Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Mexico Moods

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to Summer here at Our Creative Corner!

Between 1st July and 28th August we will be running ONE challenge -
 This is our Summer Holiday Challenge and we would love it if you joined us...

There is no challenge host for this challenge...For the first time we are running this as a team!

And what do you have to do to take part of all this Summer Fun.....? Take a peek at this summery challenge...

Mexico Moods

We want you to grab any inspiration you like from these wonderfully exotic photographs...

Go for colours, shapes, textures, objects or style...or the whole lot!!!
There is certainly plenty of inspiration to choose from here in this selection of glorious, vivid, colourful photographs.

Join us and get in the summer holiday mood....!!!

 I was so inspired by the amazing colours in these I knew that I was going to be grabbing the Decoart Media Fluid Arcylic paints- they were perfect for this!

But what to make? - My son had been saying he wanted a decoration for his bedroom door. He had a photograph already there - one that he treasures...a photo of him holding a tortoise at school. Perhaps it could do with a frame? LOL....I never get tired of making them! ;o)

 I had seen pictures on Pinterest of random shape frames, made out of recycled materials and the shapes were intriguing and far more interesting than an ordinary frame.

    I had a large piece of thick balsa wood and so I got to work on decorating card to form the frame.

This isn't made of separate blocks of wood...what I did instead was to get several sheets of white card measuring 4"x 6" and I began to decorate them. I grabbed several stencils that were inspired by patterns in the mood board. I applied paint through them onto the card. Leaving them to dry, I then dabbed contrasting Distress inks over the top. I tried to get a wide range of combinations of colours.

Then I cut them up in random sized squares and rectangles before just dabbing the edges with Walnut Stain DI to hide any white cut edges.

I marked out the size of the photo in the center of the frame and after cutting this out I had a large frame 'blank'...

I painted it in a base coat of Burnt Umber Decoart Paint. Then I began to attach the various sized squares and rectangles to the frame, before dry brushing it with Burnt Umber Acrylic Paint to add a rustic look

I added some script stamping in Potting Soil Archival ink

A cut out heart was added to one of the squares

The word Love was added from diecut letters.

I added a light coat of Ultra Matt Varnish to seal the frame

And there is my Mexico Moods inspired frame....Thanks so much for being here to see it!


Why not get into the Mexico mood and join us for some summer inspired creativity?

Whatever the mood board inspires you to make, we would LOVE to see it at Our Creative Corner!

From modern bright creations to rustic weathered patina - there is so much that can be inspired by this mood board...


So much happening this summer...!!!

During this challenge we will be having TWO Guest Designers visit...on 11th July and 11th August - You won't want to miss their amazing creativity and inspiration!

Our Sponsors for July and August are -

There will be three Spotlights - make sure you don't miss them!

These wonderful sponsors will be providing prizes for TWO randomly drawn winners at the end of this challenge and the winners will be announced on 4th September - you could be the one picked to receive some wonderful goodies here!!!

And of course we will have our OCC Summertime winner...who will be selected by vote by the entire team...and that winner will be invited to be our Top Talent at Our Creative Corner!

This is such a mega challenge for us - so much going on and we would love to see you have fun with Mexican Moods and join in!

Hope to see you there!

Happy crafting 

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  1. This is Awesome, Laura!! I completely Love your tiled frame and all of the different ways you created each tile! Es muy Fabuloso!! :) :) This picture of your son and the tortoise is Darling! I Love Turtles, too :) :) This is such a fun inspiration piece to get this Summer Challenge Fiesta going!! Happy July!! XOXO-Shari

  2. I love this work on stencilling, and my eyes are always catched by these bright colours!

  3. Hi Laura, I love this frame, it fits perfectly with the vibrant colours on the mood board. I really like how it brings out the lovely photo of your son. Hugs Jan x

  4. Laura - I love this and no wonder he loves that picture - it's great too. I am a bright color junkie so your frame really makes me feel happy. It was definitely a labor of love... maybe not as much as the head piece for your daughter - eheheheh but still.... doing one piece of this at a time with different stencils in different colors was a challenge! By the way - the headpiece is STUNNING - seriously WONDERFUL. Now... the frame... he should be proud... it's PERFECT. j.

  5. Your frame is completely gorgeous! I love those vivid prints that you used!
    This is really a work of art.


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