Friday, 23 May 2014

Good Bye - Auf Wiedersehen

My dear wonderful Blogger friends,

Since starting this blog you have been such a wonderful support and inspiration for me. Your kindness and generosity still leaves me speechless and is so very much appreciated.

The last two days my life has been turned upside-down and I struggle to pick up the pieces. I feel a great emptiness inside me and everything is fuzzy and un-focused. I am not able to create, I cannot even think clearly.

For this reason I will close this blog for a while. One day I would love to return when life has settled. I will continue to pop in to see your fabulous creations as it gives me so much comfort.

I wish you all the very best, take care and stay safe, Petra. x

Monday, 19 May 2014

Jewellery - La Palma Transvulcania Running Medal

It's done, he did it. The weekend before last he ran the 83.4km in 18 hours and 30 minutes. I am very proud of him, he did so well and finished. I probably would still be running ........ to honour the occasion I made a medal for him with a solid Sterling silver disk and 24 carat gold foil. The techniques I used include etching and Keum-Boo. I was so happy once it was finished .... and, of course, it needed a little presentation box .......
have a nice evening, Petra.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Lunagirl - Memories

This canvas is dedicated to all Mums and their children
the canvas is covered with water colour paper, distressed and stamped on (PaperArtsy)
covered with antique fabric, lace and Prima Marketing paper
the focal point of the canvas is a wonderful image from Lunagirl Moonbeams Mother's Love digital collage sheet

There is still some time to join in with the Lunagirl Moonbeams challenge for Mother's Day, thank you for stopping by, Petra. 

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Lunagirl - Mother's Day

Mother's Day is soon and what could be a nicer day to be celebrated .... Mothers are so precious. Lunagirl Moonbeams current challenge is all about : Mother's Day, let's celebrate
a Mother's Day card on a white slightly textured card
covered with Craftwork Card paper, Mulberry paper and paper from Tracy Ann Digital Paper
theadorable image from Lunagirl Moonbeams Mother's Love digital collage sheet
edged with Stickles
and embellished with a stamped word (Elzybells) on fabric, some ribbon, half-pearls and a little Mulberry flower

Have a lovely weekend, hope you can join us! Petra.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Cheerful Monday #57 - Butterfly Flutter By

We still do embossing for Vicki's: Use Embossing Powder challenge. Heat-embossing is so versatile and opens up so many opportunities. For my project the embossing acted as boundary for various water colours I used
First I stamped the butterfly (Crafty Individuals) with VersaMagic 'Red Brick' ink 
and heat-embossed it with Clear Embossing powder from WOW.
The butterfly was cut out and then coloured with water colours.
I layered it on a little tag and some papers from EchoPark.
The finishing touches are a stamped sentiment (Waltzing Mouse), some ribbon and a couple of half-pearls.

Thank you for stopping by, hope you have the time to join us for the challenge. There is still time!

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Tag Tuesday - Cooking

This week's theme for Tag Tuesday is: Cooking. I am not a very keen cook myself but I love good, natural and tasty food (lol) .... and this young Lady seems to love to do the cooking!
the tag shapes are cut with Sizzix dies and paper from Papermania
some machine-stitching is added to the second layer
the image is from Pollycraft coloured with Copics
embellishments are a fork charm, some ribbon and stamping (stamp: Hero Arts)
Thank you for stopping by! Petra. x

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Lunagirl - Cat Orchestra

There are so many songs which come to my mind when I look at these three cute cats playing a tune ... a wedding song, happy birthday, .....oh, so many possibilities ...
The image is from Lunagirl Moonbeams Kitty Cats 1 digital collage sheet.
It is mounted on paper from BoBunny and dry-embossed card panels. The embossed raised parts are slightly inked with gold Brilliance ink.
The base is a simple white card covered with text paper from PrimaMarketing.
Paper flowers, pearl strings, half-pearls, a lacey bow and a teeny tiny heart charm are the finishing touches.

For fabulous inspiration please do pop over to Lunagirl Moonbeams blog and I hope you can join us for the 'Vintage Menagerie' challenge! Petra.

Monday, 28 April 2014

Cheerful Monday #56 - Use Embossing Powder ....

... this is Vicki's request for her new challenge and I duly obliged! I created a little cheeky monkey tagusing stamping and embossing for the background
 The tag base is cut with a Sizzix die from Kraftcard.
For the background I stamped little images (stamps: Heindesign) with VersaMark onto watercolour card and heat-embossed the images with WOW clear embossing powder before inking the background with various shades of blue distress ink. The embossed images remain white ... it's true magic (lol)
The little cheeky monkey driver I coloured a digital image from Bugaboo and added some traffic light buttons and twine.

