Thursday, 11 January 2018

Stitch Me Up With Team Trace

Whoop Whoop!  Welcome to our very first challenge of 2018.
I am sure you will join me in welcoming our new Dters on Team Trace and our wonderful returning ladies.
Be sure to drop by their blogs and leave them some love as the Dt ladies love getting blog love as much as you do :)

For our challenge we want so see...
STITCHING
Be it real or fake, we don't mind as long as there is a little bit of a stitch.

Thanks so much to our 2 very awesome sponsors for this challenge...

International Sponsor
A Day For Daisies

NZ/AUS Sponsor
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And now the super gorgeous DT projects to inspire you...


Wedding exploding box with stitching and WOC flowers











(Vintage Fairy Magic)
















(Delivery Bonnet)



Meighan
using Hepbern Dress from A Day for Daisies


using Dandelions in a Jar from A Day for Daisies
12x12 Scrapbook layout with stitching detail


We look forward to seeing your creations
But PLEASE have a look at our rules before entering
There aren't many, but we have to discount so many entries
when the rules are not followed and we don't like having to delete
your gorgeous creations. So please, please follow our simple rules to enter

New creations only please ~ no backlinking
Please link directly to the actual post you're entering
Only NINE other challenges plus ours ~ TEN in total
Please remember ~ ONE entry only in Anything Goes Challenges
You may enter 3 projects in themed challenges but add #2 or #3 after extra entries
If you are located in Australia or NZ please add your country to your link name
No derivative artist images please ~ see header for details

You can make any papercraft creation you like, we love them all
Happy Crafting!  
Lou and the SGC Girls xoxo


Friday, 5 January 2018

Meet The DT - Part 2

Our second instalment of our meet the DT series :)

Hi I'm Tammy and I live in Palmerston North, New Zealand.  I have two beautiful crazy kids who are aged 10yrs and 7yrs, three cats, two dogs and one very understanding and patient husband.  I have always had some form of art and craft in my life right from a very young age.  Papercraft however came into my life when I was on maternity leave for the second time. 


I love doing a real mixture of crafts and love giving things a go – a lot of my creations end up in the local markets……it’s also how I fund my crafting habit.
When I’m not crafting I can be found either at the dance studio with the kids ( can’t dance to save myself but I love watching them), out walking with the dogs, running or playing soccer.  I’m apparently what is called an active relaxer.
I'm really looking forward to being apart of the Southern Girls Challenge design team!



Hi There!  My name is Tracy and I live in Victoria, Australia.  Yes, I live Down Under in The Lucky Country and I am ever so lucky to be married to the most wonderful man in the world, who also happens to be a pretty awesome crafting enabler too.  I have been creative for as long as I can remember and have tried many different crafts, from the traditional cooking & dressmaking while growing up, to pottery, painting, macramé and much, much more over the years.  My current addiction is cardmaking, with a little scrapbooking and some off-the-page projects on the side.  I started cardmaking a few years ago.  What started as a distraction from the aches and pains associated with being struck down suddenly with chronic Rheumatoid Arthritis has become an essential part of my life.  I love to create and learning new techniques and I look forward to sharing my creative adventures with you.  TracyM #6773

Tracy's Blog 
http://tracyscraftyadventures.blogspot.com/



My name is Sabrina, I'm 36 years old and I want you company from Italy! I have a great passion for stamps and coloring ... I love rabbits and teddy bears! I hope to inspire you, I look forward to my blog www.chiccaeilittlemice.blogspot.it



Hi my name is Dawn Turley and I live in Auckland New Zealand, where I’ve lived for the last 28 years. 
 I am married to a very patient man who puts up with my messy craft room (he’s a neat freak and I am not!)  We’ve been married for over 39 years and have two wonderful children and last year welcomed a little grandson to our family.  Our daughter lives over the far side of Australia in Perth so have only seen our little man a few times.  Our son lives closer so we get to see him more often!    
I’ve been crafting in one form or another for most of my life, but took up card making around 10 years ago and haven’t lost interest or passion for this hobby. 
 I'm on my second stint with Southern Girls Challenge and just love the inspiration and comradery of my team mates. I tend to be a Clean and Simple card maker.  I’m looking forward to sharing my passion and encourage other’s as well.


