19 Jul 2016

Bag of the month - July- My Art Inspiration Station

This month bag is something very special:
I made my own inspiration station for Jenniebellies's "Inspiration Station Workshop".





The pattern for this bag "A place fo everything"  is from ByAnnie. Annie also teaches how to make this bag in her Craftsy class "Sew your own sturdy travel organizers" - one of my favorites.
Origially I quilted the fabric sandwich for the Riley Blake Sashing Stash Fabric Challenge of this year and made some pillows - which you can see on my facebook page.


From the leftovers I cut out the panels for this bag and combined it with a lacy zipper and some hot pink mesh.


The bag is a little bit wider than the original bag. I also added two strips of velcro to add more pages inside - pages that are already cut but not sewn or quilted yet.


JulyTag of the Month - Another Birthday Card

Special occasions need a special card.
This month I made a birthday card for a 25th birthday using the techniques Tim Holtz showed in his "12 tags of 2016"

For the first technique "Water colour resist" I stamped on a scrap of brown paper, leftover from a paper bag.


The printing hag gone well, but the micor glaze and the watercolour made the whole thing a little bit ripply. The edge were tried with a special scissor.

I had to alter the second technique "Layered Words" a little bit, because I had no proper die cut for the second layer.

So I die cut a little tag, that I embellished with embossed words.


The tag was attached with a little clip. To cover-up the clip I created a second paper and clued it to the inner side of the card.



I love the colours!


JulyTag of the Month - Another Birthday Card

Special occasions need a special card.
This month I made a birthday card for a 25th birthday using the techniques Tim Holtz showed in his "12 tags of 2016"

For the first technique "Water colour resist" I stamped on a scrap of brown paper, leftover from a paper bag.


The printing hag gone well, but the micor glaze and the watercolour made the whole thing a little bit ripply. The edge were tried with a special scissor.

I had to alter the second technique "Layered Words" a little bit, because I had no proper die cut for the second layer.

So I die cut a little tag, that I embellished with embossed words.


The tag was attached with a little clip. To cover-up the clip I created a second paper and clued it to the inner side of the card.



I love the colours!


Summer of Creative Chemistry - Challenge Week 7 - crackled enamel

This week's challenge was to use alkohol inks.
This is still a work in progress: 
I am putting together art journals for the holiday for my whole family.
Everybody will get an art journal with partly filled pages, on which he or she can start journaling on their own.

I have made some part to use in these art journals, that will go in a special envelope attached to the journal.

Here is a selections of the parts I call "crackled enamel":


I combined the "Colored Crackle " and the "Eroded Metallics" from challenge week 5. After everything was dry I applied a top layer with alkohol inks.

Here is a close-up to some parts. I love how the erosion worked on the crackle paint.


7 Jul 2016

Summer of Creative Chemistry - Challenge Week 5 - Final


My final challenge of this week was a lot bigger than a tag: an unpainted Buddy Bär.
This bear was in my collection for quite a while and I had no idea, how to finish ist.



Here is my finished "Eroded Berlin Bär". 


Here a close-up of the face...


and of of the belly. For the first layer I used "pine neeldes", "salty ocean", "stormy sky" and "iced spruce". The edroded layer was painted with "antiqued bronze" and little hints of "tarnished brass".

I like my bear - even it could still use some more eroded layers. But applying the paint on a non-flat surface is quite a challenge itself.

Summer of Creative Chemistry - Challenge Week 5

This weeks topic were distress paints.
What a surprise I already had 2 in my stash "pine needles" and fired brick".
After a trip to my craft shop "Stempelbar" here in Berlin I could add some more colours and even two metallics.


My first attempt with the "eroded metallics technique" was on a tag.


After drying the first layer of distress paint I added "tarnished brass" for the eroded effect. I think it worked quite o.k.


Summer of Creative Chemistry - Challenge Week 5

This weeks topic were distress paints.
What a surprise I already had 2 in my stash "pine needles" and fired brick".
After a trip to my craft shop "Stempelbar" here in Berlin I could add some more colours and even two metallics.


My first attempt with the "eroded metallics technique" was on a tag.


After drying the first layer of distress paint I added "tarnished brass" for the eroded effect. I think it worked quite o.k.


30 Jun 2016

Bag of the month - June- Little bags by the yard

I am a little late with my bag of June, but instead of one bag I made a whole bunch of this little bags.

There are several patterns for this bag on the internet. I made these as a class project for my Craftsy class "Beginner Serging" with Amy Alan.


I used the the same multicoloured ethnic fabric  that I used for my Convertibel Backpack - Bag of May.


I bought the fabric at a discount from my favorite fabric store "Stoff und Stil". I like how every bag is very different form the other because of the pattern. Here are some closer looks at the bags:



Two bags with pink zippers one with the ethnic fabric on the inside and one on the outside.


Two bags with blue zippers. You can buy these lacy zippers by the yard from snaply.


 And the last two bags with pink and beige zippers.




And another view of all bags - made for our family girls weekend as a gift to remember.

June Tag of the Month - and - Creative Chemistry 101 - Summer 101 - Challenge Week 4

This month I made a birthday card for my sister with both the techniques form the "12 tags of 2016"  and the weekly challenge of Tims "Creative Chemistry 101".
The challenge of this week was to use archival ink. I used that archival ink for the first technique of this month's tag tissue wrap collage.


