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

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

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