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')

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

WINNERS - Challenge #3 - Summer Romance

Hello Everyone!!

Samra here with the winners of the Summer Romance challenge. I would like to thank all 44 wonderful participants for joining the challenge! To say that it was difficult to choose the winner and runner up, would be just barely scratching the surface of truth! 

So much creativity, texture and summery beauty at one place!!!  I felt like I was in Summer Romance heaven… so without further ado...

I would like to introduce to you the winner of the challenge:

WINNER - Natalia#38
I chose Natalia's tag as the winner because of the incredible textures and such gorgeous composition of embellishments. This tag also has a vintage feel to it and to me looks like it was salvaged as a piece of treasure from the bottom of the sea. It definitely is a piece to treasure!

Congratulations Natalia!! 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.

And now for my Runner-Up

RUNNER UP - Elena #31
I chose Elena's tag because of the wonderful shabby chic and so very romantic feel to it. The textured background and layer upon layer of wonderfully arranged embellishments with such fine attention to every little detail made this tag very special to me.

Exceptional New Mixed Media Artist

We have seen so many wonderful entries by artists trying out mixed media for the first time, it's so exciting and what a pleasure to watch as they grow and blossom with their new messy art craft! This month we want to give out a special award to just such an artist. She has entered into every one of our challenges so far, and her skills and techniques are both stunning and amazing! Congratulations Annie!!

Now on to our DT Favourites

Marta #37
Branka's Favourite - Marta's altered wooden box looks like a pirate chest pulled out from the deep sea! It's full of fantastic details, perfectly blended colours and amazing textures! I love the addition of micro beads and cheese cloth and that awesome vintage spoon on the top of this beautifully designed piece!

Cec's Favourite - I also chose Marta's altered box because it sparked my imagination and made me think that it was a personal treasure pulled from the bottom of the ocean when they found the Titanic and that it is full of love letters.  All the shells and gorgeous texture she used just add to the feeling that it lay undisturbed for years.

Georgie's Favourite - Elena #31
From the moment I laid eyes on Elena's tag I just fell in love with this ethereal, rustic underwater scene she created. The embellishments, layout, texture and depth in general is purely breathtaking. I love the way the aqua beads fall over shells as bubbles, the brown intermingled with the blues and the odd glossy enamel dot floating upwards. Every detail is a hit for me!

Niki's Favourite - March #7
I chose this canvas duo because it reminds me of the bottom of the ocean and the vastness of undiscovered possibilities! The texture that abounds in this make is truly exceptional and so well designed, and there are so many textural layers. I just want to reach out and touch it!

Pamellia's Favourites

Anne R #28
Anne's piece is one of those projects I really wish I could touch. There is just so much texture and she used her finger, of all things, to create that stunning background! I just love her 3d shells and the use of beads for bubbles! A stunning underwater scene!

Ros Crawford #34
I just melted into this piece when I saw it. There's such a calm serenity to her colours and textures. I love that she used a shower scrunchie as one of her elements, and those waves just swept me away to a place I might never come back from, if it were real!

Sara Emily's Favourite - Joi # 44
I loved my teamie's choices , but Joi's painting really stole my heart!  I was really swept away to the beach and felt so much romance from this scene. Additionally, I loved reading her story--how she is neither a beach goer nor does she consider herself a romantic person. You couldn't prove that by this amazing artwork!

Honourable Mentions 

It's such an impossible task to choose only one favourite from all the gorgeous entries, so here are some projects that we wanted to honour for their beauty and design!

6. tofa/Rupa            11. Julia Aston           12. Jane's Journal           14. Kerstin

17. Patti Painter      21. Strangely Creative       25. Irena's art           29. Candy Blake

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 Georgies's current challenge MAKING MAGIC! We can't wait to see what you come up with this time!

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


  1. Thank you! You praised my work! I find it very important and incredibly nice!

  2. Lucky DT having to pick from all those wonderful entries!!! Great job ladies and I must say the winner is an absolute stunner, so are all the others. ....WOW
    Donna xxx

  3. WOW I am totally thrilled to be chosen as Exceptional New Mixed Media Artist, I have a long way to go with my mixed media but so many ladies have inspired me over the learning process and I am enjoying my messy new love....thanks

  4. Lovely work and very worthy winners. Thanks for giving me am honourable mention, it means a lot. Hugs x

  5. Utterly fabulous work by everyone, what a terrible job to choose winners - but my gosh they were so superb! Congratulations to everyone - and thank you for giving me an honourable mention, its lovely!!! Cxx

  6. Huge congratulations to Natalia and Elena for their wins, both projects are absolutely stunning. Congratulations to the other favourites and to the Honorable Mentions too. The team must have had a hugely difficult job choosing from some amazing entries. Thank you to Pamellia for choosing my little canvas too, it was a lovely surprise! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Thanks so very much for the honorable mention on my first canvas and mixed media project, it was so much fun playing along with everyone and I appreciate the encouragement from the team. Hope to join in again soon.

  8. Thank you so much for picking my beach scene as a favourite!! I'm really happy! Congrats to all the winners too!

  9. Great entries and deserving winners. Congrats to all of them Thanks for the honorable mention.

  10. Congratulations and many thanks for DT Favourites
    corinne de france / March

  11. Wowzers that is some fabulous summer romance art!

  12. Congrats to all those winners! Gorgeous!

  13. Thank you for all these supportive comments! As anyone who has had to choose a winner, you do appreciate how difficult it is to narrow it down to just one! We had so many quality and creative mixed media pieces again, that it really made it nearly impossible to pick a favorite! We wish each an every one could be chosen! Please keep up the great work! Many thanks for your support! Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  14. Beautiful projects Natalia and Elena. As well as to all the other lovely winners. Everyone did such incredible artwork for this challenge.. It just makes you want to go on vacation to an exotic beach resort (or in my case - the lake - eheheheh)!!! I am highly honored to be among such a great community of amazing artists at Anything But Cute. Thank you from my heart Sara Emily for including me as a Design Team Favorite. Sincerely and with hugs. j.

  15. What a terrific and inspirational lineup! Congrats to all! Nicola x