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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

three-muses-challenge: altered playing card

this old playing card shows a man rowing a boat.
i "sewed" this card (digitally) onto a background from cvisions_alittlebirdietoldme;
added some brushes and looked for an apt quote.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

take-a-word: vintage

i own a few vintage chocolate moulds, one of them this saint nicholas...
i transformed the photo of the mould into a png-format to use it in a layout: 

i put it onto a red-patterned background and framed it with a snowflake texture from siennaphotodesigns
text is written in font bleeding cowboys - at the bottom a children´s poem about saint nicholas, as he is the patron saint of children.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

three-muses-challenge: gone with the wind

i was playing with photos i took from thistle seeds, which were "gone with the wind".
various textures, filters and layers applied.
quotes are from the "gone with the wind" book by margaret mitchell.

Monday, November 18, 2013

take-a-word: birds

this week´s challenge at take-a-word is about our feathered friends...

cat stevens was one of my fave ballad singers in my youth.
all elements are googled and blended together.

Friday, November 15, 2013

schrei-kissen / "shout it out"

das ist ein "schreikissen", das ich für die freundin meines älteren sohnes genäht habe.
sie arbeitet in einer agentur und hat oft kundenkontakte der nervigen sorte, muss am telefon aber immer freundlich bleiben, auch wenn es ihr zum schreien zumute ist.

damit sie ihren frust nach solchen telefonaten loswerden kann, ohne dass sie gleich eingeliefert wird, hab ich ihr dieses kissen zum reinschreien gemacht.
leider stempelt es sich auf stoff nicht so gut... aber ich fand diesen stempel (von karv´d) so passend...

this is for the girlfriend of my elder son. she has quite a stressfull job with lots of customers at the phone (marketing), who are not always friendly or understanding. but she has to stay friendly anyway. she says sometimes she just could shout out loud after a call.

to prevent she will be sent to the loony bin i made her this pillow which she can use to shout into;)
sadly stamping on fabric often doesn´t come out as i want to, but well...
(stamp is from karv´d, out of business)

 this is the first time i sewed a zipper in... with the help of youtube, but i had to improve it by hand afterwards. not sure if this part will become a favorite of mine...
zum ersten mal hab ich einen reißverschluss eingenäht. mit hilfe eines videos auf youtube. aber ich musste von hand nachbessern, es sah nicht besonders toll aus. bin mir nicht sicher, ob ich das zu meinen lieblingsbeschäftigungen zählen werde...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

three-muses-challenge: alter a footstep

well, i´m not a saint, but i try my best to do so...
i´m sure you know about everybody´s ecological footstep (try to find out about your own:

digital collage created with a background photo of my own
(framed with a freebie from flickr)
footstep-leaves found via google, transformed to png + shadowed;
font is lucida handwriting (with drop shadows + bevel&emboss)

Monday, November 11, 2013

take-a-word: balloons

balloon dog googled and transformed into black
balloon alpha credited to R11 (see my linklist at the right), also transformed into black
all of them placed on a free background from flickr

"black dog" is a song from led zeppelin, so i created brushes from their symbols and stamped them onto the background

first i thought to make a spread in my braille book, but then... i think i will make another one there with this title, maybe a bit more apt to led zep;)

Saturday, November 09, 2013

last weekend at bad aibling

here are some pictures of our stamping retreat last weekend.
first you see the results of a "running journal" we made.
if you are not familiar with this project, a brief description:
every participant (we were 8 who wanted to try it) starts with a blank page (cardstock or watercolor paper, din a 4) and works on it for 5 minutes. then it is turned to the next one in the circle for the next 5 minutes and so on, until everybody had worked on each page. the challenge is just to work with what one has at hand.
i think the results turned out wonderful, and it really was FUN!!

