Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter!

Hello everybody, dear crafters! I wish you a happy and peaceful Easter! I'm in Hungary with my family! Wooohooo!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Box with rusty hardware findings by Tim Holtz

Here is my second project for our April challenge: Rust. Again I have made a box but this time I chose a square paper box. Actually, the square shape gave me the idea to make a door from the top.

I chose the number 16 because this box was made for my daughter who was born on the 16th and because since her birthday we had a lot of coincidences with this number, e.g. we live at number 16 :-)

Well, it was a paper box and I glued two layers of blank paper napkin with making a lot of wrinkles, like here.

I painted blue the top with DecoArt Bahama Blue and brown the bottom with Burnt Umber. 

I cut out the Hardware Findings from chipboard and painted brown too. 

Then I covered all the brown pieces with rust paste, like here.

A closer look to see better the rusty elements:

If you have anything rusty, please don't hesitate to join our April challenge at the Country View Challenges blog where you can win a £20 voucher!

With my box I would like to enter:

- the April challenge of the Creative Artiste: Anything Mixed Media Goes

- the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge: What's your superpower?

Friday, 7 April 2017

Oval wooden box with Easter bunny

When this morning I was reading the new challenge of A Vintage Journey I felt quite lucky because the theme was: THE MAGIC 3. And imagine, I've just finished exactly three Easter boxes yesterday!

I used the design of one of my Easter cards which was made with the rabbit of the Artistic Stamper. I just love this rabbit! This is one of my favourite rabbit stamps, unless it's not my number one! 

The poplar boxes were painted brown. Then I added a layer of DecoArt Americana Decor Crackle Medium to the outside of the bottom. After drying I painted a coat with DecoArt Americana paint. Each box has a different colour:  Winter Blue, Pebble, Williamsburg Blue. 

After the brown coat, the top was painted white with White Wash. I stamped the rabbit to the middle with Potting Soil  ink (Ranger Archival) then heat embossed with clear embossing powder (Ranger). I masked the rabbits, then stamped the PaperArtsy flowers with Coffee ink (Ranger Archival). 

I coloured all the elements with DecoArt Americana paints.

I sanded the edges, then inked with Potting Soil.

If you want to see a tutorial with photos, please click here.

And now the photos of each of my boxes.

With one of my boxes - with the pebble coloured bottom - I also would like to enter the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge: What's your superpower? because making stamped (and decoupage) boxes is my superpower :-)

And the Creative Artiste Challenge: Anything mixed media goes

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Green vintage box with Easter bunny and wildflowers

You know that I have a big enthusiasm for making boxes - stamped or decoupaged, I don't care :-) 

But right now I created a little different box than before. Normally the top of my boxes are white for achieving better show up for the stamped or decoupaged images. But here the whole surface is green.

First I tried to make this box with masking. I stamped Tim's rabbit on the top, then I covered with masking tape. After I painted green the whole top and after drying I heat embossed the wildflowers. But when I removed the masking tape, I realised that my rabbit is completely overshadowed among the flowers. So I stamped a new rabbit on a watercolour paper, coloured it and glued on the top of the other rabbit. Now you can see that the masking process was utterly unnecessary. 

I sanded the edges and here and there on other parts too, then I inked the edges with Ranger Archival Coffee colour. 

I tried to paint proper dots on the bottom but I think they are far away being proper :-) But it 's a vintage box, so I can say that my dots are weathered too - hahaha!

Anyway, this box will be perfect to put some Easter candy in it!

With my box I would like to enter the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge: What's your superpower?

Monday, 3 April 2017

Art Impressions Stamp - Wine Tasters

Here I am again with another version of the wine tasters stamp. Last time I cut out the stamped images and I glued them to an embossed background. You can see it here

But right now I just stamped and watercoloured.

The stamp is from the Girlfriends series of the Art Impressions: Wine Taster.

The texts is from the Stampers Anonymous: Hashtags by Tim Holtz.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Friendship card with bunnies - MFT stamps

I have made this card for my daughter's friend. Actually for her new friend, because in September she has started a new school. After 6 years she left the Ecole Francaise and went to the French Section of the European School. This school is so much closer to us and has a better atmosphere so we don't regret the change but for her it was a big change, though. So I'm happy she has new friends here.

