Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Spotty and dotty over at We Do Doobadoo

Oh my, oh my ..... didn't realise that it had been quite so long since I last blogged. Unfortunately life got in the way and has made things a little hectic over the last few months. The other downside was that I completely lost my mojo and there were more projects in the recycle bin, than on my table. Things are now looking brighter especially as the summer holidays have arrived. I have to say that breaking up is great but I'm not bothered either way but this term, I desperately needed the end of term!

Before I share my Dobadoo project, I'd like to publicly thank my teamies for being so patient and understanding during my "absence" .... a big mwah to you all x

The theme this fortnight over on We Do Dobadoo is "spotty and dotty" and I have taken the theme slightly laterally by adding spots/dots to my project using Maimeri Glassy Gel medium. Have to say it was a complete pain to photograph .... lol

I have cut my card base using the largest die from Spellbinders Romantic Rectangle two. The larger panel has been embossed with the bricks stencil using my Grand Calibar and then colour tints added using my pan pastels. I then randomly stamped with a rose briar stamp (company unknown) and again coloured the images with my pan pastel. Finally, I have covered the panel with "dots" using Maimeri Glassy Gel medium.

On the inner panel, I stamped the same image, coloured as before and then added the "dots" using the Maimeri Glassy Gel medium. I finished 2 of the edges of the panel by using the Doobadoo laser art flourish corners which add that delicate "extra". I secured this panel to the larger one with 3D gel.
The photo above (hopefully) shows my "dots" added with the medium. They look great in real life as they add texture without blurring any colour from behind.

I threaded 3 Doobadoo laser art buttons on to bakers twine and wrapped this around my complete card securing with a bow. I then stamped my sentiment off setting it on the smaller panel. Finally I added some Doobadoo laser art butterflies.

Here are the products I used to make my card .....

 Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Buttons  Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Flourish Corners  

Mask/Stencil Art A5 - Faded Dots

 680.3 Bright Yellow Green Shade - Pan Pastel  660.5 Chromium Oxide Green - Pan Pastel  780.5 Raw Umber - Pan Pastel  780.8 Raw Umber Tint - Pan Pastel  340.3 Permanent Red Shade - Pan Pastel

REMEMBER you have up until Friday of this week to enter and I know, my DT project is a tad late! Right better dash as have several other DT projects to post ...... eeek,

x x x

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

Deep Ocean Challenge - lots of layers
Our Daily Bread - stencils
Through the craft room door - anything goes
Try It on Tuesday - things with wings
Cardabilities - sketch
Country View Challenges - stencil it

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Inspired by Tim Holtz using my pan pastels

Before I begin, another big MWAH to my Pan Pastel teamies who have been brilliant during my absence ... and  a huge welcome to the new teamies too .... thank you ladies x x x

The theme this fortnight over at Pan Pastel Creativity is "inspired by Tim Holtz" and I have some stamps that I have been itching to use on a messy project for a long while ....

I have made a mini 6"x6" canvas which I covered with some paper left over from another project. I then coloured the paper with my pan pastels to create a sunny background adding gold highlight with my soft gold metallic pan pastel. I added various stamped images to add further dimension PCB clear stamps).

I then stamped an Indigo Blu stamp along the bottom and added green highlights again with my pan pastels. I then added a few green patches on to the background to create an ethereal look (?!?).

On a separate piece of card, I stamped the postcard and coloured it to match the background. I then stamped the butterfly image on to the postcard and coloured (of course with my pan pastels). I cut the postcard out and placed it on to my canvas background.

On another piece of card, I stamped another large butterfly, smaller butterflies, the sentiment and 3 dandelion clocks. Each have been coloured to blend with the background. All images were then cut out ready for placing. The sentiment (from Kaiser Kraft) has been chopped up, each word layered on to black card and then placed on to the canvas.

With the dandelion clocks, I wanted to add something to their centres. Buttons just didn't do anything for me and after a rummage I discovered a box full of grommets. I was over the moon at their re-discovery but have to sadly admit, these wonderful embellishments have been neglected for so long: in truth, I had completely forgotten that they were in my stash.

