Friday, November 28, 2008

Dare #59

Hello fellow darers!!
Well the weather is gradually warming up and we are able to get out and enjoy the outdoors more at last!

For this dare lets be inspired by Mother Nature....create a layout using a photo with a nature theme....the photo must have no people in it....your layout must also include a Haiku poem which can be composed by you or somebody else

Here is a little background info on Haiku poetry...

Haiku is a Japanese verse form that relies on brevity and simplicity to convey its message. It is usually three lines of five, seven, and five syllables, and frequently includes natural images or themes. It is believed to have been first written in the seventeenth century and is based on a Zen Buddhist philosophy of simplicity and the idea of perfection that excludes the extraneous.

This simple form of poetry goes really well with beautiful images of nature so I am looking forward to what you put together! Just pop haiku into google and you will find plenty of inspiration or visit your the poetry section at the library.

We have great prize for this dare...perfect for this time of the year when we feel a little snowed under by the clutter and chaos around us lol!
Our Sponsor for dare #59 is Aby Garvey from Simplify101. Be sure to check out the website here Simplify 101 is all about helping you create real and lasting change in your life by getting more organized! There is a great range of workshops to suit your needs and an awesome ezine newsletter that you can subscribe to here
Aby is very generously giving the lucky winner of Dare #59 a free Organizing 101 workshop which kicks off on January 13th...just in time to help you with your New Years resolution of being more organized!
Our Guest Designer for this dare is Donna this Donna, that picture makes me wish I was right there! thanks so much for taking up the dare!

My layout...the haiku reads....

Birds and bees flying

soft blades of grass on my feet

new flowers blooming.

Lianne's layout...the haiku reads...

Alone on his perch
The seagull rests tired wings
Living in freedom

Sharon's layout

Donna's haiku reads:

There's a special place

Where the mountain meets the sea

The place I was born

Lara's Layout

Happy daring everybody...there will be more layouts added by the NZ dare team during the week so do check back...

Deadline for this dare is Wednesday December 10th.

Leave a link in the comments to your LO's on your blog, gallery, or you may use the Flickr group if you like. If necessary you can email your LO to Lianne at (no bigger than 100kb).


Thursday, November 27, 2008

We have winners!

Thank you so much for playing along.

The winner of the date stamp set from Purple Onions Designs is..................

Sarah P

Congratulations Sarah. If you email Lianne with your address details we will organise that cool stamp set to be sent to you. This is Sarah's gorgeous layout

And the person I chose to be our guest designer for the dare after next is...........


And this is her beautiful layout. Congratulations Sonya. If you email Lianne she will let you know the details.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Carol's guest designer layout

Sorry, my fault again, Carol's gorgeous layout was in my emails and I missed it.
Wow how cool is that, I LOVE that pink rose. Thank you Carol for doing this awesome layout for Lesleys dare. Cool photo dude.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Dare 58 - T-Shirt Inspiration

Welcome to Dare 58. We have a very cool dare and sponsor for you this week.

Michelle from Purple Onion Designs has very wonderfully agreed to be the sponsor of this week's dare. And the prize is a very cool NEW date set. It comes in french too so you can choose whether you want the english version or the french version!

Purple Onion stamps are deeply etched unmounted red rubber and come in many wonderful designs, sets and alphas. They continue to offer the stamps in traditional red rubber to capture the fine detail that many of the designs contain. Check out the Purple Onion Designs website and make sure you make it over to the blog too for even more inspiration.

The dare: I have a confession to make. I buy clothes (sometimes!) because I like the inspiration they give me for possible layouts! Am I the only one? So the dare is to be inspired by this t-shirt in some way and create a layout. There really is a bit of everything in this t-shirt - bling, flowers, banners / scroll, hearts, words, COLOUR, paint splodges, wings, layers. Plenty to be inspired by.

My (lesley's) layout. The flourish stamps to the side and below the phot are from purple onion!

Donna's Layout

Lara's Layout

Sharon's layout:

Monique's layout

There will be more inspiration added so keep checking back!

So the dare is to scrap something which is inspired by the above T-Shirt, and send it to us by Wednesday 26th November and you will be in to win the fabulous prize from Purple Onion Designs. Leave a link in the comments to your LO's on your blog, gallery, or you may use the Flickr group if you like, just leave a link in the comments on the NZ Dare blog. If necessary you can email your LO to Lianne at (no bigger than 100kb).

