Sunday, 27 April 2014

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 elements have been layered up to create my mini clipboard which I have then stuck to a piece of black felt (which came from the inside of a box) !

I'm off to pretend to be a domestic goddess today which actually means that I will be moaning, groaning and whinging my way through the housework chores.

Have a great Sunday everyone,

x x x

products I have used:

 Bronze - Metallic Pan Pastel  430.3 Magenta Shade - Pan Pastel  780.5 Raw Umber - Pan Pastel  NEW stamp range 

I am entering my clipboard in to the following challenges:

 Crafts 4 Eternity - use up scraps (Teresa Collins paper, Rusty pickle embellies and clothes tag)
Stempelsonne - brads and/or eyelets
Chalk-Ah-Lot Cafe - recycle (my clothes tag, felt) chalks: pan pastels
Dream Valley Challenges - say it with words
Chalk'n'Stock - use chalk (pan pastels in my case)

Friday, 25 April 2014

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). All the flowers have been layered up with 3d foam pads with extra little hearts tucked in amongst them.

Can't wait to see your Springtime project, so pop over to the Polka Doodles challenge blog and link up your project.

x x x

Products I have used:

Paper Boutique III - Projects Galore CD-rom  

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Brown Sugar - anyhting goes
Chocolate, Coffe and cards - spring
Craftitude - anything goes or Easter/Spring
Pattie's Creations - Easter
Digistamps 4 joy- Easter
Creative Moments - anything goes with a twist of spring
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

Sunday, 20 April 2014

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 honestly, it does nothing for me .... sorry! So I have covered the front of my notebook with it using a wet glue. I should add that i did take my note book apart first.

Now I have seen something similar to this on Pinterest where people have used die cut alphabets but I have quite a few alphabet sticker sheets left over from projects and sometimes there are not enough letters to make the words/description I want but I still keep them (just in case). I have randomly selected letters and numbers to fill the front on the note book.

Next using Maimeri white gesso, I have covered everything. Don't panic if you can still see the paper or letters as they will soon be covered. My handy hint is that I always work on wax paper, you know the paper you use with your dies, as nothing ever sticks to it and it saves having to keep cleaning up my glass mat or craft mat.

Now the fun part ... I go around the edges with raw umber pan pastel making the very edges darker.

Next it's on to the metallic copper .... yum! I wipe my sponge clean on the wax paper (which I will use later).

and the final colour (for now) magenta pan pastel. You can now see all the letters and numbers again.

Taking the "Hearts flowers" stencil, I ink through it with a red brown versamark ink pad.

I then cover all in the ink with clear detail embossing powder and heat. It creates another textural element without making it too bulky.

I didn't waste the ink on the stencil either. I covered the rest of the stencil and ran it through my big shot, embossed with clear detail powder and it was ready for another project (which I have used on here)

After embossing the cover, i went over lightly again with metallic copper pan pastel which highlighted all the embossing powder.

Using various Studio 12 stamp sets, I stamped down one side of my cover with black Adirondack.

I said earlier that I wipe my sponges clean on my wax paper and this leaves me with a gorgeous translucent background. I have stamped Shabby Roses stamps from Studio 12 on the wax paper using black Adirondack ink pad. I then cut them out.

Using Maimeri matt gel, I stuck the roses down along the bottom edge of the cover and then liberally covered the whole front with the gel.

Before adding embellishment, I re-punched the holes so I knew what space I have left to further play with. I've used my Big Bit but any robust hole punch would do.

Although I randomly placed the letters and numbers, I also added a word to the mix and I chose "ME". This could be anything you wanted including your name. I have used a white GraphIt shaker pen and carefully went around the letter edges so that the "ME" really stood out.

Now adding all those yummy extras. I have used a selection of Dutch Doobadoo products covered with Perfect Medium, then pan pastels, Perfect Medium again and embossed with clear detail powder. I have added some Rusty Pickle embellishments to my embellishments. I should add that I found a huge bag full of Rusty Pickle metal embellishments that I had totally forgotten about .... that won't happen again, I assure you !!!