To balance out each corner, I decided to add a little lace scrap I discovered on the table. At first I thought it was too small to do anything with but then remembered I had a ribbon buckle embellishment (7 Gypsies) and added this to one end. To secure everything in place I added 3 eyelets.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting messy and creative: such a blast. Another canvas is already on the go .... and fingers crossed will compliment this one (sort of-ish), so watch this space. Well there was so much "stuff" out on the table that it was quicker to make another canvas than tidy everything away (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it).

Right I'm  off to sit in the sun and catch up on Pinterest as fancy doing either a sewing or crochet project whilst I'm off on hols. Thanks for popping over and I promise that I will be visiting everyone shortly.

Take care,

x x x

Products I have used:

COMING SOON ... new stamp range from Polka Doodles: postcard and butterfly (watch this space)

 Pan Pastel set - Donna Downey Mixed Media 2       

I am entering my canvas in to the following challenges:

The Sisters of Craft - anything goes
Craft my life - anything goes but no cards
That Craft Place - anything goes
Anything but a card challenge - anything goes
Melonheadz Friends - things with wings
Use your stuff - lots of layers
Crafting when we can - make your own background
Time for scrap - anything goes
Fan-tastic Tuesday - anything goes
Altered Eclectics - anything goes

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Time is precious with pan pastels ....

With all the celebrations this week for the D-Day landings and with Father's Day looming, I felt the need to make something both reflective and also a card which I could send to my own Dad.

I'm looking at the calendar as I type and cannot believe we are already in June; time has literally flown by, in a blink. It makes me realise how important each and every day is whether spent with family, friends or work colleagues and how we should treasure each interaction. Nowadays we are quick to judge as the internet makes us believe we are more worldly wise, (than we possibly are) and someone always wants our "opinion" (usually to flog us something) and sucks us in to this vacuum where we interact over the "airways" and not face to face. The world is indeed changing, at a pace we feel we must keep up with, but how much precious time are we losing to sit back, reflect and enjoy? We are made to feel guilty (or put the guilt upon ourselves), if we are not always on the go but what are we missing/not seeing or appreciating? Uuummmmm, too many questions which I need to take the time to reflect upon.

Anyhow on to my card ..... taking the above in to consideration, here is what I came up with ...

I have used the Roses A5 stamp set. as adore all the elements of this sheet. I created my background using Diarylide Yellow Shade, Raw Umber, Hansa Yellow Tint and Rich Gold pan pastels. For my background, I have over stamped with the clock image using Mustard Seed distress ink. On the main image, I have stamped my images using black Adirondack ink pad. Hearts have been punched out from red card and layered with Thicker stickers. Also for a change, I have made a DL card!

I have deliberatley not addressed this card to anyone in particular as want whoever may receive it, to feel that it is for them and how much they are appreciated.

Off now to enjoy the sun, sit in the garden and just relax and observe life around me.

x x x
Products I have used:
250.3 Diarylide Yellow Shade - Pan Pastel  780.1 Raw Umber Extra Dark - Pan Pastel  220.8 Hansa Yellow Tint - Pan Pastel  Rich Gold - Metallic Pan Pastel  

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Polka Doodles birthday winners .....

Many apologies everyone ..... I was meant to blog this on Friday and "life" and other boring stuff got in the way. Anyhow, I added everyones names to Mrs as Mr Random.Org just wouldn't be able to cope (hee, hee, hee) and the winners are .....

Work and Play CD1
(Blog: Love that expression)

Work and Play CD2
(Blog: My Creations)

Work and Play CD3
 ** Work & Play Collection 3
(Blog: Scrappydoodledoo)

Please could the winners email me, putting "Polka Doodles birthday winner" in the subject line. If there is no contact from the winners within 7 days, I will do a redraw.

Congratulations to the winners and many, many thanks to you all for entering,

 x x x

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Adding colour to die cuts with Pan Pastels

The theme this fortnight at Pan Pastel Challenges is "One for the boys" and I decided that I wanted to make a "Dad" card ... not necessarily for Father's Day but for any occasion. I also wanted to show another way of using pan pastels in our everyday crafting, so I started by cutting out a lot of die cuts from off white (milk) linen effect card.

Here's what I came up with ..........

At least 90% of my die cuts have been coloured with pan pastels and I have used mainly colours from the Donna Dewbury Mixed Media set 2. Some of my die cuts have been coloured directly and others were covered in Versamark first and then coloured. The bigger star in this photo shows the colour of the original die cuts before they were "set upon"!!!

