Thursday, 21 April 2016

Because you're beautiful!

Hi, servus and welcome to my little creative spot!

Today I would like to invite you to play along with us at Emerald Creek's latest Dare which is

"It's a Charmed Life!"

and goes out to all the ladies, celebrating women all around the world! My personal interpretation of the theme is based on a song by Christina Aguilera that I really love - because the message of it is so important - to all of us. But today I dedicate the song and my project to the women in the first place.

I am especially fond of this specific picture from Tim Holtz' photobooth collection  as it reminds me of one of my lovely great aunts whom I both loved and admired very much as they were brave women standing up to some hard lessons life gave them - and managing without any men standing by their side.

Products used for this project:

Emerald Creek Hearts and Flower Pin Wheel brads
Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powder
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol inks
Tim Holtz photobooth pack

I started with die cutting the ornate frame from heavy black card and the pieces I wanted to use the alcohol inks on from white modelling film (that can be shaped while heated). 

Then I heat embossed the ornate frame with the awesome Burnt Copper Leaves Emerald Creek embossing powder and set it aside. 

The laurel wreath was coloured using Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks in three different greens. 

Next I used different browns on the banner. 

As I wanted to stamp a quote on the banner and wanted it to be well visible, I used some nail polish remover and a cutton bud to remove some of the inks. 

The tattered florals were coloured using a mix of alcohol ink tones (as shown in the enlarge click on the image).  

I glued some Tim Holtz designer paper to a cut to size foam board panel and shaded the edges using Distress Crayons and a slightly wet brush. 

The heat embossed frame and cut to size picture were glued to the panel and blended in with Distress Crayons as well. I find the #3 of the Distress Crayons sets veeeery helpful as they correspond with the Tim Holtz designer papers so very well!

One of the Emerald Creek brads was meant to become the centre of my tattered flowers. To highlight the details on the brad I used the antique linen Distress Crayon with the raised areas of the brad. 

I fixed all my parts to the panel using sticky tape and/or matte medium. 

To cover the white edge of the foam board I used black thin washi tape. 

So here's my project for Emerald Creek Dare's "It's a Charmed Life!" challenge. I hope you like it and hop over to take a look at the highly inspirational pieces my lovely team mates have created for you! 

Hope to see you play along with us soon!
Hugs and happy crafting,


  1. Gorgeous!! Love the nail polish remover tip too!! I learn from you every project Claudia!

  2. Such an elegant and beautiful creation, Claudia! Love it

  3. Wow! Wow! Wow! I absolutely love this. I especially how you created your alcohol inked pieces. What a fabulous effect on the flower!

  4. Gorgeous creation Claudia! I love how you used all the different mediums! Awesome job!

  5. I absolutely LOVE this project, Claudia! How amazing is every last detail! <3

  6. It and you are truly beautiful Claudia - this is fantastic huni Karen x

  7. A beautiful mix from wonderful techniques,gorgeous!!
    Die richtige Botschaft, aber manchmal schwer zu glauben.
    Liebe Wochenendgrüße Kerstin xx

  8. I am so impressed with this tutorial. And the nail polish remover was my favorite tip! Splendid project! Big Hugs

  9. This is beautiful. Especially I love those colors! A great step-by-step, thank you.

  10. This piece is stunning! I adore it!!!! Every little detail is perfect! Barbara

  11. Wieder ein sehr fantasie und geschmackvolles Werk von dir liebe Claudia. Ein fantastische Hommage für all die starken Frauen, die täglich wortwörtlich ihren Mann stehen müssen und es tun. Diese gesprenkelte Blüte gefällt mir, ich verstehe aber nicht wie die Sprenkel gemacht wurden? Gesprüht? Das alte Foto sieht auch so nett aus dazu,haben ihren eigenen Charme diese alten Fotografien. Super gemacht!
    Liebe Grüße


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