Friday, 9 January 2015

Left overs and Painting

Hi All. Hope the weather is fine where you are. We have high winds and even higher gusts which seem to find things to rattle around that have kept me awake for half the night. A good day to craft I think. Thank you for visiting Jumbled Crafts and for leaving comments to make my day.

At Our Creative Corner the theme this time is Christmas Leftovers.

My daughter couldn't believe that I was collecting all the cracker bits and saving them in a bag after Christmas Dinner. She is a crafter but always uses things bought online or at a craft shop so making anything from these bits of card wasn't on her list at all even though I said I would share them.

I made this card using some of the glitter card and have made several more toppers as well to use on cards or other projects. Cut the shapes with dies and my Cuttlebug.

Now to another painting for Art Journal Journey where the theme is Inspired by the Masters

James Ensor (1860–1949) was a major figure in the Belgian avant-garde of the late nineteenth century and an important precursor to the development of Expressionism in the early twentieth. 

I do like his background and flowers and painted those myself in acrylics, but the faces and skeletons on a lot of his paintings were difficult to recreate so I printed some out and stuck them onto my painting. I must read more into why he did such weird faces. Was it for fun or an inner conflict I wonder? Artist are fascinating people!

Have a wonderful day and stay safe

Love Chrissie x


  1. BRILLIANT Creation, wow love those papers, colours and images. You are just way too creative Chrissie....sending cuddles back your way.xx...xx :)

    {The Journey is the Start – my personal blog}

  2. Wonderful painting Chrissie, I LOVE it! The card made of cracker-bits is lovely, what a good recycling idea! Thanks for this beautiful contribution to Art Journal Journey! Hugs, Valerie

  3. Such a great recycling idea Chrissie ! And I love your painting, the colours are so beautiful ! Hugs, blessings and love from Catherine

  4. This recycling is my cup of tea... great card .. and I love love love your painting Chrissie..another new painter to me- have to check him out - thank you for sharing with us at AJJ and take care and have a great day... stormy weather here as well - best to stay indoor!

  5. A wonderful painting and I love your recycled card.
    xxx Hazel.

  6. Wow Chrissie!! I am absolutely loving that you used crackers as your Christmas Leftovers!! That glitter paper is gorgeous and you really put it to good use! I love the gold and red together and your flowers are so dimensional, wow!! My hubby used to give me funny looks too, but now he wouldn't dare throw anything away before asking me if I would like to keep it! HAHA!!

    I am just so happy that you played along with us at Our Creative Corner for our 'Christmas Leftovers' challenge! Hugs and smiles, Pamellia DT :)

  7. Hi Chrissie! Great idea to use the left over crackers, they are so wonderful with the gold sparkle. Your painting is fantastic ! have a great day, Shirleyxx

  8. Its good to read that I'm not the only one who keeps the cracker pieces. Its a fantastic card Chrissie. Wonderful painting as well, love the background, I wonder from seeing it what the bodies to the faces were like.
    Yvonne xx

  9. Ha ha ha! Me too! We scrappers can basically use anything, can't we? I don't mind picking things off the street if I think
    they may come in handy ;-) You are so clever Chrissie, fantastic work with the glossy papers! And let me tell you a little secret, I much rather look at your painting than at the original, you have made a very vibrant flowery version, love it! Hugs, Ira xox
    Ira’s Crea Corner

  10. WOW that gold paper looks fantastic, love your journal page too, especially the skull face xxx

  11. A brilliant idea to recycle those glitter papers! your card is beautiful! Thank you for joining us at Our Creative Corner.

  12. Chrissie, I MUST echo Lys...Your valentine card is BRILLIANT!! I love what you did with all of those scraps = one highly creative woman!! My mom always saved bits of scraps from here and there and she could always find uses for them. I'm learning that now. Nice to have the die cuts - they make card making more versatile.

    Your painting reproduction is wonderful, though I have never really had a taste for those particular 'masters', I love the bright colors you used.

    Blessings for more creative ideas!
    Marianne xo

  13. Does anyone have a suggestion how I can get my icon to come up next to my comment. Ever since blogspot installed the "I'm not a robot" aspect of the commenting on their blogs, my icon won't show...instead it's the arrow thingy...

    Thanks anyone...


    1. It could be because you have a Wordpress blog Marianne and this is a Google Blogger blog. Sorry I'm not much help

      Love Chrissie x

  14. Chrissie, this is awesome. I always think that Christmas Cracker wrappers are so pretty and feel a little sad to throw them out after they have been "crackered". I love the glittery gold bits against the matt red and you balanced everything so nicely with the white and gold embossing on the background matt. Thanks for playing along at OCC.

  15. I hadn't heard of James Ensor but I just googled and your paining is spot on! I love that you try different things. The sparkly card is great.

  16. Great use for those leftover cracker bits - I have been known to save some bits myself in the past! Lovely card Chrissie all ready for next year. Thanks so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner this time, Juliax
    PS Love your painting too with the collaged faces. x


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