Saturday, 28 May 2016

Scratch that itch with Polka Doodles ...

Happy 7th birthday Polka Doodles

As this anniversary is normally called the "7 year itch", the Polka Doodles team have embraced the prickly feeling by scratching that itch and mixing/scratching up some new images ... get the pun? Corny we know but the team have had great fun. So to embrace the “itchy scratch” the Polka Doodles team have thrown caution to the wind and “scratched up” a different kind of birthday celebration.

The birthday celebrations will be running for 2 weeks and each day someone from the Polka Doodles team will be sharing their “mixed/scratched up” image. It’s been all hush hush and secret squirrel too as no one knows who has been busy creating what and when they will be revealing their image... so the Polka Doodles team get to join in the fun too. To add an extra layer of itchy fun, everyone has also been colouring up the new “scratched/mixed up” images, (still not knowing who designed them) and they will be sharing via their blogs and on Facebook.

We really have scratched things up ... new merged images, no one knows who created what and no one knows when they’ll be sharing them ...!

Now it's my turn to scratch up an image and I have turned to the "Cool Tweets" from Not for Girls collection and added him to a selection of digi images from Work and Play 8 "Feel the Music" collection ...


I have coloured the image with my Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor pencils and am pleased with how the scratched up image has come together.


The backing paper is also from Work and Play 8, as is the sentiment. Musical themed diecuts are from Tonic cut in complimentary coloured card. I have really tried to keep the card all about the image and fingers crossed, think I have managed that!

Now I have a birthday discount code for you to use in the Polka Doodles shop and it is ...

BIRTHDAY 30
30 % discount on individual downloads only 
Expires 29th May midnight GMT


Been a bit of a manic week for me, so have lots to catch up on as am chasing my tail a little, so off to do .... well ...  loads of things !!!

Have a great weekend everyone and don't forget to use the discount code before it runs out,

Lou
x x x

Products and links:



Challenges:
A beautiful mess - anything goes
Creative Artisite - anything goes
Fussy and Fancy - dies or punches
Just add ink - something beginning with "B" - blue, bird
Simply Papercraft - anything goes

Monday, 23 May 2016

Printing on to book pages

I have loved working with book pages in my crafting and often go to my local Oxfam Book Shop to buy the "very preloved to an inch of their printed life" books. I couldn't bring myself to destroy a good book however naff the subject matter! So I thought I'd share how I print on to book pages, although there are probably lots of different ways out there.

I begin my adding a strip of double sided tape to the top and side edge of a piece of white photo copier paper and then begin layering the pages.



I add lots of different layers of book pages but try to butt the edges up against each other to stop creating different thicknesses over the page. It is also important to make sure all corners and edges are stuck down so that they do not get caught in your printer. Once you are happy, trim any excess to create an A4 paper, ready to go through your printer.



Next print what you would like on to your backing paper. I have chosen a mixture of digi images and papers from Polka Doodles, Winnie Fruit Punch collection.



For my project, I printed the same image and papers (from Winnie Fruit Punch) on to another two different papers: gold and cream.


 ... and using all the layers, here is what I created using Winnie Dandelion Days from the collection ...

 
I have coloured Winnie with distress inks and layered the image using all of the different papers. The background for my card as also been used with pieces from each of the papers. I have kept the colouring very simple so that the image is not lost.


I now want to have a go with magazine paper and see how images and papers turn out. I think it will create a totally different effect and might have to heat set the ink afterwards .... so watch this space ...

Lou
x x x

Products and links:




Challenges:
Sketch Saturday - I've flipped the sketch so I could have the stripes vertical
Chocolate, coffee and cards - just us girls
My time to craft - paper piecing
Lil patch of crafty friends - anything goes

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Lemonade Fizz meets pan pastels ...

It's Sunday and again I wonder how the weekends go so fast. It's be a chauffeuring kind of weekend as Aaron had his Leavers Ball on Friday so lots of driving to different gatherings, in lots of different places! Can't believe that his secondary schooling comes to an end and am now panicking as to what happened to the last 7 years!!! A new chapter to his life starts and I think he is very excited about it all.

Recently I have been making a project with my pan pastels (will share later) and had some water colour paste still remaining, so used it to create a simple, layered floral card ...



I have stamped the images from Lemonade Fizz Soup Stamps and began by colouring them with dry pan pastels and the to add depth, with the wet paste mixture. I should really say it's not a paste, paste. I carefully create some dust by scraping the sides and then add a little bit of water which in turn makes a thick pan pastels paint. I call it a paste because it has that texture. I hope I'm making sense ... ? I have layered the flowers up by stamping extra petals; instant fuller blooms.



I have used the raw umber with Perfect Medium to create the little hearts in the background and also to age the edge of my card. Gold GraphIt shake pen for the flower centres.


