A fairytale baby

This card I made for a collegue whose second son was born on Christmas day. I used to work with him a lot, but then I moved and now I am attached to another office of the company and also I do not work at the office anymore but am working at a clients office. I only heard last month that his son was born.

Daqadoodles150225wo235455006 There was less good news with that news too: the little boy was in the hospital with an unknown infection.
The top stamp I had seen at VivaLasVegaStamps a while ago allready, and had revisited the site and revisited. This stamp still stayed on my wishlist. It reminds me of the old fairytale books I used to read, this style of drawing. Recently they had a big sale, and having some money to spare again I finally placed an order, inclusing this stamp.  (Fairy Princess – 18095). This was before I knew about the day of birth of this boy.

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So when I heard the news, I went through my stash of new stamps (I usually start there) and saw this one. This one was perfect. The name means “(the)blessed”. And born on Christmas day? – This stamp was perfect. A fairy, sending blessings out over his name, winter in her hands. I stamped her in blue, as she is an ethereal being and not present in this world. She is only visible for those who look. For babies, who are still partly connected to the spirit world. Also the sun, symbol for light or enlightment, fit together with the crane perfectly. The crane stands for luck – it is said a crane brings good luck. Some light in dark times: the birht of the boy. The light also is hope, and luck from the crane, for a good recovery. Stars ofcourse also match his birth day.

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The first letter is a stamp from a steampunk VLVS alphabet set, and the others are die cut from a Sizzix alphabet die (inked with stazon moonlight blue). The crane is from Designs by Ryn, and the sun from Stampinback. The text is from Stampendous (I think) – it’s also the only black on the card, the main colours are blue and yellow (and gold, if you don’t count that as a shade of yellow). The star stencil from The Crafters Workshop. The banner from Sizzix/Tim Holtz. The crackle stamp is from Indigo Blue. Hmm that is stamped with onyx black I think – I meant to use the grey versafine but had mistakenly taken the onyx black.  The stars where first bright yellow, with acryllic paint. Too yellow to my liking, too harsh. So I put some distress ink antiqued bronze over it, just very lightly, to tone down the yellow and make it shimmer a bit at the same time.

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The sun is embossed on parchment paper, and then cut out. I made several, but one was enough. I had also embossed and cut out several more birds (on plain cardstock): 2 for the parents, and 1 for his older brother who has pneumonia. (Hopefully that is over by now). The card would be too busy if I added all 4, and it was about a birthcard for the youngest. I had allready sent a different card with well wishes for their health.

It’s quite a large card, fits just in a standard wide envelop (for A4 paper folded in 3). I do like the card a lot, with it’s symbolism and meaning. Hopefully my collegue recognizes the meaning, and hopefully he and his wife enjoy the card.

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Adding this card to Designs by Ryn customer Creation Challenge – March

Beauty in all places

Like in between the cracks of a brick road, a seed can fall. It could sprout into a beautiful flower.

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Made for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #8

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The background was made first, then the flower was stamped. It didn’t pop enough, so I embossed it. I mixed pruple and white embossing powder, as I knew the purple embossing powder would turn out quite dark. The purple and white doesn’t really mix when you look at it up close, but it does soften the tone. The card is glued onto cardstock, but not with a frame, as a neat finish like that doesn’t match the grungyness of the image.

Daqadoodles150304wo171701005Hardly visible are the “red bricks”CB stamp behind the larger stones. I had stamped these first but wasn’t happy with the result, so I stamped the larger stonework on top of it, and I l;iked the mix it gives.

To add some more interest to the (Hero Arts) stamp of the grungy paintsplatters (frame stamp), I added some decoupage glue on top of it.

Daqadoodles150305do203359010Wet decoupage glue and I also had stamped the text. (Crafters Companion). The two bricktypes and the flowers are Chocolate Baroque.

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Here you can see the red bricks behind the bigger stonework stamp. And you can also see I had stamped the flowers previously with just stazon vibrant violet and had embossed over it (and stamped slightly off). Daqadoodles150305do220446001

Dried decoupage glue in the lower right corner. I stamped “ghost images” of the flowers with Milled Lavender distress ink.

To me it felt like beauty in a harsh environment. Good things are possible even if the odds are against it, even it it is unlikely. Hence the text stamp, not exactly the same idea but it’s in the same spirit.

