Friday, 30 July 2010


What a wonderful theme over at Gingersnap Creations, it fits so well to all the sunshine we have already been enjoying this summer
Some days ago I discovered Claudia & Company stamps. They are such good fun, easy to use and to colour. And Ms Ella works so well on this little birthday card. The papers are from October Afternoon, I used Elzybells and a free stamp from the Stamper's magazine. The sunshine is stamped twice and then layered. Enjoy your weekend, Petra.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Summer on the Beach and a Bicycle

... created on two luggage tags for my friend .... and they might even qualify for the Gingersnap Creations challenge 'Heat' (LOL) .... When looking for suitable images, I found perfectly matching ones at Night Owl Vintage
I combined the beach scene and the 'mermaid digitally and layered the printed image onto K&Company paper lightly distressing the edges of the image and the paper. The sealife is highlighted with Stickles in various colours.

The second tag looks a bit different (LOL) and was just great fun to make. I used the same procedure as for the first one and added a sentiment.Enjoy the summer - whereever you are and whatever you do, Petra.

Steampunk Apprentice

Dawn challenged me for this month's ATC swap and chose 'Steampink' as theme. Oh dear! ... when trying to work out how to go about I realised how few stamps I own which can be used to create steampunk art ... but using stamps is one of the criteria in our swap .... the recipe had to be: lots of digital manipulation for the steampunk theme and a tad of stamping, sorry Dawn, next month will be more stamping (LOL)

The images I used are from the Graphics Fairy and Graphic Design/Travel Ephemera, the images were modified and combined. You will find below the backgrounds I created. If you like them and find them useful, please feel free to use them.
The stamps are from Elzybells, Stamper Anonymous and Crafty Expressions. I chose embellishments from Tim Holtz (little round letters and gadget gear die), whatever I could find which went with the theme and a wonderful clockface from Dawn, thank you so much.

And these are the backgrounds of the ATCs, Petra.

Monday, 26 July 2010

Christmas in July

I cannot believe that Susan has chosen Christmas for this week's theme of the One-Layer Wednesday challenge .... and I can believe even less that I made a card! To my defense I have to say it is only a tiny one and I think I was tempted because the image is so cute (LOL)

and I could not resist to add some glitter - what would Christmas be without it!
The stamp is from High Hopes using Brilliance inks, it is coloured with Sakura pens and Koh-i-noors. Have a lovely Monday, Petra.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

A Spoonful ...

.. for the Case a Ginger challenge over at Gingersnap Creations. The most challenging part was to decide which work of art to choose for inspiration ... all gingers are so talented and all pieces are just wonderful. In the end I decided to take Hels' spoons as inspiration, they are fabulous - here and here - thank you so much. I love to embellish old spoons ... they do not only look pretty but also make wonderful and special presents
First I varnished it with tacky glue to give it a smooth finish. Unfortunately the spoon is not real silver, it did not get this very nice patina. The image is from the Graphics Fairy ... I did some fuzzy cutting for the flower bouquet. Around the edges - not very clearly to see, sorry - I put some pink glitter. The handle is embellished with a glitter button, some beads and ribbon. Petra.

Saturday, 24 July 2010


.. for the Art 'n' Soul challenge which was posted by Viv ... with a few requirements:
Your piece must measure at least 4 inches square or be of a reasonable postcard size (5 inches by 3 inches minimum)
and may be made from paper, mountboard, chipboard, canvas or fabric.
You must incorporate at least 2 (or all) of the following elements -
A vintage image (stamped or printed)
Paper collage
Some lace or ribbon or fabric
A button or other embellishment
Embossing or texture

The hanging is about 5"x3" layered on K&Company paper and Kraft card from Elzybells. The background is a musical sheet from the Graphics Fairy which I printed on card and distressed the edges lightly (all distressing is done with Ranger distress ink 'Pumice Stone'). The lace is held in place with some beads. The lady vintage image is from Magic Moonlight Free Images. I printed it on textured off-white card, slightly distressed the edges and put it on embossed K&Company paper. As embellishments I did some 'fuzzy' rose cutting which I found at Marie's Freebies and the last touches are some blings and a bow. Have a lovely Sunday, Petra.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Shades of Blue and July Sketch

