Sunday 29 July 2012


Today I did my very first altered art project and I admit it - I so want to share it with you! (This will also be my last project before we leave for a three-weeks' holiday, so I think it may be a longer post than usual ;)
 As this will become quite a long post, I will only do it in English this time, hoping this will neither offend my German readers, nor my English readers because of my rather "moderate" English. 

Two or three weeks ago I stumbled over this metal photo-box and immediately the idea was clear in my mind: this was to become my one and only precious atc-storage! (Costing only 9 Euros, it was not too pricy - therefore I dared altering it. I admit, I can be quite a sissy with things like that...).

This is the "before"-look of the box.

As you can see, there are three hanging storage compartments in the box and I loved especially the handles at it's side!

First I altered the sides and the top with Ranger Alcohol inks "Rust", "Sunset Orange" and "Juniper".

After that it took me quite a while to choose the "perfect" papers for the back and front. I wanted them to match with the rusted look but also to be some of my favourites in grungy and vintage style. Because I only own "favourite sheets", this turned out to be the most time-expensive step of the project.

Finally I was successful when browsing the Tim Holtz paperstashes. Of course ;)

But during the search I stumbled upon some long-time treasured single sheets from Graphics 45, which I decided to use for some layering.

I cut the back and front papers to size, inked the edges with "rusty hinge" and "vintage photo" and glued them to the front and the back.

So this is how the box looked like
after doing the sides with Ranger alcohol inks and covering the front and back with the Tim Holtz papers.

Next I needed to cut out some chipboard letters for the "atc" on front. They should match the look of the silvery metal and rusty tones, so I stamped the Tim Holtz script stamp with embossing ink over the three letters in one turn and embossed them with silver "Sternenstaub".
After embossing, I inked them with Distress inks "rusty hinge", "mustard seed", "vintage photo" and a light shade of "broken china". As the edges still turned out too bright, I did some additional outlining with a dark brown felt tip pen.

The "finish" consisted of a rather long time of "playing around", arranging the paper-pieces and scraps I had intended to collage on the front. Some of them I tore, others I cut out. I inked all of them at the edges, but not before distressing some of them with my carpet knife blade.

After fixing the layers on the background paper with my new and cool permanent glue roll-on from tesa, I stamped some Tim Holtz images with "rusty hinge", "spiced marmalade" and "vintage photo" to get more texture. Finally I  finished the front with a self-adhesive paper-lace-border at the right. To add at least a tiny bit of depth, I attached the "storage"-label with sticky foam pads. Voila!

At the backside I just added a border and one gold-embossed image of the Tim Holtz airplane, as the paper itself was already quite vibrant.

I almost forgot to do the little "atc"-tabs to stick into the label clips on the lids at the top. I used black card and embossed the letters in silver, to match the metal.

Here, finally, some pictures of the whole finished box, which I cannot wait to fill with awesome new traded cards! Hope you enjoyed sharing this project with me! CU, die amelie xxx

I am going to enter this project at the Fashionable Stamping Challenges-blog, where "anything goes".

Friday 27 July 2012

"Schätze des Meeres" / "oceanic treasures"

Habe heute endlich mal meine "Formies" ausgegraben und mir daraus zwei eigene Stempel mit Muscheln vom letzten Karibik-Urlaub gemacht! Der Effekt war besser als ich erwartet hatte.


Found my "formies" today and used them to create two foam-stamps with shells from the last trip to the Caribbean. Looks better than I had expected.

Here some pictures of the first stamping experiments - it was real fun first heating the foam and then pressing the shells and seastar into it!

Thursday 26 July 2012


Sommerwiese / summer meadow

Zwei ATCs mit meinem neuen Artemio Stempel-Set "Bugs".
Hintergründe mit Distress Inks, Ink Tool und Wasser aus dem Mini-Mister.
Gräser ebenfalls Artemio.


Two ATCs, where I used my new stamps from the Artemio "Bug"-stamp-sheet on. Background done with distress inks, inking tool and water from the Mini-Mister. Grass-stamps from Artemio too.

Monday 23 July 2012

Auf der Suche nach Mr. Hyde / looking for Mr. Hyde

Inspiriert durch die Challenge "Movie Madness" auf HauntedDesignHouse entstand dieses Diptychon.

