Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Sponsor Spotlight No.1

Hi everyone !
Lys here, with a creation for Lost Coast Designs Sponsor Spotlight!


I chose this fabulous stamp: “Grunge Border 3”, and associated it with my Gelli Plate, to make these colourful and contrasted cards:

I used paints on the Gelli plate, and make different sheets of paper.
I wished only different shades, no designs, as the stamp is very rich yet.
Then I stamped the border with a black ink, and cut the paper, keeping both parts.  
I glued them on a bright chocolate card
And this is the first one: 
The second one:
And the last one: 
 I stamped the clock twice and cut it to stick it on 3D foam.


Et voilà!
You can still play with Joi’s Challenge and dive in her “beautiful mess”, to win the prize of our generous sponsor!


Happy crafting!
Lys

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Hit the Books Winner and Top 3

Hi Everyone! 

Jennie here to thank  you all so much for running with my challenge 'Hit the Books'. 

I asked you to give those old book pages centre stage and you certainly did that. I had a great time visiting you all and enjoying your creative process. A huge thank you to all of you who entered.

Before I announce the winner and Top 3 for the challenge it is time for Mr Random.org to do his work and pick one of your wonderful entries. This month the lucky random winner wins a fabulous bundle of stamps and products from....





And that winner is.......Arty Beginnings!

Well done to you! Please email us via the email button on the sidebar 
and we will get your prize to you asap! 

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Now for the winners of my Hit the Books Challenge. It was a very difficult job to choose just four entries and there were so many absolutely wonderful projects and I wish you could all be winners.

And so my winner for the challenge is:



Old Book Paper formed the basis of the panels in this wonderful 
piece and twisted paper was also used to add texture to the front panels. 
A stunning piece!




And now to the Top 3 (in no particular order!)

I loved the way the journal definition was used so subtly in this
 journal page as well as the old book paper creating texture and
layering in the background.


This altered children's book really caught my eye with 
pages cut away to create an amazing 3D picture.



I loved this series of ATCs with Victorian illustrations from 
an old book beautifully coloured and layered to tell 
a wonderful story.



Again many thanks to you all of you for making this a fabulous challenge!


Don't forget to join in with A Beautiful Mess this month with Joi! You could win a $20 voucher to spend at Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda!



Wednesday, June 1, 2016

A Beautiful Mess!

Hi everyone! Welcome back to the last challenge at Our Creative Corner...

Our wonderful Joi is running this months challenge - but before I hand over to her to tell you all the details about that, I just wanted to let you know that we will be announcing Joi's winner and Top 3 and the sponsor winner on 1st July and then OCC will be closing it's doors for the foreseeable future.

I took over as Leader at Our Creative Corner from Linda (The Funkie Junkie) in May 2013 - Being asked to do this was such a huge honour for me and it has truly been such an amazingly wonderful journey. As much as we love our craft blogging life, we all know that RL has a habit of getting in the way. For quite a while now I have been trying to not give in to the need to focus on RL, but I know that now is the right time....

I do just want to take this time to express some very much deserved gratitude -

Thank you so much...

...to Linda for having faith in me and letting me take on the leadership of OCC. Thank you for your invaluable advice, strength and wisdom and for always supporting me along the way.

...to each DT member who has given their time to OCC and devoted themselves to organizing some awesome challenges and providing amazing inspiration. Thank you for being there.

...to all the Guest Designers who have inspired everyone during our challenges. Your work was always an amazing addition to our blog and we are so very grateful.

...to our very generous Sponsors for supporting Our Creative Corner
and providing fantastic prizes.

.....and last, but by no means least....

Thank you to every person who has ever entered any of the challenges here at OCC.

Your creativity is amazing. We have been in awe of the people who enter their work for us to see and we would always have the greatest difficulty picking a winner each time. Without all of you there would have been no challenges and we were always so glad to see you here!
 

I am leaving OCC open for people to re-visit and hopefully be inspired by what they see.

In the future OCC might be back - but for now it is goodbye....

Happy crafting adventures to everyone!

Laura
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Howdy from Joi@RR.

I am bringing you the June challenge at OUR CREATIVE CORNER.

 Before I introduce my challenge I would like to tell you about our Sponsor for this month

We are so excited to have Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda as our Sponsor for June.



They will be giving a lucky randomly selected winner a $20 gift certificate!

And what do you have to do to win this wonderful prize?...............


.......How about getting messy?? Can you do it with me???

Can you be free and filthy? Are you brave???

I believe YOU can do it... you can create...

A Beautiful Mess

Whether you make a messy looking project or just use 'messy' techniques...
we want to see every inch of your  'Beautiful Mess'!

So create 'A Beautiful Mess' for a chance to win some of the Sponsors fab products!


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Lets take a peek at what the fabulous team at OCC have made to inspire you today! 

