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An exciting new challenge for all my crafty friends!

Good evening everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here to announce something new for my blog that I hope you will all get involved in! :-) I quite often make items which don't fit into a 'card or scrapbook' page category and often struggle to find places to show these in blogland. I thought I would remedy this by making a new two monthly 'Anything goes' challenge where we can all inspire each other with the different crafts we have been playing with! :-) So I mean jewellery, altered items, knitting, etc etc.

I will choose items to showcase on my blog throughout the challenge with a link to your blog to show the talent out there and hold a draw every couple of months of all the entries to win prizes-this first challenge will be sponsored by the wonderful Sarah Hurley-you can drool over all her lovely items at her etsy store here!
I encourage all of you to pop by each others blogs for some fabulous ideas, fun and mostly to meet other like minded crafters and hopefully make friends too! :-) My only request is you follow and link your creation to this post, visit each other and have fun! :-)
Please feel free take the badge and link to the challenge :-)

I have started this challenge with an altered mirror I have been playing with. Its simple really but I think very effective (but hard to photograph!) -I bought the Butterfly shaped mirror and used Opaque mint Stazon to stamp onto the mirror with some of my favourite Butterfly stamps! What do you think? A nice simple gift for a friend :-)

If you would like to enter please leave a comment under this post with your beautiful creation-I cant wait to see what you talented people have been up to! :-)


  1. The butterfly looks fab xxxxxxxxxxxx

  2. Elaine this is such a fantastic idea for a challenge & your altered mirror is gorgeous.I know a mirror is hard to photograph,so I bet in real life it is even more stunning.

    I have a couple of projects that I have kept over the years with best intentions of altering them, but I keep putting it off. This is the kick up the bum I need. Now, which one do I start 1st?

    Jane xx

  3. Very nice! Be a lovely gift for someone. I love the idea of making something new and fresh out of something old!

  4. That's what I altered lately, took me ages but I love it!

  5. Fabulous gift for your friend & a brilliant idea for a challenge x

  6. What a fantastic gift. Love it. Caroline xxx

  7. A fantastic gift and a brilliant idea. I have nothing at the moment but I hope to have something next week.

    Linda xxxx

  8. Wonderful creations:) love butterflies:)

  9. This is gorgeous Elaine and sounds like a great idea for a challenge


  10. Elaine, your creation is beautiful:)x

  11. Now this sounds right up my street we know my projects certainly don't fall under "card" challenges. Your mirror is beautiful too. Lee x

  12. A great idea Elaine.. Good Luck with the new challenges.
    As you know i absolutely adore your mirror.
    Hopefully i will get chance to join in with them

    Choccy xxx

  13. Great idea Elaine. Mirror looks great. xxx

  14. Hi,
    Thanks for letting me know about this challenge blog.Your mirror is so pretty. This is what I created :)

  15. What serendipity, Elaine! Thanks for letting me know about this challenge and I am following your advice on entering my chocolate pillow case into this challenge too -

  16. What a great idea, I am sure your friend will love it I know I would :)

    (Crafty Bloggers Network DT)

  17. Great gift, love it. xxx

  18. This is great you have done a grand job

  19. a beautiful project and lovely present for your friend x

  20. Great mirror, not sure what I can show you apart from some jewellery but I posted that a little while ago hmmmm will have a think :) Viv xx

  21. I LOVE what you have done! Elaine, thank you for mentioning it in your comment. You are a trailblazing artist. Thanks for that my darling! This mirror is not only the most original piece of art I've ever seen but gorgeous! Who would ever think of crafting on mirror - well, "you!" Smiles and Joy, Samara ( in case you forgot!)

  22. This is GORGEOUS Elaine! I have added your button to the sidebar of my blog to let more crafters know about the great challenge idea you have! As soon as I get something completed, I'll be back to share. Thanks for the invite!

  23. I just read Darlene's blog and saw the link to your challenge. Sounds like fun and I'll try to make something soon :)

  24. Hi Elaine

    Here is the link to my pots for your challenge.
    Linda xxx

  25. Hi Elaine, thanks for your kind words on my project. here is the link to it on my blog

    I would never have thought of stamping onto mirror, and butterflies are just delicate enough for it. Perfect.

    Claire x

  26. Love this gorgeous butterfly project...thanks for your kind words on my blog and you can find my project here
    xxx Margreet

  27. Fantastic mirror Elaine! Thanks for your lovely comment, here's a link to my sardine tin


  28. Oh, click on the "sardine tin" and you'll get to the right place :)

  29. Thanks for letting me know about this challenge in the comment you had given on my blog. Here is my notebook
    Your mirror is lovely what a great idea.
    hugs Linda

  30. Good luck with the challenges and thank you for your lovely comment on my blog! And here is my link:

  31. It looks great-a lovely present to give.I'll try and make something for next time!

  32. thanks for the lovely comment on my blog and love the mirror, here is my link

  33. thanks for you lovely comments, the mirroe is fabby xx
    heres my link to my entries xx

  34. Your mirror is gorgeous. I love the shape and the little butterflies. Here is the link to my boxcard:

  35. I'm finally back with a creation to share ... more to come in the future! Thanks for the inspirational challenge blog!

    My creation ... BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY

    This is the box I made for my niece.

  37. thanks so much for your comment on my blog i would love to enter this make into your challenge x

    hop eiv doen this right lol x


    My entry is here... thanks for the challenge..
    Rina Fashionista

  39. Hi Elaine, Love your butterfly mirror!
    This entry is for my son who has coloured in his T shirt.
    Pearl x

  40. hiya,

    My altered domino book thanks for suggesting adding it

  41. Oh boy..I'm either tired or my blonde is showing...It took me forever to find that I had to show my link here! LOL Here is what I created today

  42. I'm not really sure if I'm linking up in the right spot, but here is my project:

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  44. Hi Elaine

    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog and for sugesting that I add it in here.

    What a brilliant idea as I quite often make things that aren't cards or scrapbook pages.

    I love your altered mirror it is fab.

    Thank you for asking me here is my entry:-

    Hope this works ok this time being my third attempt please delete any previous.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xxx

  45. Fabulous mirror creation :-)
    Here's mine using an old paperback book :

  46. I am a little confused with this challenge as usually there is a linky to link up to. Here is my craft project link

  47. Hi..I cant find the link to this challenge..but here is the directly link..stiching!:)
    Hugs, ellen

  48. here is my link to enter your challenge
    tracey x

  49. Here's my project!

  50. How great to have a challenge blog for something other than cards. WTG! and good luck.


  51. Thanks for your comments on my lantern. I would love to enter it for this challenge. Here is the link:

    No idea why it is showing the link as poinsettia wreath - its a lantern and is called Christmas Lantern! Anyway that will bring up the correct thing!

  52. Hi Elaine, here is a new project done by my children and myself.
    Love Pearl x

  53. Thanks for making this available!! Here's mine:

  54. My entry...

    Thanks so much...
    R Meyers


    Mines a little curio cupboard....i like challenges where it doesnt have to be a card...BDx

  56. This is mine!

  57. WOW, such a wonderful butterfly mirror! I have an entry for you

    It's an altered block of wood.
    Off to have a look at the other gorgeous creations...
    Dot x


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