Monday, 30 January 2012

Romance Is In The Air

I did not feel very romantic or vintagey or something like this at the time I made this card :-) so took more of a clean approach to Vicki's challenge: Romance is in the air. The card layout is 'loosely ' based on the sketch from the ArtBlog
I used paterend paper from FancyPants Design which I I layered on an A6 white card. The image is stamped with Heindesign stamp ... they look soooo sweet together!
To see more romance pop over to the Cheerful Stamp Pad. Have a lovely day, Petra.

Friday, 27 January 2012

Vintage Little Darling

The theme at Tag Tuesday is: Vintage. I know it is weird but I was not sure at all how to approach it ... that is till I looked at my crochet flowers and then it all became clear (lol): a small crochet tag (8x4cm) which I attached to a very small coat hanger from Woodware. I stitched a little piece of packaging material onto the crochet base
and then decorated the tag with a really sweet image of a little girl all wrapped up to face the cold weather outside (Graphics Fairy)
Some lace and gauze, little pearls stitched on fabric, paper flowers and vintage buttons and a printed word completed the little tag. Have a lovely weekend, Petra.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Birds of a Feather - creation II

image: Alpha Stamps, stamp: Kaisercraft
German Scraps, bling, black card

Not to distract from the beautiful image from Alpha Stamps, I kept embellishments, stamping and everything to a minimum on my card for Vicki's challenge: Birds of a Feather. Hope over to the Cheerful Stamp Pad and see more beautiful creations. Hopefully you can join us! Petra.

Monday, 23 January 2012

My Favourite Paper

Oh, this was a difficult one! There are so many gorgeous patterend papers ... which one to choose for the Gingersnap Creations Random Redhead Challenge: Use Your Favourite Paper?
In the end it had to be October Afternoon 'Sidewalks'. I love their colours and the quality of the papers. I even used a matching label .... . I layered the papers, to give a little bit more depth I dry embossed the musical note paper and painted the little flowers with Copics. The stamped sentiment is from Kaisercraft and the group of adorable little girls are from Stampotique.
For more wonderfully inpsirational art, hop over to the Gingersnap blog and get creating! Petra.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Confetti Carnival

What would be carnival without confetti ... especially for a 'carnival of madness' ATC at Craft Artwork ..... I definitely felt a bit mad after punching and glueing all the mini circles for the background (lol)
I stamped on the background (Kaisercraft), used lots of glitter (Stickles) ... another essential ingredient for carnival ... and added a little carnival girl with a carnival cake (Red Lead Paperworks)The words 'helau' and 'alaaf' are the famous carnival 'battle cries' in Germany alaaf being used in and I believe around Koeln and helau more on the other side of the Rhein.
Whether Helau or Alaaf - have a great weekend, Petra.

Friday, 20 January 2012

White - Experimental Paper Embroidery

For Tag Tuesday the challenge was to create a tag in WHITE. A good opportunity to have a little play and to do some experimenting. I haven't done any 'serious' embroidery for a long time and definitely not on paper. For the tag I chose some shapes, cut them with nestabilities, underlaid it with felt and framed the cut-outs with little stitches and embroidery thread
I finished the tag with some beads, pearls and lace. Hhhmmmmmmm, not quite sure ... I need to do some more trials with paper thickness, threads, .... if anybody has any hints and tips for this, I would be very grateful for any advice. Have a great weekend Petra.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

It's All About Cakes

I haven't shared any cakes with you lately. Here they are and they are all chocolate ones and very light and healthy with no calories whatsoever (lol)
a very light girl's birthday cake
a birthday cake for a Reading Footballclub fan
a climbing adventure

Monday, 16 January 2012

Birds of a Feather

If I would have the time, I could sit all day long and watch the birds outside my kitchen window which come to pick some bird seeds. These are mainly the blue tits, starlings, sparrows, black birds and occasionally a little robin ....
paper: My Minds Eye - stamps: Artemio - flowers: Prima Marketing
image: Graphics Fairy - wooden frame, die-cut paperstamp from Whiff of Joy

This is for Vicki's current challenge at the Cheerful Stamp Pad, for much more wonderful inspiration just pop over, have a look and hopefully you will join us, Petra.

