Saturday, 15 March 2014

Scrap 365/Pan Pastel Blog Hop...Awash with colour

Hey everyone, hope you have a lovely relaxing Saturday and Sunday ahead with a very crafty horizon!

Today I am joining in a fantastic blog hop along with Scrap 365 magazine blog and the Pan Pastel team! 

Woahhh!! Scrap????

I hear ya!!.....oh yes I do!....

Yes - me ....and scrapbooking!! Who knew huh? Well I did but I know lots of you probably didn't know how much I love to scrap but it's one of those things I really do not make enough time for these days (and it means I can get to use some of my fave stash which is in that look and stroke but put it back for another day cos I cant possibly use it place)....

Anyway enough of my drivel! On to the blog hop! The Scrap 365 team challenged the Pan Pastel team to go crazy with colour so how could we refuse?
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 (below) 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 the Pan Pastel blog.

So, Awash with colour huh? 
Well, the Scrap365 team asked me to choose a specific colour palette and to use it for inspiration.  When I saw this palette called Pomegranate it had my name all over it because these colours are probably my favourites in Pan Pastels.
These equate to (from L to R)...
Permanent Red Tint
Permanent Red
Red Iron Oxide
Permanent Red Shade
Turquoise Shade
These colours match perfectly! I use ALL these colours all the time in my work and they are so versatile and give amazing contrast, I just adore this palette. Here's what I came up with... 
Isn't that Permanent Red so striking? Used alone on white it takes on a Coral tone, I adore it and it is by far my favourite Pan Pastel colour...
The full layout...this is all about my fabulous shoes fetish. Yes, I have always had a thing for shoes. I bought these babies about 4 years ago and I adore them. I bought them for my sister's wedding along with a matching handbag and I call these my Dorothy shoes. 
I wore them from the car to the church door and was crippled and bleeding within the space of 300 yards because they were SO uncomfortable LOL! But I would not give up! At the time I had a problem with my feet swelling up so they looked like old lady cankles (you know the ones)...and they literally crippled me, I didnt move off my chair at the reception, they fit me just fine! Although I have to say they still are NOT comfy and they are very rarely worn still haha! But hey ho, as the saying goes....
...Every girl needs a pair of shoes to stare at with glee and never ever wear...
I'm showing you all these pics so you can understand the amount of texture I got on this layout simply by using medium and masks/stencils. I painted the top right corner of the page with Maimeri gesso and then spread it with the tube to create loads of really thick heavy drips and splashes around the page. Maimeri gesso is one of the best available, it has a superb opacity and drying time, unlike cheap gesso which generally is just cheap because it's watered down. You only need one coat with this baby and it's awesome for getting some texture with brush strokes if you want them!...
Once it was dry I applied big streaks of colour working outside to inside across the page. I used a mop brush to dust sprinkles of Pan Pastel across the page and then sprayed it with a cheap hairspray to seal each layer of colour in. You need to be careful if you're sprinkling it as a powder as it does flake off but if you can use an Artist's pastel fixative it does help. Oh, almost forgot but I also sprinkled Frantage into the mix as well whilst it was all drying!
Next I mixed my own paint by combining Pan Pastel, a tiny bit of gesso and some water - you need the gesso to bind the pastel (pastels have a tiny bit of oil in them so they bead a little if you mix just with water, adding the gesso makes it so much easier). I then splished and splashed the various colours of paint (all 6!) everywhere. I was supposed, in my head, to make a clean and simple layout but by this time I had totally got carried away and there was no stopping me!

 I used a couple of different stencils/masks (see below) and pushed Maimeri Light Modeling Paste through them - they picked up the colour anyway so no need to pre-colour the paste although you can if you wish because Pan Pastel is a pure pigment that you can add to virtually any medium. I then gesso'd all the flowers which were pink to pull them back to white and gradually just added layers of texture and colour, then added some white paper, again colour tinted with the Pan Pastels. I think this is the first time I ever made a page without a designer 12 x12! A few little embellies to finish, gesso on top of the bottle cap and voila! The letters are grungeboard, again coloured. In fact, apart from the kraft items, everything has been recoloured.

So, now you need to click on the link here and go to
Riikka Kovasin
who has something super amazing to show you! 

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 the Pan Pastel page but we will check you've done that hop so don't be naughty now! ; ) 

Here is the list you need to follow just in case you get lost along the way:

Scrap365 and Ali's post - HERE! .....
Nikky Hall -
Riikka Kovasin -
Lou Sims -
Sandra Przbylska -
Tracy Easson -
Lisa Saunders -
Terry Wietma-Girbes -
Tracee Provis -
Claire Chapman -
Natalie Macdonald -
RETURN to Scrap365 to leave a comment for the prize draw :) -

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

If you love any of the products I've used on this layout they are all listed here:

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Brand new challenge - We Do Doobadoo!

