Sunday, 29 September 2013

Metallic Pan Pastels, masks, die-cuts,embossing, gilding sheets


Today is challenge time over at Premium Craft Brands blog. I just wanted to share this project which we made at a recent workshop. You can see how I made it here....

Friday, 27 September 2013

Halloween Graph'it markers and Metallic Pan Pastels

Hi everyone!
Sorry I've not checked in for a bit, I am like a maniacal shopper in Asda this week lol!

I have such a lot going on right now which will be revealed very shortly but firstly I am uber excited that we now have a new Design Team over at the Premium Craft Brands challenge. The team are SOOO talented it's unreal, I'm going to have a job to keep up! So head on over there and sign up to the feeds for updates and follow us - you will LOVE what we bring you each week. We've relaxed all the challenges to make it easier for everyone to enter and will be regularly posting tutorials and extra bits and pieces so there's lots going on. Sign up here:

We are challenging you with different folds this week at Polkadoodles blog so get over there and join in - such an easy challenge to take part in too and a great prize up for grabs this week!

So today I just want to share my make for the Graph'It challenge today, which was Autumn colours. I've had this digi coloured for a couple of weeks now but forgot to make it into a card until 6.30am today when I realised I'd missed the challenge lol! So I zipped in the craft room when I got to work and literally threw this together with bits I had on my desk - but I think it kind of worked!

The digi is from the Halloween download collection here and coloured with Graph'It markers (have some mega exciting news on that front so keep your eyes peeled!) ...I've added some pieces of card and die cuts which I've given the old Metallic Pan Pastels treatment and a Versamark and the bottom piece of embossing was actually part of an offcut from a Craftwork Cards embossed card blank I had laying around. Look at the shine! That really does blow me away every time I see it!  Make sure you head over to the blog and join in so you can be in with a chance of winning - we now have a random prizewinner so everyone has an equal chance!

I'll be back soon! x

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Metallic Pan Pastels, Bonbon Belles, Sizzix, Tonic die-cuts

Wednesday already! Don't know where the weeks go, seems like it's Monday one second and I blink a couple of times and then the week is over! Is it a sign of getting old or something? madness!

So here is another make from last Saturday at Coleman's Craft Warehouse....

 On this card I used a backing paper from Bonbon Belles (Love that colour combo). I embossed some white card with a Sizzix embossing folder and used my fave Frame die yet again (yawn yawn sorry if you're sick of seeing that one but for me it's an absolute must-have!). And another die-cut of a bird which is actually a Tonic die. I inked all 3 elements with Versamark and then smothered them with copper and bronze Metallic Pan Pastels to give a vibrant shimmery lustre to die for (excuse the pun!). I love to finish the metallic look with either gold or silver as it lifts it immensely and just seems to finish it off perfectly. And that was it!
The difficulty of photographing metallics is it's sometimes hard to pick up the shine from the camera...meh!

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Design Team Call for Premium Craft Brands

Premium Craft Brands Design Team Call
Welcome to the Premium Craft Brands Design Team Call. Who are Premium Craft Brands? Well this is going to be our new brand for the Craft market as we feel it reflects what we try to do, when bringing crafters new products. Our aim is to always provide the best quality products to help you achieve the best possible results. You may have already heard of Premium Art Brands, well this will continue as our registered business name and the brand we use in the fine art market. Now we are done with the boring business stuff let’s get on with the more interesting….

We are looking to add 4 new talented designers to our existing team, to inspire and create unique projects e.g. cards, scrapbook pages, altered art etc… using the Premium Craft Brands product ranges. These include;

Maimeri Craft Mediums
Maimeri Acrylic Paints
Super Smooth Crafting card range.
Graph It Markers

