Here at Anything But Cute we love to see all the seasoned and expert mixed media artists, but we also want to encourage those who are just getting their feet wet. Our design team will always be on the lookout for these exceptional artists, and you just never know when we might be giving out something special to a talented mixed media newcomer.
Make sure to put 'newbie' after your name in the linky so we know who you are.
(new refers to 'new to mixed media' NOT 'new to our challenge')

Sunday, July 12, 2015

WINNERS - Challenge #2 - Make it Masculine

Hello Everyone!

It is Cec here with the winners of the Make It Masculine challenge.  When I selected that theme, I knew there might be some who would say they found making masculine projects difficult but I also knew some would be up for the challenge.  Needless to say I was pretty impressed that 77 talented people were willing to get their mixed media supplies out and create the most incredible masculine projects to inspire us. Of course they all brought their "A" game so it made choosing just two very difficult for me.  I spent one day going through the entries over and over and then narrowed it down to a short list and then it took me another day to decide on a winner and a runner-up.  I wish I could have chosen more but I know the rest of the team will have some fabulous picks as well.


I chose this project because it is not only full of wonderful texture but has a fabulous masculine colour palette.  Art should evoke some sort of emotion in the viewer and this piece made me laugh.   The sentiment is wonderfully cheeky and all the metal bits and pieces that were lifted from her husband's toolbox to spell out Google make this a very fun masculine canvas.

Congratulations!! Pamellia will be contacting you via email to send you your personalized winner's badge and details about being our Feature Artist for the next challenge.


I chose this piece because it is a great example of steampunk and is chock full of wonderful stamping and industrial elements that make it super masculine and very dimensional.

We have a special award to give out this month to a very talented artist who captivated the entire design team with her incredible techniques. Her project was filled with the most amazing textures and colours, and she explained every detail of her process so we could learn how she achieved such greatness. Congratulations Tracy, you have...


If you have never been to visit Tracy, I highly recommend that you do. It's impossible not to be inspired by her creativity and talent!

Now on to our DT Favourites

Samra's Favourite#50 Lisa F
Well, there are so many reasons why this canvas stole my heart! One of them is such a superb color combination. All those wonderful clock gears and the fancy Steampunk butterflies made my heart sing with joy! Great attention to detail and such a beautiful design make this crafting gem stand out in my eyes.

Niki's Favourite#76-Amanda
I love that Amanda has used so many wonderful techniques and created this crisp image of some lovely gents. The handmade details, and clean lines are what caught my eye. The use of salt on the gears is genius and so very creative for this masculine wall hanging. To know that this background could have ended up in the trash, but instead, was altered into this is awesome sauce!

Branka's Favourite#45 Tracy Evans
This piece of art is a rusty heaven with such rich textures and perfectly chosen colours! I adore all those fantastic techniques Tracy has used here! Fabulous design, amazing dimension and phenomenal crackling! I just love all the metal embellishments she put there and that faux cracked glass little bottle is a perfect addition to this brilliant masterpiece!   

Georgie's Favourite - #66 Irina R
I just fell in love with the gothic-grunge, dark style of this piece! The texture and use of masculine elements is just jaw-dropping to look at, and every time I see this there is something new drool over. Irina created so much depth and interest, with a gorgeous asymmetrical layout!!

Sara Emily's Favourite#42 Scrumplescrunch
I had so many favorites, but in the end I chose Sue's card.  I felt she put so much of her heart (no pun intended) into this amazing card for her husband.  I also love that her card had humble beginnings as die cut negative waste, but WOW, such amazing colors and texture in the end!

Pamellia's Favourites - I had such a hard time choosing just one favourite, so once again, I went on ahead and chose two!! 

I was sucked in to the fabulous layout of Candy's piece! Her splashes of yellow amid all the greys and blacks are so fabulous and her brickwork and harlequin textures create a wonderful ambience!

This piece just captivated me! There is such a an amazing depth to MARCH's piece. I love all those wonderfully blended colours and the white highlights just pop off the page! Incredible work!

