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 22 May 2015

Challenge 81 and Au Revoir - Party Party (sort of "Anything Goes")

It's Neet here.  Well, "D Day" has arrived and this is our final post for this Challenge blog.  I can honestly say I have had some really happy times, have made lots of Blog Buddies along the way who I will probably never meet but there are some Blog Buddies who I have met and found that they are every bit as nice as their blogs portray.

I cannot sign off from this blog without reiterating what was said in the very first blog post -  and sending a huge thank you to one special lady - "all the artwork for the blog was down to Sam and I was, and still am, 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)."  Imagine three women trying to agree on one thing!

So once again, THANK YOU SAM!  Thanks for all the work you did to get Artful Times off the ground, for being a great team member, super Guest Designer and most of all, a friend who popped in to help when times were bleak for me.

Thanks also to Von, Chrissie and Wendy.  Especially Wendy who has done every single challenge from the very beginning of this blog and stepped into the role of a DT member in March 2014 and supported me through thick and thin when I was on my own with a blog I did not want to give up on. However a year on and I have decided that enough is enough and I am ready to be able to join in with challenges on other blogs and I know Wendy feels very much the same.

Wendy here. I have really enjoyed being on the design team, and seeing all your lovely art. I hope some of you will keep in touch and I will enjoy looking at your blogs. Now I will have to ask someone what day it is, instead of working towards our Friday deadlines.

Thanks must also go to Oyster Stamps who provided us with prizes for such a long time.  It was OUR decision to abandon giving out a prize and nothing to do with Oyster Stamps.  When we were only getting a very small number of entries we felt it unfair for Oyster to be sending prizes out - we did intend giving prizes, via them, once the numbers picked up - but sadly they didn't.

Back to the beginning - Our very first challenge was to create a tag and these are what we came up with



and mine (Neet) (which I still have on my wall)

Well, if you have stuck with reading up to now and not signed off in sheer boredom Wendy and I would love you to join in with this last Challenge which is "PARTY PARTY" (can be interpreted as "Anything Goes" as long as it is happy and maybe creates a 'party atmosphere')

So we started with our first offerings way back - now here are our two final DT pieces (Please note that the end date is the 3rd June at 23.55):

Wendy has made a card with the theme of Alice in Wonderland.

Neet has done a page in her journal

Thanks must go to all of you who have entered, at some time, in our challenges and special thanks to those of you who have kept going through the leaner times of late.

Hope to see you in blogland.

Neet xx


Helen said...

wishing you all the best from life after 'Artful Times.. '

Two Mad Dahlias said...

I have enjoyed participating in your challenges and still display my Winners Badge with pride. Hope to see you all in the future!

Craftyfield said...

I haven't been around for the previous challenge but I'll definitely be there for this one.
The whole DT has to be congratulated for running the challenge for 3 years and you can all be proud of what you have achieved.
I look forward to meeting you on other challenges and checking out your blogs!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Although I was an infrequent entrant, I enjoyed your challenges, and was usually a lurker. :-)

Wishing you ladies all of the best!

Words and Pictures said...

Sorry - I've not been playing as many challenges generally as I used to, and so I'm another of the missing people... but will definitely miss Artful Times, who gave me my first ever win in Craftyblogland!! Thanks for all the inspiration, and I'll still be around to visit you all wherever you are.
Alison xx

Pawsitively Creative said...

Sorry to see Artful Times go. I only recently discovered AT and am happy to have joined in the challenges. See you in blog land and happy crafting!

Cazzy said...

I'm really sad you are closing, but happy I could join the party!

Craftychris said...

I am going to miss joining in with your challenges, it's been fun! Thank you so much for having me as guest designer, I hope I didn't contribute to your demise! You have worked so hard to make this a fab blog! I will keep up with you on your own blogs. Take care and 'party on down!' xxx