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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Art With Heart August - Choose Your Own Theme!

It is so hard to believe that we are in August already - how did that happen??

Over at Eileen Hull's Art With Heart Challenge for August the theme is a simple one - Choose Your Own Theme!  What could be easier than that!  Eileen is asking you to dig deep into your stash and break out some oldies but goodies and make them new again.  Use forgotten dies, stamps, trims, techniques of what have you and make them new again with a fresh project.  The theme you choose is completely up to you!  There is an awesome Sizzix prize pack that you can win just for sharing your creation with us...

I have chosen to make two projects using some of the dies that are in this month's prize and another one of Eileen's older dies - the Recipe Box (cut for me by my lovely friend Kath Stewart - thank you Kath).

This is a picture heavy post so I will keep the words to the minimum.


I used DecoArt products throughout, the flowers are from Eileen's Sweet Treats for You set of dies.

I wanted to create a faux wood look, originally taught to me by my wonderful friend Jenny (Buttons).  I used part of her technique but with DecoArt paints in Titan Buff and Quinacridone Burnt Orange, followed by Andy Skinner's 'dirty wash' and then overstamped with Andy's Industrial set of stamps by Stampendous.  See lots of Andy's techniques here.

The flowers are painted with Cobalt Teal Hue Mixed Media Fluid paint and seed bead were added to the centres.  The clasp has been 'aged' with Quinacridone Gold.  The little label is from Eileen's lovely labels set of dies.  Although a Recipe Card Box, it holds packets of seeds nicely.

Next up, I created a mobile for the garden, again using Eileen's dies and DecoArt products.
The dies I used are from Eileen's Birds and Butterflies set and also the Doily Lace Medallion and the small medallion is from Eileen's Sweet Treats for You set of dies.
The elements were cut from metal covered card.
Each piece was coloured with Cobalt Teal Hue and Blue Green Light Media Fluid Paints and then dabbed over with Quinacridone Gold to give a verdigris effect.  The butterflies were embossed with Eileen's Sunburst Embossing Folder.
Close up of the medallions.
A close up of the beautiful embossed butterfly (with matching jewellery wire antennae).
The little mobile in situ in the garden - it is weather proofed with a coat of varnish.

I really do hope you can join in our challenge at Art With Heart, just get out some of your older stash and let us see what you make!

As always, thanks for looking and I hope to see you again soon!  Hugs, Anne xx

24 comments:

  1. A duo of delightful projects! Anne . I love your seed box with that lovely faux wood look and fabulous clasp and I'm a real lover of mobiles ( Don't ask me how many I have lol ) so your hand crafted mobile is absolutely wonderful - Iove your choice of dies , the colours, the embossed elements those gorgeous beads with the flower tops . Absolutely fabulous . x

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  2. Oh my - what totally FABULOUS projects Anne. The mobile just really is over the moon WONDERFUL - wow. You are just soooooo INCREDIBLY CREATIVE.... always... WOW. j.

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  3. WOW!!! Amazing projects Anne ..... I love the little seed box but the mobile is just stunning. Great work as always, so talented ..... hugs Linda xx

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  4. Hello garden goodness! LOVE this! LOVE those birdies! Excellent and so fun and so inventive!!!

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  5. Gorgeous Anne, I love the mobile, such a clever idea and that colour is so eye catching, the seed box is gorgeous, I love the wood effect, very effective. A gorgeous duo . Tracy x

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  6. A great couple of projects - I love the woodgrain paint effect on the box and that mobile is gorgeous in the blues and greens. Great photos too!! Elaine x

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  7. These are stunning Anne. I love the wood effect and detailing on your box. The mobile is so beautiful, such a wonderful design with gorgeous birds in the most amazing colours.
    hugs Sue xx

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  8. Double wow - your "wooden" seed box is fabulous, but the verdigris bird mobile completely steals the show for me - absolutely enchanting!
    Alison xx

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  9. I absolutely love the mobile, a positive winner for me, love it. The little box would be great for enclosing little gifts, love it. Happy crafting, Angela xXx

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  10. two amazing makes Anne - the seed box is so very useful and I adore the mobile - fabulous! Beautiful colours and wonderful makes - I love them! hugs Rachel x

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  11. Love the seed box - how talented you are and it shows that you really love what you are doing. Your mobile is really fun and beautiful. Two fantastic makes with a useful purpose!!
    Sandy xx

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  12. wow Anne...love your recipe seed box...fabulous faux wood effect and adore the mobile...you are such a clever clogs my lovely friend xxx

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  13. Your seed box reminds me of our Wendy Vecchi day,love the effect on it. And your mobile WOW fantastic creativity, it's so adorable and the colours look perfect in your garden.
    Julie x

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  14. Oh my talented friend, you have out did yourself here! You had me at the seed box, but the birdie mobile is incredible! What a gorgeous yard decoration. Love it!!! Hugs!

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  15. Not just one but TWO fabulous projects Anne!!! LOVE how you created the box (loving that look) and oh boy that mobile is PERFECT. I saw a metallic version in Paris (which didn't look half as good) and it cost a fortune!!! You are one clever lady. Jenny x

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  16. Wow Anne, I've been scrolling up and down forever now! I can't believe you made a mobile for your garden, what!!!! Love the aquas, what a wonderful colour for an outdoor project! Beautiful techniques and what clever ideas, you sure are an inspiration! hugs :)

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  17. What lovely creative projects here Anne! love the way you decorated your box - what a great wood wash look! and your garden mocile is wonderful especially sitting right in your garden amongst your beautiful flowers!! Julia xx

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  18. Oh, Annie, you've moved your creative mind to the great out-of-doors and I love these! The seed packet is adorable, but that mobile you've made has stolen my heart! It must make me bust out with a big grin every time you lay eyes on it in the garden! I'm in awe!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  19. Anne how creative and great addition to the garden! Sorry- so behind on commenting :-(

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  20. A seed box and a mobile?! DARLING, FABULOUS & Completely AWESOME!!! Anne, this is why so many people love you!! You are just a creative genius!! :) :) XOXO-Shari

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  21. Anne, what wonderful projects! The textured wood look on your box is amazing and your mobile looks like old patina-ed metal thats been in your garden for years. Just fabulous, thanks so much for sharing them.

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  22. Amazing crafting Anne - both look brilliant! Love each and every detail on the recipe box and then the mobile is right outta da park stunning! Eileen and Decoart are lucky to have you playing with their products - you make magic! Nicola x

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  23. I do love the seed box but WOW! ….your mobile is fantastic - love it!!! Chrisx

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  24. These are wonderful projects Anne, love all the details and the seed packet is adorable, hugs Carole Z X

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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