Sunday, 13 April 2014

PRETTY SHABBY CHIC Inspiration

Good morning, I hope you're all having a lovely crafty weekend. Our DT have been busy bees creating some gorgeous inspiration projects for our current challenge 

Pretty Shabby Chic


we've had some gorgeous entries so far but there's still plenty of time to play along. You don't have to use PanPastels to enter but we love it when you do. Our lucky winner will receive a fab prize of gorgeous goodies from Premium Craft Brands

Right then, lets have a look at the inspiration projects from our DT

Claire  I've altered an MDF heart. I've used Maimeri Gesso coloured with ultramarine Blue PanPastel, once that was dry I used Maimeri Light Modelling Paste through the gorgeous Dutch Doobadoo Mosiac Stencil. I used red line tape to create a border and once the LMP was dry added Gold PanPastel (loooove this stuff!!). I've coloured the image with Graph'It Markers and added Butterflies, Honeycomb and Feathers from Dutch Doobadoo



Terry hey there guys, did you know what fun you can have with a little envelope and attaching it to a Bottle Label.....well I was playing with one and it is such fun to make. 

Remember the first picci that is the front of a Bottle label, I worked on the back with the same Shabby Chic papers and colored the butterfly with PanPastels just like the heart, the borders have ink on it and I placed some lace, roses and a sentiment. More detaills are on my blog


Lou: I am still on a mission to use up old papers and embellies that are still too precious to throw away but are "still not me" or if I'm being truly honest, I don't know what to do with! This week I have used my pan pastels first to age the papers and then add highlights in selected areas. I repeated the process with all the diecuts too.


The butterflies were stamped with Perfect medium and then coloured with my pan pastels and the fabric label has been aged too.




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Well I hope we've inspired you to enter out Pretty Shabby Challenge, you can link up your  project and be in with a chance to win by clicking 

We don't really do loads of rules here but we do have a couple so please take note:
1. No back links
2. Only 2 entries to make it fair for everyone
3. We'd love you to TRY and play along with the challenge if you can although it's not a hard and fast rule but extra brownie points are awarded to those who do. 
4. The main prize can only be posted to a UK address - if the prize is not claimed within 14 days it will be offered to someone on the Top 3 from the same week.
5. You MUST be a follower of this blog to enter

And remember - our Top 3 is eligible for the running to be offered a place as a forthcoming Guest designer too!


We'll be back next week with a brand new challenge!!


Sunday, 6 April 2014

Challenge 11 PRETTY SHABBY CHIC

Good morning and welcome to a brand new challenge! Our theme for the next two weeks is

Pretty Shabby Chic

Before we check out the inspiration from our DT, a big thank you to everyone who entered our 'Metallic' themed challenge, our lucky winner as chosen by random.org is 

12. Teresa

congratulations hun, email us quoting the code PPWK10001 to claim your prize!

and our top 3 for challenge 10 are:

1 Yogi
9 Samantha Wade
15 Rachel Fisher

Congratulations ladies, don't forget to grab your Top 3 badges for your blogs!!

If you've got a few minutes why not pop over and join our Facebook group where you can share your projects and find lots of inspiration too

We've got a fab prize of Premium  Craft Brands goodies up for grabs thanks to our generous sponsors Your Creativity Store! You don't have to use our products to enter the challenge but of course we love it  when you do.

So lets see what the DT have been busy creating for inspiration for the new challenge......

Claire  I had loads of messy fun altering the cover of a Next directory to create an art journal cover. After priming with a coat of Maimeri Gesso  I used  Maimeri Light Modelling Paste through the Fabric  and Mosaic stencils from Dutch Doobadoo for some texture. I added some colour with Turquoise Tint and Magenta Tint PanPastels and used Gold PanPastel for some shimmer. Next came lots of die cuts, again coloured up with PanPastels, I used a touch of Raw Umber to distress things here and there. The die cut flowers were made by using Maimeri Iridescent Paste on fabric, I brushed the paste on and then added a little colour by dusting over with my PanPastels and blending with a brush. I sprinkled on a little clear gitter and left it to dry for a couple of hours before die cutting the flowers and layering them up




Terry I had me some fun with a Bottle Label from Dutch Doobadoo...I worked on the background with Shabby Chic papers, lots of butterflies, Varens Honeycomb Card-SoftBoard and the large butterflies are colored with PanPastels, placed some lace and  and various roses. 


