Friday, 30 August 2013

Polkadoodles challenge - Wings

Hi everyone!

It's Friday and that means Polkadoodles challenge day! I'm not very good at taking part in the challenges because I'm always making samples or marketing or designing and well, doing everything except making the cards i wanna make, generally!

Anyway I want to share this make with you for today's Wings challenge...
I made this at a class and this uses my Angelberry Christmas collection - you can either buy the CD here or get this individual stamp here too (this is a BIG stamp, the card above is 8x8")...
I used Graph'It markers on this (of course!) and I've added a nice yellow glow to this as I wanted it to look all warm and cosy.

Make sure you go and have a look at the fantastic inspiration from the team today - those girls are uber talented for sure! 

See you next time!
x

Graph'It alcohol marker challenge - Reds and Greens

Time for another Graph'It challenge today and it's all about Red and Greens! You can see which colours I used over on the Graph'It blog here...
Graph'It markers are SO vibrant they are perfect for colouring those Christmas images - the Poinsetta's look like they're die-cuts on this I think because they're so rich in colour but no, all hand coloured!

I used the lovely new stamps which I designed for Premium Art Brands this week and decided to do an old make on that tree - I used to do this technique all the time but you sometimes forget the old ones are so good don't you?...Just colour 4 trees, fold them all in half and then glue together in the middle to make a proper 3D tree if you've never seen this before. I then used Maimeri light modelling paste around all the edges to make snow - love the LMP as it dries to give a really good dimension but isn't heavy on paper and card! I just wish I'd had the new Pan Pastel metallics when I made this as it would have really lifted it with a bit of metallic!

So make sure you get over to the challenge today because you could win £45 of goodies! You can use any type of alcohol marker to enter our challenges but it's a great way to win so you can try out the new Graph'Its! ; )

Right I'll see you tomorrow!
x

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Metallic Pan Pastels, Sizzix and embossing

Me again! So this is the 2nd project I've been teasing you with....

I had a demo day in the Outlet store on Saturday and was playing around with the amazingly luscious Pan Pastel metallics...oh my, J'adore!....These literally just arrived in the UK last week straight from release from the US of A and I think we are one of the first places they're available in blighty....

....this was SOOO quick and easy to make!  I simply took a Rose embossing folder by Sizzix and embossed it on black card. I die-cut one of my favourite Sizzix frames which is one of my favourites EVER, and then just covered them both with Versamark ink.
Swoosh on some daubs of Pan Pastel metallics in ALL 6 colours until all the ink is covered (you'll be amazed how little you need)....unlike various Mica powders and Perfect Pearls, because the Pan Pastel is in a compacted form you do not get tons of waste like you do with a loose powder product - a real pet hate of mine, I just hate wasting powders!...and Pan Pastels are SO much cleaner to use for sure!...
Then all I did was buff it off with a really soft cloth (or a soft brush would do) to reveal this amazing metallic look.... I then used my all time favourite - yep you guessed it, those amazing Sizzix flower dies again to add some embellies. I just coloured a ticket sentiment from the Bonbon Belles collection and ombre coloured some simple bias binding and voila!....like I said, stunning result but totes simples!...
Join me tomorrow where I'll reveal the next loveliness I made on Saturday....
xx



Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Pan Pastel Heaven, Sizzling Sizzix and Metallic Lushness

So! Here is the first reveal!
Well, they're all part of the same reveal really!

Shall I get on with it? I know you've been waiting 3 days now!

Here goes....





On Friday we took delivery of our first stock of brand brand new superbly luscious Pan Pastels....not just any old Pan Pastels....METALLIC PAN PASTELS!!!

WHoop Whoop!!!

And Oh My!! What a Joy they are to use!!
I've been waiting a while for these babies to arrive and it's been killing me to wait i don't mind telling you! The effects you can achieve with these are stunning, as I hope you can see. I made this card while I was playing around on Saturday and we were all blown away by how easy and quick it was to do! 

The Poinsettia's are stamped onto black card and coloured with Permanent Red, Yellow Ochre and a selection of the metallic Pan Pastels.
There are 6 metallics in total - and you NEED them ALL!! Colorfin have spent a VERY long time making sure these were exactly the right consistency for what we need and they have achieved a fantastic result.  When you first open them up your mind is tricked into thinking they are a cream because they sit there shimmering at you but don't be fooled, this is a SERIOUS product with some amazing potential for craftiness!

