Sunday 28 February 2010

Friends in Favourite Colours

Just a little card for a very good friend. I choose my favourite colours: white-red (preferably darker red) -black

papers - textured white card, dotted Bazzill red and black card, Doodlebug Design
image - Digital Two for Tuesday
stamp - Elzybells
ink - VersaColor
colouring - Koh-i-noors with OMS
ribbon - from my stash
pearls - Kanban
Nestabilities, Sizzix flower dies

I love this little image from Digital Two for Tuesday, it is really sweet. To match the colour scheme I did some fuzzy cutting in red patterned paper for the hats and dresses. Looking at the card I am not 100% happy with it. I am not sure what it is ... I think I will have another go soon (LOL).
This card fits two challenges: Gingersnap Creations '3 Colours You Love' and Cupcake Crafts challenges 'Friends'.
Have a good start into the new week ahead, Petra.

Friday 26 February 2010

Whimsical Altered Spoons

The Artistclass projects are wonderful, absolutely inspiring and I have already learned a lot - although I am hopelessly behind with my projects ... :-( but I enjoy every minute of it. Mary Green from Green Paper and all participating artist have done a great job in organising this class and putting all bits and pieces together.

Nancy Maxwell James from Sugar Lump Studios offered the tutorial for the whimsical spoons. I must admit that at first it didn't go very well. I am not quite sure what happened ... I was covered in glue and paper and glitter (far more than usual) but the spoon didn't look at all as expected ... so I dismantled it and started again ... and once I got the hang of it I couldn't stop myself (LOL). I used some old spoons from Peter's Mum. They are quite curved but luckily it still worked.Every spoon is slightly different as I wanted to try some variations.

Isn't she a darling? The image is from Carol Anne's Boutique. I love the way all the little details come to life because of the varnish. The darling sentiment I cut from one of the Graphic Fairy 's many many images. The spoon is decorated with pearls, some flower lace and a bow woven aound the handle.

This spoon is quite easy and flowery, image from the Graphics Fairy. It has a German sentiment (it is for my Auntie, she loves those items) from Carol Anne's Boutique. I kept the decoration easy with just a few pearls, a button, fabric flowers and bow.

This is the least elaborate of the spoons, it has only one button and a little bit of ribbon as embellishment. The technique I used was also slightly different as I adhered the glitter first and then added the image. The lady and sentiment are part of images from the Graphics Fairy.

This project was good fun, and the next one is already on my desk, Petra.

Thursday 25 February 2010

Smiley Cake

This was a last minute commission for a smiley face cake :-) : marble sponge with morello cherries topped with light vanilla cream and covered with a rich chocolate topping. Enjoy, Petra.

Wednesday 24 February 2010

Get Well Soon

My colleague and friend Jane is poorly at the moment. To try and cheer her up a little bit we sent her a little card and some flowers, sending flowers was the easiest task! Jane is a vivid and very talented cardmaker so it is a real challenge with regards to the card - it would have been just not right to buy one :-) I used the Sketchy Colors sketch and girlie cheerful colours

plain white square card
papers - Dovecraft, plain green paper
stamp - Stretch N' Bubbles digi stamp, Papermania
ink - Versa Color
colouring - Copics
flowers - Artemio
brads - BasicGrey
blings - Kanban

We all hope that Jane will be well again soon because we miss her! Petra.

Tuesday 23 February 2010

Coffee in Venice

The perfect occasion to use the colours from the Play Date Cafe challenge: red - brown - linen
I can firmly smell the freshly brewed coffee ... coffee and Italy ... what a combination
paper - Elzybells, plain red and linen card from my stash, paper doily
stamp/ink - Elzybells
image - Graphics Fairy
Quickutz circles, Nestabilities square
Stickles 'Cinnamon'

The basic shape of the card is cut with the largest Quickutz circle. I layered the base with various sized circles. The image of Venice is slightly altered with a sepia tint .... embellished with a steaming cup of coffee. I will now get a cup myself (lol) ... enjoy, Petra.

Sunday 21 February 2010

Flower Lady

A wonderfully dressed Flower Lady going to the Springball
The card is cut with a Sizzix flower die. The image is from Digital Two For Tuesday, I did some 'fuzzy' cutting for the lady. The lady is coloured with Koh-i-noors and OMS and I couldn't help myself to use quite a bit of bling and glitter because afterall the Lady goes dancing ........ Petra.

Thursday 18 February 2010

Garden Goddess

This was another challenge for Art 'n' Soul: Garden Goddess. The challenge was again set by the wonderful creative Viv inspired by a template by The Enchanted Gallery. Please have a look at all the wonderful goddesses in the gallery, they are just so amazing.

I had problems to agree with myself on a design never mind putting it together. In the end I settled on a quite simple design and fresh colours (after all spring is coming soon (lol)).

As the available card was a bit bendy I layered three different cards/papers for the basic shape: Kraftcard from Elzybells, plain light yellow paper and K&Company paper. The roses were part of the K&Company paper cut into individual pieces for decorating the lower and head part of the goddess. The little roses come from Antique Images, I did a bit of fuzzy cutting. The face is part of an image fromthe amazing collection of Karen, the Graphics Fairy, I slightly coloured the hair to match it with the roses. For the final touches of the front I added some belly botton bling :-) from Kanban and ribbons and netting.
To match the front I also added some decorations in the back, Petra.

Tuesday 16 February 2010

A little Note

When sending off my circle book earlier this year, I thought it would be nice to add a little note and I resort to one of the very fine and stylish images from the Graphics Fairy
The image was printed on slightly textured card which has a subtle grey undertone to it. I cut the card with nestabilities label no8, folded it in the middle and then mounted the separate image. The edges of the card are coloured with VersaColor ink.

