Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Vellum Snowfall

     For the new challenge at The Male Room we would like to see you use vellum somewhere on your masculine project.
     As I am running behind with my Christmas cards I have chosen to make a seasonal card with a simple winter scene.
     The trees were die cut from green card, I wanted to create the faded look the distant trees have so I inked the back layer with white Distress Ink which knocked back the colour just enough.
     With two layers of trees on white card I moved on to the deer.
     These two doe's were cut from kraft card and stuck down flat. The white panel was then stuck on to a square kraft card blank.
     I ran a large square of vellum through a snowfall embossing folder, I had to move the folder over to get full coverage. Fixing vellum to anything with glue or tape usually shows, so I decided to cut slots in the base card and slot the vellum through it. The corners didn't look very nice so I used a punch to round them off and soften their appearance.
     Using dark brown glitter paper I stuck it to double sided sticky sheet before die cutting the stag, this made sticking him on a whole lot easier.
     To finish I die cut a tattered banner from kraft card, coloured the edges with a brown pen and added a peel off greeting also coloured with a brown pen, it was then stuck on to the vellum with foam pads.
     Please pop over and have a look at all the vellum inspiration the team have come up with, there's lots to help get you started, then you can join us at The Male Room with your project.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
52 Christmas Throwdown - Brown, Green & Kraft  (F)
A Snowflakes Promise - Anything Goes   (M)
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas - Anything Goes / option blue  (W)
The Holly and Ivy - Anything Goes  (F)
Cardz 4 Guyz - Reindeer   (F)

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

MHK Designer Inspiration

  The digi papers are very good for making boxes, with so many to choose from it could be for any occasion. As it's fast approaching the festive season I have made a small gift box, a perfect size for gifting a few handmade treats.
      I printed the paper from Christmas Past on to thin card and then die cut the box, it measures 2.5 x 2.5 x 3 inches so it's a rather useful size.
     With just a little double sided tape the box is complete, it has a slot fastening star on top to go with the star paper. All that was needed to finish off was a tag which has a sentiment from Candy Canes and Crackers printed on it, a bit of red edging with ink to make it pop and a big foam pad behind it.
     I do hope you enjoy using MHK Designs images and papers for your projects, don't forget to join our challenge to show us what you've made.

Christmas Past
Candy Canes and Crackers

I would like to enter this gift box in the following challenges:
Make My Monday - Anything But A Card   (F)
Incy Wincy Designs - NOT A Card   (F)
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes   (W)
The Holly And Ivy - Anything Christmas Goes   (F)

Sneaky Paper Piecing

     The new challenge at The Male Room this time is Paper Piecing, the DT have come up with several different ways to interpret this giving you plenty of scope for your project, just remember it has to be masculine.
     My trusty Woodware Sneaker stamp was used again, I have had this for a couple of years and it still proves to be very popular with the teenage boys around here.
     The image has been stamped on to patterned paper and on to white card, both images are embossed in black. I cut the uppers from the patterned paper and stuck them over the white image, leaving the soles and lace bow uncovered.
     Using a marker I coloured the toes and the insides of the sneakers along with the lace eyelets too. The bottom part of the sole is also coloured with a pen to make it a tiny bit darker.
     The laces on the patterned paper are coloured with a white Sharpie, one coat was enough.
     The white image has been cut out and is then mounted on to a pale patterned paper. The word is also a Woodware stamp, embossed in black and coloured in with a maroon marker pen. The mat layer is coloured with the same pen on white card so it would match the word.   
     The little heel guard has a small maple leaf stamped and embossed in maroon to match the word colour, then the whole paper panel is stuck to a Kraft card blank.
     Please pop over and take at look at the DT inspiration at The Male Room, our new teamies have come up with some great designs for you.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes   (F)
Retro Rubber - Fall/Autumn Colours   (F)
Glitter 'N' Sparkle - Fall/Autumn Colours   (W)

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Stag Night At The House Of Cards

      A new challenge at the House Of Cards begins today, as we're fast approaching Christmas our colour palette is quite seasonal but you don't have to make a Christmas card.
      I'm really enjoying playing around with the media plates and my stamp press so I have used them to make this card.
     Using two shades of green to ink up the plate I then smoothed it out with a brayer and stamped the oval on cream card. I went back around the edges of the oval with the two inks to create a darkened edge, then I stamped the trees in dark green onto the plate and pressed it onto the card.
     Once dry I used a white pen to add snowflakes and a little snow on the trees. The deer is stamped in Versafine black, as he's a silhouette it was tricky to get a good even coverage but that's the beauty of a stamp press, I inked him again and stamped again in exactly the same place making him a perfect solid black silhouette. If you have ever struggled with stamping I would highly recommend one of these tools, with several brands now available the price has come down to a more reasonable rate.
     The greeting was stamped and gold embossed after gently drying off all the inking. To compliment the oval I used a punch on opposite corners to round them off before matting the cream panel on to a dark red layer. To finish off the panel has been stuck to a dark green card blank to compliment the trees and bring the whole colour scheme together.
     You have a month to create your card following our prompt so please come and join us at the House Of Cards, we'd love to see what you make.

