Thursday, 5 November 2015

Anything But Cute Mixed Media Challenge #7

Hello, everybody!

It's 5th of November already and it's time for our new challenge at Anything But Cute Mixed Media Challenge blog! Our talented Cec is hostessing the challenge for this month and she has chosen the theme 'It's Ornamental'!

Since the holiday will be coming up pretty quickly, Cec would like you to create a mixed media ornament for your Christmas tree or a Christmas decor item for your house or table.

Please head over to our challenge blog by clicking on the picture bellow to check out what my super talented teamies have created for this awesome challenge! 

                              

I like to decorate my home for Christmas in vintage style so I decided to create a shabby wall hanging for my craft room and here is what I came up with:



Unfortunately, I lost somehow all the step by step photos so I am going to explain the process of making this piece. 

I started with a small canvas and my Golden crackle paste which I applied with my palette knife on the back side edges. To distress the edges a bit I used my Vintage photo DI. 
A piece of an old music note sheet was glued down on the background and I added a piece of lace on the corner. To decorate the inside edges I used a lace ribbon from my stash. 
To imitate snow, instead of using some snow paste I decided to use my pom poms trim on top and some gauze at the bottom. 
For more festive look I used some bells I baught last year and attached them with a piece of a craft wire. I also had some wooden embellishments and I decided to use them on top of my canvas so I wrote letters on them to create a word NOEL. 


I found a piece of plastic embellishment in my stash (Merry Christmas) and I used my alcohol inks to achieve a metallic look to it. I glued it on a piece of wood (you know those wooden pieces that usually come with canvas) previously distressed with a Vintage photo distress stain. 
I love to use natural elements for embellishing so I went out to my yard to find some twigs. 
They were connected with a piece of string and I put a small bell, previously treated with alcohol inks, in the middle. I glued those twigs down to decorate the bottom edge. 


Mini Christmas tree is from Tim Holtz Idealogy collection. I decided not to color it with sprays but to embellish it with some gems and a star that I also had in my stash haha. It's obvious that I completely cleaned my craft room the other day, isn't it :) 
Needless to say that those wooden laser cut numbers were from my stash as well. I had a bunch of these and never used them before because...I couldn't find them in my small but well supplied craft room :)


To finish my piece I attached a piece of wire on top to be able to hang it on the wall. I made a bow out of my hand dyed seam binding and a piece of music note patterned ribbon and attached it to the wire. 

That is it, my friends! I hope I inspired you to create a mixed media ornament for the upcoming Christmas and to join in our challenge for November! 

Here at Anything But Cute we just love to see all the seasoned and expert mixed media artists, but we also want to encourage those who are just getting their feet wet. Our design team will always be on the lookout for these exceptional projects and artists. You just never know when we might be giving out something special to a lucky mixed media newcomer. We all have to start somewhere, right?

This challenge runs until December 4th - we can't wait to see what you come up with!

Happy crafting!
Hugs! Branka x
























25 comments:

  1. Branka, this is the most beautiful shabby chic Christmas decoration ever!! I just love the antiqued frame with all the crackle and texture, it looks like a snowbank that is falling apart in the sun, WHAT!!! Awesome! The decision to use pom pom trim was brilliant, it adds such a soft touch and has a great contrast with the dried twigs. I love the tiny bits of colour you added, just a bit of festive fun amid the lush winter wonderland neutrals. Well done teamie, big hugs :)

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Pamellia! I am so excited and happy you like this! Welcome back, my dear, I missed your online presence! Big hugs! Branka xxx

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  2. Branka, I do love a bit of nature in projects, and this just puts this over the top for me! Love your crackled frame, the pom poms (I'm just a titch jealous you have these), the gauze to represent snow and all your bits recovered from your craft room. It seems you and I were doing a little craft shopping from our own stashes for our ornaments! This is so pretty, I think it should be decorating your more public areas of your lovely home! Big hugs and lots of love, my friend!

