Sunday, 30 August 2015

Summer days ...

After an epic journey home which seemed to take forever, we finally arrived and peeled oursleves off the car seats. I think my poor old knees were locked in to a sitting position. Whilst it was great to see mum and spend time in Ireland, the journey gets a little more tiring each time. It must be a sign of age ...

It's a new "anything goes" challenge over at Love to Create Challenges and this week I have been playing with my pan pastels to create a simple beach scene. It was great fun and so much quicker than I envisaged.

I began by splitting up my card in to three pieces: the sky, sea and beach. Creating with the pan pastels makes the picture "come to life" very quickly and using a rubber, adds highlights here and there which is very helpful when creating clouds. I put the picture behind a handcut frame (with acetate) and placed this on to distresed wood papers.

Next I stamped the floral image on to another piece of acetate and cut around it. This was to create a muted shadow effect. I restamped the same image on to card and coloured with my pan pastels, cutting this out too. I layered both stamped images in front of the beach section using 3D foam.

The flag was made using a cocktail stick and a stamped sentiment (magazine freebie) and placed in front of the floral images. My final "fru fru" was some odd bits of seed cases which were from a pot pourri packet I found in the garden shed. A great find which fits perfectly with the scene.

I do rather like this card (which has a recipitant) and might have to make another but this time on a canvas but with crackle glaze and paints to create the background.

Right, going to catch up with my DT duties, a bit of blogging and with my family, so think I need to put the kettle on and make a large mug of coffee to keep me going.

x x  x

Products and links:

Eclectic Ellapu - by the sea
Fashionable stamping - seaside
Robyn's Fetish - square cards
Suzy Bee - create your own background
Wags and Whiskers - frame it

Saturday, 29 August 2015

The Pencil Case opens ......

Welcome to the brand new Crafting Challenge at The Pencil Case! The lovely talented Design Team members are excited to show how amazing Lyra Rembrandt Polycolour Pencils are!! This oil based range of pencils have been around for many years and are tried and tested Artist's Quality LIGHTFAST pencils which you will love!

Now these great pencils are really smooth and buttery in texture and consistency and offer a fantastic range of bright, vibrant colours which blend really easily and work on a fantastic array of different surfaces. They are German manufactured which means superior quality to many other well known brands and being Lightfast means that unlike other brands you can be assured if you colour an image with Lyra Rembrandt Polycolour the image wont be all faded in 2 days from sitting on a windowsill - UBBER important to us as crafters!

So for our first challenge here is what I made using the fab pencils ...

I created my background using my a Dutch Doobadoo stencils and pan pastels which gave me the brick background. The green paper was created using a further embossing folder, versamark ink and again, my pan pastels. Using scraps of paper book and map pages, I made my bunting and threaded it through my card base. The frame is a wooden one from my "things" drawer covered in white pan pastel ...

I punched some holes in the side of the card and threaded the ribbon through them ending with a knot. My image is layered on to distressed card.

I have used Oddella Twig from Polka Doodles Ickyink Art range and used my Lyra Rembrandt polycolour pencils in the following colours:

Skin: Ochre, gold ochre, venetian red, white, light grey
Eyes: light blue and true blue
Hair: black, medium grey, dark sepia, GraphIt white shake pen
Dress: Blue violet, Light colbalt, medium grey, white.
Tights: black, medium grey
Boots: Van Dyck brown and dark sepia.

A few found flowers and hearts as added embellishments and my card was finished. The sentiment is made up of digi scrabble tiles from Polka Doodles Work and Play 9. Now please do pop over and see what my talented team mates have been up to with their pencils over at The Pencil Case.

I'm travelling home from Ireland so will be on my journey when this post goes live but will catch up with everyone when I have completed the unpacking, bought some food and shaken the long journey off.

x x x

Products and links:

Crafty Friends - use a sentiment
Hiding in my craft room - anything goes
Pattie's creations - anything goes
Simply Papercraft - anything goes
Chocolate, coffee and cards - use a sentiment
Alphabet Challenge - no designer papers

Friday, 28 August 2015

Christmas countdown begins ...

