Thursday, 17 January 2019

Fox in a Box - a DecoArt Mixed Media Project

Hi, servus and bonjour! So happy to see you stop by my little creative corner today!

Time to let you know that my latest project for DecoArt is up today over at the DecoArt Mixed Media Blog!



I have used some of my beloved Calico Craft Parts and several DecoArt media and premium products to create a little starry winter's night scene by upcycling an old (and long ago emptied) tin from my never shrinking stash ;)



There's a full tutorial with many steps images over at the DecoArt Mixed Media Blog and also a grand variety of  beautiful Flora and Fauna wood shapes of all kinds and sizes (and for all the four seasons) over at the Calico Craft Parts shop to choose from...so you can go ahead and create your own favourite little magic world in a tin! It's really easy and you can incorporate almost any of your favourite mixed media techniques and products. And it is always lovely to see the joy and surprise on the faces of the persons who open up the tin - just to find themselves drawn into a little magical world inside!




If you want to find out which ones I have used and how I have used them, simply click HERE to get taken to the DecoArt Mixed Media Blog. Hope to see you over there!

Hugs and happy crafting!
Claudia
xxx




Monday, 7 January 2019

A Warm Wintery Red House Light for my Home

Hi, servus, thanks so much for stopping by and welcome to the usual invite over to the Calico Craft Parts Blog!

This time I have used one of the lovely Town & Country House Kits to create a little decorative light to put on top of my new electrical heater in my newly renovated living room.
I have always wanted a fireplace in my home, but sadly in our flat we don't have the possibility to put up a real one...and for several years I wasn't willing to even consider the alternative of a "fake" fireplace as I didn't like the really cheap and artificial look of "unnaturally red glowing plastic wood in a poorly designed kitsch-y fireplace".

But after our last stay at our favourite hiking holiday apartment with a (real) fireplace I decided to reconsider that,  as we all - my husband, our dog, especially my son (and I of course) just loved cuddling and relaxing in front of the cracking fire and even if I never was to get a real fireplace myself, I could at least see if I could find an electrical one that wouldn't look too cheap and too "fake".
Much to my delight I found that the design of these electrical fireplaces has much improved during the last years - especially the faux flames effects are now quite acceptable and the look of plastic wood has much improved too. Yay!

My husband still was sceptical at first, but then I found a particular little electrical fireplace in a design that even convinced him to give it a try! Now we LOVE our (fake) fireplace and enjoy our new cosy living room even more! (we have even built our own fake "cracking sound" device - 'cos what good is a fire without the cracking of wood!?). Even our friends admit that this little fireplace spreads a lot of cosiness and that especially the sound is extremely soothing and relaxing.




Our new fireplace kicked off a little renovation of our living room then. A new, smaller couch replaced the old and worn large brown one. And as the new couch is grey, I decided we needed a bit of colour in this area of our living room - so the wall behind it was painted in a warm, deep red. I also had one of my own favourite forest photographs (with red fallen leaves on the grey forest ground) printed on a large canvas to put on that wall. And a new wing chair with a footrest has now become my sons favourite seat. ;)



It is always good to repeat colours in a composition (in this case the furniture-and-wall ensemble) to kind of visually "bind" all the elements together and highlight one by the other - so I decided I needed some red home decoration on my little black round heating friend ;)



There are several sorts of gorgeous houses in the Calico Craft Parts store to choose from - but I went for one with a quite plain design (as the heater is a very clear and straight design too). As the window openings in this kit are already cut out, this little house was perfect to create a little red house light with! 



The how-to with steps images (especially on how to add the LED lights and where to drill holes and such) can be found over at the Calico Craft Parts Blog as always (simply click HERE to get taken to the according post on their blog). 

Hugs and happy crafting!
Claudia
xxx



Tuesday, 1 January 2019

New Year - New Challenge at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

Hi, servus and belated Happy New Year, my dear creative friends! May all your wishes come true this year. I wish you loads of luck, success and happy moments and - most important - good health for 2019!

