Thursday, 23 April 2015

Same Tatty Twinkle image but presented two ways ...

I was recently asked to create two cards for a young girl, which wasn't a problem .... but .... both people chose the same image to appear on her card .... gulp!

After a little inward panic, I decided that the easiest thing to do was stamp the image on to different card colours, so that's what I did! The image chosen was Tatty Twinkle Cowgirl.

Card 1

Tatty is coloured with Prisma pencils and I have kept the layering simple. The background was made by masking Tatty off and stamping the wood blocks to create a fence. I then added the bunting on top. The sentiment is from the same stamp set too. As an added extra, I used some Tattered Lace die cuts.

Card 2:

This time I stamped Tatty on to Kraft card and created the same background. Again, Tatty is coloured with Prisma pencils and I deliberately kept to a very simple colour palate. Simple mat and layering with a few complimentary coloured flowers.

Thankfully both cards were liked (phew) but mental note to self "don't do that again!"

Dinner is cooking as I type and whilst I wait, off to cut the grass before the rain arrives over the weekend. I just hope it is not too heavy as my pear tree is looking stunning, smothered in blossom.

x x x

Seize the birthday - make your own background
Addicted to stamps - anything goes
7 kids college fund - anything goes
Crafty Gals - girls, girls, girls

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Messy fun with pearlescent pan pastels and stamps .... heaven!

As would appear to be the way recently, I am a little late (by 48 hours) posting my Pan Pastel Challenges DT project. I do, sort of, have an excuse ... I was away at the weekend and Mr Blogger and I, do not seem to be able to always arrange for a schedule post. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it ...

The challenge this fortnight is "Anything Goes" and I decided to crack open my pearlescent pan pastels and PCB stamps to create a mini plaque made from stampbord ...

I have used one of the ATC sized peices of stampboard for my plaque covering the background with pearlescent yellow, pearlescent yellow, soft gold metallic and orange pan pastels. Next using my  Premium Craft brand roses and postcard stamp sets, I have added further detail to the background. I then triple embossed the background using Cosmic Shimmer detail clear powder.

Next I began adding further detail using Tim Holtz tissue tape and rub on sentiments from 7 Gypsies.

I then stamped the butterfly on to black card with Perfect medium and then coloured with soft gold metallic pan pastel, cutting the image out and layering on top of the tissue tape.

Along the bottom of the tile, I added some yummy black lace and using a metal frame from 7 Gypsies, framed one of the words on the tissue tape. I colour tinted a paper flower with soft gold metallic pan pastel and layered some ribbon roses on top , As a finishing touch I added some flower sequins which were coloured gold (using Perfect medium and soft gold metallic pan pastel).

I punched 2 holes at the top and threaded some gold ribbon to act as my hanger. This is one of the pieces I made for the Create and Craft show tomorrow (Wednesday 22nd April) at 10am, so if you're free, tune in for some pan pastel, stampbord and inky fun!

Right better get this added to the challenge blog now and see if anyone noticed I was a little late,

x x x

Links to products I used:

Creative Card Challenges - sentiment
Ike's World - no patterned papers
Loves Rubber Stamps - add flowers
Crafting from the heart
Use your stuff - anything goes

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Using up stuff ... (part 2)

In my previous post (here) I explained that for once I decided to use up my scraps rather than file them away or worse still, bin the bits ....!

I'm still shocked that I managed to make 5 cards in one go but I did, so without further waffle, here are the remaining two cards that I made ...

Card 1

I decided to use up some of the die cuts and the sentiment.

The embellies and sentiment are from Twiggy and Toots  from Polka Doodles.

The next card is yet another CAS card ...

A quick post from me as have to get ready to meet up with my dad as off out tonight to a large(ish) ball affair. It takes me a little longer to get ready these days and the "titivating" and "tucking things in" process is more time consuming.

x x x

Allsorts - quick and easy (card 2)
Crafty Calender - anything goes
Coffee, chocolate and cards - use a die cut
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Using up ... stuff! (part 1)

I've been making quite a few projects over the last few weeks and decided that I really must tidy up after myself. Once I had put things away, I was left with a pile of papers and card in different sizes. Normally I add these to my scrap boxes and then, if I'm honest, forget about them. Not this time ... I had a mini brain wave and before the idea disappeared, I grabbed a selection of sentiment stamps and created some sentiment toppers...

I even used up some green card bits and stamped leaf shapes and cut them out ready to use on different projects.

Feeling rather pleased with myself, I gathered together lots of left over printed embellishments and papers from different Polka Doodles collections ... mixed in with a few die cuts that I had left over from these projects ...

