Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Canada, the Beautiful! - at Emerald Creek Dares

Canada, one of the most beautiful country on this planet (besides Austria, of course ;), is celebrating its 150th anniversary - and Emerald Creek Dares are joining in with this month's challenge theme "Canada, the Beautiful"!

I am a huge fan of the 90s TV series "Northern Exposure" and of Canada's wide and endless forests, lakes and wild life in general and I hope to visit this wonderful country some day! And as it happens I have only just finished reading two of German writer A.E. Johann's wonderful novels about a poor German couple who fled to Canada back in 1749 when France and England fought over Nova Scotia. Walther Corssen there becomes a soldier first, then a Ranger, later he establishes one of the first fur trade companies there and is among the first white people who explore far west Native Americans' territories and culture. In his novels A.E. Johann describes the beauty of Canada's nature - so this challenge theme came at exactly the right time for me!

I wanted to capture the image of wide and deep forests and silent lakes at night, only lit by the Northern Lights in a tag, using mainly Emerald Creek embossing powders alongside my favourite Sizzix dies - two "Tree Line" dies (an On the Edge die and a Thinlits die) and the Evergreen Alterations die designed by no other than Tim Holtz. And this is the result:

Emerald Creek products used:

other products used available at Emerald Creek:

Distress Paint - black soot
Distress Stains - vintage photo, tea dye, wild honey

And here's how I did it:

I die cut all the needed shapes (one tree, two tree lines, a deer, two maple leaves, a branch and the tag) from heavy black cardstock. Then I used a very worn and old bristle brush to loosely add strokes of white Gesso to the top area of the tag (to create the aurora borealis).

I made sure the Gesso was really dry, then I used another bristle brush, dabbed it into the emboss it ink pad and added another layer of loose brush strokes over the white area. I sprinkled on my favourite, the awesome Fractured Ice embossing crystals, and melted them with my heat tool. 

Next I took my black soot Distress paint dabber and added some vertical brush strokes on top. I wiped off the excess with a baby wipe. Voilá - there was my aurora borealis! All made from embossing powder! 

I used more clear embossing ink to stamp the furthes tree line using the lovely Emerald Creek Aldergrove stamp and heat embossed the image with EC Mercury Rising embossing powder. 

The bottom area of the tag that was meant to form the lake, got a layer of Fractured Ice crystals directly on the black card (using my embossing dabber).

The Fractured Ice looks so great on plain black card, doesn't it? See the tiny blingy turquoise dots? I love this effect! 

I cut the die cut tree in half and heat embossed it with EC Moss Stone Green embossing powder. Then I dabbed on a bit of black soot Distress paint for some texture. 

The maple leaf were heat embossed with Charred Gold and the branch and the larger leaf with Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powder. The heart brad and the cute little pine cone charm were a perfect match! The linen ribbon was toned in using wild honey, vintage photo and tea dye Distress Stains. 

The stag's antlers were highlighted with Charred Gold as well. The two tree lines were heat embossed with Mercury Rising and Vintage Ivy textured embossing powders before I started to layer them on my tag with black sticky foam pads. 

Et voilá!

 Happy 150th birthday, Canada!!!!

And if you want to play along and celebrate too, I hope to see you over at Emerald Creek Dares!
You can win a fab $50 voucher to spend at the Emerald Creek online store! How cool is that!

But there's more! The Top3 will get a 20% off discount code for the shop AND everyone who enters the challenge can receive 10% off their order (check out the full info over at the challenge blog)! So don't miss the chance and play along!!!!

Hugs and happy crafting!

Monday, 18 September 2017

Summer Farewell at Calico Craft Parts

Good morning, dear creative friends! I hope you are all well and have all had a wonderful weekend!
It's time for another short invite to the Calico Craft Parts blog where I am sharing a little mixed media project to say goodbye to a beautiful hot summer...

Simply click HERE to get to the post with the finished project and a detailed tutorial. I hope to see you over there! 

Have a good start into the week!


Friday, 15 September 2017

My Heart Runs on Steam - Anything Goes at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges

Hi and servus and thanks for stopping by!

Time for the second round of our September challenge over at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges! Round one already saw a lot of incredible projects - and we have also already had some fantastic entries so far - I hope I will find you play along too!

I am still struggling with a nasty virus and more headaches, but it's slowly getting better and so I made it just in time for Team B's turn to share a little steampunk inspiration with you . So this time it's a quick project and I also didn't manage to take images that would show the steps. Sorry, but I was already happy just to be able to create a little happy mess at my desk without having my head explode.

