Monday, 5 October 2015

Believe in Christmas ...

I have notebooks everywhere for different things as am a bit of a notebook nerd ... love a good notebook ... however I am also a memory stick junkie too! I though I had better go through them just to check what I had on them and try and find a way to sort through all the files, photos, crafting stuff etc and came across a set of photos for several Tonic Studio projects I had made for the Exquisite Stamp launch.

Here's one of the cards I made ...

I have used the Elegance stamp from the Tonic Studios Exquisite range, coloured with Nuvo Creative pens and embellished with Nuvo Crystal drops and glitter.

Skin: 473, 475 and 449
Dress: 379, 381 and 489

I used one of the garden header dies to create my floral border, colouring them to look similar to poinsettias.

Leave & vines: 415 and 417
Flowers: 379 and 381

I adore the "believe" sentiment from the "Believe/Love topper"die set and thought it suited this image brilliantly. It has been layered on to black card with a lickle gold heart.

I layered the beautiful lady on to layers of ribbon and lace, finished with a sentiment strip. A few extra hearts finished off the card and a matted "noel" sentiment.

A quick(ish) card to make and want to try this design again but maybe in blue ... another thing to add to my crafting "to do" list.

Well the new week has started and I am busy, busy, busy today. Already tired just thinking about it ...! Have a wonderful Monday everyone,

x x x

Products and links:

Classy cards 'n' such - Holly days
Glitter and sparkle - anything goes
Crafts Galore - make a card
Crazy Hazelnut Christmas Challenge - anything goes
One Crazy Stamper - Christmas
Wags and Whiskers - use a die cut
Crafty Hazelnut's Pattern Paper challenge

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Case made ... just needs packing!

I decided to alter a paper mache case for my DT project at Love to Create Challenges and surprised myself as to how the idea in my head, slowly appeared in front of me.

This is what it looked like to begin with ...

and after "faffing", this is what it looks like now ...

I began by carefully pulling off the luggage straps and handle as I didn't think they looked that good ... plus wasn't sure how I would decorate them! I created my own straps, fastening and handle which suited the case a little better (I believe).

Using some House of Zandra papers, I have covered the case and over stamped the papers with the butterfly stamp from PAB using versamark. With the fine white pearlescent pan pastel, I dusted these images. All the edges were aged using raw umber and bronze metallic pan pastel.

Whilst raiding my sticker drawer, I came across a selection of 7 Gypsies stickers which were just perfect for this project. They have been added everywhere but first they were lightly coloured with bronze metallic pan pastel.

Next came the real faffing bit ... what embellishments to use and I must admit, I sat there a wee while trying this or that on the case. In the end, I just went for it as was starting to get frustrated with my own indecision.  All the flowers have been tinted with bronze metallic pan pastel and glitter highlights added with the GraphIt Shake pens.

Now for the inside ........ well you'll have to tune in next week to see what I did ....!

Right I'm off to get my bits ready for "Art and Craft Club" as the children are going to try a bit of zentangling.

x x x

Products and links:

That Craft Place - mixed media anything goes
Creative Craft Cottage - anything goes
Sisters of craft - anything goes
World Wide - anything goes

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Creepy autumn colours ...

A definite OMG moment here as I can't believe how long it has been since I last posted and then suddenly I post today and yesterday. Life has a habit of getting in the way every now and then ... !

One of the things I am very late for is my DT project for The Pencil Case. For this challenge we are sponsored by Star Stampz and I have used "Wicked Elphaba and Glinda" image ...

I have coloured the image with my Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor pencils and just added a little glaze to the bubbles and white GraphIt shake pen highlights as my extras.

