Last night I got some first books to check if everything is fine, before the whole quantity will be bound.
This was so exciting!!!
The Germans are full of praise about “Frisch Geschnitten” and I am so happy about the good reviews.
It was like a miracle, that I met Lesley, a wonderful translator, right in time to translate the book. While she was busy with the text I was reworking all screenshots, photos and some of the projects.
It was almost impossible to get this done before christmas, but we did it. The night before it had to go into printing we had the last phone call at 2 AM. And in the morning just before uploading the final file my patient partner with the sharpe eyes found a thick fat bad mistake…waahhhhhh…sometimes you just overlook the most obvious things…
In the beginning of next week the books are ready to be delivered. And I hope that many english speaking people also love the playful step-by-step instructions on how to use your cutting machines to its fullest.
For preorder you can go to my Etsy shop or Amazon.co.uk.
For now the books will be sent from Germany. I will carry part of the shipping costs, so this is affordable.
Later we see if there are better ways to deliver the book internationally.
Have a great weekend!
Today I tried out Inkscape.
After a bit a complicated installation on my Mac it worked well and I must say: It is a very cool program. You can make svg cutting files with it. This is what I wanted to try. I gave myself a little task, making a gothic mini paper top hat.
I even made it to make it just as non-symmetrical as I had it in my mind and including the bow parts which I kept together with a brad in the end.
And here you see the result.
I have to admit I am a collector, but I also love to sort things so that I can find everything directly. With my ongoing work as a crafter and artist away from the computer my workshop gets from one mess to the next with whatever new techniques I try (and start to love).
So we visited IKEA this week and got 2 inexpensive new shelfs, which were set up and hung by my wonderful man directly ( I HATE setting up IKEA stuff, he LOVES it…). The Friday before easter is a day off in Germany so I used the extra time for sorting my latest die cuts and other materials. I added some more hooks on the wall for my most used tools and found a way to hang the bakers twine spools with using a big bead on the bottom. I found this very relaxing, almost meditative, so I also calmed down from some extremely stressy weeks, perfect!
What we eat is dependent not only from what we like, but also from how it is packed…lol…so my partner has to eat some certain Haribo drops over and over again and watching our health I also buy a lot of biological zucchini, which come in firm rectangle plastic bowls, that can be stapeled very well.
The salad from our local Pizza delivery service is served in thin bowls with great neutral lids, so Pizza always comes with salad. All these packages are perfect for temporary sorting while you work especially for cutting stencils and catching the cut outs for further use.
And I LOVE shoe boxes, not only for die cutting. They are heavy and make beautiful embellishments with the BigZ dies. But they are also perfect for storing all the mixed media supplies and you can just take out the box you actually need right now for stamping or gelli printing or drawing…
Enjoy the look into my new craft room as long as it is nice and neat. And don’t miss the great storage containers you get for free.
and more of my little spring birthday card production.
Many birthdays this month, so I started to paint, print and punch today to make some new cards.
A great chance to try out my new dies I had ordered lately. I just couldn’t resist to get 2 new BigZ dies from Tim Holtz at the big Sizzix sale and some little thin dies, which are great to use for all the scraps from the electronic cutter like the grass fringes.
The funny parasols are on a collage sheet I did not release yet. It will come to my shops soon.
It was fun to play around. This card is my favorite of todays creations, a total senseless telephone in the grass. Sometimes you just have to do stupid things and call it art. I used some printable papers from Joyful Heart Designs for the telephone die cuts and the lovely flower back ground. They are printing beautifully and the grundy and retro look is great for my telephones.
Joyful Heart Designs
After one week of wonderful spring weather winter is back here with low temperatures, heavy clouds and much wind.
So I am going to decorate our home tomorrow with colorful paper flowers I have been drawing, coloring and cutting during the past weeks from scratch, first the outlines, then filled with pattern and over layed with another hand drawn thick lines pattern.
After years of doing computer graphics I really love to sit with markers, paint and real papers recently.
Anyway scanning and combining the drawings and paintings gives great effects and my new Epson Expression Photo Printer makes just perfect prints and big size, too.
And I can keep my originals untouched.
Just be inspired and make your own. It is not that difficult.
Or go get the flowers as collage sheets from my Etsy shop
I just did not have the heart to cut my original gelli prints so I have scanned them all, yes all 79 I have made during my “test the gelatin printing” and “test the new gelliarts plate which arrived a couple of days ago” phase. But now they are saved forever and I can work with them without damaging anything.
Wow, and it was so much fun to recolor some of them, play with hue and saturation, contrasts and brightness.
I printed some of them on my favorite structured off white card stock. They printed like a charm and are looking great, perfect for making tags together with some butterfly and flower embellishments.
I die cut not only tags, but ovals and circles. The first time I tried triangle tags and I like them.
Have a great and sunny day!
butterflies collage sheet
flowers collage sheet
Just some more prints I made on Sunday. I love the details of the red and blue prints. I have no clue how I made those funny drops. I just layered the stencils, rolled and rubbed …
Enjoy and be inspired!
So today I used my new stencils with the new made gelatin plate.
I think I am going to order the Gelli Arts plate next week. I saw it is available again.
My gelatin plate is full of color pigments now after 2 times usage. For my next session I definitely need a new one.
I got another stack of prints. There are not many I am really happy with today though. While printing I wished I had a redo button like on the computer, because I ruined a beautiful print with adding another layer and it has just not been a good choice, what a pity. I wished I had more control and I could repeat a print, but no way.
Here you can see some work in process pics and some results.
More pics I’ll show tomorrow….