Sunday, 27 October 2013

Shades of Grey with Premium Craft Brands

It's Sunday again and time to get Creative and Crafty with a new Premium Craft Brands Pan Pastel UK Challenge.  I can't think of anything better than grabbing some Pan Pastels, card and maybe a mask, stamp, embossing folder or two and spending a couple of hours just playing around seeing what appears in front of my eyes.

Our challenge theme this week is 'Shades of Grey', create something with a few shades of grey on it, you can add a splash of other colours, but we want to see grey as your predominant colour.

Here's what I came up with;
I saw a preview of this image the other day, and had to get her, she's called 'Mae Antoinette' and she's a new release over at Some Odd Girl, isn't she divine.  I used the following Graph'It Markers to colour her;
Hair - 5110, 5115, 5130, 9501, 9503, 0000
Skin - 4120, 4125, 4150, 5110, 5115, 9501, 9503
Eyes - 7140, 7145, 7155
Outfit - 9501, 9503, 9505, 0000.

I decided to create my own background papers for this card.  For the first paper, I took a chequered mask and taped it to some white card, before sponging some Black Pan Pastel over it.  I then spread a layer of Maimeri Glossy Gel medium over the whole thing, before removing the mask, and drying with my crafty buddy heat tool, once I was happy that the gel was nearly dry, I put it to one side to cool.  If your going to dry your medium with a heat tool, make sure to use a low heat setting, and not to over heat an one area, as the gel may bubble (you can get some cool effects, but if you want it nice and smooth, go easy with the heat).

For my second paper, I took some white card, and embossed it with a rose embossing folder. Then I sponged on some Black Pan Pastel.  I wanted a graduate paper, so I started with more colour and pressure at the top of the paper, and as I moved down, I eased off the pressure, and used the remaining colour on the sponge.  I went over the paper a couple of times, each time starting at the top to get the intense colour there, and blending with a circular motion to the bottom of the paper until I was happy with my level of colour.  Once I was happy, I sealed my paper with a good spray of Extra Strong Hold Hairspray.

Before putting the Pan Pastel and sponge away, I sponged the edges of my main image.  I then matted my image and patterned papers onto some black card.

Assembling the card was nice and simple.  I took an 8 x 8 inch white card blank, and cut a piece of black card to cover the bottom 3/4s of the card.  Onto this I adhered my chequered paper, and then my rose paper using foam pads to give some dimension.  Using a double layer of foam pads I added my main image, and then it was time for a little bit of bling.

I added some black rose washi tape, along with a damask pink washi tape to the top of my card, to add a little more colour to the background.  I then added some black glitter flourish stickers, along with a few black and grey gems.

Like a lot of my cards, I didn't add a sentiment, if I'm not sure what sentiment to add, I leave it. It is always easy enough to add a sentiment at a later date, when I know who I'm giving the card too. Some card never get a sentiment on the front, as I like to look on them a mini works of art, and sometimes words are not required.

I hope you like today's creation, and that you'll have time to join in our challenge.  Remember you don't need lots of supplies to join us, on this card I used 1 Pan Pastel, and a few pens.  The important thing is to have fun!

Thank you for visiting with me today
Happy Crafting

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges;
Polkadoodles Digi Choosday Challenge - Anything Goes (must use a digi of some sort)
Crafty Little Fairies - Anything Goes
Rhedd and Rosie Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Creative Craft Challenges2 - Anything Goes + Blogaversary
Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Autumn Colours with Premium Craft Brands

Good Morning, Are you in the mood for some creative fun? How about joining in with our new challenge over at the Premium Craft Brands Pan Pastel UK Challenge Blog?  Don't have any Pan Pastels?  Don't worry, you don't need any to play along, you can use whatever you like, you just need to make a new creation inspired by our Challenge Theme.

This week's theme is 'Autumn Colours'

I do love Autumn Colours, so warm and rich, and so many to choose from; in fact I was a little spoilt for choice, so went on a wee trip to Design Seeds to help narrow down my selection.  They have some truly wonderful colour palettes to inspire you, and I loved this one;
Not only did I love the colours, but I love the knitted pattern, and this inspired me to create my own background for my card.
To create my background I layered stripes of the following Pan Pastels onto some smooth card stock;
270.5 - Yellow Ochre
280.5 - Orange
340.3 - Permanent Red Shade
780.5 - Raw Umber
780.8 - Raw Umber Tint.

I blended them together and then sprayed with hair spray.  In case you didn't know hair spray makes a wonderful fixative for Pan Pastels, the cheaper the better, I find Extra Strong Hold gives a really nice finished!

I then took some Maimeri Matt Gel Medium and applied it through a 'knitted' mask.  I removed the mask and left to dry (takes a good 24 hours of so to dry), once dry I replaced the mask over the image, and added a little Pan Pastel to the dried medium.

To create the other background paper used on this card, I simply used the same colours and covered a sheet of smooth white card with the Pan Pastels, using a circular motion to blend the colours together creating a smooth progression of colour.

