We are Neet 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, 26 September 2014

Challenge 65 ARCHES

Well, we certainly did not get many entries for our last challenge.  And we notice entries have been dropping off considerably over the past few weeks.  Not to worry, we will soldier on and this time our challenge is for you to create something with "Arches".  It does not have to be more than one arch, just sounds better when you put the word in plural.

We are honoured to still have Sam as our Guest Designer and it looks as if she has been using Lynne Perrella stamps this time.  Aren't these arches gorgeous.  Wondering how she did them - pop along to her blog and find out.


Neet decided to use rubber stamps in her 'arches' and this is part of what she produced.  If you want to see more pictures of arches and the whole project pop along to her blog:


Wendy made this arch as part of a family arch book.



That is all we have for you this time, you need to visit our blogs to see more detail but before you go can I remind you that you need to read through our Rules and Guidelines to make sure you are eligible for the prize draw.  Just to help you they are below as well as in their usual place at the top of our blog.

*Entries must fully comply with the fortnightly theme (this means your creation must follow the rules of the theme set).
*Please link directly to your entry and not just to your blog (this means only link the address for your post to the challenge and not the general address of your blog).  For instructions on how to do this please see page 'Making a Direct Link'.
*Please ensure you make a link back to this challenge blog in your post (this means you need to include a link to Artful Times Challenge blog when writing up your post).  For instructions on how to do this please see page 'Linking Back'.
*Please write a brief description of how you created your entry and some of the materials used, even if it's only a brief list at the end of your posting, as it's nice to know what was used and how it's been done.
*Please do not back link to previous posts prior to the date of the challenge.
*A maximum of 5 challenges may be combined.
*You may enter the challenge several times as long as each entry is with a different creation.
*We encourage you to visit each other's blogs and leave a comment, even ours, it means a lot!
*If you have 'Word Verification' may we ask that you please turn it off, as this makes commenting easier for everyone, especially with the new blogger words which are difficult to read at times.  The comment moderation seems to be a more successful way of avoiding unwanted comments.
*Link your entry before 17.55 on the following Thursday.
*Any entries which do not follow the above challenge guidelines may not be commented on by the DT and will not be entered into the prize draw.


Friday, 12 September 2014

Challenge 64 - A Small Book

and we mean "tiny".  Yes, we are asking you to make a book that is no larger than 2"x 3" (think that translates to 5 x 7.5 cms).  Gosh, that small, really?

Here is what we came up with

Sam made this lovely jotter complete with hessian and button



Neet made a tiny sea themed book



Whilst Wendy made a felt cover for her pretty poppy book


Now what will you make for us to see?  What about a domino book, I remember Tim Holtz making one of those a long time ago.  Or will you make a jotter like Sam, or a tiny book of pictures like Neet? Go on, you know you want to try this, see you later.

Remember the Rules and Guidelines please

*Entries must fully comply with the fortnightly theme (this means your creation must follow the rules of the theme set).

*Please link directly to your entry and not just to your blog (this means only link the address for your post to the challenge and not the general address of your blog).  For instructions on how to do this please see page 'Making a Direct Link'.
*Please ensure you make a link back to this challenge blog in your post (this means you need to include a link to Artful Times Challenge blog when writing up your post).  For instructions on how to do this please see page 'Linking Back'.
*Please write a brief description of how you created your entry and some of the materials used, even if it's only a brief list at the end of your posting, as it's nice to know what was used and how it's been done.
*Please do not back link to previous posts prior to the date of the challenge.
*A maximum of 5 challenges may be combined.
*You may enter the challenge several times as long as each entry is with a different creation.
*We encourage you to visit each other's blogs and leave a comment, even ours, it means a lot!

*If you have 'Word Verification' may we ask that you please turn it off, as this makes commenting easier for everyone, especially with the new blogger words which are difficult to read at times.  The comment moderation seems to be a more successful way of avoiding unwanted comments.
*Link your entry before 17.55 on the following Thursday.
*Any entries which do not follow the above challenge guidelines may not be commented on by the DT and will not be entered into the prize draw.

Thanks to the lovely ladies who joined in with our challenge last week.  Some really great stuff going on - and it is all about quality not quantity and although we only had a few entries they were "Quality".


Friday, 29 August 2014

Challenge 63 - Use a House Shape - and Great News!

Well, do I have news for you.  Today we are joined by a Guest Designer and it is non other than our friend Sam.

Sam, as many of you might know was one of the three of us who started this blog and Sam did all the work for the actual setting up of it, the header, the various pages etc so we have a lot to say 'Thanks' to her for.  It's nice to welcome her back for a Guest Designer spot and this is what Sam made for us for this particular challenge


This is from Wendy and she finds this really useful in her craft room.  Why?  Visit her blog and find out.


And Neet did this card for a friend who is moving house


So what are you going to make in the shape of a house?  A card, a tag, a book - or something so different you will have us guessing.

Pop along to the various blogs to see how they made them and then join in, we would love to have you work alongside us - a challenge is not a challenge if it does not challenge you.  Follow that?

Thanks to those of you who joined in with our sewing theme last week - lovely entries ladies and all much appreciated.  Any that didn't get visited with it being BH weekend rest assured we will visit you all.