Wednesday 29 February 2012

Experimental Frog Leap

with Gingersnap Creations for Once In A Blue Moon challenge: Things That Leap ... on Leap Day or all year round (lol)
Aren't they sweet ... and maybe a little bit creepy .... but they seem to be full of enthusiasm and determination to get the golden ball out of the pond, well, the pretend pond!
This is quite an old book I 'rescued' from a dump. The paper is wonderfully soft, mellow and aged and it was a joy to work with it. To alter the book I started cutting circles by hand creating a small basin just deep enough for the golden pearl/ball. The next step was to glue the pages together. Because I wanted the book to look like a book I did not glue the sides of the book but only the individual pages
For creating the leap scene I inked the background and surface with various distress inks and stamped the muslin pattern from Lost Coast Design. I cut out the frogs from a clipart image and glued it to the page. The big bolt letters are Sizzix diecuts also stamped with the muslin pattern.

Come and leap with us over at Gingersnap Creations, this is so much fun! Petra.

Monday 27 February 2012

Land of Fantasy

A wonderful new challenge at the Cheerful Stamp Pad
image & sentiment: Michelle Perkett - paper: Pink Petticoat
ribbon, bling, paper flowers and some stitching
colouring: Copics

The card is not quite what I would usually do but it was great fun to use the stitching and do the colouring of the image and see it coming together.

Hope you can come and join us at the Cheerful Stamp Pad for the challenge, Petra.

Friday 24 February 2012

Snow White

... without the dwarfs (lol) - vanilla sponge with strawberry jam and vanilla buttercream filling - a complete Snow White doll inside .... for a little girl to enjoy .... have a wonderful weekend, Petra.

Wednesday 22 February 2012

Spanish Olive and Pink Variations

This time the Gingersnap Creations Color Challenge is about using just two colours in your project whereby these colours can be used in any variation you can think of .... my choice fell on Spanish Olive and various shades of Pink
I took some slightly textured white card and embossed it with a Cuttlebug embossing folder - after inking the folder with VersaMagic Spanish Olive. The inking was done unevenly which gives a bit of a distressed effect on the card. I coloured the raised areas - little flowers - with Copics in various Pinks.
For the stamped images I inked some white card with Distress ink 'Spun Sugar' which gave a very subtle pinkish background. All images are from the Relish Reading Plate from Rogue Redhead Design. I stamped the sentiment and cut it with a Nestabilities die. The wonderfully sweet children were stamped twice - once in Spanish Olive and once in Pink Petunia - and clear embossed. I then cut the images and positioned them on the card.
For more wonderful inspiration do hop over to the Gingersnap blog and join in the play! Petra.

Linked to: Der/Die/Das Blog von Bawion
Allsorts Challenge Blog

Monday 20 February 2012

Valentine's Day

A Valentine's Day with roses, paper doily and a beautiful lady
The tag is created around a 'mixed media' photo which I took after my daughter's wedding using some of the roses which were part of the table decoration. I stamped the image of the lady on PrimaMarketing patterned paper (stamp: LaBlanche) and decorated the stamped paper with the roses
(feel free to use the image in your art, if you do I would LOVE to see your creation)

I printed the photo on shimmery cardstock and cut a circle from the image which is mounted on a doily cut from black embossed card. The tag is embellished with a pink rose ribbon. Petra.

Linked to: Tag Tuesday

Happy Birthday

... to everyone who has birthday today - know at least one!
digital images: Clear Dollar Stamps - colouring: Copics, Stickles -
white card and tracing paper, distress ink, little button, printed sentiment

For more birthday wishes just pop over to the Cheerful Stamp Pad. Have a great day, Petra.

Friday 17 February 2012

Altered Head(s)

This was a challenge! Altered bodies ... no problem ... swap a leg here, swap an arm there or something like this but altered heads (heads and shoulders only)? Oh dear .... at first I really struggled to get MY head around the challenge set by Debs for the first Art 'n' Soul swap this year: You can alter your head(s) in any way you like. But remember, 100% digital is not allowed.
Once I had organised myself I then managed to ruin two pieces just before completion ... this was definitely not planned! So what you see here is plan C .... I created an ATC Tryptich where the middle part is split into two halfs and opens out to the side. The base was cut from relatively strong white card and then covered with 7 Gypsies paper (actually all patterend paper is from 7 Gypsies). For the outside I stamped the paptterned paper with a stamp from Impression Obsession which I embossed with mirror gold embossing powder. For the 'topper' I stamped an image from Lynne Perrella and layered it on patterend paper. As adornment I chose some blings and a little plastic flower ... this topper extended the front part a little bit .... For the closure I attached a woven wool ribbon which is closed with safety pin and book screw
.... and I gained a little bit more space for the inside decorations (lol). To create the inside I stamped and embossed all three sides ....
... the left and right side with PaperArtsy stamps and the middle with a component stamp from Tim Holtz. The next step was the decoration .... The eye from the Graphics Fairy ... coloured with Koh-i-noors ... behind the alteration wheel cut with a Sizzix die-cut and heat-embossed while the alteration letters on the right hand-side are from BoBunny

For the middle part I stamped again an image from Lynne Perrella, cut it out and embellished it with hook, circle and bling

Have a great weekend, Petra.

Tuesday 14 February 2012

A Little Birthday Ornament & a Valentine's Surprise

Today I received a lovely, delightfu and very charming Valentine's surprise - a truly beautiful Valentine's postcard ... it came in an elegant envelope with no 'real' information about the sender only: @kindred spirits postcard swap
I think I might know who sent it ... can you guess? Thank you so much, I will cherish this card, it is so beautiful!

For some it is not only Valentine's Day but also their birthday. I created a little birthday ornament which can be used in quite a few ways ... as adornment for a present, a little tag, ....
stamps: Clear Dollar Stamp, Elzybells - paper: Tracy Ann Digital
colouring: Copics - bow and blings

To see more birthday creations, just pop over to Vicki's blog. And hopefully you also have time to play along. Have a wonderful evening full with excitement and magic, Petra.

Happy Valentine's Day

... to all of you! Have a wonderful day with your loved one(s). Petra. x

Sunday 12 February 2012

Heart Tag

The challenge was to use a heart or lots of hearts in any form and shape and create a tag for Tag Tuesday. The heart variety is quite overwhelming and after cutting, stamping, drawing, painting, glueing, ..... lots and lots of hearts I settled for a rather simple hearty version
I cut I relatively big tag from watercolour card and covered it with lace paper. For the bottom of the tag I I did some criss-cross machine sewing. The loose ends of the threads were tied into a knot (actually two on each side one). The little lady is a digital stamp from Pure Innocence. Her dress has been paper-pieced (paper: PassionFruitsImages) and has lots of little hearts. She holds a large heart balloon layered from lace, hession and fabric and embellished with the a little bow. The stamped sentiment is from Elzybells. Petra.

Thursday 9 February 2012

Vintage Twinchies

The first art exchange this year for Gingersnap Creations and as usual it was a wonderful challenge: Vintage Twinchies ... 6 of them ... with more than one layer. I created my twinchies in pairs on different days and in different moods
I am not quite sure what this little boy is up to ... but I am quite sure if he would have the choice between reading books and getting on a bicycle it would be the bike (lol): background - the Graphics Fairy, image - Freubels, stamps - Hero Arts and RRD
And the little girl is ever so sweet with her letter and the bunch of flowers: background - Papertraders, image and label - Freubels, printed sentiment and some little paper flowers
Mdm Ismelda and the Clown .... do you want to know your future, do you really want to know? Give Mdm Ismelda your hand and she will surely read the lines: background - Freubels, image - the Graphics Fairy, stamps - Waltzing Mouse, 7 Gypsies
Oh! My Pa-Pa (originally German: Oh! Mein Papa) was sung by a young woman about her once famous father who had been a clown. When I saw the image the image it reminded me straight away of this song: background and image - Freubels, some doodling, Stickles
I love this little darling image and could not resist to use it: image - the Graphics Fairy, paper: EchoPark, stamp - PrimaMarketing, pearls, Stickels, jewellery label, button twine
And these Newspaper Boys look quite chripy as they prepare to deliver the newspapers: images - from the web and The Sum of all Crafts, newspaper
Have a lovely evening, Petra.

image sources: Freubels, The Graphics Fairy, the web, The Sum of all Crafts

Wednesday 8 February 2012

Romance Without Words

The image speaks for itself ..... (lol)
image: On The House - paper: Authentique
flowers, lace, buckle, pearl, ribbon, Stickles

For more wonderful romantic creations have a look over at the Cheerful Stamp Pad, there is still plenty of time to join the challenge, Petra.

Monday 6 February 2012

Lace Tag

This is for Tag Tuesday, the last challenge for January was: Lace .... I can hardly believe that we are already in February .... my tag is built around a wonderful image from ms. bailey - a beautiful lady wearing an amazing dress
I could not find any patterend papers which would have really worked with the colour of the dress so for the paper layer underneath the image and lace I scanned the cover of one of my old crochet books (beginning 1900) - and please feel free to use the image in your art
and for the second paper layer and the back of the tag I used the lady's skirt
I really like this paperwith its colour and pattern. Lots of lace as embellishment, a fabric flower and some bling and glitter. Petra.

Saturday 4 February 2012

Thomas II and Weather

Earlier this week the first crocusses and daffodils were flowering and it was relatively mild for January. This has all changed! This morning the temperatures had plummeted quite considerably and this year's first ice flowers had appeared on one of our windows. A few hours ago it has now started to snow ...

... and the world outside looks more and more like a magical place, I cannot wait to see the snow in daylight tomorrow morning!
You might ask what has this got to do with Thomas the Tank Engine ... well, he set off for the birthday of a little Thomas the Tank Engine fan and has been lucky enough to arrive safely before frost and snow arrived
Stay warm and safe wherever you are! Petra.

Friday 3 February 2012

Rocking Horse

Elizabeth and Shelly as first co-hosts for the Inspiration Avenue have chosen: Rocking Horses for the current challenge. What fun ... I love rocking horses, we have one at home although only a little one! I am not quite sure how old it is ... A friend gave it to my children when they were quite small, and it had already been restored. Since then the little horse has been enjoyed not only by my children but by our grandson and many other little ones ... lots of memories sweet ones and some 'accidental' ones when the horse went wild at times (lol)
And from time to time it enjoys some fresh air and sunshine. Have a lovely weekend, Petra.

Wednesday 1 February 2012

Sketchbook Project 2012 - Forever in a Nutshell

I stumbled across the sketchbook project organised by the Brooklyn Art Library relatively late last year. I was intrigued about the idea of creating an evolving library of sketchbooks, sketchbooks which have been created by artists all around the world. These books are absolutely amazing and truly inspiring - especially for someone who has not used a sketchbook ever before. I signed up for the project rather late and also decided not to choose the subject but allow chance to have the final say: Forever in a Nutshell.
I hit two difficulties: using a sketchbook and not quite knowing how to interpret the theme.
Using the sketchbook taught me a lot ... I am not so frightened of blank pages anymore (lol), it taught me not to worry when creating something but just let it flow and see where the path leads you (not an easy task for me) ... I was able to relax after the first 20 pages (there were 32 - lol). Not being a native English speaker the topic was puzzling and exciting at the same time ... but once I started the pages sort of evolved. I did lots of doodling, scribbling and drawing (another scare of mine!), I used stamping, colouring, cutting, printing, .....
If you would like to see the sketchbook pages, you will find them here. And I cannot wait to see all the other sketchbooks online and in person later this year when the sketchbooks will be on display in London. Petra.


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