Sunday, 23 February 2014

Using Premium Craft brands stencils.

Edited to add: I have had problems with uploading photos and blogger in general and would like to apologise to the Pan Pastel DT for the lateness of this post showing.

This is week 2 of "Use a stencil" for the Premium Craft Brands Pan Pastel Challenges and each of the DT have further inspiration using all the wonderful products.

I decided that I really needed to tidy up properly the other day and with it being half term, I really had no excuse. Whilst tidying I came across several paper pads that were gathering dust ... not complete pads but the pads where you had several papers left in them because they were not your favourite and you really didn't know what to do with them pads! The papers were too good to go to "crafting heaven" but in the same breath, you just couldn't see you using them on a project. So my mission was to start using these papers .... somehow ....

I struggle using green on my projects other than as an accent colour and in a Teresa Collins pad I found, there were several green papers left. That was my cue so I got our my stencils, acrylic paint and gel mediums. I lightly dry brushed white acrylic paint across the paper and when dry, I used the pink flower mask/stencil. I mixed metallic soft gold pan pastel with matt gel and covered the stencil repeating 3 times. I then used an off cut of the paper, with the same stencil, but used white acrylic paint in stead. Sadly or sillily forgot to photograph my papers before using them, to show you how they changed especially as they became much softer in design.

Again whilst tidying a cupboard, I came across a selection of stickers that I was obviously keeping (for what reason I do not know) and have used them on my card. I have highlighted all the stickers using the gold Glitter Shake GraphIt pen and am really pleased with the results. the flat stickers have suddenly gained their own personality. Added a border using Spellbinders Edgerability dies and some twine ribbon. Even the foam letters have been "aged" using acrylic paint, soft gold pan pastel and the Glitter Shake GraphIt pen.

Today is a painting day for me. First to help paint sets with my son for his school play and then to finish off the last bits on his room. Finally, I suppose I should get ready for going back to work tomorrow; gosh that week has flown past.

Have a great Sunday everyone and hope yours is a little more relaxed then mine!

x x x

Products used on my card.

Glitter Shake - Graph'It Markers Pink flower Mask/stencil A5   PLATINUM WHITE Acrilico 75ML Matt Gel/Gesso 200ML    Light Gold - Metallic Pan Pastel

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

Openminded Crafting Fun - monochrome
Crafts Galore Encore - gems and glitter
Creatalicious Challenges - pearls and glitter
Card Making Mamas - use 3 layers or more
Chocolate Coffee and Cards - use a Teddy Bear
Creative Corner - bits and bobs
Daring Cardmakers - old but not forgotten
Totally Papercrafts - spring

Friday, 21 February 2014

Sugar and Spice with Polka Doodles

Oh no my half term week is flying past rather too quickly for my liking and I still haven't finished all the tasks i set myself for this week. The main one and the hardest, is decorating my youngest son's bedroom! Trying to gauge what he would like from a grunt and "whatever","don't mind", "sounds good" has been very painful to say the least. He finally made a decision yesterday (aaaahhhhhhh) but that could be because I brought home this very gaudy purple, silver and lime green wallpaper .... it was obviously the incentive he needed!

On to the crafty, sanity side ..... the theme this week over at Polka Doodle Challenges is "Sugar and Spice" and I decided to actually stick with the themes title and make a card to welcome a new baby girl. Well Spring is (allegedly) around the corner and the season of new arrivals .....

I have used a complete array of Polka Doodle yumminess of my card as had a definite idea in my head which I was determined to follow .... inside my head is not the easiest place to be I assure you ... hee, hee, hee. I started by making my own postcard background and using Antique Linen and Tattered Rose distress inks. I stamped around one edge with the rose image from the Shabby Roses Set, adding postmarks from the Vintage Ephemera set and finally adding my sentiment using the Distressed Typewrite stamp set, but this time used Walnut Stain distress ink.I have inked the edges with the same ink pads to give a soft, aged look to my postcard.

The backing paper and teddy bear are from the Sundae of Season CD (Spring section) and they have had the distress inks rubbed all over them too! I added a heart to sit behind the bear as an added layer ... no other reason really.

