Friday, January 1, 2016

Make Time - Moodboard Challenge

Servus! Claudia here to welcome you to Our Creative Corner's first challenge of the year (what an honour!). And here we go:

Why not promise something good to yourself for the new year's start?

To make more quality time for yourself for example and spend it doing what you love? Creative (or recreational) time always is quality time if you listen to your inner voice and follow your own speed instead of listening to the clock ticking and reminding you of deadlines or other duties. And work will be done so much more easily (and faster) after some recreational me-time as it will have fueled up your energy! I promise! 

So why not escape the endless circling and rushing and get yourself in the right mood for some me-time? The mood board I have in store for you could be a good start.

I challenge you to calm down, enjoy what you see and let yourself be inspired by it. No precise theme to narrow your creativity down - just the colours, shapes, directions, textures and hints of possible themes.

Whatever you make of it - it will be good! Whatever it sparks in you - I want you to show it and have a good time at your studio desks!

Our prize sponsor this month is Creative Embellishments

They will be giving the randomly selected winner a $25 voucher for their store! So don't miss your chance to win some of their fabulous chipboard pieces!!!

But now on to the highly inspirational makes of the Design Team! I am sure they will spark some great projects ideas and can't wait to see what you will be entering!


When looking at the moodboard for the first time my spontaneous thoughts were "Metal, yesssss!!! Oh, and my favourite patina and copper tones. Coooool!"
Metal smithing is great fun and hammering copper wire on a small steel bench can be such a freeing thing to do. ;)


I used the blues and greys from the moodboard, combined numbers and circles to create a New Year tag. I wanted copper and rust with textures! I started with a masterboard and the tag evolved. It was a calm and peaceful creation.


Such a perfect challenge for when inspiration is lacking! - after being away from the craft table for ages I needed a shove to get going again....perfect subject and colours and plenty of freedom to do whatever you like! What could be better?


From the moodboard - the colour scheme and the element of clocks, time and clockworks appealed to me.  My little nephew is visiting right now and I made a little mixed media canvas to hang on his bedroom door.


I took the wonderful colours and themes from the moodboard and Claudia's advice to just "create" and this little hanging was the result! I used some paints new to me and brayered them on to the board which has resulted in a wonderful rustic feel. A most relaxing and creative playtime!


Claudia's Make Time Moodboard with its colors and touches of brass and those astrological signs took me straight, to well, ME!  My birthday is in January and I'm an Aquarius so I thought I'd make a funky, stubby tag to celebrate the sign of the Water-Bearer.



Fortune teller was my first thought when I saw zodiac signs on photo…I added colour combination to my idea and created little fortune teller magnet. 


 Claudia's wonderful image board inspired my colour palette and background details. I had no idea other than that where I was going with this piece and the freedom it gave me to create was amazing! Thank you so much for this fabulous kick start to the new year!


Good time for me? What better than an Art Journal page? I litterally followed the quote from Andy Warhol and just chose colours inspired by Claudia's moodboard...



I thought along the same lines as Claudia! I made a bracelet.... Artisan lampwork, ceramic and glass beads strung onto waxed linen, finished with a hand forged copper clasp.


WOW! What an amazing start to the year from the OCC team! 

Why not make time for the challenge this month and you could be a winner here at OCC! You could win the $25 voucher from Creative Embellishments or be here as our Top Talent!

Hope to see you soon

Hugs and happy crafting!
Claudia xx


  1. A beautiful inspiring theme and such fabulous inspirations! Gorgeous!
    Happy New Year Everyone, hope its filled with happiness, sunshine and good times. Hugs Kerstin

  2. What a great way to start the New Year with such fab projects from a super design team. Love the mood board too. HAPPY NEW YEAR all. Hugs. j.

  3. Happy New Year all! LOVE the inspiration from all the talented designers for this mood board. Can't wait to go start playing!

  4. AMAZING creations to start our year off with, Ladies!! There's just a plethora of creative inspiration here, and all very unique, individual and Beautiful!! Cheers to a Fabulously Creative 2016!! :) :) XOXO-Shari

  5. Gorgeous pieces . Love how everyone interpreted the colours. Tracy x

  6. Wow! Followed the link from Facebook and am so glad I did! These projects are absolutely gorgeous!

  7. Wow! The samples made by the team are ALL really fab!! What a great interpretation for this colours challenge!!!
    Coco x


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