Sunday, December 27, 2015

From Above

For this week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge, we have an open theme, "Anything Goes".
Last week, I stumbled upon a leaflet with a photo of a wooden angel from a church and knew immediately that I wanted to use it. I cut the angel out, sanded and scratched him, used gesso on him, then scanned the image and printed it.
Here are two of the cards I´ve made with the image, both coloured with crayons and watercolour pencils and fnished with an embossed sentiment (rubber stamp from Red Lead). I couldn´t decide on one version - which one do you prefer?

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Merry Christmas from an Angel

Merry Christmas to all my blog readers - hope you´ve had or are having some peaceful days with your family!
As always, I´m with my sister Sabine for the holidays, and we´ve been playing with our chunky ATCs again, trying to make our own Christmas angels. Here is mine - a wooden block that I´ve painted with white acrylic paint and decorated with a doily, some Dresden scrap, a bottlecap, an image from Retro Café Art, pearl ribbon and three golden stars.
You can have a look at Sabine´s very different angel on her blog here.



Thursday, December 17, 2015

You Can Fly

Nancy Baumiller from Crowabout StudioB has a new mini kit out today, called "You Can Fly". I´ve made two digital collages for you that combine these images with backgrounds and words from other kits Nancy has made (Textured Collage Papers, Bit by Bit, Drity Words).

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

And even more Holiday Cards (the German batch)

Today´s batch of Holiday Cards was made with text stamps in German (from Klartext). The one above says "Christmas 2.0 - I thought we wouldn´t make gifts."
And did you ever wonder what jokes the Germans laugh about? Then you should watch Loriot´s Christmas video from 1978 here. You´ll hardly find a German person who doesn´t know it, and what the grandfather says at about 2:34, "Früher war mehr Lametta" (which means something like "There used to me more tinsel formerly"), has become a fixed phrase everyone knows here ... For my two sample cards below, I´ve combined it with tissue tape and vintage photos.


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Her Hollyness

For this week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge themed "Holly and/or Ivy" I´ve made two digital cards because I couldn´t decide on one of them ... they´re just too different, one more elegant, the other one pure fun. Which one do you prefer?

For card no. 1 above I used elements from Jen Maddocks, LynneMarie, Tangie Baxter, Rebecca Mcmeen and Tina Chambers.

For card no. 2 below I give credits to Holliewood Studios, Miles Beyond the Moon, Tumble Fish Studio, and Rucola Designs, all at MischiefCircus.com.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

More Holiday Cards

My second batch of Holiday Cards to show here is more diverse than the first -
the first card was made with seven different washi tapes and a rubber stamp from Lynne Perrella.
This second card was made with a sheet music scrap and several rubber stamps in black and green (Inkadinkado, Poppystamps, Red Lead).
My third card has a sheet music scrap again and an image of Sir Rowland Hill (but you could use any other male image) with a santa´s hat from Tim Holtz´ Crazy Birds set. The text stamps are from Kaisercraft and Hero Arts, the cancellation from Pink Paislee.
And my last card was completely made with rubber stamps from Red Lead, combined with sheet music and stickles.
Stay tuned to see my last batch of Holiday Cards here soon!

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Deer Cards

Do you already have finished all your Holiday cards? If not, I have a few ideas for you (because I´ve had a busy weekend making my cards ...).
Maybe you own one of those deer die cuts or stencils that have been around for a while now? The card above shows a paper where the deer has been cut out of and that has been used to stencil the two cards below, using a sponge with white Pan Pastel for the black card and brown Distress Ink for the kraft card. For the first card, I´ve added a face, a piece of tissue tape, and three rubber stamps from Red Lead.
For the two stenciled cards, I´ve added pieces of sheet music, tissue tape, rubber stamps, word bits from Tim Holtz, and faces from Retro Art Café.
If you need more card ideas, please come back - I´ll post more finished cards in the next days.

Monday, December 07, 2015

Wings Unfurled

Nancy Baumiller from Crowabout StudioB came out with a new kit today at Mischief Circus, called "Wings Unfurled". I´ve made two digital collages for you this time, "She Flew" above (with a background from "Ascension") and "With all my Heart" below (with background help from "Artist Papers"). Hope they´ll inspire you to play with this funky Zetti style kit yourself! As always, it comes with png images as well as printable collage sheets for your cut and paste collages.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

So Many Books

I´m hosting this week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge, and I´ve picked Books/Reading as my theme. When the evenings get longer, it´s a good idea to make a cup of tea, put a blanket on your knees and take a book you can really dive in ... I´m always reading three or four books at a time, a lightweight one for the way to work, a thick novel for leisure time at home, an art book for getting inspiration, a nonfiction book about anything that´s going around in my head, and so on ... So I´m reading about 35 books each year (I´m only counting the novels, not the art books and nonfiction books).
What about you? How many books do you read per year? If you´re an avid reader, please illustrate your hobby and play with us this week!
For my sample card, I´ve used rubber stamps from VivaLasVegaStamps, Zettiology, and Darkroom Door, plus a book and a clock that I don´t remember where they are from.