05 December 2016

Flickering Lights and Happy Faces - Christmas

That look of wonder and excitement on a small child's face, and reflecting the flickering light of a real or imitation candle. That's Christmas really. 

Image result for children and candles

I hope you are well on the way to preparations for your Christmas time, however you enjoy the period. I am as usually way behind. You know, I have found that it doesn't really matter - it all gets done eventually - and you can always ask for assistance!

We are asking you this month to think of candles and create

Flickering Lights 
TWIST have a candle in the item made

Prize is a $20 Aust (includes postage) Gift Voucher from shop of choice

Christmas of course, Hanaka and/ or a New Year.  A candle can be a sign of hope, a light in the wilderness, or through a window; it can be on a Christmas tree or just around it.........you can make a candle holder or similar or a Christmas candle decoration........... 

I am using mechanical tea lights for my candles to avoid catching fire
but Dale and Wynn are adventurous!

Lets see what you can come up with

When you have made your 2D or 3D candle object - without stamps of course - enter it at our linky

Happy Christmas!

28 November 2016

Final Week for Resistance

Good morrow friends. I hope you are all enjoying the day. 

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends as well, and I hope you all had time with family and friends. We all have a lot to be grateful for and sometimes we forget this in the hurly-burly of life. 

I have just been visiting my family across the Eastern side of Australia, and I encountered such kindness and generosity of spirit from everyone at every place we went that I was quite blown away with it all - we are indeed the Lucky Country here in Australia but I think we forget that with all the bad news out there overshadowing our thinking. In particular we noticed how friendly, and caring and just plain nice our newest Australians were to us - my husband was using a walker and we had a wheelchair at times - and often our luggage as well. The taxi drivers, car transfers, train conductors, ferry conductors, tourist operators, airplane officials and hotel workers we met were fantastic. So was the family!

Home again now - and knee deep in Christmas preparations and Uni work (yes, apparently I wasn't busy enough so I added two Spring semesters to my load). Still thinking of our trip though - this is my photo from the plane flying into Sydney a couple of weeks OK. Taken with my phone camera. 

It is the final week for Resistance - in any form - and we only have a few entries so your chances of winning are high! Go on - you can do it! Here is some more inspiraton to assist!

Using an Embossing Folder to dry and wet emboss at the same time!

Versamark inside the folder; watercolour card and emboss; heat emboss; add inks which have been sprayed with water via a sheet of acetate - find out more details on my blog

Wynn has used an embossing folder too - here she has resisted inking her folder and has just added colour to the finished product!

You can enter HERE

21 November 2016

Midway Through the month - OMG!

Challenge #63
Resistance - what exactly is this? Something that stops something else from happening
As long as you can tell us what resistance system you have used, you can entr this challenge
(oh, and no stamps of course)

There is a prize, yes

Here is a small mollusk resisting being eaten!

photo by Greg Faull; taken at Seven Mile Beach, Tasmania

Some more inspiration for you to drool over and then go to the blogs of the DT and leave some love

Then you can think about how you are going to create a resist and DO IT!
Two more weeks to enter your wonderful creation!
At Unstampabelles


Using a stencil as the resist

Using a stencil and texture paste.

Glue & alcohol ink resist on plastic eggs!

Now isn't that nifty!

Off you go and have a go at it!

14 November 2016

October Winners and Week 2 for Challenge #63

Hello Peeps!

I hope you are all recovering from the elections in the good old US of A, and settling down to think about your contribution to this challenge blog! Some of you are waiting to hear who has won the random number prize for October and been selected as the Design Team Favorite as well!
So, here it is

Winners for October

Random Number Draw is 
Random Number selection - 8: Janis

Design Team Favourite
Number 15: Karen

Congratulations to both Crafters!

So, what is happening in November?

#63Resistance and twist is explain technique

Random Number Prize

What do we mean by resistance? Using anything where one media resists another media: often this media might be a stamped image, where the image has been stamped with Versamark and left or wet embossed with embossing powder. This can either be left on after inks or paint is wiped over the image (where the image then resists the ink or paint) or ironed off still leaving the impression of the image. We cannot use stamps in this challenge - so, think outside the square! Use a stencil - make a drawing - use an embossing folder. Your resist medium can be embossing powder, liquid rubber, wax - any medium which resists another medium or stops it from appearing on your card or paper.

