Our Creative Corner Summer Challenge


Happy July 1st and Welcome to the start of our Summer Challenge at Our Creative Corner!!  The OCC Design Team is taking a holiday of sorts and we’ve split up into a July Inspiration Team and an August Inspiration Team.  I’m here today as a member of the July team to kick-off our TWO month long Summer challenge!!

The July Team is  —  Laura * Julia * Kerstin * Shari (that’s me & you’re here!) * Lys * Trish



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

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

Join us in the summer holiday mood….!!!


For the next two months, you’ve got this mosaic of bright colors and textures and well, moods of Mexico to inspire you.  Since this is a 2-month long challenge, we will have TWO challenge sponsors to entice your creativity even more!  For 2 of our randomly drawn participants, they have the chance to win a prize from–


Stampington & Company is offering a $20 discount off of anything at Stampington e-Crafting!


Tando Creative is offering a surprise collection of their products!

There’s something else that’s being offered to each participant who enters our 2-month long Mexico Moods Challenge–Stampington & Company is generously donating a $2 voucher at Stampington e-Crafting!!  (limit one voucher per person)

Of course, our Top Mexico Moods Winner will be awarded a future Guest Designer spot here at OCC and we also have our OCC Top 3 Blog Badges to hand out.

Let me get to it then and show you what I made for the occasion–


I made my own mini Mexico Moods canvas board!!  I had all month to look at our inspiration board, and there were several elements of all of the images that I kept going back to.  Besides all of the lovely, bright colors, I was drawn to the decorative riser tiles of the steps, the brightly painted walls & windows and that collection of pottery!!  This is going to be fun!

I don’t have many step-out photos of my process of making this, so this should be fast!


I’ve got a 5″x7″ canvas board that I’ve taped off with painter’s tape and spread a layer of White Embossing Paste over.


I pulled the painter’s tape off and let this air dry.  This is the beginning of my stucco wall.


From a plain stucco wall, to this–WOW, that was fast!!  Behind the scenes, I painted the board with Mermaid Lagoon DP and adhered these glazed tiles that I made out of painted, stamped & heat embossed manila stock.  The ‘window’ is a traced ATC that I painted with DA Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic and then later, gave a rubbing of Pumice Stone DP to.


To make the tiles, I painted a strip of manila stock with Ripe Persimmon DP and heat set.  I found this flower in the Filled with Joy stamp set from PTI and stamped it onto the painted strip with white pigment ink then covered with white embossing powder and heat set.  The centers are made from manila stock that I painted with Mustard Seed DP, punched out and adhered to the center of the embossed flowers.  I used my 1 3/4″ square punch to cut out all of the tiles, then I coated each one with Diamond Glaze.


I created my own window frame by fussy cutting and gluing pieces of manila stock together to form the frame and cross-beams.  I then rubbed the entire window frame into my  Vermilion Archival ink pad to completely saturate in ink, then covered with Red Geranium EP and heat set.  I repeated the embossing again, except I rubbed the embossed window into my Jet Black Archival ink pad and covered again with Red Geranium EP and heat set.


So, do the pots look familiar?  I kind of cheated in making these–I used the photo of the pottery in the mood board to create my pots! 😉

I photo copied and enlarged the image to get templates of each pot.  I cut each copy out and traced onto manila stock and fussy cut.  From there, I painted each pot a little differently with an assortment of Distress Paints and paint brushes, let air dry, then coated with Diamond Glaze.


The cacti that I’ve featured in my mood board is a stamp from the Wander & Dream set and the flowers are some of those itty bitty Tiny Tattered Florals. GOSH-they are small, but they sure are cute!! I made these with copy paper so that I could smoosh them down a little and make sure they were in full contact with the glue that’s holding them in place.


I painted the filigree pieces with Black Soot DP and adhered into place with mini foam dots and matte multi-medium.  I found the quote that I wanted in the Small Talk stickers and cut it into word bands.  I adhered those into place with matte multi-medium and outlined with my Black Soot DM and white gel pen.


The plants in the pots are cut from designer paper (that I receive in magazines from Stampington & Co) using the Garden Greens Bigz die.  I adhered all of the green life in their respective pots and adhered onto the background with a variety of matte multi-medium and foam squares & foam dots.

