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Brick Walls...

 Hello crafty friends.

This weekend I ran across Mission Inspiration on Facebook - a group headed up by Mike Deakin. They have a monthly challenge on Facebook with a set of prompts. This month's challenge included three colors, tissue paper, circles, numbers and some other items.  The way he announces the challenge in a super secret message that self destructs is soooo fascinating and his accent is amazing.  Did I mention, I have listened to that message 10 times? LOL.  I recommend you join the Facebook group just so you can listen to his messages!  I am looking forward to March's already. 

I couldn't resist playing since I have my new journal, the Heavy Metal Inspiration by Valerie at **Art*Journal*Journey*, and this fun new Arched Window stamp from DRS Designs.


*Botanical tissue paper with clear gesso

*Coat of clear glaze medium, clear gesso, and gray chalk paint mixed together

*Layer of white craft ink to tone down the gray

*Light brushing of Vintage Photo Distress Ink to tone down the white craft ink (lol)

*Texture paste on brink stencil

*Light brushing of glaze mixture with a bit of white gouache paint mixed in - only on the bricks

*Stamped the window twice and cut out the window panes: paint the window and shutters with watercolors

*Painted over the Tim Holtz doll with black paint and then cut her in half

*Layered up the window (background in window is old embossing folder print)

*Toned down the blue on the window with some of the gray glaze

*Added some Versamark and SU! Copper Embossing Powder on the window, shutters and bricks for my heavy metal touch and to add interest

*Stenciled on some high numbers (my age, hubby's, and various family members over 60)

*Spilled some coffee and stamped around the page with my coffee cup to make circles

*Made some little circles under the bricks for my marks

*Journal about how aging feels like hitting a brick wall over and over (not really but sort of)

Super fun and very therapeutic.  

Here is a close up picture of the window and the bricks.

Here is the new window on a card along with the new St. Patricks Pot of Gold image.  Not loving how I painted up the pot with my watercolors, but I do like how I did the bricks, shutters and the little roadway.  
Thanks for visiting!  




  1. A super page and fabulous card Nancy, the window looks so different on the two projects.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  2. Beautifully done! Really unique and imaginative!

  3. Wow Nancy, your journal page is amazing, so complex and full of interesting details to enjoy, well done. That seems to be a fun challenge indeed! And thanks for using some heavy metal and linking to my challenge, much appreciated! The card with the pot of gold is fabulous, too. Have a great day, stay safe! Hugs, Valerie

  4. Nice bricks. I haven't checked out this FB challenge but it sounds like an interesting one. I love what you created using bricks. And the little bit of metal too. Thanks Nancy for joining us at AJJ. It's a fun month, isn't it? hugs-Erika

  5. wow, I love all the texture with your brick walls and your window with the silhouette almost made me jump (I just watched a horror movie:)

  6. Cool texture, I love your page Nancy! Great card too!
    Alison xx

  7. I love how you have painted your Journal page - the texture of the bricks is fabulous. I like the tiny window and the shutters against that brick background and how it is all surrounded by that grey colour.
    No idea why you do not like your crock of gold - I think you did an excellent job.
    Hugs, Neet xx

  8. Great page πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ± congrats
    Have a nice day

  9. Fantastic page. I love the bricks and the window. Also, I relate to your comments about "hitting the brick wall." lol. Hugs, Eileen

  10. Good morning Your page is so awesome I love it especially the bricks-very cool I will take a look at the fb page sounds fun happy weekend and stay warm hugs Kathy

  11. Wonderful pages and it looks like you had fun playing along too 😁. Take care and happy wishes! Hugs, Jo x


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