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 24 April 2015

Challenge 79 A Bit of Finnabair (include metal bits/flowers/lace)

We are hoping this will inspire some of you to join in with us as this time we want you to think of the wonderful art of Ania Dabrowski (or Finnabair as she is mostly known) and produce something where you have included metal bits (think flowers, pen nibs, gears and things); flowers (be they your own or bought ones like those Finn uses from Prima) and lace, torn paper - anything you can think of.  A mixture of all or just one or two of the pieces mentioned above.

You don't have to include a photograph but you can if you want to.  Are you a scrapbooker?  If so this should be right up your street and it should be up right up the alley with mixed media artists.  Card makers, well we are sure you have used lots of embellishments on cards in the past so we think this is open to everyone.

Just to give you a bit of inspiration here is what we have done:

Need did a canvas (because she is addicted to doing them) - but she does not expect you to do a canvas - a card/tag/atc is fine

Wendy made a canvas as well.

So, now we would love you to join in with us and make something decorative - be it a card, a tag, a scrapbook layout, a canvas - or whatever.  We would love to see it!

Friday 10 April 2015

Challenge 78 Tattered and Torn

Well, last week we certainly had a lot more entries.  The name "Tim" does create interest if that is anything to go by.  And what lovely entries they were, guess that is going to make it even more difficult to choose a winner and a runner up when the time comes.

Wonder how many people will enter this new challenge which is Tattered and Torn? Anything distressed, ripped, gently torn will do - or have you a different interpretation of the title?

Let's see what we can offer you:

Neet made this tag as her second attempt (first one is also on her blog) which has an overlay that has been torn to reveal the image beneath

Wendy did another page for her sewing book - to see what is "tattered" and what is "torn" you will have to visit her blog and read up about it

We would love to see what you can do that is tattered and torn (or just tattered, or just torn).

Saturday 4 April 2015

We Have a Winner Challenges 75 & 76

One day late - hope you have not been waiting with baited breath to see who was going to be declared the winner this month - I am afraid I was too busy trying to find the Easter eggs yesterday.

Both the winner and the runner up have been chosen from our "Birds" challenge because it really was difficult to choose someone.  So without further ado

The winner is ...



Craftyfield - and this was her entry (check out her blog to see how she did this)

and our runner up is ...



Craftcreations with this lovely colourful piece of work

Congratulations to you both.  Now if you will contact Neet (her addie is on the right hand side of her blog) she will send you your blinkie to be displayed on your own blog.

Thank you ladies!