Friday, May 20, 2016

Winners and DT Favorites -- Monthly Challenge #4 {Easter/Pastel Colors}

Happy Day! Today we are going to announce our DT Favorites from Monthly Challenge #4 -- Spring/Easter/Pastel Colors. Everyone's projects were fantastic!!  Thank you so much for playing along!! We love seeing all of the Easter fun, the Spring beauty and Pastel colors!

We would like to extend a HUGE Thank you to our wonderful and generous sponsors for our April 2016 Challenge. You really help to make the Challenges that much better by providing prizes to give to our winners. Please help us thank our wonderful sponsors by dropping by their shops!!

For the winners, please send an email to openmindedcrafting at Thank you so much for playing along! We hope you are playing along in our next challenge.


A Random Fan
Prize: 3 Images And Our Random.Org Winner is:

#59 - Kathie *claimed*

Crafty Sentiments Designs
Prize: 3 Images
And Our Random.Org Winner is:

#73 - Crafting Vicky *claimed*

Lacy Sunshine
Prize: 3 Images
And Our Random.Org Winner is:

#44 - Crafthartic *claimed*

Maria Medel Illustrations
Prize: 3 Images
And Our Random.Org Winner is:

#28 - Lozzy

We have a few redraws from previous challenges. These are unclaimed prizes.

From Challenge #1:

Doodle Pantry, LLC
Prize: $10 Gift Certificate
And Our Random.Org Winner is:

No. 105 - Patacake

Imagine That!
Prize: $10 Gift Certificate
And Our Random.Org Winner is:

No. 98 - Jennifer Greco

From Challenge #2:

SLS Lines
Prize: 3 Images
And Our Random.Org Winner is:

No. 32 - Denise

Zuri Artsy Craftsy
Prize: 3 Images
And Our Random.Org Winner is:

No 47 - Lucy Patrick *claimed*


Adele's Pick:

No. 3 - Lillian's Leisure

Adele's Thoughts: I love all the elements on this card. They all work so well, fab matching of the DP and the flowers and a gorgeous image. Great layout too.

Ana Isabel's Pick:

No. 36 - Aurora

Ana Isabel's Thoughts: I love this image and the colouring is great! This card is clean and simple but so nice!!!

Annette's Pick:

No. 54 - Elena F

Annette's Thoughts: Absolutely stunning. Fabulous design, fabulous colours and just beautifully coloured image. The details with the matching ribbon bow plus the gorgeous flower embellishments ~ I find this creation just perfect. Great work.

BBsButterfly's Pick:

No. 65 - Francesca

BBsButterfly's Thoughts: Excellent coloring and lots of beautiful texture with all of the layers. I love the use of crochet lace and paper flowers. Great work!

Deanne's Pick:

No. 62 - Ginny B

Deanne's Thoughts: Beautiful card! Love the glitter and the beautiful bow!! So many pretty flowers, too!

Hanne's Pick:

No. 41 - Heather Mills

Hanne's Thoughts: Heather's shaker card with yellow tulips is simply fantastic! It's pretty clean and simple, but there's lots of work put into this card and the shaker element gives it a real wow element. I also love how Heather has done the water look in the jar. :)

Joanna's Pick:

No. 34 - Bettina

Joanna's Thoughts: I like shaped card, layout. Love the adorable image, colours and details!

Kerri's Pick:

No. 39 - Cards Made By Beckie

Kerri's Thoughts: I thinks Beckie has worked beautifully with dies to create a wonderful springtime scene! I also love the embossed background.

Kraftykoolkat's and Sandy's Pick:

No. 12 - Elena

Kraftykoolkat's Thoughts: Such a beautiful colour palette and fantastic colouring of the image, The layout is also fantastic. I was deliberating between two creations and then I discovered they were both by Elena.

Sandy's Thoughts: Beautifully embellished and her colouring is stunning.

Lynnpenguin's Pick:

No. 2 - Crea Astrid

Lynnpenguin's Thoughts: Such a beautiful card with the soft purple tones and a super sweet image. Love the colouring/shading.

Monica's Pick:

No. 60 - Lucy Patrick

Monica's Thoughts: I love the beautifully colored image and all the texture she added with her embellishments!

NanaConnie's Pick:

No. 23 - Crafty

NanaConnie's Thoughts: First, I love the simplicity of her card design, a perfect CAS card. Her shading on that lovely flower is superb and adding black Flower Soft to the center was pure genius.

Rebecca's Pick:

No. 38 - Patacake

Rebecca's Thoughts: Love the altered candy container that she make for Easter. Great color combination for her candy container and her awesome coloring too. Love all the embellishments on her project, I wish i could receive such beautiful candy container too.

Shirley-Anne's Pick:

No. 33 - Jen L

Shirley-Anne's Thoughts: Simply a beautiful CAS card The Hollyhocks just pop from the card front . Her colouring divine.

