Sunday, September 20, 2020

Faux Stitches

When Mandy asks us for new themes for her Sunday Postcard Art challenges, I´m always on the hunt for themes that offer a wide range of possibilities for artists - and that´s why I´ve picked "Faux Stitches" as this week´s challenge theme: No matter if you´re a digital artist or a stamper or you like to draw, this is your perfect theme! You don´t need a sewing machine to draw you stitches or stamp them or use a digital image of stitches.

When it comes to designs, stitches such an interesting element: You can use them as a border, or you can emphasize a part of your card that is important, or you can "sew" different parts together like a quilt.

To give you an impression of what I´ve said before, I´ve made two samples this week, a rubberstamped card and a digital one.

(The rubber stamped card above was made with stamps from Visible Image, Autumn Leaves and Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous; the digital card below was made with elements from Valentina Pellitteri aka Valentina´s Creations and Jen Maddocks.)

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Call me Leonardo


Though Leonardo da Vinci is my hero of all times, I wasn´t much inspired to make a card for this week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge, but then I thought he should have an opportunity to tell people that his name is not da Vinci but Leonardo - just that. Or Leonardo da Vinci which means Leonardo from Vinci. Vinci is a little village in the hills of Tuscany, and this is where he was born (believe me, I´ve been there), but last names hadn´t been invented at that time, and to make it easier, people were called after their birth places if these were known. As Gottfrid von Straßburg is just Gottfrid and Walther von der Vogelweide is just Walther, Leonardo is just Leonardo, and isn´t that enough for a genius?

Sunday, September 06, 2020

Home is the Sailor

When I was young, I loved to watch "The Onedin Line" (1971-1980), a British series about a shipping company in the 19th century, and travelling in those times was so dangerous that it really was an event when a ship reached its home again. This is what I´ve had in my mind when I´ve made this "ships" themed postcard for this week´s  Sunday Postcard Art challenge.
When travelling, I like to be where I´m going, and sometimes I like the way to go there, but what I always love is coming HOME. What about you?
(I´ve used stamps from Carabelle, Marianne Design and Mirkwood for it.)

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Playing Cool

When you were young, did you belong to the cool people? Or did you stand in the corner watching the others, doing your own thing? I´ve never been cool, I´ve always had the wrong clothes, friends, hobbies, and thoughts, and it was only when I´ve been in my twenties that I´ve learned that there are people who like me nevertheless - or even because of what I am.
This is how my "Funny Animals" card for this week´s  Sunday Postcard Art came together: I wanted to use these funny peeps playing cool, and because I can only think of them as big city kids, they needed a street art surrounding.
I´ve used rubber stamps from Les Ateliers de Karine, Visible Image, Claudine Hellmuth, and Badass Stamp Studio for my card.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Train - another Corona post

I´ll understand if you´re tired of these, but this is another Corona themed post - well, it´s 2020!
This week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge theme is "Train", and as I don´t have a driving license, traveling by train is my usual option (no, I´ve never got on a plane so far).
I´ve only had 6 days off work so far in 2020, so I´ve been looking forward to my September holidays (two weeks, yeah!), and as always, I had planned to visit my sister in Berlin. But after watching some TV news about traveling by train here in Germany, I think I´ll better stay at home. But of course I´m not sure about this - I´d love to see my sister for the first time since Christmas, but don´t want to wear a mask for about 6 to 7 hours. And the Corona status in Berlin is even worse that the one in my home town. Should I stay or should I go? (thinking of The Clash of course! what a great song!)
So my thoughts about my upcoming holidays were the inspiration for my card, using rubber stamps from AALL & Create, Paper Artsy and My Favourite Things.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Summer Fun

We´ve had such a hot day today that getting your feet into water was probably a dream we all had - and it looks like the night won´t be much cooler ...
This digital collage was made with my friend Beth´s new Songbirdy kits "Sandy Toes".

Sunday, August 09, 2020


You are just jealous because the voices talk only to me -

when I first saw this week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge theme "Conversations", my thoughts went the normal route, but tonight I stumbled upon an old gelli print I´ve made with a magazine photo and a rubber plate from Carabelle, and I decided to add a text stamp from Inkadinkado/ PaperArtsy, some more stamps from Visible Image, and some colour, and here it is, my card about conversations in times of Corona ... isolation leads to self conversations, and those aren´t healthy.