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Friday, 3 November 2017

Mini Marvels at A Vintage Journey

It is hard to believe that we are in November already!  Our latest challenge at A Vintage Journey is Mini Marvels and I am hosting the challenge this month.

This month's challenge is to create something in miniature - it could be a little book, a tiny scene, a small canvas, a wall hanging or even a box.  It MUST be 4" or less in size and be created in our vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journalling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk style.
I challenged myself to create a mini snow globe scene in 3D but using some one dimensional dies by Tim Holtz, a glass Christmas decoration and a plastic cup.  The finished piece is just 4" tall.

I have not taken many process shots because it was just so quick and easy to make.  Above, you can see what I started with - A Christmas decoration, a plastic cup and I also used the Tim Holtz Snowglobe #2 die  and his Tree Line Thinlits die.

I gave the cup a good coat of Black Gesso and then a coat of IndigoBlu Raven Black Metallic Paint. I needed somewhere to hide my battery pack (yes, it lights up!) and so I cut a hole in the tub as shown.
I cut out the elements twice from the Snowglobe die.  To construct the buildings in 3D, I cut narrow strips of card which I used to join the front to the back of each building that I wanted to use.  In this case I chose to use the Church.
In this photo you can see how dinky the elements are!
The top looked a little plain so I dotted Glossy Accents around and sprinkled them with glitter to give a snowy effect.  I attached an Idea-ology piece to the top to cover the hole where the cord once was.
Once the church was glued together I added to a round of card with a hole cut in the centre for the lights to fit through, I glued the little trees in place and added some Tim Holtz Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter to represent the snow in the base. The whole piece was then glued together
Finally, I added some black lace around the bottom edge of the Christmas bauble and here is the snow globe all lit up.  I took this shot in late afternoon, the reflection on the glass made it difficult to photograph in total darkness, but hopefully you get the picture!

I do hope you will join in our Mini Marvels Challenge at A Vintage Journey this month, we have a wonderful prize on offer from Southern Ridge Trading Company who are offering a $50 varied selection of chipboard & wood veneer laser cuts.

Thanks so much for your visit, I really do appreciate it!  See you again soon!

Hugs, Anne xxx

38 comments:

  1. Oh Anne, I can not put into words how much I love this. Every detail, and there are so many, is amazing. Simply fabulous in every way. Hugs, S@ndy

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  2. Oh my gosh, I adore this, Anne!! The scene is amazing...I can't believe how tiny it is!! Your details are perfect, as always!! And when it's lit - spectacular!! I love this!! You are such an inspiration, my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  3. Oh wow Anne!!! This is amazing and so tiny!!Your creativity is surely never ending.
    Hugs
    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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  4. Oh my golly gosh, Anne, this is awesome!! How sweet and how GORGEOUS and how totally delightful this is!!! Can't believe how tiny the church is .. must have been a very fiddly job putting it together but it looks amazing! Every little detail is just stunning and lit up, it is pure magic!!! Another project bookmarked. Thank you so much for the inspiration!!
    Have a lovely day!! hugs xx

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  5. Wow Anne!!! You are very creative!!! This DIY snow globe is amazing!!! And Tim's new snow globe dies are just perfect in it!!!

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  6. Good Morning Anne. Your beautiful bauble just blew me away. It's really unbelievable the things you can do. The little scene itself must have been so fiddly to work with too. Thank you so much for sharing your post. Hugs Rita xxxx

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  7. This is just adorable ...... a real mini work of art. You must have so much patience, that church is tiny. You've created a beautiful ornament to treasure forever xx

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  8. Wow this is such a cute and brilliant creation, so cleverly designed and put together - love it xxx

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  9. this is just the cutest Christmas ornament ever, precision crafting and no mistake...you are amazing...hugs kath xxx

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  10. Boingk, - that was my jaw hitting the floor..... Anne you have completely outdone yourself, this is totally incredible!!!! That little church is so adorable, and the way you have treated the bauble, STUNNING project and truly magical, specially when lit up. I love this so much!!!!

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  11. Oh my, this is amazing Anne! I can't believe how small that church is, it must have been something tricky putting that together! Quite clever using a plastic cup for the base, and the touch of black lace is nice.The glitter really makes it look like it's snowing in your winter scene. What an incredible Christmas decoration to display, and just when I thought it couldn't get any better... it lights up!! hugs :)

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  12. After seeing this at A Vintage Journey I had to come see what the twist was. I love, love, love this! The fact that it can be light up and the other elements you've used is very cute and so very amazing Karen x

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  13. Oh My Anne! This is my favourite of yours ever! A perfectly beautiful little scene AND it lights up!!! Brilliant! Hugs, Chrisx

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  14. this is so fabulous. I love mini things and I love that it lights up!

