Tuesday 31 December 2013

Lunagirl - Vintage Winter

The last day of the year! And it is horrible outside with lots of rain and wind and grey and ... weather to snuggle up on the sofa with a hot drink or something stronger and a good book ..... !
It is the last but also the first Lunagirl Moonbeams challenge: Vintage Winter 
These children seem to have a lot of fun in the snow on their sledge ....
an adorable images from the Christmas Children 1 collage sheet from Lunagirl Moonbeams 
patterend paper from October Afternoon and Kaisercraft
a doily, ribbon, snowflake and a little star
and a little stamped sentiment (Waltzing Mouse)

Please pop over to Lunagirl Moonbeams blog for more fabulous inspiration and for linking up your wonderful project! 

Thank you to all of you for supporting me with your encouragement and inspiration throughout the year. I would not know what I would do without all of you! I wish you and your families a peaceful and healthy New Year  with lots of fun and happiness. Take care and Big Hugs to all of you, Petra.

Monday 30 December 2013

Cheerful Monday #41 - A Little Hello

Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday time with your family and friends. I am a bit sad that it is over, I love Christmas time with its secrets and huzzle and buzzle ... but there will always be next year (lol). And for now I am just saying a little hello
 with Deacon from  Bugaboo sitting on his Candy cane. Isn't he cute?
coloured with Copics, 
layered on lots of patterend paper (Jillibean Soup, My Mind's Eye, October Afternoon) and Kraft card,
embellished with a little wooden star and a stamped sentiment from Elzybells.

This card is my project for Vicki's 'Anything Goes' challenge on the Cheerful Stamp Pad blog. For more wonderful inspiration please do pop over and hopefully you can join us! Petra.

Sunday 29 December 2013

Lunagirl - Retro Shopping

Here in the UK lots of people are in the SALE fever and I thought I share with you a tag card with a Retro feel which I made quite a while ago for one of the Lunagirl Moonbeams challenges. I started by cutting a tag card from Kraft paper. I covered the front page of the card with Teresa Collins patterned paper and then added a digitally collaged background with lots of images from one of the Lunagirl Moonbeams collage sheets: Retro Housewives collage sheet
 The focal point for the card is another image from the same collage sheet layered on Kraft card and Teresa Collins paper. As embellishment I used a little retro button and some button twine.
For the inside I used more patterend paper and a printed sentiment
Have a good start into the new week, Petra.

Saturday 28 December 2013

Lunagirl - Angel Candle

I have always been in awe when seeing these wonderfully decorated candles .... using tissue paper, stamping, and all. I eventually was brave enough to give it a go. I first printed one of Lunagirl Moonbeam's amazing angel images on tissue paper. The printing worked really well. And then I attached it to the candle. This worked sort of well .... the tissue paper crankled slightly but the longer I looked at it the more I liked the look. It has a bit of a distressed crackled feel to it
And I will definitely give it another try, enjoy your weekend, Petra.

Friday 27 December 2013

Cheerful Monday #40 - Some Little Presents

Hi to everyone! I hope you all had a lovely and enjoyable Christmas time with your families and friends. i tis my first day back at work today, most colleagues are still on holidays and it is very quiet. I quite like it like this, it is a good time to tidy up a little bit and get ready for the New Year. I realized that a lot of projects I created I have not shred yet and thought I might start today ....
These are some little Match Books I made with some leftover papers and just a little bit of decoration
Inside the books I attached some sheets of plain white paper for writing notes
This is part of Vicki's last challenge of the year: Anything goes. Hope you can join us for the fun and show us what you created ! Have a lovely day, Petra.

Tuesday 24 December 2013

Happy Holidays!

I wish you all and your families and friends
a wonderful Merry Christmas,
enjoy peaceful and very Happy Holidays!

