Green shamrock fairy

One can never create enough St Patrick’s Day ATCs!

ATC_LuckOfTheIrish

For the background I combined dry embossing, heat embossing and distress inks. The tag’s made from shrink plastic (that’s why the scan isn’t too great).

This is yet another ATC for the Stampotique Designers challenge, i.e. # 138 ‘Green’. I’m not quite sure if this winged creature qualifies as a forest/flower fairy, but it’s a shamrock fairy, so I’d like to enter this atc in the Wicked Wednesday Challenge ‘Forest/flower fairies’.

Stamps used

  • Tree topper & skulls (3 in a round): Stampotique
  • Sentiment: Stampsmith
  • Stripes: Stampers Anonymous
Advertisements

Celtic inspired card

When I saw the challenge theme ‘Volksmotive’ on the Art Cards Challenge blog, I thought it an excellent excuse to start playing with my Celtic knotwork stamps!

KeltischeTegeltjesBuitenkant

 

I have some great Irish Blessing stamps (by The Stampsmith) that are very large, so I hardly ever get to use them on atcs or cards, but I found the perfect solution: I used them on the inside of this card!

Inside of the card

 

 

KeltischeTegeltjesBinnenkant

 

I’d also like to enter this card into the Kreativer Bastelblog ‘Borders’ challenge (#40).

Stamps are by Stampabilities, Dovecraft, Inkadinkado, Stamp it crazy, The Stampsmith, Make Your Mark.

Irish blessings

I love all things Celtic and St. Patrick’s Day’s approaching, so I’d love to share this journal page with you:

Again, it’s a very ‘clean’ pair of pages and there’s no writing involved, so for some of you it might not qualify as an ‘art journal’. I tend to see my visual journal as a kind of personal playground. Sometimes, I just want to dedicate pages to subjects I like, play with stamps I love, practise  techniques and explore colour combinations.  It was actually the Art of Moodling who inspired me in trying the colour combo green, silver and gold and in using heat embossing in my journal. The Irish blessings (The Stampsmith) and the Celtic knotwork and Celtic Crosses (Make Your Mark) are heat embossed.  The background is sponged with different shades of green Distress Inks (Crushed Olive, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint).

This is my entry for the following challenges:

Sorry for combining so many challenges, but  I like them all and I’m really short of crafting time these days!

First tag ever

I’ve never created a tag before, but I really wanted to participate to DragonsDream Blogaversary,  so here’s my first tag ever. The theme for this week’s challenge at DragonsDream Tag It On was “Journey with a ticket to ride“. I don’t have any ticket stamps or ephemera, but I did create a tag depicting a particular country that I’d like to visit. See for yourself, I’m sure it’s not that difficult to guess!

Stamps used

Celtic knot & Celtic Cross (at the top):  Make your mark
Celtic squares (background):  Stampabilities
Eire stamp:  Stamp Francisco
Obliteration marks:  Scrolls Work
Celtic text: Heindesign
Harp: Darkroom Door
Shamrock flourishes: unknown

Celtic treasures

Art-Cards-Challenge “Make 10” inspired me in making one big Celtic Background to use for a series of ATCs. Unfortunately, I didn’t make a scan of the background as a whole. Actually, I didn’t like the background at all and at first I thought that I’d only be able to use two or three parts of it. I always find it hard to sponge big areas without having stripes and smears. But once I had the background cut up, I managed to make 8 ATCs out of it.

I also incorporated a technique that was explained to me by the lady of this shop, involving velvet paper, a rubber stamp sprinkled with water and an iron.

The golden crosses are embossed on gold paper.

Stamps used

  • Several Celtic designs by Dovecraft
  • Several Celtic knotwork stamps by Make your mark
  • Celtic text stamp by Heindesign – Judy Kins.