Sunday, October 4, 2015

Shades of Autumn Winner and Top 3

Good morning everyone. Julia here to announce the winner and top 3 for my Shades Of Autumn challenge. Wow! We were really pleased to see so many of you playing along last month - an absolute shower of beautiful autumnal goodness! That made the task of choosing an outright winner and top 3 very difficult indeed and I spent a great deal of time going backwards and forwards between posts.

Without further ado, let's get down to announcing the winners shall we?

First of all the winner of the Nicecrane Designs $20 voucher is....

Congratulations Kathy Jo! Have fun shopping! We'll be in contact with you shortly.

It is my pleasure to announce that the winner of the Shades Of Autumn challenge is: 

Donna from Inky And Quirky

I loved the stark Banksy image against the beautiful autumnal background so much. This reminds of those autumn days when your hair blows around, the leaves swirl around you and the glorious colours of autumn are everywhere. The clever use of a real leaf on a gelli plate print for the background sealed the deal for me! Thank you Donna for sharing your art with us.

My top three stars in no particular order are:


I loved the swirling leaves on this beautiful journal spread from Evelyn. When you look at the enlarged images, you see just how much texture and layering has taken place to achieve this gorgeous spread.

A gorgeous reverse canvas from Nikki which has that beautifully textured frame along with the bird in all his autumnal glory. Stunning!

I really love the rich autumnal shades on the embossed panel and the word band. If you click on the image you see the beautiful leaf background on the base card too. Wonderfully rich, warm colours.

Ladies, your badges will be with in a short while - we hope you display them with pride on your blog.

Aren't these just beautiful projects? Thank you to all our winners and to everyone who made my challenge such a special event. 

Don't forget that Laura's challenge is live until October 28th 11.55pm. The theme is Halloween Horror and you can find all the details here.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Halloween Horror

Hi everyone! 

Welcome back to a new month here at Our Creative Corner. Laura here, hosting a new 
challenge for you...

We had so many entries for last months 'Shades of Autumn' challenge - Thanks so much to all who took part - Julia will be here in the 4th with her winners post! Don't miss it!

Before we go onto the challenge details for October, I just wanted to let
 you know about this months Sponsor.


Nicecrane Designs are kindly offering a very generous $20 voucher to spend at the store! 
Definitely a prize worth winning!

And what do we want you to make this month?

 It is Halloween Month....Forget all about the cute cats and smiling pumpkins.... 

We want....

For this Halloween share with us some horror inspired creations that 
are sure to send shivers down our spines. 
Bring out your most grotesque stamps and embellishments....
....or perhaps take on the challenge of finding a way to transform pretty stamps into something macabre.
Reach for the grungiest colours and textures....
Come over to the dark side of Halloween

Can you scare us?


Let's see what my talented team made to inspire you this month!

A very gaudy pink mirror decoration....made into grungy horror!


No smiling pumpkins?... Well, this candle holder is quite smiling 
but in a strange way, don't you feel?



I'm not one for dark Halloween imagery and colours, 
so my project this month isn't a 'traditional' horror filled one! 
I rather like my zombie..... can you have a cute zombie?! :)


Oh, how I love the macabre!  Throw in a little dark humor, too, 
and you've got my art journal page to darkly celebrate the season of horror.  



My idea was to make a little wooden frame with humor. 
She says, I will call you -  yes, my one and only love - I will wait.
and he waits, and waits and ..... and if he is not dead, he is still waiting today ;-)
that's horror , or ???



I used my scary craft to turn a regular notebook into a scary ol' "book of potion" 
where the recipes of all kinds of spooky concoctions remain hidden
 until you can cast a spell to unlock its scary secrets!



OPEN THE DOOR......if you dare!



Perfect challenge to use Mini Halloween stamp set …
I made two little cards, with spooky skull and spiders…scary, isn’t it?


When you live in an old Scottish Manse (as I do) this is
about as spooky as I go! Mind you I would not want to meet
 this chappie (or the spider ….) on the stairs here in the
middle of the night!



I needed no encouragement to join Laura on the dark side! 
Look past those skulls and see that face in the background
. . . . . . . scared yet?  
(apologies if it's too dark for some)


WOW!!! amazing creations! I am sure you can find some 'Horror' Inspiration here!

Come and join in this month and you could be our randomly drawn prize winner

You could be our Winner of the challenge and be invited to join us as our Top Talent!

