Freitag, 17. November 2017

Tutorial Altered Pencil Box


Today a new tutorial,  how I made a pencil box in industrial grunge style. It's a new upcycling project, because I use two gift boxes without the covers. I was on search for a new masculine gift idea, it should be practical and not so colorful.


before and now

For this project you will need:
gift boxes without cover

Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Woven Burlap
 7 gypsies Architextures FindingsTin Celing Tiles
  7Gypsies Ordre Du Jour Collection Seize the Day
Canvas Corp Artsy Sampler on Kraft 
DecoArt media Gesso white
 DecoArt Crackle Medium Weathered Wood
DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint Timeless
Sizzix Dies 'Gear' 
Tim Holtz 'Paper dolls' 
Inka Gold 'Hämatit'
 black textured paper
corrugated cardboard
chipboard 'Friend' + Embossing powder
metal embellishments 
old bookpages + grey and black acrylic paints for inner part

add a thin layer of white gesso, let it dry

now a thick layer of weathered wood crackle medium

tear cardboard in different sizes and glue it on the sides

painted all with Chalky finish 'Timeless'

use gear dies with self adhesive texture paper

now start with decorating

use Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and spray it about the whole project, 
now the fine cracks of the crackle medium become visible

use a cut out from 
7Gypsies Ordre Du Jour Collection Seize the Day, glue it on a piece of thick cardstock,
 add with a 3D pad on front side
so it looks like a real drawer
I also use a photo from a little boy who is sitting on the box, a metall embellishment and a chipboard
with embossing powder
finally rubbed metall gloss paint 'Hämatit' over the rough surface using my fingers

 and the second box
the same procedure instead of corrugated cardstock
some pieces of old book pages
and variant decoration

Happy crafting!

Mittwoch, 15. November 2017


Hello my friends!

today a season inspired layout, Fall time is the best time to go on a discovery tour through the forest and to rustle in the fragrant autumn leaves.
I used a background paper from Maja Design 'Walking in the forest'.

I want to share this inspiration layout into the following challenges

Creative Embellishments 
I was inspired from all the forest elements in autumn colors - leaves, animals
+ flourish hmm = swing ?! in the wordlet 'Heartbreaker'

 CSI No 241
Evidence: stripes, leaves, animals, wood
Testimony: Inspire words - Outside, wish, calm

 More than Words - Outdoors & Woodgrain 
I love to create with natural textures e.g. 'WOODGRAIN' 
perfect for forest images when leaves are falling
(I hope you can see my woodgrain stripes ? as picture frame and vertical in background, 
I used this background paper from Maja Design 'Denim and Friends')

Nature feelings-,
what can be better than a wonderful walk through a colourful forest,
there is a lot of interesting things to discover 

Enjoy your day!
xx Kerstin xx

Samstag, 11. November 2017

Magic Moments for Maja Design

Welcome scrappy fans!

It's Maja time and I want to share with you a new winter layout.
Winter is around the corner, fields and meadows are frozen, nature lies down to rest. The best time for creating or?! :-) I have created a very magical mixed media layout.

 I used the amazing Maja Design 'Joyous Winterday' collection - Sparkle + Blizzard
and some stamps (border, stars, saying), corrugated cardboard, cutting dies (deers, trees, stars, snowflakes, Holiday greens - Sizzix), chipboards - Scrap FX, pinecones, feather and flowers. 


I  start my backgrounds with a thin clear gesso layer to be able to create a nice watercolour effect on my paper. The picture is always my eye -catching focal point.

some close up's

I love to work with corrugated cardstock for a nature feeling and I'm always a big fan
 of cutting dies
so many possibilities, not only for cards, it's also a wonderful addition for layouts or out off the page projects. The very good quality of Maja papers is perfect for that technique.

a piece of fell gift ribbon for a cozy feeling, some deers with cutting die and a leftover from a structure wallpaper

all Maja papers are printed on both sides, that's very useful, so you can make special effects, the lower star  looks like patchwork

Many thanks for your visit!
Have a nice weekend!
 xo Kerstin xo

Donnerstag, 9. November 2017

Magical Times

Hello my friends!

Today a new inspiration layout for Scrap FX.
It's a special time when the first frost settles on leaves, it looks like a magical nature land, bizarre crystals everywhere. That was my inspiration for this mixed media project.

used Scrap FX materials
and as background paper
Wishing you Peace and Joy - A gift for You Collection from Maja Designs
 some close up's

I used a metallic acrylic paint 'Oyster Pearl' as basic for this wonderful dreamy 
half moon frame and added
some texture with little transparent pearls and decosand

wordlet 'Frosty fun' was made with white embossing powder ' Soft fallen snow' in the upper part and 'Turquise Shimmer' in the lower part

and I must say I'm a big fan from the combination of stamps, cutting dies, distress inks and not to forget because it's beginning to look like christmas :-)
 some sparkle embellishments

Many thanks for your visit!
Have a wonderful day!
xo Kerstin xo

Montag, 6. November 2017

Inspiration for Maja Design


 Happy News - I'm a new family member at Maja Design and I'm so thankful for this great opportunity. I’m in love with  the delicate shades of colours and motifs on the background papers, they are always perfectly harmonised and very suitable for a lot of project ideas.

 And now my first inspiration for our November Moodboard, two christmas tags in vintage style.


 I was inspired from the classic christmas colours red, green and white and used the new Maja Design Christmas Collection 'Joyous Winterdays' 6 x6 . How you will see I'm also a big fan from cutting dies
and I must say the quality of Maja papers are very good and perfect for punching.


 some close up's

 You are free to interpret the mood boards in any way you’d like. They are supposed to set you in an inspirational mood without too much controlling. Be inspired by the colors, poems, words and photos. Use it as inspiration!
Feel free to use any Maja papers as you’d like as long as they follow the colour scheme.
More beautiful inspirations can you find

Happy crafting!

Dienstag, 31. Oktober 2017

Happy Halloween

Welcome my friends!

:-) OMG this place is haunted!!! :-)




I'm not the biggest fan from Halloween, but I love it to tell stories with magic feelings,  more mysterious and imaginative all the better.
because that's my relax zone

and believe me
that has nothing to do with wizardry :-)

Best wishes from Kerstin xoxo
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