Friday, 29 August 2014

!It's Christmas" over at Polka Doodles ..

Yep, the theme this fortnight over at Polka Doodles Challenges is "Christmas". I don't know about you but I am not very organised when it comes to Christmas ... cards normally sent (and written) late, present wrapping on Christmas Eve and just general faffing really. I blame my lack of organisation on the fact that we did not "get ready" for Christmas until after Luke's birthday (eldest son) which meant everything was indeed a rush ..... however as he no longer lives at home, I can't use that as a continued excuse (damn)!

I have dug out my much neglected Christmas Paper Boutique CD which is jammed packed with oodles of 3D card templates. I decided to use the pre-coloured post box templates and merrily printed off the 3 pages to make an A5 card. Nikky includes so many layers for us so you can add as many of as little as you require. I decided to make 2 cards in the end and each is heavily layered. Here is card 1 which I have made into a post box shaped card ......

The main image comes as shown (with out all the layers) so I stuck it to an A5 card blank and once dry, cut around the outside leaving a white border.

I have added at least 3 layers to my card and took extra time to make sure the post box really curved (which my photo doesn't show but hey, ho) and that the snow was piled high on the top.

I added an extra robin to the bottom and some Tattered Lace die cuts with lickle glittered hearts as a finishing touch.

Here is a close up of all the snow layers, which I have embossed with my Swiss Dots embossing folder and highlighted each dot with glitter. I also sneaked in some other die cuts (Tattered Lace) to give even more depth and a larger heart on the side.

Now after making that card, I still had another complete image and oodles of layers, so rather than waste them, made another card but this time I stuck the post box image to acetate.

I have used the same techniques and die cuts as above but as my card is on an acetate front, decided that I better decorate the inside too ....

As before I added some die cuts to the snow layers and finished them off with some Doodle Dewdrops and red Liquid Pearls.

Few, think that's everything but the longest part to making this card was the cutting out .... however you savvy electronic machine owners amongst us, would no doubt have completed this task a 100 times quicker (lol).

Gotta dash as need to get organised as am helping with decorating a marquee for a friend's wedding tomorrow but hope everyone has a great weekend.

x x x

Products I have used:

Paper Boutique II - Creative Christmas  Doodle Dewdrops - Berry Red   Stickles - Xmas Red 

I am entering my cards in to the following challenges:
Polka Doodles - get organised for Christmas
Completely Christmas - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
Crafty Creations - dig deep and use older stash (my CD)
Try it on Tuesday - use your stash
Tuesday Throwdown - anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut - anything goes as long as it's Christmas

Monday, 25 August 2014

Polka Doodles Work & Play CD 6 (part 1)

Nikky Hall over at Polka Doodles has developed this fantastic range of images called "Work and Play". What makes the CD, digi images and stamps so very versatile, is the fact that for each work role or play activity, you get a male and female version. You also get complimentary papers and sentiments to match too ...... a big thumbs up from me! I have been using images from the "Work & Play 6" collection ....... yep, there are another 5 collections before this one which you can find in the Polka Doodles shop HERE.

 ** Work & Play Collection 6 - BONUS EDITION

Today I am sharing my DT projects with the football images and have to say that my inspiration for this "no measure box card" (You Tube video HERE) was inspired by my teamie Claire Bolema.

All the images are included on the CD and I have cut them out, mounted on to acetate and then randomly placed them: they add a movement to the card as if the balls are flying through the air. The real labour of love was cutting out all the bits on the goal ...... one of those "wish I hadn't started moments" but am in the end, glad I did.

side view:

Close up of the front:

I adore the "Goal" sentiment and on each tab I have added a football themed ticket sentiment (included on the CD).

I am entering my pop box card in to the following challenges:
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Ooh La La - fancy folds
Through the Purple Haze - anything goes
Come and get it challenges - anything goes with a sentiment
Fairytale Stamper - anything goes
Crafty Calendar - anything goes
Pumpkin Spice - children
Digitally Sweet - guys only
Sister Act - anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - masculine

For my girl football card, I have used one of the design sheets (found also on Work & Play 6 CD), cutting out all the images. I have used one of the football digi images, imported it into Serif Craft Artist, enlarged it to fit an A4 page and created my card base.

To add a little texture and to also break up the layers, I have cut out some faux grass, layering it up with 3D foam pads. The birthday sentiment is also from the same design sheet as is the "goal" sentiment.

The girl footballer comes pre-coloured which is fab for when you need to make a card really quickly and she also comes pre-matted too ...

Using my first football design, I then created the inside of my card (using Serif Craft Artist) and added one of the sentiments that can be found on the Work and Play 6 CD.

I am entering my girlie football themed card in to the following challenges:
Squigglefly - everything rounded
Whoopsie Daisy - girly
Come and get it challenges - anything goes with a sentiment
Fairytale Stamper - anything goes
Crafty Calendar - anything goes
Pumpkin Spice - children
Creative Corner - girly
Sister Act - anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - anything goes
Crafty Girls Challenges - anything goes

Well my holiday in Ireland is now over and I had a great time visiting Mam, catching up with the relatives and obviously a glass or two of the black stuff.

