Sunday, May 22, 2016

Top Talent For 'Return Of The Challenge'

It's time for another Top Talent post here and I'm delighted to introduce you to the wonderful work of our worthy winner from the 'Return of the Challenge':

Jessica from Two Mad Dahlias
(don't you just love the name of Jessica's blog??!!)

Before I share Jessica's gorgeous project with you, let's find out a little more about this creative lady:

Where do you live? I live in Arizona just outside of Phoenix.  I have been here for just over 12 years. I was born and raised in Massachusetts.

What makes you smile? Lots of things make me smile- my daughter, my husband, my four goofy cats, internet memes-I am pretty easy to please!

What is your favourite style of crafting? I love crafting in all forms.  I love working with paper and being able to manipulate it with paint, ink, glue, texture paste, gel mediums, gesso, sprays, you name it and I will slap it on a piece of paper. I like to add a bit of vintage flair to all of my work by using old ephemera, beads, and knick knacks.

Name one product you couldn't live without and tell us why.  Paper.  Lots of paper.  I love paper.  I am a terrible cutter(don't ever ask me to cut a straight line) and that's a huge reason why I don't sew.  I love that I can use ripped paper, crooked paper, and tiny bits of paper to make something lovely.

What's the last stamp set you bought? I just bought the Tim Holtz Winged Things set and I used it for my project below.

Paint or ink? Or Both? Why? Both.  Layering adds so much depth to any work.  Ink and paint can make different types of layers and I love how they look separately and how they work together.

So many of Jessica's answers resonate with me that I feel as if I know her already - right down to the purchase of Jessica's latest set of stamps, one of my favourite very favourite sets, 'Winged Things' by Mr Holtz!! So totally agree with Jessica about using ink and paint to create layers and depth.

Here's Jessica's beautiful project with THAT little girl stamp that I love so much:

I am so excited my Mermaids were chosen as the winner for the Return of the Challenge.  Today I have made a multi layered canvas tag.

I started by using my gelli plate, stencils, and acrylic paint to make my background.

My focal image is from the Tim Holtz Winged Things stamp set.  The little fairy is colored using Distress Inks and Crayons.

 I made the flowers and branches using a tissue paper and collage medium technique.

I hope you enjoy my tag as much as I enjoyed making it!

Jessica, I absolutely love how you've layered this beautiful tag using so many techniques which I adore! You had me with the stamp set you used but then followed up with a Gelli print background and flowers - right up my street!! Thank you so much for sharing your art with us today and we do hope you will play along with us again. For further details showing how Jessica made this delightful piece of art, please click here to visit her blog.

If you haven't joined in with this month's challenge yet, there's still time and you can find all the details and inspiration from the DT by clicking here.

We have another Top Talent to bring you next month so don't forget to pop back on June 22nd and see the work of another talented creative.
Thanks so much for joining myself and the team today.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Crafty Individuals Spotlight No.2

Laura here with our second Sponsor Spotlight for this month!

 Our Sponsor this month is Crafty Individuals who have generously donated a massive bundle of goodies that will be on it's way to one very lucky winner this month. 

I love working with Crafty Individuals stamps so this was a lovely creation to make...

I chose to use these stamps...

Medieval Manuscript

and here is what I made with them....

These stamps are so gorgeous! They really don't need much 'work' added at all!

First I stamped up the manuscript and crackle onto card using Frayed Burlap DI 

I roughed up the edges of the Manuscript card and tore parts to give it an aged distressed look. I added some smudges of Victorian Velvet DI to complement the pink tones I intended to add.

 I covered some card with Victorian Velvet and Tattered Rose DI and edged it with Frayed Burlap DI and stuck it onto cream coloured mount board. Then I added the crackle and manuscript card.

I stamped the lady in Frayed Burlap DI and cut her out, dabbing the cut edges with Frayed Burlap.

I stuck some crochet lace across the card 

....and stuck some foam pads under the cut out lady so she appeared to be floating above the card.

I added a tiny dusky pink rose and some dried flowers 

 ....and added some pearl beads in the corners

And there is the completed creation!

Hope you like it!

To be in with a chance of winning a massive bundle of wonderful Crafty Individuals goodies,
 just join in Jennie's Challenge 'Hit the Books'

Happy Crafting!


