28 December 2011

Challenge #7 - Anything Goes (No Stamps)

Happy New Year
is here!

We have made it through six exciting months of challenges and are now looking forward to a full year of challenges.  We are so happy to see so many regulars in our challenges and to see what amazing things you can create without the use of Stamps.
We hope to bring you a year full of exciting new challenges through themes and techniques.
To help with this we have our new Design Team members starting with this challenge.

Please offer a warm welcome to JanR, Monica, Beth and Susan.   I am sure they will inspire you with their wonderful creations each month.

You were all so creative in our last challenge.  This certainly kept the Design Team busy trying to decide on a favourite but we did it.

The Design Team Favourite is:


Loz a Grandfather Clock Tent card, isn't it a fantastic shape.   The clock dials are Tim Holtz.  Loz used peel-off stickers for the numbers and sentiment and borders.

Congratulations Loz!!


Now the randomly drawn winner of the terrific prize pack from Sticker Store from our last challenge is:

12 - Sally McD

Random numbers generated Jan 1 2012 at 20:38:31 by www.psychicscience.org 

Congrats Sam please just email Merry and she will organise your prize.


Challenge #7 - Anything Goes
(Sorry no bonus entries this challenge.....we will leave it up to you to decide on the technique)

We thought we would make it a little easier after all the running around for Christmas and the New Year. 
Also this should give everyone a chance to show off all their wonderful techniques.

Any form of paper creation will be accepted as long as NO STAMPS have been used (this includes sentiments).

IDEAS: quilling, parchment, stickers, boxes, books, cards, scrap pages, etc
You can find our rules here for further information.

Our sponsor this month is me - Merry. :-)
I have tried to put together an 'ANYTHING GOES' prize pack.
This includes: 15 Origami Papers and patterns, purple patterned Washi Tape, double sided tape from Sellotape (12mm x 10m) and three Copic Pens - YR07, Y06 and R27

Time to share what our amazing Design Team have been creating.
Please take the time to visit their blogs and find out more details on how their creations came to be.

(Patterned Papers and Cricut)

For this I used Tea Bag Folding Squares 5cm x 5cm No.003, FabScraps Heritage small floral C3800314 for the pattern paper, Stampin Up Certainly Celery for the die cut medallion which I inked with SU Old Olive. The die I used is Cheery Lyn Doily Die DL101 'English Tea Party'. I finished the centre of the tea bag medallion with Prima 'Say it in studs' and self adhesive pearls. SU Certainly celery ribbon.

Card designed by Cathy and cut using CraftROBO using cardstock & DP from Blue Edge Crafts.

(Using pp, baker's twine, star embellis and some glittery Thickers.)

(Linen Texture Cardstock, patterned paper, rub-on words, stickers)

Dry embossing, ribbon, crystal and my handmade flower.

 (Dry embossing, corner rounder, Martha Stewart Stickers and Martha Stewart Punch for the window)

(Not sure if this was your pattern Susan but you can find a pattern and tutorial here at Craftmad)
I used half a sheet of 12 x 12 Bazzil card to start with, and constructed a sweet box, with a folder card on top.  This pattern I have had for a while but I do not know where I got it from (or who I got it from). I decorated the card using Marianne Design die cuts LR0199, and the clouds are Whimsy Stamps Cloud Die set.  All the dies were cut using scrap papers - the launch is Co'ordinations; the yacht and clouds are from a shimmery card purchased some years ago in a pack and lost in my stash for a long time! The sun is from a sparkly DCWV Citrus pack and cut out with a circle punch (1"). They are mounted with dimentionals or double sided tape. The waves were created with Zva Creative crystal flourishes cut to fit.  I added a tag with a hand-written message, plus a small metal charm of a nautical steering wheel.  The numbers on the yacht sails are stickers and represent the age of the recipient! The message is inside and was computer generated onto white paper and cut to fit inside the card. 

This challenge closes Friday, 3rd February and Winners announced Monday, 6th February.

Remember we are working on Aussie Time.

22 December 2011

Embossing and Stickers

Hi just wanted to share two cards I made in a last minute dash to meet the Christmas mail.
I have used my Cuttlebug and Holly embossing folder to create the card front and then finished with a Merry Christmas sticker from Sticker Store our sponsor this month.  More info here on my blog.
Perfect for our current challenge 'Christmas' which you can link up to here.
Challenge #6 closes 30th December so still heaps of time to join in.

19 December 2011

New Design Team Members

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their wonderful entries into our Unstampabelles Design Team call.  The current Design Team had a very hard time choosing the people who would join our team when we sadly lose our current team members Mandy, Kerry and Kaye.

Okay drum roll please and in no specific order the people who are joining our Design Team and will participate in their first challenge January 2012 are:

Susan from Time to Play
Here is the creation she shared in the Design Team Call

Here is the creation she shared in the Design Team Call.

