Friday, January 4, 2013

December Challenge *** Winners***!!!!!

Yeah we have a pretty amazing and efficient Design Team here. They all voted even after I made an error and asked the wrong people to vote right in the middle of the BUSIEST and CRAZIEST time of the year. THANK YOU TEAM!! 

I have said this before, but one thing we take very seriously here is the voting and it simply takes a long time to vote. Its not just picking whoever just to fill in the numbers. Voting is a job all on its own and as we all know everyone is very very busy but this team finds time in their busy lives to vote efficiently for the winners because we all feel how important it is to all of you AND to us too!

We are always looking for different ways to feature layouts here without taking away the "exclusivity" of being amongst the Top 10 out of SO many entries (sometimes close to 120+). So after throwing some ideas around we decided to introduce a more personal way of featuring layouts so that hopefully all styles and preferences are represented. 

The Top 5 winners will still stay the same. These are the Top 5 with the highest marks. 

But further down, you will find that starting from this month our Top 5 Featured layouts will be 5 Design Team member's individual picks. That means that 1 of 5 Design Team members chose 1 layout outside the winners that really stood out to them , so much that they gave it very high points. We hope you like this feature because its a little more personal and I think it is nice when you know someone specifically liked your layout. 

One more feature we wanted to introduce is a spotlight on one of our entries. We would like to choose 1 entry/participant for whatever reason they stood out. This can depend on many reasons, journalling, design , participation etc etc. So look for that further down...

So let's see how we went this month!

Please note: Can all the winners PLEASE contact me, Nadia (, within 7 days to claim your prize. PLEASE write "OUAS December Winner" in your subject and please send me your address and tell me the prize you won. Many thanks!!!

Can all the winners also grab their winners or featured badges from the right sidebar of our blog. Thanks!!

Top 5 Winners
(in winning order) 

With an amazing OVERWHELMING result (the highest points I have ever seen I think!) our December winner is...

Yuko Tanaka (Japan) 

Congratulations Yuko!!! This is sooooo beautiful and perfect for our December theme. So soft and so warm and that picture just goes beautifully with all the white surrounding it. Your journalling (and I hope the translation is correct) speaks of the little child's wonder at Christmas. 

So well done, you have won a $25.00 Gift Voucher from The Trinket Track.  Yuko you are also invited to return in February as our Guest Designer so once you contact me I will forward all the details to you!!!

Christin G (Norway)

Christin we loved the way you used white space here. The pops of red are just so striking and the journalling of your 3 year old opening Christmas presents is so sweet. Well done!

You have won a gorgeous paper collection from Maja Design

(journalling hidden on the right hand side under the flowers in a piece of rolled up paper) 

WOW Evgenia! I read on your blog that you didnt like this layout very much, and that it took you many hours to put together. But we LOVED IT! Its very special and the way you have framed your picture is just perfect! Well done to you. 

Evgenia you have won a $20.00 gift voucher from C'est Magnifique kit club with free postage. 

Vibeke this is SO SO detailed and beautifully layered. There are so many things to look at, and just LOVE how you included your journalling in that little envelope! For your efforts , you have also won a chipboard pack from Imaginarium Designs

(journalling tag hidden behind picture)

Well done Debbie!!! What a beautiful background you created and what a GORGEOUS picture you have used here too. Everything just sits so nicely on this layout. Beautiful work!!

Debbie for your gorgeous creation you have won a paper and canvas collection from Julia Cotrim Scrapbooking. 

Top 5 Featured Layouts
(please remember to get your Featured Badge from our sidebar)

Vicky Alberto's pick is Keren Tamir (Canada) 
(journalling on the back) 

Nadia Cannizzo's pick is Rachelle Sigurdson (Canada) 
(journalling behind the layout)

Hilde Aaslund's pick is  Jan Rankine (Australia)

Efi Stamatelli's pick is Cathy Lane (South Africa)

Melenia Agapides' pick is  Zanka (Sweden)

Well done to all the Designer's picks!!! Really beautiful work there. 

Spotlight Feature

This month, we wish to spotlight someone that we all feel deserves a mention because this person plays along at almost ALL our challenges , supports us in any way she can, leaves us comments and encouraging words and we just love having here here. 


Denise entered not 1 but 3 layouts this month! Now that's what I call dedication and loyalty. Thank you Denise for being an active participant of our challenges and we wanted you to know we recognize your support and loyalty to us! We would LOVE to send you a handmade tag from Berry71Bleu to thank you :) 

Randomly Chosen Winners

Of course we do not forget the random winners. I choose these winners by 

Well done to the following people..

The 2 people that win the ribbon packs from Scrapbooking Fantasies are 63. Catt Bautista (Philippines)  and 43. Francine (NZ) 

The person that wins that $10.00 voucher from The Scrap Locker is 2. Kathleen White, USA 

Please note: Can all the winners PLEASE contact me, Nadia (, within 7 days to claim your prize. PLEASE write "OUAS December Winner" in your subject and please send me your address and tell me the prize you won. Many thanks!!!


  1. Well done everyone, what absolutely stunning layouts!!

  2. Congratulations to all the featured artists and winners this month. These are all amazing layouts and I just love each and every one.

  3. Oh they are all gorgeous don't know how you pick features would be so difficult.

  4. Congratulations to all the winners...The works are really of such high standards! Special congrats to Cathy for being featured!!! My one resolution for the year is to definitely join in the challenges here at OUAS, just love the sketches!!!

  5. Congrats to all!! Beautiful works:)

    Thank you so much for picking my layout. So proud:)

  6. Huge congrats to all the winners! You have all done such amazingly gorgeous work with this sketch!

  7. Thank you for picking my layout !!

    And congrats to all the other girls. Such an inspiration !

  8. Huge congrats to all winners with your stunning creations!!!! Happy new and creative year, ladies!

  9. Congratulations to all the winners and featured LO's... all such gorgeous and inspirational entries!!

  10. Congratulations to all the winners....simply gorgeous eye candy! Love the inspiration here! ;-)

  11. Such gorgeous work ladies! What a treat it was, looking over the December entries! Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with this month :)

  12. All winners: congratulations! The layouts are so super! I think it was very difficult to choose.

  13. Absolutely marvellous work ladies! Huge CONGRATS to all the winner and features! An extra special shout out to Denise for your dedication! Each month I think I've seen the best of the best and then the next months sees even more stunners!! xoxo

  14. Congrats to all the gorgeous winners! I'm so glad to have found this challenge blog and looking forward to participating again.

  15. Aw, thanks for "spotlighting" me; that was sweet of you guys. I'm feeling a bit shy about it, because I don't feel like I did anything special--there were lots of blogs running December/winter/Christmas-themed challenges last month, so it was easy to combine challenges and come up with three different layouts. But thank you just the same--I am touched.

    Congratulations to all the winners! You have done beautiful work.

    And Eila--right back at ya with the CONGRATS, because I see that you are the featured international artist in the January 2013 issue of _Scrap n' Art_ e-zine!

  16. Love so many of these LOs! Like your new way of doing things!

  17. Congrats everyone!! Thanks Vicky for picking my LO!! xo

  18. Congratulations to all the ladies...your layouts are all very beautiful and a HUGE thank you to Efi for picking my layout!!xx

  19. Wow!! I'm so happy!!! Thank you so much, ladies!! It's such a big honour!! ))
    And of course congratulations to all the winners!!)

  20. Congrats to all the winners your lo's are all little pieces of art! A special congrats to my friend Keren Tamir and Evgenia my fellow DT member at Imaginarium Designs you go girls! hugs Amy :)