Thursday, November 20, 2014

Vintage Christmas Cabinet Card - in Shades of Metal

Hello Everyone!

So my camera and I had another disagreement! I wanted all the shimmer of this card to be visible in the photographs and my camera DID NOT! We negotiated for several hours and finally met half way at "sort of see the shimmer". I guess my point is this...this card is almost entirely metallic or shimmery in nature, I just couldn't seem to catch the beauty of it in the images.

For those who recognize the bit in the center, this is the panel I created with my Distressed Metal technique.



For the back panel, I started with a Prima stencil called Orbs and sponged on some Tim Holtz distress inks Crushed Olive, Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint. Then I spritzed the entire panel with Lindy's Stamp Gang Moonshadow Mist - Silhouette Silver (which looks like pewter).

I mixed up a batch of dark brown homemade texture paste using DecoArt Crafter's Acrylic Burnt Umber paint and applied it through my Prima Flourish Damask stencil and then while it was still wet, I covered it with Stampendous Aged Bronze Embossing Enamel. When the paste was dry I heated up the powder and melted it. Lastly, I spritzed some Lindy's Stamp Gang Moonshadow Mist - Burnished Brass and Incandescent Copper and allowed it to dry in all the recesses.



Linda Ledbetter has a challenge based on all of Tim Holtz's techniques from his book Compendium of Curiosities 3. I have been dying to try my hand at one of her challenges, but I just keep missing the deadlines. Her current challenge is to use of of Tim Holtz's Cabinet Card Frames, so I decided to use one as the frame around my ornament panel.

I applied a couple layers of white Gesso and then a really super thick layer of Rock Candy Clear Crackle Paint. I rubbed Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs stain into the cracks. I spritzed it with Moonshadow Mist Buccaneer Bronze, then dabbed on some white gold acrylic paint and some Tim Holtz Antique Bronze distress paint and a touch of DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Champagne Gold and Copper paints.



The corner pieces were made using crafter's clay and a Martha Stewart mold. I painted them with Picket Fence Crackle Paint, rubbed Gathered Twigs into the cracks, spritzed with Moonshadow Mist Silhouette Silver and dabbed with DecoArt Champagne Gold Dazzling Metallic paint.


The poinsettia was cut from Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia, spritzed with the Silver spray, embossed and then highlighted with DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Champagne Gold and Copper paints. I added 3 rusted bells in the center. This was one of the hardest bits to catch the shimmer of...all that red you see is actually metallic copper, very gorgeous in real life.


The current challenge over at The Artist Trading Post is Stencil Mania, and I really wanted to try something different for this challenge. Soooo, I pulled out one of my favourite Tim Holtz stencils called Holly Bough and put it to good use.

I whipped up a batch of home made texture paste in green and applied it through the stencil onto a piece of scrap card stock. I used my palette knife to add the texture on the surface. When it dried, I fussy cut around the texture paste and voilĂ , I had myself a 3d holly bough! I edged it with some Gathered Twigs and highlighted it with some white gold paint.


Here is a close up of my middle panel. The stamp is from the Tim Holtz Christmas Blueprints 2 set and I stamped it using Ranger Archival ink Jet Black. Again, this panel is actually copper...I know an artist shouldn't blame his/her tools, but...stupid camera!


I am entering my card into the following wonderful challenges:

- Artist Trading Post - Stencil Mania
(stencils used - Prima Orbs, Prima Damask & Tim Holtz Holly Bough / stamp used - Tim Holtz Blueprints)


Mixed Media Card Challenge - November - Challenge #5 - Christmas
(I used bells as the center for my poinsettia)


Well My Mom arrives on Sunday, YAY. so I will be pretty occupied for the next week. I have posts going up on Monday and Tuesday, but I won't be around to visit everyone's blog. I wish you all a wonderful week and I promise I will check in after Christmas with my Mom is over! Until then, big hugs! :)


114 comments:

  1. Sensational card Pamellia, so many little embellishments added with lots of crackle and texture. Your layering is beyond amazing! Loving your new blog header, it is glorious!

