Sunday, 21 September 2014

Winners - Summer Fun

Many apologies for being so slow to announce the winners for the Summer Fun challenge.

It was great to see so many entries - all of which were fabulous and deserved to win!

I'm sorry you couldn't all be winners!  After much deliberation, the winners are:

Scatty Jan and Katie Tate

A massive well done ladies!  I adored your cards!  You both get to pick six digital stamps and one pack of printable craft papers from the Handmade Harbour shop - please let me know your choices by emailing and I'll get your prizes to you as soon as possible.

Many thanks everyone for taking part and also for your patience while I've been slow to announce winners.  It's been a difficult time recently - mainly problems relating to my elderly parents, both of whom have Alzheimer's.

Thank you all!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Papercraft Challenge: Summer Fun

This week's papercraft challenge is a summer special!  I'm going to leave it open for longer than usual because there's going to be a much-needed break from challenges over the summer

The theme is summer fun - so beaches, sunshine, happy times and flowers are all part of the fun!  And maybe much more besides!

Let me show you the design team's makes...

Teresa used the Beach Huts digital stamp to create this gorgeous summery card in soft pastels - I love this card!

Rachel used Ice Cream Sundae to create her deliciously sweet card - yum!

Kel made this adorably sweet card using the brand new puppy digital stamp

Teresa used the Beach Images to make this really summery card - doesn't this card make you wish you were at the beach right now?

Teresa used the Split Screen Campervan digital stamp to create a really fun and completely adorable card

If you'd like to join in, please leave your blog link below!  As usual, there will be two winners and this time there will be an extra prize alongside the three digistamps for the winners.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Papercrafts Challenge: Teachers and Special People

The theme for this week's challenge is teachers and other special people and we have some lovely card (and gifts!) to show you from the design team using this week's theme...

Teresa made this lovely card using the Apple Thank You digital stamp

Josie used the same Apple Thank You to create a gorgeous little applique mirror - a perfect gift for a special teacher, especially when presented with a gorgeous matching card like Teresa's!

Emma used the Thank You in Pots digistamp to create a gorgeous thank you card

Frezja used spring flowers digistamp  to create a lovely card for Mum/Mom 

Elina made this fabulous thank you card for a teacher using the thank you girl with flowers

We'd love to see what creations you have come up with for special people in your life - teachers, family, friends...


The winners from last week's thank you challenge are:

Tracy and Mervi

Please could you both choose three images from Handmade Harbour and email with your choices.  I'll get them to you as soon as I can.

The new challenge this week will be posted later today.  The theme this week is Teachers and Other Special People.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Papercraft Challenge: Thank You

Welcome to this week's papercraft challenge - our theme this week is THANK YOU!

If you'd like to join in, please add your blog link below and try to visit some of the other entrants, too.  There's more info on the challenges page.  Don't forget to look at last week's winners page if you entered last week - you need to email in to collect your prize.

The design team have some inspiration for you using Handmade Harbour images... this one by Lynne!

And look at Teresa's little dog with the thanks note... so cute!

Rachel has used the same little dog image in a fabulous shaped card - there's some very clever paper engineering going on here!

You can find the images the design team used on the Handmade Harbour website.  

Would you like to join in?  You have the chance to win three digistamps every week, so please do add your link below.  We'd love to see what you've made!

The Winners are...

A quick update to let you know last week's papercraft challenge winners on the parties, picnics and cake theme are...

AJ and Carmen

Yay!  Please email with your choice of three digis from the Handmade Harbour store.  You also get to grab the winner's badge from the left hand column to show off your winning status on your own blog!

Don't forget to check back later for more details on this week's challenge (we have a thank you theme this week).

See you later!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Papercraft Challenge: Parties, Picnics and Cake!

Welcome to this week's papercraft challenge!  The theme this week is...

parties, picnics and cake!

To get you in the mood (although why we would need to get you in the mood for parties, picnics and cake, I can't imagine!!) the design team has been busy with the theme...want to take a peek?

Emma made a sweet card in more ways than one!  I love those sugary colours!

Teresa made a cute, sparkly and colourful card for a three-year-old

Elina made a cute little gift tag with the cute cat on a cupcake digi

It's an easy way to pretty up a store-bought gift bag!  Here's a closer view...

Frezja used the same digi along with some of the Strawberry Picnic printable papers to make these cute little gift tags.  They'd be great attached to little cupcakes too - a lovely idea for a party!

Josie has a work in progress with Christmas pudding!  Yum!  Who else loves Christmas pudding?

Josie's puddings are going to be part of some NOEL bunting and it all looks rather gorgeous already.  Using the Christmas pudding digistamp to cut out the image, Josie then changed the leaf position and added buttons for berries.  I love how versatile digistamps are, don't you?

I guess there's no rush on completing this one - although Josie says it might be ready in time for the Christmas Parties!

If you'd like to join in this week, it's easy and fun - and you may just win yourself three digis of your choice from Handmade Harbour.  Just add your blog link below, using the linky tool.

Challenge Winners

A big thank you to everyone who took part in last week's clean and simple challenge - as usual, the standard was very high!  But we do have a couple of winners, so without further ado, here we go...

The winners from last week's challenge are:

Kathi and Cheryl

Well done ladies!  You both win three digis of your choice from Handmade Harbour.  If you email with your choices I'll email the images to you.

This week's challenge theme is parties, picnics and cake (yum!).  The challenge blog post for linking up will be published later today.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Papercraft Challenge: Clean and Simple

Welcome to another papercraft challenge.  This week we are challenging you to make something clean and simple.

When we gave the same clean and simple challenge to the design team, they created a variety of gorgeous cards to inspire you.  I love them all.  I also love that most of them have a very summery feel to them too - makes me think about holidays, beaches and sunshine!).