Do you know or even own a Bernina sewing machine? They are brilliant. Mine is now more than 30 years old and has been used heavily. It is quite basic but it has never let me down and the quality of the sewing is really outstanding .... and I will get a second one very soon! I am absolutely excited, it is the same model so I can use one for fabric and one for paper (LOL) ... how lucky is this! The lady who owned the machine beforehand had it for years in her loft but she never used it and said I could have it .... I was so amazed and I am so grateful for this. To say thank you I made a card for her which turned out quite spotty with various shades of blue and I used the July sketch from the Gingersnap Creations challenge

plain white square card
papers - free magazine papers, K&Company, gcd Studios, Kanban
stamps - Elzybells, Creative Expressions
ink - Brilliance ink, Versa Color
ribbon - East of India

The theme of the card are sewing items like tape measure, sewing thread and button. Petra.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Cake and Special Occasion

The weekend is already over and it was a bit of a challenge ... a marathon baking session combined with cardmaking! Sweet things first ... a strawberry cheesecake cupcake ... I baked 60 of them and they are just too yummy
Vanilla sponge with strawberry pieces topped with creamcheese topping and strawberry

The reason for the baking session was a party organised for two really sweet little boys. It is not so easy for me to make boys cards ... I tried to keep them as clean and uncluttered as possible but still had the problem finding the right papers and images. And then I remembered that Karen, the Graphics Fairy, had created a doll's collage sheet for one of the Artistclasses organised by Mary Green from Green Paper. I copied the image of a very sweet baby and resized it to fit the design
The image is layered on Bazill Basics, Rayher and plain white card. The flower is a free digital stamp from Fred, She Said coloured with Koh-i-noors and gcd Studios paper. Petra.

Sunday, 11 July 2010


... last month's theme for the ATC swap with Dawn. I tried to make the ATCs as different as possible and to use as many media as I could

papers - graphic 45
backgrounds - Cemerony
stamps - PaperArtsy, Stampers Anonymous
ink - Elzybells
images - Graphics Fairy
and some blings, eyelets and feathers from my stash

Dawn is such a talented Lady. The theme for this month is: Steam Punk. This is absolutely new to me and I am looking forward to the challenge. Petra.

Saturday, 10 July 2010

21st Birthday

How cool is this ... oh well, those were the times (sigh) .... it was not so easy to make a card because I actually don't know the young person, we were invited by his parents (LOL) ..... so I decided to make a card in sort of muted colours and tried to keep it quite neutral

square white card
papers/sentiment - BasicGrey
nestabilities shapes
stamp - Betty's Creations with VersaColor ink

The card is based on the current Sketchy Colors sketch with the extras (lol) which was just perfect with all its layering. I stamped the image, coloured it and cut it out to be able to give it a bit more depth. Enjoy your weekend, Petra.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Red Ruby

I love red especially when it is as deep red as the red of the ruby. The ruby is this month's birthstone challenge at the Daring Cardmakers. I used lots of reds but tried to compensate by keeping the design and design elements relatively simple
The papers are gcd studios, the stamps Stampers Anonymous. Petra.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Simplicity - Patriotic Cards

Susan really got me here with her OLW challenge: Patriotic Cards because I don't have any patriotic stamps .... so I tried to think outside the box. Coming from Germany and living in England at the moment I started to think what the differences between these two countries are ... I found one very significant one: while in England it is teatime, in Germany it is 'Kaffee und Kuchen' (coffee and cake) in the afternoon. I created two cards to show the two favourite afternoon pastimes of these two countries (LOL)
All stamps are from Elzybells, stamped with Brilliance ink and coloured with Koh-i-noors. Petra.

Wedding Tandem

Something must be in the air ... so many weddings and what would be a wedding party without a cake! A very nice couple ordered a special celebration cake: a tandem cake ... because it is their favourite means of transport and they even went from the church to their home by tandem .... how cool is this!
The main part of the tandem is lemon sponge filled with lemon curd and lemon buttercream. It is topped with marzipan and rolled fondant.
One wheel is build with vanilla cupcakes, the second one chocolate cupcakes. Both are topped with vanilla buttercream.
Enjoy, Petra.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Raining Kisses

I love Elzybells' stamps, the images are soooo sweet and the quality of the stamps is just outstanding. Unfortunately Elzybells is closing down which is a really sad :-( not only for the stamps but also for the amazing service and friendliness - thank you Elisabeth for all of this!

Together with the current sketch from Stempeleinmaleins I used one of the stamps for a wedding card ... Raining Kisses

The card is extra long. The papers are BoBunny and BazillBasics. I found the charm in my drawer, the ribbon is from John Lewis (they have very pretty half-orice ribbons at the moment). The flowers are Prima flowers and, of course, red shoes and kisses ask for some shine (LOL).
It was a wonderful wedding, the weather perfect and the newly weds very happy - congratulations! Petra.


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