Why Don't I Use it more?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

When you are busy creating, do you ever use a technique or product and say to yourself, "Why don't I use this more often?" I think that we all do at some time or another, and that's the challenge this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Tell us what you should use more of. For me, it's PanPastels. I love the shimmer and shine of the metallics. They can make anything glisten!

This week, I created a vintage inspired tag that reminds me of summer carnivals and ice cream.
If you've never used PanPastels, let me tell you a bit about them. Have you ever used chalk pastels? They are a bit like that, EXCEPT you don't need to get your hands all smudgey because they have these foam applicators that are a breeze to use. They also are creamier than the chalks and glide on smoother. It's hard for me to photograph the lovely shine that these create. I love them! Especially the metallic. Yum! They come in sets, or are sold individually. I should use these more often! I even added a tiny touch of the PanPastels to the pom pom balls. How fun is that!?!
What will you create?
Join us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and your project could win a $50 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp.  We draw a new winner each week! Your project could also be chosen to be featured in our weekly designer spotlight.



27 comments:

  1. Wow, Pan Pastels are new to ME! I am so intrigued thanks to you, Michelle! Your sample is gorgeous! The shimmer is amazing! Thanks for enabling :)

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  2. A treasure of a tag! LOVE the embossed background the coloring with Pan Pastels! The crochet and stars are great embellishers as well! Wonderful!!!

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  3. Gorgeous! LOVING the stars and the pompoms!!!!!!

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  4. Hi Michelle. Thank you so much for the sweet comment you left on my blog. I am with you on this challenge...I have some pan pastels but have yet to use them! Your project is so pretty. I really like the doily embossed background of your tag. Have a great week! <3 Candy

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  5. I don't have any of these..I've put it off as I have so much I still need to use ! But one day I will get some :-) Your tag is stunning!

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  6. Beautiful tag! Love the metallic finish. I just bought my first pan pastel and haven't played with them yet and this is the inspiration to pull mine out and get me going!

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  7. Such a pretty tag! Love the shimmer and the poms:)

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  8. beautiful tag, love the trim and the "book" :):)

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  9. Sweet tag! Michelle. I love those beautiful doilies on the background and pretty stars. Great design :)

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  10. fabulous, michelle! I never used pan pastels, maybe I need to now... Hugs, Sandra

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  11. Cool tag, Michelle! I love the orange color and the pom poms are too cute!

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  12. This is such a cool tag! I love the shimmer on the embossed doilies :)

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  13. Pan Pastels are on my wishlist, now more than ever! Love your tag!

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  14. I do not have the PAn Pastel, you've made ​​me want to try with your beautiful work! Definitely I love your stars so so much! BArbarayaya

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  15. Love how this tag turned out and I'm so appreciative of the info you shared! Every time I see your creations and read your write-up's, I feel like I can tackle the products or techniques you've shared. You make things feel possible! Yay! You are inspiring both as an artist and as a teacher, so thanks for giving me eye candy AND expanding my knowledge base about pan pastels!

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  16. What fabulous sheen across all that lovely embossing, Michelle ... the 'Pan Pastelled' pompoms are asuch a fun touch! Anita :)

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  17. Beautiful tag Michelle!! Love the great shimmery background and wonderful colours. Pan Pastel pom poms was a great idea!!

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  18. I love using PanPastels as well but I tend to forget about them. Thanks for the reminder on how pretty they are to craft with! I don't have any of the metallics...I'll have to add them to my wish list.

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  19. Absolutely, I find myself saying that all the time! I really love what you've done here, it's simply gorgeous!

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  20. A beautiful, bright textural tag Michelle! I love the colour palette and the Pan Pastel pom poms are such a fun and wonderful touch! :)

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  21. Fabulous design! I love the color and texture!

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  22. Marvelous and so inspiring as always Michelle!
    Thank You~

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  23. Wow - the finish on that beautiful textured background is really special... I've got some PPs but no metallics (ouch, more for the shopping list!) - beautiful tag, Michelle!
    Alison xx

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  24. This looks FABULOUS Michelle - LOVING all that texture & colour :)

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  25. So pretty! I love the embossing and the pom poms are just pure fun. I have never tried pan pastels, but I really want to, they are just a little pricier than I want to spend usually, but they look so pretty!

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  26. ooooh - i've never tried pan pastels - i need to! love how this turned out!

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  27. love the color against the grayish blue. Fab!!!

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