Sunday 1 December 2013

December Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Hi everyone and welcome to The Artistic Stamper Creative Team blog and to our brand new challenge for December!!

Before telling you all about this month's exciting new challenge, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to join in with our Christmas challenge during November. As always it's been an absolute pleasure to look at all your wonderful artwork and creative pieces. We will be announcing one very lucky winner in the next few days, so please make sure you check back to see if it's you!!

During November, we also had the pleasure of having the very talented Christine Dark join us as our Guest Designer and on behalf of the team, Jennie and I would like to say a big thank you to Chris for all her beautiful work that she shared everyone.

This month, we have another very talented guest joining us at The Artistic Stamper, Dawn Heald and you can see the first of Dawn's posts tomorrow.

We also have some sad news to share... Zuzu and Sioux have both decided to leave the creative team and this will be their final month with us. I know they will be sadly missed by everyone but we wish them both well and the very best for the future. From all of us...a very BIG thank you for all their hard work since they joined the team and for all their wonderful creations.

Our new challenge for December is ANYTHING GOES. The whole team are really looking forward to seeing all your fabulous artwork and stamped projects that you submit in relation to this theme. To join in with this challenge (and you can join in as many times as you want), is simple; all we would like you to do is, make a piece of artwork, making sure that you include the theme and some rubberstamping. Pop back here to link up using the Froggy at the bottom of this post, so that we can see what you've made and then, leave us a comment to let us know you have joined in with the challenge. As always, there will be candy for one randomly picked entrant - the winner will receive £15 worth of The Artistic Stamper stamps of your choice plus the Kling On to mount them onto. And don't forget....if you use Artistic Stamper stamps on your entry, you will entered into the draw, twice!!!!

If you do need any inspiration, then you don't need to look any further than our wonderful team's makes!!!

 I am mad about the Yuletide season, so when offered an "anything goes" theme for December, then I cant resist keeping on with my seasonal crafting.
 I have made this tag with Santa and some sleigh bells.

Supplies used:
Alterations snowflake rosette die 
tinsel twine (winter)
Stickles (crystal)

Artistic stamper stamps used:

Even though the theme is "anything goes" I decided to make a last minute Christmas gift idea piece, a bookmark and holder.

I used various Christmas Stamps, Mini Christmas 1, Mini Christmas 2 and Christmas Greetings 2. The bookmark slides into the little holder and could be a little gift to go along with a book on crafting, or indeed any book of course, just for that little hand-made touch.

I am teaching a couple of classes on Christmas tags, and this is one of the ones that we are making in the class. Well it is December , after all!
I used the baubles stamps to stamp and cut out baubles from Honeycomb Paper, and added it to a metal foiled tag using Sticky back foil, coloured with Distress Paint.

I wanted to make something with "12 Days of Christmas" in mind.
It seems team members just can't get enough of Christmas ;)

I made some paper bags out of ordinary brown parcel wrap, kraft coloured paper and to lighten the tones some in white and cream. I went for a combo of sizes for the different little treats I will be putting inside for my sweetheart ;)

I decorated the bags using a variety of stamps from Mini Christmas 1SnowflakesScrabble TilesKaty FoxMusic BrackgroundGrungy Greetings 1Our House A6Icicles BorderCrowning GloryJournaling Mini words and Journaling words 2 (cut apart letters you require and assemble together for the word you want....very liberating ;)) and T!m Holtz.

We hope you will join in with this month's challenge and please, don't forget to add a comment when you post your entry.

Hope you all have a happy and very creative month.
See you soon...
Emma x


Claudia N. said...

Thanks for the lovely challenge and Merry X-mas!

Claudia x

Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

Thanks for the inspiration and fabulous challenges. I am your newest follower and would love to have you join me in a chance to win FREE candy on my blog. I just need 10 more people to meet my 500 followers goal this year!

Happy Holidays!

Hugs, Gloria

Meggymay said...

Great inspiration DT.

Julie Lee said...

There are some terrific, inspirational creations here! Julie Ann xx

Barbara said...

Beautiful work here; it was my pleasure to join in the challenge. Thank you.

Ana K. said...

Fantastic works ladies...thank you for inspiration!
Greetings from Slovenia

steffi said...

Hi - have posted link - my blog is REALLY new so hoping I've done this right - I'm a challenge virgin!!
Thanks for the opportunity :)

Julie Lee said...

Thank you, Artistic Stamper for the lovely challenges of 2013 and all the inspiration they give. Julie Ann xx

Becky said...

I don't seem to have entered one of your challenges for ages so it is good to be back.Happy Christmas.
Becky x

Maggie said...

Wonderful DT projects and inspiration, so glad I found time to play this month have missed a few challenges someone keeps stealing time!!!

Merry Christmas to you all

Jane said...

Hi what lovely cards and inspiration, I hope you like the ones I will share with you. Merry Christmas x

kassa said...

Well i've managed a second entry to the challenge this month!!!
Fabulous dt inspirations as always xoxo
Merry Christmas to all x