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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 December 2016

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #31. Merry & Bright

Good morning all,  I'm bringing with me some good cheer today and sharing with you the latest theme for the  Mixed Media Monthly Challenge


Our sponsor this month is Eileen Hull and this months lucky winner will be receiving one of Eileen's fantastic dies.  Our Design team member Lisa is also on Eileen's design team so be sure to pop over to the MMMC BLOG to check out the makes Lisa and the rest of our talented team!

  I painted my die cut box with a layer of Decoart media fluid Paynes Grey and added a layer of weathered wood medium.   
Over the top of the weathered wood medium I added some Decoart crackle paint,  waited for it to dry and watching the crackles appear.  Once dried I applied a coloured layer of quinacradone gold and red.  
  Through a TCW stencil I sponged on some Decoart metalic gold.  I splattered on some white paint to create a snowy atmosphere.  Once dry I constructed the box with double sided tape.  I had already prepared some dictionary pages using the Decoart reds and a Tim Holtz stencil.  I applied these to the bottom of my box using Matt medium.  Using Canvas Corp papers I cut out some triangles to turn into christmas trees.  I added some liquid pearls to my little trees, some ribbon and a sentiment to the lid of my box.  


Well that's one of my projects for this months challenge, now it's your turn!  Head over to the blog to capture some more inspiration, check out the rules and submit your entries.

Happy christmas crafting.

Clare X X X   


  1. This is fabulous, Clare....love it! xx

  2. the look of that crackle against the tress is fab. thanks for sharing.

  3. What a cool box of treats! I really appreciate that you mention the names of the paint shades you're using. I too love Payne's grey, but hadn't found a favourite red yet. This might well be it! Red is also the colour I've used in my entry in the MMMC Merry and Bright Challenge.

  4. Love the crackled finish,
    great little box for gift giving!

  5. I would be very excited to get xmas treats in this box :) Wonderfully done!

  6. I love the crackled finish!! It's a cute box and is great as a display or for gifting some treats. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Wonderfull!!
    Many thanks for the inspiration !!

  8. Love this and that finish!! So pretty!

  9. Loved it.....thoroughly. .....gr8 inspiration♡♡♡


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