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Dienstag, 16. September 2014

Simon Says: Rock the technique

Happy tuesday, dear crafters (:o)

It's STAMPtember at Simon Monday Challenge and it's all about techniques

Well, i'm not a stamping queen with a lot techniques in my head, but i know how to ask the right questions at YouTube and i've tried a technique called *retiform* ( you maybe already know). I'm glad i'm always making step by step pictures, because my tag ended up covered and what you still see is just a background.
In this case i didn't rock the technique - i'm just showing a technique but that's why i love challenges.
Challenge myself and trying something new.



Step by step


The video about the *retiform technique* here


I used Distress Ink pumice stone and broken china


I used stamps from Stampers Anonymous, Katzelkraft and Inkadinkado


A lot masking with this technique



A copper metal sheet from Spellbinders, embossed with the Cuttlebug (A/C plate) and Spellbinders M - Bossabilities (reversible embossing folder) called Lovely Lattice


Painted with black acrylic paint.....


...and sanded


A *Must have* for every steampunk fan
Spellbinders *Sprightly Sprockets* by Donna Salazar


I've adhered a sheet of copper metal to cardboard.
It was a bit tricky to cut this thick layer with the Cuttlebug and i used the A/B plate with a shim
The metal gear was then painted with black acrylic paint and sanded. A layer of DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream patina and sanded again


...and i've used this stampset


I've coloured the main image with Distress Inks and it's clear heat embossed with Utee
I just noticed, actually i'm using a lot different techniques (:o)

I hope you feel inspired to join the challenge 
Thanks for leaving your appreciated comments

Happy tuesday
xoxo
Elly


Montag, 15. September 2014

Be my guest on a Vintage Journey - With a Flourish


Hello crafty friends (:o)
I was very happy to have been asked along to *A Vintage Journey* as a guest designer this month.


Honestly, you can't go on a vintage journey without at least a little bit Tim Holtz


My journey started with a black tag size 8, stamped with the text stamp from the Stampers Anonymous *Papillion* Stamp Set and Versamark - heat embossed with clear embossing powder


The tag was then painted with the Acrylic Paint Dabber *aqua*. After the paint was dry, i've used a baby wipe to take off the paint from the embossed script


A little bit distressing around the edges with Distress Ink for the finish look


The grungeboard flourish was painted with *pitch black* Dabber and a coat of Distress Crackle Paint *rock candy* on top


A little bit *aqua* to match the colour of the tag


Butterflies stamped on acatate


Coloured with alkohol ink *caramel* and *pool*


Stamped with Archival black on kraft cardstock


Easy cutting with the Sizzix Alterations *French Flights*


5 pages of corrugated cardboard, roughly distressed with the Distrezz - it - All from Zutter. The pages are sprayed with Distress Inks in blue and brown colours. Partly heat embossed with embossing powder and painted with the Dabber *aqua* and *gold*


Idea - ology *framed* alpha parts  painted with gold, too


See, even if i love to use acrylic paint i'm also a scrapper and i don't mind to cut paper.
I've glued paper from the *french industrial* stash to the background. Sprayed some ink. A giant tag forms a pocket on the left side for some secrets. I've painted and cut a sheet of Burlap paper from DCWV with the frameworks die. More painted alpha parts to highlight the picture from a meeting of my Boss, favorite artist and Executive Creative Consultant of DecoArt  *Andy Skinner* and me.

Thanks to Vintage Journey for the invite
and
thank you for being part of my creative outbreaks and leaving your appreciated comments

Happy monday
Elly

Freitag, 12. September 2014

Mixed Media Challenge

Happy friday, crafty friends (:o)

The Mirror Crack'd is a new mixed media / altered art style challenge blog.
The first theme is *Anything Goes* but no cards are allowed.

Sue from Scrumplescrunch  (one of the DT members) wrote on her blog: Working with mixed media can be scary..... and this gave me the idea for my project

An altered Dino(saur) box


I started with a plain wood box. I've cut a Dino ( with two heads) apart and mounted the separate parts to the box with Apoxie Clay. 


I painted a layer of gel medium and applied Decoart texture crackle 


Next was a layer of black acrylic paint


More cracks and texture with Kroma Crackle and drybrushed everything with white acrylic paint


Started painting the heads....


...tail and feets next....


..and the rest of the box with layers of Decoart Artist Traditions Acrylic Paint




Well, looks a little bit like something Jurassic Park don't you think?
I hope you feel inspired to join the challenge at The Mirror Crack'd

Thanks for your appreciated comments

xoxo
Elly

Mittwoch, 10. September 2014

Some News - Some Gourds - An Interim Report

Hello crafty friends (:o)

The News first
I'm published with an old project at Paper Crafter's Library.
Never heard of it? Take a look here

Be prepared! There are some Craft Trend Reporter out there.

Furthermore i want to give you an update of my growing gourds. Well, honestly i've only expected some big growing leaves because the summer - sun is not hot enough where i live.
We had a few days with 30°C / 86°F this summer but also a lot rain. Even the tomatoes ripend very late.

But...see for yourself


I started with 6 seeds....


..and 5 grown up













It's very funny to see them hanging around everwhere


What am i intend to do with gourds are you asking?
If i'm able to get them dry of course......sometime next year
Take a look at my pinboard at Pinterest

I've also organized my scrap - table a little bit during the vacation.
I've bought some storage for ink pads and small paper pads in different size from Fernli Designs.


I've glued the pieces together


Yes i only have a small collection of Distress Inks 
My mixed media range needs a lot more space


I keep the 12" paper in a handmade storage rack above


Oh..and this rack was in a bad shape


..and got a new dress with a little bit acrylic paint and some decoupage paper



Thanks for reading and happy wednesday my friends (:o)

Elly