Tracy - Hello sweet friends, I spent a happy time in my shed mixing a few Pan Pastels with Gesso to create the colours I wanted for my shabby chic project today. Let me introduce you to  . . .
 The keeper of our Dreams
More details over on my blog. xox

Anjie - I've decided to go pretty this week to show how versatile the products are, you don't have to be a grungy or arty crafter, you really can use them for anything! I have embossed a piece of card using the stencil and have then coloured through it using the Turquoise Tint - Pan Pastel & Magenta Shade - Pan Pastel. I have used the Spun Sugar distress ink around the edges of the paper and card after using a file to slightly distress them. I have made the bow from Spider web.

Lou: for my project I have decided to use Pan Pastels to alter the colour of my papers and embellishments to create my shabby chic card. I have covered my papers in white Maimeri acyrlic paint and then altered their colour using Raw Umber, Titanium White and Permanent Red Tint pan pastels. For my flowers, I have coloured them first using Permananet Red Tint and Ultramarine Blue pan pastels and then brushed over with Titanium White with a wet paint brush. This breaks down the fibers of the paper flowers and allows me to manipulate them (as well as softening the colours).


 I also stamped the images using Raw Umber pan pastel by creating a water mix and then applying this to my stamp. it creates a "washed out" and aged feel to my image.


My project has then been finished with some ribbon offcuts, a chipboard button and die cuts.


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This challenge will run for two weeks so you have until  Saturday 19th April  to enter the challenge so you have LOADS of time and the winner will win a super stash of Premium Crafts goodies including Pan Pastels, Mediums, Masks and who knows what else! The winner will be announced on Sunday 27th April.

We don't really do loads of rules here but we do have a couple so please take note:
1. No back links
2. Only 2 entries to make it fair for everyone
3. We'd love you to TRY and play along with the challenge if you can although it's not a hard and fast rule but extra brownie points are awarded to those who do. 
4. The main prize can only be posted to a UK address - if the prize is not claimed within 14 days it will be offered to someone on the Top 3 from the same week.
5. You MUST be a follower of this blog to enter

And remember - our Top 3 is eligible for the running to be offered a place as a forthcoming Guest designer too!


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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Sun 30 Mar......A Metallics inspiration

Good morning crafty friends and Happy Mothers Day to all those Mums out there!

Our design team have come up with sooooo much inspiration for our

 'Metallic' challenge

for you this week, don't forget its a two week challenge so lots of time to enter, click here to go straight to the linky 

As always there is a fab prize of Premium Craft Brands goodies up for grabs from our generous sponsors Your Creativity Store so don't miss out on your chance to win!

As its a two week challenge, we haven't got any winners to announce this week so lets get straight on to business and the awesome projects from the DT

Terry I had me some fun with altering a notebook for your inspiration. I worked on the background with Gesso, Glassy Gel, Light Modelling Paste and the Mask from DD. Some swirls, a heart and the cute image of the vintagy girl surrounded by some fabulous lace with pearls.


 I played with another fabulous Mask from DD on the backside of the book and colored the whole notebook with Metallic PanPastels.  

Tracy - Hello sweet friends, wishing all Mums around the world a very Happy Mothers Day . . . this project on wood is dedicated to you all!
I used the beautiful Metallic pans { all six of them } along with a few Pan Pastels, Maimeri Gesso, Matt Gel and a Dutch Doobadoo Stencil.
Please pop on by my blog for all the details, have a great day!

Claire  I've decorated a note book using gorgeous Metallic PanPastels, Maimeri Light Modelling Paste, gesso and a stencil from Dutch Doobadoo, you can find all the details on my blog




This challenge will run for two weeks so you have until  Saturday 5th April  to enter the challenge so you have LOADS of time and the winner will win a super stash of Premium Crafts goodies including Pan Pastels, Mediums, Masks and who knows what else! The winner will be announced on Sunday 6th April.

