We are Neet and Wendy and we would like to welcome you to our fortnightly challenge, ‘Artful Times’, where we are offering a variety of challenges to inspire you to create in whichever style or medium of crafting you enjoy. You never know, we might even inspire you to create something out of your comfort zone and try out something new.Yes like all challenge sites we have rules and guidelines. We hope you will read and follow them, we have Oyster Stamps as our sponsor, and of course, a winner and runner up will be chosen each month. We may also have the occasional guest designer.
Monday, 30 December 2013
Friday, 20 December 2013
First of all, thank you to those of you who entered the last challenge which was, sadly, where we said goodbye to Sam. I'd like to thank Sam again for all the help she gave me and the patience she showed to me whenever I "mucked up".
This week I thought you might be like me, behind with all the Christmas prep so I dreamed up a quick and easy challenge and not one where you would necessarily have to make something - like me you could use a card you had received, if you so wanted. My card was one I received last year from my friend in America. I just loved it and fully intended to make all my Christmas cards just like this one this year. Mary even bought me the die to make the feet so I was all prepared - until ..... I finally got around to starting my cards and whoops! I could not find any red card with white spots on. So out came the diecuts and I started making different cards but I still fully intend making this one next year - "Mary, have you some spotted card I can buy?"
and by the skin of her teeth a CAS card and some masking from Von
Now a quick and heartfelt message to you all:
A Happy, Peaceful Christmas and all My Best Wishes for 2014.The monthly winner will be announced next week but this current challenge will not count towards another token - instead we will begin afresh with the first challenge of 2014. I hope you will join in though.
Friday, 6 December 2013
ps and I would like to say a VERY BIG THANK YOU to Sam for stepping in and helping me out when I was finding it a struggle to keep going. Watch out for some interesting news next time. (Neet)
Friday, 22 November 2013
This challenge is to use the colours - lilac and silver and use a wintry stamp. By wintry I mean Christmas also, it does not have to be a scene - rather something to do with the season. Is it cold where you are? We are certainly experiencing wintry weather now with snow on high ground and those chilly winds that make staying indoors all the more inviting.
Afraid I only have one card to show you for inspiration and here it is (sorry it is looking wonky, it doesn't look so in real life - must be the scan):
I stamped the image (Impression Obsession) in black on a piece of card coloured with Distress Inks (Seedless Preserves) and then went over areas with Liquid Applique and a tiny touch of glitter. The poinsettias (Spellbinders) and the Holly (Cheery Lynn) were then cut out in silver mirri card and glitter added to the centre of the flowers. All of these are available from Oyster Stamps.
Well everyone, here's hoping you are having a lovely time, keeping nice and warm and getting ready for the busy period ahead of us. Only 33 days to go .....
Friday, 15 November 2013
Alison for her trio of tags:
And Janny for her card using those beautiful autumnal colours:
Friday, 8 November 2013
Now don't get yourselves in a tizzy and certainly don't be reaching for the Christmas Brandy - I mean Alcohol Inks not alcohol to drink.
For this challenge I would love you to use your Alcohol Inks to make something - be it a card, an atc, a tag or whatever - just show us what you can do with your AI's.
Here's what I turned out this week
Now these were done differently, in a way. The triptych and the bookmark were simply made by pouncing on a sheet of GLOSSY card and stamping with Stazon Black Ink.
The atc was just a "wipe up" on my craft mat with some of the Blending Fluid.
Alcohol Inks are so versatile, you can use them on so many different surfaces, glass, metal, plastic etc. Pop along to my blog here and see some of the things I have done in the past with my Alcohol Inks - jewellery, ornaments, storage etc. WARNING: It is a long post, lots more samples.
Now what are you going to do? Remember the RULES for the challenge they are at the top of the page under Rules and Guidelines. Please adhere to them, makes my life so much easier.
Hugs, and happy days full of alcohol (LOL).
Friday, 25 October 2013
Well, I am on my own with this challenge and I am sorry to say it is a box again. Seem to be permanently decorating Felix boxes don't I?
I am not into "cute" so don't have any cute witch stamps, and to be honest I have not really been into Halloween up to now. Did plan on doing a configuration box, well, left over boxes from one anyhow, but I just never had the time. So here I am with my last minute sweetie box for the kiddies who call. What else could I use but the Chemist from TH. I love this plate and this is its first outing - hope you like my box
As well as using The Chemist plate I used some images from Graphic 45 and they are all coloured in with H2o's - the man's face being a lovely shade of Kiwi Lime and his eyes being Poppy Red. Want to see my little display - hop over to my blog.
Thank you for the entries in our Distress Challenge, we had some lovely work to look at, I hope you enjoyed it. Hope also you will join us this fortnight with your Halloween Specials but remember you need to follow the rules at the top of the page - no more than five challenges to be entered with ours counting as one please. A general description of what materials you used and any techniques you would like to share, no back linking but a direct link to this blog please. Do check RULES AND GUIDELINES on our bar at the top and we can have no misunderstandings then.
