Saturday, 31 May 2014

Pastel Flowers

This is the first time that I have tried to compose an actual picture with the PanPastels! I've done plenty of backgrounds and using them with dimensional mediums but not as the main focal point.
Basically all I did was position the stencils where I wanted them and using the brush loaded it up with the PanPastels and applied it to the paper.
I hadn’t got a plan but just played with it until I got something workable.
Stamped the flowers and circles with versamark.
Sprinkled the embossing powder over stamped images and heated with a heat gun.
Coloured the flowers with Wink of Stella and the circles with the distress pen.
Materials used
Watercolour card and Stencils from my stash.
Soft brush.
PanPastels - magenta, magenta extra dark, permanent green shade, bright yellow green shade.
Sheena Douglass stamps - A taste of India-Mandala
Wow embossing powder - verdigris
Wink of Stella - dark pink, orange.
Distress marker - crushed olive.

Challenge entered; panpastels blog

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Music To My Ears

I chose this quote because I think it is quite fitting for me.
I suffer with fibromyalgia and endure constant pain all day every day for me the quote is so true, music doesn’t hurt when it hits you; it brings pleasure and a diversion to the pain.
  • I opened a digikit with lots of music embellishments and saw the plectrum! I have always wanted to learn to play the guitar.
  • I wrote the quote and resized it so it would sit inside the plectrum. When I was happy with the sizes I pressed save and printed it on smooth white card. Cut them out, matted with black card and sparkle medium applied with a very complex tool!!!! My finger lol.
  • Applied the glue to a page and put the tissue on top ironing out any wrinkles with my hand.
  • When the glue had dried I realised that i could see the brush marks through the tissue!!!!
  • Decided to apply Versafine Spanish Moss. Looked a little better, so went with it, keeping fingers crossed it would look ok once the embellishments were in place.
  • Designed a music note stencil on my silhouette. Cut it out on black card. I do have some stencil material but I like to cut my designs out on card so then I can use the 'waste' on one of my projects at a later date. I don’t like to do the same thing all of the time so by doing my stencils like this I don’t get any the same.
  • Laid the stencil over the tissue, using a spatula applied sparkle medium.
  • Glued the plectrums to my page and the 'waste' from my stencil.
Voila another page done.

Materials used
Smash journal
CraftArtist 2 and digikit
Silhouette cameo
Papermania printed tissue
Black card used as a stencil
Imaginations craft sparkle medium - silver
White card for printing
Mod Podge Matt glue
Versafine Spanish Moss

Challenge entered -

Krafty 'Time Flies'

When I read the blog challenged it spurred me on to try the leather Kraft card Sheena Douglass showed on create and craft a few weeks ago. I had to watch the video on her website to refresh my memory.
The only hurdle I had to concur was I don’t have an embossing machine!!! Never fear water and a rolling pin here!!!

  • ·         Basically the technique is to spray Kraft card with diluted glycerin and scrunch up.
  • ·         Then I needed to emboss the card so my method of embossing is spray with water, let it soak in, place the card in an embossing folder and use a rolling pin roll over the folder a few time.
  • ·         I thought the card looked sufficiently embossed but when I applied the ink the pattern didn’t show up as well as I would have hoped.
  • ·         I've done the same method with paper and thin card and got really good results but the Kraft card is 300gsm so far too thick for me. I haven’t much strength in my arms and shoulder so I have a feeling that may be the problem getting a good result.
  • ·         I found in my stash the fob watch chipboard and thought that would display the leather look card.
  • ·         Embossed the fob watch.
  • ·         Glued the card and watch together.
  • ·         Embellished with various goodie in my stash.
  • ·         The lace behind the clock charm I made by threading ribbon through the bottom of the lace, pulled tight then knotted. I made 3 to go on the watch and seeing that the lace was too white I sprayed with a green and gold shimmer spray but once they had dried I arranged them on the clock but they didn’t really show up.
  • ·         So used a clay flower I had coloured for a previous project and pushed a creative expressions brad in the centre.
  • ·         Designed a saying to put on my fob watch, created in CraftArtist.
  • ·         Applied glossy medium.
I'm really pleased how this project turned out because i didn’t really have a plan set out for this one. I usually have a good idea what i want something to look like.
Materials used
Kraft card
Glycerine from the chemist
Embossing folder - Darice
Wow embossing powder - verdigris
Chipboard fob watch - Stamps Away
Shimmer spray - Stamps Away
CraftArtist 2 and digikits
Embellishments from my stash
Martha Stewart clay and moulds
Glossy accents
Creative Expressions  brad
White card for printing
Mod Podge Matt glue