Honourable Mentions 

Once again, there were just so many amazing projects that we decided to honour some addition works that stood out to us in style, structure and beauty!

18. Irena's art          22. Nikki Acton            24. Shilpa             28. Deb Riddell

32. Ingrid                     34. Max                  36. Sally D                   44. Chrissie

A huge congratulation everyone! Thank you so much to everyone who played along with us last month and don't forget to grab your badges! You earned them!!

There is still plenty of time to enter Samra's current challenge SUMMER ROMANCE! We can't wait to see what you come up with this time!

Hugs to all, from the 'Anything But Cute' Design Team


  1. What a wonderful, wonderful projects !!! Congratulations to all the ladies !!! How difficult it was probably a design team to choose? ... Thank you so much celebrated my canvas!

  2. Congratulations to all! What a wonderful selection! Thank you for the honourable mention ;) Big hugs! Ingrid xx

  3. Thank you for the honourable mention! I greet the whole 'Anything But Cute' Design Team :) Hugs & greetings!

  4. Congratulations to everyone! Fabulous projects one and all! x

  5. Wonderful work from everyone and great choices.

    Thank you for my honourable mention

    Love Chrissie xxx

  6. Thank you for the honourable mention! Congratulations to everyone!

  7. Wow wow I am truly honoured. Thank you so much to Branka for choosing me as a favourite you have made my day. I would also like to say a huge THANK YOU for,the special award, you have all made my day and I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart, what a wonderful honour to be mentioned in such a wonderful way by such fellow talented artists, the artwork from the team and the entrants was outstanding and so inspiring and I class it as an honour to be mentioned in such a wonderful complimentary way. Thank you, thank you x x x x x

    1. So very well deserved, Tracy! This is a lovely piece of artwork! Hugs! Sara Emily

  8. I can see why the team had such a difficult task in choosing all the winners. Congratulations to all. There is so much inspiring talent in all of you, and also within the wonderful DT.

    Jennifer. x

  9. Well Congratulations to all who featured in the winners post, and thank you so very much Sara Emily for choosing my card, I am so pleased it got there amongst the high standard that was entered into this Challenge.

    1. You're welcome, sweetie! Sorry so late to reply, but I've been on vacation! This is a lovely card, and I'm sure your husband was quite honored to receive it! Hugs! Sara Emily

  10. a lot of imagination !
    Congratulations at the winners .

  11. wow! What an array of amazing works. Congrats to all of them.

  12. omg , cant believe I am the winner. Truly an honor , to be among such talented people

  13. WOW oh my thank you sooooooooo much for picking me as your runner up...what an honour!!! I can't believe how high the standard was and I really do feel so happy to be selected. Off to pop my badge on my sidebar right now ;)
    Big congrats to all other winners too and of course the rather wonderful DT ladies who make it all possible :)
    Biggest Happy Hugs
    Donna xxx

  14. Thank you so much for selecting my mini canvas as a DT Favorite..... and a big congrats to all the winners !!! Loved this challenge.... and all the great submissions!

  15. Congrats to all of them ! Thank you so much for selecting as a DT Favorite.. :-)

  16. Congratulations to all of the talented winners and thank you so much for the Honourable Mention, it is very much appreciated! Deb xo

  17. Thankyou so much Niki for choosing my wall hanging as a DT favourite and your kind words . Such a lovely surprise and I am so so pleased .
    Congratulations to all the other winners and to all the submissions - so many fantastic makes .
    thx too to all the talented dt ladies for this Challenge blog - I'm sure it will be a great success x

  18. Congrats to all! So many amazing projects!

  19. It is great to see all these wonderful comments! I have to say it was SO VERY difficult to choose winners among so many wonderful entries! They are ALL winners in my opinion! Sara Emily

  20. It is great to see all these wonderful comments! I have to say it was SO VERY difficult to choose winners among so many wonderful entries! They are ALL winners in my opinion! Sara Emily