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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Art With Heart - Love Grows Here

I am loving using my Eileen Hull dies and this one is no exception.  My creation for Art With Heart this month features Eileen's Window Box die.  If you join in the 'Projects to Love' challenge this month you could win one of Eileen's fabulous cookie box dies.  See here for more details.

Since we are still in the month of love, I created a love themed window box card for some family members who are moving house soon.  I used my new DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics, which are just fantastic.  If you want to see more of the paints and how to use them, just visit DecoArt's Mixed Media Blog for more information.
The wall at the back is created using Wendy Vecchi's wall stencil and DecoArt's Media Texture Sand Paste.  Once this was dry I spritzed it with some watered down DecoArt Quinacridone Red, mixed with a little Quinacridone Gold.  The bricks have a wonderful textured feel to them and they look amazingly realistic.
The window frame and window box were given a coat of DecoArt Titanium White and once dry I applied some Weathered Wood Crackle Medium and finally a coat of Titan Buff Medium Fluid Acrylic.  Once dry I went over the whole area with Raw Umber Antiquing Cream.  The beauty of the cream is that it can be rubbed gently into the cracks and edges but until it is sealed (with All Purpose Sealer) it can be easily removed or just placed here and there to give an aged appearance.

The heart flowers were created by punching out three hearts for each flower, these were scored down the middle and placed back to back and then glued to the stems (also part of Eileen's window box die).  The words were stamped with a small alphabet stamp from my stash.
The curtains were created using Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric and some lace from my stash.  Behind the window I added some of Tim's Wallflower paper to give the impression of wallpaper.

There is still plenty of time to enter Eileen's 'Projects to Love' Challenge and it would be lovely to see you there.

Thanks so much for looking, I hope to see you again soon.  Hugs, Anne xx

40 comments:

  1. Abso,Italy gorgeous and of course I need to beg for the window die now lol. Your brick wall is amazing so authentic, I love it and those heart flowers and curtains, PERFECT. Tracy x

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  2. Oh my goodness Anne - the recipients will be thrilled with this. I honestedly thought you had leaned the window against real bricks to photo!! You are achieving incredible effects with all the decoart products. Your window decorations too are wonderful and I totally love the pretty flowers and sentiment. Beautifully sweet! Nicola x

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    1. oops that should have been 'honestly' . Nx

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  3. Fabulous use of that lovely window die Anne. The bricks are amazing! as are the curtains! All such wonderful details. Jennie x

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  4. Love the window box with the heart flowers and the other details!
    Hugs

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  5. What a lovely gift and so unique Anne xx

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  6. Love it Anne! Ok you have convinced me it's time to break out the DecoArt supplies-?you have come up with such great ways to use it!

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  7. How lovely, Anne!
    They sure will love your beautiful card!

    Claudia xx

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  8. This is absolutely stunning Anne!!!!! huggles Sue xxx

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  9. I love it Anne - the brickwork looks amazing and I love the aged look you have given to the frame & window-box.
    Toni xx.

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  10. This is stunning Anne, Your design and attention to detail is amazing. The bricks look so realistic, I love the window-box and gorgeous curtains too.
    hugs Sue xx

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  11. How awesome, Annie! A 3D crackled window box card! That is such a fun gift for a new home with the sweet heart flowers and the gorgeous lace and fabric curtains! The brick wall is so realistic! Another masterpiece, my friend!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  12. Just gorgeous! LOVE the bricks and window!

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  13. Loving the crackle window! The brick effect in the background is stunning too (I must get me a brick stencil) ;) The flower hearts are my fave though, such a clever idea with the sentiment underneath!! Hugs, Georgie xx

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  14. I love the idea that this will be a gift to people moving to a new home. It's something unique and made with lots of thought and love that they will cherish forever. Beautiful work as always Anne ((hugs)) xx

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  15. Hi Anne, that's a very clever idea for a card. The detail is great but the curtains really made me smile they seem to make the whole thing look so homely. Anyone would love to recieve this. Happy crafting, Angela x

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  16. What a brilliant card - sure to be a keeper! Hugs, Chrisx