Hi there, I'm Wendy, Wends to my friends, I am known in blogland by the handle 'Crafty Kiwi Mama', which hints at my homeland, New Zealand. I lived in London, UK for 13 years, so chose that name to reflect my connection to New Zealand whilst I was living abroad. I’ve been home now for almost 5 years and live in Auckland our biggest city with my lovely hubby and 2 gorgeous kiddos. I've always been crafty and I've always loved paper craft.
 When I was newly married, I started making my own Christmas cards and gift cards for friends. Looking back, they were very basic and I like to think I've grown a little bit in my card designs since then! I have experimented with a mix of CAS and fussy designs. I love to try a little bit of both and let the images lead me in either direction. I’ve always loved pretty paper and have a ‘stroke only’ stash! I can lose hours in a craft and paper store and a whole day in my craft room!
 Part of my joy in this adventure has been discovering amazing artists who design for the card making industry. I love to hand colour images and create cards with these. I've been an avid Promarker fan for years, and I'm finding it hard to let them go, but I'm starting to explore using copics and enjoying the journey. I’ve tried distress inks and watercolour mediums, but I keep coming back to alcohol inks. I love the rich colours in this medium.
 I have served on 6 design teams and remain on 4 currently. I started designing for the SGC in April 2014 nearly 4 years ago and I couldn’t be happier designing with this awesome bunch of girlies. We are crafter’s from all over the world and bring our own unique spin to this fabulous crafty hobby. I’ve had the great pleasure of meeting our blog mama Lou in person, even though we live at opposite ends of our North Island! There really is something special about crafty friends! 
 I am responsible for the Winner's Posts here at Southern Girls on the alternate week to the challenges. I really enjoy doing this, as there's nothing nicer than making another crafter's day. Thanks for visiting Southern Girls today and reading my wee bio blurb.
 We have some super fun challenges lined up this year and some amazing sponsors, so come join us and be part of the Southern Girls crafty adventures.
 Hugs, Wends xoxo

Hello everyone, I am Gayatri from India. I am a stay at home mom. Mother to two wonderful boys who are my backbone as well as critics too. 
I started paper crafting 4 years back. I started with making quilled greeting cards and then slowly forayed into CAS, layered cards, scrapbook albums and few Mixed Media too. I love making my own flowers. I love decoupage too. I am so happy and thrilled to be a part of SGC Design Team.
Gayatri's Blog - 
http://daffodilsquilling.blogspot.com/




My name is Jeanine du Plessis, I am a 30 year old stay at home mom to one.
 My days consist of changing diapers, singing “old mac Donald had a farm”, playing on the carpet and fighting for naptimes during which I love to get my fingers full of paint and manage my youtube channel.
 Born and raised in South Africa, married for 6 years, we moved to New Zealand about 2 years ago. I had my daughter Lily here in Auckland - New Zealand, she is now 16 months old. I used to work in accounting, doing payroll and handling HR, but it didn’t leave much time to do art. I only recently, in the last 3 years started doing more of what makes me happy, which is art ART ArT! Since being a full time stay at home mom, creating art has become part of my daily life and who I am. I grew up with a creative mom and therefore have always loved art, drawing, painting or creating something even if it’s just cutting up old jeans to make a duvet. I just love keeping busy with crafty projects, its keeps me sane. My art style is messy, fun, raw and unapologetic. I like to sometimes just sit in front of a blank page without the faintest idea of what it will become, and just get some paint down. I don’t believe there are any mistakes in art, only lessons to be learned. Inspiring people to create is my main goal. If I put a simple easy and quick piece up, people love it, they feel inspired, like they are also able to create something similar, and that to me is the real reason I share my art. To get people inspired! I draw inspiration from all around me, it could even be from my daughters dress or something as simple as the night sky. 
 I started my Youtube channel called “My Arty Heart” about two years ago - just for fun. I loved watching videos about art and got into art journaling and learned so much from other youtubers that I felt inspired to create my own channel and the response has been tremendous. I still can’t believe that people like to watch me have fun.
 I also have a second Youtube channel, where I do faith journaling, but I haven’t had enough time to invest in it, although one day I might. Its called “My Faithful Heart” I recently got contacted by the editor of Mixed up Magazine, where my art and projects now gets featured bi-monthly. My first featuring was in issue 9 (Oct/Nov) for 2017 and I have continued to be a part of the magazine since. I wouldn’t say that I am a professional or even an artist, I am just someone who finds the time in each day to create art, try out new techniques, something I have seen on youtube or journal my thoughts. Some pieces are better than others, and sometimes a piece get abandoned or tossed aside, but sometimes ... a piece is amazing and inspiring and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. That’s the feeling I chase.


Thursday, 4 January 2018

The Winner's Circle ~ Team Trace ~ All That Glitters

Welcome back to the Winner's Circle
for challenge #175
'All That Glitters'
Team Trace

Thank you to everyone who joined in our last challenge
we love visiting your fabulous blogs.

Come on back Thursday 11th January
for our first challenge of the Year!

We had two awesome sponsors
for the last challenge



Our first lucky winner for the 
'Team Trace 'All That Glitters' challenge #175
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(drum roll please)
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#2

Carol it's you chick!

