Sunday, 7 December 2014

Colouring with Pan Pastels

OMG ... I am late getting my post "live" as I overslept this morning.Normally I am up and dressed really early but today, I slept in until 11.20am. When I looked at the time, I thought my clock had stopped, so looked at my phone ..... WHAT ... NO WAY! Panic did set in as we were meant to meeting people for lunch at 12.30. Seriously, I can't remember the last time I slept in and think it was probably before the arrival of the boys. Should add too, that I wasn't even out on the razz last night either!

Okay, back to crafting business ... the DT over at Pan Pastel Challenges have been playing around with their pan pastels a little differently this challenge as we have used them to colour our images. I used a cute Mo Manning image (Winter Fairy Talva) to colour up as this is my first real attempt using pan pastels as colouring medium. If I am 100% honest, I had to colour the image first with my Promarkers to get an idea of colours and then again with my Prisma pencils .... so all in all, I have 2 other images to use on future cards (lol).

I wanted to keep my card relatively CAS (unheard of for me I know) and created the centre band by tearing two strips of paper and layering them directly on to my card blank.

Using Light Silver and pearlescent Blue pan pastels, I created a subtle coloured band. I used the colourless blender to blend them both together seamlessly. Next, using a selection of snowflakes stamps (makes unknown), I randomly stamped using silver and blue inks. The sentiment is from StampIn up.

I then added glitter highlights with my Graph It shaker pen in Silver and although it does not show clearly on the photo, it adds a subtle shimmer to the image. I also used the white Graph It shaker pen to add a few highlights.

Now to use the other coloured images before I forget or Christmas has been and gone!

x x x

Products I used:

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Pan Pastel Challenges - colour an image
Fantasy Stampers - CAS Christmas
Paper Creators - Christmas
Sweet Stamping - things with wings
A Creative Need - snow
Brown Sugar - winter
Fairytale Stamping - light blue, white and another colour (my choice - silver/grey)
Bronte and Bella - snow/snowflakes
Cute Card Thursday - little angels
Sister Act - Christmas
Stemplesonne - anything goes

Friday, 5 December 2014

"Secret Santa" time over at Polka Doodles

We've gone all "Secret Santa" at Polka Doodles for the next two challenges as we wanted to make our last challenges of 2014 a little bit different with the festive season looming.

Each of the DT has made a card for someone else on the DT but nobody knows who is making for whom ... hee, hee, hee. I have used the adorable Hollybobs Mistletoe image (found on either the Hollybobs CD or as a separate download) for my card. He has been coloured with Prisma Pencils.

NOW as an added bit of fun, visit each of the DT blogs and have a guess, using the clues, as to whom they may have made their project for .... leave a comment on their blog with your idea and you could be in with the chance of winning a prize of a wonderful Polka Doodles digi image. We will randomly chose 3 DT blogs (names in a hat thing) and then randomly chose a comment from each blog and the winning comment will each receive a Polka Doodles digi image.

So my card has been made for ......

Clue 1: This person lives near the coast
Clue 2: This person adores a very famous singer and has been to see them in concert a zillion times.
Clue 3: This person is also a glasses wearer (like myself).

Can you guess who I have made my card for? Leave your suggestion in the comments below and who knows you could be in with a chance of winning a fab Polka Doodles digi image.

Products I have used from Polka Doodles:

Angelberry Christmas  ** Work & Play Collection 5 FESTIVE HOLLYBOBS Collection  Hollybobs Mistletoe digistamp

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T - Christmas
M.A.W.T.T/ - Christmas Climate
Crafting by designs - Christmas
Creative Moments - anything goes with Christmas
Digi stamps for joy - Christmas
Divas by Design - feeling festive
The Craft Garden - Christmas
Sparkles Christmas - blue Christmas

Sunday, 9 November 2014

"It's all about the bling" at Pan Pastels

I must admit that this challenge had me a bit flummoxed to say the least, as couldn't think of a starting point for my project, which then led to a little frustration. So I did what I always do in these situations .... just create and make a mess.

Going to apologise from the start for two reasons:

1] load of photos, so this is a long post

2] My photographic skills really do not show off the pearlescent shine
 you achieve using the pearlescent pan pastels.

I began by using the fab stamp set, Postcard from Premium Art Brands  and randomly stamped the postcard image over my background. I then embossed the image with Cosmic Shimmer white embossing powder. Next, I covered the canvas card with "blobs" of pan pastels in magenta, orange and purple. I then blended the colours together using the equivalent pearlescent pan pastels to create a very shiny background. The light bulb suddenly went off in my head at this point as my background now had a certain "bling factor" about it ...!

