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You are blessed - Pencil case

I am in a real stamping mode at the moment and that could be because of all the wonderful stamping goodies I have received over the last few months. So it wasn't a hard decision that for the new challenge over at The Pencil Case, I would colour the stunning Lemonade Fizz Stamp Soup flowers from Polka Doodles. Colours used: Flowers: light carmine, dark carmine, Indian red and light flesh Leaves: Hookers green and apple green I stamped the flowers on to an embossed heavy weight paper as I am loving the extra textur it leaves when using my pencils. After colouring up the images, I cut them out and began layering them on to the die cut background. I am also in "lurve" with this panel die from Tonic Studios and appear to be reaching for it all the time. The sentiment is a diecut from WPlus9 and I was given the dies as a birthday present, however sadly the matching stamps never materialised ... hey ho, one day I'll be able to get them ... (big sigh). Bus

Beautiful flowers ...

Over at Polka Doodles Challenges the theme is "Anything Goes" but the DT have been asked to add some texture to their projects. For my project, I have used the wonderful Lemonade Fizz stamp soup set with papers from the co-ordinating CD. I stamped out the flowers and then re-stamped them in order that I had a further layer. Before assembling the flowers, I placed them in a dotty embossing folder ... which does not show in the photos as sillily I chose to use dotty paper .... head in hands moment! The flowers have been mounted on to colour co-ordinating mats and then added to a strip of printed card with twine added. Little stamped hearts were added to the end of each strip and they too were embossed in the same folder. Beside each heart, is the stamped sentiment "beautiful". A quick card which I think needs to re-created in different colour ways ... I wonder if I still have any ink left in my printer ... ?!?!?! Lou x x x P

Upcycling a set of drawers - Lemonade Fizz

Arrived in Ireland safe and sound but we've decided today that we will have a "chill" day and just mooch around doing a bit of this and maybe a bit of the that and who knows, some of the other ... Spoke to the lads and the house, from what I can gather, is still standing and the dog has been fed and walked. Things are definitely on the up and the stress-o-meter on calm mode. However I can image the stress-o-meter will be on MAX tomorrow as A' Level results day for Aaron .... but I know my boy will be "grand". Whilst having a cathartic clear out recently, I discovered these drawers and whilst I know in my heart they really should be recycled (as in go in recycle bin), the crafter in me was shouting loudly "NO ....... !" They were buckled, creased, torn in places and made from card, so not the sturdiest of drawers ... As you can imagine, the crafting side won and I began by measuring the drawer fronts and  cutting 3 pieces of card, slightly sm

Dropping you a note, Winnie style ...

Every now and then I do enjoy making a shaped card, using the elements from the collection I am working with at that time. This is how this card came about as they were some wonderful tag shapes in the Winnie Fruit Punch collection that were crying out to be used ... I printed out the chalkboard tag twice and created my card blank. Using elements from    design sheet, I then decorated both the inside and outside of mu card. I have matted several of the images with complimentary card to help them stand out further. I have also used a pre-coloured image, Winnie Wishes,  from the same design sheet. All in all a quick way to create a shaped card by using minimal elements from a collection. As I type this, I am in the middle of the Irish sea heading off to Ireland, trying to distract myself from the journey. Boats and I do not always see eye to eye or stomach to stomach ... Hope you're having a wonderful Tuesday and your feet are feeling a little more grounded then

Little Kingdom key holder

When the wonderful Little Kingdom Stamp Soup set were released, I wanted to do several things on the one project ... use my pan pastels, stamp (obviously), use stampbord and paper piece. Well if I'm 100% honest, things morphed and that's why I managed to use/cover so many techniques. I painted an MDF key shape with gesso and once dry, covered the complete shape in white pearl medium pan pastel. This gave the whole piece a pearlescent look. I then sanded back the edges, exposing the MDF and covered these with the white fine pearl pan pastel. Sadly my photograph do not show 1] the pearlescent shimmer, 2] the distress effect on the edges. I printed out all the papers from the matching Little Kingdom CD, 4 designs to a page. I began to stamp all the different components of the houses on to the papers and then began randomly piecing the houses back together. It was great fun and can a really random effect. I glued each house in place and then covered the complete key with

Birthday Dah-ling ... Yar !

It's a new challenge over at The Pencil Case and we were very lucky to be given a sponsor image to use and I have coloured Big Eye Sassy Girl, Bianca ... I have obviously used my wonderful Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor Pencils. I printed the image on to water colour paper which has given a real textured feel to both my colouring and also the image itself. The papers I have used are from Polka Doodles Winnie in Wonderland collection and I picked these because I loved the floral embellishments built in to the paper. I have cut around these blooms and placed my image behind. I thought that this gave the impression that she was standing in amongst the flowers ...! Colours used: Skin: light flesh, pink madder lake, light carmine Hair: dark sepia, van dyck brown, raw umber & gold ochre Dress: moss green, olive green, light violet, dark violet, aquamarine & black Socks: black, light violet & dark violet Shadow: silver grey, medium grey & dark grey Simpl