Monday, February 8, 2016

Darkroom Door Sponsor Spotlight #1

Hello and Welcome to our first Sponsor Spotlight of this new challenge month of February.  We are very happy and honored to have- 

-as our Sew and Sew Challenge Sponsor this month!  Darkroom Door is generously awarding one of our randomly chosen Sew and Sew Challenge participants with a Darkroom Door Rubber Stamp Set ($31.95 AUD value)!  The Sew and Sew Challenge is open until February 28th--plenty of time to bring your sewing related creations over.....
Now, without further ado, OCC DT Member-Extraordinaire Candice (aka Tincan Crafter) is here to showcase some amazing creations she made with one of Darkroom Door's fabulous Rubber Stamp Sets--
I have had a fascination with Japan and Asia since I was a little child.  In my twenties I was fortunate enough to spend about 7 years over in Japan in Nagasaki and Shiga.  So when Darkroom Door generously sponsored me with the awesome Kimono Vol. 2 Stamp Set - I was thrilled and decided to draw on that experience to do these.

The Collection as shown above, consists of two Kimono clad ladies, the "Kanji" for Love, a sakura laden tree branch, a fan and three "Mon" (a crest typically signifying a family clan).  I decided to play around with every element in the collection to create a set of 4 multi-purpose cards.

Here below, are the 4 cards with a little explanation of what I used from the collection--

 Kimono First Lady 

The focal point of this card is the lovely Kimono adorned lady who is looking behind her.  I stamped her onto card stock and coloured her in with ink.  I stamped the Kanji for Love onto a wood tile and heat embossed it.  I layered the image onto various mats of washi paper, added a few brads and some twine to finish it off.

Fan Box

I stamped the fan from the collection in three different shades of Archival Ink onto Flower Print Origami Paper and fussy-cut them out.  I used gold ink to create contrast along the edges of the fan.  I used a genuine piece of washi fabric to mat the fans in a vertical 3 pattern.  I drew in some branches and punched out tiny sakura flowers out of the same origami paper to adorn what I intended to look like a sakura tree branch. The card is a window box card - the idea was that it looked like the shrine corner in Japanese Houses.

Sakura Lanterns

Using the Sakura branch stamp and two of the "mon" stamps - I came up with a lantern type card.
I cut out a big circle from silk print cardstock, stamped the Sakura Branch onto it.  I then coloured in the image with an assortment of Sakura Gel and Glaze pens.  To make the base of the lantern - I cut out two rectangles - rounded off the edges and used Walnut stain distress Ink to colour it.  For the smaller lanterns - I die cut round tabs from the Cricut line of dies.  I stamped on two of the "mon" images.  

Leafy Kimono and Lanterns

I used all the "mon" stamps and the Love Kanji on the square lanterns.  I made those by die-cutting rectangles, rounding off the corners and running the big rectangle through a crimper.  I also stamped the Lady in the Leafy Kimono and coloured her in with Sakura gel and glaze pens.  I cut a window out of some cardstock and embossed that with wood grain design.  I glued on some Washi paper on the reverse side to create the effect of the lady entering through a washi door.

I hope Darkroom Door will be happy with what I have envisioned and created with this beautiful collection of stamps

I am having serious problems with internet connectivity right now so I am unfortunately unable to show you a photo-play-by-play on how I created each card.  However I do hope that you have enjoyed these cards and that you will head over to Darkroom Door and pick up this awesome collection as well as see what other amazing collections they have.

Thanks for stopping by to have a look at these.  Please leave me a comment if you would like better details or explanations of anything that you would like to know more about, in the event that you wish to recreate it.

Happy Crafting everyone!

(aka - Tincan Crafter)
WOW, Candice!!  You've truly brought your experience and knowledge of Japan to life in this Outstanding set of cards!  I know, that not only will Darkroom Door love these creations, so will our readers--Each card more is beautiful and original than the last. 
Thank you for joining us today, for our first Darkroom Door Sponsor Spotlight of the month.  We'll have another Spotlight on the 18th, so come back then and see another Awesome OCC DT creation using Darkroom Door images. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Winner and Top 3 - Make Time Moodboard Challenge

Servus and welcome to the announcement of the winner and top 3 from January's "Make Time" moodboard challenge!

