Saturday, 1 January 2011

January Challenge

Happy New Year to one and all !!


Whatever you did last evening I hope you have a great time and are all rearing to go with a new challenge. And that's not all, as we are also having a Blog Hop, so I will deal with the new challenge theme first and them move on to the Hop.

Our challenge theme for January which will run for the the whole month as usual is:

A Winters Tale


We would like you to take inspiration from Queens 1995 hit song title or if you prefer Shakespeare's slant on things, as always how you interpret it is completely your choice. All we ask is that you have fun and of course remember the rules and that you can combine your entry with up to five other challenges.

This months lucky winner will receive this super prize from the lovely guys at Sir Stampalot.............................got you all going there, yes this month it's a surprise, but you know it will be fabulous.........I will tease you and say it includes a set of very special stamps worth £70 that you can't buy anywhere !!

Edited 11/1/11 - Our Hop has now ended but the challenge continues as usual until the end of the month.

Now for the Blog Hop, this is going to be such fun and so many prizes to be won. It starts today and will finish at midnight BST on 10th January.

For those of you who have never joined in a Hop before this is what you need to do:

1) Start from here and leave a comment on this post.
2) Visit all DT blogs and Smudges - nine in total listed below
3) Leave a comment on each.
4) Collect a letter clue from each
5) Use those letters along with the ones already given in the grid below to make two words and mail you answer to me: brenda@ibas.co.uk


Your starting point is here and each blog you visit will tell you where you should have arrived from and where you need to go next, but if you get lost you can come back here and start afresh...........have fun.........


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There will be a prize up for grabs on each blog you visit and a winner will be selected from all those who leave a comment.......each person on your Hop will have a picture of their prize. And the winner selected from all correct answers mailed to me will get this lovely Martha Stewart round the page punch set.



Now some DT inspiration for this months challenge.......that will run as usual until midday BST on 28th of January, so plenty of time to enter.

First up our January Guest Designer Claire who has created this stunning piece of artwork for us........................

Brenda


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113 comments:

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to all at Sir Stampalot and the DT. The blog hop looks like fun :)

Lisa x

Lisa Jane said...

Beautiful cards by all the DT - great hop
May 2011 be filled with the best of Health and Happiness for you all
Lisa ;)

Julye said...

Fab cards and sounds fun , what a fab way to start a new year, happy new year to you all, now off to hop.

Frea said...

Good morning, just finished hopping, really enjoyed it!! Happy New Year everyone, hugs, Frea

Linda W said...

Good morning and Happy New Year to all at Sir Stampalot and the lovely DT - your cards are great! Hopping off now - Linda x

Netty said...

Really fab cards/projects from everyone and a great theme for the chilly start to the new year. Happy 2011 everyone.

Anita said...

Happy New Year, What a great DT cards. I am going to start my blog hop today. ;) X Anita

Gina said...

Gorgeous inspiration from the dt :D Off for the hop now XXX

Gina said...

Well that was a fabulous hop ladies, thank you :D
Wasn't sure whether to leave a comment at Smudges or wait for a newer post. will go back later :D XXX

Tigs said...

Beautiful cards and happy new year :)

Carina said...

Lovely cards for inspirations! Thank you for sharing with us and I'm looking forward to hop along on you'r blogs! and Happy New year!

Craftdee said...

Happy New Year, thanks for starting it off with a great blog-hop and chance to win such awesome candy!! We're in the height of summer here (40 degrees celcius today and for the next week!) but I'll think lovingly of my Winter's Tale for the challenge, lol. See you soon, Dee

Debs said...

Wow Those are some pretty fabulous DT cards. Way to start the new year off great! Off to hop now, looking forward to it
Debs
xxx

anita said...

What a lovely Dt work. This is my first blog hop and I,m very excited. I hope do not go wrong anywhere!

Sarah A said...

Wow these are aall so stunning, great inspiration, will have to get my thinking cap/scarf (lol) on...

Off to join in the hop.

Happy New Year to you all, I hope it brings you all health, wealth and happiness!!

Sarah x

Christa said...

