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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Rain

It’s raining again today. Very appropriate for the next watery cards.

Raindrops stamp is from Designs by Ryn, as are the mermaid, origami lily and crane. Backgrounds are made with TCW stencils in the first two cards. Not sure how I made the background in the last card, could be bister and a stencil. The text in the last card is from Indigo Blue. (I think, from the Boadicea set). Cards have a tiny bit of white gelpen and stickles accents

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Mojo

Well, it’s not really mojo that has been missing but health in various members if the household and me. Flu, throataches, colds, lack of energy. We need spring. We need sun. I did make some cards past few weeks, time to show them. This post shows the most mojo-less cards.

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Crafty individuals stamp and stencils

 

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Bohemian steampunk romantic Elveness and strong women

That would kind of describe my latest favourite stamps. Not all together at once, but as example the willow range from Santoro has this bohemian, melancholic feel to it. The Sweet pea stamps are more romantic, with some images portraing fierce, strong women. Ranging from a steampunk style to fantasy – elves. Not the little elfs (pixies etc) but the tall elves. At least, I picture them tall. Maybe without the wings they’d be the ancient elves. Sweet Pea stamps unfortunately has closed it’s doors. What I liked about it is that there were many different artists – not originally from the stamping world – who made some artworks or transformed some artworks into stamps. Those are always tricky: will the strong outline of a stamp ruin  the subtle lines that make the artwork a work of art? Most comes down to the colouring of the stamp. Not my most experienced area.  Still, I love their stamps so when I found out a week ago they had closed in November I scourged teh internetz for their stamps that where still on my wishlist. I ordered some in The Netherlands from Creamiep, I’ve got some underway from the UK from That’scrafty. (That was my budget for 3 months crafting). I’ve been using Chocolate Baroque stamps intensively for the last 2-3 years, same with Designs by Ryn since I discovered those brands. I still love their stamps but it’s inspiring to try out different styles or mix with other brands more. Fortunately, the stencils of Designs by Ryn and some of her stamps go well with any type of stamp so they are still often used in the background.

As Sweet Pea Stamps vary so much in style due to all the different artists there I probably also should mention the artist when I show my cards, which I haven’t done untill now. I’ll edit all posts (also on fb) to include the artists.

Now onto the pictures part.

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Eternity from Molly Harrison from Sweet Pea Stamp (closed since nov 2015)

Maidenhair Fern Stencil by Designs by Ryn and Aurora from the Willow series of Santoro.

Maidenhair Fern Stencil by Designs by Ryn and Aurora from the Willow series of Santoro.

Sweet Pea Stamp Hanging Fairy Lights from Meredith Dillman. Backround stamps are from Chocolate Baroque.

Hanging Fairy Lights from Meredith Dillman, via Sweet Pea Stamp (closed since November 2015) . Backround stamps are from Chocolate Baroque.

Sweet Pea Stamps Twilight Shimmer from Rachel Anderson. Background is cell theory stencil from TCW (could be the 12x12 version)

Twilight Shimmer from Rachel Anderson via Sweet Pea Stamps (closed since November 2015). Background is (part of) 12×12 cell theory stencil from TCW

As soon as I saw the announcement for the Eternity stamp from Molly Harrison I had to have it. It’s the flowing hair. It reminds me of a children’s show I saw as a child, Candy Candy, one of the first shows in The Netherlands in Manga style. The overly romantic looks, the wavy hair, the pain of sweet memories (she misses a guy she once met on top of a hill). You can see that many stamps I own have this wavy hair, it gives some more drama to the image.

For the Ducht people, here is the first episode of Candy Candy in Dutch:

Happy new ye… eh…. happy February!

As usual limited time and energy, and time available was spent crafting not blogging.

So again, a post full of cards I finished earlier. Some cards were started a while ago (a year?) and finished this autumn, but not shown here yet. So picture heavy blogpost again!

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Image from Connie Fong – Sweet Pea Stamps (now closed), stencil Maidenhair Fern from Designs by Ryn

Aurora from Santoro - Willow series and Maidenhair Fern from Designs by Ryn.

Santoro Willow and Maidenhair Fern from Designs by Ryn.

The hair of Mademoiselle Snow (Willow - from Santoro London) is Wild Honey distress ink, same as the leaves.

The hair of Willow (from Santoro London) is Wild Honey distress ink, same as the leaves.

Lavinia clearstamp zen tree and Chocolate Baroque text stamp (I think). Apply distress ink on a sheet of paper, spritz with resist spray (I used homemade one with decoupage glue and water), let dry and then add the next shade of distress ink. Hmm I think I had stamped the tree first and made a resist to cover it (self adhesive window foil).

Lavinia clearstamp zen tree and Chocolate Baroque text stamp. Apply distress ink on a sheet of paper, spritz with resist spray (I used homemade one with decoupage glue and water), let dry and then add the next shade of distress ink. Hmm I think I had stamped the tree first and made a resist to cover it (self adhesive window foil).

