Monday, August 12, 2019

Sovereignty - some more Zetti style collages

What I love about Nancy Baumiller´s image kits is that they come with beautiful printable collage sheets as well as png images. Recently, I´ve been in the mood to make some cut and paste collages again. With the new Sovereignty papers and images (available at MischiefCircus.com) I´ve made another cut and paste collaged page in my Moleskine journal (above) as well as a collaged envelope meant to hold a gift coupon - that´s why I´ve called it "With Love" (and because her chest is heart shaped, of course).

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Turn the Music on

While playing with papers, inks and rubber stamps, I love to listen to my favourite music, and all those things together sometimes make me feel like I´m completely out of this world - that´s the best thing about making art, and such an art night can have the same effect as a short vacation.
My ATC illustrating that was made with rubber stamps from Stempelbar, AALL & Create and Klartext, and the tiny headphones brad was the perfect addition ...

Monday, August 05, 2019

Olympus

My digital "Olympus" collage was made with the new "Celestial" kits (papers, elements, and transparents) from Songbirdy at MischiefCircus.com.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Imagine

 "Out and About" is a cut and paste collage in my moleskine journal.
"I´ll keep an Eye on you" is a cut and paste 4 x 6 postcard.

I´ve been surprised lately to feel the need to make some cut and paste collages again after quite a long time ... and Nancy Baumiller´s Zetti inspired image kits always come handy then, and her new large kits called "Imagine" (images and papers) gave me the excuse to PLAY and have fun! It comes with six printable collage sheets, so I had to stop myself playing when the weekend was over ;-) 

Sunday, July 28, 2019

We are like Butterflies

We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever - these words by Carl Sagan match with Lynne Perrella´s lovely butterfly lady stamp and the transparent wings. What is your idea for this week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge themed "Butterfly Wings"?

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Renewal

When I saw Nancy Baumiller´s new image and collage sheets kit called "Renewal", I immediately wanted to pull out my scissors and glue and PLAY! So this cut and paste collage in my Moleskine journal came together quite quickly, and I´ve had so much fun with it.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Freedom

I´ve always loved these words by Jean-Paul Sartre, and when I decided to use the wolf and the bird from Nancy Baumiller´s new Crowabout StudioB kits "Evolving" images and papers, they came to my mind immediately. Fly away, little yellow bird!

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Dogs

No, I´ve never had a dog or a cat, just canaries when I was very young ... But haven´t you ever thought about what our pets think about this world and mankind? I´ve had much fun watching the first "Pets" movie and am looking forward to the second one - who knows if the moths and spiders in my apartment celebrate a heavy metal party when I´m off to work?!
The quote I´ve used for my card for this week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge themed "Dogs" is from Mme de Stael (born in the 18th century, and I fear that she wouldn´t have changed her mind if she lived nowadays).

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Dragonfly

Dragonflies are very elegant and lightweight animals, and I tried to keep that in mind when I made my card for this week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge themed "Dragonflies".

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Thingymabob

 I´ve been really happy when my friend Beth told me that her new digital image kit would be colourful, and when I saw it I immediately fell in love with the funny and quirky images of "Thingymabob". What came out first when I worked with it wasn´t so funny (see my collage "Another Toy" above) but that´s just another quality of this kit. With my second collage "Time for a Rest" below I came back to a funnier style, playing with size, exaggeration and artificial style.

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Follow Your Inner Compass

My sister Sabine is hosting this week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge, and she has chosen the theme "Travel/Maps". My 4 x 6 postcard was made using rubber stamps from Art Specially and Unity Stamps.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Chaos

Have you ever asked a book lover for her/his favourite quote? Well, Mandy from Sunday Postcard Art Challenge blog and her guest host Deann did it this week ... and of course I couldn´t decide which quote to use, so I ended using a line from the wonderful Kinks song "Lola" (published in 1973, an important year in my own life by the way). I´ve used rubber stamps from The Stamping Cottage, Paperbag Studios, Silvercrow and Visible Image for my card, and as this is one of my favourite themes, I can´t wait to see your own creation using your personal favourite quote! (And now I should spend some time reading more of Ray Davies´ great lyrics ...)

