Dienstag, 30. Juli 2013

Ode to Sunshine

When i think of summer, i love to be outside in the nature and watching everything with wings ( beside the midge) and i sadly noticed, that there are less butterflies each year.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is asking for an *Ode to Sunshine* and i gave some butterflies a new life.

This card was really a challenge for me, because i've never stamped that much on one card before

I've started stamping the fern - stamp onto white cardstock with embossing ink and used clear embossing powder. The next step was to distress the background. I started with mustard seed in the middle and worked my way to the outside with spiced marmelade, fired brick and vintage photo.

I think, i used all the flower stamps i own for the next part and stamped with Archival Ink and StazOn in different colours. Started with the lightest colour and finished in black.

I cut a dressform template from Honeycomb Paper ( Inky Antics ) and adhered it to the chipboard dressform.

I used the same distress inks as for the background on another sheet of cardstock and applyed Ranger Matt Medium on top. I stamped the butterflies on this sheet, but before...

....i used selfadhesive aluminium foil on the back to bend the wings of the butterflies so that they'll stay in place

The handmade adhesive chipboard letters are from K & Company. They are distressed too, to fit the background colours and i used Glossy Accents on top

Hope you like my ode to sunshine...and butterflies (:o)
Thanks for reading and your appreciated comments


Sonntag, 28. Juli 2013

Be inspired...by the written Word

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are all well. We had a hot and humid weekend and i still feel like runny cheese (:o) My best friend these days is my trusty ventilator beside my workdesk. I managed to create another art - journal page for the Octopode Factory Challenge *Inspired by the written word*

 Alice in Wonderland

The background started with a little sketch.....

.....followed by some painting with these DecoArt paints

Tweedledum and Tweedledee are digi stamps and painted with distress inks and finished with a layer of Utee on top

Maybe you feel inspired and take part, too?
Thanks for reading and your appreciated comments


Freitag, 26. Juli 2013

Carpe Diem

Hi Bloggers (:o) Weekend is near and more heat is coming. We expect 38° C on Sunday. There's not much to do with this temperature as chilling with feets in a bowl of cold water.
I have finished my tag for the new DragonsDream Tag It On Challenge last night. The new receipe is Stencil / Mask, Paint, Ribbon and one real stamp.

A view behind the making of....

I used antiqued bronze distress stain and fired brick distress ink on top of that. Than i took a mask and wiped of some of the distress ink thru the mask with a baby wipe and used a script stamp with black archival ink on top

I ripped another tag and punched some holes. Applyed more distress ink fired brick and vintage photo

I cut a heart from grunge paper, painted with DecoArt Traditions Titanium white and used a crackle medium on top. On top of the crackles i've painted with Quinacridone Gold

Stamped the wings on grunge paper, cut out and painted white, too

On top i used Americana Triple Thick and Distress glitter.

Around the edges of the heart and the tag, i've finished with Metallic Lustre Champagne Ice.

There is a lot shine on this tag

Carpe Diem

Happy Weekend
Thanks for reading and your appreciated comments


Montag, 22. Juli 2013

Fun with ATC's # 92 - Set of three

Happy monday, dear bloggers (:o) It's set of three theme at Fun with ATCs. Well, my playing cards stamps from LaBlanche fit perfect, i guess.

I used black cardstock for the background. I stamped the images with Versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I then applyed Ranger paint dabber *snow cap* and used a baby wipe to take of the paint from the embossing parts. Some accents with Signo white uni - ball here and there. Red stickles and H2O's in teal zircon to finish.

Actually the heat is catching us up. We had 34° C today

Lazy Elly

Freitag, 19. Juli 2013

Happy Announcement

Hi folks, it's friday......and the sun is shining! The best conditions to announce the winner of my special give away from this post.

Congrats to Christi Conley / Aurora USA

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment

Happy friday!!


Mittwoch, 17. Juli 2013

Old Barn Door with Rust

SanDee & Amelie's steampunk challenge is asking for rust. This time, i wanted to create something different as a brownish, rusty looking box with a little help of Tando Creative and the amazing Book Cover Kit *Nuts and Bolts* designed by Neil Walker. In private, he must be thinking of me designing this kit *lol* I definitely need more of these. They are very sturdy and perfect for painting.

I really love the little nuts


I went for my favorite technique from the Andy Skinner Timeworn Workshop
*Peeled Paint*
with a first layer of DecoArt Titanium white

A second layer of white and some drybrushing with medium grey on top

The nuts, bolts and the closure had a paint treatment with DecoArt Traditions black followed by raw umber and burnt umber on top. The running rust effect is done with a wash of Quinacridone Gold

The cover is sealed with Americana Duraclear matt varnish

I adhered the front and back cover to corrugated cardboard with double sided tape

I really love to make my own embellishments
I'm using some metal frames and Americana Writer White which drys 3 dimensional

Let dry over night. The paint will flatten when dry

On top i used some rub on's and American Tripple Thick 

Looks a bit like enameled
More paint on the metal for the rusty look 

Stipples of green acrylic paint for patina

While watching these pictures at this stage, i missed some running rust at the embellishment and the door was still a bit too empty for me.
What's behind the door?
I decided to make an image transfer like Mr Skinner explained here, for the finished look

Do you like it?
Thanks for reading to the end and your appreciated comments