Here we go, this is what they came up with...

and she made another card using the birdbox digital stamp

Lynne's card uses the fishing boats on the beach digital stamp.  Lynne used paper piecing for this card and you can read more about how she made it on her blog.

Elina's card makes use of the camera digi  and has polaroid-style images of yummy cakes!

We'd love you to join in our challenge!  Each week, two winners will get three digistamps of their choice from the Handmade Harbour shop.

If you  would like to join in, just add your blog link below.  There's more information on our challenges page.

Winners: stitching challenge

Last week's challenge was stitching (faux or real) and maybe it didn't inspire as many people as I'd hoped for as we only had three entrants.

I thought it might be a bit mean to pick two winners out of three entrants, especially as all three were such gorgeous creations!  So this week there are three winners...and all three are very deserving winners, despite the low numbers!




Denise, Katie and Desire, you have won three digistamps of your choice from Handmade Harbour - please email with your choices - I'll email them to you as soon as I can.

You also get to grab the winner's badge for your own blogs.  You'll find it in the left hand sidebar
<--- over there somewhere!

This week's challenge is clean and simple.  We'd love to see more people joining in this week - don't forget you get to win three digis of your choice.

clean and simple using flowers in a vase digital stamp

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Papercraft Challenge: stitching (faux or real)

Hello and welcome to another challenge!  This week's theme is...

- - - stitching (faux or real) - - - 

Every week you have the chance to win three digital stamps of your choice from Handmade Harbour - just add your link below.  Last week's winners were announced here.

Well, this may be a papercraft challenge, but we aren't averse to a little foray into other craft areas!  This first image shows off some real stitching, with fabric instead of paper - and a fabulous little air freshener which would make a super little Father's Day gift this Sunday.

Josie made her adorable little air freshener using the vintage car and caravan digital stamp and she soaked the felt backing in scented oil before sewing - so much nicer than the cardboard air fresheners!

Frezja made a super sweet card with the elephant and bird digital stamp and there's real stitching in this one too!

Elina's gorgeous card features the girl with flowers stamp and she's used a mix of faux and real stitching.  Black embroidery floss around the image is real (and I love how it frames the image) and there's faux white stitching in the background as well as on the image.  

Emma's beautiful card is based on the happy birthday quilt digistamp and it's all about the stitching!

Last but definitely not least is Teresa's gorgeous card with the sewing machine digital stamp - I love how Teresa made some paper patchwork and then made the image look like it had almost popped out of the patchwork design - absolutely gorgeous!

We'd love to see what you have made with the stitching theme - it's easy to add your blog link below!  Please feel free to join in and to visit your fellow linkers too...

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Winners - Pretty Challenge

The winners of last week's challenge are:

Jan and Anita

Well done!  You both win three digital stamps of your choice.  Have a browse over at the Handmade Harbour shop and then email with your choices.

You also get to grab the winner's button for your blog - you'll find it in the left hand sidebar <--- (every winner deserves some bragging rights, don't they?).

Thank you so much to everyone who took part - there are so many impressive card and papercraft designers out there!  It's always a pleasure to see what people are making and if you weren't lucky enough to win last week's challenge then there's always this week!

Speaking of which, I'm just composing this week's challenge post - watch out for it later today.  This week's challenge is stitching - faux or real.  Check back later to see the design team's gorgeous creations!

With our stitching theme, it's not surprising that this vintage sewing machine stamp features on one of this week's design team cards!

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Papercraft Challenge: Pretty

Welcome to the first challenge on our new dedicated challenge blog!  We're hoping you'll play along with us this week for the chance to win three digital stamps of your choice from Handmade Harbour.

Our theme this week is pretty - please feel free to interpret that whichever way works for you!

Although this is the first challenge on this blog, we've been running challenges over on the Handmade Harbour blog for a few months now - and last week's winners are...

Lisa and Carol

Yay! Please email with your choice of three Handmade Harbour stamps and I'll get them to you as soon as I can.

OK, so back to the pretty theme...

Teresa made this adorable and full-of-fun card using the campervans digital stamp - I absolutely love this card!  Teresa added a with love tag from the sentiments and tags digital stamp, which works really well with the campervans.

Rachel's card is also full of fun!  I adore how she's got the sense of the twenties in this card too!  It's just gorgeous - and definitely pretty!  She used the flapper girl dancing digistamp to create this.

Then we also have these two that I rustled up myself .  The first uses the flowers in a vase digital stamp

and this one uses the puppy thanks digistamp.  Both these cards use backing papers from the strawberry picnic digital craft paper pack.  I love how you can print your own papers so easily with digital papers and a really basic inkjet printer.  I print them onto thin card, because I think it gives the finished card a slightly heavier and more luxurious feel.

Have you made any cards (or other papercraft or digital stamp projects) that fit in with our pretty theme?

We'd love to have a look!  It's easy to join in, just click the button below...

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Papercraft Challenges!

Watch out for the first challenge on this blog, which will be on Wednesday 4th June!

While I've called it a papercraft challenge in the title, and while papercraft is its focus, there are some allowances for other crafts - if they are using digital stamps!

Each week, two winners will get three digital stamps of their choice from the Handmade Harbour store.

I'm so looking forward to sharing the design team's makes with you, and looking forward to seeing what you make too!

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Sunday, 25 May 2014


Welcome to the Handmade Harbour challenge blog.  This is where we'll be hosting our papercraft challenges from now on.

I'd noticed the Handmade Harbour blog was turning into a series of linky parties and challenges, which wasn't leaving much room for other updates.  I think having a separate challenge blog will give us a little more room to spread out!

Don't miss our challenges - follow this blog in your preferred reader or by email!  New challenges will be published every Wednesday!

card by Teresa
using two digistamps: candy floss cart and purrfect day cat