Here is the creation she shared in the Design Team Call.

JanR from Huh. So this is a blog.  

*****We are still waiting to hear from Jan to know if she accepts the position.  ***
** If we haven't heard anything by the New Year we will offer to another person who entered.********

Here is the creation she shared in the Design Team Call.

As you can see they have a variety of styles.  I hope you take the chance to welcome them on to our Unstampabelles Design Team.
We are also happy to advise that all the remaining entrants will be Guest Designers over the first six months of 2012.

18 December 2011

Some Sticker Fun from Cathy

Hi everyone, can you believe we are half way through this months challenge.  So many inspiring entries to date.   Thanks so much for joining in the fun and remember you have until 30th December to add your entry here.  (Three entries per person)

Our challenge this month is all about Christmas and you receive a bonus entry if you add stickers to your creation.  (No Stamps)

This wonderful card was created by one of our talented Design Team members Cathy.
Please visit Cathy's blog - Cathy's Creative Corner to find more details on how this card was created.

05 December 2011

Challenge #6 - Christmas - Bonus technique Stickers - Challenge #5 winner

How creative everyone has been with last months Tree entries.
Thanks so much everyone for joining in.

Our Design Team had a hard time choosing,
but finally decided that our Design Team Favourite this month is:


Shelley used double-sided Christmas paper and some inexpensive red cardstock.  For one of the trees, Martha Stewart fringe scissors were used to cut the strips - once the resulting fringe is curled and then layered, the end tree looks almost fuzzy.

Congratulations Shelley!


Now the randomly drawn winner of the $10 gift certificate to CMD Cards from our last challenge is:

Deni # 22

Please send an email to Merry and she will provide you details on 9th December.
(She is busy galavanting around the countryside until then but will organise your prize on her return)


Challenge #6 - Christmas
you will receive a bonus entry if you can add stickers to your paper creation.

Any form of paper creation will be accepted as long as NO STAMPS have been used.
So you can use quilling, parchment, stickers, boxes, books, cards, scrap pages, etc
You can find our rules here for further information.

Our sponsor this month is the fabulous Sticker Store where you will find a sticker for every occasion.

Prize pack plus 10 sheets of DL sized Acetate which don't show in the above photo.

Now it's time to share what the Design Team have created.

First off we have our Guest Design Team member Sandra from Nanagramps Craft Designs.
Sandra was the lucky winner of our prize offer for the Feline Playful bloghop.

Supplies Used: White Scalloped card stock, Spellbinders Nested Pine Tree die 3, Various Gem Stones,  Holly Leaves, Snowman, Eskimo & Come in From The Cold Sign, 3D Sticky Pads, Background paper - Dovercraft Let it Snow" 

Supplies Used: Metallic Silver cardstock, various blue Textured Linen cardstock from Blue Edge Crafts, Stickers from Sticker Store.

(Sadly, we are saying goodbye to Kaye .... we will miss your wonderful creations).
Spellbinders dies and 3d die cuts and ribbons from Blue Edge Crafts.
(Another busy person leaving us this challenge & what amazing creations we will miss seeing)  
Supplies Used: Glitter paper and Glitter sticker sheets, Ribbon, Holographic sticker from Sticker Store, shaped leathergrain card from Blue Edge Crafts. 

(Kerry too is finishing up with this challenge we will miss her terrific inspiration).
Supplies Used:  Craft Concepts Merry Christmas embossing folder used, Santa has been cut out using the eCraft, gold stars and Merry Christmas stickers used.
Supplies Used: Rosette, Embossing, Stitching and sentiment sticker from The Sticker Store
Supplies Used: Sticker tree, with pattern paper background.

Supplies Used:  Stickers & cardstock from BlueEdge Crafts.  Acetate used is a heavier 'binder cover' plastic - it stands up better than the thin 'overhead transparency' plastic.    

03 December 2011

Challenge #5 Trees bonus technique Paper Punches/Dies

Well that was an amazing month of entries.  Thanks so much for sharing all your wonderful paper creations with us.  Such a variety of ideas.  So great to see a lot of you adding the bonus technique to your creations too so that you are eligible for a bonus entry.

Well after much deliberation by the Design Team our Favourite entry this month is from JanR.

Jan has used beautiful patterned papers, die shapes and lovely felt leaves with stitched veins.
Thanks so much Jan for your wonderful entry.
I hope everyone has the time to visit Jan's blog to see all her other wonderful creations.


Now on to our randomly drawn winner of the Surprise $10 Goodie Bag from

And the winner is..........



Random numbers generated Nov 6 2011 at 17:46:42 by www.psychicscience.org 

Congrats Linby please just email Merry and she will organise your prize.


you will receive a bonus entry if you can add paper punches or dies to your paper creation.

