Saturday, March 5, 2016

Anything But Cute - #11 Crazy for Colour

Hello Everyone!

It's my favourite day of the month, the 5th!! That means it's time for another challenge over at Anything But Cute! The absolutely amazing and talented Branka is our hostess this month and she has chosen the theme "CRAZY FOR COLOUR".  I hope you haven't put those sunglasses away just yet, because you will definitely need them today!




Here is what Branka had to say about our challenge theme Crazy for Colour "It's almost Spring - a time when the nature is waking up in amazingly beautiful colours! To celebrate it, we would like you to create a mixed media project using vibrant colours. It can be a tag, card, art journal page or anything else. Just be sure it's vibrant!" 

You heard the lady, pull out those neon paints and vibrant ink sprays and get to crafting!! Don't forget to pop on over to Anything But Cute and see the amazing designs that the rest of the team created!





HOW DID SHE DO THAT?? With 374 easy steps! Just kidding. lol

- I put the pattern down with a Memory Box stencil and some thick Liquitex Gesso. Once that dried, I randomly smeared and globbed on some Golden Glass Bead Gel and let that dry as well.


- I put together the embellishments that I wanted to use. Most of these were hand made using various molds, some with hot glue and others with crafter's clay. I also cut out some canvas flowers using the Tattered Florals die and threw them into the mix.


- I coated everything with some DecoArt Chalk Finish in white, two coats did the trick. Then I arranged everything the way that I wanted it and glued it all together.


- I splashed on a little of my home-made resist spritz, which is just some Decou-Page diluted with water in a Mini Mister. The inks react differently with the resist than they do with the chalk paint, creating an amazing effect.


- a splash here and a spritz there, using Dried Marigold, Mustard Seed and Abandoned Coral. I did a sort of Ombre with the yellow representing the hot sun beaming down onto my flowers.


- for an extra splash of colour, I did the butterflies in Twisted Citron and Cracked Pistachio. After it was all put together, I muted everything down a bit with some white paint and a sponge. Bright is bright, but holy moly!






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Today, with such a sad heart, I share the last photos of my sweet Dianna that I will ever take. My balcony will never feel the same without her there. I apologize for the depressing display and I don't mean to upset anyone, but I feel like if I don't share these, I may never start the healing process. She deserves to be remembered.




Goodnight sweet girl.


92 comments:

  1. So very sorry about Dianna xxx Your project today is stunning, such full of colour and hope...so very beautiful.

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  2. Oh this is beyond stunning Pamelia.....I want to write all the beautiful adjective I can think of in its praise!!
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia

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  3. No sunglasses needed here but I really wish that I could just touch all that gorgeous texture, the colours are absolutely stunning. I so want that Memory Box stencil now too, how beautiful is that!! This is such a beautiful creation Pamellia and a joy to set eyes on!

    Poor dear little Dianna, at least she had some wonderful times visiting you, I am sure she would have thanked you for that, if she could have. Big hugs, Anne xxx

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  4. Oh no! Dianna is gone? I'm so very sorry ... You showed her lots of love and that's something worth remembering.
    Your canvas is truly beautiful and very welcome on this cold day when Spring seems so far away... Sending hugs

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  5. Lovely creation and such pretty fresh pastel colours Pamellia.

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

    B x

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  6. What a treat for the eyes, Pamellia! I am completely blown away by your stunning canvas! Absolutely amazing vibrant colours and woooow such awesome textures! I can't take my eyes of those beautiful embellishments you've created and so fabulously arranged! It's breathtaking, my friend!

    I am so sorry and sad about your little beautiful friend Dianna! Poor thing! She had a great time with you as you showed her love and care!
    Lots of love to you! Branka xxx

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  7. Love love loved it Pamellia ! The colors..textures and the twist of citrus color ! Thanks for sharing the steps !

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  8. Loving the colors, the texture...wow! Feels like spring and that's a very good thing :) So sorry about lovely little Dianna...hugs!

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  9. Poor little Diana! Beautiful canvas with wonderful colours, hugs, Valerie

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  10. Hi Pamellia,

    Aw how gutted I am to hear about Dianna, what happened hun do you know? Bless her, you gave her a loving home where she knew she could come for food and warmth, I am sure she appreciated that. I hope you have been able to bury her close to home?

    Your canvas is sooooo stunning, oh I would love to have this hung in my little craft space, so beautiful, I love bright colours and I love the stencil you used, how fab is that. Just beautiful and how glad am I with this months theme for ABC, I have a card I have been waiting to post until a suitable them became available so I shall have to sort that out this week, at least I hope it fits the theme lol!

