Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Autumnal Image Inspiration Winner and Top3

Servus and....PHEW! Choosing a winner and Top3 from all the gobsmackingly fantastic entries for my Autumnal Image Inspiration Challenge was incredibly hard - well, almost impossible for me this time!

You all have made me so proud and happy with your inspired and heartfelt projects you've entered. It is such a great reward as a challenge host to find what load of artful goodness my photographs were able to "spark" in you. Thank you so much! You have made this a really special and unforgetable challenge for me!

Make sure you don't miss this month's challenge "go RUST-ic!" which is hosted by lovely Laura this time - you will definitely like this one just as much as you obviously liked mine! It is open until October 28th and there's a prize sponsored by

this time! So don't miss the chance to win a generous $25 voucher to spend at Linda's fab store!

The lucky winner of the Tando prize for the Autumnal Image Inspiration Challenge is -

 No.19 - Pamellia 

Well done!!! Have fun with your Tando Creative goodies!

But now on to the winner and was already very hard to narrow down your fab entries to only four favourites...but I definitely struggled with choosing the winning project among my two most favourite entries....You know that usually the challenge host picks her winner with Our Creative Corner, but as I had two projects which I equally liked and loved (and still do), I asked for a little help from the team this time.

So thanks to the votes of my wonderful and helpful teamies I am finally able to present THE challenge winner ("phew!" again ;). And it is....

"A Forest Alive"

Bonnie managed to create a whole little forest-universe in itself - full of all the things there are to love about the forest: heavenly textures, colours, shapes, the tiny plants and creatures you only see when you look out for them and their magical whisper... and she managed to evoke that feel of diving into a world on its own when you look at her frame. I highly recommend you visit Bonnie's blog to take a look at all the close ups she provides - it really feels like taking a hike in her personal enchanted forest!

Thank you so much, Bonnie, for your wonderful and magical interpretation of my challenge! xxx

My close up followers and Top3 (in order of appearance in the collection) are:

Forest Fern and Colours card

Ingrid did such a fabulous job with the Brushos! (Definitely have to have some too ;). I love the quote! And the background of this card looks like sunlight shining through the treetops (something I really love about the forest), doesn't it? The iridiscent sequins are the most clever and beautiful addition - such a tiny detail but it makes such an impact! See?


"Nature Heals" Assemblage

Manu's project is one of those creations I love to call "crafted poetry". I love that she has used bees wax to collage a selection of the most wonderful textural nature elements to her selfmade frame. The handle is such a wonderful detail that adds so much to this delicate project and I love the muted colour scheme! There's so much to discover...just like there is when you look at the forest ground ;)
I too am convinced that nature heals! It has its own powerful magic (if we are open to it)...and Manu definitely has captured some of that in her lovely assemblage, hasn't she?

"almost abandoned" project

I just have to say how glad I am that RosA revived and finished her project as it is absolutely brilliant! She managed to encorporate almost all of the elements from the image inspiration...but in her very own individual way and so uniquely...which is a real adventure for me to see! I love how the textured frame holds it all in place and becomes part of the creation. It's great to see how she managed to have all the image details go together so naturally. She made a single image from my nine - and it works so well! I love it!


Huge congrats to you, ladies! I bow to your artistry and imaginative skills! Thank you so much for playing along and sharing your wonderful art with us! I also want to say a huge thank you to all the other players - I so enjoyed and loved visiting your blogs and seeing your fab creations! xxx


Don't forget about the current challenge - "go RUST-ic!", which is open until October 28th! The team and me would love you to join in and have you share some more of your fabulous art with us! 

Also make sure to not miss the monthly Sponsor Spotlights! There's already a gobsmacking tag tutorial from Laura over HERE and some more tutorials are to come up soon (and of course revisiting the older ones is also more than worth it ;)! 

Hugs and happy crafting,

Claudia xxx


  1. Yay!! Thank you so much! I'm thrilled that you liked my card! :) I'm very honoured to have been selected in the top 3!
    Congratulation to Bonnie! It's amazing what Bonnie can create! This is a fabulous creation! Congratulations to the other two ladies in the Top 3, well deserved! I shall have a peek at your blogs later on for sure!
    Have a nice day! Ingrid xx

  2. Hi Claudia,
    Many thanks for your very, very kind comments about my interpretation of your photos. I'm absolutely thrilled to be picked in your Top 3 :) :) and I don't envy you the job of choosing. There were so many lovely creations! Thank you again :) :) and congratulations to the other Top 3 ladies and to Bonnie for her gorgeous "Forest Alive".

  3. OH MY GOODNESS!!! Claudia your words are as magical as your ART is.. Thank You so very much for the elegant words and feelings.. I am so very honored and pleased that so many people have enjoyed this.... as that was my main goal... art is the inner coming onto the outer plane of life... Thank you all very much... and YOU CLAUDIA... Your loving HEART is so felt... Also the other winners work is so very magnificent too.... Indrid's ferns and color is wonderfully exciting, Manu's configuration of Nature heals... (which it truly does on all levels ) and Rosa's wonderful creation of magic on paper... love them all... so much wonderful talent out there... thank you again Claudia... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

  4. YEAAAAHHH... I made it into the "Top Three"...Be glad you don't see my happy dance... Tables and chairs swirling around me now. Thank you so much for appreciating my work and making my day! It was such great fun trying to interpret this wonderful theme. Such a great challenge!
    Congratulations to Bonnie! Your living forest is worth looking closer! So much detail and brightness. You deserve to be on top!
    Hugs to my fellow-companions in the "Top Three"! Do you feel like I do? Great work done, ladies.
    And thank you very much again to the hosts of this challenge. I do not envy you for your job in chosing one artist over the other. The entries were all very special! I am proud to be part thereof!
    Hugs from Manu

  5. wow ... outstanding works of art .. full of texture, beauty and passion .. love x

  6. Well done ladies! Fantastic projects you made.
    Congratulations :)
    Debbie / Daqa

  7. Big congrats to all the winners! Fabulous, stunning work!


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