Our theme this week is “Dogs” which our hostess Nellie van Leeuwen selected and made this precious arch. What makes a the bond between our furry friend so special? We hope you will show us this week with our Gothic Arch challenge.

A bit about our hostess:

I’m very fond of dogs. I own 4 myself. Irish wolfhounds Lucca and Nigel and border terriers Gonzo and Darcy. They give me so much joy every day. Really couldn’t imagine a life without them. The lost of our Irish wolfhound Ivar in September and the arrival of puppy Nigel, now 12 weeks old made me realize even more how special the bond between dogs and humans can be. It’s this special bond that inspired me to take dogs as a theme for this weeks gothic arch challenge. I think the image I chose for my arch expresses this special relationship quite well. Let us see what dogs mean in your life or how you take them as an object for creating art!

You may visit Nellie’s blog to see more of her beautiful creations:


:::Music/Lyrics Sampler:::


There were so many beautiful arches using fantastic lyrics this past week!

:::MUSIC & Lyrics:::




Our theme this week is MUSIC & Lyrics…I would like to thank our hostess Keron Lee for her gorgeous arch and selection of the theme…

A bit about our hostess:

The theme for this week’s challenge is: MUSIC & Lyrics presented by Keron Lee (aka The Colourguru) from Melbourne, Australia.

I hope you have fun with this theme – you are welcome to interpret this literally or figuratively – so using sheet music on your arch or using the title of music or lyrics from a song to be the topic of your arch. If you are going to do that, you need to include the words in the composition.

These may be current day lyrics, classical lyrics, words from plays or theatre performances – or songs from your childhood.

You will see that my Arch is of ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’. Our 18 month old granddaughter (whom is affectionately known as Princess ‘L’) spends lots of time at our house when her mum is studying or working. We often sing songs together & dance about with her while she is with us & she is always going up to the stereo & saying dA, dA, which means she wants music on & wants to dance.  She twirls & stomps her feet & sways around, makes moaning noises that mimic singing………one of the little games we play is singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, THIS week – when I was singing it with her at the appropriate place she joined in with ‘How I won……….’ Then trailed off into her melodic moaning again.  She has been wandering around saying ‘how I’ & just continuing to repeat those same few words – in our house – the nursery rhyme is now called ‘HOW I’ as we all (including my macho tradie husband) make twinkling stars with our fingers!

For anyone who has been following along, you may notice that it always appears as though I do two arches (I guess I do in a way) but it’s the back of my arch, as I have punched the sides & will eventually bind it in some way at the sides – I want the backs of my pages to be nice as well……………what’s everyone else doing with their stash of gorgeous arches????

You may visit Keron’s blog here:
The Colourguru

:::Gypsy Sampler:::


We had so many beautiful gypsy themed arches this past week! thank you for playing and inspiring others!


 Our theme this week is “Gypsy” and our hostess Mandy has done a beautiful arch with vibrant colors, image and details. What comes to your mind when you think of a gypsy? Crystal balls? a mystical lady? foreign lands? We would love to see your creation in gothic form!

A bit about our hostess…

My name is Mandy, I’m a full~time mum and also a carer for my disabled mum. I have been crafting a long time, but only took up rubberstamping about 2 years ago, and I’m totally addicted! Although I’m predominantly a rubberstamper I would love to do more mixed media art.
I chose ‘Gypsy’ as a theme because of the sumptious colours associated with them, all the wonderful lushious richness of everything you think of when you think of gypsies.

You can visit Mandy’s beautiful blog here:
Mandy’s Magical World of Art

:::Guardian Angel Sampler:::


We had so many guardian inspirations this past week – bringing in 2008 with creative flair! thanks for all your beautiful contributions!!!

:::Guardian Angel:::


Our challenge this week is to create something using the theme “Guardian Angel”. Our hostess this week Anne Jones made this beautiful arch using different elements and a lovely quote. How do you interupt guardian angels? Heaven above? sweet cherubs? Angels among us? We would love to see your gothic arch creations here!

A bit about our hostess…

There’s not a lot more to be said about me that isn’t already in my profile. I am married with two absolutely wonderful little boys who are my life. This year my DH and I celebrate 10 years of wedded bliss and I am planning a big party for our anniversary as we only had a very quiet wedding at The Blacksmiths Cottage in Gretna..

Thanks to programmes like “Blue Peter” and “Vision On”, I have always felt inspired to create. One of my earliest craft memories was getting told off in a Geography lesson for not listening – instead I was too busy trying to work out how I was going to get that cheese box, toilet roll tube and cotton reel to resemble a carousel! I did eventually create my masterpiece but to this day I still don’t know where Angola is! LOL!

I hope my Guardian Angel inspires you, and I look forward to seeing all your fabulous arches! Have fun!

You may visit Anne’s blog to see more of her beautiful creations: