Thursday 17 October 2013

More Pan Pastels Metallics

I usually fetch my Pan Pastels to add colour, quick and easy, to my embossed card. But another lovely quick and easy effect is to stamp and apply the Pan pastels. This is even better using the new metallics pastels.

For this one I am using the snowflakes stamp and framelits dies set, white smooth card and inks.

The classic way of stamping and pastels is using Versamark or any sticky clear ink pad. After the clear ink has dried, gently apply the Pan Pastels with a Sofft sponge tool with dabbing motions.

To add more colour, I inked the stamp using Versafine ink pad. I always rotate the stamp while inking this allows me to get a better impression.

If I don't rotate the inkpad the ink will be a bit uneven, as shown on the top snowflake. Then I placed the snowflake die and secure it in place with low tack tape.

Once die cut keep the die cut in place and apply the metallic pan pastel. As you can see the metallic effect almost all over, except for a white edge all around.

Here you can see all the different effects. Clockwise from the left, plain Versafine Deep Lagoon; Versafine with Metallic Pan Pastels and then die cut; Versamark with Metallic Pan Pastels and then die cut; and Versafine, die cut and then Metallic Pan Pastels. Slightly different effects!

Saturday 12 October 2013

Pan Pastels love

I love Pan Pastels since the day one of them landed on my hands. I have quite a few of them. But there were a few new ones that I didn't have till this morning:

And there they are - thanks to Nikky Hall and Pan Pastel UK. All six new luscious gorgeous metallic colors. Top left: light gold, silver, copper, pewter, bronze and rich gold.

 So, of course I had to test them with one of my Textured Impressions Embossing folders, the Snowflakes one. First, I applied the blue colours using a few Pan pastels, blending them well. Then, I applied two metallic colours, the silver and the pewter.

They give this gorgeous metallic/pearlescent shimmer through out blending them nicely with the colours underneath.
They are more subtle than I expected, but I love that about them, it means that I can do more with them, I can mix them up with more colours and produce different effects. I am in love.

I am so glad I got my hands on them!

Wednesday 9 October 2013

A quick crafty storage post

I love tins. I collect them, meaning that I keep every single tin that arrives to this house containing food, presents... I cant throw any away, At most I give them away to friends. I needed one the other day so I ventured into my tin basket (above, a massive one) and I found one that was a watch box and still had the foam with the cylindrical cut.

Me encantan las latas. Las colecciono, lo que significa que me quedo cada lata que llega a esta casa. Nunca las tiro, a lo más que he llegado es a dárselas a amigos. 
El otro día necesitaba una, así que busqué en mi cesta de latas (arriba, es enorme!) y encontré una caja de reloj que todavía tenía la espuma con el corte cilíndrico.

And quickly I found a way to use. To keep my glues upside down while I am working - I don't keep them like that overnight as the foam would loose its shape after a while.

Y rápidamente encontré una manera de utilizarla: mantener los pegamentos boca abajo mientras trabajo - no los guardo asi por la noche porque la espuma perdería su forma después de un tiempo.

Added bonus, the foam is perfect to keep in place all those little needle tips and the tin holds nicely the magnets which I use often for many different techniques.
I love storage, specially if it is free!

Un valor añadido, la espuma es perfecta para mantener en su lugar todas esas pequeñas las agujas y la lata mantiene muy bien los imanes que a menudo utilizo para muchas técnicas diferentes.
Me encanta el almacenamiento, especialmente si es gratis!

Tuesday 8 October 2013

Blog Candy: the winners

Thank you so much to everyone that participated! I am so happy after so many comments, follows... Thank you for your ever so kind words. They made my day every single one of them.
Here you have the lucky random winners:

Muchas gracias a todos los que habéis participado! Estoy super feliz, tantos comentarios, follows, me gusta ... Gracias a todos por vuestra amables comentarios. Me han alegrado el dia todos y cada uno de ellos.
Aquí teneis los afortunados ganadores:

Set 1 - Noel - Blog Lovin: Marta de Mi Scrap Lab

Set 2 - Leafy Trees - Pinterest: Louise @ My May Sunshine

Set 3 - Home - Twitter: Katherine Brooks Crafty_Kath

Set 4 - Snowflakes - Facebook: Juani Castillo Alcaide

One extra mystery blog candy - not fromWinter Moments but die sets and two sets of my clear stamps - Comments: Cinnamon Sally 

I have sent you all emails but if you haven't received it yet, email me before Friday the 11th of October: paulabmpascual[@] (without the brackets!).

Monday 7 October 2013

Blog Candy! the whole Winter Moments Collection!

This post will be at the top of the blog until the 7th of october.
Please scroll down for more recent entries. Thank you!

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Today it's a very exciting day. For the first time ever, I am doing blog candy! 
Many times I have though about doing one but never found the right time and energy to do so. But I have been given a full Winter Moments collection - yes all of the dies, embossing folders and stamps!
I like to increase chances of crafters getting their hands on the dies, so I have split the collection of dies in four lots:

Set 1 - Noel

Set 2 - Leafy Trees

Set 3 - Home

Set 4 - Snowflakes

However, you can still win them all fourteen dies if you do all four things listed bellow! 

Here is how, if you do one of the following you will eligible to win one of the blog candy sets, but if you do all four things bellow, you will be eligible all four prizes! 

Like me on Facebook (not the personal Facebook, but the fan page!)

Follow me on Twitter!

Follow me on BlogLovin!

On the day of the draw, Tuesday the 8th of October, the four Winter Moments sets will be randomly old school selected for each category, so there is no way of knowing which one is the blog candy for Twitter followers, Pinterest... 

If you already follow me on all four mediums, you already are eligible for all of those!

But wait, there is more, on top of that, I have one extra mystery blog candy - not from Winter Moments but die sets and two sets of my clear stamps -you be come eligible for the draw if you leave a comment on this very post! (Comments are moderated only because I get spam, but as long as they are not spam ALL comments will be published!)

So, actually, five prizes in total!

And, while the collection is exclusive to European shops as per Sizzix norms, this competition is open to anyone anywhere! This may be the only chance to get these products for some.

Good Luck!
Mucha Suerte!

Terms and Conditions:

The competition will end on Monday the 7th of October at 23:59. 
The winners will be announced on this blog on Wednesday the 9th of October.
If you are a winner, you will need to email me within two days with your postal address. 
Parcels to be sent out on Saturday 12th of October. 
One comment per person. As I need to review them, don't worry if you press twice or you don't see immediately.

Wednesday 2 October 2013

Vintage box using Sizzix dies and silicone molds

Even the most graphic of embossing folders can be used for a distress and vintage look.

I wanted to create something different using the clean and graphic dies of the Winter Moments collection. I die cut one of the Sizzix box dies which is a mini pizza box for the Big Shot Pro machine. I embossed the top using the Sizzix Textured Winter Snowflake Impressions and then assembled the box.

I painted with acrylic paints (blues and greens) and then added layers of Treasure gold in different colours: gold, Onxyte, olive green.
I made all the embellishments using the silicone moulds that Marion Emberson from Sugar and Spice sells. They are made out of Wow Melt it embossing powder and then painted with the Treasure Gold waxes.

I finally coloured the lace with Distress Stains and glue them all to the box.

It is a rather different look for me, isnt it?

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