Friday, 29 November 2013

As Seen on TV - Graph'It Markers Challenge

It's Friday and time for another fun challenge with the Graph'It Markers Colouring Challenge Blog. This week our theme is 'Vintage with Polka Dots'; I love Vintage style cards, but struggle to make them, so this challenge was a little daunting for me.

Now if you were watching the awesome Nikky Hall on the Create & Craft Channel yesterday lunchtime, then you may well have seen the card I am featuring today.  I have to say I still get excited when I see one of my cards on TV, even though I've had a few on screen now, it gives me such a buzz, and I'm honoured to be amongst some very talented crafters on this wonderful team.

Here's my card for this week's challenge;
Markers used;
Skin: 4115, 4155, 4170, 4145
Hair: 9100, 9102, 7119, 6290
Wings: 9100. 9102 & Silver Glitter Shake Pen
Dress and Shoes: 5240, 5255, 5280
Background: 9100, 9102

I used papers from Lilybee Designs & Amy Tangerine.  My Polka dot paper and chipboard sentiment were free with a craft magazine earlier this year.  I love this mix of vintage and retro style papers, and decided against adding a lot of embellishment due to the amount of pattern on the card already.  My only embellishment is a beautiful pearl flourish I had hiding in my craft stash.

I hope you like my card, and that the patterns are not making your eyes go too funny.  We'd love to see your take on our challenge theme, so hop over to the Graph'It Markers Colouring Challenge Blog to get details on how to join our challenge, and to see the wonderful creations by the rest of the design team.

Thank You so much for visiting with me today
Happy Crafting

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Mix It Up with Premium Craft Brands Pan Pastel UK Challenge Blog

It's time for some more messy fun with Premium Craft Brands Pan Pastel UK Challenge, and this week we want you to 'Mix It Up!';  We want you to mix your Pan Pastels with fluid, any fluid you like, be it water, acrylic paint, mediums, we want to see what you create when you get your Pan Pastels wet!!

Before I go any further, a little warning!! Do Not Add Water Directly to Your Pan Pastel Pan. Add your Pan Pastel to the fluid in some sort of mixing container, please don't contaminate your Pan Pastel Pans with water, as this will affect the lifespan of your Pan Pastels.  Use a super soft brush to dust some Pan Pastel Pigment into your mixing container, then add whatever fluid you desire. End of Warning!!

For my project this week I decided to work on a mini canvas.  I chose the Maimeri Iridescent Paste as my main fluid for this project, mixing it in a plastic bowl with some Magenta Pan Pastel.  I mixed quite a large amount as I wanted to see how well the Iridescent Paste worked in silicone moulds.  I poured the mixture into my moulds on Tuesday, and my letter embellishments were finally dry enough to work with Yesterday (Saturday)  So patience and planning is definitely required.  My letter embellishments turned out a little rough, but that is probably because i kept peeking at them to see if they were setting, I really should leave things alone to dry lol!  Luckily I like the rough look of them for this project.

To create my canvas background I added some water to the empty plastic bowl i'd mixed the Iridescent Paste and Pan Pastel; creating a lovely pearlescent paint which i covered the whole canvas with.  I then sprinkled on some Magenta Pan Pastel, before adding drops of the pearlescent paint.  I left this to dry, and then gave it a good spray with hairspray to make sure the pan pastels stayed on my canvas.

The image is a digital stamp entitled 'Mending a Broken Heart' by Helena Reis available at Sweet Pea Stamps.  She is coloured with the following Graph'It Markers
Skin - 4115, 4155, 4170, 5110, 5115
Hair - 9100, 9102, 7119, 6290
Dress - 5110, 5255, 5280
Gloves - 5110, 5255, 5280, 9102, 7119, 6290
Wings - 9100, 9102, 5115.
I coloured the heart embellishment with 5255. The edge of the Letter Embellishments are coloured with 6290, so is the edge of the canvas.

This was such a fun project to work on, I loved working with the Iridescent Paste, and can't wait to try it with a few more colours of Pan Pastels.  I also love how well the Graph'It Markers work on a project like this, they coloured the paper, canvas and embellishments with ease, giving great coverage and tying all the elements of my project together perfectly.