hier noch ein paar bilder vom stempelwochenende in bad aibling.
zuerst die ergebnisse einer "running journal"-herausforderung, bei der 8 leute mitgemacht haben: dabei fängt jeder mit einer blanken din-a-4 seite an und im 5-minuten-rhythmus werden die blätter im kreis herum weitergereicht. dabei bearbeitet jeder die seiten einfach mit den sachen, die er gerade dabei hat. ich finde, die ergebnisse können sich sehen lassen, und spaß hat es auf alle fälle gemacht!!

 there was a workshop about making buttons from cardstock...
in einem workshop haben wir knöpfe aus pappe und acrylfarbe hergestellt.

 i did quite some eraser carving. i still had an old block and wanted to use it up.
you already saw some stamps on my recent braille spreads ("heartbeat" and "nevermind"), which i also created there.
below is a bigger block. i was not sure if i should cut it up. but then i think i will better leave it and use it as a background stamp. the pattern btw is from an old blouse of mine, which i had LOVED so much, but one day got a speckle on which i could not wash out.
außerdem habe ich wieder mal ausgiebig geschnitzt.
das muster dieses radiergummiblocks ist geschnitzt nach einer alten hemdbluse, die ich sehr geliebt habe. leider hab ich sie eines tages so verkleckert, dass der fleck beim waschen nicht mehr rausging. aber eine kopie davon hat es jetzt zum schnitzmotiv geschafft. überlegte erst, ob ich es zerschneiden soll, aber ich werde es wohl als hintergrundmotiv belassen...

Friday, November 08, 2013

MiFoC november: uhr

endlich schaffe ich es, mal wieder an manuelas foto-herausforderung teilzunehmen

zu armbanduhren hab ich leider nicht so ein gutes verhältnis. obwohl ich nicht gerade billiguhren kaufe, geben sie meist nach ein paar jahren den geist auf und ich ersetze sie eigentlich recht unsentimental. ich hab zwar schon immer eine, die mir gefällt, aber wahrscheinlich merken sie, dass sie nicht "geliebt" werden. im schulbetrieb brauche ich sie natürlich zwecks zeiteinteilung, aber sobald ich zu hause angelangt bin, ist mein erster griff, die armbanduhr zu entfernen und sie in die schultasche zu stecken (sonst würde ich sie unweigerlich vergessen). armbanduhren sind mir einfach ein hindernis zu hause. sie drücken, wenn ich an der pc tastatur sitze, ich kann da nix brauchen.

aaaber: ich liebe die astronomischen uhren an besonderen städtischen gebäuden, meist rathäusern: oben am rathaus von prag (leicht bearbeitetes bild, da hatte ich noch meine alte kamera canon ixus irgendwas, die war nicht so toll) und unten die astronomische uhr am ulmer rathaus. [auf dem markusplatz in venedig gibts auch eine sehr schöne, die aber in den untiefen meiner diaschachteln ruht...]

i do not have a special relationship to watches (i seldom wear one, except at school for a better timing). but i love the astronomical clocks, often located on the city hall of bigger towns - here prague and ulm.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

three-muses-challenge: grunge background

well, grungy backgrounds are one of the works i like to do most 
coming from grunge background to grunge music;)
nirvana came to my mind
 glassine pockets on the left side of the spread,
a composition of kurt cobain photos on the right

the album "nevermind" (released on 24. sept 1991) sold over 30 million copies worldwide. nevermind was responsible for bringing alternative rock to a large mainstream audience, and has been ranked highly on lists of the greatest albums of all time by publications such as rolling stone and time.

Monday, November 04, 2013

take-a-word: hearts

neil young´s song "heart of gold" for the take-a-word challenge this week...
the orange felt alpha is credited to   marie@freedigitalscrapbooking 
clipart anatomic heart printed on yellow background (cardstock), glued on forming a pocket;
tape stripes
before i could begin i eraser carved a heartbeat stamp:

 another thing to consider as a stencil: these old plastic doilies, which lay under the glass covered boards of our grandmas (a stamppal at our retreat had some, and they give great patterns!)