The focal image (a stamp set from Carabelle Studio) was first stamped onto a manila tag and then masked so I could later paint it with transparent DecoArt media fluid acrylics (Quinacridone Red and Violet, Prussian Blue Hue and Yellow Iron Oxide). I painted it AFTER dabbing on the background paints - just in case I wasn't content with the outcome...

I finished the painted image off with a white gel pen and a bit of metallic sheen here and there. You can also see that I painted a bit of a shade around the jar bell to make it visually pop from the background (but it is a single layer tag!).

Instead of using a brush for applying the paints for my background I used a round sponge to dab them on and rather mix them directly wet on wet on the tag than on the palette first. I used DecoArt Americana-,  Student- and media fluid acrylics to create the background.

The sponge created really cool patterns that - for me - match the feel of patina and rust. I simply added layer over layer and went in with colours as I needed until I was content with the look.

The glued on chunky rivets are left overs from a board game my husband got for his birthday (I always keep the left over bits from the chipboard parts that come with most board games...just in case... ;)
I painted them with Raw Umber first and then added some "Vintage Brass" Extreme Sheen with a soft brush. Wow! If you compare the rivets to the little label that was done using DecoArt Metallic Lustre, you can see the difference...I like both to be honest, but if you really want extreme sheen the DecoArt Extreme Sheen paint will do the job. lol

I used one of Andy Skinner's cool industrial texture stamps to add the scratches with black archival stamping ink. Then I masked the image again and sprinkled on some white, black and orange DecoArt media Shimmer Misters and the last bit of (diluted) Extreme Sheen paint from my palette. 

I wasn't able to get a good picture showing both - the stamped text AND the bling from the here's a detail view so you can see the quote a bit better:

My heart runs on .... steam! What else? 

I hope you like my messy tag! And of course I also hope to see you play along with us over at the SASPC Challenge Blog! I can't wait to see what you will come up with!

Hugs and happy crafting!
Claudia xxx

Monday, 4 September 2017

How to store and display tiny treasures at the same time - a Calico Craft Parts Project

Hi, servus and thank you for stopping by, dear creative friends and followers!
It's once more time to invite you over to the Calico Craft Parts blog to find out about my latest project I have done with some of Calico Craft's latest craft parts!

Some of you already know that I love to go fossil hunting! Sadly most of my found treasures had spent the last two years stored away in closed boxes, wrapped up safely, but this way also hidden away from sight.
I simply didn't have a cabinet or other display to store them in AND have them at display at the same time...until Helen came up with the new tray kits in many different styles! They're just perfect and I will definitely be making more of these!

If you have some tiny treasures too that you want to store "museum style", my tutorial over at the blog might be the one for you!
I hope to see you over there! Have a good start into the week!

Hugs and happy crafting!

Monday, 21 August 2017

Mixed Media Minis

Beautiful Calico Craft Parts and designer paper, your favourite media and paints and a bit of bling...that's all you need to create tiny works of art!

And sometimes I even surprise myself finding how many techniques and mixed media goodness you can use and create on a little format like an ATC!!! If you want to see the finished pieces, simply hop over to the Calico Craft Parts Blog!

Hope to see you over there!
Hugs and happy crafting!

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Anything Goes at Emerald Creek Dares!

Anything Goes - one of my favourite challenge themes to be honest! lol

The perfect occasion to use stamps and other goodies that you have been hoarding for what feels like ages.... ;)

Emerald Creek Dares are open for "Anything Goes" projects this month - so don't miss that chance to dust off some of your older treasures ...or something you have only recently bought and cannot wait to use on a project! Everything's possible! Yay!

The lovely "Fishing Boat" stamp from Emerald Creek has been in my stash for quite some time yet - but then there were always other ideas for projects that got in the way...but finally this was the time for it to enter the stage on a summer-splashy ocean waves tag!

I found the ribbon (with - what I think of as - a wave pattern) in a dollar shop lately and thought it would make great waves on a tag! I also had a waves die in my stash that I had almost forgotten I decided to build the stage for my fishing boat using both - the ribbon and some die cut waves. 

But first I gathered all the other Emerald Creek goodies I wanted to use: the Prize Cameo charms, the lovely Anchor charms, some chipboard frames from Southern Ridge and - of course - some of my beloved Emerald Creek embossing powerds. This time I used Mercury Rising (which is a dark, deep black-ish blue), Winter's Mistake (which melts to a matte and gritty finish with tiny sparkling turquoise inclusions) and Ultra Puff White (which does what its name to make the white cresps with it. 

