Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tando Sponsor Spotlight No.2

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the second of this month's Sponsor Spotlights!

This month our Sponsor is Tando Creative and there is a wonderful prize waiting to be won by a randomly selected entry to our challenge this month!

                            Here is what I have chosen to make with some festive Tando goodies

And here is my finished creation...

I adore Folk is such a homely, comforting look for Christmas that I decided to base my decoration of the Christmas Scenelit on this iconic style. It's simplistic layers certainly made it perfect for this

Now where to start....the scenelit is in layers to give depth so I started at the back and worked forward. I chose a set of muted dark Christmas papers that I felt captured the muted Folk Art colours well.

I chose a navy sky effect full of swirling snowflakes and glued it to the back board

The next layer had the moon attached so I covered that with ivory paper that had postmarks and snowflakes on it. I added some faux stitches with permanent fine marker

The next later was the trees - so I chose a green paper that was marked with music notes. Again I added the faux stitches and topped the trees with texture paste and gesso that was sprinkled with Rock Candy Distress Glitter.

The next layer was the largest house - I chose a peach coloured paper and cut out windows in ivory card to stick on - colouring around the edge with a black brush pen and drawing the diamond window panes with fine marker.

The roof was covered in brown paper and topped with gesso and glitter. The same was done for the next layer which had the nearest house. This house was covered in darker red paper.

This layer also had the fence, gate and tree....

 I painted the tree, fence and gate with Chocolate Pudding and French Roast Fresco Paint.

The tops on the gate and fence were dabbed with texture paste and sprinkled with glitter. 

 The tree was dabbed with gesso and then had diluted white acrylic paint spritzed over it.

The bells on the gate were decorated with gold paint and the bow made from Copper Liquid Pearls

The holly was cut from a printed picture and was also used on the fence

The snowman was cut from card. I drew the face on with pen and dabbed around the edge with vintage Photo DI and a touch of Tattered rose for a hint of blush. I cut the hat and scarf out from pattered paper and stuck to the snowman. The twig hands were cut from card and inked with Gathered Twigs DI.

 I then stuck the Snowman onto the scenelit and dabbed texture paste around him covering the bottom of the frame while the rest of the frame was painted with White Acrylic paint. A sprinkle of Rock Candy Distress Glitter added to the snow effect with its wonderful frosty sparkle

I had stamped a sign with the words Merry Christmas. This was edged in Old Paper and Vintage Photo DI. I then added some faux stitches around the edge.

Folk art is quite a rustic shabby look, but seeing the layers around the edge didn't work for me...while I love a shabby look I do need an element of 'neatness' I got out some tissue tape that was covered with script and stuck this around the edge

I wanted a way to hang this scenelit up with all our other Christmas decorations that I add to year after year!

So I drilled a hole into the scenelit and tied some twine through it

and I couldn't resist it...a lovely folk art style Gingham bow....

And there is my Mini Christmas Scenelit...already hanging up and looking wonderfully festive...such a lovely keepsake to treasure for years and years...

If you like Tando items then why not enter our current challenge - one lucky entrant will receive some Tando goodies! What a wonderful treat!

And of course you could always be the winner of the challenge and be invited to be our Top Talent. You could be basking in the spotlight right here at Our Creative Corner!

All you have to do is enter the Have Yourself A Merry LITTLE Christmas - ATCs and ATBs hosted by Alison - Come and share your Festive ATCs and ATBs with us!

There will be one more festive Tando Spotlight to visit this month on Christmas Day!!! Hope you will come back to take a peek!
Happy Crafting!
Laura x

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Merry LITTLE Christmas

Hello all, and a warm welcome on this winter's day!

I'm back to introduce our guest for December, and I'm absolutely delighted to welcome the lovely Kasia of Papierowy Wymiar (Paper Size) to Our Creative Corner.  I'm a huge fan of her work, and I'm lucky enough to be the owner of some of her amazing handmade books.

She's a brilliant user of texture and layers and all sorts of wonderful materials and fabrics.  She's a recycler, an upcycler, a scrapper, a book maker and a fabulous ATC creator… so I knew straight away she was the perfect guest for my Have Yourself A Merry LITTLE Christmas challenge.

If you've never visited her blog, I really urge you to do so.  There's so much inspiration, and a unique creative style on show, as well as beautiful photography - not only of her creations, but of lots of other things too - all of them showing her eye for an unusual angle or quirky close-up.

I'm sure you'll be blown away by what she's created for us today… and it would be lovely if you could drop over and leave some love for her over at Papierowy Wymiar too.

