Sunday, August 9, 2015

Closure of the challenge blog

Hello to everyone! It's with great sadness that I'm announcing the closure of our challenge blog as of the end of the month of July. Therefore the last challenge will be the challenge # 41. 

 I would ask that all the winners promptly communicate us following the challenges because after the 2 weeks delay following the last announcement of winners the prizes will have been forfeited. 

 I would like on behalf of Susan, Cass and Erin to thank all of you that participated in our challenges! We had a fabulous team of ladies through out the year and 1/2 that we were open. And our sponsors where just extraordinary! Without all of you guys this would not have been the success it was. This was not an easy decision but life happens and it's time for us to move on to other things. 

 Thank you for your understanding and support. 

 Big hugs Vicky

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Challenge #40 - Photo Inspiration

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 #39: Vintage, on Saturday, July 11th, 2015. Be sure to come back and celebrate the winners with us.

Challenge #40 is a Photo Inspiration!! We want you to use this photo as inspiration for your creations! You can take whatever you want from the photo, the theme, the colors, the patterns and create anything! 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 17th, 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, July 25th, 2015. We will also post the DT Favorites at the same time.

Bugaboo Stamps
Prize: 7 Images
The Owner of Bugaboo is Jodie. She is married and has 5 beautiful children, a dog, a cat and a hubby too! She has been designing graphics for 9 years. She loves to draw and loves to see where my designs go and how they are used. She finds making people smile with her graphics very rewarding! The name Bugaboo did she come up with it? Bugaboo is a nickname she has for her kids sometimes. If you don't know Bugaboo, please be sure to hop on over there! She is the most generous sponsor and is always sponsoring the challenge blogs. We appreciate them so much!

Cass using puppy pile
Shirley using  oval roses

Rebecca using Rottweiler trio
Crafting Vicky using Chase your dreams

Faery Ink
Prize: 3 Images
Amanda lives in South Carolina where she is also a student. She is a mother of four and even has a an adorable grandson. Amanda has been designing websites and drawing web graphics since 1998. She uses Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver. She loves fantasy, mysterious and creepy! A girl out for our own heart. Her favorite number is 9 and her favorite color is lavender.
 Sammi using Dragonheart

Prize: 3 Images
"The creator, the artist, the man: KennyK wielded a mean crayon during his formative years in the Bronx, developing his signature funky-but-slick, urban-influenced style - and over the years has completed countless assignments for many of the biggest ad agencies and corporate clients in the business. His work runs the gamut from big-budget advertising campaigns and promotions, editorial illustrations, toy/game and product packaging, to sexy pinup babes, anime and retro character designs, comic books, computer games, t-shirts and sticker designs and Flash animation - all that fun stuff." - Elena

Jacqui using Veronica vamp
Kathy using da bomb

Oak Pond Creations
Prize: 3 Images
Kim has been an artist since the day she was born she just never knew it. As a child she always loved arts and crafts but as an adult she let real life completely take over and forgot about the important things like scissors, paper and glue. Thanks to her friend Jeni at Flip Flop Creations, she's hooked on paper crafting. After exploring the world of digital stamps she decided she wanted to make her own greeting cards by drawing images for them. She's happy to have a way of sharing my images with you. She hopes they provide inspiration and smiles. Hugs and happy crafting! Kim is inspired to create each day!! She loves photography and takes a lot of inspiration from this hobby and puts it into her art! Her family and friends also play a large role in her artistic endeavors! We couldn't be more happy that she has become a part of the crafting community and we are so lucky to have her sharing her art with us! Her images are just wonderful!! Please go take a look and give her a shout and a thank you!!

Kim using shakin snakes
Berni using Tulips


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Challenge #39 - Vintage 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 #39. Challenge #39 is our Vintage Challenge!! We want to see the old, the antique, the vintage designs! We are loving what you have linked up so far; Keep them coming!!

You have until midnight, EST on July 3rd, 2015 to enter your Vintage creations.

Fairy Tangles
Prize: 2 Images
The magic of nature is what inspires Norma J. Burnell and it surely shows in her amazing art! She has been involved in the arts all of her life, painting, drawing and creating! She mainly works in graphite, color pencil and ink. She loves fairies and fantasy - mermaid, dragons, fae of all kinds. And we love all of her fantasy art! She also discovered the art of Zentangle and started to incorporate "tangles" into her fantasy drawings and thus "Fairy Tangles" was born. She is Zentangle certified and is even a co-author of "The Art of Zentangle" book. When we found Fairy Tangles on Etsy, the first thought was that she would be an amazing addition to our digital artists out there in the crafting world! Her images are amazing!! You definitely need to have a visit and make sure to give her a warm welcome!!

Lemon Shortbread
Prize: 3 Images
I am a graphic artist based in sunny Singapore. My artworks are inspired by psychedelia, manga, nouveau, ukiyo-e & pop-art. Common themes include fruits & florals, crazy characters, ridiculous scenes with a play of colour coordination. Also am inclined to making things neat and flat... you can't tell from the clutter in my worktable though. I am trained in apparel design, but it uses the part of my brain I don't like to use.