Or whatever you think of as resistance! Remember, it is your take on the theme!

We have two wonderful Guest Designers

KT Fit Kitty
Hi, I’m Kitty, and I live in Nova Scotia, Canada. I am excited and honoured to be a Guest Designer at the UnstampaBelles! Unlike many crafters, I have not been crafty my whole life - I began making cards about 10 years ago, and now I’m hooked!  I started my blog in June 2013, after being invited to join a design team. My card-making style would be considered “cute” and my favourite subject is cats, mainly due to my three beautiful kitties, Honeydew, Kiwi, and Snowie. In case you’re wondering how I chose my blog name, KT are my initials, Kitty is a nickname, and Fit Kitty is my user name on a fitness forum I used to frequent.  It would make me so happy if you would hop over to my blog for a visit:  http://ktdesigns2013.blogspot.ca/.

For my project, I created a matching gift bag, card, and tag, all using an emboss-resist technique. The falling snow was embossed through a stencil using Versamark and embossing powder before Distress Inks were applied to create a sky background.

Thank you to Susan and the UnstampaBelles for having me as your Guest Designer!  Wishing you and your followers a joyful day!

I'm Carole and I live in the North West of England with my lovely hubby and cat, Casey.  I love all types of arts and crafts and can spend hours in my craft room, losing all track of time.  At the moment I’m enjoying making ATCs, cards and collages.  I have quite an eclectic taste from cute and whimsical to shabby chic and vintage.  I like to enter challenges and started my blog in order to do this.  I do hope you'll pop over and say hello!

I'd like to thank Susan for the opportunity of being Guest Designer on her challenge blog - it really is an honour!

Sending crafty hugs your way,  

Easel Box - the 'resist' here is the fact that the easel is 'resisting' being closed - 
a different take!

Other Design Team Members:


This card was made by clear embossing over a diecut and then distressed with distress inks.

Using a candle as the resist

Well, there you have it

Where are you going with your Resistance? 

Remember, you have another coupla weeks to go to enter 
and at this stage if you do a Trump and win all the prizes!

07 November 2016

Challenge#63: November - Resistance! The twist is to tell us how you did it in your blog.

#63: Resistance 
TWIST use resistance technique and explain it in your blog

Prize (Random Number)

Don't forget you can be chosen as DT Favorite also

You can play with backgrounds and patterns; inks and paints; make the resist the main part or a part of your embellishments.........


Others are as well apparently!
Seen recently on
Are there any other sign posts out there that depicts the area like this one.

So, you are not the only one!

Seriously though, you can do this - there are lots of ways to make a resist - wax crayons; candle wax; rubber paint; embossing powders and ink; stencils .........

Tim Holtz does it a lot and there are lots of wonderful things on Pinterest to inspire you!

Just remember - NO STAMPS please

Our DT has some ideas as well to inspire your creativity

Background using oil pastels sprayed with textile inks.

Embossing resist

The circle is embossed through a stencil and using Versamark and EP before the inks were added for the background.

Well - there you go - easy-peasy!

Just add your entry to the Linky below - you have a month to enter

31 October 2016

Mini Break coming up

Hi Peeps - remember, we start on the first Monday of the month, which for November, is the 7th here in Australia! Probably the same where you are too.........

To keep you happy some more pretty pictures....

Here's a couple of friendly Bennetts Wallabies hanging out at the Patriarchs - a wildlife sanctuary on the east coast of Flinders Island.

24 October 2016

End of October - One Week to Go for the Challenge!

Well, you have five days to complete and enter

Challenge #62

Outside Your Comfort Zone Twist: a different edge

 TWIST have a different edge!
Make of this what you want 
as long as no stamps are involved

The prize!

So......what are you waiting for?

Oh - inspiration.....

How about some love birds....

Greg Faull took this photo last week at a place called Tinderbox, in the Channel area of Southern Tasmania
Gotta love those Galahs - such cute birds.

CG - String Art ... takes so long!

I am lazy to try out shaped cards, thanks Susan for pulling me out of my comfort zone

Quilling - mmmm

You can enter your piece HERE
Scroll down to the Linky thing........

17 October 2016

Week Three of Challenge #62: Out of Your Comfort Zone

....with a twist of An Edge!

Well, from the edge of the world, here is another photo of flowers......irises!