When I layered up the pieces I had already created, I thought my card was missing something (not a CAS girl me) and reached for the Pretty Petal Bunting stamp set. I have stamped the bunting in Tattered Rose distress ink and watered coloured each piece too. All edges were also lightly inked. Finally each piece was mounted on to white card to ensure they stood out from the background. The gaps between the bunting were filled with lace bits (really small bits I had kept for some bizarre reason), buttons and half a flower (don't ask).

I finished off my card with some border die cuts and one being the Tim Holtz Tattered Butterflies .... can you just about spot it? I cut it from wax paper as wanted the butterflies to look floaty and just act as a layer, not a focal point ... (told you that the ideas in my head can be "random"). I added another border (from Spellbinder Lace Doily Accent set) and a ribbon off cut. Finally finished with some ribbon roses, a butterfly, a pin and a button.

Phew .... think that is everything and I hope I haven't bored you too much with my explanation and am looking forward to visiting your blog to see how you have interpreted this weeks theme.

have a great weekend everyone,

x x x

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Milk Coffee Challenges - anything goes
Crafty Girls - anything goes
Sweet Stamps - anything goes
Crafters Cafe - shabby chic
Divas by Design - rubber stamps
Elphine House - make your own background
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge - lots of layers
Shabby Tea Room - baby themed challenge
Papertake Weekly - lovely layers
Fantasy Stampers - BINGO - pink, flowers, button

Polka Doodle products used on my card. Click on photo to be taken to the shop ...
Sundae of Seasons CD-Rom  Pretty Petal Bunting A5   Shabby Chic Roses A5 Clear Stamp   Vintage Ephemera A6 stamp set    Distressed Typewriter Aphabet A6   12 x 12 kraft paper - dark     Ribbon Roses - Pink sheer     Tub of mixed colour pins   Button Jar - pastels

Additional items used: buttons, half a flower, lace offcuts from my stash

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Walnut Stain - Click to view productTim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Tattered Rose - Click to view productTim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Antique Linen - Click to view product  

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Dutch Doobadoo meets Twisted Tuesday!

I was a very lucky person and have been sent a lot of wonderful products to play with from Dutch Doobadoo and am so in love with them, that it's my new "crush". They are going to be sold by Your Creativity Store and if you haven't seen them before, you need to go and investigate.

The theme this week at Twisted Tuesday Challenges to make "anything but a card" with the added twist of adding chipboard to your project. I haven't used traditional chipboard on my project but delish softboard elements that are very similar to chipboard.

For my project I have used the back piece of a frame .... the bit that holds your picture/photo in place and also becomes the stand (gosh, I hope that makes sense). Luckily I took a photo to show everyone what I meant if my explanation fell a little short!

I have used papers from Kaiser Craft which I have layered and cut in to, creating my background. I added the softboard (chipboard) honeycomb to the side coloured with distress inks and metallic gold pan pastels. Lovely soft, shimmery effect which isn't that clear in the photo but in real life, looks wonderful.

The butterfly stamp is from a new range of stamps by Nikky Hall for Your Creativity Store and are being released this weekend ..... watch this space. I have added a Dutch Doobadoo card butterfly to the centre for added depth. Some ribbon roses and a huge paper flower added to the corner to add texture.

Again, the postcard is another of the stamp "new releases" which I stamped on to Kaiser Craft paper, edged with metallic gold pan pastel and finally added a heart held in place with a 7 Gypsies embellishment. I have added some tiny little butterflies in different places to add movement to my picture.

... yep, you guessed it, the sentiment is also part of the stamps to be released this weekend and adore this motivational saying. Again stamped on to Kaiser Craft paper, mounted on to cream card which has been coloured with distress inks and metallic gold pan pastels, held in place with more 7 Gypsies embellishments. The ribbon and butterfly were added for dramatic effect (lol).

So here is my finished project which I really enjoyed making "from scratch" and was pleased how my recycling turned out too. Many thanks for taking the time to read right to the end of this ubber long post too,

x x x

I am entering my framed picture (only description I could think of ... sorry) to the following challenges:
Crafting from the heart - anything goes/use flowers
Love to scrap - anything goes
Make It Monday - anything goes
Take a word - anything vintage
Eclectic Ellapu - anything but a card
Pile It On - sentiment as the focus
A Creative Romance - sentiment as focus
Crafty Hazelnut - patterned papers
Through the craft room door - anything goes
Challenges for everybody - anything goes

Monday, 17 February 2014

Oriental Love with Polka Doodles

Whoops am a little late sharing my card with you all for my DT project over at Polka Doodles Challenges but am in "Half Term" mode I'm afraid.