We don't really do loads of rules here but we do have a couple so please take note:
1. No back links
2. Only 2 entries to make it fair for everyone
3. We'd love you to TRY and play along with the challenge if you can although it's not a hard and fast rule but extra brownie points are awarded to those who do. 
4. The main prize can only be posted to a UK address - if the prize is not claimed within 14 days it will be offered to someone on the Top 3 from the same week.
5. You MUST be a follower of this blog to enter

And remember - our Top 3 is eligible for the running to be offered a place as a forthcoming Guest designer too!


Sunday, 23 March 2014

Challenge 10 METALLICS

Good morning and a very happy Sunday to you!
Before we find out all about our new challenge and see the awesome projects from the DT we'd better announce the winners, yep we've got two lots of winners this week so without any further ado ................

The winner of last weeks 'Awash with Colour' challenge, chosen by Random.org is

1. Rachel Fisher

and the winner of Challenge 9 (also chosen by Random.org) is, ta daaaaaaaaaaa

2. Linda J from Pinklilacs

Congratulations ladies, email us here to claim your prize!

and the top 3 DT picks from challenge 9 are
6. Kym
8. Rachel Fisher
14. Samantha Wade

Now back to this weeks challenge and our theme is

METALLICS

as always the DT have done us proud and created some stunning projects to inspire you!

We've got a fab prize of Premium  Craft Brands goodies up for grabs thanks to our generous sponsors Your Creativity Store! You don't have to use our products to enter the challenge but of course we're tickled pink when you do.

Now if you're short of inspiration check out these gorgeous projects from our DT

Claire  I've altered a couple of picture frames using versmark coloured with lots of metallic PanPastels and a smidge of Magenta Extra Dark here and there too. I've also made a couple of pictures to pop in the frames by colouring crackle medium with Gold PanPastel and stamping around the focal images with versamark and applying more PanPastels



Anjie - I am so excited to be part of this fabulously talented team, thank you very much for having me on board! Here is my first project. I have used an image and papers from the fabulous Cherryblossom Lane CD Rom Collection I used White Gesso through the Dutch Doobadoo Mask, let it dry them rubbed over the top with a Versamark ink pad and then used the Rich Gold Pan Pastel over the top to pick up the honeycomb texture. I then stamped out some flowers from the Studio 12 Vintage Scruffy Flowers A5 stamp set and again used the Versamark and Pan Pastel over them. I also stamped some of the leaves from the stamp set and then used the 640.3 permanent Green Shade - Pan Pastel over them.

Tracy - Hello sweet friends, I can`t tell you how much I adore using Metallic Pan Pastels, so very rich in color and beautifully soft.
 
My project was created on the very last page of an altered second hand book that I started last year.
Maimeri Gesso, Matt Gel, Metallic Pan Pastels, a touch of Permanent Red and Black PP, scraps of paper and a little Christy Tomlinson inspired doodle doo and it was done.
 
You can find all the details on my blog here

Lou: I have had fun using soft silver metallic pan pastels and stars: Doobadoo stencils and laser cuts. Apologies for the poor photo but it has been hard to show my card in all it's sparling glory but believe me, it does shine.




Terry I had fun altering a heartsy shaped box, I worked on the background with Iridescent Paste and Metallic PanPastels, I choose a cute image of a "golden" girl and worked around her with the Honeycomb Stencil, Swirls, hearts, butterflies and wings from Doobadoo, to finish I placed some roses and my box became a vintagy one.




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This challenge will run for two weeks so you have until  Saturday 5th April  to enter the challenge so you have LOADS of time and the winner will win a super stash of Premium Crafts goodies including Pan Pastels, Mediums, Masks and who knows what else! The winner will be announced on Sunday 6th April.