After creating my background papers, I needed an image for my focal point, and I remembered this gorgeous digital stamp by Nikky Hall, available at Polkadoodles called 'Maria Thistle Fairy'.  Such beautiful fairy, and I do love her sweater wearing Pony, perfect for my knitted inspired background.

I coloured my image using the following Graph'It Markers;
Skin - 3210, 4120, 4170, 4180, 5110
Hair - 5280, 6150, 6160
Dress - 8150, 8160, 8180, 8190
Fairy Wings - 8110, 8270, 8290
Pony - 3150, 3210, 3245, 3250
Sweater - 1210, 1250, 2110, 2150, 5260, 5280
Thistles - 6140, 6175
Background - 2105, 2110, 3210, 8280, 8290.

To embellish my card, I used some Green Leaf Ribbon along with some paper flowers and roses.  A few golden yellow pearls and a Whimsy Stamped Sentiment (stamped with GI 5280) die cut with a Ticket Shaped Die.

I obviously spent a lot of time on this card, but I do think it was worth it, such a wonderful feeling of satisfaction when you look at a card, and know that you've created the background papers, as well as coloured the main image. Creating the background papers was a lot of fun, and the Pan Pastels blend together so easily, it was a joy to use them.  I can't wait to create some more background papers.

Thank you for visiting with me today, and taking the time to read my rather long blog post.  I hope you'll be inspired to join in our challenge over at the Premium Craft Brands Pan Pastel UK Challenge Blog, we do love to see your creations.  Don't forget to become a follower of the blog to be in with a chance of winning an awesome package of crafting goodies.  Now hop over and check out the beautiful creations from the rest of the DT, and to get full details on how to enter our challenge and candy draw.

Have a Wonderful Day
Bye for now

Friday, 18 October 2013

Cool Xmas Blue and Purple Polka Dots with Graph'It Markers Challenge

Good Morning, It's finally Friday and time for some fun, so lets start today off with a colouring challenge over at the Graph'It Markers Colouring Challenge blog.

Our Theme this week is 'Cool Xmas Blue and Purple Polka Dots'  I'm sure you'll agree, it's a very pretty combination.

Here my creation, a pretty wall hanging calender;

My image and papers are all from the Angelberry Christmas CD from Polkadoodles.  You can also get this image as a beautiful clear stamp, she's called Angelberry Gift and comes with a lovely sentiment stamp, some snowflakes and a sprig of holly.

I used the following colours to colour my image;
Background - 7105, 7125, 7210, 0000
Skin - 4125, 4145, 4155, 4170, 5510
Hair - 3210, 3250, 3290
Fur - 6120, 6140, 6175, 9503
Coat and Hat - 9501, 9503, 0000

I printed a few of the papers from the CD and glued a sheet of purple polka dots and snowflake paper to a chipboard blank that i'd bought.  I left the paper to dry, then trimmed it with a craft knife, before sanding the edges and adding some Silver Pan Pastel.

I cut strips of some of the other papers, and created a woven effect behind my image.  My image is die cut with a Sizzix Framelits Die. I added a heart shaped doily along with some Snowflake and Star embellishments.  The calender is also on the CD, so i simply printed it off and trimmed all the pieces to size before clipping it to some background paper with a couple of lilac mini pegs.  To add a little more bling i added some dots of Petal Pink Liquid Pearls along with a few drops of Maimeri Glassy Gel Medium.  To finish it all off I added some Purple lurex ribbon.

I was amazed at how quickly this project came together, and think I might make a few more as presents, I know my Mum is going to want this one as soon as she sees it!

That's all from me for now, how about hopping over to the Graph'It Markers Colouring Challenge Blog to see the beautiful creations from the rest of our very talented DT.  You'll also find full details on how to join in our challenge, and what wicked goodies are up for grabs as this weeks prize.

Bye for now

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Falling Leaves with Premium Craft Brands

It's Sunday and time to get creative with Premium Craft Brands Pan Pastel UK's New Challenge.

Our theme this week is 'Falling Leaves', something we're seeing a lot of at the moment with Autumn well and truly being here.

For my project I wanted to do something with some real leaves.  I collected some Fallen Leaves whilst out earlier this week, and got our my Maimeri Glassy Gel Medium and some wax paper.  I put a thick layer of the medium over half my wax paper, then added my leaves and some more medium.  I folded the wax paper to cover it all, and gave it a good squish.  I then sandwiched my wax paper between some scrap papers and placed a heavy book on top.  I left it for a good 24 hours or so to give the medium time to dry.  I then removed it from the wax paper.  It was still a little damp, so i put it into the airing cupboard and left it to dry for another 24 hours or so.

Once my leaf sheet was dry I noticed you could really see the light through it, so decided to turn it into a light catcher.  To do this I needed to create some frames.  For this i used some dark green cardstock which I trimmed down to 6 inch square, covered with some clear embossing ink, followed by lots of Copper and Bronze Pan Pastels.  I placed my two squares of card with the Pan Pastelled side facing each other, then got our my large circle dies, to create the two frames for my light catcher.