For the wings/feathers (from Dutch Doobadoo), I did the same treatment as above but added a Rusty Pickle page edger, secured with an eyelet. I adore how this has turned out and must do this again ...

I added the arrows, key and stars to the bottom of the cover and further embellished with Doodle Dewdrops, ribbon, elastic and Rusty Pickle embellies. On the "ME" I added some feather wings, buttons and Doodle Dewdrops (because I can ... hee, hee, hee). I did use my glue gun to glue these in place as did not want them falling off.

On the side of my notebook cover, I added a Dutch Doobadoo lock and surrounded it in a Rusty Pickle frame securing only one end with an eyelet. I used my glue gun to put this in place. In the other hole I have used the same gold elastic and hung my feather wings, the large star and a Rusty pickle letter "L". A sneaky little bit of ribbon to hid all my knots.

Phew, that's it folks and many thanks if you have read to the very end. Although this project seems labour intensive, I can say that it came together very quickly. As one thing was drying, I worked on another and so on and so on. The longest part was faffing about with the embellishments and where to put them!

I'm now going for a long lie down as my fingers desperately need a break. Have a great Sunday everyone and can't wait to see your grunge project.

x x x

Products I used:
Rusty Pickle embellishments - tags, frames, edgers, eyelets   GraphIt white shake pen   Adirondak black ink pad   Versamark red/brown ink pad   Perfect Medium ink pad  Recycled kraft notebook

Doodle Dewdrops - ClearMatt Gel/Gesso 200MLMaimeri White Gesso 200MLBronze - Metallic Pan Pastel  430.3 Magenta Shade - Pan Pastel  780.5 Raw Umber - Pan Pastel  Heart of flower Mask/stencil 6x6"   Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Keys & LocksCard/Paper laser Art A5 - FeathersCardboard/Kraft Art A5 - Stars  Cardboard/Kraft Art A5 - ArrowsDoodle Dewdrops - Berry Red
I am entering my notebook in to the following challenges:
Chalk N Stock - use chalk (I have used pan pastels)
Dream it Up! - what inspires you
Miriam's Crafting blog - use texture
Sweet Stampin' - lots of layers
We Do Doobadoo - embellish it
Crafty Catz - B is for .... book,
The Artisitic Stamper - embossing and texture

Saturday, 19 April 2014

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. It was a "left over" from another project (all will be revealed tomorrow). I have aged it further with raw umber and permanent pink tint pan pastels.

Now for a couple of quick sneak peeks (and don't tell Nikky Hall pretty please) but that gorgeous butterfly is from a new stamp set to be revealed on 29th April 2014. I have coloured the butterfly with raw umber pan pastels and then once dry, coloured very lightly with my gold GraphIt shaker pen.

Here's another sneak peek at some more of the new stamps and yep, one is an aged postcard stamp, along with some clocks and wonderful sentiments.

I did have one moment of discovery when making my card and again I apologise if I am boring any of you who have already done this but I was so happy, I had to share .... in other words "bless" .. hee, hee, hee! I have used the Dutch Doobadoo laser art flourish corners and didn't want to just stick them in a corner, so had a play.

The corners look delicate but are very robust and take a lot of "man handling". I wanted to use the corners on my matting panel and finally settled on the position in the third photo.

Off for a bit of retail torture with Aaron today .... my head and feet hurt already. Have a great day everyone,

x x x

Products I used on my card:
Dutch Doobadoo Polyester Rectangle Envelope Stencil  Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Buttons Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Butterflies Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Flourish Corners   

 Heart of flower Mask/stencil 6x6"  780.5 Raw Umber - Pan Pastel  340.8 Permanent Red Tint - Pan Pastel Glitter Shake - Graph'It Markers
Tattered Lace rose die
 NEW PAB stamps (launch 29th April)
Papers: Prima, Fairy Belle

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Daring Card Makers - another dimension
Fairy Tale Challenge - butterflies
Wags and Whiskers - lots of layers
4 crafty girls - anything goes
Red Rubber Designs - back to nature
Addicted to stamps - anything goes
Crafting with dragonflies - Mother's Day or special lady
Fab'n'Funky - flower power