Sunday, 28 September 2014

Embossing with Pan Pastels

It's week 2 of our embossing challenge over at Pan Pastels UK and adore how each of the DT have interpreted the them and used mediums and their pan pastels in different ways. I am in awe of my teamies and learn so much from them each week. The main thing I have learnt being on this team is to just "give it a go" and "go with the flow" ... well what do we have to lose? Just a bit of time and having fun creating.

So my project this week was inspired (of course by the challenge theme) but by my growing collection of tins (and also my families frustration of having them hang around collecting dust), so this week I decide to alter a coffee tin in to a vase ready for Christmas. Gotta to say that I am starting to scare myself with how prepared I am getting for Christmas: it's unheard of normally!

This is how my tin started

 and after a quick coat of Maimeri gesso, I then added a layer of Maimeri Iridescent paste which I applied with my fingers. I wanted to create an uneven feel to the whole of the surface which I didn't think a stencil would allow me to do.

Next, I coloured some card with metallic pewter pan pastel, stamped some little dots and flowers on it with white chalk ink and then embossed the card with a damask folder. I then cut the card in to smaller panel and highlighted the edges with white (fine) pearlescent pan pastel and the panels were stuck down randomly.

I then set about cutting oodles of snowflakes in cream card. At the same time, I used wax paper but to help the die cut release but because I wanted to use the wax paper snowflakes too. The snowflakes were again randomly put on the embossed panels and finished with a button and a card candy centre.

Around the edges of the tin, I have added snowflakes (cut in half), finished with ribbon roses (or is it ribbon with roses on ... ?) and in their centres some blue ribbon roses (discovered gathering dust in a drawer that I had totally forgotten I even owned).

Whilst I did enjoy altering my tin, it just doesn't do anything for me ... it's okay but not what I had envisaged in my head ... (if I'm 100% honest, I don't like it one bit) but I think it is important we share our failures as well as our successes because that's how we learn. I have decided that I am now going to drill some holes in to the tin and use it as a candle holder for Christmas. All I need to do now is persuade hubby to let me loose with his precious drill ..... watch this space!

Off to pretend to be a domestic goddess today (yawnsville) and do a little bit of gardening too. Hoping your day is more action packed than mine will be,

x x x

Products I used:    Maimeri Iridescent Paste/Gesso 200ML  Maimeri White Gesso 200ML 

I am entering my tin in to the following challenges:
A creative need - texture and/or patterns
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Dragons Lair - anything but a card
Winter Wonderland - layer it up
CRAFT - use metal or a charm (metal coffee tin)
Crafty Ribbons - buttons and ribbon
ABC Christmas - Something festive
Crafting by design - get ready for Christmas
The sisterhood of crafters - lots of layers

Sunday, 21 September 2014

It's Christmas with Pan Pastels

I blinked and opened my eyes to discover it was Sunday already. Where did the weekend go that I do not feel like I have had 2 days off work? Am in a bit of a moaning minny mood today as managed to tear half of my thumb nail off. The tear is in the nail bed and is so painful but I am being a bit of a "girls blouse" about the whole thing, which is probably making things worse. Even my youngest son has rolled his eyes at me and suggested I made a cup of "man up" ... what a cheek!

Back to happier things ... the theme this fortnight over at Pan Pastel Challenges is "embossing" and was a bit stumped first as couldn't decide where to emboss and colour a stencil, emboss and colour a stamped image, emboss and colour a die cut ..... so I did a bit of all three! I was faffing so much that I was in danger of the challenge passing me by ... eek.

I began by colouring my card with red pearl, magenta, blue pearl and ultramarine, blending the colours with the new pan pastel colour medium. I then used the Chrysanthemum mask with light modelling paste to create my back ground. Whist the paste was wet, I dusted glitter on top. Finally, once dried, I went over the edges of the backing piece with red pearl.

With my background made (and dry), I have used a doily as my centre piece. I have lightly coloured the doily with red pearl and raw umber pan pastel and then finally with white pearl. Next I layered some Tattered Lace die cuts (which were given the same treatment as the doily), on top. I stamped the stamp image and cut him out, placing him off centre.

Next I stamped some baubles with Perfect Medium and then used red pearl and raw umber pan pastel to add colour. The baubles were placed amongst the fir and holly branches.

Finally I added some ribbon bows and Doodle Gems. However, I still think it is not quite finished and I need to add something near the Reindeer's bottom area ..... what,I'm not sure? Any ideas welcomed.

