Saturday, 11 February 2017

Challenge 51 and Winners of Challenge 50

Hello everybody and welcome to our latest challenge!

Before I give you details of this challenge, I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who entered our last challenge, all the entries were fab, we loved looking at them all :)  Please scroll further down this post for the winners of last times challenge.

The theme of this fortnights challenge is


Here are details of this challenge's wonderful sponsors... 

Our first wonderful sponsor is A Day For Daisies.

A Day For Daisies provides themed categories of over 3000 digital illustrations and a fast growing line of new clear polymer stamp sets, including fairy tales and magical mermaids, cutie kids, vintage illustrations, sentiments and lovely designs for all occasions!

 One lucky winner will receive a $12 gift voucher
to spend at ADFD store

Click to be taken to their web store and Etsy store

and for more inspiration, click to be taken to their blog and Facebook page

Our next wonderful sponsor is...  Sheep Ski Designs

Here's a bit about me and my shop
Andrea Norris, unknown artist - Living in Leeds, Yorkshire in the UK, working full time as a Management Accountant and currently working on 4 design teams.  I'm a dancer (Argentine Tango and Ceroc) and a competitive badminton player.  It's amazing that I've managed to squeeze drawing into my schedule as well as being an obsessive crafter and creator of cards.  I have no actual style as yet but do love the unusual and quirky.  I may be known for producing cards in soft pastel colours.  I love anything arty.  I've always drawn stuff, for as long as I can remember.   In my younger days I sold a few watercolour paintings.  I recently found mixed media which is a joy and love creating canvases with flowers.  I've had a battle with digital drawing for about a year and finally found some software I can gel with in January 2016.  Recently one of the challenge teams I worked on was short of a designer's images to create with so I drew some.  Then people kept asking me for my drawings.  So I thought what the heck let's open a shop and give something back to the crafting world, to the lovely ladies who have supported me on my journey.  Welcome to my world, we're only at the beginning and I have so much more to offer
Andrea x

One lucky winner will receive 3 digital stamps 
of their choice from Sheep Ski Designs Etsy Store.

Click here to be taken to their Etsy store and
for further inspiration, click here to be taken to the Facebook Page and Andrea's blog 


 Here is the DT inspiration from our talented ladies, 
take a look and then please do join us :) 

Tanya - Having a break

Diane Louise using Mum from SheepSki Designs
and using Curvy Purse from A Day For Daisies

Geesje - using Oliver and Olivia from SheepSki Designs

Laura - Using Summer from SheepSki Designs

Lisa - Using Freesia Vase from SheepSki Designs

Melanie - using Little Man Girraf from ADFD
To be added shortly

Tammy - using Sir Carl Clown from ADFD

Wendy - using Happy Tree from ADFD


Here are the winners from 
last times challenge (number 50)

Our randomly picked winner who will receive a prize from 'Oddball Art' is....

No 76 Glittertastic

Congratulations, please contact Diane Louise at  to claim your prize
and receive your winners badge.

On your email, in the subject line, can you put the words

'Winner of Challenge 50 Oddball Art'

(Don't forget, you have 14 days to claim)

and now for the Top 3 favourites, as chosen by Diane Louise 
Congratulations and please collect your Top 3 Winners badge from the tab at the top of the page.

No 4 Ria 

Such a pretty card, the digi stamp is gorgeous and its been coloured beautifully.

No 35 Julie Reed
Love how the digi stamp is on kraft card and the colouring is stunning
No 71 Carol Gill
Really like the layout of this card, as well as the lovely floral buttons and chosen  papers, which all go perfectly with the digi image.


Have fun crafting

Crafty Hugs
Diane Louise & Team 1 Ladies xxx

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Challenge 50 and Winners of Challenge 49

Good morning and welcome, 

Before I give you details of this times challenge, I would like to say thanks so much for your entries for last times challenge, it means so much to us that you join us each fortnight.

Please scroll further down this post 
for the winners of last times challenge.

Now onto our new challenge for this fortnight at Crafty Friends...
The theme of this challenge is


You can make anything you like, maybe a card, a scrapbook layout of even home decorYou can use any products you like to enter as long as it follows the theme for this fortnight. 

Our wonderful sponsor for today's challenge is Oddball Art.

Lizzy has always loved the stranger, quirkier side of life and that is exactly what she loves to create. Her art described as a perfect combination of sweet and sour that glitters up the grunge! As a lover of all things whimsical, kawaii and creepy cute, she throws in some Pastel Goth with a touch of glam, punk & rockabilly pinup! She has certainly never been a mainstream type of girl and definitely won't fit into your stereotypical cookie cutter artists role; but rather she finds beauty in the truly unique, big eyed creepy little cuties with a bittersweet sadness. She is never truly happier then when she is in her art studio painting or sewing, creating a whimsical dream world easily recognizable as her signature style of creepy yet cute, all the way from the haunting darkness to the rainbowtastic, Lizzy’s creations are lovingly sprinkled with a heart-breaking sweetness. Growing up a child of the 80's, pop rocks princess, with an extreme fondness for anything candy coated, Kawaii Kitten & Ziggy Stardust, all of which had a major influence in the work that she is creating today. Lizzy employs many different mediums when she creates, anything from mixed media painting to sewing with many different textiles, the end result always being the same; A whimsical dream world filled with big eyed beauties, creepy little cuties and quirky monsters of all shapes and sizes. 

You must pop over to their Etsy store - it is really worth a visit.
They sell a large selection of gorgeous digital stamps.

For more inspiration from Oddball Art

take a look at their Blog and Facebook page.

If you are the lucky winner of the challenge, 
you will receive the following fabulous prize... 
3 digital stamps of your choice from Oddball Arts Etsy store

If you would like to be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize,
please enter your creation using Inlinkz below.

Don't forget you can enter up to 3 times


...and here is inspiration from Team 2... If you want to take a closer look at the DT's beautiful cards or leave them a comment, just click on the name above their card and it will take you straight to their own personal blogs.

Diane Louise
Using Big Eye Bookworm from Oddball Art


Using Penelope No3 from Oddball Art


Using Big Eye Bookworm and Silly Sally Smiles & Sentiments from Oddball Art

Using Silly Sally Smiles & Sentiments from Oddball Art


Here are the lucky winners from our last challenge (No 49)....

Our randomly picked winner who will receive a prize 

from Crafty Sentiment Designs is 
Number 6 Jane's Journal
Congratulations Jane, please contact Diane Louise at  to claim your prize
and receive your winners badge.

On your email, in the subject line, can you put the words
'Winner of Challenge 49, Crafty Sentiments'

(Don't forget, you have 14 days to claim)

and now for the Top 3 favourites, as chosen by  Diane Louise
Congratulations and please collect your Top 3 Winners badge 
from the tab at the top of the page.

Number  8 Nick
This is such a  lovely crafty project,
so much to look at on the journal page, its fabulous.

Number  5 Julie P
WOW, an absolutely stunning vintage baby card,
fantastic use of beautiful dies.
baby card
Number  28 Blankina
 This card immediately caught my attention when I was looking through the entries.
A super sweet baby card. Love how it looks like the bear is popping out of the heart die.

Have fun crafting this fortnight.

Looking forward to seeing all your cards and projects.

Diane Louise and Team 2 Ladies xx