Monday, 23 February 2015

Having fun with my pan pastels .... again!

I have had a wonderful week in Ireland visiting my mum which is just what I needed to recharge my batteries. The journey is long but definitely worth it. I took my dog with me too and he was a complete darling in the car and on the ferry but he and my mum's dog did take a while to warm to each other .... finally getting on, 2 days before I was leaving. Back to normality now .....

There is a new challenge over at Pan Pastel challenges, "pink and white" and for my birthday, I was lucky to receive a fantastic selection of ribbons and lace which I just had to use on my project.

I have created my background using a heart stencil from ARTplorations which I covered in Perfect medium and then covered in white and clear embossing powders, and using magenta pan pastel, lightly coloured the edges. On another piece of linen card I used the same stencil with Perfect medium but this time coloured the panel with magenta and red pearlescent pan pastel. They were blended out with the colourless blender.

Next I over stamped with a Lavinia stamps image, embossing with white detail powder. I stamped the "Happy" with Umber Versa Colour ink pad. I have added white highlights using my GraphIt shaker pen. This is part of the STAMPlorations "happy" sentiment builders set.

I layered the panel on top of some pink crochet lace topped off with some white decorative lace. As a finishing touch, I added some pink ribbon roses, heart pins and a stamped butterfly (coloured with Magenta and Magenta extra dark pan pastels). The sentiments were stamped with the same Umber Versa Colour ink and added to the pins.

Right better get my act together and get the washing put away, plus do a little bit of tidying u.

x x x

Products I used:-

Pan Pastel - pink and white
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - always anything goes
Crafty Boots - use a sentiment
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
The Pink Elephant Challenge - anything goes
LTSCB - anything goes
Addicted to stamps - dry embossing
Come and get it - lots of layers
Fantasy Stampers - pretty in pink
STAMPlorations - stamps and hearts

Friday, 20 February 2015

Making music with Kraft and Polka Doodles ...

I am unfortunately a week behind with my blogging as I decided to take a little time off from the internet, which was actually quite liberating ...! All devises had the internet switched off and I went back to the old fashioned way of talking to people ... yep, I used the old land line and talked to people in person. I know ... shock, horror ... but it was great not being on call 24/7 for nothing in particular. Even better not being dragged to check status's or see the latest tweet and spending quality time with my family. However, normality calls again but I now know that I will definitely be trying to give myself breaks from the internet more often ... just got to get a little bit more organised next time.

The last challenge over at Polka Doodles was "kraft inspired" and I wanted to use one of the fab design sheets from the Work and Play 8, Music collection to create my card.

All the elements are from the design sheet although I have added some die cut stars cut from papers from the same CD. The card blank is made from a dark kraft card and lighter shades of kraft card have been used for matting and layering purposes.

I adore the guitar rocker and the sentiment is just perfect for this image too. Well guess what? A new challenge starts today over at Polka Doodles so best hurry up and get myself organised with a project ready to share ....

Happy Friday everyone,

x x x

Products I used:

Scrap and Craft - birthday
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
Creative Card Crew - birthday with a sentiment
Crafts Galore - use a digi
Digi Galore - anything goes
Sparkles - one for the boys

Saturday, 7 February 2015

"You make my heart sing" .... with Dutch Doobadoo

After having a rubbish start to the week, the last few days have flown past .... supersonic fast! In fact so fast, I forgot what day it was today! Only one more week and it's half term and boy oh boy, am I looking forward to a week without an alarm clock going off in the mornings ... aahhhh, bliss.

The theme this fortnight over at We Do Doobadoo is "hearts and flowers" and I have decided to use the lovely "pressed roses" stamp set from Joanna Sheen. I really enjoyed using this set and am quite cross with myself that it's only been inked twice ...

The background was made by covering the Dutch Doobadoo "small circles" stencil with Perfect Medium. I then ran the stencil through my Grand Calibur and then covered the recessed areas with Gold Glitter embossing powder.

Using a chipboard mannequin figure, I over stamped it with a background stamp I have (think it was a magazine freebie) and embossed the mannequin with clear embossing powder. Next came the roses and leaves which have been stamped on to cream card, coloured with pan pastels. The centres are tiny drops of gold liquid pearls.

The mannequin has been mounted on to a piece of American Crafts paper (Lucky Charm) and a piece of corrugated card (tinted with white acrylic paint). The sentiment is from the same paper pack. As added embellishment, you can just about spot flourish corners laser art.

Next, I covered the mannequin with a delicate lace ribbon (to create a skirt) and then I began layering the flowers, leaves and sentiment. I even put some of the rose images at the bottom of the mannequin. As a final finishing touch, I added my hearts punched from the same paper but as it is double sided, I could get 2 different patterns of the hearts.

