Monday 29 December 2008

Nearly 2009......

I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and are now ready for the last challenge of 2008....
I can't believe that this will be my last post of 2008!
Whatever you are doing and wherever you are, all of your friends here on the Forever Friends Challenge Blog would like to wish you a very Happy New Year!
Here's hoping that 2009 brings you everything you could wish for and that all your dreams come true!

Onto this weeks challenge!
This week the challenge is open! We want to see what inspires you! Just play along and make whatever you want!

Here are some ideas from the Design Team.....

One from Emma
One from Katy
One from Donna
And one from Nikki

Thank you for joining in with our challenges - you are all an inspiration and the work you produce is stunning!
We are looking forward to providing you with some great challenges in the coming year, along with a few other surprises along the way! See you in 2009!

Happy craftin'
Nikki x

Wednesday 24 December 2008

Merry Christmas Everyone.

I just wanted to post a personal message on here for everyone who has helped to make this blog a great success!

The idea of the FF challenge blog came about because of mine and Nikki's love of these little bears... and I'm so glad that you all love them too. Sorry I haven't been around much for the last few weeks, but I have had this terrible cold and a good old chesty cough!

Anyway, I have handed the reins over to Nikki for the last few weeks, and I'd like to thank her loads for sorting out the challenges, uploading etc.. I will be back up and running sometime after this week!!

Well, take care and have a very lovely Christmas.. all the best for the new year.

Love Jo x

Tuesday 23 December 2008

Dec 22nd - New beginnings

Hi there,
Sorry that the challenge is up a bit late this week........ I'm sure you will understand why at this time of year! lol
I know that personally I am still full of this horrible cold - entering week 2 with a bang (hope it will be all gone by Christmas but I doubt it!)...
This weeks challenge is New Beginnings - we can't wait to see what you make.
Here are a few from the design team to get you going......
The first one is from Katy
This one is from Emma Here is one from Donna
And this one is from Nikki
Everyone on the Forever Friends Challenge Blog Design Team would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
We hope Santa is good to you all!
Happy craftin'
Nikki x

Monday 15 December 2008

Dec 15th - A Christmas Carol

Good morning - not many sleeps left until the big day now.

I love Christmas......... all the little lights shining remind me of when I was little (I could just sit and stare at the Christmas tree for hours).
Most of our poor DT this week have been hit by really nasty cold/flu bugs..... even I have no voice at the moment (David my OH thinks this could be an early prezzie for him! lol)

Our theme for this week is - A Christmas Carol.
Here are some ideas from our D.T

Emma - one of our new D.T members, 'Jingle Bells'

Donna - our other new D.T member -'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas'

Nikki's card - 'Frosty The Snowman'

Dawn's card - 'Christmas Night'
Katy's - 'Winter Wonderland'

Jo's card -

I'm really looking forward to seeing all the wonderful things that you all come up with. You really are a very talented bunch!
If you have any requests for 'themes' for the challenge that you would like to have included please email us......... you never know........... if your theme is picked you may well be asked to be a Guest DT member that week!

Happy craftin'

Wednesday 10 December 2008

Two new DT members

My great news for this week is that we have two new Design Team members...

Welcome Donna and Emma!

These two lovely ladies have been part of our Guest DT for the last two weeks, and since Nikki has now left us, I have decided to make them a permanent fixture. lol.

I am sure they will do a fantastic job whilst they are with us, and we all look forward to seeing their beautiful crafting over the coming weeks and months..

Thank you for joining this great group ladies!

Monday 8 December 2008

Dec 8th - Not a card..

Firstly, before I announce the challenge, I would just like to say a big Thank you to Nikki for joining us in this challenge since the beginning. Nikki is now leaving us to concentrate on other commitments, but I'm sure you'll join in with me to wish her all the best in her ventures.
So here we are.. getting nearer to Christmas, and hopefully getting all those Christmas Cards made and posted! Not to mention all those mince pies and choccies to keep us going.
Now then... To make a change from doing all those Christmas cards,
the challenge this week is focusing on something
What do you think you'll be able to make?
Well, here are a few ideas from the DT to keep you going..
This first one is from Purple Nikki - what a lovely Advent calendar.
This next fantastic project is from our great guest DT member Donna..
Our Guest DT member Emma, has made this lovely triangle box
Katy's beautiful notebook
I would just like to say Thank you to all of you who are taking part in this Challenge
each week, and who are making it the success I hoped it would be when I set it up.
All the cards are visited, and if time permits, comments are left by our DT. Don't ever think you are out there on your own.. we do peek at your work! (And you never know.. you may even end up on the Inspirational website, of which I am also a team member! **wink**
There will be another Guest DT member call again in the New Year, so please call back and keep
an eye out for the call.... hopefully I'll be back on later with a bit of Christmas Cheer for us all... !
Until then.. happy crafting and keep up the great work!

Monday 1 December 2008

1 December - Contemporary Christmas.

Hi everyone.. and Merry Christmas!!! Only 24 sleeps left and counting!
As we are all getting ready for Christmas, the challenge this week is to make a
Contemporary Christmas Card.
We have two Guest Designers on board this week, and they have made some fab cards..
This was made by Donna
and this one is from Emma..
Here are the entries from the regular DT members Katy and Nikki..
Contemporary and Unconventional by Katy
Gridded Christmas by Purple Nikki.
I hope you all enjoy this week's challenge. We love to see all your creations
and Thank you all for taking the time to enter..
Keep up the good work everyone.. see you all next week!

