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

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Altering like crazy with pan pastels

Hi everyone,

Sorry for my absence but life has conspired against me again and for a while didn't know what else was going to get thrown at me! This also made my mojo decide to go on holiday so have struggled to get anything made that didn't look like "yuk"!

The theme this week over on the Premium Crafts/Pan Pastels Challenge blog is to "alter something" and I knew what I wanted to use but was dreading altering it. This was because I had an idea in my head but didn't know if my fingers would then allow me to translate the idea ..... bit fingers crossed, it's come out 75% as I envisaged ....... !

 I started with this old box which used to house nail varnishes ......

and turned it in to this ......

I began by prepping the box with a good layer of Maimeri Gesso and unfortunately for me, it was a GOOD layer and took longer than I anticipated to dry (lol). Once dry I used my newest favourite mask from Premium Craft Brands, A4 Chrysanthemum flower with the Maimeri modelling paste. Again I put a thick layer on and ...... again, it took quite a while to dry .... steep learning curve for me on thickness to drying ratio (hee, hee, hee)! I coloured all the layers with Magenta, Deep Magenta, Raw Umber and Rich Gold pan pastels. It looks so tactile, shiny and warm.

I had a title in my head, "All Mine" and wanted to use some 7 Gypsies metal letters that I have had for eons ... however they were too dark for my project. Yep, you guessed it, I managed to colour them! I covered them in Maimeri Glassy Gel using my fingers (as I wanted a rough finish) and once dry, covered them with Rich Gold metallic pan pastel. They have turned out brilliant ..... even if I say so myself. There is a dilemma though .... should the iridescent dots be pan pastelled too? What do you think?

The wooden hearts and arrows are from Studio Calico and again, they were pan pastelled (Magenta and Bronze) covered with Glassy Gel. Ooohhhh before I forget, I have also used Magenta pan pastel on the reverse of my epoxy stickers so that they matched in with the colour scheme. The same too the large heart too.I have covered the box edges with some Studio Calico paper, pan pastelled and finally covered in Glassy Gel (for protection).

Now the inside of the box is yet to be finished as I am in the process of making a yummy padded interior and haven't quite finished sewing it ...... not guaranteeing when that will happen but has to be done before Christmas !!!

I have used the following Premium Craft Brand products on my project:

Mask stencil A4 Chrysanthemum
430.1 Magenta Extra Dark - Pan Pastel     Rich Gold - Metallic Pan PastelBronze - Metallic Pan Pastel430.3 Magenta Shade - Pan Pastel
 Check out both the Premium Art Brands and Polka Doodles websites for lots of PAB goodies ..... oooohhhhh, Santa I promise I have been a good girl.

Right, need to get myself in gear as have so much to do today and not the hours to do it, so rushes off to find my "Wonder Woman" outfit .... 


I am entering my altered box in to the following challenges:

Charisma Cardz - anything goes
Crafts 4 eternity - anything but a card
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge - lots of layers
Aud Sentiments - Feminine
Chalk 'n' Stock - anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - anything but a card

Sunday, 27 October 2013

A silver Sunday with Pan Pastels ...

Firstly, forgive my photos as they really do not show the sheer shimmery effect the silver and pewter pan pastels give my card.

I have used the Doily 1 mask  (which is 6"x6" in size) as the main focus as when embossed on to the card, it looked like a snowflake (to me)!

Mask stencil 6x6inch Doily1

I first coloured my card with the pewter pan pastel and sealed it with a rather cheap (and very smelly ... yuk) hairspray. I did this as I did not want to lose any of the colour on my card when embossing the stencil. I then higglighted the embossed areas with teh soft silver pan pastel.

 I cut a frame using my spellbinders dies and embossed the frame with the same mask and again, used the soft silver to highlight the raised areas.

The baubles were stamped using versafine and then I carefully went around all the edges with the pewter pan pastel and added a little soft silver to the centre.

I have added some wool I found in my materials box to hang my baubles at different lengths. My card didn't take long to make but the photographing was a nightmare ... lol. However hard I tried, I could not get the shimmery effects of the metallic pan pastels to shine through!

