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Monday 10 November 2014

The Mirror Crack’d #03 Christmas Decorations

I should have had this ready to go on 5th November, but I was waiting on some supplies to finish off, and then when they arrived I had just plain run out of steam. ME can be an absolute (insert whatever swear word you fancy here) at times!

03 Christmas Decs - All

My Christmas decorations are three words from Anna Marie Designs.

First I painted them all with Gesso. A few coats because the brown of the mdf just kept coming through. I then gave them all one layer of titanium white paint.

03 Christmas Decs - Snow

Starting with Snow…… I gave it a bit of a wash with a pale Turquoise Gelato, and then dabbed Martha Stewart glitter glue all over, before going all around the edges of the letters with the glue more concentrated. I die cut several trees, from green marbled glittery paper and then edged them with snow writer. I also diecut a Marianne icicle die a few times and layed that across the top of the word, before edging that also with Snow Writer. Before the Snow Writer dried I added Glamour Dust. Finally I layered a combination of artificial snow mixed with Stampendous Frantage Shaved Ice.

03 Christmas Decs - Santa

Next Santa….. I went all around the edges of the letters and the base with Red Buff It, and before it had fully dried I dragged some of it onto the letters themselves with a baby wipe. Boy does that stuff spread on a baby wipe. I also edged all these letters with Snow Writer, and added Glamour Dust. I diecut a few more trees, several different Reindeer, and a sleigh, and then I couldn’t find a Santa anywhere. I stupidly threw away a LARGE Santa stamp that I figured I wouldn’t use again, but which would have been perfect for stamping and shrinking! Motto of this is never throw it away, you can bet two days later you will want it! Anyhow, I found a cute transparent film sticker of a waving Santa, so I popped him onto white card and then cut him out and glued him inside the sleigh. I added more of the artificial snow/Shaved Ice mix, and also some red glittery pom poms, and two tiny parcel rosettes.

03 Christmas Decs - Noel

Finally my favourite, Noel. I covered each letter with a different pattern of paper from a First Edition Winter pack, sorry can’t remember it’s name and it’s been packed out of sight and I am too worn out to drag it back out again.

I again went around all the letters with Snow Writer and also dabbed some onto some lovely Pine Cones I brought from Hobby Craft, which is where the darling Robin also came from. He is so dut, made up of hundreds of thin strands all glued together. I made his nest from natural fibres, some reindeer moss, some artificial floristry stuff and a couple of diecut twigs from the Marianne Pine Cones set. I also added the snow/Shaved Ice mix again, after I had added some gorgeous glittery berries, also from Hobbycraft. 10/10 to HobbyCraft. These berries were missing by mistake from my order, but she immediately sent them out to me by next day delivery!

I am entering these into:-

A Crafty Mess – #1 Anything Goes
All Crafts Challenge – Oct/Nov: Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge – T for Traditional Christmas
Anything But a Card Challenges – #41 Anything Goes
Christmas Stamping All Year Long – #36 Anything Goes (couldn’t see in the rules that I had to stamp, but please yell out if that is the case and remove me!)
Completely Christmas Challenge – #37 Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T. – #284 Winter
Craft a Scene – Trees, Trees, Trees (the Santa word)
Crafty Calendar – Nov: It’s All About Christmas
Crafty Little Fairies – Nov: Not a Square
Creative Card Crew – #74 Christmas Joy
Decorate to Celebrate – #87 Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges – Patterned Paper (Noel Word)
Jelly Park Friends – Nov: Merry Christmas
Jingle Bells – The Great Outdoors
Fun With Shapes and More – #169 Christmas Is Soon
Kraftyhands Challenge – Nov: Christmas Cheer
Moving Along With The Times – Sparkle and Shine
My Besties UK – Anything Goes and Christmas
Not Just Cards – #6 Anything Goes
Paper Girls Challenge – #67 Mixed Media
QKR Stampede – #112 Let’s Talk Christmas
Rhedd’s Creative Spirit – Nov: Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin’ Christmas – Oct: Snowflakes (Hope my snow on all three words counts)
We Do Doobadoo – #18 Enhancing your Dies



  1. You've done a beautiful job on your mdf words. They look spectacular!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Completely Christmas Challenges.

  2. oh *WOW*! these are sooooooo incredibly beautiful, you've added so many lovely details. what a brilliant decor idea for xmas... i bet you get A LOT of requests from your family & friends to make some for them next year, lol! so happy you could join our "great outdoors" fun at JINGLE BELLES! <3

  3. Hello, A lovely project, Wow these are fabulous I love the colour choice. A lovely style. Thank you for joining us this month with our first challenge at A Crafty Mess Good luck. We would love to see you again next month.

