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This blog was thought up by a group of friends who met on another challenge blog that closed. We missed the challenges there and decided that it would be nice to challenge each other by collecting ideas and putting them all into a hat to draw one out each week as a challenge. Now Closed as a challenge blog but here for inspiration for now

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Challenge 39/40 Birthstone Colours

Hello to Everyone who pops in. It was lovely to see what you made for the winter challenge as it is a busy time of year for everyone and to have so many of our friends join us was special. It may not seem like a lot of people to some blogs but we just love anyone to join us and hope they enjoy joining in.

 I expect you are all very busy again this week and next but here is a challenge if you want a break from all the work and would like to do a bit of crafting. This challenge will last for two weeks and we will be back on January 3rd with a new one. We wish you all a wonderful Christmas Time and Happy New Year



For this challenge you make anything you like using a birthstone colour from the chart

Plenty of nice colours to chose from 

Here are ones that we made and if you click on the names under the pictures you can go to our blogs and see more about our projects. If you have time do leave a comment and say hello as we love to hear from you

Sandra was unable to join us this week as she is very busy at the moment--she will be back in January for the first challenge of 2013 and the challenge then was one of her great idea.

Do look on the sidebar to see what we have in store for the  First January Challenge







Thursday, 13 December 2012

Challenge 38-Winter

Hello All, nice to see you here as I am sure you are really busy with Christmas almost due.

Wonderful Shrine projects last week and we loved seeing them so thank you to those who joined in with us. Not as many as usual but it is a bit near to Christmas. Anyone is always welcome to join us in any of projects and with anything that you think fits the theme for the week. 

This week we have the theme Winter so you will have lots of things to think about for that. Whatever you like so long as it it is to do with Winter.
We usually all have different ideas but this week Janet and me used the same round frames -she had sent them to me and it is coincidence that we both used them for this challenge.

 Sorry to say that Florence has said that she has decided to leave the Hatters as she wants to concentrate on other things so we wish her luck with her new projects and hope to see some of them in Blogland. I'm sure all of us have learnt a lot from Florence and hope that she has learnt for us as well. Good Luck Florence in whatever you do.








Thursday, 6 December 2012

Challenge 37-A Shrine

Hello Everyone-Happy December! Can't believe it has got to that time of year already.

Fantastic Mousetraps from those who joined us in the Challenge so many different styles to inspire anyone who ever wants to alter a mousetrap-who knows we may venture there again sometime in the future 

This week we are asking you to make a shrine in which ever style you would like to make one. There are ones in match boxes and other boxes or just ones like a canvas so do let your imagination run free to show us what your idea of a shrine is. Always lovely to have you join us and to share ideas with each other.

Here are our versions below and if you click on the names underneath you will be taken to our blogs to see how we made them

To add the link to your project just click on the frog at the bottom of the post.

Nothing from Florence as she is taking December off  from crafting and will be back with us again in 2013.







Thursday, 29 November 2012

The Return of the Mousetrap

Hello friends and followers. Lovely to have you pop in and, if you have time, leave us a message as we love to hear from you. Hope you will join in with your take on the challenge.

Some terrific entries for our music challenge last week and we appreciate you sharing your ideas with us.

This week it is time for the return of the mousetrap challenge that we had some time ago. A few people asked if we would have it again as they had difficulty obtaining a mousetrap. Since then Sam has kindly got some and would be happy to send one to people who would like one. Hope you took up her offer and now have your mousetrap at the ready. Thanks Sam.

If you would like to see how we made ours then click on our names under the pictures and you will be taken, as if by magic, to our blogs.








Thursday, 22 November 2012

Challenge 35-Music


Hello Everyone--Hope you have had a good week and are ready for another challenge

but first-----

Great to see what so many people made for the 'Use your Stash Challenge' this last week and to read the comments . Everyone who left a comment had one entry in the prize draw and everyone who entered a project had two entries.
sorry the photos aren't good but it is still quite dark here yet.

Vic drew out one person this morning and the winner is ---Tracey B

Congratulations Tracey! Not sure where in the world you are so can you contact me with your address please-Chrissie-then I will send you the prize. 