    Have a wonderful time with your Mum, enjoy the Holidays and enjoy each memory making moment :-) xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Mo! I am so excited I am having a hard time concentrating on getting my chores done! lol, have a fabulous week! hugs :)

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  2. OMG Pamellia! This is my absolute favorite Christmas Card! When I fist saw the ornament panel you made and gave tutorial on all the neat techniques, I couldn't wait to see the final product! And sure enough, it turned to be the most beautiful Holiday card! All the crackle paint and stencils are absolutely amazing! I love that rustic bow with a little copper present charm! The tiny bells in the center of poinsettia are such a great idea!! What can I say other than BRAVO!?! Fantastic job once again...(which I never doubted would be) Have fun with your Mom and Merry First Christmas! Hugs :)

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    1. Aahhh, thank you so much Samra! As your visits always do, you have brightened up my day! I will miss you next week! big hugs :)

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  3. Oh Pamellia
    Such a lovely shabby shabby card with lots of little adornments ,a truly beautiful project.
    Have a wonderful time with your Mom .
    Take Care
    Elaine H X

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    1. Thank you so much Elaine! Big hugs to you :)

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  4. This is a very beautiful card, it must have taken you ages to add all that texture and shimmer, but it was surely worth it. Fantastic work! Here it is cold but dry, and the sun is peeping out today! Hugs, Valerie

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    1. Thank you so much Valerie! I am going to miss our morning walks together! Have a great week, big hugs :)

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  5. With or without the shimmer is is fabulous Pamellia! I love the wonderful crackling you have achieved and the poinsettia is gorgeous - as is the whole card! Hugs, Anne xx

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    1. Thank you so much Anne, you are so sweet! big hugs :)

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  6. Hi Pamellia
    Naughty camera! You should've beaten it into submission by threatening to take pictures of something unpleasant that you would store in its memory forever lol!
    Some interesting effects you have come up with again. I'm sure that you and Tim Holtz must've been separated at birth! Love that bauble panel. . . . . .may just be worth getting messy to try this lol!
    You're a talented girlie!
    Have a great day.
    Ang x

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    1. Aahhh, thank you so much Ang, what a wonderful compliment! big hugs :)

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  7. Me again. . . . . . Meant to say, now I get the two Christmas thing, one is an early one with Mum. I did think when you said it originally, there was some religion that had bypassed me that had Christmas in November , doh!
    Have a lovely time making some nice memories with Mum and Mr J.
    Best wishes.
    Ang x

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    1. I guess I didn't explain it very well the first time, sorry. Yeah, I celebrate once in November, here with my Mom and then I go up North to my home town for the standard Christmas time event. Double the fun! hugs :)

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  8. Master piece again, Pamellia. Lovely, gorgeous artest card. I can imaging how even more wonderful it looks 'live'.
    Hugs xx

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  9. Stunning work, as always, Dear! I am in heaven looking at all the crackles and texture and gorgeous colours so I don't even worry about a shimmer... sod the shimmer, sod the camera ... I LOVE THIS!!!! xxx

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    1. HAHAHA! Darned tootin' my friend, sod the camera! Thanks so much Ingrid, for the lovely comment and the giggles! big hugs :)

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  10. Augmentative cameras! Who needs them!! :) Another amazing creation, Pamellia! So detailed and textured! Just incredible! xxx

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  11. Yeah damn camera....why doesn't someone invent a camera that is crafter friendly?! This is sooooo lush Pamellia...the crackles are to die for :)

    Have a wonderful time with your mum,well deserved

    Extra big hugs
    Donna xxx

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    1. Aahhh, thank you very much Donna! Have a great week my friend, big hugs :)

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  12. Fabulous work Pamellia. What did you emboss the poinsettia with? Looks fab. Xx

