Wednesday 2 April 2014

Monthly Prize Challenges start today!

As promised, from April onwards we will be bringing you a regular monthly challenge to play along with.  We will have a different theme every month - sometimes a sketch or colour combo or sometimes a more general theme and to ease you all in gently - for our first challenge we've gone for the simple theme of ANYTHING GOES!

So how is it going to work then and what can you win?  Well I'll explain all....

The challenge will start on the first of each month (we're a day late this month as starting a challenge on April Fool's Day seemed, well, a little foolish!) and will remain open for 3 weeks so you will have plenty of time to play along.

The Design Team will bring you projects at the start of each week of the challenge (so there will be 3 challenge posts per month) to inspire you and remind you of the theme and deadline.

Once the challenge closes the Design Team and I will pick our prize winner and we will announce that in a post before the next challenge starts.  We will be looking for entrants who have followed the challenge theme, show creativity and quality to their work.  We don't do random picks so winners will be picked on merit.

The only continuous rule throughout the challenges is that entrants must use products available in our Store somewhere in their creations (you can use products we don't sell as well but you must use at least one product we do sell on each entry).  Projects who do not meet this criteria will not be eligible to win the prize.

You can enter each challenge as many times as you like (as long as you follow the theme) and can combine it with other challenges if you like but no more than 5.

You must be able to post your entry to either a blog or online gallery to which you can link via the inlinkz tool which is our challenge entry mechanism.  I am afraid we are unable to accept email entries.  The link up can be found on the challenges page (check the tabs at the top of the blog) rather than on the blog posts - that way there is just one link for each month and it stays in a place that you can find easily.


Each month - the winner will receive a voucher which will give them £15 worth of credit to spend in Store plus a winners badge to show off on their blog.  We will also highlight some runners up who caught our eye and they will get the blog badge too.

We hope that you'll enjoy playing along as much as we'll enjoy seeing the projects you make and visiting your blogs throughout the challenges.  So shall we get started?   Here's what Jenny, Louise and I came up with for our first challenge.  The rest of the DT will be back on the 9th and 16th April with their projects to inspire you some more.




(and no, you don't have to use kraft - it really is anything goes - we just all must have been on the same wave length this week!)

Now it's over to you - time to get inky and follow the linky! 

The challenge closes at 10 pm on Wednesday 23rd April.   Winners will be announced by 30th April.


Unknown said...

Just a quick question before I get stuck in, does the products used that you sell have to be in stock?

Tara Cardwell said...

Absolutely not Becci! The DT have enough problems doing that so we'd not expect customers too.

We just want to try and make sure it's our customers who benefit from the prize so that's why we have the rule to use things we sell.