This week the Challenge is Music. Another very wide subject--with song titles, music images of all kinds, pop stars etc. Also you can make anything you like so long as it has the theme music somewhere on it. We love to see cards, ATCs, altered anything, canvases, wall hangings-you name it we like to see it.

Just a reminder that next week is the Return of the Mousetrap Challenge so hope you have got your mousetrap at the ready to join us in the challenge. It went so well the first time but not everyone got a chance to join in and some asked for us to have it again.

If you click on our names under the pictures you can visit our blogs and see how we made the projects.








Thursday, 15 November 2012

Challenge 34-Use some of your Stash

Hello All-hope you have had a good week

Terrific to have some of you joined us with great ideas for the Locks and Keys Challenge and I hope you enjoyed making your project as much as we enjoyed seeing them

This week is sort of free and easy as we would like you to 'use some of your stash'. Janet, Sandra and Chrissie(me) have made our projects from some material and lace that were in a  parcel sent to us by Lorraine. Florence has saved hers for another time. There were other things in the parcel from Lorraine as well and I have put some of them in the bag I made for this week's project together with some other things from my own stash. If you would like to win the bag and stash all you have to do is leave a comment on this post or enter your own project into this challenge-if you do enter this challenge your name will go twice into the hat. Next Thursday morning, before we publish the new post, I will put all of the names into a hat and draw one out to be the winner. The name will be announced in next week's challenge post.

Here are the projects we have made for this week and if you click on our names under the projects you can go to our blogs and see how we made them. Do say hello if you have time -we love to hear from you.










Thursday, 8 November 2012

Challenge 33-Locks and Keys

Hello Friends and Followers-hope you have had a good week and that any friends in the US are safe.

It was lovely to see your Nature projects last week and thank you to all who joined in with us and shared your ideas.

This week we have the theme of Locks and Keys which I am sure means all sorts of different things to different people so it will be good to see what you can make with this subject. Have fun that's what it is all about.

Next week, for one week only, there is a chance to win a special prize so be sure to come along and see what you have to do to win that. 

Also the last week of this month sees the return of the 'Mousetrap Challenge' so we hope you will be able to obtain a mousetrap by then. Sam did have some spare last time but not sure if she has used them all now.

These are the Hatters ideas for this week and if you click on our names under the pictures you can go to our blogs to see how we made them and what they are all about.







Thursday, 1 November 2012

Challenge 32-Nature

Hello Everyone

Firstly a hope that all our friends in the US and Canada are safe and well. The weather can cause such misery for so many in a short space of time.

How lovely that so many of you joined in with the Christmas challenges during the last month. Some wonderful ideas for presents and stocking fillers this last week. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did. A big thank you to Florence for taking over for the month, it made it extra enjoyable for me as I didn't have to think about the posts.

Well I am back to normal now and this month we have some nice challenges pulled out of the hat by my husband, Vic-- this includes a special prize for one of the challenges and also the return of the mousetrap challenge the last week of the month as there are 5 weeks in November and the 'Alter a Mousetrap' was requested by some who didn't have time to do it on the first occassion. Do hope everyone will join in even if they made one the first time.

Now to this week's challenge which is Nature. Lots of scope for this subject so think flowers, trees, animals, birds, riverside or anything else that nature means to you. As always you can make anything you like and we love to see where the challenges take you. Most of all have fun if you join in with us.

To see how the Hatters made their projects this week just click on the names under the pictures. In case you are wondering why there isn't anything from Florence-she didn't have time to make anything for the Hatters this week. Hope you will be back again next week Florence.







Thursday, 25 October 2012

Christmas in October - Challenge 31

Hello and Welcome to the Fourth and Final Challenge in the Christmas in October Hatters Challenge mini-fest.

We sincerely hope that you have all enjoyed the challenges.

We can not thank you enough for taking part in the challenges, sharing your wonderful projects and inspiring ideas with us, and for making this special event so successful

We hope you have made new friends along the way and have lots of ideas to carry forward to your own Christmas preparations.

We also hope that our Crafty Friends who have not been able to join in the challenges have enjoyed looking at all of the projects and have taken inspiration from them.

So for this, our final challenge, we are asking you to create a "Christmas Gift" or "Stocking Filler".