Joi

Messy Products and Messy Technique... I soooo want to 'fix' this creation!!!
Can't I go back and paint some tall cacti and sweet yellow cactus flowers? 
Does the sunrise/sunset have to be so wild?  And what are those crazy red splats doing all over my canvas????  Dear me.... such a MESS! But ohhh - so much fun!!! Hope you have fun too. Xj.

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 Laura


 I decided to focus creating a beautiful card using messy 
techniques with lots of wrinkle free distress technique along
 with some Distress Stain splats and stencil splashes.  

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I certainly made a mess getting this journal page inked up! 
Massive amounts of Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord and 
Wilted Violet Distress Ink Stains gave me purple hands for days!

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 Ana


Layers of papers, paint, texture paste and words….here and there….
without thinking a lot…
From mess on the table…to a beautiful mess on the paper…. 

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Layers for me too: laser printed image with paint, stencils, 
stamping and other techniques on the top. I loved this challenge so very much!

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Lys


What better than an Art-Journal spread to be freely messy?
 I played with inks and paints and found a quote to explain 
how this kind of mess can be so beautiful!

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 Trish

 
As everything I do is generally a mess, I thought I would challenge 
myself to do mess AND clean at the same time! The result? 
A CAS (sort of) card, created using a piece from a very, very messy 
painted and stamped masterboard! :)
  
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Thanks so much to the OCC team for their messy creations! They look amazing!
REMEMBER....
Bring all those inky splats, paint splashes, marker swipes, watercolor spills and perhaps broken embellishments to our MESSY challenge here at Our Creative Corner.... and enjoy yourself!

I just can't WAIT to see all your CREATIVITY sublime and leave you a comment too!

PLEASE - thrill us with 'A BEAUTIFUL MESS'. I'll be watching for you!!






Sunday, May 22, 2016

Top Talent For 'Return Of The Challenge'

It's time for another Top Talent post here and I'm delighted to introduce you to the wonderful work of our worthy winner from the 'Return of the Challenge':

Jessica from Two Mad Dahlias
(don't you just love the name of Jessica's blog??!!)

Before I share Jessica's gorgeous project with you, let's find out a little more about this creative lady:

Where do you live? I live in Arizona just outside of Phoenix.  I have been here for just over 12 years. I was born and raised in Massachusetts.

What makes you smile? Lots of things make me smile- my daughter, my husband, my four goofy cats, internet memes-I am pretty easy to please!

What is your favourite style of crafting? I love crafting in all forms.  I love working with paper and being able to manipulate it with paint, ink, glue, texture paste, gel mediums, gesso, sprays, you name it and I will slap it on a piece of paper. I like to add a bit of vintage flair to all of my work by using old ephemera, beads, and knick knacks.

Name one product you couldn't live without and tell us why.  Paper.  Lots of paper.  I love paper.  I am a terrible cutter(don't ever ask me to cut a straight line) and that's a huge reason why I don't sew.  I love that I can use ripped paper, crooked paper, and tiny bits of paper to make something lovely.

What's the last stamp set you bought? I just bought the Tim Holtz Winged Things set and I used it for my project below.

Paint or ink? Or Both? Why? Both.  Layering adds so much depth to any work.  Ink and paint can make different types of layers and I love how they look separately and how they work together.

So many of Jessica's answers resonate with me that I feel as if I know her already - right down to the purchase of Jessica's latest set of stamps, one of my favourite very favourite sets, 'Winged Things' by Mr Holtz!! So totally agree with Jessica about using ink and paint to create layers and depth.

Here's Jessica's beautiful project with THAT little girl stamp that I love so much:

I am so excited my Mermaids were chosen as the winner for the Return of the Challenge.  Today I have made a multi layered canvas tag.

I started by using my gelli plate, stencils, and acrylic paint to make my background.

My focal image is from the Tim Holtz Winged Things stamp set.  The little fairy is colored using Distress Inks and Crayons.

 I made the flowers and branches using a tissue paper and collage medium technique.

I hope you enjoy my tag as much as I enjoyed making it!

Jessica, I absolutely love how you've layered this beautiful tag using so many techniques which I adore! You had me with the stamp set you used but then followed up with a Gelli print background and flowers - right up my street!! Thank you so much for sharing your art with us today and we do hope you will play along with us again. For further details showing how Jessica made this delightful piece of art, please click here to visit her blog.

If you haven't joined in with this month's challenge yet, there's still time and you can find all the details and inspiration from the DT by clicking here.

We have another Top Talent to bring you next month so don't forget to pop back on June 22nd and see the work of another talented creative.
Thanks so much for joining myself and the team today.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Crafty Individuals Spotlight No.2

Laura here with our second Sponsor Spotlight for this month!

