Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Gnome Delivery Service


     A new challenge at The Male Room begins today, this time it's all about 'masking'. It's a very useful technique for stampers, opening up the chance to build a scene with just one stamp.
      I stamped my image on to masking sheet three times and cut them out. I have used sticky notes in the past but have had mixed results because they move, Stix2 masking sheet doesn't move and it's low tack so your stamped image is safe.
     The first image stamped was the one that would be in the foreground, he was then masked while his friends were stamped beside him. Once you remember to start at the front and work back, masking can help you build some great scenes.
     With all three gnomes masked I used some torn paper to make another mask for my snowdrifts. Holding this firmly I used Distress ink to create the sky, then I spritzed it with water to create small blotches for snowfall.
     Moving the paper mask down, over the gnomes, I added a very small amount of the same ink to create shadow, making it look like another snowdrift is just behind them.
     With the addition of a little ink added by damp brush around their feet they were ready to colour.
     After removing all masks they were coloured with alcohol markers and spritzed with a pearl mica spray so the whole image panel glistens.
     I also coloured the edge of the card with Distress ink and spritzed it so it would match the image panel, the slight difference in colour is because the base card is different. A small silver mat layer added to the panel before mounting on the card gave it a little Christmas shine.
     Now the problems started when I went to add a greeting, I tried several different ones, die cut, stamped, embossed, but non of them looked right. So I have taken the decision to leave it as it is, I may come across one later that I like but I would rather send it out like this than add something that I feel doesn't look quite right.
     Please pop over to The Male Room to see the DT inspiration, come and join us with your masking projects. You also have the opportunity to join us on a more permanent basis as we're looking for DT members.


I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
ABC Christmas - S-sketch / T-Trio   (F)
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Anything Christmas   (M)
A Snowflakes Promise - Anything Christmas   (M)
The Holly and The Ivy - Anything Christmas   (F)

Thursday, 7 September 2017

MHK Designer Inspiration


     This month I wanted to show you a selection of seasonal cards made with the same image from MHK Designs in a range of different colours.
     I have to confess that I used to think digital images were just to be printed and coloured, Oh how wrong I was!
     If you have time to play around with them using a photo package you can achieve so much more. Now I am not what I would call computer savvy, but through trial and error (non of them serious) I have learnt a little, with the help of YouTube tutorials by our very own Mynn and advice from friends I am slowly progressing. This makes digital images and papers SO much more useful and very good value for money.    
      After selecting my image I used my photo package to change the colours. This was done by sliding the Hue/Saturation scale, found under the heading Adjustments, up or down. Each time I saw a colour change I liked I saved it with a slightly different name and then continued until I had five variations and my original.
     Using an oval die I cut them out and then coloured the edges with ink to draw the eye to the image.
     The sentiment plaque in the image has rounded edges so I used a corner rounder to make my card blank match. The edges of the card are coloured to match the image panel, with small holly corners painted with the same ink the base card was finished.
     A mirri mat layer under the image panel lifts the card giving it a little Christmas shine, it's mounted on foam pads to add a little more interest to a basic vintage effect card.

Christmas Frames
     I hope this has inspired you to go and play with your MHK Designs images to see what you can do with them. You can enter our challenge with your results, we'd love to see them.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
A snowflakes Promise - Anything Christmas Goes   (M)
Crafty Cardmakers - Monochrome   (F)
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes  (W)
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Use Leaves   (M)

Friday, 1 September 2017

House Of Cards Blows Bubbles


     The new challenge at House Of Cards has an Autumnal feel to it, it's sad to see summer fading but I am looking forward to all those beautiful Autumn colours. We would like to see some text somewhere on your card so that's where I started with mine.
      As our colour palette is mostly browns and creams I started on Kraft card, using a stencil with various size circles cut in it. I stamped through the stencil with a script stamp and some brown ink.
     Once my script was dry I moved the stencil and made coloured circles with Distress Ink in shades of brown and orange, moving the stencil whenever I changed colour.
     The real magic happened when I started using Distress Oxide Ink, this sits more 'on top' of the card than the original Distress and gives another depth to the bokeh type effect, it's semi-opaque and changes appearance slightly when the card is moved in different light. I haven't spritzed any of this card with water to change the Distress inks but that may add even more interest.
     I played around for some time with the colour of the greeting and finally settled on a dark brown pearl card to die cut, it matches the script colour and helps pull that forward a little. A simple cream mat layer, which helps show off the pale Oxide circles, was all that was needed to finish off.
     The House Of Cards challenge runs all month so please come and join us with your Autumnal cards, we would love to see how you are inspired by the photo prompt.

