Monday, 14 April 2014

New technique (to me) with Dutch Doobadoo ...

The challenge this fortnight over on the We Do Doobadoo challenge blog is "buttons and bows" and I decided to make a further card for the challenge with the focus being on the Dutch Doobadoo laser art buttons.

I had a loose idea in my head and it revolved around embossing powder, pan pastels and laser art buttons. Now I might be preaching to those of you that already know but I didn't .... you can tint your clear embossing powder with pan pastels ... oh I was so happy. You must make sure that you really mix it well or it can look patchy.

Here is my first attempt and although the embossing does look patchy and the colour is not properly mixed, I actually rather like it as makes the buttons appear aged. I embossed all the buttons with perfect medium and then put them in my little bag of detail embossing powder mixed with turquoise pan pastel. I found this worked much better coverage wise especially on the smaller buttons. I have added some "real" buttons in there too.

Papers are from Crate paper, Little Boy Blue and I have had them a wee while. Must admit, I had forgotten how much I adore the vintage images on the little toppers. I hand cut a heart shape and layered everything on to it.

A little bit off a lace off cut, twill ribbon and some extra laser art buttons, real buttons and flowers.

Now there is one glaring mistake ...... I made a tie with my ribbon and not a bow .... rolls eyes and sighs. Too late now to make any changes, so please pretend my tie is actually a bow.

Will still have blue skies here and hoping that it lasts for a little longer but with Bank holiday looming, we know that won't happen,

x x x

Products I have used:
Sentiment: Pink Petticoat
SU punch
Twill ribbon, lace, buttons and flowers from stash.

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

Hobbycutz - BINGO (lace, flowers and pearls)
We Do Doobadoo - buttons and bows
Simply Create - no digi or stamped images
Feeling crafty - anything for a child
Reasonable Ribbon - flowers or buttons and bows

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Still "shabby chic" with Pan Pastels.

It's week two of our "Shabby Chic" challenge over at Premium Craft Brands Pan Pastels challenge and the DT have further inspiration for you and to wet your crafty palates. Please do pop over to see my teamies and say "hi" as they are a talented bunch of ladies.

Again, I am on a mission to use up precious papers and embellies that I carefully store away in a box (I bet you do too) because I just can't throw them away as they're still to precious! So with that in mind, I set about ageing a selection of Melissa Francis papers with Raw Umber and Turquoise pan pastels. Not to age the papers too much (so they looked muddy), I have added highlights using Soft Gold (metallic) and Yellow Tint pan pastels.

I cut out a selection of die cuts using the same papers and added either further tints or highlights (depending on where they were going to feature on my card). My canvas label has also been aged using the dame techniques but I wish I had added just a little more Soft Gold metallic pan pastel to make it "pop" more.

The butterflies are from Stamps Away and I have used perfect medium to stamp them on to scraps of the papers (left over from die cutting) and coloured them with my pan pastels. A few pearls in the middle and they are complete. The hearts (you can just about see) have glimpses of the butterflies on them coloured with Soft Gold metallic pan pastel before being cut our with an SU punch.

I have added an empty panel (the one with the heart on) as felt my card needed naming (as it were) and as I do not know who it will eventually go to, the panel would be the perfect place to put a name etc.

We'd love you to join in with us and see your shabby project and there is still a whole week left to enter .... can't wait to pop over to your blogs and say "hi".

Well the sun is shining beautifully, with bright blue skies so the dog and I are off for a long ramble over the fields. I'm not sure who walks whom but I seem to come back more tired than he does!!!

Have a great Sunday and thanks for popping over,

x x x

Products I have used:

Pan pastels: (Hansa Yellow Tint, Turquoise, Soft Gold, Raw Umber and Soft Tools to apply)
220.8 Hansa Yellow Tint - Pan Pastel  580.3 Turquoise Shade - Pan Pastel Light Gold - Metallic Pan Pastel 780.5 Raw Umber - Pan Pastel    
Dies from Spellbinders and Tattered Lace
Papers: Melissa Francis
SU heart punch
Gems, ribbon and canvas sentiment from my stash

Entering in to the following challenges:
Fairy Tale - butterflies
Rhedd and Rosie's - anything goes
Allsorts - spring blossoms
Crafty Calendar - things with wings
Hiding in my craft room - use scraps
Suzy Bee's - anything goes
It's all about the vintage - shabby chic

Friday, 11 April 2014

Animal magic with Polka Doodles

Edited to add: this post was meant to show on Friday. Would like to blame blogger but probably human error! Many thanks to everyone who alerted me.

