Sunday, November 22, 2015

Top Talent For Shades Of Autumn Challenge

Good morning everyone. Julia here with another Top Talent post. Today our guest is known to many of you for her amazing talent and ability to explore many craft genres. She is the wonderfully creative:

Donna at Inky And Quirky

Donna was the very worthy winner of my Shades Of Autumn challenge and here's what she has to say:
'I'm delighted to be here today and I've made a creation on my favourite surface of wood just for this occasion using DecoArt acrylic paints.'

1. Where do you live?
I currently live in Chelmsford,Essex. I also lived in Glasgow for 8 years but I'm a London girl born and bred.

2. If you could only use three craft supplies for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Ooh that's a tough one! I suppose I'd have to say stencils, acrylic paints and lumps of wood to create on.

3. Which blog artist most inspires you and why?
Now this is another tough one. I gain inspiration from a wide variety of blogs but if pushed I'd have to say Dina Wakeley as I love her very loose, natural way of creating art. I can be too neat at times!

4. What colour do you rarely use and why?
I'd have say the colour blue. I very rarely use dark blues at all, it's just not a colour I'm drawn to, I prefer the green spectrum.

5. Do you have your own creative space in your home?
I do at the moment. I had to relocate from using the kitchen table when part of the ceiling fell down on it!! It's only a small room and I've outgrown it now especially when trying to find a place to store all my finished creations.

6. What goal would you love to achieve in your life and why?
I would love to see some of my artwork made into stamps that went into mass production. I would also love to encourage more people to take up drawing too ;)

I'd like to share Donna's wonderful creation with you now:

Wow! What a beautiful piece of art this is. I love that gorgeous Klimt style lady and her glorious hair! The piercing turquoise eyes of the cat seem to follow you where ever you move! I love the delicate background which is a perfect backdrop for the bold images. It's also great to find out a little more about Donna too. Love the idea that one day we may see her art as a set of stamps! Thank you so much Donna for sharing your wonderful art with us at Our Creative Corner.

So, another Top Talent spot is over and we all wait eagerly to see who will follow in Donna shoes from this months challenge. 
If you haven't joined in yet, our challenge this month, along with all the details can be found here
Our generous sponsor is DecoArt who have provided a wonderful prize for the winner but you need to enter first to stand a chance of winning! The challenge will remain open until Saturday 28th November so there's still time to link up a Topsy Turvy project with us.

Thank you so much for reading about Donna today and looking at her wonderful art. It would be lovely if you could find time just top pop over to Inky And Quirky and leave a comment for Donna.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

DecoArt Sponsor Spotlight #2

and our Sponsor this month is

  Today I want to share with you a project I made using some wonderful Decoart Products and show you how they helped me achieve some easy distress effects.

This is easy and quick to make...
Perhaps a gift idea - because Christmas is knocking on the door!

Here are the materials:

First I used Decoart Chalky finish paint Timeless for the centre of the old wooden plaque. On the edges I used Decoart Chalky finish paint Enchanted.
They are beautiful colours. I love the matte chalk feeling, perfect for an old distressed vintage look

After a short drying time, I used Decoart Crackle glaze as topcoat. This crackles as it dries to create an eggshell crackling pattern in just one simple step.

I used a laser copy image and I covered the image with the matte medium.
I then turned it face down onto the wooden plaque - it is like you are hiding the image by gluing it down. Burnish it to make sure it sticks.
Once the medium is dry you wet the image with water and rub away the paper by carefully rolling it with the tip of your fingers.  When all the paper is removed and the black print stays on the page, then you have done everything right

I created the age spots with Walnut Stain Distress ink mixed with a little bit
of water in a spray bottle or with pipette

To finish I used Decoart Soft touch varnish. It's fast drying and you will have a lovely soft surface.


This month a very lucky randomly selected winner will receive such an amazing prize! 
A Decoart Media Sampler Kit
...and Andy Skinner has very kindly said he will add in some of his stencils as well! 
 WOW!!! what a wonderful prize!

