Thursday, July 30, 2015

Taking A Hiatis Until the Beginning of The Year

Good morning everyone! I saw all of the comments about the closing and you all pulled at my heart strings. I want to thank Vicky and Erin and Carol for filling in for four months while I was out after my surgery trying to recover and make that huge life change I had to make :)  You can read about that on my personal blog LOL

I have decided to keep the blog going, although I will miss Vicky, Erin and Carol. I know that four months was a lot longer then even I thought I would be gone. We are going to restructure the blog and we will have a bit of a break until the beginning of the year. As of the beginning of the year, we will go to a Monthly Challenge and our challenge will run on the 10th of each month. We have a lot of work to do to keep it going and a lot of changes to make, so please be patient :)

We are going to need some additional DT Members to join our team. If you would be interested in joining our Design Team, please send an email to and include why you would like to join our team, a link to your blog and a project or two attached. Just remember... it doesn't have to be a card. We love all crafts, so anything you create would be great!

Thank you for your patience and support! You are so appreciated!!!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Winners and DT Favorites - Challenge #40 (Photo Inspiration)

Happy Saturday! Today is our day to announce our Winners and DT Favorites from Challenge # 40 - Photo Inspiration. You all really took that photo and ran with it!!

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 Bugaboo Stamps, Faery Ink, KennyK, and Oak Pond Creations for sponsoring our challenge!

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

Using, our winner of 7 Images from Bugaboo Creations is:

Using, our winner of 3 Images from Faery Ink is:

Using, our winner of 3 Images from KennyK is:

Using, our winner of 3 Images from 3 Images is:

Congrats to all our LUCKY winners!!! Please contact us in the upcoming 2 weeks at with winner and the sponsor that you have won in the subject. With the closure of the challenge if we don't hear from you in that time you will have forfeited your prize and we will not redraw.

Now for our DT Favorites for Challenge #40:

Adele, Cass, Kathy, Kim and Lynda's Pick:

No.2- Cristina

Adele's Thoughts:   love everything about this card.  The colours are so zingy and the great DP’s in that layout are fantastic.  A fabulous image and perfect colouring make it just perfect.  

Cass's Thoughts:  Christina, Love the image, great use of bright colours and clever design.

Kathy's Thoughts:  I’ve long enjoyed Christina’s work in the Open-Minded Crafting Challenges and this card is no exception. She brings her projects to life with her stunning coloring and excellent design. If you haven’t visited her blog, please do, it’s a treat!

Kim's Thoughts:  I love the layering, shapes, colors, and coloring!

Lynda's Thoughts:  Your coloring is fantastic, love the little clouds. I also love the bright colours you’ve chosen xx

Ana Isabel, Angelic bad girl, Berni, Carol, Erin, Milnie and Myndi's Pick:

No. 12- Aurora

Ana Isabel's Thoughts:  I love this flower, it’s great! Of course the colouring is fantastic. Simply beautiful!!! Congrats!!!

Angelic Bad Girl's Thoughts:   I love the flowers on this card, and how she has coloured the Image to reflect the colours from the Photo Inspiration. Lovely card all round.

Berni's Thoughts:  She captured the essence of the photo inspiration. The sweet image is colored perfectly. Fab composition. Well done. Congrats

Carol's Thoughts:  Love the image background which is similar to the inspiration photo,love the cute beautifully coloured image and crotchet flower.

Erin's Thoughts:  amazing coloring. Perfect card

Milnie's Thoughts:  This is just stunning! love the image, the background is amazing! The papers are a perfect fit; absolutely a wonderful card.

Myndi's Thoughts:  the flowers in her image really jumped out as the inspiration from the photo. I also loved her colouring and the poppies in her image were just perfect!