This is my third and last entry for this months Chocolate Baroque colour challenge.

 

Just me, the peacock

This card didn’t need much more then the peacock – it’s wings are proudly covering almost all of the card.

Started with stamping the peacock in stazon midnight blue, colouring some bits with milled lavender distress marker. Then inked the background with various shades of yellow to orange distress inks. Used a TCW stencil and some more orange, then another stencil with faded jeans distress ink.

The peacock didn’t get enough focus so I heat embossed it with blue embossing powder and added white accents.

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It looked great as it was (on the above picture allready embossed, but picture taken outside without flash), but still needed to be put on a card. I used lavendercoloured cardstock, and repeated the stencil with the baubles with faded jeans distress ink.

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Made for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #8

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Also adding this to Vandicraft’s Artistry Challenge March: Emboss it.

I’m still in doubt wether to add a small sentiment to the upper left corner. What do you think?

Colour Soup

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My entrance for the Chocolate Baroque colour challenge #8 this time is not a card, but a tin can. It all started last Friday, when we were too tired to cook so we decided to get fries. In order to add some healthy food to it, we had soup as well. I know, home made soup would be better, but I am not much of a soup person. Not for making nor eating. So we had soup from a can.

In the evening, I saw the can and thought: hmm let’s try out that new big bold background stamp from chocolate baroque on it! So I got my stuff together and started.

In the next few days I decorated some more of the cans that were allready in use as pen holder. Results vary, and I still don’t know if I like them. I think I’d like them better without the gold.

Let’s start with the colours:

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As I planned to use the decoupage technique with mod podge (decoupage glue) and tissue paper, I didn’t not want water soluble inks, so I searched for matchin colours in my Stazon stack. I notice now that my colours are off a bit. The colours I used: Midnight Blue, Vibrant Violet, St. Valentine (which is too red now I see the image) and Pumpkin. Also used/ tried out: Viva Decor Inka Gold: Oldgold.

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I took some tissue paper, the stamp, and inked up the stamp with various colours ink. Then I inked up the brayer and rolled it on the uninked parts of the stamp (as I didn’t want the ink on the stamp get on the wrong inkpad). I think I inked it up with Pumpkin, as it all turend a bit more orange. Fun effect of rolling ink on a brayer (and then the brayer on the tissue paper) is that you get a negative print of the stamp. Above, you se al tools used. The tissue paper that is lying there remained unused, the brayer apparantly wasn’t clean enough when I used blue on it, the orange mixed too much with the blue.

 

How to decoupage a can:

First time I glued part of the can, as it might be easier to trim the excess paper off. But I started putting it on with a slight angle so I didn’t end well and had to take the paper off. Ofcourse, that meant glue on the paper – that was just as easy. So put decoupage glue on your tissue paper royally, spread with the foam brush. Work fast. Line up the can with the paper, and put the can down, picking up the first bit of the paper. Lift it all up carefully, and with a dry brush (I used an old toothbrush later on), carefully brush over the paper. Brush most wrinkels out, or leave them in (I should have left more in in hindsight, I like the wrinkles). Be sure to brush over the entire surface that needs to be glued and a bit around it so the paper follows the exact contours of the can. After this layer is on, you can use the foam brush to put some glue over it again, be careful you don’t move the tissue paper or break it. If you are patient (unlike me) you might want to wait till the first layers has dried. When you have covered the surface, the starting point is almost dry again. Get your torn pieces (see below) and put plenty of glue on the spot where you want to glue the pieces – put glue on a larger surface then your piece. Bits where there is not enough glue will not turn “transparant” as much, they’ll stay white and/or there will be air bubbles beneath it. Daqadoodles150227vr235143003

Stamped on a normal tissue paper, a Kleenex. You can see the layers of the kleenex on the upper red figure, only use the top layer. Tear the images out – torn edges blend into the background very well as the fibers vary in length / get thinner when torn. When you cut, you get a clean even edge, which makes it harder for the tissue to blend into the background.Daqadoodles150228za001024004

Here is my table with stome tools on it and a binder with the CB stamps.

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Also added midnight blue peacock feather flowers.

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And a large red figure with a violet one on top. Also visible is the inka gold which I used – on the bottom and top rim and random on the can.

