Thank you for visiting today; your visit is greatly appreciated. I have now split all my projects in to different pages/themes (see above). Go to the page title and you will see a gallery of my projects for that subject. Click on the photo to be taken to the relevant blog post.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Getting carries away with mediums and pan pastels ...

Happy Sunday everyone and it is indeed a happy Sunday for me! For my birthday my main present from hubby was to finish making me an actual craft area rather that I could make as messy as I wished and save the dining room table for eating at ...! All the decorating bit has been done and the cupboards get fitted tomorrow, then the task of filling them and deciding what will go where. So close now ....

With it being Sunday, that must mean its time to share my DT project for "Love to Create Challenges" and I have decided to use one of the many canvases I have to create ... well, just to have fun and create something without having a plan in mind.


I began by primimg the canvas with Maimeri white gesso and once dry, out came the pan pastel to make my background colour. I took all the hard work of blending them by using pan pastel colourless blender. Next I added some texture using a stencil and Maimeri modelling paste ...


To add some shadow, I used pan pastel black medium and white to the sides.


Afterwards I grabbed the soft tool and drew a heart in the centre of the canvas using the black medium.


Using some Maimeri texture paste and a heart stencil, I filled in my heart with extra texture. I then added some off cut of lace, covering them also with texture paste.



Whilst my canvas was drying, I began stamping my flower images, on to water colour card, water colouring them with magenta, permanent blue, permanent green and yellow green pan pastel. I do take the colour direct from my pans but from the very edges and not the main surface of my pan pastels.


I cut my images out and put them to one side as wanted to layer up some more elements on to the canvas before using. I have a drawer full of "bits" that I have collected from packaging, magazines or emphera packs and I chose a selection that I thought would go and as you can imagine, this meant everything was out!



Creating a central panel with achipboard frame, coloured with white acyrlic paint and white pearl pan pastel, adding some additional braid, lace edging and some emphera images.


I then randomly placed the stamped flowers around all of these elements, adding a little bit of Stickles glitter glue (applied with my finger) and over sprayed with white actyrlic paint mixed with water in a mister bottle. I did wipe off excess so I did not totally obliterate the images.


The sentiment words were again from my "collection" and mounted with Cosmic Shimmer glue straight to the canvas. A bit more misting, wiping away and misting again, and my faffing was complete. I thoroughly enjoyed getting lost in the creating of my canvas and I think even more so because I just went with it rather then trying to plan out my every move.

Right, gotta dash as I have a bit of nagging to do  ...,

Lou
x x x

Products and links:



Challenges:
Creative Artiste - chipboard (frame, table)
PDE Linky Party - anything goes
Avenue 613 - anything goes with twist of use your stash
The Corrosive Challenge - resolutions (mine to use up, and not store, my precious scraps)
Anything but cute - (old = pan pastels, new = stamps)
Let's Create - layer it up
Noor Design - anything goes

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Kraft-ing a fairy card with love ...


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It's another new challenge over at The Pencil Case and we are sponsored by Molly Harrison Art. I was very lucky and got to play with one of the images from the Flower Fairy colouring pages images, Butterfly Flower Fairy. The theme for this challenge is "K = kraft" and here is my project ... BUT WAIT .... numpty brain here got her weeks muddled. I've coloured the right image but matched it with the wrong theme ... shakes head ....! The new theme is "L is for love" .... and luckily (phew), my card does fit this challenge ...


Colours used: Skin - light flesh and medium flesh
Wings: light flesh (with glitter highlights)
Dress: red violet and magenta
Tights: dark carmine and scarlet lake
Flowers and butterflies: red violet and magenta
Greenery: sap green and apple green


My image is coloured with Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor pencils and the background enhanced using pan pastels. Where would I be without my pan pastels as they make creating a background so quick and easy. I have layered each art up to create some extra dimension. A little ribbon, sequins and Nuvo Crystal Drops as the finishing touch.



Okay gotta dash as hoping to go out for lunch today (first of my postponed birthday celebrations) and will need to work (hard) on the bags under my eyes as they are both dark and huge ...! Uuummmmm, I wonder if pan pastels will help there too ...

Lou
x x x

Products and links:

Butterfly Flower Fairy - Digital Stamp - Printable - Flower Fairy Art - Molly Harrison Fantasy Art - Digistamp Coloring Page - Digi Stamp  PRINTABLE - Flower Fairies Coloring Pages Set 1 - 4 Flower Fairy Illustrations - Adult Coloring Pages - Molly Harrison Fairy, Faery





Challenges:

Simply Papercraft - anything goes
Crafting with friends - anything goes
Sisterhood of crafters - something old, something new (old= pan pastels, new = image)
Crafty Boots - something old, something new (old= pan pastels, new = image)
Crafty Calendar - something new (digi image)
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Creative Fingers - anything goes
PDE Linky Party - anything goes
Crafting when we can - celebrating any occasion

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

"Love, Cherish, Hold" ... first Personal Impressions project

It's my turn to share today on the Personal Impressions blog ... oh happy days! In my DT package from Personal Impressions, I received a great set of stamps; Card-io Collection, Nuit Paris. I knew I just had to make a project using them first, so that's what I did ....


I have a full step by step tutorial over on the Personal Impressions blog, so pop over and see how I created my card.

Have a great day everyone and remember ... hold on to what you cherish ...

Lou
x x x

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Challenges

Saturday, 23 January 2016

K is for kraft with Ching Chou


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Last week I had a bit of a nightmare regarding The Pencil Case challenge. I seemed to muddle everything up; wrong theme but right image so I remade my project. Went to blog my project and realised that although I now had the right theme, I had used the wrong image ...aaaahhhhh! So am now hoping that I have it now correct because if not, I'm not sure I could cope. So with fingers crossed, I am hoping this is third time lucky...

The theme for this challenge over at The Pencil Case is "K is for kraft" and we were given a Ching Chou image to play with and I  have coloured "Key of Love", with, of course, my Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor pencils.



Due to my errors regarding this challenge, I took inspiration from Nikky and used a limited colour palate to create a sepia effect; which coincidently goes with the "K is kraft" theme.

Colours used:



I layered my papers which are an old. retired kit by Jessica Sprague called "circa 1934" and adore them. I have stamped around the outside of the main panel using a great little stamp from Technique Tuesday, to add interest. The main sentiment is also from the same stamp set.

The heart die is from X-cut and was recently sent to me on my birthday, so had to use it, plus all the little hearts it produced.


I haven't added many embellishments as felt the card didn't need them but added a Dutch Doobadoo, Key and lock lasercut, of course coloured with pan pastels.


Phew ....!  Right better get going as I have a date with a set of heart bunting ... watch this space.

Lou
x x x

Products and links:
Key Of Love - Instant Download / Tattoo Girl Love Heart Bird Dove Rose Key Vintage Fantasy Art by Ching-Chou Kuik



Challenges:
Crafting with friends - anything goes
Cut it up - love is in the air
Simply Create Too - something new (digi image)
World Wide Open Design Team  - anything goes
Aud Sentiments - anything goes
Southern Girls - anything goes