Our hostess this week is Nellie van Leeuwen who made this delicous and gorgeous gothic arch for our theme “Chocolate”…“Chocolate is a girls best friend”. I totally agree with that quote, I’m fond of chocolate. What does chocolate mean to you? A great treat, a comforting moment, a time to time sin you can’t live without? Or perhaps just a beautiful brown colour to work with? Let us see what your associations with chocolate are.A bit about our hostess…

I live in the Netherlands with Harrie, my mate for over 27 years. For me there are 3 big passions in life. The first by far are our dogs, 3 at the moment, Irish wolfhound Lucca and borderterriers Gonzo and Darcy. A very good second is crafting, mainly stamping and collaging, often combined. I got addicted to stamping 3 years ago after following a couple of workshops. Love to spent hours and hours in my craft room.

The nickname I chose for myself is “Dutch stamptramp” because I wander from one technique or colour to another and constantly like to try new things. All the challenge blogs and people all over the world I got to “meet” through the internet inspire me very much. And now you’re wondering what the third one is, aren’t you? Well that’s travelling. I so much like to visit beautiful places in the world, enjoy nature, culture and meeting people of all sorts. I very much like to use travel as a theme in my artwork too.You may see more of Nellie’s amazing work at her blog:


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We had many beautiful pieces this past week devoted to the theme “Friends”…thank you for all your wonderful contributions!



This weeks theme at Gothic Arches is “Friends”…our beautiful arch was made by this weeks hostess Jacqueline. A gorgeous combination of many design elements.

What do you think of when “friends” comes to mind? Children playing? A dear old pal? A furry friend? We would love to see your creative arches here!

A bit about our hostess:

Hi, I’m Jacqueline from France. My blog is Jacqueline’s Craft Nest and I love creating. Probably my preference is vintage and collage. I love arches too – this is the ideal size for me to create on. I am English born, married to a Dutch man and we live in the with our four boys, the eldest being 19, the youngest 13.We are missionaries, spreading the Word of God to the Francophone world, including the huge Continent of Africa! Making cards is my source of relaxation and I hope encouragement to others as I send and sell alot.

I am so happy to have made so many friends via the blogs as I live in a very isolated area – so thanks to all you ladies who have encouraged me so much by visiting my blog!
The arch theme I chose today is FRIENDS. I used a distressed background and found an image which I love on a Tuscan Rose CD. Have fun creating!

You can see more of Jacqueline’s creations at her blog:

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A very busy week indeed! So many GORGEOUS entries for the theme “text”…awesome work everyone!



 This weeks theme at Gothic Challenge is “Text”…our hostess is Gillian Hamilton who has created this beautiful arch using all different types of text. To see more of Gillian’s work you can visit her blog: http://gillianhamilton.blogspot.com.

What do you think of when creating art with text? Love letters? song lyrics? a favorite quote? We hope to see your amazing creatings here this week!

A bit about our hostess:

Hi everyone, what a thrill to be this weeks hostess for GA 🙂 Thank you Nancy for this lovely honour. so a little bit about me, lets see, I live on the eastern coast of Australia, I am happily Married to my husband Andrew and happily Mothering my three children. I spend as much time as possible creating, I love collage style art, and combining unusual ‘found’ items into my work.  I really hope you enjoy creating with this weeks theme of Text, I love using text in most of my pieces and I can’t wait to see what you create.

Gill xxx

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So many beautiful arches were made this past week for our Bird theme. Thank you for sharing your awesome creations!



This weeks theme is “Birds” and we would love to see what you create an gothic arch form. What do you think of…a day at the park, along the ocean side, silly things birds will do? Whatever it may be we hope to see your creations posted here.

Our hostess this week is Sija. She has created this precious arch. Sija has a beautiful blog that you may visit here:


A bit about Sija…

I live in a small town in the Netherlands with my 2 kitties. My biggest hobby is stamping and mixed media. I love all contacts and great things we share with eachother. Blogging added a new addiction and every week it’s exciting where to play.

Ik woon in een kleine stad in Nederland met mijn 2 katten. Mijn grootste hobby is stempelen en mixed media. Ik geniet van alle contacten en mooie dingen die we uitwisselen. Door het bloggen is er ook zeker een dimensie bijgekomen en is het elke week weer spannend om aan een uitdaging mee te kunnen doen.

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We had some “spookylicious” arches this past week! Thanks for your haunting contributions! Gorgeous work everyone!