You have until the 28th November to get your entries in (you can enter up to 3 times!) You could win this gorgeous prize..or be our Top Talent or Top 3! 

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Topsy Turvy Guest Designer

Hi everyone, Lys here!
I'm very happy today to introduce to you Pascale, from Scrap made in Touraine, a wonderful French artist who makes amazing creations, from scrapbooking to mixed media, which are always a great source of inspiration for me. I'll let her show you what she has made for my Topsy Turvy challenge...

Hello Sweeties,

I'm really thrilled to be guest DT here at Our Creative Corner and I want to thank Lys for the invitation. I chose to make a canvas for the "Topsy Turvy" challenge.

And now the whole process, step-by-step

First I primed with two layers of white gesso the canvas. When dry, I added a design with a Alpha stencil with 3D Gloss Gel. I added the design in several place rotating the stencil every time.
When I'm not in an hurry, I let dry naturally for a better result. I continue to added the same design with Graphite paste.
Again I let dry, before adding a last round of design. This time I used white crackle paste.

When the background was completely dry, I sprayed a first layer of ink. Then I started my composition. I glued all the big elements such as the flowers, bulbs and metallic embellishments with 3D Gloss Gel. To glue the microbeads, I used Soft Gloss Gel.
I added a layer of white gesso on top of all the embellishments and let dry for a moment.
Then I added some Mica Powder, sprayed water, added more Mica until I was happy with the result. To finish, I mixed some Black Cherry Mica Powder with some Soft Gloss Gel and dry-brushed the flowers and micro beads with the metallic paint I obtained.

Here are some close-ups:

Thank you again Lys, Laura and the whole team for having me here.  
 Materials used:

Canvas 8"x8"
Stencil - Finnabair Prima - Alpha
Spray Ink - Lindy's STamp Gang - Opal Sea Oats
Mica Powder - Finnabair Prima - Gold, Copper, Black Cherry
Mechanicals - Finnabair Prima - Pendant Caps, Flowers
Texture Paste - Finnabair Paste - White Crackle, Graphite
Gel Medium - Finnabair Prima - 3D Gloss Gel, Soft Matte Gel
Gesso - Finnabair Prima - Heavy White
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts - Gardenias, Roses


Didn't I tell you she was wonderful? Thanks so much Pascale for this Topsy Turvy creation. Sure you will inspire us and all who can enter the Topsy Turvy challenge until November 28th!

Remember there's a fabulous prize to win from


So see you soon!

Monday, November 9, 2015

DecoArt Sponsor Spotlight #1

Hi There, It's Me-Shari!!  Thanks for joining me today for our first Topsy Turvy Challenge Sponsor Spotlight, being brought to us by--

I refinished this little 3-drawer chest from this....
To this....
I used all kinds of cool DecoArt and DecoArt Media products to transform this once sad little antique store find, into something that can take center stage atop anyone's bureau or craft table.  Let me show you what I did!
I sanded the entire chest down with my hand sander to remove as much of the old paint that I could.  I also glued and clamped down a few spots that had warped and come apart. 

I covered the entire chest and drawers with a coat of DAM White Gesso then laid pieces of tissue wrap onto the wet gesso and pressed down and smoothed.  When the surface was dry, I brushed on a layer of Weathered Wood Crackle Medium.  I'm going to give this chest the Andy Skinner Mega Crackle Technique!

I mixed DAM Crackle Paint with DAM Quinacridone Violet and painted over the entire chest and drawer fronts.  The big crackles happen right before your eyes--it's the coolest technique ever!! 
After all of the paint had dried, I brushed DAM Carbon Black Antiquing Cream over the surfaces and let dry.

When the antiquing cream was dry, I gently wiped away the excess with a damp, soft cloth. 

