Sunday, 27 July 2014

Summer at Pan Pastel Challenges.

The theme this fortnight is "Summer/Summer fun" over at Pan Pastel Challenges and I have decided to use the warm, hot and sultry colours linked to summer to create my project ... another 6"x6" canvas.

I began by priming my canvas with Maimeri Gesso and once dry, tinted the background with my pan pastels; yellow ochre, dairylide yellow, magenta, permanent red and bronze. I have over stamped the edges using the wonderful stamp sets from Premium Craft Brands and either tinted the images with pan pastels or embossing powder. As a final touch, I used the small circles mask from Doobadoo to add a further layer.

 I used the same mask on my oval layer to add both texture and interest. I again over stamped the edges with the Dandelion flower (from Premium Craft Brands) and then lightly colour tinted the panel.

On a separate piece of card, I stamped the clock images, (adding their centres and hands), the butterfly (twice) and the "Time is precious" sentiment. I lightly coloured all images using the same pan pastels as I used on my background. The only thing that remained untouched was the sentiment.

I layered the images on to the oval panel in a random way making sure that some images were higher than others. To set the butterfly off, I added two decorated pins (to represent the antennae) and framed these using a 7 Gypsies metal frame. Although the frames are bronze, I covered them in Versamark and used the metallic bronze pan pastel to add shine and warmth. I used an oval frame on the sentiment (die cut out first) but have left this frame untouched as wanted the sentiment to stand out (from the crowd, as it were).

 The top right corner now looked bare (to me), so I added a further butterfly and also framed that (colour tinting the frame as before).

As a finishing touch, I added some Tim Holtz tissue tape along the bottom and stamped the words "tomorrow" and "future" and embossed them with white detail embossing powder. Stamps are from Studio 12. Phew, think that just about covered everything but shout if I have missed anything!

Off to catch up with some neglected paperwork today and tomorrow as I have tried to ignore the huge pile but the letters just won't grow legs and walk away ....

x x x

Products I have used:

270.5 Yellow Ochre - Pan Pastel  250.5 Diarylide Yellow - Pan Pastel  340.5 Permanent Red - Pan Pastel  Bronze - Metallic Pan Pastel   Single Colour Magenta Shade  Mask/Stencil Art A5 - Small Circles    

  Mirror Gold Embossing Powder  Maimeri White Gesso 200ML  Inspirational Type A6 stamp set

I am entering my canvas in tot he following challenges:

Crafting when we can - make your own background
Pile it on - embossing
Crafting at the weekend - anything goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge - summertime fun
Suzy Bee's - anything goes
Dorcerela - anything goes
Stempelsonne - stamps as main image(s)
Simon says stamp - emboss it

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Celebrating over at We Do Doobadoo

Edited to add: in my haste to be organised (say no more) my post did not appear when I scheduled it. Would like to blame blogger but in all honesty, it was probably me!

It's been a little hectic here at the moment and was hoping for some extra "down time" as am on holiday but no rest for for the mildly wicked .... can't claim to be truly wicked as just do not have the time to fully mischievous (lol).

The theme this fortnight over at We Do Doobadoo is "Celebrations" and as we have a wedding to go to, it gave me the impetuous to make the wedding card, although have to admit, it is a non-traditional wedding card.

Using the small circles mask/stencil, I embossed all my layers and whilst the stencil was still in place, used a Versamark pad and inked the raised detail. I then applied clear embossing powder and embossed. All the papers edges have been distressed and highlighted using soft gold metallic pan pastel.

Using the honeycomb soft board, I created a base layer which to add my flowers to which are taken from the brides colour scheme. I have added some laser art swirls in amongst the flowers which I have attached some smaller red hearts to (not easy to see if photograph ... sorry). Again you can't really see them as I have hidden them behind the sentiment but I have used the laser art corner flourishes to create a decorative border along the paper strip. Such a great way to create a delicate border.

Using the figure stamps (which were a freebie from Craft Stamper magazine eons ago), I stamped them out using a Versamark and embossed with clear powder. I them cut them out and recovered them with Versamark and embossed again with clear powder. Once cooled, I lightly dusted the figures with soft gold metallic pan pastel and buffed them. Again using Versamark and clear embossing powder, I added a further layer and before fully "set", I added the little red hearts (which have now been set in to the embossing powder layers).

The sentiment is one of my favourites and have to be honest and say, normally use it for the inside of my cards (card insert) as I think it can mean anything to anyone for any occasion. However this time, I decided it needed "centre stage" and I think it goes well with the "non-traditional" wedding vibe I am trying to achieve.

I should mention that the hearts have been punched from the envelope our wedding invitation came in (as it was just too gorgeous to throw away), so I suppose I have incorporated something of their wedding in to their card .... ! I did make a matching box to put the card in but rather sillily forgot to photograph it .... oh well at least I remembered to photograph the card ....

Off to get my glad rags on now and hope you all have a wonderful weekend,

x x x

products I have used:

laser art Flourish Corners  Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Swirls  Card/Softboard laser Art A5 - Honeycomb  Mask/Stencil Art A5 - Small Circles 

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Crafty Catz - anything goes 
Artbymiran Challenges - anything goes
Crafty Girls Challenges - anything goes
As you like it - sentiment and why
My heart pieces - wedding
7 kids college fund - anything goes
Simon says - embossing

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Spotty and dotty over at We Do Doobadoo

Oh my, oh my ..... didn't realise that it had been quite so long since I last blogged. Unfortunately life got in the way and has made things a little hectic over the last few months. The other downside was that I completely lost my mojo and there were more projects in the recycle bin, than on my table. Things are now looking brighter especially as the summer holidays have arrived. I have to say that breaking up is great but I'm not bothered either way but this term, I desperately needed the end of term!