Hope you can join us for the challenge. Petra.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Lunagirl - Vintage Menagerie

The new challenge at Lunagirl Moonbeams is all about animals: Vintage Menagerie. For my project as focal point I used a giraffe image from from Lunagirl Moonbeams Animals at the Zoo digital collage sheet
I always loved giraffes, they look so elegant, almost majestic. 
I combined the image with some freewild animal print  magazine paper
and embellished the tag with some button, twine and a little label.

I hope you can join us for the challenge! Petra.

Linked to: Tag Tuesday

Monday, 21 April 2014

Photo Session #18 - Swallowfield/Black Water Walk

Easter Monday and the weather was so friendly witha light wind and lots of sunshine. It was an absolute pleasure to be outside. So I decided to go for a little walk ... well this was the plan .... but I got a little bit lost (twice) and it turned into a 9 mile-walk around Swallowfield in Berkshire, UK through lovely countryside and later joining the long distance walking path 'Black Water Valley' ... I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Cheerful Monday #55 - A little Tag-Card

For Vicki's current three paper challenge I created a little tag-card using papers from Authentique, K&Company and My Minds Eye
The tags are cut using Sizzix dies. I embellished the tag-card with a wooden button. The sentiment from Ludiec is stamped with Archival ink 'Jet Black.

On the Cheerful Stamp Pad blog you will find more amazing inspiration from the DT, it would be great if you could join us for the challenge. 
Hope you have a lovely Easter Monday.  Petra.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy Easter!

I wish you and your families a wonderful Easter.
Take care, Petra. x

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Photo Session #17 - Exmoor and South West Coastal Path

Peter had his last training race (as he put it 'only 33 miles') before his big day in May. It took place in the North Devon along the coast in Exmoor National Park. It is absolutely beautiful with very varied landscapes and stunning scenery.
 and here he is at the finish ... have a lovely evening, Petra.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Lunagirl - Easter Chicks

Easter is coming ... what a joy to hunt for Easter eggs and Easter bunnies. For the second week of Lunagirl Moonbeams' Victorian Spring challenge I used a very adorable and sweet Easter chick image from the Easter Fun Digital collage sheet
patterend paper, a postcard blank from a magazine
stam from Penny Black and Waltzing Mouse
some sweet paper flowers 
ribbon and lace
complement the Easter chick image

You can see more fabulous creations on Lunagirl Moonbeams blog, hope you can join us for the challenge, Petra.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Cheerful Monday #54 - Use Three Different Papers

The sun is shining and nature is in full Spring glory ... what could be lovelier! It is great to go outside and enjoy the wonderful weather and watch all the birds and bees. They all seem to be very busy at the moment (lol).
Vicki has a new challenge on her blog: Use Three Different Papers and the choice what you make with them is truly yours.
I chose papers from K&Company, Dovecraft and October Afternoon 
and combined it with a sweet image from Birdie Brown
coloured with Copics and colouring pencils
and embellished with some half-pearls and a little wooden heart
The stamped sentiment is from WaltzingMouse.

Hope you can join us for the challenge! Petra. x

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Cake - A Little Wonky Train

On request I made a little wonky train cake which was incomplete (lol) ... the passengers were missing
The passengers entered the train at its next stop ... a birthday party. The kids created wonderful animal passengers
(photo courtesy of Antje)

Wishing you a lovely evening, Petra.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Lace and Doily

Today's post is all about Lace and doilies. I created this little card for Crafting by Designs as guest designer. I feel very honoured to have had the chance to be part of the team for this challenge.
As focal point for my card I chose an image from Lunagirl Moonbeams Ornate Victorian Fabric Labels collage sheet and combined it with roses from the Victorian Butterfly Collage sheet
and combined it with patterend paper from Kaisercraft
some stamping (PaperArtsy)
and lace, doily and ribbon
You find more wonderful inspiration for the challenge at Crafting by Designs. I hope you can join us for this lovely challenge! Petra.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Lunagirl - Victorian Spring

Spring is truly here with wonderful flower displays and fresh Spring green everywhere.The theme of Lunagirl Moonbeams' new challenge 'Victorian Spring' does fit so perfectly with the season. I created a little set: a card and a tag with one beautiful Lady image from Lunagirl Moonbeams Garden Fantasy One collage sheet
For both projects I used Kaisercraft patterend papers,
lace, ribbon, little blings and some metal embellishments.