I invited our players to make time for a creative session without a theme or special technique or twist in mind - just providing a moodboard for inspiration - but mainly with the aim to have you all enjoy some precious me-time at your desks (or is it "you-time" in this case?)!

And I found evidence with most entries that some joyful me-time has been had, which of course makes me very happy! So once more thank you for playing along!

Before I announce my winners I just have to announce the prize winner who was selected via This lucky winner wins a $25 voucher donated by

and it goes to.....

Please contact us via the email on the sidebar and we will get your prize to you as soon as possible. 


Now on to my winning project of our moodboard challenge and it is this wonderful card...


I love the subtle but striking colour contrasts and the highly graphical design of this card! It combines a perfect layout with perfect use of colour and texture. Just beautifully composed and so brilliantly done! 

Following up closely my Top 3 projects are

This highly textural altered bottle 
that speaks of a lot of fun and quality time being had during its making


the amazing "Moments of Time" card
Sara has entered

Just look at these clock faces and the subtle colour tones! Wow!
Obviously a lot of attention to detail (and therefore time) has been put into this project.

and last but not least
a scrapbook page that I especially love for its photographs - looking at some happy moments captured so beautifully made me smile and feel like I was allowed to get a glimpse at some fondly captured authentic happiness of loving people (and not a scrapbook page that was made to show off).

So thank you very much for sharing these treasured moments with me,

Our actual "Sew and sew" challenge has just started and you definitely mustn't miss the wonderful projects the DT have created for your inspiration! I hope to see you play along with them again!

Hope to see you play along with us this month!
Hugs and happy crafting,

Monday, February 1, 2016

Sew and Sew

Hi everyone!

               Jan here! I am hosting the February challenge here at Our Creative Corner! 

I really really enjoy being on the Design Team, but it is so exciting being the Challenge Host. 

For this challenge we are asking you to focus on....

Sew and Sew 

 Fabrics, wool, threads, lace - this months challenge is all about texture, layers and loveliness!

What scraps have you got hidden away? Any snippets of favourite clothes you can't bare to part with?

Anything sewing related can be used in your piece. You could use hand stitching or get out the sewing machine and don't worry if you are not a fan of sewing - why not try drawing in some fake stitches?  

Don't forget to get out your sewing themed stamps and dies.
Have fun and create something!

I am really looking forward to seeing what you make!!!

  Our Sponsor this month is....

 Darkroom Door will be giving our randomly drawn winner one Rubber Stamp Set 
which is valued at $31.95 AUD 

My Teamies have created the most amazing variety of projects following my theme for this challenge - let's take a look at what they made to inspire you!


I created a page for my neglected Folio about our travels in America. 
We visited Palm Springs in California and went up the Arial Tramway from 
 the dessert into a blizzard! We were dressed for the heat and blue skies 
 not for cold and snow, we laughed so much, it was a memorable day. I enjoyed
 using my sewing stash and scrapbook embellishments with my 
sewing machine to make a snowy page.



What a treat! I love sewing themed projects! I put together a hanging 
in muted brown and blue tones getting a chance to use up some of my 
lovely lace, twine and charm embellishments


"So she sewed shweshwe on the sugar sweet dolls!".
Shweshwe (/ˈʃwɛ.ʃwɛ/) from the Sotho name Moshoeshoe is a 
traditional Sotho (South Africa & Lesotho) printed fabric characterized by its 
geometric designs out of which traditional garments are fashioned.

I hand-stitched some shweshwe fabric scraps "wool, threads, lace", sequins 
and ribbon onto card and created these quirky African Valentine Paper Dolls.