Add Text and/or Colours

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Cardz 4 Gals - Use Kraft   (W)
Day Dreamer - Anything Goes   (M)
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes   (W)
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes   (F)

MHK Designs - September Challenge


     A new month means a new challenge at MHK Designs, a photo prompt with fruit and flowers to get you inspired as well as some lovely colours.
    I chose some beautiful flowers from Marvelous and a sentiment from Lovely Ladies to make my card.
    Printing the flowers quite large filled an A6 piece of white card, then I coloured with alcohol markers and used a blue ink pad to colour the edges. The sentiment was die cut and mounted on foam pads, then nestled among the leaves.  A simple card and very flat, just right for dropping a short note to a friend.
     Pop over to MHK Designs blog to see the DT inspiration and read how you could win some digital images just by playing along with the challenge.

Marvelous
Lovely Ladies
       



I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes   (W)
Passion For Promarkers - Make It Digital   (W)

DMC and Cocoa


     A simple recycle project for Altered Eclectics this month, we accept mixed media and recycled projects, anything really as long as it's NOT a card or an ATC.
     Having forced myself to use all that cocoa making chocolate brownies with my courgette mountain, I decided to use the pot for a handy container.
     I have had in my stash of 'usefull bits' some colour charts from DMC threads that I couldn't bear to throw away. Now was the time to use them, much to my family's amazement.
     As luck would have it the cocoa pot is exactly three colour strips tall, I took this as a sign it was clearly time to use them. Each strip was curled slightly before adding the tape in an effort to stop them springing off the pot.
     I used Stix2 Ultra Clear tape as it's very strong, a strip of tape down each side of the colour strip proved to be just enough.
     I chose to offset the stripes on purpose, it was extremely difficult to match them perfectly so this meant I didn't have to worry.
     I thought about putting a small knob on the lid so it was easier to remove, but decided against it in the end, the lid is a soft plastic type material and frequent tugging at the middle may tear it, I don't want to let all that gorgeous chocolaty smell escape!
     I have kept the blue thread strips ready to make another pot, now I have the task of emptying that one too, the things we do for art!
     Please come and join our challenge at Altered Eclectics, we run for the whole month with no theme and very few rules so it really is easy to play along and we would love to see what you've made.


I would like to enter this project on the following challenges:
Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes   (M)
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes   (M)
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes   (M)

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Back To School


     The new challenge at The Male Room is 'school colours',  it doesn't have to be school themed, just something masculine showing school colours.
     I have a digi in my stash that I thought would be just right for this challenge. With a few adjustments to the mortar board and gown, so I could add a splash of yellow, it would be just perfect.
     The image was printed out on white card, then I made my adjustments and cut a mask to cover him. Then I secondary stamped some pencils to make a background using a rubber stamp that was pre-loved when I got it and I've had it about six months.
     There was a slight halo around part of him where I didn't get the mask perfectly placed, but that was easily remedied by colouring a small border around the whole image with a very pale grey marker.
     When it came to the mat layers I wanted to have the same shade of yellow, so I used the same marker on a white card mat. You only see the edge so only the edge has to be coloured, I also made the black layer the same way. This method saves having stacks of coloured card, and we all know it's never the right shade, as well as making a perfect colour match possible every time.
     There is no greeting at present, that will be added when it gets used, I'm thinking it might make a great good luck card.
     Please pop over to The Male Room and have a look at all the DT inspiration, come and join us with your masculine creations.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes   (W)
Retro Rubber - Back To School   (F)
Tuesday Throwdown - Masking   (W)
Always Fun - Back To School   (W)
Dream Valley - Use A Stamp or A Digi    (W)
Simon Says Stamp - Anything School Related   (W)
Use Your Stuff - Back To School/Work   (W)