Take it away, Kasia!


Hi  everyone! I have a great pleasure to be a Guest Designer for the December.  Thanks so much Alison, for choosing me with a group of very talented creatives!

The challenge Alison chose for Our Creative Corner this month is to make Christmas Artists Trading Cards.  I created some ATCs and decided to make them into an album. So, here is ATC Christmas album :)

The cards of album are ATCs. The base of  the ATCs are pieces of card dyed by coffee and tea. I spread a sheet on a baking tray, pour the coffee and tea, and put into a warm oven :)

'First star'

'Chrismas tree'
 I used  old lace, a piece of fabric, some paper napkin, little wooden stars, tea bag, a piece of  jewellery, white litlle balls (from Alison :)) and tiny metal and glass balls, and some scrapbooking papers.

'Choco tea time'
Snowflakes are closed in one of the tabs.
'It's snowing'
Lace and fabric are also dyed by coffee.

'Oh, deer'
 Here is back cover of this little album. 

Another look at my ATC album :)

Thank you for looking at my work!

Take care everyone!


Glorious work - thank you so much Kasia!

I hope that will inspire you to come along and play with us this month.  
Remember, we're looking for festive ATCs, ATBs and/or chunky ATCs, so you can really 

You have until 28th December to play - and you'll find all the challenge details as well as lots of inspiration from the brilliant Our Creative Corner design team by clicking on the challenge link.

Have fun, and happy festive crafting all!
Alison xx

Monday, December 8, 2014

It's Magic Winner and Top 3

Hi everyone!

Kerstin here to bring you the Winner and Top 3 from my 'It's magic' Challenge.

Wow! I was really blown away by the high quality of the projects entered to our November challenge!
Sadly there were rather few entries, but those were really creative and I loved the imaginativeness, the skill, the beautiful nature images and stories you all shared with us! So huge thanks to all those who stepped out of their comfort zones and played with us last month!

  First let's announce the randomly drawn winner of the prize donated by our wonderful sponsor this month Nicecrane Designs:

And the winner is.......

No 7 - Lys

Even though there were just few entries picking my winner and Top3 wasn't easy.
And the one and only winner is...

                                                                   Bonnie McLain

Not only was I deeply impressed by her neologism "Magestic" but also her blog post and description. She definitely has put her whole heart and soul into her beautiful creation! The majestic, warm autumn colours she used and all the various details and textures she has incorporated mirror her deep love and affection for nature. Also there is this wonderful peace and tranquility to her project, which I really think is what makes it so magical! 

Congratulations Bonnie! You have just become our first ever Gold Winner!

                                                    Top 3 (in no particular order)

The wonderful picture Evelyn used shows that the magic of nature already shows with the tiniest droplet of water! I love how she incorporated the beautiful photograph and how the details on her LO help blend it all together. Her idea of creating drops with the hot glue gun is genius! And I love the vintage look she has achieved!

A really special capture of a wonderful nature moment, framed by magical flowers! I adore how Mona combined the tender colours and the stencilled texture from the background!

 Koala in Cape Otway

I find Koalas fascinating too and can see why we all love them so much. With Jan's creation I especially admire the choice of colour which creates a tropical feel in a way. The layering with die cuts done in good old scrapbook style and the special effects used on this LO are absolutely stunning!

My sincere congrats to all of our winners, but really you are all winners for me, so thanks again for playing along!!


You could be here next month as our winner or Top 3 - Just hop over to Alison's 'Have yourself a merry LITTLE Christmas' challenge and have a go! 
You could even win a prize from this month's sponsor Tando Creative
Remember, you have to be in it to win it!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Tando Sponsor Spotlight No.1

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the first of this month's Sponsor Spotlights!

This month our Sponsor is Tando Creative and there is a wonderful prize waiting to be won by a randomly selected entry to our challenge this month!

Here is what I have chosen to make with some Tando goodies - I adore Tando items because they put up with so much punishment - ink, paint, crackle, decoupage and more. I have even covered pieces with paint, crackle etc and then changed my mind and sanded it all down and re-started and it is absolutely fine! They are wonderful craft items to work with!

I chose to work with the Snowflake Plaque and a leaf flourish

And this is what I made with them.....

First I stamped a picture of Father Christmas from Artistic Outpost. I stamped it with Potting Soil Archival ink and blended Vintage Photo DI around the edge of the image.

I cut the stamped picture into an oval to fit the oval plaque and then cut out a frame from card.

The frame was painted with Antiqued Bronze DP and dabbed with Copper Liquid Pearls.