Ich mag prinzipiell alle Verfilmungen der Geschichte von R.L. Stevenson, doch besonders gefällt mir der "vergessene Movie-Klassiker" mit John Barrymore aus der Zeit, wo die Bilder laufen lernten.

Für die Hintegründe verwendete ich zwei von mir überarbeitete Ausschnitte einer Fotografie von Thomas Begbie aus den 50er Jahren des 19. Jahrhunderts, die das alte Edinburgh zeigt, in dem zu der Zeit Robert Louis Stevenson an der Universität als Student eingeschrieben war und angeblich ein durchaus vergleichbares Doppelleben geführt haben soll wie seine zwei Protagonisten in der Geschichte. Sozusagen optisch auf Stevensons Spuren zu wandeln, nachzuvollziehen, welche Eindrücke ihn zu seiner genialen Geschichte inspiriert haben, fand ich reizvoll.

Für die ATCs habe ich die Hintergründe mit Distress Ink "pumice stone" und schwarzer Stempelfarbe eingefärbt und mit Wasserspritzern zusätzlich ge-altert. Den ausgedruckten Schriftzug habe ich, damit er nicht so "neu" aussah, nicht nur an den Kanten distressed und mit "barn door" die Ränder ge-inkt, sondern auch mit dem Schleifklotz flächig überschliffen.

Da die Figuren des Dr. Jekyll und Mr. Hyde in der Geschichte ja auch gewissermaßen aneinandergekettet ein Schicksal teilen, entschied ich mich für eine Kette, um die zwei ATCs zu verbinden.

Ich habe dieses Projekt auch noch auf Craft Your Days Away zum Thema "Graustufen und eine Farbe" ins Rennen geschickt. 


A diptych ATC inspired by HauntedDesignHouses Challene "Movie Madness".

I generally like scary movies and movies after great mystery novels, but from the Jekyll-and-Hyde-movies I love especially the old classics movie with actor John Barrymore from the early time of movie pictures! 

For the backgrounds I used an altered photograph taken by Thomas Begbie in the 50s of the 19th century. The time, where R.L. Stevenson himself lived as a student in Edinburgh and was said to have led a double life quite similar to the ones of his two main characters of the novel... I thought it thrilling to kind of walk in Stevensons shoes and see the locations that evoked this brilliant story in his imagination. 

Backgrounds were inked with Distress ink "pumice stone" and black stamping colour. I also added some spritz to create a stainy look. The printed letters were distressed at the edges, coloured with "barn door" and afterwards I sanded the whole card to get an aged and worn look. 

As Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde were firmly tied together somehow by fate in the story, I decided to use strong "chains" to tie the ATCs together, to visualize this aspect of the story too.

I also entered this project at Craft Your Days Aways Challenge "SHADES OF GREY + ONE OTHER COLOUR".

To have a closer look, please click the pictures. Thank you!

Saturday 21 July 2012

ATC-Büchlein / ATC-Booklet

Dank einer unheimlich tollen Anleitung von Caro auf ihrem Forum FunWithATCs hab ich heute Abend beim Online-Crop dieses ATC-Buch herstellen können!


Thanks to an awesome tutorial from Caro at her forum  FunWithATCs I managed to do this lovely ATC-booklet! Such a great idea for an ATC-booklet, to do it that way!

Friday 20 July 2012

Eines Tages.... / One day....

...fiel ein Erfinder vom Himmel.

Verwendete Materialien: Goldfolie, Kreisstanzer, Tag-Stanzer, Locheisen, Alcohol Inks, Embossing Tool, Schleifklotz, Gemüsenetz als Schablone, Distress Inks und Glimmer Mists für den Hintergrund, Stempel von flonzcraft und Hero Arts, Samtborte, Tim Holtz Verstärkungsring und Klammern

***** inventor fell out of the sky.

Materials used: gold foil, circle and tag punch, alcohol inks, embossing tool, sanding block, distress inks and glimmer mists for the background, stamps from flonzcraft and Hero Arts, velvet ribbon, Tim Holtz reinforcers and brads.

