Friday, 11 March 2016


Hi everyone!!!

I've made a card to link at the sketch challenge at the Freshly Made Sketches Blog.
The sketch:

and my card:

Border stamp from Verve.
Flower and flourish dies from MFT.
Chevrons cut with Tim Holtz die.
Patterned paper from Teresa Collins.
Afrikaans sentiment saying: 'Congratulations'.

The Faux Mother-of-Pearl technique is so popular at the moment and I decided to try my hand at it yesterday!!!  I watched a video by Loll Thompson and made a card that was very much inspired by Loll's work!!!!  Loll makes the most amazing cards and if you don't know Loll I suggest you hop over to her blog, Stamping with Loll, and enjoy her wonderful cards!!!!

This is the card I have made:

When I look at my panel now, I can see that I had too much of a heavy hand with the pearly stuff, so next time I'll use less!!!!  Did my sponging with MFT inks.
Flourish die from MFT.  Flowers hand punched.
Afrikaans sentiment saying: 'Congratulations'.

A few people pointed out to me that this card is good to link at the HLS CAS challenge for March where the technique to try is Faux Mother of Pearl, so I will be linking it there.

That will be it for today!!!  Thank you so much for spending some time with me!!!

Have a great day!!!


Anonymous said...

Weer 2 bjoeties, schitterend!!!
Creatieve groetjes, Gaby

sandie said...

Suoerb cards, love the FMS card, love the added borders x

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Stunning Petra dear friend! I lost my muse and couldn't think of a thing for that FMS sketch, but you have certainly nailed it with that beauty! A winner indeed! The second one is fabulous too with that lovely, bright panel and I can just imagine the shimmer on it! You ought to link it up to the HLS CAS challenge this month! Have a very lovely day my friend! Hazel xx
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I Card Everyone said...

Never too much, Petra! Your MoP is gorgeous and so is the first for FMS! I would know one of your cards out of a thousand - just fantastic!!

Linda Callahan said...

Oh Petra you make the most beautiful cards! These are fabulous! You made my sketch look amazing!

Mona Pendleton said...

Beautiful cards Petra! Your homemade flowers are always so pretty and add such a nice touch! Hope you have a great weekend!

Happy Dance said...

Your cards always leave me breathless. These are just stunning. I love your FMS card; fun colors, a great take on the sketch, and everything is so crisp and clean. Amazing! And your MOP card is amazing. The colors on it are rich and beautiful, and I love those flowers. So nice to come to your blog and leave with inspiration and smiles. Gorgeous cards my friend, just gorgeous. Bev

Shawna Standish said...

This is so funny... Let me explain... When I was linking up with FMS I thought to myself 'You know I bet Petra would be perfect for this challenge!' and then I saw it!! Your fantastic card filled with all the beauty, color, and of course the right balance of black that I have come to love so much. Great card my friend and have a great day..
Cyber Hugs,
P.S. you should get that card inside before it rains.. It is way too beautiful to get wet.

Ans Gilbert said...

Hoi Petra,
knap dat jij zo'n schitterende kaart kunt maken, met deze sobere sketch, echt heel erg mooi en ook je 2de kaart met een speciale techniek is supermooi, ik vind de kleuren ook prachtig..
Wens je een fijn weekend,
p.s. mijn dochter en ik gaan morgen een dagje naar de Hobbybeurs in Zwolle..

Joyce said...

Two beauties, Petra. Love how you were able to work in some bits of patterned paper on your first card, and the panel you made on your second card is gorgeous.

Vicki Dutcher said...

LOVE the added chevrons in the corner -- perfectly balanced card! Great job with Loll's technique too -- makes for a fabulous background!

Rosemary said...

absolutely stunning set of cards, petra!! I love your take on the FMS layout... so full of gorgeous details!! your use of the faux mother of pearl technique is masterful and resulted in a beautifully executed card!!

Jen Mitchell said...

I keep seeing mother of pearl cards lately so I think this is a sign that I need to dust off that technique and make a card using it! I love these two cards. The first is so eye-catching with the geometric shapes of the patterned paper and the black accents. And of course, the second card is a delight to see with that wonderful background!

Hannelie said...

Sjoe Petra so mooi gedoen, albei kaartjies! Mooi geballanseerd en so treffend!
Hoop jy het n heerlike naweek!

GerJanne said...

Hoi Petra,
elke keer is het weer een verrassing wat voor mooie kaart je weer gemaakt hebt met zo'n eenvoudige sketch. en elke keer weer heb je iets prachtigs bedacht! Zo mooi met de bloem en de zwarte accenten!
Ik geniet ervan om op je blog te kijken!
Lieve groetjes,

Diane said...

Two really wonderful designs Petra.

Hugs Diane

Karen Ashbrook said...

Such beautiful cards Petra. Karen x

Anita in France said...

Gorgeous framed layers on your first card, Petra ... amid every little bit of that delicious detailing, the tiny mint humbug dot really caught my eye ... what a fab touch! Your faux mother of pearl panel is stunning ... such spectacular sponged colours and wonderfully crisp white ... swoon! You should link it up at Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge ... faux MoP is the theme this month ... and I'm the GD! Hope to see you there! Hugs, Anita :)

Anita in France said...

So happy to see this beauty in the gallery at Happy Little Stampers CAS, Petra ... thanks so much for playing along with us! Hugs, Anita :)

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Yay!!! So pleased to see you over at HLS CAS Petra! Thank you! Hazel xx
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Cindy Hall said...

Both are great cards, but I really love the striking contrast of colors, patterns, shapes and texture! Beautiful design! Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Kim S said...

I love the way you have put the patterns behind the white flower - it's perfectly lines up so it all points to the flower! Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

Betty Wright said...

Both are fabulous, Petra! Love your special touches on both! Great designs!

Migdalia said...

Hi Petra,
Both cards are Gorgeous!! love the sponging technique. The flower is so elegant!Love this!!
Have a blessed day,
Crafting With Creative M

Monika Reeck said...

Congrats on HM at Freshly Made Sketches your card is perfect for their challenge and love all the black here your white and black pearl is so cute I never found it in Germany Petra lucky you to have looks like a loly or a ball with double colors.the second card oohh I never try making faux mother of pearl and look at you it seems you made it so easy Petra..great card and orange with black again so elegant on your card
big hugs and happy rest of Sunday

Anastasiia said...

Two stunning creations, Petra! Thank you for playing along with us at Happy Little Stampers!

Team Clark said...

I love seeing your experimentation with these new background panels - just beautiful. Hope you are having a lovely day. Hugs, Autumn

cm said...

Breathless once again! Your FMS card, with those marvelous elements and colours is amazing! Fresh, fun, fabulous! Your second: such a gorgeous background; a perfect canvas for your beautiful flowers and sentiment strip! I think you've added just the right amount of shimmer...WOW x times two!

Pat said...

You are so clever at interpreting sketches Petra and I love the pretty mix of paper, flower and flourish and chevrons, and your second card with the faux mother of pearl is beautiful and the white flowers and flourish with that silver twine and gems are fabulous with it. x