Before I share my Dobadoo project, I'd like to publicly thank my teamies for being so patient and understanding during my "absence" .... a big mwah to you all x

The theme this fortnight over on We Do Dobadoo is "spotty and dotty" and I have taken the theme slightly laterally by adding spots/dots to my project using Maimeri Glassy Gel medium. Have to say it was a complete pain to photograph .... lol

I have cut my card base using the largest die from Spellbinders Romantic Rectangle two. The larger panel has been embossed with the bricks stencil using my Grand Calibar and then colour tints added using my pan pastels. I then randomly stamped with a rose briar stamp (company unknown) and again coloured the images with my pan pastel. Finally, I have covered the panel with "dots" using Maimeri Glassy Gel medium.

On the inner panel, I stamped the same image, coloured as before and then added the "dots" using the Maimeri Glassy Gel medium. I finished 2 of the edges of the panel by using the Doobadoo laser art flourish corners which add that delicate "extra". I secured this panel to the larger one with 3D gel.
The photo above (hopefully) shows my "dots" added with the medium. They look great in real life as they add texture without blurring any colour from behind.

I threaded 3 Doobadoo laser art buttons on to bakers twine and wrapped this around my complete card securing with a bow. I then stamped my sentiment off setting it on the smaller panel. Finally I added some Doobadoo laser art butterflies.

Here are the products I used to make my card .....

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

Mask/Stencil Art A5 - Faded Dots

 680.3 Bright Yellow Green Shade - Pan Pastel  660.5 Chromium Oxide Green - Pan Pastel  780.5 Raw Umber - Pan Pastel  780.8 Raw Umber Tint - Pan Pastel  340.3 Permanent Red Shade - Pan Pastel

REMEMBER you have up until Friday of this week to enter and I know, my DT project is a tad late! Right better dash as have several other DT projects to post ...... eeek,

x x x

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

Deep Ocean Challenge - lots of layers
Our Daily Bread - stencils
Through the craft room door - anything goes
Try It on Tuesday - things with wings
Cardabilities - sketch
Country View Challenges - stencil it

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Inspired by Tim Holtz using my pan pastels

Before I begin, another big MWAH to my Pan Pastel teamies who have been brilliant during my absence ... and  a huge welcome to the new teamies too .... thank you ladies x x x

The theme this fortnight over at Pan Pastel Creativity is "inspired by Tim Holtz" and I have some stamps that I have been itching to use on a messy project for a long while ....

I have made a mini 6"x6" canvas which I covered with some paper left over from another project. I then coloured the paper with my pan pastels to create a sunny background adding gold highlight with my soft gold metallic pan pastel. I added various stamped images to add further dimension PCB clear stamps).

I then stamped an Indigo Blu stamp along the bottom and added green highlights again with my pan pastels. I then added a few green patches on to the background to create an ethereal look (?!?).

On a separate piece of card, I stamped the postcard and coloured it to match the background. I then stamped the butterfly image on to the postcard and coloured (of course with my pan pastels). I cut the postcard out and placed it on to my canvas background.

On another piece of card, I stamped another large butterfly, smaller butterflies, the sentiment and 3 dandelion clocks. Each have been coloured to blend with the background. All images were then cut out ready for placing. The sentiment (from Kaiser Kraft) has been chopped up, each word layered on to black card and then placed on to the canvas.

With the dandelion clocks, I wanted to add something to their centres. Buttons just didn't do anything for me and after a rummage I discovered a box full of grommets. I was over the moon at their re-discovery but have to sadly admit, these wonderful embellishments have been neglected for so long: in truth, I had completely forgotten that they were in my stash.

To balance out each corner, I decided to add a little lace scrap I discovered on the table. At first I thought it was too small to do anything with but then remembered I had a ribbon buckle embellishment (7 Gypsies) and added this to one end. To secure everything in place I added 3 eyelets.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting messy and creative: such a blast. Another canvas is already on the go .... and fingers crossed will compliment this one (sort of-ish), so watch this space. Well there was so much "stuff" out on the table that it was quicker to make another canvas than tidy everything away (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it).

Right I'm  off to sit in the sun and catch up on Pinterest as fancy doing either a sewing or crochet project whilst I'm off on hols. Thanks for popping over and I promise that I will be visiting everyone shortly.

Take care,

x x x

Products I have used:

COMING SOON ... new stamp range from Polka Doodles: postcard and butterfly (watch this space)

 Pan Pastel set - Donna Downey Mixed Media 2       

I am entering my canvas in to the following challenges:

The Sisters of Craft - anything goes
Craft my life - anything goes but no cards
That Craft Place - anything goes
Anything but a card challenge - anything goes
Melonheadz Friends - things with wings
Use your stuff - lots of layers
Crafting when we can - make your own background
Time for scrap - anything goes
Fan-tastic Tuesday - anything goes
Altered Eclectics - anything goes