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    1. Ha, Ha, Ha! Branka your comment to my snowshakers was so sweet, but I must clarify...I did NOT make the pom poms. That's why I had to use those tiny ones...they are all I had! My attempts to make one of any decent size resulted in a pile of chopped up yarn, and that was the last of it! That's why I said I was jealous of yours! Tee Hee!

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    2. Hahaha, I saw your photo :) That's why I mentioned pom poms :) Those tiny ones are so cute by the way!

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    3. Thanks so much, hun! I am really glad you like this! How I love reading your sweet comments! You are just such a sweetheart! Huge hugs to you! Branka xxx

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  3. My dear Branka, this is a gorgeous shabby make!!! What a fabulous choice of materials, textures and embellishments!! I wish I knew how to make things like that! Your shabby chic bow is to die for!!! I am so impressed and proud of you for making such a gorgeous shabby piece!!! Love it!!!
    Hugs

    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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    1. Thank you soooo much, my dear! I am excited to hear this from a Shabby queen! You made my day, as always!
      Big hugs! Branka xxx

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  4. Hey B! What a fantabulous shabby chic wall hanging and I agree with Sara-this should be hanging out in the central part of your house because it is amazeballs! Love those little Pom poms and your use of so many natural elements. Those sticks were a perfect find and out to good use. Such texture and depth in this design. What a genius way to add some "snow" and your bells are sweeeetttt! Awesome sauce metallics as well. And your bow is stunning! So many items to take in! Wowzers! Hugz to you muffin!

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    1. Oh, Niki dear, thank you so much! What a beautiful start of my day reading your awesome comment! You made me feel so special! Huge hugs! Branka xxx

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  5. Oh my goodness Branka, I have to keep scrolling up and down to see more and more of this gorgeous creation! I love the wonderful crackle on the canvas, it looks positively ancient (in a very good way!) and I adore the little pops of coloured bell and those beautiful gems on the tree. The pom poms are a fabulous way to create 'snow', the music paper is such a wonderful addition and those beautiful twigs are a lovely touch. A truly beautiful piece of Christmas home decor! Hugs, Anne xx

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    1. Awww, thank you so much, Anne! Those are very kind words and it's a great pleasure to know that such a super talented artist likes your work! Big hugs! Branka xxx

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  6. This is fantastic! Love anything with Noel my daughter's name so house stays full of things with it year round! Thanks for all the pics and details very inspiring! Thanks for joining us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month! Nanette, DT

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    1. Thank you so much, Nanette, for those kind words! I am glad you like it! Branka xxx

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  7. What a lovely Christmas decoration - love your white ornamented tree, the bells, the crackle - so many wonderful things to catch the eye! Julia xx

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    1. Thank you so very much, Julia! You made my day! Branka xxx

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  8. Rich and gorgeous to look at - a lovely way to inspire yourself while working on those Christmas cards and presents!Beautifully put together - so eclectic. Thanks for sharing this with us for the Purple Team at Eclectic Ellapu!

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  9. This is so beautiful love all the trimmings. Thanks for sharing this with us this month..

    Hugs
    Babs Sparkles Christmas DT...

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  10. Gorgeous festive decor to bring a touch of sparkle into the home in the winter. Love all the textures and those ribbons are a stunning finishing touch.
    Alison xx

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  11. What a gorgeous shabby wall hanging with lots of great fibres and trims. I love the fact that you used the back side of the canvas and then tucked all sorts of goodies inside. This will look wonderful as part of your holiday decorations.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  12. Oh this is gorgeous! Absolutely love the vintage winter feel. Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

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  13. A great project, so much detail to look at

    Thanks for playing along at Sparkles Christmas Challenge this month x

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  14. Loving the snowy vintage wintery feel to your home decor project! The close ups and seeing the intricate detail of you make is is just yummy, texture heaven!! xx

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  15. Beautiful project. Thank you for sharing with us at Altered Eclectics.

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  16. Wow Branka...such a lovely piece of decor! This is just so soothing to the eye and love the vintage feel too.Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month. Good luck, Rupa(DT).

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