 Hope you can join us for the new challenge. For fabulous inspiration, please pop over to the Lunagirl Moonbeams blog, Petra.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Cheerful Monday #53 - Add Some Flowers

... to anything you like. This is Vicki's current challenge and there is plenty of time to play. I opted for a very easy birthday card
 with a sentiment from Bugaboo as focal point
I coloured the image with colouring pencils and Copics
the image is layered on patterend paper (I am sorry I cannot remember the manufacturer anymore)
and embellished with a little half pearls and .... paper flowers ....

Hope to can join us for the challenge. And for more fabulous inspiration please pop over to the Cheerful Stamp Pad, Petra.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Lunagirl - Sassy Showgirls

The current challenge at Lunagirl Moonbeams is all about Sassy Showgirls, and there is still time to participate!
As base I recycled a clothes tag and layered black glittery card and one of the images from the Showgirls digital collage sheet. As embellishments I used little black blings, black lace and tulle, a little charm and paper flower."

I wish you all a happy weekend, Petra.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Cheerful Monday #52 - Add Some Flowers

Well, I didn't! I just added buttons ... which shows that after coming back from Germany I have still not quite returned to normal life ... how silly! Hope you enjoy my little tag regardless and interpret the buttons just as button flowers (lol)
I love this Lady from Bugaboo in her funky dress and the fabulous hat. I coloured her with copics. 
The tag base is cut from patterend paper (sorry I cannot remember which company)
and then stamped with Black Soot distress ink and stamps from Elzybells and Creative expressions.
The buttons are coloured with chalk.

Hope you enjoy the challenge, just play with flowers and join us at Vicki's Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge, Petra.

Friday, 21 March 2014

A Second Little Give-Away

As promised there is another little give-away this week ... I made some wooden tile necklaces and I would like to give away three of them because it is Spring and I am on my way to Germany for a Easter Market with my friend Martina and it is just nive to give things away (LOL)
Well, if you are interested in any if the three, please just drop me a note and please let me know which one you would like. I will draw the winners next week Thursday.
Good luck to everybody, wishing you all a very nice weekend! Petra.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Photo Session #16 - A Sunday Walk in Windsor

Today is the first day of Spring, it is a nice feeling ... a feeling of a promise of nice warm weather, Spring flowers and new life. Last Sunday was a lovely sunny day here in the South of England and we went for a lovely walk in Windsor and along the Thames ... I took some photos to capture the glorious sunshine (yes, the sky was as blue as in the photos) and the enjoyment it brought
 Enjoy the first day of Spring and happy crafting! Petra.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Jewellery & Lunagirl - Wooden Scrabble-Look-Alike Tiles

The images from Lunagirl Moonbeams Shabby Green collage sheet are just too darling and so perfect for using them in jewellery making .....
 The ingredients are simple:
wooden tiles, images, epoxy sticker, glue, scissors, bail and necklace
and some embellishments for the edges of the tiles

Hope you have time to check-out Lunagirl Moonbeams' current challenge for all the fabulous inspiration and take part in the challenge! Petra.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Cheerful Monday #51 - Vintage Transportation

This is such a lovely theme from Vicki and so perfect for the first day out in Spring: Modes of  Transportation
inky and stencilled background (distress inks: Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet)
sprayed with Glimmer Mist,
a little tag from my scraps box (Jillibean Soup, PrimaMarketing)
adorned with lace, stripey ribbon, button, a little bling and sticker
and a lovely image from Lunagirl Moonbeams

Please pop over to the Cheerful Stamp Pad to see all the fabulous inspiration from the DT and to join in the fun! Petra.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

And The Winner Is .......

Thank you Ladies for all your lovely comments and your interest. There are 6 comments on the give-away post and per Mr Random the winner is
No 5 .... Sherry
Congratulations, and I cannot wait to see what you will do with them!

Thank you to all of you for stopping by ever so often ... and please do pop in again because next week there will be another little give-away of a different kind (LOL)
Have a wonderful evening, take care, Petra.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Lunagirl - Shabby Green

... for Lunagirl Moonbeams current challenge.
I made a little notecard with a wonderful Lunagirl Moonbeam image from the  Shabby Green collage sheet which I slightly distressed around the edges and added some Stickles. Musical notes background and butterfly are from the same collage sheet.
As embellishment I used a teeny tiny resin flower and some ric-rac ribbon.

Please do pop over to the Lunagirl Moonbeams blog for fabulous inspiration from the DT and hopefully you can join the challenge, Petra.

Monday, 10 March 2014

A Little Give-Away

I have made quite a few small crochet flowers lately and wondered whether there would be any interest to get some of them .... in mercerized cotton .... various colours ... two different sizes
If you are interested, please just drop me a note and if there is more than one person interested, I will draw the winner coming Thursday. Hope you have a good start to the new week, Petra.


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