Sunday, December 1, 2013

Challenge #3 at DDCC

Hello everyone!
It's Roberta here, standing in for our jet-setting leader Lisa.
While she is enjoying a fabulous and much deserved holiday adventure, I'll be posting the details of our 3rd challenge.

Before I get to that though, I'd like to thank our one participant in November challenge.  Mrs. A you are a fantastic crafter and we all really hope that your new light box is a huge help to you!  
For anyone looking for a great new light box, please check out Mrs. A's project...she did a bang up job!!

If you didn't get a chance to participate, no worries... all of the past challenges will be re-opened.  Each time you complete one of the previous challenges, you'll receive a special badge to show your accomplishment.

You can find the Linky tools for the re-opened Challenges here.


This month we are so pleased to have as our sponsor

Through The Craft Room Magazine is offering a one year subscription to the next Shining Star Winner of DreamTime Designs Craft challenge. TTCRD is an online paper craft magazine which can be downloaded to your personal computer and is filled with tutorials, inspirations and articles for the subscribers to read.  Your subscription also allows you access to past issues including over 80 free digital images to create cards, scrapbook and projects with.

Would you love to be publish and have a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate to the store of your choice? You can do this by submitting a paper craft creation to the magazine - details for submissions is located on the web site which you can join for free.

In addition to our Shining Star Winner, our Top 5 will be carefully selected in order of 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc, by our DDCC DT ladies.  A Top 5 badge will be awarded in recognition to the winning places. 

We reward ALL those who participate & complete our challenges with a DDCC Conquered badge.  All you need to do is enter the challenge :)

At Dreamtime Designs Craft Challenge everyone wins something.
We believe YOU deserve the recognition of all the hard work you put into your project :)

Now....on to the new challenge!  Yay!!!

Lisa came up with a fabulous theme for you to play with during December!!

My Techniques - Christmas:
A Technique I've Never Tried Before

This challenge revolves around the theme of Christmas & expanding your skills with a brand new technique you have never tried before but yet always wanted to.
A couple of things that we would like to see included in your post are:
1) Why did you want to try this technique?
2) What has been your experience with it?
>>Please note that the questions are an important part of the challenge.  They need to be included along with your answers in your blog post.<<

Here are the DDCC Design Team & their projects :)
You will notice that there is only a sneak peek so you will need to click on the image which will take you to their blog to see their completed project.  Don't forget to leave a comment on their challenge post as they have worked extremely hard on their projects & they would love to know what you think on their take of the challenge.
**I've only had access to the sneak peeks too so I'm ready to see all of the completed projects!!**

(That's me!!)

Joanne's project didn't go quite the way she had hoped.
She is a hugely talented lady so this is proof that even the best among us can have a rough time at a new technique.
Please go take a look at her post....
the amount of work she put into this was amazing.
All of the DT sisters are just so disappointed for her!
But we know a determined woman like Joanne
will be back at it as soon as she can!!!
Can't wait to see the next go 'round.

Some pretty intriguing peeks, right?
Go take a complete look at all of the projects and then get to work on yours!  We can't wait to see what you all come up with for this super fun challenge!!


Challenge Guidelines:

Who can enter: Anyone

Specifications: You must have a blog

Number of entries:  Only one entry per person is allowed

Deadline: 31st December (Australian Timezone)

(To see the complete rules & guidelines click here)



Want to chat about the challenge, share ideas & make some friends? 

Come & join in on the conversations in our new Facebook group. 
You can join here.


Are you up to the Dreamtime Designs Craft Challenge?
Enter your challenge project below with our wonderful Mr Linky :)
(If in the event that Mr Linky isn't working please submit your entry blog link to the comments section below.)

Thanks so much for stopping by today.
All of us on the Design Team hope to see many new projects this month.
And we all can't wait to hear of Lisa' grand adventure!
Wonder what kind of wonderful things she's going to able to share!?!

Hugs all around,
DDCC Dreamette

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

DDCC DT Designer In The Spotlight

Good morning again my lovelies.
Wow, a new post each day for the last few days.  Things are looking up lol.

Today I am here to announce the Design Team Winner for
Designer In The Spotlight :)

We have all had a lot happen this last month but our Design Team is really strong & our focus being on our DDCC projects.  We are all amazed with how our friendships have formed since we started this fantastic little adventure &  it is very much like a family environment that we all love.  

Thank you to the DT ladies for giving all their heart in completing all the challenges set forth to them.  You have conquered them all with flying colours & I am so proud to have you part of the team :)  Way to go ladies & thanks so much from the bottom of my heart for helping me make DDCC a success.

Each month we all nominate just one DT member to win the Spotlight.
This can be down to their interaction in the group, offering help to others, promoting DDCC & even down to how they did with their last challenge.  There are many elements that go into play for reaching our decision & of course we would love to nominate them all.  However, there can only be one winner.

