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Monday, 27 April 2015

In a state of shock ..... a CAS card ...

CAS is something I always aspire to do but the "chuck everything at it" demon inside me, always seems to win but I was asked at "last minute dot com" to rustle up a quick card, so CAS it had to be as I did not have the time to faff over it, spend eons choosing embellies, stroking paper ... well you get the picture. I was even more cheeky and chose an image that needed minimal colouring. Well needs must!


I have used LOTV Umbrella Bunny stamp (retired now) which did need a bit of dusting off as he has been sitting neglected for a long while. Isn't it amazing what you find when you are in a blind panic!?!


I coloured the image with my Prisma pencils and added a subtle cloud background using my pan pastels. I have gone for simple layout to keep the image as the main focal point. The sentiment is from HOTP (magazine freebie).

Right it's Game of Throne's time, so I'm off as need to know what is in store for Stansa and Arya ...

Lou
x x x

Challenges:
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Craft your passion - anything goes
The Pink Elephant - anything goes
Without words - umbrella
Animal friends challenge - use an animal
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Dragon's Lair - add an animal

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Pretty as a picture ...

Inspired by all the gorgeous tree blossoms that are now appearing everywhere which to me, herald that Spring is well and truly here; fingers crossed, summer not far away either. Our pear tree is adorned with beautiful white blossom and I hope the wind and rain this weekend, do not effect the wonderful display. Ummm, have written myself a note to go and take a photo "just in case".

Here is my picture/plaque/ flat canvas ... not sure how to describe it (whoops) ... which is my DT project for the new "Anything Goes" challenge over at We love 2 create challenges


I covered a piece of hard canvas board with some vintage seed packet images I had bought eons ago (sorry, do not know manufacturer as out of packet). I aged each of the edges with burnt umber pan pastel and then layered them randomly. I then aged the outside edges of the covered board. To soften the colours, I covered the background with white pearl fine medium to create a shimmery/pearlescent effect.


Next I inked, then smothered with chromium oxide and green pearlescent pan pastel, 3 pieces of different sized stampbord. I over stamped the stampbord pieces using a selection of images from the Premium Craft brands postcard stamp set. As a finishing touch, I aged the edges of the stampbord pieces with burnt umber pan pastel. You can just about see them peeking through in the photo above.


I then framed the stampboard pieces with chipboard tree branches and decorated these with flowers, leaves, stamped images, lace and birds images (taken from seed packet images). From the upper branch I hung another piece of stampbord, coloured with fine white pan pastel medium, mounted a wooden frame and decorated with stamped images/sentiment from the Premium Craft Brands postcard stamp set. It actually swings down which creates an element of movement.


It was great actually making a collage inspired piece as do not always use this technique. Being honest it's probably because I shudder at covering lovely bits of papers/images, rather than making them the focal point ... silly I know!

Right the sun has popped out so I'm off to first photograph the pear tree and then cut the grass before it turns in to a meadow.

Have a great Sunday everyone,

Lou
x x x

Products I used and links:


Challenges:
A Creative Need - collage
Crafty Catz - things with wings
Simply Papercraft - anything goes with lots of layers
Wags and Whiskers - flowers
My Time to Craft - spring flowers
Open Minded Challenges - shabby chic
Suzy Bee's - anything goes with a twist; lace

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Same Tatty Twinkle image but presented two ways ...

I was recently asked to create two cards for a young girl, which wasn't a problem .... but .... both people chose the same image to appear on her card .... gulp!

After a little inward panic, I decided that the easiest thing to do was stamp the image on to different card colours, so that's what I did! The image chosen was Tatty Twinkle Cowgirl.

Card 1

Tatty is coloured with Prisma pencils and I have kept the layering simple. The background was made by masking Tatty off and stamping the wood blocks to create a fence. I then added the bunting on top. The sentiment is from the same stamp set too. As an added extra, I used some Tattered Lace die cuts.



Card 2:

This time I stamped Tatty on to Kraft card and created the same background. Again, Tatty is coloured with Prisma pencils and I deliberately kept to a very simple colour palate. Simple mat and layering with a few complimentary coloured flowers.


Thankfully both cards were liked (phew) but mental note to self "don't do that again!"

Dinner is cooking as I type and whilst I wait, off to cut the grass before the rain arrives over the weekend. I just hope it is not too heavy as my pear tree is looking stunning, smothered in blossom.

Lou
x x x

Challenges: 
Seize the birthday - make your own background
Addicted to stamps - anything goes
7 kids college fund - anything goes
Crafty Gals - girls, girls, girls

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Messy fun with pearlescent pan pastels and stamps .... heaven!

As would appear to be the way recently, I am a little late (by 48 hours) posting my Pan Pastel Challenges DT project. I do, sort of, have an excuse ... I was away at the weekend and Mr Blogger and I, do not seem to be able to always arrange for a schedule post. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it ...

The challenge this fortnight is "Anything Goes" and I decided to crack open my pearlescent pan pastels and PCB stamps to create a mini plaque made from stampbord ...


I have used one of the ATC sized peices of stampboard for my plaque covering the background with pearlescent yellow, pearlescent yellow, soft gold metallic and orange pan pastels. Next using my  Premium Craft brand roses and postcard stamp sets, I have added further detail to the background. I then triple embossed the background using Cosmic Shimmer detail clear powder.


