Tuesday 29 April 2008

Challenge #32 ~ 'Open Theme' Sponsored by TRIMCRAFT

The winner of last week's challenge who was randomly selected is Gail ~ Congratulations and please let us have your address:)

The theme for this challenge is 'Open Theme' so you can create whatever you like for Arty Girlz this week.

Our challenge is sponsored by Trimcraft who contacted Arty Girlz as they are about to launch their exciting new website on 1st May ~ Here's some info...

Trimcraft is the first social network website set up especially for crafters. This amazing new website boasts tons of fantastic features including: create your own profile page, search and add friends, message and contact other crafters in real time, monthly competitions, create your own project gallery and watch Craft videos updated every week. Enough to keep any crafter busy for a long time!

Inspiration hits you at every turn with Craft videos showing you the latest techniques and tips and forums enabling you to discuss ideas with fellow users. One of the best features is the ability to show not only a full project gallery, but to add instructions and to comment on others projects and even add one another as friends!Not technically minded? Don't worry.
Trimcraft has been created with you in mind. All our features are user-friendly and mean that using the site will always be a pleasure. If you do have any questions, we have a full team of friendly staff who will give you a helping hand.

Taking crafting into the 21st century, this website provides a solution to every crafting-need. There is even a great feature where users can contact local demonstrators to ask questions about upcoming or past demos. You can see the full profile of the demonstrator including profile picture and past projects they have done.

Bursting with content and activities, the only problem you will have is ever logging off the site!Pre-registration is already kicking into gear with all those pre-registered having automatic entry into a prize draw to win £1000 worth of craft vouchers from their favourite stockist. Get in ahead of the crowd and be one of the first to have access to some of the fantastic features on site launch. A website that will truly be at the top of everyone's' favourites list.

Click the banner to go to the website :)

Crissi and I were very lucky to be given special early access to the site and it really is amazing!! There's literally everything that you need in one place and the site is so easy to navigate. Don't worry though we resisted the urge to type 'Arty Girlz were here' on the message board ;)

Trimcraft have been extrememly generous and one random lucky person will win this brilliant prize and there will be further sponsored prizes from Trimcraft in the future so keep an eye out for them ;)

We were also lucky to receive the same as the prize offered to use in our examples this week ~ here's what we did...


Crissi's ~

'Handmade Backgrounds' Sampler

Thank you to everyone who joined in with the 'Handmade Backgrounds' challenge and thanks once again to Paula for guest designing for us and to The Artistic Stamper for supplying such a great prize (The winner will be announced when the new challenge is set)

Here is a sampler of some of the entries ~ Click the names to go to the creators blogs :)

Vintage Wil , Deborah , Christine , Kath

Tuesday 22 April 2008

Arty Girlz Challenge #31 'Handmade Backgrounds' Sponsored by The Artistic Stamper

This week's challenge has been set by our talented Guest Designer Paula from Mini Book Pixie blog who says:

"I love patterened paper very much but it is far too easy to whack on cards etc. So for my theme, I want to see handmade backgrounds. Get those fingers inky & painted & make a custom piece of paper/card for your design"
This weeks prize

This challenge is Sponsored by The Artistic Stamper and look at the fantastic prize that is on offer this week: The stamps are deep etched red rubber, The Artistic stamper also manufacture Kling-On plus have loads of accessories including the chipboard shapes embossing powders and all sorts of lovely scrummy stash to play with so pop on over and take a look at their shop

Here is Paula's stunning creation followed by a description of how she made it

"Mine is made with distress inks. I love all aspects of crafting but am moving more towards mixed media as I love mixing up different mediums & rubber stamping my designs. Though I will never give up my coveted Basic Grey papers, I do like to make my own backgrounds as it feels more like my design. Paula"

Crissi's (better pics on my blog )

Julie's - see blog for close ups

'Ribbon' Sampler & Winner Announced

The winner of the lovely ribbon prize is Sandy (Stempelchaotin) ~ Congratulations please let us have your address :)

Thanks to everyone who joined in with last weeks challenge and a special thank you to Molly Daydream for providing the prize and to Jane for being a fab Guest Designer. Here's a Sampler of some of the wonderful entries - click on the names to see who created them :)

Myriame Gail Carolyn Christine

Lulu Ria Ying Pang Kelly

Wednesday 16 April 2008

Challenge Suggestions

We'd love to hear any suggestions you have for future challenges ~ Just leave a comment here and if we use your suggestion we will link to your blog when the challenge is set so keep a look out :)

Tuesday 15 April 2008

Challenge #30 ~ Ribbons Sponsored by Molly Daydream

This week the challenge is 'Ribbons' and it is sponsored by Molly Daydream who sell beautiful ribbons & charms amongst lots of other lovely goodies so make sure you check them out. Here is the lovely prize that you can win

As always post your creation on your blog or website with a link to Arty Girlz and then leave a comment here so that we can pay you a visit

We also have the lovely Jane as Guest Designer this week here's a short bio from the lady herself:-