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Coins and Seaside


I´ve had a week off work recently and have made my first ATC coins (not my favourite format) for a swap and some seaside themed ATCs just for fun.

Sunday, May 05, 2019

My Home is my Castle

When you think of a chair, what is your first thought? For me, a chair means coziness, a place to read books or to talk to guests, a sort of nest inside your home - and that´s how this card came together.
It´s my entry for this week´s  Sunday Postcard Art challenge themed "Chair".

Friday, May 03, 2019

Zetti Coins

If you´re a stamper, you´ve already noticed that ATC coins are in vogue for a while now. Well, they won´t be my favourite shape, but at least I´ve tried them ... because I couldn´t resist the Zetti Coins theme.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Crow Girl and Friends

It´s party time ín the forum over at Mischief Circus with some really great challenges. Marta asked us which bird depicts our character, and I´ve chosen Crow Girl as my alter ego.
Then Hollie gave us a free kit with some heads to use with any modern photos to show "where are they now" - I´ve picked two photos from my own stash to make "In the Gallery" and "Rivals". Hope you´ll come over to the forum and show us your own creations!


Sunday, April 07, 2019

Houses

I´ve told you before that I´m a city girl - I need theatres and museums and cinemas and shopping malls that I can reach by bike to feel comfortable where I live. But if you ask people why they like the place they live, I think that most people would tell you that they like their hometown because of their friends that live there (and I am no exception). Every house stands for the people that live in it, and that´s what makes a city loveable.
I´ve found the words for my card in a magazine and combined them with rubber stamps from IndigoBlu and Visible Image.
Oh, and I should mention that this card was made for this week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge themed Houses - one of my all time favourite themes (houses, home etc.).

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Art has no Rules

I haven´t made any ATCs for quite a while now, but as my sister is hosting an art themed ATC swap in one of our groups, I sat down to stamp some cards this afternoon. They don´t really make a "set", but hey - art has no rules!

Expand Your Mind

This week´s theme for the Sunday Postcard Art challenge, Einstein, inspired me so much that I couldn´t decide if I´d prefer to make a digital or a stamped postcard - so I made both.
For my digital card I used images from Itkupilli, Finecrafted Designs, Krysty Scrap, TumbleFish Studio and Jen Maddocks.
And for my stamped card I´ve used a gelli plate background combined with stamps from Stempelbar, VLVS, Visible Image and AALL & Create.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Gothica/Books

 When I saw the book elements in Beth´s new digital image kits "Gothica", I immediately knew that I´d use them - so here are two collages using the Gothica elements and papers.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

You are a Piece of this World

As a German, when you read this week´s theme for the Sunday Postcard Art challenge "Puzzle", your first thought is a jigsaw puzzle, because in German these are synonyms (in English, there are lots of other puzzles of course, but these have different names in the German language - I especially love the term "looking puzzled" in English!).
Though I do own some jigsaw tile rubber stamps and even some real tiles I could have used, I decided to make a digital card this week, using a photo I´ve taken in a science museum (yes, I am the person on the right), a jigsaw background and a scanned world map.

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Newspaper

There are a few things that I need in the morning before I start the day - a cup of coffee, something with calories, and a newspaper. And it has to be real paper and not digital - and then when I enter the bus that takes me to work, I need a book made of paper and not an e-book. Maybe it´s because I´m not a digital native, but I believe that there are a lot of other reasons ... what about you?
For this week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge, I´ve picked Newspaper as my theme, and my card combines actual torn newspaper, a newspaper rubber stamp in red on the background, and of course the newspaper boy, one of my favourite rubber stamps.
I hope you´ll feel inspired by this theme to recycle your daily newspaper and make a 4 x 6 postcard with it - but of course you can also use digital newspaper elements ;-)
(For my card, I´ve used stamps from Tin Can Mail, Impression Obsession, Hampton Arts, Catslife, Stampington and LaBlanche.)

