Saturday, September 23, 2017

Best Wishes in Green and Gold

Over at the CAS Watercolor Challenge the theme is "Silhouette" and it doesn't have to be a black one. So mine is gold with a green watercolor wash, sprinkled with salt, in the background. Instead of using gems, I die cut the top of the flower again, cut out some of the circles, "hammered" them with the end of a brush to give them some textures and glued them on.

Stamps: Hero Arts (sentiment)
Die: Memory Box (flower)

CAS Watercolor September Challenge

CAS Mix Up September Challenge

Hope you are enjoying the weekend!

Be well,

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Copper and Turquoise

When I saw the photo at "Inspired by the Little Things" (see further down) I thought the color combo of the mason jars was so striking!. So that's what I concentrated on for my card.

Stamps: Concord & 9th (world map), Clearly Besotted (striped background), Inkadinkado (sentiment)

Created a DI background with water splatters. Stamped and embossed the map with an ancient embossing powder from PSX. It created a texture but I don't know if that is because it is old or not super fine. I kind of like it. Stamped and embossed a border around a white panel using the same powder. The rest is self explanatory I think. If you have any questions, contact me.
I really love this color combo of copper and turquoise!

Inspired by the Little Things #64

On another note, I always used picmonkey to add the watermark to my pictures for free but all of the sudden it wants me to pay for a membership - bummer! Do any of you know of another free software for watermarks?

Be well,

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Stars Just For You

When I saw Heather's color combo at the August color challenge at Winnie & Walter I knew I wanted to create something using them. These colors together make me so happy! 

Stamps: Winnie & Walters (stars), Uniko (sentiment)
Die: Avery Elle (border)
Other: Schmincke Watercolors

This month's theme at CAS Mix Up is watercolor wash. I watched all the videos that Loll recommended and learned a lot! I tried one of the ways to do a color wash in the background and like how smooth it came out. Thanks Loll for always providing links to technique videos! That was very helpful!

Winnie & Walter August Color Combo Challenge

Winnie & Walter Rerun #23
Unfortunately I don't own " A Tree for all Seasons" but I was inspired by Vanessa's card.


CAS Mix Up September Challenge 
I am not sure if my card is CAS enough for the challenge - if it isn't please just ignore it.

Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember Wednesday Challenge "Stamp It"

As always, thank you so much for your visit and comments! If you have any questions let me know (my email is in the "Contact Me" page).

Be well,

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Inlaid 60th Birthday

Quickly popping in to post this card before both challenges close...

Stamps: My Favorite Things (flower background), Avery Elle (sentiment)
Dies: Memory Box (numbers), PTI (edge)

It's hard to see that I covered the numbers with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents after coloring them with Faber Castell Polychromos.

Challenges (click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries):

My Favorite Things Camp Create 2017 "Inlaid Made Easy"

The Flower Challenge #11 "Focus on Background Stamping"

ETA: Thanks to Christine I am sending this also to

Kreativ Durcheinander #42 "Buchstaben und Zahlen"

Be well and keep in touch,

Monday, August 21, 2017

Two Cards, Two Techniques

Today I have two cards for you featuring two different techniques. The first one has a strip of Yupo paper (sort of like a sheet of thin plastic) and alcohol inks. In the close up you might be able to see a bit of gold there, too. It's very fascinating to watch how drops of alcohol inks react on Yupo paper. If you haven't tried it you should definitely put it on your list of techniques to try!

Stamps: My Favorite Things (sentiment)
Die: My Favorite Things (happy)

On the second card I played with watercolors on watercolor paper sprinkled with salt. The salt sucks up the color and creates an interesting pattern. I die cut the hearts and the word love from the sheet I created. The close up is supposed to show you the Wink of Stella sparkle that is so hard to capture on a photo!

Stamps: PTI (sentiment)
Dies: PTI (love), Sweet 'n' Sassy (hearts, SSS (stitched frame)

Challenges (click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries):

CAS Mix Up August Challenge

My Favorite Things Camp Create 2017 "Delightful Die Cutting"

Thanks so much for visiting and commenting if you feel like it! Let me know if you have any questions!

Be well,

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Big Lily

A while ago I was lucky enough to win a gift card to the Uniko store and I choose this awesome lily set with it. I had it shipped to my sisters house in Germany, picked it up when I was there, and finally got around to play with. This is the first card I made with it.

Stamps: Uniko (lily and sentiment), Hero Arts (foliage in the background)
Other: Faber Castell Polychromos

Stamped and colored it with colored pencils, fussy cut around the flower, gold embossed the edge of the white panel, stamped the background with different foliage stamps, stamped and die cut the sentiment, and gold embossed the edge of that panel, too.

Of course I am entering it at the current
Uniko Challenge #42 where the theme is very fittingly "Flowers"

and Virginia wants to see what we created this summer

Thanks for stopping by!

Be well,

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Embossed Map of the world

Another thing I love are maps. Looking at maps, decorating with maps, buying craft supplies featuring maps, etc. Maybe it has to do with my love for traveling... There are two challenges at the moment that have a map theme and have inspired me to play. Even though I have a lot of stamps featuring maps I decided to take out this NBUS embossing folder.

Stamps: Hero Arts (sentiment)
Other: Darice (embossing folder)

I dry embossed it on watercolor paper, went over the continents with an embossing marker and heat embossed them with different shades of embossing powders, then watercolored the oceans.

(click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries):

Time Out Challenge #89 - Photo Challenge

The Male Room Challenge #66 - Maps/Coordinates

ETA: Darnell suggested that I should enter it here (she is GD, check it out)
Just Us Girls Challenge #406 - Shine

Virginia's Summer Blog Party

And now finally some photos of my hometown.

The town hall

The last remaining tower of the old rampart at night

Yep, my hometown has gone artsy and colorful

And another empty house used as a canvas

And one more thing: You have to know that I am never one of the first to buy something, read a book or see a new movie. Don't know why I prefer to wait and see... But here is one of the rare exceptions. 

When the MISTI first came out I thought I didn't need it because I still have lots of wood mounted stamps. But then so many of you raved about it and showed techniques that one can do with it. So I slowly decided to get one. I hemmed and hawed (mainly because of the price) and hemmed and hawed some more until Tim Holtz introduced his stamping platform in January. I preordered it and finally got it a couple of weeks ago. Since I don't have the MISTI I can't really compare it. I can just tell you that I like how it works and that I am happy to finally own one of those fancy stamping positioners.

Be well,

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