Make Time-Moodboard Challenge at Our Creative Corner

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  I’ve got my Our Creative Corner party hat on, as we’re ringing in the new year with a most apropos challenge theme, courtesy our Guest Resident DT member, Claudia (aka Von Pappe II).  Here’s what Claudia has challenged us with for this first month of a brand new  creative year:

Make Time – Moodboard Challenge

Servus!  Claudia here to welcome you to Our Creative Corner’s first challenge of the year (what an honour!)–And here we go:

Why not promise something good to yourself for the new year’s start?

To make more quality time for yourself, for example, and spend it doing what you love? Creative (or recreational) time always is quality time if you listen to your inner voice and follow your own speed, instead of listening to the clock ticking and reminding you of deadlines or other duties. And work will be done so much more easily (and faster) after some recreational me-time as it will have fuelled up your energy!  I promise! 

So why not escape the endless circling and rushing and get yourself in the right mood for some me-time? The mood board I have in store for you, could be a good start.


I challenge you to calm down, enjoy what you see and let yourself be inspired by it. No precise theme to narrow your creativity down – just the colours, shapes, directions, textures and hints of possible themes.

Whatever you make of it – it will be good! Whatever it sparks in you – I want you to show it and have a good time at your studio desks!


Well, I’m usually kind of intimidated by moodboards–there’s too much creative stimulation for me to handle all at once (squirrel!), but taking Claudia’s advice to heart, I calmed down, enjoyed what I was seeing and crafted for some me-time.


My birthday is in January and I’m an Aquarius, so I made this stubby, funky tag, well, for ME!!  🙂 🙂

I managed to take a few BTS pictures while I was putting this together–let me show you…


I started by playing with the colors that Claudia presented us with in her moodboard.  Something else Claudia presented us with in her moodboard are astrological signs.  OK–direction starting to materialize….


I made a stencil of my astrological sign out of a piece of acetate.  I found a free image online, printed it out, then laid the piece of acetate over the image and fussy cut it out.  I used a piece of tape to correct a mistake I made during my fussy cutting and it’s all better now!!


I stamped out AQUARIUS onto tissue paper and carefully fussy cut each one out to use in my background.


I cut down a jumbo tag and stamped this Stampotique image called ‘Sweetmoves’ onto the tag with Jet Black Archival ink.  I did some pre-positioning of the tissue paper word bands then adhered onto the tag with matte Decou-Page.


After I adhered the stamped tissue paper onto the tag and heat set, I ran the tag through Hickory Smoke DS–this will help tone down the Ultramarine Color Burst I’m going to be using.


Using my homemade stencil, I applied textured embossing paste through the stencil with a palette knife.


I squeezed the bottle of Ultramarine Blue CB onto my craft sheet and mixed with water.  When the texture paste is dry, I’m going to give the tag a water color washing to achieve that smoky blue color in the moodboard.


I love the resist effect in the background from the matte Decou-Page.  It’s added another element of interest when I wasn’t even trying to!


A couple more elements from Claudia’s moodboard that I’m bringing in is, brass and more color.  I gave Sweetmoves yellow pants and an orange shirt (she likes wearing bright colors being an Aquarius and all…)(and yellow is her favorite color, too!) and I’ve dipped the edges of the tag into Tarnished Brass DP.


Sweetmoves is also presenting us with a great big, wet looking raindrop–She is the Water-Bearer after all!  That’s a raindrop from Designs by Ryn’s Raindrop stamp set and I gave it two coats of Diamond Glaze.  It will look wet forever!  OH–then I added a bit more brass by painting the stenciling with Tarnished Brass DS and adding a typed token that I painted with Tarnished Brass DP.

Thanks to Claudia for the motivation and inspiration!  I’ve been stuck (but in a good way) in the create-for-Christmas-mode, and it was nice to step out of it and create for no rhyme or reason–It was Fun!!

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Our challenge sponsor this month is Creative Embellishments and if you join in on Claudia’s challenge and enter your Make Time Moodboard Challenge project by January 28th, one random winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Creative Embellishments!  Claudia’s Top Challenge Winner will be awarded a future OCC Guest Designer Spot and her Top 3 Winner’s will receive OCC Top 3 Blog Badges!

Thanks so much for starting your New Year with me!!  I hope to see your Make Time Moodboard creations over at Our Creative Corner!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Sweetmoves (Stampotique); Alphabet Letters (Hero Arts, I think); Raindrop Set (Designs by Ryn)
  • Jumbo Manila Tag (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Tissue Paper; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Acetate
  • Color Bursts (Ken Oliver); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Paint & Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Textured Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); Diamond Glaze (Judikins)
  • Typed Token &Brad (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Water Brush; Round Paint Brush; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)

6 thoughts on “Make Time-Moodboard Challenge at Our Creative Corner

  1. Quirky, fun and a stunning background Shari! Love it. I really like your tip about using the Hickory Smoke to tone down the blue – genius! Happy New Year Shari. Julia xxx

  2. Such a fab tag, Shari! (hopefully this time wordpress will accept my comment…looking good so far…maybe my browser update “fixed” this problem somehow…which would be fantastic as it is such a shame that I could never leave any comments by now).

    Great, great background and I love how you used the colours from the mood board! Awesome take on the challenge, my friend!

    Huge hug, happy new year and wishes,

    Claudia xxx

  3. hmmmmm, I don’t think I know when your birthday is!!!
    So much to focus on:- love the resist effect but especially that you took the time and trouble to hand-cut your own stencil, that is just beyond clever! I adore the detailing of Sweetmoves holding the raindrop! Stunning attention to detail on your tag.

  4. Ooo a fun tag using this quirky boy stamp, I love it!!! 😀
    And your background is stunning, thank you for the tip about using the Hickory Smoke BEFORE the blue ink to soften the vivid blue colour, very cool 🙂
    And ooh… Is it your birthday soon Shari??
    ~ Coco xox

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