19 February 2018

Midway through February for Challenge #76

#76: February : Anything Goes
 as long as it does not involve stamps!

Twist - use something new you have 
recently acquired in your stash!

Random Number prize

Please do no use stamps in your work. 
I look a bit like this little fellow when I see that we have an entry with stamps 
It makes me sad and worried

 A.W. Photography Tasmania who says:

So many of our native wildlife die on our roads every year simply from crossing the road or loitering on the side.😪 We saved this li'l guy on the Tasman Highway near Myrtle Forest from a log truck fast approaching down the mountain. Close call li'l fella! Only a baby echidna too, who is obviously still learning the dangers surrounding him 🚗🚙🛣🚚🚍


Here is some more inspiration for you all - you have two weeks to enter the current challenge!


Remember, it does not have to be a card

Scroll down to the linky or hit HERE

12 February 2018

Challenge #67: Anything Goes -plus winners from December!

Hi Everyone - hope you week has been a good one. 

We are having a lovely end to summer, with sunshine, warmth and blue skies mostly - just enough rain so that you don't need to put on the watering system.

Have you ever felt a total wreck? Yes, me too. Those days when.....but you know, not all wrecks are negative! Some have a a rare beauty of their own. There is a wreck of a ship just up a few bays from my house at a place called Otago Bay.

Says photographer Phil "The wreck of the Otago in the eponymous Otago Bay, Tasmania. The ship is famous for having been captained at one point by the novelist Joseph Conrad, perhaps best known as the author of Heart of Darkness, which I attempted to read back when I thought reading penguin classics would make me more interesting." 😂😅We've all been there! 

Have you read any Joseph Conrad?
I did back in the day but don't think I got too deeply into Heart of Darkness....
So many interesting people came to Tasmania in the past - 
as still do. You would be surprised to know who lives here and who has recently visited.
Love me a good sunset over that mountain - Mt Wellington kunanyi

Time to announce the winners for December last year
#75: Zentangle your way to Christmas.... 

This is the random number prize

and it is going to:

The DT Favorite is:

Congratulations Ladies! I will be in touch!

We have started off our 2018 challenges with the traditional Anything Goes.

Remember, you cannot use a stamp!

The TWIST is to use something new from your hoard stock that you got over the Christmas break - you can have purchased it yourself or been given it. 

There are some amazing pieces of inspiration on the blog from last week but to keep the juices flowing CG and Vicki have sent these along!

I have a small box to share too

There you go - all up to you now.

You have three  weeks to get inspired and produce something for the challenge
See you soon!

(Scroll down and find the linky in the first week)

05 February 2018

February's Challenge #76: Anything Goes (no stamps)TWIST use anything newly acquired

Well, welcome back folks to a new year of challenges with the 'Belles at Unstampabelles!

Welcome to the new followers too and we hope you find this a happy place.

Firstly, a photo from sunny Tasmania to make you want to travel!

Wow, what a view this old building has 👀. You'll spot plenty of these pleasingly dilapidated old farmhouses around Hobart and Beyond, but not all of them are situated in such an impressive location. This one was spotted near Tinderbox which is an easy 45 minute drive from Hobart and is well known for its Marine Nature Reserve featuring great swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. 
Image: www.instagram.com/madeintazzie

This area is known as The Channel and when my husband and I still had our small sailing boat we would go "down the Channel" for three weeks most summers. I know this building too - it was on the farm of one of my school friends and I spent a weekend or two at that farm. Unfortunately, the farm house was burnt down in the 1967 bushfires but the old shed didn't burn and is still there!

On with the challenge!

#76: February : Anything Goes
 as long as it does not involve stamps!

Twist - use something new you have 
recently acquired in your stash!

Random Number prize

Die cut of foliage (new)

The Design Team have led the way with some really amazing pieces to inspire you on - so please go to their blogs and leave them some love!


You probably need to go to their blogs to find out the story behind the TWIST!

You have a month to enter and can enter more than once
The main rule is


Here is the linky:

12 January 2018

Happy New Year Reminder

Just popping in to remind you that we don't start our first challenge until February - the team are having a well deserved rest over our summer (for most of us: summer, that is)!

Hope you are keeping warm/cool/dry/safe and crafting up a storm.........ready for our new challenge
HINT: not many rules for this one EXCEPT


See you in a few weeks!!!

‘Waling among paradise’ at Diamond Island Nature Reserve on Tassie’s east coast thanks to Brett Mandeville.

www.instagram.com/brett.nz 1

Diamond Island is a 6.76 hectare island reserve, popular with nature lovers and bird watchers because it is home to a colony of little penguins, short tailed shearwaters and sooty oystercatchers. The island is connected to the mainland by a sand-spit making it accessible at low tide. There is still some evidence on the island that it was used as a whaling station in the nineteenth century.
The island lies off the coast near the Diamond Island Resort, 3 kilometres north of Foster Street via the Tasman Highway. East Coast of Tasmania. You can walk there at low tide but will have to swim back if caught at mid to high tide. 

31 December 2017

Happy New Year

May all your wishes come true and the year ahead be healthy and happy.
See you next year.

If I survive the latest addition - meet Weasley

25 December 2017

Merry Christmas!

I hope this finds you all  happy and healthy and having a great time with family and friends!