Since then I used this specific image many times. It is so versatile, the sentiment can be changed to fit any occasion. And it makes a very fine little simple card fitting for the Cupcake Craft Challenge this week, Petra.

Monday 15 February 2010

T-Shirt and Carnival

For quite a while now I wanted to do something with the 'Keep Calm and Carry On' saying from Karen and here came the occasion: to decorate two plain t-shirts with something a bit different. I had a light blue and a lilac/blue t-shirt so I decided to use both images with the black and the pink background and to alter them a little bit. As the wearer of the t-shirts is a bit of a ladyman the choice was quite easy:

The images I used are from the collections of Karen's, The Graphics Fairy, and from Kathy (Vintage Catnip). After generating the images I printed the images transfer paper for t-shirts and ironed them on to the t-shirts.

The second project this week is dedicated to Carnival. Today, on Monday, most parts of Germany have gone into carnival mode with people being disguised and celebrating throughout the day and night. If you are interested to see what it looks like, here you find some images (lol). I made a little hanging harlequin

The body is made of corrugated card (white and red). The circles for the legs, arms and body are separated by little buttons and wooden pearls whereby the circles for the body are slightly larger than for the limbs. Body, legs and arms are joined with some pearls and a large button. The same technique is used for joining body and head.
The head is made of polystyrene covered with fabric for the face (transfer image) and paper. For the hat I used dotted white/red paper. The image is another adorable graphic from the Graphics Fairy.
And as fools and harlequins are never silent I attached two little bells to arm and leg.
Happy carnival, Petra.

Saturday 13 February 2010


A sketch from Sketchy Colors gave the inspiration for the friendship card
whereby I flipped and turned the sketch. The wonderful and heart warming image is from Digital Two For Tuesday

Have a nice weekend, Petra.


Collage Obsession and Marceline Day - the photo is very telling and touching. Valentine is just a few hours away so the theme had to be longing for someone very special to love and to make a fool of your self
Being still a beginner with collage (paper and digital) I opted for ATCs and a simple choice of elements: Marceline Day image from Collage Obsession, the Graphics Fairy for a pierrot hat and the background is part of an image from Antique Images. After organizing the three main parts I choose a couple of embellishments: word, heart charm, some glitter.

Thursday 11 February 2010

February Birthstone

The Daring Cardmakers challenge is about this month's birthstone - the Amethyst, a stone whose coloura are pale lilac through to a rich deep purple
As for the January challenge I created two individual cards, one with the birthstone poem and a second one which reflect some of the properties associated with the stone: sincerety and peace of mind

The wonderful peaceful image comes from Shabby chic papirskatter which I tinted in a very subtle purple/lilac colour. The paper is by DCWV 'Once upon a time'. Petra.

Tuesday 9 February 2010

Mini Cards

The Play Date Cafe, Graphics Fairy and Vintage Catnip - it all merged into two minicards (9x7 cm and 7x7 cm)When looking at the colours and the image, it seems to call for a peacock theme. The Graphics Fairy has a wonderful image of two very proud peacocks pulling a little carriage

I printed a slightly smaller version of the original image onto watercolour paper and layered it onto plain green and blue card. The card body itself is double-sided American Crafts paper. (stamps: Elzybells, ink: VersaColor, bling: Kanban).

For the second minicard I combined a beautiful victorian floral frame from the Graphics Fairy with vibrant 'Peacock Moths' from Kathy - Vintage Catnip and added a sentiment, Petra.

Sunday 7 February 2010

Valentine Door Hanging

It is so absolutely exciting! I signed up to take part in an online Artistclass organized by Mary Green from Green Paper. The projects on offer are very appealing. The first one is a Valentine Door Hanging. by Danielle Muller. Danielle creates the most amazing stuff. Based on her instructions this is what I came up with:

I used Danielle's heart template to cut the basic heart shape from plain card and covered it with BasicGrey papers. The edges are embellished with crepe paper and ribbon. The middle part consists of a stamped rosette (paper: Dovecraft, stamp: Penny Black, ink: Elzybells), plain brown crepe paper and the winged heart from the Graphics Fairy whereby the heart is covered with little fabric roses. A tassel, a little glass heart, a delightful little fabric birdie and the Happy Valentine banner from Danielle are the finishing touches.
Happy Valentine! Petra.

Thursday 4 February 2010

School Days

Soon school starts again in New Zealand. To celebrate the start of a new school term the challenge at the Daring Cardmakers is: Schooldays. And, oh dear, I really struggled. It is the first card after quite a break from cardmaking (exactly 8 days! (lol)), it is not a theme I would naturally choose and it all did not fit together :-( but I gave it a try
papers - plain red, blue and white card, BasicGrey
image - Graphics Fairy
ribbon/embellishment - from my stash
nestabilities - label8

The card shape was cut with Nestabilities 'Label 8'. The image is from the wonderful collection of the Graphics Fairy, I slightly altered the colour and the transparency of the image before printing it onto patterend paper.

I wish all children and teachers a good start to the new school term, Petra.

Tuesday 2 February 2010

Hugz from the Heart

A last minute heart .....

... for the Hugz from the Heart Valentine's challenge ... please do go and have a look at all the amazing hearts created by all the talented participants ..... the template was provided by Viv who is ever so creative and inspiring
.... due to my brain being jammed at the moment it took me an awful long time to decide what I wanted to do and due to my Mom deciding (she is always very quick with her decisions!) she needs a new computer which, of course, had to be set up by somebody (lol) the heart only started yesterday to take some shape. Over the last hours it evolved into a double-heart .... innocent white ..... crocheted with cotton thread and embellished with lots of little glas beads, lace, netting, ......
the back
and being a double-heart it also has an inner compartment which can be filled
.... with a lot of HUGZ

Happy Valentine, hugz Petra.


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