My card is finished with some twine and buttons and simply matted. Have left the card blank and will add a sentiment when I come to use it. Have been doing the latter quite a bit recently because I then have a greater choice of cards to use when the need arises.

Hopefully having a lazy Sunday just chilling and catching up with family. Have fun whatever you are doing today,

Lou
x x x

Products and links:




Challenges:
Glitter and Sparkle - anything goes
Stamping Sensations - anything goes
Crafty Friends - summer time
Eclectic Ellapu - anything goes

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Polka Doodles 7th birthday itchy celebrations ...


Happy 7th birthday Polka Doodles

As this anniversary is normally called the "7 year itch", the Polka Doodles team have embraced the prickly feeling by scratching that itch and mixing/scratching up some new images ... get the pun? Corny we know but the team have had great fun. So to embrace the “itchy scratch” the Polka Doodles team have thrown caution to the wind and “scratched up” a different kind of birthday celebration.

The birthday celebrations will be running for 2 weeks and each day someone from the Polka Doodles team will be sharing their “mixed/scratched up” image. It’s been all hush hush and secret squirrel too as no one knows who has been busy creating what and when they will be revealing their image... so the Polka Doodles team get to join in the fun too. To add an extra layer of itchy fun, everyone has also been colouring up the new “scratched/mixed up” images, (still not knowing who designed them) and they will be sharing via their blogs and on Facebook.

We really have scratched things up ... new merged images, no one knows who created what and no one knows when they’ll be sharing them ...!

Now my scratched up/merged image is absolutely F...A...B and so in need to be turned in to something mixed media(ish), so with that in mind, I made a tag card.


I printed Oddella twice: once on to white card and once on to a book page. Both images were coloured with my Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor pencils and then merged together. To add more definition, I have tripled embossed Oddella ... hence the "shine" on all my photos!


The background images are from the Polka Doodles Soup Stamps range, Little Kingdom and Lemonade Fizz. Again everything has been coloured with pencils and embossed with clear powder. A bit of mat and layering and then everything set to a jaunty angle. I have also glittered her wings, crown, the flowers ... quite a few things, all the GraphIt glitter gold shake pen.


Don't forget to pop over to the Polka Doodles Facebook page to see who scratched this up originally as they will have a exclusive discount code to share with you to use in the Polka Doodles shop. This merged image is now in the Polka Doodles shop at a very reduced price as it is birthday time ... Oddella with wings ... go check her out.

Have a great weekend everyone,

Lou
x x x 

Products and links:





Challenges:
Crafty Calendar - things with wings
Hiding in my craft room - feminine
My time to craft - paper piecing
Southern Gals - anything goes
Crafty Catz - anything goes
Polka Doodles - birthday celebrations
Simply Papercraft - anything goes

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Teapot card using Studio Light products

A while back, I created a MDF teapot storage using a wonderful kit from Studio Light at Personal Impressions, (see HERE) but before I stuck the sides together, I quickly drew around the MDF teapot piece to create a matching card. It was then decorated with the remaining papers and embellishments from the kit.



Here is a quick tutorial explaining how I created my shaped card ...


Step 1Using one of the MDF teapot sides, draw around the shape on to the cream card, twice. Cut our the teapots, covering one with a paper from the kit. Score the other design as per the photo. Place glue on the handle upto the score line, (this will form your hinge).


Step 2Create a tag slightly bigger than one of the image toppers from the kit; using the cream card. Punch a hole and add ribbon, distressing the edges of your tag for an aged look.

Step 3:  Adding some lace and ribbon to the front of your card and place the tag at a "jaunty" angle.


Step 4: Using all the elements from one of the decoupage pieces, create a topper. Place this on to your card front, covering a portion of the tag.




Step 5: Stamp the birthday sentiment from the Sweet Dixie Fantasy Floral Border and Panel set on to a embellishment from the teapot kit. Cut the sentiment in two and distress the edges.


Step 6: Place the first part of the sentiment on the tag and the other part on top of the ribbon/lace border.
Step 7: Finally, add additional embellishments from the teapot kit.




It was fab to be able to make a matching card because I now have a complete gift set. Luckily the teapot card fits inside an A5 envelope ... phew!





It's been a long week this week and I am very grateful that for once, time marched very quickly to the weekend. Boy oh boy am I looking forward to some chill time. 

Have a great weekend and hope you get to "chill" too,

Lou
x x x 

Products and links:
 
Studio Light MDF teapot

Challenges:
2 Crafty Chicks - anything goes
Aud Sentiments - anything goes with a sentiment
Craft Rocket - flower power
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes
A Beautiful Mess - anything goes
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Creative Fingers - anything goes