It's week 2 over at Polka Doodles challenges this week and the theme is "Animal magic". The  DT are sharing lots of additional inspiration and unfortunately I couldn't join in last week so I have lept in this week instead!

I have used the "Hippo Baffday" card template from Paper Boutique 3 for my project and although you can use the image to create a shaped card, I have created a stamdard A5 card instead. The main reason was because I wanted to use my Dutch Doobadoo brick template to create some bathroom tiles (as you do). I also used some wood effect paper from the Work and Play 1 CD as my bathroom floor.

The hippo images comes with oodles of layers and extras so you can layer/decoupage to your hearts desire. I have made the bubble the feature on my card and have added extra texture to the bubbles by embossing them in 2 different polka dot folders. They have been finished with some silver highlights from a GraphIt shaker pen and Doodle Dewdrops.

I created the sentiment using rub on letters on to punched circles with a little inking around the edges. I have also embossed these too. A fun card to make and a little different from my normal style but have to say, thoroughtly enjoyed making somethig different.

Week 1 of the Easter holidays is now over and hope the 2nd week doesn't fly by so quickly as have loads to catch up ... my "to do" list grows longer at the end of each day.

x x x

Products I have used from Polka Doodles:
 Paper Boutique III - Projects Galore CD-rom    Doodle Dewdrops - Clear

 Mask/Stencil Art A5 - Bricks   Glitter Shake - Graph'It Markers

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks - polka dots
Creative Fingers - anything goes
That's Crafty Challenges - you spin me right round .....
Emergency Crafters - polka dots
Creative Moments - anything goes: girly

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

All buttons and bows with Dutch Doobadoo

The challenge this week over at We Do Doobadoo (which is the UK Challenge Blog for Dutch Doobadoo) is called "buttons and bows", which is a great theme for all us crafters who love our embellishments. Remember you don't have to have any of the products to join in, but if you do there are bonus points.

I have decided to ink up my gorgeous Studio 12 Haberdashery set as adore that mannequin stamp. Using Walnut Stain distress ink, stamped the image and coloured in with pan pastels (Permanent Red Tint). The sentiments have been made using Studio 12 Distressed Typewriter alphabet set and Walnut Stain distress ink.

I used the "Small Circles" from Dutch Doobadoo to create all my backgrounds and lightly coloured the embossing with my pan pastels. I just felt that this stencil gave a quilt effect which matched in with the sewing theme (per se) that I was after.

In the Studio 12 haberdashery set, there is a little button card which I have stamped with Walnut Stain distress ink and then aged further with my pan pastels. I have then added a selection of Dutch Doobadoo laser cut buttons to the card, finishing one with a knotted bow.

I then suddenly realised (just in time) that the theme was "buttons and bows" and quickly added a ribbon bow to the top of the mannequin, finished off with another Doobadoo button (phew).

I also couldn't resist adding a smidgen of the honeycomb soft board for no other reason than I wanted to!

Finally getting in to school holiday mood and enjoying my "relax" and am praying it doesn't whizz past me too quickly.

x x x 

Here are a list of the main products I have used:
Mask/Stencil Art A5 - Small Circles    Card/Softboard laser Art A5 - Honeycomb    Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Buttons 

Distressed Typewriter Aphabet A6Haberdashery A5
  340.8 Permanent Red Tint - Pan Pastel   430.3 Magenta Shade - Pan Pastel   780.5 Raw Umber - Pan Pastel

Pins, ribbons, flowers and safety pin from my stash.

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Just inkspirational - embossing
Craft your Passionn - no DP
The Crafty Bloggers Network - die cuts or embossing (I've done both!)
Crafty Cardmakers - frame it
Vintage stamping challenges - anything goes
One stitch at a time - flowers
Pile It On - Feminine

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Shabby Chic Pan Pastel style

The theme this week over on the Premium Craft Brand Pan Pastel Challenge is "Shabby Chic" and I decided to use up papers and embellishments that have been sitting in my stash for eons. They have mainly sat there as they were just "not me" but still too good to be consigned to the bin or taken in to school for the children to use!

Using 2 papers that has stayed in a box for far too long as the colours and design were just "not me", I covered them lightly in Maimeri white acrylic paint with a dry brush (which adds texture). Whilst still damp, went over the papers with Titanium White, Raw Umber and Permanent Red Tint pan pastels. This made the bright pink, floral paper age and become more "shabby chic".

