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, 30 March 2012

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Welcome, one and all.  Lovely to see you here with us.  We hope you like what you see.  All the artwork is down to Sam and we are indebted to her for her patience as we pushed and pulled a zillion suggestions at her (not really so many but it felt like it at times).

We do hope you will enjoy the themes we have come up with, and hope that they challenge you at times, and lie within your comfort zone at other times and to this end we hope we get lots of you joining in with us - afterall you have two weeks to produce something and there will always be ideas from us for you to bounce off, either in words or pictorially.

Your comments will always be taken on board so don't be afraid of suggesting something to us or asking us to explain something to you.  We want this to be a friendly, happy blog where you all feel welcome and enjoy our company.  We do have to have rules and we have thought long and hard about these so please read them carefully and there will be logos for you to put on your blog because each month we will have a winner and runners up for that month.

Prizes?  Yes, we will have prizes for the winners but more about that in another posting.  Periodically we will have a Guest Designer, someone we invite along to give another view on what we are doing.

Well, enough of the chatter now, have a look around our blog, press a few buttons and see what we have done but most of all join in with our very first challenge which is ......... Make a TAG!

This is what the team have made


Sam

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Von

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Neet

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37 comments:

Sandra's Spot said...

fabulous artwork Ladies. I will be joining in, Good Luck. Hugs Sandra XXX

Suze Bain said...

Hello Artful Times! Looking forward to joining in, fab DT tags - but first I have a fence to paint! xx

Netty said...

Great news......will have a tag for the challenge tomorrow. Fab start for Artful Times, great name by the way. Annette x

Helen said...

Congratulations on your launch and I look forward to joining in soon.

HeatherLynn said...

love all three tags! i don't think i've ever decorated a tag before..maybe i will try it out! :) congrats on your new blog!

downrightcrafty said...

gorgeous inspiration all three equally as gorgeous
hope you get lots of entries
Hugs Kate xx

Von said...

No idea where Joart's comment has gone but I have made the text bigger :)

Neet said...

Good Luck... You are on my side bar and I've joined as a follower. Really exciting to be in at the beginning.
Love joZarty x

this is it don't know where it went but here it is

Meggymay said...

Great tags DT. Hoping to join in this challenge.
Yvonne

Sandy said...

Great name... Have been wanting to do a tag will see what I can come up with.. Good Luck with the new challenge Blog...

chrissie said...

I thought I had commented but not sure where it went lol

Good Luck with Artful Times

xxx

florenceandfreddie said...

Wishing you all the very best with the new challenge blog.
Regards Florence x

sam21ski said...

Thank you for all of your lovely comments of encouragement, it means a lot to us all.

Jo, thank you for your comment about the size of the text, it is really appreciated, because if you don't tell us, we can't fix the problem.

If any of you spot anything else not quite right, please be sure to let us know so we can put it right, we really do appreciate your input.

Thanks again from the DT.

chrissie said...

If you want the persons name to appear with their entry they need to put their name on the top line of the linky thingy

Love Chrissie xx

Jacqui said...

Good luck with this challenge blog - I hope to join in soon

sam21ski said...

Thanks Chrissie, as you can see I've updated the instructions but in doing so I had to go through the process and now I've got 3 entries that shouldn't be there - sorry guys, teething problems!! When I find a way to delete them, I will!!!!

Thanks again Chrissie xxx

chrissie said...

You 're welcome-I only learnt these things this last week lol

Love chrissie xx

Dolly Daydreams said...

Hi guys good luck with your new venture, thank you Sam for enlarging the text for those of us with bloggers blindness now it looks just fine dare i suggest that your own DT photos could be a bit bigger too . Hope you don't mind me mentioning it.

Marie

Alison said...

A brilliant first challenge...I do love a tag! Fantastic inspiration ladies! xox

sam21ski said...

Hi Marie, thanks for the comment. I've made the photos as big as they will go without being blurred and distorted.

Sam xxx

sam21ski said...

Thanks for joining us Alison, much appreciated

Sam xxx

Julia S-W said...

Really want to join in the fun here but have tried four times to link up my work and have failed! I keep being directed to a 'linky' site and I can't do anything there!! Anybody help? Pleeeaaase!!
Julia

sam21ski said...

It's okay Julia, it has linked you just don't have a picture. If you join us next time just follow the instructions on the making a direct link tab at the top of the blog. If you are still struggling, email me. sam21@ntlworld.com

Sam xxxx

Julia S-W said...

Oops!! Sorry, I seem to have entered my link four times now and there's no way I can delete any of them!! Not sure what happened there as usually there's no link up problem.
Oh well, it proves how much I want to join in I suppose! Good luck with your new venture and will someone please remove three of my entries and leave one? Thank you!!
Juliax

sam21ski said...

Julia, I think you just didn't give it chance to register the thumbnail as your entry has now displayed 4 times!! I'm going to go and delete 3 of them if that's okay.

So you did it right the first time.

Sam xxx

Sandra's Spot said...

love the blog and great tags ladies. Apologies but I have made a complete codge uploading my picture I cant make it 2MB despite resize to smallest Doh :( Anyway good luck Sandra XXX

sam21ski said...

All you needed to do Sandra was click on auto crop my image and choose the image from your file.

If you open the 'making a direct link' tab at the top of the page there are a list of step by step instructions to assist you in uploading the image.

Sam xxx

Helen said...

Well, I've made a tag and linked it - I haven't used this particular linky tool before so I hope I've done it correctly - my image shows up so that's a good start!!

HeatherLynn said...

I made my first tag ever to join in on your new challenge blog. Hope I linked it right! :) hl

Sarah said...

Hi there ladies, found a few hours between DIY mayhem to dabble and give you a blog shout. Wishing you oodles of success and a Happy Easter!
Sarah.

hazel said...

A great first challenge - the samples are brilliant.
xxx Hazel.

Cheryl said...

hi Von Hun,thanks for reminding this poor old bird,about your challenge Hun,sorry my tag cropped in wrong place,but as long as it links,should be able to see the full version,
Great challenge guys,and love the tags you guys have made just brilliant hugs Cherylxxx

Jenni's Jems said...

Enjoyed taking part in this weeks challenge look forward to the next already! x

Craftychris said...

I entered your challenge but forgot to comment and when I came back, my picture has gone! It was there, I don't know where it has gone! xx

sam21ski said...

Chris, it sometimes takes a few minutes for the image to appear on the thumbnail. It's there now!!

Sam xxx

Melissa said...

Thank you for a wonderful 1st challenge, the tag was fun! Congrats on your new challenge blog, I look forward to playing often!

TeddyBobCrafts said...

Congratulations on your first challenge. My thumbnail is very cropped, but I hope you can see all the tag when you click on my link. Ali x # 37