Friday, December 18, 2009

Challenge #2

Everyone here at ECP: The Challenges wants to thank everyone for their kind comments and for taking part in our first challenge. We loved every entry!

Now on with our second challenge...

Create something based on one of the following projects from ECP...

Christmas Bag - ... as_bag.pdf
Stockings - ... ocking.pdf
Calender - ... lendar.pdf
Recycled Glass Jars - ... ecycle.pdf
Picture Frame - ... erfect.pdf

You can create anything you like - a card, scrapbook LO, altered projects, ATC...whatever. You can also interpret the projects to suit you.

This challenge is also being sponsored by The Cutting Cafe. Every entry will be put into the draw with those from challenge one to receive any three sets of your choice from The Cutting Cafe.

Here is what our fantastic DT have put together to inspire you...

Inspired by the Christmas bag project.

Inspired by the Christmas bag project.

Inspired by the Stocking project.

Inspired by the Stocking project.

Inspired by the Recycled Glass Jar project.

Inspired by the Recycled Glass Jar project.

Inspired by the Picture Frame project.

We can't wait to see what you create!

The deadline for the challenge is Thursday 31st December at 11.59pm GMT. Our next challenge will be online on Friday 1st January 2010.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Challenge #1

Our design team have been very busy over the last few weeks preparing projects to inspire and challenge you. We have also lined up a great sponsor - The Cutting Cafe -  who are giving away any three of their printable sets to one very lucky winner this month.

To be in with a chance of winning, leave a link to your project in the comments below. We'll choose a winner at random from all those who took part in challenges #1 and #2. If you don't have a blog to post your photo on then you can also email it to us at

On with the first challenge....

We are challenging you to create something using TURQUOISE!!

We don't mind what you create -  a card, altered project, scrapbook page, mini book, piece of jewellery or something completely different!

Here is what our fantastic design team have put together to inspire you...

We've also used The Cutting Cafe's 'Christmas Is All Around' and 'Christmas Gift Tags' sets.








We can't wait to see what you create!

The deadline for this challenge is 17th December 11.59pm (GMT). Our next challenge will be posted online on Friday 18th December at 8pm GMT.

December Sponsor...

We would like to introduce you to our very first sponsor at ECP: The Challenges. Every 4 weeks we will be choosing a winner from all those that have participated in the last two challenges to win a prize.

Our first sponsor is.... The Cutting Cafe!

The cutting cafe blinkie

Here is what the owner of The Cutting Cafe has to say...

"Hello my name is Regina Easter. I have 4 wonderful children and an awesome supportive husband. I have for as long as I can remember loved all the aspects of creating things with paper and drawing.  So it was only fitting that I decided to open up The Cutting Cafe and I am loving every bit of this new venture.  The Cutting Cafe offers affordable Printable Stamps and Cutting Files. The Cutting Files which are basically just like templates are files that you Print out using your home printer, Cut, Assemble and then Embellish.....Very Easy.....The Cutting Files also come in the format where you can cut out the files using some of the latest Machine Cutters like the Pazzles Inspiration, Bosskut Gazelle and Cricut (with Scal software). The Printable Stamps are just that, images that are sent to you through email that you print out using your home printer. After the images are printed out, you can just color them in like you would any other stamped imaged...One great thing about the Printable Stamps and Cutting Files is that you no longer have to worry about finding space to store all of your stamps....You can keep them all in a folder in your computer and use over and over again."

The Cutting Cafe have provided us with this month's prize - any three sets from their entire range!

We'll be back later this evening with our first challenge!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

And the winner is...

All the DT here at ECP: The Challenges want to thank everyone for their support so far with the challenge blog. We've been bust working on projects to inspire you and can't wait to share the first challenge on Friday!

Now down to business...

All the comments and followers were put in a bag (twice for those who added the blinkie as promised).

Lisa's OH John was asked to choose a name at random to win all that lovely stash. And the winner is...


