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Friday, 24 February 2017

Guest Artist at Creative Carte Blanche

Hello Friends

I am super excited and very honoured to have been asked by the wonderful Hels Sheridan to be Guest Artist today at Creative Carte Blanche!  I have been a huge fan of all of the talented designers at CCB since they were involved in the challenge blog Compendium of Curiosities several years ago.  They gave me lots of encouragement and I am grateful to them for that.

In actual fact it was Hels and another dear friend Kath Stewart who got me involved in
crafting/blogging so I have a lot to thank these ladies for!

Since the theme this month at Creative Carte Blanche is 'Love Is In The Air', I created a love themed card in a paper block style (that I learned in a class with Hels a few years back), adding a large grungy heart, a handmade flower and Hels' trademark harlequin pattern as an accent.
I started by choosing some pieces of Ephemera from Tim Holtz Idea-ology collection and used Ranger Glue 'N' Seal to glue them in place on a 6" x 6" piece of grey board.
I applied a layer of Distress Collage Medium - Crazing and allowed it to dry naturally.  Next I applied a coat of the Vintage Collage Medium.  Once dry I applied Distress Crayon around each piece of Ephemera and smudged it to blend it in.
I stencilled the harlequin pattern using Ranger black Texture Paste.  I drew an outline around a hand cut heart with black Distress Crayon.
The heart was painted with DecoArt Media Crackle Paint and when dry, this was painted with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Pyrole Red.
I applied a layer of Antiquing Cream in Raw Umber, let this dry and wiped it away with a damp cloth.  The Raw Umber is less harsh than black and it fills the cracks in nicely.
To finish off  I added the words (a Tim Holtz stamp) and also a hand made flower.   Here is another look at the finished project.
If you have not joined in at Creative Carte Blanche with your love themed project, there is still time to do so HERE.

Thank you again to Hels and the team at Creative Carte Blanche for having me as their Guest today!  If you do have the time, please pop over there and leave the team some love....

I am joining in Emerald Creek's challenge this month which is - 'Rock the Red'

Thanks to you too, for visiting, I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xxx

36 comments:

  1. A fabulous project - I love the crackling on that red heart set against the vintage background. Elaine xx

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  2. This heart is so bright! Beautiful!

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  3. What a fabulous piece of heArtwork, Anne! You have knocked it out of the ball park with this amazing crackled heart and gorgeous vintage paper blocked background! You have done an amazing job for Creative Carte Blanche as their Guest Designer! Congratulations to you and lucky them to have you as their guest! Sending hugs!

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  4. Amazing creation, Anne! I really love that background you created. I never think to use the ephemera pieces like that. The grungy heart is gorgeous! Thank you for the inspiration! ❤️

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  5. I am loving this! The super cool red crackle heart looks amazing on the awesome paper block background - I have never tried that! The handmade flower, fabulous words and harlequin paste detail are all brilliant - an absolute triumph again! xxx

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  6. I forgot to say 'congratulations on being guest designer'. Well deserved of course my friend! xxx

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  7. Hi Anne - Love this piece! That crackle technique on the heart is just fabulous! The background is such a perfect compliment to the heart! I knew we would be thrilled to have you as a Guest Designer for Creative Carte Blanche and you certainly didn't disappoint! Thank you so much!

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  8. wonderful make Anne - I love that background technique and am thinking I was also at that class! I love the heart too Anne - how lovely is that pop of colour - and wow that crackle is so deep! Brilliant lovely lady! Hugs rachel x

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  9. Love your paper block background for the the gorgeous red crackled heart. The harlequins just balance it all beautifully x

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  10. Oh my Anne, this is wonderful. The heart alone is outstanding and the background looks amazing. Well Done. Hugs Rita xxx

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  11. Huge congrats on your guest design spot, Anne!! This is amazing!! That gorgeous red heart just pops against the background!! I love the crackle and the harlequins you added in the corner!! Your flower is stunning, too!! What a spectacular project this is!! I love, love it my friend!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  12. A gorgeous project, just love the vintage feel background and the pop of red with that wonderful heart - gorgeous xx

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  13. Congratulations on your guest spot over at CCB - much deserved.
    Your piece is wonderful and the colours are beautifully vintage.
    Toni xx

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  14. Congratulations on your guest spot Anne and you have risen to the challenge theme marvellously (as always). Love the background - I really must try out some of those crayons. Then your hand drawn (!) heart looks amazing, with terrific crackle going on. Super compostition and perfect embellishing too. Have a lovely weekend. Nicola x

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  15. Wow - love that wonderful collage mosaic background and the shading and distressing looks so cool. Fab crackled heart (you'll smile when you see AVJ on Monday!).
    Alison x

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  16. Big congrats on being Guest Artist Anne! what a wonderful project you created - wonderful techniques on background and heart- the red and crackle are just stunning - love the little bloom too! Julia xx

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  17. Back to say I'm so glad you Rocked the Red over at Emerald Creek Dares! What an amazing use of red on this lovely creation! Hugs! Sara Emily DT

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  18. This is wonderful Anne, love the elegant look to it and the collaged background looks amazing.
    Julie x

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  19. Beautifully done! I left some love... well just pretty much everywhere! Great tutorial too!

