Thursday, December 29, 2011

Be Lucky

In Germany, toadstools are considered as lucky charms though they can be fatal. In my contribution for this week´s TMTA challenge, the lucky charm is the little girl warning you that this mushroom is uneatable. I hope you´ll always have someone by your side in 2012 to say no-no at the right moment ...

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Tags

Happy Holidays to all my visitors! Here are two tags I´ve made today inspired by the wonderful examples from Kim Dellow - please go and have a look at her blog to see how beautiful hers are!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Vintage Christmas

... is this week´s theme for the SPA challenge, so here´s my traditional postcard with a little bling.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Baby It´s Cold Outside ...

... so here´s my December page for our monthly bird journal page exchange. I´m SO glad that at least we don´t have any snow yet!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Zetti Christmas

Even my Zetti page for our monthly journal page exchange is quite christmassy this month ...

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Starlight

Last weekend I´ve stamped a batch of Christmas cards combining a lovely star background paper with Dina Wakley´s star stamp and the wonderful starlight text stamps from Red Lead.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Technique & Tool

Today you´ll find me featured on Seth Apter´s blog answering his survey about favourite art techniques and tools. You won´t be surprised that it´s stamping in my case ... yes, I could have answered gesso, scissors, or glue stick, but I´m in love with stamps for 12 years now, and it´s a love that continues to make me happy. Even when creating digital art with Photoshop, you´re able to use brushes as digital stamps, so you´ll hardly find any artwork of mine that doesn´t have some kind of stamping.

A Christmas Fairy

Christmas Fairy is this week´s theme for the SPA challenge. If you know me a bit, you know that I´m not into fairies, elves and such, so my fairy is a bit different ... maybe you recognize the same deer that I´ve used for my SPA card a few weeks ago, and yes: I´ve had the same junk mail in my mailbox today and immediately cut out this lovely deer again!
I think it goes well with that Tim Holtz die cut wing and the stamps from Stampington/Dina Wakley and Red Lead.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Look Inside

It´s that time of the year again when a well-heated living room with a comfortable armchair or sofa becomes more and more enticing ... and if you´re like me, the pile of books on the floor makes it even more attractive! (I´ve been surprised to find out that the English language knows the German word "gemuetlich" - what about you? do you know it?) For me, being outside in the cold dark hours is only acceptable if I can relax in a cozy atmosphere afterwards, and a comfortable chair is just what I need to feel at home. So here´s my ATC for this week´s TMTA challenge themed "furniture".

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Quiet Beauty of a Winter Day

I´ve made this digital collage for this week´s Take a Word challenge themed "Umbrella".
Image credits: Cottage Arts, Manuela Zimmermann, Finecrafted Designs, Tumblefish Studio, and Carole Harden.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Texture Playing Again

For Nancy´s Texture challenge I´ve chosen this photo this week, rotated it, changed brightness and contrast, added her bottle texture, her wp texture, a copy of that one, her bench texture, and her 2b texture from the last challenge, using several blending modes . In the end the result was similar to an abstract painting, and the whole process has been a fun experience.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Grow

The November theme for our monthly 4 x 6 Zetti page exchange is "Flower", so I tried to let one grow in a Zetti way ...

Friday, November 18, 2011

Point of View

The theme for our monthly bird page exchange is Artist´s choice in November, so I just played with what came to my mind tonight.

Monday, November 14, 2011

It´s Grungy Monday Again!


For this week´s Grungy Monday challenge Linda has chosen another sparkling Tim Holtz technique, so I decided to make another Christmas card using one of Tim´s masks, Grungeboard and two colours of Perfect Pearls with Distress reinkers.
As always, my scanner doesn´t show the sparkle, so here´s a close-up photo.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Christmas Tags

I´ve made these 3 x 6 1/4 tags for a swap in the ARTchix Sisters group.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Shrine No. 2907

I´ve just been playing around tonight making my first digital shrine ...
(Image credits: Finecrafted Designs/Holliewood Studio, Tumblefish Studio, Pixelmusic, Angela Blanchard, Nicole Young)

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

On My Window Sill

Here´s my entry for this week´s Three Muses challenge themed "Window".
Image credits: Elisha Barnett, Manuela Zimmermann, Laurie Anderson, Mary Bailey, Syndee Nuckles, and Jerry Jones.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Anatomy

Six ATCs made for an Anatomy themed swap hosted by my sister.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Shabby Chic Christmas

Shabby Chic is this week´s theme for the SPA challenge, and as I´ve had this nice deer head in the (junk) mail today, I just had to use it for my second Christmas card, together with some ephemera, tissue tape, gesso, and stamps ... and a pair of chic antlers of course!

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Far Far Away

I´ve been away for a few days but not THAT far away ... enough though to be able to make some Nick Bantock inspired ATCs about traveling to exotic places.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wild Women




It took a while before I came up with an idea for this ARTchix lottery theme, but here´s my ATC for it now.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Memories of Spring

Last week I´ve shown you how one of Nancy Donaldson´s textures completely changed the expression of one of my own photos (the one you find as a background of my blogheader right now). Well, this week I´d like to show how 8 layers and even 4 different textures from Nancy´s challenge can be used to alter a photo just slightly. I´ve used the blackbird photo I´ve taken in spring, added texture 2a, made a copy of the background with opacity of 67 %, changed brightness and contrast, added texture 2 with a layer mask for the bird, changed brightness and contrast, added texture 2 b with a layer mask for the bird and finished adding texture 2 c with a layer mask for the nest.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Is it already that time of the year?