Congratulations to our very lucky winner. Email us at and we'll get your prize posted out to you!

If you didn't win, don't be sad. You have the chance of winning a prize with us every month by playing along with our challenges. We'll see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


This post will stay at the top until the end of the giveaway. To continue reading our blog and finding out about our DT, please scroll down the page.

To celebrate the launch of our brand new challenge blog at Easy Craft Projects, we're giving away a whole load of craft goodies to one lucky winner!

You can enter by either...

Becoming a follower of ECP: The Challenges by using the button on the right, or...

add our blinkie to your own blog and leave a comment here with a link to it (adding the blinkie will enter you into the draw twice!).

You can choose both options - giving you 3 entries into the draw.

The prize includes Core'dinations Whitewash cardstock, cards & envelopes, scrapbook in a tin, quilting fat quarters, stamps, ink, glittered papers, ribbons, buttons, flowers, flock, rhinestones, eyelets, and lots more embellishments!

A name will be drawn at random and announced on the blog. The closing date for entry for the giveaway is 23.59 GMT on Wednesday 2nd December.

Our first challenge will be going live on Friday 4th December!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Introducing Lisa Swift

Lisa Swift lives in Derbyshire, UK with her partner John. She works part time in her family's craft shop and runs the local Rainbow unit. After dabbling in various crafts since she was a little girl and gaining her art skills from her grandad, Lisa became addicted to papercrafting in 2005. Studying art at A level, she loved to play around with materials, get messy and mostly have fun - this continues to the present day and there's no product she wont have a go with.

Here's what she has to say about her art...
"My favourite craft would have to be scrapbooking. I also love photography and I always take my photos thinking about how I could scrap them! I would probably say my usual style is a bit vintage but I do love to play around with some bright and funky designs too."

Lisa founded Easy Craft Projects and Craft Journal in 2006. She has also been on the design team for Kaboodle Doodles and a guest designer at Pencil Lines for their birthday celebrations this year.

You can view some of Lisa's work over on her blog.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Introducing Nancy Abrahão

Nancy lives in Brazil with her husband and daughter and has been scrapbooking since 2007.

Here is what Nancy has to say about her hobbies and her art...

"I'm always reading, searching and studing about the art of keeping my memories. I love to mix techniques, colors and patterns. I'm scrapbooking addicted and I love this art because I can express myselft and also is my therapy."

Nancy won third place in a national challenge at ScrapDiary, she's on the design team at Yummy's and at Easy Craft Projects.

You can take a look at Nancy's work on her blog.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Introducing Juliana

Juliana Guimarães lives in Brazil. She has two beautiful children - Maria Julia (4 years) and Pedro (2 years). During the day, she runs her own food business at her family pre-school, with that and her boys she is a very busy lady but she always finds time for her crafting. She also gives classes at her local scrap store in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil.

This is what Juliana Guimarães has to say about her art...

"I started scrapping four years ago and never stopped!!! Became addicted to it!!!!! Before that, I did painting a lot, being part in expositions, but my passion was dealing with paper!!!!!"

She has also been Guest Designer on several DTs.

You can take a look at Juliana's work on her blog.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Introducing Avril Watson

Avril loves to craft in the bottom of the garden at her home in Edinburgh. She has been a passionate crafter since a little girl when she was taught to crochet by her neighbour at the age of six. Her main love has always remained crochet and whilst ill in hospital when her children were born she made every newborn a handmade crochet blanket for their cot!

She began card making in 2005 after creating a card for her Grandson's first day at school. She found QVC and Dawn Bibby and the rest is history.

 Avril is also on the DTs for two other challenge blogs - Sophisicat Challenges and Tuesday Taggers.

Avril recently joined the world of blog-land and you can find some of her work on her blog.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Introducing Jane Millard

Jane lives in Berkshire in the UK with her husband and two boys.After trying many crafts including knitting, embroidery and sewing, Jane has found a passion for papercrafts - inparticular card making.

