Saturday, December 20, 2014

Challenge #26 - All White


Good morning fellow crafters!! And welcome to the Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenge Blog!!
You guys definitely know how to make some Unusual Christmas Cards!! We loved seeing the different ideas that everyone had! Thank you to everyone who joined us and took on the challenge. We will announce the winners and the DT Favorites from Challenge #25: Unusual Christmas, on Saturday, December 27th, 2014. Be sure to come back and celebrate the winners with us.

Challenge #26 is all about All White!! The image can have some color and that coloring should be really pale/muted, only the skin and hair. We want to see everything else White! We can't wait to see what you come up with!!

Please click on the Rules Tab at the Top to read up on the rules!
Deadline: The deadline for this challenge will be midnight on Friday, January 2nd, 2015. Please make sure to link up before then.

Prize and DT Favorite Information: We will randomly draw the winner for each of the sponsors. These winners will be posted on Saturday, January 10th, 2015. We will also post the DT Favorites at the same time.




Digital Delights by Louby Loo
Prize: $5 Gift Certificate
Digital Delights by Louby Loo is your one stop shop for all your digital stamps, paper piecing and digital products which are instantly downloadable. We also have a wide range of digital papers and cut files for all your crafting projects. Our low prices reflect our belief that crafting should not only be fun but affordable too!! Other services include custom blog design and custom watermarks. Why wait for snail mail? Start creating with our instant downloads today.


Carol using Bathtime Cooper


Come back for our midway post to see . using .





Jessica Weible Illustrations
Prize: Images
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Jacqui using Holiday Birds


Come back for our midway post to see Cass using Little Angels Cute and Emily using Christmas Nativity and Erin using Bridal Vector Character






Paper Pretties
Prize: 5 Images
Paper Pretties is an online crafting store, and home to Zac, Lily, Sophia and Cooper - the cutest kid stamps around! (At least we think so). We have many exclusive stamp lines, from elegant to whimsical, sweet to clever; there is something for every stamper in our Pretties Boutique! Along with their full line of clear stamps they also have a great selection of digital images! You can also join in their weekly challenge at the Paper Pretties Challenge Blog. They post new challenges each Monday and Wednesday.


Adele using Snow Angel Sophia




Joanna using Iggy




Kathy using Roses


Come back for our midway post to see Pam using Snow Angel






Sami Stamps
Prize: $12 Gift Certificate
Sami is the little sister of Tammy from A Day For Daisies. Can you believe the talent in this family... WOW!!!! She grew up watching Tammy paint all day in her art studio which was a converted storage shed in the back yard. Sami is a wife and mother and an amazing artist that we are lucky enough to have in our crafting community. She has the most WONDERFUL digital stamps and we couldn't be more excited to have her as a sponsor. Thank you Sami!! Thank you for your sponsorship and generosity!


Cindy using Two Birds




Denise using Persian Kitty 3


Come back for our midway post to see Maureen using My Snowman and Vicky using Two Birds






Sassy Studios Designs
Prize: $5 Gift Certificate
Sassy Studio Designs was started in July of 2009 by Lindsay Dyer. If you haven't visited Sassy Studio Designs yet, it is a must visit site! You can see that Lindsay has an eye for design and fashion. It was interesting to find out that she is a fashion designer by trade! It definitely shows! Her characters are so clever and her clothing designs are like no other!! We know that you will enjoy these sexy, fashionable divas as much as we do!!


Hanne using Kiss The Bride




Julie using Bella Bride Sassy




Milnie using Bella Bride Sassy




Sammibug using Kiss The Bride


Come back for our midway post to see . using .





Saturday, December 13, 2014

Challenge #25 - Unusual Christmas Midway Post


Good morning fellow Crafters!! And welcome to the Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenge Blog!!

Today we are at the midway point of our Challenge #25. Challenge #25 is our Unusual Christmas Challenge!! What do we mean by Unusual? It could be unusual colors, maybe even an unusual image or even a Creepmas Image. You tell us...What does Unusual Christmas mean to you? And we can not wait to see what you come up!

