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Thursday, 15 October 2015

ABC T for Two

Our challenge today at ABC is T for Two. We would like to see two of something on your creations. We are sponsored by Aurora Wings and I have used their lovely image Desert Rose for my card, and my two are two different colours.

T for Two no shimmer
I coloured her with copics and when I was finished I went over her clothes with some plain mica powder dissolved in water to give a shimmer, which I know you can’t see here so there will be another pic below with the shimmer. But this is a more accurate depiction of the actual colour. I also coloured her sword with a silver gel pen.

The background is Ripe Persimmon, and Spiced Marmalade and Dusty Concord DI’s through a Rebecca Baer Stencil called Moroccan Vine because I wanted to give the impression of an Arab Palace. The archway was actually a Tando greyboard arch, but when I had spent ages colouring my girl I realised that the arch was too big for the design. So I scanned it into my PC for the shape and then printed it smaller and cut it out. I coloured it, and the mat behind the stencilled area with Maya Gold paint in Violet. I coloured some corner and border gems to match and used the borders to adorn my archway and the corners just to finish the card. I added one small gem to her belly button!

T for Two shimmer
I am entering this into:-

Aurora Wings – #18 Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion – #283 Anything Goes
Crafting With An Attitude – #8 Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations – #6 Anything Goes
Double Click Skittles – Orange/Purple Colours
Inspiration Destination – #55 Anything Goes
Quirky Crafts – #21 Use Only Two Colours
Sweet Stamps – Oct: Anything Goes
Through The Craftroom Door – Anything Goes
Where The HeART Is – #2 Use Some Stencils


Monday, 12 October 2015

DV #117 Halloween

We have a nice seasonal challenge at Dream Valley this time around, Halloween.

We are sponsored by Imagine That

117 Halloween 1

I have finally gotten around to using my Tim Holtz Bird Crazy Birds! They are such fun to stamp and colour and their expressions are fabulous, so I think I went a bit OTT and used too many on my card, but hey ho I was having fun. I coloured them mainly with DIs and a little touch of copics for the extra wings, etc. I do also have the Crazy Things Accessories, but as there are only three halloween ones I printed some halloween clip arts I have on my pc to supplement them. The tree is from Sheena Douglass. My paper is from Bearly Mine.

I am entering this into:-

Addicted to Stamps – #165 Photo Inspiration
Aud Sentiments – #142 Halloween Sentiment
C.R.A.F.T. – #332 Autumn/Halloween/Thanksgiving/Bonfire Night
Crafting When We Can – #105 Whimsical With Wings
Crafty Calendar – Oct: Halloween
Creative Corner – Halloween
Dragon’s Lair – Oct: Halloween
DRS Designs – #195 Spooky or Cutesy
If You Give a Crafter A Cookie – #29 Inspiration Pic
Pattie’s Creations – #115 Halloween
That Craft Place – Halloween
Whimsy Stamps – #86 Halloween


Monday, 5 October 2015

TMC 14 Wall Hanging/Tic, Tac, Toe

Our challenge for October at The Mirror Crack’d is either a Wall Hanging, or you could follow our Tic, Tac, Toe board if you don’t fancy doing a Wall Hanging. Of course, if you are feeling really clever you could combine the two! If you opt for the Wall Hanging, Centre Square, you need not do any of the rest of the board, unless you want to. In which case it would work the same as any other TTT board, across top, middle or bottom, up and down left to right or diagonally.


I opted for a wall hanging.

Wall Hanging Complete

I used three MDF hearts from a pack of six and made a triple wall hanging. I made this as a tribute to my lovely Mum who sadly passed away in 2001.

After I gessoed them all, I painted all three with a combination of Picked Raspberry and Picket Fence Distress Paints. The light at this time of year isn’t good so you cannot see too well in the photographs the subtle differences between each heart, but each heart is a slightly different shade of pink.

Excuse the poor background in the following photographs, but again due to the light the detail of the hearts is not showing up so well on the white background picture above, but overall it looked better as a whole. I have broken them down though from a seperate set of pics taken in a different location.


