Thursday 30 June 2011

Bookmarks & Recipe

Yippeehh, the bookmarks from the last Art Exchange: Travel The World bookmarks arrived and they are wonderful! Thank you so much to Laura, Zoechaos, Sarah and Valerie-Jael

Now you might ask where is the recipe. Well, good things come in three's ... and definitely so at the Gingersnap Creations blog for the the last challenge of the month of June, the Blue Moon Challenge with 3 papers, 3 buttons, 3 words

The papers are from October Afternoon and Cosmo Cricket. They are layered and machine stitched onto an A6 plain white card. Both telephone and sentiment are Hero Arts stamps. The telephone is stamped, cut out and covered with Glossy Accents. The finishing touch are the 3 buttons.

Hope you come and join us for the challenge at Gingersnap Creations. Enjoy your weekend, Petra.

Monday 27 June 2011

A Bird's Home

It was a difficult decision ... to choose which is 'My Favourite Background' for the new Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge. But it has to be the VersaMark Resist technique. I just love the results and the technique is so easy to use and a lot of inky fun
plain white square card - inks: VersaMark, Distress ink 'Faded Jeans' and 'Black Soot' - stamps: Red Lead Paper Works and Non-Sequitur - colouring: Copics - ribbon, house charm

Come and play with us at the Cheerful Stamp Pad and show us your favourite technique. Petra.

Sunday 26 June 2011

Flowerpot and Clapperboard

What would be a birthday without birthday treats (lol) Petra.
Flowerpot Cake
vanilla sponge filled with raspberry jam and vanilla buttercream, covered with soft icing
choclate sponge filled with Baileys, morello cherry jam and chocolate ganache
covered with soft icing and royal icing

Wednesday 22 June 2011

Travel The World Bookmarks

The theme of the last Gingersnap Creations Art Exchange was: Travel The World Bookmarks with each bookmark being different and having a geographic theme. I truly enjoyed making them although using the sort of standard size of 1.5" x 7" and keeping it relatively flat posed quite a bit of a challenge.
The Netherlands
First I printed the Dutch girl and the bicylce image (both from the Graphics Fairy) on white card, then I designed the background. The cloudy background is stamped with a Hero Arts stamp and Memento ink, the bottom part of the background inked with distress ink. I did some fuzzy cutting with the tulip image from Hero Arts and coloured it with distress ink. The finishing touch was the stamped word and stamp at the top.

English Seaside
A purely stamped bookmark in the tradition of the scene stamping technique using masks for the beachhuts and the Lady. The stampes are from Hero Arts for the clouds, Eline Pellinkhof for the post stripes and for the rest Crafty Individuals. For the colouring I used inks, Koh-i-noors and Copics.

All digital images (including the background) are from the Graphics Fairy. There is only little stamping on this bookmark with stamps from Clear Stamps.

The background is from Cemerony. The stamped images are from a stamp set from Crafty Individuals which I cut to size and mounted onto the background. The images are coloured with chalks and inks.


Tuesday 21 June 2011

Small Bags and a Big Tag .....

.... for Bags and Tags at Gingersnap Creations and the Random Redhead Challenge. I don't know about you but I love shopping and I love shopping bags. They come in so many types and colours and some of them just look fabulous ... this Lady from The Sum of All Crafts obviously thinks the same (lol)
image - The Sum of All Crafts, papers - Prima Marketing, Papermania, stamp - Katzelkraft,
flowers, embellishments, ribbon from my stash, edge punch from Stampin' Up

and sees shopping as a therapy coming home with wonderful bags and fabulous things ... a shame we cannot see what she has bought. But this might be for another tag and another challenge ....

Come and join us and show us your bags and tags at Gingersnap Creations, Petra.

Saturday 18 June 2011

Keep Calm and Carry On Shopping

The Ladies from the Order of the Opus Gluei challenged us this week to show them some girl things ... well, shopping is quite girlie, or not? (lol)
To create the shopping tag I modified a 'Keep Calm ...' image from the Graphics Fairy - changed the background colour, replaced the two last lines and exchanged the crwon with a handbag which I found on the web. After printing the image I layered it on newspaper. The back of the tag is a Digi stamp from MFT coloured with Copics and layered on green card and newspaper. The finishing touch is some coloured raffia. Enjoy your weekend, Petra.

Tuesday 14 June 2011

A New Book

Last Saturday I went to my second bookbinding course and I LOVED it. Tghere is just something really satisfying in being able to create your own book out of somepaper, card and some thread. This time we only used coptic binding for the book
The paper for covering the front and back cover are from K&Company and the small circles are punched from corrugated card. I used waxed linen thread for the binding ... and some beads for embellishment.
Each section inside the book, the signatures, are made up of some white paper and a black 'wrapper' paper
I also decorated the book a little bit with some 'Things with Wings', our current Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge which you can hopefully all join.
Have a great afternoon, Petra.