I brushed a layer of Matte Decou-Page over the raised surface of the letterpress blocks and let air dry.  Then I brushed a layer of DAM Crackle Paint over the surfaces and let air dry.   
I ran a bunch of papers and tulle through my Big Shot machine with the Tattered Florals Bigz die.  I spritzed the burlap florals with DAM Misters in Carbon Black & Violet Shimmer and ran those through my sewing machine to add a little bit of stitched interest. 
I decorated the top of the chest with all of the tattered florals and wooden spools and glass door knobs that I treated with DAM Crackle Paint.  I dabbed Matte Decou-Page here and there then sprinkled seed beads over the surface, so that the beads would adhere in a somewhat random manner. 
I painted the butterfly with DAM Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic and let air dry.  Then I spritzed it with DAM Violet Shimmer Mister.  It's hard to see in the photo, but there's a really pretty purpley shimmer to the butterfly. 
I didn't forget the inside of the drawers--I painted each drawer with DAM White Gesso then lined the bottom of each with a piece of tissue wrap. 
I also lined the inside of each drawer cubby with pieces of Melange Paper Stash. 

I have to admit it--I'm using this at my work table and I've already filled the drawers with all kinds of embellies that were once in a variety of glass jars, taking up lots of precious table space!  This is much prettier than a bunch of glass jars scattered about here and there--now I can find everything within these 3 drawers! 

Thanks so much for joining me today for our first DecoArt Sponsor Spotlight today!

  DecoArt is generously donating a DecoArt Media Sampler Kit to one randomly drawn participant in our Topsy Turvy Challenge this month. 

You've got to be in it to win it, so bring your Topsy Turvy projects over for your chance to win some fabulous goodies. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Halloween Horror Winner and Top Three

      Laura here to bring you my Winner and Top 3 for my Halloween Horror challenge

I was amazed at all the wonderful entries - Thanks so much to all who entered.
It was one of the most difficult challenges to judge and I didn't have an easy time
choosing my winner and Top 3...

But before I announce those winners I would like to announce the Sponsor prize winner 

Our wonderful sponsor last month was 

Nicecrane Designs kindly donated a $20 voucher to our lucky winner to spend at their store....

The lucky winner selected this time by is....

.....Well done Cec!

Happy shopping!
Contact us via the email address on the sidebar and we will get your voucher to you!


And now it is time to announce my winner and Top 3....

It was a really difficult choice - but there had to be just one winner and my winner is...

 I LOVE this creation!
So many different effects were used and there is so much attention to each
tiny little detail - I love it all! 
From the beautiful silvery, marbled background to the amazing skull with flames for eyes.
I think what I love the most are those stunning, tumbling
 ombré roses.....I was hooked the moment I read....
"I envision these as prophecies or pronouncements from the skull 
which issue as living roses in deep red, but which rapidly fade out to black"

..It is a very striking Halloween creation...Well done Lynn!


And now for my Top 3....which are featured in no particular order....

  I loved these zombie creations...The one-liners appealed to my 
sense of humour and I adore the addition of red to the photos and 
the shadows under the eyes. The blood splatter against the stark
 black and white photography is perfect too...Lovely!

 A very menacing looking pumpkin!...I adore the tarnished metal
 effect and metal spiders....For some reason this makes 
the pumpkin even more scary. Perfect Halloween Horror!

What a gorgeous skull canvas!...I adore the mixed media layered effects here 
with the splashes of bright colour contrasted against the black and white. 
And the gruesome grinning skull taking center stage....Brilliant!


Thanks so much to all who entered the Halloween Horror challenge. There were so many I would have loved to feature here is such a shame we can't feature more.....

You could be here next month as our winner or Top 3 - Just hop over to Lys' Topsy Turvy challenge and join us in a mixed up, upside down world! Come and have a go! 
You could even win this gorgeous prize from this month's sponsor Decoart!
 Colours in actual prize may vary
Remember, you have to be in it to win it!


Happy Crafting!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Topsy Turvy!

Good morning everyone! Lys here with a new challenge for you!

