Monday, 29 April 2013

Cheerful Monday #12 - April Showers Bring May Flowers

A new week and a new Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge: April showers bring May flowers. The focal point of my projects are flowers, daisies, lots of them ... how could it be any different, the gardens are now brimming with them and it looks so beautiful and lovely outside
 I discovered a new format for my cards: 5"x7", I have not worked with it beforehand but love it!
I covered the base with Bazill Basics card and TracyAnn's Digital paper.
The edges are slightly distressed.
The flowers (image from Floppy Latte) are printed twice,
I only cut out the flowers and added them to the card with foam pads.
The image is coloured with inks and Copics.
A little butterfly and a satin box with button are the finishing touches.

Hope you can play with us this week. And for more amazing inspiration just pop over to Vicki's blog! Have a nice Monday, Petra.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Spring Flowers and a little Ribbon Give-Away

The days have been a bit warmer lately ... everything sprang into life and the garden is flooded with Spring colours
 Pulsatilla vulgaris
 Forget-Me-Nots - one of my very favourite Springflowers

A warm welcome to new followers, you are all very much appreciated.
As a thank you for all the lovely comments and because it is so cheerful outside and I go on holidays soon (lol) and everything else, I thought it would be nice to have a little give-away to celebrate. I have quite a few new ribbons and if you are interested in a little selection
and a few flowers and buttons, please just leave a comment here. 
I will draw the winner coming Wednesday night so that I can post it before going on holidays.

Wishing you a lovely week, hope you can enjoy the sunshine, Petra.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Little Miss Muffet ... she sat on a tuffett ....

... eating of curds and whey; There came a great spider who sat down beside her and frightened Miss Muffett away .... I just had to use the new images from Little Miss Muffett and create a little hanging scene based on the Little Miss Muffett rhyme ...
 The tree frame is a Memory Box die, 
I die-cut various layers of corrugated card and My Mind's Eye Paper 
which are glued together to give the scene some depth
I backed it with some more My Mind's Eye Paper
 To create the little scene I used lots of Little Miss Muffett stamps 
coloured the images with copics and colouring pencils 
and cut them out

This was great fun, to see more amazing creations with the new images just hop over to Little Miss Muffett.
Wishing you a lovely day, Petra.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Cheerful Monday #11 - Discover Yourself

It is the second week of Vicki's challenge: Gothic Cuties. For this week I used another amazing image from Dilly Beans, a girl with a skull bow- isn't she striking?
I wanted her face to be the focal point so left the background quite bare.
This is a left-over spray ink background on textured white card
stamped with PaperArtsy and Stamper Anonymous stamps and Archival ink,
words highlighted with Stickles.
The image itself and its background is coloured with Copics,
I doodled a second frame line around the image with Sharpies.

Pop over to Vicki's blog for more amazing inspiration, hope you can play along with us! Petra.

Linked to: Haunted Desing House

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Little Miss Muffett - Glorious Food

... sitting on a bench and having some icecream together ... what could be nicer ....
 and these two are so sweet together ... this is such a lovely and cute image from Little Miss Muffett. I coloured it with Copics and colouring pencils. It is layered on various Bazill Basics card and My Mind's Eye papers. The card is embellished with twine, ribbon, flowers and a little teeny tiny pearl.

Hope you can join us for the challenge. Do pop over to the Little Miss Muffett blog where you also find more fabulous inspiration from  the DT! Petra.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Moo - Numbers

I only recently discovered  Moo-Mania, thanks to Valerie! I love the size of it (2.8 x 7 cm), it is right down my road using teeny tiny bits and pieces. The current challenge is all about numbers ... and I couldn't help it I created two ...
For both the background is distress inks and lots of water
stencilled with Fresco Paints and 
stamped with Archival ink (stamps: Hampton Art, PaperArtsy).

The '1st' Moo has a little stamped '1st' (stamp: Elzybells), layered on transparency and attached with Staples. The second one demanded a bit more of a birthday theme with lollipop, flower and glitter (image: Dilly Beans coloured with Copics). Have a nice day, Petra.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Cheerful Monday #10 - Cordillia

May I introduce you to Cordillia? She is one of the very stylish and elegant ladies from Dilly Beans

 The Lady is coloured with various distress inks, cut out
and added to the background with foam pads.

