Hello everyone and happy last day of March. How is your social distancing going? It´s now been two weeks and two days here in Austria and we are adjusting to the new situation. I noticed, that watching the news just grows anxiety and causes small panic attacts, so I keep myself from watching the daily reporting at the moment.
But now something more relaxing and fun – my March The Wild Hare Kits project wrap-up video. Hope you like it:
This month my March kit did not arrive in time, as it accidentally ended up going to Australia (Austria <-> Australia) and it took almost a month for it to finally arrive to me (which was on 26th of March). So I could not create with a „new“ kit. But instead came up with plan „B“ and pulled all the previous leftover kits together and scrapped my March projects with those.
And it was so MUCH FUN! The kits are big and there was still so much product left, so I could have created even more, but as I had a cruciate replacement surgery on my right knee Mid March, I only managed to create 3 layouts. Better than nothing, huh?
I´m really happy with all 3 layouts and challenging oneself with the leftover kits so also very much fun. If you haven´t tried it yet, I strongly recommend you do! You´ll be surprised how well all the leftovers work together and how much you can still create!!
Wishing you all a lovely day, even though we are all social distancing. But we crafters are familiar with this, right? So we can do this!!
Hello there! Last summer I joined a collaboration with a bunch of crafty friends to create erosion bundles. What are they, you ask? They are bundles of fabric, paper, bits and pieces you gather together from what you have at home and add all kinds of elements to the bundle that you think might erose and add „erosional details“ to the materials. So people put in thigs that develop rust and stains of all kinds.
So last July I gathered all kinds of bits and pieces together and made bundles out of them. I didn´t give the whole process that much thought, as I figured the weather and seasons around my area would take care of the rest. So I hung 2 bundles on our patio to get their portion of sunshine, rain, hail and cold on them and just waited 6 months. One last bundle I layed onto the ground (into a flower bed in our garden). Here is how they looked like when I started:
I wrapped lots of paper, music note paper, a notebook, metal pieces, wood veneer, ribbons and twine and so on in layers inside the bundles and wrapped pieces of the white Ikea curtain around the on top. Then I made tight bundles out of them to stand the tooth of time and weather and just waited.
Finally, end of January I opened the bundles and to my disappointment, there was not much going on in the bundles other than mold. So my first experiment really didn´t bring the results I was expecting to get. I recorded videos of the bundle opening process, for you to see how much „erosion“ 6 months in my region created. Here they are:
and the second one with the last two bundles:
And this is all I got out of the bundles to be used on projects:
I had to throw away most of the stuff, due to heavy molding, I don´t want to rist anything, since mold is quite unhealthy ;-). BUT, even though I didn´t get the results I wanted to have, I learned a lot from my mistakes. Besides, the bundle creating and opening after a long time is so much fun! I will definitely make new ones. I just need to wait a bit, since currently it is too cold here to dig the bundles in our garden (everythings frozen :-)…). See, I figured, if I bury them in dirt, I might get better results than when I just hang them outside. And I will be adding more bits with rust to them next time, also adding all kinds of things that create natural stains/dye effects. I had too little of those inside this time round. My collaboration partnes had much more luck here! Go and see their blog posts and results – start from here.
Finally, I used the bits and bobs I could save (at least most of them) for these 3 ATCs:
It´s all product from the bundles, except for the red thread, the brads and the word stickers. Those I added to finish the artist trading cards. This was still so much fun and I am so thankfull for having a crafty friend who always pushes me towards new areas of creativity and challenges me to experiment and develop and keeps me inspired! Thank you Tina, for organizing this collaboration, even though it was not a great success for me, I really, really enjoyed being part of it!
Hello everybody, today I am up with another mixed media tutorial over at the STAMPlorations blog!! As the year is slowly coming to an end, we automatically start thinking about the next year peaking around the corner. And we make plans. And when making plans, it is wise to write them down – our daily life tends to get us distracted and so we forget. But if you keep a little notebook with you, you will remember at least some of your ideas and plans. That´s what I did – I altered the covers and now the notebook is ready to hold thoughts, ideas and dreams :).
Here is how I created the covers:
1. Cut two slightly smaller pieces of corrugated cardboard than your notebook size.
2. Take white, turquoise and yellow green (or whatever colors you prefer!!!) acrylic paint and apply random layers onto the cardboard pieces with a palette knife. Let dry. Then add green and brown spray ink droplets and drips onto the surface.
3. Take the Art Splatters stencil and apply some iridescent creative medium thru it onto the pieces.
4. Next apply some Glossy Accents on top of the Splatters and adhere Art Stones onto those areas.
5. Take the same green and brown spray ink colors and apply those onto the art stones – the stones absorb the color and will look more interesting this way.
6. Take the Droplets Mini stencil and apply light blue acrylic paint with a foam brush thru the stencil onto the surface. Just random bits and bobs for interest. It does not matter if the result is not „perfect“.
7. Apply some more green spray ink splatters for interest if you feel like it.
8. Take the Bubbles Mini stencil and apply some relief modeling paste thru it onto the surfaces. Let dry.
9. Decorate with stickers, wood veneer and cork pieces. Then adhere a ribbon onto the book cover and place the altered cardboard pieces on top of the adhered ribbons. Let dry.
Here is a start-to-finish video for additional inspiration – hope you like it!
And some pictures of the finished piece:
How about you? Do you keep a small notebook with you and write down ideas and thoughts on your way to work or while waiting for an appointment etc.? If not, how about you start one – will be interesting to see how the filled notebook at the end of the year!
Hello lovelies!!! A countdown to Christmas has started over at the Canvas Corp Brands blog and there is lots and lots of inspiration for everyone to see! So I highly recommend, you keep an eye on the blog and what is going on over there. The projects are for sure going to get you into CREATIVE Christmas spirit :)!!
I joined the fun with a set of 12 Christmas cards. Yes, TWELVE!!! I am coming closer to my goal of getting all the handmade Xmas cards done (and mailed) in time this year…
Here is what I did:
And I only needed two sheets of 12×12 paper for these cards!!! One plain kraft cardstock and one Snowflakes on Kraft Reverse. Both from the Canvas Corp store. A little paper goes a long way, as you can see.
I´ve used 4 different embossing powders (see the video in the end for more details!) on my cards – a plain black and white one, seafoam white and a glitter black. Those colors worked so well with the kraft cardstock and in combination with the black patterened paper.
The only thing I needed to add was some fussy cut fabric pieces from the Jolly Christmas Fabric Panel. I colored the fabric with markers and decorated them with some glitter glue.
A little bit of canvas fringe for additional decoration and stamped, fussy cut sentiments by Elizabeth Craft Designs to personalize the cards and then you only need to adhere everytthing on their places. Fun, fast and easy! And I love the look of black and kraft and fabric/canvas together. A little bit retro, a little playful and not too bulky so they will fit into an envelope well too.
I love this snowman :)!!! Such a cute fabric sheet with all the picture on it. And now to the video:
That´s it for today! Hope to see you come by soon, I´ve got more projects to share soon!