Sunday, May 8, 2016

Crafty Individuals Spotlight No.1

Hi everyone! 

Laura here to introduce our first Sponsor Spotlight for this month! Our Sponsor this month is Crafty Individuals who have so generously donated a massive bundle of goodies that will be on it's way to one very lucky winner this month. 

To demonstrate some of their lovely stamps and masks is our wonderful Joi....She has done her usual magical work on an amazing masterpiece. Please read on and see what she made because it is well worth seeing!


HOWDY from Joi at RR!
It's gorgeous at the ranch today - spring is in full bloom. 

I have been having fun playing with the high quality CRAFTY INDIVIDUALS stamps & masks.

Below are links to the three wonderful Crafty Individuals products I used.

Of course, the Leafy Branches Mask was cut to use!! 

And here is my creation for Crafty Individuals! 

                                                             I began with a napkin!!

Using DecoArt Decou-Page, the napkin was added to an 8x10 canvas board. Matching tissue paper from my stash seemed to be super colors for the bottom half and it had some shimmer too! 

Finished gluing - and here is the result!

Mixing DecoArt Media Yellow-Green Light Fluid Acrylics with DecoArt Media Crackle Paint, created the color for the path.   

Using a palette knife to spread the pathway and a credit card to make the grass tuffs....

 Vio-la...... the crackled pathway emerged. 

Gently wiping on DecoArt Majestic Purple Metallic Lustre with my finger... the cracks were accented. 

Using some more of the Yellow-Green Light paint and my long haired brush - some more grass tuffs appeared. 

Using Staz-On inks... I began using the wonderful stamp sets from Crafty Individuals.

Actually, I'm not sure why I stamped the Crafty Individuals "Walk In The Park" couple in red... just picked it up first and thought - why not.  Imagine my surprise when the red that made it onto the canvas.  No idea why - it just seemed to be "right"!   

The stamped Crafty Individuals "Flowers Heads" were decorated with my ever faithful Faber-Castell Pitt Pens.

There were a few pieces of the napkin left, so here you see the cut-out pieces that were Deco-Paged onto the board here and there. 
Hehehehhe - almost used every inch of that napkin!  

Using DecoArt Media Modeling Paste and the incredibly nice quality Crafty Individuals "Leafy Branches" Mask.... I began "building" the archway. In the picture below - one side is already done - and the other side is in process with the mask still attached.

Then, began the painting!! 

You can also see in this picture that the Hero Arts stamp - appreciate WHAT IS - was used . . . . 

The archway needed to look "special," so out came some Ranger Stickles and Liquid Pearls, to add that beautiful shimmer!

In the beginning, I was just painting in the places that were already there on the napkin but... I couldn't contain myself and before long the bunches of flowers became trees!!!! 

I added a few jewels from my stash near the horizon line! 

These pictures were taken in hopes that perhaps you can see some of the glitter and shimmer of the piece. 

And here are some pictures of the finished piece

So happy to see the crackle thru the lovely flowers!!! 

Products Used:

Thanks bunches to Crafty Individuals and Our Creative Corner for giving me this opportunity to play with such nice quality stamps and masks. It was an adventure in creativity for me!

Don't forget to finish your project for our "HIT THE BOOKS" challenge.  I know you have some book paper!! You could be the lucky randomly selected winner of a huge bundle of Crafty Individuals goodies to play with!

Even on the most challenging days......we can all find something to appreciate each day and be thankful :)

Big Hugs. j. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Gypsy Fayre Winner and Top 3

Hi everyone! Candice here to bring you my winner and Top 3 post.
What a difficult task it is to choose a Winner and Top Three for the Gypsy Fayre Challenge!
But first lets do the Sponsor Prize! Our Sponsor last month was Tando Creative

And the lucky winner selected by was....
Congratulations Jenny!! Please contact us via the email on the sidebar by 18th May and we will get Tando to deliver the surprise bundle of goodies to you!

All the entries were truly something spectacular to behold and it was so awesome to look at all the amazing projects and read about how each piece was created.

It was not easy, especially after going through each entry and seeing how much effort was put into each piece by all you incredible artists.  However, the rules are the rules and we have to make good on our promise to award a Winner and Top Three.

