Sunday, 17 July 2016

Life in a Tropical Ocean ... new release from Polka Doodles

Oh my, oh my and oh my ... Nikky Hall from Polka Doodles has released the most wonderful set of sea themed stamps and the range is called "Oceana" and I decided to have a play with the "Tropical Oceans" and the "Tropical Underworld" using my pan pastels to add colour.

The background was made using pan pastels and then the seaweed images were stamped with perfect medium and then coloured with different pan pastels. The white bubbles were created with white acrylic paint.

All the images were stamped and then coloured with pan pastels using a soft brush. Once they were cut out, I then covered them in perfect medium and clear embossing powder. The sea horse however, was coevred in Shimmering Pearl embossing powder from Tonic Studios. I created a simple frame and then layered up my images.

A quick card which satisfied the messy person inside me but kept to the uncluttered look I was trying to go for. I have another project on the go with these wonderful stamps which I will share shortly ...

x x x

Products and links:

Dragon Fly Dreams - anything goes
Eclectic Ellapu - life's a beach
Great Impressions - anything goes
One Stitch at a Time - elements of nature
Allsorts - add  a frame
Crafts Galore Encore - anything goes
Dream Factory - finding Nemo

Mini album for my "DIY" box

It is a brand new challenge over at "We Love 2 Create" Challenges and I thought I would share you the next step/ongoing progression for a project I previously compiled. I recently shared how I created my box using kraft card, pan pastels and Premium Art Brand stamps ... see HERE ... well now I have taken this project a step further and created a mini album to fit inside the box ...

The album is a snug fir and that has been done deliberately as I wanted the finmished project to be cocooned by the box so that the precious photos inside would not become damaged.

Front cover ...

Inside cover and page 1 ...

Page 2 & 3

NOW, not to bore you with a  complete overload of photos, I have created a video and uploaded it to You Tube which will give you a better look around my project - I'm starting to have a play with videos to help with my sharing of projects. Let me know what you think and what I should do next; all comments are welcomed.

Write Sunday chores beckon and I cannot find any new reason why they shouldn't be done ... hey, ho! Have a wonderful Sunday everyone,

x x x

Products and links:

We love 2 create - mixed media/anything messy goes
A bit more time to craft - anything goes
More Mixed Media - anything goes
ABC challenge - L= lots of layers
Altered Eclectics - anything goes
Card and Scrap - anything goes
Classic Design Team - anything goes
World Wide Design Team - anything goes

Sunday, 26 June 2016

"Cheese" with Sticks & Bones from Polka Doodles

For the last two weeks I have been fighting a battle with blogger and was losing ... spectacularly! However, bit by bit I have claimed my blog back and now have loads .... I mean loads ... to share with you all. Please be patient with me ...

 One thing I am very late posting about is my DT make for "The Pencil Case". This post was schedules to go live on Saturday 19th June but because of the above, it has languished in cyber blogger space (hee, hee, hee). The theme is "V = variety of colours" and I am hoping I've met the brief with my card ...

I have used the photographer image from Sticks and Bones collection colouring her my Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor pencils and adding some white highlights with my Sakura pen.

Colours used:
skin: light flesh, rose carmine, dark flesh and pompelan red
hair: cinnamon, raw umber and black
camera: black, silver grey, white and dark sepia
flower: rose carmine and lemon
dinosaur and bracelet: apple green and moss green

I have used simple mat and layering, matching the colours from the paper. The paper was my inspiration for the colours on my image too. The additional elements can all be found in the collection. 

Okay better face the music and get my card finally blogged especially as there is another new challenge on Saturday!

Have a wonderful weekend,

x x x 

Products and links:

Brown Sugar: anything goes
Creative Artist: mixed media
WWODT: anything goes
Simply Papercraft: anything goes 
Jo's Scrap Shack: anything goes  

Friday, 24 June 2016

Bunched Bouquet stamps from Tonic Studios

For the last two weeks I have been fighting a battle with blogger and was losing ... spectacularly! However, bit by bit I have claimed my blog back and now have loads .... I mean loads ... to share with you all. Please be patient with me ...

Tonic recently released two wonderful set of floral stamps called "Bunched Bouquet", Set 1 and Set 2. I was very lucky and had a play before they were released. Here are 2 of my projects for the launch on Create and Craft ...

This is a 6"x6" card with the front face folded back on itself. The blue strip has been stamped with "It's your special day" sentiment strip and embossed with Shimmering Pearl embossing powder. I have then used the Celtic Circle dies to create my panel, layering them with 3D foam. The sentiment in the middle is from SU and embossed with Blue Odyssey embossing powder.

The roses have been stamped with Broken China distress ink. I stamped the background and let it thoroughly dry, then over stamped with the detail using the same ink. It gives a great subtle effect. The leaves were stamped with Peeled Paint distress ink.

Products used:

My second card has made the "It's your special day" sentiment strip again but this time as the focus, achieved by stamping and embossing it (with Gold Enchantment), on the die cut background.

I have layered the square based heart dies with 3D foam and then began arranging my flowers. Before I could place the sentiment, I had to create my flower embellishments.

I created a strip using the Bunched Bouquet (Set 1), masking and layering as I went along (using distress inks), until I created my flower arrangement. Finally I stamped the detail for the rose and embossed with Gold Enchantment powder. These flowers were cut out and layered with 3D foam.

Products and links:

It has been a frustrating time because all I was intending to do was make my blog easier to manage and navigate ... well that's what I though but Google didn't agree and thought I was hacking my own blog and froze me out. When I was allowed back in, my blog was all over the place with missing posts and blogs and layout completely funny. There were even additions which weren't mine! I know in this day of social media that blogging is deemed as the poor relation but I love my blog and sorely missed it. Thankfully all has changed and I'm back.

Hope everyone is well and been crafting up a storm. I know I have lots to catch up. Okay, gonna dash as I have lots more to share ... and fingers crossed, you'll see them.

x x x

Alphabet Challenge -  I = Ink it up
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Fussy and Fancy - Say it with flowers
Simply Papercrafts - anything goes
Crafty Girls Creations - anything goes