Saturday, February 28, 2015

OCC Challenge Junk in Your Trunk

Candice our Challenge Host for March at Our Creative Corner has a challenge for you.

 Create something out of any kind of junk and re-fashion it either into something useful, functional or beautiful for the
 challenge this month.
Candice is leaving the challenge open to your interpretation of what constitutes “Junk”
It may mean a set of hideously patterned china that you want to smash up and a make a mosaic...
It may mean reams of patterned paper you have lying around that you turn into a collage masterpiece...
It may mean doing something with skeins of wool that you intended to make a a sweater with...
It may mean doing something with rusty keys, nuts and bolts and random pieces of wire that you pick up off the street...
  You can create whatever you want to, however you want to and with whatever you want to.
The only rules are that your project MUST contain something that you consider Junk that you have reclaimed or recycled.

  Check out the OCC blog for great ideas from all our creative designers. You'll also find the rules to add your project to this challenge and don't forget to check out our fantastic prize sponsor Crafty Individuals
This challenge inspired the gift I put together for my Dad's birthday. I love altering and repurposing items. For my project I pulled out a few junk items to work with, old book papers, cardboard and maybe a little something unexpected, egg shells. 
The metal home decor plate I used as background was a great piece to alter and give to my Dad for his Birthday. He's the little boy in the pictures there with his older brothers. 
I adhered the book paper down with Prima Soft Gel to the metal plate. With inks and sprays it was transformed into a vintage styled background for the embellishments and old picture that was added. 

 The egg shells were used to create a mosaic pattern inside the watch. Then alcohol ink and Distress embossing powder were added along with a metal tag and an antique typewriter key.

Most of the items placed on this layout were inked, embossed, rusted, and painted to give them the feel of a time gone by. This is one of my favorite looks and mediums to work with. 
I finding that I love adding the copper micro beads around in my arrangements. It's like adding the look of dripping metal amount the vintage finds.  
I have a video on my Youtube channel showing my process. Come take a peek and hopeful you will learn a few new techniques or just be inspired to try this project. 
Link to Youtube channel...

Products used here can be found in my Artfire store...

Thanks for stopping by, 
xxx Laurie Moore

Sunday, February 1, 2015

OCC Challenge Tic Tac Toe

Here's a great challenge from Julia, one of my team mates and Designer over at Our Creative Corner.
We would love you to come play along and here's the link.....
Just a few rules to this challenge.....
 For this challenge please choose one line from the grid shown. This can be a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line but you must select the middle square as one of your choices. What you make is your choice but please ensure that the three items you have chosen are clearly visible on your make. Please state in your post which line you have chosen. Inks, stains, sprays etc can be used as necessary on your project.
For the two bottom corners you see more than one chose in the square, if you choose one of these squares you may use just one item listed there or as many of the items in that square as you would like to use. Just remember to let us know which items you used.

Please check out this month wonderful sponsor 
Tando Creative

For my project I choose "Paint, Stamps and Stencils" I've want for some time now to start making Journal covers for a few gifts to give. This cover is of my daughter and sweet grandson. I've recently discovered 3D Gel mediums from Prima and this challenge inspired me to give the transparent gel a try with the stencil and mixing it with paint. I am loving the look of it! A lot of the products I used here can be found in my online Artfire Store with a link below.
  I started with an 8"x10" piece of chipboard that I painted with gesso. I then used strips of paper from the Romance Nouel collections which I adhered down with the 3D gloss gel medium, another great use for this gel. I then began adding my Distress spray stains. Once they were dry then came gesso with one stencil and 3D gel with the other. (these next pictures are from the tutorial I did)

Using light blue paint mixed with 3D gel and my fingers I applied lines of paint around the edges of the strips of paper to bring out the outlines and this also added another layer of texture. I stamped using one of the 3D stamps I carry. I used the set with the dragonfly which was what my grandson was so intently watching on the porch that day. On the Dusty Attic chipboard I added sprays and distress embossing powder. 

Flowers from the Coffee Break collection with distress embossing powder applied on the edges added just the right touches around the black and white photo. Using black paint I covered the word "tender" and place it across the photo. Black gesso around the edges and the project was complete, ready to be bond with paper and a back cover.

I also have a video tutorial on my YouTube channel you can check out Youtube OCC Feb. Challenge

For products used visit 

Thanks for coming by and becoming a follower, 
Laurie Moore