I stamped my tissue paper (actually it was a leftover from a shoebox) with two of my new stamps from viva - the same collection I used for last week's challenge from Summer of Creative Chemistry 101.


Instead of Tim's coloured background I used Adirondack Color Wash "Red Pepper" spray paint and some leftover numbers made out of felt - I think there original purpose was for applique.


Technique 2 this month was "Stencil plaid" - but instead  of the plaid I made stencil swirls. 
I used an already sprayed and coloured background from my stash and my favourite swirl stencil from Scrapberry's. The stencil was stamped with Distress Ink in "festive berries" and "spiced marmalade"



I used two butterfly dies, that came with my Sissix machine to cut out butterflies. The butterflies were thab attached to a tag that I made in my Craftsy class "Inventive Ink" with Marjie Kemper.


The tag was embossed with birthday wishes and spruced up with some embossing powder.

Everything together with some other tissue (a napkin with Berlin motives) made a great birthday card.


And here is a peek at the backside with an attached paper pocket for a small present.









18 Jun 2016

Summer of Creative Chemistry - Challenge Week 3

This week's challenge of "Creative Chemistry 101" was a little tricky - there was no Perfect Pearl available. Or at least no powder - finally I found 3 bottles Perfect Mist in a small craft store.
Stamping with Perfect Mist did not work at all. There were only blotches on my paper.
But the Perfect Splatter Distress Technique worked great with the Perfect Mist.

I took the photo from a slight angle, so that the shimmer from the Perfect Mist would be visible.

As there is always a lot of colour and ink left on the craft sheet. Instead of using a wipe or cloth to clean my craft sheet, I dabbed my art journal in it and voila:


I like this page very much - can't wait til it's dry, so I can add something more.

While shopping for the Perfect Mist I found this set of stamps from Viva Decor together with two other sets. But these I hope to use later in the Creative Chemistry.



For this week's challenge I used only the writing and the pen and a small splot for my tag.

14 Jun 2016

Summer of Creative Chemistry - Challenge Week 2

This week was terrific - lots of new techniques.


Because I had none of the requested craft paper, I made an resist background using medium satin stenciled on the background. After drying I applied several layers of distress paint.
I added the large poppy blossoms - stamped with black archival ink.
They did not show very much, therefor I added some details with distress marker in picket fence.

7 Jun 2016

Summer of Creative Chemistry - Challenge Week 1

This summer is going to be creative!
I joined Tim Holtz "Creative Chemistry" and I like it very much.



This is my art journal page created with the brushless watercolour technique for the Week 1 challenge.
In addition to the watercolour I stamped the same poppy stamp with archival ink on top to add some details.
The colours on top of the page are the same as on the watercolour. Interesting how different papers show different effects.



31 May 2016

Bag of the month - May - Calla Convertible backpack

This month's bag is very special. Once again I did not stick to my plan to make a "Taschenspieler" bag every month.
To show some ideas how to use embroidery projects form Afghanistan I made this bag out of fabrics and faux leather from my stash.


The pattern is from blue calla patterns the Calla Convertible backpack.

The pink faux leather was a bit challenging especially for the long straps. Ironing was out of question - I tried that with a small scrap and ended with a pink and sticky iron. Cleaning that took quite some time.
So I just draw a line in the middle of the reverse side and folded the long ends over.


After securing these with small seam I folded it in halfs again and voila:



 The rest of the bag was easy with this great pattern.
Here are two snapshot of the inner bag:


And here two options for the straps and the backside.



 Can't wait to wear that bag!

May Tag of the Month - Dress up!

This month "Tag of the Month" from Tim Holtz combined two very interesting technuiques: Tape Resist and Tattered Florals.
I love this Tape Resist technique:


Although I had only one tissue tape (that one in the picture above with little golden stars - perhaps a leftover from christmas) that really worked with my stamps. You can see that tape "in action" on the left tag. I also tried a checkerboard tape on the right tag, but that did not work so well with the stamps. I used the same stamp that I used for my January tag of the month.

 Colouring and adding the molding paste was a lot of fun. Here are two close-ups of both tags:



I had a little bit more trouble with the tattered florals. I have no quilling tool and all other option like sticks did not work.
So I decided to take inspiration only from the word tattered.
I choose an old hymnbook and pulled of some pages and cut some lace with a border die.


First I wanted to fold flowers out of this lacy paper strips but they turned out quite fragile.
So I only added this laces radomly on both tags.



 Can't decide which I like best.

25 Apr 2016

April Tag of the Month - Birthday Card

This month tag from Tim Holtz is a remix of two very interesting techniques.
The first ist "Paint Resist". I played a little bit with colours on a embossed piece of cardstock. The embossing folders I used are "Art Deco" from Cuttlebug.
On the left piece I used pink acrylic paint and on the right Distress Paint in Pine Needles.


After drying I used a variety of Distress Inks on both pieces - up to that point I could not decide which one to use in this project.


The second technique "Faux Mosaic" was only an inspiration for me. 
Because all the leftovers from my Bag of the Month were still on my table I made  use of  these leftovers for a fabric mosaic.
Here is a snapshot of the selected fabric snipets:



The fabrics were sewn together "Crazy Style" and cut out in a heart shape.

I used some alphabet Thinlits form Sizzix to cut out the "Happy Birthday" and glued it the the heart.


Here is how my birthday card looks like - with a little extra sparkle (a Swarowski heart).