27 January 2014

Five Day's to Go!

There are only 5 days left for the first 2014 Challenge#31 - New Beginnings!

A reminder - you need to make a CARD  without any stamps - digital, cling or rubber!

Before I go on:

for yesterday!

Hope you all had a great time!

Now here are a couple of CARDS to inspire you for this last few days of our challenge

This is a card I have made for Lucy Maraca. The sentiment says awesome, so it could be for any big news such as an engagement, passing exams - whatever it is, the reason would mean a new beginning for someone.

Thanks Julene - I know life has dealt a difficult few moments for you lately and appreciate the effort to make this for us!

Babies are definitely a new beginning in anyone's life and we are expecting a few new people in our life this year, so I was just getting in a bit early!

Remember - there is an awesome prize for this challenge:

We are sponsored this month by the wonderful

So, why not have a go in the last few days of this challenge and see if you can produce a CARD without using any stamps - it really is easier than it sounds! 

20 January 2014

Well, we are Midway!

Hello Everbody - I hope you are all keeping cool or warm (depending on where you currently reside!) as it seems to be a story of extremes out there at the moment.  Keep safe too - with fires and floods and possibly famine!

We are into the third week now on our Challenge #31 - New Beginnings, and have some more inspiration to share with you.  Remember you are making something that does not have stamps in its creation and fits the theme of New Beginnings!

The TWIST for this month (if you accept the challenge) is to tell us why your creation is about a new beginning in your blog story.

Now, for the inspiration:

Firstly from Tracey

She says "I must admit that for the last week or so I've had Valentine's Day on the brain, so decided to go with the theme of "New Love".  I'm sure if we all reminisce, we remember that first Valentine's Day with our "new love"...the thrill and the excitement of finding the perfect gift, planning the perfect evening.  Well, this theme also allowed me to use some new items in my stash...they include the cute little teddy bear cupid who is a print and cut file for my Silhouette Cameo, as well as two new Memory Box dies...the love script and the hanging hearts!  I kept this card pretty simple...but I hope you will enjoy and find some inspiration in it!"

OK - its a New Year's card BUT the new products are Basic Grey 25th and Pine supplies. 

My new goodies are the flowers and bird die
The New Beginning here is the card is made for a friend who is retiring  - she loves her garden and reading. The Secret Garden was  a favorite book of mine from childhood and when I saw the 12 x 12 page from Graphic 45 I had to have it. The image is from that page as is the quote. 

Merry has made a big effort with this card as she decided to use the felt strip up from her stash, but found it was not willing to be unpeeled from it's backing and ended up sticking her fingers together! She eventually had enough left to complete this lovely piece! A wedding card!

Merry says "I made an envelope to go with the card using my new Envelope Punch Board which I purchased the end of last year and is my new favourite crafting item.  I have had the paper in my stash for ages and it was nice to put it to good use." Notice that the words "I Do" are on the envelope - isn't she clever!

10 January 2014

Great News

We have expanded the Design Team here at Unstampabelles, to include four new girls.  I am sure you will all make them welcome and feel the love by visiting them on their blogs and checking out their styles!


My name is Deanne Clarke-Saunders. My hubby and I live in St. John’s Newfoundland Canada. I’m an elementary teacher but currently not working. I have always enjoyed playing with paper, scissors, glue, and ESPECIALLY crayons and pencil crayons, ever since I've been a small child. I just couldn't stop playing, so I continued by scrap-booking and card-making! I love it!!! My hubby calls me a paper hoarder. He just MAY be right, but I’d never tell him that!!! A man doesn't need to know he’s right!!! ha ha!

I am 68 years old and live in Sydney with my husband.  I have two daughters and four grand-daughters.  I am now retired.  I started stamping and making cards in 1995 and started scrapbooking about 1999 and making ATCs in 2005 and my blog in April 2012,  joining challenges about then.  I was really happy to find other blogs to give me new ideas for my cards and then excited to be invited to join some design teams.

I suffer from fibromyalgia and arthritis so spend my days making cards, a little scrapbooking and talking to my cyber friends on the internet.  This helps take my mind off the pain.  I have made many more cyber friends since starting my blog.

Thank you for the invitation to join UnstampaBelles, I look forward to working with you all.

Hi!  I'm Tracey!  I live on a small acreage in Manitoba, Canada with my husband, our two wonderful children, our Norwegian Elkhound, and several cats!  I am a stay at home mom who is kept busy with cooking, cleaning and chauffeuring our son and daughter around.   When I have a moment alone, or need to relieve some stress, you will find my hiding out in my basement craft room.  I have been card making and scrap booking on and off for about 15 years as time allows...but card making is my true passion.  I am so excited to be joining The UnstampaBelles!

My Photo

I am an active member on several forums including Mystical, Soul Scrappers, Artastic, From screen to scrap, Stuck?! sketches, White with one, Anna’s Craft Cupboard and CSI.  I am currently a DT member on Counterfeit Kits Challenge  and Lollipop Ladies and now Unstampabelles.

I've been scrapbooking for about 12 years and love it!
I keep a book of sketches as I complete one or do a layout of my own that I’m happy with.  I have been published in Scrapbook Creations and Scrapbooking Memories several times, including a project in Scrapbook Creations. Also my layouts appeared online in Scrapbook News and Reviews.

