Sunday, 23 March 2014

"Sweet as honey" with Doobadoo

This is the theme for the next challenge over on "We Doobadoo" UK challenge blog and I have decided to base my card around the words ..... so no bees in sight I'm afraid. That doesn't mean that I do not like bees but just didn't feel the "buzz" this week.

I was given a set of beautiful postcards a long while back which I put away for safe keeping as they were just too precious too use ..... several years later, I have decided that they are just to precious not to use! The girl image is so sweet and using this as my inspiration, I have created a new baby card.

I have used the Doobadoo Shape Art 2 template to create my card base. I cut a further layer out using a honeycomb effect paper (from Teresa Collins) and for added interest, have embossed the paper with the template, highlighting the embossing with my pan pastels.

Very simple layers as didn't want to lose the main image. I have also framed a die cut sock which has been decorated with "Wonder Web" as have run out of webbing/netting. Wonder Web for those of you who traditionally sew and do not cheat, is a material that can be ironed in place to repair damaged seams.

I have added "Wonder Web" and ribbon to the bottom edge of my card and some Thicker stickers. I didn't like the original colour of the stickers (poo brown colour), so I have altered them by covering the stickers with Perfect medium, then using the metallic bronze pan pastel and a gold GraphIt Shaker pen. They are now lovely and shiny but in a much more subtle way.

I have added some gorgeous Doobadoo laser cut butterflies, honeycomb soft board, laser cut feathers and laser cut buttons to my card. I had a little eureka moment as have found that the feathers make excellent butterfly wings, so create a butterfly shape with them and then placed a butterfly on top: looks FAB in real life and still retains the delicate feel.

Apologies for taking an age to get my project on but my first project suffered a severe and devastating accident .... ! Let's just say that instead of floating on top of the spilt water, it rapidly sank .... enough said.

Have a great day everyone,

x x x

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Creative Knockout - things with wings
A Vintage Journey - say it with words
Challenges and Candies - embossing
Creative Corner - texture
Fussy and fancy - shabby chic
Sister Act Card Challenges - anything goes

Products used (from Polka Doodles Ltd and Your Creativity Store)

Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Butterflies   Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Buttons   Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Feathers  Shape Art 2 - Nikkys Fave 3    

Card/Softboard laser Art A5 - Honeycomb   Bronze - Metallic Pan Pastel   270.5 Yellow Ochre - Pan Pastel   430.3 Magenta Shade - Pan Pastel   Graph'It Shake WHITE pen duo

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Pan Pastels playing along with Scrap365

Hello and welcome to the Scrap365 and Pan Pastels 

Back to Basics Blog Hop...

Awash With Colour!

The Scrap 365 team challenged the Pan Pastel team to go "Awash with colour" by asking us all to choose a specific colour palette which we then had to follow....the results are amazing! 

Hi there, fingers crossed you have found your way to my blog via Riikka's blog. Don't worry if you have come via another blog as there is no hard and fast rule as to wish way you should hop ! Now I know it is Saturday and Pan Pastel challenge normally start on a Sunday but as you see from above, we're having fun playing along with the Scrap 365 team.

So the remit .... choose a colour palate and then create a scrap page inspired by these colours. Here is the colour palate I chose to work with ....

color scooped

I did shudder, shiver and have palpitations for a wee while, as am not a scrapper: would love to create more scrap pages and/or canvases but never know where to start. So it is no exaggeration to say that this challenge definitely has taken me outside my comfort zone.

Surprisingly for me, I chose the photographs I want to use very quickly (which I thought would take an age) and then had to decide what to do next. Have to be honest and say that I did do several "dry runs" placing this and that before I started (which was done more for my own reassurance). I decided to do a scrap page on a canvas as wanted to have the final piece on display. I prepared the canvas with white gesso and once dry went to town with texture pastes, gels, backing papers, kitchen towel, stencils and of course, my pan pastels (most from the Donna Dewbury Set). The background is textural, shiny in some places and vibrant in others.

I also knew which words I wanted to use, the layout actually came together very quickly. 

What took up loads of the time was me. I was faffing around for eons deciding what embellies to use and where to place them all etc. At one stage I had sooooooo much stuff out that you couldn't see the photographs! I hope I haven't over done the embellies and lost sight of the photographs of my sons.

Surprisingly, I am pleased with how everything turned out and relieved as received a "thumbs up" from the lads .... phew! Please pop over to Sandra's blog next to see her wonderful project.

Pretty please ........ it would be wonderful if you could pop over to see all the projects made, as each person has used a completely different colour palate so your eyes will be awash with vibrant inspiration. Here is the list you need to follow just in case you get lost. 

We would love you to please leave a little comment on each of the team blogs and then go back to the Scrap365 blog to let us know you've hopped. We are also giving an extra little prize away to someone who leaves a comment on the Pan Pastel Challenge Blog (Donna Dewbery Pan Pastel collection) but we will check you've done the hop so don't be naughty now!