Tuesday 25 November 2008

Meet our Guest DT member for the next two weeks..

It was a hard choice to just choose two new DT members for the next two
weeks, so I have decided to have two..
I'd like to say a big Thank you to all of you who entered the challenge last week,
but please say a big welcome to
If you two ladies could please email us (address on sidebar) we can get back to you..

Monday 24 November 2008

24th November - Template Challenge.

Thank you firstly to all of you designers out there, who have made some of the most fantastic cards for this Challenge Blog over the last few weeks.

This week's challenge is a template challenge. The template was created by our very own Purple Nikki -

Now, I can't work out why this image won't go any larger, so I hope you can all see it correctly.

Don't forget with this template, you can flip it, turn it, change it any way you wish, just as long as we can see the original template in there somewhere!

Here are the entries from the FF Design Team.

(... and I'll be back on later to announce our Guest DT for the next Two weeks.. )



Purple Nikki

Nikki B


We look forward to seeing all your entries.. xx

Tuesday 18 November 2008

17th Nov - Round the bend.

Hi everyone..
Firstly, I apologise for the lateness of this post, but I couldn't get onto the yahoo group to pull off all the DT entries for this week - so apologies for that.
This week, the theme for the challenge is


We would love to see circles on your cards.. any size, any where.. just add a circle here and there.
Here are some Design Team samples for your inspiration....
Would you like to be a Guest DT member for the next two weeks?
We'll choose a winner from this weeks entries to join us... so what are you waiting for?
C'mon... let's get Creative!
Purple Nikki




Tuesday 11 November 2008

11th November - PAPERMANIA

Hi everyone.

Firstly, thank you for such a wonderful collection of cards for last week's challenge. It's amazing to see so many different styles of work. Well done everyone.

Now, sorry for this week's challenge being a bit late, but it's just been one of those weekends - I'm sure you know what I mean!

But here you are.. the challenge for this week is


For this challenge, we would like to see three different papers being used on your cards.

We look forward to seeing all your work, so please don't forget to leave a link to your card.

Here are the Design Team's work to get you going..

Purple Nikki




I'm sure you'll all agree, the DT's cards are all amazing and so different. Well done girls!

Monday 3 November 2008

3rd November.-With love challenge.

Hi everyone.
Thank you for revisiting this new Challenge blog, created especially for
the beautiful Forever Friends Stamps by Papermania and Hallmark Cards.
This week, the theme for this challenge is
"With Love"
Here are some entries from our Design Team... but we would love to see what you have created too.
Please join in the challenges and leave a comment with a link to your card.
If you don't have a blog, but would still like to join in, just email us - the link is on the sidebar.
Nikki B
Hopefully, these cards will have inspired you to have a go... come on.. you know you want to!

Saturday 1 November 2008

Welcome to a new Design Team member.

Hi everyone..

I just wanted to introduce you all to Nikki Bowman. She is our new design team member. Here are a few cards that she has been making with these wonderful little bears.... I'm sure you'll agree, she'll fit in to our cuddly club just fine!

We are also a couple of days off of announcing our new challenge for Monday. So... glue sticks and craft knives at the ready??

See you all Monday.

Tuesday 28 October 2008

General card week.

Hi all..
This week we are just showcasing some cards to give you an idea of the Forever Friends range. You can already see Nikki's fab card underneath this post., and here you can see some designs by Dawn and Jo. I will introduce all the design team over the next few days, as we are getting ready to release Challenge One ready for next Monday.
Here are some cards from some of the design team.
I hope you will play along. Don't forget to make a note in your diary!

Card by Jo

Card by Nikki
Card by Dawn

Card by Katy

Thursday 23 October 2008

New baby card

Here we are!
I thought I would get things started with a Forever Friends baby card.

The papers and stickers are from the 'Hugs & Cuddles' range.

Bear hugs to you all!

Nikki x x x
I thought I would just add a little piece to show where you can find the stamps. These are stocked in most stores where they sell Docrafts products, and you can get an idea of the products here and more importantly here which is where the stamps are shown..

I personally have quite a collection of these little cuties now.. I love them to bits! I even have teddies and a mug with the cheeky chaps on.. Now how can you resist?

Now, if you look through the product section on the Docrafts site, you will also notice that there are Forever Friends Stickers - which are also acceptable on the challenges..

In fact, anything you'd like to do - as long as it has a Forever Friend on there, is great! It will just be so lovely to see all your cards and projects.

I will upload a few of mine later for you to look at.. and also hopefully announce a couple of brilliant Docraft Designers, who have been invited to join the team.


Hi everyone..

This is a bit of a new venture for me - running my very own challenge blog! I am a Design Team member for a few, and as I have always loved these little bears, thought I would start a new challenge blog - just for a bit of fun!

There may be a few prizes along the way, but primarily this is just for fun.. to showcase your work to the world! Challenges will be set every Monday morning.

I will be looking out for a couple of Design Team members too.. So, please join in and don't forget to let me know if you'd like to be part of it!

I will be announcing the new challenge very soon.. so check back shortly!