Murrays Day Out Tasmania On the Tullymore Road , on Table Cape , Wynyard 

Hopefully you now feel comfortable enough to draw some inspiration from below and then dive into the challenge! Two more weeks to go.

Random prize draw

Well, this is meant to be a challenge where you try something from the many paper crafts that you have not tried before or rarely tried - something that makes you break out in a little sweat or get a bit uncomfortable whilst making it........for some it may be a mixed media piece, for others a technique they have not tried before, and for others a construction or 3D item they have not made before.

For me - well I am not good at the decoupage sheets - you know, the ones where you get an A4 sheet of images and part images, and you have to read the instructions and then cut it out (in that order apparently) and then put it all back together again.......and it is supposed to be a (wonderful) 3D image....but mine always looks slightly askew and slightly not right and generally a bit mmmmm.....

for Wynn it was a
 canvas and mixed media piece

I think she nailed it!

You can enter your piece HERE
Scroll down to the Linky thing........

10 October 2016

More tulips and winners from September

Just to prove it was no fluke growing those tulips in Tasmania (see last post at the Botanical Gardens, Hobart) here are two more stunning photographs to share of a tulip farm in the North West of the island of Tasmania -a place called Wynyard - about 4 hours drive away from me. The view is looking northy- west slightly, with Bass Strait in the background. 

It was a wet, wild, blustery weekend, but they still had lots of flowers! They grow for bulbs to sell, mostly, so the flowers are a secondary thing for them. Note the beautiful chocolate brown soil from this area - volcanic in origin they say. This is a big dairy area and a food bowl as well. 

Tulip Farm on Table Cape at Wynyard
by Dan Fellows

Tulips and gum trees -
Almost hurts your eyes doesn't it.

Winner's for September #61
Changing Seasons

The winner of the prize is:
No 7: Shartl

I could not comment on this card before as it is with Flicker and I am not a member, but I do love that little squirrel, holding his nut. 

The DT Favourite is

Congratulations to both of you clever crafting women!

On with new business - the current monthly challenge is 

Challenge #62

Outside Your Comfort Zone Twist: a different edge

 TWIST have a different edge!
Make of this what you want as long as no stamps are involved

The prize!

Guest Designer for this week

Richa Maurya

Hello ladies. This is Richa Maurya from India. I am a doctor by profession and crafter by passion. I am a relatively new crafter and blogger. For the first time I tried quilling for a Mother's Day gift. And I was amazed by how a piece of paper can be turned into something so mesmerising. And that was the point I entered this amazing world of crafting. Since then I have tried to learn more and more from all my fellow crafters. I just love making cards. Unstampablles is really special for me. Its my good luck charm. Won my first badge here and got this wonderful opportunity for which I am highly grateful to the whole Unstampabelles team, especially Susan.

Coming to Guest Designer Inspiration. I was pretty worried after seeing the theme of the challenge. But then I thought of trying something new and completely out of my comfort zone. So I created a mixed media art journal page. My very first attempt at mixed media.

WOW - what a stunner this is - especially for a first attempt! Love how that image is just outside its frame too. An 'edgy' look as well!

More inspiration for you also from me

A mixed media canvas

03 October 2016

Ooops - sorry I am so late! New Challenge is open now!

Challenge #62

Outside Your Comfort Zone Twist: a different edge

 TWIST have a different edge!

The prize!

There is a lot going on this month, so there are a lot of possibilities for creating....
Islamic New Year; Yom Kippur; footy finals; at the very end is the start of Diwali/Deepavali.......

My photo this week was taken by me!

I went to the local Botanical Gardens for lunch - well worth a visit - and the tulips were out and had been bashed about by the wind and rain quite a bit; this shot was between showers before we went into the Conservatory to see the orchids

Loved the smell from the stocks too - the orchids were magnificent as well.

Well - on to the challenge and some inspiration for you 

Dale finds girly layouts challenging.....but she nailed this one!

I have added the flower I created for last month's challenge

As most of my card making supplies are stamps every challenge at Unstampabelles pushes me outside my comfort zone! That is what challenges are meant to do.

A journal page using multi-media that was a total disaster! Not so  much an inspiration as a challenge to do better than this - there is not much of a challenge in that either - I was really outside my comfort zone!

So, over to you

Please remember not to use stamps