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Monday, 6 April 2015

Destination Inspiration - April Recipe # 1

Hello Everyone, Anne (Redanne) here to kick off the second month of our new look Destination Inspiration (DI) posts.   We will be posting four posts, on Mondays each month, using four ingredients chosen by four of our Creative Guides (DT).  The recipe for April is:

Product - Distress Paint
Substrate - Canvas
Technique - Grungepaper flowers (Vol 1 of Tim's CC3C Book, page 65)
Colour  -  Picket Fence

Hmm, I thought, grungepaper flowers and canvas?  But this is part of the fun and where, hopefully you will see four very different projects by each of the four Creative Guides.
My oldest and dearest friend has been through a very traumatic time recently and she is about to celebrate a very special birthday so I decided to create a small canvas for her.  She is not a 'grunge' girl so kept the colours fairly neutral.
The base is a 5" x 7" stretched canvas.
The canvas was painted quite randomly with Mowed Lawn and Peacock Feather Distress Paint and allowed to dry.
A layer of Crackle Medium was applied, followed (when dry) with a good coat of Picket Fence Distress Paint.
I love the look of the Picket Fence over the colours underneath, and those wonderful cracks.  It almost seems a shame to cover them up.
Next I gathered what I needed to create my flowers - Grungepaper, Tissue paper, Glue N' Seal, Tattered Floral dies, Distress paint and Distress Crackle Paint. You can see how the flowers were made and assembled in Tim's Compendium of Curiosities II, page 65.
The flowers were finished off with some stamens from my stash.  I went over the petals with a light dry brushing of Picket Fence Distress Paint to tone down the Picked Raspberry colour.  It settled nicely into the cracks left by the Distress Crackle Paint.
I also die cut some leaves from the Garden Greens die and some of the beautiful lattice shape from the Mixed Media set of dies.
I love this image of the two girls from Tim's Found Relatives.  I cut the picture down and die cut three squares from Core'dinations cardstock, mounted the picture and then edged each of the squares with Picket Fence Distress Paint.
And here is the assembled piece once again.  I added a big chat sticker to finish the canvas off.
We hope you will come back next Monday to see what the next Creative Guide has created with the same four ingredients.  We also hope you will join in this month's challenge, set by our lovely CG Julia - Through the Looking Glass, which you can find HERE.
Thanks so much for joining us today!  Hugs, Anne xx

35 comments:

  1. Beautiful bright colours Anne, perfect for celebrating your Friends special birthday and for cheering her up! Loving the flowers and the dies, such a fab project :-) xxx

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  2. Beautiful take on this recipe Anne. Love the photo and the way you made it look so important. Great colors as well.

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  3. Wonderful canvass Anne. The background is fabulous and the grunge paper flower just stunning. Love how the bright flower really pops on the more neutral base. Nikki xxx

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  4. love your special friends canvas Anne...that crackle is gorgeous and your zingy pink grungepaper flowers are fabulous...a very special momento that your friend will treasure...hugs kath xxx

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  5. Brilliant and clever Anne, so beautifully put together and all your steps are so clearly explained! Love that crackle background and the addition of the stamen to the flowers looks so pretty, I am sure your beautiful canvas will be much appreciated by your friend!

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  6. Beautiful canvas , Amazing tutorial! BArbarayaya

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  7. That is so, so beautiful Anne! I love the crackle background (as you say, almost a shame to cover it!) and the way you've framed the Found Relatives card. And the flowers have worked perfectly as an embellishment and perfect contrast to the blue/green background. Your friend will be thrilled to bits to receive this and it is sure to lift her spirits. Jenny xxx

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  8. This is beautiful Anne.
    Toni xx

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  9. I love what you have made with this month's "recipe" Anne - a fabulous canvas with so many wonderful techniques. The crackle background is indeed stunning! Such a lovely and thoughtful gift for your friend. Jennie x

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  10. Anyone would love to receive this, it's a lovely gift. The crackle effect is brilliant, love it and the other colours and images work so well with it. Angela x

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  11. Gorgeous Anne! I love the bright and cheery spring colours, so perfect for your image! Beautiful bloom and incredible texture on your background! hugs :)

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  12. A stunning artwork Anne - your friend will love it. It was a shame to cover that yummy background (I feel your pain!) but all your elements are wonderful and transform it into a beautiful piece. Love that focal image too. Terrific take on the AVJ task. Nicola x

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  13. Such a pretty canvas in cheerful colors. Love the image and the background with the cracks and picket fence paint.

