Saturday, July 4, 2015

What Makes Me Smile winner

                   Hi Everyone, 
                        Jan back to announce the winner of my June Challenge,         
                                              "What makes you smile"

          I have really enjoyed my month as Challenge Host, I have smiled all the time!

             Wow, there is an incredible amount of creative talent out there. 
           The variety of projects was amazing and I could see peeks of inspiration 
                                            from my DT Teamies.


The lucky randomly selected winner of the prize from our fab sponsor 
Tando Creative goes to......

Congratulations Samantha! 
We will be in touch with you soon to arrange delivery of your Tando Goodies!


    Thank you so much everyone for joining in but I had to choose my favourites, 
                                         so difficult from 95 lovely entries!

I am so excited to have discover this fabulous ladys talent, she had several entries to the challenge and all of them made me laugh, it was difficult to choose which one I loved most but it had to be ......


                  Mayoori, Buttons and Butterflies, her Google canvas for Fathers Day.                                                                 Brilliant work!

                       I can't wait to see what she will create for our Top Talent spot!

                            Ohhhhhhh the trouble I had choosing the Top 3 ........

              Beatriz S B-arte for her gorgeous scrap page, beautiful colours 

             and balance which complimented the photo of her handsome son!


               Sara Emily Barker for her amazing cigar box, so many techniques!


         Katy, Postcards from the attic for her lovely memory shadow box of shells!

                                  As my Top 3 winners you will be getting your

                                 'Our Creative Corner Top 3' blog badges soon!

                                  Check your emails and display them proudly!

                  I  also have to say that Ellapu's dice (12) were hilarious and made 

                  my whole family laugh, everybody wants to have those on their 
                                                   desk at work!

                          We have just begun our Summer Challenge, 'Mexico Moods'

                                            It is a bit different and is a Team Challenge! 
                                                      Hope to see your creation there.

                                                           Keep crafting, Hugs Jan x 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Mexico Moods

Welcome to Summer here at Our Creative Corner!

This summer the challenge at OCC is going to be a little bit different.....

Between 1st July and 28th August we will be running ONE challenge -

This is our Summer Holiday Challenge and we would love it if you joined us...

 There is no challenge host for this challenge. This challenge is very much a 'team' challenge and we will all be voting for the outright winner and Top 3.

The Guest Designers have been selected by the OCC team and they will appear on 22nd July and 22nd August to share some of their wonderful inspiration for our Summer challenge. You must come back to see who we chose and their fantastic creations!

During these two months there will be three Sponsor Spotlights and we will feature some creations that have been made by our DT for our wonderful Sponsors for July and August. 

Our Sponsors are -

Stampington is very kindly offering a $20 voucher to the lucky winner
 to spend on e-crafting goodies!

Tando will be sending one lucky winner a surprise bundle
 of their wonderful Tando goodies!


Everyone is a prize winner this Summer at 
Our Creative Corner!

Stampington have very generously offered to give everyone who enters this summer challenge a $2 voucher for Stampington e-crafting!

Many thanks Stampington! :o)


Are you eager to know how to take part in this mega crafting and prize winning fun this Summer? 

Take a peek at this summery challenge...

Mexico Moods

We want you to grab any inspiration you like from these wonderfully exotic photographs...

Go for colours, shapes, textures, objects or style...or the whole lot!!!
There is certainly plenty of inspiration to choose from here in this selection of glorious, vivid, colourful photographs.

Join us in the summer holiday mood....!!!


Half the team are appearing today with their designs and the rest of the team will be back on 1st August with their inspirational designs...

Lets see what the Design Team made to inspire you this month.....


A picture of my son needed a frame and I decided to go with the wonderful 
 inspiration from the Mexico Mood board! 
I created a frame from blocks of vivid colour using a combination 
of translucent inks and opaque paints - with just a hint of
 vintage grunge too!



I was inspired by the all the gorgeous zingy colours in the moodboard. I just had to play with my paints, a stencil, some background stamps and one of my favourite little girl stamps. 




What is better than a travel in a distant land?
I was inspired from colors, structures and the door.
It's a card to wish big joy in vacation.


I created my own mixed-media Mexico Moods canvas board with elements
literally taken from the Summer Challenge inspiration image.
 Do those little pots look familiar? 