Stay safe and warm wherever you are, take care
Petra. x

Thursday 19 December 2013

Tag Tuesday - Christmas Tag Swap

It was so exciting to take again part in Carolyn's Christmas Tag swap. I so enjoyed creating the tags and was so thrilled when my tags tags arrived. It was all bundled with gorgeous yarn

After careful unwrapping I found the most stunning tags, all so very different
 from Carolyn (left) and Laurie (right)
from Valerie (left) and Laura (right)        from Liz
The Ladies have outdone themselves and I cannot say thank you enough for this wonderful early Christmas present. And here are the ones I created
 on the left: Pion paper, stamps from Crafty Individuals and Paper Artsy, lace, ribbon and half-pearls
on the right: image from Lunagirl Moonbeams, stamped and heat embossed background, charms, half-pearls, stamped transparency flowers (Sizzix) and stamped sentiment (Elzybells)
on the left: patterned paper layered, snowman from colouring pages coloured with colouring pencils and Copics, ribbon, sparkly star and little button
on the right: patterned paper, punched out little stars, big stamped star from Jofy, little bell and image from Sweet'n'Sassy

Have a lovely week, Petra.

Tuesday 17 December 2013

Lunagirl - Blue Christmas

Christmas seems to be approaching with big steps ... and I cannot wait to celebrate this wonderful time with family and friends. Jane decorated our office today with a little Christmas tree, I put up some sparkly stars and a delightful banner made by Jane. The office looks so much more homely and welcoming. The little banner I created for Lunagirl Moonbeams new challenge: Blue Christmas will also find its way into our office tomorrow.  It was inspired by one of Nancy's projects, thank you so much for the inspiration.
The delightful images are from Lunagirl's Blue Christmas collage sheet
layered on musical note paper from Kaisercraft
The banner pages are die-cut from K&Company paper 
and adorned with vintage buttons, little bows and glittery die-cut holly leaves.

You will find great inspiration for the challenge on the Lunagirl Moonbeams blog, hope you can join us.

Monday 16 December 2013

Cheerful Monday #39 - Christmas Greetings

The Christmas cards have started to arrive .... every day I am really looking forward coming home from work and seeing what the postman has brought, he must feel a little bit like Santa I would think! And I am still in Christmas card making mode ... what about you? Have you already finished all your projects?
Here is one of the cards I made for Vicki's challenge: Signs of Christmas
These are not normally the colours I would choose at this time of the year but I just had to use this adorable image from Vintage Image Craft. It fitted perfectly with the colour scheme of some quite old papers I had in my stash and cannot remember where they come from, sorry.
I added some lace, vintage buttons and a little bow as adronement to the card.

For more amazing inspiration please do pop over to the Cheerful Stamp Pad blog, hope you can join us for the challenge. Petra.

Sunday 15 December 2013

Minnie Mouse Ears

I made some special Minnie Mouse ears for a very lovely and special lady

When going to Disneyland Paris, Jane  couldn't find any ears which fitted her. She was so disappointed that I had to make her some. Doesn't she look absolutely lovely and amazing?

Wishing you a happy Monday, Petra.

Saturday 14 December 2013

Jewellery - Christmas Ornament

This is my second piece I made in the silversmithing workshop, a Christmas ornament with silver wire, silver plate and fabric bead
the individual elements I made from silver are:
star, domes to cover top and bottom of bead, hanger
The fabric bead I bought a very very long time ago and I thought this is the occasion to show it off.

Happy Sunday, Petra.

Friday 13 December 2013

Lunagirl - Winter Wonderland

Still waiting for snow, the weather is just very wet and drizzly and grey (sigh). But it feels very much like Christmas at work as we are having our Christmas lunch today and everybody is very merry after having had a few drinks (lol). To feel at least a little bit wintery I created my second project for the Lunagirl Moonbeams challenge using one of the adorable snow angels
I loved creating this tag. To create the base I dry embossed a plain tag and covered it with treasure gold (gold and sapphire). 
A little stamping was added with Lynne Perrella stamps and archival ink.
The middle part is die-cut paper from Finnabair, the edges distressed with Treasure Gold.
I then added the delightful angel, some little blings and a little lacey bow.

Hope you can join our challenge, happy crafting, Petra.

Linked to: Tag Along

Wednesday 11 December 2013

Lunagirl - Snow Angel

I wouldn't mind having some nice sparkling snow and sunshine instead of serious wet foggy patches (sigh) This afternoon the fog was quite thick and somehow worrying .... well, instead of th real snow I enjoyed myself with wonderful snow angel images from Lunagirl Moonbeams for the current challenge: Snow Angels.
The base is a delicate doily, I added a snowflake die-cut from recycled corrugated card distressed with distress ink around the edges. In the centre of the snowflake is a rosette made from Kaisercraft paper, the edges are also distressed with distress ink and a little Stickles. I added the snow angel with golden wings and a little sparkly candle. The final touch is a delicate organza flower with a little bling in the middle.

