Saturday 30 March 2013

Happy Easter

... to everyone! Wishing you lots of sunshine, chocolatey bunnies and eggs, Petra.
paper: The Girls Paperie, image: Vintage Fangirl, syamp: Kartenkunst
Mulberry flowers, pearls

Thursday 28 March 2013

ATCs - Shadow Box & Frame

This month over at Unruly PaperArts the theme is: ATC Extravaganza. I has lucky enough to be one of their Guest Contributors, I loved it and if you have not had a look yet, please do pop over and enjoy all the wonderful ATC inspirations.
My contribution were an ATC Shadow Box and ATC Frame - such good fun to make
PrimaMarketing Botanical paper, white card, leftover corrugated card from packaging
various stamps (Different Colors, Lily of the Valley, Tim Holtz and Eline Pellinkhof)
some lace and pearls, Glossy Accents, foam pads, some little twigs
atc box template ... which I adjusted for my project, stamps (Kaisercraft)
digital image (Magic Moonlight Free Images), Melissa Frances paper
stencil, distress ink 'Faded Jeans', fabric flowers
pearls and a little glitter, velvety ric-rac ribbon, washi tape.

You can read all about the two projects here, and don't forget to check-out all other amazing works of ATC art on the Unruly PaperArts blog. They are amazing. Petra.

Monday 25 March 2013

Cheerful Monday #7 - Ballett Shoes

These are wonderful ballett shoes and take me right back to the time when my daughter did ballett in her free time ... ballett with all its glamour but also the pain especially for dancing on points ... oh dear, I am getting all nostalgic now (sigh) ... let's go quickly back to this adorable image from A Day for Daisies
 a little 10x10cm card base layered with Craftwork Cards patterend paper
the image is coloured with Copics, the background created using digital papers,
and layered on black card
the ballett dancer is die-cut from EchoPark paper using a Marianne Design Die
lace from Imagine DIY, little pearls and a pearl heart
the shoes, leaves and rose were cut out and added to the main image as second layer 
given the image a little bit more depth

To see many more wonderful dance inspiration please do pop over to the Cheerful Stamp Pad blog, hope you can join us for the challenge, Petra.

                 No Matter Which Challenges

Saturday 23 March 2013

Photo Session #4 - Spring Snow

 Officially it is Spring but reality looks slightly different with wet and cold weather. The wind is howling aorund the house and all Spring flowers have been enveloped in a very wet and cold snowy blanket. Keep warm and safe and have a lovely Sunday, Petra.
 Winter aconite

Friday 22 March 2013

TagTuesday #2 - K for Knitting and C for Crochet

Two more tags for Tag Tuesday, in the same area of craftmanship but they turned out quite differently

K for knitting
Aren't these two darling, sitting and chatting away over their knitting?
I found the image on Silke's blog, I wish I would own such wonderful knitting magazines (sigh).
The image is framed with cast-on using a big knitting needle,
the sentiment is printed and added with a little pearl
 It is all layered on an old German knitting pattern
and embellished with a little letter bead.

 C for Crochet
One of my crochet flowers became the focal point for this tag,
added with washi tape, ricrac ribbon and pearls,
the sentiment is stamped (Elzybells).
For the background I sprayed white card with Dylusion spray ink ... 
isn't the negative brilliant ... it will be one of my next projects (lol)
the stamping was done with Kaisercraft stamps and bottle tops.

have a lovely weekend, Petra.

Tuesday 19 March 2013

Cheerful Monday #6 - Let's Dance

Vicki's new challenge for the coming two weeks is: Let's Dance - what a cheerful and enjoyable theme during these very wet and dull days ....
The focal point is an image from A Day for Daisies which I coloured with Copics and distress inks (Victorian Velvet, Antique Linen, Bundled Sage, Old Paper). Aren't these little girls just darling?
The image is layered on card which I inked with distress inks around the edges.
For the background I used Kaisercraft paper which I stamped on with Hero Arts stamps.
The flowers are coloured with Copics and distress inks (Victoian V elvet, Fired Brick).
The finishing touches are some ribbons, a wooden heart with a little bit of Stickles and some pearls.

Hope you can join us for this wonderful challenge. 
For more inspiration just pop over to the Cheerful Stamp Pad, Petra.

                Love to Create Challenge Blog

Sunday 17 March 2013

TagTuesday #1 - J for Joyful Jumping

I am well behind the alphabet challenge over at Tag Tuesday but I am determind to catch up! This week's letter is 'J': J for Joyful Jumping
the tag is cut from scraps of October Afternoon paper
layered with a stamped background (Hero Arts, Memento Ink) and 
a little gras panel cut with Memory Box die and scraps of free magazine paper
the sentiment is stamped (Lily of the Valley)
the image is from A Day for Daisies coloured with Copics and Sharpies
cut out and  added to the tag with foam pads
white twine and a little letter bead finish the tag

Have a lovely - and not so wet - Sunday, Petra.

Saturday 16 March 2013

Sweet Treats - Cat and Dogs

At the beginning of the week I received a very short notice cake order for a 60th birthday cake for a very lovely lady, request: a '60' cake (pink and white) with one cat (a tabby one), two dogs (one brown, one black) and some writing .... not being able to model cat and dogs in advance I kept the decoration simple
chocolate cake soaked with Baylis syrup
filled with raspberry jam and vanilla buttercream

have a lovely weekend, Petra.

Tuesday 12 March 2013

Photo Session #3 - German Easter Market

The weather in Germany was fabulous last week with lots of sunshine and sitting outside having coffee ... well, these were the days ... we are now back in the UK and the weather has now really turned very cold and windy (sigh). The Easter Market was an interesting experience. I learned a lot about the different approach to markets and crafty goods between England and Germany and I met some lovely crafty people. It was a pleasure to talk to them and exchange experiences. Here are some images of the event
  the car packed with boxes filled with paper pieces, cookies and chocolates
Martina and Petra decorating the tables and walls
our banner ... thank you to the Graphics Fairy for the wonderful images
The Linzer cookies were sold out within two hours, and I had lots of them!

Keep safe and warm, Petra.

Thursday 7 March 2013

LMM #1 - Boys Only

The new Little Miss Muffet challenge has now gone live, the theme: Boys Only. I can hear various uh's, ah;s, oh's  (lol) .... one of my first reactions when I learned about the challenge theme. It just does not seem to be so easy to create a piece for boys ... this is my guest design piece
May I introduce you to Alex, one of the Van Family Brothers from Little Miss Muffet coloured with Copics and colouring pencils ... I think he is quite cool in his t-shirt and jeans! The base for the card is a Kraft card layered with Echo Park patterned pape.
I created the brick wall background with an inky brick embvossing folder and distress ink 'walnut stain'. After the embossing I swiped Versamagic 'red brick' ink over the raised parts of the paper ... I was surprised how real it looks. If you think you can use this in your work, please feel free to use the image.
little tuckered stars, stamped sentiment from Betty's Creations 
the skull stickled with 'black diamond'
little add-ons with twine, pearl and staples

You find even more inspiration for Boys Only projects at the Little Miss Muffet blog, come and join in the fun, Petra.

Friday 1 March 2013

Easter Chicks

My last post before we go to Germany. The Easter Market weekend has finally arrived and I am a bit on the tired side .... everything is packed in boxes ready to go. With me goes a whole gang of cheeky chicks
they all sit on wooden spools with lace
and a little nest of tattered flowers (paper: Prima Marketing), 
Hessian ribbon and lace
perched next to a little paper flower and a little pearl
 Wishing you all a lovely weekend, see you next week, Petra.


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