Sonntag, 24. Februar 2013

Bigger is better

Happy sunday to all my old and new readers (:o) First, i want to thank you, for all your nice and appreciated comments. I know, it's a daily balancing act between crafting and taking time to write comments. Thanks for every minute you spend for reading my obsesssions. (:o)

 Today it's about TIO # 136 Orange and Purple Butterfly

Sometimes, i'm doing my scrap - cutting in front of the computer while watching american tv. There was an advertising....an adult speaker in discussion with kids and he's asking: What's better? A bigger or a smaller treehouse? The result: Bigger is better
Well, i must smile just because this advertising fits the size of my tag. It's 8,5" x 3,5" (21,6 cm x 8,9 cm) and the butterflies at the end of this post.
I used one of my new stamps from Prima designed by Julie Nutting. Yes girls, sometimes i'm not only steampunky but girly fashioned, too. Hope you like it, as well (:o)




I used Dylusions and Glimmer Mist for the background first



I also used a mask and applyed acrylic paint 



Here is my new stamp from Prima


I cut this girl from different paper and coloured her in. The dress is from an old paperline, called Mariposa. Can you see the butterflies on her dress?


I finished, with stamping some butterflies and printed the saying on my computer


On my search at the internet for butterflies and sayings, i found some clip - art butterflies on Martha Stewart blog and had the idea, to start decorating my tv room for spring


This is hard to photograph, so i took some close up's, but you get the idea



This is the biggest


I've made some antennas from wire for the smaller butterflies and i adhered aluminium tape to all of them on the back, so it's possible to bent the wings



You'll find the butterfly clip - art specimens here
Well, this was a long post, but these butterflies hopefully drive out the winter blues
 Thanks for reading

Happy Sunday (:o)

Elly

Dienstag, 19. Februar 2013

Metall - mosaicked

Hi there. Hope you are all well (:o)
I turn up from my PEZster Island for this weeks challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show: Metal - ology. If you haven't seen the DT creations, i advise you to take a look. I have never seen so many inspiration at only one blog - post. I had a view on my To - Do list and there was some kind of Mosaic. Why not creating a steampunky - grungy - metal - mosaic?

I searched my big box and found a thin canvas like cardboard and well, with a metal - grungy theme i'll always take a sheet of paper from my Tim Holz stash.


I painted the sides of the canvas - board with brown acrylic paint and used Glue and Seal to adhere the paper.


As this will be a mosaic....i need a focus in the middle. I found another little canvas in my big box...


.... but i decided, to turn it around and use the backsside..


....and here is the finished mosaic









Are you hoarding your embellishments? If you need a good reason to buy something new, create a mosaic (:o)
I hope you feel inspired

Thanks for all your visits and comments

Elly

Dienstag, 12. Februar 2013

Valentine Shadow Box

My name is Elly and i'm a messy crafter (:o) I have my own room for crafting, just because i need a bit messiness for my inspiration. I have to see all my stuff i can work with. If i put everything in boxes, i'm not using it...or buy a lot twice. I don't want to waste time with searching *lol*
Well.....i have a  big box with a lot scraps of embossed cardstock from other projects and i had the idea to use them for this weeks challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show: Something Messy
Actually i'm taking another Dry - Time - Out from my PEZ Dispenser Transforming. I have to use a lot Apoxie Clay and that stuff has a drytime of 24 hours. It's a slow work progress even more i'm not the best artist in sculpting. This is absolutly out of my comfort zone. A sample...?

A face on old keys.....



They look a little bit better with paint (:o)


And now up to the pictures, how i made this shadow box


Cut a frame from cardboard


Used strong glue and glued pieces of embossed cardstock on frame, overlapping a bit


Gears, pearls, magic mash and diecuts from LaBlanche speciality stampingpaper are glued on with Glossy Accents


 It's hard to see, but i used dark brown paint first


A light brush with silver paint and drybrushing with white paint 


Some accents with turqoise and a lot washes with Quinacridone Gold


Cutting a big box in half and....


...pushed together for a smaller size


Painted the inside with turqoise and a wash of Q - Gold


Applyed broken china distress ink to LaBlanche speciality stamping paper


LaBlanche Stamp and black archival ink


Gloss Gel Medium and a stencil


Finished with a wash of Q - Gold and glued the paper into the box


The heart with wings is made of plaster 

A beautiful Valentine Shadow Box, don't you think?

Thanks as always for your very appreciated comments and a big Hello to my new followers.
Happy Valentines Day!!


Elly



Donnerstag, 7. Februar 2013

Vintage Stamping Challenge #5

I was asked to create a male birthday card at once i noticed the Colour Challenge * Blues - Browns-Beige* at Vintage Stamping Challenge.


 I used a LaBlanche Stamp with StazOn on white cardstock and spritzed with turqoise Dylusions. I removed some paint using bleach with a fine brush and applyed vintage photo distress ink around the edges of the card. I also used two different embossing folders, only arround the edges, with my cuttlebug. I finished with metallic RubOns applying on the embossed parts with my fingers.


Elly

Montag, 4. Februar 2013

Queen of Hearts

The very long night yesterday extended about 36 minutes because a blackout during the Super Bowl. Therefore i also managed to create my second tag with a different approach to the 12 tags of 2013 from Master Tim.



I misted the tag with colour wash *red pepper* first, than used distress stain *barn door* A finished touch with distress ink *fired brick* and distress ink *black soot* on the edges. The stamp on the background is from Tim's ultimate grunge set, xoxo and queen is stamped with an alphabet stampset i had on hand. I adhered a playing card to one of Tim's tickets. The colorcore cardstock was used in the cuttlebug, together with Tim's texture fade *subway* The girly stamp is from a german manufacture called Stempelei. I used some twine and the round metal thingie is from B'sue Boutiques filled with Glossy Accents.

Happy Monday

Elly

Sonntag, 3. Februar 2013

Longest Night of the Year

.....at least for us...living in Europe.... and being an enthusiastic fan of the American Football, because it's the night of the Super Bowl


It's too bad -  my favorite Team isn't playing, the Green Bay Packers. They are the only non profit, community - owned major league professional sports team in the United States. However i'll enjoy the Super Bowl tonight and the broadcast will  be starting at midnight / our time. A lot of commercial breaks are guaranteed (:o) I'll use this time to apply some washes to my Pez Dispensers *lol* Never wasting time...

Ok, something very different now. I can't go without leaving some inspiration. Well, i thought i'm showing you the cover of my e-book reader, i've made from Sticky Back Canvas. I really love to use this paper transfer technique, i've showed you earlyer in a step by step tutorial... here. I used a sheet of the romance novel collection from Prima.
 I sewed the canvas to felt and also sewed on dryer sheets at the corners. Yes, these sheets which come out of the tumble dryer to give the laundry a nice smell. I sprayed the sheets with black magic glimmer mist and on top a thin layer of Multi Matt Medium for more stability. Some idea - ology and you have a nice cover for your e-book reader

I'm going to have fun with my Pez Dispensers now. Two of them are nearly ready and there are three more in the making.
Thanks for reading and leaving your appreciated comments
Have a nice sunday and a lot fun, if you're watching the Super Bowl.
I think i'm a bit more for the outsider
Well, goed luck to Baltimore Ravens

Elly