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, 5 December 2014

Challenge 70 - Wrapping Paper

For this challenge we would like you to make some wrapping paper. The base for this could be brown, tissue, or any other suitable paper. You can colour it with inks, paints, crayons, or anything else you can think off that will colour your paper. You can stamp images, add embellishments, or just glitz it up. It could just produce a very different piece of wrapping paper for that special present.

We look forward to seeing your creativity on this challenge.

Please read the rules to make sure your entry fits the bill.

Neet has produced this
 (apologies for the photo)

Wendy has used deli paper for her sample

This will be our last Challenge for the year 2014 so we would like to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  See you all in January.

ps the winner for challenges 68, 69 & 70 will be announced on the 19th.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Challenge 69 - A Tryptich

Yes that is what we want you to make this Challenge - a Triptych!  If you go to Pinterest you will see lots of different ideas on how to do a tryptich - some are split pictures, some are three joined sections - but as what they are there are some beauties out there.

So can you make yours be one of them?  Course you can - and with the Christmas Season coming along for those who celebrate it what better way of making a special card for someone you love than doing a "three-in-one" one.

Neet did one with some pictures she had and knowing there had to be some rubber stamping somewhere she used a script stamp for the backgrounds.   The cover is decorated with diecut shapes and there is a garter of lace to hold it closed.

Please please please read the Rules and Guidelines at the top of our blog.

Now what has Wendy done for us?  Look no further

Remembering my brother.

We would love you to join in with your versions.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Winner Challenges 66 & 67

Well, we did get more entries than we have had for the past few weeks but sorry there are no prizes at the moment.  Nontheless there are Blinkies for the winner and the runner up to display proudly on their blogs.

You will probably remember that Challenge 66 was for something Green and Challenge 67 was to do with Poppies.  We have certainly had lots of reminders about Poppies here in the UK over the past few weeks and this Sunday TV is showing "War Horse" which is a very moving film.  If you haven't already seen it make sure you have some tissues with you for viewing.

Sorry - without further delay I will announce our Winner who is ...



Jan Morris

It really was a hard decision as all the entries were so very special but what swung this one was the honeycomb used in the background which echoed that in the image.

Our runner up was none other than 



Mrs A who treated us to an underwater scene

If both ladies will contact Neet she will send you your Blinkies and then you can display them on your blog.  Well done everyone - every one of you is a winner really.