Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Here we go our first challenge

Hello, welcome to what is for us a very exciting day!    Today is the start of our first challenge naturally we are all very excited and have worked hard on our sample's which we hope will tempt you to join in with us.

The challenge runs for two weeks closing at 8pm on Monday 13th June.   The randomly drawn winner of £10* to spend at

will be announced on Tuesday 21st June together with the Top 3 projects selected by the team.   To be eligible for entry in the random draw please add a link to Craft-Room on your blog.*

On with the challenge, we have a nice easy one to start with something we hope you will all enjoy the theme is  

Here is what the team have made for us this our first week.   Well done girls you have done us proud especially as this was at such short notice.

Those are our samples then think you will agree we have styles to appeal to everyone which is good, we want everyone to join in.   So make your project, come back and link us back to your project.    Have fun.

* Rules and prize details are all available on the Pesky Rules Page.

Edited Thursday 02/06/11.   We are thrilled with the response to our new challenge and are having great fun visiting you all and seeing your wonderful creations.   We have noticed however that not everyone is displaying the Craft-Room logo with a link to the shop on their side bar, to be eligible for the prize draw you do need to do this.   Everyone will be included in the DT vote for our top three makes.  XOXO

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Announcing our Great Design Team

Thank you everyone who applied to be part of the team the standard was very high which did not make this easy but we got there and here they are, the 7 talented girls joining the team in no particular order are.

Hazel says,
My mum and nana taught me to knit, sew and embroider at a very early age and I've been crafting one way or another ever since. I started rubber stamping about 15 years ago and love the distressed grungy look, but I do enjoy doing other styles as well. I love paper and have had a go at most papercrafts and I've at last got through the stage of buying paper to look at and stroke, I don't care what I tear, cut or crumple anymore.

Kim says,
Hi, I am Kim B ~ A Gypsy Angel.  I am so excited to be a part of the Craft-Room Challenge DT
As a child, art was my favorite subject in school.  I have always loved crafting including crochet, sewing, embroidery. I began paper crafting in June 2010 for entertainment during the summer; well I cant stop.  There are so many magical, fun things to create with paper.  I always trying to think of something unique and whimsical.  My craft room is where fairy tales  and magic become one.   I hope to inspire you and I am sure you will all inspire me too. 

Mervi says,
Hello, my name is Mervi and I'm from Southern Finland.  I've tried all kinds of arts and crafts think all my life, but card making just took my heart and time few years ago.   I do everything from cute to shabby vintage  and I want to try everything new!   I  look forward for visiting your blogs and see your works on the challenge themes, hope we have fun and  great time together;-))m

Nikki says
My name is Nikki Byrne I am a mother of 2, Theo 6 and Jake 19 months.   I am on an elongated maternity leave! and still haven't gone back to work.    I rely on my very supportive husband to support my very expensive hobby!. I have been crafting for years, but gave it up when my youngest was 6 months as my husband and I moved into a school as boarding parents. I then restarted casually about 4 years ago and
since my youngest was born I have been entering challenges as often as I can.   I love to craft and make anything really, as it keeps me sane with only a 19 month old in the house all day for company and a husband who is always working until gone 10 at night! although I love him to bits it does get a bit lonely in the evenings with no one to talk to!!

Esther says,
I've been crafting for as long as I can remember, junk modelling as a child  - my mum still has some toilet roll snowmen !! I started card making about 20 years ago though I can't remember how, I think I saw a stall at a craft fair and though 'I can do that!' - I  still have the first rubber stamps I bought to make christmas cards with. I then found scrapbooking too, although I do this less now. Rubber stamping is definitely my biggest passion and I love getting inky and creating my own backgrounds and embellishments.  I started my blog almost a year ago and as my confidence has grown I decided it was time to get stuck in a bit more and I thought what a lovely opportunity the Craft Room DT call was to join a team from the beginning. I'm really looking forward to having lots of fun and sharing our creativity !

Debbie says,
I have  been drawing for as long as I  can remember, but only started crafting about 10 years ago with scrapbooking the kids early childhood.   One year ago I made friends with a card maker and have been making cards since then. I'm also making tentative forays into Mixed Media Art and enjoy sharing my art.  I love blogging and challenges, so I'm thrilled to be part of this new Design Team.

Maria says,

Hi, my name is Maria, I’m 45 and I am really thrilled to be one of the new members of Craft Room Challenge’s Design Team.  I live in Manchester with my partner Dave, and Jack, our Springer Spaniel.  I work as a Finance Officer in a nearby high school.  My crafting life started a few years ago after my daughter left home.  I started making cards, and other bits and bobs, and haven’t stopped since - it’s definitely one of those addictive things!   I’m so proud to be one of the team and can’t wait to get involved - it’s going to be great meeting so many other like-minded people, sharing ideas and creating lovely unique things. 