Elphaba  - Skin: White, Venetian Red and Burnt Ochre
Hair: Dark Carmine, Indian Red
Dress: black, dark sepia
Hat and cape: Black, Medium Grey, Night Green and Ochre
Legs: Night Green and Indian Red

Glinda - Skin: White, Venetian Red and Burnt Ochre
Hair: Dark Sepia, Raw Umber and white gel pen
Dress: Light Orange, Dark Orange and lemon Cadmium
The background papers are from the new Polka Doodles Halloween paper bundle (digi download) and am in 'lurve' with the skulls banner which is in the Polka Doodles "Spooky" bundle ... pppsssstttttt .... can see that being used all year on boys cards.

Right better get a move on as have loads more to catch up on and want to spend my afternoon with a HUGE coffee doing lots of blog mooching.

Have a wonderful weekend,

x x x

Products and links:

Crafting with friends - anything goes
Dragons Lair - Halloween
Pattie's Creations - Halloween
Creative Knockouts - lots of layers
Star Stampz - use a sentiment

Friday, 2 October 2015

Favourite card shape ....

Uuummmm, the challenge over at Polka Doodles Challenges is about our favourite card shapes and before writing this post I was going to say "everything and anything" is my favourite card shape but that would be a wee bit of a fib. I would say that my favourite "go to all the time" shape has to be a square card blank. Doesn't matter much about the size but normally square and was trying to work out why but not sure I have a definite answer.

So with this in mind, here is my square Polka Doodles card ...

I have used Octavia, Time from the Frosted Winter collection to create my card. All the other elements are from the same collection. In this instance I have used a pre-coloured image which I have cut out and multi layered. As an added extra, I have added pearl drops to her hair and glaze to the watch dial.

I have placed Octavia Time amongst poinsettias and other Christmas embellies . All these elements were hand cut with all the button elements having glaze centres. Whilst the glaze was still wet, I sprinkled glitter on top. 

I think the sentiment is wonderful and although I have used it on this card, it would be fantastic to use on any Christmas card.

This card was one of my samples that went to Nikky for the launch of the Frosted Winter CD on Create and Craft. However as is always the case with Polka Doodles, you can also get the collection on an instant download too.

Phew ... one project down, now loads more to blog about and have another one "drying" in the wings which I will share on Sunday.

x x x

Products and links:

Crafting with friends - anything goes
QKR Stampede - anything goes
Simply Papercraft - anything goes
Aud Sentiments - Let's get started on Christmas
7 Kids College Fund - anything goes
Fab'n'Funky - anything Christmas
Inspiration Destination - anything goes

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Using everything up ... for once!

Last week for my project on Love to Create Challenges, (see here) I used some wonderful papers from House of Zandra to decorate my MDF desk tidy. As I had used both gels and pan pastels on the papers, it seemed such a shame to just consign them to my "must keep and use one day" scraps box. So with that in mind, I decided to create a card and matching box ...

I mixed copper metallic pan pastel with Maimeri matt gel and used this through several different stencils. A quick way to create raised, shimmery coloured areas. These papers became my backgrounds for the other elements.

On several of the papers, there were floral and butterfly elements which I have cut out and layering on top of my background. I have added coloured highlights using the copper pan pastel. The leaves were coloured with a mixture of permanent green and copper pan pastel.

The sentiment is an all time favourite of mine and is from a retired Studio 12 stamp set (designed by Nikky Hall). I added some lace, ribbon, a bit of "pearl bling" and Nuvo crystal drops as my finishing touches. Finished card is in the photo below ...

I used a similar layout and range of embellishments for my box lid. I really need to do this with more of my precious scraps rather than keeping them safe in a box ....... to be forgotten!

Am in shock that the weekend is almost over as not sure how the time went so ridiculously quickly. Well better pull my socks up and get prepping for "Art and Craft Club" at school tomorrow evening. Would be so much easier if I could decide on what to make ... so many ideas but I do need to narrow them down and just choose one!

Have a great day everyone,

x x x

Products and links:

Creative Artiste - anything goes
Crafting Musketeers - autumn colours
Crafting for all seasons - layer it up
Inspiration Destination - anything goes