Friday 27 February 2015

Deep Sea Life

Servus and wonderful weekend to you all!

Just a short post today, sharing my latest art journal card that was a result from a spontaneous play with some new goodies (the label maker, the Stampotique stamp and the chequer stencil).

My son loves the deep sea and all the mysterious creatures that live there. He is impatiently waiting for the first video capture of the giant squid and loves to watch (BBC) documentaries and reports about the latest discoveries. And honestly I do too ;)

So this art journal card is dedicated to my son - the future marine biologist ;)

I also used some washi tape and DecoArt Modelling Paste and acrylic misters alongside some rubber stamping, colouring and doodling with Faber Castell PITT markers.

Doodling my sea weed freehand I tried to let it match the squid's design.

The octopus was stamped onto white card and fussy cut with a crafters knife before I glued him to the card using matte DecoArt Decou-Page.

I hope you like my art journal card and have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia xxx

Thursday 26 February 2015

Stamp Carving with Our Creative Corner!

Servus and hello to today's invite for visiting Our Creative Corner where you will find my latest tutorial as their Resident Guest Designer.

Over there I am sharing with you a very easy (and safe) way to carve your own stamp designs quickly and successfully. So if you have already been thinking about giving it a try but haven't dared yet, this might be the right moment!

Below's an art journal card I used my selfmade stamp on for starters:

The stamped bird's image was first drawn freehand and then transferred to a carving bloc...but for the how to I recommend you hop over to Our Creative Corner as there are a lot of stepxstep images and hints on how to carve safely and properly.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope to see you over at OCC soon!

Hugs and happy crafting,

Tuesday 24 February 2015

"Meet the Team" - Craft Stamper Magazine Blog Invite


Just a really short note today to invite you over to the Craft Stamper Magazine blog where my humble self is presented today with the "Meet the Team" feature.

So if you want to learn a little more about me and my approach to stamping, just click HERE to get to the blog and post. There are some of my favourite projects to see as well.

And there's still about 36 hours time to join in the actual Take It Make It challenge and win some fab stamps! 

Thanks for stopping by and hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia xxx

Wednesday 18 February 2015

VonPappe Wednesday Sneak Peek

Hello, hola and servus!

Just a short post today with a sneak peek - inviting you over to That Craft Place Challenge Blog to find out about my latest tutorial which involves a really quick and super easy way to create some heavily industrial looking Steampunk from the fab stuff Lisa sells at her store!

I hope this close up sneak peek image will do the job and lure you over to That Craft Place Challenges to find out more about the whole project and the how to!

Hugs and happy crafting,

Sunday 15 February 2015

"Unfinished Steampunk" - SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges

The February challenge over at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges is a "real challenge" this time.... ;)

We want to see "Unfinished Steampunk" from you - which means: try to leave a detail or part of your project the way it looks (!) unfinished. Or make the unfinished area part of a concept...or let something unfinished on your creation tell a's up to you and the team have come up with really cool and very individual approaches to this theme so far! I really recommend you hop over afterwards and have a closer look! (and I hope you will also join in the challenge
too ;).

As I am on team B, today it's my turn for adding to our mid-month-reminder post on the challenge blog, which is meant to provide some more inspiration and/or hints on possible approaches demonstrated by the B team. 

And here's what I created:

It's a paintboard panel which I treated with white DecoArt media Gesso, glued on some designer paper and stamped on and painted cardboard pieces - mainly using the new and fab DecoArt media fluid acrylic paints.

The ruler and the nails heads are made from cardboard too! Cool, huh? Thank you, Mr. Skinner, for this fab technique!  ;)

The rusty look was created by stamping texture in black archival ink and painting over it with DecoArt media "Quinacridone Gold" fluid acrylic paint.

I tore off one corner of the designer paper before I glued it onto the panel and distressed the torn edge roughly. Afterwards I added some DecoArt Gold Rush Metallic Lustre and Red Iron Oxide acrylic paint from the DecoArt media fluid acrylics line.

I used the new "Rusty Paper" paint from Viva Decor along with an Andy Skinner gears stencil. I really like the texture!

Additional stenciling was done with DecoArt media fluid acrylic "Titanium Buff". It's a white that blends in perfectly with more grungy looking projects.

I used one of the fab Tim Holtz stencil for adding the words. The gears stamp is a "mini" from Paper Artsy.

I hope you like it and also feel encouraged to try some "unfinished Steampunk" too. "Empty" areas help create dynamic contrast and tension and add a lot of movement to paintings. You should really give it a try! ;)

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia xxx

Monday 9 February 2015

My Very First Workshop at That Craft Place

Oh, dear! My heart is beating a whole lot faster than usual while writing this there is no turning back once I have told you....that I will do my very first workshop in the UK this May! Yay!

My "Mini Canvas Shrine" workshop will take place at lovely Lisa's "That Craft Place Ltd." store in Eastbourne on May, 9th, from 10 am to about 4 pm. It will cost £ 37,50 and we will be building and decorating a small, weathered looking (take away) shrine for some of your most beloved, tiny treasures (ephemera, old buttons, portraits, found objects,...) using old book pages, found objects and some of the fab new DecoArt paint and crackle media.

That Craft Place ltd.,
2 Grand Parade,
East Sussex,
BN26 5HG,

tel: 01323 301777


I would love to meet you there and spend a fab, fun and messy day with you!  ;)

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia xxx