We have loved what we have seen so far and we can't wait to see more! You have until midnight, EST on December 19th, 2014 to create your Unusual Christmas creations.



A & T Digital Designs
Prize: 2 Images
The artist that creates all that wonderful art at A & T Digital Designs is Linda Catchlove. Linda was born in Australia and grew up in both Australia and New Zealand. She spent much of her childhood drawing and knew at an early age that she wanted to be an artist of some sort. She is now a Botanic Artist and Illustrator using watercolours as her medium. Australian native plants, insects and of course her most adorable little faerie folk are her favourite subjects to paint. Most of her paintings have a combination of all three of these. So, Thank you A & T Digital Designs and Linda Catchlove!! We appreciate your sponsorship and we love being able to have such wonderful art to create our cards and other projects!!


Susan using Ashee
Unusual: Not A Christmas Image and Color





Delicious Doodles
Prize: 4 Images
Teresa, aka Teri, is the artist over at Delicious Doodles. She is from the United Kingdom. She started card making after the birth of her youngest. Then she started drawing up her own line of digital images! And we are all lucky for it!! Teri is always willing to sponsor the numerous crafting challenges out there. There is even the Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog where you can find her images used all the time! You can also follow Delicious Doodles on Facebook.


Erin using Skully Santa
Unusual: Christmas Image and Skulls Washi






Dilly Beans Digi Stamps
Prize: 3 Images
Dilly Beans is a mix of cute, spooky, fantasy.. you name it! They are awesomely drawn up by the artist Megan Suarez! Megan is a mother of four (4)! And married to a wonderfully understanding man who completely understands her creative marathons and late nights! She loves working with all sorts of media, although she loves to work mostly in acrylics on canvas. She does enjoy mixed media, art journaling, mail art and ATC trading and collecting! And Megan lives in the beautiful state of Oregon, USA. You can also find Dilly Beans on Facebook... be sure to drop by and give her a Like! Dilly Beans also has a challenge blog you can join in on at Dilly Beans Designers & Friday Challenges! And we want to send out a big THANK YOU to Megan and Dilly Beans!!


Vicky using 276 - Disturbed Snowman
Unusual: Image and Colors




Maureen using 275 - Framed Disturbed Snowman
Unusual: Image




Pam using #275 - Framed Disturbed Snowman
Unusual: Image and Colors






Eureka Stamps
Prize: 5 Images
Finally, The Stamps You've been Looking for! Eureka stamps offers a large variety of images and sentiments in many different categories for all of your stamping needs. Our Paper Sculpting stamps add an extra dimension to your creations. Or, Mix and match our Balloons and Balloon Holders to celebrate every occasion. Our Stamps are available as unmounted, deep etched, natural red rubber stamps OR as digital stamps. If Eureka Stamps aren't exactly what you are looking for, Don't miss out on the sister companies: QKR Stampede, Biblical Impressions Rubber Stamps, or the newest addition, Alluring Impressions.



Cass using Sick Bunny
Unusual: Image and Colors (brilliant isn't she!! You would think this was an Easter card right away! LOL)








Winners and DT Favorites - Challenge #24 (Grateful)



Happy Saturday! Today is our day to announce our Winners and DT Favorites from Challenge #24 - Grateful. Your projects were once again just gorgeous! Keep them coming; we LOVE them all!!

Thank you to everyone who played along! And thank you to our wonderful sponsors who are so generous to give us a prize that we can give to you!! A special thank you goes out to A Day For Daisies, DigiStamps4Joy, Just Some Lines, and Stitchy Bears Digi Outlet for sponsoring our challenge!