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    1. Thanks Nikki! Do you mean the embossing folder or the metallic shimmer? The embossing folder is from the coordinating Texture Fades set from Sizzix and the shimmer is metallic paint, not embossing powder. Did I get you the answer you were looking for? big hugs :)

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  13. This is truly stunning Pamellia. I love all your amazing textures, gorgeous colours and beautiful detailing. I can imagine how sparkly this must be in real life.
    I hope you have a wonderful time with your Mom.
    hugs Sue xx

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    1. Thanks so much Sue! As my list of things to do starts to dwindle, I get more and more excited! Have a great week, big hugs :)

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  14. Well you certainly didn't have any problems with the crackle on this one Pamellia, it looks so tactile and I want to just reach out and touch it because I am visualise how tactile it feels.

    B x

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    1. Thanks so much Brenda! Now that I have the hang of that crackle paint, I think I will order a bucket full! lol big hugs :)

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  15. Your work is so beautiful Pamellia! Great cracks on your frames and wonderful colors. Everything looks beautifully aged.
    Hugs :)

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    1. Thank you so much Max! big hugs my friend :)

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  16. Fabulous Pamellia, love all the techniques you talented Lady. Enjoy your Christmas.
    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  17. Hello Pamellia! WOW! This creation is amazing. I love everything about this piece; from the crackled cabinet card with the Martha Stewart corners to that lovely distressed metal blueprint ornament you've made as your focal point in the center of the cabinet card. The tattered poinsettia is also lovely. Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorials, too! I loved reading those as well as your process in creating this lovely piece for our CC3C cabinet card challenge. Thanks for joining us!!! <3 Candy

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    1. What a wonderful compliment Candy! Thank you so much! :)

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  18. Gorgeous design Pamellia. Layers and layers of goodness for this beautiful card. LOVE your distressed metal ornament ... beautifully showcased. I can see a lot of the shimmer, but can imagine that it is even more shimmery in real life. Loll xx

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    1. Thank you very much Loll! Have a great week! hugs :)

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  19. This is a beautiful piece of artwork on your make! Love all the aspects of textures that make the whole composition.

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  20. Another stunning creation Pamellia, I love all of the amazing textures and beautiful details. The little bells in the centre of the Poinsettias are a wonderful detail and your Christmas Blueprint image is perfect.
    Pauline
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    1. Thank you so much Pauline! So sweet! big hugs to you :)

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  21. This is gorgeous Pamellia!! I love all of the textures and that beautiful poinsettia, all of the crackling is amazing!!
    Big Hugs, Tammy

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  22. OH MY MY...you are MY HERO Pamellia!!! I would SO LOVE to sit and craft with you...chat...pick your creative brain...etc.!!!! This project is STUNNING!! I sure hope that you enjoy a FABULOUS week with your Mom!!
    Take care,
    Beth

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    1. Thank you so much Beth! Only 2 more days, oh boy! happy weekend my friend! hugs :)

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  23. We hve so much in common with our art.. I adore how,you put things together, your combination here is stunning. I love the stencilled backdrop and the shimmer which is just a wonderful combination. Stunning design and I love how you embellish too. Tracy x

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    1. I was thinking the same thing Tracy! We have similar tastes and style with a lot of our creations! Great minds and all that, right! lol. Thanks my friend! hugs :)

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  24. A stunning project, all the details look amazing, I have looked at the photos a few times and still missed some.
    Thank you for sharing it with us at ATP Exchange as well.
    Yvonne x
    p.s. Have a lovely time with your Mom.

