Sunday, 8 June 2014

Time is precious with pan pastels ....

With all the celebrations this week for the D-Day landings and with Father's Day looming, I felt the need to make something both reflective and also a card which I could send to my own Dad.

I'm looking at the calendar as I type and cannot believe we are already in June; time has literally flown by, in a blink. It makes me realise how important each and every day is whether spent with family, friends or work colleagues and how we should treasure each interaction. Nowadays we are quick to judge as the internet makes us believe we are more worldly wise, (than we possibly are) and someone always wants our "opinion" (usually to flog us something) and sucks us in to this vacuum where we interact over the "airways" and not face to face. The world is indeed changing, at a pace we feel we must keep up with, but how much precious time are we losing to sit back, reflect and enjoy? We are made to feel guilty (or put the guilt upon ourselves), if we are not always on the go but what are we missing/not seeing or appreciating? Uuummmmm, too many questions which I need to take the time to reflect upon.

Anyhow on to my card ..... taking the above in to consideration, here is what I came up with ...

I have used the Roses A5 stamp set. as adore all the elements of this sheet. I created my background using Diarylide Yellow Shade, Raw Umber, Hansa Yellow Tint and Rich Gold pan pastels. For my background, I have over stamped with the clock image using Mustard Seed distress ink. On the main image, I have stamped my images using black Adirondack ink pad. Hearts have been punched out from red card and layered with Thicker stickers. Also for a change, I have made a DL card!

I have deliberatley not addressed this card to anyone in particular as want whoever may receive it, to feel that it is for them and how much they are appreciated.

Off now to enjoy the sun, sit in the garden and just relax and observe life around me.

x x x
Products I have used:
250.3 Diarylide Yellow Shade - Pan Pastel  780.1 Raw Umber Extra Dark - Pan Pastel  220.8 Hansa Yellow Tint - Pan Pastel  Rich Gold - Metallic Pan Pastel  

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Polka Doodles birthday winners .....

Many apologies everyone ..... I was meant to blog this on Friday and "life" and other boring stuff got in the way. Anyhow, I added everyones names to Mrs as Mr Random.Org just wouldn't be able to cope (hee, hee, hee) and the winners are .....

Work and Play CD1
(Blog: Love that expression)

Work and Play CD2
(Blog: My Creations)

Work and Play CD3
 ** Work & Play Collection 3
(Blog: Scrappydoodledoo)

Please could the winners email me, putting "Polka Doodles birthday winner" in the subject line. If there is no contact from the winners within 7 days, I will do a redraw.

Congratulations to the winners and many, many thanks to you all for entering,

 x x x

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Adding colour to die cuts with Pan Pastels

The theme this fortnight at Pan Pastel Challenges is "One for the boys" and I decided that I wanted to make a "Dad" card ... not necessarily for Father's Day but for any occasion. I also wanted to show another way of using pan pastels in our everyday crafting, so I started by cutting out a lot of die cuts from off white (milk) linen effect card.

Here's what I came up with ..........

At least 90% of my die cuts have been coloured with pan pastels and I have used mainly colours from the Donna Dewbury Mixed Media set 2. Some of my die cuts have been coloured directly and others were covered in Versamark first and then coloured. The bigger star in this photo shows the colour of the original die cuts before they were "set upon"!!!

I also cut a heart/crown shape from a sizzix framelits die which I have coloured with Neutral Grey Shade first, then metallic pewter and finally a liberal coating of GraphIt Silver shaker pen. I adore the grungy effect and will definitely try this again.

The hearts and arrows are wood and were covered in Versamark first and then coloured. I love how they have come out, so vibrant. The stars are from Dutch Doobadoo and were given the same treatment but I couldn't resist adding a layer of GraphIt Gold shaker pen on top for added "zing" appeal!

All papers are from Teresa Collins Fabrications set and the alphabet are Thickers. All in all I am quite liking my card although I think I might have been a little too heavy handed with the embellies ... oh well. too late now to pull them off .... lol.

I'm going to have a restful day today as my lower back is aching due to a kidney infection and as I am back to work tomorrow, want to be fighting fit for the children (who will be hyper after a week off). Have a great Sunday everyone,

x x x

Products I have used:
Pan Pastel set - Donna Downey Mixed Media 2  Pewter - Metallic Pan Pastel  Silver - Metallic Pan Pastel  Glitter Shake - Graph'It Markers 
  Sizzix Framelits Cutting Dies Set of 3 FRAME, HEART W/CROWN 657555    

Studio Calico ~ Wood Veneer Hearts & Arrows  Cardboard/Kraft Art A5 - Stars  

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Allsorts - for the guys
My Sheri Crafts - masculine
Craftitude - pop it up
Jellypark - bold and bright
Simply Create - for a male
4 Crafty Chicks - anything goes
Delightful Sketches - it'a a guy thing
Moving along with the times - no image
Scrapbooker PHD - use die cuts
Crafting for all Seasons - boys will be boys
Paper Pretties - masculine