Thursday, October 31, 2013

Altered craft caddy from Kaisercraft

As I mentioned, I love altering and altered stuff.  The Kaisercraft - beyond the page products are great for this purpose, so I get myself a Craft Caddy for a better organizing of my workspace. 

So finally I took out my camera and did some shots of my Craft Caddy from Kaisercraft. First I primed all the edges of the single wood pieces with withe gesso, after that I covered it twice with a rather light pink acrylic color, so it had an even appearance. After that I chose some patterned paper for the project. I decided to use the "find your wings and fly - sky's the limit and up&away " series from My Mind's Eye. This series has really bold and bright shades of pink, teal, and green. I absolutely love these series for having all these fun and fantastic images. 

I covered all the areas with the 12x12 papers and inked the edges with matching distress ink. I even covered all the inside areas from the drawers with paper! This took me quiet a lot of time to cut all the paper in the right size, but it was definitely worth it. At the end, I embellished the Craft Caddy with some metal embellishment, lace- and zig-zag-ribbon, some matching chipboard stickers and layered stickers from the MME series. 

Kaisercraft CraftCaddy front
Kaisercraft CraftCaddy back

CraftCaddy right side

CraftCaddy left side

close-up of the drawers
Every drawer has its own label with just the right thing in it. On the front I keep my favorite inks (label: ink pads) and some of my tools as sponges, craft knife, distressing tool and needles... (label: tools). On the back side I keep my patterned scissors (label: scissors) and my dry glitters (label: glitter). On the upper part of the Craft Caddy I store all my bottles, like different glues, glossy accents, crackle paint and my mini water misters. At the sides I put my Crop-a-dile, my acrylic blocks and some glue dots.

inside of the drawer

I really love how that turned out, and I keep it directly in the middle of my crafting space, so I have everything next to me when I'm crafting. Hope you enjoy! :)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

You Rock! Birthday Card

Hello Crafters :)

Today I'd like to share a card with you, which has really unusual colors for my style. One of my coworkers just ask me If I could make a birthday card for his daughter, who's a heavy metal fan. I draw up a mind map with items and color schemes I could use. I thought of some black (of course!) and another bright color as red or green, as well as thought I'd like to use some stars, a guitar and some skulls. Anyway, this is how the card turned out:

For the inside of the card I used a rather steampunky theme: 

I hope you like it!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

birthday card with cute owl

Hey Scrappers :)

This week we celebrated my best friends birthday and I created a birthday card for her. Since she has the most beautiful big eyes I've ever seen, we call her our owl :D And that's the reason, why I wanted to do a card with a cute owl. This time I made the card rather clean and simple than shabby.

This is the inside of the card: 

and here's one close-up: 

First I was looking for some paper with a wooden pattern, to create the background of the outside of the card. Then I punched out a scalloped circle for the owl-hole :) I cut out the owl by hand because I don't have any cutting die for my Sizzix in that shape. I looked up a template in internet. For the journaling I used some with cardstock and inked the edges with turquoises ink to make it match with the background. We have given my friend a voucher for a pair of glasses, that's why the owl wears some glasses, too :) For the front of the card I used some adhesive polkadot-ribbon to complete the design.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Mixed Media Canvas

Hey Crafters,

tonight I'd like to share a mixed media canvas with you, which is totally inspired by LuvLee Scrappin and her video tutorial on her YouTube channel. So if you have any questions, you should watch her video, too :) Her work is absolutely amazing and I love her videos and tutorials. Anyway, this is what I created :)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

#101 Sketchabilities - my first challenge

Hey Scrappers!

Tonight I finished my first layout for a challenge for sketchabilities. After starting a blog, I thought this might be a good idea to become a little bit more popular. Here's what the challenge is about:

And this is what I made out of it:

I took two photos from our last trip to Prague in December 2011. For the background I used paper from the heirloom stack from DCWV. I also get inspired by a YouTube video by Elena Olinevich for Donna Salazar's blog. This time I tried to make it look really vintage and a little bit dirty. I really liked the idea from the sketch to create a clothesline for the pictures. Hope you enjoy! :)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Congrats... elegant wedding card

Hey Scrappers!