When I first opened them I swished some onto white card....hmmm....okay....black card.....hmmm okay, much better, really shows the pigments off.....gets out the Versamark inkpad....OH...M...GEEEE!! TOTAL AND UTTER LUSHNESS!

I've had these in my hands for 24 hours now and in that time I have used with masks, stamps, watercoloured, heat embossed by making an embossing powder, verdigris'ed, patina'd, buffed....I cannot stop using them! I'm in Pan Pastel heaven!

Now anyone who knows me knows i"m not really one to go in for lots of bling and glitter and metallic card doesnt even exist in my world...but I am VERY Partial to creating some proper, kosher Faux Metal effects when I get the chance. So now there is no stopping me.

Go Buy all 6 now! They are on the Polkadoodles website and are worth every single penny. Even if you just swish them around the edges of your cards, the shimmer is stunning without being OTT and in your face. It's subtle. And subtle is always beautiful. A simple case of Less is more. Except you will be PP'ing every single surface in sight! 

On this card I simply embossed a piece of white card, inked it with Versamark and then dabbed on different colours. I wanted a bit of a patina look so I added a little Turquoise shade in the mix too (yes, don't forget you CAN mix these with all your other colours too woohoo!). I built the colour up in a couple of layers to make it look like Faux metal with rivets on. This was a Sizzix embossing folder by the way (sorry don't know what it's called, it could be one that comes with the Big Shot Starter kit as I recently got that). I then did the same thing with the die-cut frame, again from Sizzix.  The background paper I actually made from scratch too, using a fantastic new mask which we have on the website here - again using Versamark through the mask onto white paper and dabbing different colours on then buffing it off at the end. 

This is one of my favourite cards I've made in a long time.

Until I show you the one tomorrow!

See ya!
xx


Monday, 26 August 2013

Metallic, Sizzix, Flowers and Pan Pastels Sneaky Peek 3

So as promised, here is sneaky peek No 3 from the demo day on Saturday!

I have to admit I am so in love with this product I kinda subjected the people on the day to this most of the time, bless 'em but I think we ALL loved it!


So the good news is that I won't do any more sneaky peeks - I will start to do the big reveal tomorrow! I know you're itching to find out the secret! ; )

It's the same products as yesterday and the day before - some Pan Pastels and Sizzix

xx

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Metallic, Flowers, Pan Pastels and Sizzix Sneak Peek 2....

Hey guys! Happy Sunday!

As promised here I am with sneaky peek Number 2....and a lovely chocolatey number for you today...


Using my favoureeet flower die from Sizzix yet again....well I did say it was my favourite? You loving the metal?

Me too!

See ya later...the big reveal will be shortly!!

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Metallic, Flowers, Pan Pastels and Sizzix

Hey everyone!

It's been another fun day down at the Pdoodley ranch this week and we have new stock galore to tempt you with.

Today was our 2nd demo day with yours truly at The Outlet and we had some lovely crafters who came and spent the day with us...there was mucho supping of Latte's, Mochas and Cappuccino's and my Lemon Lushty Cupcakes seemed to go down a treat too : )

We did a few different things today and I thought I would share some of the lushness, but I'm going to TEEEEAAASE you with this over the bank holiday weekend and then do a reveal sometime next week : )

I KNOW!
I'm such a meanie!!

Something has landed at Doodle Towers yesterday all the way from the good ol' US of A and I am UBER excited about it! In fact I am in LUUUURRRVE with the lushness! I think as of this moment in time we are probably the only stockist in the UK to actually have these in our mitts in fact, woohooo!

Right let's get on with it, sneaky peek Numero Uno....

Ooooo look at the glistening lushness!! Can you see how it shimmers and shines? mmmmmmmmmm! We LOVE!!

I'm not telling you what I used here other than it was my new Poinsettia stamp set with some Pan Pastels and a Sizzix frame die and embossing folder. The rest will be revealed *coughs* in a couple of days!

See ya! : D

xx


Thursday, 15 August 2013

More more more!

Morning campers!

Just thought I'd share another quick make with you today and share a bit more of the Sizzix luuurve I have going on right now! And the Bonbon Belles luuuuurve too of course! ; )


This was SO quick to make! Take an 8 x 8" card, cut it down the spine and then fold one half to make an 8 x 4" card instead. I covered it with paper from the Bonbon Belles collection and a simple Butterfly topper with the gorgeous birdhouse on it.

