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Soft blends with Pan Pastels

Last week we kicked off our new challenge "going grungy" and I re-vamped a notebook cover. This week, using the same colour palate, I have made a mini clip board from a clothes tag from a pair of jeans!  I have used an off cut of Teresa Collins paper and aged it with metallic bronze and raw umber pan pastels. I then over stamped using the new range of stamps from PCB which are "deee ....vine   dar ... ling". I have embossed some of the images before colouring/highlighting them with pan pastels. However the main clock image and sentiment, I have stamped in black Adirondack ink, with the main clock being framed using a Rusty Pickle embellie. (I did promise that once I rediscovered these, I would use them this time). The flower is a mish-mash of different bits of flowers that I have previously Frankestein'd and layered together. I spritzed each layer (3 in total) with water and then highlighted with metallic bronze pan pastel and magenta. All the el

Easter wishes with Polka Doodles

The theme over at Polka Doodle challenges is "Springtime" and I decided to make an Easter card, full of spring flowers, for my M-i-L. I have used the brilliant cross template on Paper Boutique III (which comes in 3 different sizes) and I have used the A5 size.You get the cross, ribbon and oodles of flowers in each template, to layer up to your hearts desire. You can even make your card to be the shape of a cross by following the simple template. I have decided to put my cross on to an acetate front and put a further cross on the inside with the words "believe" running across the front of the cross (which you can just about see in the photo below). On the front I have used some inspirational words (rub-ons) as although I am giving this card to my M-i-L for Easter, it also allows her to keep it on display for as long as she wishes.  For added texture and layering, I have added a die cut cross (Tattered Lace) to the centre and heart shapes (SU punch). A

Going grungy with pan pastels ... plus a tutorial

This week over on PAB Pan Pastels challenges we have been asked to go all grungy and have to say, this actually stumped me a little. Recently I seem to have gone all shabby chic with my projects and was a little worried about what to make. After a quick rummage through my drawer of things I want to alter, an idea sprung to my head. I am also on a mission at the moment to use lots of my stash up that I have decided (for one reason or another) needs to either be cherished or alternatively is still too useful to throw away (and that includes papers I just don't know what to do with) .... so, with that in mind, I have altered a notebook. Now ... this is the time I urge you to get a huge mug of coffee (or tea) as I have written a tutorial about how my project evolved and more importantly, I used up some of my "precious bits" ...... here we go ...... I have had this paper for eons and it is a good weight paper so that is the reason I have probably kept it but honestl

Embellish, embellish and embellish with Dutch Doobadoo

Saturday has arrived and made me realise that the school Easter holiday are almost over and I will be back at school on Tuesday ..... gone far too quickly and still have loads to achieve on my "to do" list. Somehow I don't see everything being completed this weekend. The theme over at We Do Doobadoo this fortnight is "Embellish It" and something I thing we crafters all do. I'm guilty of never knowing when to stop sometimes and then regret sticking that last one extra embellie one ......! That probably explains why I don't enter too many CAS challenges .... hee, hee, hee. I have used an Envelope Art stencil from Dutch Doobadoo as my starting point and turned it in to my card base. I have tried to make it look as if the envelope is half open and "stuff" is falling out (hope that makes sense)?   The starting point for my card was this heart design (made using Heart of Flowers stencil) which I had inked and embossed and then cut out.