Happy Friday everyone and I'm a bit perplexed as to where the last fortnight has gone! Our time in Ireland is almost over and it doesn't seem that long ago that we arrived. A great time had by all ... met up with family and friends, had a few pints of the "black stuff", ate way too much and spent quality time with Mum.

For the new challenge over at Polka Doodles Challenges, "Things with wings", I decided to dust off the Festive Hollybobs collection to create my quick CAS card. Although this cute image comes on the CD, as a separate digi image, I have decided to use the clear stamp version for my card.

I was very lucky at the end of term and received a huge voucher for Hobbycraft from the children. Whilst I had a list of the "must get" crafting supplies, I also took the time to rummage through the reduced bins. During this rummage I came across some decorative cards and although I didn't know if I would use the cards, my head knew the envelopes in the pack would definitely come in handy! Anyhow, I have used one of the cards which had a delicate heart border along one edge.

 I cut in to the border and then suddenly realised that the structure of the card was now compromised. A real "what the ...." moment. After walking away for a while, the "light bulb" suddenly came on and a solution presented itself; acetate. So that's what I did, added a piece of acetate to the inside of my card.

I did not want to over colour my angel as wanted her to still look innocent, childlike and whimsical, so only used three colours: white, lemon and gold ochre. The rest of detail was added using glitters and Nuvo crystal drops.

Well better get off the old lappie and start amassing all my stuff ready to pack in to the car .... and then it's back to normality next week .... big sighs .... ,

x x x

Products and links:

Crafty Girls Creations - anything goes
Crimbo Crackers - small and cute
Addicted to stamps - CAS
Crafting by design - things with wings
Fab'n'Funky - things with wings

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Enjoy each moment ...

That phrase is definitely a mantra worth living by ....

It is definitely one of my favourite sayings from the Premium Craft Brand stamp sets and I do use it whenever I can. My card "sort of" morphed in to something else as the panels were originally joined together but I ended up cutting them up as I couldn't get all my butterflies on! I masked each section off and added my colour (using pearlescent pan pastels) and then over stamped using a Versamark ink pad. I then went back over the stamped images with the same colour pearlescent pan pastel to add a deeper tone.

Next I stamped oout three butterflies and coloured them with pearlescent pan pastesl so that they could be layered on to the different coloured blocks. I tried to make sure the colours matched the blocks I wanted the butterflies to appear on.

The sentiment was stamped, lightly coloured and mounted on to 3D foam. As added "fru fru", a few sequins and gems were added.

Well as is the norm here in Ireland, the weather is wet; in fact, very wet! Popping out for a spot of lunch and then a day just chilling. Might have to play a game or two as well; Discovery Ireland or even Discovery Europe.

What ever you are doing today, have a wonderful time,

x x x

Products and links:


Friday, 21 August 2015

Another "new" crafty thing ...

We had a great day yesterday acting all touristy in Kilkenny popping in out of all the shops, walk along the river and a quick nose at the castle. We also successful ignored the weather ... which Met Eireann got completely wrong, (or we misinterpreted), so we really did look like tourists!

The challenge over at Polka Doodles Challenges is "use something new" and us crafters never, ever find that too much of a problem! Whether it's new dies, stamps, papers, embellishments, images, inks, pens, pencils ...... and the list goes on and on and on and on ....... come on, you know exactly what I'm on about, don't you? So my something new is a wonderful new image from Twiggy and Toots Festive Collection coloured with my new Lyra Rembrant Polycolour pencils.

I cut Twiggy out, shaped him and mounted him on to my card base slipping the sentiment behind. I glittered his hat and pom pom for added festive sparkle. To make his eyes "pop", I added a little glaze.

Finally, I added a little shadow using the light grey pencil on to the opposite side of the sentiment. Really pleased how this turned out as I really struggle with CAS designs.

A quick post from me as it's Friday and we have lots planned for the weekend.

x x x

Products and links:

7 kids college fund - anything goes
ABC Christmas - G for glitter and K for keep it simple
Crafting by designs - get ready for Christmas
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - things with wings
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Fan-tastic Tuesday - anything goes with a twist of glitter
Love to scrap - anything goes
Melonheadz - hand coloured image