Saturday 29 May 2010

Challenge #54 - Black, White and 1 other

Good morning and welcome to another fabulous challenge here at Allsorts.
Thank you to all that found the time to join us last week with Helene's Tag or Ticket challenge - we had some awesome entries.
This week it's my (Debs) turn to pick the theme and I have picked a colour combo of Black, White and 1 other colour of your choice.

As this is the last week of the month we are being sponsored by our regular sponsor

and one lucky winner will win

Here is some gorgeous inspiration from the very talented DT - they would love you to pop over to their blogs and leave some loving.

Hope you are able to join in with us this week.

May Guest Designer Elizabeth

Here is what Elizabeth used: 3857H Footnote, 3641F Full of Life

Saturday 22 May 2010

Allsorts Challenge Week 53 - Tag/label

It is once again a lovely Saturday and it is my (Helene's) turn to host this week's challenge. Last week was fantastic with all the celebrations for our 1 year anniversary. Thank you ladies! Check the previous post to see if you are one of the many winners.

This week the theme is Tag or Ticket. Create a tag/ticket or attach one to your project. I'm hoping for lots of lovely and inspirational work to visit.

We are continuing the celebrations slightly - why restrict to one week only? :) So this week we have not one but two sponsors.

Digital Delights is a magical place run by the talented Wendy. It is filled with little digi creations from all walks of life. They have a wide range of digital stamps which are delivered straight to your mailbox 24/7. Digital Delights are offering this to one lucky winner:
And as sponsor number two we have Vikki (vikkithescrapjunkie) who you might know from blogland. She has started her own shop with pins and charms that are so lush and gorgeous it's a priviledge to be able to offer not one but FIVE sets to one lucky winner.

So on to the DT work for some inspiration to get you going;

May Guest Designer Elizabeth

These are the stamps Elizabeth used to create her beautiful tag: 40-011 Paisley Swirls30-031 Flower Gallery30-014 Salutations3383D Thanks...1999L Letter Background





Saturday 15 May 2010

Allsorts Birthday Challenge Week 52

Happy Saturday everyone..........Brenda here and I can tell you that we are so excited here at Allsorts this week as we have reason to celebrate big time because it's our Birthday...........................yes, we really are one year old, my how that time has flown.

So naturally we could not let such a momentous occasion pass without some celebrations and have lots of special things planned and really hope you will all join in........after all, without all your fantastic support throughout the year we could not have achieved such a wonderful following and become firmly established as such a popular challenge blog and according to Wikipedia's recent listing Allsorts comes up second on the list which you can check out here:

And we also want to say a huge thank you to our fabulous sponsors, you all play such an important part in our weekly challenges by offering our winners such super prizes every week.

So what do we have lined up for you ? A Blog Hop as well as the weekly challenge. First of all the challenge which is as you might expect has the theme:


As always, your entry can be anything you have created yourself as long as it has a Birthday feel to it.

We have a first and second challenge prize this week, the first for this weeks lucky winner has been donated by Sir Stampalot who were our very first sponsors and have continued to support us through the year. The rather special prize on offer from them is a Heritage Glimmer Mist Kit.

And the second fabulous prize is donated by another of our regular sponsors DigiStamp Boutique

They are offering the lucky winner four images a month for six months, wow how fantastic is that. Sally-Ann has some wonderful images and says "We offer a range of simple and trendy digital image stamps for all your card-making projects". So the winner will be able to go select their images and keep right up to date with the new images as they become available. Sir Stampalot have a spacious shop in Peterborough and also run an on-line store where speed of delivery is second to non. They stock products and stamps from all the major craft companies including a huge selection of Penny Black stamps which brings me on nicely to the next piece of news.............

.........we are thrilled to announce that Penny Black.......yes that US company who produce some of the most wonderful stamps........are providing some of their super stamps as the prize for one of the blog hop stops that just happens to be their very own blog and where our guest designer for May, Elizabeth who we introduced last week, displays some of her wonderful artwork. You can sign up at the Penny Black website to be one of the first to hear about their new products and news.

So on to our blog hop, I'll try and keep it simple. You'll get two clues to start you off, leave a comment here to let us know you have visited us, then you need to visit each of the DT blogs listed, leave each one a comment, collect a letter from each of their will have ten in total, arrange them into three words and mail your answer to me . Each DT will tell you where you should have arrived from and where you need to go next, but if you get lost just pop back here where everyone is listed.

There will be a prize of a set of Penny Black stamps for the winner selected by Random Org., from all the correct answers I receive which if also being kindly provided by Sir Stampaot.

In addition a winner will be selected by the same method from those leaving comments at each blog along the hop, those prizes are being donated by the DT members themselves.

Have fun and here's your first clues:

- N - / - - - - / - L -

Now you need to visit:

As it's all a bit busy on this post and we don't want to distract you for the job in hand, so for just for this one week you will find the DT artwork on their own blogs instead of here, but next week it will be all back to normal.

