Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Adventures

Time to say goodbye to 2016 and start a new adventure in 2017! My card for this week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge themed "New" was made with elements from Miles Beyond the Moon and Holliewood Studios, the background is my own.
Wishing you all a happy new year!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Genesis

"Genesis" is the title of Nancy Baumiller´s new Crowabout StudioB kit, and it´s perfect for making art that says goodbye to the old year and welcome something new.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Not too tired of Christmas Greetings yet?

I haven´t shown any Christmas greeting cards so far, but I´ve made a lot and sent them out in time, I hope.
During the past few days, I´ve had time to stamp some more Holiday cards - that will be sent out next year of course ...
These have been made with rubber stamps from Lynne Perrella and Tim Holtz, stamped on old book pages dyed with Brushos.



Sunday, December 25, 2016

Wishing You A Very Zetti Christmas

I´m wishing all my friends and blog readers a very merry Christmas, maybe a Zetti one!? At least my Zetti angels decided to snatch their Christmas accessories and take a flight to you ... and as this is a very free interpretation of a Holiday card, it´s perfect for this week´s Sunday Postcard Challenge that has an open theme.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Soul Whispers

Nancy Baumiller came out with a new Crowabout StudioB kit today, called "Soul Whispers" - lots of great images to play with, including 5 printable collage sheets. My two digital collages above (Your Personal Fairy) and below (Pleased to Meet You) have been made with this kit exclusively.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Being & Becoming

These two Zetti-styled digital collages have been made with Nancy Baumiller´s new Crowabout StudioB kit called "Being & Becoming" - lots of possibilities to play with, including cut and paste work with the printable collage sheets coming with the kit.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Vintage Life

2016 is almost over, and here are the last two tip-in spreads for our journals in the international book pages exchange. Margie wanted us to make the pages 6 x 8 inches each (that makes 12 x 8" for a spread) and to illustrate all aspects of Vintage Life, such as films, fashion, or anything old.
My spreads for her are called "Silver Screen" and "The Sixties" and will be on their way to the UK soon.

Winter Wonderland

Have you already noticed this month´s Monthly Mischief kits over at Mischief Circus? They all follow the theme "Winter Wonderland" and a similar colour scheme, and they all go together well. For my digital postcard shown here, I´ve used images from Miles Beyond the Moon and Holliewood Studios.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Cookies Anyone?

It´s time to think about making cookies! Have you already made yours?
I´ve had my annual meeting with two friends (the same who paint Easter eggs with me every year), each of us prepares two doughs, we have a fun afternoon and evening together with lots of time to talk, and in the end we all have six different types of cookies. We´ve done that for more than 15 years now, and this event really helps me to get into some kind of Christmas mood every year ...

Monday, December 05, 2016

Peaceful Pursuit

I´ve made these two digital collages, Happiness at Home and Secrets, with Nancy Baumiller´s new Crowabout StudioB kit called Peaceful Pursuit.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Baby It´s Cold Outside

For this week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge themed Winter I have combined images from Jen Maddocks, Eena´s Creations, Vicki Robinson and Finecrafted Designs.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Namaste

I´ve had much fun playing with Nancy Baumiller´s new Crowabout StudioB kit "Namaste", available at MischiefCircus.com.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Reindeer Games

Time to start making Holiday greeting cards - here´s my first digital one for this year (all elements from Mary Bailey´s Miles Beyond the Moon store at MischiefCircus.com).

Monday, November 21, 2016

Lotus


I love Nancy Baumiller´s zetti-like style, and her new kit Lotus is no exception. Both collages have been made with this kit only, without any additional elements or papers.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

St. Anger

For this week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge themed Saints/Icons I decided to go with a song from Metallica, St. Anger. If that seems a bit strange to you, think of the meaning of anger even in Yoga where anger is a good thing that can give you the power to fight for the right thing.
I´ve used images from Courtney´s Designs and ViVa Artistry here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Welcome Winter

With the first frost here last Monday, maybe it´s time to say Welcome Winter now - all images from Itkupilli, available at Mischief Circus.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Cave

