Sunday, 26 January 2014

"Shimmering Love" with Pan pastels ...

Well blogger has been a wee bit of a PITA to me! Would appear that I have far too many photos on my blog which meant I couldn't upload anymore. After much faffing, removing and saving, I am now hoping I can post as normal .... deep breathe .... and here goes ...

This weeks challenge over on Premium Craft brand Pan Pastels blog is "Celebrate" using our metallic pan pastels. Well as I seem to use them all the time, this challenge was a breeze. I am also in love with the hearts mask from Premium Crafts Brand and couldn't resist, and had to use it again on my project. I wanted to make a non-traditional wedding card but I think my card would be suitable for any "love theme".

Stampin Up: Precious Butterflies and Outlined Occasions
Premium Craft Brands: Heart of Flower mask
Distress Inks: Mahogany and Walnut
Stampin Up hearts punch
Butterfly: K&Co

I have embossed the mask on to white card stock, highlighted the raised areas with a Versamark pen and then coloured with both Rich Gold and Light Gold metallic pan pastels, highlighted with a little magenta. I do adore how it turned out.

The background has been stamped using SU Precious Butterfly stamp set, with distress inks and for an added touch, I have highlighted areas with my Versamark pen and coloured these highlights with gold pan pastel. I have also stamped some extra butterflies with a Versamark pad, colouring them with gold pan pastels. You can just see them in the background.

The sentiment is also from SU (Outlined Occasions) which I have cut out, highlighted with Light Gold and magenta pan pastels. The background the sentiment has been mounted on to, is using the same SU background set as before. Added a border and some bias ribbon as a finishing layer. Finally a few hearts sprinkled here and there. The card is considerably more sparkling in real life but not the best light today to take photos. Must start being a good girl and getting my photo booth thing out as I am sure my photos would be much better.

Well got to dash as have a few bits to get ready for the morning and have to proof read my sons personal statement,

x x x

I am entering my card in tot he following challenges:
Chalk-Ah-Lot - love with chalks (pan pastels in my case)
Dream Valley Challenge - no DP
Sentimental Sundays - lovey dovey
Crafty Calendar - Let's Celebrate
Just Us Girls - photo inspiration
Allsorts - vintage
Fab'n'Funky - words

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Washi Tape adventures ....

I wonder if you are like me and have given in to the lure of "Washi Tape" and then do not know what to do with it?!?!?! I have quite a bit now from various companies and for some unknown reason, it scares me. Twisted Tuesday challenges must have realised how I felt and set the theme this week to be "Washi Tape" with the twist of adding items beginning with "T  A  P or  E". Being on the TT DT, I had to bite the bullet and overcome my fears and here's what I have made ....

Mask: Heart of Flower (Premium Craft Brands)
Stamps: Personnel Impressions, Marion Emberson Designs
Distress Inks: Aged Mahoganny, Walnut Stain, Antique Linen
Embellishments: Lace off cut, flower and gems
Washi Tape: Tim Holtz and MME

Okay, there isn't loads of Washi Tape on there but I thought that if I begin to use it gradually, I will feel more comfortable with it and incorporate it more into my projects. I embossed the background using a Premium Crafts Brand stencil and highlighted the embossing with distress inks. I then stamped some flowers over the top for added dimension. The same flowers have been used around the edges of my base card using distress inks.

I have used tape to create my banners, tinting them with distress inks. A further tape was used on a piece of card which I have then cut in to a heart shape and embossed a design on the top. The left overs made a smaller heart too. Finished with some embellies and a sentiment.

A quick card which was quite liberating to make. Look forward to seeing your Washi Tape projects over at Twisted Tuesday as still needs lots more inspiration,

x x x

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Make It Monday
Stamps and Fun - embossing
Victorine - Valentines/Love
Fashionable Stamping - hearts and flowers
My Time to Craft - all about the love
The Pink Elephant - pink and red + your own choice (cream)

Friday, 17 January 2014

A "Dolly Day Dream" tag ...

Nikky Hall of Polka Doodles will be launching a new CD very soon ... Tuesday 21st January 2014 on Create and Craft TV ... and I have been very lucky to be allowed to have a play with all the yumminess that is on there. The new CD is called "Dolly Day Dreams" and is indeed very girly which is lucky as this fits in with this weeks Polka Doodles Challenge theme ...

I decided to make a tag using one of the new girl images as my focus. I printed the image on to tissue paper and then triple embossed her with clear detailed powder. This has given the image a translucent look (which is what I was trying to create) as I wanted her to blend in to my background.