 

Timeless

Just about an hour or so untill the challenge closes, so I’ll hurry!
Pictures taken just a few minutes ago, so bad light – I’ll edit the post tomorrowafternoon with some daylight pictures.

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With flash.

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I started with a background made with the Ginko Stencil from Designs by Ryn, I used Distress inks ofcourse. Chipped Sapphire (or Broken China or Faded Jeans? I used all three colours this evening…) and Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers.  Also Dusty Concord and Seedless Preserves. After making the background I stamped some thistles on it from Chocolate Baroque, and then spritzed with home made resist spray. Next I embossed the butterflies on (stamp from CB). From left to right: Adirondack Stream embossing powder (quite a thin/fragile line). The next one is a brandless embossing powder picked up from a euroshop or bookshop. I notice the difference in quality, this one doesn’t “flow” or melt into itself as well. Next on the right is Ranger Blue Glass – this one melts very well into a thicker bit. Details can get lost but it adds indeed a blue glass look. The bottom row is twice WOW! Earthtone Grape regular, I’m always a bit disappointed how it turns out. Looks nice in the jar but a lot darker after embossing.

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I next coloured the butterflies partly with matching distress markers. Or almost matching (pine needles and peacock feathers for the Stream butterflie, Worn lipstick/Spun sugar for the middle one, tumbled glass/broken china for the Blue Glass one and Dusty concord and Stormy Sky (which is not like the distress ink Stormy Sky, the marker is quite purple). The thistles are stamped with Distress inks, seedless preservers and dusty concord. I took my waterbrush, made it quite weat and mixed the colours – also the background colours mixed in.Daqadoes150616di233516005

Then I added Crackle accents to the 4 butterflies on the edges, and glossy accents on the middle one.Daqadoes150616di233607006

Strange things the picture does to the card – The texture in the more pink butterfly isn’t as high here, and the colours in the lower right aren’t as .. oh wait they are. Didn’t look like that after colouring, but it looks great!

Next thingI did was ink the edge royally with broken china, so the butterflies stnad out more.

Oh and then ofcourse the sentiment – I applied some gesso on the spot where it would go and wiped it out with my finger, inking it up a bit with cracked pistachio. Embossed the sentiment with Ranger super fine detail black embossing powder.

Almost the last thing I did was spray it with water to get the drops effect. Ofcourse last thing I did was make up the card as seen.

This was my 3rd entry for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #11

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Now the bonus card:

When I have to wait for something to dry I make another card. This often results in 4 or 5 backgrounds/cards which I am working on in one session. Usually 2 or 3 are finished. I was playing around with the thistle stamp a bit, I liked it 🙂

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I used the same distress inks and embossing powders as before. I inked up the bold thistle stamp and sprayed it with water to get a more blurry effect, I repeated this several times. Then I took the other thistle stamp and used another colour and stamped it.

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I inked up the rest of the card with blue/green colours.

Embossed the bubble wheel. Next was the fish. I didn’t mask it off when stamping the fish with embossing ink (wiped the embossing ink away in the bubbles and then wiped the embossin powder that ofcourse now stuck to the whole bubble away. The seahorse is stamped with Stazon Midnight blue – I didn’t want it to stand out as much as the other two stamps.  Daqadoes150616di233745009

I felt the detailed thistles weren’t clear enough, and the bubblewheel was too much at the front (should be behind the plants more) so I stamped and embossed the detailed thistle several times with a mix of the pink/purple embossing powders. Looked better now. Then some simple colouring with markers.Daqadoes150616di233726008

Don’t pay attention to the stamplines – I’ll have to cut the stamp a bit narrower or stamp more carefully next time. I added glossy accents to the bubbles and eyes of the fish and seahorse and mounted the card as seen.

Tomorrow hopefully some daylight pictures – it looks like bronze embossing powder but it’s black, I promise!

Thanks for visiting 🙂

 

Daylight pictures:

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Myths come to life at twilight

My second entry for Chocolate Baroque fits the first one, ofcourse the colours match but also the stampset is largely the same.

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Here the flower and unicorn are decoupaged on the card. Background leaves stencils is from Designs By Ryn, stamps (lantern, and flower) are from one set of Chocolate Baroque, the unicorn is from another (discontinued?) stampset.

This is my second entry for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #11

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The lines of the decoupaged paper were much more visible, the glue dried up faster then I could glue it on. Usually I put the glue on the surface where the images will go, but this time I wanted as little glue on top as possible, so that meant putting the glue on the back of the image. And doing that on tissue paper without it tearing is a challenge. Then gluing it – I thought it went quite ok (the manes folded double but I managed to pull them straight without tearing it) and then I realized it wasn’t straight! argh. The unicorn should be tilted to the right a bit. Let’s just say it leans toward the lantern to light it with it’s horn.
As the lines of the tissue paper were more visible, I made use of it and even added more white around the unicorn, like it has just appeard out of thin air / out of the mist.

Below: For this card the upper left background was used.

