Saturday, 1 September 2012

Challenge #14 - "How Many Fingers?"

Oh my goodness, September 1st, the official start of autumn!  
Here in the UK . . . we decided to miss out summer all together and went straight from a very extended spring into autumn, lol.
Astronomically speaking though autumn doesn't begin until September 22nd . . . so if the weather fairy really gets his skates on, he still has a chance to make amends.  
I say he because the weather has been such a disaster this year that there has to be a major man involvement somewhere [oops, a little controversy there, lol !!!]
I happen to love autumn however so I'm quite happy really . . . it's a magnificent season of dramatic change especially as where I live there are a lot of wooded areas and tree-lined streets providing a colour spectacular every day.
I hope that you have had a wonderful summer wherever you call home.

On a sad note, our little challenge has said goodbye to 3 very valued members of the DT recently, each for very different and personal reasons.
I wanted to thank them for all that they have contributed to the challenge during their time with us, so Caroline, Gemma and Clare "Littlebear" . . . we at RTG wish you all the very best for your future activities and you take our fondest hopes with you.

Before I tell you more about the new challenge # 14, it's time to announce the winners of our last challenge.
We had over a 100 entries for this challenge and to say that we have been excited by this is an understatement, thank you to all those who took part.
The challenge was the first to be eligible for both the random draw winner and very new Top Three Winner's spots.
So without further ado, our random winner  was [chosen by Mr.]

Number 42 that was Lilackat
with this delightful Christmas card [love James the Bear]

Congratulations Lilackat, you're our winner, please email me at with your snail mail details and we will arrange for you to receive your fabulous Indigo Blu prize from Mishelfo Creative Crafting.

The selected Top 3 winners in no particular order were:

Deborah A
Sue - Bearhouse

It was sooooo difficult to choose just three, there were so many projects that I really liked.
Many congratulations ladies, you are our first Top Three Winners ever - please take the winner's blinkie from our sidebar and display it with pride on your blog.
If you wish to take up the offer of a Guest Designer spot for next month's challenge as part of your prize, please email me at and I will provide you with all the necessary information.  
We are against forced labour here at RTG so if you feel you can't take up the spot or don't want to that's no problem, lol !!!

Well, now onto our new challenge

"How Many Fingers?"

Needs some explanation???  Well, we had some laughs amongst the DT as to the nature of this theme.  One of the DT [she knows who she is] thought it was something to do with Cadbury's Chocolate Fingers [yum, yum!!!] but sadly no!!!  But if you do want to provide us with some choccy fingers, we wouldn't decline, would we DT???

I have been fondly reminiscing recently about some of my happiest memories of when my girls were small.  Whenever they wanted to demonstrate number they showed the appropriate number of fingers, i.e. four fingers for four years of age.
Have you known any children who did the same? or were my children a bit strange?

Anyway we would like to see your cards for birthday or anniversary which have a number on them.
But please remember to be within the rules your card must have a bear or teddy as the main image too.

Our fantastic sponsor this month is Lili of the Valley

Lili of the Valley, started up in 2004 and strives to produce excellent quality products with beautiful designs that enable you to make lovely cards every time, simply and easily. They also pride themselves on taking care with everything they do to make sure you receive great products, at a good price and as quickly as possible. 

They are proud of the fact that all their products are made in England


with a £10 voucher on offer for the winner of the prize draw

Here's what our ladies of the Design Team made:


and Me, Julie Ann

Great aren't they, as always, thank you ladies!!!

Good luck and over to you now, we genuinely can't wait to see your entries


Sue - bearhouse said...

Well done to all the winners and thank you so much for picking me as one of your first 3 three. I will wear my badge with pride!

Fabulous DT cards and a great challenge

Catherine said...

Thank you so much ! I am so happy to be in the top 3 ! Another great challenge for september ! Thank you for the gorgeous cards and all the inspiration ! Hugs, blessings and love from Catherine

Deborah said...

Thank you so much for picking my card as one of the top 3. I will display the badge with pride on my blog.

Another great challenge for September with lots of inspiration from the DT.

Kathleen said...

Stunning cards by the DT, great idea for a challenge.

Kath x

Nat said...

Fab challenge and great inspiration.

Jennifer said...

Fantastic DT cards - love them! Thanks for a really fun challenge theme.

Jennifer H. x