Tuesday, 29 June 2010
But I'm delighted to say I made the Card Patterns Super 6 for the first time. Yippie!!!
I am currently working on some boxes, mirrors and frames, so watch this space. Will try to squeeze in a post this week f I can get anything finished (work always gets in the way!). I'm off to order a melting pot and some other goodies now!!
Catch you later!! Anika xxx
Thursday, 24 June 2010
So here's another frame, painted with above mentioned paint and spritzed with glimmer mists. I'm still grateful to Hels for introducing me to this technique, you just don't know what kinda crackle monster you created!!!
I had a little play with the alterations on the edge die and since I love anything laced up I thought the 2 pieces of swirly grungeboard be perfect to be laced together with some string. Although I did lace it up about 4 different times til I ended up with this result. So many different options. The birds are crackled too and the tree bunch covered in distress embossing powder (had that for ages and never got on with it until now, it makes the perfect texture and look for a tree branch).
Some detail here for you.
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Sunday, 20 June 2010
Since it's Father's Day (in the UK) today I thought I share this card for you that I made for my dad. even though it's not Father's Day at home (in Germany) I sent him a card anyway. I used an old photo of my dad as a boy with a little metal frame and filled it with glossy accents. I first filled it with crackle accents but when it had dried you couldnt see the picture at all anymore which was a shame, it was just so blurred. So I started again and used glossy accents this time. And of course I had to use the memo pins embellishments, I am loving them at the moment. So there you go, my dad's card.
Thursday, 17 June 2010
If you missed my last post about my first box just scoll down, there is a before picture of this box too. Basically a plain wooden one.
So I had an old replica newspaper and covered the box in that, when dry I spritzed some glimmer mists and perfect pearls with water on it. Then painted some rock candy crackle paint over it. More glimmer mists over the top and then I gave that viva gold paint a go, it's like a thick paste, almost like shoe polish. I sponged it on and buffed it all up. Not quite sure what effect I was trying to achieve with that polish paint but it'll take a few more goes to really get to know it.
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
My entry for Card Patterns this week is a wedding card. I did enjoy the sketch this week. Sometimes there's sketches I just can't do anything with. They just don't work for me, but this one was nice. cream and white card inked with distress inks, some idea-ology foliage and a sentiment, done.
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Linda from Studio L3 is running a compendium of curiosities challenge and theres a fab prize too. I hadnt looked at the book since i first got it so thanks for the reminder!
This week's challenge is using the water stamping/bleaching technique. And this is the first time I've tried it. I'm very pleased with the result I must say, it's simple, yet you can achieve stunning effects. I added some tattered florals and snaps and a hero arts greeting. The swirl is also hero arts. I'll definitely be trying out more of the ideas from the book.
Saturday, 12 June 2010
You may have noticed I've been going a little crackle frame nuts recently and there is no end in sight. Here is another one. This time it's all purply-pink and I used the fanciful flight alterations die as well as adding a trusty tattered floral (no frame without them!). Also used a swirly mirror piece I picked up in a craft shop back home in Germany. They do all sorts of mirror bits including letters and numbers, which I'm yet to use.
Here is some detail. If you follow Wendy Vecchi's blog you will have read about this. Make your own embellishments using memo pins. Just get an image or piece of card the size of the circle and attach it with some pritt stick. then fill the circle with glossy accents. I couldnt think of anything to put behind this so I just used plain card, filled it with glossy accents and sprinkled glitter over the top. It sinks in a bit when it dries, so I stuck some gems in the middle.
Check out Wendy's instructions here.
And last but not least, a quote using one of my Catslife Press stamps, which I love. I just don't use them enough.
This frame will be entered into the Wings challenge at Gingersnap creations.
Friday, 11 June 2010
I really enjoyed the Card Patterns Sketch this week, so I made something colourful and happy.
Newly discovered that one particular flower on the Tattered Florals alterations die, just cant stop using it at the moment.
Thursday, 10 June 2010
I gave the outside a good coat or two of a neutral basecoat. I just use an acrylic paint from the art shop. Then I use a lot of crackle paint, again a neutral colour like old paper (not the one in the photo, sorry for any confusion). And then I got spritzing with glimmer mists.
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
Another week, another CPS sketch and this weeks sketch I really liked. I had a reason to get my brand new Martha Stewart doily lace punch out, yippie. Works fab with the pics of mym mum as a child I think, what do you reckon?!
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
- a Moleskine Kraft notbook to alter
Now if you are thinking 'What on earth could one make with that?!?!' then let me show you...
Here is a vintagy frame I made using the hessian, some Tim Holtz fragments and a little vial, also filled with beads. I added a load of other old stuff like an old key I found at home and some more of the old German money my dad gave me and some more idea-ology. And the lady in the centre, I cut her out of the new Lost and Found paper stack by Tim Holtz. (Love it!!!) I named her Mary and made up a whole story about who she is. And the frame is what Mary is about.
So, I hope you like what you see and that you'd like to get your hands on the candy, here is the rules:
The challenge on the Simon says blog is male card or father's day card this week so as I was making a load of father's day cards anyway, here is my entry for the challenge. It's a simle design but I just love the vintagy feel about it. I've used a lot of Tim Holtz idea-ology including the new Lost & Found paperstack. I just love it!!!
Check out Simon says challenge here.
Thursday, 3 June 2010
I'm entering this into the quote challenge at Gingersnap cause I love working with any of the Tim Holtz stamps quotes, they are a great start for creating art work around. And with the daydreaming girl stamp it all just ties in so nicely.
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
It's been a very busy day (and past week), I was away in Germany too see my family and I had a rummage around a flea market and brought back some bits... old fabric tape measures, snaps, keyholes... I have been playing with some of them already and the result will be posted later in the week.
For now let me show you what I came up with for Hels Sunday Stamper challenge.
I've had the birdcage die sitting in its box for a week now and finally had to get it out and play with it.
On someone's blog (can't remember where it was, sorry) I saw these layered flowers made from the tattered florals die and here I've used 4 flowers, all cut from Core'dinations whitewash cardstock in various pink colours. Just crumple it up, sand it a bit, cut flowers and there you go, instant embellishment.
I totally forgot to mention that it is also being entered into the challenge on the Alter it monthly blog. Check it out if you havent yet. Some nice artwork for inspiration there. I hope this qualifies as something altered, I'm just never sure, but it's a frame I altered and decorated etc so surely it qualifies.