Sunday, 31 March 2013

Anything Goes at PanPastel UK

Happy Easter fellow bloggers, I hope you are having a wonderful weekend filled with family and chocolate lol.

At PanPastel UK today we have an anything goes theme so show us anything you are working on this week and you don't have to use PanPastels to enter.

My DT piece is an Easter greeting to you all wishing you peace and love at this special time of year.

The main image is from Craft Individuals stamped over blended PPs with a layer of rock candy crackle paint around the edges. When dry the crackles were blended over with brown PP to help them show up more. The focal image has been layered onto a piece of Tim Holtz paper which has been dipped into biscotti perfect pearls mist into which I added some clear embossing powder so that when it was heated between dips it added some gritty texture as well. (Too difficult to see on this piece).

The eggs embellishment was made by adding some suze wienburg utee dyes to utee on a heat mat and heating it until it is a liquid form. I had prepared some little containers with some panpastels scraped from around the edge of the container and sprinkled these over the molten utee and heated it all again then stamping into it with a Stampin Up stamp of eggs. When cool I smeared treasure gold over it and painted the back with white acrylic paint to make the eggs stand out more.

The wire represents the hen coop with sunny ribbon and red flowers to match the blend of colours in the image.

We have an Easter egg hunt in the garden today, the girls look forward to it every year, they think it's great fun.

Have a wonderful day yourselves.

hugs {brenda} x0x


Thursday, 28 March 2013

More family history

The challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week is 'Quotable' and I wanted to do another vintage family history piece having made the hessian backed board a couple of weeks ago of my Grandfather. So this is his parents, making the lady on the left and the gentleman my Great Grandparents Charles William and Annie Axon (nee Brown), with the lady on the right being Edith Ellen who is Annie's sister. I would guess this is early 1900's as they married in 1890.

The quote is from Dyan Reaveley's set "The Right Words" which I felt fitted this photograph of a happy family threesome together. I added the lock, key and heart to fit in with the words.

The background to the photo is chipped sapphire and vintage photo distress inks dipped with picket fence distress stain added in. The base background is from Tim Holtz French Industrial paper stash.

The heart was die-cut in card and then given several layers of distress embossing powders, white fine EP and then lastly a layer of clear EP.

I can't believe it's Easter already and I will be around Sunday with my PP DT piece but wishing you and yours a very happy Easter and a lovely weekend.

hugs {brenda} x0x

Other challenges to have fun with -
Sunday Stamper - Shiny (metal embellishments and the heart)
Rogue Redhead Designs - Sentimental Focus
Wow EP challenge - Anything Goes


Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Eclectic Elements ATC Extravaganza at UPA

Firstly I just had to share that I have got a place for a 2 day Workshop with Anna Dabrowska at the end of August.
Woo hoo how exciting is that? And I see from the email list that I know quite a few of the other participants too. I am soooooo looking forward to it.


Right onto other little exciting things.

The new publication at Unruly Paper Arts this month is focussing on ATCs and there have already been some brilliant ideas in the articles published.

I have made a little concertina book using three ATCs and some phrases which could be given to someone as a gift or just kept because you like it lol.

If you would like to see more please click the link and be taken across the the UPA blogozine.

Thanks for visiting me today.

hugs {brenda} x0x


The Country View Anything Goes Challenge finishes this 
SUNDAY so you still have a couple of days to enter if you haven't already or if you want to enter a different type of project. 
ALSO there is a fabulopus GIVE-AWAY to enter, no strings attached. Have you put your name down for it? Look HERE.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Dreaming of Lilies

Two samples for Crafty Individuals today, don't you just love their vintage designs?

This beautiful Lily stamp just cried out to be watercoloured so I had fun playing with my distress markers and watercolour paper.

I was really only experimenting to see how the markers would work, but I finished with two images that I was quite pleased with and could work with.

This card shows the Lily image stamped with coffee archival and watercoloured from the craft mat and a waterbrush.  I just added some masking tape and other collage bits straight onto a craft card.

The second sample has the image stamped with Adirondack dye ink (pesto), given a blast of heat and then also watercoloured using the waterbrush with markers scribbled on the mat. I had to be very careful with this one though as the dye ink reacts with water, so the lines and patterns are not so well defined. I did use the fine end of the DM to draw the Lily back in, but in my style this time which is rather sketchy rather than distinct lines.

I love this simple detail.

These are the four experiments before I chose the two above to work with.