I hope you like my mini version of the ‘Big Board’.  I do hope you have a visit with my fellow Our Creative Corner July-Mexico Moods Design Team Members–

 Laura * Julia * Kerstin * Lys * Trish

They’ve made some AWESOME creations that I’m sure you’ll Love!!  I hope to see you over at the challenge with your creations-I can’t wait to see where our Mexico Moods inspiration board takes you!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • 5″x7″ Canvas Board; Manila Stock; Decorative Paper (from issues of The Stamper’s Sampler/Take Ten)
  • Stamps: Wander & Dream (Artistic Outpost); Filled with Joy (PTI)
  • Tiny Tattered Florals Thinlits & Garden Greens Bigz (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Distress Paints, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Pigment Ink (ColorBox/ClearSnap); White Embossing Powder; Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Archival Ink (Ranger); Red Geranium EP (Wendy Vecchi/Ranger); Frosted Crystals EP (Ranger); White Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
  • Metal Filigree Pieces (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Flower Punch (SU); Small Talk Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); 1 3/4″ Square Punch (Marvy)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Paint Brushes; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Foam Squares & Mini Dots; Glossy Multi-Medium (Ranger); Painters Tape (3M); Matte Multi-Medium;

21 thoughts on “Our Creative Corner Summer Challenge

  1. Shari ,what a burst of ” Mexican colours” wonderfully made, and the tiles are so gorgeous, they are just fantastic !! Beautiful too, with the black filligre pieces .
    Happy week Shari!!
    Dorthe, xo

    • Hi Dorthe! 🙂 Thank You soooo much!! Not only was I inspired by our mood board, I pulled out a photo album to look at pictures I took when I went to Cabo San Lucas in 1999!! Lots of bright colors and a hurricane to boot!! Happy July to you!! XOXO-Shari

  2. Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor! Shari this is fresh and fabulous and I can definitely feel the searing Mexican heat radiating from your artwork. A positive triumph of originality and creativity especially your resourcefulness in how you crafted the frame and the pots.
    A+ for this summery sensation 🙂

    • HI Lynne, Thank You for stopping by!! Would you be surprised if I told you I pulled out a photo album I have of when I went on a trip to Cabo San Lucas Mexico to get even more inspiration?! 🙂 🙂 I’m so glad that you like my mini Mexico Moods canvas board and it’s wonderful to see you here!! Thanks so much for coming by, Lynne 🙂 XOXO-Shari

    • Hi Alison!! Thank You!! I pretty much took the literal route with our inspiration board 🙂 There are just too many elements that I enjoyed and wanted on my project 🙂 Thanks so much for coming by!! XOXO-Shari

  3. Wow Shari, so much fun and creativity on this, I LOVE your ‘Mexico’ project!!!!
    The tiles covered with Diamong Glaze are simply fabulous!! 😀 And the multicolored pots with the little flowers.. utterly exquisite, love your sample to bits! 🙂 Coco xxx

  4. I love your pots too! and what a fabulous idea your stucco wall: so bright! Thanks for giving the links of the rest of the team, Shari, unfortunately mine doesn’t work! Have a happy july!

    • Hi Lys!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! This is a fun OCC challenge–I can’t wait to see what the August team is going to present us!! 🙂 OH–I’ve got your link going to the right place now 🙂 🙂 Thanks for telling me!! XOXO-Shari

  5. Wow Shari, I love your taste of Mexico! The wall, and those tiles are beautiful, the stunning pots! What on earth am I going to do to follow that??? Great work, hugs Jan x

  6. Ahhhh – those tiles are absolutely FABULOUS Shari…. I want more of them!!! Your whole project is just sooooooooooooooooooo spot on for your Mexico Moods Board…. you have it all – the pottery, the tiles, the doorway, the colors and on we go…. PERFECT. GREAT inspiration. j.

    • Hi Joi! Thanks soooo much!! I may have had a rough start, but once I just said the heck with it, this little Mexico Mood board came to life!! Or is it still life? 😉 🙂 Thanks so much for coming by for a visit!! XOXO-Shari

  7. What you did with this Mexico Mood board is amazing Shari. I always learn something new in the way you make your projects. Those tile are fantastic, as is the rest of the pieces! xxx Laurie

    • Thank You, Laurie!! With so many images of inspiration, I chose them all!! 🙂 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you’re going to make for us in August!! August can’t get here soon enough!! Thank you so much for stopping by, Laurie!! 🙂 🙂 XOXO-Shari

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