Steampunk album

I love the altered books and book covers I often see on other creative blogs, so I decided to alter the cover of the album in which I store stamped bits and pieces and collage images.

Here’s the result:



Here’s a detail:


This is my entry for the following challenges:

Products used

  • Gesso & Golden gel medium
  • Dylusions sprays
  • Glimmer mists
  • Distress inks
  • Stampers Anonymous movers & shapers die cuts (baroque ornament, heart & cogs)
  • Cuttlebug cogs & gears texture plate
  • Old watch parts
  • Crackled background stamp (Hampton art)




You make my heart happy

And still more hearts to come!   Stampotique Designers Challenge # 85′ wants us to do whatever makes us happy. There’s no doubt that crafting makes me very happy… especially creating ATCs for swaps with creative people all over the world!  Moreover, Kira’s cute little monsters always make me smile.

ATC_StampotiqueHeartMonstersAs the monsters have been paper pieced and my ATCs features a  Hero Arts sentiment, I’d also like to enter this ATC into the Blog named Hero ‘Snip N’ stick’ challenge.

Rusty heart

Stampotique Designers Challenge # 82 focuses on  die cuts and punches and Wicked Wednesday has chosen ‘Gothic Love’ as this fortnight’s theme. I really enjoyed making this rusty heart ATC:


I used wrinkle free distressing to create the background and overstamped it with a script stamp (Darkroom Door). I stamped the Stampers Anonymous mosaic stamp with Brilliance ink on a torn piece of crimson paper.  I used a Tim Holtz mini heart die to cut the shape out of golden cardstock, which I then dry embossed using the cuttlebug ‘clockworks’ folder. Next, I heat embossed the raised parts with copper embossing powder to create a rusty look.

That’s the kind of Valentine’s heart I like, I hope you do too!

Embossed ATC

Today, I finally found the time to do some crafting and I had a great time! Here’s an ATC I made:

I know, this is a song quote that I’ve used before (here and here), but it just keeps inspiring me.

I’d like to enter this ATC into the following challenges:

Now, let me introduce you to my favourite technique: heat embossing. I love using this technique in my work, the melting powder is like magic, alchemy! For example, I often tend to create a heat embossed border as a finishing touch to my atc, or I heat emboss the main image or (a part of) the background. I also love to use heat embossing to create a cracked glass look.

This time I tried something new: (triple) heat embossing combined with dry embossing and sanding. Really fun to do! You can watch the tutorial here.

Stamps used

  • Heart: Tim Holtz
  • Sentiment: Scrolls Work

Heartfelt thanks

Wow, what a creative week it’s been: this is my 5th blog post! I’d like to share with you a card using the techniques explained by Kate Crane in her dvd ‘Art journaling: right from a blank page’. It’s my first attempt at using gesso and acrylic paints and adding texture in several ways.

It’s my entry for the following challenges:

Stamps used

  • Weasel by Stampotique
  • Texture stamps by Tim Holtz