What we are looking for :
1.   Commitment to the Premium Craft Brands blog with the ability to post 1 project per week to the challenge blog, plus a minimum of one tutorial per month which can be text or video based.
2. Team members must publish their blog regularly and also be committed to using social network sites including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest where they will be expected to actively promote and link to the Premium Art/Craft Brands website, stockists, the Premium Craft Brands Challenge blog and other team members wherever possible to promote the brand.
3. It is a pre-requisite that design team members will be required to provide physical samples of their work on a regular basis - these samples will be used to showcase products at consumer and trade shows and will be used on the UK's dedicated Craft TV Channel, Create and Craft whenever there are Premium Craft Brands Shows. Samples may also be used at an International level wherever they are required to promote the brand in marketing materials and campaigns.
4. We have a very busy media schedule including events and shows - Design Team members are required to meet deadlines for samples and challenge posts as and when required.
5. Payment - Design Team members will not receive a monetary payment for being on the team but will receive a plentiful supply of product (at the Company's discretion) which can be used for all Design Team work and personal use. If the team member leaves the team for any reason these products must be returned and may not be shared or sold.
6. Design Team members must be professional in their representation of Premium Craft Brands products and its associated businesses and behave in a courteous and considerate manner at all times.
7. Design Team members must remember that being creative is supposed to be fun! We want our team to be inspirational to other creatives of all levels and abilities and we want everyone to have a rewarding experience during their time on the team! 

So, if you feel you can commit to the above and would love to join us, then please apply as soon as possible by emailing us at:

You MUST include a short paragraph of why you want to be on the design team and include a link to your blog plus 3 images of your favourite creative projects you have made in the past 12 months. Please can you use Design Team Call as your subject heading in your email.
Closing date:  9am Friday 20th September.Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday 25th September by email.
Good luck and best wishes

Pan Pastels, Sizzix flowers and a Quick and Easy Card

Just wanted to share another make from my day at Coleman's...I still keep thinking about all that lovely stash haha!
I also need to tell you about something hilarious that happened yesterday...Mr Doodles got a letter from ITV asking if he wanted to go on Come Dine With Me...
....well, clearly his culinary failures have now been spread far and wide by the power of twitter haha!

Anyway let's get on with today's business...

Have you worked out how addicted I am to Pan Pastels yet? I wanted to do something a little different with this one to show the versatility...

So simple but I really like this! I made a simple background using 3 different blues and 2 greens. I then took the Pan Pastel applicator tools - these simulate different brush strokes and are brilliant for making fine detail. So I used the shape of the sponges to create a couple of flowers, turning the card as I worked.  I then added Metallic Pan Pastels onto my favourite Sizzix frame and then coloured my Sizzix die cut flowers. Bob's your uncle! Such a quick and simple make, had I not been yak yak yakking this would have been done in 10minutes flat.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Metallic Pan Pastels, Sizzix, Embossing, Oil on Water effect

Hello again!
Last week I went to the amazing Coleman's Craft Warehouse in Rushden, Northants and it was absolutely fabulous!
My lovely friend and design team colleague Bev took this pic of me on the day...I think I'd gone boz eyed with all the colouring at this point as I have my specs on my head LOL!! Coleman's, if you've never been is HUMONGOUS and filled to the brim with stash you will want and more importantly NEED! And I mean craft stash you will USE too, unlike the big chain stores that tend to be filled with miscellaneous craft, this is mainly papercrafting, scrapbooking and jewellery with some fab storage too. You really must go if you get the chance!
 Anyway, I was demonstrating for Premium Art Brands with the megalush new Pan Pastel Metallics, masks and Graph'It markers so I'm going to show you some samples this week. We chatted a LOT so I didnt make quite as many as I hoped, but here we go with Numero Uno....
The photo on this is a bit pants as I had to take it on the table and then leave the sample behind. 
This was a Sizzix rose embossing folder which was embossed on black card. I then added a variety of the Metallic Pan Pastels and mixed in Pthalo green, Ultramarine and a touch of Violet to give an 'oil on water' look to the metallics. Remember you can add the metallics to your normal Pan Pastels to make them metallic too! I just added a simple tag, ribbon and backing paper and let the embossing do the work.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Background effects with Graph'It

Happy Friday!

