Saturday, 25 October 2014

"Tashtastic" Christmas wishes with Studio 12

A quick Christmas card from me today as had some papers left over from a previous project. I am desperately trying to use up precious paper scraps/bits rather than just store them as I have far too many of these boxes! I am positive that I cannot be the only person who does this ...


I have used the wonderful "I am more Intelligent" stamp set from Studio 12 at Polka Doodles to create my card which is on a simple mat and layer. The papers are from Studio 12, Gingerbread Twist CD.


The sentiment was created in Craft Artist and I have added some misteltoe to the tache for an extra Christmas touch. I created the panel by (roughly) measuring out how and where my words would be placed and then I placed the mistletoe digi image on the panel where I thought it would look the most effective.


I then over stamped the misteltoe image with the tache stamp. On a seperate peice of card, I restamped the tache and cut it out to create a layered look. I also printed out another misteletoe image, cutting this out and finally, added some twine. A quick, (once I had laid out the sentiment topper), card which is a little different to the norm.


It's the start of half term here and I plan to have at least 2 full days of crafting before I have to tackle all the mounting domestic duties which cannot be ignored any longer...sigh.

Have a great weekend everyone,

Lou
x x x

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Polka Doodles - christmas fun
Crafting by Design - get ready for Christmas
Crafty Sentiments - use a sentiment
Crafty Bloggers Network - Christmas

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Halloween with Pan Pastels

I must say that I had a blast making my project this week for Pan Pastel UK Challenges and decided that I wanted to make a "tongue in cheek" Halloween card for one of my nephews and here's what I came up with ....


I have used Studio 12 stamps to create my scene, ( Tree of Life and Shabby Owls ) which I have then stamped on to water colour card. This is because I wanted a rough surface to use with my pan pastels as I wanted to create an uneven blend with some of the watercolour card still being seen.


Once I had created the background, I over stamped with the Tree of Life set first and then added extra details using the Shabby Owl set. All the images have been coloured using my pan pastels; a mixture of dry brushing and water colouring. The white highlights have been added using a GraphIt shaker pen. I die cut a frame (which I added white pearlescent highlights to) and positioned this around the owl.


I added my sentiment (which I also had to alter a little with my pan pastels) and then decided that my card was "missing something" but couldn't think what. A flash of something hit me and using my hot glue gun, I created a spiders web, which I have stuck so that it hangs both over the card and frame.

Gotta dash as have to get myself organised as haven't done any domestic chores this weekend and I can't ignore the growing pile of clothes in the corner much longer ......,

Lou
x x x

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge - create a scene
Pumpkin Spice - Halloween
Sweet Stampin - Halloween
Fairytale Challenge - Halloween
Dragons Lair - anything goes


Products I have used:


Saturday, 18 October 2014

When an Easter Egg becomes a pumpkin ..... only at Halloween over at We Doobadoo


As the title of my post suggests, I decided to use some of my Dutch Doobadoo items in different way and had this "moment", I'm going to call it a "moment of genius" but my family may disagree and refer to it as more a "moment of madness" ... hee, hee, hee!

I have really been quite strict with myself about buying more crafty stash until I have at least made a small(ish) dent in what I have already, so with this in mind, I decided to try and turn the Dutch Doobadoo laser art Easter Eggs in to pumpkins .... here's what I came up with ...


I am quite pleased at the end result and think I can just get away with them being pumpkins (if you do not look too closely) ...


I have added some Dutch Doobadoo laser art feather and swirls to my pumpkins and finally finished them with some laser art buttons (for eyes).


The background was made using Polka doodles Witchie, Witchie digi kit and a few GraphIt white shaker pen highlights. Phew that's the first Halloween card made, just another 4 to go ......

Lou
x x x

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Open Minded Challenges - pumpkins
Pumpkin Spice - Halloween
Fairytale Challenge - Halloween
Dragons Lair - anything goes


Products I have used:

Friday, 17 October 2014

Christmas Post with Polka Doodles

Oh my and I am glad it's Friday ... "cream crackered dot com". It's been a busy week, which in turn has flown by, but am definitely feeling my age today. I intend to have some "me" time this weekend whether that's 5 minutes or 5 hours but it will be happening ... watch out family!