Any form of paper creation will be accepted as long as NO STAMPS have been used.
So quilling, parchment, stickers, boxes, books, cards, scrap pages, etc
You can find our rules here for further information.

Our sponsor this week is CMD CARDS

Cherryn has a variety of beautiful paper punched shapes and other items available in her store.
This month CMD Cards are offering a $10.00 gift certificate to spend in their store.

The Design Team has been lucky enough to be able to play with some of these fun shapes this month.  Here are their creations for a little inspiration.
Be sure to click on the images and visit their blogs for further details.

Supplies used: the eCraft to make the trees, wording and hammock. The paper is a cut off bit from a larger 12x12 sheet.

Supplies used: patterned paper, butterfly punched shapes from CMD Cards, scalloped edged spellbinder die, handcut the tree trunk and paper punches for sentiment, sticker.

Supplies Used: Tree die cuts from CMD Cards and sticker from The Sticker Store

Supplies used: Punch/diecut trees from CMD Cards 
rub-on sentiment and some rainbow ribbon :-)

Supplies Used: Die cut trees from CMD Cards highlighted with just a touch of kindy glitz, computer generated sentiment, printed on White Dimples cardstock from Blue Edge Crafts

Supplies Used:  Die Cut Trees and patterned papers.

Supplies Used:  a Cuttlebug die cut, Craft Concepts Merry Christmas Embossing Folder, Merry Christmas Sticker and ribbon. Added kindy glitz to the white parts of the trees.

This challenge closes Friday, 2nd December and Winners announced Monday, 5th December.
Remember we are working on Aussie Time.

19 November 2011

You can't stop these girls....

Cathy and Annmaree have been at again.  More inspiring ways to create a paper creation with trees for our Challenge #5 here entry link at top of this blog.

Also don't forget we are in search of new members for our Design Team.....details here.

Used tree diecuts to make a wreath, all cricut cuts and the sentiment is a rubon too.

Cuttlebug used to cut and emboss trees, embellished with gems, layered onto cardstock and highlighted with stickers.


17 November 2011

Tree Cards by Design Team members

Morning everyone, the Design Team have been keeping busy.  Here are two more cards to give you ideas on how you can enter our current challenge #5 here (Trees with a bonus entry if paper punches or dies used)

Kerry has created the card above using the cute Christmas Tree shapes from our sponsor CMD Cards.
Don't you love the way that Kerry has added the ribbon to this card.  Check out Kerry's blog for more details on this card.

Cathy has used her Cuttlebug dies to create the trees on this card.  Then decorated them with a variety of bling.  Finished with silver sticker border and sentiment.  Isn't it so elegant.  If you pop over to Cathy's blog you will find more details and another terrific card that will inspire you.

(DT - Design Team)

14 November 2011

Inspiration and DT Call

Our super efficient team member Annmaree has come up with another card to inspire you for our Challenge #5 - Trees.  Remember you will receive a bonus entry if you add paper punches or dies.  
Annmaree has used a border punch and this wonderful christmas tree punch.

  • No stamps
  • Challenge closes Friday, 2nd December
  • Prize - $10 Gift Certificate from CMD Cards


Yes, we are in search of three new members for our Design Team to start January next year for a six month stint.

Sadly, we will be saying goodbye to Mandy, Kerry and Kaye at the end of our December challenge. They already know that 2012 is going to keep them plenty busy in real life but I am sure they will still find time to visit in the future.  We will miss their wonderful inspiration.

On a positive note though....this now gives you the chance to part of our fun and friendly team.
We will require a creation from you each month to showcase at the start of each challenge. 
If you have the time possibly a second card during the month to keep the inspiration flowing.

What to do to be considered:

Please just add a link of a project that you have posted (current or older) on your blog that will fit our challenge criteria.
Remember, all types of papercrafts and any technique....but NO STAMPS.

Our call will stay open until 12th December.

02 November 2011

Inspiration from Stacie

Thanks everyone for all the terrific entries.....and so many of them.
Here is a card from Stacie to keep those design juices flowing.
Stacie has used patterned paper on this card.  Can you believe that stitching is part of the paper.  Doesn't it look so real?
Stacie has fussy cut the skull and added some glitter.
The rhinestone on the cats hat is from our sponsor this month - Pizzazz Aplenty
To find out more details please visit Stacie's blogpost here.

  • This challenge closes 4th November
  • Please remember our main rule for challenges - 'No Stamps'
  • Have fun with paper, we accept any form of papercraft.

26 October 2011

A bit of Inspiration from Merry

Hi everyone, thought you might like to see my 'Thanks' card I have created without a stamp in sight.
I started with a plain white card then added a layer of Stampin Up Crumb Cake which I have embossed with my Victoria folder.  I have gone around the edge with a Stampin Up border punch....really love how this punch creates such neat corners too.  The white flowers and the bronze skeleton leaves are from our sponsor this month - Pizzazz Applenty.