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  17. Anne - what a great make!! Love that wall, and your window box and curtains....so much to savor in looking this over - but the crackle is my special favorite! xx Lynn

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  18. another great project Anne x hugs x

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  19. Great project Anne! Love every detail, the curtains, the bricks, the crackle... Fabulous xx

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  20. Anne, I got this die before Christmas and was just thinking about some Easter projects I could use it for...I agree, it's a fabulous die (you really got me into Eileen's dies and I want them all now !!!). This is stunning,..the crackle effect on the box and panes is amazing and the little heart flowers are gorgeous, thank you for the inspiration, hugs Carole Z X

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  21. A fantastic window scene and that wall looks so realistic - heavy and textured even though I know it's card! Elaine xx

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  22. Fabulous Anne and the bricks look fantastic, but your window and box are gorgeous. Love the Decoart paints.

    Tfs and huge hugs
    Annie x

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  23. What an amazing 3D project Anne! I almost felt as if I could step inside and see a warm glow from a fireplace and maybe a soft lush blanket on a big comfy sofa!! Alas, back to reality, haha! Just stunning and so creative! hugs :)

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  24. How fabulous Anne. Your bricks look amazing I love your curtains and those beautiful little heart flowers are so sweet. Gorgeous project.
    Julie xx

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  25. I certainly am glad I popped in! Anne your make is FANGdangTASTIC!!! You and Eileen Hull go together like ice and cream! And that is real fabric in the window!?! This is so clever and sooo you!! Hmmm, wouldn't this be ideal for a Halloween window! Love visiting you Sugar!!!

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  26. Hi Anne ....Just catching up in Blogland...been on a little bloggy break...sorry I haven't commented for a while...Wowza...you have been busy making some fabulous creations since my last visit...and how cool is your crackled window.. textured brick background with those cute lil hearts...stunning as always!! Hugs Jan x

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  27. That is fabulous and what a lovely card, or should I say 'gift', for the lucky recipients. Almost worth getting up and moving house for but I think I will stay put at my age. Just love the flowers in the window box - what a fab idea.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  28. Wow, this is so beautiful! The versatility of your projects is really inspiring. Thank you so much for your kind words.
    Rebecca.
    x

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  29. Now this is FABULOUS... what a great addition for a new home. Love Grows Here - such a wonderful sentiment for them. And it's so fun - with a little bit of everything - fabric, lace, crackling paint, and a planter full of heart flowers that are darling... it looks like someone really lives there. Thanks so much for your creative gift. j.

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  30. This is such a vibrant and stunning project Anne, it gives the most wonderful feeling of Spring with those fun heart shaped flowers, - you are just such a clever crafter, - stunning work!

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  31. OUTSTANDING!!! The brickwork, that aged window frame and box, the heart flowers, those clever curtains; Anne you've outdone yourself. You're a genius my friend. Jenny x

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  32. Oh my gosh Anne - this is just the sweetest creation! love the brick and the pretty little curtains - not to mention the lovely heart flowers!! Just adorable - I'm sure your friends will treasure this!

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  33. Hi Anne this is lovely. The windows and curtains are so sweet.x

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  34. This has oddles of charm from the vintage style fabric for the curtains to those sweetest of heart shaped flowers and as for the bricks, they really do appear to be so realistic.
    A beautiful keepsake for your family.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  35. I will bet there is a pie on the other side of that window. Anne, honestly you really know how to work those dies! I love the crackle finish and lovely little potted heart plants! Oh and the window treatments are wonderful! Hugs!

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  36. This is just as realistic appearing as it is beautiful. To be sure those bricks do look very real, and the pretty curtains & lace valance, with the glimpse of the wallpaper, make me feel very sure this is a real window on a real house! Love that cracked & aged woodbox holding the pretty heart flowers. Your ingenuity knows no bounds! TFS & hugs

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  37. Oh, how lovely - the weathered crackle on your window box is just perfect, and the peeking through the window effect is in full action - love it!!
    Alison xx

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  38. This is so charming! You thought of every detail. I love the heart flowers in the window box.

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  39. Oh how cool is this! :) love the window with the adorable heart flowers. Fantastic! Live this make.. X

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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