I have made a small sewing themed hanging using stamps and dies but sadly 

no stitching. I had great plans for a stitched hanging but unfortunately had 
to shelve them due to having my second foot operation and being out of action.  
However, I hope this mini project inspires you to create even a 
small project for our challenge!



SEW SEW SEW LOVE LOVE LOVE Jan's challenge theme for February! 
 I stamped and sewed this Sunflower wall hanging just for the occasion.  


My first idea was to make a simple collage with a few stitches 
and fabric scraps...but I just couldn't stop adding bits and pieces....
I finished with a beautiful mess…


I decided to go a little quirky with my piece this month!
 I needed a journal and I wanted it to have certain features which I could 
custom make. I've had some gesso primed canvas for ages and never found 
quite the right project for it - until now. I've used real stitching to add texture 
and definition but not sure if it fits the bill of 'lovely'! You decide. . . . .



 I had a special gift to make and I chose to alter an old chocolate box,
 transforming it in a travel sewing box...  



I decided to use dyed scraps of calico as the texture on my 3D piece 
this month. I love using fabric to add a bit of interest to my projects!


WOW!!! I hope you will enjoy the inspirational ideas here and come and join in the challenge this month!

Remember that a randomly drawn winner will get the prize of a Darkroom Door stamp. There will also be a winner and Top 3 who is chosen by the Challenge Host and the winner will be invited back to OCC to be our Top Talent!

Come and join in the fun!


Friday, January 22, 2016

Top Talent For Topsy Turvy Challenge.

Morning everyone Julia here - belated Happy New Year to you all! I have another Top Talent post to share with you today. This lady needs very little introduction because she was also our Top Talent last month!! Just to remind you who I'm talking about:

Yes, the lovely Lynn is back for a second time as Top Talent for the Topsy Turvy challenge run by Lys. Lynn produced a beautiful project for the challenge and is a very deserved winner.

Firstly, let's find out yet more about Lynn by reading her answers to the following questions:
  1. Where do you live? I live in New Haven, Connecticut - on the Northeastern shore of the US.
  2. If you had a time machine that worked only once, what point in history would you be most inspired to visit and why? I would love to visit the period encompassing the Renaissance era through the Elizabethan time - because this time period provides such rich detail in all dimensions.  I think of the wonderful sculpture, painting, poetry, song, theatre, dance, costume.... endless inspiration! 
  3. Besides crafting, what other hobbies or talents do you have that you'd like to share with us? I came to paper crafting from art quilting, which I have put on hiatus due to the time involved to create a piece.  I am trying to learn how to paint with watercolors, and have also signed up for a lettering course - I love handwriting and want to improve so I can add some spontaneous lettering to my art journal or other projects.
  4. What colour do you hardly ever or never use in your work and why?  Hmmm - this is a hard question!  I love colors, and use virtually all of them..... but I am learning to work with the brown and grey palettes.  I tend toward bright colors (a holdover from my art quilting) - but have learned to appreciate the subtlety of the softer neutral colors in the world of paper.
  5. If you had to choose between paint or ink, which would you select and why? Another challenging question!  Probably paint, because I can manipulate the intensity and coverage more readily, and also because it acts to protect my paper when I want to get wet and messy with other mediums!
  6. Do you work on more than one project at a time or do you prefer to complete one piece of work before starting another?  Generally, I work on one project at a time, because my space is very limited.  Often, my attempts for something go awry for that project, though, but still lead me into something else - so I tend to have a large "to-do" or "scrap" pile around! 
Next, a few words from Lynn and then feast your eyes on the wonderful piece of art that she has made for us:

'Hi, Lynn here!  I am over the moon to return to this forum as a Top Talent - thank you!!  I was inspired by the view out my kitchen window of the trees against a winter sky, and decided to make a little lantern where each side would represent a season.  You can see the other three sides below, and more details on my blog!'