Well gotta get organised as have loads of school prep work to complete this week and I want to get it finished so I can then play with all my goodies. Have a great Sunday everyone and I hope the impending storm does not affect anyone .... batten down the hatches ...,

x x x

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Premium Craft brands and holly leaves

The theme over on this weeks Pan Pastels/Premium Craft Brands Challenge blog is falling leaves. Well, I wanted to get ahead a little with my Christmas card making and have taken the falling leaves to be holly leaves .... I know slightly stretching it but hey, they are leaves! Here is what I came up with  .......

I stamped the leaves from the Premium Craft Brands "Winter Spruce" set on to white cardstock with a Versamark pad and then coloured them using Bright yellow green, permanent green and rich gold pan pastels. I then cut them out. To add to my wreath I have die cut some extra leaves and coloured them using the same pan pastels. I wanted their to be a warm sheen to the leaves and have used an autumnal colour palate rather than traditional Christmas colours.

As a finishing touch to the wreath, I have added Perfect Pearls as red holly berries and added a sentiment to the centre. (Sentiment is from Premium Craft Brands, Perfect Poinsettia stamp set).

For my background, I have taken a plain sheet of lined paper and using the Maimeri Glassy Gel and the large 12" x 12" dots with edges stencil, I created a textural background. I highlight the paper with magenta pan pastel and then went to town using all my metallic pan pastels.

The 2 photos above show the different design elements to the stencil and have to say, I am loving this stencil as there is so many different shapes on one stencil that you create something different each time to use it.

To get any of the products I have used please pop over to the Premium Craft Brand website of to the Polka Doodles website. If you're anything like me, my wish list grew substantially. I know need to let Santa know what a good girl I have been this year !!!!

Before I go, do you fancy winning over £120 of gorgeous Premium Craft Brands products? Well if you do, pop over to the Pan Pastel/Premium Craft Brands Challenge Blog and put your name down. Hurry the draw ends on 7th November .....

Well gotta dash as have to pretend to be a domestic goddess today and actually do some tidying .... oh how I dislike housework!!!

x x x

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

Pan Pastel Challenge - leaves
2 sisters - anything goes
Crazy Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - make it square
Inkspirational - anything goes
Izazovi i Slatkisi - colours of autumn

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Premium Craft Brands and a canvas ....

The theme this week over on the Pan Pastels Challenge Blog is "water" and I knew in my head what I wanted to do but trying to put it in to a tangible project, was a little trickier! Also must say forgive the different background photos ..... finding a good location, at the right time, at the right angle etc to fully show off the iridescence, has been a struggle ...

I primed the canvas with gesso and left it to dry. Whilst drying, I mixed blue acrylic paint with some dust from the metallic pewter pan pastel which looked so shiny and glistening together. Once the canvas was dry I painted the paint mixture over the entire canvas and the sides. I wasn't so patient this time and used my heat tool to dry it (lol).


I then added a good dollop of the iridescent paste to the paint mixture and using the 12"x12" "dots with edges" mask, applied my new paint/paste mixture on to the canvas with a palate knife. The pattern it leaves is stunning and have to be honest at this point, just wanted to stop!!! Once this was dry, I lightly covered the canvas with the soft silver metallic pan pastel which really made the canvas "shine". I still had quite a bit of the iridescent paint mixture left, so using the same mask, I quickly applied the paint paste to a piece of white card and a piece of glitter paper.

I have used these extra pieces to die cut different shapes; the frame and waves. The other die cuts are from plain (!) white card. I have layered the die cuts to look like waves at the bottom of the canvas and to have somewhere to frame my phrase.


Not the "tit- ter-vating " began and I had great fun. The stones were raided from my card and as I didn't want them to look "new", I didn't wash them (okay, I wiped them down in case there was an insect yuk on them). The little bottle I found in a drawer, so it has been filled with iridescent paste and little blue hearts. The leaves are plastic and were from Poundland last Christmas. I have just dusted the edges with gold metallic pan pastels for an extra bling effect.

 As a final finishing touch, I have used the pearl paste to create underwater bubbles with a few chipboard buttons & brads too!.

Think that's everything and many thanks for taking the time to read all my blurb. Well I'm gotta dash as am at a hockey tournament with Aaron today and am hoping the blue sky stays with us until it ends! Am a bit hockey'd out, as was out all day yesterday too ..... who says kids are inactive now-a-days ...!