I was inspired by the bright colours and the ancient Mayan culture of Mexico.


Lots of circles, with a colour combo of deep blue, pink ,yellow
and orange taken from the mood board!


WOW!!! what an amazing summery collection there! I hope you are already full of ideas and ready to join in the summer fun!

Remember to come back to check on the GD post, Sponsor Spotlights and next months DT won't want to miss any of it! 

Happy Crafting
Love from The OCC team!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Colour Your World Top Talent

Welcome back to another Top Talent spotlight at Our Creative Corner! 

Laurie selected Suman as the winner of her 'Colour My World' challenge and I'd like to share a piece of Suman's art that she has made especially for us! Before we do, let's just find out a little more about this wonderfully creative lady. Here's what she has to say:

'I am so excited and honored to be here as the Top Talent Spotlight at Our Creative Corner !! I had won the Colour Your World challenge for this entry of mine and was thrilled when I got a mail from Julia and was asked to be in the spotlight.'

Where do you Live?
I live in New Delhi, the capital city of India.

If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?
I would love to live in India always but maybe move to Chandigarh or Dehradun away from the Metro city of New Delhi just so be to closer to nature and the hill stations surrounding both these places.  

What other hobbies or talents do you have that you'd like to share with us?
I am a voracious reader and we are surrounded by books in our house on all topics !! Also love to bake and make homemade chocolates!!My biggest talent is to jump headlong into any new thing or craft even when I may not know anything about it, then obsessively work on it, learn about it, research, make my own recipes, working surreptitiously on it while I could be gainfully employed elsewhere  … get the idea…..generally go mad about it…..and as I choose to select THIS as a talent !!! sure you feel lucky that you never asked about my shortcomings, LOL !!

 How long have you been crafting and what made you start crafting?
I started my blog on March 2013 on an impulse. I had been doing some quilling with handcut strips and trying out with glass colors on bottles before that. Mainly started following some blogs with an idea to help my son in his school projects but then got more and more involved. I am so happy to have joined this beautiful world and for the generous support and love from so many of my blogger buddies. All my learning has been from the generous sharing by bloggers around the world and I like to repay my bit by doing tutorials and WIP pictorials whenever I can.

 How would you describe your style of crafting?
Cannot say exactly but am heavily inspired by Indian motifs and Handicrafts!! Love to incorporate textures, layers and organic stuff like wood, twigs, dry flowers, jute/burlap, fabric etc in my creations!!I get fascinated by faces, leaves and birds and love to have these as focal points( one of the reasons I like Image/photo transfers)!! I love Mixmedia, altered art and recycling is always big on my list !!

If you could only use three craft supplies for the rest of your life, what                 would they be?
Hummm….maybe acrylic paints, stencils and Texture paste !!

Isn't it wonderful to find out more about our talented friends from around the world? Thank you so much Suman for sharing with us.
Here is Suman's absolutely gorgeous Finnabair inspired project:

What a gorgeous piece of wall art you have created Suman. It's full of wonderful layers, colours and texture. I'm sure everyone will have enjoyed reading and seeing how you created your art. Thank you so much for joining us as a very well deserved Top Talent! We do hope you join us again soon.

Our current challenge is still open, so if you haven't yet had a play and linked up with us, you'll find all the details here: What Makes You Smile?

Thank you for joining me today for my first time as the host for Top Talent. What an honour it is to communicate with fabulous artists such as Suman - I'm going to like this job! 

Julia xx

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sponsor Spotlight - Number Two

Good morning everyone, Julia here with my sponsor spotlight post. This month we are generously sponsored by the wonderful Tando Creative company.

For my spotlight, I chose a rather large stationery box from Tando:

The box comes as a flat pack item which you construct yourself. Tando provide an inspiration image  on the pack literature too. As you can see, all the pieces are grey board which can then be altered to your own taste. The drawer knobs fastening clasp do not come with the pack.

After constructing the box as per the instructions, all pieces are given two coats of gesso and lightly sanded between coats. The lid is dealt with first by adding DecoArt crackle paste through one of their stencils. Colour is then added using their Media line colours once the paste is dry.

