02 December 2013

Unstampabelles Challenge #30 - Christmas

Such terrific creations we saw using Vellum last month. Thanks for joining in the fun.  It was also wonderful to see that it got a lot of people digging through their stash and some people out of their comfort zones.

The random prize draw winner of Beth's terrific prize pack this month is……

20 - Elly Booij

Random numbers generated Dec 2 2013 at 7:16:45 by www.psychicscience.org 

Congrats Elly Booij please email Merry and she will organise your prize.


Now this did take  a little while for the Design Team to choose but our favourite entry for the Vellum challenge is……………..

 As Design Team Favourite Wendy L we invite you to be our Guest Designer for December please email Merry for further details.


We have NEWS!!!!!

There will be changes to Unstampabelles in 2014 but it still will remain a fun challenge for paper crafts with no stamps.

Merry is stepping down from Unstampabelles at the end of December as her two kids have finished school now which means things will be different in 2014 and she wants to be ready for whatever comes.  

Susan has said that she will happily (although nervously) take on the organising of challenges for Unstampabelles.  Thanks so much Susan.  So stay tuned for new things to happen in 2014.

Cathy and Lauren are also moving on from Unstampabelles at the end of the December challenge.

Lauren it has been lovely having you as part of the team and we will miss your terrific scrap pages that added variety to our inspiration each month.  

Cathy will definitely be missed as she has been part of Unstampabelles since the very beginning and has been Merry's fall back often when she needed help with posting and time management.  :-)

From Merry - "Thanks everyone for making Unstampabelles what it is today…. a place for all paper crafters to use a variety of techniques without the use of stamps."

So you want to hear about the new challenge I suppose. :-)


Challenge #30 - Christmas (No stamps)

Yes, we have made it nice and easy for you this month.

 Scrap pages, cards, journal pages, origami etc. are all welcome.

All entries are subject to the Design Teams discretion.

Any form of paper creation will be accepted as long as NO STAMPS (Digital or Rubber) have been used.
You can find our rules here for further information.

The prize pack this month is from Merry.
Prize for December Challenge includes:
Laser cut cards and card fronts - Christmas Designs
Card front designs pre-holed ready for stitching.
Card front designs with the stitching pattern printed on the card.
Christmas stickers.
3 types of star brads
Christmas foil shapes
Four pads of Sticky Notes

Now to be inspired…………

First off we have our regular email entrant Trish who is our Guest Designer this month.
Trish has used Marvellous Squares by Spellbinders with some paper from her stash and a poinsettia from the same paper.  The corners are from the Marvellous Squares and have just inked them and some pearls from my stash.

Used scraps and diecuts and flower soft.

Started with a sketch from Feeling Sketchy #75 (flipped upside down, Miss Pat) added Christmas Trees from scraps, decorated using a method seen on Splitcoast Stampers, Kindy Glitz added and snowflakes cut with the CraftROBO placed on Kindy Glitz whilst wet.  Ribbon and pre-made embellishment & gold sticker stars added.

used a mdf PEACE, patterned paper and various embellishments.

Created an advent calendar using the Kaisercraft kit, some Bella! paper and lots of Scrapmatts chipboard.

Created this gingerbread house using the pattern here.  Merry used lots of paper scraps and glitter.

made this card with ribbons, craft paper and die cuts for the J and Y and a sticker for the O in Joy.  

 made a stack of cards from a freebie pack included with a magazine - she got 11 cards out of this, and they made up very quickly.  The pack was from Hot off the Press.

I am sure you are inspired by the wonderful creations of the Design Team…..your turn to share….just remember - no stamps.


  1. Merry, Thank you so much for your lovely comments, and thank you for your support through the years too! Thanks to the other DT Members as well - I have enjoyed my time immensely ;-) I know the UnstampaBelles Blog will be in good hands :)

  2. You will be missed ,all your clever ideas and encouraging comments .I hope you will still find time to post on your blog and keeps us all informed.

  3. Oh it will be so sad to see Merry go but I am sure I 'll still be able to catch her in blogland. Susan dont worry you will do a great job to keep this challenge site one fun friendly place.I dont often get time to participate but always check in to see what you ladies are up to!
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts School Projects

  4. nice theme and lovely inspirations from DTs

  5. Ya.me too sad to know merry is stepping down, but I hope to see her blogging.All the Best Susan..

  6. Wohoo thanks for picking me. xxxxx

  7. Oh so sorry to hear Merry is stepping down, beautiful cards and many congrats to the winnes

  8. Thanks for the inspiration as ever - it was fun to play along ;) Rx

  9. very beautiful cards and creations DT ladies.

    gr karin

  10. Hey Merry, thank you for you lovely comment on my Blue Christmas 1. To answer your question - No that is not a die cut behind vellum - although that would look pretty - these are just designer papers from a Christmas pack I bought weeks ago.

  11. Thank you for the lovely Christmas challenge and the wonderful inspiration! Have a very happy merry Christmas!

  12. Beautiful inspiration! Wishing each of you a very Merry Christmas!


Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. The Design Team really appreciate it. Have fun with the challenge.