The winner will be rewarded & win the following:
- To be featured on Dreamtime Designs blog for the month.
- A DT Sisier In The Spotlight blog badge
- WIN a AU $20 Voucher from any online shop of their choice.

The DDCC DT In The Spotlight Winner is...



Congratulations Emmey :)  You really deserve this hun.  
Here are some of the reasons that were given for your nomination:

- Your design with Challenge # 2 was great & your results were fab
- Your tutorial was enjoyable & easy to follow
- Your humour and participation in our DT Facebook group
- A constant source of inspiration & motivation
- You are always getting us involved & motivated in the group
- You keep us all in check & ask us for advice when needed
- A happy-go-lucky little Smurfette who doesn't mind getting her hands dirty (with blue ink)
-  You make us laugh till our sides hurt

Thank you so much Emmey for your participation & inspiration at DDCC.
We all love your commitment to the team & thank you for it :)

Please go visit Emmey's blog & give her your best wishes.
I know she would luuurrrve to hear from you :)
You can do that here.

Thank you to the rest of the ladies in the Design Team for your nominations.
Maybe it will be YOU next month :)

Don't forget to have a go at our very unique challenge at DDCC
We would love to see your creations & you could Win $20 cash! 
Hope to see you there :)

Big hugs xxx

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Winners Of Challenge #1 @ DDCC :)

Good morning :)
It is a dull dreary & rainy day today so it is the perfect time to do some crafting & designing :)

We only had two entries for Challenge #1 at
Dreamtime Designs Craft Challenge
but boy they were very impressive!

It was tough with choosing the winner as they were both brilliant.  We would have liked to have chosen both designs but we could only choose one.

Our Shining Star Winner of Challenge #1 is:
Mrs. A

We love how Mrs. A has taken a place that is very special to her & created a replica of it beautifully into a smaller paper craft world.  The detail is absolutely amazing!  

Congratulations Mrs. A :)  
Feel free to take your badge & please contact me using the contact form on the sidebar with your PayPal details so that you can claim your winning prize of AU$20.


Our 1st Place Winner is:
KT Fit Kitty

This is truly a gorgeous design with an array of wonderful elements.
The story behind the project is truly adorable.

Congratulations KT Fit Kitty.


Thank you so much for sharing part of your world with us & for entering the challenge.  It definitely wasn't an easy one & you both did a fantastic job :)

Have you all seen Challenge #2?  You can find it here.
We would love for you all to give it a go :)
Hope to see you there.

Big hugs xx

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Menu Board - My Besties Aussie Challenge

Happy Sunday everyone :)
I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.

Today I am just popping in to show you my design for the 
My Besties Aussie Challenge which is:

Use Pearls

Pretty easy hey?

I decided to do something completely different.
But I of course needed to use a gorgeous Bestie first which you can find here.

I used the following Copic colours:

Skin: E0000, 000, 00, 11, 21, R20
Hair: E21, 25, 29, 50
Outfit: C0, 1, 3, G00, 82, 85, 94, B93, 95, 97,99, 
R22, 27, 29, YR00, 20, 31, Y17 

Want to pin the Copic colour combo?

Each peg has the day of the week on it & the labels have different meals printed on them.  These can be moved around in accordance to when the meal is planned for the week.

There are spare labels in the pouch to write more meals on them.

There is a post-it note pad along with a pencil that can be used to write your shopping list in accordance to the meals planned for the week.

I had a lot of fun creating this menu board & I am definitely going to make more of them.  Not only does it help organise meals for the week but it also looks great on the fridge :)

This design will be going into my Etsy shop in a few days.

If you would like to pin this design to your Pinterest board:


I would like to include my design into the following challenges:

Crafty Creations #246 - Make it yourself 
Charismas Cardz #43 - Anything but cards
ABC - Y is for Yellow
Whimsy Stamps #65 - Anything Goes


Thank you so much for coming to visit :)

Don't forget to have a go at our very unique challenge at DDCC
We would love to see your creations & you could Win $20 cash! 
Hope to see you there :)

Big hugs xxx

Thank goodness for social media :)  Feel free to keep up with me :)
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Saturday, November 2, 2013

My Lightbox Tutorial - Challenge 2 @ DDCC

Good morning my crafty friends & followers :)
I hope you have all had a lovely week.

What do you think of challenge #2 at Dreamtime Designs Craft Challenge?
All of the DT projects are fantastic & we honestly cannot wait to see yours.
Today I would like to share my challenge project with you.

This month we are focusing on the Designer & her Craft Room.
You can find out more of the details on the original post here.

Dreamtime Designs Craft Challenge #2:
My Craft Room - Construct A Lightbox.

This challenge is all about creating a lightbox which will enable you to take better photo's of your designs & / or projects.  It will help you to eliminate items from the background & provide better lighting during your photo shoot.