I have added some buttons to the centres of the flowers.  
I finished with a white sticker sentiment.

  • You still have time to enter.....close date is 4th November
  • Prize for this challenge is a $10.00 Surpise pack from Pizzazz Aplenty.
  • entries to include papercrafting without stamps.

17 October 2011

Cathy with some Autumn inspiration

Hi everyone, this time we have a wonderful creation from Cathy to inspire us.
I love how Cathy has attached the acetate to this shaped card.  Great use of stickers.
The bee is too cute.
Visit Cathy's blog here to find out more info about this card.

  • Challenge theme - Autumn/Fall
  • bonus entry if you include stitching in some form
  • closes 4th November
  • Prize sponsored by Pizzazz Aplenty - $10.00 Surprise Pack of Goodies.

15 October 2011

More Autumn/Fall inspiration from Annmaree

Morning everyone, Annmaree has keenly made a second Autumn/Fall card to inspire you in our latest challenge.  Annmaree has cut the Pumpkin and leaves from a Cricut card.  Don't you love the background effect.  Annmaree has just crinkled up the paper and then laid it out flat.  It has created terrific texture on the card.  Around the edge of the black circle you will see some faux stitching.
Remember if you use real or faux stitching on your AUTUMN/FALL paper creation you will receive a bonus entry.

So great to see so many entries already and such a variety of takes on the theme.
I have enjoyed visiting them all.
Keep the entries coming.

  • You can enter up to three times.
  • Bonus entry if you include real or faux stitching on your card.
  • Entries close 4th November
  • Most importantly....... No Stamps in any form.

03 October 2011

Challenge #4 FALL/AUTUMN bonus Technique Challenge - Stitching

Ideas for our challenges: 3D papertole, decoupage, quilling, iris folding, stitching, beading, origami, fancy folds, cutting machines (e.g. craftrobo, cricut), paper punches, canvases, stickers, rub-ons, parchment, etc.......NO STAMPS.

Thanks everyone for your fantastic entries.  It was so wonderful to see a lot of you adding the bonus Technique to your creations too.

Our Design Team had a hard time choosing their Favourite this month as there were so many to choose from however, we did finally agree and our Design Team Favourite is:

Fayerose with this beautiful creation.
Faye has used an embossed frame, 3D paper tole/decoupage, paper punches, glitter and rhinestones, and a sticker sentiment.  Be sure to check out her blog for more amazing creations with beading.

Now without further ado the randomly drawn winner of Challenge #3 is:

15 (Jenny H)

Random numbers generated Oct 1 2011 at 8:7:45 by www.psychicscience.org  

Please email me Jenny.


Details time for Challenge #4

FALL/AUTUMN is the theme that we would like to see on your paper creation.

We are offering a bonus entry if you can included the Technique with the above theme.
This months Technique challenge is Stitching (Real or Faux).
Remember to enter you must have the FALL/AUTUM theme on your creation.

Challenge closes Friday 4th November and winners posted Monday 7th November.

This months Prize is from the lovely Judy over at Pizzazz Aplenty.

Prize: $10.00 Surprise pack of goodies from Pizzazz Aplenty.
Pizzazz Aplenty began with only a bit of bling and some ribbon, but in the last few months, we've added so much more... from cardstock to cello bags, as well as charms, stick pins, brads, buttons, cords, twines, laces, and over 20 colors in flatback pearls and rhinestones.  The newest additions are teardrop pearls, button stick pins, leaf pins, heart pins, resin cameos and flowers!  Please stop by for a look at our store:Pizzazz Aplenty

The Design Team have had fun with this theme and come up with some terrific Inspiration.

Pumpkin Harvest embossing folder coloured with water colour pencils, Stitching Cards pattern used, "Celebrate" sticker used.

Sarah Kay paper tole, Spellbinders leaves, stitched sticker leaves and sticker greeting

Flatback pearls and rhinestones, skeleton leaves from Pizzazz Aplenty. Cardstock - Bazzill Two Scoops and Stampin Up.
Stitched around the edge of each panel.

"Just Because" Cricut Cart, Pizzazz Aplenty orange flatback rhinestones and cranberry flatback pearls

Scarecrow girl with fall colours using the Cricut and a Rub-on, faux stitching around edges of scarecrow girls clothes.

SU Cardstock, paper flowers, rub ons. 
Flatback Rhinestones and Sahara Gold String from Pizzazz Aplenty

Tres Jolle paper, Spellbinders bird cage and Bird of Paradise dies, punched flowers, sentiment sticker.

To add your entry please go to the top of the blog here and add to the inLinkz gadget.