I am entering my canvas in to the following challenges:

Paper Creators Crafts - diecuts
Crafty Catz - anything goes
Left of centre - water
Chalk n Stock - anything goes

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Metal Magic ....

that's the theme of this weeks Twisted Tuesday challenge. All you need to do is to add something metal to your project.Simples ...

 Papers: Kaiser Craft Sweet Nothings

I have made a card for my sister just because, I wamted to and for no other reason. I have used papers from Kaiser Craft Sweet Nothings and cut out a background shape & the little bird from the same papers. A paper doily adds another layer and adds a real feminine touch (don't you think)? I have  added some ribbon roses, a bow from bias ribbon and 3 card candi pieces.

A quick card to make and used up lots of my bits that I have sitting in a pot beside me .... you know what I mean, off cut flowers, bits of leaves, half finished embellies etc. That is where I found the fan charm and a few pins too. The sentiment is a rub-on also found in a sticker/rub on box I seem to have started ..... eek, these boxes are multiplying far too quickly!

Busy week this week with loads of things to do and am not sure where I'm going to find the time to fit them all in.

x x x

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

Besties Challenge - wings
Craft your passion - add a little charm
The paper nest dolls challenge - vintage

Monday, 30 September 2013

Witchie, Witchie .....

That's the name of one of the fab new Halloween digi kits from Polka Doodles and quite surprised myself as thoroughly enjoyed getting all Halloweenie (I say this as not really in to Halloween)! Check out the Polka Doodles download shop HERE to see all the fab but of course spooky digi images and kits that are available.

I have used both Witchie, Witchie and Witchie Journal cards to make my project .... a pair of witches boots.

 I played around on scrap paper with designs and finally settled on this one. Mainly because it would stand up with out any help (necessary as heavily layered), it was easy to layer up and finally, easy to cut out (the most important bit). I cut out the boot shape in paper first and then layered this on to black card, added an tab at the top to join both pieces and my witchie boot shaped card was made.

I then decided that I wanted to do something to distinguish the front from the back of the card, so made a pointy tongue bit (for want of a better description) and layered this behind the front of the boot. Both the top of the boot and tongue have been decorated with paper drills to make them match it. I added embellies all over the top, some stuck to wire, some stuck to cocktail sticks.

This is a close of the heel which I multy layered to give a 3D effect and think it turned out quite well. Photo also shows other embellishments such as buckle, buttons, banners and bats!

... and finally .... here is the inside of the boot. I am in lurve with that "Witchie Witchie phrase" and added a journalling card so that a message can be written. This is quite a big card but does fit (just) in an A4 envelope and of course, that was what I intended all along ...... oh yes it was! (lol)

x x x

I am entering my witchie boot in to the following challenges:

A gem of a challenge - use black on your card
Sweet Stampin - things with wings
Time 4 Scrap - halloween
Digitally Sweet - anything goes
Glitter and Sparkle - metal (mine is the buckle and metal wire)

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Pan pastel .....

Well was so very happy in the week to hear that I am on the Premium Crafts DT and then to receive the most generous supply of goodies from Berni, I had to keep pinching myself that this was "real" and not a dream. Being a new person to Pan Pastels, I was a little nervous about using them and spent a whole evening researching how to use them properly. I wanted to make sure that when I use Pan Pastels, I can then reflect their beauty properly as they are indeed the most creamy, vibrant, versatile product.

I am also a lucky person have the complete Christmas stamp range from Premium Craft Brands and I am thoroughly enjoying using them as they can be used in a modern setting or a vintage setting. So I have made a Christmas card for this week challenge (found here) using the Perfect Poinsettia as my focus ...

I have used Melissa Francis papers and lightly chalked the edges using a mixture of Magenta and Copper pan pastels to create the main basis of my card. The central border was embossed with the long 12" barok border mask and then highlighted with the same pan pastels, finished with 2 different ribbons for added texture.

I stamped the poinsettia 3 times on to a heavy weight vellum using a Versamark pad, embossed with clear embossing powder. The poinsettia has then been coloured with a mixture of the Magenta and Copper pan pastels and some Mahogany Distress Ink. It was finally finished by highlighting the veins with some soft silver pan pastel for added shine. The leaves were stamped on to the same decorative paper with yellow green pan pastel (mixed with water) ..... must point out that I didn't wet the actual pan pastel but rubbed some of the colour on to my mat and mixed with water that way .... and then coloured in the leaves using yellow green, deep green and soft gold pan pastels.

