Thursday, January 1, 2015

Christmas Leftovers

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to the first challenge of 2015! 

My name is Pamellia and I am over-the-moon excited to be here at Our Creative Corner! I'm still pinching myself that Laura invited me to be a part of the family here, so I thought I would jump in with both feet and be the Hostess to boot!

First of all I just want to let you know that one randomly drawn entrant this month will receive a prize from our generous sponsor Nicecrane Designs


With the holidays merely a shadow behind us, my guess is you still have bits of Christmas leftovers stashed everywhere, not to mention bags of Christmas bits meant for the recycle bin. I am a hoarder of all things I think I might get around to using one day, and Holiday bits are no exception! Every closet, drawer and cupboard is overflowing with the little things I collected throughout the holidays. Things I think I might use and things heading to the curb.

Christmas wrapping, gift bags, tinsel, ribbon, gift boxes, tissue paper, Christmas crackers, wine boxes, empty gift wrap rolls, Christmas cookie tins, even the images from the fronts of cards I name, I hoard it!

Let's put those bits to good use this month!

With that in mind, for my introductory challenge theme, I have chosen........


To be clear, your project does NOT have to have a Christmas theme, I only want you to recycle your Christmas scraps.

If it's not obvious what Christmas leftovers you used, make sure to tell us about it, somewhere in your post.


Let's have a looksie at what leftover Christmas bits the talented designers of Our Creative Corner have transformed!

If you want to see the transformation of these creations in more detail - just click the links!

I decided to use a couple of empty gift wrap rolls and the mesh wraps from all of the Christmas dinner wine to make this organizer for my desk. I added lots of flowers to bring a little warmth to my work space all year round. 




I decided to use some of the packaging left over from a Christmas gift and opted for the sheet inside a stamp packet which had a wonderful Dina Wakley image on it. It's not a very big piece of card so I thought it best to keep whatever I made small too. My four ATC's all use small pieces of the stamp packaging, I hope you like them.



I came up with this Crazy String Lamphade/Light Decor Accent by rescuing leftover string/twine, glue, wrapping paper and knotted Christmas Fairy Lights headed for that dreaded-place-of-no-use-but-can't-bare-to-toss-bin.  I did this in valiant attempt to keep those darling Twinklies twinkly for all seasons - every season should have a little twinkle in its time.



 I'm addicted to recycling tins and giving them new life. Vintage and rusty goodness is a passion I enjoy. 



Hello and Happy New Year!!  Pamellia's challenge got me to dig this Coca-Cola gift card tin out of its perpetual hiding place, in one of my kitchen junk drawers, and turn it into a little diorama-esque scene for Christmas.  I like it much better in its new state!




All my family and friends seem to collect bits and bobs for me and at Christmas time I ended up with this stash, a sock box, clothing labels and presents from crackers. I decided to make a box to hold a mini album for my husband to put photos from his birthday and a family day out to Kew Gardens at Christmas. We had a fabulous evening walk through the lighted gardens accompanied by music and lots of special effects. 



I am a hoarder of papers and used many of the leftover bits from my Christmas card making to create this wallet, meant to keep photos and other memorabilia from my recent journey to Australia.



I decided to make an altered box from a christmas box. I love to play with colors and textures in Vintagestyle.



From Christmas to Valentine’s Day....I used a half of a tin from Christmas candies and made Valentine's Day decorating...always in a hurry and always late, I will be prepared on time...



I love transforming boxes, especially when they remind me nice things. Christmas and its chocolates are gone, and this wood and straw box remains empty…  until it’s time to wish you a Happy New Year! 


I was thrilled to be given a pashmina for Christmas (to add to my growing collection) and the tissue it was wrapped in was perfect for this challenge! Selecting a leftover candle with some leftover ribbon and Christmas decorations, I now have a candle already decorated for next Christmas - How is that for starting Christmas preparations early?!


Wow, what a line up from our talented designers! I am proud to call these gals my teamies!

Please hop over to the team blogs to see how these items were made....come and see how those leftovers got upgraded!

I hope that we have inspired you to reach into the recycle bin, one of those drawers, closets or cupboards and pull out something seemingly useless and use it to make something beautiful!

So bring your Christmas leftovers to Our Creative Corner! 

You could be our winner and be here in the spotlight to show us something you have made! You could also be one of our Top 3 or even the lucky winner who will win a gorgeous selection of treats from our Sponsor this month Nicecrane Designs

This challenge is open until 11:55 pm (GMT) Wednesday, January 28th

Thank you for visiting the OCC!



  1. oh wow - what fantastic inspirations from the design Team - great works!!! I wish you all a happy new year. Hugs, Dagmar

  2. I am back from New Year's mayhem. Just wanted to post a note here to say that I just loved everyone's creations this month. So much inspiration, so much talent. So excited for all the rest!

  3. Wonderful start to 2015 Ladies! It's going to be great working with you all.Juliaxx

  4. Gorgeous creations.. Love all the different boxes!! Just amazing!! Thanks for another fun challenge! And Happy New Year!!

    - Susan
    {Scrap A Thousand Words}
    Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges

  5. A great start to the New Year - fantastic projects all round!
    Alison xx

  6. Fantastic inspiration for this wonderful challenge this month! Great way to start off the New Year! Happy to be a part of it. Laurie xxx

  7. Wonderful ideas from the team and what a great idea for a challenge

    Love Chrissie x

  8. I am so excited to see all these incredible creations. Cards are lovely and fun - no doubt about that. But to see all these - over the top - out of the box - "leftover" projects just gets me totally excited and inspired. Thanks bunches to all the designers. Just LOVE LOVE LOVE them all. joi

  9. Thanks for a great challenge and the seriously awesome DT inspirations! Love the inspirations on this blog Karen x

  10. Found this blog through Pamellia! What an awesome blog and an awesome challenge! I just entered my first challenge on here! Whoot whoot! Leftovers are so fun to play with (not the food, well maybe) and thanks for the inspo DT!


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