We will draw a winner for the wonderful prize from Purple Onion Designs and we will pick our favourite to be our guest designer for the dare after the next dare. Cant wait to see what you come up with.

Dare #57 Winner!

Wow girls, I was so blown away by the quantity and quality of the entries for my bird dare - man there are some talented people out there! I have spent a little while this afternoon visiting all of your blogs, forums, galleries and checking out the emails that Lianne forwarded to me and it has been so cool to see all of your gorgeous work, wish you could all win!!!

However I can only draw one without further ado...the winner of the Tarisota November Noel Inspiration and Addiction kits is...


Yay Dallas! If you send me your address details - I will make sure those kits are shipped out to you and a big congrats to you. Check out Dallas' cute as layout.

So adorable...

and my pick for this dare was Donna Brisbois, check out her stunning layout...I just love the colours and it is such a beautiful boy layout. The journalling reads...

"Jake...never forget the power of dreams. You can do anything you put your mind to if you want it & work hard for it. Dream on little man and may they all come true"

Donna therefore will be our guest designer for Dare #59. Donna if you email Lianne - she will tell you what the challenge will be for Dare #59.

thanks again definitely rocked this dare!

Jo xx

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Dare #57 is one for the birds :O)

Hey there darers! Can you believe how fast this year is going? As of today there is just under 8 weeks till Christmas so someone told me...eeek! scary stuff, and speaking of scary, hope you are all having a fun Halloween. I know the NZ dares girls are busy with it, there has been talk amongst us of creepy cupcakes, ghostly cookies, pipecleaner spiders and costumes galore.
So are you in the mood to use your creativity to win an awesome prize? I hope so because I sure have a gorgeous prize for you for this dare. My wonderful friend Tamar, owner of the fabulous Tarisota Collections has generously donated not one but two of her beautiful kits as a prize to you if you are the winner. Both the November Inspiration and Addiction kits will be yours! What will be included? Well check out the pics and details below, you won't be disappointed. Tamar's kits are always a beautifully put together, eclectic mix of the most elegant elements and this one is especially beautiful with its glittery festive feel.

Inspiration Contents: 1 large blue crystal facet bead; 1 packet small blue crystal facet beads; Zva Creative Original Brads - Fresh Breeze; Zva Creative Symmetrical Swirls Coffee & Chocolate; Maya Rd Trinkets Metal Elements – Blossom x 6 assorted sizes; Maya Rd Trinket Pins - Clear Jewels; Maya Rd Banner Chipboard Album; Maya Rd Birds of a Feather Chipboard; 1 pale blue feather; 1 white feather.

Addiction Contents: Tarisota Choice
½ Yard Olive Beaded Trim
1 Yard cream lace Rachel 15mm
½ Yard sea marine vintage trim Lace
½ Yard cambric lace ivory

Maya Rd
Sienna Brown Crushed Velvet Ribbon

Polo Lavender mint 10mm
Candy Cane Grosgrain 6mm
Fifi Chartreuse Latte 9mm
Pink velvet 7mm
White Velvet 7mm
Lulu Chartreuse Latte Dots 10mm
Peach Poly Satin 10mm

Simply Xmas Holly Sage
Spot Coords Pink and Chocolate
Michael Miller Fabric
Angel Organdy Ivory
Xmas Sheer Stars Glitter

The best news is that you don't have to do any too difficult to be in to win this fabulous prize. Tarisota's November kit, apart from having a predominantly festive theme, also features birds. Are you noticing that birds are everywhere in scrapping fashion at the moment? So we thought it might be fun to challenge you to use birds in your creations. Scrap something featuring birds, and send it to us by Wednesday 12th November and you will be in to win this generous prize.

Leave a link in the comments to your LO's on your blog, gallery, or you may use the Flickr group if you like, just leave a link in the comments on the NZ Dare blog. If necessary you can email your LO to Lianne at (no bigger than 100kb).

And you are still in with a chance even if you don't have any bird themed papers or products; I have a vintage digi bird sticker here that you are welcome to print out and use if you want. Just right click and save it to your desktop. You don't have to use it, any birds will do, but you are welcome to if you wish.So here is some inspiration to get you started...

From our wonderful guest designer Gracie Tan:

And from me:

Lovely Lianne's:

Delightful Donna's

And from our totally talented newbie Lara:

Sharon - I went with the vintage theme of Jo's sticker and scrapped an old photo of my grandmother and her brothers.