Sunday, January 31, 2010

Cats

Jeannie´s theme for her tip-in book is cats, and I didn´t want too much cutesy for my pages. I´m not really satisfied with the result, but at least my first attempt to put two pages together in Photoshop was successful. The pages are 6 x 6 inches each, hope that the image resolution is o. k.

Phrenology

Phrenology has been a 19th century thing, but even today some people think that parts of your character are located in distinct spots of your brain. This theory has led to some very dangerous conclusions, but also to modern neurology. And phrenology is this week´s theme for the SPA challenge.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

ARTchix Inchies

Helga challenges us to work in a very small format and make five inchies - I´ve had fun with them, but I feel it´s time to use a larger canvas now :-)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Money

Money - it´s a crime. Share it fairly but don´t take a slice of my pie.
Money - so they say, is the root of all evil today.

Yes, you´ve heard these lyrics, haven´t you? Just imagine the sound of a cash register, and you have one of Pink Floyd´s greatest hits in your ears ...

Money doesn´t mean anything to me. I just need as much as it takes to pay the rent and buy enough art supplies. If you don´t have enough of it, you get nervous, but I´ve heard of some people getting nervous though (or because?) they have more than enough of it.
However, Money is this week´s Wednesday Stamper´s challenge, and it inspired me to make the letter M spread for my Alphabet Discovery book.

Monday, January 25, 2010

One World One Heart Giveaways

Do you remember last year´s One World One Heart event? I´ve really loved to be a participant because of all those interesting blogs and friendly people that I´ve found by taking part.
If you´re new to my blog this year, be welcome to take a look around and maybe contact me.
This year we´re all riding the magic carpet, and I´d love to see you jump right on!
Wherever you see this badge,

Photo

you´ll find a participant of this year´s event, and it´s so easy to join us - just click on the logo to find a list of all participating blogs and have fun as well as the chance to win!

I´ve picked three of my own favourite postcard sized Gothic Arches as giveaways this year, and everyone can win.
All you have to do to win one of them is to leave a comment to this post with a valid e-mail address so that I´ll be able to contact you after I´ve drawn the three winners on February 15.









Sunday, January 24, 2010

Time is a Companion

Time is such an interesting thing - the older you get the faster it seems to fly. But I´ve always loved to get older, and that feeling hasn´t really changed yet. Yes, of course, there are wrinkles and loneliness, and my bones hurt as well as my soul, but on the other hand there´s experience and inner rest, so maybe time is my friend and a faithful companion of my life?
"Time" is this week´s SPA challenge theme and one of my all time favourites!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Leonardo da Vinci

Have you ever been to Vinci in Tuscany? It´s a lovely village in the hills, and when you´re on top of these hills at the house where Leonardo was born, and enjoy the view over that fabulous landscape, you´ll ask yourself in which way the beauty of that place has formed the genius that was born there. I don´t know. And of course you´ll never forget that "daVinci" (= from Vinci) is not the last name of this artist but just his birth place. Last names hadn´t been "invented" then.
This week´s Wednesday Stamper´s challenge theme is Leonardo. My card features stamps from Ma Vinci, Heindesign, Cherry Pie, Inkastamps, and Stampington. The background paper isn´t striped by the way but a shimmery metallic that my scanner seems to hate - I´m sorry for that.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Lifetime Stories

The theme for Diana´s Altered Book is "Lifetime Stories" - what a great one!
My story is about a man getting older in wisdom, recognizing that when people go, the place where they lived won´t remember them, just as the earth doesn´t know of the flowers that once grew in it. Getting older makes him a bit sentimental and thankful for the little things in life. He never wanted to be photographed, but when he was asked to send a photo by a lady that had migrated to India, he changed his mind.

New Eyes

About fifteen years ago, it took me one whole year to read Marcel Proust´s "A la recherce du temps perdu", but it was well worth the time - so if you haven´t read it, what about making plans for 2010 now?
The quote for my Sunday Postcard Art card themed "Eyes" is also by Proust, and I love it.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Love Gone Wild


Do you know Lenna Andrews´ swap blog "Creative Swaps"?
She´s running a swap themed "Love Gone Wild" right now, and these are my ATC for that swap. Usually I don´t like romantic themes, but as I´ve found some vintage postcards while searching for pics for another project, I decided to turn them into ATCs for that swap.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Newspaper Boy

My ATC for this week´s TMTA challenge"Newspaper" - my newspaper boy was stamped on an Asian newspaper. Stamps by Tin Can Mail and MaVinci.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Childhood Garden

Have you seen that the Paper Whimsy forum moved to start as a Ning group? Somehow this inspired me to play with my PW stuff today, and this 8,3 x 5,8 card is the result.

A Room With A View


My 4 x 6 card for this week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge themed "Windows".

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

When I Grow Up

The background for this 6 x 6 card is golden, but my scanner made it look brown ...
It´s a greeting card for the 18th birthday of my good friends´ daughter this month, and it´s my entry for today´s Wednesday Stamper´s theme "When I Grow Up".
I have used stamps from Cherry Pie, Flamingo, Stamp Francisco, Invoke, and Inkadinkado.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Flight 253


With the beginning of the new year, we´ve started a 4 x 8 skinny pages project featuring six artists from four countries. This is my first page that goes to Viola. As she didn´t give any rules for her pages, I just started with a background in her favourite colour turquoise and went ahead by intuition, inspired by colours and design.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Dachshunds

I´m a bit late with my tip-in pages this month because of all the things I had to do before Christmas. But here´s my spread for Janne´s tip-in book themed "Dachshunds".









The Pulse

Have you noticed that Seth Apter´s "The Pulse" survey is up on his blog again? Today you´ll find this piece of mine as my entry for his Secret Sunday, but there have been many more questions concerning people´s favourites, so keep in touch with his site if you´re interested.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Every Soul Is A Circus


A 4 x 8 card using some of the Zetti stamps I´ve bought recently.

Klimt

My ATCs for a Klimt themed swap.

And the Giveaway Winner is ...


... Lenna Andrews!
Lenna, I´ll send you my SPA bird card as soon as soon as I´ve checked your address.

Christmas is over, but ...


... I´ve just recognized that this card is one of the winners in Suzanne´s Christmas card contest over at her Oxford Impressions blog - what a good start for the new year!

Friday, January 01, 2010

Fun With Stampers Anonymous Stamps

From time to time I love to play with stamps of only one company. So I decided to join a swap at the Stampers Anonymous Yahoo group called "Artist Choice" - you just have to make 6 ATCs with Stampers Anonyomous stamps of your choice. As it´s one of my favourite companies, I could have made many more ATCs ...