    Love & Hugs to you my friend

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

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    1. Thanks Jacquie. We aren't sure what happened. She passed in her sleep Tuesday night. We think she must have been sick. She didn't have much of an appetite and she moved kind of slowly and had problems keeping her eyes open. There is no wildlife hospital in our city and the local vets said they couldn't help a wild squirrel, so I cared for her the best I could. I was quite devastated and I've spent the week sobbing. Mother Nature is so cruel!!

      I made her a beautiful box to rest in, decorated with purple flowers. In the craft room window, I have hung a picture of her with a purple flower attached. She slept right under that window. Sappy, I know, but there you have it. Thanks for your kind words. hugs :)

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  11. Wow that is bright Pamellia! Love the zingy colours, think I might enter the challenge as I love using colours ;) oh no poor little squirrel, I feel a bit teary now, seems we are both too soft hearted when it comes to our furry friends.xx
    Hugs
    Donna xxx

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  12. Fabulous colours - reminds me of sherbet. I love the embellishment grouping and the textured background.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  13. Beautiful project Pamellia ! Love the burst of rays in the backround and the colour combination is just gorgeous ! Sue C x

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  14. I'm so sad about your Diana, that I am boo hooing, and cannot even see to write this comment! Bless her heart!

    On a more positive note, your canvas is truly a wonderful work of art--so creative a process and I'm so happy you shared your steps with us. I agree with Cec, it reminds me of sherbet or a tasty confection! Not exactly bright, but lovely as can be! Big hugs to you,my friend!

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  15. So sad about Dianne, bless her. Your artwork is on the other hand very uplifting, those colours conjure up Spring and Summer all in one go. The texture and that stencil are fantastic . Lovely piece of art Pamellia as always. Tracy x

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  16. What brilliant and spectacular work indeed. Greetings!

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  17. Hi Pamellia,

    Just to let you know there is no link button at the end of ABC challenge so we can add our work for the challenge, unless I am missing it for some reason lol!

    Love & Hugs

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

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  18. This canvas of colorfulness makes me think of Sherbet as well. Deliscious and so fun! Good memories or Summer time madness! What a lovely canvas you have designed and all of those molds and elements make it look like the sun is shining on your flowers! Now I'm curious about how many molds you have! Your stencil is fantabulous and awesome sauce and now On my wish list Bubbles!

    Dianne will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Remember the good times and cherish every day. Never apologize for the grieving process, we all do it differently. If Sharing Dianne's pictures help you, share share share! And you can always email me and share some more. Big Hugz to you and Dianne! ~Doc

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  19. Dianna had a true friend in you and must have loved her visits! If it's any consolation most squirrels have short lives and you must have helped to prolong hers! On a happier note. ..a much happier note. ..your canvas is so bright and cheerful - a promise of Spring for sure! Hugs, Chrisx

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  20. Oh wow, wow, WOW! Love it, and LOVE the colours! The beautiful ombre looks perfect offset with the green.
    It would look STUNNING on my wall! lol. x

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  21. Oh noooooo.... silly as it seems, I am totally teary eyed about Dianna. I'm soooo sorry Pamellia. How terrible said. But I'm glad in some ways that you know she is gone and that you aren't wondering where she is. And you know what... she was a blessing to us even if only for a short time. We truly enjoyed her right along with you. I thought she must be old since she was so different than the others - you gave her such a happy ending. That's very special. I'm so thankful you did. Here's a hug for you XX - bless your heart.

    And now, on to your beautiful creation. It's really stunning. So reminds me of EASTER - the light, airy, flowery, bright pastelish colors. When I was young we had a lady that decorated these huge sugar easter eggs that you could see inside - your project reminds me of what I would see when I looked inside. LUSCIOUS SPLENDOR!! j.

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  22. Absolutely stunning...and the squirrel is cute too! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Creative Inspirations! Good luck,
    Rene

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  23. So sorry about Dianna, the hardest thing about loving an animal is you know that there is always going to be a sad goodbye. Just try to remember the good times and the enjoyment and delight she gave you.
    On to the card...this is amazing Pamellia, a riot of glorious colours, your hand made embellies are gorgeous too.
    Hugs
    Chris
    x

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  24. Such a beautiful canvas Pamellia and the colours are glorious with all your handmade embellishments..poor little Dianna..that is very sad, it is life, but sad..but with your care and feeding she was one of the lucky ones to have a good life while she was here..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  25. such a beautiful project Pamellia !! am happy that you and Dianna were able to share some lovely moments together !!