    Teighan DT

  4. Oh Wow! these are SO gorgeous! I love the snow effect and the fab sparkles… the embellishments are absolutely stunning on all of them!! :-)
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT and good luck in the challenge!
    Big hugs
    Sue B xx

  5. Stunning and so much detail - love everything but the Noel is my favourite

    Thank you so much for joining us this week at Not Just Cards Challenges Good luck and We hope you'll join us again soon.
    Zoe x
    Handmade with lots of Love

  6. BEAUTIFUL!!! Thanks for joining us at QKR Stampede. Hope to see you again soon!


  7. Hello Lin,
    These decorated words are wonderful, I can see them on a mantle right now and how very effective they would look, not here in NZ of course as we do not see snow at Christmas!
    You have enhanced the white palette beautifully with the elements. Great ornaments.

  8. Oh My! What a Wonderful creation this is..Something to have for years to come..
    Such a lovely colour combination and so much detail...Thank you for sharing it with us at QKR Stampede this week.

  9. Wow wow wow I love these, absolutely beautiful. Thank you for joining us in the Kraftyhands Blog Challenge. Good luck . Hugs Jeanette xx

  10. These creations are beautiful, would love them to decorate my home. I especially like the robin one. Thanks so much for playing along with us in the Kraftyhands Challenge and for showing everyone something so different and creative. Crafty wishes Laura Kraftyhands DT XX

  11. Love these they are beautiful thank you for joining us at A Crafty Mess Challenge Sue DT xx

  12. What fantastic projects. I love them.
    Thank you for joining this week at Not Just Cards Good luck and We hope you'll join us again soon
    Donna ( DT ) xxx

  13. AMAZING and inspirational. Created with love I think .Could be treasured mementos
    Thanks for sharing on Kraftyhands Challenge Blog

  14. Love your creations here.
    Thank you for sharing over here at My Besties UK and best of luck with your entry.
    Annette DT

  15. Wow, what a fab Christmas project! I love it!
    Thank you for sharing with us this month at Christmas at Sweet Stampin! We hope you join us for a new challenge tomorrow! Wedgie xxx

  16. Absolutely beautiful decor pieces! LOVE all three of them! You did am AMAZING job with these! Thank you so much for sharing with us over at Decorate To Celebrate!

    Mollie's Motif

  17. oh WOW fabulous creations, thanks for playing along with CRAFT this week, x carol

  18. I love these, especially the snow one.

    Thanks for joining us at the CRAFT challenge.

    Helen x

  19. lovely card thanks for joining us at Besties UK - Carol UK DT Co-ordinator x

  20. OMG! these are all stunning and beautiful:) Thank you for joining us over at Decorate to Celebrate.

  21. this is stunning .. thank you so much for joining us at my Bestie UK .. Deb DT

  22. Oh wow they are just gorgeous, thanks for sharing with us over at jellypark friends. Mel :o)

  23. These are all gorgeous!! Amazing in fact! I think the NOEL is also my favorite, though I really like the SNOW also. I don't believe we have any rules about having to stamp on your project, it just has to be Christmas related. Thanks for playing with CSAYL.

  24. What a beautiful project. Stunning in always. Thank you for joining us at Not Just Cards this week. Judy DT

  25. Oooh Lin - these are absolutely glorious! I love them all and think the embellishments are wonderful. Super creations.

    Thank you so much for entering the Crafty Calendar (All about Christmas) Challenge this month, lots of luck to you.

    Hugs Sue Pxxx DT

  26. lovely card thanks for joining us at Besties UK Jane DT x

  27. These are just gorgeous, so pretty and Christmassy 😊

    Thank you so much for coming over and joining in with us at Rhedds Creative Spirit.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xx (DT Member)

  28. What a fun holiday project with such gorgeous details ... so very glad you ventured to the great outdoors with us at Jingle Belles.

  29. Fabulous creation hanks for joining us at CCC xx Jan

  30. Great idea!
    Thanks for joining us at fwsam .

    Hugs ivi

  31. I love it thank you so much for joining us at my bestie UK and good luck in the draw
    Hugs Tonnie

  32. I love your beautiful christmas words. Thanks for joining us this month at Craft A Scene.

    Sue xx

  33. This is just cool Lin. :)
    Hugs Ma :)

  34. WOW - this is so wonderful!!! NOEL is amazing!!! Thanks so munch for joining us at fwSAM!!! hugs, ANDREA

  35. In a word "Gorgeous"...loving all 3 words,beautifully embellished...I would be hard pushed to choose a favourite....
    Thank you for joining us over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit....x

    I like Anna Marie's items too..x

  36. Love your altered words. Hard to pick a favourite but that robin is so cute I think maybe he just takes it! Thanks for joining in at Anything But A Card this time.

  37. Love your altered words. Hard to pick a favourite but that robin is soooo cute maybe I have to have him! Thanks for joining in at Anything But A Card this time.

  38. Wow!! Amazing creations!!! Thanks so much for participating in our DECORATE TO CELEBRATE challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    A Little Bit O' Paper

  39. All three are stunning! I particularly like the Santa with the pretty pink and red! Thanks for joining us at Anything But a Card!


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