Monday, 31 December 2012

glamorous bookmarks

...when i first saw those gorgeous velvet ribbon bookmarks...i totally fell in love and i knew...i need to make some myself.

and the good thing is...they are just so easy to make.

this is what you need




- 10 inch velvet or satin ribbon

- 2 ribbon clamps ( same width as the ribbon...1 inch..)

- chandelier earring matching the ribbon and the clamps

- wire cutter

- needle nose pliers 

this is what you have to do



- place one end of the ribbon between a ribbon clamp and use needle nose pliers to gently but tightly close the clamp, holding the ribbon in place.


- repeat on the opposite end of the ribbon

- attach the earring to the end of the bookmark clamps 

- cut the earwire with a wire cutter, leaving 1/4 inches

- use needle nose pliers to bend the wire back around to make a loop

- optional you can attach another smaller earring or simply add some beads to the clamp of the other side of the ribbon inspiration

Sunday, 30 December 2012

the bookmark collection

...i admit... it started with admiration...and now it is...obsession.

i am really in love with this little beauties...and i decided to share my obsession with you.

the white collection

the black collection

the brown collection

the red collection

...if you are interested in my tutorial...just see the next post on my blog or simply follow this link..

Saturday, 29 December 2012

stylish black and white baroque envelope

...sometimes being unorganised seemed to be an essential condition for being creative.

i needed to post one of my bookmarks and they are quite small but very fragile...i wanted to make the parcel ready now...and of course i wasn't prepared to do so.

luckily i just received some craft materials in a small padded envelope, i thought i could easily reuse.

...while removing the adress labels, i realised it does not look nice at all and before i just make a simple label big enough to cover the damages...i decided to cover the entire envelope...and create a stunning black and white baroque envelope...the ladies at my local post office were impressed and it took them quite a while finding the right stamp and the best place for it to not interfere with the sweet.

this is what you need


- envelope

- decorative paper napkin with a beautiful print

- art potch ( special glue for napkin decoupage technique ), i guess mod podge will do, too

- brush

- scissors

- paper clue

- pen

- paper or paper lunch bag

- sealing wax

- sealing stamp

this is what you have to do 

 - remove the top layer of the paper napkin


- make sure you use the top layer, only the top layer


 - apply art potch to the upper side of the envelope, covering it fully

- place the envelope with the glue covered side onto the left side of the napkin layer and, having the pattern of the serviette in mind and try to keep it symmetric

- turn the envelope upside down so that you are facing the napkin

- apply art pouch on top of the napkin careful as the napkin is very thin and can tear might want to use a foam brush

- let it dry completely... it might take up to one hour

- cut around the envelope removing the access napkin

- fold the envelope into its original shape

- cut an adress label from a piece of paper

...i actually used a paper lunch bag...i don't need those paper lunch bags anymore and i like that the paper is a bit transparent and the beautiful pattern of the napkin shines through

- hand-letter the label 

- stick the label on the envelope with a regular paper glue

- light the wick of the sealing wax candle 

 - hold the waxstick directly on and over the middle of the seam of the enveleope

 - allow the melting wax to pull itself onto the project creating a pool large enough for the sealing coin

- emboss wax with your seal by pressing the coin into the wax, allow te wax to set and lift seal straight up

- if the wax won't let go of the seal, simply let your seal rest on the wax until the wax is completely cool, then lft your seal off

- and here it is a beautiful envelope, which brightens up the day of the recipients...

- enjoy... 

Monday, 24 December 2012

hot chocolate mix

a little consolation for me and all my colleagues, who have been working on christmas eve.

...hopefully a yummy hot white chocolate or hot spicy chocolate could have cheered us up.

hot white chocolate with vanilla and cinnamon


 this is what you need

100g           white chocolate, frozen overnight
1 pinch of     vanilla powder
1 pinch of     cinnamon powder
1 pinch of     marshmallows

this is what you have to do

 -break chocolate into small pieces and ground it in a blender ( thermomix 10 seconds at high speed )

- add vanilla and cinnamon powder

- place the mixture in a small pretty plastic bag and add a handful marshmallows


hot gingerbread spiced chocolate


  - just use milkchcocolate instead of white chocolate and gingerbread spices instead of cinnamon.


here is where i got the inspiration from

here you can find the original recipe in german

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

doll clothes fashion show's been a while...about ten years ago...i created this collection of doll clothes in the style of my own wardrobe.

the owner of the bratz doll collection turned from a little fashionista into a grown up fashion expert and was sweet enough to make these little precious treasures available for the photo shooting.

unfortunately there is no tutorial as i did not even think of blogging or publishing anything i created, at that time.

...i did not even have any pattern...i only secretly borrowed one of the dolls, got my fabric leftovers ready and started worked out very well and i really had a blast.

hopefully you enjoy the fashion show...just skip the full screen modus...i just could not figure out, why i could not upload the slide show in the original quality...i am still working on it.