Sunday, 1 March 2015

Stencils and panpastels ... perfect match!

Sorry my post is late but I have had camera woes. I seriously thought I was going mad, bonkers, nutty or even off my rocker. I have been trying to take photos of my project and just could get a decent picture. It didn't matter what I did, which setting I chose, which button I pressed ... still rubbish photo. I was tearing my hair out as couldn't figure out why it was happening and then I remembered .... the penny dropped slowly .... my darling son had used the camera to take photos and video for his media project. Whilst I was relieved that my sanity was indeed intact, I still couldn't take a decent photo for toffee. When he returned, he confirmed my suspicions, explained what he had done etc and how it created this effect, that effect etc, how brilliant the shots were .... then he caught me just looking at him; didn't say anything, just stared. Suffice to say the camera is back to how I need it and he has been given strict instructions that if he needs it again, leave it as he found things!

Anyhow, on to my project. The new theme over at Pan Pastel Challenges is "Stencil It" and I was over the moon as love using stencils .... however .... eons later, I'm was still flicking through my stencils deciding on which one to use ... lol. Finally made a decision and here is what I came up with ...

I used white gesso on the Flower Swirl stencil from Dutch Doobadoo to create my background. Whilst still wet, I added some white coarse pearlescent pan pastel to the raised images. It doesn't show in the photo but it created a subtle sparkly effect. Once dry, I cut the backing card up in to smaller pieces and began my project. I have used pearlescent yellow, followed by pearlescent orange and finally soft gold on the edges.

The centre panel is a piece of Stampbord which  first covered in perfect medium and then coloured using the same colours as above. Next using the flower swirl stencil (with perfect medium), I embossed the image(s) on the Stampbord. I covered the wet ink with a mixture of white and clear embossing powders. I then added a soft gold edging with my pan pastels.


Across the centre of the backing card, I have placed a yummy piece of decorative lace trim, topped with a soft organza ribbon and to one side, the Stampbord panel. Next I layered the panel with some flowers that I thought might compliment the stencil. The sentiment was a magazine freebie and is from Clearly Besotted.

Now that my post is finally "live", camera woes sorted, I think I had better doing some domestic chores otherwise we will all be going to work/school in a strange concoction of clothes!

x x x

Products I used:

Suzy Bee - anything goes with a twist
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Crafts 4 eternity - emboss it
Polka Doodles - ribbon and lace
Sister act card challenges - anything goes
Crafty Calender - anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - anything goes
Creative Craft Cottage - include a sentiment
Sisters of Craft - anything goes
Come and Get It Challenges - emboss it
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - anything goes
Sentimental Sunday - anything goes with a sentiment
The Ribbon Girl - add flowers

Monday, 23 February 2015

Having fun with my pan pastels .... again!

I have had a wonderful week in Ireland visiting my mum which is just what I needed to recharge my batteries. The journey is long but definitely worth it. I took my dog with me too and he was a complete darling in the car and on the ferry but he and my mum's dog did take a while to warm to each other .... finally getting on, 2 days before I was leaving. Back to normality now .....

There is a new challenge over at Pan Pastel challenges, "pink and white" and for my birthday, I was lucky to receive a fantastic selection of ribbons and lace which I just had to use on my project.

I have created my background using a heart stencil from ARTplorations which I covered in Perfect medium and then covered in white and clear embossing powders, and using magenta pan pastel, lightly coloured the edges. On another piece of linen card I used the same stencil with Perfect medium but this time coloured the panel with magenta and red pearlescent pan pastel. They were blended out with the colourless blender.

Next I over stamped with a Lavinia stamps image, embossing with white detail powder. I stamped the "Happy" with Umber Versa Colour ink pad. I have added white highlights using my GraphIt shaker pen. This is part of the STAMPlorations "happy" sentiment builders set.

I layered the panel on top of some pink crochet lace topped off with some white decorative lace. As a finishing touch, I added some pink ribbon roses, heart pins and a stamped butterfly (coloured with Magenta and Magenta extra dark pan pastels). The sentiments were stamped with the same Umber Versa Colour ink and added to the pins.

Right better get my act together and get the washing put away, plus do a little bit of tidying u.

x x x

Products I used:-

Pan Pastel - pink and white
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - always anything goes
Crafty Boots - use a sentiment
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
The Pink Elephant Challenge - anything goes
LTSCB - anything goes
Addicted to stamps - dry embossing
Come and get it - lots of layers
Fantasy Stampers - pretty in pink
STAMPlorations - stamps and hearts

Friday, 20 February 2015

Making music with Kraft and Polka Doodles ...

I am unfortunately a week behind with my blogging as I decided to take a little time off from the internet, which was actually quite liberating ...! All devises had the internet switched off and I went back to the old fashioned way of talking to people ... yep, I used the old land line and talked to people in person. I know ... shock, horror ... but it was great not being on call 24/7 for nothing in particular. Even better not being dragged to check status's or see the latest tweet and spending quality time with my family. However, normality calls again but I now know that I will definitely be trying to give myself breaks from the internet more often ... just got to get a little bit more organised next time.

