Wednesday 1 August 2012

New RTG Challenge Theme and our Birthday Blog Hop

Hello Crafters

. . . and a special hello if you are visiting to take part in our Birthday Blog Hop . . . Welcome. 
Apologies for this marathon of a post but. . . lots to tell you, lots of exciting news and most importantly lots of fantastic prizes to win.

Part One - The Ready-Teddy-Go Challenge
(Scroll Down to Part Two if you're here just for the Blog Hop)

The new Ready-Teddy-Go Challenge #13 theme of

"Anything Goes"
So easy really and doesn't need any further explanation, but please, please, please don't forget that your entry must feature a bear or teddy as the main image.  
Unfortunately each month I have to be very mean and delete one or two beautiful entries in the interest of fairness to all because there is no bear there.
The clue is in the name Ready-Teddy-Go challenge, you can use a stamp, a digi or if you're feeling particularly artistic draw your own ... the cuter the better though!!!

A new feature this month and for future challenges is the introduction of the Top 3 Winner's spots besides the draw winner and the offer of a GDT spot for the selected winner.  
The blinkie is already on the challenge site and we hope that the selected winners will display it with pride.  I'm really excited about this development!

The prize for the August challenge is sponsored by Mishelflo Creative Crafting

Hi Everyone! 
I am Michelle from Mishelflo Creative Crafting a small online Craft Shop which I like to think of as your "Crafty Corner Shop".  It's just me who runs it, from making the coffee to packing the parcels.  I hope you like what I have chosen for the August Challenge Prize.  I just adore IndigoBlu! 
This is what you will receive ..........

1 x IndigoBlu "Discover your Passion" Rubber Stamp
1 x IndigoBlu Slim Jims (5 x different size Acrylic Blocks)
1 x Inkadinkadoo Stamping Surface
(this is an 8" x 8" Heat Resistant Rubber Mat)
5 x various coloured Versa Magic Dew Drop Ink Pads

Good Luck everyone!

Thank you Michelle, a fantastic prize, I know that the DT would like this . . . 
The challenge will run from the 1st to 31st of August so plenty of time to take part and don't forget you can enter up to 4 times per month as long as you enter something different  each time.

Here's the card I made for the DT inspiration.
The DP is from quite an old paper collection from g.c.d Studios called Cloisonne but I loved it so much that I bought 2 stacks, one to use and one to stroke, lol!!!

I stitched around the edges of the matting layer and upper rectangle layer.  I inked around the edges of a scalloped circle and then layered my bear ladybird [ladybug] image.  I love her she is so cute!!!
The fence cut out is a Magnolia Doohickey die and the glittery pink flowers are from Papermania the Pink Capsule Collection.
A Kanban sentiment, some pink Card Candi and a couple of Tesco butterflies . . . yes I said Tesco [which have been in my stash for quite a while without my using them] and Voila!!!

Please check out the other DT inspirational cards and why not have a go yourself over at the RTG challenge blog, it really couldn't be easier

Part Two - The RTG Birthday Blog Hop

It's also our Birthday at Ready-Teddy-Go and we have a Blog Hop running from the 1st to the 19th of August.

We have a fantastic Birthday Goody Bag from Meiflower up for grabs as the main prize but there are lots of hidden prizes along the way too so make sure you visit and comment on each of the blogs.  Believe me it will be well worth the effort of taking part . . . I can't say any more than that!!!

You will see a Blue Frog linky on each site but you only have to enter your details in once as we are all using the same collection.

We are also asking that you:

1) Are or become a Follower of the Ready-Teddy-Go challenge blog

2) Display our Blog Hop button [below] somewhere in your sidebar; and finally

3) You leave a comment on each of the sites.


You should of found your way here from the RTG Challenge Site and be following in this order of visits:

So from here you are 'hopping over' to Sally's blog
Each DT member should clearly guide you and hopefully you won't get lost!!

Happy Birthday Hopping and thank you for taking part
Don't forget to add your name to the Blue Frog linky below to be entered into the Meiflower draw.

Warmest wishes, 


Claire said...

Your card is absolutely adorable Julie-Ann - just gorgeous and love the colour combo too. Have a lovely day. Hugs, Claire x

Wendy said...

So gorgeous Julie-Ann,love that adorable bear and fab colours..
Wendy xx

Catherine said...

Your card is adorable Julie-Ann ! I love the fluffy look ! Great colour choice too ! Hugs, blessings and love from Catherine

Seafield Jo said...

What a beautiful card, the image is adorable.

Jo x

Marlene Atkinson said...

What a gorgeous card, the colours are gorgeous, great inspiration. Marlene

SHBoley said...

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Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.

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Maxines Craft Room said...

What a fab card, its beautiful. I love the colours too. x

Nikki said...

Beautiful Card love the tear bear :)

Ea Christiansen said...

What a gorgeous card.

Kelly Lloyd said...

Hi Julie Anne,

Gogeous card. Fab colours...
Your blog is great too.. I am a new followers now..
Off to see what your teamies have done too..

Hugs Kelly

Janet - aka stacky said...

Your card is gorgeous the image is adorable and I love your layout x
p.s I stroke my papers too xx

Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous Julie Ann, such a sweet image and fab fencing!
Helen x

Wendy L said...

I love it, such great design too. xxx

JennyH said...

Gorgeous card, very cute bear-bug : ) I love your colour choice, pink and brown go so well together.

Kim Dibben said...

Fabulous card, gorgeous image (he looks so realistic and stroke-able)
love your colours and layout, have become a new follower
Kim xx

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

Gorgeous card - just love your little 3d'd ladybug bear - adorable!
Thanks for a great blog hop.
Caroline xxx

XxJULESxX said...

Hi Julie Ann i do love your card the bear is soo cute! also the papers are delish!, im just starting out on the hop,

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Gorgeous card. Love the way the fence pops out.

Chrissy said...

What a beautiful ladybug bear Julie, so gorgeous..She has such beautiful eyes, fabulous card..


lbwright22-loopylou said...

super card! I love the RTG challenge- must get my skates on and enter this month! Thanks for the chance to win in the blog hop x

Sonia said...

Really adorable card:)Sweet image:)
Happy fabulous Birthday:)
Wonderful blog hop:)

Tanya said...

Beautiful card Julie Ann! That image is adorable and I love the texture on it! So cute :)

Tags xx

mags said...

A gorgeous card. The image is so adorable and love the colour combo.

Jill said...

What alovely card Julie Ann and like always a huge inspiration for all us bear lovers out there ;)
Super cute little ladybug teddie :)
Have awonderful day
Hugs, jill

Nat said...

Oh this is such a cute image, love what you have done with it.

Helen said...

This is so sweet! Your fluffy bear is adorable!
Helen x

Sharon said...

This is my first ever blog hop so I hope I am following the correct procedure. You have a wonderful prize up for grabs.
Hugs Sharon. x