Here is Carol's fun entry

Winning an Awesome Prize from
Our First Fabulous Sponsor


http://krafterscart.co.nz/

Our second lucky winner for the 
'Team Trace 'All That Glitters' challenge #175
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(drum roll please)
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is
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#12

Wendylynn it's you chick!

Here is Wendylynn's cute entry

Winning an Awesome Prize from
Our Second Fabulous Sponsor


Polkadoodles

Congratulations ladies!!
Please take your Winners badge from above
and email Tracy at tracy(dot)rich(at)xtra(dot)co(dot)nz
to claim your prize.


We had a wonderful number of entries
this last challenge, which makes
our job choosing the Top 5
really difficult!

You're ALL awesome
But I'm sure you'll agree
The Top 5 deserve a high 5!


Ladies, Please, Come On Down
To The Winner's Circle


Lynne
Your White on White creation is stunning


 Carol
I love the apple green on this creation and the lovely gold accents

Tina
I just LOVE this amazing New Years photo prop creation

Diane
A beautiful White on White creation. I love the sparkle.

Alison
Stunning and very sweet scene with wee Winnie. Love the sparkly snowflake.


That is one outstanding line up of talent
Congratulations to you all!!

Ladies, your creations are wonderful, innovative,
clever, creative, inspirational and oh so perfect for our
Team Trace 'All That Glitters' Challenge
We honour your crafting genius.

 Welcome to the Southern Girls Winners Circle
Please take your Top Pick badge and wear it on your blog with pride

Happy New Year everyone!

Big hugs,
Wends and the Southern Girls Design Team

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Meet The DT - Part 1

Welcome to our first installment of our MEET THE DT series of  posts.
We would love to to meet our New DT members and get to know our long service ladies a bit better too.



Kelly



I’m a 40-something mum to two boys, wife to hubby,
fur-mama to Sasha the cat and Angus the dog. 
We live in the Wellington area of New Zealand.
I love watching my boys play rugby in the winter and cricket in the summer.
I have a paper addiction that goes back to when I realised my favourite space in any 
workplace is the stationery cupboard. I’ve been scrapbooking even before I knew what it was – 
but definitely enjoy using the pretty papers and doodads having learnt scrapbooking was
a thing close on nine years ago. I began to use the Project Life form when I went back to work. However, I still love 12x12 scrapping. My philosophy is any story or photo documented 
is better than none and I don’t necessarily worry about chronology. I create cards too. 
Often well after they should have been sent. I make a dutch apple tart better than 
my dutch mother-in-law. But shhhh, Hubby said I mustn’t tell anyone!


Anne

Hi, my name is Anne & I live in Rangiora, New Zealand with my hubby, 2 daughters (20 & 18) & 3 furbabies (2 dogs, 1 cat).
 I have always loved crafts & have been scrapping now for 10 years. I love creating 12x12 layouts & am addicted to patterned paper & my growing collection of mixed media products. 
With my girls now grown up & doing their own thing I have more time for scrapping & can usually be found playing in my scrap room on the weekend.
 I am loving being on the Southern Girls team with such a talented group of girls!

Annes Blog - http://anne-tripney.blogspot.com/


Agnieszka

Hi! My name is Agnieszka, my nickname is chanya13 and I live in Poland. My husband and I have 4 cats and a dog.

I have been scrapbooking for 5 years now and I’m totally crazy about this hobby! My favorite things to make are cards, ATC’S and notebooks but most of all, I love to make multilayer cards. I also like making exploding boxes and scrap book layouts.

I have my own style and I love to use flowers. I sometimes make my own, either from paper or foam. I add butterflies, different media and lace of all kinds to my projects. I have a weakness for purple and pink and use them quite a lot. Vintage and romantic styles are my favorites. 

In my free time I like gardening, rock climbing, hiking and traveling. I also love photography.

If you want to see my work, look here: http://cardmakinghobby.blogspot.com/


Carol
Hi, my name is Carol, AKA Cass (in blogland).  I've been crafting in one form or another since a very early age, thanks to my Mum who taught me  basic needlework stitches at the age of 4.  I do a lot of different crafts, paper, digital artwork, I've even been known to do a bit of leadlighting as well.  I'll try anything new I see along the way. I've been lucky to be on the Southern Girls Challenge Design Team for 12 months now.  Hop over to my blog http://casscreatingnow.blogspot.com.au/  and check out some of my creations, I don't have any particular style, in fact pretty random.

Virginia

Hi, my name is Virginia, I am 32 and live in Manawatu, New Zealand. I have been married for nearly 8 years with a 4 year old daughter as well. I live on a Pedigree Jersey dairy farm that my husband manages and I rear all of the calves in Autumn and Spring. I also have a white dove release business. I have a huge passion for animals, nature and of course creating! I have painted since my early teens and discovered scrapbooking in my early 20s.... last year I fell in love with card making and art journalling and ever since then my life has been consumed with paper, paint and photos. I am looking forward to being a part of a creative team and taking part in challenges. 

