Saturday, June 29, 2013

Saturday Spotlight #1!

Hello Everyone!

It is here at last!!

I'm very excited posting the first of our Saturday Spotlights!!

The first challenge coming under the spotlight is last week's challenge:

My wonderful Team Mates helped me by picking their favourites.
I also visited each entry and boy oh boy, what a fabulous selection of projects.

Was it fun? Yes!!
Is it easy to shine the spotlight on just one entry? No!!

In no particular order (does this sound familiar?) 6 runner-ups were picked:

#13 - Ellen Taylor - Those summer strawberries look so juicy!
#9 - Angela Wood - what a pretty & unique project!! This was a team favourite!
#26 - Dawn C - what an excellent CAS creation!
#6 - Debbie S - your photographs are so fun and put a smile on my face!
#48 - Barb Thompson - A delightful card and a fabulous vacation ahead for you!
#1 Hazel - great up-cycling creating a fun Christmas card (1 of 4 entries!)
And this week's Spotlight falls on:
#39 Beth F -  (1 of 3 entries!) - Congratulations!
Here is Beth's happy summer creation:
It reminded me of summer vacations and all the fun we had as kids!
The construction is excellent and the colours and DP's so vibrant.
Go visit each of the blogs to view the lovely creations and congratulate everyone!
Again, thank you to each one of you that entered the challenge,
each of the projects were really special in it's own way.
It was pure pleasure visiting all the blogs and it really inspired me!
Hope to see you back here next Saturday when we shine the spotlight on another entry or maybe 2...
Don't forget about our current Anything Goes Challenge!
You might be in the Spotlight next Saturday!
Please Note
Saturday Spotlight is a Just for Fun way of giving recognition to our loyal entrants/followers.

On Winners & Comments

Hello Everyone!

Another weekend is here!

This weekend we are starting with something new on our blog!

Before we get to that, I want to share a few thoughts.

If anyone of you ever wondered why you don't get a comment from each of the DT members, I want to dare you to go and have a look at about 20 projects of any challenge posted. It takes a little bit of time, yes, but we love using the time to view all your wonderful projects and comment on your projects. The problem is that after we have viewed all those fabulous creations, we are so inspired that we get totally side tracked and just want to play with our stuff! And that really chews up our time. Not mentioning then wanting to go out and get more stuff to play with...LOL.

What we have done is allocated one or 2 numbers to each DT member to visit & comment on, i.e. 3, 13, 23 or similar. In this way your entry gets visited by at least 1 DT member. Of course, if we have the time, we visit more than the ones assigned to us. So rest assured, we do visit your entries.

When it comes to picking a winner, we sit with the same dilemma! You guys rock with each challenge, and it is totally impossible to pick a winner. Also, tastes differ and styles differ. I just love CAS cards, ATC's and recycling, so projects in those styles will definitely draw my attention first. And that will be unfair to all you talented people who create those wonderful shabby chic, vintage or ultra feminine cards. Then I'm not even touching on those of you that have a knack to work with a variety of patterned papers and fabulous constructions, or any other styles that are in vogue.

So you can see, using a randomizer or pick-out-of-the-hat is really the fairest way to pick a winner for the prize. 

Sitting with this dilemma, we thought of a way to give credit to all of you who really put in an effort to enter our challenges. Really, you are all so special to us and we appreciate it, you are keeping us going and growing!

From this week onwards, I will be hosting:

Saturday Spotlight

I am so excited because we are starting with the challenge that I hosted last week :

The Design Team will pick their favourite(s) from all the entries of the previous week's challenge.  We will then make a decision who to put in the spotlight on Saturday!
All you have to do is make sure you are a Follower of the blog,
Pinterest, Flickr or like us on Facebook.
We will do the hard work of visiting your blogs and get totally inspired!

I almost forgot, our Spotlight(s) will get a lovely badge to display on their blog. 
The super talented Chrissie designed all the fabulous badges.
Keep those entries coming, you never know when you might show up in our spotlight!

The first Saturday Spotlight is HERE!



Winner - Show your Season Challenge!

Hello Everyone!

We have a winner for the 4 Fabulous Images from Delicious Doodles

I used to pick a winner:
Yes, it is you, #30 Karen P! Congratulations!!
Here is a picture of Karen's fabulous creation:
Thank you to each and everyone of you that entered the challenge, all the entries were really so lovely and we enjoyed visiting your blogs!! We hope that you will join our next challenge too!
Hugs, Rene

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Anything Goes!

Hi everyone, Doris here today to kick off another fun Anything Goes challenge! This week we're so happy to have as our sponsor A Day with Daisies!
You MUST go check out their store and the fantastic images!  One lucky winner of this challenge will win their choice of 4 digi images!
Since this challenge is Anything Goes, here's some inspiration from a few DT members to get you started:

Doris using Vintage Poppy Clusters
Sharon using Free Hand Butterfly 1 

Julia using Aloha Petals

Here's my creation for tomorrow's challenge

from Tammy

This challenge is open until July 2, and please remember to read our rules and link your project back to this post.  If you don't have a blog, you can add your project to our flickr group (link on the left sidebar).
Thanks for playing along with us, can't wait to see what everyone creates!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Winner - Father's Day Challenge

Hi everyone, Doris here with another great winner from
another great challenge - Father's Day/ Male/ Men.
We had some outstanding entries, thanks so much
for sharing all this great inspiration! has chosen
True Random Number Generator
This beautiful project is from Linda at Linda's Crafty Place.
Linda has won her choice of 7 digi images from our
sponsor Bugaboo Stamps.
Thanks to our great sponsor and to everyone who played along with us!

