Sunday, 2 March 2014

"Frame It" with pan pastels

Oh my, yet another week has "blurred" past me and we are in March already. Whilst I am happy that this means an imminent change in the season, I am a little frightened by the speed the year is beginning to go at .... I struggle some days to remember what I did, where and when .... as I said, blurring past.

Well it's Sunday and that means another Premium Craft Brands Pan Pastel Challenge and this week the challenge will be for one week only. The reason .... well can't say as am sworn to secrecy!!! The theme, however, is "Frame It" and each of the DT have used the frame in a completely different way. Pop over to the challenge blog and see what my DT ubber talented teamies have made. For my card, I have created a traditional frame using X-Cut (?) dies and Studio 12 stamped images around the outside.

To make my background I have used my pan pastels to show why sky starts and grass/greenery begins!. I have stamped the images with distress inks but have coloured/painted them all with pan pastels (my new favourite technique). I make a pile of pan pastel dust and add a small amount of water to create a paste. I then gradually water down the paste to create different paint consistencies depending on what I am painting/colouring. The flowers, leaves (Shabby Roses), swirls and circle dots are made using Studio 12 stamps and the sentiment is from Nikky Halls new stamp range designed for Premium Craft Brands.

Isn't that sentiment just brilliant (the words are just spot on) and can be used for any occasion ...... I have been using it on lots of different projects (watch this apace).  I have stamped it on a very light blue inked panel, finished off with a stamped butterfly. I have added depth to the butterfly by using a Doobadoo diecut paper butterfly.

I have raised the frame layer up with 3D foam and added extra flowers, always layered up with 3D foam. I have used a Doobadoo paper button in the centre of each flower with a dew drop as the finishing touch. As added definition, I have used the GraphIt white shaker pen and added highlights here and there. I think it makes the flowers "pop" a little more. I added little highlights to the leaves too ...

The swirls and feathers/wings are also from Doobadoo. They are so intricate but made from very sturdy card. Talking about Doobadoo, I was very lucky to be asked to be on their UK Challenge Team and am very, very, very excited to say the least. I was asked to supply samples using Doobadoo products for the recent Stitches show. The first Doobadoo Challenge will start on 8th March 2014, so put that date in your diary ...

A list of all the products I have used can be found at the bottom of this post. Have a great Sunday everyone and I am hoping it stays dry long enough to give my garden some much needed TLC .... it is looking so sad for itself.

x x x

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Daring Card Makers - the sentiment
Paper Creator's Challenge - squares, circles and rectangles
The Doodle Garden - anything goes
Little Red Wagon - yearning for spring
Jellypark Challenges - things with wings
Challenges and Candies - spring around the corner
Cute Card Thursday - springtime

The following can be purchased from the Polka Doodles shop (click on photos).

Shabby Chic Roses A5 Clear Stamp  Fanciful Flourishes A6  A5 Clear Polymer stamp Set - Love Your Life Graph'It Shake WHITE pen duo
Card/Paper laser Art A5 - ButterfliesCard/Paper laser Art A5 - Swirls    Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Buttons   Card/Paper laser Art A5 - FeathersDoodle Dewdrops - Clear
430.3 Magenta Shade - Pan Pastel680.1 Bright Yellow Green Extra Dark - Pan Pastel340.3 Permanent Red Shade - Pan Pastel680.3 Bright Yellow Green Shade - Pan Pastel


Doreen said...

This is just gorgeous,fab image and

Claire said...

wow this is a stunner Lou, gorgeous colours and the white highlights look fab. hope you're having a good weekend
Claire xx

Jennifer said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!! Thank you SO much for joining in our Anything Goes challenge at The Doodle Garden!

FauxPainter - Dee Paramour said...

Absolutely beautiful Lou. I love how you've done this card. really jealous as I don't have these lovely flower stamps.

FauxPainter - Dee Paramour said...

Absolutely beautiful Lou. I love how you've done this card. really jealous as I don't have these lovely flower stamps.

Gez Butterworth said...

Brilliant card! One of my favoruite sentiments, I've never seen it as a stamp before.. great!

Thank you for joining the latest dare over at the Daring Cardmakers this week. Gez

Lau W said...

Fabulous card ! Thanks for joining us at the Paper creator challenge !

Andreja L. said...

Thank you for joining us at "Izazovi i Slatkiši" this week with your cute Spring card :-))
Hugs, Andreja

Rosanne said...

lovely card! Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon!

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

This is so pretty!

PapierGirl said...

Stunning and I love the sentiment - so true! Thanks for joining us at The Doodle Garden for our first challenge! :)

Tracey said...

Beautiful card Lou :o)
Thanks for joining us at Jellypark Friends & Good Luck!

Keti said...

Gorjuss card. I love colors and flowers just bring spring to your blog.

Thanks for playing with us at Izazovi i sladkiši.
Keti (DT)

Claire Boelema said...

Beautiful work and I'm loving the PP technique x

Skye said...

Gorgeous card. Love your flowers and the design