For my image, I took some Raw Umber pan pastel dust, mixed into a watery paste and then with a brush, applied this to my stamps. This created an aged effect to my image without me really having to try. I have then used my pan pastels to colour the edges to further enhance the aged look.I did the same with the sentiment however I also over stamped too. Using a Versamark pad, I covered my stamped imaged, stamped 1st on scrap paper and then on to the sentiment. I very lightly used Permanent Red Tint pan pastel to highlight the stamped image.

Now the flowers were made of a greyish chipboard and I have had them longer than I care to own up to! I coloured the flowers first with pan pastels and then brushed over them with white acyrlic paint using a wet brush this time. This helped break down the paper fibres and made scrunching them much easier as I wanted to create a softer feel to the flowers. I have used a chipboard button for the centre coloured with Raw Umber pan pastel and dry brushed with white acyrlic paint.

The ribbon trims were from my stash as were the die cuts (which were bits of die cut pieces). The lace frill is actually a doily with the centre cut away.

Before I go I must apologise to my DT teamies for the late adding of my project. Work has got in the way of my crafty playing the last few weeks and I thank them for their continue support.

Well the sun is shining and I'm off to have a play in my very neglected garden,

x x x

Products I have used:
 520.5 Ultramarine Blue - Pan Pastel   340.8 Permanent Red Tint - Pan Pastel  100.5 Titanium White - Pan Pastel  780.5 Raw Umber - Pan Pastel  
* Blending Mop Brush69100_Sofft_Combo_Set_Contents_COMPRESSED.jpgPLATINUM WHITE Acrilico 75ML

 I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

House of cards - shabby/vintage + sketch
Love to scrap - anything goes
Catered crop - put a bird on it
Challenges for everybody - anything goes
Hobbycutz - flora and fauna
Pile It On - feminine
The Pink Elephant - photo inspiration

Sunday, 23 March 2014

"Sweet as honey" with Doobadoo

This is the theme for the next challenge over on "We Doobadoo" UK challenge blog and I have decided to base my card around the words ..... so no bees in sight I'm afraid. That doesn't mean that I do not like bees but just didn't feel the "buzz" this week.

I was given a set of beautiful postcards a long while back which I put away for safe keeping as they were just too precious too use ..... several years later, I have decided that they are just to precious not to use! The girl image is so sweet and using this as my inspiration, I have created a new baby card.

I have used the Doobadoo Shape Art 2 template to create my card base. I cut a further layer out using a honeycomb effect paper (from Teresa Collins) and for added interest, have embossed the paper with the template, highlighting the embossing with my pan pastels.

Very simple layers as didn't want to lose the main image. I have also framed a die cut sock which has been decorated with "Wonder Web" as have run out of webbing/netting. Wonder Web for those of you who traditionally sew and do not cheat, is a material that can be ironed in place to repair damaged seams.

I have added "Wonder Web" and ribbon to the bottom edge of my card and some Thicker stickers. I didn't like the original colour of the stickers (poo brown colour), so I have altered them by covering the stickers with Perfect medium, then using the metallic bronze pan pastel and a gold GraphIt Shaker pen. They are now lovely and shiny but in a much more subtle way.

I have added some gorgeous Doobadoo laser cut butterflies, honeycomb soft board, laser cut feathers and laser cut buttons to my card. I had a little eureka moment as have found that the feathers make excellent butterfly wings, so create a butterfly shape with them and then placed a butterfly on top: looks FAB in real life and still retains the delicate feel.

Apologies for taking an age to get my project on but my first project suffered a severe and devastating accident .... ! Let's just say that instead of floating on top of the spilt water, it rapidly sank .... enough said.

Have a great day everyone,

x x x

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Creative Knockout - things with wings
A Vintage Journey - say it with words
Challenges and Candies - embossing
Creative Corner - texture
Fussy and fancy - shabby chic
Sister Act Card Challenges - anything goes

Products used (from Polka Doodles Ltd and Your Creativity Store)

Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Butterflies   Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Buttons   Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Feathers  Shape Art 2 - Nikkys Fave 3    

Card/Softboard laser Art A5 - Honeycomb   Bronze - Metallic Pan Pastel   270.5 Yellow Ochre - Pan Pastel   430.3 Magenta Shade - Pan Pastel   Graph'It Shake WHITE pen duo