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  20. Anne...this is gorgeous. You always do such lovely pieces. I love your crackled heart with the gentle little rose at the bottom. The sentiment is perfect for this and of course, I love the "Tim" background. Beautifully done!

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  21. Awesome, and thanks for reminding me about Hels. I used to visit her blog a lot, and was always amazed at her creativity. Lucky you to have been able to take a class AND to remember the techniques you learned! Put to great effect on this card, and TFS the steps you took towards the lovely finish. The crackle heart looks simply wonderful against the patterns & the tea dye look that you've created with the different pieces of ephemera. Like the special detail of the tiny rose, with the black paste embossing too. TFS & Hugs

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  22. Gorgeous project Anne, love the collage and the red heart is fabulous! barbara

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  23. Good to see you entering a challenge, Annie, which I'm sure you'll win! All your works of art are winning to me and this is no exception! The craftsmanship and design are amazing to me! I didn't realize (or more likely remember!) that Kath was co-responsible for you getting into this art and blogging! Just think, that means if it weren't for Kath, you and I wouldn't know each other! Eek! I will have to go and thank her!! Love and hugs, Darnell

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  24. huge congrats on your GD spot and wowzers love your stunning creations...I make no apologies for introducing you to the wonderful addictive world of crafting and we are all so glad that you share your fabulous creations with us all...big hugs kath xxx

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  25. Loving this Anne and it was funny because before I read the post I thought Hels! The heart is a stunner and really finishes it off brilliantly. However I am filling with guilt yet again because when I realised you were using those Ephemera cards I remembered I have packs of them almost unused.... naughty girl Angela! Better go... cards to make! Big Big hugs, Angela xXx

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  26. This is gorgeous Anne! Hadn't heard of this challenge blog before - what a great team to be GD on - Congratulations! Hugs, Chrisx

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  27. What a wonderful way to use up scraps and ephemera Anne!
    Your piece is fabulous ,I so love a grungy heart!
    Congrats on your guest DT spot!
    xo

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  28. Love love love the crackled heart!! Congrats on the Guest DT spot!:)

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  29. LOVE your gorgeous canvas Anne from the beautiful vintage collage background right through to that amazing crackled red heart! Congratulations on your guest post at Creative Carte Blanche and thank you for joining us at Emerald Creek Dares this month! Deb xo

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  30. What a beautiful project Anne! Your patchwork background is so amazing. The dark neutral tones with subtle hints of colour really make a wonderful backdrop for that gorgeous heart! The crackle and vibrant colour on the heart are just brilliant and I adore the shading, it adds extra dimension! The bit of harlequin in the corner is lovely contrast of shape and colour! A huge congrats on your guest spot, you truly deserve to be in the spotlight! hugs :)

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  31. Very nice card Anne, the heart really pops on this card. Like the vintage background and the red heart, the contrast.

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  32. Totally stunning piece Anne x love the background and the heart just pops xx
    Sending my best wishes
    Annie x

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  33. Am I late or what!!! Love your crackle heart! Congratulations Sugar - what a compliment and well deserved! Wonderful background too!
    Sandy xx

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  34. Very pretty! I love the brightness the heart lends and the warmth of this piece overall. That bit of black harlequin in the corner is just the thing to ground the elements. Not surprisingly, I love this. I love all your art! Thank you so much for being our guest this month at Creative Carte Blanche!

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  35. Congratulations! Anne on your Gd spot . Your heart themed card is fabulous. Great backdrop for your gorgeous grungy crackled heart. the stenciled corner gives a lovely balance to the design .
    Big hugs x

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  36. Be still my heart! This is gorgeous and Fantabulously fantasmic! Huge congrats on your guest spot! Aren't those ladies amazing?!? The redness of your heart is truly awemazing! That looks like a true red and that is hard to achieve. The crackle is gorgeously gorgeous and perfect and the background is wonderful! Bravo dearie and what a lovely design and way to celebrate! Hugz to you muffin!

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