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  27. This is beautiful. Love all the elements you added to your design. Thanks for sharing your steps. I love seeing you create.

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  28. Oh, Pamellia, I am so, so sorry about Dianna. I have tears in my eyes. Rest in peace sweet girl. She was so blessed to have found you for her short time on earth.

    Please forgive my lack of exclamation points as I gush about your amazing, stunning, spectacular canvas. My heart is heavy for your loss. I am in absolute awe at the work of art you've displayed. The texture and colors are absolutely sensational. It was well worth the 374 steps it took to create it ;) I just love, love every single thing about it - you are so inspirational. Thinking of you and I hope you are able to start the healing process. Big hugs sweet friend :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  29. Aww that's so sad Pamellia, dear little Diana. What a happy time she had with you though, what a lucky squirrel.
    Your canvas just zings with colour. I love the effect you achieved with the sprays, it's gorgeous.
    Take care and have a good weekend. Hugs xx

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  30. your project is very nice
    oh so sorry about Diana!
    hugs
    Bad Kitty's Craftroom
    >^.^<
    Fiki

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  31. Hi Pamellia, what an amazing canvas. I love all the textures and embellishments you have used and the colours are just fabulous. I am so sorry about poor little Diana, she will have loved the past few weeks on your balcony. Sending you a big hug. Sally.x.

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  32. Such a beautiful canvas Pamellia, gorgeous colours and so many fabulous details.
    Pauline
    x

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  33. My heart hurts for you ♥

    Love your project, it's sublime.

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  34. Hi Pamellia..what a Faboulas piece of work you have created. The colours remind me of Lemmon sherbet.
    With a zingy sensation. Very pretty colours and a marvelous piece of art.
    Jules xx

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  35. Sorry about your poor squirrel, you will miss her..
    Gorgeous creation Pamellia! love these amazing embellishments and gorgeous colours, with beautiful texture.
    Pam x

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  36. So sad about the sweet squirrel, she knew you were her friend.
    Its a real colourful project, it looks fabulous.
    Yvonnexx

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  37. Beautiful card, I like the colours
    Kevin xx

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  38. Wonderful canvass Pamellia, the most amazing colours. I just love the vibrant green butterflies against the sherbetty lemons, oranges and crushed strawberry. All of those wonderful textures make me want to reach out and touch.

    Dionne xx

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  39. My dear Pamellia, first I must give you extra hugs for sweet Dianna... I know how quickly and completely she stole your heart. She did ours, too. I'm so sorry for what transpired, but I hope it warms your heart knowing how happy you made her. Furry friends truly become like family. **Huge hugs**
    As for your project, I have been waiting all day to get here and gush. The teeny peek I had this morning on my phone was hardly good enough! ;) It is spectacular! This is so much like what I long to make and I'm so grateful for the tutorial you included. Your embellishments are amazing, the color choices make my heart sing, and I LOVE the texture from the glass bead gel! Making the butterflies into pops of spring green was brilliant. YOU are brilliant. What a joy and an honor it is to know you and experience the works of your crafty heart. Thinking of you and sending extra love your way tonight, sweet friend.

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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  40. Oh dear, I am sorry for the sadness regarding Dianna's loss, Pamellia. How lucky she was to enjoy your love and friendship. Think of how different her little life would have been without you. This always humbles me ... How our furry friends entrust themselves to us, and love and/or care for us. While we bring them a certain quality, it is really Nature's children who enhance the quality of our lives.

    Your mixed media canvas is amazing! Thanks for sharing the process and showing how your (neon) masterpiece came to life. I'd like to try making embellishments from molds. Is there a specific brand I should invest in? Hugs, de

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    1. Thank you so much Donna, your comment made me cry (in a good way)! As for the molds, I have tried many brands and had a great experience with most of them. ModPodge has a great line of them, and you can purchase those at various craft stores, so that would be a good jumping off point. Make sure to get air dry clay, and if you can find the light weight stuff, that's even better. Good luck and thanks again. hugs :)

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  41. Wow, wow, and wow again Pamellia - what a wonderful project!!! It is gorgeous.
    Hugs fpr you in your grief. Wee Dianna was beautiful and looks to have been quite the character. What a sweet wee lady she must have been.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  42. wowie zowie this canvas is fabulous!!!!! I am sorry that your squirrel is gone - it is sad to lose furry friends. =(

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  43. This is utterly delightful Pamellia, wonderful textures and embellishments and such a warm palette of beautiful colours. Beautiful photos too of your sweet furry friend, great memories will linger on.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

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  44. Stunning work of art Pamellia, i love it !
    Big Hugs
    Elaine H X

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  45. Hi Pamellia,
    oh my word the colours of this are so striking and very lovely.
    Superb designing yet again, and everything you have used is perfect, and beautiful.
    You certainly have great sense of style.
    Lovely photos yet again.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  46. What an ENCHANTING card this is! GORGEOUS and UNIQUE Pamellia! And I adore your photos --- thank you for sharing your little friends! They are so cute!
    Happy Sunday!