The last challenge over at Polka Doodles was "kraft inspired" and I wanted to use one of the fab design sheets from the Work and Play 8, Music collection to create my card.

All the elements are from the design sheet although I have added some die cut stars cut from papers from the same CD. The card blank is made from a dark kraft card and lighter shades of kraft card have been used for matting and layering purposes.

I adore the guitar rocker and the sentiment is just perfect for this image too. Well guess what? A new challenge starts today over at Polka Doodles so best hurry up and get myself organised with a project ready to share ....

Happy Friday everyone,

x x x

Products I used:

Scrap and Craft - birthday
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
Creative Card Crew - birthday with a sentiment
Crafts Galore - use a digi
Digi Galore - anything goes
Sparkles - one for the boys

Saturday, 7 February 2015

"You make my heart sing" .... with Dutch Doobadoo

After having a rubbish start to the week, the last few days have flown past .... supersonic fast! In fact so fast, I forgot what day it was today! Only one more week and it's half term and boy oh boy, am I looking forward to a week without an alarm clock going off in the mornings ... aahhhh, bliss.

The theme this fortnight over at We Do Doobadoo is "hearts and flowers" and I have decided to use the lovely "pressed roses" stamp set from Joanna Sheen. I really enjoyed using this set and am quite cross with myself that it's only been inked twice ...

The background was made by covering the Dutch Doobadoo "small circles" stencil with Perfect Medium. I then ran the stencil through my Grand Calibur and then covered the recessed areas with Gold Glitter embossing powder.

Using a chipboard mannequin figure, I over stamped it with a background stamp I have (think it was a magazine freebie) and embossed the mannequin with clear embossing powder. Next came the roses and leaves which have been stamped on to cream card, coloured with pan pastels. The centres are tiny drops of gold liquid pearls.

The mannequin has been mounted on to a piece of American Crafts paper (Lucky Charm) and a piece of corrugated card (tinted with white acrylic paint). The sentiment is from the same paper pack. As added embellishment, you can just about spot flourish corners laser art.

Next, I covered the mannequin with a delicate lace ribbon (to create a skirt) and then I began layering the flowers, leaves and sentiment. I even put some of the rose images at the bottom of the mannequin. As a final finishing touch, I added my hearts punched from the same paper but as it is double sided, I could get 2 different patterns of the hearts.

Products I used .., (please just click on photo for further info):

Have a great weekend everyone,

x x x

Brown Sugar - anything goes
Fussy and Fancy - it's all about love
STAMPlorations - hearts and flowers
Dragon Lair Designs - hearts and flowers
My Artisitic Adventures - warms the heart
Sisters of Craft - anything goes
Allsorts - Love is all around
Crafty Calendar Challenge - anything goes
Fantasy Stampers - p.s I love you
Hiding in my craftroom - Blushing Rose

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Recycling a chocolate box with Octavia Dragonfly

I have a huge drawer of boxes and containers that I know one day I will turn in to something ..... what, I'm not sure but I will alter them somehow. This time it was the turn of a chocolate box which had great deep sides and looks similar to a box frame. I have only used the lid, so still have the base to play with .....

I used the Octavia Dragonfly image from Polka Doodles as my main image and inspiration for my mixed media piece.

One of my birthday presents was wrapped in black tissue paper .... a lot of tissue paper, so being a canny crafter, I spirited it away to use one day. I covered my box in the tissue paper and sealed it with Maimeri Gloss Gel. I made sure that it was all crinkly and multi layered. Once dry, I covered it with pewter and silver pan pastels, sealing again with the Maimeri Glassy Gel.

I then covered the background with torn paper pieces from the CD (or download kit), edging them first in magenta pan pastel. Again they were sealed with Maimeri Glassy Gel.

Next came the decorating or basically throwing everything at it .... hee, hee, hee. I have used a range of the ephemera pieces found in the kit, layering them up over the box. I have added flowers found again in the same kit, layering with huge paper roses, lace and beaded berries. On the top edges I have added butterfly edging die cut. In the corner there are also hanging crystals and lace to create some movement.

Octavia has been mounted and raised from the background to be amongst the words, (sentiment also on CD). As a finishing touch, I added grommets and eyelets around the edges.

I also used the same butterfly edge behind the front frame as I felt there needed to be something there! I backed the frame with acetate so that I had somewhere to stick my words too.

Phew ... think that's everything. I just wanted to make a mixed media piece that combined all the messy bits with printable items as sometimes we seem to compartmentalise each crafting genre rather than realising they can work together ... if you want them too!

Right I'm off to make myself a huge honey and lemon as my eyes are stinging. my nose is running, I'm sneezing up a storm and basically, feel a little sorry for myself ...Maybe I can pretend it's man flu to get extra sympathy ... hee, hee, hee.

x x x

Products I used:

Creative Corner Challenges - wonderland
Fussy and Fancy - things with wings
Polka Doodles - flower power
Come and get it challenges - texture
Allsorts - flower power
My time to craft - bugs and insects
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Through the purple haze - anything goes