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I like the somewhat dark grungy look, it does remind me of the Japanese cartoons like spirited away, like the spirit world that sometimes shines through to the earthly world. Cartoons for adults (not meaning it has got sexual content but with angry spirits etc). Twilight, the time that myths come to life.

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I´m late for this months Chocolate Baroque Challenge – it ends Wednesday! So without further ado, here is my first entry:

 

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For Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 11

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Above: I reversed the flowers stamp with the use of tissue paper –  stamped on it, tore it out, glued it on the stamped side onto the card. The lantern and flowers are coloured with white gelpen, and there are white rayds coming from the lantern. Some grungy highlights run across the lantern (drawing a ling and wiping it a bit while it’s not yet dry).

Below: Here are the bacgrounds I made, I often start a colour challenge with making several backgrounds. I experimented with a self made resist spray (thanks to the frugal crafter) although I did not make is as thick as hers. Actually I’m not sure I used it on these backgrounds, I’ve been playing with it the same evening but not sure how often I used it :P.

Anyway, below you see tome of the backgrounds. Leaves stencil is Designs by Ryn, honeycomb stencil is.. hmmm not sure… the fragments stamp is Chocolate Baroque. The lower right is the base for this card.

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Here are thsoe same backgrounds outside, and a flower with tissue paper on which I applied the glue to the wrong side – the back of the stamping. I tried to get little glue on the top (decoupage glue) as that acts as a resist to water based inks (yup, that’s the ingredient for the resist spray).

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I was indoubt wether to add a sentiment, but I like it this way. Hope you do too!

Hallucinations

From lack of sleep… tired.. been to Hamburg this weekend with my sisters, it was wonderfull, but getting back and working early next day, followed by a night with not much sleep due to a baby wanting to throw a party in the middle of the night is a bit too much maybe.

A while ago I told you (goodbye lullabye part 1) I got sidetracked (goodbye lullabye part 2) while working on one project, and made a bunch of backgrounds of which I had no clue of how I was going to use them due to the bright contrasting colours.

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Modelling paste through one “sun” pattern, covered wit hcopper acryllic paint. Other places only acryllic paint.  Not sure what I used to colour the turtle: distress ink and/or Caran D’ache neon colour crayons.

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Stamped the seadragon for placement, then added gesso on and over the stamped image, heat embossed the dragon with distress embossing powder and coloured with Caran D’ache neocolours. Embellisments (diecuts) are from my stash. The card is matted onto a white card on wich I painted a messy frame in copper.

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One of these is my last entry for the Designs By Ryn May challenge. I think I’ll choose the seadragon, as I like how it looks somewhat plastered on, like he is in his own bubble.

Edit: I chose the turtle, it’s better photographed / better visible.

And now, bed!

 

Silver moon rising

Moonshadow

Silver White moon man

Silent ascension begun

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I saw this stamp at De-Stempelwinkel and liked it a lot, so what do you do then? I wonder where the text comes from, who wrote it.

Anyway, the card. I made it in the last 2 or 3 weeks, and I forgot what I did on the background. There’s lots of stenciling – I see some art deco arches (Stampinback.nl?) in wild honey slightly on the card, and sunbursts (Dutch Doobadoo). sec, getting the card…. aaah the white in the background are giant stitch crosses from a A3 sized stencil from Marianne Design of Joy Crafts. It’s a reverse print of the stencil. So 3 stencils, it was getting a bit busy. I had this new stamp and watned to try it out, so why not this card?Daqadoodles150507do111554002

Ooh ascension… fill up… drops rising up, but not in the sea, it should be more dreamlike, more moonlike. Silver waterbubbles. I stamped in on top of the text, as I figured the text would be visible enough – I think I should have wiped a bit more embossing powder off it at the text, but the look I wanted (bubbles going before the text) has succeeded. Embossed the bubbles with pearlsilver embossing powder.  Also added a fairy, but removed her wings (wiped the ink from the stamp) and only very slighly went over her with a wet brush to mix the colours in her dress more. She’s a moonghost now, hardly visible, like when you try to hold on to a dream.Daqadoodles150507do111622003

I added drops of glue onto the bubbles for some body, I wanted to know if I could get the same effect as glossy accents with it. Tip: don’t put the card in upright position when it has drops of something on it.

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LAst but not least, I wanted to use some dies agan. It’s been ages since I used them. I didn’t want a forest scene, or sea scene, but some sort of mix between it. Like seaitems but above ground, like a fog in which magical things can be seen. The thing the items have in common is the coloursetting. The backcard is coloured in Stormy sky too, and the middle matted card has the crushed olive and forest moss.

It’s a strange card. But is it strange in the way it’s supposed to be, with water elements in the air, grass in a sea? Is it dreamlike strange?

This is my second entry to Designs by Ryn Customer Creation Challenge – May.

Not sure if the text is featured enough for the Challenge of De-Stempelwinkel, which is Surrealism these two weeks. (Oh wait, they sell also the stamps from Designs by Ryn!) I hope dreams are surreal enough!