20 February 2017

Wow, week 3 already!

Firstly - I have been really spoiled for beautiful photos of my lovely home lately but if you want to see what it looks like, take yourself off to see the film LION which is partly set here. The lad the story is about was bought up here and while I don't personally know his family, they live locally and are friends of friends. It was intriguing for us to see my state pictured in the film and guess where the shots were taken from. It was filmed here last year and we had a grand red carpet opening of the film with all the stars back here to go to it  a few months ago - in the same theatre where I saw the film last week.

Meanwhile this is a photo of the Western Arthur's by Charles Chadwick

I confess I have not walked in this area and am probably never going to now but it is not unique in its wild beauty and I have been to places that match it. I don't know if Saroo has been here either......

Better get on with our challenge.....

As challenges go this is a big one for us! We are already over 30 entries with two weeks to go - it seems to me that crafters out there are finding that it is not that hard to make something without a stamp after all! Especially when the theme is

with a TWIST of Use Something New

Random Number draw
Announced in March

I know you love to see what the Design Team have come up with and so here are a few more things to get the creative juices flowing and the thoughts flooding through your frontal lobe!

new die


                                                           New fold (for me) for the Newly weds!!

new die

Well my lovelies - that is all except you can go HERE and then scroll down to the first post for February and the linky to enter.

13 February 2017

Week Two of our February Challenge #65: Anything Goes

....except please don't use stamps. Remember, we re a non-stamping paper crafting challenge blog.

With that out of the way, here is something to take your mind off the previous statement.......

While most of the rest of Australia has been sweltering under a heat wave and temps over 40 degrees, we herein Tasmania have enjoyed a windy but sunny 20+ degrees over our long week-end. 
The photo (taken by Greg Faull) shows a local area beach with Betsy Island in the background and the small navigation light on some rocks between it and the shore. 

Now, normally here we would have some wonderful Guest Designers and announce our winners in the second week but due to the fact that we had January off, there are not winners from last month; and due to my poor organisation I have not GD's for you either.

However, if you would like to be a GD for us of even join our team as a full-time member of the design Team, please send me a message via the comments and I will contact you.

This month the challenge #65 is 

ANYTHING GOES (except stamping)
with a TWIST of use something new

We already have lots of fabulous entries

You could win this magazine with die, embossing folder and stamps included on random draw:

or you could be named the 

DT Favourite!
(Only honour and glory associated with this one)

I do have something to inspire you

It seems I am on a roll with boxes this month and here is another one
I used a new die from Stampin' Up to create this gorgeous little box and a Marianne die for the top
I have a candle inside it at the moment but it would take lots of chocolate too or a silk scarf!

This one is obviously for Valentines Day
You can see more about making it 

To enter the challenge you can go to 

and scroll down to find the Inlinkz to enter the current challenge

06 February 2017

Welcome to 2017: first challenge #65 Anything Goes!

The TWIST for this challenge is to use something new (for the new year!)

Standing on the top of the world! This magnificent vantage point, looking out on the jagged spires of Cradle Mountain, is Hanson's Peak. One of many day walks in this rugged piece of World Heritage listed wilderness, the climb to Hanson's Peak is quite steep but can be easily completed as a 3.5 hour return walk. You may want to budget for an extra hour or so though, as there are plenty of spots to stop along the way to snap photos and take in the views of towering peaks, glacial lakes and Tassie's unique alpine vegetation.

On to the challenge - which for the first one is 

Anything Goes!

(except you cannot use stamps - that goes without saying)

There is a TWIST of course - anyway have one!

Use something new.......

That can be a new piece of stash, a new tool, a new technique.......


New (unopened) magazine with free gifts

The Design Team have not give up on me yet - not sure why - and have started the year with a bang! Here is some inspiration to get you going.......

Using a new embossing folder and cog dies.


The card and envelope are new and the image was printed specially for this card


For a newly wedded couple for their new life

Upcycled box with an embellishment made using a new technique and involving new stencils. 

You have a month to come up with something that does not involve stamps - and it can be a card,a 3D item, something upcycled or a scrap page. Whatever your creative imagination produces. We are waiting to drool over your cleverness!


09 January 2017

Winner for December's challenge

Remember December? It was just a few days ago - I think. I spent it in a blur of arrangements and card making and shopping, and just when it all settled down - hospital rooms, and Dr's surgeries as well!

My husband, who had not been well for a few days, produced a very swollen lower limb on the 23rd, and by Christmas Eve was in hospital with Cellulitis - a nasty infection. Not before he had been scanned for DVT as well! A houseful of guests, a fridge full of food - Christmas went on without him. He was much better off in hospital anyway! I think I had an extra glass of champers that day!

It is his birthday on the 30th, and he determined to be home for that - and our Granddaughter celebrated her 21st on the 27th, so by the time New Years came around, I was exhausted! I am just recovering now and will take another week off after this one.

Thank goodness that Unstampabelles always take January off!

I hope your Christmas was excellent and that your New Year amazing and that we all enjoy a healthy and happy 2017!

