Saturday, 19 April 2014

Embellish, embellish and embellish with Dutch Doobadoo

Saturday has arrived and made me realise that the school Easter holiday are almost over and I will be back at school on Tuesday ..... gone far too quickly and still have loads to achieve on my "to do" list. Somehow I don't see everything being completed this weekend.

The theme over at We Do Doobadoo this fortnight is "Embellish It" and something I thing we crafters all do. I'm guilty of never knowing when to stop sometimes and then regret sticking that last one extra embellie one ......! That probably explains why I don't enter too many CAS challenges .... hee, hee, hee.

I have used an Envelope Art stencil from Dutch Doobadoo as my starting point and turned it in to my card base. I have tried to make it look as if the envelope is half open and "stuff" is falling out (hope that makes sense)?

The starting point for my card was this heart design (made using Heart of Flowers stencil) which I had inked and embossed and then cut out. It was a "left over" from another project (all will be revealed tomorrow). I have aged it further with raw umber and permanent pink tint pan pastels.

Now for a couple of quick sneak peeks (and don't tell Nikky Hall pretty please) but that gorgeous butterfly is from a new stamp set to be revealed on 29th April 2014. I have coloured the butterfly with raw umber pan pastels and then once dry, coloured very lightly with my gold GraphIt shaker pen.

Here's another sneak peek at some more of the new stamps and yep, one is an aged postcard stamp, along with some clocks and wonderful sentiments.

I did have one moment of discovery when making my card and again I apologise if I am boring any of you who have already done this but I was so happy, I had to share .... in other words "bless" .. hee, hee, hee! I have used the Dutch Doobadoo laser art flourish corners and didn't want to just stick them in a corner, so had a play.

The corners look delicate but are very robust and take a lot of "man handling". I wanted to use the corners on my matting panel and finally settled on the position in the third photo.

Off for a bit of retail torture with Aaron today .... my head and feet hurt already. Have a great day everyone,

x x x

Products I used on my card:
Dutch Doobadoo Polyester Rectangle Envelope Stencil  Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Buttons Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Butterflies Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Flourish Corners   

 Heart of flower Mask/stencil 6x6"  780.5 Raw Umber - Pan Pastel  340.8 Permanent Red Tint - Pan Pastel Glitter Shake - Graph'It Markers
Tattered Lace rose die
 NEW PAB stamps (launch 29th April)
Papers: Prima, Fairy Belle

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Daring Card Makers - another dimension
Fairy Tale Challenge - butterflies
Wags and Whiskers - lots of layers
4 crafty girls - anything goes
Red Rubber Designs - back to nature
Addicted to stamps - anything goes
Crafting with dragonflies - Mother's Day or special lady
Fab'n'Funky - flower power

Monday, 14 April 2014

New technique (to me) with Dutch Doobadoo ...

The challenge this fortnight over on the We Do Doobadoo challenge blog is "buttons and bows" and I decided to make a further card for the challenge with the focus being on the Dutch Doobadoo laser art buttons.

I had a loose idea in my head and it revolved around embossing powder, pan pastels and laser art buttons. Now I might be preaching to those of you that already know but I didn't .... you can tint your clear embossing powder with pan pastels ... oh I was so happy. You must make sure that you really mix it well or it can look patchy.

Here is my first attempt and although the embossing does look patchy and the colour is not properly mixed, I actually rather like it as makes the buttons appear aged. I embossed all the buttons with perfect medium and then put them in my little bag of detail embossing powder mixed with turquoise pan pastel. I found this worked much better coverage wise especially on the smaller buttons. I have added some "real" buttons in there too.

Papers are from Crate paper, Little Boy Blue and I have had them a wee while. Must admit, I had forgotten how much I adore the vintage images on the little toppers. I hand cut a heart shape and layered everything on to it.

A little bit off a lace off cut, twill ribbon and some extra laser art buttons, real buttons and flowers.

Now there is one glaring mistake ...... I made a tie with my ribbon and not a bow .... rolls eyes and sighs. Too late now to make any changes, so please pretend my tie is actually a bow.

Will still have blue skies here and hoping that it lasts for a little longer but with Bank holiday looming, we know that won't happen,

x x x

Products I have used:
Sentiment: Pink Petticoat
SU punch
Twill ribbon, lace, buttons and flowers from stash.

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:

Hobbycutz - BINGO (lace, flowers and pearls)
We Do Doobadoo - buttons and bows
Simply Create - no digi or stamped images
Feeling crafty - anything for a child
Reasonable Ribbon - flowers or buttons and bows

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Still "shabby chic" with Pan Pastels.

It's week two of our "Shabby Chic" challenge over at Premium Craft Brands Pan Pastels challenge and the DT have further inspiration for you and to wet your crafty palates. Please do pop over to see my teamies and say "hi" as they are a talented bunch of ladies.

Again, I am on a mission to use up precious papers and embellies that I carefully store away in a box (I bet you do too) because I just can't throw them away as they're still to precious! So with that in mind, I set about ageing a selection of Melissa Francis papers with Raw Umber and Turquoise pan pastels. Not to age the papers too much (so they looked muddy), I have added highlights using Soft Gold (metallic) and Yellow Tint pan pastels.

I cut out a selection of die cuts using the same papers and added either further tints or highlights (depending on where they were going to feature on my card). My canvas label has also been aged using the dame techniques but I wish I had added just a little more Soft Gold metallic pan pastel to make it "pop" more.

