Saturday, 15 March 2014

Scrap 365/Pan Pastel Blog Hop...Awash with colour

Hey everyone, hope you have a lovely relaxing Saturday and Sunday ahead with a very crafty horizon!

Today I am joining in a fantastic blog hop along with Scrap 365 magazine blog and the Pan Pastel team! 

Woahhh!! Scrap????

I hear ya!!.....oh yes I do!....

Yes - me ....and scrapbooking!! Who knew huh? Well I did but I know lots of you probably didn't know how much I love to scrap but it's one of those things I really do not make enough time for these days (and it means I can get to use some of my fave stash which is in that look and stroke but put it back for another day cos I cant possibly use it place)....

Anyway enough of my drivel! On to the blog hop! The Scrap 365 team challenged the Pan Pastel team to go crazy with colour so how could we refuse?
Premium Craft Brands have donated a fantastic set of Donna Downey Pan Pastels for the lucky winner of our Blog Hop prize draw :) 
To take part in the blog hop you need to follow the trail of our blogs (below) to see all the amazing creations from everyone - we have some wonderful layouts and projects for you which will blow you away! Make sure you visit each blog and leave a comment so we know you've visited and you will go in the draw for that wonderful set of Donna Downey Pan Pastels which is worth £41.95!!! 
The random winner will be chosen from all the comments by Ali from Scrap365 and will be announced 20th March at 5pm on the Scrap365 blog and the Pan Pastel blog.

So, Awash with colour huh? 
Well, the Scrap365 team asked me to choose a specific colour palette and to use it for inspiration.  When I saw this palette called Pomegranate it had my name all over it because these colours are probably my favourites in Pan Pastels.
These equate to (from L to R)...
Permanent Red Tint
Permanent Red
Red Iron Oxide
Permanent Red Shade
Turquoise Shade
These colours match perfectly! I use ALL these colours all the time in my work and they are so versatile and give amazing contrast, I just adore this palette. Here's what I came up with... 
Isn't that Permanent Red so striking? Used alone on white it takes on a Coral tone, I adore it and it is by far my favourite Pan Pastel colour...
The full layout...this is all about my fabulous shoes fetish. Yes, I have always had a thing for shoes. I bought these babies about 4 years ago and I adore them. I bought them for my sister's wedding along with a matching handbag and I call these my Dorothy shoes. 
I wore them from the car to the church door and was crippled and bleeding within the space of 300 yards because they were SO uncomfortable LOL! But I would not give up! At the time I had a problem with my feet swelling up so they looked like old lady cankles (you know the ones)...and they literally crippled me, I didnt move off my chair at the reception, they fit me just fine! Although I have to say they still are NOT comfy and they are very rarely worn still haha! But hey ho, as the saying goes....
...Every girl needs a pair of shoes to stare at with glee and never ever wear...
I'm showing you all these pics so you can understand the amount of texture I got on this layout simply by using medium and masks/stencils. I painted the top right corner of the page with Maimeri gesso and then spread it with the tube to create loads of really thick heavy drips and splashes around the page. Maimeri gesso is one of the best available, it has a superb opacity and drying time, unlike cheap gesso which generally is just cheap because it's watered down. You only need one coat with this baby and it's awesome for getting some texture with brush strokes if you want them!...
Once it was dry I applied big streaks of colour working outside to inside across the page. I used a mop brush to dust sprinkles of Pan Pastel across the page and then sprayed it with a cheap hairspray to seal each layer of colour in. You need to be careful if you're sprinkling it as a powder as it does flake off but if you can use an Artist's pastel fixative it does help. Oh, almost forgot but I also sprinkled Frantage into the mix as well whilst it was all drying!
Next I mixed my own paint by combining Pan Pastel, a tiny bit of gesso and some water - you need the gesso to bind the pastel (pastels have a tiny bit of oil in them so they bead a little if you mix just with water, adding the gesso makes it so much easier). I then splished and splashed the various colours of paint (all 6!) everywhere. I was supposed, in my head, to make a clean and simple layout but by this time I had totally got carried away and there was no stopping me!