I just love Jen Maddocks´ monthly Bricolage Society challenges at Digital Scrapbooking Studio. Each month, she provides a little free kit to use as the base for your page; you have to use at least one colour from the swatch, one image and one quote, and the rest is up to you. I´ve combined this month´s challenge images with two other kits from Jen.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Gratitude

Here´s my card for this week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge themed Gratitude - all elements are from Holliewood Studios at Mischief Circus.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

A Knight in Shiny Armor

For this week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge themed "Glimmer, Shimmer´n Shine" I´ve made a card with a Knight in Shining Armor. As always, the silver embossed parts of the armor don´t show well in the scan, so I took some detail photos that help to see the embossed parts.
Most of the stamps I´ve used are from Hampton Art/ Graphic 45, but I´m not sure where the knight is from.
 


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Your Heritage or Culture

For my bi-monthly journal pages tip-in swap, Stephanie´s theme for my October pages was "Your Heritage or Culture". Her book measures 5,5 x 8,5 inches, so a whole spread is 11 x 8,5 inches.

Well, if you´re German, you may have the same mixed feelings about this theme that I had ... But though I´m very aware of the deadly militaristic Germany of the 19th and 20th century, I see myself in the following of old traditions that have also been here forever, which is mainly German philosophy and literature. And as I was born in a city with a history going back to the year AD 50, I also wanted to show how much history and beauty Germany has that not everybody is aware of.
My Cologne spread shows just a few glimps of this city´s history: the foundation of Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium in AD 50, the invasion by the Vikings in 862 and 882, the bones of the Three Wise Men coming to town in 1164, the building of the cathedral from 1248 to 1880, and some info about the city today. A separate bookmark explains the Coat of Arms of Cologne with the three crowns symbolizing the Three Wise Men, and the 11 flames symbolizing the 11.000 virgin companions of St. Ursula.
My second spread concentrates on some highlights of German literature: the Minnesang period, the Arthurian Legend (found in Heinrich von Veldeke´s, Gottfried von Straßburg´s and Wolfram von Eschenbach´s works for instance), Goethe and Schiller, Bertolt Brecht and Thomas Mann. Below is the bookmark I´ve made to accompany this spread.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Skulls

For this week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge themed "Skulls" I´ve made a digital postcard using elements from several Itkupilli kits plus a few cobweb brushes.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

A Family Gathering

Yes, some kind of Family Gathering it was on my blog last week when some of my blog readers came by to celebrate my blogaversary with me - thanks for stopping by and leaving me a note!
I´ve drawn two winners today, and Johanna and Tamara are the lucky winners who will find a handmade card in their mailboxes very soon. I´ll contact you to make sure that I have your correct addresses.

For my digital collage above, I´ve used the wonderful Falloween kits from Itkupilli and Mary Bailey (Miles Beyond the Moon).

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Want Mail? Come Celebrate!

On October 8, 2006, I started this blog with a couple of posts, and yes, that was 10 years ago! In the meantime, I have changed, and that is why my blog has changed - I´ve learned new techniques and learned getting better in those techniques I already used back then - but all in all, the journey just continued. My blog never changed its name or place, and it has always been there for me to post whatever I wanted to share, to come back to older posts for reference, to use it as a gallery for photos, ATCs, cards, collages and other projects, and last but not least, to stay in contact with my art friends all over the world with my annual blog swaps.
So today it´s time to say thank you to my blog readers with a little giveaway! I will send the two postcards above to two winners that I´ll draw next weekend. Just leave a comment here and tell me if you´d like to win the Halloween card or the Zetti card, and maybe something that you´ve always wanted to tell me (but that´s not necessary at all). I´ll draw a winner on Saturday, Oct 15, and will contact you if you´re a winner. Good luck and thanks to all of you!

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Fail Better

DSD is over now, but I´ve got far behind with posting my challenge layouts here - this one was made for the "Words to Live By" challenge over at MischiefCircus, and I´ve used elements from Holliewood Studios and Finecrafted Designs for it.

