Sunday, 27 December 2015

Winners and Top 3 from challenge 25!

Good morning crafty friends, I hope you're all having a wonderful Christmas and enjoying the holiday weekend.  We don't have an inspiration post for you this week as our DT are having a well earned break over Christmas and New Year but we'll have a brand new challenge for you on January 3rd so make sure you pop back!

Its time to announce the lucky winner and Top 3 from Challenge 25!! 
Our lucky winner as chosen by is ............

Woo hoo congratulations hun!! Email us (details in sidebar) quoting your winners code which is PPWK25001 and your snail mail details and your prize will be winging its way to you asap.

As always choosing the Top 3 was no easy task as we had some amazing entries but this time around the Top 3 honours go to

Congratulations ladies, your projects were fab-u-lous!! Don't forget to pick up your Top 3 badge for your blog from the sidebar.

We'll be back next weekend with a new challenge and lots of inspiration 

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Challenge 26 Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes

Good morning crafty friends, are you all organised for Christmas?  Why not take a break from the Christmas preps and have a bit of creative fun and join in our new challenge here at We Love 2  Create!! A big thank you to everyone who entered our last challenge, we'll be announcing the winners next week along with Top 3 honours so make sure you pop back!!

We're keeping our theme nice and easy for you ...
Anything Mixed Media/Creative Goes

You don't have to use our products to play along but of course we love it when you do! As always we've got some lovely crafty goodies up for grabs for our lucky winner thanks to our generous sponsors Premium Craft Brands so don't miss out on your chance to win!!

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The random winner and Top 3 for Challenge #25  will be announced next week, so check back to see if it's you! We're giving our hard working DT a bit of a break over Christmas and New Year but we'll be back with a bang (and lots of inspiration) on 3rd January!

Let's check out the beautiful artwork our DT have created:

Nikky...I made a project similar to this a long long time (like years) ago and I liked it so much that when I came across it in a box recently I decided to create another using my PanPastels. I just cut out a heart using a die and some sturdy cardstock and then gesso'd it to create a foundation. I coloured using my favourite turquoise and some violet and aquamarine and a mix of others in there too I think...
I have to say when I do mixed media I just throw everything at it and forget to write down what I'm doing as I go, I mixed in some of the pearlescent white to create a nice sheen...used Gold Shake Marker around the edges and just splodged it around and smudged it with my fingers to make it look like it had been gold leafed. Then I added Maimeri gloss gel over the top and once it had all dried I just bent it and it all cracked up. A simple Ranger lock and a Tonic die-cut inked up with Versamark and stamped with stars to co-ordinate and Bobs your uncle. I will cut a hole in this and then thread wire to make a hanger I think...
 You can get a better idea of the texture and crackles here...

Yvonne - This is a page from my Altered Dictionary.  Panpastels are great for this work as you can't really use Alcohol pens or water based pens as the paper is so thin that it soaks through.  Panpastels work beautifully on this paper as it seems to grip them and the colours remain intense.  I did loads of stamping with masquerade style stamps and then began to colour.  Finally I added glitter to the lips, eyes and jingle bells!
More details and photos over on my blog if you have time to grab a cuppa and take a look xx

Claire  I've altered this MDF word to create a little Winter Wonderland scene, I didn't have a lot of time but PanPastels are fabulous to create a very quick background. I'd already created a crackle background on the MDF using acrylic paints but I set to and made a bit of a forest background on some card (cut to shape using a dinner plate lol) .  I stamped the trees with Versamark ink and used shades of Phthalo Blue PanPastel to shade the trees.I blended the excess out to create the sky but forgot to mask the moon, doh! Not a problem with Pans though as they are erasable so I used a circle die and a pencil eraser to create my moon. I added some falling snow with a White Graph'It Shake pen before attaching to the back of the MDF. Next I cut out three snowdrifts from white card, smothered them with texture paste and brushed over Course White Pearl Medium, it gives a beautiful frosty sparkle! I layered up the snowdrifts with silicone glue and popped my little image (coloured with Graph'It Markers) behind the 'O'

I created some snow on the word itself and along the front by applying texture paste and again dusting with White Coarse and Fine PanPastel Medium

Terry: Oh my I had so much fun making all the Candle Jars, I started out with a Jar, the background was made wit Jute Strips and white lace.....The top op the Jars were decorated with Snow and White Coarse to give it a bit of a shimmer. The Wooden hearts were attached with rope and the background of the hearts were worked on with Gesso, White Coarse, White Pans and the Christmas Sentiments were stamped with ink and Metallic PanPastels. The last layer was painted with Iridescent Paste. To finish I placed the wooden sentiment Xmas and colored the letters with Iridescent Paste and stamped it with Metallic Pans. And last but not least I placed a little Christmas Bell to the rope. If you wanna see more Candle Jars you can see the detailled pictures on my blog.

Gorgeous makes as always ladies!!

We'd just like to thank all our friends and followers a very 

Merry Christmas and a 
Happy New Year!!

We''ll be back in 2016 with lots of projects to inspire you and of course plenty of tips and techniques too!

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Sunday, 13 December 2015

Challenge 25 Inspiration and winners

Good morning folks, we've got lots of inspiration lined up for our 'Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes' Challenge but if your visiting to add your link just click here to go straight to the linky.

 Before we have a look at the awesome artwork our lovely DT have been busy creating though its time to announce the winner and Top 3 from our last challenge as we always have some fabby crafty goodies lined up for one lucky entrant thanks to our generous sponsors Premium Craft Brands!

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The lucky winner from challenge 24 has been chosen by and this time around the goodies go to

Congratulations Carol!! Email us (details in sidebar) quoting your winners code which is PPWK24001 along with your snail mail details and your prize will soon be winging its way to you!#

As always we had some stunning entries, you're all sooooooo talented so it was a difficult decisio
n but Top 3 honours go to

Congratulations ladies, we were blown away by your beautiful projects!

As usual our DT have been busy this week, let's check out what they've been up to. We're also welcoming a very talented new teamie this week, give the lovely Katie a very warm welcome and if you have a min, pop over to her blog and check out her gorgeous artwork!

Nikky...Be gone, printed colouring books, you are a one-hit wonder! This is my favourite image from Florabunda, and I part coloured this with my adorable PanPastels of course!  I sent this image off to a Professional printer online and for a mere £12 (about $18?) I had this printed super huge at A2 Poster size which is 23.4 x 16.5" big - MASSIVE!
The Sofftt tools are truly amazing and you really MUST use them with your pastels - nothing else lays down the pigment in the same way - this looks really accomplished in the colouring but really all I did was sweep the colours on with the sponges and it kinda just happened on it's own! See more about this on my blog...

I have a journal page to share using Pan Pastels to create a background.
I used Phthalo Green and Turquoise on the background i then used a couple of stencil masks with Phthalo Blue to create the pattern.

I coloured the fairy in using a mixture of markers and Phthalo Green pastels. i sealed everything in using a gel medium. I used an alphabet stamp set to create the wording.

Lou: I decided to alter a frame I have had kicking around for ages. I covered the back piece with paper and then began building up the sides.

Next using raw umber and yellow ochre pan pastels, plus a little touch of yellow green, I covered the card sides. I set this with a mixture of water and gel medium. When dry, I used a stencil and irridescent paste to go over my base layer; which adds a real tectural feel to the frame. Once this was dry, I used fine white pearl on the top to add extra irridesence.

All my elements were also coloured with pan pastels in complimentary shades.

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Wow beautiful projects girls!!

Don't forget you still have a week to enter our Anything Creative Mixed Media Challenge,

We'll be back next week with another challenge and lots more inspiration, hope to see you then!!