Hi everyone! 
Today I have really exciting news for you - we have a great new challenge over at 

Make sure you go over and join in the fun, we have great prizes on offer every fortnight and a superb Design Team which I cherry picked to showcase all these great products for you.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Graph'It colour challenge - Male Colours


Over on the Graph'It challenge this week we are all about Male Colours which I love - those muted tones are always right up my street!

I probably stretched the brief a little with this one but I wanted to show that you can easily apply male colours to a very feminine theme and we don't always need to be all pink pink pink!
Having said that my card is OTT girly LOL!
I don't think I've ever added so much stuff to one card in my life LOL!!! This didnt go according to plan, I used the Doobadoo Shape Art template as the base which I love and then I had a really cool idea of how to make it a bit different...only it didn't really work I had this base on my desk for 4 days looking at me, being turned this way and that way and I was determined to use it as it's a great shape....and for it to be there 4 days was HUUUUGE for me because if I dont make it there and then it usually goes in the bin....

Anyway, in the end it kinda got covered with one thing and another thing and another thing fact 2 mins before I took this photo I still had to add something else. I guess I'm not really in a CAS mood this week haha!

So, I coloured the image which is from my brand new Work & Play collection (available on CD and digi here) with my Graph'It markers.  The papers are from my Picknix Collection.
The little envelope is made from Doobadoo Shape Art again and all the little hearts, leaves and swirls and butterflies are all laser cuts, again from Doobadoo. I also used the Doobadoo Diamond mask to  add some gesso onto some of the paper pieces and hiding up in the left corner is some denim too which I also added gesso over. A little swoosh of black and brown pan pastel helped to distress it all. My final fancy flourish which you will be seeing on all of my work from now will kingdom come is that little bit of honeycomb down in the corner - aw man you HAVE to get this it's absolutely brilliant!! It looks really expensive but I just tear a tiny bit off and that's all you need, it just seems to finish this style of card brilliantly!
I'll be back tomorrow with some REALLY exciting news!!


Sunday, 23 February 2014

Using a stencil/mask to make an embellishment...

Happy Sunday!
I'm a little late posting because I got embroiled in designing some new stamps which are too cute but that's a whole other secret story! ; )

Today over at the Pan Pastel challenge blog we are making embellies using Stencils. The Pan Pastel team are sooo creative! Luckily for me I made this last week which I really loved and adorned with some of my special stash which is years old and been hiding in my precious drawer.
 This is a plain old MDF heart which I got cheap as chips ages ago. I used a flower mask from our new range of Dutch Doobadoo products - if you haven't seen these yet you MUST!! It's ages since I was so excited about a range of products, they're perfect for CAS makes but you can also mess them up for projects like this too and there aren't many product ranges which are that verrsatile! 
I stencilled through the mask with Versamark ink and then applied Pan Pastels (I think it was Yellow Ochre and Perm Red Shade). I then applied the dots stencil and pushed some Light Modeling paste through it (you can get all these product links at the bottom of this post by the way!). Used a snip of denim and then made the little hearts and wings embellie and again stencilled using the dot mask. Finally I added all the other bits and pieces of embellies and then added a flower doily and concertina'd an old book page....don't have a heart attack! I adore using book pages but I am really fussy about which books I will use. This was an old paperback that was total rubbish so I had no issue with tearing it up but PLLLLEASE be careful if you alter books - remember they are pieces of history sometimes and there are many which should not be touched! In my opinion, anyway!

If you're loving all the Doobadoo products I've used here then PLEASE watch out because I have some exciting news coming! In the meantime you can shop for all the products I used below....

Friday, 21 February 2014

Colouring Denim

Hello, me again, twice in a week, woohooo!

This week over on the Graph'It challenge we are colouring Denims so please make sure you go and check out the fantastic inspiration from the team, it's superb!

I've been away at the NEC this week attending the UK's only trade show and demoing for Premium Craft Brands so I've had rather a busy week but I managed to join in this challenge last minute. There was SOOO much interest in Graph'It at the show, it's just fantastic to see that in just a short year we've managed to really get this fantastic range of products on the map and that all the industry professionals can see how great they are and are now starting to stock them in your local craft shops....if yours hasn't got them yet then tell them they should!

Over at Polkadoodles this week we have SO much going on including lots of new stash...too much to mention all in one post so I'm going to be giving you some sneaky peeks over the next week or so which will make you jump up and down! So watch out, we're talking serious stash overload here!