The backgrounds have been using scraps of different papers, glued together and then covered in iridescent paste using the letter stencil from Premium Craft Brands. They have then been highlighted using Pewter and Soft Silver pan pastels.

I fell in love with this sentiment "I wasn't born a princess but if the crown fits ..." and knew I wanted to use in on my tag .... so ... I quickly doodles a crown shape around the sentiment, cut it out, layered on to black card and then embellished. The whole crown has a fine highlight of the Soft Silver metallic pan pastel for added sheen (which sadly the photo doesn't show).

The other sentiment that I also HAD to use is "Always act as if you are wearing an invisible crown", so I have cut the sentiment up, layered several times and then placed the bits on my tag. With some additional heart embellishments, ribbons and flowers, my tag was finished.

Many thanks for stopping by and why not pop over to the challenge blog and check out all my fellow DTs projects as they are so bright, fresh and very girly.

x x x

I am entering my tag in to the following challenges:

Opus Gluei - Need a lift
Papertake Weekly - new stash
Aud Sentiments - use any sentiment
Southern Girls - New (new stash)
Divas by Design - ribbon
Try It on Tuesday - in with the new

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Mixed Signals at Twisted Tuesday

Twisted Tuesday challenge are back and raring to go with loads of brilliant challenges in 2014. We start the year with the theme "Mixed Signals". So what does that mean, I hear you mumble. Well the Twisted Tuesday DT want to see more than one crafty company represented on your creation (use items from more than 3 different manufacturers) and then there is the twist ..... use an arrow on your project.

I have raided my "precious scraps" box for my card and have used papers from American Crafts and Pebbles Inc. Wooden embellishments are from Teresa Collins, rub on sentiments from Beary Patch, ribbon from DCWV, layered panel pieces are from Kaiser Craft, flowers from ???? .... think that's everything but there is bound to be something I have missed (lol).

It is a good friends birthday very soon, so was playing with designs for her card but have now ended up making something completely different!

I hand cut the paper heart designs and use Pinflair glue gel on the back so I could place my arrow underneath. The arrow was actually too small so I had to cut it in half and then position. I then added the sentiment banner to also appear to be underneath the heart.

The other paper heart was cut from a piece of card I had remaining from my Pan Pastel DT card on Sunday. The smaller wooden heart (from Teresa Collins) has been covered with Washi Tape (from MME).

Loved this challenge as it was great to use up soooooo many precious bits on one project ..... uuummmm I think I may have to do this more often as I have several containers full of "precious scraps"!!!

x x x

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

Opus-Gluei - leftovers
Make It Monday #173
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Melonheadz - birthday
Artisitic Inspiration - anything goes

Sunday, 5 January 2014

All frosty using masks, die cuts and pan pastels

Hi everyone,

Hope you all had a great holiday and are now ready to embrace 2014 with a big "MWAH". My family went off on holiday to celebrate both Christmas and also my eldest sons 21st birthday. We ate loads, drank a little too much, laughed uncontolably at times but more importanty, spent quality time with each other. This was the best present I received this Christmas.

Now the 1st challenge of 2014 on the Pan Pastels challenge blog is called "Frosty Finish". Being 100% honest I really couldn't face making another winter or Christmas themed card, so for my project, I have focussed on the colours associated with "frost" and gone for blues, whites and silvers .... aren't I the rebel (not)!

I have used a variety of diecuts, (Spellbinders perfect squares and Tim Holtz butterfly border) to create my card layers. All have been embossed using the gorge 12" mask stencil, Barok. I have used a Versamark pen to colour all the raised edges and then using my pan pastels, added the frost effect to the die cuts (well that was what I was hoping to achieve).

The vellum in the centre was first covered with Versamark and then coloured using the Pewter and Silver metallic pan pastels. I have then stamped over the background usinga  stamp set (On your Special Day) from Personnel Impressions (Marion Emberson Designs), embossing the images with white embossing powder.


 I finished my card with some ribbon roses (white and turquoise blue) and a blue glittered butterfly. The sentiment is from the same stamp set and have added a little bling to it too (as you do).

Okay, off to get ready for work as back to normality tomorrow which half of me is looking forward to and the other half is dreading having to put the alarm back on.

Have a great week everyone,

x x x

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

Allsorts - free and easy
Speedy fox and friends challenge - use a stencil
Time 4 Scrap - any colour with silver or gold
Fun with Shapes - Frosty
Delicious Doodles - layer up
Charisma Cardz - birthdays

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

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