Saturday, 5 November 2016

When falling leaves inspire falling snowflakes

We finally had our first frost during the week and it was enough to trigger the leaves to start to fall...........
carpets of them appeared almost overnight.

I stood mesmerised in the park watching them float to the ground
 Even some of the acers in their pots in my garden dropped lots of their leaves overnight.
All these falling leaves  make me think of a stamp that was in my yummy Design Team package that I recently received from Visible Image. In it is a lovely poem stamp about falling snowflakes. Here is the you can see it here
 I decided I would have my first play with decorating one of their awesome Monoliths with it. If you have not seen these before they have been designed by Mark and were a totally unique product, new to the crafting market last year. You can see them here. They are fab quality free standing MDF plaques which can be decorated on both sides and make awesome gifts.

 I took a couple of  process photos but I got so carried away with my painting play that there are only a few.

As I was using acrylic paints I just gave my Monolith 1 coat of Gesso. I then crushed up some tissue paper and adhered it to the plaque with matt medium.

I then got busy with adding some Decoart media paints and lots of spritzes of water and dabbing with baby wipes and my fingers. 
I also stamped my poem onto tissue and then added it to the plaque together with some some embossed snowflakes from their enchanting snowflakes set

 I also embossed more snowflakes on the reverse using a winter wonderland embossing powder.

and then it was time to add some festive die cuts and the one thing it just had to have..............

yes....of course..


The Monoliths can be left to flat pack but as I wanted a snowy base I stuck my base together permanently. My snow is a mix of Frantage, Decoart snow and Glamour dust. IRL it sparkles so much.

So here is my first Monolith,;for me it just had to be a Christmas themed one. 

Here is the reverse
and a few close's so hard to capture the sparkle at this time of the year....I loved the way the paints ran into the crackles.

I would like to enter my Monolith into the following challenges;

A vintage journey cracking up I achieved my cracks using crumpled tissue.
                                                                         Noor 2/3 Winter
                                                               Anything but Cute  rustic glam
Everybody art vintage
Dies are us 2/3  thankful for nature
ABC Christmas 2/3 V for vertical
Addicted to stamps and more 2/3 holiday
Let's craft and create 1/3  winter
WOW embossing powders Boxes and gifts
Rhedd's Creative spirit altered art
Crafty friends 1/3 for someone special

Thanks for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave. Enjoy your fireworks if you are having any. We plan to stay put this year and watch Strictly live rather than catching up as we often do on a Sunday!

Keep snug,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. This is beautiful, wintry and sparkly like right from a fairy tale. I love the background with the blues and greys in the creases and then the snowflakes in glitter and that saying is perfect. So many don't ever finish the back but you did and that's great.

  2. What a gorgeous creation! Thank you so much for sharing your steps to making this beautiful plaque. You're right that these will make lovely gifts this holiday season. We're so pleased you entered this into our Winter Challenge at Let's Craft and Create and hope you will continue to enter your lovely projects. Cheryl W, DT

  3. Hi Jane, I had never hear of these monoliths until now (and on IG)!! Would be a very thoughtful present. I enjoyed seeing more of it.
    Happy Saturday....

    Anne and company xx
    PlumTrees22 // PlumCreek22

  4. Oh my Jane - this is just stunning. The colors, the crackling effects, the snow and snow flakes.... so peaceful but yet uplifting. Wonderful. Xj.

  5. this is gorgeous Jane - absolutely brilliant x

  6. My leaves are just starting to fall too. I'm really not ready for snow, but this is beautiful. Good job!

  7. Love, love, love this Jane! Great inspiration from the pictures, and the monolith looks fab.
    Dot x

  8. I've never heard of these before...they're a great idea! I love what you've done with yours Jane, the snow is very clever!!
    Hope you enjoyed Strictly, so many good dancers this year. I'm sure Billy was happy enough not to have any fireworks.
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend my friend,
    V x

  9. I love your snowflake card design.. very classy and exciting. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  10. Beautiful, Jane! I love the snow flakes drifting down and then the little drift at the bottom! How clever and certainly inspiring!

    While I'm here I want to thank you for starting our Rustic/Glam challenge off at Anything But Cute with your wonderful design! Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  11. The crushed tissue really does add the most wonderful crackles to your monolith, the frosty colours are beautiful and your glittery snowflakes look so, so pretty!

    Thanks so much for joining in our 'Cracking Up' challenge at A Vintage Journey.

    Thanks too for joining in our 'Rustic Glam' challenge at Anything But Cute too! Anne xx

  12. WOW this is just gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Thankful for Nature’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

  13. Isn't Autumn such a pretty time of year and your photos certainly show the beauty of Mother Nature. I am so in love with your snowflake monolith. The design, the frosty feel and the beautiful sentiment sit so well together. Stunning.
    Julie x

  14. Lovely frosty crackle with your tissue wrinkles - this is a fabulous wintry plinth. Thanks for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  15. Lovely snowy monolith Jane...something to treasure and beautiful photos too!

  16. This is beautiful, thanks for sharing it with us at ABC Christmas Challenge.

  17. Beautiful photography as your inspiration and I love the monolith with the gorgeous wintry colours and falling snowflakes. My flowering cherry had some lovely deep red leaves one day which had totally fallen the next, the cold winds and frosty mornings have certainly hit the plants hard. Xxx

  18. Dear Jane,

    I have heard of these monoliths before, it is wonderful to learn new things, but stunning they are once Jane-styled, wow! That would be such a beauty on top of Christmas decorated dresser, wow!

    Happy, happy creating!


  19. Wow Jane, how beautiful! I love snowflake creations and the shimmery glitter on yours is captivating! I love how you build the snow up around the base, so fun!! Love your autumn shots, that path with the rows of trees sucked me right in, oh how I would love that!! hugs :)

  20. Great job, Jane; love this :). Thank you for participating in our challenge from Dies R Us!

    Dies R Us Challenge Blog DT

  21. This is gorgeous....It's so nice to see your card "grow" ...Thanx for your clear photo-tutorial....and thanx for joining us at Noor Design UK challenge.
    xxx Plony

  22. This is stunning and would make a fabulous backdrop to Elsa's ice palace in the film Frozen - Thank you for sharing with us over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

    Handcrafted by Ellapu
    Mother Hen for Altered Eclectics
    Mother Hen for Eclectic Ellapu
    DT Rhedd's Creative Spirit

  23. This is so very pretty Jane! love it. Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

  24. Hello Jane…. You have made a beautiful monolith proect…. loved reading how you created it. Thanks for entering it into our ‘Someone Special’ challenge. Good luck in the draw and hope you will join us again.
    [Diane Louise, Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

  25. Beautiful. Love the sparkle. A real xmas feel. Giveaway on my blog. Comment on the GIU posts for chances to win. Hugz

  26. Oh wow, this is stunning!! The crackle looks amazing and I love the beautiful snowflakes!! This is so wintery and fabulous and I love it!! So gorgeous!! Thanks so much for playing along at Anything But Cute for our Rustic Glam challenge!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  27. OH WOW this is STUNNING! Thanks so much for joining us at Noor! Design UK for the "Winter" challenge. Hope to see you again! Hugs!

  28. fantastic work, love your monolith and the beautiful and wintery leaves. Thanks for joining us at WOW embossing challenge

  29. What a fab idea! Love your monolith. It looks gorgeous. Thank you for joining us at Noor! Design UK challenges. We hope to see you again next round.
    Hugs, Karina
    DT Noor! Design UK


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