Friday, 30 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 create my stopper, surrounded again by flowers. The die cut flowers are from Tattered Lace called Bell Flower.



Products I have used:
pssttt..... Winston and Etty are available as instant downloads for the impatient amongst us! Just click on the links below .....



Challenges:
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Dream Valley - anything goes
Love to Scrap - anything goes
7 Kids College Fund - anything goes
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges - anything goes
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - BINGO (flowers, free, more than 2 layers)
Digitally Sweet - anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenges - anything goes
Creative Knockouts - animal antics

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

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 she gorgeous. Must admit I don't look that relaxed when I have completed a day of shopping .... I am considerably more dishevelled, frustrated, feet aching and just cant wait to get home !


Should also add, not a shopping person myself as cannot stand the changing rooms and then queuing to pay .... internet shopping is so much quicker ... !

Lou
x x x

Products I used:
 tatty Twinkle shopping



Challenges:
Through the craftroom door - anything goes
Tip Top Tuesday - something new (new stamp and dies)
Crafting from the heart - anything goes
Craft your passion - anything goes
Dream Valley Challenges - anything goes
The Pink Elephant Challenge - anything goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge - what's new? (new stamp and dies)
Paper Creators - anything goes
Suzy Bee's - anything goes with the twist of layers

Sunday, 25 January 2015

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 circles of post its. Using my pan pastels, I then coloured the background.


On other book pages, I restamped the image and coloured the flowers with magenta and metallic bronze pan pastels. I cut the flowers out, covered them with perfect Medium and embossed with clear embossing powder. I layered up the flowers and added a Dutch Doobadoo laser cut button for the centres.


I have used 2 chipboard butterflies as embellishments and covered them with magenta and metallic bronze pan pastels and embossed them with clear embossing powder. The sentiment is from a StampIn Up set and I have over stamped it with the flourish part of the stamp, embossing with clear detail powder. Unfortunately you can not see it clearly in the photo. As a finishing touch, I added 3 little hearts embellished with Cosmic Shimmer peral glue.

I'm having a blogfest day today as I am so far behind with catching up with everyone, so better sign off and get going ... have a great day everyone and thanks for popping over,

Lou
x x x

Products I used:
 Honey Doo Crafts, Falling Flowers



Challenges:
Chalk 'n' Stock - anything goes
Red Rubber - focus on stamping
Crafty Creations - something old (book pages), something new (stamp)
Hambo Hoedown - something new
Stamplorations - stamps and ink
Tip Top Tuesday - something new
Tuesday Throwdown - embossing

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 the background in the photo below ...



Recently I decided to go through all the small boxes and plastic containers I had as they were jammed to the rafters with embellishments. I have given some to school and set myself a further goal for 2015, which is to begin to use them up ..... and boy oh boy, I used quite a few on this card! I also decided that if I put them in one place, that would make achieving my goal a little easier.


On the hearts I have used Dutch Doobadoo laser cut feathers and on the circle, I have used the laser cut flourish corners to add another detail layer. Finally I used a laser cut flourish coming out of the frame.


On the top of my panel, I added a border of butterflies (Sizzix butterfly edge die) and embellished this with flowers and laser art butterflies.


 Today, am off for another shopping session as still have birthday money to spend ...

Lou
x x x

Products I used:



Challenge:
CRAFT - recycling (my tissue paper)
Creative Knockouts - lots of embellies
Crafting for all seasons - things with wings
Fussy and Fancy - things with wings
Sister Act - anything goes
My Sheri Crafts - valentine
Pumpkin Spice - blue and white
Suzy Bee's - anything goes with layers

Sunday, 18 January 2015

"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 scream of delight followed by a happy dance ensued.


On a piece of light kraft card , I again covered the same stencil with Perfect Medium and ran it through the Grand Calibar. This time I embossed the result with clear embossing powder. Next, I cut the heart in to tiles and layered them on to my background.


I have had this stamp set for eons (Roses by Joanna Sheen) and decided that as one of my goals this year is to use my older stash and not always succumb to buying the next greatest thing ..... being 100% honest, this won't last but I am still going to mix my older items with my newer purchases ...! I created a thick paste using magenta pan pastel and then carefully pressed the stamp in to this, stamping the image on to some dotty paper I found in my "scraps box". I them water coloured the images using the same mixture and once dry, cut the flowers out. I repeated the process for the leaves using permanent green shade pan pastel.


I then layered my flowers around the tiles, adding a cosmic shimmer pearl centre. Finally I added a "Mother" rub on as my sentiment .... see I did say that I would use up my rub ons in a previous post, and so far, I'm keeping to it.


Phew, think that's everything and now all I need to do is create a box for my card.

Have a great day everyone and I'm signing off as a day of shopping is awaiting me. Tonight though, I am going to catch up with all my blogging as I have not had the time this week to look properly at everyones wonderful projects.

Lou
x x x x

Products I used:


Challenges:
Aud Sentiments - anything goes
In the pink - anything goes (with pink)
Southern Girls - firsts (my first is my pan pastels technique)
Alphabet Challenge - X for Xperiment (my pan pastels technique)
Aloha Challenges - use scraps
Simply Create - for a female
My Time to Craft - love is all around
Paper Creator's Crafts - anything goes