I hope you'll be inspired to join us in our challenge this week, don't forget to visit the Premium Craft Brands Pan Pastel UK Challenge Blog to get full details of our challenge and to see the awesome creations from the rest of the design team.

Have a wonderful day
Thanks for visiting with me

Sunday, 17 November 2013

It's all about the Embellishments with Premium Crafts Brands Pan Pastel UK Challenge Blog

It's Sunday so time for another super fun challenge with the Premium Craft Brands Pan Pastel UK Challenge Blog.  The Design Team have been challenge to make and/or colour embellishments this week!  Your challenge is even easier, it's 'Anything Goes' for our awesome fans, so you can create whatever your heart desires.

I really enjoyed this challenge, as it gave me the opportunity to have a play with the Maimeri Light Modelling Paste.  This stuff is pretty amazing, when you squeeze it out of the tube, it just looks like white acrylic paint, but it's nothing like paint, in fact it's pretty magic.  It has a wonderful creamy consistency, so it's perfect for using with masks and silicone moulds.

I used a Fimo Face mould (not silicone, and a little unpredictable) and a Rose silicon mould for my embellishments.  The Fimo mould wasn't quite a malleable as the silicon moulds are, so I had to leave the modelling paste in there for about 4 days to give it a chance to dry thoroughly, as when i tried to take other faces out of the model, they split or came to pieces.  The silicon Rose mould was a lot easier to work with, the mould had different sizes of roses and the small ones where dry overnight, medium and large ones took between 2 and 3 days to dry.  So if your making your own embellishments with moulds and the Maimeri Light Modelling Paste, make yourself a nice batch of them, and give them plenty of time to dry.

Once dry you can colour your embellishments.  I used Ultramarine Blue Tint Pan Pastel to colour the face embellishment. I used the Mimosa 1180 Graph'It Marker to colour the small rose embellishment.
I used the 12 x 12 Fantasy Mask to create the background on my white card blank, as well as some Kraft card.  I put a layer of Light Modelling Paste through the mask over the Kraft card and left to dry overnight.  Once dry I used a Sizzix Framelit die to cut out my hexagons.  I used the following Pan Pastels to colour my hexagons, and on my main card;
Ultramarine Blue Tint
Permanent Green Tint
Violet Tint
Magenta Tint
Orange Tint
Permanent Red Tint
Red Iron Oxide Tint and Diarylide Yellow Tint.

The last thing to do before assembling my card was to give everything a good spray with Extra Firm Hold Hairspray.  This works as a wonderful fixative and you don't need to spend a fortune on it.

I adhered my hexagons to the front of my card with some foam pads, and then used the Maimeri Matt Gel to adhere my face and rose embellishments.

I hope you like my card, and find my write up useful, sorry it's a bit long, but I do waffle on! Thank You for reading this far, and please hop over to the Premium Craft Brands Pan Pastel UK Challenge Blog to check out the beautiful creations from the rest of the Design Team, and to get full details on how to enter our challenge.

Thank you for visiting with me
Have a wonderful day

Friday, 15 November 2013

New Colours and Anything Goes Challenge at Graph'It Markers Challenge blog.

It's Friday and time for a new challenge over at the Graph'It Marker Challenge Blog; this week we are showcasing the new colours that came out recently, so the DT was challenged to use all the new colours they have!! 

The theme for you guys is a whole lot easier, it's 'Anything Goes', so grab those markers and an image or two and show us what you've got.
I chose the beautiful 'Fantasie' image by Rick St. Dennis MFA for my creation.  Such a gorgeous image, challenging yes, but it was great fun to colour.  The first thing i did was to colour each character within the image with the palest shade of the colour I had decided to use on each character.  This made it a lot easier to see what i was actually colouring, taking away the large mass of white paper, and making it look a lot less scary to colour.

I then started to colour each character individually.  Here's a picture of the half way stage.  You can see I still need to colour the Dragon and Fairy.