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    1. Wow, thank you so much Yvonne! big hugs :)

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  25. Very nice card Pamellia. ;-) Veerle

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  26. YAY...a newbie! Welcome to our challenge, and HOLY COW, your art is delicious! I've browsed your blog and signed up to follow. You make gorgeous things, and this project is no exception! Gorgeous use of the card and love all the detail and work you put into this! Thanks for much for playing along with us on the Cabinet Card Pocket challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

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    1. What a wonderful compliment Anita! Thank you so much and I welcome you to My Little Craft Things with a great big hug and a warm smile! :)

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  27. Gorgeous as ever, so much fantastic detaila nd texture, love it. Happy crafting, Angela x

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  28. W-O-W!! This is fabulous - I love the crackle and that brilliant poinsettia! Enjoy your time with your Mom!! Hugs, Chrisx

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    1. Thank you so much Chris, for this and all of your wonderful comments today! big hugs :)

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  29. Love the metallic nature of this project! I imagine it really sparkles in real life! I love the fact that you put the cabinet card on a diagonal. I also love the jingle bells for the center of the poinsettia. Fabulous work! Thanks for joining us for this challenge!

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  30. How awesome- love to stop by and see what you have been up to! Loving all of the texture and details you used. So, did you study art in college, or is this a natural talent?

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    1. Aahhh, thank you so much Shelly! haha, no not art school, quite the opposite actually...advanced sciences. What a weird twist! lol hugs :)

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  31. There is a lot of awesomeness going on here! I absolutely love all the texture and distressing on this piece. Beautifully done Pamellia! Karen.x

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  32. This is stunning with such wonderful textures and great tehniques

    Love Chrissie x

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  33. A most stunning work of art Pamellia it is just a pleasure to view.
    aNNie xx
    The Journey is the Start

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  34. Completely amazing again Pamelia, wow, the colour and texture effects are incredible and despite your fight with your camera this looks totally stunning!!

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    1. Thank you so much Astrid! happy weekend to you! hugs :)

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  35. Wow, this is so gorgeous. I am so amazed at how you achieve so much beauty in your projects.

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  36. Wow! Amazing, stunning creation. Those close-up photos are delicious and I can see all the lovely metallic touches perfectly. Thrilled with this!

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    1. Thank you so much Annette! Thanks for dropping in, have a great weekend! hugs :)

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  37. Hi Pamellia, I came over to look at your blog after seeing your fabulous winning Halloween House at Art for Heart, I was one of the runners up, also with a haunted house scene. Your creations are stunning, I'm now following and look forward to seeing your future creations! Carole Z X

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    1. Thank you Carole and welcome to My Little Craft Things! hugs :)

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  38. Hi Pamellia,

    Just wanted to thank you so much for all the wonderful comments you have made recently on my blog posts, you are so kind, you yourself are an amazing talented Lady, one of the best in my book and I am not just saying that, your use of different medias is amazing and I look forward to future projects.

    Take care

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. What a wonderful compliment! Thank you so much Jacquie, you are so sweet! big hugs and happy weekend :)

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  39. All of these amazing textures and effects are just incredible. Your work is so amazing, I love the cracked leather look and that amazing holly leaf texture. Thank you for all of this inspiration.

    Dionne xx

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    1. Aahhh, thank you so much Dionne! You just made my day! big crafty hugs to you :)

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  40. Pamellia, my sweet and talented friend, I am delighted to be visiting you tonight! I was not feeling well yesterday, so I apologize for the tiny delay in leaving you much-deserved bloggie love! Now, this is yet another masterpiece! I continue to be enamored with how much detailing and beauty you incorporate into every sweet millimeter of your creations. Plus, they're always so unique! This is exceptional. I LOVE the stenciling work! (Speaking of which, I will soon be making your homemade glitter texture paste!) The center panel is extraordinary and I love the crackle paint work. The poinsettias are so beautiful. Stunning creation from every single facet, my talented friend. I'll never adequately express how much you inspire my heart and bring joy to my crafty heart! I hope you have a lovely weekend! Also, I look forward to seeing your future Christmas cone ornament if you do make one! I LOVE that we both made gifts for our moms this week.. how sweet is that?! :o)

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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    1. Wow Karen, my head is getting bigger by the minute!! Thank you so much for all of the wonderful praise, you have lifted my spirits and gave me a morning boost! I'm so excited that you are going to try the glitter paste, please let me know how the recipe turned out for you. I am definitely going to try the cone ornament, if I can find some time, probably end up being another gift for my Mom lol. Anyway, big hugs my crafty friend and have a great weekend! :)

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  41. Absolutely stunning!!! I love all the added detail! Thanks for joining us at Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Blog and good luck!
    Hugs,
    Lynne, Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Blog DT

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  42. This is absolutely gorgeous hun! I would never have thought to use that stamp in that way, stunning! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations! xxx

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  43. This is fabulous! Such a clever way to use the card, and I love all the texture and rich color. Thanks for joining us at CC3C!

