18 for sets of stamps.

You can buy these cute bunny stamps and more from sallys store Here also you can find sallys blog HERE

Sally also owns Auntys forum so if you have time pop over there to check it out.

We asked Sally to be one of our guest designers and she has created a card using one of her stamps ~ Heres sallys card

A Layout by crissi

A Card from Julie

'Green' Sampler

A HUGE Thank You to everybody who joined in with the 'Green' challenge - Here's is a sampler of some of the entries :)

Creations by: Sally, Paula, Lisa, Linda

Creations by: Kristy, Kelly, Crystal, Lydia

Friday 22 February 2008

*** TOOT *** for Arty Girlz :]

It has been brought to our attention that we have been mentioned in this fabulous magazine Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Arty Girlz appear in the Surf City Links Section HERE

Thanks to all at Rubber Stamp Madness magazine

If we hadn't received this information in an email we would never have known, if anyone sees us mentioned in any other magazines etc please let us know :)

Tuesday 19 February 2008

Challenge #22 ~ 'Green'

The challenge this week is to have the colour green on your project, as usual you choose the format so you could make a card, do a scrapbooking layout Altered Art etc...then post a photo of your creation on your blog/website or online gallery ... mention Arty Girlz with a link to our site and then come here and leave a comment with a link to your site - easy as that :)

We have a special treat today as we have the lovely Fabrizio as our Guest Designer. Firstly here's Fabrizio's wonderful creation followed by a short bio from the man himself :-

Hi everyone, I've been asked to do this guest designer spot and I'm very excited about it. A big thank you to Julie and Crissi to trust me enough to have this gig ( I hope they'll call me back, LOL ).

My name is Fabrizio and I've been living in Britain for the past 17 years. The idea was to come to London back in '91 to improve my English and I never looked back ever since. I've done all sort of jobs: McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Benetton...a brief spot at University which didn't work out until I finally found my dream job in a bookshop off Piccadilly Circus.

What I didn't know at that time is that I was suffering from bi-polarism so after an unfortunate series of events...I found myself crafting to distract myself from a chronic agoraphobia (8 years already), bi-polarism and finally diabetes (ain't I a basket full of fun ? LOL). Anyway, paper crafting was and still is my saviour, I wake up thinking 'What am I going to make today?', it gives me focus and enjoy it tremendously.

I had an old blog but didn't post that often on it until I decided to create a new one on Blogger this January and I met lots of really nice crafters with their own stories to tell. I also frequent a few forums where I swap cards or ATC.

My style of crafting is quite eclectic, I like to try all sort of techniques and new paper combinations. I'm more a cardmaker than a scrapbooker (my partner, Vince, is the scrapbooker in the family) but I do enjoy creating keepsakes for my friends and family members.

For the card I made for the Green theme, I've used Déjà Views green pad, metallic brads by Making Memories, the designed was inspired by Susan Cobb book 'Journal of Paper Engineering' published by Hot Off The Press. The card starts as a simple gatefold but you just add a triangular flap on top to give it an extra dimension. Hope you like it !

Ciao ciao ! Fabrizio.

Click Here to see Fab's blog

Here's our 'green' creations

A canvas from Julie:

A layout from Crissi:

Paperartsy Winner & 'Stamping' Sampler

The winner of those lovely Paperartsy stamps randomly picked from the pot is..........

Congratulations Looby, please let us have your address and we will get your stamps in the post to you :)
We would like to say a huge Thank you to everyone who took part in the 'Stamping' challenge..... here is a sampler:-
Creations by:- Caro, Sandy, Lulu, Barbara

Creations by: Angie, Andrea , Jane , Gayle

Wednesday 13 February 2008

Thank you !!

We'd like to say a big Thank you to everyone who has left comments and emailed us offering to be a guest designer for Arty Girlz.

We have been totally overwhelmed by the response

You will start to see challenges featuring guest designers starting from next week.....this does not mean that you won't be asked.... we are looking for many guest designers to feature on our blog it is just going to take a while to organise so please bear with us :)

Tuesday 12 February 2008

Challenge #21 ~ 'Stamping' Sponsored by PAPERARTSY

This week's challenge is 'STAMPING' so we would like to see any kind of stamping on your projects this week...using any stamps that are in your collection :)

You're in for a treat this week as

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket has sponsored this challenge and one lucky person will be randomly selected to win this prize.

Swirls & Curls 2 on EZ Mount The rubber plate of images is mounted onto EZ Mount static cling foam, and each image closely machine trimmed. The stamps cling to the laminated index sheet for storage and ready to use with acrylic blocks.

Squiggly Mini 08 Credit Card Size on EZ Mount foam

These stamps are from Paperartsy's 'Squiggly Ink' range, if you'd like to see more of the range click here Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

The good news doesn't stop there they are also offering a discount for the length of this challenge so get yourself over to Paperartsy and enter girlz as the code to activate a 15% discount on the shopping cart ~ This discount will work from Feb 12 - 19th :)

Here is an example of Leandra from Paperartsy's work using these stamps and there is many more fantastic creations on her blog - click here to see.

Leandra also sent myself and Crissi the same stamps so that we could use them in our Arty Girlz examples... aren't we lucky :)

Here's an example of what we made...click on our blogs to see more ;)


Friday 8 February 2008

Blinkies Blinkies & more Blinkies

If you would like an Arty Girlz blinkie for your blog scroll down the side bar and snag the one you would like :)

Crissi and I would like to say a Huge Thank You to Jo from Siggi Shop Blog who has been busy making the blinkies and modifying banners for us.

Jo is a whizz at Paint Shop Pro and if you need a new blog header, avatar, forum signature or anything else that requires paint shop pro knowledge then look no further. We can not recommend her highly enough....plus she has the patience of a saint which is always a bonus ;)

To see Jo's blog with examples of the blog headers she's made and more click here

Thanks again Jo xxx

Tuesday 5 February 2008

Guest Designers wanted for Arty Girlz Challenge Blog

The Arty Girlz are looking for Guest designers

This is how it would work we would set the theme or on occasion ask you to choose, then you make an example and tell us a little bit about yourself (not compulsory) and we'll upload as per usual. we will let you know before hand when the challenge featuring you as a guest designer will be going live.

As a thank you we will link to your blog on the challenge, and there will also be a permanent link to your blog under our guest designers list. We'll also email an Arty Girlz guest designer banner which you can upload to your blog if you choose.

So if you would like to be one of the Arty Girlz Guest designers please leave a comment here or contact one of us via email if you would prefer and we will be in touch.

Thanks Crissi and Julie

Challenge #20 ~ Frames

This week's challenge is 'Frames' so you could use cardstock to make a frame, do a stitched frame, a buttoned frame, alter a frame, doodle a frame.... there's so much you can do for this challenge and we can't wait to see what you come up with.

As usual you choose the format so you could make a card, atc, scrapbook layout whatever you decide it is up to you.

Then post a photo on your blog or website and link to Arty Girlz and come here with the link to your blog so that we can comment :) It's as easy as that. If you don't have a blog or website you can email one of us and we'll upload it for you.

Have fun!!
Here's ours:-