Hope you can join us for the challenge. You will find more fabulous inspiration on the Lunagirl Moonbeams blog. Thank you for popping over, Petra.

Tuesday 10 December 2013

Cheerful Monday #38 - Signs of Christmas

Yes, the signs of Christmas are now truly everywhere and everybody seems to be already so busy with Christmas preparations, presents, lunches, ...... despite all this huzzle and buzzle I so love this time of the year. It is so full of secrets, of wonderful smells of Christmas cookies and mulled wine and Christmas trees. So Vicki's new challenge fits so wonderfully into this time of the year: signs of christmas.
I created a little snowflake ornament for my Christmas tree
The focal point is a wonderful Santa image from Vintage Image Craft edged with some Stickles. It is layered on some die-cut patterend paper from Teresa Collins and a die-cut snowflake. The snowflake is entirely glittered with Stickles. I think there can never be enough sparkle around Christmas (lol). A little stamped sentiment (Elzybells) and a little dotted bow are the final touches.

For more fabulous inspiration, please visit the Cheerful Stamp Pad blog, hope you can join  us for the challenge, Petra.

Friday 22 November 2013

Lunagirl - Retro Gals

Those were the days when women knew exactly where their place was ..... in the kitchen, behind the oven, in front of the fridge, at the washing machine ... good old times (LOL) .....
I created these three mini cards (10 x 10 cm) for the current Lunagirl challenge: Retro Gals. I used images from the  Retro Housewives collage sheet which I layered on old calendar images. I found the sayings on the web and I thought they fit perfectly.
It was great fun making these little cards, hope you have as much fun joining us for the challenge. Have a great weekend, Petra.

Wednesday 20 November 2013

Birthday Box for a special little present

 I created this little birthday box for today's new challenge over at Crafting by Designs:  Anything Goes with a Lunagirl Birthday Twist and I feel very honoured to be a guest designer for this challenge.
The box is covered with October Afternoon papers,
the edges embellished with Rose organza ribbon.
 The top of the box is decorated with an adorable image from the Birthday Cards with Children collage sheet from Lunagirl MoonBeams,
some delicate lace, little half-pearls and a stamped sentiment (Elzybells).

Please do pop over to Crafting by Desings, the inspiration from the artists is fabulous. Hope to can join  the challenge, Petra.

Monday 18 November 2013

Cheerful Monday #37 - Moon Angel

I so adore this angel image from the Graphics Fairy, it is so darling with its wings leaning against the Moon
For the background I tea-dyed a manila tag and stamped it with a musical note stamp from Impression Obsession and distress ink Tea Dye. I added a doily, some gold ribbon and little blings. And added some sparkle to the wings with Gold Stickles.

This project is for Vicki's second challenge week: Angel Wings. Hope you can join us,  Petra.

Linked to: Brag Monday

Thursday 14 November 2013

Jewellery - The First Ring

After recognising that opening and closing jump rings for jewellery making are not my strong points (lol) I decided to sign up for a jewellery class or more precise a silversmithing workshop. It has been quite an eye opener. My respect and admiration for silversmiths and jewellery makers has increased manifold. It is not only the techniques which need to be learned (soldering, annealing, cutting, understanding the different properties of metals, ....) but you need to have a vision of what you want to make and plan it carefully otherwise you will loose the precious metal and it is quite challenging physical work when you start the filing, polishing and everything. In the end it was worthwhile ... I am now the very proud owner of a ring which I designed and created myself (BIG SMILE)
The ring itself is copper. The fine line you see at the back of the ring inside is the joint whereI soldered the ring together.
For the decoration I made a silver dome and soldered it on to the copper ring. As it looked a bit plain I decided to add a little square glas bead. Et voila!

The workshop will finish very soon but I will definitely sign up for thr next term ... there is still so much to learn! Thank you for stopping by, Petra.