Once die cut I sandwiched the leaf sheet between the frame pieces using my ATG to glue them together.  Here's some close ups of the two framed pieces;

This is the largest piece at just under 6 inchs in diameter.

This is the frame created from the middle of the largest frame.  The solid centre pieces I glued together an added to the bottom of my project to give the impression of a solid copper circle.

I used some dark red organza ribbon to join my circles together and create a loop at the top for it to be hung.  I've photographed it against a white wall, as it's really quite dark here at the moment.  But on the next bright day, I'll try and get some pictures of it with the light shining through, it really does look pretty when lit up.

That's all from me for today, Thank you for visiting with me, if you've any comments or questions I'd love to hear them, just comment on this post and I'll happily get back to you.  Don't forget to visit the Premium Craft Brands Pan Pastel UK Challenge Blog to see some truly awesome creations from the rest of the Design Team, and to find out how to join in our challenge.

Have a Wonderful Day
Bye for now

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Saturday Spotlight at The Stamping Chef

I am honoured to be amongst the very talented ladies being showcased on today's Saturday Spotlight at The Stamping Chef; It was a pleasure to create a card with such a strong message and real meaning.  It's a little sad too, as it's my last creation as part of The Stamping Chef DT.

Unfortunately the weather is changing and it's time for me to let go of a few commitments, as the winter always makes my Fibromyalgia worse, and I find it better to cut back my commitments so that i don't get overwhelmed.  Nothing I hate more than feeling i'm letting down people.

My card features 'Fighter' one of the awesome images Tamara has created to help support Breast Cancer Awareness, and Cancer Awareness in general. My background paper and sentiments all come from The Cutting Cafe; Regina has a wonderful selection of Cutting Files, Images and Sentiments, suitable for any occasion.

Most importantly of all today's card was created for the Link Up for Pink Awareness Blog.  It's the 3rd Annual Link Up in support of Breast Cancer Awareness, and you can link your 'Pink' projects up now and upto the 14th October.  As well as raising awareness for a very worthwhile cause, you could win some awesome prizes from our very generous sponsors.  To join in just create a project for Breast Cancer Awareness and make sure it's got some Pink on it somewhere. Blog your creation and then Link Up for Pink.

I'm honoured to have the opportunity to support such an important cause, and hope that one day we'll be able to have a Link Up Party to celebrate Victory over all Cancers, until then it's important to be aware, do your self exams, and if your worried about anything at all make an appointment to see a Doctor, earlier is always better when fighting any cancer.

Sending Love and Hope to you all
Bye for now

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Inspired by Water with Premium Craft Brands

Today I'd like to share with you my first DT project as a member of the Premium Craft Brands DT.  Our challenge this week is 'Water', we want to see you create water effects on your project, show us your rainy day images, your underwater creations or simply use products to give your project a wet look;  To play along you don't need any special products, just follow the theme and have fun!

I love Mermaids, so thought this would be the perfect opportunity to use one of the many beautiful mermaid images I have in my digital stamp collection;  This beautiful mermaid comes from Polkadoodles, you'll find her on the Bonbon Belles Double CD along with lots of other wonderful images and papers.  I used the following Graph'It Markers to colour my image;
Hair - 1210, 1230, 1280
Skin - 4120, 4125, 5110, 5115
Tail, Eyes & Headband - 7140, 7145, 7155, 7180, 7210, 7240, 7290
Starfish & Make-Up - 2105, 2150
Colouring with the Graph'It Markers is a joy, the inks are so vibrant and blend beautifully, and they are even better if you change the chisel nib for one of the new brush tip nibs.  All of the colours i used on this card had the new nibs in them, and I love how easy they are too use, and they taper to the finest point it's quite unbelievable and makes getting into small areas a piece of cake.

To create my background I took some of my Ultimate Graphic Paper and using three different embossing folders, created some watery looking papers.  To make them look more like water I used the following Pan Pastels;
560.1 Phthalo Blue Ex. Dark
560.3 Phthalo Blue Shade
580.3 Turquoise Shade
580.5 Turquoise
920.5 Metallic Silver.

To give the impression of some bubbles and mix the textures up a little, I punched some circles from my 3 background papers in two different sizes.  I added some Maimeri Acrylic Glassy Gel Medium to four of these circles to give them a wet look.

I took an 8 x 8 inch card blank and layered on some plain blue paper before adding two of my background papers.  I added some of the punched circles into the contrasting patterned paper as well as adding a few to the blue paper to look like bubbles.

Before layering my image onto plain blue paper, I used a corner and border punch to create a bubbly punched frame around my image.  I then added my image to the card using some foam pads for dimension.

I hope you feel inspired to join in our challenge, hop over to the Premium Crafts Brands Pan Pastel UK Challenge Blog to get full details of our challenge and to check out the awesome creations from the rest of our very talented design team.

Thank you for visiting with me today
Happy Crafting


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