Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Halloween!

I have my craft room back and all visitors are gone :-) It is wonderfull to have friends around but it is also a bit exhausting .... although already looking forward to seeing them again .....
I had a little bit of time to play with stamps and some scraps I found in one of my paper boxes
The background is an old book page which I had inked for another project quite a while ago but it fitted perfectly for the Tag Tuesday challenge this week which is: Halloween! I cut the tag with a Sizzix die and added some stamping (Heindesign, Elzybells) and a little Mulberry flower.
Have a lovely evening and keep safe wherever you are! Petra.

linked to: The Order of the Opus Gluei
               Fashionable Stamping Challenges
               Art with no Boundaries

Saturday, 27 October 2012


The poppy is one of my favourite flower in the garden. The flowers look so delicate and, yet, have such an intense vibrant colour and appearance. But the show does not stop, comes Autumn The poppy seed heads show the most amazing shape. I just love the structure and the rattling sound of the seeds in the seed head
This is one of the seed heads I collected this year, a rather small one but perfect for this little project. I coloured it with Dylusions spray ink and gave it a bit of a glimmer with Perfect Pearls. It is layered on some leftover bits of paper I had at hand and have been waiting to be used for a long time .... structured paper, inked background, old book page and wax crayons on baking paper stamped. As embellishment I used some ribbon, a littlebead and a wee bit of stamping (Waltzing Mouse). Have a lovely weekend - now off in the garden to enjoy the wonderful sunshine, Petra.

linked to: Tag Tuesday

Monday, 22 October 2012

Autumn Nostalgia

Because of all the lovely visitors staying with us, my craft room is now a bedroom and out of bounds for crafting (boohoo) ... but I have to admit I am getting a bit crafty-desperate now and had to do SOMETHING. So I played a little bit with some digital images and created a digital ATC for Craft Artwork
using images from the web ( frame, leaves and spider web), magazine page, Magic Moonlight Free Images, and Martora. Have a lovely Monday, Petra.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Sketchbook and Cake

Last week the Brooklyn Art Library came to the Canada Water Library in London to display the European and Australian Sketchbooks which had been created as part of the Sketchbook Project 2012. I feel so happy, I had the chance to go and see not only my sketchbook but also quite a few of the others. The sketchbooks are amazing and I am still excited about the trip! My camera battery decided to be empty ... oh what a pain ... but my DH rescued me with his phone camera!!!!
some of the nice library ladies with the sketchbooks in the background
me signing in and I am now the proud owner of a Brooklyn Art Library card
intense reading
 And guess what ... I signed up for the Sketchbook Project 2013 (big smile)!

Since then a lot has happened ... lots of visitors staying with us and a little birthday cake with a little cat which was outwitted by some little mice
Wishing you all a lovely start to the new week, Petra.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Autumn Holidays

Being back from our short holidays I would like to share some photos. We went to La Palma for a week to escape the early Autumn feel and we were so happy we did. La Palma is an amazing island ... full of contrasts, colours and nature
It was wonderful to soak up the sun, swim in the sea and enjoy the wonderful food. But it is also nice to be back home and able to catch up with all of you and maybe do even a spot of crafting (lol). Have a lovely day, Petra.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012


I want to share with you one truly wonderful postcard I received from Jeanie, it was such a surprise and I love just everything about it - especially the writing on the front - thank you so much Jeanie.

A while ago my daughter gave me a little pile of old postcards which I am in the process of scanning. I thought you might like to use them in your art. Here is the first one (front and back) - have a lovely day, Petra.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

M for Mini-Monster-Button-Book

Ever since I have seen a button book a few weeks ago, I wanted to make one ... and here is my first little button book, a picture book about little scary monsters (lol)

The simple ingredients are: two not too small buttons, patterend paper from EchoPark, Sizzix die-cut shapes, images from the web and from Pollycraft, some ribbon and the stamped letter is from Woodware. The images are all digital stamps and I coloured them with Copics and Sharpies. Ejoy your evening, Petra.

Linked to: Craft Artwork

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Autumn Leaves

... on and in an empty ribbon spool. I had it for ages and it was such fun to alter it!
I gently took the spool apart and covered the back and the outside with patterend paper from JillibeanSoup. For the inside I decided on a crackled look using PaperArtsy Fresco chalk and crackle paint (this worked a treat!). The acorns and leaves are stamped, cut out, coloured with colouring pencils and covered with Diamond Glaze. The stamps are from a Dutch stamp company called Ludies-Different Colors. They have brilliant designs and the quality is great, it was a treat to use them.
As finishing touches I found a little leftover organza ribbon, some pearls and a little stamped word label (Crafty  Individuals). Have a lovely evening, Petra.

Linked to: Tag Tuesday
                 Stempeltraeume #153


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