Also linked to:

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Paper Doll of a Different Kind

The Inspiration Avenue challenge is/was: turning Paper Dolls into a piece of art whereby the doll doesn't need to be a human figure .... may I introduce you to Mr Ratu

Mr Ratu, a very cool rat, is based on a children's book by Nancy Zimmermann. You can also find the instructions including the drawings on the website. Mr Ratu is articulated and can move

because he is a sort of Jumping Jack doll. Mr Ratu also has a very defined dress sense

The only bit which is now missing is a little hanger ... Petra.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Restructured Paper and Paper Cloth

I very much enjoyed the restructured paper tutorial I did for Gingersnap Creations and the results
Restructured Paper

Tag made from Restructured Paper
stamps: Kaisercraft and Stampotique
Stickles, bling
, ribbon

... soooo much that I ventured into making some 'Paper Cloth' having been inspired by the work of Kelli Perkins and her fabulous creations. In parts the process is similar to making Restructured Paper. Paper Cloth has a fabric base which I soaked in diluted PVA glue (1 part glue to 2 parts water) and then covered in tissue paper, fabric scraps, paper scraps and in the end with lace. It was an experiment

and I am quite happy with the outcome and will definitely do more with all my scraps. Petra.

Linked to: Let's Ink It Up

Friday, 13 January 2012

Ice Skating Princess

This weeks theme for Tag Tuesday is: Snow Sports and Games

paper: black card, FancyPants, Girl's Paperie -
stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie, Free magazine stamps -
image: kids colouring page - colouring: Copics, Koh-i-noors -
Stickles, Martha Stewart Snow glitter - ribbon, bling

This little Ice Skating Princess is having a lot of fun. Wishing you a wonderful weekend with lots of fun, Petra.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012


As part of stash re-organization month Gingersnap Creations challenge you to use: Ribbon in your creation - one or more or lots!
Do you also have ribbons which you have bought because they were cheap, you thought you might need/use them at some point but never did, leftover of ribbons which are too short for bigger projects, ... and so on? When going through my ribbons, I found lots of those and lots in the colour: green. With temperatures outside still suggesting that Spring is coming, I made a Spring wreath. Making a wreath has been a project I had on my list for a long time
I could not find a wire coat hanger which seem to be very popular as wreath base so I used some electrical cables which had become obsolete. They were perfect - a bit bendy but they don't loose their shape. To start with I cut lots of ribbons (be aware: you need more than you might think if you want to make it nice and tight). The length of each ribbon is 22cm and the ribbons have different width. To attach them around the cable I made double knots and tied them as closely together as possible alternating the different ribbons.
Once the wreath was finished, it looked a bit, well, bar. Looking around I rembered that I had bought some of these tiny adorable blank birdshouses from Happy Daze last month but hadn't used any of them

I just had to use it whereby I kept the colours (acrylic paint) in more muted colours. Fot the decoration I added a little printed bird from Vintage Catnip, which I cut out and covered in glossy accents, and some flowers removed from a ribbon. This little house is attached to the wreath with a string.
I really thought of keeping the wreath for myself because I quite like how it turned out but it is now on the way to Spain to a dear friend (lol).

Come on and hop over to the Gingersnap blog for some wonderful ribbon inspiration. Hopefully you can join in with the challenge! Petra.

linked to: Happy Daze January challenge

Monday, 9 January 2012

Snow Card

Using another delightful image from Dezinaworld I created a card for Vicki's Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge: Let it Snow
image: Dezinaworld - paper: A6 card, BoBunny -
doily, buttons, ribbon, snowflake due from Woodware, letters from Prima Marketing

There is much more inspiration over at Vicki's blog. Just come and join us! Petra.Link

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Snow Tag

... for Tag Tuesday hosted by Carolyn. It is a wonderful challenge and so fitting for the season: Snow.
I started with a corrugated card from a parcel which I partly teared. The ridges are covered with acrylic paint and snow glitter from Martha Stewart. The opposite part of the base tag is stamped with snowflake stamps from Vintage Christmas No 4 and covered with Star Dust Stickles.
The base tag is layered with patterend paper from October Afternoon and a printed image from Magic Moonlight Free Images. I embellished the tag with lace, ribbons and buttons. The paper snowflake is die-cut with a Nestabilities die and has as second layer a little felt snowflake which I found at Papermaze. The little sentiment from PaperWhimsy is printed.
And if you want to see all these wonderful inspiring snow tags, just hop over to the blog ... Carolyn has created a theme cloud! Petra.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Let It Snow

... still waiting for the snow here in the South of England. We might have had a few flakes but not more ... and I am not sure whether I should be glad or not. I love snow, when covered with snow the world looks so pure and magical
cardboard snowflake covered in Stickles 'Star Dust' -
paper: Cosmo Cricket, Kaisercraft, crepe paper -
image: Dezinaworld - printed sentiment, blings, ribbon

This is for the first challenge of the year over at the Cheerful Stamp Pad. Just hop over to the blog and you will see many more inspirations and hopefully you will join us! Petra.


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