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Thursday, 6 November 2014

Compendium of Curiosities #14

Here I am bringing up the rear again!  As well as having several projects on the go at the moment, we are away, visiting London - to see the wonderful poppies at the Tower of London (there are a couple of pictures of some of them at the end of this post for those who are interested).

At Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #14 we are to use Tim's Coloured Crackle Technique which can be found on Page 53 of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities III book. We must work from our own personal copy of the book and in fairness to Tim we must not share the details of the technique.  If you do not have the book yet, you can get a signed copy from Tim here.

Of course there is a wonderful prize on offer, for one lucky individual, chosen by the Curiosity Crew, of a wonderful package of goodies generously donated by Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi.

In addition, CC3C is sponsored this time by the lovely Linda Coughlin of The Funkie Junkie, who is offering a $25 spending spree in her on-line shop.

Since Christmas is so close I decided to make a Christmas decoration using Tim's new large Snowflake die and also his new Layered Snowflake die combined.  I also had an old frame from a canvas that I made a mess of, I stripped the canvas off but could not bear to throw the frame away....

The frame had already been gessoed and had a thin layer of embossing paste added to give it some texture.  I used Tim's Coloured Crackle Technique on the whole frame (it does not have a back but I photographed it against some dark card).


I am in LOVE with these new Snowflake dies!!  I layered up the large Layered Snowflake with the smaller Stacked Snowflakes, stacking them up onto both sides of the large Snowflake, so it is very dimensional.  I hung it from the top of the frame using some invisible thread.  As you waft past the frame the snowflake moves around in a full circle.

Each of the snowflakes was covered with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint before building up into a stunning decoration.  These could also be used as a beautiful tree topper or as a tree decoration - they would glisten beautifully in the tree lights....


A closer view of the coloured crackle on the frame, it looks so beautiful in real life. I added a bow to the top to disguise the little hook that holds the snowflake up.

To finish off I added a word band to the bottom with some crinkle ribbon which I coloured with Tumbled Glass Distress Stain.

This project is also my Design Team piece for Inspiration Journal and our Challenge topic for this month is Happy Holidays.  I hope you will check out the challenge HERE, there is a fantastic prize on offer of a $50 voucher to spend at Inspiration Emporium's on-line store.

In addition, if you do shop at Inspiration Emporium for any crafty goodies and use my code Redanne you will receive a 10% discount off your whole order!

OK, just a quick indulgence now, here are two pictures of the poppies at the Tower of London.  There are over 880,000 poppies representing each and every one of those who lost their lives in World War One.  It is a very moving sight....


Sadly, it was a very dull day, they are spectacular in real life.  Each one of the poppies has been sold to raise money for the services charities.  I am so looking forward to receiving mine.

As always, thanks for looking and for your comments, they mean such a lot!  Hugs, Anne xx



Products Used:

Layered Snowflake 
Stacked Snowflake
Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint
Broken China Distress Paint
Word Bands
Crinkle Ribbon

44 comments:

  1. There is something of the magical about your beautiful snowflake. I also like the pristine of the snowflake set against the gorgeous colour of the frame, it really has a wonderful elegance to it.
    I am sure the poppies were a sight to behold.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  2. Beautifully made. Those snowflake pop! I am waiting for them to come into IE so I can spend my winning stash. I love your crackle. Love the poppies. I have mine pined to my vest!

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  3. This is stunning Anne. I love the colour and texture on the frame and your layered snowflake looks wonderful.
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos. I have seen picture of the poppies on tv but everyone says how amazing they look in real life.
    hugs Sue xx

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  4. Fabulous Anne! Love the crackled frame and frosty snowflakes .perfect for the latest CC3C, the poppies look amazing ! X

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  5. Absolutely awesome snowflake!

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  6. Wow! This is so elegant! I love the colours you have used and of course the crackle, which does look fabulous for sure!! Would love to see those poppies! Hope you are having a great time in London! Hugs, Chrisxx

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  7. Well Anne, you have done it again. Your frame is gorgeous, but I have fallen in love with that beautiful snowflake. How lucky are you to get to see the poppies in reality, I have seen them on the news a few times and they look amazing. Enjoy the break. Hugs Rita xxx

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  8. Love the snowflakes Anne and the frame is gorgeous. The colour of the frame is beautiful.