Traceymo's Pick:

No. 19 - Vannessa

Shirley-Anne's Thoughts: What a stunning card,love the layout & the extras

Susan's Pick:

No. 10 - Min Hobbyverden

Susan's Thoughts: What an amazing project! I love all the folds.. its like opening a surprise box! I love all the different dies used and the colors are wonderful! There is something new to look at for every turn of the card. I just love that! And the beautiful big bow to close it all together. This is absolutely wonderful! I definitely want to try it and I hope it looks half as good as this beauty! Thanks for sharing it! Absolutely beautiful!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Monthly Challenge #5 -- Use Your Favorite Technique

Good morning fellow crafters!! And welcome to the Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenge Blog and our next challenge - May 2016!

Monthly Challenge #5 is all about Using Your Favorite Technique!! This month is all about Using Your Favorite Technique! You can create anything that focuses on that! This could be anything from a shaped or different folded card, creating your own background, stitching, etc. You know what you love to do and now we want to know as well. How fun is it to see what other people love to do and grow in your own crafting! We will all get so many new ideas! We couldn't be more excited! We hope you all have as much as we have! This helps us get to know you a bit better too!

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 Wednesday, June 9th, 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 Wednesday, June 20th, 2015. We will also post the DT Favorites at the same time.

Dr. Digi's House of Stamps
Prize: 2 Images
If you have a sense of humor you are going to love Dr. Digi's House of Stamps. You won't find the cute and fluffy here... well... You might, but it won't be your typical cute and fluffy for sure! So, if you want to laugh, be sure to check out the Digital Stamp line at Dr. Digi's House of Stamps. You will not be disappointed!

Ana Isabel using Salon Deirdery
Favorite Technique: Colouring with Markers and Sentiment Stamps

Shirley-Anne using White Rabbit
Favorite Technique: Creating A Speech Bubble and Using Die Cuts

Hanne using BBQ Dragon
Favorite Technique: Recycling (ribbons from a shirt/die cut from an old card/notebook) and Coloring with ProMarkers.

Stamps by Julia Spiri
Prize: 2 Images
Julia, the artist/owner of Stamps by Julia Spiri, has a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. Her first lessons in art started way before that with the help of her father who is also a painter. Julia comes to us from Spain. Her hope is that you will find images that make you smile and inspire you to create! We love her images and they definitely inspire us!

BBsButterfly using The Cake Hat
Favorite Technique: Layers and Stickles

Berni using Girl On A Swing
Favorite Technique: Using Patterned Paper with Dies

Kerri using Indian Girl On Elephant
Favorite Technique: Shaped Cards and Coloring

Kraftykoolkat using The First Kiss
Favorite Technique: Shaped Cards, Lots of Dies, Dry or Wet Embossing

Rebecca using The Cake Hat
Favorite Technique: Embossing and Coloring

Susan using The Little Dragonfly
Favorite Technique: Decoupage/Layering Images, Coloring, Using Die Cuts and Creating Backgrounds (this one with distress ink)

Lemon Shortbread
Prize: 3 Images
Vera is a graphic artist based in Singapore. Her art is inspired by psychedelia, manga, nouveau, ukiyo-e and pop art. Vera is self taught and inspired by many things. We love the characters that she creates and we know that you will too! Be sure to drop by her shop to see what she has in store!

Deanne Saunders using Fairy
Favorite Technique: Paper Piecing and Coloring With Copics

Joanna using 80s Star Girl
Favorite Technique: Shaped Cards, Handmade Flowers and Coloring with ProMarkers

Lynnpenguin using 80s Star Girl
Favorite Technique: Hand Stitching

Monica using Mermaid Glance
Favorite Technique: Coloring with Copic Markers and Ink Blending with Distress Ink

Traceymo using Mermaid Glance
Favorite Technique: Stamping and Embossing

Scribbles Designs
Prize: $10 Gift Certificate For Digital Images (No Paper)
Sandy, the artist and owner behind the wonderful world of Scribbles Designs has a funky imagination and creates us some quirky characters. Sandy's has had a pencil in her hand since she was "knee-high to a grasshopper" and started on her artistic journey with her first family ball & stick figures portrait at age 3. Sandy has loved art, drawing, water coloring and doodling for many years... and with the digital image world she can now share it with all of you. Brrr (Penguin) was her first main character and her other quirky images followed not long after. We hope you enjoy the enduring images and look around and add Sandy's images to your digital stamp collections...

Annette using #940 - TruLuv
Favorite Technique: Working With Netting Behind Card Cutouts and Adding Embellishments To The Netting

NanaConnie using #643 - Flower Pot 2
Favorite Technique: Double Spotlight

Sandy How using #643 - Flower Pot 2
Favorite Technique: Paper Embroidery