For this I have used the Snuggle Bunnies of the MFT Stamps and coloured just with Ranger Distress markers with watercolour technique.

I hope Alicia will like it!

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Rusty Time Box

I have to tell you that I wasn't a fan of rust or anything rusty. That was the first time in my blog life that I used the label "rust".  But I also have to tell you that I really enjoyed these new experiences with the rust techniques. I have found some great tutorials that I would like to share with you in case if you are not a rust-type person like me before :-)

My teamie, Brenda  Brown has a great tutorial at A Vintage Journey - my favourite was the technique with the cinnamon. 

Andy Skinner has 3 easy rust technique videos at DecoArt.

Well, after watching and reading these tutorials, I have made this rusty time box for our April challenge (RUST) whose hostess is the lovely Evelyn. 

My box looks really great, doesn't it?

For my project I used a round poplar box about 12 cm across, because it has nearly the same size as the weathered clock. The weathered clock was cut out from chipboard.

I made a hole in the middle with a tiny screw.

Then I painted dark brown everything, the box, the weathered clock and two pieces of 300 grams paper. 

When it was dry I cut out the Roman numbers from the 300 grams papers, from these:

With Ranger Glossy Accents I glued the Roman numbers to the side while I was using the weathered clock as an aid which helped to place the numbers.

At the Luxembourg Creative Expo in January I had bought a set of rust paints but I used only the thick paste-like paint (Rost Farbe). With a sponge I put a layer to the box and to the weathered clock.


I glued the weathered clock to the top with Glossy Accents and added the hands with an Idea-ology brad. 

Then I mixed the paste (Rost Farbe) with cinnamon and I covered again the whole top (weathered clock and hands too) and the numbers of the bottom. For the bottom numbers I used a brush.

When it was all dry, I put a layer of matte varnish everywhere to fix the cinnamon and the rust paint.

After all these processes, I took my 2B pencil and shaded the numbers, the clock and the edges the same way as Andy Skinner had done in the first video.

Which is good in this box that the hands are mobile, so I can indicate any time on the clock.

Sizzix dies:

Sizzix Bigz Die, Weathered Clock by Tim Holtz (657190)

Sizzix Thinlits Die, Alphanumeric (3/4") by Tim Holtz (660056)

I hope you like it! And if this inspired you to make something rusty, please don't hesitate to join our April challenge where you can win a £20 voucher!

Friday, 31 March 2017

Greeting card with an Art Impressions stamp - Wine tasters

Now it was time to watercolour a little and to use my other Art Impressions stamp, the Wine Taster from the Girlfriends series.

I just love these cheery ladies!

For the background I used a Paper Artsy stamp, Eclectica 18, Dream by Emma Godfrey. I white embossed with Weathered White embossing powder by Ranger.

The text is from Tim Holtz, from the Hashtags (CMS183) set.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Easter card with Tim Holtz Snowglobe die - pink and yellow

Earlier this month I showed you an Easter card which was made with Tim Holtz Snowglobe die but I didn't give you tutorial about how I made it. 

Now at the Country View Crafts I give you a full tutorial with plenty of photos. 

So if you want to know how I put together these cards, please hop on the CVC blog!

I hope you like it! Happy crafting!

Monday, 27 March 2017

Stamped clementine box with the Katzelkraft dogs

Here is the second clementine box which was made with the Katzelkraft stamp, with "Les Chiens" - ou avec les chien :-)). 

You can find my previous blogpost here where I tell you the reason why and for who I prepared these boxes, I'm sorry but I don't want to bore you again with telling the whole story again.

Now let me show you the photos!

You can see that I used not just the Katzelkraft stamp set (Les Chien) but a PaperArtsy and a Tim Holtz stamp set as well.

On my previous blogpost you can find some instructions too if you would like to know how I made these boxes.

What I used:

DecoArt Americana acrylic paints 


I hope you like it! Happy crafting!