Monday, 20 February 2017


Servus, dear creative friends!
It's time for another invite over to the Calico Craft Parts blog where I am sharing my latest project. 

is the title (and also part of my creation) and I hope you will be brave enough to hop over to find out who's howling. ;)

Here's a quite mysterious little detail too to lure you over to the post where you will find a step by step as well as some inspiring Calico Craft Parts of course ;)

I hope to see you over there soon!

Have a good start into the week! 

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Who is Having a Creepy Crawly Christmas Too?

I know this may be an odd time to share something Christmas-sy...but in a way after Christmas already is before Christmas, isn't it? So, please, bear with me when I share some awesome handcrafted goodies I got from my wonderful and talented friend Kerstin from Scrapbook Dreams last December.

Once again last year in November I found that I will have to start doing my Christmas crafting much earlier this year - maybe already in September or late August as I am  obviously always late with it and then create crap because of being under timely pressure. And it takes a lot of the fun and joy out of it when feeling under pressure, doesn't it? At least my mojo has the habit of saying "good bye" the closer I get to deadlines.

And then there's my birthday in December too (that I hardly have the time myself to celebrate as it is rather close to Christmas and by then I am always in the final spurt of the last preparations for Christmas Eve)...

But Kerstin obviously started early enough to create the most fantastic Christmas tree ornaments and this fab door hanger as a birthday gift for me!!!

It hangs on my studio door (when needed) and I love the all seeing eye on that coffee cup and the smell of good coffee being represented by the wire!

But the tree ornaments she did really knocked us all (my son, hubby and me) off our feet!

Kerstin knows about my soft spot for beetles (and insects in general) and these two ornaments are just so incredibly insanely fun and charming and made with so much thought, love and labour!!! I love them to bits!!!!

Every time I look at this little joyful fellow ringing the two Christmas bells (and spreading loads of festive steampunk Christmas joy this way) it brings a veeery huge smile on my face. So who needs reindeer and a sleigh anymore! lol

The other guy seems to be a rising star among his crawly fellows! 

The cute little steampunk fox with the pen nib ears seems to be a rather shy dude (which makes him especially charming).

And from last Christmas on in my household there's the "Christmas Egg" for breakfast - simply because Kerstin sent this wonderfully decorated Christmas hat that I am now using as an egg warmer.

Thank you so much, dear Kerstin, for all the beautiful, heartwarming, wonderful gifts you sent me! I feel truly blessed to have you as my friend! They are all treasured and in use and I cannot wait for next Christmas to decorate the tree with your fab ornaments again!!! You're the best and I love you loads! Mwah!


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

New Stash/Forgotten Stash - SanDee&amelie's February Steampunk Challenge

Servus, hello, welcome and thank you so much for stopping by!

Today I want to share with you my latest DT project for SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges. This month we have a theme and it is

New Stash/Forgotten Stash

which means that we want our players to create a steampunk or industrial style project on which they use either an almost forgotten item from their stash or something new (that they got for Christmas for example). Or both. ;)

After long consideration I finally decided to give to myself for Christmas the lovely Tim Holtz "Village Brownstone" die from Sizzix. And as I wanted to create a little steampunk house I also decided to use my (never really forgotten) Tim Holtz Diamond Plate and Riveted Metal embossing folders.

Alongside with these I used quite a collection of DecoArt's fab Metallic Lustres to give my steampunk house a metal look. 

And here it is:

I used some heavy black cardstock for cutting out the house parts and then gave them a coat of Black Shimmer Metallic Lustre for the roof and Silver Spark for the other pieces. I applied the Metallic Lustres as you would apply normal paint - simply wet a bristle brush and the Lustre too so you can take up enough "paint" for brushing it on.

Afterwards I dry brushed the dried pieces with DecoArt media black Gesso for a grungier look.

The windows and door were given a coat of Iced Espresso Metallic Lustre. 

To make my house sturdier I cut out a base plate from a piece of foam board so I could glue the house "around" it.

Using my mini hot glue gun I assembled the house parts after I had glued the door and window frames in place using DecoArt matte Decou-Page.