We don't really do loads of rules here but we do have a couple so please take note:
1. No back links
2. Only 2 entries to make it fair for everyone
3. We'd love you to TRY and play along with the challenge if you can although it's not a hard and fast rule but extra brownie points are awarded to those who do. 
4. The main prize can only be posted to a UK address - if the prize is not claimed within 14 days it will be offered to someone on the Top 3 from the same week.
5. You MUST be a follower of this blog to enter

And remember - our Top 3 is eligible for the running to be offered a place as a forthcoming Guest designer too!



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Saturday, 15 March 2014

Scrap 365 blog hop & Pan Pastel challenge...AWASH WITH COLOUR....

Hi everyone - we're here and it's Saturday!...

Hello and welcome to the Scrap365 and Pan Pastels 

Back to Basics Blog Hop...

Awash With Colour!

We have changed our challenge day for this week (so there'll be no post tomorrow) and have been playing along with the designers from Scrap365 magazine and sharing our love of Pan Pastels to show you all that colour is nothing to be scared of :) especially when it comes to scrapbooking but for all your projects, whether it's home decor, grungey distressed looks or even cardmaking - when it comes to colour just go for it!
Premium Craft Brands have donated a fantastic set of Donna Downey Pan Pastels for the lucky winner of our Blog Hop prize draw :)
To take part in the blog hop you need to follow the trail of our blogs to see all the amazing creations from everyone - we have some wonderful layouts and projects for you which will blow you away! Make sure you visit each blog and leave a comment so we know you've visited and you will go in the draw for that wonderful set of Donna Downey Pan Pastels which is worth £41.95!!! 
The random winner will be chosen from all the comments by Ali from Scrap365 and will be announced 20th March at 5pm on the Scrap365 blog and here.

The Scrap 365 team challenged the Pan Pastel team to go Awash with colour by asking us all to choose a specific colour palette which we then had to follow....the results are amazing! 

So, now you need to click on the link here and go to the Scrap365 blog and Ali's post HERE 

and then follow the list (it doesn't matter which order you visit us) - we would love you to please leave a little comment on each of the team blogs and then go back to the Scrap365 blog to let us know you've hopped - we will also give an extra little prize away to someone who leaves a comment on this page but we will check you've done that hop so don't be naughty now! ; ) 

Just to give you a little tease here is some lushness to whet your appetite, look at the colours on this! 

And here is what Nikky has for you....
Here is the list you need to follow just in case you get lost:

Scrap365 and Ali's post - HERE! .....http://scrap365.blogspot.com/
Nikky Hall - http://nikkyhall.com/
Riikka Kovasin - http://paperiliitin.blogspot.co.uk/
Lou Sims - http://lulucardmaking.blogspot.com/
Sandra Przbylska - http://sandrap2206.blogspot.co.uk/
Tracy Easson -  http://queeniesscrapmad.blogspot.co.uk/
Lisa Saunders - http://scrappyfairies.blogspot.co.uk/
Terry Wietsma-Girbes - http://cardscreativity.blogspot.com/

Tracee Provis - http://stresstickled.blogspot.co.uk/
Claire Chapman - http://clairescraftycreations.blogspot.co.uk/
Natalie Macdonald - http://njmacs.blogspot.co.uk/

Then you must RETURN to Scrap365 to leave a comment for the prize draw :) - http://scrap365.blogspot.com/

We do hope you have some fun and get some inspiration from both the teams - they really are superb! We'll see you back here next week for more Challenge fun! 

Don't forget there's also still time to enter our last challenge for Week 9 too you have until 22nd March to enter.

