Thursday, 23 September 2010

Challenge 2 - Recycled Jewelery

We are really excited to bring you our second challenge here at Southern Girls Challenges, wow what a fantastic number of entries we had for our first challenge.  Fingers crossed this one will be half as popular.  This fornights challenge is "RECYCLED JEWELLERY"  be it something from your junk drawer, a two dollar shop bargain or a peice of family history we want to see it on your creation.  As always we don't mind whether you enter a layout, off the page creation or card we just want to see your take on the challenge.

If you are NOT from New Zealand or Australia plese can you put INT after your name, this ensures that you get in the correct prize draw.

We don't mind if you combine our challenge with others however please only link 1 entry per person. Please link only your blog post not your entire blog, also be sure to link back to our challenge on your post. Any entries not following these rules may be removed at our discretion.

Onto our sponsors for this challenge......

New Zealand - Australian Sponsor
Hi I am Rachel Forrester and I live in Timaru, South Island in lucky ole New Zealand. I own a scrapbook "shop" called Embellish It, which started because we simply could not get the scrapbook and stamping products we wanted in our town.I have a home based business (and web site) which is unique as we are also
fully mobile and once a month I pack my "store" down from a bedroom that it is set up in at home and run crops here in Timaru and in Oamaru, then once every 6 months we run a weekend camp - loads of fun. We also have an online store, but because of time (as I also am a working mum) we don't have all our products in the online store, but welcome any e-mails for any products which people are trying to source - we send all over New Zealand. We have a great range of Martha Stewart Punch's, Whiff of Joy stamps, magnolia stamps, flowers both Prima and Wild Orchards. But we also stock brands like Tim Holtz, Kaiser, Making Memories, Xyron, spellbinders, Bazzill and Dusty Attic to name just a few, so if you want it - send us an e-mail and if we don't have it - we will get it in for you :-)
 and the prize is.........

International Sponsor

Our international sponsor is Digital Delights by Looby Loo the winner will recieve a $10.00 voucher to spend in the digi store.

Now to our DT inspiration, Traces Team totally out did themselves this week and came up with these gorgeous creations.......




Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Winners and top 5

Well I can certainly say we were amazed by all the entries we had for our very first challenge and you all made it extremely hard to pick a top 5 this week!

OK enough rambling, lets see who the lucky winners are for Challenge 1
The lucky lady that has a yummy stash of goodies sponsored by SBO is.... drum roll... Rosanna #28 from Aussie. The lucky lady who has who gets 3 stamps/sets (up to $15 value) from Wink Wink Ink is........ Tracy #107. Congrats ladies could you email us here to claim your prizes.

Now on to our top five picks
Vicki #119
Micki #114
Beverley # 174

Whaahooo, big congrats to you ladies! You can email us HERE to get you Top 5 Winner Blinkie.
Thanks to all of you that have joined in this time. Come back tomorrow for a new challenge and 2 new sponsors... who knows... you could be drawn as a winner next time!

Lou, Tracy and DT

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

3 hours to go

Hi everyone. We are amazed by all the stunning entries for this challenge. Only 3 hours to go before the challenge ends.
Don't forget to check back tomorrow to see who the two lucky winners are and the top 5 picks... you have all certainly made the DT job hard trying to pick!!
Then pop back Thursday for a brand new challenge and two more fantastic sponsors.

Lou & Tracy

Thursday, 16 September 2010


Firstly we want to say THANK YOU!!!! We can't believe the response we have had to our first challenge.  But please read the rules, we would like only 1 entry per person.... as we have such awesome sponsors, we just want to give everyone a fair chance.

If you are reading this and you have more than 1 entry could you please delete any extra links and leave your favourite.  Thanks for your cooperation, we knew you would understand.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Our Very First Challenge.

Welcome to our very first challenge. We have 2 fantastic sponsors for this challenge who I will tell you more about in a moment.
First I would just like to go over linking your project and a couple of rules.....

Please link your creations in the following way;

If you are NOT from New Zealand or Australia please can you put INT after your name, this ensures that you get in the correct prize draw.

We don't mind if you combine our challenge with others however please only link 1 entry per person. Please link only your blog post not your entire blog, also be sure to link back to our challenge on your post. Any entries not following these rules may be removed at our discretion.

Right, now onto the good stuff this weeks sponsors are.....
For the New Zealand/Australian entrants

The Scrapbook Outlet NZ is your one stop shop for all your Scrapbooking and Rubber Stamping Supplies. We pride ourselves on providing top quality customer service and products at very competitive prices.

We offer a broad range of products and are committed to bringing you a large array of new and exciting products. The desire to have the latest and greatest products available (and have them all) has led to the opening of our online store.

The Scrapbook Outlet have supplied us with an awesome Scrapbooking Kit for one lucky entrant.

