Thursday, 1 February 2018

Changes to our challenges & #GIVEAWAY

Hi All!

We are back and we have some exciting changes to share with you all!

We promised to be back in February and we are back, but instead of a new challenge, we have a #GIVEAWAY! Yay!!!

Before I tell you how you can enter please spare a moment to read all about our CHANGES in how we will run our challenges so that you are fully aware of what is happening.

After much deliberation, I have decided to run our challenge solely via our Facebook Group ***Mixed Media World*** and step away from the blogging as such. There are a few reasons behind this change and after weighing all pros and cons, I have decided to give this a go. What this means for you...

• You can remain our follower here on the blog as there might be times we might come back to share something with you or invite someone special to guest design etc.
• If you are not already a member of our FB group please join HERE now so you don't miss out. By doing so, you will be able to share your mixed media art with us anytime and/or to enter our monthly challenges there! The challenges will only be run from this platform and no longer from this blog.
• You can post and share as much of your artsy exploration anytime.
• You can find like-minded friends within the group.
• You will receive regular comments on your challenge entries from the team as well as from the group members.
• This means your work will receive the attention it deserves and we will be able to interact with you more efficiently. Hopping from blog to blog leaving comments is a mahooosive job, especially when we have more entries. It simply is not viable and it bothers me that you might not be getting the attention you deserve. As much as we see your art we don’t always get to spend time to leave comments on individual blogs and I want to change this. It will be much easier to ‘like’ and comment on your posts within the group.
• You also have the massive advantage of being able to share your videos and tutorials within the group, which again, gives everyone more options and us an easy access to your channels.
• You will find plenty inspiration within the group.
• You can ask questions and for recommendations from the team and other members and be actively part of a community of likeminded crafters and artists. We are all very supportive and we can interact with you on daily basis.
• Together, we can have fun and be a part of this crazy mixed media world that we love.
• Entering our challenges will be sooo simple for you. Just add your photo to the particular month’s album that will be created at the same time as the challenge is announced. Easy!
• You will be easily notified, if you win.
• The prizes and challenges will be announced on 1st of each month so you can easily follow the challenge pattern. I will specify details within the group. 
• There are a few rules to follow so make sure you read the 'pinned post' or the 'about' section when in the group. Mainly, we can all have fun together so come and join in!

I have listed some of the reasons above already and another reason is to save everyone’s time and energy. We seem to be all over various platforms and unable to give everyone enough attention. I would like to focus and put maximum energy into one platform where we can all have fun and share ideas and support each other in our mixed media explorations. 

This blog started with ‘let’s have some fun’ in mind and want to keep it that way. For everyone. I also feel that with the boom of social media, blogging is not what it used to be. I’m not going to bore you with facts and numbers, but it is clear that nowadays people want easy access and immediate satisfaction. The good thing is, we can still have access to your blog, because you can still include a link to your blog post when posting a photo of your project within the group so whoever wants to find out more about your processes can visit and read more. Maybe you are a hidden gem somewhere within the blog world and we don’t even know!!

So come and join the fun and join the group now so you don’t miss out on winning some goodies from our lovely sponsors. Our next challenge will start on 1st March 2018 so this gives everyone enough time to join and get used to the group a bit. In the meantime, let’s spread some love and have the promised #giveaway!!

The giveaway prize: 

£20 online voucher to That’s Crafty! Shop 

THAT'S CRAFTY!
(This giveaway is not sponsored, the voucher will be purchased for the winner by me (Ingrid))

How to enter: 

• leave a comment below and let me know you’re in it to win it! 
• Join the FB Group and comment with a hashtag #giveaway and #mixedmediaworld 

And that’s it! Really easy so good luck to you all! I shall look forward to hearing from you! The giveaway will run until 28th February, 12pm GMT (London, UK time). I will announce the winner after this date within the FB group. Make sure you're in it to win it!

Big hugs,

Ingrid xxx

32 comments:

  1. I quite understand your reasoning behind your move...it's sad but a lot of challenges have gone that way. Looking forward to joining you on Facebook. I am a very keen blogger and will obviously keep up with my own blog and I am glad you are allowing us to link up our own blogs as otherwise all our design processes we share would be lost. I wish you well with the ongoing challenges and thanks for the giveaway! I'm in it to win it! xx

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    1. Thank you, Jane!