The random winner of our week 8 challenge FRAME IT is
#10 Hazel (Kbrandy) - well done!! 
Email us here to claim your prize!
and the DT's favourite Top 3 are:
#9 Butterflies #25 Sue the Iron and #20 Yvonne
Well done all of you and thanks so much for entering - all the entries were stunning but the DT especially loved your work this week : ) 

If you're not into doing the blog hop and are disappointed we don't have a Pan Pastel challenge for you this week, never fear! ....
We also challenge you to go
Awash with Colour
Do the same as we did on the hop - go pick a colour palette with at least 6 colours in it and show us what you can do - it's an open Pan Pastel challenge so no rules except the inspiration has to come from the palette you choose and you need to show us a pic for your inspiration next to your make on your blog. You can get some awesome inspiration from here http://design-seeds.com/index.php/search

You have until next Saturday 22nd March to enter this one as it's a little extra challenge we didn't have scheduled! Add your links below (this challenge has NOTHING TO DO WITH THE BLOG HOP!)
Thanks for joining us this week and we hope you love the Blog Hop - we'll be back again next Sunday ready for a brand new challenge!
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Sunday, 9 March 2014

Challenge 9 Pan Pastel Challenge . . . Use three textures

Good morning and welcome to our new challenge with lots of exciting inspiration from our talented DT ! While you're browsing you're bound to notice that a lot of our team are using some gorgeous goodies from Dutch Doobadoo on their projects. 

Dutch Doobadoo bring an amazing range of products including gorgeous masks, stencils and templates as well as beautiful laser cut paper art shapes and all sorts of other goodies. Premium Craft brands are proud to be bringing these wonderful products to you but they are so good they have their own challenge blog too, the first challenge started yesterday and there is a fab prize up for grabs so pop over and check out the new blog, We Do Doobadoo!

Right then back to business as its time to announce the lucky winner of challenge 8! Random.org has picked out number 7, that's you

Clare from Miscanthus Crafts

congratulations hun email us to claim your fabby prize of gorgeous Premium Craft Brands goodies! And now on to  our top 3, congratulations go to




Congratulations to you all, don't forget to pick up your Top 3 Badge for your blogs

Now on to our new challenge where we want to see

Three Textures

and as always our DT have created some amazing projects to inspire you

Terry Hey there guys, I had so much fun altering a simple box into a classy one, at least I think so....I used lots of Gesso, Light Modelling Paste on top of a fabulous Stencil from Dutch Doobadoo, even a bit of crackle and Irisidescent Paste to cover it all and to create the Texture on top of the box. And offcourse I have worked with the fabulous colours (psss my favourite colour) Magenta, Looks like purple and Magenta Tint, looks like lavender to me

Lots of roses and a few butterflies from DD, some lace on the hearts and a sentiment stamp to finish my project for this week. 
Tracy - Hello sweet friends, I have been doing so many layouts this week that I thought I would go with the flow and do one more for this weeks challenge.
I had so much fun using Maimeri Gesso, Light Modelling Paste through a Dutch Doobadoo Art Masks, adding Pan Pastels to tissue paper and . . . .
 . . .  a few stamps and stickers thrown in for good measure! More over on my blog here.

Lou: I have made a tag this week using the Doobadoo Fabric Art ( iron-on denim) as my base. I have lightly brushed the denim with silver pan pastel to create a soft sheen. I have used Haberdashery    stamp set from Studio 12 coloured with raw umber pan pastel and then embossed with clear detail powder. The background paper is from an old book which has been "antiqued" using raw omber pan pastel.
The gorgeous swirls, buttons and butterflies are from Dutch Doobadoo  and they have been lightly tinted with raw umber and white pan pastel.

Claire  I had loads of messy fun creating my project for the new challenge, creating different textures using Maimeri Iridescent Paste coloured with Gold and Copper PanPastels. I used a palette knife, a stamp and a Pronty stencil
 and then had a play with a texture tool around the side of my little book box. The butterfly is one of the gorgeous laser cuts from Dutch Doobadoo, love em! You can find all the details on my blog

Nikky....I am adoring the new Doobadoo products - they go so well with all the mediums and masks and - well, everything! It's a long time since I came across products which are so versatile in terms of the genre of crafts you can use them with...they're fab! I decided to make a simple tag this week.
I used Phthalo Green and a bit of Perm Red Pan Pastels to cover a white tag shape, then used the Faded dots Doobadoo mask, applied Versamark through it and then dusted over the top with metallic Pan Pastels. I cut a couple of strips of paper and stamped with Versamark again with the check background stamp and then coloured it with Perm Red again. I used a scroll stamp and stazon to stamp over the background and then just made a little embellie using the kraft heart and the laser cut wings which are just awesome. You can see all the products I used here.