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful display of Poppies, they look amazing in your picture . I bet they look spectacular i n real life. Enjoy your time in Londonxxx

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  9. Hi Anne! Your snowflake is AMAZING! Love the colour you've chosen for the frame too! The crackle effect is fab! Gorgeous make!
    I hope my fellow Londoners treat you well during your visit! Thank you for the gorgeous photo, the poppies look gorgeous! xxx

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  10. I love your beautiful snowflake in it's frame Anne. Those crackles are perfect and the lovely blue and crisp white gives the piece a wonderful wintery feel. Hope you are enjoying your visit to see the Poppy's. Katie really wanted to do the same. Hugs Lottie x

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  11. Brilliant, Annie! Brilliant creation and brilliant save of that awesome frame! I'd love to see this in a video and watch it twirl like a living snowflake!!

    Thank you for sharing your photos of the Poppy Memorial! I've seen them on other blogs, too, and I'm excited for you to be experiencing that vision first-hand. It must be grand in person!! Safe travels! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  12. Beautiful project Anne.

    Enjoy seeing the poppies - a colleague managed to see them at sunset and he said that with the fading sun catching the top of them and the 'Last Post' being played it was an amazing experience.
    Toni xx

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  13. Anne what a stunning piece you have created. The hanging snowflake is just gorgeous and what a lovely decoration to have for Christmas. Beautifully done! Love all those beautiful poppies too. How amazing seeing so many in one place. Thanks for showing the photos of them. Karen.x

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  14. Another stunning creation Anne, you are right, the snowflakes are beautiful! Hope you are having a lovely time in London, I would have loved to have got to visit those poppies, but thank you for the photos, hugs Carole Z X

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  15. I love snowflakes, and this one is absolutely gorgeous ..... the dimension to it is fab! Hope you're having a great time in London ..... the poppies are just breathtaking, and like you I can't wait to receive mine. Enjoy the weekend .... hugs Linda xx

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  16. Stunning Anne, the 3D effect of the snowflake looks incredible and I love the beautiful crackled frame in that gorgeous blue note!

    Hope you are having a wonderful time in London and that the weather is a bit better than it is up here right now! xxxx

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  17. Hello Miss Anne, SQUAWK, this is absolutely SPECTACULAR, oh my goodness that frame is gorgeoussssss color, crackle,it needs no backing that snowflake is SUPERB, what a Brilliant creative mind you have, whoot whoot I looooooove it, thanks for sharing hope you have a wonderful week end, ((( BIG HUGS ))), PS, i couldn't get the link on facebook to work, xxoo

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  18. Love the colour and texture on your frame and the snowflake looks great hanging in it. The poppies are a great site aren't they? An absolutely brilliant idea by someone!! Enjoy your stay in London.. Elaine xx

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  19. Holy fiddlesticks Anne, this is absolutely amazing! Your crackle frame is drop dead gorgeous and your snowflake is exquisite! Wow, I can't stop scrolling back up to look at it again and again! I love the aqua, such a great colour to frame the white snowflake! LOVE IT! big hugs and happy weekend! :)

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  20. This is absolutely gorgeous!!! Real stunner.

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  21. This is just amazing, I love the way you've showcasesd the snowflake. Those poppies are impressive, wow!

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  22. Anne, the blue crackled frame and that gorgeous snowflake are wonderful! I love the dangling snowflake taking center stage! Love it and oh those poppies are incredible. Enjoy the weekend. Hugs!

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  23. Elegant colour choice, love how the snowflake is taking centre stage, shows it off to a treat. Gorgeous as always Anne. Ruth x

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  24. Anne this is gorgeous!!! You really have shown off the true dimension of those layered snowflakes with this and the crackled frame is the perfect way to display it. Those cogs are whirring wonderfully again! Jenny x

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  25. Oh my Anne - this truely is amazing - so glad I got a better look at it - its fabulous. The frame and the snowflake are all fabulous - certainly glad you managed to get it in in time!! Hope London has been fab - the poppies look wonderful! Hugs rachel x

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  26. Awesome!!! Colored crackle is gorgeous here! That suspended snowflake just floats, the effect is beautiful. Very, very cool. <3

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  27. Great project Anne, you have certainly made the snowflakes look very dimentional with all the layers, gorgeous.
    Pleased you enjoyed your trip.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

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  28. Stunning snowflake Anne; so inspiring.
    I'm glad you're enjoying your stay in London, the poppies look magnificent on the news stories. Lynn & Philip saw them too, I wish I had, but like you, I purchased one with gratitude in my heart.
    Have a fabulous weekend Anne (hugs) xx

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  29. Gorgeous colored crackle masterpiece, Anne!! I LOVE your snowflake--it's beautiful!! Such a clever way to assemble all of those darling little snowflakes to create this unique and one of a kind Christmas décor piece!
    Thank you for sharing your photos of the poppies at the Tower of London. It's a breathtaking scene and humbling.
    XOXO-Shari

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  30. Gorgeous crackle! Love the snowman hanging on this!!!! Just gorgeous! Thanks for playing along!

