Sunday, 29 September 2013

Autumn Colours

I was having a play this morning finishing off a birthday card for a friend when I realised that the majority of pan pastels I've purchased are actually ideal for autumn so I decided to go with it...

I embossed a piece of plain white card with a leaf design and then attacked it with my pan pastels initially covering with a mix of yellow, red and green and then adding a smattering of metallics and then gave it a good old buff up. Instead of ribbon I thought the look would suit a bit of raffia I then inked around a doily and layered up some die cuts which I also coloured with pan pastels adding a little raffia bow to finish this autumn themed card.

I'd like to enter the above card in 'Anything Goes' over at Pan Pastel Blog

Friday, 20 September 2013

Candy Colours

Its challenge time over at Polkadoodles and here is my DT piece.

I picked one of the existing toppers from the fabulous Bonbon Belles Cd and edited it in my graphics programme. I added the cute sentiment and was able to make extra layers for the butterflies which I glittered up and added to the topper to give it a bit more dimension & sparkle. The backing paper is from the same cd so I matted that onto some contrasting cardstock and added a bit of sheer ribbon from my crafty stash and to be honest I don't think its come out too bad! I hope you will find some time to pop over and join in with us.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Birthday Boy!

Oh boy did I struggle with this weeks challenge over at Polkadoodles. I'm a card maker and a very particular one at that! I swear I also suffer a little with OCD. Take me out of my comfort zone and I go into panic mode. The word 'challenge' is there for a reason!

So this weeks challenge is a significant number birthday and we had to make anything BUT a card using Picnix Cd rom or Studio 12 products. My card making usually also starts with me having a subject matter in mind for the recipient. I was at a loss.

I ummed and arred for a few days and then decided on a little keepsake for my brother as he will be 50 later this month. The papers on the Picnix Cd rom are 'to die for' they look like real fabric. So I cut 2 pieces of identical board and cut the middle out of one to make a frame. I then covered both with the blue canvas spotty paper. I used acetate to 'glaze' my frame. In my graphics programme I used more paper to make bunting which I attached with string. I then added a piece of faux leather with the number 50 (also from the cd). Happy 50th Birthday Simon.

My project may seem relatively simple to some of you but I just want those of you who struggle to realise that when you set your mind to it you can do it!


Monday, 2 September 2013

Just Got To Share.....

On Saturday I popped over to Coleman's Craft Warehouse in Rushden as Nikky Hall was doing a demo for P.A.B they are the fab company behind Graph'its and pan pastels which before today I hadn't tried.

Oh my all I can say is O.M.G you have to try METALLIC PAN PASTELS, I've been playing (sorry crafting) all afternoon with them and Nikky was right. I couldn't stop lol. So I shall start by showing you the 2 bits of embossed card I used.

I rubbed the card stock over with a sticky embossing pad and then started to add the pan pastels I think I used every colour lol and as Nikky had advised buffed it with a soft cloth. I then added a little bit of silver at the end just to make it 'pop'. Just look at the difference, don't they look fab? I just adore them

I then decided to take it further and turn everything else metallic too lol and ended up with this creation. It's for a friend on twitter and Facebook so I've just got to hope she doesn't spot it but if she does...sorry Viv I couldnt wait to share x

Seriously guys you need to try these!