Sam was very thorough when she wrote all the things you might want to use at the top so please remember to refresh your memory by looking at it now and then.
Friday, 11 October 2013
Lovely to see all your autumnal colours over the last couple of weeks, it really is getting well and truly into autumn now, but I have to say I do like this time of year, mainly due to the wonderful browns, yellows and oranges on the trees, the woods we got to look spectacular.
But, we are moving on this week to anything distressed, whether that be a shabby chic looks, a grungy distressed look, or the materials you've used, it's entirely up to you.
Both Neet and I made tags for this challenge.
Friday, 27 September 2013
Well, the challenge this time is for you to use those colours somewhere in your creation. You don't have to use them all but let your choice of colour be echoed in the autumn colours.
I made a card for my inspiration. It is a stamp I have had for a long time and it actually says "The Earth Becomes A Coloured Quilt when Autumn Comes Along" (but with American spelling) although I always think it is difficult to really see the wording.
Sunday, 22 September 2013
Ta Da ..... Trumpet sound
The winner this month is ....
Annette of Scrap Happens Here
And a fabulous entry from our Runner Up, Sandie of Somewhere to be Me
Friday, 13 September 2013
This week Neet thought it would be a great idea to use up all our scraps, so we are challenging you to create something new with all your odds and ends of scraps!!
This is what Neet made: A box for her cards. To see how she made it check out her blog.
Friday, 30 August 2013
This week we invite you to create anything male themed.
I decided on T!m Holtz stamps and made a couple of cards.
Friday, 16 August 2013
So what did Cathryn come up with? Well, this is super - a picture - what a great way to showcase twinchies. Pop along to her blog for a better look.
Friday, 9 August 2013
This time the winner is
Wendy K for her masking
Friday, 2 August 2013
This week we'd like to see what you can do with some ribbed or corrugated card or cardboard.
Remember to be in with a chance of winning the £10 Oyster Stamp voucher, you need to tell us what you did and link the post, not your blog, directly back to this blog. If you are unsure how to do this, there are instructions under the "making a direct link" above.
Neet chose to use corrugated cardboard and made a hanger
Saturday, 20 July 2013
Friday, 19 July 2013
Here is what Sam did:
Friday, 12 July 2013
Oh dear! Some of you are still not fulfilling the criteria when entering the challenges. It is all written down at the top of the page under "Rules and Guidelines". Basically:
- * link back to this blog
- * link direct to your entry
- we must be one of no more than five entries with one piece
- please don't back link to an item prior to the date of the challenge (ie do not use old work)
- follow the theme - ie rules of that particular challenge
- include a brief description of what you used/how you did it
Right, that over with, now to our winner and runner up:
The winner this month is
As you know I have been helping out at Artful Times and I have to say Mr Mojo has returned! I didn't have time to say a proper hello, and, because of that, I wanted to do something a little special.
Everyone loves Blog Candy! Yeah! ...... so I thought it would be fun to donate some Blog Candy to a lucky entrant for this challenge.
You will win
- my Tag (see below),
- 6 of the new MDF Mans challenge tags, and
- 6 Moonglow Starburst Stains - I love using these and the mdf tags are a dream to work with.
Cathryn (Strangely Creative)
Friday, 5 July 2013
Great makes for your white on white's last time around. Thanks for playing along.
So for this challenge we are asking to see a project depicting rain or sunshine or both if you like.
Don't forget to tell us how you made your piece and link the post directly back to here to be in with a chance of winning the £10 Oyster Stamp voucher.
So here's what we did:
Neet made a door hanger
Sunday, 30 June 2013
Friday, 21 June 2013
A couple of months ago I faced the prospect of running a blog on my own for a while or asking someone to help and then in stepped Sam to help out. Last week I had an email from someone whose work I have admired for a long time, in fact she was our very first winner here on Artful Times, offering her help.
Please put your hands together and welcome Cathryn to our Design Team. I think we now have three very different artists working on Artful Times to bring you ideas, for you to spring off from, for the Challenges.
Before I go any further thank you for all the lovely and varied entries for our last challenge.
Challenge 32 is all about "White". No colour please - just white to be used on your artwork. You could include clear glass pebbles which let the white background show through, pearls are white etc etc. Here is what Cathryn and Neet have done
Cathryn made a lovely White Card with pearls and handmade flowers
Friday, 14 June 2013
Daniela for her beautiful Pan Pastel card
Silvie who did the most entertaining and colourful pages in her journal.
Congratulations ladies - please contact Neet (email address on the right hand side of her blog) who will send you your Blinkies to display on your own blogs and, in the case of Daniela, tell her how to go about claiming her £10 voucher from our sponsors, Oyster Stamps.
Thank you each and every one of you for joining in with our Challenges.
Please remember you need to tell us how you achieved your finished artwork, have a direct link to the specific entry, link back to Artful Times and not enter more than five challenges (including ours) with the one entry. All this is at the top of our blog.