Monday 11 November 2013

Cheerful Monday #36 - Angel Wings

... very tiny sparkly ones for the new challenge at the Cheerful Stamp Pad: Angel Wings
teeny tiny wings stamped (Maya Road) with distreess inks (faded jeans, shabby shutters) 
cut out and glittered with Stickles
added to a Lady cameo found a long while ago on the street
the background is patterend paper from Webster's Pages
the card adorned with machine stitching, lace, Mulberry paper flower, half pearl and a metal charm

Hope you can play with us, just pop over to Vicki's blog where you can enjoy all the wonderful creations from the DT, Petra.

Sunday 10 November 2013

Photo Session #9 - English Countryside

Today we went for a lovely Autumn walk through the beautiful English Country side. The Autumn colours are absolutely breathtaking, the sky so clear but with a little bit of an Autumn chill in the air. We walked about 14 miles in roughly 7 hours which, of course, included a very nice pub lunch (lol) !
Thank you for stopping by, have a good start to the new week, Petra.

Wednesday 6 November 2013

Lunagirl - Secrets and Hidden Things

The new challenge at Lunagirl Moonbeams is all about secret and hidden things. With Christmas not so very far off (where is the time gone?) I made two little treasure boxes
I simply covered the boxes in patterend paper (Craftworks Cards),
covered the sides of the lid with ribbon and lace
and decorated the top with adorable Christmas girls from Lunagirl Moonbeams,
bows, half-pearls, charm and paper flowers.
For more fabulous secret and hidden art treasures and to join the challenge, please do visit Karen's blog Lunagirl Moonbeams! Petra.


Monday 4 November 2013

Cheerful Monday #35 - Yellow and Purple

This is the second week of Vicki's colour challenge: Yellow and Purple and I thouroughly enjoyed dressing this cheeky little witch in such bright colours
The image is from JellyPark coloured with Copics.
The patterned paper is from Crate Paper and the sticker letters from October Afternoon.

There is still time to join the challenge. Just pop over to the Cheerful Stamp Pad for more amazing inspiration and to link up your project, Petra.

Saturday 2 November 2013

Lunagirl - Double Double Toil and Trouble .....

.... fire burn and cauldron bubble ......
white card layered with a stamped (IndigoBlue) and stencilled (chalks) background
the stamped 'mantra' from Elzybells
 organza ribbons and owl are the finishing touches

If you are up for a last minute challenge there are still some hours left to join at Lunagirl Moonbeams!
Have a lovely Sunday, Petra.

Tuesday 29 October 2013

Cheerful Monday #34 - Autumn in Purple and Yellow

The new challenge on the Cheerful Stamp Pad is a colour challenge: Yellow and Purple. These two colours also belong to Autumn, purple for the lovely aster and purple for Autumn leaves. I created a little tag
The focal point is an image from one of my garden asters. I layered it on Basic Bazills cardstock, the background is stencilled with distress inks. The finishing touches are some halfpearls, baker's twine and a little stamped word from PaperArtsy.

For wonderful inspiration pop over to Vicki's blog. Hope you can join us for the challenge, Petra.

Sunday 27 October 2013

Lunagirl - Witchery ....

But don't be frightened ... it is a cute one!
 This card is for Lunagirl Moonbeams current challenge : Witchery. I used one of Lunagirl Moonbeam brilliant images for it.
The image is layered on various layers of patterernd paper from . I did some machine-stitching around the edges and added some twine and ribbon.

Hope you have time to join in with the challenge, see you there! Petra.

Friday 25 October 2013

Cheerful Monday #33 - Shiny Boot

Gosh, I only noticed now that it has been 8 days since my last post! Time just went by with finishing my major cleaning up session and preparing for four visitors from Germany. They have arrived (yippeeehhh) and it is so lovely to have them here (BIG SMILE). So now let me do some catching up on my posts. This is for Vicki's second stencil challenge week using the same stencil from StencilGirl as last week. This stencil is so versatile
 I used distress inks and misted the whole tag with Perfect Pearls. The tag is layered with a paper doily and a Sizzix diecut frame coloured with Copics and covered with Glossy Accents.
I stamped the boot (stamp: Get Stamping 4), coloured it with distress inks,
cut it out, added Glossy Accents and some Stickles and added it to the tag with foam pads.
The finishing touches are a fabric flower and some half-pearls.

There are still a couple of days left to join in with the challenge. Petra.


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