Hope your weekend was good and have a happy week ahead.

hugs {brenda} x0x


Sunday, 24 March 2013

Tim Holtz Time Traveller - Destination the Future

I'm a bit late for the new FSC challenge and this is my second post for today, please scroll down to see my latest PanPastel contribution.


I soon as I saw Tim's peeks for CHA I knew I wanted this set of Time Traveller stamps and couldn't wait to use them. This piece is a size 10 tag mounted onto card which has changed the dimensions completely and allowed me to use the 'Hanging Sign' die as well.

The challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges is 'paper piecing', which seems to have several interpretations, but for me, (using this stamp), it is about cutting and layering parts of the image. Having stamped it four times onto patterned papers and a piece of prepared card. I cut the bits out and once the cravat, waistcoat and jacket were adhered to the main image it created lots of depth and dimension.

The striped background is from Tim's new French Industrial paper stash and I used part of the washer strip die too.

What do you think? I just love that one small pop of red.

Lots of metal embellishments and elements to represent the idea of time travelling.

I look forward to seeing you over at FSC for the challenge and you stand a chance of winning $20 of stamps from Flonzcraft.

Happy Sunday. I will be out today at the last of my 5 days with Andy Skinner doing his techniques course. I so love what he has been doing I have joined up for his on-line Book of Ruination workshop as well.

Take care and thanks for visiting today.

hugs {brenda} x0x


Photo Inspiration at PanPastel UK

I found yet another new way (to me) to use PanPastels and thought I would make this into a tutorial soon as I can see it could be rather popular, that is if you haven't found this one out for yourself already.

It is a version of the Tim Holtz enamelled stamping technique.

This is a Darkroom Door background stamp with magenta and yellow pans to get the shade I wanted for this  photo inspiration challenge.

I covered the dress with pastels then embossed using a script stamp and glitter EP.

To enter all you have to do is take something from it that inspired you from the photo on the PP challenge blog post for today, I am using that fabulous orange colour and the dark greens. If you enter you could be in with a chance of winning a trial set of pans.

To catch up - it became a very busy end of the week when the school where I am governor got the Ofsted call. Consequently everyone galvanised into action ensuring everything was ready for them. It seemed to go positively so I am awaiting the final judgement.

I hope you'll pop back later when I will be showing you another vintage piece using the new Time Traveller stamps from Mr TH himself.

See you soon.

hugs {brenda} x0x


Saturday, 23 March 2013

The voice of the sea

Simon Says Stamp and Show this week has been asking us to think about water and how we could represent it in our projects.

I made a tag where the background is a mixture of white acrylic paint and prussian blue decoart traditions paint, smooched together on the craft mat and the tag run through to get that lovely watery feel to it. Later I dipped in picket fence DS and water to acquire more depth.

Because this reminded me so much of the sea I used Crafty Individuals Seaside Treasures stamps and added sea themed embellishments.

The background for the sentiment is the wrinkle free distress technique using vintage photo, chipped sapphire and bundled sage DIs spritzed with blue patina perfect pearls mist.

The lady who has the voice of the sea is stamped from Crafty Individuals 'Beside the Seaside' plate, added to a little frame from eBay and covered with crackle accents - only it didn't crackle!!!!

And look what we woke up to this morning in Surrey. This is the view out of my workroom window with my conservatory below. This was most unexpected!!!

Have a wonderful weekend and I hope those of you further north in the UK are not being adversely affected by the blizzard conditions and snow drifts which seem to be causing much disruption.

Take care.

hugs {brenda} x0x


Thursday, 21 March 2013

Alice Palace at Crafty Individuals

Some more Alice Palace stamp cards from me today and these are new ones just released at the Crafty Individuals on-line store.

I love experimenting with the distress inks and images that are so far out of my comfort zone and these are all made with wrinkle free distress backgrounds.

I used a mixture of distress markers and Inktense watercolour pencils to colour the images in.

To finish I simply distressed the edges and mounted on some backing papers and onto white cards. no embellishments, I am going to let the images speak for themselves.

I love the bright colours  so different for me and they remind me of Spring coming, especially the Live, Lovely Life card.

Do pop over to the CI Blog to see lots of inspiration from the team using the whole range of CI stamps.

Thanks for visiting.

hugs {brenda} x0x

Challenges to have fun with -
Bloggers Challenge - Think Spring (Love lovely life card)
Stampotique - Spring (Love lovely life card)
Simon Says Stamp - Easter/ Spring