 Our Sponsor this month is Crafty Individuals who have generously donated a massive bundle of goodies that will be on it's way to one very lucky winner this month. 

I love working with Crafty Individuals stamps so this was a lovely creation to make...


I chose to use these stamps...

Medieval Manuscript

and here is what I made with them....


These stamps are so gorgeous! They really don't need much 'work' added at all!

First I stamped up the manuscript and crackle onto card using Frayed Burlap DI 


I roughed up the edges of the Manuscript card and tore parts to give it an aged distressed look. I added some smudges of Victorian Velvet DI to complement the pink tones I intended to add.



 I covered some card with Victorian Velvet and Tattered Rose DI and edged it with Frayed Burlap DI and stuck it onto cream coloured mount board. Then I added the crackle and manuscript card.


I stamped the lady in Frayed Burlap DI and cut her out, dabbing the cut edges with Frayed Burlap.


I stuck some crochet lace across the card 



....and stuck some foam pads under the cut out lady so she appeared to be floating above the card.


I added a tiny dusky pink rose and some dried flowers 


 ....and added some pearl beads in the corners


And there is the completed creation!


Hope you like it!

To be in with a chance of winning a massive bundle of wonderful Crafty Individuals goodies,
 just join in Jennie's Challenge 'Hit the Books'

Happy Crafting!

Laura 
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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Crafty Individuals Spotlight No.1

Hi everyone! 

Laura here to introduce our first Sponsor Spotlight for this month! Our Sponsor this month is Crafty Individuals who have so generously donated a massive bundle of goodies that will be on it's way to one very lucky winner this month. 

To demonstrate some of their lovely stamps and masks is our wonderful Joi....She has done her usual magical work on an amazing masterpiece. Please read on and see what she made because it is well worth seeing!


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HOWDY from Joi at RR!
It's gorgeous at the ranch today - spring is in full bloom. 

I have been having fun playing with the high quality CRAFTY INDIVIDUALS stamps & masks.

Below are links to the three wonderful Crafty Individuals products I used.


Of course, the Leafy Branches Mask was cut to use!! 



And here is my creation for Crafty Individuals! 



                                                             I began with a napkin!!



Using DecoArt Decou-Page, the napkin was added to an 8x10 canvas board. Matching tissue paper from my stash seemed to be super colors for the bottom half and it had some shimmer too! 



Finished gluing - and here is the result!


Mixing DecoArt Media Yellow-Green Light Fluid Acrylics with DecoArt Media Crackle Paint, created the color for the path.   


Using a palette knife to spread the pathway and a credit card to make the grass tuffs....

 Vio-la...... the crackled pathway emerged. 



Gently wiping on DecoArt Majestic Purple Metallic Lustre with my finger... the cracks were accented. 


Using some more of the Yellow-Green Light paint and my long haired brush - some more grass tuffs appeared. 


Using Staz-On inks... I began using the wonderful stamp sets from Crafty Individuals.


Actually, I'm not sure why I stamped the Crafty Individuals "Walk In The Park" couple in red... just picked it up first and thought - why not.  Imagine my surprise when the red that made it onto the canvas.  No idea why - it just seemed to be "right"!   

The stamped Crafty Individuals "Flowers Heads" were decorated with my ever faithful Faber-Castell Pitt Pens.




There were a few pieces of the napkin left, so here you see the cut-out pieces that were Deco-Paged onto the board here and there. 
Hehehehhe - almost used every inch of that napkin!  

Using DecoArt Media Modeling Paste and the incredibly nice quality Crafty Individuals "Leafy Branches" Mask.... I began "building" the archway. In the picture below - one side is already done - and the other side is in process with the mask still attached.


Then, began the painting!! 

You can also see in this picture that the Hero Arts stamp - appreciate WHAT IS - was used . . . . 



The archway needed to look "special," so out came some Ranger Stickles and Liquid Pearls, to add that beautiful shimmer!


In the beginning, I was just painting in the places that were already there on the napkin but... I couldn't contain myself and before long the bunches of flowers became trees!!!! 



I added a few jewels from my stash near the horizon line! 



These pictures were taken in hopes that perhaps you can see some of the glitter and shimmer of the piece. 




And here are some pictures of the finished piece





So happy to see the crackle thru the lovely flowers!!! 




Products Used:





Thanks bunches to Crafty Individuals and Our Creative Corner for giving me this opportunity to play with such nice quality stamps and masks. It was an adventure in creativity for me!

Don't forget to finish your project for our "HIT THE BOOKS" challenge.  I know you have some book paper!! You could be the lucky randomly selected winner of a huge bundle of Crafty Individuals goodies to play with!

Remember....
"APPRECIATE WHAT IS"
Even on the most challenging days......we can all find something to appreciate each day and be thankful :)

Big Hugs. j.