Wednesday, June 1, 2016

A Beautiful Mess!

Hi everyone! Welcome back to the last challenge at Our Creative Corner...

Our wonderful Joi is running this months challenge - but before I hand over to her to tell you all the details about that, I just wanted to let you know that we will be announcing Joi's winner and Top 3 and the sponsor winner on 1st July and then OCC will be closing it's doors for the foreseeable future.

I took over as Leader at Our Creative Corner from Linda (The Funkie Junkie) in May 2013 - Being asked to do this was such a huge honour for me and it has truly been such an amazingly wonderful journey. As much as we love our craft blogging life, we all know that RL has a habit of getting in the way. For quite a while now I have been trying to not give in to the need to focus on RL, but I know that now is the right time....

I do just want to take this time to express some very much deserved gratitude -

Thank you so much... Linda for having faith in me and letting me take on the leadership of OCC. Thank you for your invaluable advice, strength and wisdom and for always supporting me along the way. each DT member who has given their time to OCC and devoted themselves to organizing some awesome challenges and providing amazing inspiration. Thank you for being there. all the Guest Designers who have inspired everyone during our challenges. Your work was always an amazing addition to our blog and we are so very grateful. our very generous Sponsors for supporting Our Creative Corner
and providing fantastic prizes.

.....and last, but by no means least....

Thank you to every person who has ever entered any of the challenges here at OCC.

Your creativity is amazing. We have been in awe of the people who enter their work for us to see and we would always have the greatest difficulty picking a winner each time. Without all of you there would have been no challenges and we were always so glad to see you here!

I am leaving OCC open for people to re-visit and hopefully be inspired by what they see.

In the future OCC might be back - but for now it is goodbye....

Happy crafting adventures to everyone!



Howdy from Joi@RR.

I am bringing you the June challenge at OUR CREATIVE CORNER.

 Before I introduce my challenge I would like to tell you about our Sponsor for this month

We are so excited to have Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda as our Sponsor for June.

They will be giving a lucky randomly selected winner a $20 gift certificate!

And what do you have to do to win this wonderful prize?...............

.......How about getting messy?? Can you do it with me???

Can you be free and filthy? Are you brave???

I believe YOU can do it... you can create...

A Beautiful Mess

Whether you make a messy looking project or just use 'messy' techniques...
we want to see every inch of your  'Beautiful Mess'!

So create 'A Beautiful Mess' for a chance to win some of the Sponsors fab products!


Lets take a peek at what the fabulous team at OCC have made to inspire you today! 


Messy Products and Messy Technique... I soooo want to 'fix' this creation!!!
Can't I go back and paint some tall cacti and sweet yellow cactus flowers? 
Does the sunrise/sunset have to be so wild?  And what are those crazy red splats doing all over my canvas????  Dear me.... such a MESS! But ohhh - so much fun!!! Hope you have fun too. Xj.


 I decided to focus creating a beautiful card using messy 
techniques with lots of wrinkle free distress technique along
 with some Distress Stain splats and stencil splashes.  


I certainly made a mess getting this journal page inked up! 
Massive amounts of Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord and 
Wilted Violet Distress Ink Stains gave me purple hands for days!


Layers of papers, paint, texture paste and words….here and there….
without thinking a lot…
From mess on the table…to a beautiful mess on the paper…. 


Layers for me too: laser printed image with paint, stencils, 
stamping and other techniques on the top. I loved this challenge so very much!


What better than an Art-Journal spread to be freely messy?
 I played with inks and paints and found a quote to explain 
how this kind of mess can be so beautiful!


As everything I do is generally a mess, I thought I would challenge 
myself to do mess AND clean at the same time! The result? 
A CAS (sort of) card, created using a piece from a very, very messy 
painted and stamped masterboard! :)

Thanks so much to the OCC team for their messy creations! They look amazing!
Bring all those inky splats, paint splashes, marker swipes, watercolor spills and perhaps broken embellishments to our MESSY challenge here at Our Creative Corner.... and enjoy yourself!

