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Hi I'm Clare, I live in the South West of England in the seaside town of Torquay. I adore playing with inks, paints and generally getting messy. It is the calm place which fits in between my hectic life whilst working as an outreach support worker, looking after my son, daughter, foster son and hubby. Not forgetting our gorgeous springer spaniel, Suzi.

Thursday 1 September 2016

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Rustic

Morning all, I'm here to share with you this months theme for The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
Our theme this month is 'Rustic'.

Our guest designer this month is Lynne Forsythe and our sponsor is Canvas Corp Brands.  They will be offering a gift certificate of $25 dollars.  They supply some amazingly gorgeous products and you certainly will be spoilt for choice!

Well I really did have a super selection of goodies to work with!  Once I'd received my parcel I spread the contents over the table and my planning began.



Such an array of gorgeous crafting goodies what was a girl to do?  I started off by looking at the seven gypsies ATC drawer.  I painted  it with the Tattered Angles naturally aged paint system, I really love the effect that these paints and sprays acheive and they really do have endless possibilities.

I decided that my ATC drawer was to be a more of a configuration box.  After using the paints I lined the insides of the drawers using the delicious papers that Canvas Corp had provided.

I then had to think about what was going to sit on the miniature shelves.  I absolutely love painting houses, so that was going to be the theme.  Using the small wooden canvas stretchers you find attached to canvases, I glued them together to form the mini buildings, I gave them a coat of gesso before spraying some with the Tattered Angels chocolate glimmer mist and painting some with chalk paint.


I added details to the houses using the paper scraps from lining the drawers so that the houses co-ordinated with the drawer.

I constructed a drawer to slot inside the bottom opening and routed around in my treasure box to find a mini handle and I rummaged around in my husband's garage to find some mini handles to attach as legs.  I die cut some flowers from the canvas panels and added buttons to finish.  Tying some strings and cotton tapes (died with glimmer mists) I tied these to the handle on top of the drawer.


So there you have it, my attempt at a mini  Rustic configuration piece.  Now it's your turn!   I look forward to seeing what you make for this months challenge.  

Pop over to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge website to see the rest of the teams amazing creations and submit your own entry.

Crafty hugs,

Clare X X X 


  1. Absolutely fabulous. Hugs Jennifer xx

  2. WOW, a fantastic project! Love all the detail!
    Dawn xx

  3. Oh wow Clare this is amazing I love all the details you have added. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  4. This is amazing, Clare....worthy of a spot in Craft Stamper ;-) xx

  5. Clever use of the ATC drawer - loving all of the detail work.

  6. Love the colorful rustic houses inside your shelf/box!

  7. Oh My Goodness! You did such an amazing job with ATC Box😍. Great idea adding the bottom drawer and legs. You sure did make the most with all those supplies. Love it and your mood board. I just had to work with it. Thank You for the wonderful inspiration. Now I will remember you when I look at my book😉

  8. A fantastic creation with fabulous ideas!

  9. What a lovely project, Clare!

  10. Clare this is fabulous!!! I love each of the shelves with their adorable little houses and the beautiful drawer at the bottom xx


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