I also cut a heart/crown shape from a sizzix framelits die which I have coloured with Neutral Grey Shade first, then metallic pewter and finally a liberal coating of GraphIt Silver shaker pen. I adore the grungy effect and will definitely try this again.

The hearts and arrows are wood and were covered in Versamark first and then coloured. I love how they have come out, so vibrant. The stars are from Dutch Doobadoo and were given the same treatment but I couldn't resist adding a layer of GraphIt Gold shaker pen on top for added "zing" appeal!

All papers are from Teresa Collins Fabrications set and the alphabet are Thickers. All in all I am quite liking my card although I think I might have been a little too heavy handed with the embellies ... oh well. too late now to pull them off .... lol.

I'm going to have a restful day today as my lower back is aching due to a kidney infection and as I am back to work tomorrow, want to be fighting fit for the children (who will be hyper after a week off). Have a great Sunday everyone,

x x x

Products I have used:
Pan Pastel set - Donna Downey Mixed Media 2  Pewter - Metallic Pan Pastel  Silver - Metallic Pan Pastel  Glitter Shake - Graph'It Markers 
  Sizzix Framelits Cutting Dies Set of 3 FRAME, HEART W/CROWN 657555    

Studio Calico ~ Wood Veneer Hearts & Arrows  Cardboard/Kraft Art A5 - Stars  

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Allsorts - for the guys
My Sheri Crafts - masculine
Craftitude - pop it up
Jellypark - bold and bright
Simply Create - for a male
4 Crafty Chicks - anything goes
Delightful Sketches - it'a a guy thing
Moving along with the times - no image
Scrapbooker PHD - use die cuts
Crafting for all Seasons - boys will be boys
Paper Pretties - masculine

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Different shapes with Dutch Doobadoo

The theme this fortnight over at We Do Dobadoo is "different shapes" and I have been itching to use my teapot Shape Art Stencil .... what a crafty omen ... so that's what I did ....... (must apologise quickly as this is a very photo heavy post) ....

The stencil comes joined so that you can cut out both shapes at the same time (which is brilliant). There is also a bit at the bottom to give you the opportunity to join your teapots there, or alternatively, join them either at the handle or the tea pot top. I have used the template to create the opening at the bottom as I wanted to add a storage area to the inside .... more of that later!

I layered different papers using the template to cut the shapes and distressed and aged them with my pan pastels. I then began layering up all my "bits and bobs" until I was happy.


The hearts started off with union jacks on them (yep, not a fib), and I covered them with versamark and then pan pastels layering up the colour so that I had shadows and highlights. As added bling, I have added a Dutch Doobadoo laser art shapes: corner flourish and buttons, finished with a faux pearl. I stringed the hearts up to act as bunting and tied it to me card.

I have thrown a mixture of everything on the centre panel and some of the items have been pan pastel'd .... lol. There is a doily, paper roses, daisy flowers, leaves, laser art buttons, faux pearls, laser art flourishes and butterflies .... yep, a lot in a relatively small space !!!

Sentiment was computer generated and the whole sentiment is  ....

"Friendship .... brewed to perfection"

 I have decorated the inside to match the front of the card, although there are considerably less embellishments!!! I have created a "box" and stuck it down but not at the very bottom.

 ..... and my box is now full of tea bags, ready to be used by the recipient. I have 3 bags in the box and there is enough room for a tag too (still being made ... sorry).

Think that's everything .... oh, forgot to add that I have punched a hole in to the top of my tea pot lid and joined the two sides together with bakers twine. However, think I might change this to some ribbon ... not sure yet if I will ... will try the ribbon and see.

Now off to make myself a hot drink but not tea .... I'm a coffee drinker!

x x x 

products I have used:

Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Butterflies   Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Buttons  Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Flourish Corners  

 Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Swirls  430.3 Magenta Shade - Pan Pastel  470.3 Violet Shade - Pan Pastel  470.8 Violet Tint - Pan Pastel 

I am entering my tea pot in to the following
Hiding in my craft room - anything goes
Krafty Hands - anything goes
Sugar Creek Hollow - eat and drink
Suzy Bee's - lots of layers
A Creative Romance - girly creations
Crafty Catz - anything goes
Milk Coffee - anything but a card
City Crafters - banners
Ladybug Crafts - monochrome
PDELinky Party - food and drink