Happy Sunday everyone and I'm off to spend a day colouring as have rediscovered my colouring mojo thanks to a recent purchase of Prisma Colour pencils and the Pan Pastels DT challenging themselves to colour with pan pastels ...... watch this space,

x x x

products I have used .... (I really do need to get the hang of Thumblink) ... lol  520.5 Ultramarine Blue - Pan Pastel  
                     Pearl blue              Colourless blender        Pearl red            Ultramarine

Single Colour Magenta Shade    Chrysanthemum Mask/stencil A4
                                     Magenta shade                         Raw Umber

 Tattered Lace Dies - Christmas Florals HollyTattered Lace Dies - Christmas Florals Pine 

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
DCM - stencils
4 Crafty Girls - anything goes
Chalk'n'Stock - must use chalk (pan pastels)
ABC Christmas challenge - something festive
Sweet Stampin' - Christmas critters
Hobby Book - embossing
Crafting when we can - Christmas
The Pink Elephant - embossing

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Gardening with Dutch Doobadoo

The theme this fortnight over at We Do Doobadoo is "masculine" and for once, I knew what I wanted to use to create my card. However, I was also attempting to keep my card CAS but alas, again I was unsuccessful. I just can't stop stick things on ..... !

I have used the gardener Bob image from Work and Play 2 from Polka Doodles and coloured him with my Promarkers. Although you can get him on the W&P 2 CD, I have chosen to use the clear stamp of him instead.

I bought several different coloured hessian rolls whilst on holiday in Ireland as they were a bargain... 3 for 1 euro ... and have used a piece as my background. I have also used 2 pieces of the honeycomb softboard to add to the background and then add some gardening bits (digi images from Sundae of Seasons CD).

Finally as I couldn't stop sticking bits on, I added some Doobadoo softboard stars and laser art butterflies. There are some other embellies too but these were from my stash.

Okay, it's busy, busy today .... tutoring this morning, local towns Michaelmas fair, hair is getting a prune and then it's time to turn in to a domestic goddess (I have to motivate myself somehow to do housework).

Have a great weekend everyone,

x x x

Products I have used .....

Gardener Bob Clear Stamp   ** Work & Play Collection 2  Cardboard/Kraft Art A5 - Stars  Card/Softboard laser Art A5 - Honeycomb 

Sundae of Seasons CD-Rom

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Cards 4 Guys - no patterned paper
4 Crafty Girls - anything goes
Aud Sentiments - for the men in our life

Friday, 19 September 2014

Winston meets my Prisma pencils

I was rather tempted by a wonderful set of Prisma Colour pencils by a very naughty Claire (who has a great eye for a bargain) ... such a good price that I had to have them and she didn't really have to twist my arm that much (lol). So here is my first colouring attempt using them ...

I have used the fabby sketch over at Polka Doodles Challenges for my DT card for this fortnights challenge and gone for quite a young feel to my birthday card.


Please meet Winston .... isn't he cute and adorable. I had great fun colouring him although need to practise a little more with my blending. He isn't quite so "yellow" in real life but the light here is naff so that means the light box will need to be dusted off and find a permanent place as Autumn is fast approaching.
All the elements for my card were are from the Winston Deluxe Papercrafting CD which is chocker block. You will not be disappointed and if you are in need of some inspiration for any of the Polka Doodles CDs/digi images/stamps, check out the Inspiration Gallery.

Phew, boy oh boy am I glad it's Friday as the week has been full to the rafters: good in one way as it has whizzed by but bad in another way as I am "cream crackered" and need the weekend to recover.

Hope everyone has a great weekend doing what makes you happy,

x x x

Products I have used ...

**  Winston Deluxe Papercrafting CD Collection   *Ultimate SMOOTH 250gsm paper pack - 100 sheets 

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Wags 'n' Whiskers - furry friends
My Heart Pieces - use a digi stamp
Creative Bug - child's play
Hambo Hoedown - kids inspire
Nut Crafters - anything but square
Fantastic Tuesday - shades of blue
Always something creative - children
Crafts Galore Encore - make a card

Sunday, 14 September 2014

"Frame It" with Pan Pastels

I have cheated a little on the theme at Pan Pastel Challenges this week and sort of framed my sentiment ... lol. I adore this little Spellbinders frame and just wanted to use it.

My background started as a piece of off white card which I covered with Magenta pan pastel. I then over stamped with Perfect medium and coloured the stamped images with some more Magenta pan pastel. For the off white panel, I stamped the same image and just dusted it with Magenta pan pastel.

 For the bird, (Spellbinders), I cut both layers in off white card. The background layers was coloured pink (yep, Magenta again) and the top layer had a merge of magenta and orange with a coat of clear embossing powder for good measure.

The flowers were stamped and embossed with white embossing powder. I have then coloured them with magenta pan pastel .... definite theme here (lol). After cutting the flowers out, I then added die cut flowers to the centres, finished with a pearl gem.

Here is a close up of the frame. It was cut out using off white card and then coloured with ......... yep, magenta pan pastel. The top layer has also been embossed with clear embossing powder. A few extra die cuts and gems and my card was complete.

Apologies for the delay in getting my post "live" but spending unexpected time with the family this weekend (which was brilliant I hasten to add). Hoping your week is a cracking one,

x x x

Products I used:


I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Pan Pastels - in the frame
Stitchy Bear - anything goes with a die
Crafting at the weekend - anything goes
Crafty Girls Challenge - anything goes
Crafting by designs - pretty in pink
Simon says stamp - create your own background