Monday, October 03, 2016

The Sea of Wonders

Every new month, I´m looking forward to Jen Maddocks´ Bricolage Society challenges. She always provides a small freebie kit with a few elements, a colour swatch, two or three quotes and an idea behind it. You just have to take one element from each category and just go your own way with the theme. My collage above is for her October challenge, and all elements are from Jen Maddocks Designs.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

The Wizard

This week´s theme for the Sunday Postcard Art challenge is "Wizard", and I decided to go with the Wizard of Oz, using elements from Marta van Eck and Altered Emporium.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Greetings from Wonderland

Here´s another challenge entry for the DSD celebrations at Mischief Circus - this one is for the "Where in the World Postcard Challenge" and was made with elements from MizzD, Rucola Designs, Krysty Scrap, Miles Beyond the Moon, Art by January, Finecrafted Designs and Tumble Fish Studio.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

DSD Challenges

Did you notice that DSD = Digital Scrapbooking Day has moved from November to October for the first time this year? This means sales in all digital scrapbooking shops plus tons of games and challenges. Most of the shops have already started their celebrations.
In the Mischief Circus forum, you can find five games and six challenges right now, with prices to win of course. Here are my contributions for the first two challenges, "Reinvent This Classic" above, and "Stranger in a Strange Land Poster" below.
Dr Mona was made with elements from the September Monthly Mischief kits, and for my Stranger collage I´ve used elements from (sadly retired) Art by January.
Won´t you come and play with us in the Mischief Circus DSD forum?

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Blackbird

For hosting this week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge, I´ve chosen "The Beatles" as our theme as their music was the soundtrack of my childhood. They had published their first single in 1962, reached world-wide success in 1963 and sailed on its peak when I was born and for the next four years or so. They split when I was schooled, but I remember their portraits in my brother´s room and their songs being everywhere. When I was about 11 years old, I had a phase in my life when I didn´t listen to any other music than theirs. I knew the lyrics of almost all their songs back then, and one of my favourites has always been "Blackbird" (today it´s probably "Come Together"). It has such a simple (but not at all boring) melody that you´ll never forget, and the lyrics invite you to think about them - it was discussed a lot whether McCartney´s later interpretation that his song is about the racial tensions in the U. S. in Spring 1968 and the blackbird is a symbol for a black lady has really been in his thoughts when he wrote the song in 1968 or not.

For my card above, I used a hand-dyed background, stenciled the Beatles´ faces, coloured them, and added the blackbird and the lyrics with stamps. (The stencil is from Stamp Attack, the stamps are from Visible Images and Green Pepper Press.)

What´s your favourite Beatles song and why? If you´re interested in other Beatles inspired art, you´re invited to click on the label "Beatles Blog Swap" in the sidebar on the right - but be aware that the title of the swap back then was Beatles or Stones, so there might be some Stones songs illustrated as well ...

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Health

Here´s my entry for this month´s Bricolage Society challenge by Jen Maddocks; all elements are from Jen Maddocks Designs of course.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Tombstone ATCs

Autumn is here, and Halloween is at our doorsteps, so it´s time to post these tombstone shaped ATCs that I´ve made for a swap in one of my Yahoo groups. The shapes were inspired by masonite board ATCs from Retro Café Art, and I´ve used rubber stamps from Red Lead, Paper Artsy and Flamingo Art Stamps here.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Harvest Moon

This week´s theme for the  Sunday Postcard Art challenge is "Harvest Moon". Well, I´ve tried to take a photo of the full moon yesterday, but ... 
So I went on with elements from Eeena´s Creations, Downunder Studios and Itkupilli for my entry.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Truth and Error

For this month´s Monthly Mischief challenge at MischiefCircus.com, we´re asked to illustrate a quote about knowledge with this month´s Monthly Mischief kits. Here´s my entry with a C. G. Jung quote - won´t you come and play with us?

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Life is a Circus

This week´s theme for the Sunday Postcard Art challenge is Circus, and here´s my card for this week, made with rubber stamps and washi tape.

Friday, September 09, 2016

New ATCs

I´ve been on a one week vacation at my sister´s house, and as always, we´ve had some great stamping hours together. I needed a few new ATCs for my trading album because we´ll be going to a stamping convention this weekend and I hope to meet some ATC artists there.
For the first batch of cards above, I´ve used my new Tim Holtz Halloween stamps and other stuff, just having fun playing without a theme.
I also finished three more Postage People ATCs.
And finally I made two Cats & Dogs ATCs.