Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Good Things Come in Small Packages - a Canvas Corp Brands Project

Servus and welcome to my first ever invitation for you to check out my full tutorial on this project over at the really inspiring Canvas Corp Brands "The Creative Studio" blog!

As I am pretty new to all the other fab product lines they offer besides the Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists and other fab spray paints (that were among my very first crafting products I bought when I discovered crafty blogland), I was more than positively surprised by the wonderful and wide range of canvas substrates they offer as well as the 7 Gypsies papers and their newly released "Architextures" that I will have to lay hands on soon.

My first project as a Creative Crew Member for Canvas Corp Brands though is rather simple and quick and paper crafts related as they offer beautiful brown Kraft paper bags in various sizes too. And I love working on Kraft!

So this is the finished project:


And here are some of the Canvas Corp Brands products I used to create my little gift bags:


If you are interested in the full tutorial or even in more inspirational input from the rest of their DT, simply click HERE to get to the CCB Blog.




Hugs and happy crafting!
Claudia
xxx

Monday, 20 February 2017

Hooowwwl!!!

Servus, dear creative friends!
It's time for another invite over to the Calico Craft Parts blog where I am sharing my latest project. 


is the title (and also part of my creation) and I hope you will be brave enough to hop over to find out who's howling. ;)

Here's a quite mysterious little detail too to lure you over to the post where you will find a step by step as well as some inspiring Calico Craft Parts of course ;)



I hope to see you over there soon!

Have a good start into the week! 
Claudia
xxx


Saturday, 18 February 2017

Who is Having a Creepy Crawly Christmas Too?

I know this may be an odd time to share something Christmas-sy...but in a way after Christmas already is before Christmas, isn't it? So, please, bear with me when I share some awesome handcrafted goodies I got from my wonderful and talented friend Kerstin from Scrapbook Dreams last December.

Once again last year in November I found that I will have to start doing my Christmas crafting much earlier this year - maybe already in September or late August as I am  obviously always late with it and then create crap because of being under timely pressure. And it takes a lot of the fun and joy out of it when feeling under pressure, doesn't it? At least my mojo has the habit of saying "good bye" the closer I get to deadlines.

And then there's my birthday in December too (that I hardly have the time myself to celebrate as it is rather close to Christmas and by then I am always in the final spurt of the last preparations for Christmas Eve)...

But Kerstin obviously started early enough to create the most fantastic Christmas tree ornaments and this fab door hanger as a birthday gift for me!!!



It hangs on my studio door (when needed) and I love the all seeing eye on that coffee cup and the smell of good coffee being represented by the wire!



But the tree ornaments she did really knocked us all (my son, hubby and me) off our feet!




Kerstin knows about my soft spot for beetles (and insects in general) and these two ornaments are just so incredibly insanely fun and charming and made with so much thought, love and labour!!! I love them to bits!!!!



Every time I look at this little joyful fellow ringing the two Christmas bells (and spreading loads of festive steampunk Christmas joy this way) it brings a veeery huge smile on my face. So who needs reindeer and a sleigh anymore! lol



The other guy seems to be a rising star among his crawly fellows! 





The cute little steampunk fox with the pen nib ears seems to be a rather shy dude (which makes him especially charming).

And from last Christmas on in my household there's the "Christmas Egg" for breakfast - simply because Kerstin sent this wonderfully decorated Christmas hat that I am now using as an egg warmer.





Thank you so much, dear Kerstin, for all the beautiful, heartwarming, wonderful gifts you sent me! I feel truly blessed to have you as my friend! They are all treasured and in use and I cannot wait for next Christmas to decorate the tree with your fab ornaments again!!! You're the best and I love you loads! Mwah!

Claudia
xxx




Wednesday, 15 February 2017

New Stash/Forgotten Stash - SanDee&amelie's February Steampunk Challenge

Servus, hello, welcome and thank you so much for stopping by!

Today I want to share with you my latest DT project for SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges. This month we have a theme and it is

New Stash/Forgotten Stash

which means that we want our players to create a steampunk or industrial style project on which they use either an almost forgotten item from their stash or something new (that they got for Christmas for example). Or both. ;)

After long consideration I finally decided to give to myself for Christmas the lovely Tim Holtz "Village Brownstone" die from Sizzix. And as I wanted to create a little steampunk house I also decided to use my (never really forgotten) Tim Holtz Diamond Plate and Riveted Metal embossing folders.


Alongside with these I used quite a collection of DecoArt's fab Metallic Lustres to give my steampunk house a metal look. 


And here it is:





I used some heavy black cardstock for cutting out the house parts and then gave them a coat of Black Shimmer Metallic Lustre for the roof and Silver Spark for the other pieces. I applied the Metallic Lustres as you would apply normal paint - simply wet a bristle brush and the Lustre too so you can take up enough "paint" for brushing it on.


Afterwards I dry brushed the dried pieces with DecoArt media black Gesso for a grungier look.


The windows and door were given a coat of Iced Espresso Metallic Lustre. 


To make my house sturdier I cut out a base plate from a piece of foam board so I could glue the house "around" it.


Using my mini hot glue gun I assembled the house parts after I had glued the door and window frames in place using DecoArt matte Decou-Page.


Then I distressed all the edges with black soot Distress Crayon. 


To add a bit more colour to my house I added dashes of Copper Kettle and Gold Rush Metallic Lustre here and there: 



et voilá:


I just love how very "metal" my house looks. The effect of the Metallic Lustres is just amazing!

If you hop over to our challenge blog you will be able to learn about the new or forgotten stash my teamies and our players have used so far. I would love to see you play along! As always we have two prizes to give away - generously donated by our wonderful sponsors DecoArt media and boozybear! So don't miss the chance to win!

Hugs and happy crafting!
Claudia
xxx


Monday, 6 February 2017

La Neige - It's Snowing at Calico Craft Parts

Servus, salut, hi and welcome to my blog today!
I am so happy that you are stopping by my little creative spot close to the Austrian Alps ;)

It's time again to invite you over to the Calico Craft Parts blog where I am sharing a wintery make with you today. A full tutorial awaits you alongside some glittery winter magic!

Here's a little detail to lure you over to the project post. Simply click HERE to get there! I hope you'll like my little winter project!


Hugs and happy crafting!
Claudia
xxx




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