Sunday, 20 September 2015

Using everything up ... for once!

Last week for my project on Love to Create Challenges, (see here) I used some wonderful papers from House of Zandra to decorate my MDF desk tidy. As I had used both gels and pan pastels on the papers, it seemed such a shame to just consign them to my "must keep and use one day" scraps box. So with that in mind, I decided to create a card and matching box ...

I mixed copper metallic pan pastel with Maimeri matt gel and used this through several different stencils. A quick way to create raised, shimmery coloured areas. These papers became my backgrounds for the other elements.

On several of the papers, there were floral and butterfly elements which I have cut out and layering on top of my background. I have added coloured highlights using the copper pan pastel. The leaves were coloured with a mixture of permanent green and copper pan pastel.

The sentiment is an all time favourite of mine and is from a retired Studio 12 stamp set (designed by Nikky Hall). I added some lace, ribbon, a bit of "pearl bling" and Nuvo crystal drops as my finishing touches. Finished card is in the photo below ...

I used a similar layout and range of embellishments for my box lid. I really need to do this with more of my precious scraps rather than keeping them safe in a box ....... to be forgotten!

Am in shock that the weekend is almost over as not sure how the time went so ridiculously quickly. Well better pull my socks up and get prepping for "Art and Craft Club" at school tomorrow evening. Would be so much easier if I could decide on what to make ... so many ideas but I do need to narrow them down and just choose one!

Have a great day everyone,

x x x

Products and links:

Creative Artiste - anything goes
Crafting Musketeers - autumn colours
Crafting for all seasons - layer it up
Inspiration Destination - anything goes

Saturday, 19 September 2015

You are amazing ....

Here is another card I made for the recent Tonic Studios new releases for the Nuvo embossing powders and Exquisite Stamps, "Prom Girl" and "It Girl". I have used "It Girl" on my card coloured with Nuvo Creative pens ...

I created the background using "It's the season" die but cut in pink, which transforms it's use from Christmas to everyday.  I next layered some blossom branches on to the frame which are from Polka Doodles Eden collection.

Skin: 473, 475 and 449
Hair:461, 463, 465 and 489
Scarf: 449
Dress: 413 and 417
Handbag and shoes: 487, 489 and silver

I stamped the "It Girl" image 3 times: one as my base layer (uncoloured), one image fully coloured and finally only the arms and dress coloured (and cut out). These were then layered on top of each other to give a fuller effect to her wonderful dress.

As a finishing touch, I added extra layers using elements from the Eden collection, Petal Punch flowers (Tonic Studios), buttons and Nuvo Crystal Drops.Sentiment is also from the same Polka Doodles collection, Eden.

Right it's "Domestic Goddess Day" today or should I say, it's the role I have to take on today ... and believe me, it's not a role I relish.

Have a great day everyone,

x x x

Products and links:

Hiding in my craft room - anything goes
Bloggers Challenge - flowers
Chocolate. coffee and cards - celebration
Daring Cardmakers - Fashion
Simply Papercraft - anything goes
Crafty Girls - anything goes
Card and Scrap - use dies
Let's create and craft - use dies or punches (I've used both)
World Wide Challenges - anything goes

Friday, 18 September 2015

Introducing Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor Pencils ...

A new product arrives at Create and Craft today and it's the wonderful Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor pencils and I have had a great time playing with them. Whilst I love my Prisma's and will not give them up, I have enjoyed colouring with the Lyras immensely. They are smooth, blend easily and the point stays sharp for what seems like eons. Another thing that really appeals to me is that the pencils are light fast which my Prisma's are not.

Here is one of the sample I made for the show using Polka Doodles Serenity Earthstar digi image, of course coloured with my Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor pencils.

Hair: Night Green, Prussian Blue, True Blue, Moss Green and White
Skin: Gold Oche, Rose Carmine, White, Raw Umber
Dress: Blue Violet, Light Carmine, Lemon Cadmium and White
Wings: Blue Violet, Light Carmine and White

I have added pearlescent highlights to the image using the fine white pearlescent pan pastel. Using a versamark pen, I add the clear ink where I wanted my highlights to be and then coloured these areas with my fine white pearlescent pan pastel. I did this because I had darkened the wings too much and wanted to lighten them. Loved the effect so much, so added highlights to her hair too!

