Monday, 17 November 2014

Remembrance Mid Challenge Reminder

Oww, do we have a special treat for you today.

A few weeks ago we ran a very special event to celebrate our third anniversary.  The prize for the winner and the two runners up was to join the Crafty Boots Design Team for the 'Remembrance' challenge.

There were so many entrants and the standard was exceptionally high, the team found it so hard to narrow down their selection to just three, but we eventually got there.

We are delighted to be able to introduce Ulla, Julie and Pamellia and their breathtaking work, please make sure you take the time to visit their blogs.  Ladies it is an honour to have you as part of our team and to work along side you, you are all amazing.

Ulla

Hello, my name is Ulla, I am 58 years old and live in West Germany.  I have been stamping since 2007.  Of all the styles I think I prefer shabby chic.

















My name is Julie and I live in Sydney Australia, I love to create cards and 3D projects in the Shabby Chic style, I teach Copic colouring in my local craft store and am on a number of Design Teams. I spend most of my free time crafting but also enjoy cooking and cake decorating. I am honoured to be creating a card today as GDT for Crafty Boots and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did creating it for you.




  Hello Everyone! My name is Pamellia Johnson and I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with my wonderful husband and our two little girls, Scully (a teacup Maltese) and Pebbles (a teacup black Pomeranian).

Creativity runs in my family, so it's no surprise that I enjoy crafting. I have been crafting in some form or another ever since I was a little kid, thanks to my very creative and talented Mom. I've dabbled in all sorts of crafts, but I think my true passion is making handmade cards. I enjoy all sorts of styles, but my favourite is shabby chic! I just love the soft muted colours, the big shabby bows and the frilly laces.

When I was contacted about being a Guest Designer, I was just thrilled and when they told me the theme is Remembrance, I knew I wanted to do something special for my Mom. When I was five years old, our farmhouse burnt to the ground and my Mom lost every photo she had of me. I have collected some copies of photos from extended family and put together this frame, so Mom will have something to remember my childhood. I hope you like my Remembrance Frame.

Thank you so much to the Crafty Boots team for inviting me to spend the day with them. I am thrilled and honoured to be here with such a talented group of artists. 




Thank you so much ladies, your work is breathtaking and we really could not have chosen three more talented winners.

Crafty Boots has had such a wonderful time getting to know our Guest Designers and we do not want the fun to stop here.  We are going to make this a regular feature in future.  

Just a quick reminder that the current Crafty Boots challenge is 'Remembrance', this challenge will remain open until noon on Sunday, 23 November.  Please click here to go directly to the challenge.

The Design Team seem somewhat obsessed with images of red poppies at the moment, but this Challenge is about so much more than remembering those who died in the First World War.  It is about remembering all of the wonderful people in our lives and also those special times and we would love to see your scrapbook pages, your anniversary cards and much, much more.

The inspiration for our Remembrance Challenge just keeps coming, here are a few more projects from our hard working Design Team:

Scrapbook Page by Chris


Card by Lisette


Card by Dionne


Card by Chris


Step Card by Dionne






Monday, 10 November 2014

Remembrance

Every so often something comes along that captures the imagination and hearts of the nation, the London Olympics, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and currently, 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' - the art installation at the Tower of London.  The sight of the 888,246 ceramic poppies which now fill the Tower's moat is so powerful and deeply moving.  Each poppy represents a British military death during the First World War and the poppies now completely encircle this iconic landmark, it's size is impossible to capture on a single photograph.

Several of the Crafty Boots Design Team have been to see their poppies and I should like to thank Helen L for allowing us the reproduce some of her stunning photographs.





Which brings me to the theme of our brand new challenge 'Remembrance'.  Whilst for many of us this word will conjure up images of war and heroism and the gratitude of a nation and, yes, of beautiful red poppies, for others it will mean many, many other things, of days at the beach and a favourite moment in time or a loved one.

We would like to see whatever image this forceful word means to you.  Here a a few inspirational projects from our Design Team. 










This challenge will remain open until 12 Noon on Sunday, 23 November. There are very few rules but, if you would like to read them for yourself, you will find them here.

We are all looking forward to seeing your projects, good luck.



Monday, 3 November 2014

Music Mid Challenge Reminder

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There has been quite a buzz around the Crafty Boots Challenges office recently and at last we can share our exciting news with you. We are delighted to announce that Chris Parker-Barnes has agreed to join our Design Team.

Many of you will already know that Chris lives in New South Wales, Australia with her husband and 8 year old son, whom she homeschools. Chris says that the winters in NSW can be very cold but the summers more than make up for it by being very hot.