Now for our winners, all chosen by Random.org .. Please also grab your winners badge on the winner's tab at the top of the blog:


Using Random.org, our winner of 3 images from A Day For Daisies is:

Distinctive lmnts



Using Random.org, our winner of 5 images from DigiStamps4Joy is:

Vickie O'Dell


Using Random.org, our winner of a 4 images from Just Some Lines is:

Gloria Shirr



Using Random.org, our winner of 3 Images from The East Wind is:

Rutscht


Congrats to all the winners!!! Please contact us in the upcoming 2 weeks at openmindedcrafting@gmail.com with winner and the sponsor that you have won in the subject. If we don't hear from you we will have to draw again.




Now for our DT Favorites for Challenge #24:

Adele's Pick:

No. 49 - Faith W

Adele's Thoughts: I love the shape of this card and the sentiment and embellishment are perfect together. Great colours and lovely dies cuts. Such a simple layout but very effective. Hope to see you in our future challenges xx


Carol's Pick:

No. 31 - *Vicki*

Carol's Thoughts: Love the cute House Mouse image and sparkly leaves-great chalkboard technique-love it.


Cass's, Jacqui's and Joanna's Pick:

No. 42 - Karen Hasheck

Cass's Thoughts: Such a simple design and so so effective, love the embossing and the way Karen has interpreted a sketch, showing us how simple circles can make a big impact. Very eye-catching

Jacqui's Thoughts: I chose this card because it's different. I really love the bright colours especially against the white embossing. I think the abstract circle style is really unusual and it stands out so well it doesn't need anything else with it. I'd really like to try something like this.

Joanna's Thoughts: I chose this card because it is different from the others. No need to give exact a lot of elements to pass on the intended meaning.


Denise's and Kathy's Pick:

No. 21 - Rachelle G

Denise's Thoughts: This stood out for me the bright orange colours and the SC image is adorable, the lovely DP's and the leaves along the bottom, definetly a great thanksgiving creation. Thanks so much for sharing and entering the challenge.

Kathy's Thoughts: The coloring on Rachelle's card is spectacular. She really captures the essence of thankfulness in this image by Saturated Canary. She kept the design clean and simple so the coloring and image really popped. Great Entry!


Hanne's Pick:

No. 34 - ~DEANNE~

Hanne's Thoughts: I love the colours and the layout in Deanne's card! The design is simple so the sweet image really stands out from the card. Perfect thank you card!


Julie's and Pam's Pick:

No. 47 - Susan Says Stupid Stuff

Julie's Thoughts: I was really drawn to how different this card is and I just love the sentiment. Awesome colour choices too.

Pam's Thoughts: I love this spooky card, the image is sweet and the little cat so cute well put together and love the colours too, perfect!


Maureen's Pick:

No. 14 - Jennifer Scull

Maureen's Thoughts: Love the image and embellishments, great colouring and framed sentiment. Fabulous layout and colour scheme! Fabulous Card x


Milnie's and Sammibug's Pick:

No. 3 - Vannessa

Milnie's Thoughts: The non traditional color combo is just awesome, I love the coloring, it's stunning! Vannessa also has a good eye for little details, The pearl earring is so creative and lovely!

Sammibug's Thoughts: Fabulous coloring and elements. The colors are gorgeous!


Wildfire's Pick:

No. 28 - Andrea W

Wildfire's Thoughts: Very sweet card! I love this Meljen's Designs stamp! I like the Design paper and the color combo. :)


Erin's Pick:

No. 43 - Lorie

Erin's Thoughts: I love the colors used on this card! The striped DP is perfect! Awesome job with the pleats on the dress!


Susan's Pick:

No. 19 - Rutscht

Susan's Thoughts: I love this ATC! I love the colors, the orange and green are just gorgeous! LOVE your coloring.. WOW! That hair is awesome.. I need to find out what colors you use! LOVE it!! The butterfly and gems just add the perfect touch! I LOVE it!!!


Vicky's Pick:

No. 37 - Gail Scott

Vicky's Thoughts: I just think this is soooooo fun!!!!  Love the scene that has been created.  Really love as well that it's a different thank you card than the usual.  Very clever.


Congratulations to everyone! Thank you very much for your participation in our challenges :)