The theme this week is "Love/Romance" and the DT were asked to use the new "Dollie Daydream goes East" CD. Nikky packs so much on to her CDs and one area choker full is always the embellishment and sentiment sections. Nikky is also kind on us crafters who find that time can be against us as she always gives us coloured versions or black and white digi versions for all her images ... definite "phew" moment for me on many an occasion. For my project I have used the stunning flower arbour on bridge ...

I simply adore this sentiment and just had to use it on my project. I have printed it our twice on to my chosen backing paper, mounted one of the sentiments and then cut a freehand heart shape using the other printed sentiment. I lightly inked the edges of the heart so it stood out a little.

My next "crush" on this CD are the flowers which are adorable and could be used on so many projects, not just Oriental themed designs. I have fussy cut and layered the flowers, squeezing a selection of hearts in amongst the blooms. I know I could have been lazy and added them to a graphics programme and layered them that way, but it is very rewarding to go back to crafting properly to create your end result.

I hope you have popped over to the blog to check out all the other fab DT projects for this weeks theme and can't wait to see your "Love?Romance" project now.

Well better get myself organised and finish off some more decorating. Luckily today I do not have to work around Aaron as he is going off to a friends house .... teenagers and decorating do not mix well!

x x x

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Crafting for all Seasons - love
Creative Moments - anything goes/love
Paper Crafting Journey - love is in the air
The Sisterhood of Crafters - love

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Using a stencil to make an embellishment

For the new challenge over on Pan Pastels Challenges, the DT were asked to make an embellishment using a stencil and I have cheated a little by making a flower and probably not "pushed the boat out" as much as I could ..... don't tell Nikky!

I used the ever so versatile 12"x12" dots with corners stencil on a gaudy, glittered yellow mulberry paper that I have had for eons. Using the corners, I covered the paper with gesso and let it dry. I have then used a labels die to cut out different layers from the gesso'd paper.

For my background of my card, I used a piece of Teresa Collin's paper (precious scrap), dry brushed gesso on to it and once dry, tinted the edges with Hansa Yellow Tint pan pastel. I then die cut some border strips and have used my wax paper as a layer as it looks so delicate and it seemed such a waste to throw it away! The butterfly edging is a Tim Holtz die which I have embossed using the Barok Border stencil, coloured with Hansa yellow tint pan pastel and highlighted using the GrapIt silver shaker pen.

As the paper still looked too bright, I have used Hansa yellow Tint pan pastel to mute the colour. I then cut in to the die cut layers to help mold the flower and stuck them down so that my flower looks ruffled.

The sentiment is a rub on from a left over sheet, mounted in to a silver frame. The glittered leaves are left over from a Christmas decoration and the ribbon is an off cut from a present .... recycling again (lol).

Well my Sunday is going to be spent rubbing down walls to decorate my youngest sons bedroom ..... if I can get him to come out long enough to do the decorating!!!

Have a great day everyone,

x x x

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

ABC Challenges - flowers
Feeling Crafty Challenges - dies or punches
Speedy Fox and Friends - chalk (pan pastels in my case)
Sketch Saturday - sketch
Brown Sugar Challenges - use a die or punch
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges - monochrome

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Something different with pan pastels ...

This week over on the Premium Crafts Brand Pan Pastels Challenge blog, the DT were asked to add or use fabric on their projects, which at first was an "eeeekkkkkk" moment for me but then loads of ideas came flooding in to my head. I have an old white shirt that was too good to become a duster and I knew one day would be perfect for a project ...... well this week was the week!

As I began getting all my "stuff" together it suddenly dawned on me that it would probably be advantageous to everyone, (especially crafters who were either unfamiliar with Premium Craft Brands or new to crafting, how I actually put the components of my project together), so with that in mind my DT make this week is not completed but a snap shot in to the "making process".

At this point I am going to apologise for my photography skills because although I do work in a light and bright area, it was hard to photograph each stage using the best light (real and artificial) .... and if I am honest, there is so much stuff on my table, that didn't help either!

Okay, this will be a long post, so please bare with me as I try and explain what I am doing at each stage ....

This is an off cut from the shirt I was talking about earlier and I just adore the ruffled edges and also the loops where the buttons used to live. I am using a tinted embossing ink only because I like to see where I have been when working on white but Versamark and Perfect Medium work brilliantly too.