*****Edited to add...............Please can we ask your entries for the challenge are new projects as some entries are being linked from posts before this challenge went live. We want to make this fair on those entries which have been made especially for this challenge so if we feel the project does not qualify they will not be entered into the main draw or the DT draws thank you... *****

Winner and top 5

Morning all!! Hope you are enjoying some sunshine this morning :o)

My winner (picked at random) for this weeks challenge is: number 51 Beths Little Card Blog

Congratualtions Beth please email me at with your address and we will get your prize sent on to you :o)

and my top 5 are in numerical order:

12 Sarah H

26 Sam

33 Kath

34 Carrie

62 Katie Tate

Well done to you ladies and thankyou to everyone for entering my sketch challenge.............come back soon for the excitement of ALLSORTS FIRST BIRTHDAY!!!!

Saturday 8 May 2010

Week 51 Amanda's Sketch

Hello all, it's my (Amanda) turn again to set your theme this week and I have gone with a sketch. It's not a fancy computer generated one as I have not a clue how to make them! So hand drawn it is, and I hope you will have fun with it. I have kept it simple (a bit like me! haha!)

We have a new sponsor this week:
Sprinkles by Renee

Sprinkles Blinkie
Our store is committed to providing you with the latest paper flower embellishments for all your craft projects. Each flower is handmade from scratch. Hand cut, hand painted, and hand glittered. Being completely handmade means each flower is a little different and unique every time, and this gives them that special little charm.Visit our store to check out the latest ranges and see what's coming up! We're running 3 competitions at the moment so pop on over and see how you can score yourself some free Sprinkles!

The prize pack being offered for the Allsorts Challenge includes:

Princess Dreams 1" 6 Pack,
Peach Essence 1" 6 pack,
Princess Dreams 1" Pink,
Princess Dreams 3" Lilac

- Worth $15!!
Over the coming months Allsorts have some fabulous Guest Designers joining us from some of your favourite companies and stores. May is our Birthday month and we have some real treats lined up for you and to help us celebrate this special month we would like to intruduce our Guest Designer for May, the very talented Elizabeth Allan from Penny Black. This is what they have to say:

Penny Black Inc's rubber stamps in wood mounted, transparent and cling, plus stickers and papers are widely recognised throughout the craft industry. Their beautiful designs and innovative style is captured in everything from whimsical to elegant. Elizabeth had been with the company for four years and as a member of their design team her artwork is incorporated into catalogue design, website posting and she also travels for the company demonstrating and teaching in their booths at conventions.

As an independent artist, Elizabeth who lives with her husband Scott in Michigan, began teaching class in 2003 while working full time in the accounting industry. In 2005 her love of art inspired her to pursue her passion full time and soon after she joined Penny Black. She is a published artist and her work can regularly be found in well known and respected publications worldwide. You can find more of Elizabeth's work on the Gallery and Card Ideas section of the Penny Black web site and also their Blog. Here is her beautifully coloured card for this weeks challenge uing Penny Black stamps 4048K, 4058J and 30-014:

Here are the rest of the DT's samples


Week 50 Winner and top 5

Wow what an absolutely staggering amount of entries for my challenge last week you sure do love your ANIMALS, many many thanks for making the challenge a huge success.
So without further ado the winner of 10 Digital images of there choice from our wonderful sponsor is.

Joanne please email me at and i will pass on your detail to Sally-Ann and well done.

Now the top 5 was so difficult given the number of entry's this week but they are as follows in no paticular order.






Well done ladies you can now add the top 5 banner to your blog.

Saturday 1 May 2010

Allsorts challenge week 50 "Animals"

Morning all and welcome to week 50 of Allsorts challenge.
Fabulous response to Emma's challenge last week don't forget to pop back and see who she has chosen as her top 5 and the winner of the voucher from One stop card crafts. On to this week's challenge and as this week takes us into a new month so we have our fabulous regular monthly sponsor Sally-Ann from

One lucky winner will get to choose 10 digital images of there choice - you will be spoilt for choice from all the wonderful images available. Sally-Ann has just released some fabulous new monkey images, super for this weeks challenge.

If you use a Digistampboutique image this week i will enter you in the draw for the prize twice. Just type DB after your name, and good luck.

So i would like to see all your lovely ANIMAL creations, you can make anything you like as long as it has an animal on it, again the d.t's have come up with some super creations.

Sally-Ann has done this fabulous card with the new Monkey Set isnt it just the cutest.


Sorry its late!

Sorry i'm late posting last weeks winner and top 5 but I have had some major probs with my internet connection and its still a little ropey but hey ho! on with the winner of the ONE STOP CARD CRAFTS gift voucher is ;

As chosen by


Please e-mail me at
and i'll organise your prize for you

Now on to my top 5

There were so many beautiful Inspirations this week it was difficult to reduce them to just 5 but here they are....................



Thanks for making such beautiful cards for the challenge Ladies and to thank you for being so patient if you email me at the address above i'll send you out a little butterfly related treat!!! Please take the top 5 button for your blogs and wear it with pride dont forget to check out this weeks challenge in the post below :)