Monday, August 1, 2011

August 1st Challenge + Meet Our Guest Designer **ANABELLE O'MALLEY**

Hi again everyone. Thank you once again for your continued support of our challenge blog. We are all so very honoured that so many of you find some kind of inspiration here to play along and join us for our challenges. Welcome to our brand new followers!!

So how about another challenge for the next fortnight? 


Journalling Criteria: Finish this line "A PERFECT DAY IS....." . Your journalling has to be at least 2 lines long, and with the theme of a whatever a perfect day for you is or a perfect day that you have had already e.g.  a birthday, a holiday, a childhood memory, a wedding day, graduation day etc. Your journalling can be ANY type : handwritten, typed, etc...

You MUST combine our journalling criteria with this sketch...

Please give a VERY warm welcome to the lovely 

Anabelle O'Malley from the USA
Hi everyone, I am Anabelle. My love for paper crafting is at the core of my desire to design scrapbook pages, cards and projects. This passion, along with my creativity and enthusiasm pushes me to learn new techniques and apply them to my work. My goal is to inspire others through my work with design teams and freelance opportunities. I am flexible, driven and professional. I work well under time constraints and as part of a team. Most importantly, I am constantly challenging myself and truly love what I do!My style has been described as 'bold', 'fun', 'glitzy' 'a bit shabby' and 'detailed'. I pay close attention to the design elements on my pages. While the photos are the main focus of my layouts, I enjoy highlighting products and telling a story though my work. I enjoy using a variety of techniques including sewing, stamping and using computer software as I create scrapbook pages, cards, mini-albums and altered items. Fashion and home accent trends definitely influence my work and I find inspiration in ads, catalogs and clothing. I am currently designing for Webster's Pages, Vintage Street Market and Emma's Paperie.

Here is my blog - Bits and Pieces...

SO happy to have this talented scrapper here. She is SUCH a sweet person!

And here is Anabelle's GORGEOUS layout based on this sketch and our journalling criteria.

Now here is a layout from our last challenge winner, who is also this month's Guest Designer..

Anita S. from Australia. 
"A perfect day for me is making sure I am around people I love. Have used Glitz Designs papers. Thanks to Nadia for a great sketch!"


Sandi Taloumis (USA) 

Vicky Varvadouka (Greece)

Jenni O'Connor (Australia/ Canada) 

Patti Hamil (USA) 

Irma Peredne (USA) 

Nerrida Mitchell (Australia) 

Irini Liolia (Greece) 

Helen Tilbury (South Africa) 


I am so incredibly happy to FINALLY have Tidbitz In Time sponsor one of our challenges. You might have noticed that Tidbitz In Time has been inviting 2 of our DT members each month to be Guest designers at the website and their kits have been featured here too. I am excited that one of you will get to receive the FABULOUS August kit from our good friends at ...

Tidbitz In Time is a US based monthly scrapbook kit club designed to bring you the latest papers and embellishments every month -- right to your mailbox.  Your pages will go together easily but your creative opportunities will be endless! Our goal is to make each and every kit an incredible value jam packed full of new products and wonderful ideas. 

Pretty Paper Petals is an Australian based, online blog store that started out a year ago. A simple tissue paper flower started it all was made for a layout and people kept asking where they could get it.....All of our flowers are carefully handcrafted by Vicki (the founder), and we are adding new items to the store every month

Our winner, as voted on by the Design Team, will get to come back in September as our Guest Designer and will receive the August 2011 kit from Tidbitz in Time which looks like this..
Crate Paper - Potrait Collection - Papers, Alpha Labels Stickers, Border Stickers, Custom Trims, 
Prima - Flowers and Say It In Studs packs.  

This month we will have 2 RANDOMLY CHOSEN winners who will receive the following 

One randomly chosen winner will receive this EMBELLISHMENT KIT from Pretty Paper Petals 

and one randomly chosen winner will receive another Crate Paper - Portrait Collection pack.        
..which includes Portrait Border Stickers, Portrait Layered Chipboard, Portrait Collection Kit -  16 Pattern papers, border stickers, phrase stickers and designer die cuts

So there are 3 prizes and 1 Guest Designer spot up for grabs!

Before we go I would like to show you a few layouts from the Design Team members from our sponsors. 

Wendy from Tidbitz in Time, using the August Kit from Tidbitz in Time 

Vicky from Pretty Paper Petals  using flowers from Pretty Paper Petals. 

Chloe Nielsen from Pretty Paper Petals, again using flowers from Pretty Paper Petals. 

Things to consider when playing along... 


**This is an international blog, so anyone can enter 
**You are allowed to create a card, layout or off-the-page item based on the provided sketch and additional journalling criteria. If you are creating a card or altered item you only need to include a quote. 
**You are also allowed to flip or rotate the sketch or alter it to suit your needs, but please make sure its still recognisable. 
**Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery and link it to the bottom of this post using the Link tool. Please provide a direct link to your post, not your entire blog.If the link tool is down, please leave a comment on the comments section and link your layout there. 
** The deadline for this challenge is midnight AUGUST 14th (AUSTRALIAN EASTERN STANDARD TIME (Sydney Time) ) . The Design Team will vote and the winner and the Top 5 project will be announced soon after the challenge has finished. 
**You may enter as many times as you like and combine this with other challenges. 
**Also, please consider turning off word verification for comments on your blog.

 For a complete list of the rules please see the top of this page.


  1. Wow, this is such a fun challenge and sketch! And everyone's takes on it are absolutely gorgeous too! You all ROCK!

  2. Your take on the sketch are all so inspiring! Thanks for a fantastic sketch...can't wait to play along.

    Hugs and Love.

  3. Hi, Nadia and all girls!
    I'm so happy to participate here, yours works realy enthusiastic me!!!
    Loved all inspirations!!!
    I go to make my project now!
    Hugs from Brazil.

  4. Great sketch and so gorgeous work from you all!!
    Love the journaling criteria as well!

  5. WOW I love this sketch Nadia, and all the usual overlaod of talent and inspiration just keeps pushing me along .....thanks

  6. As always beautiful page and lovely works from DT!! Love the journaling this week too!

  7. Another amazing challenge!

    Gorgeous work from all the DT
    and so wonderful to see all the creations from the lovely guests too.

    Can't wait to see what eveyone comes up with.

  8. Great pages and sketch is so nice! I will play!

  9. Hi my dear Nadia and all the girls...I´m in love with that this Sketch is amazing..!!!
    I love to participate with you girls!!!!!!!!!
    I love the journaling this week!!
    Kisses and huges from Brazil

  10. Another amazing challenge!

    Gorgeous work from all the DT

    Hugs from Danmark

  11. Thanks for the warm welcome! This sketch was so much fun to work with. LOVE all of the DT projects!

  12. Wow what amazing work from all concerned and a plethora of fantastic prizes this month too!

  13. Luv this sketch! Great oppertunity to Layer!!

  14. I'm very happy to work with your sketch!!
    Love also the DT's work!!

  15. Love, love, love this challenge and the great work from the DT.
    Thank you for providing us with such a mojo booster!

  16. Thanks for beautiful mojo from DT team.

  17. Thank you for a lovely sketch!!:)

  18. Have made this, but it might be too late to enter???