November - House Of Cards

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Christmas At Sweet Stampin' - Anything Christmas   (M)
A Snowflakes Promise - Anything Christmas   (M)

MHK Designs - November Challenge

     MHK Designs has a seasonal prompt for you this month, you don't have to use one of our images to enter the challenge just take inspiration from the picture.
     Digital images are not just for cards, being able to change the size means you can make all sorts of things with them.
     The wreath has been printed four times, twice in mirror image, this means that I can back the wreath with a corresponding image.
     The wreath is coloured with alcohol markers and then cut out, the top part of the bow and some upper leaves are also coloured and cut out from the spare images.
     Once the images where cut out the edges were coloured to cover and white card that may still be showing.
     Before joining the two wreathes I put some Christmas twine at the top so it can be hung on the tree. After joining the two shapes together the bow and leaves where shaped and stuck on to the wreath on both sides.
     All that remained was to add some tiny red gems for the berries, this also adds a little sparkle as the wreath moves around.
     Please remember you don't have to use an MHK Designs image to play along but of course we would love it if you did.

Wonderful Wreath

MHK Designs blog

I would like to enter this decoration in the following challenges:
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything Christmas   (M)
The Holly And The Ivy - Anything Christmas   (F)

Austin Comes In From The Cold

      Altered Eclectics new challenge had me reaching for my magazine straws again, this time to make Austin, he's a metro gnome, based on a jam jar.

     To make the base I began weaving around an empty jar, this particular brand has a lovely tapered shape. I find the flat base the hardest part to weave, once it begins to rise around the jar it becomes much easier, the trick is to remove the jar before it tapers too far and gets stuck. Leaving the jar in is an option depending on where your gnome is going to live, he will be breakable.

     The hat is worked the same method as the tree but for this one I have left the ends out. To get the curve I used a heavy duty rubber band to hold it while I sprayed it with red paint. The base has a coat of white primmer to knock back the print on the straws.

     Austin's beard is cut from thin white card folded in half and die cut using a bauble die. Having the fold in the card at the top keeps the two layers together so that the top layer can be fringed and they both stay in place.
     The beard was stuck on to the base with hot glue, then the top fringes were gently curled up slightly.
     All that was left was to give Austin a nose, how do you make a nose for a gnome? glue of course. I made an oval of glue on my craft sheet, once cold I dusted it with a dark pinkish mica and then coloured the back with a brown peel off pen to get a weather worn colour.
     With the hat in place the nose was stuck on using a little more hot glue, Austin has no visible eyes as his hat sits over where they would be.
      This would make a great novelty container for gifting wrapped sweets, just remember a gnome is not just for Christmas.

      You can enter our challenge at Altered Eclectics with anything mixed media or recycled, just no cards or ATC's please, we run all month so please come along and join us with your projects.

I would like to enter Austin in the following challenges:
Make My Monday - Anything BUT A Card   (F)
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes   (M)
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes   (M)
Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes   (M)

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

MHK Designs - Tick Tock

     This is the last of our new releases this month at MHK Designs, Tick Tock. The countdown to Christmas has begun in a couple of houses I know, and that's just the adults, so this card will be winging its way very soon.
     On this sentiment I have changed the 'o' for a clockface, then changed the colour to white before adding it over a paper from Christmas Past.
     A little white gel pen added to the trees to imply snowfall and a little dab of silver sparkle on the snowflakes adds interest without increasing the depth, making it completely flat for standard postage.
     The image panel is matted on silver mirri and then on to a white card blank that has the edges coloured blue.
     Inside there is a die cut tree shape with another sentiment from this set, the green was added before the die was removed so it has a small white border.

Tick Tock
Christmas Past

      You still have the chance to win this or all of the new releases from MHK Designs, just pop over to the MHK Designs blog to find out how. While you're there why not join our challenge, you DO NOT have to use an MHK Designs image to join us.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
A Snowflakes Promise - Anything Goes   (M)
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes   (W)

Dark figures in The Male Room

   We have a new challenge at The Male Room and four new DT members to bring you even more inspiration. My card has a Halloween style but as us Brits don't really celebrate this festival I've tweaked it slightly.
     Recently I attended a workshop using the mini mixed media plates by John Nextdoor, Margaret showed us some basic techniques and lots of great effects. I came away full of inspiration and covered in ink!
     This circle is the result of building up layers of colour with a gorgeous effect made using bubble wrap. As it's all done on a stamp press it was easy to keep over stamping the same area, safe in the knowledge it would always be in the same place.
     The cat and mouse are Lavinia stamps, stamped twice in Versafine Black. Being able to stamp the cat twice meant I got a great coverage over the coloured circle, it's barely visible through him.
     Not having much use for a pure Halloween card I chose to stamp it with a Happy Birthday greeting by Woodware. This month there are several family birthdays so this is already on it's way.
     Please pop over and see the inspiration we have for you at The Male Room, including our four new team members.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Deep Ocean - Halloween   (F)
Show Us Your Pussies-Cats Only - Meow-loween   (M)
Try It On Tuesday - Circles   (F)