Welcome to my project post for the first challenge over at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges for this year! Maura is hosting this months challenge and awaits you over at our challenge blog with the inspirational makes of the design team (alongside with the new fantastic prize bundle from our wonderful prize sponsor DecoArt...and of course lovely Glenda from boozybear will be with us as our other prize sponsor again. Yay!).

The theme is - as always - an "Anything Goes - Steampunk/Industrial", but I remember Maura saying she wanted to add a little twist to our kick off challenge for 2019...



My first steampunk project for this year came together quite spontaneous. I had a colour copy of a cabinet card portrait in my paper stash that showed a rather staid guy...but I wanted to turn him into an adventurous steampunk inventor by painting over it (with DecoArt media fluid acrylic paints).

He needed goggles of course! And not to forget - a most amazing moustache!



I had first drawn the goggles and the moustache's outlines with a soft pencil and then filled in the shapes with the acrylic paints, using a very fine detail brush. Painting over a portrait can be great fun - you can go ahead without having to struggle and fiddle with correct facial shapes and proportions. Even the shading is already there! All you have to do is let your imagination run wild. ;)

I combined some of Glenda's fab boozybear steampunk chippies with left over die cut gears that I had once treated with alcohol inks (I think these are left over pieces from this project over HERE). I cannot throw away anything...so I have several boxes with paper scraps and bits and bobs that sit and wait to be given new homes on future projects.



I have used Seth Apter's Emerald Creek Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture artists embossing enamel on the "Documented" panel. I just love the texture it adds!

The challenge is - as always - open until the end of the month. On 15th January we will reveal the Top5 and prize winners of our winter special challenge. So don't forget to come back to check if you are one of them. For now I would like to invite you over to our challenge blog to get yourselves a good dose of steampunk mixed media inspiration! I hope to see you play along with us and share loads of steampunk galore again this year! Can't wait what to see the oodles of steampunk inspiration that the new year will bring. Simply click HERE to get taken to our challenge blog.

Hugs and happy crafting!
Claudia
xxx





Monday, 24 December 2018

Calico Craft Parts Christmas

Servus and merry, merry Christmas, dear crafty friends!

Over here in Austria we celebrate Christmas in the evening on 24. December. And we only put up the tree today - so while you are (possibly) reading this post I might well be climbing up and down a ladder to decorate the tree...or be finishing the last dishes for our Christmas dinner...or be hunting for spider webs in forgotten corners (lol).

My Calico Craft Parts Monday has accidentally fallen on this very day, so there's a short post with my personal annual Top 3 makes as a member of the Calico Craft Parts design team over at the Calico Craft Parts blog. I would like to use the opportunity to thank Helen and Louise for having me on this amazing team and for being given the opportunity to work with the wonderful craft parts! I still love using them a lot and they still are a wonderful source of inspiration and a wonderful product to add to my artwork! I am looking forward to an inspiring and fantastic 2019 with loads of new inspiring designs! Thank you so much, ladies! Mwah! XXX

I loved browsing the images of this year's projects and I have made a collage of (almost) all the Calico projects I've made this year - three of these have made it into my personal Top 3, which are being presented over at the Calico Craft Parts blog. Click HERE to get to the post.






















Merry Christmas 
and a 
Happy New Year!

See you in 2019! 
Hugs and happy crafting!

Enjoy the holidays!

Claudia
xxx



Tuesday, 18 December 2018

A quick self made last minute Christmas present and card - a StencilGirl DT Project

Hi, servus and welcome to an invitation over to the StencilGirl Talk blog, where I am sharing a tutorial on a Christmas card and a little self made present (just in case you are in need of something hand made to give to a loved one) - done with two lovely Christmas themed stencils from their wide wonderful range.

Here's a little sneak peek image to lure you over to the blog ;)



Simply click HERE to get taken to the post with shots of the finished card and present and a detailed step by step.

Hugs and happy Christmas crafting!
Claudia
xxx




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