Virginia's You Tube Channel - http://www.golddovecrafts.weebly.com/

Michelle

I'm Michelle. I live in Hamilton, NZ. I'm a mum of 2 children, Brooke 
aged 13 and Isaak aged 11. I've been crafting since my children were 
babies, and have collected a lot of crafting products over the years. I 
LOVE making cards, especially interactive ones. Stamps and dies are 
still my favorite crafting items, it seems I can never have enough. I'm 
sure if the house burned down, after my family, my crafting items would 
be the first things I'd save!

I have been a member of the Southern Girls challenge this year and I'm 
enjoying it immensely. It's giving me a reason to break out my supplies 
and use them in creative ways.

Michelles FB Page - https://www.facebook.com/michelle.janssen.14?hc_location=ufi


Thursday, 21 December 2017

The Winner's Circle ~ Team Lou ~ Anything Goes

Welcome back to the Winner's Circle
for challenge #174
'Anything Goes'
Team Lou

Thank you to everyone who joined in our last challenge
we love visiting your fabulous blogs.
We had two awesome sponsors
for this challenge



Our first lucky winner for the 
'Team Lou 'Anything Goes' Challenge #174
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(drum roll please)
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is
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#34

Bernadet it's you chick!

Here is Bernadet's elegant entry
(A sad reason to craft, but so beautifully done)

Winning an Awesome Prize from
Our First Fabulous Sponsor


pn


Our second lucky winner for the 
'Team Lou 'Anything Goes' Challenge #174
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(drum roll please)
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is
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#29

 Zora it's you chick!

Here is Zora's fabulous entry
(I am totally in love with your sweet tomtenisse card!)

Winning an Awesome Prize from
Our Second Fabulous Sponsor


Lacy Sunshine

Congratulations ladies!!
Please take your Winners badge from above
and email Tracy at tracy(dot)rich(at)xtra(dot)co(dot)nz
to claim your prize.


We had a wonderful number of entries
this last challenge, which makes
our job choosing the Top 5
really difficult!

You're ALL awesome
But I'm sure you'll agree
The Top 5 deserve a high 5!


Ladies, Please, Come On Down
To The Winner's Circle


This mountain scene is so beautiful. I love your ink work!

This card is so gorgeous! I love those beautiful hues.

Stunning white on white Christmas card.

Aukje
I just love this serene nautical scene. Beautiful!

Lynne
Your snowy scene is utterly enchanting, love it!


That is one outstanding line up of talent.
Congratulations to you all!!

Ladies, your creations are wonderful, innovative,
clever, creative, inspirational and oh so perfect for our
Team Lou 'Anything Goes' Challenge
We honour your crafting genius.

 Welcome to the Southern Girls Winners Circle
Please take your Top Pick badge and wear it on your blog with pride

We are looking forward to seeing you back in the New Year
for lots more Southern Girls Challenge fun

Happy Christmas to you all
and thanks for sharing your crafting joy with us this year

Big hugs,
Wends and the Southern Girls Design Team

Thursday, 14 December 2017

All That Glitters with Team Trace

Hello, welcome to our last challenge of the year here at Southern Girls.

We will be posting a few things here over the break so be sure to stay tuned to see what we have in store. (hint there will be a blog candy coming up ;)

For our last challenge it seem appropriate as it is Christmas (just about anyway) to have a glittery blingy challenge challenge for you to play along with.

We would love to see glitter on your project!
Whether it is something that glitters or good old fashioned glitter is up to you, but make it shine.

And here are our two very awesome sponsors for this challenge....

http://krafterscart.co.nz/

Polkadoodles

Thanks so much to both of our fantastic sponsors, be sure to drop by their web stores to see the wonderful products that they have available.


And here are the fabulous DT Lovelies projects to inspire you....


Dawn
Using Altenew Build a Rose set available at Krafters Cart




Meighan




Michelle 
using Mama Elephant little Reindeer Agenda from Krafters Cart
Featuring Mama Elephant Little Reindeer Agenda from Krafters Cart



We look forward to seeing your creations
But PLEASE have a look at our rules before entering
There aren't many, but we have to discount so many entries
when the rules are not followed and we don't like having to delete
your gorgeous creations. So please, please follow our simple rules to enter

New creations only please ~ no backlinking
Please link directly to the actual post you're entering
Only NINE other challenges plus ours ~ TEN in total
Please remember ~ ONE entry only in Anything Goes Challenges
You may enter 3 projects in themed challenges but add #2 or #3 after extra entries
If you are located in Australia or NZ please add your country to your link name
No derivative artist images please ~ see header for details

You can make any papercraft creation you like, we love them all
Happy Crafting!  
Lou and the SGC Girls xoxo