Friday, 20 October 2017

MHK Designs - Heaven Heals

     This is the fourth new release set from MHK Designs to be issued this month, Heaven Heals. There is so much in this set, three beautiful frames that can be used on their own, or with the wonderfully gentle sentiments and a gorgeous angel.
     For this card I chose to use one of the frames to surround a colour changed sentiment, the frame is unchanged. The image is printed over a layer of paper from Country Farm changed to match the sentiment. After printing I have coloured the foliage in the frame and added tiny gems to the flowers to add a little sparkle.
     These images can be printed in a range of colours by using your photo package to alter them. There is a fab video by Mynn of MHK Designs here which will run you through the process, so if you (like I did) think that it's just click, print and colour in please watch Mynn's video's, digi's are SO much more useful than that.

Heaven Heals
Country Farm

     There is an opportunity for you to win this or maybe the whole release, details are over on the MHK Designs blog.  You can join in with our challenges too, you DO NOT need to use an MHK Designs image to play along.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes   (W)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes   (W)
ModSquad - Sympathy/Thinking Of You   (W)

Sunday, 15 October 2017

MHK Designs - Growing Goodness

     This is from the third new release set by MHK Designs, Growing Goodness.  I chose to make a bookmark with one of the great sentiments in this set.
     Some of the words have had a colour change to make them a little different before beng put over a marbled paper from Country Farm. The sentiment strip is matted on to a dark blue die cut bookmark, with a small hole already cut at the end all I had to do was find a tassel  to loop through, slip it in to its plastic cover and a small gift was ready. I have taken the photo before putting it in the plastic sleeve so there's no reflection.

Growing Goodness
Country Farm

     You could win this or maybe even all of the new sets by joining us at MHK Designs blog and following the simple instructions.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Metallic Male Room

     The new challenge at The Male Room is to use metal on your masculine project. Time for me to break out my Walnut Hollow metal embossing kit.
      Some of the metal sheets from WH are coloured, this is a thin paint like layer over the metal which can be rubbed off to create various effects.
      My black base layer of metal was embossed with cherries, then I rubbed away the top layer to reveal black fruit in a rustic type background.
     The word panel and the cherries are embossed in red metal sheet, rubbed back and then coloured with alcohol inks. The cherries have some light weight filler behind them so they won't squash flat.
     The metal panel is matted on a red mirri layer before going on to green on a cream card blank. Maybe not one for the postal system, although the metal is very lightweight it could be damaged spoiling the effect.
     Please pop over to The Male Room to see all DT inspiration on offer.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

MHK Designs - Funky Fall Foliage

     Welcome to release number two for October at MHK Designs. This set is a good all rounder, having beautiful images and a selection of sentiments.

     The image is unchanged but the I have altered the colour of my sentiment in my photo package. If you would like to know how to do this then please watch Mynn's video where she will show you how.
     I coloured my image with pencils and then edged the panel with ink to pick out the pink. It is stuck flat on to a white blank making it very easy to post at standard rate. The only raised area is a tiny nail art butterfly stuck on to give a little more interest.
     Please pop over to the MHK Designs blog to find out how you could win this, or maybe all of the new releases.

Funky Fall Foliage

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything Goes   (W)
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes   (F)

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Jamming With MHK Designs

      Digi stamps don't have to be just for making cards, having made a batch of quince jelly this week I needed to label it. What could be better than home grown fruit made into home cooked jelly, in recycled jars with a hand crafted label.
      I used a frame from Easter Blessings and turned it green, then I typed my own description in green and printed it out on 120gsm paper. Then I put double sided sticky sheet on the back and die cut them.
      Before removing the die I used some pale green ink to colour the paper, once the die is removed you have a lovely white border.
     All that remains now is to find where I've put the pretty holly fabric I bought a few months ago and I can put a nice cover on them before Christmas.
     If you would like to know how to change the colour of a digi image then pop over to You Tube and watch our very own Mynn of MHK Designs show you how in this video.

Easter Blessings

I would like to enter this project in the following challenge:
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes   (W)
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes   (F)
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes   (F)

Thursday, 5 October 2017

MHK Designs - Celestial Elements

     Welcome to the first new release for October from MHK Designs, Celestial Elements. This set is great for making uplifting cards to send to friends and family.
     For this card I started with a background paper from Christmas Past because I wanted stars. I changed it to a dark blue so the white moon would stand out.
     The moon and sentiments were changed to white and layered over the stars, then printed.
     Before mounting on a silver layer I die cut a small star from the background so it would sine through.
     All that remained after that was to mount it on a white card blank. A nice flat, simple message of encouragement ready to send out.
     There will be four more new releases through this month and you have the opportunity to win these sets so please pop over to MHK Designs blog to find out how.
Celestial Elements
Christmas Past

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes   (W)
Wonderful Wednesdays - Anything Goes   (W)