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')

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Winners - Challenge #10 - Grungy Love

Hello, it's Sara Emily here, and I've got to do  the most difficult task of being hostess for last month's challenge--pick a winner and runner-up!  Thank you for all your AMAZING grungy entries; I'm amazed at how many fabulous grungy love projects we received!  In my heart you ALL are winners, but I'm limited to choosing just one --so without further ado, here is the winner!

WINNER - # 33 Nikki Acton
Nikki created so many grungy layers on her canvas with incredible textures and gorgeous grungy metallic colors! This artwork is like four different projects in one, and has provided me with enough inspiration to last me a year! Wow!  You've got to visit her blog to see all her amazing techniques!

Congratulations Nikki!  Pamellia will be in touch by email to send you a personalized winner's badge and to provide details about being our Guest Designer for the next challenge.

And now for the Runner(s) Up!  I couldn't possibly pick just one!

RUNNER-UP - # 21 Aisha
Aisha added so many artfully arranged embellishments to her grungy heart, but my favorites are that little caged fairy popping out at the center of it all and the fairy dangling at the bottom (not shown in photo).  Beautiful colors, too! I could sit and stare at this for hours, and this is one I'd like to hold in my hands to get a real good look-see!

RUNNER-UP - # 36 Mayoori
I adore Mayoori's crusty lock, key, and chain on her altered bottle, but the entire project is just beautifully grungy!  I also loved that she included a step by step of her work--I'm a curious crafter, and it helps me to appreciate her work that much more!

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

Anne's Favourite - #59 Joi@RR
To be honest, I had about 4 favourites but I just love how Joi put this canvas together, the black heart the chainsaw chain surrounding it, the gorgeous colours, the texture, it just screams grungy love!

Branka's Favourite#2 Tracy Evans
Gorgeous aged frame with awesome industrial elements. The colours and distressing on the frame are simply fabulous with those amazing splashes of red. A stunning piece of art so cleverly put together.

Cec's Favourite - #8 Boozybear
There were two parts to this tag that struck my fancy.  The background has some wonderful texture and colour to make it grungy on its own.  Then add to that the fabulous steampunk heart that started life as a piece of styrofoam from the dollar store and was transformed into a grungy work of art.

Niki's Favourite -#53 Merethe Arstein
What I really like about this altered egg is the love behind it. Merethe made this for her son and every element that she added represents a memory or something that her son likes. I can only imagine the time and love that went into this grungy egg and it will remain a treasure for her son for years to come. That's grungy love!

Pamellia's Favourites:
#25. Anna
I am so in love with Anna's creativity on this canvas. The way she carries the pattern around the edges of the canvas is amazing. You should pop in and see her close up shots, so the detail of her project can be truly seen!

45. Elli
I was just captivated by this drop dead gorgeous piece! The brilliant colours mixed with soft flowers and filigree butterflies just grabbed me and pulled me right in! Shabby goodness at it mixed media finest!! LOVE IT!

Samra's Favourite - #27 Elena Vinogradova
Stunning work of art with details that are special and meaningful to the recipient, just like certain details and charms that I added on my Grungy Love card :) I am so glad that I stumbled upon this creation while browsing the web, it simply stole my heart!

Outstanding Technique
To me, outstanding technique has more than one meaning. Sometimes it's trying something new and getting an incredible result, sometimes it's perfecting an old technique to make it new and exciting, and sometimes it's mastering a style that is considered difficult to others.

A style that I find super hard to do with any degree of success is One Layer/CAS Mixed Media Cards. It's a tough one to pull off, and this month we had not just one, but three absolutely gorgeous entries that were crisp, clean, simple and grungy - all at the same time! To these ladies, I say...YOU HAVE OUTSTANDING TECHNIQUE!

#3 - Suzz                             #4 - Loll                              #16 - Ksenija

Honourable Mentions:

I think this may have been the toughest Honourable Mention board to date. There were so many outstanding projects last month, and we truly loved each and every project in the end! In the order of entry, our Honourable Mentions are...

6. Kerstin                  11. Jane R.                18. Lula                     19. Lozzy

34. IrinaR                 44. Autumn               52. Suzz               54. Elizabeth 


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's still lots of time to enter Branka's current challenge Crazy For Colour! We can't wait to see what you come up with this time!

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


  1. Some really grungy stuff there! I wouldn't want to be in your shoes either Emily ;-) They all did make some beautiful stuff there, what a wonderful challenge you all had.
    Michell aka MiSchra

  2. Wow the DT and all the winners showed how beautiful grungy love can be! Thanks for mentioning mine in the HM and cas mixed media!

  3. woow thank you so much for choose my dark heart as a runner-up and congrats to all winners big hugs xoxo Aisha

    1. Congrats Aisha. Your heart creations is truly FABULOUS! XXj.

  4. SUPER choices as Winners - YEAH Nikki, Aisha and Mayoori - all your projects are soooo INCREDIBLE. And Congrats to everyone else too - it was a fun challenge - LOTZA BURNIN LOVE!!!! THANK YOU very much Anne for choosing my chain saw heart as a favorite. SMILING!!! HUGS to all. j.

  5. There are so many amazing projects!!! Thank you Pamellia for choosing my "Industrial Inside" canvas as your favourite one!!! :) i'm very very pleased!
    Hugs, Anna KAVA

  6. So happy to be among the Honourable Mentions! Thanks bunches!
    Congrats to the Winners and all Highlighted! Stunning works!

  7. Congratulations to all winners and mentions fabulous projects hugs Debs xx

  8. The creation by Nikki is so gorgeous, big congratulations!!!
    And the other winners have made so stunning projects too, wooooow, I'm in awe!!!
    Big big congrats to everyone, they well deserve the honours for this challenge :D
    Big hugs, Coco

  9. Congrats to all these fabulous winners and thanks for the mention. <3

  10. Thanks Sara Emily and the wonderfully talented DT team! What an honour to be selected! There are so many incredible creations just on this page so congrats to all the DT favourites, honourable mentions and technique masters!! Nikki xx

  11. A huge Thank You, Pamellia, for your words!

  12. Congrats to all the winneres. And thanks for the shout out!

  13. Невероятно! Я в числе победителей Вашего блога! Танцую от радости! Спасибо огромное за приглашение к заданию и ваш выбор моей работы!

  14. Thank you so much for being selected in your honours list and congratulations to everyone. All stunning creations and stunning DT creations as always for another great challenge..Hugs Lozzy xx

  15. Congratulations to all the winners! And thank you for a spotlight!