Tuesday, 31 March 2015

"Lots of Love" ... Tatty Twinkle style

Whilst going through a memory card that I found, I discovered quite a few Tatty cards I had made and not shared. I also found lots of different photos I had taken when visiting Dad and Step Mum in Hove (actually). They are very lucky and live opposite the beach, so get to see lots of wonderful sunrises and sunsets ... they also witness horrific sunbathing incidents too, (say no more) ...!

 Okay, on to my card ...

I wanted to create a vintage with a modern twist style card, so began by covering a peice of card with old book pages. I then aged them using white acyrlic paint, raw umber pan pastel and magenta pan pastel. Once I was happy "faffing", (as my family call it), I then covered the background with oodles of "Lots of Love" die cuts using a Tattered Lace die. However, there was a cunning plan in my head whilst cutting these out ...

I tried very hard to place the die across my card so that I could then create another background (with the negative) and came up with another background (see photo below). I have mounted it on to gold card to make it "pop". If I am now 100% honest, this background is still waiting to be worked on ...!

I then stamped Tatty Twinkle "He Loves Me" on to book pages too. I have embossed the image in both white and clear embossing powders. Tatty has been coloured with Prisma pencils.

I have created a heart shape (using old book pages) and mounted Tatty on to this. Then I created a pleated ribbon using Kraft card and layered lots of die cuts behind the heart. As a finishing touch, I have added stamped butterfly images, and yes, on to book pages.

The sentiment is one I found in a hat box (which has been sitting on a dresser for eons) which was full of goodies. I do so need to go through all my boxes and drawers and really organise myself but that will be for another day as I think it could be a long task!

Right am off shopping with youngest son and off for a spot of lunch too.

Take care everyone and don't get blown away by these strong winds,

 x x x

Products I used, (click on images):

Artisitic Inspiration - anything goes with a twist of flowers
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Craft your passion - anything goes
Get Creative Challenges - must use a die cut
The Pink Elephant - anything goes
Through the purple haze - anything goes
Dorcela - anything goes
Fussy and Fancy - girly
Simply Create Too - anything goes
Simply Papercraft - anything goes
Come and get it challenges - one for the girls
Suzy Bee - anything goes with a sentiment

Monday, 30 March 2015

Colouring and stamping with pan pastels

Edited to add: this post is showing as of Mondays date but was definitely posted today, Tuesday. Not sure why and after battling blogger for too long, I have given in ...

I'm a wee bit late for my Pan Pastels Challenge project as my first idea is just not finished ... well it is 75% finished but I just can't decide on what to add for those finishing touches. I am frustrating myself immensely so have decided to walk away and come back to it at a later date.

So not to let my teamies down, I quickly rustled up this simple card using Sheena Douglas poppy stamps ...

I have coloured them vibrant orange/yellow to represent spring rather than their normal red and I think it totally changes their look; not at all poppy-like.

I stamped with Perfect Medium and then went over the lines with orange pan pastel. Before colouring the images, I carefully rubbed away any excess pan pastel so that I was left with white(ish) petals. Next using orange, pearlescent orange and pearlescent yellow, I coloured the flowers using a soft paint brush. Unfortunately my photos do not show the pearlescent shimmer these pan pastels give to your project.

The flowers were layered to create a bit of depth and finished with button centres. I did exactly the same with the leaves using chromium oxide green and green pearlescent. I also cut out and layered the leaves to give the illusion of depth/growth.

The sentiments are from a StampIn Up set, Precious Butterflies which have been raised with 3D foam pads. A further button has been added to the lower sentiment. The longest part about creating this card was the cutting out.

Would like to say that Spring has arrived here but not much evidence of bright flowers in bloom. Fingers crossed it will arrive soon but then again, we have a Bank Holiday weekend looming in the UK .....

x x x

Products I used (click on images):

Pan Pastel Challenges - spring colours
Everybody Art Challenge - anything goes
Paper Minutes - buttons
Through the craftroom door - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers - spring
Make my Monday challenges - flowers
Melonheadz - spring
The Crazy Challenge - floral

Friday, 27 March 2015

You are amazing ...