The large tag was die cut from heavy (packaging) cardboard using the Tim Holtz "Tag and Bookplates" die. 

I picked one of the frames that matched the size of the boat's image. I had the idea of placing it a bit aslope (as if it was floating on the waves) on top of all the layers of the stamped image and die cut waves. 

The waves were die cut from white cardboard...

...and then heat embossed with Emerald Creek embossing powders. 

I scraped on salty ocean, weathered wood and broken china Distress paint with a palette knife for my background. I repeated this step on a piece of card. Once that was dry I stamped the boat's image onto it with black archival stamping ink. 

I used red and white acrylic paint and a fine tip brush to paint the fishing boat. Then I tore the finished image to size. The chipboard frame was heat embossed too before I scraped on some red and white acrylic paint to fuse it with the tag's design. 

Then I scraped on some white Gesso (for the clouds) and attached the anchor charm to the frame before I glued all my finished layers to the tag. I used sticky foam pads to fix the frame to the tag - so it "floated" even more. 

I cut some word stickers to size to glue them to the tag and used a small glass cabochon to finish off the hanging device that I made from one of the lovely Prize Cameo Charms. I used Glossy accents to glue the cabochon to the cameo frame charm.  

Some rough cord was attached to the loop and a thin white border was drawn freehand with a white gel pen - done!

I hope you like my ocean tag and how I used the ribbon for the waves! 

I would love to see you play along with us over at Emerald Creek Dares! There's - as always - the chance to win a fab $50 voucher to spend at the online store! 

So don't miss it! Over at the Emerald Creek Dares blog you can find more inspiration  being shared by the DT throughout the month! Check it out! 
Happy summer!

Monday, 7 August 2017

Something Nautical... awaiting you today over at the Calico Craft Parts Blog (yes, it is "my" Monday again to share my latest project with you over there).

This time I am trying to lure you over with this picture...

What kind of project is it part of? What on earth has she come up with this time? And how did she do it? Well....all of these burning questions (do you say that in English too?) and more will be answered if you click HERE and hop over to the Calico Craft Parts blog. ;)

I hope you will like what you will find there!


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Steampunk Summer - Round Two of SASPC's Summer Special

Servus, hi and I hope you're enjoying a wonderful summer and great holidays! It's time for Team B's makes over at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges so I am happy to share my latest (and first) summer-themed steampunk project with you today!

Summer and iced lollies are a perfect match, aren't they? Who doesn't love to enjoy something that is not only cold and refreshing but also colourful and a joy to look at?! So I tried to capture that iced lolly feel on my little 6''x6'' canvas.

My little butterfly's body is made from an old metal fitting I found in my "found metal treasures" box. For the letters and wings I used some of the fab Calico Craft Parts and the whole canvas was created using DecoArt media Misters and fluid acrylic paints.

The Calico Craft parts and the butterfly's body were glued to the canvas using matte Decou-Page.

Once that was dry, I dry brushed some white DecoArt Acrylic Gesso onto the MDF parts (so none of the details would get lost) and stippled more white Gesso directly onto the metal piece and around the glued on pieces for additional texture.

Then the spraying fun began! I spritzed some clear water onto the dry canvas and then added several tones of DecoArt media Mister colours to the wet canvas to create drip lines. I added more spritzed on water where necessary.

I also created some drip lines using washes of DecoArt media "Burnt Sienna" and "Transparent Red Iron Oxide" fluid acrylics alongside tiny traces of Carbon Black Mister.

More pure Transparent Red Iron Oxide was randomly added to the MDF parts and the butterfly's body to create a rusty look.

To tone everything down a bit I created more drip lines with White DecoArt Mister and water from my spray bottle.

And finally some more drip lines of "rust" created with Transparent Red Iron Oxide fluid acrylic.

I randomly stamped on a circle pattern here and there using black archival ink and one of  Tim's stamps from the Mixed Media set.
Using a permanent black fine tip marker I drew the butterfly's legs and feelers...

...and also added some handwriting and a thin border:

I love my little hairy winged dude in all his bright colours!

And I hope you like him too ;)

Our summer special challenge over at SASPC is open until the end of August - so there is still enough time to enjoy some creative steampunk mixed media fun and play along! And don't miss the chance to win one of our two wonderful prizes being sponsored by DecoArt media and boozybear chipboard pieces!

I hope to see you over there! The teamies have come up with the most amazing summer projects - so make sure to take a closer look at their makes too!

Hugs and happy summer crafting!

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