Saturday, 22 October 2016

Anything Goes with the Pencil Case

Hi! Time for a new challenge at the PENCIL CASE BLOG today! Make sure you pop over and see the amazing colouring from all the girls, they all did such a great job this week and you can win some Polkadoodles stash!

I love this cute Winnie Fairy image which is from my Winnie Winterland collection released last week. This collection has been one of our biggest selling ever, I'm humbled how much you all adore Winnie so much, she just seems to tick all the boxes which is really lovely...I've coloured her here with Lyra Rembrandt Polycolour pencils.

    
My colouring has taken a real dive at the moment, I don't seem to be getting much release from my neck and hand pain and any kind of colouring is really aggravating it so I'm struggling to really sit and do much colouring at all...it's so noticable that you really do need to practice practice practice and the more you do the better you are for sure, this colouring was very messy for me so excuse the fluff around her chin but it is what it is lol....
I've been dying - literally - to get some proper playtime with my new die range. It's the same old story - things are so manic I barely get chance to craft any more and time flies so fast I go from one launch straight into the next without barely touching the stash, it's a CRIME, I tell you, a CRIME! Today I decided to take a little time out and actually MAKE something for a change and I had some fun....
One of my favourite dies from our first release is the completely awesome CHERRY BLOSSOM die which is so unbelievably versatile. I looked at it and just decided I wanted to make it into a Christmas Tree....
So all I did was cut it from 3 different colours of green...oh! I just got a Gemini die-cutting machine (because of my neck issues, thought it might help and it does) from Crafter's Companion....I LOVE it! I read a few reviews where people had had issues and returned theirs but mine is perfect and you know me - I only recommend things if they really work and I LOVE this machine! Perfect cuts every time and a reasonable price too, definitely one for your Xmas Lists, peeps!
Anyway, I wanted red baubles and I confess I kinda messed it up a bit here...could I find my red pearls, Nuvo Drops from Tonic or anything else for baubles? No, of course I couldn't!
I had it in my head - you know where you won't move from the thought - that I wanted to HEAT EMBOSS my baubles because we have just got WOW Embossing powders in the Polkadoodles store and I've been itching to use this Burgundy glitter one. Anyway in the end I fluffed it right up, I made baubles from Collal glue, then realised it was going to dry flat and in my total stupidity instead of letting it dry I decided to go straight over the top with a random colour of Nuvo Drops. Yes, over the top. Now...

I KNOW....
this...
Doesn't work...
ever.
I have done this so many times.
And it never ever works...it's like sticking your finger in your Stickles glue to see if it's dry. It never ever is, but you repeat the stupid behaviour every single time, without fail. We all do it, I've done a survey! Go on, admit it!
But I still keep repeating the same dumbass thing...
and this is how the baubles turn out...LET IT DRY, my crafty friend, LET IT DRY!
I can't!
It's torture!
I have to heat it I can't wait. And it doesnt work. Trust me, I'm a plank.
Anyway, so I sprinkled some more embossing glitter and opaque vanilla embossing powder on the embellies and heated them to it looks like sprinkles of snow. Sort of. Pffff.

So my tree was made just by adding the branches together and turning it upside down, I just trimmed what was the trunk away a little at the top to make it more pointy.
I cut the image using our Bubbleicious die which is just amazing, and the flowers and foliage are all from the Flowers 1 & 2 dies and Super Sprigs. I think Super Sprig might be my most favourite die ever ever ever I just love it to death. I want to sleep with it I think, I love it that much.

I've also fallen in love with the Flower dies too...the way they all work together is just fantastic and I've added little cream flowers from the Cherry Blossom set here to finish off.

Now I have something else in my head to do with these flowers and I need to make it SOON. Stay tuned! 

These are the products I've used today...