You could be one of our Top 3!

So many reasons to join in some spooky fun!

 Don't miss it!

 Challenge is open until October 28th at 11.55pm

Good Luck and Happy Crafting!


Friday, September 18, 2015

Creative Embellishments Spotlight

Hi everyone!

It is Sponsor Spotlight time again here at Our Creative Corner!

Our Sponsor this month is

For this creation I used some of their gorgeous leaf sets...

 With these lovely chipboard items I made this...

Another Autumn creation!!

Yes I know - going a bit mad on seasonal things at the moment!

I made a box by cutting off a segment of triple paper mache frame. I had already dismantled it partially by making another frame - so thought I might as well finish the job. The cut end was easily sealed with a piece of cardboard and then I got to work decorating! First thing was to stick all the leaves in place.
 Then I painted everything with Decoart Gesso. I then painted the box in Decoart media Titan Buff acrylic paint.
I then painted the leaves in a combination of Autumn colours - I used
Pyrrole Orange
Naphthol Red Light
 Quinacridone Gold
 Primary Yellow
 Cadmium Orange Hue
 Green Gold

Once these were dry I applied a layer of Crackle glaze. Then when that had dried I covered everything with Raw Umber Antiquing Cream. I wiped this away with a baby wipe and applied a layer of Ultra Matte Varnish

I also wiped some Treasure Gold over the sides of the frame 

I used White Fire Treasure Gold over the leaves. Just randomly wiping them lightly with the gold paste. 

I used Idea-ology Alpha Parts letters to spell out the word 'Autumn' and used the Treasure Gold to colour just the tops of the letters, leaving them black underneath.

I covered the center of the frame with a page from a French dictionary

I filled the frame with a pine cone, piece of bark, twig and brown cheesecloth.

I added two of the ferns that had been painted with Decoart Burnt Umber paint

...and there is my finished Autumn Frame...

Hope you like it!
Why not join in Julia''s challenge this month Shades Of Autumn - You could be the lucky randomly selected winner who will win a $25 voucher to spend at Creative Embellishments
You gotta be in it to win it!
Happy crafting

Friday, September 11, 2015

Pause and Breathe - It's Autumn

Good morning everyone.

Julia here to introduce you to our amazing Guest Designer. This lady is one of those all round creatives who can work in so many different styles and mediums and in addition, she thinks outside the box and comes up with art that I am in awe of. Who am I talking about? The wonderful lady from 'down under':

Julie was with me on my first ever design team and I remember well seeing her gorgeous creations using fabric, yarn, paint, ink. . . . . . . you name it, she can do it!. . . . . . and wishing I'd come up with the idea myself! If you've never visited Julie and seen her work, please click on one of the links and prepare for a treat. I'm so pleased you agreed to be my guest designer Julie! 

Hello I'm Julie Short and I'm delighted to be here.
As the northern hemisphere heads towards Autumn, here in Australia we head into Spring.

I live in a subtropical area so there are no coloured Autumn leaves and trees here.
Instead there are a wonderful few months when the light is golden and the Earth takes time to flourish and to breathe.

That's what I want to share with you.

After the wild storms of summer we have a lot of leaf litter which takes on a golden glow.

To get that feeling I used this process.

I use A3 Manilla Folder sheets as desk protectors and when they are messy and full of colour and drips and drops of product they become the base for my art. Onto the base above I slathered modelling paste and roughly used a knife to make leaf  shapes. I also squirted clear gesso, experimentally, around the leaves.

As this was drying I took a stick and scraped out veins and edges. I knew this was going to have a lot of product added to it so I needed a stable surface. The covers off a wallpaper sample book were the perfect size and weight.

After firmly gluing the backing and the folder together I mixed colour into gel medium and slathered this around the leaf shapes. I was thinking forest floors with thick crunchy layers of leaves.

I left this to dry overnight. Then I got out sprays and acrylic paint to start colouring the leaves.

As I needed to, I wiped back into the leaves with a damp sponge to move the colours and to blend where I needed to.

You can see the texture and the many shades that I wanted on my leaf piece.

To finish off I used a lot of Treasure Gold shades and Pearl Pens to emphasise the leaf veins.
I let this dry and polished with a soft cloth.

