Sunday 27 April 2014

Last Weekly Challenge Winners of Semester 1 and a Summary

Hi everyone Darcy here. Last week Pam Thorburn ended her semester with us, I think you will agree her posts have been a wonderful introduction to scrapbooking for the rest of us. This past week was no exception, with 2 great layouts and a stunning mini book.

Sam showed us a neat way to use resist canvas and Jo introduced us to book binding with her fantastically aged travel journal. Finally we saw the welcome return of Lin Brown with a stunning piece featuring her stamps and stencils. We rounded off the week with a new journal page challenge from me, I hope to see you join in over the next month. 

Thanks to everyone who joined in the weekly challenge and made projects last week. We, and the designers truly love seeing your creations.  And thank you also for all the comments left on blog posts. It means a lot to us all that you take the time to leave comments. 

 1.And the winners are...
Random winner #1 from the First Challenge draw (every single entry linked, including multiple entries) is: Deb.W

 Congratulations, you have won a PaperArtsy A5 stamp of your choice. 

 Random winner #2 the winner from the Second Challenge draw, (only one entry per name)
 is: Emma D

 Congratulations, you have won a PaperArtsy A5 stamp of your choice.

*Winners please get in touch with Darcy ( with your full  name,  address and choice of stamp plate. 

2. Thank you to all semester one designers and guests

Hi everyone, Leandra here just taking the opportunity to say a big thank you to all who have contributed to generate such a magnificent start to 2014.

As Semester 1 draws to a close, this is a great opportunity to take a look back and reflect on the wide variety of creations our Guests have brought us. Not only have we had featured in depth each week for the last 4 months the unique talents of Clare Lloyd, Julie Ann Lee, Ellen Vargo and Pam Thorburn, but we have in addition brought you many one off posts from our own PaperArtsy Stamp Designers, 2013 Blog Guests, and even the odd random extra person wherever we could possibly squeeze them in for surprise treats.

Lets not forget the inimitable Gillian and Darcy who have done an astonishing job as blog admin gurus keeping things slick and sweet behind the scenes. You guys rock!

Semester 1 has been crazy busy here at PA HQ, but there is nothing quite like a cuppa at the end of the day and settling in to ready the blog, it's been totally brilliant. Thank you everyone! 

So let's take a look back at just a few of the projects that have been featured in the last 4 months from some of these wonderfully artistic hands and minds.

First up this adorable dolly canvas from Liz Borer, see how she made it HERE 

Next, a hearty canvas from Alison Bomber featuring fabulous texture. See it HERE. 

Remember how Clare Lloyd transformed a pencil case into a frame? See it HERE.

From Darcy we had a travelling water pot, featuring her new stamps. Ideal for craft rooms and crops. See it HERE. 

Deb Wainwright made this gorgeous wreath, see how she created those delicate flowers HERE. 

Ellen Vargo joined us as our newest PaperArtsy Stamp Designer and wowed us all with her totally unique stamps, techniques and zingy use of colour. See these cards HERE.

Helen Chilton remembered that our menfolk like gifts too, see how she made this coaster HERE.

You all loved Jo Myhill's rusty pot of tulips, see how she made it HERE. 

How many of you made a 'PAGG' critter? See how Jo Firth Young made her little friend HERE.

Julie Ann Lee creates the most lovely and theatrical pieces, see not just the outside but the stunning inside of this box HERE.

Lucy Edmondson introduced a fantastic clay technique for decorating this bottle. See it HERE. 

I had never seen a Trading Block before, had you? See how Linda Cain created this one HERE. 

Pam Thorburn gave us many inspirational pages, we loved the use of washi tape on this one. Check it out HERE. 

Finally we all need storage right? See how Sue Carrington made this stamp binder HERE. 

3. Coming up this week...

It's here! #3UP!! Such a great way to finish a semester with a bang!

Tonight a whole week of #3UP commences.

As you know, we like to mix it up a little each time, and this semester is no different. Each night we get 3 people UP on the blog to share their style of crafting. Anyone can play #3UP. Usually 4-6 weeks ahead we advertise on twitter, facebook and the blog asking for volunteers. 

This time we allocated a theme to each evening, and names were drawn out of the hat. Those people chose the stamps they wanted to work with, and submitted their projects a couple of weeks ago. I have been busy editing it all and loading the content online. I'm so excited for this, its really great to see what you, our blog followers do in your spare time up close and personal!

So top up your drink, and settle in for the first post which kicks off shortly at 7:15pm London time.

If you would like to play along with our #3UP contributors this week, then feel free to link up and go in the draw to win a surprise prize at the end of the week. As it's the end of the semester, the prize will be a special goody bag with a variety of items to the value of £50. ALL NEW STASH! Link below during the week. Entries close 5pm Sunday May 4th

An InLinkz Link-up

3UP Play-along Guidelines:

  • Each linked entry generates you a ticket in the draw to win. Maximum number of entries per person is 3. 
  • Your entry must be a new creation made this week
  • You must explain which person's 3UP entry inspired you to play along. 

Good luck, winners will be announced on Sunday May 4th, 2014 at 7pm (London Time).


Helen said...

Well done to the winners from last week, and what a great summary - so many fabulous projects over the last few months! Looking forward to the latest #3UP week!

Hazel Agnew said...

Well done the winners Deb W and Emma D. Looking back at these projects is pure nostalgic delight. Like looking through a family photo album. Thanks Leandra, Gillian, Darcy and team for letting me be part of such a unique family. Xx.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Deborah & Emma! Thanks for the great summary Leandra, lovely to look back on all the wonderful projects. Now counting the minutes to 7.15....... :)

Unknown said...

What a brilliant first semester and very excited that I won! Well done Deb too!!

I have really enjoyed looking at all the projects and its really fab to have a new blog post almost every night. So much wonderful inspiration - thank you for all your hard work.

craftytrog said...

Congrats to Deb & Emma! A lovely look back on the wonderful art of semester 1. Looking forward to the 3UPs this week.
Alison xxx

Steven said...

Oooh forgot about some of them, or must have missed, nice recap to fuel the inspiration further. Thanks to all the participants and all at PA Towers!

Jacqui Chimes said...

Love the PaperArtsy blog with so much loveliness on display - congrats to the winners.

Unknown said...

What a great summary of Semester 1. Honoured to have been part of such talent and inspiration!

Craftyfield said...

It's been a great semester and I'm looking forward to 3#UP! But... I won't be able to participate this week so no goody bag for me...

craftimamma said...

Marvellous to look back over the semester and revisit just a few of the fabulous projects that have delighted all PaperArtsy fans for the past few months.

Well done to this week's winners too!

Lesley Xx

Julie Lee said...

Well done, winners and thank you Leandra for reminding us of some beautiful projects from the last semester! I feel really honoured to have been part of it all! Julie Ann xxx

ionabunny said...

Congrats to the lucky ladies. Great recap. So many gems