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Sunday 13 January 2013

OSAAT # 146 Anything Goes

There's a new challenge today at One Stitch At  A Time and this time it is everyone’s favourite

Anything Goes

We are sponsored this wek by the fabulous Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps
The lucky crafter who uses a Stitchy store image will win the last Collaboration the DT used.

Please head on over to the Stitchy Bear Store to check out all the lovely digis on offer from our great designers. There are some freebies available and there is a selection of cut price Monthly Specials that change often, there really is so much to choose from thanks to our very talented designers.

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You must use a store image to win the main prizes and all other entries will be in a draw to win $3 to spend in the store

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 It was my turn to pick an image for me and teamie Choccy to work with and I thought it would be nice to do something a little bit different this time. It’s always nice to show that our images can be made into more than just cards and this inspired me to make a 3D flower vase from an image called Flowers in A Glass from Floppy Latte Designs.

I am known in the family for keeping bits and bobs that I can use in my crafting. I think anyone crafty can see the potential in the most unusual of items. I love to breathe new life into things and feel as a crafter that my job it to make the world more beautiful and spread a little happiness J

The flowers in the vase have been in my stash for about 4 years. I bought them from a housewares shop in Ludlow, they are crystals and there were several ‘flowers’ and ‘leaves’ on each stem so I of course took them apart intending to incorporate them into a project. I am so happy that I managed to ACTUALLY make something with them. They are so similar to the flowers in the image I think it was meant to be.

The basis of the flower vase is a cardboard sweetie tube so I sized up the image for the narrow point of the neck to be slightly wider to hide it. I cut the tube down to hide behind the top of the image and then covered it with some scrap card.

The image was coloured with Promarkers & Flexmarkers and then I added some gold gel pen to the flower centres and to add some gilding to the lines of the vase. The background of the vase is a coloured a very pale pink to accent the colours from the flowers. The nib on the Flemarker was perfect for this and made it so there were no streaks at all. In fact one of my work colleagues thought I had actually printed it out and couldn’t believe I had coloured it, this was an amazing compliment J

I used a very strong glue to add the image to the tube as there is only a small strip that touches it needed to be a strong hold. 

The inside of the tube has been packed with some very thin white foam which I rolled up fairly tightly. This gave me lots of areas to be able to poke the flowers into and the stems with the clear ‘leaves’.

This was a lot of fun to make, the flowers are about £1’s worth so cost next very little as everything else is recycled and I made something beautiful. I hope it has inspired you to look at your images a little differently and think outside the box.

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 Please pop over to OSAAT to see the fab cards from my colleagues on the DT. I look forward to seeing your entries for this challenge

Materials Used in this Project are as follows:-
Project size - 8cm Wide x 15cm High
Ingredients – Crystal flowers, scrap cardstock, thin foam packaging, sweetie tube
Tools – Letraset Promarkers & Flexmarkers, Gold Gel pen

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order):-


Josephine said...

This is gorgeous, Mandy! And you're right, those flowers match perfectly!

CraftyGirl said...

What a great job on your vase. Love those flowers as well.


CraftyGirl Your Sister OSAAT DT

Crafting Vicky said...

Wow such a wonderful creation. So amazed on how you have done this... looks like an actual vase lol

Choccy said...

Absolutely stuntastic !!!

Mine will be coming soon, honest ... its been one of those.

Choccy xx

Scrappy Katrina Lee said...

WOW!! These are just beautiful!!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Clear It Out!

Kim said...

This is such a pretty project. Thanks for joining us at Party Time Tuesdays.


Sandy Trefger said...

Your flowers are beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us at Clear it Out!
visit my blog @ sandy's crafty creations

Laura W said...

Brilliant, how creative! Thanks for joining us at the Clear it Out Challenge blog :)

julie_woolston said...

Stunning creation lovely design.

Thank you for joining us at Lexis Creations.

Hugs Julie x

Kathy Bradley said...

Beautiful project!! Thanks for joining us at Can You Digi It!

Pinkies Sparkly Creations said...

fab card thanks for joining us at artisitic inspirations and good luck emma xx

JanR said...

