Thursday 31 March 2011

March Winners

Morning folks, here I am with the winners for March.

Lots of lovely entries again which meant we all had a really difficult task selecting our winners, but choices had to be made and here are the names which polled the most votes:

In first place and winner of the goodies from Sir Stampalot:

Isn't this devine and an adorable piece of artwork ? I know from reading Esther's blog that she loved the technique from Craft Stamper as much as I did and I had already decided I would let the girls at my class next week try it out, so messy fingers planned. Please mail me with your full postal addy Esther.

Next our Top 3 which is actually a Top 6 this month as there were ties for the artistic licence, an executive decision and because it's our Birthday tomorrow. Please all grab our Top 3 logo and wear with pride:

Lesley with a gorgeous Spring creation

Jane - never fails to please with beautiful colouring

Kathleen - Isn't this clever, I'm sure it took hours but worth every minute

Jo - with an adorable Molly Blooms creation

Linda - a real feel of Spring here and more super colouring

Carina - wonderful interest and dimension

Look forward to seeing you tomorrow when we have some special Birthday fun to share with you all.

Tuesday 15 March 2011

News and a polite reminder

Good morning peeps.

I have some exciting news and heads up about our 1st April challenge. It will be our first birthday so we have a bit of fun lined up.....and no, not a blog hop...... but you will have to wait just a bit longer to find out exactly what we have in store for you lucky peeps. So watch this space.

Now Mrs Grump is here again I'm afraid, we have had some fabulous entries this month, but a frightening number that seem to have forgotten or not bothered to read the rules........halfway through the month and it's running at you will see a good number on Mr Linky with little added notes alongside the offenders names who are not eligible.

It's all clear on the challenge post below, but to remind you all the theme is:

'Spring is in the Air' and we would like to see fresh greens, yellows and/or blossom pinks on your work.

Lovely as some of your creations are, yellow and blue, rainbow colours and so on don't quite fit the theme and it would be unfair on those who have followed the theme colours to include the offenders in our winner voting.

And you can combine your entry with a maximum five others. I know there is a lot of Spring themes about this month and folks like to combine challenges, but you do still need to adhere to our theme colours and not play bingo on the number of other challenge entries.

Lecture over, see you all again on 1st April.

Tuesday 1 March 2011

March challenge

Hello everyone, dare I say "Spring is in the Air" ?

I certainly hope so as that's the theme for this months challenge and we would like to see fresh greens, yellow and/or blossom pinks on your work.

I just love spring, all the fresh growth that appears as if by magic and every year I never fail to be amazed by the wonder of Nature and what better way to celebrate it's beauty than through our crafting.

And if you are need of any inspiration, pop along to the "What's New" secion of Sir Stampalot's web site where you will find all the new Hero Arts, Penny Black and Art Impression Spring stamp releases, some absolutely beautiful new DP's from Scribble Scrabble.......yes I succumbed to quite a few...... and of course all your regular crafting needs.

Before I tell you about this months prize, I want to say a few 'public' words to my some of you might know, I have not been able to blog or craft for about six weeks now due to a relapse in my MS so am sorry I have did not comment on any of your entries in February. I think I am on the mend now, but would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my Design Team for their wonderful support in ensuring the challenge kept running smoothly and visiting you all.....I'm sure you will agree they are a fabulous bunch.

And talking about the Design Team, it is with great sadness that I tell you that Lorraine has decided to step down from the team. She has not been in the best of health for some time and decided that she needs to take some time out, we all wish you well Lorraine and thank you for all your commitment to Stampalot Challenge over the past year. But before she left, Lorraine still came up with some lovely pieces of work for our March challenge, please do pop over and visit her, I know it will cheer her no end.

Finally, just a few words about the challenge rules.......I hate to bang on about them but there are still a few who either don't read them or think we won't notice if they enter dozens of challenges with their entry......or even add more after we have been to visit...tut, tut. When we select our winners and Top 3 we don't use Random Org., we select as a team, our favourites, which means every entry is visited again before we post the final winners. So please, for the benefit of all your fellow crafters the majority of who comply with the rules, take a moment to consider if your entry is valid and fits our rules.

This months winner will received this fabulous prize from Sir Stampalot......just look at those gorgeous cottage floral stamps and there's a super Easter set and lots more:

Now for a bit of inspiration from the DT who have come up with some superb and really varied takes on the theme:
A pink one, a yellow one

Sweet treat Tilda

Just for Mum
Swinging in the sun

The gardens in bloom

What an Adventure

Grasses in the breeze

A burst of Spring colour