The new theme over at Polka Doodle Challenges is "Christmas" and I have used the Work and Play 6 CD to create my card and used the Postwoman to deliver all our Christmas post.


I used the backing paper that comes with the Postwoman set to create my background and over stamped it with the holly stamp from "Winter Spruce". This was a stamp set designed by Nikky Hall for Premium Craft Brands. I have then used perfect pearls to fill in the berry bits.


I couldn't resist adding some holly to her hair and mail bag, finished with Doodle dewdrops. The sentiment and other backing paper is from Festive Hollybobs.

Have a great weekend everyone and hope to catch up with you all at some point over the weekend,

Lou
x x x

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Dragons Lair - anything goes
Fab'n'Funky Challenges - Christmas
Inky Chicks - Christmas
Crafty Bloggers - Christmas


Products I have used:

Monday, 13 October 2014

It's all about Autumn at Pan Pastel Challenges

The challenge over at Pan Pastel Challenges is "Autumn" and I decided to dust off a neglected set of stamps and dies to create my card.


I created the background using magenta, orange and lime green pan pastels, using the new medium to blend them together. I then used a Premium Craft Brands mask stencil (trees) and Maimeri Iridescent paste to add tree to my background. Once dry, I trimmed the background down.


I then stamped some leaves from the Sizzlet leaves set using distress inks and then cut them out using the matching dies. I also cut some winter flowers (from Tattered Lace) and coloured them with pan pastels (same colours as background). All were them layered to look as if leaving were hanging from the branches.

 


I added a frame (which was actually the waste from a previous project) and a vellum sentiment (from K&Co). A few extra die cuts were added for interest (and balance).


 As I thought the bottom looked at little bare, I added another stamped and die cut leaves in the corner .... I'm definitely not a CAS person (lol).

A quick post from me as whilst trying to do some house keeping on my blog, I managed to lose everything. Slowly adding stuff back and updating where necessary, so please nare with me,

Lou
x x x

Products I used:

280.5 Orange - Pan Pastel 680.3 Bright Yellow Green Shade - Pan Pastel Single Colour Magenta Shade A5 Trees Mask/stencil A5 
http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/657917/sizzix-framelits-die-set-6pk-w-stamps-leaves http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/657917/sizzix-framelits-die-set-6pk-w-stamps-leaves

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Addicted to stamps - anything goes
Stitchy Bear - anything goes with the colour orange
Crafty Catz - autumn
Fun with shape - autumn
Jo's Scrap Shack - autumn/fall
Wags and Whiskers - fall colours
Ruby's Rainbow Challenges - autumn leaves
Chocolate Baroque - colour challenge

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Anything but square at Polka Doodles

The theme this fortnight over at Polka Doodle Challenges is "anything but square" and as many of Nikky's images can easily be turned in to shaped cards, I decided to challenge myself and use the fab cleaner image from Work and Play 6 and have her riding a hoover .... well why not? Anything to turn cleaning in to fun, is definitely okay in my book!

I used the pre-coloured digi hoover image and manipulated it in word to create my card base .....


Then the fun part .... adding all the layers in create my cleaning scene/montage ....


I used the decoupage design sheet from the CD to create my layers (sheet has the image, sentiment and other digi images included) and only needed to add a little bit of a "real" duster to the card.


I made the spider web by using my hot glue gun on my glass mat and left it to cool down. Also because of the different shape of my card, I even decorated the inside ...

 

Well I hope my card inspired you to use a duster in another way instead of boring domestic duties (hee, hee, hee .... ),

Lou x
x x x

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Pink Gem Challenge - create a scene
7 Kids College Fund - anything goes
Aud Sentiments - anything goes with a sentiment
Milk Coffee - lots of layers
Anything goes with a twist - female
Sister Act - anything goes