Wow! What a wonderful project! Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

Dewi Lestari said...

So pretty.. Thanks for playing at Stamp-N-Doodle: Something Neglected

Paper Panda said...

Fab project! Thanks for sharing with us Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge.
Mandy x (PPCC DT)

Helen said...

Gorgeous, Mandy - that looks so good.

Thanks for joining us at Penny's.

Helen x

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

What a clever idea, beautifully executed! Thanks for sharing with us at Lexi's Creations hugs Susan x

Deanne Saunders said...

That's beautiful!!!! Thanks for participating in our PENNY'S PAPER-CRAFTY challenge!!


Wendy Fraser said...

What a pretty project and such clever upcycling too, I just love it! Thanks for joining us at Digi Haven and hope to see you back again soon xx

Donna Ellis said...

Wow! What a marvelous creation, Mandy! Very pretty colors and awesome textures!

Sharon said...

Love what you did with a few recycled items, it is beautiful. Love the color and the whole design of it. Thanks for joining us for Vickies Challlenge at Lady Anne's.

Dana said...

Great project. I do think the colors match perfectly. Thanks for playing at Digi Haven.

Heather D. ~ Fresh Brewed Designs said...

This is gorgeous! What a fun idea! Love how you used the image.

Thank you for playing along at our Freshly Brewed Challenge for Jan.,
I hope to see you at the hop this weekend!
Heather D.

Linda Anderson said...

Wow, this is absolutely stunning!!! Way to go recycling! Thanks for joining us at the Fresh Brewed Blog for our Anything Goes challenge.


McCrafty's Cards said...

This is really gorgeous Mandy, Thanks for joining in with us at Digi Haven, Good Luck.
Kevin xx

Maria Matter said...

this is gorgeous Mandy!
you've been featured this week @ Inspire Me Fridays!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, beautiful creation! Thanks for playing along at OCS.

Ellen said...

Lovely creation, well done! Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge.

groetjes, Ellen

Rachelle Olaridge said...

What a gorgeous project Mandy. Love the colors. Thanks for joining us at Scrap It Girl Blog Challenge.

Regan said...

So pretty! What a wonderful idea! Thanks for joining us at The Corrosive Challenge!

Crafting Vicky said...

I'm back with a DT hat on... and still in awe of this wonderful project! Really awesome.

Thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Crafting Vicky

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Incredible. Congrats on being chosen as a featured artist over on Joyful Stamper for this project. It's amazing and you deserve it.


Sheila H said...

Beautiful and so creative - thanks for showing off your project at 613 Avenue Create.

Confiseries Papier said...

Great job, such creativity. Thanks for visiting our neighborhood at 613 Avenue Create.

Helen said...

I'm back again! Beautiful creation and this time thanks for joining us at The Squirrel and the Fox.

Helen x

Bianca said...

Your creation is so very wonderfull! Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons! xx Bianca

Carol said...

Fab project Mandy. Thanks for joining us at CFAS this time. Carol DT x

Unknown said...

Wow, what a unique project! Absolutely love it! Thanks for playing along with Scrap It Girl!

kellystar said...

what a creative project!thanks for accepting the sparkly Scrap it Girl challenge

Angela Drummond said...

Very unusual card, love the shape and the flowers, thanks for joining us over at the CBN Challenge this month
Crafty Bloggers Network DT
My Blog: A Crafty Blether

Dawn said...

Wow, way to go. I hear'ya about all the bits and bobs, my kids just roll their eyes when I pick something up and say "but I can use this for something". Way to go on your project, thanks for joining in at Scrap It Girl.

Laura Cox {aka scrapaddict} said...

Love this project....sparkling beauty! Thanks for joining us at Scrap It Girl!

Candy Spiegel said...

Beautiful! Thanks for playing along at Scrap It Girl.

Unknown said...

Hi Mandy, what a stunning way to decorate the front of a plain vase. Your project looks gorgeous and it's so nice to see flowers that you have had tucked away coming out and being used in such a pretty way.
Thank you for joining in the fun at Lady Anne's Challenges (Nana Vic) We look forward to seeing your next creative project.