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Next morning. This is what the second tissue paper for the can looked like. A good impression on the paper is also achievable by putting the paper on the stamp and then rolling with  the brayer over it. The dvd was one that was just broken by my son by pulling ito ut wrong.Daqadoodles150228za120523020

I used the violet as background now, but it was too light, so the can was quite white still.

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With inka gold.

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Yup, I like these colours more. Hardly visible is the orange piece on the blue can – I noticed I didn’t take pictures of that side.

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The back of the red can. I didn’t use kleenex this time, but tissue paper. You can see it blended less well then the kleenex which was used on the can to the left. The right can doesn’t have torn pieces decoupaged on.  Daqadoodles150301zo080200033

The first can looks very rusty – the metal of the can, the orange and gold – it does look a bit too much like the can that had been outside for too long :P. The top can is too white, and too many colours still. The bottom cans look good, purple background and red motif, with blue and violet figures on it. The big can: blue motif, violet background and red and orange figures. If you think out  the red and use the colour combo: Midnight blue, vibrand violet, pumpkin and inka old gold it would have matched the colour challenge more.Daqadoodles150301zo223007002

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Strong as a rock

Daqadoodlesscan05Apparantly I didn’t take pictures of this card when I made it, only a scan. I think I made even the scan a while after I made this card – did I make it before November? I seem to remember having thought of giving it to my father.

Made with cell theory stencil from TCW and nature fragments set from Chocolate Baroque.

Daqadoodles150226do210625012The rock is heat embossed with Verdigris embossing powder and coloured with distress ink and Caran D’ache neocolours (all applied with a waterbrush).

Daqadoodles150226do210551011The rock was cut out, edges inked, and put on some foam for some more depth which I managed to seem non existant with my photography skills :P.

If I’ve posted this one before, let me know, I need to fix some tags then as I couldn’t find it.

Altered book – canvas

I especially left the caryons in, as she had seen another crayon art piece and had liked it a lot.

I especially left the caryons in, as she had seen another crayon art piece and had liked it a lot.

With better colours - I loved the card, was fast, quite simple but perfect.

With better colours – I loved the card, was fast, quite simple but perfect.

Made back in August but didn’t take the time yet to blog about it. I still don’t have time, so I’ll just upload lots of pictures I have from it and add coments with the pictures.

The reason for this book was that my best friend got married. Her best man asked everyone to alter a book (e.g. making a simple bookcover, theme was: a dancing couple) and write something for the newlyweds in the book. (I forgot about the last part, was too focused on altering the book!). The type of book could be one you love and thought they ought to read, or an old one to be altered totally.

It was late in the evening, and I was lost. I couldn’t remember the way to the hotel. The streets seemed empty an quiet. Or not? Music… I followed it, hoping to get directions to my hotel. The music was dragging me towards it, beconing me. I turned another corner a weak light come out of a door. That was the origin of the music. I walked to the door and stood in the opening. There was a heavy aroma in the air. It was dark, not much light. There was a light moving, shining . A dancing couple – I can’t remember if there were any other people there, the dancing couple hypnotized me. They seemed oblivious of their surroundings, totally immersed into eachother. The red rose in the hair of the lady, the red dress, the stare of the man.. I don’t remember how long I stood there in the dark untill someone offered me a drink. He guessed I was a stranger here by the way I had been staring at the dancers. I felt a bit embarressed, and said I had never seen people dance like this before. This intimate, close, passionate. What dance is this, I asked.

This, the man said, is the Tango.

I am adding this to the Vandicrafts Artistry Challenge of february: Antiqued.

Potential in all

Another card made with a preset colourcombination:

Daqadoodles027The colourscheme is from Chocolate Baroque challenge # 7.

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I stamped the queen, then the pawns several times and masked all off, then coloured the card using various shades of brown and green.  I then took a CB background stamp from the nature fragments set, misted it with water and put it on the card, then dabbed a dry cloth to the card. The stamp absorbed the water nicely, leaving a bit of a chessboard pattern behind.Daqadoodles150208zo130419006The chesspieces are coloured with a waterbrush and distress ink scattered straw. The text is embossed. I should look for another red embossing powder, I am always a bit disappointed by this one, it looks so bright red when unmelted, but is much darker melted. I had really wanted the word Queen to pop.  To compensate, I put a red background against it, stamped a CB stamp from the steampunk christmas I think (the corner stamp) with fired brick or barn door, went over it with a waterbrush and after that went over it a bit with waterbrush and scattered straw distess ink.

