Saturday, 31 May 2014

Different shapes with Dutch Doobadoo

The theme this fortnight over at We Do Dobadoo is "different shapes" and I have been itching to use my teapot Shape Art Stencil .... what a crafty omen ... so that's what I did ....... (must apologise quickly as this is a very photo heavy post) ....

The stencil comes joined so that you can cut out both shapes at the same time (which is brilliant). There is also a bit at the bottom to give you the opportunity to join your teapots there, or alternatively, join them either at the handle or the tea pot top. I have used the template to create the opening at the bottom as I wanted to add a storage area to the inside .... more of that later!

I layered different papers using the template to cut the shapes and distressed and aged them with my pan pastels. I then began layering up all my "bits and bobs" until I was happy.


The hearts started off with union jacks on them (yep, not a fib), and I covered them with versamark and then pan pastels layering up the colour so that I had shadows and highlights. As added bling, I have added a Dutch Doobadoo laser art shapes: corner flourish and buttons, finished with a faux pearl. I stringed the hearts up to act as bunting and tied it to me card.

I have thrown a mixture of everything on the centre panel and some of the items have been pan pastel'd .... lol. There is a doily, paper roses, daisy flowers, leaves, laser art buttons, faux pearls, laser art flourishes and butterflies .... yep, a lot in a relatively small space !!!

Sentiment was computer generated and the whole sentiment is  ....

"Friendship .... brewed to perfection"

 I have decorated the inside to match the front of the card, although there are considerably less embellishments!!! I have created a "box" and stuck it down but not at the very bottom.

 ..... and my box is now full of tea bags, ready to be used by the recipient. I have 3 bags in the box and there is enough room for a tag too (still being made ... sorry).

Think that's everything .... oh, forgot to add that I have punched a hole in to the top of my tea pot lid and joined the two sides together with bakers twine. However, think I might change this to some ribbon ... not sure yet if I will ... will try the ribbon and see.

Now off to make myself a hot drink but not tea .... I'm a coffee drinker!

x x x 

products I have used:

Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Butterflies   Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Buttons  Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Flourish Corners  

 Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Swirls  430.3 Magenta Shade - Pan Pastel  470.3 Violet Shade - Pan Pastel  470.8 Violet Tint - Pan Pastel 

I am entering my tea pot in to the following
Hiding in my craft room - anything goes
Krafty Hands - anything goes
Sugar Creek Hollow - eat and drink
Suzy Bee's - lots of layers
A Creative Romance - girly creations
Crafty Catz - anything goes
Milk Coffee - anything but a card
City Crafters - banners
Ladybug Crafts - monochrome
PDELinky Party - food and drink

Friday, 30 May 2014

It's all about the men over at Polka Doodles

The new challenge for the next fortnight over at Polka Doodles is "Men on our minds" and I have used the image from Work and Play 3.

 ** Work & Play Collection 3

I have made my card with my dad in mind and as he lives near the beach; it just suits him perfectly. I have deliberately kept the layout simple as wanted the image and sentiment to be the main focal point.

The sentiment is actually from the doctor section of the CD but I though it would work great on my card. I have cut it out as a cloud shape to match in with the backing paper. A bit of green torn paper as my grass and a quick card.

A bit sad today as the half term week is drawing to a close and the weather has been pants! All plans about doing my garden have not materialised but I will get out there very soon before if turns in to a jungle or the triffids come to take residence !!!

Have a great weekend everyone,

x x x

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Crafting for all seasons - boys will be boys
Paper Pretties - Father's Day/Masculine
Card Mania - CAS
Charisma Cardz - Father's Day
Delightful Sketches - it's a guy thing
Simply Create - Father's Day

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

"Tag your It" with The Sisterhood of Crafters

This is my second card for The Sisterhood of Crafters as their GDT for the month of May. The theme is "Tag your it" and here is what I created ....

 Boy oh boy have I struggled getting a decent photo of my card as acetate appears to be somewhat camera shy (lol). After many "shots", I finally took some that didn't have a glare across the front or were out of focus ..... a great product to work with but very fustrating to photograph.

I have used the new stamps from Premium Craft Brands for my card and kept the design very simple. The background is a Spellbinders die, which has been mounted on to acetate. The main stamped images have been cut out using an X-Cut nesting die in 3 different sizes: 2 for the images and the remainder for the inside. I have tried to layer the diecuts so they sit equally within each other on the different layers.

The images have been stamped in black (with added silver highlights from my GraphIt shaker pen). I have used my pan pastels to shade the background and also to colour my butterfly. I cut 2 tags and stamped the sentiment on to them and they have been added to my topper with white organza ribbon.

I am now hoping (fingers, toes and other flexible parts are crossed) the Blogger plays fair today and actually allows me to publish my post (without an error message), which would be wonderful.