Here's a picture of the finished card, followed by the list of colours I used;
I used the following colours;
Fairy; 6110, 6130, 6290, 7105, 7110, 7115, 7119
Mermaid; 7119, 8220, 8240, 8280, 8290
Unicorn; 6120, 6130, 6140, 6175, 6185, 6290
Unicorn Hair; 5110, 5120, 5130, 5140, 6150, 6290
Dragon; 5210, 5215, 5245, 6290
Face; 6290, 7210, 7220, 7250, 8140, 8160, 8190
Hair; 6290, 8110, 8140, 8160, 8180, 8190 

You'll find all the new colours available at Polkadoodles, here's a quick list of them;
5215 - Geranium
6175 - Amethyst
6290 - Granite - This one is awesome for adding dark shadows into your image, I used this on most of the characters of this image, and it really helps tie all the elements together.
7109 - Pigeon - I don't have this one yet, need to remedy that very soon!
7119 - Hurricane
8190 - Amazon
8290 - Olive.

To create my background, I used Pan Pastels in the following colours;
Permanent Red Tint
Violet Tint
Phthalo Green Extra Dark and Violet Extra Dark.
Along with an assortment of masks from my collection.

If your looking for images that are a little unusual, maybe for those difficult man cards we all need to make, then check out Rick St. Dennis's Zibbet Store, he's recently moved to Zibbet from Etsy, and now has the ability to list so many more images, and they are all in categories too, to make it nice and easy to navigate.  I nearly forgot to mention, Rick's images are all hand drawn, pen and ink creations, and are very affordable, the image I used for this card was $3.75 that's around £2.35, and that's one of his more expensive images.  So please visit his store, and check out his beautiful illustrations.

Now hop over to the Graph'It Marker Challenge Blog to see the beautiful creations from the rest of the Design Team, and to get full details or our challenge, and the lovely prize you could win.  We'd love it if you'd play along with us.

Thanks for visiting with me today
Have a wonderful day

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Altered Media with Premium Craft Brands

It's a beautiful Sunday morning, and time for a fun new challenge over at the Premium Craft Brands PanPastel Challenge Blog.  This week's challenge is all about Altered Media!!  We want you to take something and give it a brand new lease of life, maybe a new purpose, or just a makeover.

I decided to take an old cardboard ribbon reel and turn it into something different;
I used the Maimeri White Gesso to change the colour and to give me a base to work on.  After leaving this to dry I decided I liked the look of it in White, so decided to go with a white theme for the whole project.  I layered on some Maimeri Glassy Gel Medium and sprinkled on some Iced Crystal Glitter Jewel Flakes I found in my stash the other day.  I then took 3 heart embellishments which i'd made last week using Maimeri Light Modelling Paste and a silicon mould, and attached them to the top of the reel.  I left it to dry overnight. I then added some white leaf ribbon all around the reel, sticking it down with a few glue dots.  I also took a small circle punch and punched out a piece of white card stock, so i could covered the hole on the bottom of the reel.

All i need to do then was put my large hat pins into the centre of the reel, and voila's a pretty little pin pot for some of my hat pins.  Here's a close up of the Heart embellishments;

I love how this project turned out, definitely not my usual colour choice, but it turned out so pretty, and really makes the hat pins look like flowers or jewels.  Very practical too, so much easier to get the pins out of a wee pot like this, than the packaging they came in, hopefully i'll stop pricking myself with them so much.

I hope you'll be inspired to try altering something, and join in our challenge to win some awesome goodies from Premium Craft Brands.  Now hop over to the Premium Craft Brands Pan Pastel Challenge Blog and check out the awesome creations from the rest of the Design Team, and get full details on how to join in our challenge.

Have a wonderful blessed day
Thank you for visiting with me

Friday, 1 November 2013

Tic Tac Toe with Graph'It Markers Colouring challenge

It's Friday so time to get your favourite pens out and join in with a new Graph'It Markers Colouring Challenge.  This week's theme is Tic, Tac, Toe, all you have to do is choose one line from the following table;

I chose to use Blonde Hair, Fur and Dots on my creation;

I chose the beautiful 'Darci' by Rick St. Dennis MFA for my image and combined her with some papers from Kaisercrafts Magnolia Grove paper pad.

I used the following Graph'It Markers to colour  my image;
Hair - 1210, 1230, 170, 1280, 9501
Skin - 4120, 4125, 4150, 5110, 5115, 9501
Eyes - 7145, 9505
Flowers - 1210, 5525, 9501, 0000
Leaves - 8150, 8160, 8190
Fur - 5255, 5260, 5280, 9505
Background - 1210, 1230, 0000.


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