Over on the Graph'It challenge today it's all about making background effects, make sure you head over and check out the inspiration, those peeps are super duper colourer-inners, I'm in awe of their talent!
You will have seen this effect from me a million times by now but in all honesty it's such a fave of mine I just keep on having to do it. You can see how I made it and the colours I used over at Graph'It so check it out there....

Remember - you can use any brand of markers to enter the challenges and if you've been wondering what the hoohah is about Graph'Its and why I love them so much entering the challenges is a great way to try and win a set to try! 
It's a very exciting time at Graph'It right now - there are lots of new developments and more new fantastic colours coming shortly so make sure you check them out - you will not be disappointed!
See you all soon!

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Metallic Pan Pastels, Sizzix and chocolate!

I'm back with another Pan Pastel make for you today!

I told you I was completely addicted to the new Metallics! In fact, I think a LOT of crafters will be following in my addiction footsteps once they see the fabulushness of these!

On Saturday I was lucky enough to demo at the most wonderful craft shop I've been in yet in the UK - Coleman's Craft Warehouse at Rushden in Northants. I'd heard great things about it being awesome and BIG but oh my goodness! BIG isn't the word!! Mammoth is a better description I think!!
The huge expanse of wall space is adorned with every crafty brand you could wish to see and the way they have it all organised is just brilliant, so easy to find what you want without having to rummage around in boxes or on the floor like happens so often (and I have to say it can be like that in my own shop lol!)...the staff were amazingly helpful and everyone who attended was absolutely lovely - there to see the demos and browse the goodies and soak up a great atmosphere. Alongside me demoing were the fabulous Paul Church and Jo firth Young so a lovely time was had by all I think.

So my mission for the day was to share the Pan Pastel and Graph'It love....and there was mucho love I can tell you! We had to restock at lunchtime because everything just flew out. So I'll share some of the samples I made later this week, but in the meantime I wanted to show you this one which was one of my experiments from my Polkadoodles Outlet demo the other weekend...

With this project I used black card again and the Bronze Pan Pastel this time. I mixed in some Permanent Red Extra Dark which is a lush dark chocolatey colour from the normal Pan Pastels you can see it made the Bronze go all delish and chocolatey - it really reminds me of when you dust chocolate with edible gold lustre (think chocolate ganache cake!)....

Yet again I turned to my faithful Sizzix dies and that lovely diamond embossing folder. On the embossing I used some gold together with the bronze, pewter and probably just mixed a bit of all the metallics in if I'm honest LOL! (can't remember now!). I then die-cut flowers from the embossed sheet and made a gold frame to add a different colour....
I layered the elements up, used a Versamark inkpad and a mask to make the sentiment background, then stamped the sentiment in Versamark and dusted with Rich Gold. A dotty backing paper to match and some cream bias binding and you really don't need anything else I think...

Everyone at the demo kept asking me which they needed to get started and this is really hard...I always try to be as honest as I can when I recommend product and try not to tell anyone to buy 'everything' as i think it's really unfair when some people don't have a big budget...but I'm afraid in the case of the Metallic Pan Pastels you really do NEED them ALL!!! I honestly could not choose even just a couple because if you use all 6 together you get a completely stunning result and it enables you to break up the monotony of having a single toned piece of work. What I mean by that is - with this card if I had used the same colour tone all through it wouldn't look as great I think...the embossed rivets are a different colour tone to the frame which again is different to the chocolatey flowers. In my humble opinion this means that it gives you a multi-dimensional look to the work and adds so much more interest rather than keeping everything in gold or silver tones. To get all 6 it works out at £36 which doesnt really break the bank when you compare it to other consumables like paper pads and inkpads. Your Pan Pastels should last you eons if you use the proper Pan Pastel sponges which don't absorb the product and means you don't waste any! 
If you want to see all 6 colours you can see them here....

Be back soon!

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Polkadoodles Blog Candy worth £85

Hey everyone! Just popped in to let you know about some amazing blog candy by my lovely colleague Claire Chapman this week! She's giving away LOADS of Polkadoodles stash worth over £85! WOWSER! Go grab it here
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