Mittwoch, 6. Mai 2015

You Colour My World

Pink, light green, polkadots, spring... so many fun challenges right now and I´d like to play!

This one was for my Mum - a little "Thank you" in addition to a sweet treat to say thank you for giving me an understanding of art and creativity while growing up. She always enjoyed all kinds of art - the perfect addition to my Dad, who sparked my passion for photography.

So here´s my little gift for her:


The pretty butterfly is the Lydia Butterfly die by Memory Box, the paper bag by Rayher.


"Smile" is a die by Penny Black... I enjoy these word dies so much lately!



I had nice soft colours in my mind and enjoyed painting the background with watercolours. 

I used the Vintage Roses stamp set by Altenew and the "Thanks" by Impression Obsession...



For the inside I used my License Plate Mini Alphabet Set by QuicKutz:


I´d like to enter these challenges with my card and paper bag envelope:

The Sparkle and Shine Challenge with this photo inspiration


and


and

with this photo inspiration

and

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Lets get sentimental"

und
die Steckenpferdchen-Challenge "Punkte/dots"... hier mach ich zum 1. Mal mit!

Thank you for being my guest today!


Sonntag, 26. April 2015

Places from Abroad:China

The Altenew April challenge From Places Abroad: The Forbidden City, Beijing, China brings a lot of memories back to me... my husband and I travelled about 4000 kilometers through China more than 10 yrs. ago. It was a wonderful and very interesting journey and we love to remember it.
So - of course - I HAD to play with this challenge this month!

I love Chinese paintings with the typical red signature on one side or corner - and so I tried to mimic one of these with the Altenews "Vintage Roses" stamp set and my own asian signature stamp.

As I love to use vellum lately, I embossed some golden stripes (background stamp from Hero Arts) and stamped one of the roses on a piece of handmade paper.

I centered everything, as Chinese people love all things balanced out.


Here are the inspirational pictures of the challenge:



... and a close up of the card...


I´ll also link it up to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. 
They are showcasing Hero Arts products this week - and I used the Hero Arts "Canvas Stripes" stamp for the background. I like it a lot because of the uneven structure of the stripes - a really cool effect!
I think it´s always fabulous to see how well products from different companies go together!


... which means "thank you"!



Samstag, 25. April 2015

It´s high time

Yes, it´s high time to participate in 2 fun challenges, which both end April 25th!

 ----- Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge ---- and ---- Sparkle and Shine Challenge FOUR ----



For these 2 challenges I combined products from Penny Black (die set "hooray"), Altenew (stamp set "Vintage Roses") and Memory box (die set "Resting Birds"). I´m soooo sorry, that I don´t have anything from Winnie&Walter by now... :-(


I´m totally in love with glitter paper and die cuts and vellum at the moment - want to use these components all the time!
In addition I gave the birds some dimension with Glossy Accents:


Thanks for stopping by today! 

Montag, 13. April 2015

Mix it up!

Today I´d like to participate in the Essentials by Ellen April Mix It Up - Challenge... it requires to mix products from 2 companies - in this case Essentials by Ellen (Ellen Hutson) and Lawn Fawn.

I needed a quick and happy packaging for 2 chocolate bars and came up with this idea:



I mixed the Essentials by Ellen die "Limited Edition You Rock", which consists of the gem and the "you" and the Lawn Fawn word die "Scipty Thanks" . To be able to combine them, I cut off the "s" ... which brought a new idea to my mind: I do not have a "to"-word die in my stash - but this Lawn Fawn die is very versatile - I stretched the use of it by cutting off the "h" and the "nk" to get this:


Thanks for stopping by today!

(PS: The Butterfly is "Lydia Butterfly" by Memory Box.)


Sonntag, 5. April 2015

Polka Dots

Polka Dots suit every occasion - even a card/gift for a man: I made a little something for my Dad ...

I´d like to enter it into the City Crafter Challenge which is all about Polka Dots this week!



