Saturday, 30 June 2012

Challenge 24 Winner

The winner of Challenge 24 is entry number 82 - Princess Melus.

Congratulations, please email me within the next 7 days to claim your prize.  Your winning entry will be placed on our wall of fame.

Thank you to everyone who entered this week, the response was brilliant as always.

A special thank you to Ali Reeve for her guest design spot.

Our next challenge begins at 8.00 am Sunday so please come and join in.

Enjoy your weekend, and if your in the UK, I hope the weather is kind to you.

Blog Administrator

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Challenge 24 - Anything Goes

Always a very popular theme, Anything Goes means just that, any theme, material etc. The worlds your oyster.

Please ensure that your entry has the following:
  • Your entry is linked to a post on your Blog (not to your Blog home page)
  • You link your entry back to our Challenge Blog (please refer to our How To Link page)

We are lucky enough to have the hugely talented Ali Reeve join us again this week as our Guest Designer, and as always, she has worked her magic to produce this lovely card.

Hi, I have been putting Pan Pastels through their paces recently, from water colouring to mixing with embossing and loving the effects.  But I choose this card as my anything goes because I love the effect. So the recipe for this one is as follows. Place your mask onto some dark card (dust your card with talc or an anti-static bag), ink through with versamark or perfect medium, remove the mask and sprinkle on white embossing powder. Tip off the excess and heat set, for a glossy finish heat from behind, for more texture heat from the front (I heated from the front!), allow it to cool. Now grab your pastels and sponges, and just apply the pastels over the embossing, really work it in, applying different colours to different areas. The pastels really make the design pop!

When our Design Team knew it was Anything Goes week...I think there was some extra creativity bursting to get out.

Thank you for joining us.  Have a good week.

Blog Administrator

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Challenge 23 Winner

The winner of our Challenge 23 Summertime theme is entry number 18 - Avril B.

Your winning entry will be placed on our Wall Of Fame.

Congratulations Avril.  Please email me your details withing the next 7 days to claim your prize -

A big thank you to all our entrants, including those who had to be omitted as they did not link or meet the theme.  The standard is increasingly excellent all round.

Our next challenge is live at 8.00 am on Sunday, so please join us again.

Sunday 24th June, Ali Reeve joins us again as our guest designer, which is always worth a visit.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Take care.

Blog Administrator

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Challenge 23 - Summertime

Summertime is usually when we have lots of lovely hot sunny weather, (wishful thinking here in the UK at the moment), so we'd like you to give us your interpretation of what encompasses 'Summertime' for you.

Our design team have come up with some superb inspirational ideas:

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Challenge 22 Winner

Congratulations to our winner this week - entry number 16 Zehra.

Your winning entry will be placed on our Wall Of Fame.

Please email me within the next 7 days to claim your prize:

Thank you everyone for entering this week.

Our new challenge will be live at 8.00 a.m on Sunday so please come and join us.

Have a good weekend.

Blog Administrator

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Challenge 22 - Boys/Fathers Day

Sunday 17th June is Father's Day here in the UK, so to head towards that special day, we thought we'd give you the opportunity to show us your designs.

Unfortunately, some of us have lost our dear Father's so we have accommodated for that by adding a 'Boys' aspect to the same challenge.  This hopefully gives everyone a lot of scope to think of a male orientated card.

Our newly extended design team are spot on again and as we can see from the following inspirational projects, the ideas can be wide and varied.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Challenge 21 Winner

The winner of this weeks challenge is entry number 21 - BlackDragon. Your winning entry will be posted on our Wall Of Fame.

Congratulations - please email me within the next 7 days at to claim your prize.

A massive thank you to Ali Reeve for her amazing guest design spot project, brilliance!

Thank you to all our entrants, unfortunately again a couple had to be deleted as they did not adhere to the theme or were not linked correctly.  Please fully read our rules of entry and refer to our How To Link page.

We hope to see everyone back tomorrow for our newest challenge.

Enjoy your weekend.

Blog Administrator

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Challenge 21 - Something Vintage

We have a double treat for you this week.

This week for our Something Vintage theme, we are honoured to welcome back the very gifted Ali Reeve who, as always, has used her brilliant imagination to produce this truly fantastic piece.  The recipe is pure magic.

Ali's Recipe
To acheive this aged vintage look, I took a lovely foliage stamp, inked and stamped with perfect medium and then brushed a dark green Pan Pastel over the image, this picked up all the detail and distressed the back ground a little. I then set this with some pastel fixative as I needed to ink all over the top with Perfect medium and did not want to spoil the lovely detail. After inking all over the image I applied Ultra Thick embossing powder, heat set and then repeated for 2-3 layers, so I had a nice smooth glazed covering. I then popped the glazed image in the freezer for 10 mins. This make the glazing go brittle and allows you to bend and crack the embossing to give it that aged look. This was then matted and layered on to the card. The final touch came from using the Pan Pastels to create my own vintage washi tape. I took a length of masking tape, stuck it to an old plastic bag, so I could work on it with out removing any of the stickiness. I then stamped the same image as the topper, along the masking tape in Perfect medium, again brushed on the Pan Pastels (using the same colours to ensure it all tones beautifully) working the pastels in well so they highlight the texture of the masking tape. I then tore the tape in to smaller pieces and applied the fixative spray again, as the nature of masking tape does mean if not fixed the design will rub off over time (remember to tear first as the fixative spray makes the tape harder to tear!) I then applied the tape as accents on the card as a nice alternative to ribbon.  

A huge warm welcome to our latest DT member - Amy Shaw

We are pleased to welcome our newest DT member, the talened and popular Amy Shaw.  You can read Amy's profile on our Meet Our Design Team Members page.  Here is Amy's first beautiful DT project using PanPastel's

Of course, our ever talented resident DT members have pulled out all the stops to bring their usual extremely high level of excellence.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Challenge 20 Winner

The winner of Challenge 20 is entry number 4 - Kate.

Congratulations Kate, your winning entry will be placed on our Wall Of Fame.

Please email me within the next 7 days to claim your prize to:

Thank you to all our entrants, regrettably we had to delete a couple that did not adhere tot he challenge rules. However, all the entries were truly stunning.

Join us tomorrow for our guest designer Ali Reeve and also Amy Shaw joins us as a resident DT member.

Enjoy your extended weekend.


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