Monday, March 31, 2008

The Exquisite Corpse Project


These are my two pages for Ingrid Dijkers´ Exquisite Corpse Project. To read more about the Exquisite Corpse idea, please have a look here.
Our book´s pages will be cut in three parts horizontally so that the "reader" can combine more than 20 different heads, bodies, and legs. In addition, the words will form lovely nonsense sentences.
Have to copy and mount mine now and to decorate and label the backs ...

Sunday, March 30, 2008

More Ravens and Transfers

These two ATCs were also made with Transfer Ink - the transfer is on the left, the remaining picture was used on the right.

Ink-Jet Transfers


I really don´t know why I haven´t done ink-jet transfers for such a long time - because I love them!
You can see the transfer on the right, and I´ve used the remaining picture for a second card after having transferred it. (The product I´ve used is called Transfer Ink!)
These ATCs are for a Ravens and Crows swap, and the transfers just give them the kind of mystery I´ve wanted for them.

Gothic Arch Asian

"Asian" is this week´s theme for the Gothic Arches challenge. This is not one of my favourite themes and the colours I´ve used are definitely not my favourite colours, but the result contains a lot of what I´m thinking of when it comes to Asia: tradition, exotic surrounding, and abundance for example.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Text Moos

It´s lovely to always have some Moo cards handy when you meet someone - you can use them as a calling card or a little giveaway.
This week´s challenge at Make a Moo or Two is Text.

The Colour Purple

... is this week´s Wednesday Stamper´s theme. If I don´t want this colour to give my artwork a touch of mystery, I like to add a bit of turquoise, white, and pink - and there´s always black going along with it. Thanks for the collage image, Belinda!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Letter E ATCs


Three ATCs for a Letter E swap and another German lesson for you: "Eiertanz" is a word you don´t have in English, but it means something like taking an indirect route because you don´t want to come out with the truth. Literally it says "dancing on eggs".
"Eigenheim" means the home you own.
Both eggs cards were dyed with easter egg dye colours filled in "mini misters" and sprayed on the backgrounds.





Friends


I´ve been waiting for this stamp for months so I just had to make an ATC with it immediately ;-) And it features another new favourite stamp of mine, the ledger border on the left.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Playing Favorites


Did you ever feel alone in the blog world? I don´t think so. But maybe you´ve felt a bit lost in this big world of artists´ blogs and didn´t know where to find those artists you like!?

Visiting Seth Apter´s blog "The Altered Page" you will not only find Seth´s own fabulous pieces but you´ll also get to know other artists he likes. And with his project "The Pulse" he even tries to connect people and is quite successful in doing so.
Maybe you´ve read his last survey about artistic influences; if not, you´ll still find it on his blog.

I felt honoured when Seth gave me his E-rate award some time ago, and I felt even more honoured when he asked me to take part in his "Playing Favorites" survey.

I´ve contributed two pieces for it, the first one a journal entry that you can find on his blog today.

My second piece was a canvas that will appear on his blog soon.
Stay tuned and keep an eye on his blog, it´s always rewarding.

Monday, March 24, 2008

... and more


As you can see these ATCs are pretty diverse: transfers, collages, and stamped ATCs.

More ATCs for Stuttgart

I´ve told you before that I´ve been busy making some ATCs for personal trades at the stamping convention in Stuttgart on April 5 and 6. Here are some more ...

Nick Bantock Rubber Stamps

My sister has more Nick Bantock stamps than I have, so I love to stamp ATCs with them when I´m visiting her.

Dying Eggs and Papers


Did you dye your Easter eggs this year? We have and once again we have used the remaining paint to dye some papers ...

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Busy Easter Days

These are some of the ATCs I´ve made for personal trades at the "Stempelmesse Süd" in Stuttgart I´ll be visiting soon. I´ve been on a roll today filling up my album for trades. Please click on the image to enlarge it and see the details.

My sister´s alphabet stamps

As every year, I´m visiting my sister for an Easter holiday right now. Yesterday I fell in love with a rubber stamp alphabet she has bought recently and made these three ATCs. These letters are sooo beautiful!
(BTW, the ATC in the middle is another German lesson for you: the German word "Aufschwung" means "backswing" as well as "boom" ...)