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  14. Beautiful, Anne! This will surely cheer up your friend every time she looks at it! Just a gorgeous creation with this month's DI recipe!! Thanks for sharing your steps, too :) XOXO-Shari

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  15. What a lovely project using this month's ingredients Anne! Wonderful crackle on background and flowers - love the blue framing of the sweet vintage photo - I'm sure your friend will appreciate this special gift from you!

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  16. A Beautiful Canvas Anne that I am sure your Friend will treasure. Thx for sharing the techniques you have used - the crackle background is terrific n I have to agree almost a shame to cover but you have worked your design wonderfully that it is still very noticeable. The stamen stems are new to me n work so perfectly . love the photo you have chosen to use ( to me it sings of friendship / sisterhood) n the little extra touch of adding picket fence to the edges of each layer of the frame really does add dimension ! Hope you dear friend enjoys a very Happy Birthday n that that she gets to experience alot more 'smiles' in the coming year xx

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  17. Beautiful ! I love the contrast of colours and this so shining pink roses. Sure your friend will appreciate.

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  18. wow Anne - its a beautiful canvas - really love it - the crackle worked amazingly and the picture is fabulous - I love the flower too - gorgeous - and what a fabulous colour contrast. Brilliant make - love it xx

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  19. Your colours together are stunning Anne and suit this sweet picture beautifully. Love the way you designed your frame and your flowers are so pretty. Great start to this months DI posts.
    Julie x

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  20. Hi Anne! I absolutely love the background. Beautiful colours and textures all around. X

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  21. Really beautiful, Anne. wonderful color choices!

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  22. Very beautiful and a wonderful keepsake photo frame. Love the colors and crackled background, the die trellis is wonderful on the corners. I love the photo those young innocent summer days!
    Hugs Kelly

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  23. A gorgeous canvas, Anne - what lovely weathered crackle in the background, and the triple layered frame is so effective. Your flowers are fabulous, and with that perfect photo to celebrate a long friendship I'm sure your friend will find great comfort in this beautiful gift. Wonderful use of the new recipe... can't wait to see what's in store for the rest of the month.
    Alison xx

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  24. A beautiful canvas Anne, im sure your friend will really love it. Very pretty colours you've used & the flowers are lovely, I must have a go at this technique.
    Amy x

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  25. A beautiful canvas Anne, im sure your friend will really love it. Very pretty colours you've used & the flowers are lovely, I must have a go at this technique.
    Amy x

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  26. Thank you for your lovely comments everyone! My friend is quite 'girly' so she loved the canvas. I just love that Tim Holtz does such a wonderful selection of colours so that we can create the full range, from feminine to ultra grungy, whatever takes our fancy! Thanks again! Hugs, Anne xx

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  27. Wonderful canvas - loved the background!!
    Sandy xx

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  28. a gorgeous and inspiring canvas Anne. Love the colours and beautiful flowers.

    TFS and hugs Annie x

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  29. Beautiful Anne and I can see why your friend loved her pressie and your ability to change the colour scheme so naturally is wonderful. What a great opening to this months four ingredients. xxx

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  30. Anne, I love how you cooked up this beauty! The crackle looks so yummy on the background! The framed friends and lovely flowers will certainly put a big smile on your friend's face! What a wonderful canvas and gift! Hugs!

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  31. Thank you ladies, I truly appreciate your comments! Hugs, Anne xx

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  32. Lovely work Anne ! Great to see the processe you used to arrive at this beauty. Love the crackles and also the way you have mounted your found relatives picture very classy ! X

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  33. This is a fabulous piece of work Anne and thank you for the super tutorial, love the colours! Hugs Carole Z X

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  34. Beautiful canvas Anne! Great techniques and the colors are so pretty! I'm sure your friend is going to love it! Wonderful tutorial thank you for the inspiration! Bobbi xx

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