Completing the team are Julia owner of Craft-Room and Zoe. 

Julia does not have a blog the link takes you some smashing wedding themed cards she has made.   Julia says,

My name is Julia Hallsworth, I live in the beautiful High Peak with my family which consists of ‘the other half’ Bob, and two grown up daughters, Ruth and Lorna, and last but by no means least my treasured long haired dachshund Otto who is 14.  We have just lost his wonderful brother Fritz who was 15 and it has been decided that later in the year there will be a puppy coming into the family, so watch this space.   I love good food and a decent bottle of red, and when the weather is nice really I enjoy being in my garden ‘pottering’.  My other passion is Spain; I adore the place and spend as much time as I can there.

I have been crafting in some form or another all my life and I am my happiest when I’m being creative, I got into paper crafting about 10 years ago and got hooked from the start.  I love to try different styles of crafting and never make the same thing twice.  My ultimate aim is to be more ‘arty’ and have more of a free style when creating, but as yet I’m not happy with the results so I think it’s a case of perseverance and patience and hopefully one day I can reach my goal.  

Zoe says
Its great to be putting this new challenge together and getting to work with this fabulous team.   Crafting in one form or another has been part of my life for as long as I can remember.   Papercrafting and Rubber Stamping for 15/16 years now.    During that time many styles have come and gone most of which I've tried, it is rubber stamping that has endured for me and getting my fingers inky!

We really hope that with our varied styles and tastes we will appeal to all crafters everyone is welcome to join us in our fortnightly challenges we hope you will have fun.     Please pop back on Tuesday when we will publish our first challenge to get your creative juices flowing.

Monday, 23 May 2011


Good morning crafters!    Thank you all very much for all your comments good wishes and interest in our new Challenge.

The additional Blog Candy remains to be drawn, when we reach 100 followers this draw will take place. So if you have not already entered and would like a chance to this stamp set just follow these easy steps.

Write a comment below (if you have already entered your details are already on the spreadsheet, you do not need to re-enter)

For a second opportunity to win become a follower, the draw will be made when we reach 100 followers.

For a third chance pop the Candy with a link back here on your side bar.

Good Luck everyone.

As promised we have made the random draw for the original Blog Candy, for people who are interested in these things all entries we entered on a spreadsheet ensuring that people with 2 or 3 entries had the correct number on the sheet.   The Rand function was then used to make the random selection.   This is the method we will use for all random draws.     Right Technical bit out of the way onto the interesting bit, the winner is:


Congratulations Joanna (http://angelnorth.blogspot.com/) please send me an email with your address and we will get your prize in the post to you.

Design Team

Thank you everyone who entered we are thrilled that you are all interested and the standard you have set is very high so we need a few days to re-visit you all and make our selection.   We will announce the team later this week.   

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Last 24 hours of the DT Call

There are roughly just 24 hours to go for our DT call entries close at midday (UK) on Sunday 22nd. We are thrilled with the high standard of entries received and the range of styles but no decision has been made yet so you have time to enter.

Please remember I forgot to collect email address from DT call and Blog Candy so please send me an email at zoechaos@btopenworld.com so we can get in touch with you. We want to contact all DT applicants not just the successful ones.

This is open until midnight 22/23 May following the draw we will announce the lucky winner here on the 23rd.

The additional candy will be drawn when we reach 100 followers to be in it you have to leave a comment, if you have not already done so.    For 2 chances become a follower and for a 3rd chance add a link in your side bar.   People who have already entered remain in the draw for the stamp set.  

GOOD LUCK everyone

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

OK so I missed the most important thing

You have to laugh at yourself sometimes like now!    It has occurred to me that I do not have any way to contact you all!    So Please can everyone who has entered for the DT places and or the Blog Candy send me an email (zoechaos@btopenworld.com) so I can save your email addresses.

The DT call is open until Sunday 22nd Julia and I will make our selection in the following week.   To enter the DT call please click HERE we are still looking at all entries and considering everyone. Come on you know you want to but if you do not try out we cannot choose you.

The original blog candy is HERE Where you will find all you need to know to be in with up to 3 chances to win. The Poppy comes into the Candy for a second draw of the same names when our followers reach 100 help us spread the word and you could win it someone has to!

Sunday, 15 May 2011

More blog Candy

WOW we have more than 50 followers now and some awesome applicants for the Design Team.   After the goings on with blogger this week we thought we would give you all a bit of an update.