Next using Perfect Medium, I took images from the Postcard stamp set and also the Roses stamp set and randomly stamped them over my background. Using the pearlescent pan pastels, I coloured the stamped images in. As a final step, I stamped the butterfly image from the Postcard set with Rangers Archival black ink pad.

Now, whilst I do not unlike my background, being me I thought it still lacked something. (Please believe me in real life it does have a pearlescent bling factor to the background) ... so with this in mind, I went a step further (as you do) and covered the whole piece with Perfect Medium and clear embossing powder, (see photo above).

I was a little giddy at this point and rather chuffed with myself and went off to make a coffee, thinking of different ideas I could do with my background. However ..... as I sat down, I felt my background needed some more bling ... ! Out came the Perfect Medium again and another layer of clear embossing powder but this time I added random bits of gold embossing powder and mica flakes.

Now here is my final "blinged" background and am chastising myself as my photography skills are dire, pants, plain blurgh as it really does not convey the shiny, layered bling fest my background truly is ... deep sigh.

Now on to using the background .......

My background is LARGE, (just shy of A4 in size), so I have cut it down and will use it on 2 different projects. Here is the first card I made using a portion of the background .....

I made a 6" x 6" card base from white card, adding my background. I then added some Doobadoo soft board honeycomb to the left hand side, tying 2 hand cut hearts (which had the same treatment as the background regarding pan pastels and embossing). Next I stamped the butterfly images twice and again used the same techniques that I used on my background.

The sentiment is from the Postcard stamp set, which as only a pan pastel edging in magenta and pearlescent pink. As a final touch I added some chip board flowers I found and clear Doodle Gems.

Phew, think that's everything and I am hoping that you can see the shine and bling in my last 2 photographs so it has made it worth your while treading all my descriptions etc.

Many thanks for your perseverance and I hope you enjoyed how a panic session turned in to a messy, productive one.

x x x

Products I used:

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Pan Pastel UK Challenges - bling
Challenge Up Your Life - anything goes
Treasured Time Stamps - anything goes
Moving Along with the Times - sparkle and shine
A Crafty Mess - anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge
Dragons Lair - autumn colours
Party Time Tuesday - anything goes

Saturday, 8 November 2014

It's all about die cuts over at We Do Doobadoo

"Enhancing die cuts" is the new theme over at We Do Doobadoo and although the theme appears to sound complicated, trust me when I say, it isn't. We all embellish our die cuts in different ways; over stamping, embossing with masks, embossing with folders, distressing etc etc, so as you can see, the theme is probably "easy peasy, lemon squeezy" as it's something we all do without thinking about.

I decided to use the Dutch Doobadoo "small circles" mask as it is currently my "fav" ... not sure why but I think it's the pattern that calls to me! Next month, I know I will have another new fav ... hee, hee, hee ... but until then ...

Using my Perfect Medium pad, I covered the stencil and then placed a further piece of card on top. Next, I ran this card/sencil sandwich through my big shot, so one piece of card embossed and the other picked up the residual Perfect Medium. The embossed card, I smoothered in gold embossing powder (and heated) and the other card piece, I used my Soft Gold metallic pan pastel, buffing afterwards; this is the piece I will use for this project.

Now the real problem ... which die to use. I have a few (not oodles and oodles) but just couldn't decide how I wanted to proceed. Finally, out of desperation as I was running out of time, I decided to use my Spellbinders Classic Squares and using the smallest die, cut mosaic tiles from my backing card. These in turn I layered on to a scalloped card base.

 I also used the same die set to create a frame but instead of centering the inner die, I placed it lower down on one edge. This was deliberate I promise ... definitely .... and I did this so that I could make sure that my Luna digi image (from Polka Doodles) was not covered too much by the frame. I them embossed the frame using the same "small circles" mask I used on my back ground.

Luna has been coloured with Prisma Pencils and highlighted/dotted with white GraphIt Shaker pen. I have added some die cut flowers from Tattered Lace using the Dutch Doobadoo laser art buttons for their centres.The setiment is from Work and Play 2 CD. As a final touch, I have added some Dutch Doobadoo laser art butterflies.

Still in Wales and off to the beach today (regardless of the weather) but can definitely confirm, I will not be dipping my toes in the sea!

x x x

Products I used ...

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

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

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