Such a creative and wonderfully unique piece of art you have made for us Lynn! I love how you've used the view from your window as the starting point for your art. It's been wonderful sharing time with you over the last two Top Talent Spots and we really hope to see you play along with us again. Thank you Lynn for all your hard work and I for one will most certainly be visiting to find out just how you made this lovely project. Please be sure to pop over and see the full post about Lynn's piece by following the link to her blog above.

Please be sure everyone to come back next month when I will be sharing the work of our next Top Talent artist. In the meantime, have you joined us in our January challenge yet? It's called Make Time: Mood Board Challenge and you will find all the details if you click here - there's still time!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Creative Embellishments January Sponsor Spotlight

Welcome to our first Sponsor Spotlight of this New Year!!  We've got our Our Creative Corner's owner, Laura, showcasing goodies from our January Challenge Sponsor-Creative Embellishments for you today--Take it away, Laura!!  

Hi everyone!

 I am so pleased to be bringing you our January Sponsor Spotlight. Our wonderful Sponsor this month is Creative Embellishments!

I LOVE the items Creative Embellishments make! They are so gorgeous and delicate - they are a perfect addition to any project you are making - and the choice is amazing in their store - every subject, size, will be spoilt for choice. They are kindly offering a wonderful prize for the winner of this months challenge.....see what I made with some of the items they sell....

    I chose to use a berry wreath and a bird from their chipboard range

I cut a circle card background for the wreath and covered it with German text paper

I then painted over it with White Acrylic paint and Iced Spruce Distress Paint to make the snow and sky background. I covered the snow area with glue and sprinkled it with Rock Candy Distress Glitter.

I painted the wreath with Burnt Umber Decoart Media Fluid Acrylic paint and painted the berries with white acrylic paint so the red will really show up well

I then painted the berries with Quinacridone Red Decoart Media Fluid Acrylic paint and when dry I added blobs of Decoart Liquid Glass to add a berry shape.

I dabbed the leaves, wreath and berries with white acrylic paint then covered the wreath with Rock Candy Stickles glue and sprinkled a little extra Rock Candy Distress glitter to add some lovely frosty texture.

Some rusty wire curls added some foliage texture to the whole wreath and a hanger was made of rusty wire too

The robin was painted with Frayed Burlap Distress paint and Ivory, Red and Burnt Umber acrylic paint.

 I stamped some snowflakes and diluted some white acrylic paint with water and splattered the thin paint over everything to look like snow.

Hope you like my Winter Wonderland Spotlight!

Come and join in with Claudia's challenge this month to be in with a chance to win $25 worth of Creative Embellishments goodies!

Happy Crafting!


Monday, January 4, 2016

Wish Upon A Star Winners and Top 3

Trish here with the winners and Top 3 of my Wish Upon A Star Challenge!

So many amazing entries, I had a wonderful and very inspirational time hopping around all of the blogs looking at the amazing creations! Thank you all so much for playing along.

Firstly though, we need to announce the randomly chosen winner of the fabulous sponsor prize this month. Our sponsor was:

The winner will receive a surprise bundle of Tando wonderfulness! That winner is:

No. 18 - April

Congratulations April! Please email us, and we will make sure you receive your Tando prize.


So, I now have the pleasure of announcing my Wish Upon A Star winner!

These stars are AMAZING! Yulia has taken 2 sheets of acetate, and sandwiched beads, sequins and lots of other inclusions between the 2 sheets. She has then used a sewing machine to create star shapes... resulting in some absolutely wonderful transparent bases upon which to add all the extra details and layers. I am going to have a go at this for sure! Congratulations Yulia!


My top three are as follows (in entry order)

So much texture, so many layers and a fabulous scene! Love it!

These baubles are just gorgeous, wonderful colour and a perfect finishing touch with the bells!

I love the cute and quirky vintage feel of this assemblage, the handmade snowman is wonderful!

Congrats Yulia, Joi, Asia and Jess! Your blog badges will be on the way soon!

Want to be in with a chance of being featured as a winner next month? Then take a peek at our current challenge 'Make Time'  which features an inspiring mood board chosen by Claudia.  We can't wait to see your entries!

Trish x