When we reach 100 followers we will add more candy to the prize, this Hobby Art stamp set.    To be in the draw for these prizes add a comment below, for a second chance to win become a follower and for a third chance post the blog candy on your blog's side bar.

Unfortunately some of the people who entered earlier have had their posts removed by Blogger please if you are one of these (check the first candy post) would you re-comment so we do not forget you, thank you.   The blog candy will be drawn on 22nd May and announced on the 23rd so do not forget to check back.

Design Team call, thank you to all the super people who have applied so far.  No decision's have been made and will not be until after the entry closes on the 22nd so if you are interested in joining a new challenge right at the beginning, can commit to preparing a sample for at least 75% of the challenges, visit followers and promote the challenge please let us know.  We are looking for crafters of all styles our aim is for this to be a challenge open to everyone.   Full details of the DT Call and Linky for entering are here.  GOOD LUCK

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Some Blog Candy

Hello again and thank you to all our friends and followers who are displaying our new challenge logo. Are you thinking of applying to join our new Design Team?   The people who have signed up so are have set a high standard but we will not be making any decision until 22nd May so you have time and remember we are looking for representatives of all crafting styles which means everyone has a very good chance of joining there are no pre judgement's or decisions we are looking for a committed balanced team.

We do promise that once the team has been decided upon if there are unsuccessful people we will contact everyone to let them know. I've been left hanging and know how frustrating that is.

We thought a little blog candy would be in order and so Julia had a look at all the tempting things in the shop and put this yummy selection together. On the 22nd May there will be a random draw and one lucky person will win.

To be eligible post a comment below comments will be numbered in order that they appear.  for a second chance to win become a follower and for a third chance post the candy and a link to Craft-Room Challenge on your sidebar.

Good Luck

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Launch and DT Call - DT Call now closed thank you.

Hello, welcome to our new fortnightly challenge for any and all crafters.

Just three short months ago Julia started the Craft shop she has been dreaming of for quite some time the shop is Craft-Room have you been there yet? The shelves are stocked with lots of goodies and new lines are being introduced all the time.   A few weeks after opening Julia appointed Zoe as Design Team and together they started to dream up a few ideas and plans.    The time has now come to start a new challenge so here it is.

We very much hope that this challenge will attract people from all sorts of crafting genre be they Cute, Clean and Simple, Grungy, Traditional Floral one and all are welcome here.

To make this work we need your help!  We are looking for a design team which will be made up of crafters of all sorts.  All we will ask of our team is that they will make a sample for at least 75% of the challenges, we know life can make demands sometimes that mean we cannot always be crafting.   Assist in the choice of challenges and promote the challenge.

To be considered for the team please:
Post on your blog three projects of your choice that you feel represents your style of crafting and that you are most proud of.   In the post tell us why you would be right for our team.

Include a link back to this site and help us spread the word with our challenge logo on your site.

Add a link back to your blog from here using the linkin below.

This DT call remains open until Sunday 22nd May giving you time to put your post together remember we are looking for people from all styles of crafting GOOD LUCK

Our Rules

We are refreshing things just a little and have some updates/revisions to the rules. Please read these and be sure your entry qualifies.

1 You must check the challenge details and comply with all the specifications. i.e. Tell us what about xxxx inspired you means we expect to see some information relating your project to our challenge on your post.

2 Token elements are insufficient if our challenge is for example "Wings" that tiny little flying thing in the bottom left background is not qualifying element.

3 Entries that are really promoting products and or other challenges are no longer allowed.

With these 3 rules we are looking to see that your entry is really a response to the challenge. We work hard on our team inspiration pieces, we have a system in place to make sure we will comment on all the entries we can and this team often comment on more than the those required by our system. All we ask is that you join in with the spirit of our challenge. Inherent is this is the requirement that your project be new and not a back line to an older project.

We are not going to spend a lot of time policing this, entries that do not qualify will simply be ignored by the team.

4 You may not enter more than 5 other challenges besides ours that is a total of 6 challenges entered.

5 You may not enter this challenge more than 3 times per theme.

6 Winner and Top 3 will be selected by team vote

7 While we try to comment on all entries some of us have a problem with WordPress and have found that we cannot always successfully comment on these.

7a We are also cautious about having to fill in a questionnaire before we can comment. We might not take the time if we have a lot to get through.

7b please turn off word verification

8 Our decision is final in all considerations of compliance with these rules.

9 Prizes are offer depending on availability, we are dependant on our very generous sponsors and from time to time we will provided the prize ourselves.

10 Please remember to add a link from your post to our challenge site here.

The purpose of this update is to encourage our followers who regularly join in with some fabulous work that is inspired by the challenge and who take the time to share it. We do not care what your style/standard is we just want to see you grow as artists and perhaps play a part in your journey.