Tomorrow I will share some moe Work and Play 6 cards, so please do pop back over to see them. Many thanks for visiting as I do appreciate your comments and do endeavour to return the favour and visit you in return.

x x x

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Bold and Bright over at Pan Pastels

It's inspiration week over at Pan Pastel challenges where we try and tempt you to join in with us for this fortnights challenge "bold and bright" ..... so if you haven't entered, you still have another week to do so and you do not need to use Pan Pastels to join in with us but if you do have pan pastels we'd love to see what you create with them.

I decided to go all yellow, orange and red this week to create my card .....

I created the background using a dots folder and Perfect Medium. I first went over with Yellow Ochre pan pastel and then Hansa Yellow Tint (to colour the dots) and then went over with orange pan pastel. I then buffed the paper to remove any extra powder. Next I used Magenta on one corner and a mixture of orange and Burnt Umber on the other corner.

Next I stamped my background, first in Mahoganny distress ink and then with Black Archival Ink (using an Indigo Blu stamp set). The stars and dots are from a Lavina Stamps set, as is the sentiment (free with a recent craft mag). I highlighted areas of the images with a white GraphIt shaker pen and rich gold metallic pan pastel.

I also stamped flower images on to complimentary card highlighting them with white GraphIt pen and red stickles.The black die cuts are one of the butterfly corners from Tonic, which I have cut in half to place on either edge. A few white highlights on the seed heads for added detail.

Off to the local farm show in the next village along from Mums house and fingers crossed the rain will not make an appearence. Unfortunately the Tullow Show has been rained off for the last 3 years, so we have not been able to go along. Hope you have a great Sunday doing whatever makes you happy,

x x x

Products I have used:
 Pan Pastel Mixed Media Set 2 Rich Gold - Metallic Pan Pastel220.8 Hansa Yellow Tint - Pan Pastel   GraphIt white shaker pen

Wild Meadow A5 Red Rubber Stamp Blooming Great A5 Red Rubber Stamp by Indigoblu

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Chalk-Ah-Lot Cafe - anything goes
Fairytale Stamper - anything goes
Stamping Sensations - anything goes
Crafting for the weekend - anything goes
Crafty Calender Challenge - anything goes
Inkspirational - red, orange and yellow
Suzy Bee's -anthing goes
Artistic Stamper - anything goes
Brown Sugar - anything goes

Saturday, 16 August 2014

PART TWO - Shabby Chic picture with Doobadoo

Last week I shared how I created my vintage inspired dress using Dutch Doobadoo laser cut feathers and "Wonder Web", (see here). This week, I thought I would share my finished picture with you using the dress.

The current theme at We Do Doobadoo is "Shabby Chic", so my picture takes inspiration from those two words ........

My picture base was made by using the cardboard from inside a ring binder. The binders plastic outside was torn revealing the card inners. I have used one of these inners to create my picture as they are very sturdy and will take all the layers of glues and mediums I wanted to throw at it.

I began by covering the card in gesso and once dried, I then used the flower heart stencil from PCB to create my background. I mixed the light modelling paste with soft gold metallic pan pastel to create a shimmering, raised background. You can just about see the background in the photo above.

Next, using some postcards from a recent charity shop rummage, I layered them on top of each other to create a further background for the dress to sit against. I then stamped around the edges of the whole piece using a Kaiser Craft stamp set and whilst the ink was still slightly wet, I dusted over the images with the soft gold metallic pan pastel. As an added textural thing, I used Dutch Doobadoo laser art corner flourishes to create extra borders.


I used a doily and a die cut heart to create the perfect background for my dress to sit against and glued it down using a hot glue gun. I then began to add further embellishments to the picture and to add extra interest, I framed the embellishments. Some of the frames have been secured with eyelets and some with brads ..... no particular reason why, just that I did!

To match the frames,  I used some metal letters (both from 7 Gypsies) to create the word "Adore". I found some fabric hearts whilst rummaging in a drawer and I gently dusted them with soft gold metallic pan pastel and stuck them in place. At this point, I finally decided my picture was finished and quickly walked away before I threw anymore embellishments at it ..... lol.

Think that is everything but if I have missed anything or you would like me to explain some of the stages in greater detail, please do ask.

Am off now to take the dog for a walk along the beach before the rain comes in. Have a great weekend everyone,

x x x

Products I have used:

Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Feathers Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Flourish Corners Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Buttons Mask/Stencil Art A5 - Faded Dots 

Heart of flower Mask/stencil 6x6"  Rich Gold - Metallic Pan Pastel  Maimeri White Gesso 200ML  Maimeri Iridescent Paste/Gesso 200ML  Maimeri Glassy Gel 200mlLIGHT GOLD Acrilico 75ML

Additional items: 7 Gypsies metal frames and letters, ribbon and wonder web from stash, small fabric hearts (found in drawer) and flowers from various sources.

I am entering my picture in to the following challenges:
Altered Eclectics
The Artistic Stamper - anything goes
Tando Creative - lovely layers
Crafts 4 Eternity - something old (7 Gypsies embellishments, fabric hearts)
Crafty Catz - recycle it (ring binder)
That's Crafty - use stamps
Chalk 'n' Stock - use chalk (Pan Pastels)
Eclectic Paperie - embossing (my background)
Moving along with the times - feeling vintage
7 kids college fund - anything goes
The Crafters Cafe - anything but a card
Ruby's Rainbow - for the birds