Hi ! Happy year to all of you. This is such a nice start of the new year....I will join in. Love from Holland , Christa.

Esther said...

Lovely DT inspiration as always..thanks for the Blog Hop! Esther xx

stamping Sue said...

Happy new year one and all fab challenge will see what I can do off to try the blog hop it's my first one wish me luck!!!!

Katarina said...

Wow, what a fabulous collection of projects.

☼ Cheryl* said...

Happy new year to you all!!

The challenge sounds fun, I will have to join in :)

Off to start the hop now...

Mummylade said...

Joining the blog hop fun, have a lovely new year!

Monika Reeck said...

beautiful DT Cards and nice Prize for this Blog Hop thanks for a chance :)

Margreet said...

it was fun hopping around the DT...their cards and creations were fab!...thanks for giving the chance to win such stunning prizes....Happy New Year!
xxx Margreet

Maja said...

Happy New Year to all of you. Great cards from DT and great prizes here to win.

Tiara Moore said...

Happy New Year everyone! Can't wait to start this blog hop!

Shannin said...

The DT has really been hard at work with their beautiful creations. May the new year bring you all much blessings and happiness. Happy New Year all. Off to go hop.

Wedgie said...

Woo hoo! A bloghop! Perfect for New Year's Day! I'm off to see everyone's blogs now! Happy New Year everyone! Wedgie xxx

Nikbee said...

Happy New Year to you. Off to hop now.

Nikki x

Маги said...

Happy New Year everyone!Gorgeous projects.

Kleeblatt said...

Happy New Year to all at Sir Stampalot and the lovely DT - your cards are great! I saw wonderful card.
Thanks for the chance to win

Monika

Mona E said...

Happy new year to all of you at Sir Stampalot. Love bloghops so now i am off hopping. Hugs...Mona

Debra said...

Happy New Year! Fab work by the DT stunning! I am off to Hop thanks for the chance to play.

Vaktmästarn said...

Wonderful cards from the DT! Well... off to hop now!!! It'll be so exciting! Hugs, Outi

jude said...

Gorgeous dt work such inspiration.Thanks for the hop!Happy New Year to you all
hugs judex

Marion said...

Happy New Year to you all. Fun blog hop with lots of inspiration.
Marion

scrapperjulia said...

Beautiful DT cards and fun blog hop! Happy New Year and thanks for the inspiration!

x laura x said...

Brilliant creations from the DT team. Happy new year to all. Hopping off now.
x laura x

Kathy Rogers said...

Fantastic, a blog hop to get the mojo flowing again.

kaos said...

A happy new year to all of you!
These are some gorgeous creations - this is going to be a great hop!

hugs
kaos

sallysbitz said...

These DT cards are just so inspirational xx

Happy New Year x

Krisha said...

All the HOP stops were great, since this is my FIRST blog hop I really enjoyed it, thanks for the many opertunities to win such lovely prizes

sandiblu said...

Off to join the hop but wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year first. Great creations by the DT team !

hugs, Sandiblu

Vintage Milly said...

What a great Hop, thanks for the chance to win,
Em.x

Linapyssel said...

This is great news! I´m allways up for fun as you know!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you talanted ladys!! Your projects are absolutley stunning!

Best be hopping a long......
Hugs lina

Brubs said...

Hi, I'm Ivana and this is my first blog hop....:-)
Iva (http://thisaanddthat.blogspot.com)

Susan said...

the art by the DT is SUPERB!! I am really inspired :) I am still thinking on this theme.

Off to see all the other great works, thanks for the opportunity to win.
Susan

Susan said...

Blog hop--Check, commented on all-check, got secret letters-check, finished puzzle-check
emailed answer-check...creation made....not yet, LOL still thinking on it!

Thanks again for the opportunity!
Susan

Crafty Granma said...

Gorgeous csrds by the DT. I recently found the sport of blog hopping when I was laid up wth a slipped disc. I love it so much I think I could become so good at it that I could represent NZ at the next World Bog Hopping Championships. I look forward to meeting some of you there. Thank you so much PS I changed my Blog template today and now I see that I have chose the same one as you!! Maybe that's a good omen for me winning!!!LOL

Crafty Granma said...

