Tuesday, January 10, 2017



Good morning fellow crafters!! And a very Happy New Year to everyone! It is a brand new year.... 2017! Crazy, isn't it! We really appreciate you all playing along with us last year! We are hoping for another fun year! We really enjoy seeing all of your projects and are really looking forward to seeing all of the new creations this year!

We have made a little bit of a change in 2017. We are going to have one sponsor for each challenge. We will continue to have the DT Favorites as well. This will be great for the sponsors and us!


We would like to welcome Pam Phelps to our team for 2017. Please visit her blog -- All Jazzed 2 Create. Welcome Pam! We are so very happy to have you with us this year!

We are still looking for one new member to add to our team for 2017. If you are interested in joining us, please send an email to openmindedcrafting at gmail dot com. Include a little bit about yourself and your blog address. We would love to have you join us!

Monthly Challenge #13 is Jet-Setting In January!! We are trying to give you themes that could be used several different ways. For this challenge you can have a project with vehicles, travel, holiday/vacation time, etc. You tell us what Jet-Setting In January means on your project. We are hoping to see a variety of ideas from you!

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 Thursday, February 9th, 2015. Please make sure to link up before then.

Prize and DT Favorite Information: We will randomly draw the winner for our sponsor. These winners will be posted on Monday, February 20th, 2015. We will also post the DT Favorites at the same time.




The Paper Shelter
Prize: $15 Gift Certificate
The Paper Shelter is one of our favorite shops. Whenever we are looking for something, we always seem to find a fit at The Paper Shelter. The designs are unique and so adorable! You can find anything from a whimsical fairy to a biker chick! All the images start out hand drawn. From there they take those digital so we can all use them to create. We love that when you purchase a design from The Paper Shelter, you not only get the line drawn image to color, but you also get a fully digital colored image and backgrounds as well. You just need to go browse around! You will fall in love with this shop just as we have! Thank you so much for sponsoring us for January!


Berni using Where're We Goin'?



Joanna using Where're We Goin'?



Lynda using The Aviator



Lynnpenguin using The Aviator



Rebecca using Where're We Goin'?



Sandy using Where're We Goin'?



Traceymo using Where're We Goin'?







Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Winners and DT Favorites -- Monthly Challenge #11 {Christmas/Hanukkah}



Happy Day! Today we are going to announce our DT Favorites from Monthly Challenge #11 -- Christmas/Hanukkah. Everyone's projects were fantastic!! You all are amazingly talented and we just LOVE seeing what you all create. You always make it so hard for us to choose favorites. Thank you so much for playing along!! It is always great to see the festive creations! And you have them ready for the holiday! :D Can you believe it is almost Christmas! We all want to wish you a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah or whatever else you may celebrate! And a Happy New Year too! We want you all to have a safe and happy holiday season! And thank you for always playing along with us. We hope to see you in the New Year!

We would like to extend a HUGE Thank you to our wonderful and generous sponsors for our November 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!!





I also wanted to share one last image from Ike's Art. This one wasn't finished when the challenge went live, so I wanted to make sure that everyone was able to enjoy this one last image from Ike's. This is an Artist Trading Card using Christmas Pixie which you can find in the Ike's Art Shop! She was colored with Copic Markers, the background was done using Distress Ink. Thanks for looking!






WE ARE LOOKING FOR: We are looking for one or two new additions to our Design Team. If you are interested in joining our team or want some more information, please send an email to openmindedcrafting at gmail dot com. If you are wanting to join our team, please send us a little bit about yourself, a link to your blog and a favorite project or two. Thank you so much!




HERE ARE YOUR RANDOM DRAWN WINNERS:



Drawn With Character
Prize: 3 Images
And Our Random.Org Winner is:
No. 47 - Fiki *claimed*




Ike's Art
Prize: $15 Shop Voucher
And Our Random.Org Winner is:
No. 88 - Andrea Bastelmaus





Knitty Kitty Digis
Prize: 3 Images
And Our Random.Org Winner is:
No. 10 - Kleido *claimed*





Sami Stamps
Prize: $12 Gift Certificate
And Our Random.Org Winner is:
No. 70 - Lozzy



If you are one of our winners, please send us an email at openmindedcrafting at gmail dot com





NOW FOR OUR DT FAVORITES FOR MONTHLY CHALLENGE #11 {CHRISTMAS/HANUKKAH}:

Bernie's Pick:

No. 43 - Petra M.