Simple mat and layering with a few Tattered Lace die cuts around the edge. Added texture was created with Nuvo Crystal Drops. Watch this space as I add more of my projects coloured with my Lyra pencils.

x x x

Products and links:

Crafting with friends - anything goes
Digitally Sweet - things with wings
Aud Sentiments  anything goes with a sentiment
Crafting with An Attitude - anything goes
Card and scrap - dies

Monday, 14 September 2015

The beauty of winter ...

I don't often do "white on white" cards but couldn't resist for another one of my Tonic Studio samples, using the "Prom Princess" stamp embossed in silver. However when I finished my card, thought it needed a "pop" of colour so had to add the red rose flowers ...

I began by making my card blank using the Celtic Circle dies and then began adding my layers. First using the new snowflake die, I placed these on opposite sides. Next I created a frame using the frame from Love/Believe topper die set.

Next I stamped the "Prom Princess" image and embossed her in Nuvo embossing powder in Silver. I placed her on to a white card panel and threaded this through the frame.

Next, I created my sentiment using the Clarice lower case alphabet. I added some red tape to paper strips, added the letters and then used the Nuvo silver glitter to hide the tape. I added the different words around the image ... "beauty of the winter" ...

 As a finishing touch, I added some white flowers and even added one to her hair. As I said previously, I thought it was too white, so added the red roses as a contrast. I suppose you could call this "overkill".

Right, I have some colouring to catch up on tonight, so better get cracking. Have a wonderful week everyone,

x x x

Products and links:

Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Crafty boots - monochrome
Merry Monday - sentiment in spotlight
Sprinkle and Sparkle - embossing powder and glitter
Where the heART is - text
Christmas Card Challenges - anything goes
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - something beginning with G (glitter)
Suzy Bee's - monochrome

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Wrestling with MDF ....

I have had these MDF units for a while and whilst they are designed to hold TV remotes, I wanted to turn one of them in to a desk tidy, so thought they would make a great project for "Love to Create Challenges" ... however I forgot the golden rule .... MDF swells when wet ..... aaaahhhhhhhh!!!

When I was at Summer Crafting in July, I bought some wonderful House of Zandra papers (Vintage florals) and if I am truthful, put them away and forgot them. I found them when rummaging for some papers I wanted for one of my Tonic samples.

I began by mixing the copper metallic pan pastel with Maimeri matt gel and used with different stencils. Lazy crafting as when dry it is already coloured! Next I over stamped using PAB Roses stamp set.  I used two different complimentary papers on my project. So happy with my tweaked papers, I began decorating all the different MDF elements ...

Feeling somewhat pleased with myself that everything was going as per the plans in my head, I rushed towards assembly. Now I hit my hurdle ... the air turned blue as I practiced my different swearing techniques and no amount of persuading was going to make all the parts join together ... the MDF had swollen due to the gluing ....aaaahhhhh! Feeling a little desperate at this point, I walked away and made a big, strong mug of coffee and reluctantly sat back down. "Light bulb" moment from absolutely no where suddenly appeared and taking my craft knife, I gradually took slithers of MDF away from each of the tabs and blow me down, it worked!

My alterations worked and I glued everything together. Once dry, I mixed white pearlescent pan pastel with Maimeri matt gel and covered everything. It has given a very subtle pearly sheen to the project and sealed it at the same time. With some of the left over papers, I stamped some more of the same images, cut them out, coloured with white pearl and metallic copper pan pastel and decoupaged them on to my desk tidy whilst the matt gel mixture was still tacky.

Phew, what I thought would be a complete disaster has now turned out exactly as my head envisaged! I definitely needed a lie down after that stressful couple of hours of crafting .... Now to fill it with whatever I want ... ,

x x x

Products and links:

Mixed Media World - anything goes with autumn colours
Craft for the craic - anything but square or rectangle
Crafty Catz - autumn colours
Creative Corner - anything but a card
2 Crafty Chicks - anything goes
Altered Eclectics - anything goes but mixed media
Crafts Galore Encore - anything goes
Craft Time - anything but a card

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

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