I have taught scrapbooking at 2 different shops and have attended retreats. I regularly attend craft fairs and have even worked on a stall. I'm a retired teacher librarian, and now an empty nester as my daughter works interstate. I live in Sydney. However, I have 3 nieces and nephews who often feature in my layouts. I’m committed to Scrapbooking and young at heart!  My style is uncluttered as I try to emphasise the photos. I have made cards, mini albums and ATC’s as well as layouts.

How exciting is that!

Remember too we have three 'Belles left from Merry's team of last year plus myself - as you can see from the great work they did for January's DT inspiration. Beth, Jan, Sarah and Susan (me!) are all still here and we all welcome our newest members of the team and cannot wait to see what they can produce for us! All we need is for you  peeps to be inspired now and start to put in your entries for this challenge - go on, you can do it - make something without using a stamp!!

06 January 2014

A New Beginning

Hello Peeps

Firstly, Happy New 2014 

I hope you enjoyed the festivities over Christmas and New Year and are now all bright eyed and button-tailed ready for a new crafting adventure in 2014!

Secondly, I want to thank Merry and her band of Belles for all their work over the last few years, and particularly Merry for all her help to allow me to take over the Unstampabelles Challenge Blog, and see if I can run it as well as she has done. I do hope all the 250+ followers will continue to follow us, and continue to enjoy the challenge of creating paper products without using stamps of any type!

Thank you too, to the Belles who have decided to stay on the wild ride with me for this new venture!

Now, Challenge #30 has finished and we had 94 entries! Wow, how fabulous was that! It did make our job of selecting design Team Favorite a bit difficult however as there were so many wonderful examples of making a fabulous card without using a stamp. 

However, nevertheless the DT have voted, and the favorite is:

I love the fact that this is pink and silver and that the whole thing just sparkles with goodness. 
Congratulations Laney and we do hope you display our DT Favourite badge prominently on your blog to celebrate. 

The prize for this Challenge was offered by our very own Merry

and the winner of the prize draw is:
48 Ardilla

Random numbers generated Jan 4 2014 at 5:32:56 by www.psychicscience.org

Congratulations Ardilla - please email Merry with your details to collect your prize. 


On to the first challenge for 2014

Challenge #31

From now on there will also be a TWIST with each challenge, for those more experienced bloggers and crafters to use to explore and perhaps extend your skills. The twist for this challenge is to:

use a new product, technique or item on your project AND tell us about it; what is it; how did it work; any problems; would you use it again?

Your CARD can be to celebrate a new home, a new baby, a new job, a retirement, recovery for an illness.......there are many ways we have new beginnings in our life. Here are some examples the DT came up with that you may like to use to gain further inspiration:

We are sponsored this month by the wonderful

The prize includes paper tole sheets, foam pads, paper twist, feathers, 2 x packs of stitching card fronts and envelopes, 3d Sticker sets - weddings and babies.  Many of these things are new items to use i.e feather are very trendy at the moment!
Many thanks to Mandy!

Firstly, we have TWO Guest Designers for this month............ Merry!

Merry made this card for her daughter who turned 18 - in Australia that is old enough to vote and to drink alcohol, and move onto a provisional driving licence (not all at the same time!).  It certainly is a time of new beginnings! I know that Merry has details on her blog on how to make this wonderful glass, so why not go and visit her! It was her first time at this technique. 

and WendyL
Her new items are the pink buttons given her as a gift at Christmas

"Hi my name is Wendy L, known as Spanish Crafter in blogland.   
 I have been card making for a number of years and still get so much pleasure from it, it has also helped see me through some bad times in my life.  I am lucky to have been able to retire early, thanks to my great partner, and we decided to live in Spain to get some warmth into our bones !!!!!  I do go back to the UK two or three times a year to see family, especially now that I have a gorgeous grand daughter to spoil and  baby grandson too. I craft most days and give nearly all my cards to local charities here, as well as making some for friends and neighbors.  I also couldn't live without my laptop and hop around blogland most days too."

Beth at HuggiesCraft

Beth says: "My 'New Beginnings' is a wedding card. When a couple get married it's traditionally the beginning of their life together".  You will find out more by visiting her blog.   

JanR says: "60 can often be a new beginning for some, moving into a new phase of life....this card was for my uncle's birthday. He's retiring from his job and starting his own business. He's also got a grandchild on the way. So, I thought the phrase "Celebrate 60" for this "new" time in his life was fitting.  New technique.....although I've used my Silhouette Sketch Pens before I'd never tried to fit them on a specific shape. It was cool to figure out that I could draw a word exactly where I wanted to on any shape." You can go to Jan's blog to see more details on this!

"Since I'm very excited about my status as "new mom", a baby card really popped for me for this challenge.  I loved this quote as well, and it really summed up the theme for me.  I also used two new techniques.  I broke out my ribbon punch to create the ruffled ribbon on the side (first time I've used it) and then I used Inkssentials, Glossy Accents, to create the shiny heart in the corner." More details on the blog!

This card is to celebrate my New Beginnings with you all by celebrating YOU! The loyal Peeps and followers and entrants in our monthly challenges.  Without you, there will be no new beginning! You can find out more on my blog here about how this is made.

I am sure you will all agree that these cards are inspiring and we now are waiting to see what you can create - without using any stamps!