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Back to the steampunk birds / onto the extra card in this post.Daqadoodles028

Daqadoodles150208zo163909020The left bird was used before by me beginning of january or in december, on this card:Daqadoodles141122za16113002

I had planned it to be an entry into the CB challenge of that month, challenge 5. If you look at those colours, it doens’t really match.

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It’s because I got carried away while making the card,deciding to put in an accent and make the wing yellow. I didn’t think of the challenge colours at that point, I just made the wing yellow. And then I thought: uhhh that’s not in the challenge colours! So this didn’t get into the challenge entry.

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I added more accents in the flower stamp, as I didn’t have to stick to a colour scheme anymore.  Daqadoodles141122za16144807

Looks good this way, doesn’t it?  I just love the steampunk birds I guess!

Beauty in the city

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As mentioned in the previous post, the colours led me to choose the bricks stamp. I wetted the paper a bit and spread the ink around so the bricks would have a bit of colour. I used memento morocco.  I filled the red bricks with olive green and a touch of forest moss (distress ink). It remined me of an old wall somewhere in the back of a garden. Somewhere quiet in a busy city, a place forgotten, like a secret garden.

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I stamped the flowers from the buddha stamp set, knowing I would probably not be able to colour them very well against that background. I stamped to know where I should apply some gesso. So I did apply some gesso, stamped the flowers again in roughly the same spot. I also stamped with ganache stazon (brown) the hanging branch, it looks good, should have stamped more then one. But maybe it looks good because it’s just one and quite subtle.

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I coloured the flowers with acryllic paint, mixing yellow and fired brick red together a bit, and covered most of the gesso with a thin coat of walnut stain, trying to give it an uneven look as to give it some old, blurred feeling. But what to do with it then? It needed a nice focus. And maybe a text. But what?

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Doesn’t this bird look perfect here, with his brown metallic feathers, copper screws and antique gold beak and paws?

Oh, here’s prooft the scan doesn’t always look better then the picture – I had to tinked with brighness, saturation and contrast a bit as the bird was either totally brown in one hue, or the red was just hurting your eyes (even more) as it had become neonred. (It’s supposed to be a distress marker “barn door”)Daqadoodles001

Anyway, all this for the Chocolate Baroque colour challenge #7.

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The same bird, same colour scheme, very different card. Here is how it started.

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I stamped the bird, placed a mask on it, placed a stencil from TCW on it and used various shades of brown to colour the cage. I thought it was a good looking square, and thought: birds, cages, lock, key, free… something about freeing yourself.  I don’t like birdcages, as I don’t like birds (or other animals) in cages.

We have an old voilière (birdhouse) behind our house, from the previous owner. I don’t like the idea of a bird, that is mean to soar through the sky, being grounded in a cage, even a big one. Relatives have a pet bird, and they let it fly inside the house, but it’s not the same. I get sad thinking about it. How can a house, a large cage, replace soaring through clouds, feeling wind, sunrays, raindrops on your wings? Feeling the thermic (thermiek) of the wind, rise, dive, fload through the sky… how can people enjoy animals in cage, how can they just ignore the fact that they locked up a free spirit?

The same way, but to a lesser extend, I don’t quite like rabbits or hamsters in cages. I don’t like zoo’s, although I go there with my kids ofcourse. I can get sad because of seeing animals in a zoo. Sure, a zoo helps maintain some species with breeding programs, but still: apes in a small area, lions on a rock, tigers in a pit. Imagine having housearrest for the rest of your life. Your house, your garden, nothing more.

Imagine being a tiger or a wolf, running loooong stretches of periodes, migrating, hunting, running for miles without turning, discovering things. Feel the wind in your eyes when running at full speed. Now think of the cages the animals are kept in: can they run in there? How bored must they be. Can they think? No idea, but I bet they feel something is wrong – animals aren’t made for captivity.

Don’t think I’m a animal rights fanatic – I still think people are more important then animals, and killing animals sometimes is neccesary, but that has nothing to do with keeping animals in cages for enjoyment.