The background is part of a distress ink-water experiment (lol)
using lots of ink and even more water on watercolour paper.
After the background had dried I stamped it with Archival ink 'Coffee' (stamp: PaperArtsy),
stencilled (PaperArtsy Freso paints) on it
and added some little punched flowers and little blings.

For this week's new challenge at the Cheerful Stamp Pad pop over to Vicki's blog, you will see lots of fabulous projects and inspiration, Petra.

Friday, 12 April 2013


Well, this has been a bit of an unusual project and it all came about because one of my dear colleagues and friends is Dutch. The Cards & Scrap' challenge for this month is: Queensday! Actually, the crowning of our new King. The challenge is: make a triptych for the Oranges in the limelight.
I decided to look into the future and crown the new King with a little banner (lol)
 For the banner I prepared three card panels cut with Nestabilities dies. 
The basic colour is orange in various shades.
The panels were inked, stencilled and stamped (PaperArtsy, Eline Pellinkhof, Personal Impressions) 
with distress and pigment inks and heat embossed with clear gloss embossing powder.
As the colour looked a bit flat I sprayed each panel with Perfect Pearls 
which gave them a nice shimmery surface - fit for a King and ready to be decorated
Tulip panel: 
stamped tulip from Hero Arts coloured with distress inks and Copics
ribbon from Marianne Design
King panel:
image from the web cut with Nestabilities die and covered with Glossy Accents
crown cut from white card with Sizzix Alterations die, coloured with Copics and covered with Stickles
crystals added around the image and to the crown
Mulberry flower
Windmill panel:
windmill image from kids colouring page coloured with Sharpies
windmill wings made of ribbon (Marianne Design), button
handcut gras, paper: October Afternoon
felt flower with a little bling

I really enjoyed myself when creating the banner and hope my friend likes it. Have a lovely weekend, Petra.


Thursday, 11 April 2013

Little Miss Muffett Tea Party - Birthday with Flowers and Presents

A little project for the new inspiration post at Little Miss Muffet using quite a few of the new Tea Party Release images. It is so much fun to mix and match the new images and turn them into a new image or a little scene
EchoPark patterend paper layered on a white square card
the frame is cut with a Nestabilities rectangular die
and adorned with satin ribbon
the image is coloured with various distress inks 
and embellished with half pearls
to give the image more depth I printed it three times,
cut out the various elements and layered them

For more fabulous inspiration pop over to the Little Miss Muffett blog, and hopefully you also have time to join in with the challenge, Petra.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

TagTuesday #4 - N for .......

... or newspaper or newspaper boy or numbers or .......
 I made this tag on the spur of the moment and just used whiat was in my reach:
newspaper which I crunched up and added to the pre-cut tag
the edges are distressed with VersaMagic ink 'Red brick'
stamped with Kaisercraft stamp and distress ink 'Fired Brick' and
PaperArtsy stamps and Archival Ink 'Jet Black'
as embellishments I chose a vintage button secured with button twine
and a pencil attached with button twine

Have a lovely evening, Petra.

Linked to: Tag Tuesday

Monday, 8 April 2013

Cheerful Monday #9 - DIY Power Girl

A special welcome to new followers, you are all very much appreciated.

The second week of Vicki's Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge: Work is Good ... and another great image from KennyK ... power girl ready to get on with the home improvements
Kraftcard tag layered with free magazine paper from Papercraft Inspirations
image from KennyK coloured with Copics
embellished with adhesive stickers from Prima Marketing, 
ruler ribbon and chipboard screw top

For more inspiration pop over to Vicki's blog, hope you can join us. Petra.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Ken in Samba Mood & CraftBarn Extravaganza

One of my colleagues retired, she is now a lady of leisure - lucky her! - and his time on her hands for a little latin-american adventure: Ken with sombrero in Samba mood
It is all edible apart from the lovely rose in his hand and the sombrero. I could not find a suitable sombrero to buy so I crocheted it myself with cotton wool. The pattern for the sombrero was based on this one. It was great fun and I might make some more - such for the fun of it!

We (this is Lucy and I) had also great fun today at the Craft Barn Extravaganza for the opening of their new premises. It is really lovely, a very nice space with lots of lights. We also had the pleasure to meet some very talented crafters giving demos - Neil Walker and Helen Chilton just to name two of them. Helen was so kind to give us two of her creations and even signed them!
 Wishing you a lovely Sunday, Petra.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Little Miss Muffett Tea Party Day2 - Tutorial: Inky Background Using Embossing Folders

Welcome back to day 2 of the combined release of Simply B Stamps and Little Miss Muffett! For our second day of the release we wanted to share with you fabulous inspiration and tutorials and prizes on both store blogs ...

