Freitag, 28. Juni 2013

The Specimen Man

Well, a lot of bigger projects are in the making but i want to share a card with you, with a digi image. This image was really love at  first sight by Smeared Ink

The butterflies are painted with HSO's first followed by heat embossing with utee also at some areas of the face, where i wanted the image to stay white. Finished with distress ink vintage photo on top.

Have a nice weekend

Montag, 24. Juni 2013

Octopode Factory - Summer Challenge

Happy monday, dear friends (:o)
While reading and commenting on your posts last weekend, i came across of Mark's new DT - make for the Octopode Factory challenge. I really like these quirky images and stamps also if they are not so easy to use ( for me!) because i'm always in trouble to create the right background. In this case, i've created a hand drawn background. Any resemblance to existing stamps is purely coincidence. I guess this mini page will be the first in my upcoming art journal.

Hope you like it


Freitag, 21. Juni 2013

ATC Trade and some Answers

Hi crafters, blogger and apprecited followers (:o) Here is my last post for this week, before i start into a hopefully sunny weekend. I promised to show my romantic themed atc trade, when it's received. I often get the question, where to get the paint i'm using, especially the DecoArt Traditions Acrylic Paints i'm using for my timeworn treatments. Well, there are a lot online shops out there but i can really advise you The Stamp Attic. It's the major stockist of DecoArt products in the UK now. The shop owner is very helpful and if you are looking for something you can't find in the shop right now, just send an email to and she try's the best to find what you are looking for.

I started to create a book, to fit the atc's inside, but i went kinda crazy and well, it's actually a stand now, because it can't be closed anymore

Some steps how i've made the cover

I used corrugated cardboard, painted with DecoArt acrylic white and on top Crackle Paint Clear Rock Candy

I used a babywipe and applyed DecoArt Acrylic Paint Pebbles

Something new are these Clear Sraps Acrylic / tag shaped, stamped with La Blanche Stamp and StazOn black, then painted with DecoArt Acrylics on top. If you let the StazOn dry a little bit, you get a really crisp image. Press Clear Scrap on top of stamp for more control.

Front Look

Glued paper to the backside

Sateh stick painted white and fixed to cover with two strips of cotton and brads. Glued two beads to the end of the stick

Hope you like it  (:o)
Have a nice weekend and thanks for leaving all your appreciated comments



Donnerstag, 20. Juni 2013

Take it, Make it

The current blog challenge at Craft Stamper *embossing technique* is running till Friday August 2nd.
The challenge is concentrated on the embossing technique demonstrated by Birgit Koopsen on page 30 - 31 of the July Issue.

My entry

Isn't it a surprise, to see me blogging three days in a row? Well, it was simply too hot to stay outside yesterday 
The background of the card is started as shown in the July issue, with green and yellow embossing powders. I stamped on top ( Crowns & Castles 4 from Paper Artsy) followed by a technique called *Painting with powders*, i've found at the internet shown by Ellen Hutson from Stampendous

Mittwoch, 19. Juni 2013

Wedding Card

Out of the ordinary ( the wedding card!) but kraft and that's what Simon Says Stamp and Show is asking for in this weeks challenge. Well, this card is actually a customer order. A wedding card themed music and dancing.
Thinking about music and dancing  my thoughts went to CD. So i pimped a CD first, with an old record in mind.

The back is made to write a message on and kraft cardstock fits best with this paperline from Graphic 45 called Curtain Call

And finally a case, also folded with kraft cardstock

My costumers are happy with this card. They are dancing masters and also very creative (:o)
What do you think?
Maybe an unusual colour scheme for a wedding card, but sooo romantic (:o)


Some of you maybe noticed via Facebook, that i've finished my Morpheus Box. The project from the Michael deMeng Online Class. Well, as this is a little scary make and not everyone's cup of tea, i'm not going to post this on my blog. But if you're interested, you can watch my video on YouTube ( only 5 minutes), or catch me on Facebook (:o)

Thanks for reading and your appreciated comments

Dienstag, 18. Juni 2013

Flower ATC

I have just finished an ATC - Trade for my German forum - romantic themed, i'll show you when it's received. While reading all the new blogposts on my dashboard, i also came across of Lynne Forsythe, which i follow quite a while. She's just back from vacation and challenge us, to create something with leftover pieces from our workdesk.
There wasn't much left on my workdesk, except some leftover pieces of paper, some flowers and a tiny piece of cheesecloth. I always have two baskets on my table, with blanc tags and atc's. There is also my hotglue gun ready to use. In consideration to the small pieces of paper, i used a blanc atc.
As i finished my flower atc, i also discovered the new Fun with ATC - Challenge flower themed. Well, this way this contribution kills two birds with one stone.

We have a hot and sunny day, today. It's nearly 7.00 pm and it's still more than 30°C / 86°F outside.
I also discoverd the cuckoo in my garden, which is calling every morning at 3.30 pm.

