Monday, 24 September 2012

All the Challengers

Hi all,
Well while I was wide awake I had little time to myself.  When I had time, I fell asleep.... can you believe it..LOL!!  Nevermind it may be late as I prepare this post but I am here now and I have decided to make things a little different.
Before I talk to you about the winner of our Almost White Challenge, I would like to show you all the entries once more.

1.Sue Pass  

2.Christine Harrop

3.Jenny Lawrence

4.Jenny Lawrence

5.Andrea Ewen

6.Christine Harrop

 7.Christine Hussey


9.Linda Wescott





15. Patricia

16.Linda Wescott


18.Helen Mitchell

19.Christine Hussey

What a collective of talent and array of ideas. 
These are all so lovely and are all truly winners;  however, one has to be chosen, so I have made a decision to let you chose the winner!  Yes that's right YOU vote naming your top three and I will do the rest. 
Just EMAIL me your TOP THREE and I will post the winner tomorrow.   I will leave the vote open until 10pm tonight, so please try and vote even if you have entered yourself, but please DO NOT vote for yourself.

If I receive more than 15 votes I will put up a 2ND prize!!

So now it's up to you, get your votes in as soon as possible and lets see if we can win a prize for a second winner too.

Before I go I have the finished Notebook to show you at last.  I do hope you like my creation, it was a bit of a fight to finish it as I was unsure what to do for the best; I didn't want anything too fussy but I wanted to make it a little special.  I think I got there in the end, see what you think.

First I used my new Memory box swirl die and then started cutting some up to make a bigger swirl.

I cut away the same piece at the bottom of two diecuts, one at an angle and one straight cut.

Then I attached them to the top diecut and glued a reversed one to the bottom (The paper arrows show their positioning).   To be able to reverse the diecut I put each one under a piece of baking parchment and rubbed over firmly with a bone folder. This flattened them so they looked alike.

This is how it looked before I started painting and attaching mica flakes etc.

I used Martha Stewart multi purpose metallic paint on the letters and then sprinkled over silver Mica Flakes for texture and glitz (the paint holds the mica really well).  I love the way they came out, I just wish the picture did them justice.

I finished off with some Spellbinders Sprockets diecuts in silver and black textured card, some keyhole brads and some stamped wings from the Creative Expressions Steampunk Dreams stamp plate.  I used the rest of the stamp on a card that I will show you in a day or two.

I'm so sorry for the extended post today, I seem to have been uploading photos for hours!  But thank you for taking the time to view them all, I truly appreciate it.  Bless you.
I hope you all have a wonderful day today.
Best wishes Linda xx  


  1. Hi Linda, What a fab response to your competition!! All the cards are beautiful, so makes it hard to choose, but here goes:- 1st place-18) Helen Mitchell....2nd place -5) Andrea Ewen, and 3rd place-9) Linda Westcott....Congrats to winner(s) in advance..:)..Also, LOVE your finished Notebook..:)..Have a great

  2. Hi Linda,
    good morning on such a drab day. Oh my word this is going to be very hard to decide on.
    Now to your book what a fab design and idea. You must be so proud of yourself. Did you do the happy dance, when you finished this one.
    Have a wonderful crafty day.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  3. Hi Linda,
    Well done to everyone who submitted entries. My vote goes
    1st:Andrea Ewen,no.5
    2nd:Christine Hussey, no.19
    3rd: Christine Hussey, no.7

    Good luck to you all!

  4. Hi Linda. You have had some stunning entries for your challenge, it will be difficult to choose just 3. I will email you later today.
    Your book is amazing. I love the design and the colours are gorgeous.
    I hope you have a good day
    Hugs Sue

  5. Hi Linda,

    Love your book. All the challenge cards are great. A Sue said above, it will be very difficult to choose from them. I shall lok carefully and get back to you later!

    Love from Christine x

  6. Hi Linda, what a wonderful book! You have put so much thought and detail into this, love it. Oh boy now I'm in a dilemma as everyone deserves to win so I too am going to give it more thought and will get back to you later. Have a lovely Monday and take care, love Christine H xx

  7. Hello sweet friend! I see you are a busy woman with your blog! You go girl!!!!!
    Your notebook is absolutely wonderful!!! Great elements! Wow, those mica flakes are amazing and add that big of zing!
    You have some wonderful entries for your all white cards.
    Have a great week Linda!!!!!
    Hugs, Dena

  8. Oh you are cruel to your crafty friends Linda - how can we choose? For me personally it is going to be very difficult. I shall get my thinking cap on! I am glad you asked us to email in.

    Now for your notebook - this is superb Linda I love everything about it. I would just have to sit and look at it though - I could never use it ROFL!

    Will email you in a while.

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

  9. Your notebook is awesome. Love your clever use of diecut flourishes, and the mica flakes look so great. A true steampunk design, love it. Now I've got to try and decide which projects I like best, what a task that is lol, they are all stunning. Sorry I didn't get round to each blog personally, but will say here, well done all. Hugs lin

  10. Gosh Linda, I agree that it is impossible to call! Lap of the Gods is what I say...
    I really love your notebook, the paintwork is gorgeous. I'll have to get some mica flakes as that effect is fabulous with lovely depth and texture. I would never have thought of putting half a butterfly wing like that but its amazing how much more attention it receives from my eye that way. It just pops! Wonderful!
    Nicola x

  11. Super notebook Linda, I've emailed you my choice but they are all fabulous! Carole Z x

  12. What an amazing collection of cards, so hard to choose, I love what you did with the florish.
    Suzie xx


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