I entered this one at the audsentimentschallengeblog challenge, at DragonsDream Tag It On and at the Crafty Creations Challenges Blog. (Thanks for the hint, Alison ;)

Thursday 19 July 2012

Fig.14 flog fort / Fig.14 flew away

Ich musste meine ersten Alcohol Inks unbedingt gleich ausprobieren!!


I just had to try my new alcohol inks immediately!!

As I was really surprised by the "real" rusty look, I decided to sand the edges of the card as you would do with real metal. 

I used Ranger alcohol inks "Rust"- Earthtones, "Sunset Orange" - Brights and "Juniper" - Lights. The stamps are from the Artemio stamp sheet "Bugs" and the 7 Gypsies "Conservatory" stamp sheet.

Gone fishing, Mom / Bin zum Angeln, Mutti!

Dieses ATC entstand aus einer Laune heraus: ich habe gestern von einer lieben ATC-Stemplerin mit zwei tollen Karten auch noch einige Dinge bekommen: Gitter, die als Schablonen für Hintergründe verwendet werden können, ein hübsches ATC-Tütchen mit schönen Motiven drauf, tolle Tapes und noch einiges mehr. Das alles hat mich zu diesem ATC angeregt und dann gings wie von selbst.

Der Hintergrund ist mit GlimmerMists und den neuen Schablonen gemacht, die Buchstaben stammen von einem Tim Holtz Bogen, Fisch und Jungen-Gesicht von dem ATC-Tütchen. Am Rand links und rechts habe ich gleich das schöne Schrift-Tape verwendet es der längs in Hälften gerissen und geinkt. Das Fisch-Embellishment habe ich in Kupferfolie geprägt und ein wenig mit Alcohol Ink bearbeitet. Das Gesicht wurde mit Crackle Accents überzogen und auf eine Goldfolienscheibe aufgeklebt, die ebenfalls mit Alcohol Inks eingefärbt wurde.


This ATC was inspired by the lovely package I received yesterday! It was from one of the girls at the ATC-platform I am in and she packed a lot of gorgeous goodies in there! I could not resist using them and this is the result:

the background is done with GlimmerMists and fence-masks, the letters were cut out off a Tim Holtz Paper from the "Lost and Found" paper stash. Fish and boy's face were cut out off the ATC-pocket I got. I embossed the fish-embellishment by hand onto copper foil I used Ranger alcohol inks on. I covered the face with Ranger Crackle Accents and the edges of the tape are distressed with Distress Ink.

Saturday 14 July 2012

Eines Tages... / One day I will ...

...werde ich die ganze Welt bereisen!
Das Thema "Mode of Transport" war meine Inspirationsquelle für dieses ATC mit Tasche, gesehen auf dem ArtfulTimes Challenge Blog.

Verwendet habe ich Tim Holtz Lost and Found PP, Tim Holtz und flonzcraft Stempel, Distress Inks und Crackle von Ranger, Brads und Tape aus der Tim Holtz Ideaology Serie und Archival Ink in Sepia und Schwarz.

***** the world!

This is the actual challenge on the ArtfulTimes Challenge Blog and it inspired me to do this pocket-ATC. On it I used scraps from the Tim Holtz paper stash "lost and found", Tim Holtz and flonzcraft stamps, distress inks and crackle paint from Ranger, brads and tape from Tim Holtz Ideaology and sepia and black Archival inks.

Friday 13 July 2012

Für den Sommerbesuch meiner Patentochter / For my goddaughter's summer visit

Meine Patentochter kommt mich dieses Wochenende besuchen und da sie ein ganz großartiges Mädchen ist, habe ich ihr diesen Aufhänger fabriziert. Er hat ein kleines Fach für ein herausziehbares Kärtchen, auf das sie ein Foto ihrer Wahl kleben kann. (Ich habe natürlich vor, einige Fotos von ein paar tollen Tagen mit ihr zu schießen ;)


My goddaughter will come for a visit this weekend and as she really is a very special person, I made her this hanging-frame, which has a little pocket for a card she can put a picture on. (Of course I will shoot some pictures of a very special weekend, I am looking forward to ;)

I also enter this card at TheStampManChallenge "Anything goes / Summercolours", as I love the soft but deep warmth late summer brings. And I tried to get this warmth into the card.