Sunday, 15 December 2013

Snowflakes are a falling ......

well that was what I have tried to make here for the new Pan pastel UK Challenge blog this week. The theme is snowflakes (surprise, surprise) and I have taken all my inspiration from the Doily 1 mask from Premium Craft Brands.

Doily1 Mask/stencil 6x6"

I just think this mask lends itself to be a snowflake .... don't you? Everything on my snowflake has been embossed with this gorgeous 6"x6" mask which adds a stunning texture and dimension to my large snowflake. I have layered my snowflake using different die cuts and all of these have been embossed, covered in Versamark and then dusted with Silver Metallic pan pastel. This add a stunning sheen to the snowflake which I don't think I have captured very well.

I've gone all arty with my camera shots as the sun was shining and highlighting the ivy in the garden, so I thought that this would make a brilliant back drop. However sunlight on a white object is not the easiest then to share with you all!

There are 6 layers to my snowflake in total. I have used Spellbinders beaded circles as layering points as felt the circles edges, accented the doily design. I have also cut out the centre design of the doily as one of my final top layers as adore the intricate swirls.

Finally, I have used a Marianne Design swirl as accents as they have a great fleur de lis look to the ending, which again matched beautifully with the doily mask. On each swirl I have added a white pearl, with a final one in centre of the snowflake.

Phew think that it all ..... and am going to make some more of these but in different shades of whites, greys and silvers .... that is if time does not run out on me. Hope everyone is a little (lot) more prepared for Christmas then I am and can't wait to see what you create with this weeks theme,

x x x

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Christmas with pan pastels

Hi everyone,

Didn't realise how long I had been away from my blog but after a bout of illness, am back and have so much to catch up on. I have loads of Christmas cards still to make but the main present bit is finally done ..... phew!

Over on the Pan Pastels UK challenge blog, this week we were asked to use only paper and card to create our projects and that was even down to the embellishments. When I first saw the theme I was a little "aaaahhhh" but then realised with the use of die cuts (where would we be without our machines?), my card came together very quickly.

The dark background was covered in Maimeri paste using the dots with edges folder and then when dry, embossed using a Tim Holtz Sizzex folder. A quick dusting of white and pewter pan pastels and my background was made.

I wanted to use this fab reindeer die cut from Tattered Lace as my main focal point and covered him in Versamark and then used my lush Copper and Bronze metallic pan pastels. He came out divine. I then realised that I did not have any backing paper to match him so use using the same technique, covered only the edges of a white piece of paper (well I knew you weren't going to see the middle bit)!. As a finishing touch, punched out the edges with a decorative punch.

I have been a little naughty and added some sheer ribbon to one edge of my mat as my card needed texture but coloured it with my Copper and Bronze metallic pan pastels (hope you can forgive me). Finally I added some snowflake die cuts, a sentiment and my card was completed.

I am looking forward to visiting you all and seeing your projects as desperately am in need of some crafting inspiration as feel it has been zapped from me.

Have a great week everyone,

x x x

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

Ali Craft - Christmas
Winter Wonderland - embossing
C.R.A.F.T - Christmas
Paper Crafting Journey - Christmas
Crafty Catz - use 2 or more dies
Creative Moments - vintage Christmas
Sugar Creek Hollow - vintage Christmas

What's new on my blog this week ...

Happy Halloween ... in February ... using Dressables Dies from Tonic Studios