The top heart I stuck a band of lace across the middle, which I topped with a lovely porcelain plaque that I have had in my stash since forever. The two birds I painted with Maya Gold paint in Rose, and added some white frantage, and a pink flower. That frantage was a nightmare to heat because of the thickness of the MDF I couldn’t get it to melt from underneath and I cannot count the grains that shot off from above because everytime I got the heatgun close enough to melt it was close enough to blow the grains away. Eventually I dotted some versamark pen on this and the middle heart in order to try and hold some of the frantage to stay where I wanted it!


The middle heart has more frantage, plus two areas of texture paste which I spread through stencils I made myself from Memory Box distressed collage dies. I dusted each texture paste area with a different shade of mica powder. A light lemon at the bottom and a soft mauve at the top.

More flowers from my stash, plus two prima butterflies and a clip. The sentiment ‘Always in My Heart’ has a double meaning for me. When I was a little girl my Mum had a music box with a ballerina that danced round when you opened it to the tune of Always In My Heart. I now have that Musical Box tucked away safely.

You are always in my heart
Even though you're far away
I can hear the music of
The song of love
I sang with you
You are always in my heart
And when skies above are grey
I remember that you care
And then and there
The sun breaks through
Just before I go to sleep
There's a rendezvous I keep
And a dream I always meet
Helps me forget we're far apart
I don't know exactly when, dear,
But I'm sure we'll meet again, dear,
And my darling, till we do
You are always in my heart!

The sentiment is from Splodge Away and I painted it with the same rose coloured Maya Gold Paint as the birds in the top heart.


The final heart I textured pasted through a stencil I created from Tim Holtz’s Mixed Media die set, and then dusted over it with a bright pink mica powder. I printed the pics of Mum from old photos after I scanned them. The one on the left she is about 18, and the one on the right she is mid fifties, and was taken on a holiday in Torquay wearing my Daughter’s straw hat! I surrounded the heart with Wild Orchid’s roses. I also added Mum, painted with rose MG Paint again. Finally there is a love heart charm dangling off the bottom.

The most difficult bit was threading the hanging thread and joining them all together!

I am entering this into:-

2 Creative Chicks – Showcase #3
613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes or Use Pink
Altered Eclectics – Oct: Anything Goes
Decorate to Celebrate – #110 Anything Goes
Love To Create – #20 Anything Mixed Media/Creative Goes
Not Just Cards – #25 Oct: Anything Goes
OSAAT – #247 Anything Goes with Awareness, or Use Pink
Rhedd’s Creative Spirit – Oct: Anything Goes
Stamps & Stencils – Oct: Make It 3d
Sweet Lilac Paper Flowers – Sept-Oct: Say It with Flowers
That Craft Place – Mixed Media Anything Goes
That’s Crafty – Girls Will Be Girls
The Color Sisters – #25 Colour Palette
The East Wind – #40 Add Texture
Three Muses Challenge – Music


Thursday, 1 October 2015

ABC S for Sprinkles

Our challenge at ABC today is S for Sprinkles. That can be embossing powder, glitter, frantage, etc. We are sponsored by Art by Miran.

S for Sprinkles FF

I have used Petal Blossoms from our sponsor and coloured her with my copics. The papers are from a very old pad from WRMK called Tiffany, and I chose it because it was full of sparkle with glittered flowers. The sentiment is a couple of sentiments from Simon Says Stamp, and the sparkly gem I have had in my stash for a while. I coloured the edges of all the background mats by hand to match the colours in the image and then glittered them with glamour dust.

I am entering this into:-

Come and Get It – Clear It Out Use a Stash Item (WRMK Paper, older than dirt!)
Crafting By Designs – Oct: Anything Goes
Glitter N Sparkle – #156 Add Lots of Glitter and Sparkle/Sparkly Charm
Julia Spiri – #03 Anything Goes With a Twist of Add some Bling
Love To Scrap – #62 Anything Goes
Robyn’s Fetish – #283 Square or Rectangle Cards
Star Stampz – Add A Sentiment
That’s Crafty – Girls Will Be Girls
Use Your Stuff – #193 Markers/Inks
Where the Heart Is – #1 Add Some Text



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