Where draw the line? Why do I approve of dogs and cats, chicken, as pets? Probably because they are bred so far that they do enjoy their lives like this, dogs and cats at least. I want cats to be able to live outside, but our last cat, Charlie, was terrified of the outdoors. Got chased by neighbourhood cats too often. When we moved to an appartment and only had a balcony: that was heaven for him. No other cats, but baking in the hot sun all day!

Hmm I was talking about cards. A card with a bird in a cage, and how I wanted it to be free, to put a lock on the cage and give the bird the key / put an opened lock on the cage. Free Willy. But for now, the bird is behind the fence (Let’s call it a fence now, as now it can just fly up and leave :P). How to draw white lines of the fence over hte bird? Before colouring it I drew lines with the picked fence distress marker, then added some decopuage glue on it with a brush. Only then did I colour the bird.

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I stamped some keys in light green, like green leaves, green freedom around the bird. I stamped another Chocolate Baroque stamp in the light green but didn’t like the resulting look, the green was a little detail but too bright.

The text. Something about freedom, about having the key to freedom, to hapiness, within reach. Instead I chose this one, from Quietfire Designs. Stamped and embossed with black embossinpowder, highilighted subtly with picket fence distress marker.

I took a strip of paper, stamped an Art Journey plain Christmas tree (or rather, pinetree), took forest moss ink and put that on white spots and die cut the Marianne Design leaves and framed the bird.

The white lines were a bit too white to my liking, so out came the waterbrush again. All I had to do is wipe it over the brown diamonds to get the lighter shade. The background is made with white paper, fired brick distress paint, walnut stain distress paint through the coral pland TCW stencil and some yellow acryllic paint.

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Birds with beaks

First the scans, as the colours are better looking on them.Daqadoodles002 Daqadoodles001The first is a bird in on the ground in a cornfield, made with stencils from TCW and stamps from Chocolate Baroque and 1 Dutch text clearstamp: “zomaar” meaning: without reason, literally translated. A card wihgoout a specific purpose, not for a birthday, but just because it can.

The card is made for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challlenge 7

I read the colours as:

  • Chocolate brown
  • brick red
  • olive green
  • cream/beige/straw yellow.

With this in mind I browsed through my collection of stamps.

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Isn’t a brewster perfect for these colours? Brown and red, with corn and straw colours on the ground, green in the back. For the green background I also used a Chocolate Baroque stamp, or several actually. I konw you can hardly see it but the green was a bit too harsh green.

The other one is a bit darker, but with the same colours. Mixing the brown and read a bit more on the gear.

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This card is a bit plain, it lacks something. A little bit of glossy accents on the eyes maybe, or (I notice now) metal colourd screws.

A little sneak peak also on birdcard number 3 – with the fired brick colour in mind I ofcourse had to use bricks as well!

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Live, Laugh and Love

And craft up another card for Designs by Ryn february challenge:

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It’s a card with quite some layers and techniques, has been a while since I did that. I started with inking the background and then stamp and emboss the gentleman (Tim Holtz stamp) with clear embossing powder. I stamped and embossed patio stone from Designs by Ryn.

I put down some stnecils (Might have used a star stencil too, but the clocks from Tim Holtz are quite visible) and inked again. I looked through my stash of cutouts and found a long strip, (tattered banners) die cut, inked up allready. Torn in two it’s perfect for two words, and the 3rd word in the bottom.

The man is looking down, towards his watch? or his heart?

The harts and wings (ok they’re leaves from a ranger thinlits strip diecut) are from my stash as well.

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This is where we are now.

Next I added the backing paper – torn pages of an old book, glued it on cardstock, my kids helped me with that by putting the glue on the cardstock. Isn’t the grungy style great for that? Just put the (decoupage) glue around a bit, leave some spots open maybe, and it will act as a resist too.

After this I used modelling paste through 3 different stencils (the dots from Tim Holtz, the roman script from TCW and the harlequin figure from Prima/Finnabair).

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The splitpens were from my stash as well, I had used them previously and put some stazon black on them to make them a little bit darker/duller.

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I was – as always – fun to make this card, I hadn’t used modelling paste in a while as it requires more cleaning in between and more drying. Hmm the colours look to dark on this last picture. grmbl indoor photography… The scan isn’t right either, the outdoor picture (of the unfinished card) looks best, but it’s unfinished… Oh well, maybe your monitor balances the colours out right again ;).

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