I decided to have another hour of cutting using lots of elements from the new Eden collection from Polka Doodles and I am in a real "floral" mood at the moment. I think I am desperate to see more spring blooms and that's what has influenced me.

I created a frame using the one of the floral branch embellishments and placing in to create a frame. I printed this off twice so I could add layers and dimension. Next I have layered one of the metal effect round frames and a beautiful bird (which I have glittered) and added them to the corner.

The sentiment is also from the Eden collection mounted on to 3D foam to stand out even further.

As an added extra, I cut out lots of flower images (from same collection), shaped and glittered them, adding a pearl gem to the centre. The heart button are again another embellishment you can find in the Eden collection and I have threaded some lace through the holes and added a pink ribbon flower to each.

I'm on countdown at the moment as Easter Holidays start on Friday and I am looking forward to the break, especially being allowed to ignore my alarm in the mornings ... yeah!

Have a great crafty day everyone,

x x x

Products I used:
The Eden Collection from Polka Doodles

Aud Sentiments - anything goes with a sentiment
Crafty Ribbons - anything goes (with ribbon)
Creative Knockouts - spring is in the air
7 kids college fund - anything goes
Crafting by Design - flowers with a twist
Crafty Gals Corner - anything goes
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters - come fly with me
Crafty Sentiments - inspired by a song (You are amazingjust the way you are by Bruno Mars)
Digi Chooseday - lots of layers
Through the craft room door - anything goes

Monday, 23 March 2015

Tissue Box meets stampbord and pan pastels

Sunday already ... where has my weekend gone? I know I've had two days off work but it doesn't feel that way. I would like to put it down to being busy busy but have had a chilled weekend. Oh well.

It's inspiration week over at Pan Pastel Challenges and we are still busy altering anything that stands still long enough and I decided to use an empty tissue box to create a storage "thingy". I cut it in half and glued the two pieces side on.

I covered the sides with a fab selection of papers I found in an Euro shop when visiting mum. They are by and a really good weight. I also covered the inside too.

Using raw umber and coarse black pearlescent pan pastels, I distressed/aged the edges. Next I dug out my fav PAB stamps: postcard and roses. I created some postcards using both the papers and the stamps, ageing them with the same coloured pan pastels as before.

I added the postcards to my boxes to look as if they were travelling memorabilia.

Earlier in the week I was having a good old chat with my PP teamie, Terry and I was moaning about how I faff on embellishing my projects, so much so, half do not get completed. Terry suggested that I only select a few embellishments for my project and just work with them, and them only. So I did just that ... sat and thought what would and wouldn't work, got them out and started making my embellishments .... but .... then I remembered I had saved some ace stamps (from a parcel from the US) and some travel related stickers, so breaking my promise, off I went to find them. Several hours later, craft stuff everywhere, I finally found them. Uuummmmm, lesson learnt but my time wasn't completely wasted as I have used them. Sorry Terry, promise to try harder next week ...

Okay enough waffle. One of the things I searched for was these stamps and they are perfect embellishments. I have used them on small stampbord squares which have been distressed and then aged with coarse black pearlescent pan pastel.

On a larger piece of stampbord, I began by covering it with distress inks and then misting with water. Next I over stamped with several of the clock images from the roses set. and using the etching tool, I added white highlights by scratching away the surface. Next I added some more of the stamps, raising one up. The edges have all been coloured with black coarse pearlescent pan pastel.

I added my stamp embellishments to the front of the boxes. I also added  my other "bits and bobs" until I was happy.

On the sides and back, I have stamped images and words from the same PAB stamp sets to co-ordinate with the front. I have not added anything 3D to these surfaces though.

Think that's everything and I thoroughly enjoyed really altering something from scratch: it was liberating. Now to get it added to the challenge blog ... off she runs.

Have a great Sunday everyone,

x x x

Links to the products I used:

Fashionable Stamping - favourite go to stamp(s) - PAB Postcard set
Scribble and Scrap - anything goes
Sir Stampalot - one for the boys
Mixed Media World - anything goes
Crafty Calendar Challenges - add some metal
A Vintage Journey
Brown Sugar - anything goes

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

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