Tuesday, 26 November 2013

ATC swap December 2013

Time for the monthly swap hosted by Sarah Dunkley, this months theme is Christmas.

I like to use three different colours of card these days, white, Kraft and Black, decided to replicate this in my ATC’s and so here they are.

Santa’s Little Helpers


White card stock, Stampotique ‘Three in a Round’ stamp, Darcy Wilkinson EDY04 bauble stamp and Paper Artsy sentiment stamp. 

Stamped the Stampotique image onto tissue paper, added to the ATC using watered down PVA glue then coloured the images using ProMarkers, then added the 2 hats and bow tie. I had coloured some white card stock with three different coloured ProMarkers and blended them together then cut out tiny triangles and a bow shape. The gold dots are from a Posca Pen. The smudges are on purpose lol.

It was my OH’s idea to add the hats and the bow tie to the ATC, thank you my Lovely Smile


Let it Snow


Snowflakes and Let it Snow sentiment both from Darcy Wilkinson EDY04 plate and Stampotique character Heart Throb.

Stamped Heart throb onto tissue paper then added him to the black card stock using watered down PVA glue, coloured him in using Portfolio Pastels, which i am really enjoying working with as they are very easy to blend.

Stamped the snowflakes onto the ATC using a Versamark Pad then brushed over Perfect Pearls powder to add a little shimmer.


Go Jingle Your Own Blimmin Bells


Stampotique character ‘Daniels Tree Topper’. Kraft Card, Baubles from Darcy Wilkinson EDY04 plate and sentiment from Dyan Reaveley, Portfolio Pastels and ProMarkers to colour.

Stamped Daniels Tree Topper directly onto the ATC followed by the Baubles from Darcy Wilkinson EDY04 plate, coloured them both in and then added the sentiments from the Christmas Words plate.

Here they are together. 



Wanted to play with more Mail Art and decorated both my SAE and the one i sent to Sarah.

Sarah’s Envelope



Used Jo firth Young stamps from plate JOFY01 for both envelopes, Metallic Pan Pastels Bronze and Light Gold to cover the envelopes before they were stamped and Portfolio Pastels to colour everything in as i wanted the envelopes to have a glow to them, not too sure if i have achieved this perhaps i should have added white…




The HO HO HO sentiment is there to hide my snail mail address lol.


Thanks for dropping by Smile

Monday, 25 November 2013

Close Up Of Metallic PP

A quick post to show you the difference between the six Metallic Colours of Pan Pastels.

Hopefully you will be able to see the subtle differences in the two different gold colours and the silver/pewter colours.


In the macro picture below are the Copper (left) and Bronze (right) Metallic pan Pastels.



In the next macro shot we have Rich Gold (left) and Light Gold (right) Metallic Pan Pastels. 



Finally here are the last two Metallic Pan Pastel Colours Pewter (left) and Silver (right).


Here they are all together


If you can afford to purchase all six colours i would as they are so very different when applied to your projects.

For example the Pewter is quite dark and rich, the Silver is lighter but when applied over any other colour(any other medium) it adds a wonderful subtle shimmer. I am still surprised how wonderful the Silver is, it wasn’t my first choice but after i saw how it could be used i purchased it at the next craft show.

The Copper, Rich Gold and Pewter are the darker metallic colours. Bronze, Light Gold and Silver are where the magic happens after you apply them over other mediums.

Hope this short post has helped you to see the subtle differences between all of the Metallic Colours.  Looking forward to reading your comments on whether you like or dislike the new Metallic Pan Pastels, i for one am a huge fan.

Thanks for dropping by Smile

Friday, 8 November 2013

Card Challenge

The lovely Darcy Wilkinson is running a Card Challenge and a give away on her Blog, read more here 

Darcy has asked us to take one main stamp image and make six different cards from it. Have chosen the Holly Leaves from one of her new Christmas stamp plates EDY04 as i really love how Darcy has incorporated some lovely text within the stamp.

Card One


White card base with a fancy edge i cut using a punch, sprayed with Dylusions inks. Stamped the snowflakes from Darcy’s stamp plate EDY04 using the oval InkADinkADo handle and Watering Can Archival Ink. Couple of days ago i stamped out a whole sheet of the holly and berry stamps as i wanted to make a wreath.


Used Pan Pastels and a hint of Metallic Pastel to colour the leaves and a red ProMarker to colour the berries. After they were attached i added some Treasure Gold to give a little  bling to the wreath.