Back under my sunshade now (:o)


Montag, 17. Juni 2013

Underwater Steampunk

Happy Monday (:o)
I wish you a nice and sunny start into this week, which i'm starting with something industrial - steampunk.
I wanted to create a diver with helmet for the SanDee & Amelie's Steampunk Challenge *Underwater*, but the helmet seems to be a brainbreaker and needs a bit time to grow. By accident i came across a box which got my attention about the form. Well, the followed paint - treatment for an industrial - steampunk look was a go with the flow (:o)

A fishy submarine

Here is the box before

I covered the lid with dry embossed aluminium foil and applyed a mixture of DecoArt Acrylic Paint *Sea Aqua* and DecoArt Traditions *Medium Grey*

The next step was a little bit painting for a sub - look with DecoArt Acrylic Paint in  *Spiced Pumkin* and a mixture of *Snow White* and *Medium Grey*

Glued on all my favorite embellishments for a steamy look

More paint in the same colours as i wrote above.....

...followed by a lot washes in DecoArt Traditions *Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide*, *Transparent Red Iron Oxide* and *Quinacridone Gold*

The last step was drybrushing with *Raw Umber* and *Medium Grey*

A perfect box to keep my metal embellishments, don't you think?

If you feel inspired, hop over to SanDee & Amelie and take a look at the other 2D and 3D creations and maybe you like to play with us (:o)
 Thanks for stoppin' by and leaving your always appreciated comments


Samstag, 15. Juni 2013

12 Tags of 2013 - June

Here is my make of the Tim Holtz tag for june 2013. I own more of his metal stuff than stamps or stains, so this was again an improvisation. I used the one and only dragonfly i have and the rest was hand - drawing around it, to fit his stampset (:o) I don't own distress markers also, that's why i used the Ranger pen nips and the water brush with the distress inks for the colouring part on watercolour paper. For the background on the main tag i used distress inks and DecoArt acrylic paint. The background stamp is from Tim's papillon set.

I really like the *how to use* contributions from master Tim, because you learn a lot about the possibillitys of the products and someday, i'll own distress markers, too.

Thanks for reading
Have a nice weekend

Donnerstag, 13. Juni 2013

Mixed Media Tag

Hi Crafters and Blogger Friends (:o)
There is a new challenge at DragonsDream Tag It On and the recipe for this week is red - book pages and / or text - an embellishment and at least one real stamp. I decided to try my Spellbinders Media Mixage shields by Susan Lenart Kazmer which creates beautiful jewellery but you can also use it on a canvas or in my case on a tag.

Here you can see how i started

I cut the tag from thicker cardboard, adhered old book pages with matt medium and a thin layer of Gesso on top. I dryed everything with the heatgun and used modeling paste with a stencil on top of that. The modeling paste is dryed with the heatgun, too.

I applyed a chain to the bezels to connect them. Then glued all the embellishments on ( flowers, lace, halfpearls and metal ) with my hotglue - gun. The bezels accessory have glossy accents on the back, but the hot glue drys faster and secures them into place. A layer of Gesso on top of all these embellishments, to finish this part.

I sprayed with Ranger Colour Wash *red pepper* and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist *iridescent gold* for a slightly shimmer. While this was air drying ( couldn't use the heatgun, because the gotglue will melt ).......

...i stamped my image ( La Blanche) and used the matching bezel dies from Spellbinders smoothly with my cuttlebug

Well, to make it perfect, i used the ice resin, too. It was the first time as i normaly use glossy accents, but i wanted to try it, to see the different between these products. I would definitely use it for jewellery, because it's more clear than glossy accents and i finished with non airbubble, which never happens ( only to me? ) with glossy accents

The raised areas are finished with a touch of Inka Gold
Hop over to DragonsDream and take a look at the beautiful DT creations
or better
play with us (:o)

I hope you like my mixed media excursion (:o)
Thanks for reading and your appreciated comments, i love to read.


Dienstag, 11. Juni 2013

Use Buttons

Use a button on your project is the challenge theme at Simon says Stamp and Show for this week.Well, i'm not gifted with a jar of buttons, that's why i made some of paperclay.
My project for this challenge is a bit of recycling, paper quilling, painting, stamping and i bring you some flowers, too.

You can always click on the pictures for a larger view (:o)

Well, here you can see what i've done....

The buttons from paperclay a stamped with the Ultimate Grunge Set from Tim Holtz before they went into the oven

These flowers are made from paperstrips in quilling technique.

I wanted to make a bunch of different handmade flowers. I also used DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint in Irish Moss, Pebbles and Dazzling Metallics in Oyster Pearl on old sheets of music.

I used a pet - bottle and cut the top off for a vase

The bottle is painted and stamped with DecoArt Gloss Enamels 

I used some strips of wire for floral stems

You can use the flowers as garden decoration, too (:o)

Hope you like my button challenge. Thanks as always for your appreciated comments.