Next I began adding further detail using Tim Holtz tissue tape and rub on sentiments from 7 Gypsies.


I then stamped the butterfly on to black card with Perfect medium and then coloured with soft gold metallic pan pastel, cutting the image out and layering on top of the tissue tape.


Along the bottom of the tile, I added some yummy black lace and using a metal frame from 7 Gypsies, framed one of the words on the tissue tape. I colour tinted a paper flower with soft gold metallic pan pastel and layered some ribbon roses on top , As a finishing touch I added some flower sequins which were coloured gold (using Perfect medium and soft gold metallic pan pastel).
 

I punched 2 holes at the top and threaded some gold ribbon to act as my hanger. This is one of the pieces I made for the Create and Craft show tomorrow (Wednesday 22nd April) at 10am, so if you're free, tune in for some pan pastel, stampbord and inky fun!

Right better get this added to the challenge blog now and see if anyone noticed I was a little late,

Lou
x x x

Links to products I used:



Challenges:
Creative Card Challenges - sentiment
Ike's World - no patterned papers
Loves Rubber Stamps - add flowers
Crafting from the heart
Use your stuff - anything goes

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Using up stuff ... (part 2)

In my previous post (here) I explained that for once I decided to use up my scraps rather than file them away or worse still, bin the bits ....!

I'm still shocked that I managed to make 5 cards in one go but I did, so without further waffle, here are the remaining two cards that I made ...

Card 1


I decided to use up some of the die cuts and the sentiment.



The embellies and sentiment are from Twiggy and Toots  from Polka Doodles.

The next card is yet another CAS card ...


A quick post from me as have to get ready to meet up with my dad as off out tonight to a large(ish) ball affair. It takes me a little longer to get ready these days and the "titivating" and "tucking things in" process is more time consuming.

Lou
x x x

Challenges:
Allsorts - quick and easy (card 2)
Crafty Calender - anything goes
Coffee, chocolate and cards - use a die cut
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Using up ... stuff! (part 1)

I've been making quite a few projects over the last few weeks and decided that I really must tidy up after myself. Once I had put things away, I was left with a pile of papers and card in different sizes. Normally I add these to my scrap boxes and then, if I'm honest, forget about them. Not this time ... I had a mini brain wave and before the idea disappeared, I grabbed a selection of sentiment stamps and created some sentiment toppers...


I even used up some green card bits and stamped leaf shapes and cut them out ready to use on different projects.

Feeling rather pleased with myself, I gathered together lots of left over printed embellishments and papers from different Polka Doodles collections ... mixed in with a few die cuts that I had left over from these projects ...



... and a box of pre-scored card blanks that I found in a basket in a wardrobe in the spare room ...


and decided to challenge myself to see how many cards I could make with just these items and believe it or not, I made 5, yep FIVE cards. I am so chuffed with myself because normally I would neatly squirrel these things away.

Card 1:
 

Card 2: yep, a CAS card .... normally unheard of from me!


 Card 3: On a roll, another CAS card ...


The only thing extra I added from my original bits was some card candi (which I discovered at the back of the basket that held my card blanks) and some ribbon.

I will share my other two cards later as my pooch is now sitting with his head on my lap as I try and type, huffing and puffing at me, so I think he might be hinting that he would like a walk!

Catch you all later,

Lou
x x x

Products I used:



Challenges:
Tip Top Tuesday - 3 of something (Card 1 and 3)
Shopping our stash - lost and found (card blanks and card candi)
Thru the craftroom door - anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes
Papertake Weekly - words, words and words
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Craft your passion - anything goes
Get Creative Challenges - must use a tag (card 2)

Monday, 13 April 2015

"You brighten my day" in pink with Polka Doodles

Whoops, this post is very late and I have no excuse really other than .... well not gonna make up an elaborate story as the truth is I forgot !!! Thought I had done (probably in a dream) it but in "real time" obviously hadn't ..

Anyhow it's all about "pink" at Polka Doodle Challenges and I have used the gorgeous Eden collection to make my card:-


I have used one of the frames and a sentiment as my focal point. The card base was joining two die cuts to create a bigger card and cut from one of the paper designs from the collection. I then cut a further panel in a contrasting paper from the same die.


I then layered up lots of the different embellishments: banner, flower branch, flowers and a gorgeous bird. I had a blissful time cutting out all the images as I do find this very relaxing and somewhat therapeutic.


I added a little lace to the bottom for some texture and gold Liquid Pearl centres to the flowers after shaping each of the petals.

A quick card that came together as I envisage it (for once)! Right better get my butt in gear and get things ready for tomorrow.

Lou
x x x

Links to the product I used:
             (CD)                                              (download)
Eden CD - Digital Crafting Collection    Eden Download Collection - Big Kahuna Digital Craft Bundle  

Challenges:
Pile It On - fancy frames and borders
Corrosive Challenges - floral frenzy
Crafty Calendar - focus on a sentiment
Craft for the craic - die-ing for spring
4 Crafty Chicks - die cuts
In the pink - celebration
Crafty Catz - 2 or more patterned papers