I just can't WAIT to see all your CREATIVITY sublime and leave you a comment too!

PLEASE - thrill us with 'A BEAUTIFUL MESS'. I'll be watching for you!!


  1. What a shame to see you's really sad when a challenge blog closes and I will be really sad to see you go.Good luck Laura and I hope RL pans out OK for you. Crafty hugs xx

  2. So sad to see OCC close its doors for the foreseeable future, but I fully understand (and I guess most of us in crafty blogland know too darn well how real life can get in ones way)!
    A want to thank you, Laura, in the first place, for providing us all with this fantastic place to share and spark our creativity in! A massive THANK YOU goes out to the design team, to Julia as our deputy, to the sponsoring coordinators, the sponsors and to all our fantastic players who have entered tons of insirational projects to our challenges!

    It was an honour to have been a part of OCC and to work alongside a lot of fabulously talented people!!!!

    Hugs and wishes to all of you - but especially best wishes for your future endeavours, Laura! Take care!

    Claudia xxx

  3. Oh this is such a shame, it really is such an inspiring blog but we all understand how time consuming life can be. Best of luck to all the uber talented DT for the future
    Donna xx

  4. I am very sad to see the doors close here at OCC. I would like to offer my thanks to Laura for everything she has done and allowing me to share my work here and be inspired by some amazing artists; to Claudia who is always an inspiration and to the DT over the years I have been here. I shall miss this blog but I totally understand where Laura is coming from. We must put our own lives first. I wish you lots of luck Laura and hope everything turns out well for you. A sad goodbye to all the other lovely ladies but I'm sure I'll see you around and about blogland! Take care everyone. FAB projects this month - as always!!! Julia xxx

  5. Holy Moley! I'm so sad to hear OCC is shutting it's doors (perhaps just for a while!). It has been one of my favorite challenges, with some of my favorite bloggers inspiring us along the way! And of course, there have been so many inspiring bloggers playing along. I will miss you! But not going down without entering one more time. Design are amazing and each of your messy projects are so inspiring! Hugs!

  6. Fabulous projects from everyone, sorry to hear your corner is closing but hope it might be back at some stage. There's been amazing inspiration here. So glad to be able to join in with your final challenge. Ruth xx

  7. I am so sad this blog will be going away. I love participating in the challenges here and I am honored to have been chosen as a Top Three and a winner. Thank you to all of the designers that have stopped by my blog to leave me comments. You guys are all amazing!

  8. Oh, I hate to see this fabulous challenge close, but do understand. Best wishes to Laura, thank you for a really good run! <3

  9. Yeah, that there RL can be a killer sometimes. It's been fun playing along. I wish you the best in all you do. Thanks for a wonderful playground. Hugz

  10. Better make an effort to join in the last challenge! I can guarantee a mess although not necessarily a good looking one...

  11. Love the "messy" DT samples. Thanks for the fun challenge!

  12. So sad to see OCC close it's doors for a while but it's understandable. Thank you for continuing to provide brilliant challenges and so much eye candy each month. You will be sadly missed and I am proud of the time spent on the DT with you all. Wishing you all the best for the future xx

  13. Thanks for the fabulous challenge and for sharing your gorgeous art with us. I am still learning so much from all of you about products and techniques and I want to thank you for sharing your knowledge with us Karen x

  14. Oooh... Just taking the time to do a bit of catch-ing up on my favourite challenge blogs, and reading this!
    I'm a bit sad, I hope you close the door of OCC for good personal reasons Laura.
    I want to tell you that it has been a great joy for me to play along from time to time, and read the wonderful posts by the DT as much as possible... So much to learn from everyone, and the whole DT does the job so well, with their amazing talent and fabulous step-by-steps, among them you!!!
    Thank you so much, I wish you the best for the future
    Corinne xxx

  15. Talk about being late to the party - I've just discovered your challenge and it's the last one :(


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