Hi I'm Jane, mother to 4 grown sons & proud grandmum to 5 gorgeous grandkids. Born & bred in Wiltshire, I now live in north Shropshire with my partner & 2 barmy dogs. I first got into crafting 3yrs ago when I was made medically retired, I have mobility problems that have drastically changed my life, from being an active hard working run around girl with a crazy social life to being placed in the slow lane & virtually housebound. Paper crafting has been my salvation & helped keep me sane {although I am not sure that sane is really a word to describe me lol} I started out as a cardmaker & rapidly moved on to scrapbooking which I love, now I have gone back to cardmaking again in a big way, in fact I am a proud member of the Scrapagogo Greetings DT. Another addition for me is the field of making & trading ATCs, I have a huge collection of these mini works of art from all over the globe.I was thrilled to bits to be asked to be a guest designer for the Arty Girlz as I have been friends with Crissi & Julie for well over 2yrs now & I am so proud of their success. I support them werever I can & I wish them all the luck for their continued growth & success with the blog, I am always inspired by the work they both produce.I just love that this mini album has all different pages, each one a different shape than the last. It is also very tactile, as I do love to be able to touch my work as well as see it. My partner is slowly going blind & he is training to work with blind children, I have taken this on board & it has inspired me to make my projects as tactile as possible

Jane has created a beautiful Eclectic Mini Book for this challenge - Here's a sneak peek of a couple of pages but you'll have to visit HERE to see the rest on Jane's Blog.

A Card from Julie

An Atc from Crissi

'Black & White' Sampler & Winner Announced

Thank you to everyone who joined in with the 'Black and White' Challenge and a special Thank You to Fiona for sponsoring the challenge & Rosie for being a fab guest designer

The winner of the gorgeous Stampin Up papers is Beryl ~ Congratulations please let us have your address so that we can get your goodies to you :)

There were so many gorgeous entries ~ Here's a sampler...as always click on the names below which will take you to the creators blog.

Silvia Ann Diana Heather

Sam Donna Gem Sian

Tuesday 8 April 2008

challenge # 29 BLACK & WHITE

This week's challenge is BLACK & WHITE as usual you choose the format so you could make a card, do a scrapbooking layout Altered Art, anything its up to you ...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 :)

This week FIONA STAMPIN UP has supplied this fabby prize:- A pack of designer series fall flowers 12x12 double side papers.

Here's a picture of the gorgeous papers you could win, as usual we will use the random number generator to pick a winner so GOOD LUCK EVERYONE

We also have the very talented Rosie Rowe as Guest Designer this week. Here is Rosie's wonderful creation followed by a short bio from the lady herself :)

I'm Rosie, married with a 13 yo DD, living in a madhouse in rural Devon. We have 2 dogs, a cat and DH's parrot. I'm a WAHM and also help run my DH's charitable organisation for disabled anglers. I've always been 'arty' and since I was a child, I've drawn, painted, sewn, knitted, crocheted, and tried oils and watercolours very briefly. I've lived abroad for quite a lot of my life and only seriously started crafting again in early 2006 when I joined Aunty's Forum.I love papercrafting and went from making cards, to scrapbooking and making mini-books, to altered art and now dabble in collage and mixed media too! I use a lot of recyclable material in my artwork and volunteer at our local Family Workshop and Resource Centre (aka Scrapstore) on Monday mornings. They let me play with fabric, plastic, paints, clay, whatever needs sorting, I spend a couple of happy hours there.

I was really excited when Julie & Crissi said I could be GD on Artygirlz, as I've been a wholehearted supporter of theirs since they started their challenge blog - plus the fact that we're all on the Design Team together on Auntys Forum! My style is ever-evolving and very eclectic. I'm always excited about learning new techniques or using new materials, as you'll know if you read my blog. The only things I can't do are cute and traditional - off-the-wall or funky, loud and textured is more my thing!

I made this Memo Board for my MIL, from an old wipe-clean noticeboard that I got with a cross-stitch magazine, so I'd had it a while!! Pretty and practical, it sits beside her phone and she says it's very handy!"

Here's Julie's

Here's crissi's

Triangle Sampler & Winner Announced

Congratulations Barbara Hagerty you have been randomly selected and win the fabby stamps. Please let us have your address so that we can get your prize sent out to you :)

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Triangle Challenge. Below is a sampler of some of the fantastic entries ~ just click on the names below to find out who created them.

Pandora's Artbox , Chatdoro , Sherry/Cherie , Art Angel

Paula , Susi , Nancy , Kelly

Tuesday 1 April 2008

Challenge # 28 ~ 'Triangles' Sponsored by STAMPATTACK

The challenge this week is to have TRIANGLES 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 :)


STAMPATTACK offer Gorgeous unmounted rubber stamps and accessories at their online store and postage is £1 on all the unmounted stamps to any destination.....

This is the Gorgeous stamp plate that STAMPATTACK have offered for one lucky person to win this week. Julie and I were lucky enough to be sent a set of stamps each to play with too ~ Thanks carol :-)
As usual we will use the Random number generator to pick a lucky winner for these gorgeous stamps. so hope you all enjoy our TRIANGLE challenge .

By Crissi...Better individual pictures on my blog :-)

BY Julie

Chocolate Sampler & Winner Announced

Congratulations Sylvia you have been randomly selected and win the fabby prize from Ribbon Mad please let us have your address so that we can get your prize to you :)

Thank you to everyone who joined in with the 'Chocolate' Challenge and a special Thank you to Sam Morris for setting such a brilliant challenge.

Here's a sampler of some of the entries, you can click on the names below the sampler to see who created them :)
Karen Stempelchaotin Penny Jukie