Déjà vu?

My computer gave up a few weeks ago and, after getting new parts, was restored to a point in january. I am sure I’ve posted some of the next cards allready, but can’t find proof… Then probably it was only on facebook. (Or just because they’ve been waiting to go online for several months?)

PC is fixed now, and in a better spot in my house which means I can sit rather comfortably behind it, and all the diseases are slowly diminishing.

I’ve visited the Art Specially Event in Nijkerk at the 10th of April, and ofcourse didn’t stick to my budget. Which means I now own a small round gelliplate and pan pastels. I couldn’t remember at the event WHY I didn’t get it before or what had put me off, but I did remember as I was playing around with them at home. It means a new range of products I am going to need to collect…. It’s probably my subconscious trying to keep feeding the addiction, as I have told myself I’ve got enough stamps and cannot get more. Still many many uses with the ones I’ve got. So I am only allowed to get materials that are used up. Like glue and the new distress inks, markers. I didn’t intend to get new media… really…

Ofcourse now you expect a post about my experiments with it – but alas, as I’ve said this is about older cards from before my trip to Nijkerk. (It was a strange trip. No constant talking in the car, no questions, no ” Mom,..Mom..Momm!). It was strange. I thought I’d love it, sing out loud with my music, feel “free”, but it wasn’t like that. The music didn’t do the trick. My mind was still going everywhere and nowhere. Probably because I had an extremely busy week I was a bit numb. The event was good, I participated in a take and make (gelliplate and pan pastels…) and got my mojo back. I hadn’t been crafting in a few weeks due to ” reasons”  (had moved my crafting supplies and wasn’t sure I liked the new storage, not used to it, not wanting to make a mess (tired), got a cold etc..)

I’m digressing, again.

Cards…

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Made with cutoffs from other cards. Glue them on cardstock, add some finish to it (I used Mod Podge decoupage glue) and stamp a sentiment on it.

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This one has been almost finished for a year or more. I had just the panel with the mermaid, not sure if I had put the dots (paper pen dots) in the swirls then, that might have been a later addition. All I did to finish it is (maybe add the dots and) frame it… Chocolate Baroque mermaid and Designs by Ryn swirls and School of Fish.

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Chocolate Baroque text and Sweet Pea Stamps (discontinued) Meredith Dillman’s Lady in Green. Stamped onto a background made with acryllic pewter paint.

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The reverse stamp of a stencil of Designs by Ryn onto glossy cardstock, and one of her Colibries.

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Also reverse stamp of a stencil (Hibiscus) onto clossy cardstock and a Hummingbird. Text is from the Boadicea sheet from Indigo Blue

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Text is from Quietfire Designs, background stencil is Japanese Anemone from Designs by Ryn, and the dove is from a dove/pear themed Chocolate Baroque stampsheet.

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Art Journey stamps against a pewter and silver acryllic paint mix background.

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Hmm I’ve shown this one, haven’t I? Or only on facebook? In that case: It’s the Queen of Hearts by Rachel Anderson from Sweet Pea Stamps (discontinued). Crackle backround is Indigo Blue. The pinkish background is a leftover piece from a year ago.

The leftover piece on which the queen of hearts is stamped is from this set of cards, I even mentioned in the post I saved it (it’s the piece of paper I cleaned my brush on…)

 

 

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Trying out that beautiful blending I see on many of the Lavinia cards. This looks quite ok but is not entirely right, it’ s missing a branch or something at the top. All stamps are Lavinia stamps, and the treetrunk is stamped twice to create a higher treetrunk (the stamp is only half the cardheight size).

And now, in gallery form and with some more detail pictures:

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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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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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