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, August 12, 2016

WINNERS - Challenge #15 - Summertime Fun!

Hello and welcome, Anne here and firstly I would like to say a HUGE thank you to those who entered the Summertime Fun challenge.  I was completely blown away to see so many wonderfully creative and truly inspiring entries.  I could have chosen at least ten winners and thoroughly enjoyed pouring over all the gorgeous creations. In the end there can only be one winner though (or two in my case) and so the winner is:

WINNER - #43 Bumblebees and Butterflies

Brenda created the most gorgeous watery background, it made feel as if I could dive into the beautiful turquoise water and explore the sea floor...  The bubbles look so realistic, the seahorse is delightful and the frame is so beautifully textured it just makes you want to reach out and touch it.  The whole piece is just exquisite and Brenda has a fabulous tutorial on her blog too!

Congratulations Brenda!  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.

RUNNER-UP - #24 Suzzstampingspot

Suzz created this stunning canvas and also a gorgeous card, they are both so opulent and elegant, full of gold sparkle and shine.  I can just imagine these seahorses glinting in the light.  Suzz has close ups on her blog and it is definitely worth a look at how she created the fabulous sea bottom!

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

Autumn's Favourites

- #42 Mimi of She's Crafty

What could represent summertime fun more than two best girlfriends planning a summer wedding together!  Mimi's gorgeous shower decor stole my heart!  The letters are absolutely lovely against this stunning layered and textured background.  The lace up ties are so romantic and the beach vibe is perfect for a casual party.  Well done Mimi!

AND - #38 Drea of Drea's Scraps of Inspiration

Drea's lake collage reminds me of summers in South Carolina, with days spent at the lake, searching for that shade tree here and there.  I just love her loose layering style and stitches, along with the gorgeous banner she created.  The colors are perfectly balanced and draw you in to inspect this beauty!  Love it Drea!

Branka's Favourites

#43 Bumblebees and Butterflies

This utterly stunning under the sea project has stolen my heart! Brenda has managed to achieve such fantastic rich textures and to incorporate so many amazing elements together in such an awesome way! I love it to bits!

AND - #24 Suzzstampingspot

I was so impressed by this magical and dreamy canvas with those fantastic golden sea horses! This is so elegant and absolutely beautiful! I am completely in love with this project!

Lisa's Favourites

#43 Bumblebees and Butterflies

I feel like I'm swimming under the ocean, experiencing the amazing colors and textures of sea life when I look at this stunning project!! The details are just amazing and the elements blend together perfectly!!

AND - #24 Suzzstampingspot

I love this card!! One of the most beautiful seahorses I've ever seen!! Her canvas is spectacular, too, but I love how the seahorse takes center stage here, in all of it's sparkly, golden glory!! Wow!!

Niki's Favourites

#12 Catherine's Craft Corner

Catherine has created a fun and whimsical design with a free from thought process. She has enjoyed the moment of the creation and the memories evoked from her summer garden. Gorgeous colors and layers to this fantabulous piece of art!

I just have to list another favorite of mine! With so many stunning entries, I had to include
#6 Creative Journey 

Katelyn's use of the netting and those wonderful raw chippies is exceptional! Her photo is the perfect focal image for this background and the soft ocean colors and breathtakingly beautiful. I would visit this place in the summer in a heartbeat!

Sara Emily Favourites

#43 Bumblebees and Butterflies

It was incredibly hard to choose just one favorite this month, but in the end I chose Brenda's textural and realistic underwater reverse canvas. I fell in love with that little seahorse and her watery mixed media background! She has posted a fabulous tutorial which is the cherry on the top!

AND - #36 KAVA craft

I was so happy Pamellia gave me the thumbs up to list  another favorite, because I could not resist Anna's sea themed reverse canvas! I fell in love with the texture and colors on the frame and that lovely sea and beach. The simplicity of this scene is charming!


16. Maria                17. tofa                  21. Nicola                29. Ann Chuang

37. Karen H            40. SARI              41. Laneen               44. Irena's art

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 Lisa's current challenge Shabby Garden Mood Board! We can't wait to see what you come up with this time!

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


  1. Biggest congratulations to our winners! What a fabulous month of inspiration and creativity! Thank you all for supporting our challenge. <3

  2. Congratulations to Brenda and all the Favorites and Honorable Mentions! You ALL made it so hard to choose! What amazing projects this month! I can't wait to see what you will create for the Shabby Garden Mood Board challenge this month! hugs!

  3. Wow! amazing creations and Brenda that's a stunner, Congratulations! Congrats to the others and so happy to be featured in the honorable list.Thank you.

  4. I loved Brenda's canvas... a worthy winner, well done to everyone else too xx

  5. Congratulations to Brenda and all of the favs and honorable mentions!! You all did such an amazing job!!

  6. Wonderful artwork. Congratulations to each of you. j.

  7. a lot of very nice creation , congratulations !

  8. So happy to be a fave! Thanks so much, and congrats to the others too! Fabulous projects!

  9. Congrats to Brenda! Thank you for the HM! Loved all the inspiration!

  10. Congrats to Brenda and all of the favs and honorable mentions! You all did fabulous projects!

  11. Congrats to the Brenda and all the winners for their truly fantastic projects. Thanks so much for including my card amongst your honorable mentions. Wishing all a lovely week. Nicola x

  12. Congrats to Brenda, and thanks, Autumn, for liking my little decor! (I did display it at the shower... right next to the sangria, so if course everyone loved it 😁). Xoxo ya'll...

  13. Thanks so much for the most wonderful accolade and all the fabulous comments above. I feel truly honoured to be the winner and amongst such talented people who have also entered and won special mentions. Thanks also to Anne and the rest of the team for your lovely words and your own inspirational work too. XXXX