Sunday, 15 January 2017

My Personal Top 3 Steampunk/industrial Makes for SASPC

Servus and welcome back to the usual Team B presentation over at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

This month the challenge for us all - the DT and the players - is to pick and share our personal Top 3 steampunk and/or industrial makes from the last year. The players can also pick projects that weren't done for our challenges, but the DT had to choose among their DT projects of course.

It was of course hard to pick my favourites as I have been on this DT since the very beginning of SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges in 2013 (being the co-founder) and have a lot to choose from - but narrowing them down also meant to revisit all of them and that brought a lot of sweet memories back.

If you want to learn more about the projects just click on their titles to get to the according posts.

My first pick is a make from 

July 2014

"Stand Alone Tray Canvas Invention"

The little birdie on my canvas was a fleamarket find and I still love how it looks down on the canvas (as if it was checking that everything was done properly). The lightbulb to its right was a gift from lovely Brigitte (aka coutureuse) - which only makes this canvas even more dear to my heart. 

I love to have objects incorporated in my projects that have a personal meaning or tell stories. 

Secondly I chose my hommage to The Wizard of Oz: 
April 2015

"Pay no Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain!"

I just love the story and the original movie with lovely Judy Garland! But my absolute favourites from the movie are the lion and the wicked witch!

My last choice for my personal Top 3 makes is the steampunk notebook I made last summer, as I still love how beautifully the stencilled and dry-brushed background on the cover turned out. I remember I could have continued to dry-brush on many more layers as I enjoyed that process so much...but gladly I managed to stop at the right time. lol

August 2016

"Altered Steampunk Notebook"

Well, I hope you enjoyed my picks and I highly recommend you check out what my teamies have chosen! So hop over to SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges to find out about their favs! And of course I can't wait to see what you will pick and share with us!

Hope to see you over there and play along with us soon!

Hugs and happy crafting!

Monday, 9 January 2017

Shhhh! Don't make a sound!

....this deer is already getting wind of us!

This is just a detail shot taken of my latest Calico Craft Parts project that has gone live on the Calico Craft Parts blog today. There's the full project AND tutorial waiting for you over there. ;)

I hope to see you over at Calico Craft Parts!

Hugs and happy crafting!

Thursday, 5 January 2017

A Fossil Cabinet for a Young Explorer

Hi, servus and welcome to my first post for 2017!
I hope you have all had fantastic holidays and a wonderful new year's eve! May the new year bring you loads of joy, fun and success on your creative endeavours!

I am kicking off the new year with a make from last year - but one that I can only now finally share as it was a gift that has now been delivered to a wonderful young man I had the chance to get to know when visiting my friend Laura and her lovely family in the UK two years ago. I know that he loves red pens and collecting stones and fossils (like I do too) - so I made a fossil cabinet for him.

This is just a detail from one of the cabinet's sides. I used one of the fab TCW stencils, DecoArt media Modeling Paste and Texture Sand Paste and loads of DecoArt paints to create the look of fossils being embedded in stone (well - at least I tried to).

The cabinet came as a blank white cardboard box and I started with dabbing the DecoArt Texture Sand Paste onto the box using my fingers. That was followed by adding the fossil fish and trilobite shapes using TCW stencils, a palette knife and DecoArt media white Modelling Paste. Once all was dry I added a thorough coat of Raw Umber as a base to work on. Once that had dried I went in with various DecoArt Americana paints - dry brushing and painting them on as needed.

DecoArt Metallic Lustres were added to the raised areas of the fossil shapes to imitate a bit of a sheen
where the fossils had been "polished" by wind and weather over the ages.

The last step was to paint on the marbled look - using a fine tip brush...

...and to add an old map from an old dictionary to the back, toning it down with a wash of DecoArt paints to make it match the whole design of my cabinet.

I just love the effect of the Texture Sand Paste, contrasting the shiny fossils!

I had a lot of fun creating this little keepsake for a young explorer! And I hope he likes his cabinet!!!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed your visit!

Hugs and happy crafting!
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