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  47. Pamellia it does not matter what colour scheme you use, you always manage to create something stunning!! Wonderful texture and colour hues, and all your embellishments are so beautifully put together! The toning down with that little bit of white really brings out the beauty and detail of the textures. How very sad little Diana passed away... sending big hugs!! xxxx

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  48. Wow! I echo Astrid's comment...you amaze us no matter what colors or media you use! Love the summery feel of your piece! And I will be looking for Mod Podge molds ASAP. Using hot glue to make embellishments sounds better than trying to not burn my fingers when attaching stuff with it. ;)

    I too am teary eyed with the passing of Dianna. She had a wonderful home with you and I'm sure she felt and returned your love. Warm hugs. We will all miss her.

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  49. Aw! poor Diana, at least she had a safe place to pass and has enjoyed your caring and lift for her.

    You card is absolutely amazing I am a great one for colours and this is such a happy, sunny and cheery card and SO VERY BEAUTIFUL. Love what you have done with the moulds. Your filling moulds with hot glue is just so creative and then what you do with them well? just fabulous.

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  50. Stunning canvas Pamellia, I love the bright colors and all of your gorgeous handmade embellishments!
    Hugs, Tammy

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  51. This is amazing!!! So fresh and colorful, so many beautiful elements, just amazing...breathtaking! Totally love the tutorial, very helpful to see how you've created this masterpiece! Hugs xxx

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  52. I'm just starting to get into mixed media myself and this is another beautiful piece of art that you've created Pamellia. It's really good of you to show it step by step as it's great for us beginners to see the gradual progression from start to finish. It amazes me just how time consuming it is and the fact that most of your embellishments are hand made is even more amazing. I can only presume that you have more than 24 hours in a day in Canada :) You are the Queen of mixed Media x

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  53. I went from a challenge, I have seen your fabulous card and come here to look better... I'm speechless, this is a breathtaking piece of art!! LOVE, LOVE it!!!!
    So sorry for your furry baby.... I don't knew your blog and her, but I have seen her photos and she was so beautiful and sweet... I'm sure that she has been very lucky in her life having you and vice versa. Hugs

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  54. A stunning canvas Pamellia, the beautiful colours and texture are amazing and I just want to touch it.
    It's so sad to hear that Dianna is no longer with you, yes Mother Nature can be cruel, but you gave her love and comfort in the short time you knew her.
    Lorraine

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  55. Absolutely stunning Pamellia, love the vibrant colours.
    It looks so special. Hugs, Veerle

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  56. Your creation is just stunning! The color scheme is beautiful Pamellia~

    Aaaw, I am SO sorry about Dianna! It's amazing how we get so easily attached to our fur babies! Big hugs to you my friend~
    Sherrie K

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  57. A beautiful canvas Pamellia. The vibrant colours look amazing and I love how the stencil centre draws the eye. Your embellishments are all wonderful and fit together so perfectly.

    How devastatingly sad for you to lose Dianna. You should take great comfort from how content she was to be your little house guest. You had a special relationship of mutual joy and happiness and I'm glad you found each other. I'm sure you will always treasure your fond memories of her. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos of your special girl. Maybe you could have a plant on your balcony in her honour.... Big hugs xxx

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  58. Brilliantly designed creation and love the awesome colours used.
    Sorry have been missing but we had a bit of time out for a few days away....takes a while to catch up on over 200 notifications...xx
     {aNNie}

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  59. Lovely make, as always - thank you for the details! LOVE the colors and the three dimensional aspects! Thank you for the pictures of little Dianna - grief takes its own time, but your instinct is right on. xxx Lynn

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  60. Fantastic project Pamellia! Love all the texture, layers and burst of colors!