For International Entries
*Wink *Wink Ink is a brand new digital stamp company as of January 2010. Our images are original, well drawn, and clear with a style you won't find anywhere else! If you like animals, children and fantasy creatures you will love our stamps! New stamps are added to our store weekly, so there is always something new to see! All images are 300 dpi and come in 3 versions- black and white jpg for coloring, transparent png for layering on all your digital creations, and a colored jpg for use as a coloring guide or print and embellish for quick beautiful projects in no time flat! We hope you stop on by and visit us soon at!
The winner of the Wink Wink Ink prize will be a le to go to the website and choose any 3 digital stampsets up to the value of US$15.00. Be sure to check out the Wink Wink Ink Groups at Crafters Digital Art Center and Papercraft Planet

Now onto the challenge itself and the design teams samples; This weeks Challenge Theme is


Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Tune in TOMORROW!!!!!!

Just a reminder that the challenges start tomorrow and we have AWESOME prizes lined up!!!! Don't forget that our challenges are open to papercrafters ANYWHERE. There will be 1 prize for international entrants and another that is for New Zealand and Australian entrants.
Hope to see you back her tomorrow for our big day.......

Lou & Trace and our DT Lovelies

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

And now it's Trace & Lou's turn

And so now it is our turn, we thought that instead of doing 2 separate intros we would do a combined one since between us we decided to start this challenge blog.

Trace and Lou first stumbled across each other when Lou decided she had to have Stampin'Ups "seeing spots" stamp set and discovering that Stampin Up had just arrived in NZ (This was back early 2007) she decided to find her nearest demo. This happened to be Trace, who at a mere 3 hours away was Lou's closest SU contact. After much discussion on the telephone (Lou didn't have a computer in those days) Trace convinced Lou to sign up as an SU Demo and so the paper craft loving, mutual enabling, gossiping on the telephone friendship was born. Skip forward 3.5 years and here we are, no longer Stampin Up demos and loving this wonderful world of paper crafting. But hang on we thought ( yes so paper craftily connected are we that we share thoughts)...... "where is there a challenge blog for New Zealand paper crafters where they can win loads of yummy stash"? So we came up with the idea to start one ourselves, we had enough contacts between us and knew that there were loads of talented ladies out there who would love to participate in a NZ/AUSSIE challenge blog, we thought we better include the Aussies since so many people north of the equator think we are an Australian island Then we had the brainwave of including EVERYONE in on the fun. So here we are starting on our exciting journey with fabulous sponsors and a design dream team that any challenge blog would envy.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Introducing Marie & Carisa

My name is Carisa & I live in Colorado. I love it here. I have 3 beautiful children that certainly keep me busy but thankfully my 2 oldest LOVE stamping with me! So I tend to get in some much needed crafty time & mommy time at once. My youngest is only 5 months old so I just let him roll & scoot on the floor next to me. I started making cards just before my oldest was born - went to a SU! party - was in awe that something I loved to play with when I was a kid was now a hobby for adults! LOL Seemed to good to be true - Fast forward 3 years when I came across SCS & Stamping Bella - then I was hooked. I found my calling in coloring images & was introduced to copics shortly there after by a good friend & great enabler! Aren't we all?! So, now I have my blog & so many wonderful friends ALL over the WORLD thru this beautiful & amazing papercrafting hobby of mine. I have my favorite stamps companies which are starting to get too big to list, but I just love being an independent ippity chick! My first love is making cards & stamping but I'm trying to branch out into scrapbooking & more altered art projects because it's just all so much fun. Recently I've been asked to be on DTs which has totally been a dream come true for me. I just love the friendship that I gain by being on each one. I don't think I can stop - if there is a dt call for a company or challenge that I think will be fun to work for, I'm trying out - I've been turned down for sure, but it's always worth it to make it on a team like this one. I'm very excited to see the challenges begin & to get started!!!

Hi, I’m Marie and I live in London, England with my wonderful son, Sam and our fur-baby, Tippy, who’s a chorkie. I’ve been cardmaking for a few years now after a period of ill health meant that I was spending much more time at home. I was bored of spending night after night in front of the TV and so I decided I needed a hobby – I bought a small kit to try cardmaking and the rest, as they say, is history!! My house has now been taken over by stash and I am well and truly addicted! I’ve only been blogging for a couple of months but it’s opened up a whole new world to me – I love following other people’s blogs, I’ve started to make some great friends from all over the world and I enjoy taking part in challenges, I find that they really spark my creativity.
I’m so happy to be on the Southern Girls Design Team and it’s great to be here from day one! I’m really looking forward to getting to know all the other members of the team. And I hope that I can inspire you with my DT designs!