Products I used .., (please just click on photo for further info):

Have a great weekend everyone,

x x x

Brown Sugar - anything goes
Fussy and Fancy - it's all about love
STAMPlorations - hearts and flowers
Dragon Lair Designs - hearts and flowers
My Artisitic Adventures - warms the heart
Sisters of Craft - anything goes
Allsorts - Love is all around
Crafty Calendar Challenge - anything goes
Fantasy Stampers - p.s I love you
Hiding in my craftroom - Blushing Rose

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Recycling a chocolate box with Octavia Dragonfly

I have a huge drawer of boxes and containers that I know one day I will turn in to something ..... what, I'm not sure but I will alter them somehow. This time it was the turn of a chocolate box which had great deep sides and looks similar to a box frame. I have only used the lid, so still have the base to play with .....

I used the Octavia Dragonfly image from Polka Doodles as my main image and inspiration for my mixed media piece.

One of my birthday presents was wrapped in black tissue paper .... a lot of tissue paper, so being a canny crafter, I spirited it away to use one day. I covered my box in the tissue paper and sealed it with Maimeri Gloss Gel. I made sure that it was all crinkly and multi layered. Once dry, I covered it with pewter and silver pan pastels, sealing again with the Maimeri Glassy Gel.

I then covered the background with torn paper pieces from the CD (or download kit), edging them first in magenta pan pastel. Again they were sealed with Maimeri Glassy Gel.

Next came the decorating or basically throwing everything at it .... hee, hee, hee. I have used a range of the ephemera pieces found in the kit, layering them up over the box. I have added flowers found again in the same kit, layering with huge paper roses, lace and beaded berries. On the top edges I have added butterfly edging die cut. In the corner there are also hanging crystals and lace to create some movement.

Octavia has been mounted and raised from the background to be amongst the words, (sentiment also on CD). As a finishing touch, I added grommets and eyelets around the edges.

I also used the same butterfly edge behind the front frame as I felt there needed to be something there! I backed the frame with acetate so that I had somewhere to stick my words too.

Phew ... think that's everything. I just wanted to make a mixed media piece that combined all the messy bits with printable items as sometimes we seem to compartmentalise each crafting genre rather than realising they can work together ... if you want them too!

Right I'm off to make myself a huge honey and lemon as my eyes are stinging. my nose is running, I'm sneezing up a storm and basically, feel a little sorry for myself ...Maybe I can pretend it's man flu to get extra sympathy ... hee, hee, hee.

x x x

Products I used:

Creative Corner Challenges - wonderland
Fussy and Fancy - things with wings
Polka Doodles - flower power
Come and get it challenges - texture
Allsorts - flower power
My time to craft - bugs and insects
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Through the purple haze - anything goes

Sunday, 1 February 2015

"Love is in the air" ..... with pan pastels

One of my New Years resolutions I am going to try and stick to in 2015, is to do more scrapbook pages. I'm not ready to embrace "Project Life" just yet as still feel the need to create a page so I can remember all the feelings from the photograph whilst I hurl all my crafty stash  at the page ... mind you picking a photograph to use, needs to drastically speed up!

Here is a page I recently made combining stamping and die cutting. I chose the photo because myself and Mr S will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary this year ... remember the day well (as I should) but primarily as we got married around the World Cup. Luckily England weren't playing until the Monday after our wedding. However they were playing Ireland and being of Irish extraction, there were one or two heated conversations around the pending result ... which ended in a 1 - 1 draw (phew).

Anyhow, on to my page .....

I used a locked key stencil to create my first background using Maimeri Glassy Gel and Iridescent paste. Once dry, I brushed white acrylic paint on the edges (using my finger) to highlight the rough edges. I added slight shading using raw umber pan pastel.

Next I created my central panel with water colour card tearing the edges. The photograph was mounted on to light kraft card and again, the edges were torn. I added die cut layers to the top right corner, finishing off with a butterfly. On the opposite side, I placed chipboard banners and another butterfly. All die cuts were aged with pan pastels and white acrylic paint.

I added the dress (tattered Lace Mannequin die) cutting it from the same light kraft card. The underneath layer was made by drawing around the die and cutting this out.

The heart is a Premium Craft Brands stencil covered in Maimeri iridescent paste, colour tinted with raw umber pan pastel and white acrylic paint. On the heart I have placed my stamped image - Tatty Twinkle "Friends" which was stamped in Walnut Stain distress ink (on to the light kraft card) and water coloured with the same ink. I added a few white highlights using a Prisma Colour pencil(s).

 Tatty Twinkle, Friends

Finally I added some random stamping (from the same tatty Twinkle set), brads and lace.

The wording I wanted to keep simple and decided on "I do" using 2 different type of Thicker stickers. The "happy" phrase was taken from a "Happy Birthday" sentiment, cut three times in black card.

All the die cuts have been tinted with white pearlescent pan pastel and raw umber on the edges. It gives a slight shimmer but aged look to them all. The only one not treated this way was the black one in the centre ... it has white paint on it.

Thinks that's everything as I'm not sure my fingers could type anything else. Well better get going as Sunday chores are looming. Have a great day,

x x x

Products I used:

Allsorts - Flower Power
Fantasy Stampers - PS, I love You
Just us girls - sentiment as focus
Sweet Stampin'- Love
We Do Doobadoo - Romance
Crafts 4 Eternity - no patterned paper
Fairytale Challenge - something with a heart
Aloha Friday Challenge - valentine/love

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

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