You will find Jane on the design teams of Fiskarettes, Crafthouse Press, Easy Craft Projects, Cook Up a Card and Susie's Sassy Challenges.

Here's what Jane has to say about her work...

"I am inspired by everyday life and love using lots of colour and textures in my Projects to create unusual cards and gifts for my Friends and family to treasure."

You can see some of Jane's work on her blog.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Introducing Katie Berberich

Katie is English but currently lives in the Netherlands with her husband and two beautiful chicldren. Katie has a huge passion for crafting - card making, scrapbooking, silk painting and much more.

She is currently on the design teams for Easy Craft Projects, the Willow Sketchie Challenge Blog and the Crafthouse Press. She also finds time to write about all things crafty for Craft Journal.

Talking about her work, Katie says...

"I love colours and I have many different styles. I love to design projects and the actual creating part is an added extra."

She also loves baking and photography and says that her children are her main source of inspiration.

You can look at Katie work over on her blog.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Introducing Marlies van der Meer

Marlies lives in the Netherlands with her 3 lovely kids and husband. She's been scrapbooking now for 3 years. In the past she has been on the DT for a Dutch online scrap store and has been published in the Dutch Scrap! magazine.

This is how she describes her style:

"I like freestyle, but not TOO messy. I like clean and simple, but not TOO straight and ‘empty’. I like funky elements and special finds, but I don’t staple the entire contents of my kitchen drawers onto my layouts."

You can take a look at Marlies's work over on her blog.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Our new DT!

Thanks to everyone who applied for a place on the DT. After plenty of discussion, I'd like to announce the ECP: The Challenges DT!

Avril Watson

Jane Millard

Juliana Guimarães Gomes Pererira

Katie Berberich

Lisa Swift

Marlies van der Meer

Nancy Abrahão 

We'll be introducing the DT over the next couple of weeks whilst we get ready to launch our first challenge. In the meantime you can take a look at all the DT's blogs by clicking the links above.

We'll also be launching a great giveaway tomorrow!

Monday, November 16, 2009

The DT Call is now closed

We will be emailing all applicants over the next 24 hours and announcing the new DT very soon!

We'll also be announcing a great giveaway in the next couple of days.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

DT Call

There are only a few more days to get your application in for the DT Call.

Check out all the details in the post below.

Lisa x

Sunday, November 1, 2009

DT Call!

A brand new challenge blog needs a brand new team so we are looking for some talented designers to join some of the Easy Craft Projects team in our new adventure.

We will be posting challenges once a fortnight based on a sketch, a colour challenge, a special seasonal challenge or using our projects.

To apply for a position on the DT:

Send an email to with the subject name Challenge Blog DT Application, including the following:
  • 3 photos of your favourite recent work
  • Your full name and location
  • A brief bio about yourself
  • A link to your blog and any other online galleries you have
  • Any other DTs you are currently part of
  • A photo of yourself for use on the blog if you are successful

What you will need to do as a DT member:
  • Produce a card, scrapbook layout, altered object or another piece of work based on the fortnightly challenges set. DT members will have a deadline of 1 week before each challenge goes live. The first challenge will go live at the beginning of December.
  • Advertise ECP: The Challenges on your own blog and other communities you are a member of.
  • Not publish your work elsewhere until after the challenge has been posted.
  • Visit the blogs of those who participate in our challenges and comment on their projects.
The deadline for submissions is Sunday 15th November at 23.59pm (GMT). All successful applicants will be emailed shortly after.

Any questions can be sent to

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Welcome to the brand new Easy Craft Projects challenge blog!

Every fortnight we will be bringing you a brand new challenge to inspire you and to have some fun with.

We will be including sketches, colour combinations, themed challenges and some challenges to help you see our projects in a whole new way.

Firstly, we need a new design team for the challenge blog. Later this week we will be starting our search for a new DT so whilst you wait for the details, why not go over and take a look at our projects and see what can inspire you to create.