Challenge entered

Thursday, 15 May 2014

My favourite colour palette, spring is in the air with sparkle

I wanted to make a 3d picture but I didn’t want the hassle of dusting it!!!!
Light bulb moment! Lol
There it was in front of me, some packaging!!!!!
  • Firstly I chose the frames I wanted to use.
  • Sprayed with Dylusions.
  • That's when I thought a stencil I had cut the other day and hadn’t fully cut through would look good with the frames with light being able to show through.
  • Made the roses and used pva glue and glitter for the centres and dabbed sparkle medium on the petals.
  • Coloured the sparkle medium with PanPastels. I was really surprised how well the PanPastels and sparkle medium mixed. I'm now addicted to them both as they are so easy to work with.
  • Painted it on various clay flowers, leaves etc.
  • I thought the packaging could do with a bit of sparkle so used a stencil. Even though I say it myself I am well impressed.
  • I needed to make another slightly larger frame to fit the size of the packaging. I cut one out on kraft card, applied versamark then green panpastels. That looked a mess because you could see the lines of the versamark pad! Plan B- stamp large dragonflies around the frame but still looked a mess. Plan C- acrylic paint. Good old trusty acrylic paint saves the day again!! Lol.
  • Now to put it all together mmmmm problem i want the light to show through the acetate stencil but wanted it to stand away from the large pink frame!!!! Because the frames were nesting there was no where for me to use sticky pads or pinflare without it looking messy on the back. So after a few tries of different ways i eventually went for using acetate struts.
  • It worked!!!!!
  • I used pinflair to attach the rest of the clay flowers, leaves, butterflies and owl.
  • I placed the design in the packaging and dropped in the paper flowers.
  • Im not sure if i have over done the decoration but for the time being im leaving it as it is because i can always remove the paper roses.

I hope you like the design and the bright cheerful colours

Materials used
Imagination crafts stencil
Craftwork cards embossed frames
Dylusions spray
Green pearlescent paint
Sparkle medium
PanPastels orange, magenta, bright yellow green, turquoise
Martha Stewart air-dry clay, moulds, glitter
Opaque acetate
Silhouette cameo, rose cutting file, stencil 

Pinflare glue


Antique Quote

I decided which quote I would use for the challenge.
I thought about what the wow challenge ANTQUE meant to me. It conjured up images of art deco, old, brown and rusty colours.
Now to start crafting.
  • I chose a digi background and then a digiboss so that i could have the embossed background look but not the bulk.
  • Designed tags with the quote written on them
  • Printed onto smooth paper. Cut and stuck to my journal page. 1st mistake! When i heat embossed the paper sort of bubbled up a bit! Obviously i should have stuck it down before embossing because the heat affected the glue!! I never learn because done this before!! Lol
  • Stamped and embossed background.
  • I coloured in the bee. I have embossed him in gold but it didn’t turn out too good because my ink pad was a little dry!
  • Stamped flower onto Kraft card and coloured in with distress pens. Cut it out.
  • Distress inked the edges of the page and around the flower.
  • Stuck flower and tags to the bumpy page.

Hopefully you can't really notice the bumpy page.

Materials used
CraftArtist software
Digiboss and digikits
Wow embossing powder gold, verdigris.
Versafine inkpad
Sheena Douglass stamps

Quote found on the internet


Purple Rain - My Besties

  • ·         Firstly I designed my background with CraftArtist, using many different digikits because I wrote purple in the search for anything that colour.
  • ·         I then imported the beastie image resized to fit in the frame.
  • ·         Printed it on smooth white card.
  • ·         Coloured in with sakura pens. I was going to use my spectrum noir pens but came across my sakura pens and couldn’t resist using them as I thought beastie suited them. They are so easy to use. I haven’t used them for months and was dreading that they may have dried up but no they all worked!! Can't say that with my spectrum noir pens, a lot of them have dried up and I've hardly used them. I've not looked into it but i wondered if anyone out there has had the same problem.
  • ·         Coloured the background with the spectrum noir pencil.
·         I haven’t made it into a card. I'm going to add it to one of my journal books but haven’t decided which one yet.

Materials used
CraftArtist software
Sakura pens - glaze and soufflé
Spectrum noir pencils

blog challenge;

My Besties UK Challenge - Use the Colour Purple

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Steampunk Flowers n Quote

Firstly I painted my smash book page with green acrylic paint from my stash.
Then the postman came!!!
I received all the materials used in one parcel. Yippee!!! You can imagine how excited I was. I had to open all of them and have a play.
I have no idea which layer I used each medium but I ended up with this background.
I stamped the images onto paper then coloured them with the new spectrum noir pencils, PanPastels and Wink of Stella.
Cut them out.
Glued them to my journal page.
Kraft card flourish cut with my silhouette cameo. Randomly applied Zig glue, waited for that to turn clear then used PanPastels to colour it.
Wrote the quote with Bic pen!.
Voila! Another journal page.

Materials used -
Smash book
Cosmic shimmer- matt chalk paint warm white, shimmer paint peacock.
Deco art - pearlizing medium, dazzling metallic's white pearl.
Distress stains - shabby shutters, peacock feathers, brushed pewter, tarnished brass.
Acrylic paint - green
Stencil - hexagons
Stamps - chocolate baroque steampunk flowers.
Spectrum noir pencils - primaries.
PanPastels - turquoise shade, turquoise, permanent red, bright yellow green, metallics.

ZIG - Wink of Stella Brush Tip Glitter Marker Set - Flower Power and black.

Challenges entered