Sunday 29 September 2013

Wk39 - Anything Goes! Pan Pastels, Mediums, Masks and more

Welcome to our new look Challenge! 

Before we get to the challenge news, we want to welcome our fantastic new Design Team members who will be bringing some great inspiration to you over the coming months - it's very exciting! We have had a little facelift and relaxed our rules to enter the challenges so just to recap:

1. You do NOT need to use Pan Pastels or our other products on your entries as long as you follow the challenge theme - obviously we'd love you to use the products but realise not everyone has them.
Each challenge runs from Sunday 8.00 am and ends the following Tuesday at noon GMT - this gives you 9 days to add your entry and join in with us. 
The winner of each challenge will be chosen at random by a random number generator.
Please note: Due to postage costs the Random Winner Prize will be posted to a UK postal address only - but overseas entries are still welcomed and will be included in the Top 3.
In addition to the random winner the Design Team will also choose their favourite Top 3 entries for that week who will all be able to proudly display their winners badge and may be asked to Guest Design for us. Overseas entries are welcome and will be included in our Top 3.
So we hope you like the changes and it has made it easier for you all to enter! 

So let's get to the challenge! 


You can use ANY products to enter our challenge!

Before we get to this week's inspiration and prizes, it's time to announce the winner of last week's challenge which was ANYTHING GOES. From today we are changing our weekly prize winner to a RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR so that everyone has an equal chance of winning. IN ADDITION we will also pick a Top 3 and may ask one of those people each month to join us as  Guest Designer. So here is today's winner:
No.5, Clare

So a huge congratulations to  Clare!
Please email us here to claim your prize and please grab your badge from the sidebar.

Let's get to the great team inspiration this week...

Remember to join our Facebook group too, Premium Craft Brands, where we have daily inspiration and share some of our favourite makes & hints and tips every day, it's a great place to be. Here's the Design Team's creations:

I've used Magenta Tint PanPastel as a background and then used some of the gorgeous new Maimeri Acrylic Paints and masks with my gelli plate to make a little card and altered a PanPastel box.

I've used the Gesso and the fabulous A4 butterfly stencil with roses with Light Modelling Paste to make the texture on the frame. The Metallic PanPastels were used on top of the frame and give the frame a shine. The wooden hearts are worked on with Metallic PanPastels and Crackle to give it a fragile look.
The background in the frame has lots of texture from a honeycomb stencil and a sentiment stamp. On top I played with the Metallic PanPastels. The butterflies are from Wendy Vecchi and I played with Embossing Powder and Utee to finish them. 


I made this large hanger using a 3 MDF shapes which were cheap as chips. I covered the top house in paper and added an embossed piece of card to cover the roof, then coloured it with Metallic Pan Pastels, using Versamark ink to get a richer colour.
On the centre panel I used a mask and Pan Pastels in Permanent Green and Phthalo Green, using a hairspray to fix each layer so I could then add another layer on top to get some depth of colour. This project was actually a workshop I did on various metallic effects so it also has metal gilding flakes applied to it in some parts but I REALLY dont like them, I wish we'd just stuck to the Metallic Pan Pastels instead, I prefer the look! Finally, I glued a die cut swirl onto the bird and then inked all over with Versamark and applied the Metallic Pan Pastel over the top to make it look like brushed and embossed metal. You could easily make this with sturdy card too or mountboard.

Zoe - Hello there I'm Zoe and I'm so excited to be joining this fabulous team! Nikky has done an amazing job of revamping the blog! Onto my first projects with Premium Craft Brands!
I've used PanPastels for the background in two layers, you can get more details on my blog!
My second project is PanPastels again, using the fabulous A5 Victorian mask. Again more details on my blog for this project....
Many thanks for joining us on this exciting journey x

Tracy - Lets get messy with mixed media!
Hi everyone, so happy to be sharing my joy in using a mixture of Pan Pastels from mixed media sets 1 & 2 along with the new Metallics and Maimeri Mediums on some recycled cardboard packaging.
So quick to put together . . . a quick coat of Maimeri Gesso over the cardboard and for the splats of color on the background I added a little Pastels to the Maimeri Gesso, added water and flicked it using a paintbrush.
While that's drying take some old book pages and cut out the shapes before applying the Pan Pastels with the Sofft tools, sponges and my fingers.The raggedy boots and little hearts had a touch of Maimeri Glassy Gel added and I wish you could see how lovely they look in reality. I used the Maimeri Matt Gel Medium to fix all the shapes in place before adding some journaling and doodling along the way. For a little more texture I randomly applied Versamark ink, sprinkled with Utee and heat set. 

My turn to say "Hi" and so excited too to be part of this talented team. For my 1st project I have used the PAB Christmas stamps, masks and pan pastels to create a quick Christmas card.

I have used the metallic Copper pan pastel married with Magenta on the edges of my papers to create a warm feel. I have used the Perfect Poinsettia stamp to add over stamping on the 2nd paper using distress inks. The border strip has been embossed with the long baroque mask and then pan pastelled,

I stamped the poinsettia on to some heavy weight vellum, highlighting the veins with the soft silver pan pastel to give a shimmery effect, finishing with a brad. I have even found a use for the wax paper we all use when cutting out our dies and it works fabulously with pan pastel. Pop over to my blog for the full details.

So there is our inspiration from the fabulously talented Pan Pastel UK team this week!...

You have until  Tuesday 8th October at noon GMT to enter below by adding your creation to Mr Linky below - don't forget you have the chance to win a fabulous prize! 
The winner of this challenge will be announced on Sunday 14th October here on this blog. 

Please check our rules for all entries: 
1. All entries MUST follow the challenge theme. 2. Please link your blog post and not your blog address with the linky tool - this saves us from searching your blog for your entry.  3. No back-linking to previous posts - these will be disregarded from our voting.4. Please ensure you follow the challenge theme!

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  1. Wow! Great job, blog looks fab xxx

  2. Woohooo..beautiful projects everyone,so glad to be here...

  3. Hello all - yippee link works - I am really loving my Pans especially the metallics. Just chose to use PP's this time. Lovely samples from the Design Team.

  4. What a wonderful selection of designs from the design team to be inspired by!

  5. I don't enter many challenges but thought I'd give this one a go. Fab work from the design team x

  6. Fabulous DT inspiration and thanks for a great challenge hugs Karen

  7. WOW!! Stunning DT creations. Thank you for a fabulous challenge
    Sue xx

  8. This is one awesome design team! Fabulous art guys xx

  9. Some really gorgeous entries this week...good luck everyone.

  10. Hi I'm really sorry, I entered my card initially into the next challenge!! This is the correct one for my "anything goes card". I got muddled when I went to link them x

  11. I was really inspired by the work done by the DT - Thank you


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