Hanne and Kel's Pick:
HeatherM using From The Heart Stamps "Inner Tube Birdbrain" digi
No. 24- Heather M

Hanne's Thoughts:  Heather's card just makes me smile. It takes me to somewhere warm, having lazy days by the pool - something I've lacked this summer… I love the fun image and great colouring! This is also great take on the inspiration photo.
Kel's Thoughts:  it’s so bright and fun!!!!  Love the image and coloring and those triangle/banners on the right side of the card… her card is perfectly weighted and has beautiful composition!!!

Joanna and Julie's Pick:

No.19 - Pauline

Joanna's Thoughts: Very elegant card. Clean and simple. She was inspired by the rich blue and the flowers.

Julie's Thoughts:  I love the simplicity of this card and how vibrantly the flowers are coloured.

Lynne's Pick:
Anniversary Collage Card
No. 11- Create with Joy

Lynne's Thoughts:  I love all the detail, use of color and the vintage feel! Great job!

Rebecca's Pick:

No. 10 - Leeann

Rebecca's Thoughts:  Love the colors combination she plays on her card. Love how the cupcakes image inspired her to create this adorable card, fabulous piece of artwork.

Sammibug's Pick:

No.15 - Desire Fourie

Sammibug's Thoughts:   Absolutely love the colors she used! The flowers are gorgeous with thier fun unique iris folded centers!

Shirley-Anne's Pick:

No. 6- Leeann

Shirley-Anne's Thoughts:  Sweet image and lovely papers along with pretty flowers make this a delightful card .

Vicky's Pick:

No.14 - Jessi Fogan

Vicky's Thoughts:  I really love the gorgeous flowers and the colors used as well as the layout with the details of off center paper and a little folded corner! Gorgeous!

Congrats to all the winners!!!  And don't forget to play in our last challenge here

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Challenge #41 - Kids Want To Have Fun

Good morning fellow crafters!! And welcome to the Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenge Blog!!
It is time for a new challenge! Thank you to everyone who joined us and took on the last challenge. We can't tell you how much we appreciate you and all of your wonderful creations!! We will announce the winners and the DT Favorites from Challenge #40: Vintage, on Saturday, July 25th, 2015. Be sure to come back and celebrate the winners with us.

Challenge #41 is a Kids Want To Have Fun!! And that is exactly what we want to see.. Kids having fun! It doesn't matter what they are doing, just having fun! We can't wait to see the designs you guys come up with!

Please click on the Rules Tab at the Top to read up on the rules!
The deadline for this challenge will be midnight on Friday, July 31st, 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, August 8th, 2015. We will also post the DT Favorites at the same time.You will have two weeks to email us if you are a winneer as this is the last challenge with the blog closing!

Imagine That!
Prize: 3 Images
Imagine That! ...digis by Kris is where her pencil drawings meet digital, printable images so we can all create with them! These adorable images come to you from a mother and daughter team, Kris and her lovely daughter Carly. You will have fun looking around the shop at their wonderful images! We are so happy to have them join us this year as a sponsor. Thank you so much Kris and Carly!!

Robin using log cabin and boy

Prize: 2 Images Used By The Design Team
Lia is an amazing artist and illustrator. Lia's passion is graphic art and photography, but her sister introduced her to digital stamps and now we are lucky enough to have her amazing art to work with! She loves the opportunity to meet and connect with all of us! Be sure to check out her LiaStampZ Etsy Shop and her Challenge Blog too!

Ana using candy

Melanie's project won't load! Check out hers on her blog!

SLS LINES 3 images

The Stamping Boutique
Prize: 4 Images
We at TSB are very proud to offer original digital images and artwork to you. Thank you for giving us a few minutes of your valuable time to look over the store at The Stamping Boutique. Good luck in the challenge and we hope to see you over at our TSB Community network. Tracey's art is just wonderful and we think you will agree! She has a very unique line of stamps .. Laundry Line! You have to go over and take a look.. we just love them! Her art is wonderful and fun and you will have no problem finding some great art to create your next crafting items with!! Thank you Tracey for sponsoring us next year! We really appreciate your time and generosity!! Thank you!!

Kim using moose