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')

Friday, February 12, 2016

WINNERS - #10 - Ring out the Old, Bring in the New

Hi, Anne here, this was my first challenge theme with the team and I was completely and utterly blown away by the number and the fantastic quality of the entries we received.  I never fail to be impressed by the amazing talent that is out there in blogland! A HUGE thank you to all of our entrants, I was in mixed media heaven each day when I checked the entries, I could easily have chosen ten winners! Choosing one was a huge dilemma for me but after much soul searching I made my decision!

WINNER -  No. 56 - Jenny Marples
My heart skipped a beat when I saw this stunning piece of art, with it's beautiful textures, colours and the wonderful layering of the elements.  The composition is superb and Jenny has given it a wonderful 'organic' feel by adding the 'real' paintbrush and scissors.  I would urge you to visit Jenny's blog to see this in more detail.

Congratulations Jenny!  Pamellia will be in touch by email to send you a personalized winner's badge and to provide details about being our Feature Artist for the next challenge.

And now for the Runner-Up, well I could not choose just one so this month we have two, they are listed in numerical order.

RUNNER-UP - Helen #29
I was amazed to see that Helen used old computer parts to create this fabulous piece of art, how utterly clever is that!  I love the arrangement of items, the delicious black/blue background and the way the individual items are highlighted - this is such a fun and clever piece!

RUNNER-UP - Jane #68
Inspired by a visit to the Shard, a famous London landmark, Jane took those memories and put them together layer by layer to create a very striking and beautiful piece of mixed media art.  You can take a wonderful cyber visit to the Shard in Jane's blog post.

Now let's have a look at our DT favourites:

Branka's Favourite#36 Sanderijn de Bruin
I was blown away by this exquisite piece of art with such a delicious colour combo and a stunning design! So many fabulous details and fantastic textures! Simply amazing!

Niki's Favourite - #29-Helen
Helen's use of the "new" to her computer parts in this design are genius and so creative! Its the guts from a computer!!! I love the play of masculine with feminine pieces and the many different layers created from the motherboard. Amazing and it makes my heart go pitter patter. Awesome sauce!

Pamellia's Favourites:

39. Lozzy
The shabby chic girl inside me could just not resist these bright and cheery spring pastels and the stunning butterflies fluttering about this gorgeous mixed media canvas! The background textures are subtle but add just the right amount of interest! Love it!

60. Aisha
I have never seen such a unique mixed media piece before! I was just sucked right in to all of that amazing texture created by so many wonderful elements! The filigree metal pieces are cut and twisted to build the lion's face, how incredible the creativity is!! Just gorgeous!!

103. Silje Kristin
This is one of the most interesting masculine cards I have ever seen. It's like a tower of paper stuffed with nails and screws!! So many layers, each one stained by hand and they just go on forever and ever! I just can't get enough of this mixed media nuts and bolts tower!! Amazing work!!

Samra's Favourite#75 Katerinna
Gorgeous Shabby Chic ornaments! So many wonderfully and tastefully arranged embellishments. I was simply swept away by this entry!

Sara Emily's FavouriteJenny Marples

With so many wonderful entries to choose from, my decision was tough.  But Jenny's beautiful mixed media canvas stole my heart with amazing colors, lot's of intricate layers and fabulous details! Not only is this a must see, Jenny's post is a must read! Magnificent in a word!


4. Butterfly                 11. Jane                 21. Deb Riddell                 28. Janis

32. Nicola                   35. IrinaR                    43. Marilyn                 63. Autumn

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 Sara Emily's current challenge "GRUNGY LOVE"! We can't wait to see what you come up with this time!

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


  1. Very interesting, amazing works!
    Congratulations to all the ladies!

  2. Wow I'm a runner up, thanks so much I am so delighted. My visit to the Shard was just incredible and gave me so much inspiration to make my Moment. Well done to Jenny and to Helen too. Thanks for a fun challenge and I have a piece in the pipe line for Grungy love next week ;0) Crafty hugs and thanks to the DT xx

  3. Amazing entries all around - congratulations to all! Thrilled to see Jenny's jaw-dropping canvas take the prize - yay!
    Alison x

  4. Oh, I've just seen I'm an Honourable Mention - thank you!!

  5. I am so honoured Branka, that you choose my project as a favourite! Thank you! Congratulations to you all ladies, amazing work!

  6. WOW ladies, you made my day!!! Winning and getting a DT pick is just incredible, especially given the standard of entries you received. Huge congratulations to everyone who's work was highlighted here - it's testament to the talent of the DT and entrants that every one is a true piece of art. Thank you again! Jenny xxx

  7. To each one of the winners and honorable mentions YOU have made FABULOUS creations - WOW. What a treat to see such INCREDIBLE artwork in the Anything But Cute Challenge. And Jenny - both your projects are really WONDERFUL. Loved reading your blog. CONGRATULATIONS to you all.... HIGH FIVE!!! Hugs. j.

  8. Oh I see my card was one of the honorable mentions thank you and congratulations to all the winners .

  9. Oh WOW!!!! Magnificent entries and winning art pieces!!!!!
    Hugs and happy week-end everyone :) Coco x

  10. Huge congratulations, again, to all the Winners, Runners Up, DT Favourites and Hon Mentions - all of the entries were truly stunning! Anne xx

  11. Congrats to all!! Such amazing talent and inspiration!
    And thanks for the runner-up and Niki's favourite!! I was totally shocked to see my piece here! Thanks all! And Happy VD to everyone! {{HUGS}}

  12. ooohhh Thank U that you choose my lion canvas as a DT favorite . Congrats to all winners beautiful projects ;)

  13. Congratulations to the winner, runner ups and DT favourites and thanks so much for the honourable mention! Deb xo

  14. Congratulations to all!! Your projects were amazing!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  15. Wow wow wow its big smiles, thank you so much ladies and especially Pamellia for picking my canvas as one of your favourites, so chuffed and a big congratulations to all. All stunning creations..Hugs Lozzy xx

  16. Thanks for appreciated my work!!!I am very pleased!!!

  17. Wow, the sheer volume of amazing entries blows me away, then to see it all in a winners profile - AMAZING! A big congrats to Jenny for blowing our socks off with her fabulous piece!

  18. Huge congrats to Jenny - its such a beautiful work. Congrats also to all the other worthy winners and many thanks for including me amongst your honorables. Nicola x