Sunday, 13 December 2015

"Ahoy Matey" pan pastel style ...

Oh my, time is rushing past me quicker than the speed of light at the moment. Christmas time in a school is a little bit busy and jammed packed with anything and everything ...! If I write another "to do" list, I'm going to drive myself insane.

Anyhow, on to my project for "Love to Create Challenges" and I decided to use up an old Tando frame I have kicking around. I wanted a seaside theme and found some papers I had printed off from Pink Petticoat which fitted my theme perfectly. I used the paper on the backing plate and sealed then with matt gel medium.

Next I began building up the card sides to create the depth for my frame. I cut some extra sides from chipboard as really wanted a deep(ish) frame. I used raw umber pan pastel on the inside to hide all the layers. Handy hint time ... Place a scrap of paper under the sides so that you do not catch your backing paper.

Once the sides were 'set', I covered then with a mixture of raw umber, yellow ochre and yellow green pan pastel. I set this with a fine mist of part water and part medium, (thank you Claire) remembering my handy hint from earlier. Next using the burlap stencil from Dutch Doobadoo and Maimeri iridescent paste, I created a textural background which still allowed the pan pastel layer to peek through. Once this was dry, I added a layer of white fine pearl pan pastel for added iridescence.

Before adding my embellishments, I covered the edges of my frame with hessian which sneakily hides all the card layers.

Finally, the decorating. I used a stamp set I have been wanting to use for ages but couldn't think on what! Images were stamped with Walnut Stain ink and coloured with raw umber pan pastel. The MDF embellishments were also coloured with raw umber pan pastel and sealed. Next it was layering all the elements up in order that my frame would still stand and not topple over from too much weight. I added some hessian strands as my final embellishment.

Right, it's Christmas shopping time as although I like to do things on line, it is also nice to see, feel and size up items "in the flesh". Dragging the lads with me which maybe a decision I later regret ...!

have a great Sunday everyone,

x x x

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Sunday, 29 November 2015

A quick pan pastels tutorial

It's a new challenge over at Love to Create and I thought I'd share a quick project with you using pan pastels ...

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Using the bricks stencil, run through your die cutting machine and emboss. Leave the stencil in place and colour starting with the darkest colour, raw umber pan pastel and place a the bottom of each brick. Next add yellow ochre and finally pearlescent orange pan pastel. Blend them together with colourless blender.


Using perfect medium stamp the roses, leaves and buds on to the same colour card. Colour roses with pearlescent yellow (in centre) and pearlescent orange on outer edges blending out with the colourless blender. Highlight petals using a rubber which takes away excess pan pastel. Cut out all flowers.

Colour leaves with pearlescent green, bright yellow green and permanent green shade. Again blend with colourless blender and cut out. Use pearlescent orange pan pastel to colour buds and pearlescent green, bright yellow green and permanent green shade for the leaves/stem. Blend with colourless blender and cut out.

Using the same colour card, cut a die cut frame and a smaller inner panel. Stamp the sentiment on to the inner panel and colour the edges with pearlescent red pan pastel. Place the frame and sentiment panel centrally on to the brick background. Begin adding the stamped images around your frame, layering at different heights. Finish the flowers with gold pearl Liquid pearls adding some wooden hearts as embellishments, coloured with pearlescent red pan pastel.

Apologies for the poor photos but I lent my camera to my son for a media project and I think he has fiddled with the settings although he swears he hasn't .... uuummm, was taking great shoots before it's outing with him!

Hoping to give my car a long overdue wash and clean today, if the rain stays away, as unfortunately it is looking very sorry for itself. Hope your day is a little more exciting than mine,

x x x

Products and links:

Allsorts - the colours of autumn
Crafty Friends - one for the girls
Suzy B's - use a diecut
Creative Fingers - anything goes
Daring Cardmakers - something stencilled

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Buttercups do make Christmas cards ... honest!

