Thursday, 29 December 2011

Soft Yellow And White

These very lovely mellow colours are for the final Gingersnap Creations Colour challenge this year - yes, it is the final challenge of 2011!
May I introduce you to my New Year's angel? She is a lovely stamp from the Octopode Factory. I stamped her on white slightly textured card, cut her out and coloured her with Koh-i-noors and Copics. The background for the card is from Temari 09 whereby I only used part of the background image to keep the background colour very soft and mellow. I modified the background by stamping various snowflakes with white ink and covering them with superfine glitter. The finishing touches are some white lace and letters from BoBunny.
Just pop over to the Gingersnap blog for more wonderful mellow yellow and white creations, hope you will join us for the final challenge of 2011! Petra.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Silver Sparkly Tag

Last minutes makes ... a tag inspired by Nancy
I tea-dyed a manila tag and then embossed it with the Tim Holtz snowflake embossing folder which I covered in distress ink beforehand. I quite like the effect of the double treatment ....
I layered the tag with lace and gauze - patterend papers from Authentique and Fancy Pants - image and sentiment from PaperWhimsy. The little branches are cut with a Martha Stewart punch and glittered them with Stickles. The finishing touches are vintage lace sewn to the tag, vintage buttons and blings.
Merry Christmas to all of you, Petra.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Sparkly Snowflake Cards

... as shown on the 5th Day of Whimsy. I made four cards using Nancy's instructions as inspiration and all of them turned out slightly different

All cards are slightly wider than A6, the patterned papers are from FancyPants and Kaisercraft and the images including the sentiments from PaperWhimsy. I used an EKSuccess punch to decorate the edges of the second paper layer and Nestabilities shapes to cut out the snowflakes and circles. All snowflakes are covered in lots of Stickles and so am I .... The stamp is by Stamper Anonymous, the little snowflake punch from Woodware. The cards are adorned with lace, button twine, blings, pearls and buttons, Petra.

Also linked to: Der/Die/Das Blog von Bawion

Friday, 16 December 2011

Holidays & Ornaments

Last week we went for a short city break to Hamburg, Germany's biggest port. I hadn't been to Hamburg for about 20 years and was amazed how the city has developed (and still is) during the last years. We found an eclectic mix of new and old living very happily next to each other .... wonderful restaurants with fresh fish .... Christmas market stalls at almost each corner ... lots of very small and very big boats in the harbour to watch. The weather was not as friendly as we had hoped but there were always some very lovely cafes with wonderful coffees and delicious cakes (lol)
We will definitely return to Hamburg but on request of a gentleman only when it is a bit warmer (lol).

Before going on holiday I received all the wonderful Holiday Ornaments from the Gingersnap swap, thankls to Laura. All ornaments are absolutely stunning. Ladies, thank you so much.
Suze and Laura
LinkEmma and Kezzy
and a wonderful tag from Laura
Wishing you all an enjoyable Advents weekend, Petra.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Christmas Sentiment

This is for Vicki's current challenge over at the Cheerful Stamp Pad: A Christmas Greeting. I have to admit it is not only a Christmas Greeting but also a greeting for the new year. It is German and in translation: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Petra.
paper: BasicGrey, embossed wrapping paper - Cuttlebug embossing folder -
stamp: Heindesing - gold gel pen, blings, Stickles

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Art 'n' Soul Christmas Tag - part two

This is part two of the last Art 'n' Soul challenge. Part one was to create a bookmark with lace, part two was: You must make a Christmas themed tag to go with your bookmark.

I kept the tag relatively simple as I wanted the image (from: On The House) to be the focal point. I cut the tag with Nestabilities Oval shapes (papers: October Afternoon, Echo Park). For the front I added the image which I printed and cut out. As adornment I added lots of glitter, little metallic stars, a little holly embellishment cut with Tim Holtz Holly die, Bakers Twine and little jingle bells. For the back of the tag I added a little stamped sentiment (stamps: Elzybells). Happy crafting, Petra.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Sankt Nikolaus Mitten

Inspired by Nancy's tutorial for the 12 Days of Whimsy I created a Sankt Nikolaus mitten using burlap, tartan cotton fabric and felt. The image at the front is a Santa Claus from the Graphics Fairy which I had printed previously ... luckily because when trying to print a new image the printer cartridge was out of ink (sigh).
I cut the image and covered it with clear accents and added a little bit of glitter. The finishing touches are pompon and tartan ribbon and a little jingle bell. Petra.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Thank You

Oh oh, I am well behind with my posts (sigh) ... thank you for your patience, thank you for stopping by so often and for leaving all these wonderful comments
My Thank You card for the Gingersnap Creations 'Once in a Blue Moon' challenge. I very often make thank you notes or cards in batches. So they have to be relatively easy to put together. The base is a slightly textured A6 card. I stamped a paperbag image onto 7Gypsies paper and then cut out a wonderful rose from The Sum of All Crafts. The sentiment is printed and cut with a Nestabilities label.
Hop over to see all other wonderful creations from the Gingersnap DT, and hopefully you will join us, Petra. x

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Victorian Rose Pennants

... for the Second Day of Whimsy. I have to admit, I am totally hooked. Nancy's tutorials are wonderful. They give so much inspiration but leave a lot of room for your own interpretation. And I am already itching to start today's creation. But first ... the Victorian Rose Pennants. I have not made a pendant beforehand and I learned a lot and enjoyed it

All parts of the pendant look quite similar but they are all slightly different. I cut Prima Marketing paper with Nestabilities in various shapes. The little Paper Whimsy ladies were printed, cut out and attached to the oval shapes. I added some old musical paper and found the rose at Digital Collage Sheets. As adornments I used lots of lace, little charms and some blings. When I had finished I thought it would be nice to do something with the back. I cut Kraftcard with the Nestabilities, distressed the edges and cut a little label.

I deliberately did not write anything on the labels yet ... will do it later when I know who will receive the pennants :-) Petra.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Whimsical Button Fairy

The First day of Whimsy ... Nancy created these fabulous button fairies ... and I enjoyed every minute creating the little fairy
images: paper whimsy - silver paper lace, buttons, silver wire,
paper flower, blings, nestabilities, jingle bell

The biggest challenge was to find a substitute for the beautiful silver doily Nancy used in her creation. After a bit of a search I found this neglected silver paper lace which I've had for a long time but never used. I cut it with a Quickutz scalloped circle die. Otherwise I followed Nancy's instructions, I only added a little jungle bell - for Christmas, Petra.


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