Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Very Vintage Christmas

         Hi everyone! Laura here to bring you our December challenge....

.....but before I do that the Design Team at Our Creative Corner would all like to wish everyone a very merry and peaceful Christmas and a very happy New Year
 We are all really looking forward to continuing our Crafty journey with you in 2014. 

  I would also like to just take a moment to announce that on the 11th December we will have our first Guest Designer! This month's designer is truly an amazingly talented artist who creates such unique and wonderful things. We are so lucky to have her appearing at OCC. She will be here to inspire you and will share with you her interpretation of 'A Very Vintage Christmas'........

Who is our Guest Designer?........
.......all will be revealed on the 11th.....make sure you don't miss it!


And now to announce our December challenge. This month I decided to set the challenge as..... 

    For this challenge we are abandoning traditional Christmas colours and are giving Christmas a Vintage tone. No reds, no greens, just neutrals.

     The challenge here is to use a neutral think about shades of creamy hot chocolate, glistening white snow, rich dark sherry and mince pies, ivory candles, rustic wooden logs, roasting chestnuts and brown paper packages tied up with string!

    This Christmas we want you to make anything you like - Cards, ATC's, Tags, Scrapbooking, journals, Gifts, Altered art......anything you like....but please use only neutral colours from ice white, through to ivory and cream, beige to dark brown and black. You can also use metal embellishments, metal paints and stains.

Please Note - Your creation does NOT have to be 'Vintage style' - We would love to see Christmas creations in any style, but please keep to a neutral colour scheme.

Lets see what the 'Our Creative Corner' team made for you this month.


I just had to do a Christmas make after reading Laura's fabulous challenge!
  I have altered two MDF blank baubles. These two images show the front and back of one of the altered wooden decorations. Pop over to my blog to see the other transformation and how I achieved the end results.



  For this challenge I intended to make an item look as shabby as possible. So with lots of paint, crackle, every neutral shade of Distress ink that I own and many many layers later - I have this 'antique' ornament that is just waiting to be put on show at Christmas.



I admit I struggled a bit with the combination of vintage, Christmas and the reduction in colour but the result was really worth it as I love the delicate shabby feel to the tag (and to be honest: I really love that this challenge wants all of us to create something festive without the use of greens and reds...  ;). And that's what challenges are for - being challenged, right?


I wanted to take a much less 'vintage' route with this theme to show that neutrals can be fun and more modern. When you limit your colour palette the focus can be placed more heavily on texture and shapes. 

Don't forget - On the 15th December the rest of the OCC team will be sharing 
their amazing Christmas creations with you.....

Bring your creations to Our Creative Corner and you could be our WINNER!

This challenge is open until 11:55 pm on December 28th.

Thanks for visiting.  Can't wait to see all of your Vintage Christmas creations! 

Creations not following the challenge guidelines will be deleted.



  1. A super challenge idea and some inspiring makes; I can't wait to get started on this one! Julie Ann xx

  2. Glorious creations all round! What a lovely challenge this one is going to be...
    Alison xx

  3. Beautiful crafting ladies, thank-you for inspiration. Nicola x

  4. Fabulous inspiration, love all the gorgeous makes and so looking forward to this challenge. Hugs, Anne x

  5. Wonderful makes from team A and such a great theme, great inspiration!!

  6. Gorgeous DT creations hope I get chance to play along!


  7. Such inspiring makes from the other girls on Team A - so pleased to be part of this challenge! Can't wait to see what Team B and everyone who plays along with us, will come up with.

  8. I can always count on inspiration from this DT and the members too. Gorgeous work everyone.

  9. thank you for the fab inspiration and fun challenge!

  10. Beautiful inspiration DT!
    Tammy x

  11. Fabulous Creations from the DT. Hope I can do something special too. Hugs Rita xxxx

  12. Gorgeous DT inspiration and thanks for another great challenge x


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