Saturday, 6 August 2022

Altered Book - Pirates Adventure by Kerstin

 

Welcome creative friends!

 

I love it to create  books in Altered Art, and to tell stories with it.

It's always fascinating to work in combination with 2D and 3D effects.


I worked with MDF shapes, outcast's from silicone moulds

and cutting dies.

 

I'm a big fan of all the Pirates of Carribean adventures,

they inspire me again and again.

Galleon Boat  

 reminds me of Black Pearl rising from the sea.


 

 
 

 

 

 


 

 some details







used MDF shapes from Calico Craft Parts

 

Coral - MDF Wood Shape Style 15

Galleon Boat MDF Wood Shape - Style 10

 Art Deco & Nouveau Style Ornament Shape - Style 65

Ship in a Bottle MDF Wood Shape - Style 1

Coral - MDF Wood Shape Style 10


 

I hope I could inspire you to try some projects out off the page, 

because there is a lot of possibilties what you can do with amazing MDF shapes!

 

Happy crafting!!

Kerstin

Tuesday, 26 July 2022

In the deep. Little ocean themed plaque by Louise Crosbie.

 

Hi there.  

I’m sharing this little deep ocean themed plaque today. While I often use craft parts as embellishments to larger projects, this project is about 90% craft parts. Very soothing to work on as all I had to do was pick out the parts I wanted and glue them down to create a scene. I used a stencil on the background first then I used little cobble stones to create the pebbles at the bottom of the ocean floor  I added some mini art stones to create a sand effect.

Once all my parts were glued down and secure, I gave everything a coat of white gesso then added colour. A bit of dry brushing restored the detail.

Some sequins and glitter added a touch of magic. I’m thinking of turning this into a mini album cover as I have another plaque the same I could turn into the back cover and bind the book with mini book rings. 


Craft Parts Used

Mixed media board door shape

Octopus

Diver octopus

Seaweed #9

Seaweed Stalked leaf bearer 

Chub Fish

Cobblestones mini sheet

Porthole

Anchor

Seahorse


Saturday, 23 July 2022

Maritim Frame - Summer Home Decor with Kerstin

 

Welcome creative friends!

 

Summertime and vintage feelings
 
I was inspired to create an upcycling project and a maritim picture frame 
was born.
It's a combination of MDF shapes, old fabric leftovers
and nature elements.

 

 

 How I began

 

 
 used  an old wooden circle panel as base
attached 4 pieces of jute ribbon to make it look like a lifebelt
added 4 beach inspired MDF shapes,
 which were partially divided and cut to size
should be an old weathered character
so I only used a dry brush technique with white gesso

 

some details




 

used MDF shapes from Calico Craft Parts

 

Wild Grass MDF Wood Shape - Style 4

 To The Beach Signpost

Rustic Beach Fence Panel

Deck Chair

 

 

I hope you find inspiration!

 

Thanks for stopping by...until next time

 

Kerstin

Tuesday, 12 July 2022

Sleeping beauty tag: by Louise Crosbie. (Zuzu)

 

Hi there.

For todays project I’ve used a large wooden tag as my base. After gluing on my papers, I covered them in clear gesso to protect them from getting stained and obscuring the images in the later stages.

While it was drying I gave all my chosen embellishments a very light coat of  white gesso before painting them with colours to match the papers. A nice teal and a rose pink. 


I think these arched windows are perfect for fairytale themes and the mini bricks give the hint or suggestion of a castle wall. 

I’ve not necessarily kept all my craft parts in one piece which seems to be a regular theme with me. I like to snip them into convenient pieces depending on the needs of my layout and it gives me the impression that they go further that way too. 

These pretty little rose bushes and vines really suit the papers I’ve used. Especially with the added colour. 


Craft parts used: 

Tag

Rose bramble

Throned rose scroll

Butterfly bramble

Mini brick sheet

Narrow rose window

Saturday, 9 July 2022

Maritime Tag with Kerstin

 

Welcome creative friends!

 

 I was motivated to create a sea inspired tag with a touch of Steampunk.
Love underwater fantasies, one of my favourite themes in summer time.
 