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  44. Don't be disheartened ... I know how hard it can be to get the camera to cooperate but your shots perfectly show the amazing detail and work that you have put into this unique and beautiful creation ... It's wonderful!
    In answer to your questions ... PTI is Papertrey Ink and as for the silver clock hands ... what you can see is the pattern on the paper ... I've had it for years! It's your eye for detail that makes you such a talents artist! Have a lovely weekend my friend

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    1. Aahhh, thank you so much Ros! What a wonderful compliment, and thank you for getting back to me about my questions! hugs :)

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  45. Me and my camera have disagreements all the time so I fully understand what you are saying. And besides that I'm not all that good with Photoshop so taking (making) a good photo is a challenge for me.
    This card must have taken you a lot of time to make. But the result is amazing so it was worth every single minute. There are just so many different techniques involved ... Wow! Is there anything you can't do?! O.o Brilliant card!
    Hugs! xx

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    1. What a sweetheart you are! Thank you so much Maja! I do love the gorgeous shots the camera takes, but sometimes I wish I just had a point and shoot cheapie. I guess I want my cake and eat it too, what else is new! HA!

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  46. Wow Pamellia I love the effect! I understand your frustration with the camera so many times mine doesn't want to show what i wanted either... non the less I can see the shimmer I'm sure in real life it is even more beautiful. Hugs, Justyna xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Justyna! Hope all is well with you, hope to visit you very soon. hugs :)

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  47. Gorgeous, as always - the metal effect is truly incredible!
    Rebecca.
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  48. Wowwwwwwwww!!!!! Beautiful card, love it. Thanks for joining us at Wednesday's Creative Inspirations!!! I hope you get to join us again for our next challenge. Agnieszka DT

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    1. Thank you so much for the wow! So sweet! hugs :)

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  49. Wonderful textures and metal look to this marvelous project Pamellia! Thank you so much for joining us at the Mixed Media Card Challenge!!

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  50. Pamellia this is absolutely stunning! I adore the way you've used stencils and paste along with all that crackle. I can certainly see your shimmer so I assume your camera behaved this time. The colours are soft and gorgeous. Love it!
    Thanks for joining us at ATP Exchange for my challenge.
    Juliax

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    1. Thank you so much Julia, such a wonderful comment! Big hugs :)

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  51. Wow...this is stunning. The textures are divine! Wow just wow...I wish I could touch this one! Beautiful and breathtaking! THanks so much for sharing this with us at CC3C!

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  52. Oh my! How do u do this, it's like a work of art, the distressing on the embossed BG, the metallic sheen is incredible :) thank you for sharing with MMCC !

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    1. Aahhh, thank you Deepti! Much appreciated! hugs :)

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  53. Forget the sheen... I think the crackle is the bestest part!!! What a project. Again. Love to see your artistic creations at the MMCC.

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    1. So Sweet!! Thank you so much Maria! hugs :)

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  54. Stunning metallic and crackle effects. Can't imagine why I haven't signed up before (I blame the last few months of crazy busy-ness) but I'm now your newest follower!
    Alison xx

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    1. Thank you Alison! Completely understand the craziness, I'm right there with ya! I sure do welcome you with a big hug and a warm smile!! :)

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  55. CONGRATULATIONS on the highlight at The Mixed Media Challenge! :)

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    1. Thank you Samra! Congratulations to you too, three times apparently! hugs :)

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