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This challenge will run for two weeks so you have until  Saturday 22nd March to enter the challenge so you have LOADS of time and the winner will win a super stash of Premium Crafts goodies including Pan Pastels, Mediums, Masks and who knows what else! The winner will be announced on Sunday 9th March.

We don't really do loads of rules here but we do have a couple so please take note:
1. No back links
2. Only 2 entries to make it fair for everyone
3. We'd love you to TRY and play along with the challenge if you can although it's not a hard and fast rule but extra brownie points are awarded to those who do. 
4. The main prize can only be posted to a UK address - if the prize is not claimed within 14 days it will be offered to someone on the Top 3 from the same week.
5. You MUST be a follower of this blog to enter

And remember - our Top 3 is eligible for the running to be offered a place as a forthcoming Guest designer too!
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Sunday, 2 March 2014

Challenge 8 FRAME IT (1 week challenge)

Good morning, Sunday again so here we are with a brand new challenge to inspire you!

As always our DT have created some amazing projects using all sorts of gorgeous goodies from Your Creativity Store but before you check out the new challenge, its time to announce the winners of challenge 7. As chosen by Random.org, our lucky winner is (drum roll please lol) .........
1. Debs M from Ribbon Dreams

Congratulations hun, email us to claim your prize and then sit back and wait for postie!
Now on to our Top 3, a difficult decision as always but our DT were up to the task and without any further ado, congratulations to 

Well done ladies, your projects are stunning!
 Don't forget to grab your Top 3 badge for your blogs.

So on to  our new challenge and this week our theme is 

" Frame it "

although our challenges are now fortnightly, this is a 1 week challenge and no its not to confuse you, its because we've got something very exciting coming up so we needed to tweak the challenges a little bit so keep popping back to see what we've got up our sleeves!


Claire  I've used an mdf blank which had gone totally wrong and smothered it in Maimeri Light Modelling Paste, adding texture with a palette knife for my frame. Once it was dry I added colour with PanPastels (Raw Umber, Neutral Grey and white) and sealed with Maimeri Matte Gel. The image has also been coloured wih PanPastels, the fence was added using a White Graph'It Shake pen, full details are on my blog



Tracy - Hello sweet friends, I had so much fun creating and framing my art this week using Pan Pastels, Mediums and a Stencil Mask. First I created a little mixed media art . . .


. . . before turning my attention to the wooden frame . . . 


. . . applying touches of Metallic Light Gold, Pathalo Blue Shade and Titanium White Pan Pastels to blend it all together. More Pictures on my blog here. xx


 Terry Hey there guys, I had loads of fun with the Springfeel colours, used Gesso and Light Modelling Paste and a Stencil Mask on the background , PanPastels offcourse and butterflies from the wendy and her sentiment cause butterflies are fragile....More detaills on my blog......


Lou: I have made a traditional frame using dies to house my sentiment (new designs created by Nikky for PCB). I have created my background using a mixture of distress inks, pan pastels and stamped images .... however all my images have been coloured/painted using pan pastels!


The added embellishments are from Doobadoo paper cuts - buttons, feathers, swirls and butterflies. I have highlighted my flowers and leaves using a GraphIt white shaker pen. Full details of my project can be found on my blog and I would love it if you popped over to say "hi".




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You have until  Saturday 8th March to enter the challenge so you have LOADS of time and the winner will win a super stash of Premium Crafts goodies including Pan Pastels, Mediums, Masks and who knows what else! The winner will be announced on Sunday 9th March.


We don't really do loads of rules here but we do have a couple so please take note:

1. No back links
2. Only 2 entries to make it fair for everyone3. We'd love you to TRY and play along with the challenge if you can although it's not a hard and fast rule but extra brownie points are awarded to those who do. 
4. The main prize can only be posted to a UK address.

And remember - our Top 3 is eligible for the running to be offered a place as a forthcoming Guest designer too!



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