The leaf flourish was painted with Antiqued Bronze DP

The leaf part of the plaque flourish was painted with Antiqued Bronze DP and then covered with glue and sprinkled with Rock Candy Distress Glitter.

The snowflakes were painted with Nougat Fresco Paint and covered in glue and then sprinkled with Rock Candy Distress Glitter.

 The word 'Noel' was made with Ideology Label Letters

 Two ivory roses were lightly dabbed with Vintage Photo DI and smeared with a dab of PVA glue before being dipped into a pot of  Rock Candy Distress Glitter - I love this effect!

The 'Happy Christmas' was stamped with an Artistic Outpost stamp onto ivory card, blended with Vintage Photo DI and twisted into a banner shape.

A metal decorative corner was dabbed with Antiqued Bronze DP and stuck to the top of the decoration

  A piece of brown hemp string was tied to it to hang it up.

 And there is a very vintage Christmas decoration....Hope you like it!

If you like Tando items then why not enter our current challenge - one lucky entrant will receive some Tando goodies! What a wonderful treat!

And of course you could always be the winner of the challenge and be invited to be our Top Talent. You could be basking in the spotlight right here at Our Creative Corner!

All you have to do is enter the Have Yourself A Merry LITTLE Christmas - ATCs and ATBs hosted by Alison - Come and share your Festive ATCs and ATBs with us!

There will be two more festive Tando Spotlights to visit this month on 18th and 25th - make sure you don't miss them!

Happy Crafting!
Laura x


Monday, December 1, 2014

Have Yourself A Merry LITTLE Christmas - ATCs and ATBs

Hello, and welcome to December's challenge here at Our Creative Corner.

It's Alison here, and I'm delighted to be your host in the run up to all the festivities.  I know there's not much time for crafting at this time of year, so I'm only asking for something small!  And for that very small thing, you could be in for a lovely prize from our sponsors this month, Tando Creative.

This month, size is everything. I'm looking for you to
Have Yourself A Merry LITTLE Christmas.
That's right, we want to see your festive ATCs here at Our Creative Corner.

Your little nuggets of creativity, Artists Trading Cards, need to be 2.5 x 3.5 inches in size, and have a Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or otherwise seasonal festive theme.

You can create just one ATC, or a series.
You can create a chunky ATC - on a thick block of wood, but the main creating surface front and back should still be 2.5 x 3.5.
You can even create ATBs - Artists Trading Blocks - little Christmas cubes which should be, for this challenge, 3 x 3 x 3 inches in size, please.


I can't wait to see what you come up with, and just in case you need a little creative inspiration, take a look at what the OCC Design Team have come up with...

I've got a trio of wintry ATCs for you.  I've tried to capture the look of paintings on old wooden panels, complete with rusty nails to hold them in place.  

But there's also just a hint of Christmas sparkle if you look closely!
Come and see more over at Words and Pictures.



I made an ATB with Christmas wishes embossed on.
Happy Holidays!



I wish you all a Merry Christmas and good holidays.
See small details on my blog



I decided to make a set of four ATC's using handmade backgrounds, stamping and non-traditional festive colours. 

For more details please stop by my blog.


I loved Alison's chosen theme and decided to make an ATB and turn it into a little lantern. To see how I put it together, please visit my blog.


I loved creating my project for Alison's fab "Merry Little Christmas" challenge as she reminded me of ATCs (which were one of my preferred formats when I started my stamping and blogging hobby back in 2012. Thank you, Alison ;)
 I have never done a chunky ATC before and so wanted to try it. I know most create them from wood but I decided to go for something more lightweight and used three layers of thick corrugated card to build up mine. Hope you like it!

Happy Holidays!


How about a chunky ATC that opens up to reveal a Christmas scene?....
I love working in miniature and you don't get much smaller than this!

Have a very Happy Christmas everyone! xxx


I've decided to make my first ATC's, the result is a small series in romantic vintage style, which tells from an enchanted winter world with fairies, wishes and dreams

 Wishing you peace, love and joy this holiday season
always remember the true spirit of christmas
lies in your heart!


Well, I certainly hope that's got your creative juices flowing.  Just make sure they don't overflow onto anything bigger than an ATC or ATB!

Be sure to double-check our Challenge Rules in order to qualify for the prize draw sponsored by Tando Creative, and with enough festive spirit in a small enough space maybe you'll be voted our Winner, with a spot as our Top Talent on offer, or one of our Top Three.

We hope you'll be able to come and play along.  See you soon, and Merry Festivities everyone!

Challenge is open until December 28th, 11.55pm UK time.