Used one of the very versatile tags from Calico Craft Parts,
always a good stable base for mixed media projects.
You can experiment and create with water and other liquids
 without deforming the background,
I always appreciate that.



 

some details



 


 

used MDF shapes from Calico Craft Parts

 

MDF Tag Shape - Classic

Steampunk Mechanical Cogs Motif Style 22

Sheet of Mini MDF Wood Cogs - Style 2

Sheet of Mini MDF Wood Cogs - Style 1

Sailing Boat Wood Shape - Style 2

 

 

I hope you find inspiration!

 

Thanks for stopping by...until next time

 

Kerstin

Thursday, 30 June 2022

The Summer house: by Louise Crosbie.

 


Hi there. 

Today I’m sharing a project using a little house shape as it’s base. 

I’ve also used wooden leaves: sugar maple, sweet gum

Flourishes: Vine flourish, swirl curly flourish.   

A birdcage  

and a round Christmas bauble style frame. (Because it reminded me a little of a pocketwatch)



I lined the house with rice paper and added some texture through a stencil. I added a touch of watered down coral pink transparent paint to the texture so it was only just noticeable.

Then I painted all the craft parts before gluing them into place along with my vintage photo and some paper flowers.
Lots of white paint splatters finished it off. 



Saturday, 25 June 2022

Shadow Box - Artist Studio with Kerstin

 

Welcome creative friends!

 

 As I saw our latest MDF Mini Furniture Kits I was inspired to create

a shadow box in vintage grunge style.

Love this grandfather clock, really awesome and very sweet,

could also imagine in a bigger size for a lot ideas. 

New Kit's are very easy to assemble, with a little glue they are very sturdy.

I have primed them only with a little brown acrylic paint and then highlighted 

with metal wax.  

 

And another great novelty at Calico Craft Parts

you can find here
 new Add On sheets, 

bricks, stones and roof tiles in three different sizes. 

They can be used for a lot of projects,

awesome 3d effects, as you can see

in this project too.

 

 

 some close up's


 






 

used MDF shapes from Calico Craft Parts

 

Grandfather Clock - Mini Furniture Kit

Writing Desk with Stool - Mini Furniture Kit

 Plain ATC Wood Blank with Hot Air Balloon Frame

Clock Hands - MDF Add On Sheet

Sheet of Mini MDF Wood Cogs - Style 1

 Mini Bricks - MDF Add On Sheet

 

I hope you find inspiration!

 

Thanks for stopping by...until next time

 Kerstin

 



 

Saturday, 11 June 2022

Beach Idyll - Homedecor with Kerstin

 

Welcome creative friends!

 

It's summer time, best time for sea, sun and beach.

 

I was inspired to create a new home decor piece in mixed media style and

 combined a beer mat and a big seashell as base

for a small standing deco object.

I  added also a suitable saying and a little photo

for a more personal character. 

 

 

 


 

some details





used MDF shapes from Calico Craft Parts

 

Square MDF Beer Mat 9.6cm

 

Scallop Seashell - MDF Wood Shape Style 1

 

Lighthouse MDF Wood Shape Style 7

 

Wild Grass MDF Wood Shape - Style 4

 

Leaning Palm Tree

 

Sheet of Mini MDF Wood Birds - Seagulls


 

I hope you find inspiration!

 

Thanks for stopping by...until next time

with another Sea inspired project

 

Kerstin

 


Saturday, 4 June 2022

The Haunt of Fairies: junk journal by Louise, Zuzu, Crosbie.

 

Hi there. 

Today I’m sharing with you a very simple junk journal that I put together and decorated using mostly “Calico craft parts”. 

I’m very ‘into junk’ journals at the moment and very ‘into’ toadstools. So I made a large toadstool the start of my focal point. I simply built up a little woodland floral composition on a piece of board I’d already added texture to through a stencil. And once I’d gessoed and painted it, I added my ‘fairy’ and also a little phrase cut from an old book. 



Craft parts used:

Toadstool silhouette 

Dogwood sprig

Oak leaves 

Oak leaves with acorns

Caterpillar from mini sheet insects style 3