Friday, March 21, 2008

Hands




Three ATCs for a Hand themed swap: The Conductor, Let him fly, and Ein Spatz in der Hand = A Bird (the German saying is: a sparrow) in the hand.


Spring Moos


These are my Spring Moos for this week´s Make a Moo or Two challenge.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Skinny Book - B is for Broken-hearted


Remember my Skinny Alphabet Book themed "In the Mood"?
The challenge for our Letter B page was to use vintage lace or trim.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Ravens


Two Raven themed ATCs for Xela. And here´s my third German lesson: the right one says "Rabenschwarz" which means "black as a crow".

Monday, March 17, 2008

ATCs Books



Two Books themed ATCs for Xela. The quote on the left one says "Reading means dreaming with open eyes".

Numbers ATCs



Two Numbers ATCs for Manja.
(And a second lesson of my little German course: In German "The bill, please" means "Zahlen, bitte", so Zahlen means "to pay" as well as "numbers".)

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Postage People on their way to you

There are 27 envelopes full of lovely Postage People in this golden bag. Instead of getting away with them I swapped them today with the kind help of my sisters. So tomorrow they will all be on their way to you - hope you´ll be satisfied with your return cards!
Thank you all for joining, please let me know when your returns arrive.




Wednesday, March 12, 2008

In my Garden

When I did the research for the Chinese Proverbs journal, I stumbled upon this Chinese proverb about books. If I had a garden the most important things there would be a chair, a book, and a cup of coffee. There could be butterflies, birds, snakes, and flowers around me but I wouldn´t notice them. I´m happy that I have a balcony at least ...
This arch is for today´s Wednesday Stamper´s theme "In my Garden".

Postage People Finish


This swap now comes to an end - Lubna´s and Beckie´s ATCs have arrived yesterday, and you can have a look at Claudia´s beautiful cards here.
Thanks to you all for sending your cards in time! I´ll be able to swap this weekend and hope you´ll be satisfied with your returns.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Journal "Chinese Proverbs"


If you know my soft spot for crows maybe you don´t believe that this hasn´t been the first Chinese proverb that came to my mind when I got Beckie´s RR journal ...
But it´s right: I´ve had about six different ideas because there are SO MANY great Chinese proverbs! O. k., I admit that it´s no wonder that I´ve chosen this one in the end :-))
(The whole spread is too wide so you see the left page above and the right page below of course.)



Monday, March 10, 2008

Postage People - coming in!


Did you already paint some easter eggs?
Things are going on fast, the due date for our Postage People swap is only 5 days away, and more ATCs are finding their way to my mailbox. Today Donna´s beautiful ATCs arrived - just have a look at them here.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Postage People - only one week left!


Most of the envelopes I´m waiting for are on their way now, and we´ve had another sign up last week. Look here and you´ll see that Lubna´s ATCs do not look like last minute cards at all!
And Karen´s and Mandy´s ATCs have just arrived here - you can see Mandy´s lovely cards here.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Moo Cards Children

This week´s challenge at Make a Moo or Two is Children. I couldn´t resist to use these stamps I haven´t used for a long time - their size is just perfect for Moo cards! (Stamps by Stempelmine, Zettiology, and Cherry Pie)

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Learning German



These are ATCs for a Letter D swap that work only in German - Denken means Thinking, Dach is Roof, and Dunkelmänner are Obscurantists in English.
Unfortunately the scan doesn´t show the thin copper wire on the first card, marking the thoughts going round your brain.



Wednesday, March 05, 2008

A Pair of Glasses

This week´s Wednesday Stamper´s challenge is "A Pair of Glasses", so here´s my arch for that theme.

A touch of spring


In case you´ve asked yourself why I´ve done the spring cleaning on my blog yesterday while some of you still have loads of snow in front of their homes - this is what I can see on my balcony today ...

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

One last ambitious fish


This last ATC for the fish swap is about something I don´t like at all - ambition.
I´ve had a little blog cleaning today and labelled all previous entries. I hope this will make it easier for you (and me) to navigate on my blog. You´ll find the labels in the sidebar.

More Fish




Two more for the fish swap - "Through the ruins" and "Go - but not with the crowd".

Monday, March 03, 2008

Postage People Update


You can see Belinda´s beautiful Postage People ATCs on her blog now - and they are already here.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Lost in the Sea


My third ATC for the fish swap.

In the air tonight


My second ATC for the fish swap.