Last week one of my coworkers asked me if I could create a wedding-card for a couple that just got married. Since I don't know the couple, I wanted to create a rather simple and neutral card. I chose some vanilla cardstock for the base of the card and stitched some light gray patterned paper on it. 
Finally I took cream-colored ribbon and yellow lace for the topping. 
I brought it today to work and she really liked it. On the inside of the card I did some stamping and used some washi tape for decoration :) 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Finished Mixed Media Canvas #GerryvanGent

Hey Scrappers!

Today I finished - just as promised - my mixed media project from the workshop last weekend with Gerry van Gent. For the base we took a "canvas board" (don't know the exact description), and prepared the edges with some molding paste for more dimension. After heat-setting and distressing the edges, we started with the background. We used some papers from the "Lyric Collection" by Prima Marketing, as well as some Prima stamps and flowers.

I just layered some distressed paper pieces and placed my photo on top of that. I like the result, as it looks really vintage and shabby. Gerry gave us another good tip for bringing some more dimension to your projects as you can see in the close-up:

these clocks are just stamped with Archival Ink on plain cardstock and punched out with a circle punch.  After that I dry-embossed the clocks from the back with an embossing pen on a soft foam-mat (like the piercing-mat from "sew easy"). This gives you just the dimension you want. After that I fixed every clock with a few foam-squares on the layout. An easy way to create your very own embellishment!

In the last picture you can see a cute heart-lollypop. I also made this by myself; I'll explain how:
You'll need a toothpick, some paper scraps, a little paper-punch, some glue and some glitter if you like it shiny.
First punch out two small paper-pieces with your favorite punch. I like to use some small hearts or stars for the lollypops (here I used the small heart-punch from stampin' up). After that, you glue the two paper pieces together, with the toothpick in between. If you don't like glitter, you're already done, it's just that easy! If you want to get it shiny, just cover one side of the paper with some liquid glue, like glossy accents or tacky glue from Aleene's. If you don't want to have glitter anywhere else on your project, let the glue dry and cover your glitter with another layer of transparent glue like glossy accents. It will look like an epoxy-sticker.

That's it for now! I hope you like it!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

My very first Scrap-Event :)

Last weekend it finally happened: my first scrapbook event! All six workshops took place from Friday to Sunday near Frankfurt. We had three amazing teachers who taught us some new techniques, and great workshop kits with amazing stuff inside. Besides, we got an amazing goodie-bag, filled with the latest scrapbook-collections. I was overwhelmed!

Wilna Furstenberg was the first one, she came the whole way from Canada to Germany. She is so amazing! Although her style is rather clean and simple (take a look at her blog), it was a lot of fun to try out the new Gelatos from Faber Castell and listen to her tips & tricks.

This was the first layout we created: 

We had a second workshop with her, where we created a really cute and easy mini album. I haven't finished mine yet, so be curious for the pictures :)

The second workshop was about creating a mixed media project on canvas, taught by Gery van Gent (look at her blog!). I really love her style to create a layout and I love how my project turned out (I'll show you the pictures later, because I haven't finished it yet :)) Besides the mixed media art, we created also a mini album made from wood.

Our third teacher was Felicitas Mayer-Klink (take a glance at her blog, too), and we had some great layout-workshops with her, too. We tried some water-coloring techniques for the background, which I really liked. Here you can see the results: 

By the way I got to know some great new people, who share my passion for scrapbooking, and I will hopefully see them again in future.

So guess what... This was definitely not my last Mega-Event with Scrapbook Werkstatt! Can't wait till next year :)


Monday, October 14, 2013

My first steps in the world of bloggers

Hello together, I just decided to finally get started with a scrap-blog :) Since I've never done a blog before, I need to try different things and experiment with the design and stuff. I hope you'll like and enjoy my blog! Thanks for giving me advice or suggestions for the blog.

And now... let's get started!