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  61. Gorgeous mixed media canvas, I adore the colours you've chosen they remind me that summer is on the way! Sorry to hear about Diana, she was such cutie xx

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  62. This is a piece of art!!!
    Lia, DT S4F

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  63. OMG Pamellia this piece of art has held me spellbound for some time, what amazing colours and embellishments quite simply breathtaking. I am so sorry to hear about Diana it was always uplifting to see the pictures of her on your porch, you brought her into our hearts and I so feel the loss, I am like you I get very, very emotional where animals are concerned I hope she will find as much happiness where she has gone as she did with you.
    hugs
    lorraine x

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  64. Oh my .. your canvas is beyond stunning!! Glorious colour and such a delightful design. This will look so pretty hanging on your wall.
    So very sorry to hear that Diana is no longer with you! So loved hearing about her little adventures on your balcony. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful photos of her, she was so sweet. May your memories of her give you comfort. hugs xx

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  65. Hi Pam, So sorry to hear about Dianna but I'm sure you made her short life more enjoyable. I almost missed this post as we are away in France skiing and by the time I had chance to open my laptop there was more mail than you could imagine but getting through it now.
    The canvas is gorgeous and so many lovely bright colours, brilliant. Have a good week, Angela x

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  66. Gorgeously deliciously looking canvas my dear! What a great layering and fantastic choice of embellies!
    Hugs
    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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  67. Such a stunning project. I love the colours and textures. Thanks for joining us at That Craft Place, Nicola X

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  68. I deleted my comment as I hadn't realised one of your dear friends had died. Must find time to read posts more carefully sorry

    Hugs Chrissie xx

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  69. A wonderful project. So sorry to read of your special fun friend. I've always enjoyed the fun photos. Maybe spring will bring around another visitor to keep nature enjoyable.

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  70. oh hun sorry to read this, love your creation, stunning!!!
    hugs Liz xx

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  71. Wow, I am loving this wonderful masterpiece. Love that you showed us how you made it and the colors are beautiful. Thanks for shairng.

    Sorry about Diana.

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  72. Absolutely amazing creation, the olours and design are fabulous.
    I am so sorry to hear your sad news, I really enjoyed reading and seeing pictures of Dianna, sending (((((hugs)))))
    Julie xxx

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  73. gorgeous...your work is so amazing!
    hugs for your sad loss.
    Karen

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  74. hi this is so pretty, perfect for our challenge, many thanks for joining in with us here at Berry71Bleu x

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  75. A great pretty project! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations! xxx

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  76. This is such a beautiful project hun, I'm lovin the juicy fresh colours! And I am so sorry to hear about your little furry friend :( :( xx

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  77. I love this technique, and love your soft Spring colors! Gorgeous!

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  78. I am so sad for you about your dear little friend Pamellia! I have never known anyone to love and care for the squirrels the way you do. You have a most sweet and gentle heart. and you must know that your sweet Dianna knew this as well as it was by you that she came to rest in peace. xoxo

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  79. Stunning Creation, love all the texture and techniques
    Thank you for your entry at Scrapping4funChallenges.
    Hugs
    Rachelle DT
    http://scrapping4funchallenges.blogspot.com

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  80. well I though this canvas looked brilliant all white but then when you see the coloured transformation-brilliant and love all the added embellishments--sorry to hear about Dianna bless her
    Carol x

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  81. So sorry to hear of Dianna's passing Pamellia, you made her final days warm and safe and she left this plane knowing she was loved. Big hugs my friend, Deb xo P.S. beautiful canvas, you have nailed the colour challenge which quite frankly scares the pants off of me!

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  82. Your canvas is beautiful and bright. I like the sun beaming down on the flowers.
    Sorry to hear about Dianna, Big Hugs.
    Great to see again at Scrapping4fun
    Tina dt

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  83. Hey,
    cool vivid colors, interesting way to use the media
    Thank you that you took part in the challenge on Scrapping4funChellenges
    Agniezka DT

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  84. Beautiful project love the colors and textures! Thanks so much for joining us at Berry71bleu!

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  85. You used the sprays so beautifully! The composition is astounding and your colorful, yet slightly muted scheme is brilliant! Hugs, Autumn

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  86. Beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Scrapping4fun :)

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  87. Oh wow, what a stunning project, love the colours and textures, thanks for joining us at A Gem of a Challenge xx

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  88. I just love all the layers of gorgeous texture and the beautiful springtime colours that you used to highlight it! Beautiful! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out! Jill

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  89. Yay! I finally made it over to your wonderful blog ! Pamellia - I'm so sorry that my visits have been sparse so far this year - 'life' has thrown me a few curve balls so far so time has been limited.
    Your canvas is absolutely gorgeous . I'm really kicking myself now as I very nearly bought the MB stencil the other week and then left it in the basket ( as ya do), though I doubt I could use it as well as you . Fabulous detail , texture , dimension - infact all in all fab in both design and execution.
    Hope you have a lovely weekend
    hugs x

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