Layers of colour and mediums are then built up until I achieved the look required. This process evolved over a period of time as built up the layers until they were just right. The two acrylic colours were mixed to achieve the desired colour for the outside of the box.

As you can see from this image, the final result had toned down the original colour. Crackle glaze was added (of course) to help age the project and some DecoArt Metallic gold was lightly dry brushed onto the top of some of the stencilled crackle paste.

I found three buttons in my box. The top left button was left over from a previous project and had already been given a coat of gesso. The other two were given a coat of gesso to prime them.

The three buttons are glued together and given two coats of DecoArt Gold Metallic paint.

The final look is achieved by adding a layer of crackle glaze followed by antiquing with carbon black antiquing cream and quinacridone gold acrylic.

The draws are constructed according to the instructions and painted inside and out with Titan Buff acrylic paint. The front section of the drawer is dealt with later.

Some gold embossing powder is used to add a design to the inside of the drawer.

The inside of the drawer is then painted with a teal coloured acrylic paint. Following that are various layers of crackle glaze, antiquing creams and acrylic paints to achieve this very distressed, aged and rather grungy appearance.

In this image you can clearly see teal paint, translucent white paint and some quinacridone gold paint. I just love the effects you can achieve with the DecoArt Mixed Media line of paints.

More detail to show you how the paints can have an effect on the embossed image. A little burnt umber has been added here for extra grunge.

A clear view of the crackle glaze and burnt umber antiquing.

Detail image to show grunged creases of the drawer inside. 

Detail image shows Krylon pen used on all visible edges on the drawers and the box.

Even the back of the drawer knob and the closure have been antiqued.

Colours used to transform the inside of the drawers and the main body of the box.

Mediums used on the inside of the drawers and the main body of the box.

The front panels of the drawers need an opener and here, I am marking out exactly where the drawer knob will be situated. After this the inside is painted to match the drawer shown previously and the outside is painted using the same colour mix used for the rest of the outside.

The drawer front is developed in the same way as the body of the piece - with teal acrylic paint, crackle glaze and a variety of colours to age it. The grungy edges are created using Archival ink on a sponge. It has two die cut sections from a piece the same as used on the box. The little drawer knobs have been sanded and aged with some antiquing cream.

The die cuts used on the front of the drawers match those used around the top of the box.

The main embellishment for the box is a Spellbinders die cut from their Victorian range. I love this die cut so much because it is so versatile. I had to join lengths together to go round the box and trim a length for each of the drawers. The die cut is painted with gesso and then given a rust treatment using DecoArt Acrylic paints. Little runs of Quinacridone Gold paint are added to simulate rust runs. This section of the project is not done neatly and beautifully because I wanted it to look aged and time-worn.

Back view

The lid on the top section is attached using a thin piece of card and I wanted to try and make it stronger. I've cut a piece of grungeboard to fit and distressed it with a scalpel. It is then gessoed and painted with a number of layers of DecoArt paint.

I have made holes and scratches on the surface to give it a more antiqued finish. The 'studs' are stick on pearls which are placed before adding gesso.
The edges of the grungeboard have also had pieces cut out.

I like how the distressed surface looks less than pristine!

If you look carefully you will see some slots on the surface which stand out rather a lot. These are used to help construct the unit and look rather ugly. Here's how I got over the problem:

I used another Spellbinders die which is gorgeous don't you think? This was given a rusty finish and some more 'rust runs' using quinacridone gold paint.

Detail image. Love those hearts! Whilst the construction joints are still visible, I think the eye is drawn away from them to look at the rusted embellishment.

The top section of the box shown with the lid up. I needed to come up with a plan to make a suitable drawer liner which would be durable. Here's what I decided to do:
The inside of the box lid area is finished with a die cut, teal paint, crackle glaze and white antiquing cream.

Detail image. A little quinacridone gold paint has been added randomly. Love the crackle!

A little catch secures the top lid closed and stops the first drawer opening accidentally.

Love how the sun glints on the lid.

I'm really pleased with how the box has turned out and love the fact that it is useful too.

Thanks so much for popping over to see my Sponsor Spotlight post and I hope you are inspired to get a Tando product and create some art of your own. I really like making things I can use and I'm sure this piece will come in handy! Tando have such a wide variety of products that you will easily find something to suit most projects of this style.