Friday, 15 January 2016


Hi everyone!!!!

First post for the new year so before I get to my card, I want to wish all my followers and on-line friends a wonderful 2016!!!!  I hope everybody had a very blessed Christmas time and that the new year is treating you very well so far!!!!!  May this year be filled with blessings and all that make you happy and may you have much time to be creative!!!!  Over here the schools have started on Wednesday so we're back in our normal day to day routine.  I can't believe that the year-end holiday is over and that the boys have started with a new grade!!!!  We really enjoyed the holiday, it just went by too quickly!!!!  But I have to say that it was so nice to be back at my craft table this morning to make a card or two!!!!

I'm sure many of you know about the new Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge started by Ka.

I've made the following card using the bottom line:

                                   'Background Stamping - New - Shaped Frame'.

Bg stamping done with three bg stamps by Glitz.  Stamped without using an acrylic block.
Flower stamp from a local craft shop, Great Impressions.
Flower coloured with my new Graph'It alcohol markers.  I found them at a local stationary shop that sells them individually, but they are quite expensive so I bought only four to start with - will collect all over time - I struggled a bit to do the blending nicely, but hopefully it will get better with time.
Frame cut with ruler and craft knife.
I have to make sympathy cards for a florist/gift shop who sells some of my cards so my Afrikaans sentiment says: 'Heartfelt Sympathy'.  

That will be it for now!!!!

Thank you so much for popping in - your visits and comments are always appreciated!!!!

Have a great start to your weekend!!!!!


Anonymous said...

Een goed begin...:-), voor jou ook een gelukkig nieuwjaar!!!
Creatieve groetjes, Gaby

Irene said...

Heel gelukkig 2016 Petra en je kaart is weer "ouderwets" mooi, je bent het gelukkig niet verleerd in je lange afwezigheid hihi!
Ik zie geen mooi weer achter je kaart, knap dat hij er toch zo stralend op staat. Hier begint de winter eindelijk op gang te komen na de warmste decembermaand ooit! Misschien sneeuw dit weekend BRRRRRRRR me so not likey *lol*!!!

xx Irene

Rosemary said...

so happy to see you back posting, petra!! sounds like you had a lovely holiday season!! your card is amazing, as always!! (I hope you will let us know how things went with your stall at the farmers market.)

Migdalia said...

I just saw your card over at the Tic Tac Toe challenge.
Stunning card! New Follower.
Have a blessed day,
Crafting With Creative M

!neke said...

Wens je en je familie een goed 2016 !!!!!!
Mooie achtergrond !
Ik bedoel de natuur bij jou !
Je kaart is erg goed !
groeten Ineke

Donna Ellis said...

I have missed you! So glad your family enjoyed a wonderful holiday and that the boys are starting their new grades. Your framed geometrical nature card has captured my imagination again! Brilliant! Are you mathematically inclined? Fabulous design, Petra! And happy new year to you also! Hugs, de

Lindsey said...

Yay! So glad to see you back! I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the break...and that you are enjoying your crafty time again. :) This card is so fabulous, Petra! It caught my attention right away. Such a fabulous layout. I love how you stamped the background elements without a block...creates such a fun feel and your focal image and surrounding frame are just stunning. Thanks so much for joining us at the TIc-Tac-Toe Challenge. I hope you'll join us again tomorrow as the new challenge starts...

Unknown said...

Gorgeous card, love the shape of your centre panel. Happy 2016! Karen xxx

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Yaaay! Welcome back Petra my dear dear friend!! You AND your fabulous creations have certainly been missed!! What a corker to start your blogging year off! A fabulous design - I just LOVE that you are always, 'thinking outside the box - your cards are always so unique!! Have a fabulous day my friend! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Unknown said...

Wat een prachtig kaartje heb je weer gemaakt! Ik wens jou ook heel veel geluk en gezondheid voor het nieuwe jaar! Lieve groetjes Erna

I Card Everyone said...

OH my goodness... my wish came true! I have missed your gorgeous creations, Petra! This frame you've made is outstanding - a perfect card - in all three ways! Welcome back, my friend - Happy New Year!

Happy Dance said...

So glad to see you back in blogland! We've all missed your stunning creations! I'm so impressed that you cut that frame with a ruler and craft knife. It would be sheer agony for me to even think about it, lol! Your bloom is so pretty, and I like the yellow/gold look it has. Great idea to use that background too; it really adds dimension to your card. This is just wonderful! Bev

Vicki Dutcher said...

