Wednesday, 31 August 2011


Once in a Blue Moon challenges at Gingersnap Creations are always really good fun ... maybe because they only happen on a 5th Wednesday in a month and this is not very often (lol). This month is no exception: revisit and choose any prior Art Exchange theme. My choice is paint chip scraplings whose specs are:
Format: Scrapling - 1.5" wide x 4.25" tall, folded (must be complete, no fronts accepted)
Theme: Open
Supply to be Used: paint chips (or something close)
Media: Any but must include some stamping
I cut the scrapling from white slightly textured card. The scrapling is stamped with a Crafty Individual stamp and then layered onto balck card. The finishing touch is a little ribbon knot from my stash.

The longer I looked at the scrapling, the more I thought that it would be nice to try something different and use the paint chip sample underneath ...
LinkThe design was inspired by the new Artistic Outpost Christmas stamps. I first stamped the image onto Basic Grey patterned paper and then punched out the little Christmas trees. The panel is mounted onto the paint chip sample with thin foam pads. To finish it off I stamped the bow on patterned Basic Grey paper and cut it out, added some little stars (stamps from Elzybells) which I coloured with gold gel pen. The edges are slightly distressed and then very slightly covered with gold colour too.

Pop Over to Gingersnap Creations to see many more amazing creations and to join us. Happy Blue Moon!

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Portrait of a Different Kind

For the second part of Vicki's challenge at the Cheerful Stamp Pad: Portraits I took a different approach ... no stamping but I used real photos for my tag. I took the photos this summer when visiting my family in Germany.
May I introduce you to Nele, my brother's lady dog. She is a very friendly and pretty lady with lots of character, and everybody loves her and spoils her (lol).
photos - mine, paper - Dovecrafts, black and corrugated card, string, ribbon, buttons

Hope you will join us for the challenge, Petra.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Primary Colour School Mice

When children start primary school in Germany, they receive a 'Schultuete' (school cone) on their first ever schoolday filled with allsorts ... sweet treats but also little useful bits and pieces like rubber, little paper pads, ... this is my little version of such a cone - perfect for the new Gingersnap Creations color challenge: Primary Colours
It was great fun to create these little mice and so easy as well. I used a Rayher template and TracyAnn digital paper. All you need to decorate them are pearls for their eyes, little pompom noses, whiskers and little tails which I crocheted. For the ears I cut double-sided paper circles, made a cut into the middle and glued them together so that the ears have now a bit more of a cone shape.
All I need now is something for the filling and some first school day pupil (LOL)

Come and play with us at Gingersnap Creations and show us your primary colours. Have a great weekend, Petra.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Portrait of a Lady

Elegant, stylish and beautiful - oh, and this hat .....
paper: Prima Marketing - stamp: La Blanche - lace from Lucy, charm from Robin,
all other embellishments from my stash

Pop over to the Cheerful Stamp Pad to see more wonderful portraits and to join in, happy crafting. Petra.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

July 2011 in Photos

Taking part in a Flickr photo challenge: July 2011 in Photos has been a completely new experience for me. For each day Natalea challenged the group with a different topic:
Your breakfast - Something you're passionate about - Where you went today - Red, white and blue - In your refrigerator - Something sweet - Bold bright colors - The sky - A summer necessity - Orange and pink together - Something you made - What makes you smile - Beverages - What you wore - On your coffee table - Dinner tonight - Transportation - A mess - Books - Today's mail - Smells good - Best part of today - Guilty pleasure - Something red - Growing - Where you are at 6:00pm - A corner of your home - Can't get enough of - What you did today - Friend(S) - Self-portrait ...
... difficult, very enjoyable and I learned a lot about composition, colour, angles, .....

I am also very proud that two of my creative pieces were featured by Laura from Bugs and Fishes and by Karen, the Graphics Fairy. I cannot thank both of them enough for their kindness. Have a great weekend, Petra.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Baby Wipes ....

... Background Technique. ´Baby Wipes´ is the current Gingersnap Creations Spicy Supply Challenge: not only are baby wipes indispensable when it comes to cleaning stamps, fingers and the likes but you can also use them to create the background, for embellishments, as stamp pad, .....
I used the baby wipes to create the background, for me a very new background technique which is so effective and makes brilliant backgrounds for all sorts of projects. The supplies you need are: glossy card, refill inks, brayer and baby wipes and lots of newspaper and kitchen towels. Protect your table with newspaper and add the kitchen towel on top. Take a baby wipe, put it flat on top of the kitchen towels and wet the wipe with the refill ink(s). For the background of my card I used two colours (Distress ink pumice stone and faded jeans) in several rows a 6 drops of inks) whereby I made 4 rows with faded jeans ink and 2 with pumice stone.
You will see that the ink droplets run into each other. Take the brayer and run it (always in the same direction) over the baby wipes until the brayer is relatively evenly covered and then roll it a few times over the glossy card until you see an even distribution of colour on the card. Allow it to dry. You can stamp on the background and decorate it. I used stamps from Little Claire to create the beach scene and the sentiment is from Elzybells. The scene is mounted on an A6 white card.

Hope over to the Gingersnap blog for more baby wipe inspiration and join us with the fun! Petra.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Flower Petals

Summertime, the garden full with life and beauty .... flowers show the most amazing beauty with their shapes and colours. It is wonderful that Vicki chose this wonderful challenge theme for the new Cheerful Stamp Pad: Petals
papers and images - The Sum of All Crafts, edge punch from Stampin' Up, fabric flower tutorial

To see more wonderful petals and to join us just pop over to the Cheerful Stamp Pad, happy crafting, Petra.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Joys of Childhood - special delivery

What a wonderful theme at Gingersnap Creations for this month. And so fitting for August. The first Chestnut Theme challenge is: Babes and Tots
Normally it is the stork delivering the babies but now and again they need a little bit of help ... and postmen are just the right people to give a hand with special deliveries! The idea came about after I saw the image at Flickr. I couldn't help it, I had to use it. It is just too cute.
At first the paper from Prima Marketing is layered onto a square white card, the edges are slightly distressed with some distress ink. I cut a label for the sentiment using a ledger image from the Vintage Moth. The embellishments are some lace, staples, stamped postmarks from Craft Individuals and a stamp and a little found object in form of a little metal bird.

To see more wonderful childhood pieces, just pop over to the Gingersnap blog - get inspired - and join us. Petra.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Let's Go Circling

More and more circles. It is amazing how many circles you can put on a card and I am sure I could have added even more (LOL)
digital paper: Pink Petticoat and Tracy Ann Digital paper -
stamps: Create with TLC, Crafty Individuals, Waltzing Mouse, Penny Black

Come on and circle with us at the Cheerful Stamp Pad, happy crafting Petra.


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