We had so many entries for last months 'Halloween Horror' challenge!
 Thanks so much to all who took part - Laura will be here in the 4th to announce the winner's
Don't miss it!
Before we go onto the challenge details for November, I just wanted to let
 you know about this months Sponsor.

We are so thrilled to be welcoming Decoart!

This month a very lucky randomly selected winner will receive such an amazing prize! 

A Decoart Media Sampler Kit
...and Andy Skinner has very kindly said he will add in some of his stencils as well! 
 WOW!!! what a wonderful prize! I am envious of the winner already!

 Colours in prize may differ from picture

You can enter the challenge up to three times...get extra chances to win!

...Lets find out about the challenge!


I am so glad to be here hosting a new challenge for November....

Bad weather is on its way and we come back to our warm and tidy homes...
Fancy messing up a little?
We often try to do the right way, use the suitable thing, organize our creations following definite lines or intentions… and sometimes it doesn’t go the way we wanted to. Sometimes it goes to the bin, sometimes we discover something new… and we love it!

On the right side or Topsy there a right side in art?

Now let's discover what our team has created to inspire you:

When I use Brushos, I never know where they lead me... 
This time earth and sky were inverted, at the end of a fantastic journey!


I decided to take the theme rather literally.... :)


Well, talk about a world gone 'Topsy Turvy' when those proverbial pigs fly upside down!! 
 I created an inverted art journal page that had me dizzy from beginning to end!! 


I have used the theme to try it some new, I like to do this with Mr. Art Journal ;-)
My favourite product in moment is Matte medium as transfer for pictures from old magazines,

and by coincidence this shadow effect behind the face emerged.


I thought it would be fun to show you how I made my no-sew Topsy Turvy Top. I had a white t-shirt that got a splotch of ink on it from a prior crafty enterprise. I decided that instead of tossing the top, I would refashion a whole new festival-esque shirt by incorporating the splotch into a new design with a trippy graphic, doing some (Ed Hardy style) t-shirt kirigami cut-work, braiding it and making it the kind of shirt that you could wear both the topsy way with the graphic on the front or the turvy way with the cut work on the front with an inner camisole for modesty.


Wow, great challenge!

I wanted to explore ideas of symmetry from reflections, very Topsy Turvy. 

I was reminded of The Mirror Lakes ( such an eerie place) in New Zealand that I wanted to create a scrapbook page, but needed some inspiration.

I also have not had much happy experience with Brushos so wanted to experiment with that medium too. I really enjoyed the challenge, hope you do too!


I used cardboard letter leftovers and arrange them in Topsy Turvy style…perfect for background on my new wall hanging…


When I looked at a lot of my work I realised that I created my backgrounds in a particular order: gesso, texture paste, inks and then stamping. So I decided to reverse the order and got this lovely subtle background despite using some very bright colours! I love the result and will certainly be doing it again. A great challenge from Lys and my tag goes to show you don't have to change much to get something a little different. I hope you enjoy the challenge too!


After much thinking about this challenge, I decided to look at items which had a particular use and turn that upside down and use them in a different way. I used a wooden stamp block as my base, a stamp to imprint clay, a cake mould to make embellishments and a piece of gauze bandage in my background. By this time my brain was completely topsy turvy but I enjoyed the challenge!


How to make something Topsy Turvy? I was stuck for sure! 

But this candle holder actually turned out to be a totally Topsy Turvy creation

From using the die cut letters the wrong way round and upside down to the totally unexpected bright and messy paint effect when I had originally intended doing very delicate pastel colours and crackle....

A totally Topsy Turvy creation!


Wonderful creations, teamies! Thanks so much!

So let’s play!: whatever it is: upside down, inverted, reversed or escaping from the right order….

Please show us one “Topsy Turvy” creation, and how it came to life in your hands!

You could be our winner and invited to be our Top Talent!

You could be part of our Top 3!

You could even be our randomly winner of that gorgeous Media Sampler Kit ....

I look forward to see you soon!
Happy crafting!