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Saturday, 21 July 2012

Dyan Reaveley Christmas Village!

Inspired by seeing all the new Christmas items from CHA (have you seen the fabulous photo's on T!m Holtz's blog? totally inspirational!) I actually made my first little Christmas offering this dull and dreary afternoon down on the South Coast of England. I surprised myself actually! normally, I wait months before doing anything Christmassy.

 Well, for this little fun project, I re purposed a very sturdy black box that had previously held Paperchase Christmas Cards (yeah... I know, I should make all my own cards, but after Christmas they are so irresistibly inexpensive) I  stamped a dotty background onto the top and sides of the box directly from the end of my Picket Fence Distress stain... I love the shape that it makes... I got quite carried away, but I loved it :)I used lots of glossy accents, glamour dust (the most versatile glitter ever) and non traditional Christmas colours to scribble colour the cute little houses (these are so cool) with Promarkers. I used a Picket Fence Distress Marker to make it snow.
I will add a sentiment later, I enjoyed making this even though it is totally different from my normal projects. I'll try anything these days! grungy, shabby, jolly... bring it on! I will probably use it for one of my daughter's Christmas pressies, we both adore little boxes and tins. 
Blogging really broadens the horizons artistically, I think it is because those of us who blog get so much exposure to the gorgeous things other people make, that maybe we widen our own boundaries without even realising it!


Welcome to my newest followers and thank you so very much  for following - I always try to visit blogs and come visit you back if I can (some of you don't have links to a blog)




I am entering this into the Anything Goes Challenge at Simon Says Stamp, I think it has a 50's vintage feel going on. Anything Goes

18 comments:

Carol said...

Anna I've have TH blog too and mind blowing. I love you houses against black makes me feel Christmasy.

Buttons said...

This is just so great Anna! Picket Fence on dark card is just to die for :) Loving the glitter and gloss and use of bold colours, and I agree with you - we learn so much from sharing work with each other. Thanks for sharing yours, hugs Buttons x

Redanne said...

Blogging has certainly broadened my horizons and I do things now that I would never have dreamed of doing 6 months ago. I love this piece, stunning colour and white on a black background - so wonderful and Christmassy!

Connie said...

Hello Anna, This is so pretty. I love the colors. I also love what you said in the closing of your post. Blogging has brought so much enrichment to my life, too.

Thanks for your sweet comment about my dragonfly photo. I was lucky that my camera was so handy, or I would have missed this shot. The minute I took it, he must have heard the camera, because he flew away. I love the colors and the structure of his body, he is a marvelous creation.
I just love hearing from my readers and getting to know you better. Connie :)

Anita Houston said...

HOHOHO!!!!! I am singing carols!!! I love this Anna!!! I would never think to use these houses in a Christmas village!!! This rocks and rolls around the Christmas tree!!! Love it!!!

artwolf2009 said...

what a cute idee with the christmas village

Evil Edna said...

that is so funky and happy, great.Tootles.EE

Sue said...

Els is gonna LOVE this! I love the houses all dressed in their snowy Christmas finery, and how clever to dot the Dabber for larger bits of snow!

And you know, but for blogging, we'da never met, so I'm grateful for that!

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

WOW magnificent, love the brilliant coloring and the village with reindeer in sky is amazing!
Hugs Anja from germany

Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW super magnificent indeed...love the shine and the texture
Cheers
Sonia
cardsandschoolprojects.blogspot.com

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Thanks for your visit and funny comment, my Dear:-)
I would be with pleasure your follower too, sorry that you don't use the blog follow service, cause I can't manage linky following, althoug I tried it...I know I'm a PC DAU:-(
xox Anja

Anna-Karin said...

Wow, this is fabulous! Love all the vibrant houses against the snowy background. Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

Candy C said...

Anna....I love your Dyan inspired Christmas village. You're right...it does look rather vintage! I love the black background. It really makes those bright colors on the village houses pop! And the picket fence is adorable, too. Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Great Christmas village.

Sarah said...

Fabulous colours and a wonderful festive scene! Thanks so much for joining in with Simon Says Stamp & Show. Sarah.

julie c said...

This is wonderful! Love the night scene. Thanks for the inspiration to go get my picket fences a'workin'! :)

Bast said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love that is is nighttime. Really beautiful job. Thanx for sharing and for the inspiration!

KimMJ
bast830@comcast.net

susiesu said...

Absolutely love your Christmas village thanks for sharing lol xxx