Think that's it information wise and many thanks for popping over to my blog,

x x x

Here are all the products I have used on my project (majority purchased via Polka Doodles or Your Creativity Store)

Exploring Mixed Media 2 with Donna Downey Palette Set    560.8 Phthalo Blue Tint - Pan Pastel     520.5 Ultramarine Blue - Pan Pastel   
69100_Sofft_Combo_Set_Contents_COMPRESSED.jpg   Maimeri White Gesso 200MLMaimeri Iridescent Paste/Gesso 200ML      Maimeri Glassy Gel 200ml

   Mask/Stencil Art A5 - Fabric    Mask/Stencil Art A5 - Stars     Cardboard/Kraft Art A5 - Stars     

Additional items:

Stampin Up - hearts punch and silver frames
7 Gypsies epoxy, clear domed stickers
MME washi tape, buttons and brads
Papers: from my precious scraps box!  

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Adding texture with pan pastels

Well it's Sunday again and that means a new challenge at Premium Craft Brands Pan Pastel Challenges and the theme this week is all about adding texture .. the more the merrier.

I have made a tag for this weeks challenge and used Dutch Doobadoo Fabric Art as my base. I lightly covered the denim material with silver metallic pan pastel to add a little shimmer. I also frayed the edges.

I have used the Haberdashery stamp set from Studio 12 and coloured the images with raw umber pan pastel. To add a shine, I have covered the images with Versamark and then clear detail embossing powder. The sentiment is from the same set which I have stamped with Versamark and then coloured with raw umber pan pastel and then embossed as per other images. I framed the image with a silver frame which I found amongst my stash ... need to organise my things one of these days!


I have added frilly layers using a doily, Dutch Doobadoo swirls, buttons and butterfly laser cuts. The buttons have been coloured with    pan pastel and again embossed with clear detail powder. The manikin has an added bit of pleat ribbon which I have also added to the bottom of the stamped tape measure. The backing paper is a scrap from a book tinted with raw umber pan pastel.

The flower has been made using an old shirt cut with pinking shears, rolled and then stuck in to place. I have used little blue ribbon roses in amongst the petals/ruffles. The tag has been finished with a huge ribbon bow.

Domestic goddess day for me today as have a birthday cake to bake as my son turns 16 tomorrow: a triple layered chocolate brownie cake and it will have candles on it even if he doesn't want them!

Have a great Sunday and hope you're getting the fine weather we are experiencing at the moment.

x x x

Products I have used. Click on photos to be taken to the Polka Doodles shop where they can be purchased.

Haberdashery A5    Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Butterflies   Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Swirls  Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Buttons   Denim Jeans - 2 sheets Dark   

Silver - Metallic Pan Pastel      780.5 Raw Umber - Pan Pastel       580.5 Turquoise - Pan Pastel   Fru Fru Ribbon Pack - Blue Hawaii    

I am entering my tag in to the following challenges:

Simon Says - tag it
Alphabet Challenge - buttons and bows
Delicious Doodles - anything but a card
Quick Quotes - tag your it
The Stamping Boutique - make your sentiment pop
Crafty Ribbons - anything goes
Paper Pretties - lots of layers

Saturday, 8 March 2014

We Do Doobadoo the new UK Doobadoo Challenge blog

Yippee the day has finally arrived for the launch of the UK Doobadoo Challenge blog called

and I am very lucky indeed to be part of the team. This means I get to play with all the wonderful Doobadoo products ... bliss.

Our first challenge is called "Hearts Forever" and this gave me the perfect opportunity to use the "Locks and Keys" laser cuts on my card.

I have covered the lock and key in Versamark and then coloured with Bronze metallic pan pastel. I then covered them again in versamark and this time smoothered both with detail clear embossing powder. I wanted both the lock and key to look aged and pitted. I handcut a heart, tinting edges with Raw umber pan pastel, and punched a hole in the top corner. I have threaded the lock through the hole and stuck it in place. As an added touch, I cut the key hole part away and put the key through, securing it to the back of my heart.

I have used the Flower Swirls stencil on both my card base and matting card. Both have been tinted with Bronze, Light Gold and Raw Umber pan pastels. I finally added a decorative border, which is slightly larger than the card base, decorated with twine ribbon, lace offcut and a huge flower. A sprinking of hearts and Doobadoo lazer cut buttons as the finishing extra. The sentiment is from SU (I think).

Boring domestic weekend for me unfortunately but hope yours is a little more exciting,

x x x

I used these products:

Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Keys & Locks      Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Buttons      Mask/Stencil Art A5 - Flower Swirl 
Bronze - Metallic Pan Pastel   Light Gold - Metallic Pan Pastel   780.5 Raw Umber - Pan Pastel    Versamark Inkpad

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

Bloggers Challenge - fabulous florals
Brown Sugar - make it sparkle
Jo's Scrap Shack - anything goes
That's Crafty - anything goes
Penny's paper Crafty Challenge - anything but square
Stampotique Designs - textured background
Aud Sentiments - any sentiment for a girl

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

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