Friday, 3 September 2010

Introducing Michelle & Autumn

"Hi There! My name is Michelle Singer and I live in Edmonton, AB, Canada. I'm a SAHM to a wonderful little boy named Cole and have a very supportive (and craft tolerant *heehee*) husband named Allan. I've always been a crafter and dabbled in painting, cake decorating, soap making and the list goes on. But about 4 years ago I discovered stamping and boy was I in trouble. I absolutely fell in love. Most of all, I love inspiring others to get their fingers inky. Check out my blog at and see if I have created something that inspires you. I look forward to the challenges here at Southern Girls and working with such talented ladies. I hope to see you play along with us and I can't wait to see what you come up with."

Hi my name is Autumn. I live in Lawton, Oklahoma but I grew up in Minnesota. I am a stay-at-home mother of four 3 boys aged 8,6,& 4and one girl that's 15 months. My DH is in the ARMY so I spend a lot of time single parenting, but we make it work and it can be useful when I may not want him to know exactly how much crafing stuff I bought, lol. I've been crafty ever since I was young and have dabbled in just about everything.
My start in papercrafting began in scrapbooking and I've done that off and on over the past nine's always a work in progress,lol I began blogging in February of this year as a way to get more scrapbooking done, but I discovered cardmaking, stamping, and copics and got hooked! I love trying new cards and techniques and thinking outside the box! Maybe now that the kiddos are back in school you'll even see a few scrapbook layouts from me.
I'm so excited to be a part of this team and look forward to making more blogging friends!

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Meet Bettina & Sam

Hi, I'm Samantha and I live in the North West of England with my husband and 2 sons. I work part time as a Preschool Assistant working with children between the ages of 2 and 5 years. As a child I learnt to knit and crochet, but in about 2003 I discovered papercrafts and cardmaking in particular. Since then my addiction has grown and has now taken over most of the house. I love rubber stamping and colouring with my Copic markers, but I have bought some Distress Ink refills and intend to perfect this technique some more. My favourite stamps are definitely by Magnolia, but I also like stamps by Whiff of Joy, Sugar Nellie and Whimsy. My favourite paper brands are Magnolia, Basic Grey and Die Cuts With a View

Hi! So glad to meet you all!
I'm Bettina and live in Sweden with my husband (been together for 17 years) and my 2 kids. A son that is 14 and a 1 year old little princess. Right now i am a stay at home mum with my daughter and before that i took care of our business office. I found out about scrapping while i was laying in the hospital (I have something bad going on in my stomach, but it will be ok) there is not so much to do around there so i was hopping around in the cyber world, and i was amazed of what a saw. So much beautiful things and i thought that i wanted to try it out. I have always liked crafty stuff like painting and drawing, not that I'm any good at that.
I consider myself to be a newbie in playing with paper, been doing it for about 11 months now and I'm loving all about it. I'm still experimenting and exploring this wonderful paperworld. For the moment I'm trying out just about anything and everything as long as there is some paper and some glue I'm on it.
I love hopping around to all wonderful blogs and gathering inspiration and you all out there are some really talented ladies (so thank you so much for sharing with me).
With this i also have found some great crafting cyber friends.
I'm in my own little fantasy/dreamworld when I'm scrapping, i can dream myself to fairytale land for a little while. It has/is really been like therapy for me, i don't now how i could live without it. Well that's a little about me. Hi to all you out there. I now we will be having so much fun together here at southern girls challenges (cause i now a little something about the challenges...wink,wink, ...and don't you even try to bribe me (lol) but trust me it will be lots and lots of FUN!!!

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Introducing Alicia & Carol!!!!!

Hi I'm Carol,
There's nothing like a good challenge to get the Mojo going.
I am so looking forward to being part of the fun at SGC,and seeing all your wonderful creations.
I am a screen printer by trade and have printed on T-shirts / paper metals and vinyls, I think i have always loved playing with colours and creating. I started scrapbooking in November 2006 My favourite layouts are heritage/distressed type layouts, I love to capture the mood and fell for all things old but loved.I have had some of my work published,which is very exciting for me. Scrapbooking started out as a way to preserve my families history and grew into something much more. I love the social side,going to crops and camps i get to meet and make friends that i would never have meet otherwise.

Hi, my name is Alicia and I am 30 years old. I live on a property near Tamworth in NSW, Australia with my husband Ben and our pets. We moved back home this year to be closer to our family. Prior to this we were living on the Gold Coast and prior to that we were living in Newcastle. I am a primary school teacher and this year I am doing casual teaching which allows me more time for crafting because I dont have as much planning, marking or reporting to do anymore! I have been card-making since 2007 when a friend at work had a Stampin' Up party and I realised how much fun it is to make cards. My favourite stamps are Magnolia stamps and I love to colour with Copic markers. Most of my card-making supplies I buy through Stampin' Up. I love hot chocolates and tim-tams, spending time with family and friends, crafting and blogging (of course), shopping at Harbour Town (my favourite shop), learning new things and being outside in the garden with my pets : )