In Autumn here, we actually have a riot of flowers, shrubs and trees that bloom and delight. They seem to sulk during the rather trying Summers, we can have. We stay inside, venturing out early in the morning and late in the afternoons. The plants slow their growth right down.

Inspired by Julia's theme I created a second piece.

There's even more texture on this piece as I initially added a lot of seed beads into the modelling paste.

Additional texture and warmer colours were added with paint, wallpaper pieces, fabric scraps and glazes.

Layering Pearl Pens and Gel Medium over and around the flowers worked as both a glue and a sealer.
I was after shine and a little sparkle too!

Finally I framed both pieces in a shadow box style, shallow frame.

Even though there is not an Autumn leaf to be found here, Autumn is a wonderfully golden time of the year. It's the perfect time to holiday and to visit all areas of Australia.

You'll find me busy dipping and diving into all sorts of artistic explorations here all the time.

I teach classes and workshops, run a studio store and have an online store too as Time To Create.

Making time to create, soothes my soul and nourishes my spirit.


Wow Julie!! These are both beautiful pieces and it's wonderful to see your interpretation of the Shades Of Autumn theme from such a different climate to mine here in UK. As I predicted, you have truly inspired and I dare anyone to say that they don't feel like rushing off to create after seeing your stunning art work. The colours, layers and textures are right up my street and despite living in your climate, many of the colours used are reflected elsewhere in the world where Autumn/Fall does happen. If I had to choose a favourite from both of these pieces it would be the flowers but only because I'm flower mad!! Thank you so much for joining us here today and sharing your amazing creativity. Once again, I am enthralled and in awe, not just of your finished pieces but of your process too. Thank you too, for agreeing to be my choice of Guest Designer.

So, if you haven't joined my challenge yet this month, what better time is there to start creating after seeing this feast for the eyes! You can find all the details here.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Mexico Moods Winner and Top 3

Welcome back to Our Creative Corner!

Today we are so proud to present to you the winner of our Mexico Moods Challenge which ran over July and August.Thank you to all who entered! We had amazing entries to this challenge and we were so impressed by them....remember every entrant gets a $2 voucher to spend on Stampington e-images!

So before we announce who was the winner and Top 3, lets discuss the prize winners...

We had two Sponsors who kindly offered prizes for the summer challenge -

The first was Stampington who are giving one lucky winner $20 to spend on e-images!

 The number picked by was
 No 4 - Jane's Journal

Congratulations! - You have won the voucher to spend on Stampington e-images!

Our other prize is from Tando Creative...

The prize winner selected by is....

Congratulations to you too! You have won the Tando Creative goodies!

Can both winners please email us at via the email on the side bar so we can arrange delivery of your prizes

Now onto our winner and Top 3....We had so many amazing entries this summer and it was really difficult for the team to narrow it down to a winner and Top 3 - but eventually we did it and here is our winner...

Niti's Art from Heart

"Wow! So much detail, so much energy and colour in these pages, love them"
"These pages are like a fiesta!! Love the different melding of images, too"
 "I also love the colorful bright and shining art journal, a lot of
stencils and graphics, a crazy cheerful page, it simply makes good mood"

  "This made me laugh! The depth of colour and the patterns were mad, but it all worked beautifully on the page"

Well done Niti! Congratulations on being the winner of our Mexico Moods challenge!

And in no particular order here are our amazing Top 3and what the OCC DT loved about each creation

Postcards from the Attic

"I love 3D art, and this mini shrine is amazing- love those wings"
  "I love the recycle idea and the way to work in another creative art - beautiful mixture from stamps, cut outs and embossing structures"
"Gorgeous altered whole idea, Frida`s stamp  and all embellishments"

 Susan Janicula

"It makes me happy to see, when people grab brush and paints"
"So bright and cheerful"
"Love, love, love those colours and idea itself...drawing is beautiful"
 "What a bright, beautiful creation! This was so Mexican and used lots of details from the mood board"

Vintage Handmade

"What a great sentiment! The colours and background designs complement the birdie wonderfully"
"Love the bright colors and overall joyfulness of these pages"
  "Love the little birdie and his tail, colours and quote"

 Thanks to everyone who entered the challenge - we loved all the entries we had and wish we could have featured more! Well done to each person who joined in over the summer!

Remember there is a new challenge at OCC...Julia's 'Shades of Autumn' challenge which runs until 28th September...get those autumn colours out and come and join us!

Happy Crafting!

The OCC team!