Bernie's Thoughts: Sweet image and fabulous composition. Great use of DP and dies. Love it!!


Joanna's Pick:

No. 97 - Katrina Bufton

Joanna's Thoughts: Very elegant card. I love kraft paper and beautiful image.


Kraftykoolkat's Pick:

No. 77 - Louise

Kraftykoolkat's Thoughts: Very Cute - Gorgeous Layout - Made me smile.


Lynnpenguin's Pick:

No. 32 - MaxiBelle Studio

Lynnpenguin's Thoughts: I love the cute images (kind of ugly sweater feel to them - no offense intended); these two cards of a boy and girl just make me smile.


Rebecca's Pick:

No. 66 - Lucy Patrick

Rebecca's Thoughts: I love her awesome coloring and the color combination on her card. By looking at her card, it did tell me that- Christmas is coming! Love it!


Sandy's Pick:

No. 82 - Crafty

Sandy's Thoughts: Love the traditional image in muted tones and the bright pop of colour, Gives the sentiment that much more meaning.


Shirley-Anne's Pick:

No. 103 - Suze

Shirley-Anne's Thoughts: Simply a lovely card. Loved the back ground paper as it really did coordinate well with the image.


Traceymo's Pick:

No. 100 - Zora

Traceymo's Thoughts: What a pretty card & stunning colouring.


Susan's Pick:

No. 17 - Wire Wrapture

Susan's Thoughts: It was such a hard choice as always, but I have chosen #17 - Wire Wrapture. I love the pink and white - The different colors always stand out to me. And the simplicity of this card is just gorgeous. I love it! And I love that it says "Christ The Savior Is Born". That stamp is fantastic and I love cards that reference the true meaning of Christmas! Absolutely wonderful card! Brilliant Heather! Thank you so much for playing along with us this month and sharing this gorgeous creation!


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Monthly Challenge #12 -- Stitching (Faux or Real)



Good morning fellow crafters!! And welcome to the Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenge Blog and our next challenge! Can you believe it is December; almost the beginning of the next year! Crazy! We really appreciate you all playing along with us each month! We are hoping for another fun year in 2017! We hope you will stick with us for another year. We really enjoy seeing all of your projects!

Monthly Challenge #12 is all about Stitching (Real or Faux)!! You can create anything that focuses on that theme. We just want to see some stitching of some sort on your project. It can be any kind of stitching! You can pull out the sewing machine or doodle some stitching, you show us!

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 Monday, January 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 Friday, January 20th, 2015. We will also post the DT Favorites at the same time.




A&T Digital Designs
Prize: The Images Used by the Design Team
A & T Digital Designs Shop is the home of The Emerald Faeries. You can find the cutest faeries and fauna from Australia in the art from A & T Digital Designs. It is a great place to find images and you should stop by and see what you can find for your next project! There are some amazing characters just waiting for you to discover.


Hanne using Jewel



Lynnpenguin using Bindi



Sandy using Ashee






Limited Runs
Prize: 3 Images
Nikki has always been into anything artsy, Painting, computer graphics and card making, jewelry making, designing purses (find the ones in the stores just don't last). She has even tried stained glass. She has experimented with a lot different mediums and enjoys working with them all. She has a great selection of images for us to create with. Be sure to hop on over to the shop and take a look for yourself!


Berni using Mini Snowman



Joanna using Mini Bird w/Balloon



Rebecca using Christmas Stamp Set #2






Morgan's ArtWorld
Prize: 3 Images
Morgan is a British artist, illustrator and author. Born in 1939 in the North of England, she has been drawing and painting since she could hold a brush. She has lived in a variety of places throughout the world and her art has been everywhere as well. She has a fantastic assortment of digital images. We are lucky enough to have her offer us those images to create with. I'm sure you will feel the same way. Take a jump over to her shop and you will see what we mean!


Kraftykoolkat using Fae 24



Shirley-Anne using Winter 2 Christmas Candle



Traceymo using Snowman 1