* If you already have a lightbox that you have already created please try to remember how you put it together.  Use photo's where you can & follow the challenge as much as possible.  This applies even if you have purchased a store bought lightbox.


When you read the challenge description you will see how the challenge is to be set out like a tutorial while creating the lightbox.  I am so excited to share my take on the challenge with you for a few reasons.  This is my first attempt at a tutorial & I have been wanting to do one for some time but wan't quite sure what to base is around lol. Also, since starting my blog a few years ago I have had a lot of difficulty with photographing my designs & achieving the results I was hoping for.

My surroundings were always interfering & I was always having to move objects out of the way which was not only frustrating but also time consuming.  However, now that I have created my lightbox I am so impressed with how easy it was to create & how much difference it has made to the photo's of my designs.  The results are fantastic. The best thing of all it only cost me a few dollars to make :)

I am so happy that I am able to provide this tutorial so that it will give you some ideas of how you too can create one.  Not only that, if you enter it into our challenge you could WIN $20 Cash!  What a bonus!  Remember though, you need to be in it to WIN it.  Enter the challenge, have a lightbox at the end of it & also the chance to WIN some crafting cash :)  Perfect :)

Challenge Part A:
Do some online research about creating a handmade lightbox & decide which design will better suit you & your needs.

I did a bit of research, gained a little bit of extra insight but mostly just created the lightbox in a more simplified Lisa way :)  Many of the one's I looked at were quite different to what I wanted & needed.

Challenge Part B:
Create your lightbox taking step-by-step photo's as you go. Explain each step with how you are putting it together until you have completed your project.

I only moved house not that long ago & I decided to keep some of the boxes, just in case.  I am so glad that I did!  I grabbed the biggest box I had & knew it would be perfect for the lightbox that I wanted to create.

Although I had the box I couldn't work out what I was going to use for the inside.  Cardstock, tissue paper, paint it?  It only happened by chance when visiting my local hardware shop to get more hinges for my designs that I found exactly what I needed.  Corflute.  It was white, sturdy & perfect!

When I got home I gathered all of the supplies & materials that I would need to construct my lightbox.

Supplies Needed

1 Cardboard Box

1 Sheet of Corflute
Measuring Tape
A long ruler
Craft Glue
Craft Knife

Step 1:

Decide on a cardboard box that you feel will be big enough to house your projects.

Step 2:
Cut off all side flaps with your cutting knife.
Once you have done that cut the front panel off too.
Your box should now look like this:

Step 3:
Measure up your corflute to the size of each side panel & the bottom of the box.  When you are satisfied that you have it right, use your pencil & ruler to mark where you need to cut.  Then cut the corflute in accordance to your sizing & markings.

Your box should now look something like this:

Step 4:
When you are very happy with the correct sizes of the panels & they fit properly, take your glue & adhere each panel to the box. I started with the bottom first, then the back & then the two sides.

Step 4:

I also used clothes pegs to hold the panels in place whilst drying. You could also put some books on the bottom panel too if you like just to give it that extra weight for the glue to bond better.  I used magazines :)

Step 5:

When the glue has set & you are happy with stability of the insides, simply take off the pegs & remove your books (or magazines).  Your lightbox is now complete :)

I generally take my photo's outside so I am not in any need of indoor lighting at this point in time.  However, if I do end up adding lights etc, I will be sure to update this tutorial to let you know the changes I have made to my lightbox.  Stay tuned :)

Challenge Part C:
1) Take a photo of one of your designs without the lightbox as you would have done before you created it. This is your 'before' photo.
2) Take another photo of the same design but this time inside your lightbox. This is your 'after' photo.

This is my before shot of this design without using a lightbox.

This is my after photo - using the lightbox.

Challenge Part D: 
Explain your experience including:
1) Has the lightbox helped you?  If so, how?
2) Are you using the lightbox inside the house or outside?
3) Are you using lights?  If so, what kind?
4) Tell us two tips or tricks about creating or using a lightbox.

I had a great time putting the lightbox together & it has definately helped me in many ways.  I no longer have to worry about my surroundings, what is in the way & what is in the background of the photo.  All I have to do is grab the lightbox & take it outside to begin my photo shoot. The greatest thing I have found is that my pictures are a lot clearer & brighter.  The lightbox creates the perfect white background for every single photo.

Tips & Tricks
- When storing your lightbox put a sheet over the top to prevent dust & dirt making marks on it.
- Store in a dry place to prevent the box from getting damp otherwise the box will become limp.

I am really looking forward to using my new lightbox from now on.  I would greatly encourage you to try making your own as you will be amazed with the results.  Come & join us in the challenge here.


Want to chat about the challenge, share ideas & make some friends? 
Come & join in on the conversations in our new Facebook group. 
You can join here.


Thank you so much for popping in.
I will look forward to seeing you in the challenge.

Big hugs xxx

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