Saturday, 27 August 2016

You are blessed - Pencil case

I am in a real stamping mode at the moment and that could be because of all the wonderful stamping goodies I have received over the last few months. So it wasn't a hard decision that for the new challenge over at The Pencil Case, I would colour the stunning Lemonade Fizz Stamp Soup flowers from Polka Doodles.

Colours used:
Flowers: light carmine, dark carmine, Indian red and light flesh
Leaves: Hookers green and apple green

I stamped the flowers on to an embossed heavy weight paper as I am loving the extra textur it leaves when using my pencils. After colouring up the images, I cut them out and began layering them on to the die cut background. I am also in "lurve" with this panel die from Tonic Studios and appear to be reaching for it all the time.

The sentiment is a diecut from WPlus9 and I was given the dies as a birthday present, however sadly the matching stamps never materialised ... hey ho, one day I'll be able to get them ... (big sigh).

Busy day today as dropping mum off in Waterford Hospital for another eye operation so need to get going.

x x x

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Friday, 19 August 2016

Beautiful flowers ...

Over at Polka Doodles Challenges the theme is "Anything Goes" but the DT have been asked to add some texture to their projects.

For my project, I have used the wonderful Lemonade Fizz stamp soup set with papers from the co-ordinating CD. I stamped out the flowers and then re-stamped them in order that I had a further layer. Before assembling the flowers, I placed them in a dotty embossing folder ... which does not show in the photos as sillily I chose to use dotty paper .... head in hands moment!

The flowers have been mounted on to colour co-ordinating mats and then added to a strip of printed card with twine added.

Little stamped hearts were added to the end of each strip and they too were embossed in the same folder. Beside each heart, is the stamped sentiment "beautiful".

A quick card which I think needs to re-created in different colour ways ... I wonder if I still have any ink left in my printer ... ?!?!?!

x x x

Products and links:

Creative Corner - 3 layer card
Crafting with an attitude - anything goes
Crafty Girls - anything goes
Southern Girls - anything goes
Through the purple haze - anything goes
Double D - neutrals

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Upcycling a set of drawers - Lemonade Fizz

Arrived in Ireland safe and sound but we've decided today that we will have a "chill" day and just mooch around doing a bit of this and maybe a bit of the that and who knows, some of the other ... Spoke to the lads and the house, from what I can gather, is still standing and the dog has been fed and walked. Things are definitely on the up and the stress-o-meter on calm mode. However I can image the stress-o-meter will be on MAX tomorrow as A' Level results day for Aaron .... but I know my boy will be "grand".

Whilst having a cathartic clear out recently, I discovered these drawers and whilst I know in my heart they really should be recycled (as in go in recycle bin), the crafter in me was shouting loudly "NO ....... !" They were buckled, creased, torn in places and made from card, so not the sturdiest of drawers ...

As you can imagine, the crafting side won and I began by measuring the drawer fronts and  cutting 3 pieces of card, slightly smaller than the drawer front. Next the card was covered in light blue Viva Decor chalky paint but slapped on in a hap hazard way.

Carefully placing the 3 pieces together, securing with low tack tape, gave me a larger area to "play with" ...

Using a black archival ink pad, I began layering up my floral images, using Lemonade Fizz Soup Stamps from Polka Doodles ...

... and once I was happy, I began painting the images with my Viva Decor chalky paints: chalk white, light & dark green. The hearts were coloured with fired brick distress marker.

Once dry, the decorated pieces were stuck to the front of each drawer. Brass handles were added as a finishing touch and also much needed as there was no other way to open the drawers ...!

All done but now I need to find a space to put them and prove to the family that saving the drawers was the right thing to do ...!

x x x

Products and links:

Crafting by design - anything goes
Creative Moments - anything goes
Fab'n'Funky - anything goes
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - anything goes
Crafty Boots - anything but a card

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Dropping you a note, Winnie style ...

Every now and then I do enjoy making a shaped card, using the elements from the collection I am working with at that time. This is how this card came about as they were some wonderful tag shapes in the Winnie Fruit Punch collection that were crying out to be used ...

I printed out the chalkboard tag twice and created my card blank. Using elements from    design sheet, I then decorated both the inside and outside of mu card. I have matted several of the images with complimentary card to help them stand out further. I have also used a pre-coloured image, Winnie Wishes,  from the same design sheet.