In the meantime, there are prizes to be announced! 

Before I do that, a very heartful thanks to all you wonderful crafters out there who take on our challenges in 2016 and produce amazing things, taking many paths to meet the themes and the twists and thus extending our knowledge of craft! Thank you too for the lovely comments and wonderful people who comment, some every time.

A big extra full heartfelt thank you also to my wonderful DT team. You also have met the challenges in some amazing and fascinating ways, extending my imagination and exceeding my expectations! You probably do not know how much I appreciate you - but it is vast, I can tell you!

Winner of the Prize


Congratulations Ladies 

So, see you next month on the first Monday in February with the first challenge for 2017!
In the meantime - Happy Crafting!

26 December 2016

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All!

Well, another one over! I hope you are all having a wonderful time with family and friends and that the pud and turkey made it to the table in that order!!

This is our Christmas Day today - beautiful blue and sunshine! About 26 degrees outside in the sun. 
This is Susan's Bay, about an hour's drive from my house. 
Photo: Greg Faull

I got most things done but my work space looks like a tip and I really don't know where to start cleaning it up. On top of all that, my husband was put into hospital on Christmas Eve with a nasty infection in his leg, and that meant spending all day Christmas Eve sitting in the Emergency Department! The turkey went into the oven at 9.00 pm! We got there though and now sitting in a pool of silence with a ridge full of food and half a bottle of champers waiting for me!

As you know the theme for December is 

 Flickering Lights
 TWIST have a candle in the item made 

Here are two more pieces of inspiration and you have a few days to create and upload - no stamps please.


You can go 

and scroll down for the linky!

19 December 2016

Getting closer now!

Are you closer to be organised yet? Nope, neither am I. I keep telling myself I still have time......

Not sure when that will be ......

Anyway, the theme for December is

 Flickering Lights
 TWIST have a candle in the item made

The design team have been busy and to lead off is CG's oh-so-amusing house with not only a candle in the window for the twist, but her flickering lights are the house decorations on the roof! Too clever!

The rest of the team are doing amazing stuff too!



using a recycled image

Cheers, to all and I hope you get sorted for Christmas in time to enjoy it all!
See you next week

In the meantime, you can enter 

Remember, no stamps please. 

12 December 2016

November winners and a new Guest Designer

Only two weeks to go until that funny old man in the red suit climbs down the chimney with goodies for all the good girls and boys - sounds a bit creepy doesn't it?

Image result for flickering candle gif

Before we go on to the current challenge, it is time to announce the winner of the 

Random Number draw for the prize
and it is:

and the
DT Favorite
(Gee this was hard)


Congratulations to both crafters!

It was an obviously hard challenge, as we didn't get entries until the end of the month (much like this month really) and then they all came flooding in and were all so beautiful. 
You were all just resisting the temptation to enter!

Now for this month

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 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........... 

To get your minds working on this theme we have for you this month not one, but three
 Guest Designers.  

In no order at all, here they are:

Karen Brierly

Hi!  My name is Karen, and I live in a semi-rural area in South East Queensland (Australia) with my husband and teenage daughter.  We live on bush acreage with our dog, and an assortment of chooks, ducks and Australian wildlife.  I enjoy sharing my scrapping creations online with like-minded people, so I was thrilled to be invited to be a guest designer at Unstampabelles this month.  I love to create, and I am definitely a layout girl.  I favour simple, linear designs and strong colour combinations, though sometimes I dabble in creating mixed media backgrounds.  My favourite tool is my sewing machine.  I'd love you to visit my blog at beingkaren.blogspot.com 

Such a pretty page layout. 


Hi, I am Alicia O'Bryant, a mother and wife who also works full time as an office manager. I have been crafty since childhood. I owned a jewelry crafting business for over 20 years and have been paper crafting for almost as long. I enjoy the city of life of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA where I have lived for 18 years. I love to scrapbook as well as create cards and mixed media projects. I am also mom to two fur babies.

For today's project, I up-cycled some glass jars with Epsom salts. I added decoration and a flickering tea light.

Wow, how effective is the Epsom Salts here!

Alice K
of Yellow House Studio

Hi! I was very inspired by the challenge theme - flickering lights - candle as a sign of hope... We have winter now so they are of course wintry.
I have been making ATC's a log time. I started 8 years ago, but there were some years when I didn't do any crafting due to a heavy work load. I am most inspired by old photos, and you can often see people in my cards. Although I do love fish, birds and butterflies! When  I hold an old photo in my hands I ask myself what kind of life that person might have lead. I like to build small worlds on my cards and prefer to make cards that don't 'open up' easily. I like to build them up in layers - physical layers, layers of color and layers of meaning.

I hope you feel inspired to join this challenge. You can find my blog here: yellowhousestudio.blogspot.com .
alice k.

Alice has created ACT's with her candles as symbols of hope

Then there is this to also hopefully inspire you

Remember, no stamps and then off you go!
HINT: I have seen some lovely candle dies being use out there in crafting land......

Go HERE and scroll down to find the link!

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!