Thursday, 20 May 2010

Two For One

Stempeleinmaleins has a wonderful sketch for their current challenge
It is very appealing and I used it straight away for two quite different cards

The first card is a birthday card for my dear Auntie, she just loves a cute vintagey look for cards

The papers are K&Company. I found the image at Magic Moonlight Free Images, printed it three times and layered it to get a decoupage look for the image. For the embellishments I ruffled some fabric ribbon. The flowers are haberdashery and paper flowers, the blings from Artemio.

The second card is for my Dad for Father's Day
I love this cute little stamp from Elzybells. And the Woodware sentiment seemed to be so fitting (LOL). I layered the image onto My Mind's Eye papers, used some string, blings from Kanban and buttons from my stash. Petra.

Simplicity - Faux Embellishments

Needle and thread ... these are my faux embellishment stamps I used for the new One-Layer Wednesday challenge
The sentiment and faux embellishment stamps are part of the Creative Expressions 'Vintage Sewing' set, the little heart from the Woodware baby set (LOL). And it is all stamped with Elzybells Hybrid ink. Petra.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Ribbons Re-organized

Do you know the feeling when you are looking for a specific piece of ribbon and you cannot find it because it is burried under a pile of various other ribbons ... or you find it and then it is entangled with loads of others and it takes you forever to get it out? A couple of days ago I had quite enough of being in this situation and thought that there had to be a way of avoiding such a dilemma. And the answer for me came with some ribbons I bought from Ebay. They were attached to a little tag and I thought that I should be able to replicate this scheme for my ribbons. And here is what I came up with - ribbon tags thanks to nestabilities, quickutz circles, crop-a-dile and the Graphics Fairy
I printed the images from the Graphics Fairy on slightly textured and quite thick white cardstock, cut the tag with nestabilities and a hole for the ribbons in the bottom of the tags with the circle die. And the tags were ready for the ribbons.
I now only had to think of a method to store the ribbons and I decided that a hanging option would be best ... this is why there is a hole at the top of the tag.

Next question where to put it ... a hook, a bar .... well, you might know those thin coat hangers made from metal? .... PERFECT

I am very happy with this solution and hopefully very soon all my ribbons will be re-organised (LOL). Have a good start into the new week. Petra.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Birthstone May

.. is the Emerald. I adore the deep green colour of the stone
and as it is still the beginning of May the current challenge from the Darin Cardmakers is inspired by this month's birthstone
The Emerald is not only the May birthstone but apparently also the traditional gift for any wedding anniversary .... The beautiful image of the couple is from Magic Moonlight Free Images, I printed it on soft slightly textured paper and tore it. The wonderful rose bouquet and the background writing is courtesy from the amazing collection of the Graphics Fairy .... I did some fuzzy cutting to the roses to make it fit. Petra.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Simplicity - Ribbon

Susan's new One-Layer Wednesday challenge is to add a ribbon to a very simple card. I kept it very simple this time, I did not even do any colouring!
The saying is from Impression Obsession stamped with Brilliance ink and framed with a red/white spotty ribbon which I found in my stash. Petra.

Monday, 10 May 2010

Digital Bookmarks

I love books, I enjoy reading ... having only some spare time inbetween all the other essential tasks like going to work (lol) I very often have to put a book and then ... I cannot find the page again ... so bookmarks are absolutely vital. This is what I came up with - first the digital images

All bookmark images are 675x1875 pixels (approximately 5x15 cm). Most of the original graphics are from Karen, the Graphics Fairy which has just such a huge choice of images to pick from ... perfect for projects like this ... the complimentary images are from Antiques Images and New York Public Digital Library.
After creating the digital images I printed them on textured white card, layered them on matching card, rounded the corner, distressed the edges and used some eyelet and ribbon ... and I couldn't resist to add a little tiny winy bit of glitter for the cherub's little wings .... Petra.

Simplicity and Punctuation

No layers ... no embellishments ... this is so difficult! But it is fun to do something so very different, thank you Susan for this One-Layer-Wednesday challenge: use punctuation stamps
I cut a little card from white card using the largest nestability square die. And then ... had problems finding punctuation stamps (lol) ... this is a mix of Penny Black, Studio g and Scrappy Cat stamps, the ink from Heyda. Petra.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Paper Dress

Dressmaking, design and dresses .... an irresistible combination .... and thanks to Sherry, a very talented lady, the current challenge for Art 'n' Soul: Design-A-Dress. Sherry provided a template for the dress and the rest has been left to our imagination ... what fun!
The dress should measure between 5 to 6 inches high and 4 inches wide. The style, techniques and materials used were whatever we liked

paper - Prima
ribbon/lace/metal thread/glas beads - from my stash
blings - Kanban
image - Antique Images

I decided to give the dress a front and a back ... don't laugh I don't know how you wear your dresses but mine all have front and back (LOL) .... and it all came sort of together when I saw the Prima paper. I instantly loved the style, colours and pattern ... all I had to do was to find matching ribbon and lace and some embellishments.
After the initial decorating the front still looked still a bit plain and flat so I printed and cut a red rose image from Antique Images and placed the open flower on the front and the rosebud on the back of the dress.
The hanger is a firstfor me as I have not really worked with metal yet. But it was great fun to twist and twirl it together with the glas beads to give it the look of a coat hanger.

This project was great fun, maybe you also want to give it a go? If you are up for a dressmaking challenge have a look at Alice and Camilla's blog! I absolutely loved this project, thank you so much, Sherry! and I am looking forward to the next one, Petra.

NB Have I already told you? I can hardly believe it ... I have been awarded my third Ginger Gems honourable batch for the Teabag Booklet ... I feel so honoured and very proud!

Monday, 3 May 2010

Teabag Booklet

One of my friends has birthday tomorrow and she loves fruit tea. Just giving her a carton with teabags seemed a bit boring and I wondered if a little teabag booklet would not just be it

paper - Kraft paper from Elzybelles, K&Company
garphics - Graphics Fairy, Vintage Printable
ribbon from my stash

I decided to use Kraft paper for this project ... which fits with the Gingersnap Creations Kraft challenge as well .... I cut all the shapes with nestabilities (rectangulars and oval shapes) creating pockets for the teabags and the front and back covers. The pockets and the cover pages were then decorated with fruit and tea-party images from the Graphics Fairy and Vintage Printable. I joined all pages by using little rectangular shapes and ribbons. And filled all pockets with teabags. Enjoy your tea, Petra.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Cinema ATCs - part 2

They arrived! Yippeehhh! Dawns ATCs arrived today and they are fab, I love them. Dawn has really created a cinema feel, I just feel like taking one of the tickets and go and watch a movie (lol) ... It is difficult to decide which one is my favourite but I think it has to be a popcorn one .... Thank you so much Dawn, Petra.


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