So without further ado - here they are.

The Gypsy Fayre Challenge winner is:


Produits DecoArt

The composition, the assemblage of all the lovely bits and bobs and the colour scheme was so on the mark with the challenge theme and just darn gorgeous to look at.  Congratulations Nate - I kept going back to look at your stellar creation. We will be in touch soon to arrange you being our last ever Top Talent at Our Creative Corner.

and now for the Top Three in no particular order of preference.



Such a pretty thing to look at.  You have managed to match those colours to the challenge theme colours perfectly - So dreamy and psychedelic.  I loved that blue mushroom.  


Everything about this tag and card made me want to get up and dance around the room in glee.  A happy, fun and delightful entry to look at.  Anyone would like to pin these on their feel-good board.

Jackie P. Neal

You must go over to Jackie's blog and see the close-up details on this box of exquisiteness.  I was completely blown away by the texturing and the colours. She creates a kaleidoscope, such that it almost looks iridescent.  I should imagine that no self-respecting gypsy cart in the world could not have one of these beautiful boxes.


Congratulations to all the winners and thank you so much to everyone that contributed their projects that inspired us all to create, appreciate and love beautiful things.  You all make the dreary world a much prettier place to be in.

That's all for now from me.  Looking forward to seeing your projects again for the "Hit the Books" challenge this May.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Hit the Books

Hi! Jennie here with you this month hosting my first challenge for Our Creative Corner. 
 I do hope you enjoy the challenge theme I have chosen for you, but before I introduce my challenge I would like to tell you about our Sponsor for this month

Crafty Individuals has given us a massive collection of stamps and other goodies 
for one lucky winner this month! 
All you have to do to win this gorgeous bundle of goodies is enter my challenge - and you could be the lucky winner selected by

As you already know we are no longer selecting winners to be featured here as our Top Talent, but I will still be selecting my own winner and Top 3, so badges could be on their way to you!

Hit the Books

I adore old book paper and old books and I am always glad to be able to breath new life into a dilapidated book which most people would consider throwing out!

For your projects this month we would like to see you searching through your stash for old book paper or books and create a project with what you find.
 You might want to use papers within your project or you might want to breath new life into an old book by altering it in some way.
I hope I have chosen a challenge theme with huge scope for projects small or large.

Whatever you make, let us see you give those old book papers or books centre stage!

Having saved a number of Penguin Paperbacks from going to the skip I decided to use some of the pages which were beautifully aged to "make" a book. It was great fun making and decorating the covers for the folded pages. 


Old book papers are part of my creating all the time…probably you expected that I would make some kind of vintage collage….well, that would be too easy...I decided for mixed media journal page….layers of book sheets and paint have created beautiful textures....



I've used some vintage book papers on this card. There's lots of stencilling, stamping, stitching and some home made washi style tape using the book paper. I don't usually make cards but this was so much for Jennie's lovely challenge.



I chose an old Latin-French dictionary page, and played with my Brushos, inks, stamps and stencils, scraps of papers... to give it a new life.



I have chosen to create jewellery again! This time, an Autumnal necklace made from twisted wire, using book pages as the base for my jewel toned 'leaves' :)



           I love this picture of my Granddaughter in the Spring daffodils with her friend. 
          I used an old book of Fairy Stories to cover the chipboard tag and the tiny frame.



I was so pleased when Jennie announced her challenge because
I had a gorgeous book that I had been wanting to cut to bits and 
transform into something else. It was so much fun to make!


With the coming of Memorial Day and all the Election Year hype...
Hope, the Patriotic Puppy is enjoyed wearing a news print Uncle Sam hat!
Today, his head "hit the books"... he was almost asleep when I snapped this pic!


I wanted to update the boring soap and hand cream dispensers in my bathroom.  Instead of buying expensive bottles from a homestore, I modpodged book paper over cheapie plastic dispensers, used some Tim Holtz letters in an old typewriter-esque font and added some ribbon and embellishments. And voila- it matches the theme I have going in the bathroom better than anything I could have bought.


Well you can't but be inspired by the inspirational talent and projects this wonderful Design Team have come up with this month (as they do every month!) and I do hope it spurs you on to hit your books and join us in our challenge.