Sunday, 21 September 2014

Pan Pastel UK Challenge . . . Embossing

 Good morning everyone, I sure hope you are enjoying your weekend so far!
It`s Sunday which means it`s time for a brand new challenge over at
and the theme is
so dig out your embossing folders or your trust trusty Heat Gun and come join in the fun to be in with the chance of winning a brilliant prize from our sponsors!
All the details can be found here.
  What fun I had stamping and heat embossing using the
 Santoro Mirabelle ` Adrift Clear stamp 
on a little chunk of wood.
 Painting has never been so much fun, I used the brand new Pearlescent Pans
{ they are gorrrgeous! }
along with a few Metallic Pans, Pan Pastels and never am I without a little Gesso in my projects these days.
 When I start a project, I never have a clear idea in my head, I tend to get carried away and lose myself for a little while ... hence the word
snipped from an old book page to finish. 
I only wish my photo taking skills were better, what you can`t see in this picture is the beautiful pearly shimmer that the pearlescent Pans give.

Be sure and hop on by the challenge blog to see what the rest of the team have created to inspire you all . . . you will not want to miss it!

Entering it into -

Heat embossed the image
Mixing Pan Pastels to colour

Thank you so much for stopping by.
Enjoy the rest of your day
Big hugs

Friday, 12 September 2014

Craft Stampers Take it Make it Challenge . . . Inspiration post

  Hello sweet friends, Happy Friday to you all!

Just stopping by with my Inspiration project for

 Be sure to head on over to the blog to check out all the details 
plus catch an eyeful of stunning projects from the rest of the design team!
My project for last week was on a block of wood, but for today`s project I used a canvas.
Exactly the same process as last time, you can see it 

 " Imagine "
all the possibilites
" Dream "
the impossible dreams
" Imperfection "
well this time I found it slightly tricker to keep the tissue smooth, so in went the word on my canvas ...
embrace the imperfections 
" believe  "
in yourself 
you never know were it will take you!

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to look.
Just click HERE to head on over to the Craft Stamper blog and come join in the fun!
It`s also Friday which means Friends with Flair Blog hop over on the Unity Stamp Co. blog, linking up to join in the inspiration later today.
Have a brilliant and creative weekend.
Till next time
Big hugs to you all.

List of a few Materials - 

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Pan Pastel UK Challenge . . . Frame it!

Hello and happy Sunday to you!
I hope you are all enjoying your weekend so far.
It`s time for a new challenge over at
and the theme is
you can make a frame, alter a frame or frame something for your project.
As always one lucky winner will win some fab stash from our sponsers
be sure to hop on by the blog to catch all the details.
I went with a canvas but instead of creating on the front I used the back to create a frame for my stamped image. Matt Gel and a covering of old book pages and it was ready to go and boy did it go through a lot of changes, lol!
Take 1 - 
I used the stamping on tissue technique for the image and sentiment . . . you can find how I do it  here on another post.
This one shows the frame covered in Gesso . . . but I didn`t like it once it was photographed, it was missing something!
Take 2 -
So I covered it all up again after a quick sanding with Matt Gel and old book pages 
{ lucky I have lots }
Was this it?
Nope, still missing something! 
Take 3 -
Oh I know, I will add a wash of watered down coffee with a touch of Pan Pastel, then maybe a smudge or two of Pan Pastel mixed with White Acrylic paint.
Better but . . . still missing something I thought!
Take 4 -
Okay I thought enough is enough, stop thinking about it and just go for it . . .
I did have a stack of pics from previous steps, no need to panic as I had something to fall back on if it all went pear shaped, lol!
 I grabbed a few more colours of Pan Pastels to mix with more Acrylic White Paint and water, pretty border stamp and off I went . . . 
flicking paint
adding more 
Pan Pastels mixed with White Acrylic 
to paint over the image 
addong more light and shade to her . . . 
 until I was . . .
Happeeeee, lol!
You can still see some of the layers peeking through the final project, makes me feel better about covering some up.

Thank you so much for looking and I hope you like the final result.

Be sure and hop along to the challenge blog to see what the rest of the Design Team ladies have created for your inspiration.
Can`t wait to see what you all create!
Till next time
Big hugs

entering it into -
4 Crafty Girls - Anything Goes challenge 26
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Anything goes

Friday, 5 September 2014

Craft Stamper Take it Make it Challenge . . . Stamping on tissue paper

 Whoops a daisy, apologies for my post that went live earlier without ... text!
Our little border terrier Rosie, took seriously ill yesterday and we were all frantic . . . So happy to report that after pain relief and antibiotic injections she is on the way to recovery.
So.... here is the post that was planned to go live today!
So happy to share with you all the new challenge over at
and the technique is
Stamping onto tissue paper is a fabulous way of getting a perfect image onto a surface that would normally be tricky to stamp onto, a curved surface for example. Or, if you would rather, simply use tissue as a regular stamping surface, in order to give a different texture to your art! 
Time to take on the challenge, my first time using this technique.
Outside in the garden I had a hunk of wood just laying around with a slight curve in the middle, time to grab some tissue, Acrylic white paint, Pan Pastels, Gel Medium and my newest stamp . . . I loove her, lol.
I love the look of the weathered wood and didn`t want to lose that totally, so a smear of paint was applied with my fingers first.
Time to ink her up with an Archival ink pad, stamped onto tissue paper found in a shoebox.
Mixing a little Pan Pastels with Acrylic White paint to colour on the back of the image, turning it over and checking as I go along. As I applied each new colour I finished it with a top coat of white acrylic paint.
After much painting on the back of the image it was time to pop it on the wood, a generous amount of Matt Gel  on both surfaces was applied. . .
. . . before adding more paint on the top of the wood and image, along with a little doodling and a sprinkling of watered down coffee to soften all the white on the wood plus add a warm tone to the wood itself.

Be sure and hop on over to the blog too see what beautiful projects the rest of the design team ladies have put together for your inspiration . . . you will not be disappointed!

Plus check out what you could win for the September challenge
sponsored by

Just Click HERE

 It`s also Friday and linking up to my friends over on the Unity Stamp Co. for Friends with Flair

Thank you so much for looking
Big hugs

Materials used :
Archival ink pad
Fine liner pen
Tissue paper