I first began by brushing the pan pastel over the ruffles but didn't like the effect, so grabbed my "Dots with edges" 12"x12" stencil. First using the Emboss It ink pad, I covered the hole/dot areas and then went over the area with my pan pastels. As you can see I have a dotty background and the annoying corner will be covered later!

Next using Stazon Ink, I stamped my flower image on to the material. Stazon is fine on clear acrylic stamps as long as you clean them right away and NOT with a Stazon cleaner. I use a good quality baby wipe as find that some of the very cheap brands are ineffectual. You will however notice that the Stazon will stain your stamp BUT this will not stop it stamping again. I'm not worried about "perfect images" as all I really need are rough outlines.

Now the fun part .... painting the images. I am using the Maimari Glassy Gel with my chosen pan pastels. I have squeezed a small amount of the Glassy Gel on my glass mat and then carefully gathered some "dust" (not a technical term) from each of my chosen pan pastels. Now I use an ultra fine sewing needle for this process and run it carefully around the edges of the pan to generate more "dust". You can also use your soft tool and sweep across the pan to create "dust" which you tip (another non-technical term) on to the Glassy gel.

Mix together with either a paint brush or palette knife ... your preference. As you can see from the photograph below the colours look muted compared to the original colours of the pan pastels .... please do not be fooled in to thinking that they are not as vibrant, they definitely are!

I have started with the darkest colour on the inside of my flower and although using the lines, am not terribly fussy about painting between them.

Next I use the lighter colour and paint unpainted areas and also to blend the two colours together. As you can see from the photo, I didn't follow my own advice by saying use a "small amount" of the Glassy Gel ....

Now this piece of material was put on the radiator to dry which only took about 30 minutes. The material has not puckered one bit and is not stiff to use when dry.

So that's the first part of my project completed and I will post about the next stages in the week. I hope I haven't bored you too greatly but have inspired you to use your Pan Pastels in a new way. Please be kind on me as this is my first tutorial (well sort of tutorial) using Pan Pastels and promise to brush up on my photography skills if I do any more !!!! (lol).

Don't forget to visit all the Pan Pastel DT to see what projects they have created using fabric and I can't wait to see how you use fabric in your projects.

x x x

products used: Maimeri Glassy Gel, 12"x12" "dots with edges" stencil, Phthalo Blue and Turquoise Pan Pastel, soft blending tool, Studio 12 Shabby Chic Roses (from Polka Doodles) and old shirt.

Favourite places to buy these products are: Polka Doodles and Premium Art Brands

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Stencils, stencils and yes stencils!

I have become a real convert to stencils and masks and within my daily crafting find myself using them more and more. I appear to be reaching for them first over embossing folders solely due to their versatility as they can be placed anywhere on your project.

This week over on Premium Craft Brands Pan Pastels Challenges, the DT were asked to showcase their love of stencils and I decided to try something different with mine. I have used the "Pink Flower" stencil for my focal point.

I ran the stencil through my big shot to emboss the design on a piece of  canvas card. I then covered the raised areas with Versamark using a Versamark pen (so I could be a little more precise), finally covering latter with detail black embossing powder. It has really turned out bold and the main focal point, (which was what I was hoping for). I wanted to use a phrase sentiment on my card but didn't want it to stand out too much, hence it's placing.

I then masked off an area to create my background using pan pastels and doodled a black edging when finished. I have then taken a sentiment stamp which reads "It's your day", and randomly stamped the sentiment. The background appeared to still need something else, so I used the large "dots with edges" 12"x12" stencil with matt glass gel. Once dried, I buffed the flower and background.

I have added some flower and leaf die cuts to the far corner and a sentiment towards the top. My final finishing bit was a butterfly. Well .... I thought that I wouldn't add anymore but I just had too .... I have added some dots using Perfect Pearls in a similar colour to the background around the flower edges for added "depth" (lol).

Think that is all and remember the Premium Crafts Brand Pan Pastels Challenge is ALWAYS "anything goes", so what have you got to lose by joining in with us ...,

x x x

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

The Crafting Cafe - embossing
Bloggers Challenge - embossing
Paper Crafting Journey - emboss that!
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge - spots and dots
Suzy Bee's Challenge - flowers

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

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