Maybe you make gifts for loved ones, crafty friends or co-workers.

Maybe you make little gifts to place on the tree for visitors.

We would love to see all of your  projects and ideas.

If you are new to the challenges please check out the rules before adding your project

Here are the Hatters projects that we would like to share with you.  Please click on the name/link below each photo to see how the project was made and to say Hello!







Thursday, 18 October 2012

Christmas in October with the Hatters - Challenge 30

Hello and Welcome to the Christmas in October Hatters challenge

We hope you are all enjoying challenges as much as we are.

We had a fabulous response to last weeks Chrsitmas wrapping/packaging challenge. Thank you to everyone who took part and for generously sharing your wonderful projects and  ideas with us.

I can not believe we are already on the third challenge. Without further ado lets get crafting.

For this weeks challenge we are asking you to create a "Christmas Decoration".  Whether it be for the Christmas tree, table settings, for the door or to hang on the wall.  As always with the Hatters challenges there is lots of scope for this one.
Your project can be made from what ever materials are available to you, in what ever colours you prefer and in any style you like whether it be traditional or fun and quirky but please make it Christmas themed.
Here are the Hatters projects that we would like to share with you.
Please click on the name/link below each photo to see how the project was made and to say Hello! 




It is great to have you joining us in the fun
Please click on the frog to add your project.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Christmas in October - Challenge 29

Hello everyone and welcome to you all to the Christmas In October with the Hatters.

Firstly, thank you to everyone who joined in last weeks Card Challenge and for sharing your ideas.  We had a terrific response.  All of the cards were fantasic. So many different designs and a host of inspirational ideas that we can all draw upon.

For the second challenge of the Christmas in October mini-fest we are asking you to create a form of packaging /wrapping for a Christmas gift.  There is lots of scope, as always, with this challenge.  Maybe you have ideas for some fancy stamped or decorated wrapping paper, gift boxes, or bottle tags/bottle wrappers..... the list is endless. You can use what ever materials are available to you and in what ever colours you choose but it must be Christmas themed.  Set the creative designer in you free and lets get crafting.

If you are new to the challenges please check out the Challenge rules before entering your project.
 We can't wait to see your creations.

Here are the Hatters projects that we would like to share with you.  Please click on the name/link below each photo to see how each project was made and to say Hello!




Thursday, 4 October 2012

Christmas in October - Challenge 28


HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

Welcome to the Hatters "Christmas in October Challenges".

All of the challenge themes for the month of October are Christmas orientated.  To see all of the planned challenges and to get ahead with your projects click HERE.

Right are you ready to join in the fun?  Turn on the Christmas music and let the festivities begin!

The first challenge in our Christmas mini-fest is to make a "Christmas Card" or a "Christmas Tag".  Nice and easy to settle everyone in.

Are you planning to make a card for that special person in your life, a beloved family member or friend then now is the time to get creating.

Whether your card making style is CAS ,  LIM or highly decorated with embellishments and layers we would truly love to see your ideas. Lots of scope for this one.

As always we encourage challengees to visit each others blogs and get to know each other better.  It is so much fun and an easy way to make crafty friends.

Here are the Hatters projects that we would like to share with you.  To find out how each card or tag has been made click on the name links below the photo and pop over and say Hello!

 Janet  



                                                                   




Thursday, 27 September 2012

Challenge 27 Decorate a Bottle or Jar

Hello everyone-hope you have had a nice crafting week. It has turned much cooler here in the UK so time to stay indoors and do projects.

So many fantastic entries for the Halloween Challenge-we really loved visiting your blogs and seeing what you had made.


Names in the bucket ready for a winner to be drawn by Freddie

The prize winner for the Halloween Stamp from Tracy is Valerie Jael and Florence will be contacting you Valerie to say how to get the prize. Congratulations!! We hope you are feeling better. Also thank you to Tracy for the prize and inspiring us to have a Halloween challenge which seems to have been enjoyed by all.

Only one more week and we will be having Christmas here at Out of a Hat hosted by Florence so I hope you are all ready for that

This week we would like you to decorate a bottle or jar in any way you like at all. Amazing how different they can look with your personal added touches.

If you click on the names under our pictures you will be taken to our blogs and see how we made them.