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Showing posts from January, 2015

Flower Power over at Polka Doodles ...

February is imminent .... no, when did that happen!?!?! I'm becoming obsessed with time flying and have decided that I need to set myself another goal for 2015; to record at least one event each month in order that I remember something (major, trivial, funny or sad) so I can look back and see how I enjoyed my year. In January I have recorded my birthday, a couple of new techniques I have tried and what I would like to do in February. This fortnights theme for Polka Doodles Challenges is called "Flower Power". For my project I have used the Winston Deluxe CD to create an easel card ... I have used Etty on my card (image called Etty's new dress), placing her on a panel and then layering her up. The backing paper is also from the CD and has cute button flowers on it. I have placed a doily at the back of the plate and created a floral frame, using flowers and butterflies from the CD. On the front panel, I have used one of the sentiments from the CD to cr

Love a big bag ...... with Tatty Twinkle

I think I have finally realised that my preferred way to colour is with my new "lurve" ...  Prisma Colour pencils. I have even treated myself to the "skin colour" set with my birthday pennies and just can't wait for them to arrive. I'm not knocking any other colouring medium but think these are for me .... uuummm but am tempted by the Inktense pencils too ... Recently I was asked to make some samples for Stephanie Weightman with the new Tatty Twinkle stamps (designed by Nikky Hall) and I had great fun colouring up all the images. For this image, Tatty Shopping (from the Girl Time Collection), I decided to use Oriental(ish) colours for Tatty and the die cuts ... I cut all the bag die cuts out from Teresa Collins Fabrications paper and layered them on to black card. They were either finished with a flower and ribbon bow or alternatively with the string bow die cut. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. Here is a close up of Tatty and isn't s

Happy Birthday inspiration week with Pan Pastels

Although Pan Pastel Challenges has a fortnightly theme, we do have an inspiration post mid challenge to further inspire crafters to get their pan pastels out and have some messy (or clean) fun. This week is no exception and the fabulously talented Pan pastel team have again pulled out all the stops. Pop over to the blog and check out the wonderful projects. For my mid challenge inspiration, I have decided to paint and colour my images with pan pastels using a new stamp I received as a birthday present ..... thank you to my crafty Ninja's for a wonderful stamp I can see myself using time and time again. I recently went to my local Oxfam Book Shop and asked about books they couldn't sell and what they do with them. Being an avid readeer, the thought of desicrating a book makes me shudder but instead I bought a selection of damaged books that I can now use in my crafting. Win, win sirtuation. I stamped the image on to a book page and then covered certain areas with 3 circl

A little romance with Dutch Doobadoo

Another week has whizzed by me and I think someone needs to add a brake to Father Time to slow him down just a little ... pretty please. The only up side with the whizzing time is it is finally getting lighter earlier and the even bigger "hooray" moment, it's not getting dark at silly o'clock. I'm not a lover of being in complete darkness by 4 o'clock, shutting our curtains against the world and becoming hermits/prisoners to the endless darkness ... it;s so anti-social. The new theme over on We Do Doobadoo is "Romance" and I think I may have over done the layers and embellishments ..... I was given a present for my birthday wrapped in layers of tissue paper and I decided to recycle/put a piece of the black tissue paper to use. I have used the fabric stencil from Dutch Doobadoo layering it with blue acrylic paint and then adding a layer of white acrylic paint, finally finishing with a layer of Maimeri irridescent paste. You can just about see

"Happy Birthday" with Pan Pastels

Oh my another week has flown past and we are half through January already! Slow down 2015, please ...... ! I was very lucky and received lots of wonderful cards and presents in the week for my birthday making me feel very spoilt indeed. I'm off today to spend some of my vouchers today so have got my comfortable clothes and boots on as feel a mammoth walking session happening .... can't wait! The challenge this fortnight over at Pan Pastel Challenges is "Happy Birthday" and as it is my step-mother's birthday next weekend, so I used the challenge to give me the inspiration to create her card. I have used the wonderful Premium Craft Brands heart stencil to create my background and I used a new technique (to me) to create my background. I covered the stencil with Perfect Medium and then carefully covered this with magenta pan pastel. I then run the stencil through my Grand Calibar and voila, the stencil both embossed and coloured at the same time ..... little sc