Well, no, it really is a bit early to make my Christmas cards, I think. But as this week´s Grungy Monday challenge is Tim Holtz´ Perfect Distress technique I thought that a little shimmer would be perfect for my first Christmas card ... Other than usual I haven´t used Tim´s stamps here but have chosen Crafty Individuals´ lovely Rudolph, a text from Magnolia, and a snowflake border from Flamingo Art. Of course the scan above doesn´t show the shimmer, so I´ve made a few additional photos for you.
I´ve stamped with Distress Inks in Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky and added Perfect Pearls in Blue Patina and Pewter.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Nevermore

This week´s theme for the SPA challenge is "Bats", and here´s my card using elements from Finecrafted Designs and Tangie Baxter.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Monochrome

... has been a difficult challenge for me because I usually prefer contrast - but when I saw the other participants´ bird pages for our monthly exchange, I knew I could use a few other colours, phew!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

More Halloween ATCs


You´ve already seen the "Spooky Witch"; now here´s the finished set of 9 Halloween ATCs for a swap.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Haunted House

I´m sure you know Bates´ house ... it´s my entry for this week´s SPA challenge. All stamps by Cherry Pie, only the text is by Oxford Impressions.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

A Holtz-ian Halloween

... is the theme for Grungy Monday No. 22, so I´ve made this Halloween tag using the following Tim Holtz products: Kraft Resist paper, Seasonal Distress Inks set (wiped on a sanded black tag), Halloween tissue tape, Distress Stain picket fence, and cat die cut. The spider net is an IndigoBlu stamp, so this tag also qualifies for the new Creavil challenge themed Halloween.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Texture Playing

What an interesting texture I found on Nancy Donaldson´s blog lately, and it was so much fun playing with it using it on one of my own photos. Look what it can do to a photo that has been a bit dull before ...
The good news is that Nancy will have a texture challenge on her blog from now on, so keep youre eyes open on Tuesdays if you like a digital challenge.

Monday, October 10, 2011

How Could I Know?

I´ve had fun playing with elements from TumbleFish Studio, Tangie Baxter and Kim Klassen here - please click on the picture to see the details.

Spooky Witch

Here´s my ATC for this week´s TMTA challenge themed witches. Stamps by Zettiology and Third Coast.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Things that go bump in the night

Did you ever wonder where this saying comes from? It´s a Scottish prayer saying:
From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!
And because it´s this week´s theme for the SPA challenge, here´s my 4 x 6 illustration.

Friday, October 07, 2011

For a Friend

Today I received my new stamps from IndigoBlu, a brand new English stamp company, and I had to play with them immediately. This is a tag made for a good online art friend.
This tag also qualifies for this week´s Inspiration Avenue challenge themed "Owls".

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Pumpkin Pie

My first thought when I read the October theme for our Zetti 4 x 6 journal page swap was that I had to skip this month ... but then I really had fun playing with a zettified "pumpkin".

Friday, September 30, 2011

Idea Flow

The theme for our 4 x 6 Zetti page exchange this month is Artist´s choice, so I just played around a bit ...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Owl Wisdom

This month´s theme for our bird journal page exchange is Owl, so here´s my 3,5 x 5 " page.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Autumn Gold

When I made my digital postcard for this week´s SPA challenge "Autumn Leaves", I had Andy Irvine´s lovely song "Autumn Gold" in my head that starts with these words:

"My mood is clothed in autumn's shades.
My summer sun begins to fade,
Fading away with the waning year,
Changing my tempo now autumn is here."

That´s exactly how I´m feeling these days, and that´s not the only reason why I love this song. Check it out if you can - unfortunately the only version I could find on Youtube is by someone else, but it may give you a hint of what I´m talking about ...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

It´s getting colder

... but I hope that the first frost isn´t near! Here´s my entry for today´s Texture Tuesday using a photo I´ve taken last year.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Halloween Approaching

Red Lead has a new swap up themed "Not Too Spooky Halloween ATCs"- here are mine.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Learning to Dance

When I saw the swap theme "Dance", I didn´t think I had enough appropriate stamps and ideas for it. But looking through my stuff for a second time made me decide that I should take the challenge, and I had a fun night yesterday making my swap ATCs.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Back from the Stempelmekka


Some of you asked me to take some photos at the Stempelmekka - as always, I completely forgot about them on Saturday, so if you wonder why there aren´t that many people on my pics, it´s because both were taken on Sunday when less visitors have been there. You can also see that there have been workshops at almost every booth this year which made this stamping convention much more interesting. There have been 37 booths this year, some of them being in Hagen for the first time (like Katzelkraft and Reprint).
I´ve met a lot of old friends and some new acquaintances and traded 33 ATCs. And of course I´ve bought some new stamps and stuff ...