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

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I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

Friday, 7 November 2014

Recycling at Polka Doodles

I am not liking this "blink" and you've lost another day feeling. The clocks going back have not helped either especially as the nights are getting darker now ... it just seems as if the time you have out in the day, has diminished by over 75%. I always feel that it turns us all in to "anti-social" peeps, as we rush home from work, shut the door and close the curtains to the outside world. Okay, grump over and back to the post ....

This week over at Polka Doodles Challenges we have been asked to "recycle" and I adore these type of challenges ... and if I'm honest, so do my family. I have drawers full off bits, bobs and random paraphernalia because .... well, just because ... and .... you never know moments. Whilst looking for bits to use on my project, I discover a box (within one of the drawers) full of tags from where I have kept them because of the materials they were made from, the shape, the style or even if some instances, loved the quotes that were there. However after wasting a good 30 minutes rummaging, decided not use any of these tags on my project ... but did find lots of other goodies to use in stead (phew) ....

The "recycled" bits I have used are as follows: "kraft card" (used on this project) is the inside of a cearel box, the corrugated card is from packaging, the canvas effect card is the inside of a presentation box, the lace bits were off cuts from ... goodness knows where ....

I masked off the background and created a shadow using my pan pastels and then over stamped with poinsettias and snowflakes: latter from Christmas Doodles set.The poinsettia stamps are also from Polka Doodles and have been stamped on to white card and water coloured with distress inks. The centres were made using Doodle Dewdrops.

I "discovered"the tag was in another box of die cuts that I keep "just in case" and I have used a scrap of paper from the Festive Hollybobs CD (which was rescued from my paper bin) and the edges were shaded, again with pan pastels. Sentiment is from Tatty Twinkles Christmas set,

PHEW ... big exhale of breath as I think that's everything and as you see, I rather embraced the challenge theme.

x x x

Products I have used:

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Polka Doodles Challenges - recycle
Creative Corner - Christmas
Dorcerela Creations - red, gren and white
QKR Stampede - Christmas
Stamplorations - Christmas and layers

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

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