It is the final week for the latest challenge so get Zentangling over the break and have a go!

#75: Zentangle your way to Christmas.... 
TWIST make a non-traditional item

Emboss folder, diecut and some sparkle

I needed a few tags in a hurry so die cut some waste cardboard and made a couple of them quickly.

You can make anything you like as long as it has a Zentangle on it!

And NO STAMPS please!

Scroll down to find the Linky in week 1.

18 December 2017

Counting down to Christmas!

Well, two weeks until the big man arrives......and all the food is consumed, the alcohol drunk and the packages unwrapped and the paper thrown away and we all say "never again will I eat/drink/cook/buy so much......"

It is summer here, and the cricket is on - yes, we are winning the Ashes and whomping England but I am not going to brag or anything......

The weather is conducive to water sports, swimming and playing on the beach. 

Sailing on the Derwent - Mt Wellington (kunanyi) in background

#75: Zentangle your way to Christmas.... 
TWIST make a non-traditional item

Emboss folder, diecut and some sparkle

I guess we are all very busy. 
However, there is one piece of inspiration for you

There are three entries as I type this - so a 33.3% chance to win the prize.....

You can enter your work HERE

Remember, no stamps please - the sentiment on the bag is a sticker!!

11 December 2017

November Winners for Unstampabelles

Hello Friends

We hope that you are all well and that your lives are travelling easy. Not too much snow or heat or rain or fire! How are your preparations or Christmas going, if you celebrate Christmas? Mine are slow - or perhaps I am slow! Thought you might all like to see another photo of the  Derwent River, which flows just outside my craft room window.

This photo was taken from the air, naturally, and shows the now famous MONA Museum and Art Gallery - the red buildings - and the winery on the small frying pan outlet into the river just a few kilometers upstream from us. In the background on the left you can see the Cadbury chocolate factory too (white). Of course, we live on the Eastern shore of the river - more in the background here - and further south. As a Tasmanian, I can get in free to MONA. There are restaurants and a wine bar, a public space where concerts and markets are put on and I believe some amazing accommodation as well. You can drive (takes us about 10 minutes) or catch a water ferry.

We all feel like winners when we go there and the fellow who created it - David Walsh - has really singlehandedly changed the economy of our state in a positive way.

Now, who are our November winners?

Random Number  is 7!
Treebug (Tina)

DT Favorite is

Congratulations to both crafters in what was a difficult challenge!

Remember, there is another challenge running currently

#75 Zentangle your way to Christmas.... 
TWIST make a non-traditional item


Emboss folder, diecut and some sparkle

Some DT inspiration

I made a Festivus card for my best friend, and used my own doodles to decorate the letters.


Three more cards today

Remember, they don't have to be cards - scrap pages, tags, gift bags, oven gloves, placemats, a coffee cup, the dog......perhaps not the dog.

Just as long as you don't tangle with a stamp you are fine!

You can scroll  down to the entry link - already one entry I note!

04 December 2017

Zentangling All the Way!

Yes, we are going to challenge you to Zentangle again! It is such a wonderful, relaxing, Zen like thing to do before Christmas and the New Year overwhelms you!

The challenge for December is

#75 Zentangle your way to Christmas.... 
TWIST make a non-traditional item


Emboss folder, diecut and some sparkle

You can zentangle some placemats or coasters; what about your apron or over gloves?
Of course, you could zentangle came cards or tags but just not in a traditional way......in fact, they don't even have to be Christmas cards!

You can use your zentangle as a backgound, foreground or even tangle over the embellies!

HINT: a fine tipped pen is better!

The Design Team are wonderful - they take up the challenges as well and come up with some amazing stuff. This time is no exception!

Figgy Pudding!

Gorgeous mm background here

We all chose a card for first time around but you don't have to do that. 

You can get tangling and enter your item  at the linky but remember


27 November 2017

Two Brave Souls!

Congratulations to our two brave entrants so far. Thank you for taking the time to enter as well. It is nice knowing we are being read! Still a week to go so hopefully we will get some more crafters having a go at this challenge.

I know that many of you don't enter because we don't use stamps - but I use stamps lots of time and own thousands  (well, probably hundreds) of sets - some even still uninked! I just don't use them all the time. I also have a huge file of digitals on my computer. Again, I just don't use them all the time.

Forcing yourself to think about how you can make something without stamping extends your skill levels and broadens your mind! I often look at photographs of work using a stamp and mentally substitute a die cut for the sentiment, or a sticker, or handwriting - and there is a piece of craft without stamping!

I also like to repurpose good stuff like lovely images I find. So using them instead of a stamped image is so satisfying. One element I often use is a wine label off a bottle and now my friends save me unusual labels of their bottles!

Enough badgering......what about this little critter!

A baby wombat!
Don't you just want to tickle that little belly!
Divine baby Iris - Isn't she just THE MOST gorgeous baby wombat you've ever seen?

Must admit we do say that about all the baby wombats that come in to Kate Mooneys care on Flinders Island... but guess what - its true! 


Remember the challenge?

 It's all about the cake...
TWIST use mainly the primary colours 


This is the random number prize - an embossing folder

Another inspiration? Sure

A tag for the present!

See you soon!!!

Remember to scroll down for the link.