Sunday, 25 January 2015

Happy Birthday inspiration week with Pan Pastels

Although Pan Pastel Challenges has a fortnightly theme, we do have an inspiration post mid challenge to further inspire crafters to get their pan pastels out and have some messy (or clean) fun. This week is no exception and the fabulously talented Pan pastel team have again pulled out all the stops. Pop over to the blog and check out the wonderful projects.

For my mid challenge inspiration, I have decided to paint and colour my images with pan pastels using a new stamp I received as a birthday present ..... thank you to my crafty Ninja's for a wonderful stamp I can see myself using time and time again.

I recently went to my local Oxfam Book Shop and asked about books they couldn't sell and what they do with them. Being an avid readeer, the thought of desicrating a book makes me shudder but instead I bought a selection of damaged books that I can now use in my crafting. Win, win sirtuation. I stamped the image on to a book page and then covered certain areas with 3 circles of post its. Using my pan pastels, I then coloured the background.

On other book pages, I restamped the image and coloured the flowers with magenta and metallic bronze pan pastels. I cut the flowers out, covered them with perfect Medium and embossed with clear embossing powder. I layered up the flowers and added a Dutch Doobadoo laser cut button for the centres.

I have used 2 chipboard butterflies as embellishments and covered them with magenta and metallic bronze pan pastels and embossed them with clear embossing powder. The sentiment is from a StampIn Up set and I have over stamped it with the flourish part of the stamp, embossing with clear detail powder. Unfortunately you can not see it clearly in the photo. As a finishing touch, I added 3 little hearts embellished with Cosmic Shimmer peral glue.

I'm having a blogfest day today as I am so far behind with catching up with everyone, so better sign off and get going ... have a great day everyone and thanks for popping over,

x x x

Products I used:
 Honey Doo Crafts, Falling Flowers

Chalk 'n' Stock - anything goes
Red Rubber - focus on stamping
Crafty Creations - something old (book pages), something new (stamp)
Hambo Hoedown - something new
Stamplorations - stamps and ink
Tip Top Tuesday - something new
Tuesday Throwdown - embossing

A little romance with Dutch Doobadoo

Another week has whizzed by me and I think someone needs to add a brake to Father Time to slow him down just a little ... pretty please. The only up side with the whizzing time is it is finally getting lighter earlier and the even bigger "hooray" moment, it's not getting dark at silly o'clock. I'm not a lover of being in complete darkness by 4 o'clock, shutting our curtains against the world and becoming hermits/prisoners to the endless darkness ... it;s so anti-social.

The new theme over on We Do Doobadoo is "Romance" and I think I may have over done the layers and embellishments .....

I was given a present for my birthday wrapped in layers of tissue paper and I decided to recycle/put a piece of the black tissue paper to use. I have used the fabric stencil from Dutch Doobadoo layering it with blue acrylic paint and then adding a layer of white acrylic paint, finally finishing with a layer of Maimeri irridescent paste. You can just about see the background in the photo below ...

Recently I decided to go through all the small boxes and plastic containers I had as they were jammed to the rafters with embellishments. I have given some to school and set myself a further goal for 2015, which is to begin to use them up ..... and boy oh boy, I used quite a few on this card! I also decided that if I put them in one place, that would make achieving my goal a little easier.

On the hearts I have used Dutch Doobadoo laser cut feathers and on the circle, I have used the laser cut flourish corners to add another detail layer. Finally I used a laser cut flourish coming out of the frame.

On the top of my panel, I added a border of butterflies (Sizzix butterfly edge die) and embellished this with flowers and laser art butterflies.

 Today, am off for another shopping session as still have birthday money to spend ...

x x x

Products I used:

CRAFT - recycling (my tissue paper)
Creative Knockouts - lots of embellies
Crafting for all seasons - things with wings
Fussy and Fancy - things with wings
Sister Act - anything goes
My Sheri Crafts - valentine
Pumpkin Spice - blue and white
Suzy Bee's - anything goes with layers

Sunday, 18 January 2015

"Happy Birthday" with Pan Pastels

Oh my another week has flown past and we are half through January already! Slow down 2015, please ...... ! I was very lucky and received lots of wonderful cards and presents in the week for my birthday making me feel very spoilt indeed. I'm off today to spend some of my vouchers today so have got my comfortable clothes and boots on as feel a mammoth walking session happening .... can't wait!

The challenge this fortnight over at Pan Pastel Challenges is "Happy Birthday" and as it is my step-mother's birthday next weekend, so I used the challenge to give me the inspiration to create her card.