I've always loved doing things at jaunty angles and my thang is to have stuff hanging off the edge I think. For some reason I've ALWAYS done this right from the very first card I ever made I think...I know this because I have always had issues finding envelopes to fit haha! Luckily when I first started crafting I worked for an envelope manufacturer so I can make envies to fit anything in a snip without the need for any kind of Envelope thingamajiggy! :D 

Anyhoo, I added another of my favourite Sizzix frames and more of those lush Intricate flowers (I make batches of them up at the same time and keep them bagged so I can snaffle a few when I need to) which were (yawwwwnn) yep you guessed it, coloured with my fave Pan Pastels! I tinted the frame too at the same time then just added some bunting, again from the CD.

So that's me for today! I have an uber busy week this week as I have a Create and Craft show coming up on Sunday 18th at 2pm which is a colouring show and then a top secret very exciting project to do on Monday 19th so it's a bit manic around here with lots of prep!

Oh! and make sure you tune in on the 18th as there is something fabulous and new which can be grabbed - 4 in fact and I can't wait because they're lush!
x

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Quick update

Morning everyone!

I am terrible at not updating you on news etc so I wanted to make sure I did before I forget!

Make sure you tune into Create and Craft TV on Sunday 18th August at 2pm as I will be demonstrating Graph'it markers with some lovely new products. I think you're going to love this show - there are 4 fab new products which I think might get snapped up fast so don't miss them!

See you there! x

Monday, 12 August 2013

Bright and Bold!

Hello! Another Monday and the start of another busy week at Polkadoodle towers...nothing new there then LOL! I keep finding samples that I haven't shared with you yet so I wanted to show you this one which I love even if I do say so myself. If I haven't told you already I am currently in love with all things Sizzix - not that I ever wasn't - but I think they are really pulling out the stops with all their latest collections this year and having seen some of the new stuff launched at CHA my bank balance is going to suffer big time I think!

Anyway, I'm also really into BRIGHT and BOLD colours at the moment too which is very unusual for me! I'm usually a very muted kinda gal so this is completely out of my normal remit and I'm blaming it on those darned Pan Pastels and Graph'It markers! Both brands have some superb colours and tend to be very vibrant and it really is translating over into my work at the moment and I have to say I am LOVING it! It's cool to give yourself a kick up the backside now and then and take some inspiration from new things, but it's even cooler when it just kinda happens without you even realising it! : )


This mega bright card was made during an extremely boring demonstration I did the other week where the world passed by without even a second glance at my poor little craft table in the middle of a big store...and I think it's SOO pretty too! I was amazed no-one stopped to look at the bright colours of this and the pretty little flowers. I have to say this photo doesnt really do this justice it's a little overexposed and difficult to see the awesome tones. I used my Sizzix flowers die again and again cut them all in white card then colour tinted the centres using Pan Pastels. I think I'm addicted to both Pan Pastels AND this die! The paper and the butterfly are from our Bonbon Belles collection and the frame is another I'm in love with! I'm usually pretty critical of my own work but I really love these flowers and I actually love this sample so much it's on my desk for a while....Hope you like it too x




Saturday, 3 August 2013

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Hey folks! Bored of clean and simple yet? Me neither!


Just thought I'd share this simple one from Monday's Craft Clinic show. I used Gesso onto some plain white card through the heart mask. Once it dried (this weather is great for super fast drying Gesso!) I then used my gorgeous Butterfly mask and cut it out. Then I colour tinted the centre with Phthalo Green Pan Pastels, with Magenta around the edges.  Add a sentiment and a ribbon - and it's ready to go!  x



Thursday, 1 August 2013

Embossed Heaven!

So...I don't often use embossing folders these days. Not because I don't love 'em, just because they often don't fit with what I need to make.

I still buy them of course! ; D

I was at Hobbycraft on Saturday demonstrating and I picked this Sizzix embossing folder up, having owned it for about a year and never used it (sound familiar?)...I'll be honest, it didn't really grab me in the packet, but once it was embossed I loved it and for me it completely cried out to be coloured up...


I just took my good old faithful Pan Pastels and coloured this baby up, using Permanent Red, Perm Red Tint and a couple of greens, plus a blue in between.  The embossing detail is so deep it took the colour perfectly and was a dream to do, in fact, after a dead as a doornail day where no-one could be interested to see what I was doing, this one drew a little crowd. Ok, well one lovely lady who had come down from the shop to see me LOL! She fell in love with this too.

I just cut out one of the flowers, colour tinted some more card with the Red and added a sentiment and a ribbon. Perfick. Reminds me of a certain high street designer this one! x