All in all a quick way to create a shaped card by using minimal elements from a collection.

As I type this, I am in the middle of the Irish sea heading off to Ireland, trying to distract myself from the journey. Boats and I do not always see eye to eye or stomach to stomach ...

Hope you're having a wonderful Tuesday and your feet are feeling a little more grounded then mine,

x x x

Products and links:

Digi Tuesday - anything goes
Craft your passion - anything goes
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Craft-Dee-Bow - anything goes with a handmade bow
A bit more time to craft - anything goes
Classic Design Team Open challenge - anything goes

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Little Kingdom key holder

When the wonderful Little Kingdom Stamp Soup set were released, I wanted to do several things on the one project ... use my pan pastels, stamp (obviously), use stampbord and paper piece. Well if I'm 100% honest, things morphed and that's why I managed to use/cover so many techniques.

I painted an MDF key shape with gesso and once dry, covered the complete shape in white pearl medium pan pastel. This gave the whole piece a pearlescent look. I then sanded back the edges, exposing the MDF and covered these with the white fine pearl pan pastel. Sadly my photograph do not show 1] the pearlescent shimmer, 2] the distress effect on the edges.

I printed out all the papers from the matching Little Kingdom CD, 4 designs to a page. I began to stamp all the different components of the houses on to the papers and then began randomly piecing the houses back together. It was great fun and can a really random effect. I glued each house in place and then covered the complete key with a layer of Maimeri matt gel medium. I added the hooks and wire hanger as my finishing touches.

The stampbord key ring was made by gluing 2 pieces of stampbord together (from mixed shape pack). On the top layer, I used turquoise blue pan pastel to create the sky. Still using the left over stamped images on the paper, I paper pieced together another house. A bit of doodling around the edge and it was complete. I covered the completed piece with perfect medium and then applied a layer of embossing powder.

I thoroughly enjoyed making this as it was a complete and utter "escape" piece. Yep, I just let my mind escape from the confines of my head, and do it's "own thing" ...

Where have you escaped to on a crafting adventure recent;y?

x x x

Products and links:

Altered Electics - anything goes
Artistic Stamper - anything goes
Things to alter - anything goes
CD Sunday - shape it up

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Birthday Dah-ling ... Yar !

It's a new challenge over at The Pencil Case and we were very lucky to be given a sponsor image to use and I have coloured Big Eye Sassy Girl, Bianca ...

I have obviously used my wonderful Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor Pencils. I printed the image on to water colour paper which has given a real textured feel to both my colouring and also the image itself. The papers I have used are from Polka Doodles Winnie in Wonderland collection and I picked these because I loved the floral embellishments built in to the paper. I have cut around these blooms and placed my image behind. I thought that this gave the impression that she was standing in amongst the flowers ...!

Colours used:
Skin: light flesh, pink madder lake, light carmine
Hair: dark sepia, van dyck brown, raw umber & gold ochre
Dress: moss green, olive green, light violet, dark violet, aquamarine & black
Socks: black, light violet & dark violet
Shadow: silver grey, medium grey & dark grey

Simple mat and layers; some straight, some definitely off skew. I have deliberately used black card as my mat to make the image and paper "pop". The sentiment I came up with after I had coloured the image. I could just imagine her speaking like Patsy from AdFab and uttering those words ... all that's missing is a bottle of champagne.

Another thing I want to share with you (and I thought I already had) is the brilliant pencil case my sister made me for my birthday ... it's genius ...

I adore the colours and my pencils fit in there a treat. This pencil roll is only half full as the other pencils were being used. Sarah (my sister) made a prototype and I even snaffled that one too. I have my water colour pencils in that pencil roll - apologies didn't take a photo.

Right I'm off at the crack of dawn as whizzing down to Brighton for the day visiting my dad and step mum, then meeting up with mum on M4 (just after Severn Bridge) and then on to Carmarthen ...

x x x

Products and links:
INSTANT DOWNLOAD Digi Stamp Digital Big Eye Sassy Girl ~ Bianca Image No.108 by Lizzy Love   

Digi Stamps for joy - anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - use a digi or stamp
Crafty Hazelnut - patterned paper
Crafting Butterflies - something humorous
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Colour Crazy - anything goes

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

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