OOPS!! Sorry I meant BLOG Hopping Championships not Bog Hopping!!! LOL

Lori said...

Thank you for the awesome Hop!!! Happy New Year to everyone :)
Love and hugs ~
Lori

Anonymous said...

Love the DT cards, have just entered my own card for the challenge.
Off to look at the blog hop.
Geraldine

Chrissie said...

Wonderful DT cards... there's a technique I'd like to try which will fit superbly with this challenge... but before I start, I'm off for a hop!
Happy New Year Everyone!
Chrissie

Yenni Natalia said...

I never do a blog hop before..never! but thanks for the explanation...now i am going to make my very first step :)

hugs
yenni

Hayley @ funkyfarmscrapbookbarn.co.uk said...

Wow beautiful DT entries for this lovely challenge. Pinky is a friend from another DT and I saw her post and thought I'd give the blog hop a go!
Thank you
x

Divinity said...

sounds like fun...i'm off to do the hop :)

Sandra P said...

Happy New Year all!

Great way to start the year :)
Off to do some hoppin'

Hugs,
Sandra P

Jackie said...

Happy new year everyone.

What a great way to start a new decade, thank you :)

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Thanks for taking the time to provide such a fun Blog Hop - a great way to start the New Year! I'm off on the blog hop now, and will be joining in the January Challenge later in the month.
Love to all - Sylvia xx

Debs said...

OMG! don't know what I was thinking, or rather, not thinking, this entry now has a link and so sorry you and the DT had to go to so much trouble finding me. Please disregard #2
Thanks for a great challenge
Debs
xxx

Ida H said...

Then I jump around all the DT blogs!
What wonderful cards they have done!
I am so incredibly inspired by them!
Thanks everyone!
Now I sit & chew on my nails until I know if I've won ... hihihi
Many wonderful winter hugs!
/ Scrappida

Josephine said...

Off to join the hop! Looking forward to being inspired.

Marta said...

Happy New Year to everyone!!!
I am, of course, joining the Blog-Hop, always like to see other peoples work!
//Marta

rozzy said...

Happy New Year everyone and thanks for the Blog Hop
xxx

Krafty Kows said...

Happy New Year - what great DT cards - Excellent way to start of a brand new year!! Jeanette

V.S. said...

Claire's card is amazing - unbelievable fairy tale!!!!!!!!! Happy New Year, guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nikki said...

Wow at your DT creations they are just stunning and HAPPY NEW YEAR
hugs Nikki

Minnamanna said...

So beautiful DT creations.

Happy New Year to all of you at Sir Stampalot!

And thanks for this funny blog hop :)

Theresa said...

Really enjoyed the hop. Now to email my answer and then hop off to make a card. Thanks for the fun!

Anonymous said...

Great fun, hope I get a chance to make a card too.

Hugs
Brenda

Lauren Colless said...

Gorgeous cards!!! Will have to remember to come back and finish the hop after work... looking forward to visiting all those talented crafters' blogs :)

kitty said...

Hi
Loved taking part in the hop !. I have entered my card tonight. So excited have enjoyed taking part ! Thankyou for the opportunity to win a wonderful prize.
Best Wishes Kitty x

Randi WS said...

Happy new year!
I looove Blog Hops, I'll just have to get started! Wuhuuu!!!

Hugs Randi WS ;)

Stacie (craft-princess) said...

I love hops! I'm off to see all the lovely work!

Lorraine said...

What lovely cards,off to do the blog hop now. Thank you for the chance of winning some lovely prizes

Posh Cat Crafts said...

Lovely cards by the DT, thanks for a great blog.

Hugs
Tamara

Suzi said...

Hi Brenda, thanks for the reminder!! I nearly forgot. I'm off to hop hop hop and get some inspiration.
Hugs
Suzi x

Dora said...

Hi Brenda, thanks for the reminder from me too... I was thinking that I have 'til the end of the month.... Couldn't miss out for the chance to win some lovely prizes, and for some great inspiration. Hugs xxx

Ashley said...