So anyway, I find that lots of people struggle with choosing the right colours for denim for some reason but if you forget about using blues and go grey instead you're onto a winner in the Graph'It range!....
I used my Dollie Daydream digistamp and I'm a bit obsessed with colouring water at the moment as you might have guessed. Actually, if I'm honest this was the first and just about the only image that I had to hand last minute LOL!....
I absolutely adore Graph'It Cool Greys for colouring Denims and that's what I've used here with a very limited colour palette of only Greys (other than skintones).
The Graph'It colours I used are:
Skin: 4115, 4155, 4170, 4175, 4145
Jeans: Cool Greys 9101, 9102, 9103, 9105, 9106, 9905, 9909
Umbrella and background: Neutral Greys 9501, 9502, 9102

If you love colouring but are a little scared to go with a new marker like Graph'it this might be a good way to give them a whirl. Although I used 7 pens here to do my jeans you get a mega result just with 3 to be honest, I was just being a bit GI anal LOL!

The card itself uses papers from my Picknix 1 range and a ton of new products I haven't even begun to tell you about yet but I know you're going to need cos I've fallen in love with them this week.

Right, I will be back soon with some exciting news, but in the meantime make sure you go and check out the challenge and also pop on over to the Polkadoodles blog too because we have another fab challenge there today with some more great stash up for grabs....

See ya soon my lovelies! :D

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Friday, 14 February 2014

Week 7 Graph'It challenge Whimsy - Love Florals!

Hey everyone!
I'm super excited because it's been a busy old week here at Doodle Towers!

Today over on the Graph'It blog we have challenged the Whimsy Stamps team and there is a great challenge going on so please please nip over to the blog to read all about it and win some amazing stash!
Go HERE now!

You can read about how I created this project over on the Graph'It blog together with the colours I used - isn't this image adorable? If you're a cat lover you need this for sure!
I am so bad at remembering to write down colours as I go along because I just seem to get in the zone of colouring and everything else vanishes in front of my eyes and brain but I had a stab at remembering and guessing. Gorge image from Whimsy, has to be one of my all time faves this one....

When I colour I try to put a little twist on the image if I can somewhere and it can make such a huge can tell I'm really loving doing water at the minute, right? So I had to make sure his little furry tail was dragging in the water. My cat the Scooter ninja barely knows his tail is there so this would be him - he hates water but wouldn't feel it dipping in LOL! I often find him sat on the kitchen sink with his tail sat in the washing up bowl bubbles haha! Naughty puss!

So I'll be back really soon with some lovely pics for you - I am having a wonderful creative week making lots and lots of fab samples. Our UK trade fair for the craft industry takes place this weekend and I'm demonstrating to all the retailers across Europe on the Premium Craft stand and have had the joy of making 'stuff' all week! I can't show you yet but I WILL be back mid week! 
Don't forget to go and join in the challenge this week - AMAZING prizes up for grabs and some wonderful inspiration from the Whimsy and Graph'It teams along the way - my guys have done me proud this week!

If you leave me a comment below this post I will pick a random winner to get £50 of stash which will include Whimsy stamps, marker pens and allsorts of lovely stuff so make sure you leave me a comment!! Now hop back to the blog and leave some comments on the rest of the team's makes to win even more stuff!!
ttfn x

p.s. don't forget it's challenge day over at Polkadoodles today too - great candy on offer!! 

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge - Spots and Stripes

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Sorry Face...

Hey everyone if there's still anyone out there that reads this blog LOL!
I knoooow I've been a really bad girl and not updated you for ages and ages.

I have no excuse other than time.

I'm rubbish, what can I say.

Anyway, I just thought I'd better update you and there are so many things to say I'm going to do them in a bullet list!

1. I'm sorry!
2. We have TWO great new collections which were both launched in January...
....Girl Talk is unashamedly pink and all things girly and shopping related and lovely. (click the images to view).

....Goes East is everything Oriental and you will adore this even if you HATE oriental normally! I've always steered clear of this theme because I personally don't like the whole dark red/black/gold thing that seems to be the norm but this is SO NOT that! Adorable!

3. All our new collections will now be available on CD and also as downloads : ) yipppeee! So you no longer have to wait for the CD to arrive!  Also, if you're not into CD's but love my designs you will now be able to buy the character stamps as separate digis (although value for money wise this is NOT the way to go!)

4. Digital Stamps - we are going to be releasing lots more digis this year and now have an Etsy download store as well as the Polkadoodles store. Dollie Daydream is our new character range and you are all loving her!

5. There's another Graph'It show on Create and Craft on 7th February - hope you can tune in!
Here's a card I made on the last show...
Coloured with Graph'Its of course and the image is from the Girl Talk Collection.

