Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Male Room Goes Coastal

      This fortnights challenge at The Male Room is die cuts. I could have made a card but I wanted to make something a little different for a special occasion.
      Using the Tim Holtz Sizzix die Village Dwelling and the Surf Shack I made this beach hut with corrugated card. Just the walls are cut from the corrugated card, all other parts are cut from Kraft card.
     To get the rusty look to the walls I used Distress paint smudged on with my finger. The door was stamped with a woodgrain pattern and pushed in slightly.
     The roof is covered with some hessian from my local craft shop, I have yet to find a seagull the right size to sit on top but I'm still looking.
     These little buildings are great with a battery tea light inside, a unique table decoration for a summer party.
     You have two weeks to create something masculine using die cuts to play along at The Male Room.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes
Open-Minded Crafting - Mighty Men In May
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

A Proper Gent

     When making my project for The Male Room last week I made this tag as well with one of the new Woodware stamps.
     Starting with a blank Tim Holtz Sizzix die cut tag I used Distress Oxides and a TH stencil to create a tartan style background, making sure I used the colours that would match the patterned paper I planned to use for the waistcoat.
     I also stamped a few circles over the tag just to break up all those straight lines.
     The waistcoat was stamped and embossed in blue on some patterned paper, then the inside of the waistcoat was coloured blue with an alcohol marker before being cut out ready for the tag.
     I stamped and embossed a greeting on a Stix2 kraft tag and after a little trim added it to the main tag using thin foam pads, making sure the hole was directly over the large tag hole. There are three lengths of twine in various shades threaded through both tags.
     With the addition of a little gold relief to the buttons the waistcoat was ready for mounting on the tag, this was done with thicker foam pads so it sits on top of the small tag. A little gold ink added around the edge of the tag completed the look, it's now ready to add to a gift.

I would like to enter this tag in the following challenges:
Cuttlebug Mania - You're Tagged    (2W)
Die Cuttin Divas - All About Tags    (W)
My Time To Craft - Masculine   (2W)
Send A Smile 4 Kids - Dads or Special Males   (2W) 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Seeing Stars in The Male Room

     A new challenge at The Male Room has us seeing Stars, you can make any project you like as long as it's masculine and fits our theme - Stars.
     This card started with the waistcoat being stamped and embossed on patterned paper, then it was cut out and the buttons covered with gold relief paste.
     The background needed more stars so I die cut the sentiment panel in a blue card layer, then cut the same shape in white card and stuck that flush in the hole, making sure to push out all the little stars around the edge. I then die cut a few random stars in the blue layer before matting it over gold paper.
     The sentiment is stamped in blue ink and clear embossed. The background layers were stuck to a white card blank and then the waistcoat was stuck on using foam pads. There is only one raised layer to the card so it's alright for UK postage as an ordinary letter.
     Our challenge runs for the next two weeks so please come and join us with your Star creations, there's lots of inspiration on The Male Room blog to help get you started.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes   (W)
Crafty Cardmakers - Add A Sentiment   (F)
Come and Get It - Birthday Wishes   (W) 

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

MHK Designs Monthly Inspiration

     Hello and welcome to my very simple inspiration project for this month. A tag to go with a handcrafted gift that also has a sea theme.
     I used the sand dollar to make a background in my photo package. The contrast has been changed on some of them to get them near white, with the others having the opacity changed to get shades of grey. The main image was done last so it sits over all the others but it is at 75% opacity so the greeting stands out in black.
    The whole background was then placed over a sheet of paper from Country Farm to get the sandy colour. Once the printed paper was stuck on the tag it was then trimmed and edged with blue ink, with the addition of  two colours of string the tag was complete.
    Don't forget to pop over to the current challenge for a chance to win some gorgeous MHK Designs goodies or visit our Etsy shop to browse the huge collection of digital delights.

Sea Creatures
Country Farm

I would like to enter this tag in the following challenges:
Digitally Made - Anything Totally Digital Goes  (M)
Angie's Digital Stamps - #9 Anything Goes  (M)

Friday, 5 May 2017

The Cats Whiskers

      As soon as I saw Curious Cat by Visible Image this card popped into my head, there are many cat lovers among my family and friends so this will get lots of use.
      I stamped and embossed in black on black card. Trimming to fit the card meant the ends of his whiskers were snipped off, but I think it looks like he's peeking through a hole.
     The eyes are coloured with a mixture of neon gel pen and a highlighter to get that vibrant green, with a touch of white to give the illusion of gloss.
     The mat layer is white card coloured with the same highlight pen, then another black layer before going on to a white card blank.
     The card has no greeting on the front, I didn't want to detract from the image.
     When taking photos of dark, shiny or sparkly cards it's hard to capture their impact, sadly that is the case with this card, it looks so much better 'in the card'.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
 2 Crafty Critter Crazies - #2 Any Critter Goes (M)
Show Us Your Pussies - #18 Cats only (M)
Cardz 4 Guyz - #168 Film, Book or Music - Musical:CATS  (W)    Top 3
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes   (W)

Monday, 1 May 2017

MHK Designs May Challenge

     A new challenge starts today at MHK Designs with a real birthday feel to it. There is also the opportunity to win the image set I have used here just by playing along with us please check the challenge blog for full details.
     My image was printed on white card, coloured with alcohol markers and then die cut, the backing paper is from Flower Power Brights, also die cut. The backing paper is stuck flush to the card blank and then the image is mounted on foam pads.  A very quick and simple card to make.

MHK Designs - May Challenge

Eat Your Cake
Flower Power Brights

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Di's Digi Design - Use Something Digital
Send A Smile 4 Kids - Punches and/or Die Cuts

Sequins and Swirls at The House Of Cards

     The House Of Cards this month would like to see the use of sequins and/or the colours in the chart. I have chosen to use sequins on this simple card and one colour.
     Using a Sizzix thinlit die I cut the swirls in the front of a white card blank, then backed it with a medium weight pink paper insert.  A pink ribbon has been stuck down the side of the card with the ends wrapped over to the inside, then I stuck the insert to the back of the die cut but left the other side free. When the light is behind the card it gives the die cut shapes a pink glow.
     Three small paper roses are added to the ribbon at the base of the swirls and three flower shaped sequins, each with a tiny gem in the middle are added to the pattern.
     With the addition of a stamped and mica dusted greeting the card is complete.
     The House Of Cards challenge runs for a month so you have lots of time to create and lots of inspiration from the DT to help get you started.

Use Sequins and/or Colours

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
My Time To Craft - Sequins/Buttons
Colour Crazy - Anything Goes