My project displayed on the LMM blog uses an inky background created with embossing folders. I would like to share with you how to create this inky background ... a technique I only recently discovered but I am completely hooked because it is so easy and rewarding  ... and there are so many possibilities. These are the materials I used for this tutorial: embossing folder, various distress and VersaMark/Magic inks, embossing powders
Step 1: 
Ink up your embossing folder, partially or in full (this depends on your project). Make sure that the area you want to have inked is well-covered with ink to get a nice inky imprint on your paper
Step 2:
Once the paper is embossed you can 'improve it' by applying more ink by skimming over the raised areas with any kind of ink
including VersaMark ink. If you use VersaMark ink, just sprinkle your embossing powder over the project and heat-emboss it (right-hand image)

And for the adventurous (lol) double-emboss all of your paper, use VersaMark ink to ink the embossing folder, sprinkle embossing powder over the project and heat-emboss it. And do the same for the raised areas

Using one of my inky backgrounds I created this project

ink embossed background (distress inks: victorian velvet, fired brick)
paper doily inked (distress ink: festive berries)
combined with the wonderful images from SBS and LMM coloured with colouring pencils and Copics and glittered with lots of golden Stickles 

Hope you will play with embossing folders and ink and enjoy it as much as I do. For even more amazing inspiration and How To's, hop over to the LMM blog! Petra.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Little Miss Muffett Tea Party Day1 - Mad Hatter Betty & Skull Jester

This is sooo exciting .... my first post as guest designer for Little Miss Muffett ..... and this month Simply B Stamps (SBS) and Little Miss Muffet Stamps (LMMS) have joined together to bring you a "Tea Party Release!" with lots of activities  .... and lots of fun images for you!! .... and it is a Mega blog hop ....

Now let's get to the details of the Release Blog Hop and the new challenge opening up today!
The challenge that starts today has an "Anything Goes" theme.

Anything Goes Challenge
Challenge is open from April 4th through April 16th
My challenge piece - and one location of the blog hop - is a Mad Hatter Hat  featuring Mad Hatter Betty from SBS and Skull Jester from LMM. They both know how to play the game (lol)
Mad Hatter hat created with Prima Marketing papers 
using this wonderful template from Seeing Things
the edges are glittered with black diamond stickles
 vintage playing cards with digital images 
coloured with Copics and colouring pencils
satin ribbon and two hat pins with beads

When you read all of this, you should have arrived safely at my blog coming from Donna and her so inspiring creation .... the next hop will take you to Audrey's blog with more projects to inspire you .....  and if you have lost your way, then there is always the opportunity to go back to SBS where it all starts today! ... and remember, there are two hidden prizes in the blog hop and all you have to do is leave a comment for a chance to win!

I hope you enjoy the blog hop and all the inspirational projects. Happy Hopping, Petra.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

TagTuesday #3 - M for Memories

This week's letter for Tag Tuesday is: M ... M for Memories
inky background brushed, stencilled and stamped (Prima Marketing, Eline Pellinkhof)
with various distress inks (sugar spun, victorian velvet, fired brick, festive berries)
on textured watercolour paper
darling girls' stamp from Artistic Outpost stamped with archival ink
word stamped (Elzybells) on transparency paper 
layered on left-over papers from EchoPark and Prima Marketing 
attached with staples
embellishments are little punched flowers from left-over EchoPark paper
layered with blingy stars and pearls

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Photosession #5 - Spring Daisy

Still bitterly cold but the sun and some little Spring flowers are out and about ..... enjoy the sunshine, Petra.
Daisy - Bellis perennis

Monday, 1 April 2013

Cheerful Monday #8 - Dress for Success

Vicki's new challenge over at the Cheerful Stamp Pad is all about work: Work is Good.  
Various layered EchoPark patterned papers, some wonky machine stitching
the stylish business woman from KennyK coloured with Copics
good luck sentiment (Elzybelles) attached with a paperclip
and a little bling 

For more inspiration please do pop over to Vicki's blog and hopefully you can join us! Petra.


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