Had a good chuckle today as finally decided to clear out my spam folder on blogger. Several caught my eye one being about "dressing in style for your big day" and I thought it was targeting the celebrations market. As I am already married, don't need a wedding dress ... yep I know I have a significant numbered birthday coming up but not sure I would spend a small fortune on a posh frock for it, so was surprised to discover upon reading further, that it was about planning for your funeral. O ...k...a...y, different tag line I suppose but still a little creepy me thinks. Sadly this new tactic didn't tempt me.

Right back on topic, my DT card for the new Polka Doodles Challenge which is "white and one other colour" and I have been dying (sorry not intending to keep harping on about the above) to prove to myself that I can use my stash for all year around projects and not just pigeon hole them for certain occasions etc. With that in mind I have used the "What's up buttercup" stamp set to create a Nordic inspired Christmas card ...

I cut several different style circles of card and began layering my pattern on to the lower half using fired brick distress ink. Next I stamped out the larger flower several times, with the same ink and water coloured the images.

I added a ribbon to the centre of my bauble and began layering up the elements. I felt that my flowers were a little naked, so stamped out some leaves, embossing them with white embossing powder.

The wispy circle bits sprouting from the design are the small circle left from the die when cutting out my original circle and I just couldn't throw them away ...

All in all a quick card to make and have several more of these designs on the go but in different colour ways. Now better get off the PC as domestic duties are calling me. Their shouts grow louder as I keep ignoring them ...!

Have a wonderful weekend,

x x x

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Polka Doodles Challenges - white and one other colour
Crafty Hazelnut - dies or punches
Hiding in my craft room - any holiday
Crafting by design - get ready for Christmas
Crafty Gals - anything goes
Fab'n'Funky - Christmas
Mod Squad - Christmas floral

Friday, 27 November 2015

Belated "Green is the colour" card ...

"It's chasing my tail time" still but I think I have finally started to catch up with myself, although this could soon change if everyone keeps mentioning the "C" word ... not ready for that! I have ideas floating around in my head but that's about it at the moment but I think I can rest on my laurels a little longer as we're still in November ... please tell me I can ...!

The recent challenge over at The Pencil Case was "G is for Green" and the challenge was sponsored by Digital Paper Craft. I have used image Lillyskite Fairy, of course coloured with my Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor pencils ...

Simple mat and layering as I wanted to turn her in to a Christmas fairy sitting (hopefully comfortably) on a holly branch. A few holly diecuts and glittered berries as my embellishments, with a stamped sentiment around the sides.

I did have this card made over a month ago and have to apologise to my teamies for taking so long to share it ... Remember you still have another week to join in with the challenge, so pop over to the The Pencil Case challenge blog to see what everyone else has made.

Busy day today as need to get cracking on finishing the decorating, (which has been also sadly neglected) so old clothes on and brushes out,

x x x

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Crafting with friends - anything goes
GraphIt markers - Christmas
Simply Papercraft - anything goes
Crafting with attitude - anything goes
Creative Knockouts - Christmas

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Love a bit of upcycling ....

Slightly late posting my project for Love to Create Challenge but I do have an excuse ... distracted by another project which I couldn't leave unattended! It was at a crucial messy stage and I got lost in messy creativity. Anyhow, here is the part one of my project and I have done a little bit of upcycling .. from this ....

to this ...

I began by colouring up a piece of white heavy weight paper using my pan pastels. I then over stamped with small flower stamps in complimentary colours.

Next, I used at PAB stencils and Glassy Gel to add some dotty texture. When this was dry, I used white pan pastel to add a subtle shading. Finally, I sanded everything back and added more white fine pearl pan pastel.

 Now I'm stuck .... don't know how to decorate my box ... any suggestions greatly appreciated. I have bought a little door knocker for the drawer part but what about the rest? ..... stuck dot com!

However am pleased I have upcycled one of the boxes I have squirreled away inside a huge packing box ...!

x x x

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

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