Sunday, 29 June 2014

PanPastels and Paper Clay - Challenge theme "Roses are a Girls BestFriend"

I'm lucky enough to be given another opportunity to Guest Design over on the PanPastel Challenge.

The theme for the new Challenge is "Roses are a Girls Best Friend", come over and pop in your entry, the Design Team don't bite (in fact they're all rather lovely!!!)

I wanted to use this opportunity to show how PanPastels can be used to colour Paper Clay very effectively.  I used the yellow and orange to colour mine and once the flowers were dry I used Copper metallic Panpastel to go over the edges as you would with gilding wax.

On the background of the tag I blended the yellow and green PanPastels and then stamped the roses from Premium Craft Brands stamp set (aptly named Roses).  I then used Maimeri light modelling paste through their Spyrograph stencil to add a bit of texture, this I then hi lighted with the copper PP again.  Even the ribbon was coloured with the pans.

Bird, butterfly and swirls were added along with a small stamped tag, pearls and chain to finish off.

I so enjoyed making this tag - click here to enter your project.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Guest Designer - PanPastels

I was very pleased and excited when Nikky and the PanPastel Team invited me to Guest Design for their Challenge Blog.  The current theme is Flora and Fauna so I decided to try my hand at a Tryptich Tag.

I took an A4 sheet of white card and blended Violet, Magenta, Yellow and Orange PanPastels to make the background.  I then cut around a Size 8 Tag, three times!!!

It was tremendous fun using different tree and plant stamps and I used the strip of card which was left over from the A4 sheet to die cut the butterflies in order for everything to tone together.  I even used PanPastels to colour the seam binding.  I'm not sure it shows on the photograph but I added black Distress Glitter to make it all pop (it twinkles beautifully when the sun catches it).  PanPastels work incredibly well with masks, as you'll see on the centre panel I used a Tim Holtz sunray stencil to add a subtle sunrise.

After adding birds and a squirrel all was complete - I do hope you like it and that it inspires you to have a go and enter the Challenge.  Click here to have a look at the lovely work from the Design Team.

Thank you so much Nikky and the PanPastel Design Team for letting me join in the fun.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Craft Stamper Magazine - I've been published!!!

I can't explain how thrilled I am to have had my card published in Craft Stamper Magazine.  

Take a look at Page 60!!!

This was a card I made using mostly Indigoblu stamps with the free Magazine stamp used for the sentiment.  I used a method I'm particularly fond of which is off setting the stamping to give a shadow effect.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Fussy and Fancy - Wings

Time for another Blog Challenge from Fussy and Fancy, thank you for everyone taking part in our Challenges your projects are so much appreciated.

My project for this month is a birthday card for a friend who is 70 years old.  I decided to make a box frame card which I coloured with Shaded Lilac and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks.  I used flowers from Sweet Lilac which I coloured with the same inks and added a little glitter.  A few flourishes and pearls together with a meaningful sentiment and I think (hope) my friend will love it.

I'd also like to enter this card in the Sweet Lilac Flowers Challenge - Anything goes.