Monday, February 25, 2019

Altered Deux

Have you noticed Songbirdy´s latest digital kits called "Altered Deux" papers, elements and her  Girls Girls Girls kit? I´m a bit late with my samples because of internet provider changes, but here they are - I hope you´ll be inspired to make some art with these kits yourself!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Be Yourself

I don´t like people who are always smiling because I can´t believe them. I prefer people who show their emotions and who are honest - don´t lie to me. But I´ve learned that not everyone likes to see your own self; some people want to be betrayed and prefer some kind of masquerade.
Masquerade is the theme that my sister Sabine has chosen for this week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge. For my card, I´ve used rubber stamps from Blockheads, Character Constructions and Visible Image and some tape from Jane Davenport.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Sunshine Please!

It´s been a dark, rainy and very windy day today, and I´ve really missed a few sun rays ... I need the sunlight for feeling energy and creativity and for feeling alive in general. What about you - do you like winter or are you looking forward to Spring like I am?
For my digital card for this week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge themed "The Sun" I´ve used elements from Syndee Rogers, Itkupilli, Tumble Fish Studio, Maya, Holliewood Studios, Mr. Whiskers, Createwings and Miles Beyond the Moon.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

I Can´t Dance

No, I don´t like classical ballet and very seldom visit modern dance theatre events. And I must admit - I can´t dance, not even to music I really like. But one of the advantages of getting older is that you don´t care about things like that any more and just do it. So when I´m at a party and the DJ plays one of the songs I just can´t hold my feet still to, you can see me entering the dancefloor, hoping that no one will be watching me ... (Here are 9 songs that force me to do that: Doobie Brothers - Long Train Runnin´, Tina Turner - Nutbush City Limits, Spin Doctors - Two Princes, George Michael - Killer [Papa was a Rolling Stone], INXS - Need you Tonight, U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday, Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love, Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit, MPeople - Moving On Up ... I know that it´s a strange combination of songs, but can you tell me the tenth for my list please? I´d like to read your personal dancefloor favourites!)
This digital card using images from Tumble Fish Studios with my own scanned backgrounds is my entry for this week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge themed "Ballet". Oh, and before I forget - there´s a video featuring ballet for one of my favourite but not so well-known songs by Dutch singer Anouk that I really recommend if you have a moment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPDYbuaXlA8 - no "Black Swan" for me, I prefer "Birds"!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Dreaming of Colours

I´m not a big fan of winter - those muted colours, cold temperatures and darkness make me feel like I´m in dormancy, saving my energy for warmer days. I can´t wait to see all those colours again in nature, but I know that there´ll be many more of those gray weeks.
In my collage, I´m the black and white zebra of course that´s dreaming of colours that enter its gray world again ... what are your ideas for this week´s Sunday Postcard Art "Zebra" themed challenge?
(For my collage, I´ve used images from Holliewood Studios, Krysty Scrap, Miles Beyond the Moon, Itkupilli and Cryztal Rain.)

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Steampunk

It´s been a while since we´ve had a Steampunk theme for the Sunday Postcard Art challenge. So I hope you´ll be inspired to make something technical, rusty or futuristic - welcome to the machine! I can´t wait to see your interpretations of Steampunk this week as I´m this week´s guest host.
(If you click on the image, you´ll see some more details and more shimmer on my card.)

Monday, January 07, 2019

Light

This digital collage may look a bit christmassy to you, but it´s not - the words are from Hafez, and the idea of my collage is just consolation. The person who needs it here doesn´t even look up to see if there´s someone talking to him, and seems to find that voice inside himself - and in fact solace can be given by any voice inside you, or even outside, wherever it comes from. You don´t need to be religious to feel support that lifts you up.
My collage was made with Songbirdy´s new "Heavenly Bodies" elements and papers that can be found at MischiefCircus.com.

Sunday, January 06, 2019

What if you fly?

Usually, I´m not a fan of affirmations - I´m more on the dark side. But for my postcard for this week´s Sunday Postard Art challenge themed "Wings", I´ve combined both, and the result is ... ME! Yes, I tend to be a bit negative, but I like to take a challenge from time to time and to try something new. What about you? Do you feel settled and satisfied, or are you dreaming of something new and taking some challenges? Do you have special plans for 2019?
(credits: OAWA and GTD)