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Samstag, 19. April 2014

A new beginning at Country View Crafts

Welcome and thanks for stopping by.
I was honored to be chosen as one of the Top 3 in last month's Country View Crafts Challenge *Painty Pleasures* This means i have the the privilege of being Guest Designer for this month challenge and the opportunity to explore the theme of *New Beginnings*


I'm an eternal optimist and every day is a new beginning for me. I take it like *Alan Cohen* who said: Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.


For this challenge i've altered two old cd's and made a clock.
I adhered some vintage LaBlanche papers onto the cd's and used paper doilys behind


The cyphers on the main clock are cut outs with epoxy stickers on top and i've assembled a clock mechanism from behind


The professor is stamped with black StazOn on acetate and painted with acrylic paint on the back. The doilys had a brushed treatment with Tattered Angels Chalkboard *orchid* and Glimmer Glaze *saffron*




I hope you like it and maybe you feel inspired to join the challenge *New Beginnings* at Country View Crafts. The DT has a lot more interpretations created for you.

Happy crafting (:o)
Thanks for reading and your appreciated comments.
xoxo
Elly

Easter Bunny


Sewing isn't one of my best skills but he fits perfect the hand of my 3 years old friend 
Washable, too (:o)


Happy Easter
my
crafty
friends

xoxo

Elly

Mittwoch, 16. April 2014

Take It - Make It - April Challenge


The april challenge is all about bottles

Creations featuring bottles or vials as a main feature
Altered bottles
Projects featuring stamped images of bottles
Wine bottles covers, labels or tags

Read all about the guidelines here and enter your project till Midnight Wednesday 23rd April 2014

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My entry

I can imagine some of you are expecting an altered bottle and honestly i was thinking about it but i decided to challenge myself with some cards.
I don't often buy wooden stamps but this one from Inkadinkado was love at first sight


I stamped on speciality stamping paper, coloured with Distress Inks and used Glossy Accents on top
I've cut some stamped flowers off and adhered paper flowers behind for a 3D effect


I also stamped on acetate and used acrylic paint on top of the image for a 2nd card


Turn around....


I adhered vintage paper behind the acetate



A closer look to the left card...with more 3D bottles


I've made molds from vials with a two part silicone





Utee


....some metal embellishments...


The bottles look a bit dingy when you take them out of the mold.
Give them a short blast with the heatgun and the shine appears
I used DecoArt Elegant Finish Metallic Glaze to paint the cork plugs


...i also glued paper behind the bottles



What else can you do with these bottles?
I also use the bottles for one of my never ending projects



The cards again




I hope you feel inspired to join the challenge, too (:o)
For more inspiration take a look at the DT creations here and here.

This month you can win four pots Luminarte Silks Acrylic Glaze sponsored by Artist Trading Post. The DT will choose their Top 3 and don't forget: The overall winner will get published at the Craft Stamper magazine and will be offered a Guest Designer spot for an upcoming challenge.

Have fun (:o)

Thanks for your appreciated comments
xoxo
Elly

Montag, 14. April 2014

DragonsDream TIO # 164

Happy monday, dear crafters (:o)

The receipe for DragonsDream *TagItOn* challenge is the letter s and blue.


I've cut a 10 size tag from speciality stamping paper and stamped the main balloon from *Katzelkraft* with StazOn *cloudy sky* followed by stamping a *resist* border around the tag with Versamark


More stamping  with StazOn again and i coloured the balloons with Distress Ink


On top of the coloured ballons i used the Ranger Perfect Medium brush and Utee


I also used the Versamark Pen on top of the gears around the border



Below you see the effect you get after stamping with Versamark and applying Distress Ink on top. These spots stay white  


Finally i used a mask and Distress Ink



Well, now i'm having a talk to the weather god and i'm asking for sunshine for the easter weekend

Have a nice start into this week

xoxo
Elly

Freitag, 11. April 2014

Art - Tiles - DecoArt DT Tutorial

Happy friday, dear crafters (:o) Today i want to show you, how to make some art tiles from shrink plastik like i did on my canvas with paper clay a while ago.

Drybrushing with DecoArt Metallic Lustre


Supplies: shrink plastic, stamps and the following DecoArt products: black acrylic paint, Traditions acrylic paint quinacridone gold, Metallic Lustre champagne ice, silver spark, iced espresso, copper kettle and DuraClear matt varnish
First you have to make some tiles like i did
from shrink plastic

...it's just stamping onto the (still warm) shrink plastik


Paint all tiles with black acrylic paint


Now...the drybrushing part with Metallic Lustre


Starting with silver spark


Take only a little Lustre and wipe off on a paper towel. As we are going to drybrush it's always better to start with less




Below you can see the difference between less and more drybrushing



Don't forget the backside


Time for the next colour and i'm using iced espresso on some spots




Followed by copper kettle



Champage Ice



Seal with DuraClear Matt Varnish


Finish with drybrushing some spots of quinacridone gold here and there


 Below...i layed down the shrink plastic art tiles next to the paperclay tiles to show you that there is no difference


Use the tiles in your next art work or make a bracelet

Happy crafting (:o)
have a nice weekend and thanks for your appreciated comments

xoxo

Elly