... and a box of pre-scored card blanks that I found in a basket in a wardrobe in the spare room ...

and decided to challenge myself to see how many cards I could make with just these items and believe it or not, I made 5, yep FIVE cards. I am so chuffed with myself because normally I would neatly squirrel these things away.

Card 1:

Card 2: yep, a CAS card .... normally unheard of from me!

 Card 3: On a roll, another CAS card ...

The only thing extra I added from my original bits was some card candi (which I discovered at the back of the basket that held my card blanks) and some ribbon.

I will share my other two cards later as my pooch is now sitting with his head on my lap as I try and type, huffing and puffing at me, so I think he might be hinting that he would like a walk!

Catch you all later,

x x x

Products I used:

Tip Top Tuesday - 3 of something (Card 1 and 3)
Shopping our stash - lost and found (card blanks and card candi)
Thru the craftroom door - anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes
Papertake Weekly - words, words and words
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Craft your passion - anything goes
Get Creative Challenges - must use a tag (card 2)

Monday, 13 April 2015

"You brighten my day" in pink with Polka Doodles

Whoops, this post is very late and I have no excuse really other than .... well not gonna make up an elaborate story as the truth is I forgot !!! Thought I had done (probably in a dream) it but in "real time" obviously hadn't ..

Anyhow it's all about "pink" at Polka Doodle Challenges and I have used the gorgeous Eden collection to make my card:-

I have used one of the frames and a sentiment as my focal point. The card base was joining two die cuts to create a bigger card and cut from one of the paper designs from the collection. I then cut a further panel in a contrasting paper from the same die.

I then layered up lots of the different embellishments: banner, flower branch, flowers and a gorgeous bird. I had a blissful time cutting out all the images as I do find this very relaxing and somewhat therapeutic.

I added a little lace to the bottom for some texture and gold Liquid Pearl centres to the flowers after shaping each of the petals.

A quick card that came together as I envisage it (for once)! Right better get my butt in gear and get things ready for tomorrow.

x x x

Links to the product I used:
             (CD)                                              (download)
Eden CD - Digital Crafting Collection    Eden Download Collection - Big Kahuna Digital Craft Bundle  

Pile It On - fancy frames and borders
Corrosive Challenges - floral frenzy
Crafty Calendar - focus on a sentiment
Craft for the craic - die-ing for spring
4 Crafty Chicks - die cuts
In the pink - celebration
Crafty Catz - 2 or more patterned papers

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Stampbord, pan pastels and stamping (part 2)

Well the Easter holidays are over and back to school tomorrow. I am glad to be going back to work but am sad that my holidays are now over as I have had a wonderful time doing anything I wanted; bit of crochet, dabbled at painting, lots of gardening (taming the jungle), oodles of crafting, catching up with friends and family and finally finishing Game of Thrones "Ice and Fire" before the new series ... which my son now informs me that the new series is not following the books ... WHAT ... NO ...!

Okay back to the crafting. It's "anything goes" this fortnight over at Pan pastel Challenges and I have decided to upcycle an old mobile phone box in to a drawer, which also conveniently matches the stampbord frame I made last week (see here).

This is how my drawer started; it was an old box that my son's phone came in eons ago and yep, I kept it just in case I would use it one day.

I covered the box first in gesso and then white acrylic paint. Next I added my pan pastels to make my background and then covered with various stamped images using Premium Craft Brand Roses, Postcard and STOP stamp sets. I then aged the edges with Soft Gold pan pastel and dry brushed white acrylic paint to soften the stamped images. Next I stamped some of the butterflies and clock images on to white linen paper (for texture) and coloured then with pan pastels. I decoupaged the images randomly over my drawer.

Here are a selection of photos ... top of drawer ... 

One of the sides ...

The other side ...

For the front of the drawer, I used a piece of stampbord and decorated it the same way as I did the main drawer base. Using my cropadile, I punched a hole through and added the wooden toggle button, to act as my drawer handle. I added some ribbon as a finishing touch.

Here's a picture of the drawer open and as you can see, I haven't had time to decorate the inside (which I will do so at some point ... lol).

I had great fun getting messy with my pan pastels, inks and stamping away like a tornado. Have to say that am also falling deeply in love with stampbord and how versatile it is ... aahhhh, bliss.

Well better get myself organised and get ready for work. Have a great week everyone,

x x x

Here are the links to the products I used:

A-muse - butterflies
Crafts 2 celebrate - spring
Glitter and sparkle - add a butterfly
Scribble and scrap - anything goes
Catch the bug - recycle
Open minded challenges - recycle something
Jo's scrap shack - florals and butterflies