I have used the wonderful Premium Craft Brands heart stencil to create my background and I used a new technique (to me) to create my background. I covered the stencil with Perfect Medium and then carefully covered this with magenta pan pastel. I then run the stencil through my Grand Calibar and voila, the stencil both embossed and coloured at the same time ..... little scream of delight followed by a happy dance ensued.

On a piece of light kraft card , I again covered the same stencil with Perfect Medium and ran it through the Grand Calibar. This time I embossed the result with clear embossing powder. Next, I cut the heart in to tiles and layered them on to my background.

I have had this stamp set for eons (Roses by Joanna Sheen) and decided that as one of my goals this year is to use my older stash and not always succumb to buying the next greatest thing ..... being 100% honest, this won't last but I am still going to mix my older items with my newer purchases ...! I created a thick paste using magenta pan pastel and then carefully pressed the stamp in to this, stamping the image on to some dotty paper I found in my "scraps box". I them water coloured the images using the same mixture and once dry, cut the flowers out. I repeated the process for the leaves using permanent green shade pan pastel.

I then layered my flowers around the tiles, adding a cosmic shimmer pearl centre. Finally I added a "Mother" rub on as my sentiment .... see I did say that I would use up my rub ons in a previous post, and so far, I'm keeping to it.

Phew, think that's everything and now all I need to do is create a box for my card.

Have a great day everyone and I'm signing off as a day of shopping is awaiting me. Tonight though, I am going to catch up with all my blogging as I have not had the time this week to look properly at everyones wonderful projects.

x x x x

Products I used:

Aud Sentiments - anything goes
In the pink - anything goes (with pink)
Southern Girls - firsts (my first is my pan pastels technique)
Alphabet Challenge - X for Xperiment (my pan pastels technique)
Aloha Challenges - use scraps
Simply Create - for a female
My Time to Craft - love is all around
Paper Creator's Crafts - anything goes

Friday, 16 January 2015

"CASE It" with Polka Doodles

Yippee it's Friday and I am having a weekend of birthday celebrating. I'm not a "mooch around the shop person" (unless it's a craft or art shop) but actually fancy doing just that this weekend. It might have something to do with the fact that I have birthday money to spend !

The new theme over at Polka Doodles Challenges is "CASE It". For people who have not heard this phrase before, it means to be inspired by another crafters card or project, to create your own version. However, please always remember to credit the original artist/creator. I decided to "CASE" Anna's card (found here) as I needed to make an anniversary card and the layout (sketch) of Anna's card was my starting point.

I have used the wonderful Picknix Collection and spoecifically the "In the Garden" section. The papers, images, frames and sentiments are just wonderful, however all different sections work beuatifully and seamlessly together. If you are an impatient person, the whole kit or the individual parts can be purchased from Polka Doodles as downloadable digi kits.

The delicate rose and blue flower images are hand cut and layered around the heart frame image. I have added additional embellishments: doodle dewdrops, ribbon and lace. Oh, must also add isn't that sentiment "just right": romantic but no too slushy.

Have a great Friday everyone and many thanks for visiting,

x x x

                                     Products I have used:
                           Studio 12 CD-rom...Picknix Collection 1

Polka Doodle Challenges: CASE IT
4 Crafty Chicks - flowers
Aud Sentiments - anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - let's get sentimental
Crafting for all seasons - ribbons, lace and pearls
Crafty Gal's Corner - sweetheart
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge - anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

"Love is in the air" with Tatty Twinkle.

In a bid to keep up with my goals to be a little more organised, here is my first Valentine's card of 2015. Can't believe that it is only a month away ...

I have used the new Tatty and Hamish stamps on my card to (hopefully) make a romantic card with a young(ish) feel.

I have tried to use some of my precious paper scraps which are multiplying in size quicker than I can use them. Papers are from Polka Doodles (Rose Budd CD) and MME (Lost and Found). The lickle hearts are accessory stamps in the same stamp set as is the sentiment. The wooden frame is from Prima and the die cuts are Tattered Lace.

I have coloured the cute couple with my Prisma Colour pencils and each different image I colour, I am slowly mastering blending. I do need to invest in a few more pencils as I am very limited with skin tone colours so feel a little splurge soon with my birthday money.

Getting a little concerned that this week has flown by and hope 2015 is not going to disappear as quickly ...

x x x

Products I used:

Inky Chicks - anything goes
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - something new (Tatty and Hamish stamp set)
One Stitch at a Time - something new (Tatty and Hamish stamp set)
Crafting from the heart  anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers - something old and something new (old - papers, new - stamps)
Through the purple haze - something new (Tatty and Hamish stamp set)
Through the craftroom door - anything goes