Wednesday, 18 January 2017

An Emerald Creek Treasure Chest

 Hi and servus!



Today sees the second round of January project posts from the Emerald Creek DT and they are all about the new products Kim will be introducing at Creativations (formerly known as CHA) tomorrow! (There will not only be a lot of awesome new products to check out at her booth but also some of my projects I made for Emerald Creek, which makes me a very proud and happy bunny! Yay!)

One of the most impressive new goodies are the lovely gemstones Kim sent me - and I knew immediately what I wanted to create with them.



Last November I went to Munich with my son and husband and there we visited the residence and the treasury. I was deeply impressed by the wonderful treasures and by how much love, skill and labour had gone into their makings! There were crowns, golden boxes, house shrines and many other wonderful things - and all of them were outstanding pieces of craftsmanship!






So I decided to create my own little treasure chest using the lovely gemstones and Emerald Creek's fab embossing powders!


My treasure chest is not that shiny and golden, but you know me...I am a grunge crafter and love all things old and heavily worn...which is why I wanted to go for an aged look with my project (imagine that the chest has just been found in a dusty attic or crypt!).






But let's start from the beginning...lol.



I dry embossed a piece of black cardstock using a Spellbinders embossing folder and my Sizzix. Then I painted the embossed card and the balsa wood box with DecoArt Venetian Gold Dazzling Metallic paint.



 The dry card was glued to the chest's lid using matte DecoArt Decou-Page. Then I dabbed on some clear embossing ink directly from the inkpad and heat embossed the lid using Emerald Creek Charred Gold embossing powder. I used it on some die cut fleurs de lis too.



I also die cut two metal fittings from black cardboard and heat embossed these with Emerald Creek Hammered Metal embossing powder. 



The box was toned down using DecoArt media black Antiquing Cream.



Then I glued on the closure and the other pieces.



I added two of the new Emerald Creek Circle brads to the metal fittings. As the balsa wood is quite soft I just had to poke a hole first with a pokey tool and then insert the brad.



The gemstones were fixed to the lid using a hot glue gun.


Voilá! 


Some close ups:




Inside the box the balsa wood is still in its original state - so you can see what a little bit of paint and media can do to turn something new and boring looking into an aged looking artefact... ;)


I love the look of the gorgeous gemstones against the Charred Gold!



If you want to find out what my teamies have used the gemstones for, simply hop over to Emerald Creek Dares and check out their makes too! I hope you like my treasure chest (and the CHA projects if you happen to stop by Kim's booth during the next days ;)!!!




Thanks for visiting and 
hugs and happy crafting!

Claudia 
xxx




Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Let it Snow - a DecoArt media DT Project

Servus, salut, hi, thanks for stopping by and welcome to a quick post today that is meant to invite you over to the DecoArt Mixed Media blog where my latest project and tutorial have just gone live and are awaiting you.


I just had to have this gorgeous Sizzix "Snowglobe" dies set the moment I saw it! I just knew it would go together with my beloved Gelli plate prints and DecoArt media so well!


So if you are interested in the how-to, simply click HERE to get to the DecoArt Mixed Media blog and the full tutorial! I would love to see you over there!

Hugs and happy crafting!
Claudia
xxx




Sunday, 15 January 2017

My Personal Top 3 Steampunk/industrial Makes for SASPC

Servus and welcome back to the usual Team B presentation over at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

This month the challenge for us all - the DT and the players - is to pick and share our personal Top 3 steampunk and/or industrial makes from the last year. The players can also pick projects that weren't done for our challenges, but the DT had to choose among their DT projects of course.

It was of course hard to pick my favourites as I have been on this DT since the very beginning of SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges in 2013 (being the co-founder) and have a lot to choose from - but narrowing them down also meant to revisit all of them and that brought a lot of sweet memories back.

If you want to learn more about the projects just click on their titles to get to the according posts.

My first pick is a make from 


July 2014

"Stand Alone Tray Canvas Invention"




The little birdie on my canvas was a fleamarket find and I still love how it looks down on the canvas (as if it was checking that everything was done properly). The lightbulb to its right was a gift from lovely Brigitte (aka coutureuse) - which only makes this canvas even more dear to my heart. 

I love to have objects incorporated in my projects that have a personal meaning or tell stories. 


Secondly I chose my hommage to The Wizard of Oz: 
April 2015

"Pay no Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain!"



I just love the story and the original movie with lovely Judy Garland! But my absolute favourites from the movie are the lion and the wicked witch!

My last choice for my personal Top 3 makes is the steampunk notebook I made last summer, as I still love how beautifully the stencilled and dry-brushed background on the cover turned out. I remember I could have continued to dry-brush on many more layers as I enjoyed that process so much...but gladly I managed to stop at the right time. lol


August 2016

"Altered Steampunk Notebook"




Well, I hope you enjoyed my picks and I highly recommend you check out what my teamies have chosen! So hop over to SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges to find out about their favs! And of course I can't wait to see what you will pick and share with us!

Hope to see you over there and play along with us soon!

Hugs and happy crafting!
Claudia 
xxx



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