We have a winner - Summer Fun Challenge

Hi everyone, Doris here, hoping you're all enjoying your weekend!
We had so many fantastic entries to our
that we let pick our winner, and here she is:
This great entry came from Rhonda's Place to Share, and she's won
some great digi images from KennyK.
Thanks everyone for playing!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Anything goes with a twist : Show your season

Hello everyone!
Welcome to a new challenge!
Our theme this week is Anything Goes with a Twist : Show your season.
Our generous sponsor this week is Delicious Doodles. One lucky participant will get some Delicious Doodles Goodies of their choice - 4 fabulous images. 
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I can hear some of you say : But you had a Summer Fun challenge a few weeks ago. Yes, we did, but with this challenge I want you to think a bit wider, not just the season of the year now.
What is your favourite season? Why do you like it so much?

We all experience different seasons in our life, not just ages but times of abundance and times of drought, but like all seasons, these times also passes to make space for new experiences. Children grow up and grandchildren brings renewed joy, friends move on and new friends enrich our lives.
We lose dear ones and in our sorrow find new purpose in life.

Show us your season, the one you are in now, your favourite one or a time that was/is special to you.

This is an Anything Goes Challenge.
You can share any craft project that portrays your season.

Today I'm going to bend the rules a little bit.
I want you to create a new post and a new project OR share an old project in the post that is special to you. BUT you have to create a new post AND you have to tell us why you are sharing that project.
No, you don't have to write an essay, a few sentences will do.
NB. If you don't tell, you will not be eligible for the prize.

We are looking forward to see some lovely projects and read some special stories.
This is just a way to get to know you, our lovely participants!

To get you started and inspired, we DT people have made a few examples:

The very talented Sharon used On a Winter's Day to create her fabulous example:

I've used Harbour Scene to create my examples:

A season of memories and times gone by

Misty morning

My favourite season - Autumn (fall) Sunrise

Do visit our blogs where you will get all the details. Oh and leave some love, we really enjoy your comments!

So now it is up to you. Once you've done your blog post, come back here and link your post to Mr Linky. You have until the 25th of June to link your projects. Do read our Rules again, just to be fair, but remember, have fun!

What are you waiting for, get those creative juices flowing!



Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Anything Goes with a Twist: Father's Day, Men, Male

Hello Everyone!
Welcome to a new, fun challenge!

Our theme this week is:
Anything goes with a Twist: Father's Day, Men, Male Themed.

Our generous sponsor for this week's challenge is Bugaboo Stamps.
The lucky winner, determined by random draw, will receive 7 fabulous images of his or her choice from our sponsor. Isn't that just great!

Making a card or something special for the men in our lives is made so much easier with the fun images from Bugaboo Stamps. They have such a lovely variety for all the men and boys!

Our inspiring design team had so much fun working with the images.
Do visit our blogs to see more details of each creation, oh and don't forget to tell us that you have visited, we really love to hear from you!

Using: Guy - bbq

Our challenge for you is to make something special for the Fathers in your life or something for a special man or even for one of the boys. That is the important rule, it can be any project that fits into this theme. Yes, we timed it just right for Father's Day on Sunday, so if you haven't made that card or gift yet, now is your chance.
Post it on your blog and link back here with Mr. Linky. You'll have until June 18 to add your project. Oh, and do remember to read our
rules. But most important, do have fun! 

Looking forward to see all your fabulous creations!

Hugs, Rene

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Winner - Anything Goes with Dilly Beans!!!

Thanks to everyone that entered the Anything Goes Challenge sponsored by Dilly Beans, the entries are so beautifulNo way we could make the decision on the winners so Mr. Random did the job for us. 
The winner is:
Congratulations Debi B, you are the winner of  the prize from Dilly Beans Stamps.
I'm sending you an email now with the instructions on how to claim your prize.
I would like to take a moment to say Thank You to our wonderful sponsor Dilly Beans Stamps:
Thanks again for playing with us.

Julia and the Crafting By Designs DT

Anything Goes with a twist - Summer Fun

Hello Crafty Friends.  
We are really excited to share some great projects with you using images from this week's sponsor. 

I used the image of the girl on the tube and create a fun little card. 

For more information about this card you can take a look here.

Here's Rene's creation.

Julia's first creation.

Sharon's Creation

Julia's second creation.

We hope you all are as excited for summer as we are.  Here's your change to join us in creating a great summer time project.  

You have until June 11th to link up your creation.  Please make sure that your blog post links back to Crafting By Designs.