Wednesday, January 01, 2014

"One Little Word" - January Challenge by Denise van Deventer

Hello Everyone!

Denise here today with our first challenge of 2014!
Since it's a new year, with new aspirations, dreams and wishes, our challenge this month is about that very thing! What is your "One Little Word" for 2014 and what does it mean for you?
Where would you like to place your focus this year?

Create a page, canvas or whatever you like, which tells us about your "One Little Word" for 2014.

I created a page and my layout is about "My One Little Word" - "Content".
So much of our lives are about the thinking, that we really don't have this and we really don't have that.
So instead of counting and acknowledging the things and blessings we do have, we perhaps focus on the things and blessings we do not have.
So my focus this year is to really see and acknowledge the abundance in my life and to be content with what I have, before I can even think of wanting more.

Here is the page I created using the beautiful Berry71Bleu tag that Marivic sent me.

I used Graphic 45 Secret Garden papers and accents, along with some Petaloo and Prima flowers.

Here is a close-up of the gorgeous tag.

You can also have a read of my journalling below.

You have until the 31st January to upload your project and we really look forward to seeing what you create.

As always, you can win some amazing prizes, so check these out below.

Main Prize:

6x6 Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate

 2 tubes of Green and Blue Speedball Block Printing Ink.

Random Prize:

$15 Gift Voucher

AUD$15 to be used in our online store at


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Economical and Time-Flexible: The Beauty of Printmaking is in its flexibility and economy. Projects can range from simple printmaking exercises lasting only for a short session to more complex projects that can be expanded to include advance detailed techniques. Printmaking is more popular than ever and Speedball Art Products is the artist’s choice!

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We love gelatin printing and we've developed a better way to do it!

Our Gel Printing Plate looks and feels like gelatin, but is durable, reusable and stores at room temperature. It's easy to clean and always ready for printing. Monoprinting on a Gelli plate is simple and fun. The gratification is immediate, and the prints are too cool!

Flourish with a Bling is an Australian retail and wholesale company, owned by Lucy Patrick, Kate Settineri and Maggie Lloyd who are three passionate and avid crafting mums with a love for design, colour and everything Bling!

“Our aim is to bring more colour and variety into the world of flourishes and embellishments.With our unique designs and new materials we feel we are putting the ‘Bling into Scrapbooking.' We have a beautiful range of flourishes, vines, pearls, gems and more. And just recently, Flourish with a Bling has introduced their own range of gorgeous flowers.”

They also sell fabulous themed packs at amazing prices.They have flat rate postage within Australia and also post internationally (half price shipping for large orders).You can contact them and find all their products on their easy-to-use website Don’t forget to check out their facebook page for random giveaways, visit their blog to win monthly challenges and visit their gallery for inspiration and ideas! 

Please note that if the winner(s) of this challenge are international they will be responsible for shipping costs.

Make sure you follow our CHALLENGE RULES.
Thank you and we hope to see your beautiful creations this month!


  1. I love your word Denise. Beautiful page.

  2. I love your word Denise. Beautiful page.

  3. Such a great word choice the photo and a great designed page!

  4. Thanks so much Lynette and Patricia! I really appreciate it! ;-)

  5. Stunning page Denise! I love your flower clusters. Great word for the New Year!

  6. A great word choice for 2014 Denise! Your page is simply gorgeous!

  7. Inspiring theme and great prizes again! I've been thinking of choosing a word for this year, for the first time, but have not decided yet. I like your choice a lot, Denise, as my thoughts have been going in a similar direction. Thanks for the further inspiration!

  8. Denise...This is a beautiful page and the tag went very well with your page and photo! So thank you for hosting this month's challenge...


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