Then I distressed all the edges with black soot Distress Crayon. 

To add a bit more colour to my house I added dashes of Copper Kettle and Gold Rush Metallic Lustre here and there: 

et voilá:

I just love how very "metal" my house looks. The effect of the Metallic Lustres is just amazing!

If you hop over to our challenge blog you will be able to learn about the new or forgotten stash my teamies and our players have used so far. I would love to see you play along! As always we have two prizes to give away - generously donated by our wonderful sponsors DecoArt media and boozybear! So don't miss the chance to win!

Hugs and happy crafting!

Monday, 6 February 2017

La Neige - It's Snowing at Calico Craft Parts

Servus, salut, hi and welcome to my blog today!
I am so happy that you are stopping by my little creative spot close to the Austrian Alps ;)

It's time again to invite you over to the Calico Craft Parts blog where I am sharing a wintery make with you today. A full tutorial awaits you alongside some glittery winter magic!

Here's a little detail to lure you over to the project post. Simply click HERE to get there! I hope you'll like my little winter project!

Hugs and happy crafting!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Rock the Red at Emerald Creek Dares!

Servus, hi and welcome!
Over at Emerald Creek Dares we're kicking off a new challenge for you and we ask you to

Rock the Red!

Whatever project pops up in your mind when reading this is welcome and you can win a $50 voucher to spend in the Emerald Creek online shop!!! So don't miss the chance and play along!

I had another post on my blog earlier today that is featuring Emerald Creek's fab embossing powders alongside some of Seth Apter's great dies and rubber stamps - so if you haven't already seen it I would like to invite you to click HERE or to scroll to the previous post to check it out too. The background that I used on my "Rock the Red" tag is a left over piece from that project by the way.

Emerald Creek products and supplies used:
(click on the badge to get the shop)

The tag that I created for my lovely boss Kim - as I want her to have a long life and to rise and shine too - emerged from a find on my always crammed and messy craft desk - a left over paper scrap from a monoprinting technique I had used some weeks ago on another project (as already mentioned above you can check that one out by scrolling to the previous post):

I had used several acrylic paints in reds, oranges and yellows and this is the paper I used to dab off any excess paint and create a bit of texture. I also used it to apply paint to the project by brushing on paint and pressing this paper onto the other - hence the lovely brushstrokes here and there.

So I started with cutting out a tag shape and then adding some black text using the lovely Kimilese 3 stamp and black archival stamping ink.

I die cut a star shape - using the fab Sizzix Dimensional Stars dies set from Tim Holtz - and heat embossed it using Emerald Creek Chinese New Year embossing powder. I had folded the star first, so folding it back into dimensional shape after the heat embossing would be easier. This step also included a happy accident - if you would like to call it that. ;)

I added a second layer of embossing powder and cooked it up a bit too much when heating it...or maybe it was too much of embossing ink that had to evade upwards (as it couldn't go downwards)...anyway - my embossing enamel started to bubble. I considered doing a new star for some time, but then found that the texture from the bubbling added a lot of interest. So I embraced imperfection (why is it so easy with craft projects' and so hard with our own???) and maybe i will even try to create that effect again some other time as I really like it. 

Looks a bit like a star fish, doesn't it?

I die cut another star from white card - a small one - and added it to my tag. I also punched a hole and used an eyelet that I painted with picket fence Distress paint to make it match the tag's look. 

I also used the picket fence Distress paint to paint the lovely Three Stars Metal Band charm that I added to the bottom of the tag using two white small brads.

The Chinese symbol for "Long Life" was stamped directly onto the tag and shaded with a white gel pen. "Rise & Shine" was stamped onto some white card, cut out and added using sticky foam pads.

I drew black and white borders - one for the tag, the other for the center heart - and added a piece of red and white cord. The two paper hearts were glued on using matte DecoArt Decou-Page.


Hop over to the Emerald Creek Dares blog to check out my teamies makes and find out about any challenge rules so you can play along! Hope to see you over there!

Hugs and happy crafting!

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