Now .... my eureka moment! I don't know about you but I have oodles and oodles of was paper cut outs from when I have cut intricate dies. I have been saving them as they are too beautiful to throw away and I knew one day I would find a use for them. Well so happy that this project was my "voyage of discovery". I have covered one of the wax paper dies shapes with a mixture of the magenta and copper pan pastels, gave it a buff with a tissue and voila, I now have a delicate, translucent die cut shape. I was soooooo happy that it worked because it was just the soft background I wanted.

I finished my card with some vintage style brads and chipboard buttons .... and .... glitter! I struggle using glitter but have been ubber brave and added some highlights here and there.

List of products used:
Premium Craft Brands (PCB) - Perfect Poinsettia stamps
Premium Craft Brands (PCB) - Merry Christmas sentiment stamp 
Premium Craft Brands (PCB) - Barok border mask
Premium Craft Brands (PCB) - Pan pastels: Magenta, Copper Metallic, Soft Silver Metallic, Light Gold Metallic, yellow green and deep green.
Melissa Francis Classic Elegance papers
My Minds Eye vintage brads and buttons
Ribbon from stash

Phew, I know that ths a long post but wanted to make sure I included everything and thank you so much for reading through all my description. If you get the chance, please pop over to the Premium Crafts website and drool over all the products ...

Have a great Sunday,

x x x

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
CHNC Challenge - colours focus: red, green and gold
Delicious Doodles - eyelets or brads
4 Crafty Chicks - BINGO: flowers, brads & diecuts
Pile It On - warm colours

Friday, 20 September 2013

Cherry-licious with Bonbon Belles

I used the Bonbon Belles CD too to make my card for this weeks Polka Doodles challenge and I have wanted an excuse to use the adorabe cherry images for ages and this weeks theme fits in beautifully with these images - "Candy Colours".

I have layered my card with different polka dot papers (from the CD). The cherries have been placed on to a doily and embellished with a crochet flower, button & ribbon. Sentiment ticket is also from the CD. Card finally finished with some MME brads for added colour. The only sad thing about my card is that I really wanted to glaze the cherries but can't find my glaze. That can only mean one thing .... I need to tidy up!

Not a long post from me as can't sit at the PC for long as I have managed to hurt my knee! A table (at school) and I had a little disagreement and unfortunately I came off worse .....

x x x

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

Jellypark - the sentiment is the key
Deconstructed Sketch - sketch 119
Scrap Creations - polka dots

Friday, 6 September 2013

Gift card holder

Happy Friday everyone! First week back at school and am completely frightened by how quickly the week has flown by. The children have come back excited but really got in to the swing of things very quickly. I t has been great hearing all about their holiday adventures and in some cases their mishaps.

My last post I shared with you all the card I made for my Dad's 70th birthday. Well this time I want to share with the wallet I have made to house all his vouchers credit card things. All made using stamps, embossing folders & powders and card ...

I stamped the kraft card with the Studio 12 Shabby Checkers stamp, embossed with a Happy Birthday folder, restamped with shabby circles from the Studio 12 Distressed Zig & Zag set and finally (phew) covered it all in versamark, embossing with clear powder. I was trying to achieve a leather or leather effect look to the outside of my wallet.

For the inside I have used a vintage dotty paper from the Studio 12 Picknix Vol 1 CD and layered it to look like the inside of a wallet, finishing it off with faux stamped stitching.

On the outside I have added a leather strap which is held in place with some 7 Gypsies metal numbers. Pop over to the Polka Doodles shop (HERE) to check out the entire Studio 12 range of stamps and believe me, you'll want them all ...!

It took a while to make but I enjoyed the whole process .... however .... then had complete and utter stage fright and started to panic that Dad wouldn't like it. Dad never criticises anything I make but always praises but this still didn't stop me feeling very nervous ....

Well I am "cream crackered" and off to watch something mind numbingly boring on the TV tonight with my feet up. Have a great weekend everyone,


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

' I'm happiest when I'm with you' hanging heart decoration