Saturday, October 25, 2008

OCC - Handmade for the Holidays.....

Hello and welcome to Our Creative Corner!! Thanks to all who played in last week's sketch challenge, your samples were beautiful!!

Before we start with this week's challenge, we need to announce the random winner of last week's sketch challenge for a $20 gift certificate to Jacksonbelle Embellishments. The winner is ~ Shannon Erskine ~ AKA: e3stamper!!! Congratulations Shannon!!! Please email us and we will get your goodies out to you!!! Thank you to all who play along, we really appreciate it!!

On with the challenge... Remember when you were little and your Mom would explain that you didn't need to buy her a gift and that she would rather you make it by hand???? Let's go with that idea for the Holidays this year and make something!!! We know you ALL have supplies to make a Holiday gift for someone! Let's put those neglected supplies to use! How about a monogrammed card set, a decorated bag, a gift tag or maybe you would rather make a decoration for your own home!!! There are no OCC police so really, anything goes!!!

Ready to be inspired??? Please join us in welcoming our honored guest this week ~ Lindsey Botkin from Jacksonbelle Embellishments!!! Here is Lindsey's beautiful creation ~

Want to play along? Upload your creation to your blog or gallery and leave us a link here in this post so we can see what you made! To be included in the random drawing for the prize package, please have your project linked here by Friday, October 31st by 12 noon. If you upload to Splitcoast, please include OCCC in the keywords. Here are the goodies you could win...

Check out what the OCC designers have created ~

By Lynda Benden - Stamp Act

By Denise Marzec - The Paper Landscaper

By Cindy Haffner - Cindy Haffner's Corner

By Amy Sheffer - Pickled Paper Designs

By Dawn Easton - Treasure Oiler Designz

By Jennifer Meyer - Jennifer's Sweet Designs

By Julee Tilman - Poetic Artistry

By Laurie Schmidlin - Just Give Me Stamps

Thanks so much for stopping by! We can't wait to see this week's creations!


  1. Wow! You girls have outdone yourselves once again!!! All of these samples are fabulous!

    Congrats to Shannon on winning the prize last week!

    Thanks to Lindsey for the wonderful prize up for grabs this week!! Your sample is gorgeous!

  2. Wow! These are INCREDIBLE. I don't think I can play because there is no way I could even come close to any of these....yikes!

  3. WOW, WOW & WOW!! ALL of the samples are delightful and beautiful!!

    Congratulations Shannon, thanks to all who played!!

    Thanks Lindsey for the beautiful samples and wonderful giveaway!!

    Hugs to all, Jennifer :)

  4. Hi, great creations, I made something to my friends, for Elizabeht who loves cooking I made this little recipe holder, for Caroline who loves to organize dinners and meetings I made this table decoration, little gift for Ann who love crafting, and also somehandmade ornaments for friends

  5. OH I just LOVE these wonderful projects! I subscribe to Laurie Schmidlin's blog, and gosh her recipe card file is so darn cute I just had to come over and see all the other goodies!
    I might just play too!

  6. What a great challenge, I love giving homemade gifts. Here is my item for this challenge:

  7. Fabulous gift ideas - ladies!!!

    Here is something really quick I made this morning

    Hope you like it???

  8. All I can say is WOW! All of your projects are GOR-GEOUS!! I made a little Halloween treat holder (boxy-bag) for my Secret Boo Pal from WishRAK that fits the bill for your challenge, too! Woohoo, two birds with one stone!! You can see it here: I also made her this cute little Witchy Recipe Holder and Recipe Card, that you can see here: And finally, I was inspired by a project on PaperCrafts to make this cute little card, here: As you can see, as far as I'm concerned, Halloween is a holiday, too!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. Hi there ladies,
    Here is my entry for the week.

  10. Wow I can't believe I was able to combine 2 challenges. Here is my creations.


  11. Wow girls, beautiful samples and already some players ~ woohooo!!!!

  12. Great challenge once again, Lynda. And such inspiring examples from the DT! Everyone who has played so far did such a great job with this.

    You can see my sample here:

  13. WOW! Your designs are incredibly inspiring. I can't wait to get moving on this one! Thanks, ladies!

    (and congrats to Lindsey on being the honored guest! Love ya, Linds!)

  14. Luv your great gift ideas. I was so excited to ue these chipboard coaster that I have add for a long time. Here is my Christmas decoration that will be displayed on our downstais mantle this Christmas. *~*

  15. I can only DREAM of my creations looking as amazing as the OCC gals but I thought I'd hop on and play this round.

    I was inspired by Lynda's keywords "monogram cards" and thought out loud, "I can do that!" So here is my holiday gift submission:

    Char in So Cal

  16. I love checking in here every week to see the awesome creations that you ladies come up with. You are all great inspiration! Here is what I came up with this week!

  17. WOW! what awesome creations from all those ladies!!! beautiful!

  18. OMGosh, I'm absolutely overflowing with inspiration now! Lindsey has done a spectacular job on showcasing her beautiful handmade holiday gifts and card! Everyone of the DT's creations are equally awesome!!! This is my first time (but definitely not last) playing along and my creation is nothing near as fabulous as all of these, but here it is: TFL and inspiring me so!

  19. Great theme this week and stunning creations from all of the DT. Mine is nearly as nice but I had fun making it...and thats the whole ides, right? You can see it Here.
    TFL Debbie

  20. Wonderful creations everyone. I decided to join in with a quick make, nothing like your wonderful gifts I'm sad to say
    You'll find mine here.
    Hugs Sue x

  21. here is my quick and easy jar to hold treats.

    Thanks for looking.


  22. Here's mine :)

  23. Hello All, your samples are INCREDIBLE as always. I am always just in AWE of you come up with week after week. I made some Halloween Designer Bags for my co-workers for Friday. I hope its okay my entry is Halloween and not Christmas. I do have Christmas stuff too, just havent taken their pictures yet. Thanks for another great challenge!!! You guys are awesome!!! Heres the link to my entry:

  24. great challenge and awesome samples ladies... I made a set of cards for this challenge. YOu can see the set on my blog at
    The post called Crunch Time. thanks

  25. I love Cristmas handmade gifts :)

    Here is my entry

  26. The examples by the design team are absolutely fabulous.

    Here is my holiday candle...

    Ann xxx

  27. Awesome creations!

    Here is my Christmas-Mini Pizza Box.
    Thanks for looking!

  28. You ladies are such an inspiration. Love your work. I made a picture with a serviette technique ( I think that´s how it´s called in English). You can see it HERE.

    x Natasha x

  29. I am so excited to play along. All of these samples are just wonderful and so inspiring. Please check out my entry on my blog.

  30. I am so excited to play along. All of these samples are just wonderful and so inspiring. Please check out my entry on my blog.
    or my Splitcoast gallery.

  31. I was planning on making a button Christmas tree anyway and it fit perfectly into this weeks challenge! Hope you like it:
    Thanks for the inspiration every week...I always look forward to each new challenge :)

  32. Great ideas here. I did something quick and easy just so I could play along

  33. Here is a little photo frame I made from cardboard - easy and inexpensive. I will probably make these for Christmas gifts for my boys' Sunday School teachers this year.

  34. Handmade gifts are the best!

    I made this special card for a special person.


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