Oeh i love to hop, sure gonna get hopping now! many thanks for thre reminder!,

Hugs ashley

ona_i_ja said...

Beautiful all projects!!!!!
I love blog Hop!!!

Hugs
Agnieszka

tracy said...

all stunning creations using some really amazing techniques. Happy New year everyone I am about to start hopping.
Tracy x

Linby said...

What fab dt work. thanks for the reminder, off to do the hop now.
Linbyx

Pinkcoke said...

Wow that looks as good as a lush box!!!

Kat said...

Beautiful DT work as always. Hope I can find time to enter. I'm off to join in the blog hop now.

Kat x

Anonymous said...

Had a fab time on the hop ladys, thanks for all your inspiration and hard work, just need to unjumble the word now and will mail Brenda
Hope you like my entry this month
x
Vicky

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

Happy New Year to all at Sir Stampalot. What a lovely start to the year with a blog hop. I have made my card and entered it. I've seen the wonderful DT creations but off for a better snoop on the Blog Hop. Best wishes, Kym xxx

Jenny said...

Wonderful DT projects! I've just posted my entry & I'm off to hop!

Ann said...

I haven't done my card for the challenge yet, but think that runs till the end of the month anyway.
The samples are just amazing - as are the stamps I bought in Sir Stampalot sale (ooooooooh love em)
Off to hop along to the other DT members.
Ann xxx

Miria said...

Hi,I entered my card, fab Dt creations and inspirational theme! Thank you and Happy New Year. Off to the hop! Miria xx

Love crafts forever said...

OMG! DT did absolutely fantastic job.
Hugs Nataliya

Edith said...

Beautiful creations, ladies! You did a fantastic job!
Edith

lisa said...

Gorgeous DT work. I'm a bit late hopping so must hop off!!
Hugs Lisax

xxxtglxxx said...

Great blog hop - many thanks

xxalisonxx

Jocelyn said...

Happy New Year. I'm off to start hopping!

Mary said...

Sounds like fun. A little last minute for me but better late than never. Can't wait to hop along.

xGemmax said...

Sorry thought id left a comment but guess not......just wanted to say what a great way to start the new year with a fabbie blog hop, Thanks :o)

'The Crafting Owl' said...

Not done a blog hop before, off to have a go!!

Jilly McMad said...

Hi - Happy New Year!!

This is the first competition I've entered so I'm hoping I've done it right with the link backs etc...

Hope everyone has a fab 2011!

Jilly :-)

Yvette said...

Some stunning cards Brenda :-)
I am off to take part in my first blog hop, sounds like fun x

Sarah Cooper said...

I'm all Linked up. :OD

Debbie said...

Thank you girls. Debbiexx

Jennifer Moore said...

I loved that the challenge used song lyrics. Thanks for the fun challenge.

sparklygirl-Tina said...

Thanks for another great challenge! Fingers crossed!

Tina

Maureen said...

Happy New Year albeit belated...thank you for the great challenge...the DT cards are fabulous!!

Bonnita Moaby said...

Wonderful...

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Fabulous DT inspiration, as always. Thanks for a great challenge. Really enjoyed the blog hop too!
Hugs, Sylvia xxx

Sue said...

Loads of fun, thanks for a great challenge x

Stampersue said...

I hope the card I have entered is ok for this Challenge

Stampersue
X

Frea said...

Hello everyone, and a Happy Newyear to all!! Just posted my card, hope you like it. Hugs, Frea

Nicola J said...

Thanks for a wonderful challenge this month and the inspirational DT cards
Nicola xxx

Crafters Corner said...

Just loved doing this challenge, and would like to say thank you for introducing me to one of the few Queen songs that managed to escape me over the last 30 years!

Debbie said...

Hello girls, I have finally followed the rules properly (silly me) and have only entered 5 other challenges instead of seven last time!!
Glad to bo back. Thank you, dt work is super. Debbiexx

Brubs said...

Wow, it's the first time that I enter to this challenge...I'm very Happy, thank you
xoxo
Ivana

xlpharmacy said...

All the designs are perfect! I think that the best part of this kind of things is that everybody shows what they can do and express what they feel.