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  15. What an absolute delight! Great recycling to create the base, and your tiny buildings are brilliantly done - I can imagine how fiddly! I love the decoration over the top of the snow globe, with the snow falling down. It looks fantastic from the top. And then it lights up too... heaven!
    Alison x

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  16. How adorable and festive is your beautiful little church in the snow Anne! So very creative making Tim's flat buildings 3D! Love how you created your globe to house your scene too! This is a wonderful Mini Marvel!! Julia xx

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  17. WOW, what a brilliant creation! Your snow globe is incredible, Anne! Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your creative process!

    Gaby xo

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  18. Gorgeous Anne, small in size but big on impact . Love how you used the plastic cup, very clever. Have a lovely weekend. Tracy x

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  19. Anne this is breathtaking!!!! The level of patience and attention to detail to make this incredible mini marvel defies belief. I love how you've adorned the bauble and built up the little scene inside xx

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  20. WOW! WOW! WOW! this is awesome Anne.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  21. This is absolutely amazing Anne - I adore this - you are amazing!!!! So very clever! Hugs rachel x

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  22. This is so cute and I love that it lights up too. Now you just have to make the rest of the village and your mantelpiece will be ready for the long dark evenings!! Elaine xx

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  23. Fabulous! And it lights up! Gorgeous details for an enchanted scene.

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  24. You've got to be kidding me -- is there ANYTHING you cannot do!!!!
    Anne you are so very creative and then of course you have the dexterity and skill to make your inspiration come to life. Yes Dear Heart, I will follow you until my dying day for you are always coming up with something new and exciting. This project is fantastic. Easy you say - I don't know if I should laugh or cry.
    Your secret admirer --

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  25. Another amazing project from you (and you say Easy?I think not!) I'm awed by how you take ordinary objects, turn into something precious and treasured. I would never guess the bottom of the globe to be a gesso'd plastic cup! This is just very beautiful, and something else wonderful for you to display. TFS & Hugs

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  26. This is an absolute Gem of a creation Anne- a real 'Mini Marvel' in every way. Brilliant concept , design and faultless execution . I am a real lover of snow globes and in all the years I have been searching for 'the one' I haven't yet found it , that is until today and you have most definitely stole my heart with this one .
    hugs x

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  27. Hi Anne. Not much to say really other than "It's Brilliant!" Happy crafty week, Angela xXx

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  28. Ooh this is so incredibly cute and adorable! I love that it lights up too! You are so creative making it from a Christmas decoration and a plastic cup - genius my friend! Hugs xxx

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  29. Oh my gosh my golly, you have me singing christmas songs! I have this village die and its results are fantastic when cut single layer. Typical you though ... You went even further to make it 3D!! Then girl you did a further Anne trademark and lit it all up!! You are sooo clever , and patient, as these little cuties are as dinky as can be! A most magical creation Anne! Love it!! Nicola x

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  30. I'm so glad I finally got to come by and see the details on this, Annie! I've been intrigued since I saw it on FB! Thank you for these pictures which really brought the visual into focus for me as to size of everything and all I can do is say WOW! Such detail on such tiny things must be a passion as it takes incredible patience and talent and stamina! AND it lights up, too!!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  31. Absolutely fabulous Anne! I have finally got around to being able to visit although I have seen pictures I was so looking forward to seeing how you had created these amazing miniatures, and lit them up too! Amazing! Jennie x

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  32. I am in awe! Simply in awe! That is just so beautiful :)

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  33. Wow Anne what a gem of a design! When I opened your post I couldnt quite believe what you had made it all from! The dinky buildings are amazing and the whole decoration just incredible. Genius dinky creator!!! xxx

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  34. OMGOSH!!!
    This is out of this world wonderfully,magically,fabulous Anne!
    You never cease to amaze me with your imagination and your crafting skills-Bravo!!
    Jackie xx

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  35. Anne, if only you KNEW how I wanted to come and see your snow globe up close, but other things have been screaming for my attention. I am completely floored by your creativity, my friend! If this were to sit on my table, I would accomplish nothing, since I would gaze at your mini scene all day long--oh to be a quarter inch tall! I can't even imagine how difficult it must have been to assemble all this without making a huge mess; you have the skills of a micro-surgeon! Big, big BRAVO on this and a standing ovation, as well! Hugs!

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  36. Wow, what a fabulous design! I love all the details you have included and it looks absolutely stunning when lit up - amazing 😁. Happy November! J 😊

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  37. Stunning and so creative - LOVE your snow globe xxx Thank you very much for dropping by my blog earlier xxxxx

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  38. Oh my gosh Anne, that is so fabulous and it lights up!! Thank you so much for this fabulous inspiration, what a gorgeous creation and perfect for the winter season. In my mind's eye I can see a whole array of these beauties lit up on the mantel on those dark winter nights, just wonderful! Deb xo

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