Grey, rainy day here so settling down to a bit of reading and then some crafting this afternoon. Going to have a "me" day which are very rare recently I can tell you.

x x x

Products I have used:
Glitter Shake - Graph'It Markers
520.8 Ultramarine Blue Tint - Pan Pastel520.5 Ultramarine Blue - Pan Pastel580.5 Turquoise - Pan Pastel

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Craft Room Challenge - things with wings
Deep Ocean Challenge - wings
Sweet Pea Stamps - no DP
Artisitic Inspirations - anything goes with a twist of "wings"
Card Mania Challenges - CAS
Imagination Crafts - wings
Dream Valley - things with wings

Monday, 26 May 2014

Water colouring with Pan Pastels

Yep, another week of blogger issues here, so again I apologise if my posts appear, disappear and then re-appear. I am hoping that they appear in date order but to be truthful, if they appear and STAY, I will be more than grateful .... hair pulling, shouting at screen, several profanities were the order of the day. Blogger and I are definitely going through a "rocky patch" at the moment and if I see another error message ...... aaaahhhhhhhh!

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Over on the Pan Pastel challenge blog, the DT have further inspiration to share for the current fortnights challenge, "Floral" theme. Here is my take on the challenge using the new PCB (Premium Craft brand) stamps ...

I have water coloured coloured all the images with magenta and bright yellow green shade pan pastels and love how the vibrancy of the pan pastels is not lost when used as a watercolour medium. Also you need a very, very, very little amount of pan pastel dust to create your watercolour mix ... a BIG bonus for a frugal crafter.

I also added some metallic rich gold to cosmic shimmer to create my raised gold dots which I applied with a paint brush, (because the bristles had turned very hard on said brush), for added texture and dimension. I added further gold highlights using my GraphIt glitter shake it pen.

Don't forget to pop over and join in the challenge because each week there is a FAB prize on offer and you can still join in even if you don't have pan pastels ... another bonus!

Right, gonna get on as have loads of things to catch up on with blogger .... commenting, posting and general mooch around, so why the going is good, I'm off,

x x  x

Products I have used:

680.3 Bright Yellow Green Shade - Pan Pastel  430.3 Magenta Shade - Pan Pastel  Rich Gold - Metallic Pan Pastel 

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Docerela - flower and colour palate
Charisma Cardz - may flowers
Dream It Up - flora and fauna

Friday, 23 May 2014

"Things with wings" with Polka Doodles

Yep, another week of blogger issues here, so again I apologise if my posts appear, disappear and then re-appear. I am hoping that they appear in date order but to be truthful, if they appear and STAY, I will be more than grateful .... hair pulling, shouting at screen, several profanities were the order of the day. Blogger and I are definitely going through a "rocky patch" at the moment and if I see another error message ...... aaaahhhhhhhh!
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We are in to our second week for the "Things with Wings" challenge over on Polka Doodle Challenges and the DT have created some fab projects to inspire you to join in with the challenge.

I have been inspired by Nikky to create a butterfly card after seeing her demo on Create and Craft using different butterfly stamps ...... so here is my homage to Nikky .......

I have used 3 different butterfly stamps from the Fairy Flutterby stamp range. These butterflies can be added to the girlies to create fairy wings or used as stand alone images. Here are the butterflies I have used ......

 Check out the Polka Doodles shop as these sets are now on SALE at the bargain price of £3.31 per set ..... fantastic bargain as there are at least 6 stamps in each set ...... !

I have water coloured the images with my pan pastels and added white and glitter highlights using my GraphIt shaker pens. Although I have stamped 5 big images, I chose to stamp an extra one of each of the butterflies, colour them, cut them out and then add them to my card, raising them up. The sentiment is from the Babsie set of Fairy Flutterby stamps.

Have a great Bank Holiday weekend everyone,


I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Card Makin Mama's - rainbow
Jellypark - bold and bright
Sweet Pea Stampers - things with wings
Addicted to stamps - anything goes
Crafting for all seasons - things with wings

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Coffee and pan pastels

The challenge this week over on PCB Pan Pastel Challenges is "florals" and I have decided to challenge myself even further this week .... I have altered an empty coffee can!


I have used Kaiser Kraft papers which have been embossed with the Chrysanthemum stencil and then on some of the papers, I have added Maimeri iridescent paste to add greater height and texture. All papers have been adhered with Maimeri matt gel and then smothered with it on the top too! Once dry, I stamped over the papers with clock and butterfly images, finishing with a sentiment. All these stamps are from the new PCB stamp range (designed by Nikky Hall).

The front (if you can have a front on a circle), has been decorated with roses (tinted with magenta pan pastels and GraphIt glitter shaker pen) and a tag. The tag has been made using the same paper for the outside of the can, stamped with a rose using perfect medium and then coloured with magenta pan pastel. I am very much in love with all the clock images and sentiments, so had to squeeze a stamped clock face in too.

Around the bottom of the can, I have added lace and ribbon as wanted to add even more texture. Lots of embellishments squirrelled away here and there (as finishing touches) and before my can toppled over as it became too weighed down on one side, I stopped sticking anything else to it (lol).

Had a few blogger issues this week, so everything is appearing late or in peculiar order, so apologies. Fingers crossed, all has now been resolved and I can again blog to my hearts content.

Before I forget, my blog candy is still running until 31st may, so you still have time to be in it to win it. Details can be found HERE.

 Right, better get some non-crafting chores completed now as work looms tomorrow,

x x x

Products I have used:
Pan Pastel set - Donna Downey Mixed Media 2
I am entering my "can" in to the following challenges
Pile It On - Shabby Chic
Stamping Sensations - anything goes
That Craft Place - alter a can
My Sheri Crafts - flowers
Bloggers Challenge - things with wings
Simply Create - anything but a card
STAMPlorations blog - stamps and flowers