Saturday 11 June 2011


This is a challenge by Inspiration Avenue I definitely could not resist (lol) ... strawberries are on the menu at the moment. They are wonderfully sweet and juicy ... and with a little dollop of whipped cream irresistible ... have a great weekend, Petra.

Wednesday 8 June 2011

Packaging Materials

I love this Gingersnap Creations Spicy Supply challenge, using packaging materials in my art is very close to my heart. And there is such a variety to choose from ... it was quite difficult to make a decision! At the time when I looked at all my options I had just baked a batch of vanilla and chocolate cookies. So I thought it would be nice to make some containers for the cookies .... out of containers. These days lots of food comes in some sort of plastic or cardboard containers, I picked three different ones: two plastic cheese containers and one normally used for hot chocolate
I covered all three of them with a mix of craft glue and water and old newspaper
This was great fun ... and a brilliant mess, everything stuck to everything, it was all very sticky ... including myself! I covered the inside of the plastic containers not only with newspaper was also with napkins and patterned tissue respectively. The lighter the colour of the tissue paper is, the more newspaper writing you will see through the tissue paper and it gives an interesting effect.
The chocolate container has only embellishments on the outside as the inside was already lined with alufoil - perfect for holding cookies. I tied some hessian ribbon and button twine around the container and added a newspaper flower and leaves
And while filling the container I actually noticed that I had managed to give my chocolate cookies a really nice crackle finish (result of icing sugar sprinkkling before baking)
Come and join us at Gingersnap Creations for the challenge. You will see some truly awesome pieces and you can show us your creations. Happy Crafting, Petra.

Tuesday 7 June 2011


I made some more little booklets lately and this is one of them
The booklet is in A6 size, really handy to put it in your handbag or else to take it with you. The outside consists of lightweight coloured card, inside just plain white paper. The plain card looked a bit boring so I decorated it with some little doggy images from Just Something I Made and a label from the Graphics Fairy.
For the binding I used a technique called: Japanese Stab binding. It is fun and easy to do - you might get a tutorial about it some time soon (lol) ... and as it is/was so much fun to make the booklet I link it to the Order of the Opus Gluei Blog Hop .... have fun today, Petra.

Monday 6 June 2011

A Special Reason - Encouragement

Now and again each one of us probably need a little bit of encouragement, somebody saying: Good Luck to you
paper: plain white square card, inside of commercial envelopes
stamps: Prickley Pear, Waltzing Mouse
Nestabilities, embossing

Join us at the Cheerful Stamp Pad and show us your special reason, Petra.

Sunday 5 June 2011

Greenpaper June Collage

Every month Mary from Greenpaper offers the most challenging (3) image combination, the rule being: Create any piece of art using at least part of each of the 3 images. This is the first time I participate and it was not easy. My piece has been created digitally and I am still not sure whether I like it or not (lol) ...... have a good start to the week, Petra.

Mailart - Envelope

My first ever envelope ... I am not sure how it could take me that long to take the step from making cards to making envelopes (lol). The inspiration came when I stumbled across the Order of the Opus Gluei recently. Their current challenge is: Mail Art. I created a very simple envelope based on one of Mel Stampz envelope templates

The background paper is a page from an old roadmap, the stamped images are from Waltizing Mouse and Prickley Pear. Have a great Sunday, Petra.

Wednesday 1 June 2011

At The Mall - Label Shopping

This month's challenge theme at Gingersnap Creations is to celebrate SHOPPING! How cool is this? And the first Chestnut Theme challenge is to show us what you find At The Mall. It could be anything ... clothes, crafty items, food, .... I went label shopping and chose one of my favourite clothes' labels (sorry for the advertising(lol) )
Supplies: vellum, stamp: Stapendous and Kaisercraft, colouring: Copics and Koh-i-noors

The colour and shape of the label were the basis for the design. I love the red, it is so vibrant and complements so well with the bright blue and white. I layered the label onto vellum which I stamped with a Kaisercraft stamp and heat-embossed ... for the very first time that I heat-embossed vellum. It was a bit of trial and error as the first pieces looked rather wavy (lol) but having worked out after a while that shorter heating times and moving the heat gun around rather quickly does the trick, I really like the result. The bottom edge of the label is punched with an EKSuccess edge punch and decorated with a little paper flower. The stamped image is from Stampendous coloured with Copics and Koh-i-noors. I attached the label to the Vellum with two eyelets and threaded a ribbon through the two holes.

Don't forget to pop over to the Gingersnap blog to see all the amazing shopping experiences and join us to celebrate shopping. Happy shopping, Petra.


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