Oh my Friend! So glad you had a great holiday, but more importantly, YOU ARE BACK with us here in blogland ;) -- I have missed your amazing creations. :)

Unknown said...

Happy New Year Petra. Sounds like you had a great Christmas but nice to see you back posting. What a great card. Love the offset frame - reminds me of a 60's design!


Karen xxx

Tracie Pond said...

Hello Petra,

Thank you for participating in the first Stamping Smiles Designs, Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge. How fun to see a non-traditional shaped frame. I really think it adds so much interest. I like how you incorporated several stamps to make your background. And of course, I am a flower person, so I do love the flower ; )

Tracie Pond
Stamping Smiles Designs
Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge
Design Team Member

Geri said...

So nice to see you out and about in blogland! Hope you had a happy holiday seaons :) I've also been MIA from our crafty world for quite some time. Hoping to get back into 'the groove' this week!

Fabulous card! I love, love, love the angled panel! Beautifully colored/shaded flower and sweet subtle stamped images in the background!

MaryH said...

Hello Petra, just saw your link over at Serendipity (Karen B) and was able to quick click - zip over to wish you Happy New Year (if I haven't earlier). Loved the amazing shape of the frame to set off this pretty floral image. Very CAS but so striking with the shapes & colors. Liked the way you've combined the bold graphic shape of this frame with the pretty flower. Great design. TFS & Hugs

Betty Wright said...

This is wonderful, Petra! Love the cool layout and the background stamping is fantastic! Great card!

Pat said...

This is a fabulous card Petra and I love the random stamping in the background which complements your prettily coloured flower beautifully, and the unusual shaped frame is so clever too. I love all the things you made for your stall and hope it was really successful. x

Sharon said...

Beautiful card. Love the new frames I see. hugs Sharon xx

stampingbowd said...

Wow! I am so impressed with the frame you created!!! The card looks amazing! I love the black framing background for the yellow flower to pop!

Martha said...

Welcome back, Petra!
I love your take on challenge.
Fabulous background stamping, fun frame, & gorgeous flower.
Beautifully done!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Happy New Year to you, Petra! I totally missed seeing this card! This is a wonderful sympathy card - I've made a few of these lately for my Mom's stash. This is gorgeous! I love your design with the frame shape. Nice colouring with the markers too - I haven't tried alcohol markers yet but one day I will! I like your idea of starting with just a few. Enjoy your day!

Mynn xx said...

TOTALLY love the fabulous shape you used for the focal panel! Your coloring is beautiful, too! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Monika/Buzsy said...

Lovely card sweet friend... the collage style background looks amazing with the pretty flower. Another great framing job! Sorry you had to use this card...

Amelia Breytenbach said...

Voorspoedige 2016 vir jou en gesin Petra! Dit is altyd lekker om weer 'n mooi kaartjie van jou te sien en hierdie een is pragtig. Die agtergrond is lieflik en raam daardie blommetjie so mooi.
Lekker dag vir jou.

Shawna said...

Hello Petra!! Glad to see you back and thank you for all your wonderful comments. You are truly so kind.
So now it is time for me to comment on your amazing card. I actually wanted to zoom in soak in the details. No disappointment, all the patterns are subtle and work together so well. And there it is, your signature black done to prefection. I have said it once and will say it again you do black so well. The touch of color is so pretty. What a wonderful sympathy card my friend. Take care and hope to see more of you.

Anita in France said...

I'm late saying it, Petra ... but it's great to have you back! Your card is beautiful ... the subtle background stamping is perfect with that lovely, vibrant bloom ... and the slender black frame ... so dramatic! Hugs, Anita :)

Monika Reeck said...

Begin of the year
and you get so manly lovely comment dear Petra
it because you always give comment with your heart you gave time to look the cards and leaving lovely LOVE on my card I love always your visit..and like you I was not posting much since 21 December caues I fly to my mom home in Indonesia and made vacation there...Petra now about your card
that yellow flower
that sentiment in black and white
and that asimetris shape
I love all and all are perfect on your card
you have much talent than me
anything in your hand getting a great card
Love love love this one too
I will peek the tic tac toe challenge I knew Ka from Blogland..
hugs and TFS