Berni using Winter Muff

Myndi using Winter Muff

Lynda using Sweet lolita

The Art of Ronne P. Barton
Prize: 2 Images
Ronne P. Barton is an artist working from a studio in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina! Ronne loves creating anything fantasy, from fairies to unicorns. She also enjoys writing and illustrating stories. If you haven't visited her Etsy store yet you are in for a treat. She offers some amazingly beautiful digital stamps! Get on over there and show some love!! Thank you Ronne for sponsoring with us this year. We hope we can give you the exposure you deserve! You are much appreciated!! Thank you!

The Fantasy Art of Nikki Burnette
Prize: 5 Images
Nikki has been an artist her entire life, but began her professional fantasy art career in 2006 when she began selling ACEOs on Ebay. ACEOs are Art, Cards, Editions and Originals. They are miniature paintings measuring 2.5" x 3.5". She was very well received in the ACEO community and started to grow her fan base. We are not in the least surprised! :) Her art is collected world wide and she is licensed with a variety of different companies. She has also been published in a book, a few magazines and online publications. You will find her at fairs and conventions across the Southeast. She also had her artwork on the cover of the ImagiCon 2010 program!! How exciting!! She has been asked "Why Fantasy Art?" and here is her response to that questions: Fantasy art is where my heart lies. I love being able to escape the reality of our world for even just a few hours and enter a new fantasy realm where witches play tricks on Halloween Night, fairies fly around the sweet smelling rosebuds, and mermaids swim gracefully through the water with their dolphin friends.

Cass using Arden

Winners and DT Favorites - Challenge #38 (Doodle)

Happy Saturday! Today is our day to announce our Winners and DT Favorites from Challenge #38 - Doodle. We thoroughly enjoyed all of the different doodles on everyone's projects! Doodling is so fun! We don't do it as much as we use to though!

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 Crafty Sentiments Designs, Gerda Steiner Designs, Lizzy Love Oddball Art Co., and Scribbles Designs 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 3 Images from Crafty Sentiments Designs is:

Jennifer G

Using, our winner of 3 Images from Gerda Steiner Designs is:

Using, our winner of 3 Images from Lizzy Love Oddball Art Co. is:

Using, our winner of 3 Images from Scribbles Designs 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. If we don't hear from you we will have to draw again. 

Now for our DT Favorites for Challenge #37:

Adele and Berni's Pick:

No.10 - Anna

Adele's Thoughts: Love this card. The super bright patterned papers and the fabulous image which has been coloured perfectly. Love the doodles around the edge too, and the great layout.

Berni's Thoughts:  This beauty speaks fun and more fun. Fab colors and awesome image. So perfect for that special person.

Ana Isabel and Robin's Pick:

No.16 - Cristina

Ana Isabel's Thoughts:   I love the colouring, the digi and the design!!! This card is lovely!!!

Robin's Thoughts:  The coloring is fantastic, love the color combination, doodling is perfect and the dots are awesome. Just love this creation!!

Angelic Bad Girl's Pick:

No.15 - Granne

Angelic Bad girl's Thoughts: Just loved this little Mr Monster card. He made me think of the kids at school and the fact that the Summer Holidays are fast approaching where they turn into Monsters in their own right lol. Such a totally cute and adorable and perfect for the Doodle Theme. xxx

Joanna's Thoughts:  Very funny monster. I like design paper and layout.

Carol and Julie's Pick:

No. 2- Lozzy

Carol's Thoughts:  Love the black and white card and image,perfect B.paper and great zentangle doodling on the image .

Julie's Thoughts:  Love the black and white and the zentangle is a perfect interpretation of the theme, a lovely card.

Cass's Pick:

This little place - Home bird

Cass's Thoughts:  Zoechaos has captured the beauty and the simplicity of a simple little doodle sketch.  Perfect CAS card.  Love it.

Erin's Pick:

Erin's Thoughts:  I just love this tag! The white pen doodled design was a brilliant idea!

Hanne's Pick:

No. 20- Coops

Hanne's Thoughts:  I just love this card! Different shades of green work perfectly together and I love the distressed papers and the shape of the card. Great take on the theme as well, doodling works perfectly with the hot air balloon stamps

Kathy's Pick:

No.5 - Jen L.

Kathy's Thoughts:  Oh wow - I love how Jen created the underwater background in her Ariel scene.  Simply brilliant.  I also appreciate the sentiment she’s used and on top of in all, it’s a fun shaker.  I’m sure whomever receives this will have a smile!  
Shirley-Anne's Thoughts:  Jen ‘s shaker card with underwater scene is so delightful with just the cutest sea critters .
Rebecca's Pick:

No. 9- Jennifer G.

Rebecca's Thoughts:  Love the color combination and the layout for her card, just too cute!

Vicky's Pick:
No.11 - Crafty girl

Vicky's Thoughts:  Sooooo cute!!!  Love the layout and the doodling you have done. The sentiment is just perfect for this image!

Congratulations to everyone all your entries were not numerous but they were all awesome and are soooo inspiring to us!!!! Thank you very much for your participation in our challenges :)