 I used a couple of different stencils/masks (see below) and pushed Maimeri Light Modeling Paste through them - they picked up the colour anyway so no need to pre-colour the paste although you can if you wish because Pan Pastel is a pure pigment that you can add to virtually any medium. I then gesso'd all the flowers which were pink to pull them back to white and gradually just added layers of texture and colour, then added some white paper, again colour tinted with the Pan Pastels. I think this is the first time I ever made a page without a designer 12 x12! A few little embellies to finish, gesso on top of the bottle cap and voila! The letters are grungeboard, again coloured. In fact, apart from the kraft items, everything has been recoloured.

So, now you need to click on the link here and go to
Riikka Kovasin
who has something super amazing to show you! 

and then follow the list (it doesn't matter which order you visit us).
We would love you to please leave a little comment on each of the team blogs and then go back to the Scrap365 blog to let us know you've hopped - we will also give an extra little prize away to someone who leaves a comment on the Pan Pastel page but we will check you've done that hop so don't be naughty now! ; ) 

Here is the list you need to follow just in case you get lost along the way:

Scrap365 and Ali's post - HERE! .....
Nikky Hall -
Riikka Kovasin -
Lou Sims -
Sandra Przbylska -
Tracy Easson -
Lisa Saunders -
Terry Wietma-Girbes -
Tracee Provis -
Claire Chapman -
Natalie Macdonald -
RETURN to Scrap365 to leave a comment for the prize draw :) -

We do hope you have some fun and get some inspiration from both the teams - they really are superb! We'll see you back at the Pan Pastel challenge next week for more Challenge fun! 

If you love any of the products I've used on this layout they are all listed here:

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Brand new challenge - We Do Doobadoo!

Hi everyone! 
Today I have really exciting news for you - we have a great new challenge over at 

Make sure you go over and join in the fun, we have great prizes on offer every fortnight and a superb Design Team which I cherry picked to showcase all these great products for you.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Graph'It colour challenge - Male Colours


Over on the Graph'It challenge this week we are all about Male Colours which I love - those muted tones are always right up my street!

I probably stretched the brief a little with this one but I wanted to show that you can easily apply male colours to a very feminine theme and we don't always need to be all pink pink pink!
Having said that my card is OTT girly LOL!
I don't think I've ever added so much stuff to one card in my life LOL!!! This didnt go according to plan, I used the Doobadoo Shape Art template as the base which I love and then I had a really cool idea of how to make it a bit different...only it didn't really work I had this base on my desk for 4 days looking at me, being turned this way and that way and I was determined to use it as it's a great shape....and for it to be there 4 days was HUUUUGE for me because if I dont make it there and then it usually goes in the bin....

Anyway, in the end it kinda got covered with one thing and another thing and another thing fact 2 mins before I took this photo I still had to add something else. I guess I'm not really in a CAS mood this week haha!

So, I coloured the image which is from my brand new Work & Play collection (available on CD and digi here) with my Graph'It markers.  The papers are from my Picknix Collection.
The little envelope is made from Doobadoo Shape Art again and all the little hearts, leaves and swirls and butterflies are all laser cuts, again from Doobadoo. I also used the Doobadoo Diamond mask to  add some gesso onto some of the paper pieces and hiding up in the left corner is some denim too which I also added gesso over. A little swoosh of black and brown pan pastel helped to distress it all. My final fancy flourish which you will be seeing on all of my work from now will kingdom come is that little bit of honeycomb down in the corner - aw man you HAVE to get this it's absolutely brilliant!! It looks really expensive but I just tear a tiny bit off and that's all you need, it just seems to finish this style of card brilliantly!
I'll be back tomorrow with some REALLY exciting news!!

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