We are Neet, Von, Chrissie 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, 11 April 2014

Challenge 53 - Spray Away

Hello Everyone. Chrissie here doing the post for the challenge this time. Not many for the metal challenge but thank you to those who joined us for that. Some wonderful ideas for sure.

This week we have the theme Spray Away. We none of us remember who suggested this subject so had a draw to see who would do the post and it turned out to be me. So this is my take on the title.

 You can use any sort of spray technique you like and any sprays. You could even make your own with inks, food colours, other sprays etc. No restriction on what you make using a spray so I am sure we will have lots of wonderful ideas from you. Hope you will join us and you could win a voucher from Oyster Stamps. Follow our rules and guidelines and you might be our winner or runner-up when the next winner's post is published on the 2nd May.

This is what we all made

Neet made a box of flowers


Wendy made journal pages



Von  made pages in her altered book


Chrissie made a hanging


Can't wait to see your makes - Good Luck

Chrissie x

Friday, 4 April 2014

Winners - Challenges 50 & 51

First of all, thank you so much for all the lovely entries we have been receiving.  We had rather a lot for our Anything Goes challenge but then went right down to almost 'zero' with our puzzle pieces.   Oh hecky pecky - was it really difficult?  Congratulations must go to the ladies who did manage to do something for us and lovely entries they were too.

Well, we have a winner - and it is from our "Anything Goes Challenge" and is

Meggymay with her lovely journal page which was using up all manner of scraps and producing a beautiful page.


and our runner up is Valerie with her ingenious decoration of a complete jigsaw:


Well done to all of you, without you and your support our blog would not be.  

Now if the winner will contact Neet (blog address on her blog, right hand side) she will sent you details of how to claim your £10 gift voucher from our lovely sponsors Oyster Stamps.  and if you both contact her she will send you your blinkies for you to display on your blogs.

Thank you!

Friday, 28 March 2014

Challenge 52 Heavy Metal - make Metal the main Focus

Oh dear, we really set you a poser with our last challenge - Puzzle Pieces.  We only had a few entries but what we had we loved so well done to you ladies for giving our challenge a go!

Here we are with a new challenge, we hope will inspire you to join us for the next fortnight.   Metal can be so versatile, coloured, die cut, embossed, and I bet you can think of other ways to use it. You could also alter a tin or embellishment, make a cover for a book or turn it into a picture.   All that we ask is that it is the main focus of your creation is "Metal" in some form or another.  What about using 'foil' as faux metal?



Chrissie  made a jewelry box


Neet covered a box


Wendy  used it on a key cupboard


Please visit our blogs to find out more details on how and what was made.

 Remember to read the rules and Guidelines at the top of the page to be in with a chance to win £10 voucher to spend at Oyster Stamp.

Metal is the main focus