Chris has a very busy life and as well as homeschooling her son and crafting, she teaches piano and clarinet. In her free time Chris enjoys swimming, bushwalking, going to the beach, and creating Raw Vegan recipes.

A very big Crafty Boots welcome to Chris, we know you are going to love her work as much as we do, why not pop over to her blog and let her know.

By coincidence our current Challenge is 'Music' and Chris has made several fabulous projects to inspire you:

Phone cover by Chris:



Card by Chris:


Christmas Card by Chris:


In addition to welcoming Chris to the Design Team this post is also a mid challenge reminder for our current challenge. You have untill noon on 9 November to enter musical your projects.

Card by Lisette


Card by Dionne

Monday, 27 October 2014

Music

Hello and welcome back to another challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges.

We are getting in the party mood here at Crafty Boots Challenges and the theme of the challenge for the next two weeks is 'Music'. This challenge was chosen by the very talented Lisette, aka Mrs Beez, who would like to see a reference to music in your projects - musical notes, instruments, singing, dancing.

We should like to give you the opportunity to join in the fun at Crafty Boots and therefore we are offering guest design team spots to the three winner of this challenge.

Here are a few ideas by the Design Team:

Card by Lisette


Card by Dionne


Scrapbook Page by Stephanie-Emma


Pumpkin decoration by Lisette


Card by Dionne


This challenge will remain open until 12 Noon on Sunday, 9 November. There are very few rules but, if you would like to read them for yourself, you will find them here.

We are all looking forward to seeing your projects, good luck.


Monday, 20 October 2014

Falling Leaves and Halloween Mid Challenge Reminder

Here is a mid challenge reminder for our current challenge.  There is a choice of theme for this challenge either 'Autumn' or ;Halloween' and  you have until noon on 26 October to enter your projects.

Click here to go straight to the challenge.

Spell book by Lisette

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Also, a quick reminder that Crafty Boots Challenges is looking to add two or three new people to it's Design Team. This is open to anyone and is an exciting opportunity for someone who has never worked on as part of a Challenge Blog Design Team before and wishes to take their crafting to the next level. If you think this is just what you have been looking for and would like to know more please click here. The deadline for applications is Sunday, 26 October 2014.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Falling Leaves and Halloween

Hello and welcome back to another challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges.

We have a choice of theme for the next challenge, the subject of the challenge is taken from the time of year and you can choose between either 'Autumn' or 'Halloween'. Here in the UK it can be a beautiful time of year with the trees changing to the most amazing colours and the leaves falling can inspire some fabulous projects.

At this time of year many of us also look forward to dressing up with our children for Halloween. Treat boxes and cards have increasingly become part of this tradition and we should love to see your projects.

We should like to give you the opportunity to join in the fun at Crafty Boots so we are offering guest design team spots to the winner and both runners up of this challenge.

Our Design Team has not been idle and here are their autumnal projects:

Halloween Tag by Lisette


Autumnal Card by Dionne


Halloween Countdown Jar by Lisette


Halloween Card by Dionne


Just a quick reminder that Crafty Boots Challenges is looking to add two or three new people to it's Design Team.

This is open to anyone and is an exciting opportunity for someone who has never worked on as part of a Challenge Blog Design Team before and wishes to take their crafting to the next level.

If you think this is just what you have been looking for and would like to know more please click here. The deadline for applications is Sunday, 26 October 2014.

This challenge will remain open until 12 Noon on Sunday, 26 October. There are very few rules but, if you would like to read them for yourself, you will find them here.

We are all looking forward to seeing your projects, good. luck.


Monday, 29 September 2014

Gold

Hello and welcome back to another challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges.

The theme of the challenge for the next two weeks is 'Gold'. This challenge was chosen by the fabulous Stephanie-Emma, beloved team leader and founder of Crafty Boots Challenges. Stephanie-Emma would like to see gold as part of your project, this can be ink, embossing powder, mirri card, gilding flakes, well you get the idea.

Crafty Boots Challenges has a talented and very friendly Design Team, even if we do say so ourselves, which we are currently seeking to add two or three new members to. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone wishing to take their crafting to the next level. If you think this is just what you have been looking for and would like to know more please click here. The deadline for applications is Sunday 26 October 2014.

Here are the Design Team's gorgeous gold projects:

Scrapbook page by Stephanie-Emma


Card by Lisette


Card by Dionne


We should like to give you the opportunity to join in the fun at Crafty Boots and therefore we are offering guest design team spots to the three winner of this challenge.

This challenge will remain open until 12 Noon on Sunday, 12 October. There are very few rules but, if you would like to read them for yourself, you will find them here.

We are all looking forward to seeing your projects, good luck.