6. I am now doing some Google Hangouts as and when I can manage the time in my not so quiet schedule so make sure you watch out for those - lots of crafting! They are live but  if you don't manage to catch them they actually save onto You Tube too so you can watch them later on.

7. I am now uploading to my YouTube channel more regularly so make sure you subscribe here, little snippets of info, collection previews and tutorials to come : )

7. I PROMISE to try and do better in future!!

Ok, I said it was a quick update, so that's it for now.

Friday, 25 October 2013

EEEK! I'm late, I'm late!

Oh my word, where have I been??? Way way way too long!
I do have excuses - good ones! Please forgive me!

To cut it short, since I last blogged here is all the news:

1. The new Pan Pastel challenge is now up and running (SO much easier to enter and great prizes), along with an amazing new Design Team, check them out here and our fabulous Facebook page which is also full of inspiration here....

2. The Graph'It marker facebook page is here...talking of Graph'Its they are hot to trot at the minute and lots of people are giving them some fantastic reviews - check out Jak Heath's blog!

3. We have a brand new challenge over at Polkadoodles blog called Digi Choosday - yep, you guessed, it's all about using digis! We have some amazing specials each week and a whole brand new digi team that is brilliant at giving us some inspiration so check it out here....

4. If you're around York next weekend I have a great new class on Saturday which is all about Digital crafting! I'll show you how to do some fantastic but simple stuff on your PC's to help you in your crafting so bring your laptops and we'll have a great time! Book on the website, there are a couple of spaces left...

5. Filming a brand new DVD which should hopefully be out really soon! this space!

6. Ok, so this is my real biggie and what I've been working on in the background over the past month or so...I have a brand new venture. Totally craft unrelated really but also connected in a way and I know lots of crafters are also going to love it so check it out here and use code DHD001 for a special 10% introductory offer (there is LOADS MORE coming really soon so check it again next week!).

SO....pheeeewwweee!! Now you know why i've not been around so much! 2 new Design Teams off the ground, 2 new challenges, a DVD, new facebook pages galore and a whole new business....I need 72 hours in a day!!

So I'm REALLY Sorry that I don't have a card to share today but I just haven't had the time LOL!!  I have a new Create and Craft show coming up on 10th November at 2pm with Premium Craft Brands which will be all messy and Pan Pastel-i-fied so here's a heads up for that, can't wait, it seems ages since I saw you all.

Lastly, we have a special Trick or Treat fest on the website this week - a whole week of GREAT offers which change each day so make sure you check them every morning, they're all fab!

Right, I must go, I'm typing this so fast I feel out of breath LOL!!!

Laters - make sure you click all those awesome links - there's loads of freebies and discounts and prizes and allsorts in there! Oh and don't forget to check today's Polkadoodle challenge too!

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Metallic Pan Pastels, masks, die-cuts,embossing, gilding sheets


Today is challenge time over at Premium Craft Brands blog. I just wanted to share this project which we made at a recent workshop. You can see how I made it here....

Friday, 27 September 2013

Halloween Graph'it markers and Metallic Pan Pastels

Hi everyone!
Sorry I've not checked in for a bit, I am like a maniacal shopper in Asda this week lol!

I have such a lot going on right now which will be revealed very shortly but firstly I am uber excited that we now have a new Design Team over at the Premium Craft Brands challenge. The team are SOOO talented it's unreal, I'm going to have a job to keep up! So head on over there and sign up to the feeds for updates and follow us - you will LOVE what we bring you each week. We've relaxed all the challenges to make it easier for everyone to enter and will be regularly posting tutorials and extra bits and pieces so there's lots going on. Sign up here:

We are challenging you with different folds this week at Polkadoodles blog so get over there and join in - such an easy challenge to take part in too and a great prize up for grabs this week!

So today I just want to share my make for the Graph'It challenge today, which was Autumn colours. I've had this digi coloured for a couple of weeks now but forgot to make it into a card until 6.30am today when I realised I'd missed the challenge lol! So I zipped in the craft room when I got to work and literally threw this together with bits I had on my desk - but I think it kind of worked!

The digi is from the Halloween download collection here and coloured with Graph'It markers (have some mega exciting news on that front so keep your eyes peeled!) ...I've added some pieces of card and die cuts which I've given the old Metallic Pan Pastels treatment and a Versamark and the bottom piece of embossing was actually part of an offcut from a Craftwork Cards embossed card blank I had laying around. Look at the shine! That really does blow me away every time I see it!  Make sure you head over to the blog and join in so you can be in with a chance of winning - we now have a random prizewinner so everyone has an equal chance!

I'll be back soon! x