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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 t

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   S Bayles   (Blog: Love that expression) Work and Play CD2   Gina Thorton   (Blog: My Creations) Work and Play CD3   Karen   (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, Lou  x x x

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 e