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.



Friday, 18 July 2014

Challenge 60 - A Tag


Please ensure that you fully read our challenge blog entry rules prior to submitting your post as failure to meet the rules will result in your entry being excluded from the prize

*Entries must fully comply with the fortnightly theme (this means your creation must follow the rules of the theme set).

*Please link directly to your entry and not just to your blog (this means only link the address for your post to the challenge and not the general address of your blog).  For instructions on how to do this please see page 'Making a Direct Link'.

*Please ensure you make a link back to this challenge blog in your post (this means you need to include a link to Artful Times Challenge blog when writing up your post).  For instructions on how to do this please see page 'Linking Back'.

*Please write a brief description of how you created your entry and some of the materials used, even if it's only a brief list at the end of your posting, as it's nice to know what was used and how it's been done.

*Please do not back link to previous posts prior to the date of the challenge.

*A maximum of 5 challenges may be combined.

*You may enter the challenge several times as long as each entry is with a different creation.

*We encourage you to visit each other's blogs and leave a comment, even ours, it means a lot!

*If you have 'Word Verification' may we ask that you please turn it off, as this makes commenting easier for everyone, especially with the new blogger words which are difficult to read at times.  The comment moderation seems to be a more successful way of avoiding unwanted comments.

*Link your entry before 17.55 on the following Thursday.

*Any entries which do not follow the above challenge guidelines may not be commented on by the DT and will not be entered into the prize draw.
Well, again we had very few entries for our last challenge, but once more what we had was quality work so thank you ladies.

This week we are asking you to make a tag.  That is it!  No restrictions at all as long as it is a tag - any size, any subject - just release your inner self and see what we did:

Wendy made two beautiful feminine tags



Whilst Neet went into Steampunk and Frieda



To find out a bit more why not pop along to our blogs, we love comments as much as anyone and we look forward to seeing and reading about your entries during these next two weeks.


Friday, 4 July 2014

Challenge 59 - A Postcard FROM Abroad

*Entries must fully comply with the fortnightly theme (this means your creation must follow the rules of the theme set).

*Please link directly to your entry and not just to your blog (this means only link the address for your post to the challenge and not the general address of your blog).  For instructions on how to do this please see page 'Making a Direct Link'.
*Please ensure you make a link back to this challenge blog in your post (this means you need to include a link to Artful Times Challenge blog when writing up your post).  For instructions on how to do this please see page 'Linking Back'.
*Please write a brief description of how you created your entry and some of the materials used, even if it's only a brief list at the end of your posting, as it's nice to know what was used and how it's been done.
*Please do not back link to previous posts prior to the date of the challenge.
*A maximum of 5 challenges may be combined.
*You may enter the challenge several times as long as each entry is with a different creation.
*We encourage you to visit each other's blogs and leave a comment, even ours, it means a lot!

*If you have 'Word Verification' may we ask that you please turn it off, as this makes commenting easier for everyone, especially with the new blogger words which are difficult to read at times.  The comment moderation seems to be a more successful way of avoiding unwanted comments.
*Link your entry before 17.55 on the following Thursday.
*Any entries which do not follow the above challenge guidelines may not be commented on by the DT and will not be entered into the prize draw.

Well, we have just finished looking at the entries for our Wood challenge and it is going to be hard to select a winner from those entries - they are all so fabulous!  Thank goodness we have time to look again and again - and include the entries for this, our latest challenge.

A Postcard FROM Abroad 

For this we ask you to make a postcard featuring somewhere other than your own country on the front. So dig out those stamps you use for your Asian themed cards, or the ones for Paris which I am sure lots of you have.  Or whatever ...

So what size is a postcard?  Well I always thought it was 6" x 4" but unsure I looked it up and found that there are lots of different sizes quoted.  We leave it up to you, afterall they do come in various sizes when you buy them from holiday destinations.  I've even seen circular ones.

What did we come up with?  Well Wendy made these two beauties - one from Paris and one from India




and Neet made these from Africa




Hope to see some of you joining in with this challenge, as many times as you want, but remember to follow the rules and guidelines.  I have put them at the top of this blogpost once more.  Pop along to our blogs and see how we made ours, we love comments too.


Friday, 27 June 2014

Winners Challenges 56 & 57

Well our Owl challenge did not bring us many entries but what it did bring us were some superb pieces of artwork and it is from this challenge that we have chosen our winner.

Drum roll please for ...

...

Wildehilde

Who gave us this - a beautiful and most colourful page in her book.


If you go along to her blog you can see just how she created this page as she has two videos for you to watch.  Congratulations!

Our runner up came from the CAS challenge and we had a wonderful selection to choose from which took a lot of deliberation on our part.  We both agreed that we would go with ...

another drumroll please ...


who made this rather splendid card which we thought was a little bit different to the usual images.  Well done!


Both our ladies had adhered to the rules and guidelines which is most important to us.  We like to know how you have made your artwork because it is good to share techniques and how to use materials - quite a compliment to you too if someone uses your technique/idea providing they remember to acknowledge you for it.  

Please remember to read our Guidelines at the top of our page.  (Sam spent so much time for us to make sure everything was easy for you when you joined in a challenge)  We hate not being able to count you in for a prizewinner.

Hope you can find time to join our present challenge which is wood related, and another of Chris's ideas before she left.  It really is easy to stamp on wood and there are lots of wooden shapes out there for you to play with or maybe you ca think of something to do with wood from the garden/woodland (fallen not chopped down of course).

Now, if the two ladies can get in touch with Neet (her email addie is at the side on her blog) she will send you the badges to display on your blog and instructions for Wildehilde to claim her £10 token to spend at our sponsors, Oyster Stamps.  Remember you must do this within the next 7 days.