Dienstag, 31. März 2015

Altenew

Today I´d like to participate in the Altenew March Challenge.
I used up all my wedding congratulation cards last year - so I was in need for at least one new one - here it is:

I used the gorgeous "Persian Motifs" stamp set from Altenew, white and gold embossing powder on some vellum and I incorporated a 3dimensional element, too, to express the magnificence of the architectural detail on the photo.

And this is the challenge theme/inspirational photo (1 of 3):



Thanks for stopping by today!


Montag, 24. November 2014

Xenium

In this (cold) time of the year filled chocolates and chocolate truffels make a great gift! 

Here´s my gift for a generous host/hostess : 5 different "handmade-by-me" chocolates

Baileys Truffles:


Chili Truffles, wintry filled white chocolates with a nougat-cinnamon filling and Egg-nog-Coconut Truffles:


Rum Truffels:


I made a "basket" from a white cardboard box and some designer paper and filled it up with the chocolates, a flowerpot and a wintry flowerpot stick and a matching kitchen towel.




I added a pretty card.... 

... and a cellophane wrapping - voilá!


Try it yourself, too! It´s a lot easier than it looks and the response is overwhelming! 
Have fun!




Dienstag, 26. August 2014

Thank You

I was really happy to learn, that I do have loyal followers who read my blog posts and encourage me with their comments!

THANK YOU!

This is for you!


I tried my hands on a very chocolaty chocolate cake - and it turned out delicious! 
I´m so sorry that I can´t hand out a piece to everyone of you in real life!

Just in case you don´t know how to make the leaves: just take some leaves from a rose, dip them into warm chocolate, put them into the fridge, peel the leaves off again - voilá!
If they´re still ok (not torn) dip them into chocolate again... and so on ...

And if you´d like to try this flower out of white chocolate, too - I got the instructions here:
how to make a CHOCOLATE FLOWER rose by Ann Reardon

Have a nice day!


Dienstag, 19. August 2014

Jeweled Journey Part 2

Hi again!

… if you´re new here, please start with Part 1 here : http://apricotbubbles.blogspot.co.at/2014/06/jeweled-journey-part-1.html

So, after creating my dark pearl necklace, my second piece was a cream colored pearl bracelet – I LOVE bracelets – so nice to wear!
I took a piece from my rhinestone heap and added some quite large pearls – done! Within no time at all – 30 minutes perhaps?  




This was so much fun to me, that I realized, that I´d need much more rhinestone pieces for my new passion.
I visited Vienna´s largest and most famous (on Saturdays: flea-) market – the “Naschmarkt” – and found some really nice pieces for a reasonable price.
Aren´t they all so pretty?!  



In the next few months I made some necklaces – you can read about them HERE – or just take a look HERE

I even made myself necklaces for just a day/ an outfit and took it apart afterwards – crazy! But so much fun! This one for example does not exist any more – it was only for a day… the center-piece is the only heirloom I have from my paternal Grandma.



Please stay tuned for some more stages of the Jeweled Journey :-)
Thank you so much visiting again!

PS: I link this up to the Vintage Inspiration Party !

Sonntag, 15. Juni 2014

Jeweled Journey Part 1



Hey there!

It´s been ages since my last blog post and I´d like to explain to my loyal readers (are the any?), WHY I´ve been so quiet … well, I still love paper crafting, but now I switched from paper crafting to jewelry making!


It´s been 4 years ago, when I found Jamie´s gorgeous pieces on her site Simply Me Art… since then, the fire was lit. But I didn´t dare to really start making jewelry – I did just one necklace …





….and the stopped for a while…. Anyhow I never stopped following Jamie´s blog. She was very nice and gave me some very good advice, as e.g. buying Amy Hanna´s book Rejuvenated Jewels  


Since I really wanted to give it a try, I started buying “treasures” on flea markets and antique markets… such as broken rhinestone jewelry, old brooches etc. …



About a year later I subscribed to Where Women Create and found an article about Andrea Singarella and a beautiful photograph of her sitting in front of her desk and wearing a selfmade necklace. 

You can read the article HERE.


I was so inspired by her, that I made myself a necklace with beautiful dark pearls within the next 2 days – and I love it still:
  



Please stay tuned for some more stages of the Jeweled Journey!

Thank you so much for keeping faith with me!


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