Masking tape Merry Christmas is from High Leigh Garden Centre, the sentiment is another Darcy stamp from Plate EDY04. Am pleased with the overall effect but think i went a tad overboard on the berries lol Smile


Card Two


Used the cut off from making a square card from Kraft card for this one. Stamped the Snowflakes from EDY04 around the edges using Cornflower Archival Ink Pad, second generation stamping to get a lighter image, used a Sakura Clear Star pen to add a little shimmer to the snowflakes.

Stamped out the sentiment from plate EDY03, added a little Treasure Gold around the edges, mounted it onto a ripped and torn piece of embossed holly leaves from Sizzix, which has been coloured with Pan Pastels, and again edged with Treasure Gold. Added a grosgrain ribbon to add texture and a solid  colour.


Card Three


Same shape card as card two, stamped again with the snowflakes from plate EDY04, coloured the background with Metallic Pan Pastels, added little buttons covered with Stickles glue to add a little sparkle. 

Used a piece of corrugated board to mount the sentiment from plate EDY04, added a lot of Treasure Gold as want a lush feel to the tag. Added a little piece of delicate red ribbon to the sentiment and added the holly leaves to add a little more colour.


Card Four


I do enjoy making CAS cards, used the leaves, berries and sentiment from Plate EDY04. A splash of colour from the berries is all the colour it needs.


Card Five


5 x 5 inch square card, used the wonderful dotty border from EDY03, leaves, berries and sentiment from EDY04.  Used Cornflower Archival Ink to stamp the border and the sentiment. Used a hint of Treasure Gold around the sentiment.


Card Six


First hybrid stamped card, used both Darcy and Jo Firth Young stamps for this last one.

Baubles, let it snow and leaves all from Darcy plate EDY04, Snowman from JOFY Collection 01.   Masking tape from High Leigh Garden Centre. Used ProMarkers to colour the snowman and the small baubles.

Managed to resist Treasure Gold on a couple of my cards at least. Looking forward to hearing your comments. thanks for dropping by Smile

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Mail Art

Inspired by Sarah’s mail art post i decided to have a play.  Sarah made the most wonderful postcards to send but i thought it would be good fun to send her something along with the ATC’s i posted earlier today. Here is my first attempt at Mail Art.


Background was created using what was left on the Pan Pastels sponges after i made the ATC’s. Added two stamps from Darcy Wilkinson’s xmas stamps and the rest are from Darkroom Door Mail Art set. Totally in love with Darcy’s dotty border stamp! Added masking tape to the bottom of the envelope.

This Darkroom Door set of stamps has one of my favourite all time stamp images, it says’ Postie Postie Don’t Be Slow, Go Like Batman Go Man Go lol, love it Smile

This is the back of the envelope.


Was playing in Photoscape and liked the way this image below looked after i processed the colours in reverse.

P1050371 reversed colours

Love this look especially showing Darcy’s dotty border in what looks like Kraft Card colour.

Hope you like this first attempt and look forward to your comments Smile

ATC Swap November 2013

Once again i am taking part in a Twitter Swap hosted by the lovely Sarah Dunkley.  This months theme is ‘Space’.

My mind got carried away with thoughts of Star Trek and Babylon 5 but then came back to Earth when contemplating what Space can mean to different people.

My Three ATC’s turned into four as the first thing that came to mind was ‘Empty Space’. This is a concept for the ordered and balanced mind, definitely not mine which is filled with all sorts of ~^>*+-#~. So here is ‘Empty Space’ the ATC.



My sense of humour doesn’t always transfer across, was hopeful someone would get it so when Sarah asked could she keep it i was happy to say yes. Now onto the three which will be swapped.



This ATC is called Crop Circles, it is a stamp i had made for me by Dimension Fourth many moons ago, they are now know as Dimension Stamps.  Roy is wonderful and i am sure you will all have seen him at the Craft Shows around the UK, so if any of you would like to get any of your hand drawn images made into stamps i am sure they can help.

The background was made using Dylusions Sprays and a little Pan Pastel metallic over the top to add a little shimmer. The I Believe stamp was a freebie from Dimension Fourth at the time i purchased my bespoke stamps.



This ATC is called ‘Negative Space’. Have always wondered what negative space is and i now know that it is the space we don’t add any colour to.

Used the masks from Andy Skinner called Hippy chick to draw around, added Pan Pastels and stamped over with the small Alium stamp from Clarity Stamps. The word ‘LOVE’ came from a Freebie from Craft Stamper magazine July 2013 issue.



This ATC is called ‘Space Debris’ used the Tim Holtz Texture Fades Folder called Cracked as it reminded me of how space debris might look.  Metallic Pan Pastels over the top look fab but had to add a little Treasure Gold to highlight a path through the middle of the debris.

Hope you like the ATC’s and would love to read your comments Smile