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,


Thursday, 5 September 2013

Studio 12 stamps and 70th birthdays !

My dad has a large(ish) birthday today and told us all that he didn't want a party, dust creator ornaments or any old people shite, so that has made it very hard to buy him anything ... lol!

This then sent me in to a manic spiral as to how to make his card as did not want it to look cliched in anyway, so I decided to have a play with my Studio 12 and Polka Doodles clear stamps. This is because I wanted to make a different type of card for my dad who is 70 today ... Happy Birthday Dad .... who by the way doesn't do blogging so won't see this message but at least I can boast that I posted the message on line! As Dad's birthday is significant, I wanted to make everything from scratch just using my stamps, inks and mists etc. This is what I came up with ...

As I said I have used quite a few stamps from the range  and I will try and list them :-

Main card background - Shabby Checkers and Distressed Typewriter
Kraft background - Shabby Checkers
White background -  Fleur de lis from Distressed Zig and Zag
Tape measure - Haberdashery
Sentiment - These are the moments, heart from Distressed Zig and Zag, additional wording using Distressed Typewriter
The "70" was made using Thicker stickers

Here are some close up of my card to try and show lots of the stamps used. Apologies if I have missed linking any stamps but you can find the whole range of Polka Doodle stamps HERE

Before I go here is a lickle preview of my project for Fridays challenge again made using Studio 12 stamps, Kraft card & the Picknix CD. It has been made to house my Dad's presents. Pop over tomorrow to see the full project and all the other crafty loveliness from the DT

Happy today as only one more day to the weekend ...


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

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