The butterflies are from Stamps Away and I have used perfect medium to stamp them on to scraps of the papers (left over from die cutting) and coloured them with my pan pastels. A few pearls in the middle and they are complete. The hearts (you can just about see) have glimpses of the butterflies on them coloured with Soft Gold metallic pan pastel before being cut our with an SU punch.

I have added an empty panel (the one with the heart on) as felt my card needed naming (as it were) and as I do not know who it will eventually go to, the panel would be the perfect place to put a name etc.

We'd love you to join in with us and see your shabby project and there is still a whole week left to enter .... can't wait to pop over to your blogs and say "hi".

Well the sun is shining beautifully, with bright blue skies so the dog and I are off for a long ramble over the fields. I'm not sure who walks whom but I seem to come back more tired than he does!!!

Have a great Sunday and thanks for popping over,

x x x

Products I have used:

Pan pastels: (Hansa Yellow Tint, Turquoise, Soft Gold, Raw Umber and Soft Tools to apply)
220.8 Hansa Yellow Tint - Pan Pastel  580.3 Turquoise Shade - Pan Pastel Light Gold - Metallic Pan Pastel 780.5 Raw Umber - Pan Pastel    
Dies from Spellbinders and Tattered Lace
Papers: Melissa Francis
SU heart punch
Gems, ribbon and canvas sentiment from my stash

Entering in to the following challenges:
Fairy Tale - butterflies
Rhedd and Rosie's - anything goes
Allsorts - spring blossoms
Crafty Calendar - things with wings
Hiding in my craft room - use scraps
Suzy Bee's - anything goes
It's all about the vintage - shabby chic

Friday, 11 April 2014

Animal magic with Polka Doodles

Edited to add: this post was meant to show on Friday. Would like to blame blogger but probably human error! Many thanks to everyone who alerted me.

It's week 2 over at Polka Doodles challenges this week and the theme is "Animal magic". The  DT are sharing lots of additional inspiration and unfortunately I couldn't join in last week so I have lept in this week instead!

I have used the "Hippo Baffday" card template from Paper Boutique 3 for my project and although you can use the image to create a shaped card, I have created a stamdard A5 card instead. The main reason was because I wanted to use my Dutch Doobadoo brick template to create some bathroom tiles (as you do). I also used some wood effect paper from the Work and Play 1 CD as my bathroom floor.

The hippo images comes with oodles of layers and extras so you can layer/decoupage to your hearts desire. I have made the bubble the feature on my card and have added extra texture to the bubbles by embossing them in 2 different polka dot folders. They have been finished with some silver highlights from a GraphIt shaker pen and Doodle Dewdrops.

I created the sentiment using rub on letters on to punched circles with a little inking around the edges. I have also embossed these too. A fun card to make and a little different from my normal style but have to say, thoroughtly enjoyed making somethig different.

Week 1 of the Easter holidays is now over and hope the 2nd week doesn't fly by so quickly as have loads to catch up ... my "to do" list grows longer at the end of each day.

x x x

Products I have used from Polka Doodles:
 Paper Boutique III - Projects Galore CD-rom    Doodle Dewdrops - Clear

 Mask/Stencil Art A5 - Bricks   Glitter Shake - Graph'It Markers

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks - polka dots
Creative Fingers - anything goes
That's Crafty Challenges - you spin me right round .....
Emergency Crafters - polka dots
Creative Moments - anything goes: girly

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

All buttons and bows with Dutch Doobadoo

The challenge this week over at We Do Doobadoo (which is the UK Challenge Blog for Dutch Doobadoo) is called "buttons and bows", which is a great theme for all us crafters who love our embellishments. Remember you don't have to have any of the products to join in, but if you do there are bonus points.

I have decided to ink up my gorgeous Studio 12 Haberdashery set as adore that mannequin stamp. Using Walnut Stain distress ink, stamped the image and coloured in with pan pastels (Permanent Red Tint). The sentiments have been made using Studio 12 Distressed Typewriter alphabet set and Walnut Stain distress ink.

I used the "Small Circles" from Dutch Doobadoo to create all my backgrounds and lightly coloured the embossing with my pan pastels. I just felt that this stencil gave a quilt effect which matched in with the sewing theme (per se) that I was after.

In the Studio 12 haberdashery set, there is a little button card which I have stamped with Walnut Stain distress ink and then aged further with my pan pastels. I have then added a selection of Dutch Doobadoo laser cut buttons to the card, finishing one with a knotted bow.

I then suddenly realised (just in time) that the theme was "buttons and bows" and quickly added a ribbon bow to the top of the mannequin, finished off with another Doobadoo button (phew).

I also couldn't resist adding a smidgen of the honeycomb soft board for no other reason than I wanted to!

Finally getting in to school holiday mood and enjoying my "relax" and am praying it doesn't whizz past me too quickly.

x x x 

Here are a list of the main products I have used:
Mask/Stencil Art A5 - Small Circles    Card/Softboard laser Art A5 - Honeycomb    Card/Paper laser Art A5 - Buttons 

Distressed Typewriter Aphabet A6Haberdashery A5
  340.8 Permanent Red Tint - Pan Pastel   430.3 Magenta Shade - Pan Pastel   780.5 Raw Umber - Pan Pastel

Pins, ribbons, flowers and safety pin from my stash.

I am entering my card in to the following challenges:
Just inkspirational - embossing
Craft your Passionn - no DP
The Crafty Bloggers Network - die cuts or embossing (I've done both!)
Crafty Cardmakers - frame it
Vintage stamping challenges - anything goes
One stitch at a time - flowers
Pile It On - Feminine