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  31. A fabulous make Anne x love the colour and great textures and the snowflake is stunning.
    Thank you for sharing your photographs. I so love poppies, they are one of my favourites.

    Have a lovely weekend
    Annie x

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  32. Just checking in to see what you have been up to lately! Beautiful snowflake project! And I am so glad you shared the poppy photos too- incredible!

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  33. I love your snowflake and can relate to your not wanting to throw the frame away...I have a few stored somewhere... Beautiful photos of the poppies. So glad they have all been sold. The money is going to such a a good cause. This has been the most spectacular and moving project, I have ever seen. Wish I could have been there in person.

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  34. Wow those Poppies are gorgeous, how breathtaking to see them all together! Such a worthy effort too! Thanks for sharing them with us. I love snowflakes and the layers and crackling on this one is stunning! I love it!! The background colors and frame really sets it off perfectly, a gorgeous Christmas decoration for sure!

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  35. A beautiful framed snowflake using this technique Anne! I missed the deadline (again!) had my project half done and went to load it today (Sat) not realizing it ended yesterday!! Thanks so much for sharing the wonderful photos of the poppies at the Tower of London - what a wonderful tribute and beautiful display!

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  36. Love all of it, the frame is the perfect colour to show off that beautiful snowflake, love the crackle effect and you're right that snowflake would be perfect used in a tree display. Poppies are lovely and we must never forget xx

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  37. Hello Anne, What a beautiful piece you have created. Your photos of the remembrance poppies are wonderful too!

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  38. I envy you having seen the poppies, it must have been wonderful but so moving (I would have been in tears). I too am waiting for one to arrive here, mum would have loved to have seen something like this in remembrance of her brother.
    Anyway, your snowflake picture is lovely too. Gorgeous die and I love how you have crackled the frame. It looks so good and has given me an idea for some decorations for Christmas. Thank you.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  39. I've not been up to entering this challenge again, so disappointing. Hopefully next time round. Your snowflake and frame are oozing elegance and style. Love your little accents of crackle on your snowflake. Fabulous project. Would have loved to have seen the poppies, tfs your photos.
    Julie x

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  40. Anne, you've outdone yourself once more with this very dazzling dimensional snowflake. Can just imagine the movement as you go past it...Love the texture - which I thought was paste & glitter until I read the post. Really a beautiful shadowbox - yet again. TFS those poppy pictures. Since I'll not see this IRL, I did so much enjoy & thanks for sharing that with us. It was an awesome thought to hold, just seeing your photos...can only guess at the emotional impact at seeing IRL. Very moving & I'm glad you took time to go see it. Big Hugs

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  41. Apologies for my tardy arrival Anne. Well whilst your frame is stunning (fab colour), I simply LOVE your snowflake. It is so wonderfully dimensional - would love to see a video of it doing a whirl - I'm sure it is even better i.r.l. I absolutely cannot make one more Christmas type purchase, I'm way over budget ... but now you've gone and made me want those snowflakes!!! I'm sure you are well home now but hope you enjoyed London. The poppies look amazing - what an impressive and emotive display. Nicola x

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  42. Your frame is beautiful, Anne, as is that stunningly stacked snowflake! The poppies are such a wonderful memorial and tribute... thanks for sharing those pictures. And thanks for sharing your project with us at CC3C!

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  43. Anne....what an elegant piece! I totally love this! The teal frame makes me totally happy as I LOVE teal and that stark white snowflake suspended in the center is breathtaking. Your crackling on both is amazing! Thanks for sharing your lovely art with all of us at CC3 C. <3 Candy

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  44. Anne...this is absolutely stunning! LOVE the frame and love the snowflake hanging! Beautiful job on the crackling!!! Thanks for sharing with us at CC3C! hugs,

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