      Adding a link when posting your pic is totally ok. Working on challenges from one platform will be so much easier rather than being here, there and everywhere and not being able to give it 100%. I’m hoping we can all have more fun that way. Thank you for joining in! X

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  2. Yes, I am in, of course...
    Hugs...

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  3. I totally understand your reasoning, I too am on a design team and always feel guilty if so busy with life unable to spend more time on followers blogs. Looking forward to creating with you again this year. I'm in it to win it !

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  4. I am in.. thank you Ingrid and I am sure this change is gonna be more fun!!

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    1. Awesome! Thank you! I’m sure it will ;) Good luck! X

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  5. Wow!!!!
    I am really happy to hear from you. I waited so long to join you for more mixed media fun!! As a newbie I really love to showcase my work on this awesome platform!! I am in it to win it😘😘😘

    Hugs
    Dr Monika Tripathi Shukla
    UrooCreations

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    1. We’re excited to be back! Thank you very much and good luck! X

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  6. Wow !! So many interesting changes !! It’s surely going to be fun !! 😊♥️

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    1. Hey! Hope you’re well! Thank you, I’m sure it will be fun! X

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  7. I love blogging, but I do fb as well. I understand what you mean about being stretched over so many media platforms. Off to join the fb group and looking forward to next months challenge. Hugz

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    1. Ooops, forgot to say I'm in it to win it. Just been accepted in the fb group so off to check it out. Hugz

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  8. Wow! I am in it to win it! Looking forward to more great challenges.
    Kate

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  9. I'm already a member on your FB group, but admittedly, a POOR Facebook 'friend'. I certainly can understand why you chose to change. I hope to continue to post on FB with my entries. But for now I am 'in it to win it'! Thank you so much, Ingrid, for purchasing this gift certificate for one lucky winner! How very generous! Hugs!

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    1. Hi Sara!
      Lovely to hear from you! You don’t have to be on fb al the time. Just pop in at the start and at the end of the month, but it would be lovely to see you entering our challenges during the months. We love seeing them pop up!
      We will blog now and then, but the challenges and all around art sharing will be done via the group.
      Hugs x

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  10. I'm sure it's going to be lots of fun on the FB group. I"m in :).

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  11. I'm in... Thank you for the giveaway!

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  12. It's gonna be fun on Facebook.
    Love this Challenge.
    I'm in to win it.

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  13. I have only just found you and so have requested to join your FB group. More and more crafty challenges are now being hosted on facebook, I guess for all the reasons you have shared above. I'm definitely 'in it to win it' and look forward to joining you over on facebook very soon! Stef x

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    1. Welcome Stef! Looking forward to see you around! X

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  14. Wow, lots of changes! As others have said, we understand your reasons, and I am a follower on FB, but not as active there as I am on blogs. Will try to join in when I can. My concern with Fb, having done this myself, is that it is so easy for people to just hit Like or Love and be on their way. Kinda a sad statement on how much our society is into "instant gratification" oh well... I am happy you have found what works best for you Ingrid!
    And I'm in it to win it! Thank you for all you do!
    hugs Jackie xo

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    1. Hi Jackie!
      Thank you for joining in. Sometimes changes are good. Yes, it is rather sad that it has all turned into a rat race and social media seem to be overtaking. I prefer to have be in touch which is why I chose to make this change. Running the challenges on FB will enable exactly that as I feel rather detached from everything via the blog. I’m hoping that we will be able to interact with everyone more and even enjoy sharing more.
      The good thing is, you don’t have to be on FB all the time. As long as you have an account and are a part of the group, you can pop on on 1st of each month and at the end of the month and whenever you just fancy have a browse or wish to share your art.
      Anyway, you’ve been with us for a while so I hope you stay around to have some more fun! ;) hugs x

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  15. I'm sure this was a difficult decision and I will truly miss the blogging. I just joined the group, though I was already following on FB. Thanks for the chance! <3

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  16. Though im going to miss the blogging..its going to be fun on FB and as everyone are not into blogging..i think more people are going to get a chance to participate,im excited.Thanks for the chance.

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  17. I m New in this field I love to join your challenge as well as in the fb group.it will be easier to communicate via FB .. send request in fb grp.love n hug.. thanks for the chance

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  18. Hope to win this voucher! Let's have some fun challenges!

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  19. Im in it to win it. Looking forward to some new challenges and lots of inspiration xx

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