Friday, 25 August 2017

MHK Designs - Sassy Sayings


     This is the last of this months new releases from MHK Designs and a nice cheeky set it is too.
     I printed the image and sentiment on to white card, then made a mask for the image using the dining room window as a light box and a sticky note.
     I put a stencil over the card and used some Distress ink to colour through it. I rather like the pattern radiating from the image, it reminded me of some old advertising I had seen.
     The edges were darkened with the same ink to bring the eye to the centre image. I trimmed the card and stuck it on to a white card blank so it all sits very flat, just right for sending a short note to a friend.
    You can still pop over to MHK Designs blog to see all the DT inspiration for the whole month's new releases.


Sassy Sayings

Sunday, 20 August 2017

MHK Designs - Pet Puns


     Set number four from MHK Designs is a really useful set for animal lovers, this could help with making those masculine cards that sometimes prove to be a challenge.
     I chose to use the fishbowl from Pet Puns as I had someone in mind as soon as I saw this set. It's been printed on white card and coloured with alcohol markers, then die cut with a faux stitch die.
     To bring out the orange of the fish I printed some backing paper from French Country to use as a mat layer.
     Once the layers were all finished and added to the card blank I used some Glossy Accents to make the fish bowl look like glass, it took a while to dry and buckled slightly, but that has settled down now it's completely dry.
     Don't forget there is a chance to win this set or the whole release, you need to go to MHK Designs blog to find out how, while you're there why not make a card for our challenge too.

Pet Puns
French Country











I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything featuring a Critter   (M)
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes   (F)
Polkadoodles Crafting - Anything Goes   (W)

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Drinks at The Male Room


     At The Male Room this fortnight we have a Drinks theme, so you can make anything drink related, as long as it's masculine.
     I have chosen to make a very quick and easy decoupage card with some toppers I was given. I have just cut the foreground out and then put it on foam pads  over the base layer, this means it's still thin enough for standard UK postage.
     The small mat layer is dark red textured paper which I thought went well with the red wine theme in the picture. Mounted on a cream card, white looked too bright and not in keeping with the vintage look.
     There is no greeting on the card as yet, that will be added when I decide what I will use it for.
    If you haven't already looked at the DT inspiration then please pop over and take a look, come and join us at The Male Room, this challenge runs for two weeks.


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

MHK Designs - Marvelous


     Our third new release at MHK Designs is a collection of marvelous sayings accompanied by a lovely flower, just the words alone make a great card.
     The colour of the saying has been changed in my photo package with a black background added before being printed on gloss photo paper.
     Using a small butterfly die I have cut random flutterings all over the gloss card and backed it with foam pads.
     The backing paper has been changed to turquoise and printed on thick paper. After sticking the background paper to a white card blank the gloss panel has been stuck on top, this allows the cut outs to show off the pattern underneath.
     A very simple card that's still thin enough for standard UK postage, ideal for a little note to cheer up a friend.
   
Marvelous
Damsel In Distress 










      Here is how to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE!  Here's what you'll need to do...  
             1.Comment on the MHKDesigns blog.
             2.Comment on each DT member's blog.
             3.Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and comment there.

     Comments will be chosen randomly from all these places after the release is over, and the authors of those comments will be our winners!  So, the best way to win is to comment every day!  

Thursday, 10 August 2017

MHK Designs - Light Of The World


     The second of our new releases at MHK Designs is Light of the World and this is my second project using it.
     Again I have chosen to use the lamp, I love its simplicity, perfect for a CAS card that's to the point.
     The lamp and words were assembled in a photo package and then printed on plain white card.
     I wanted to add colour coming from the lamp, so I held the printed image on my window and used it like a lightbox, tracing round the lamp on copy paper. With the copy paper cutout in place I used a stencil from my stash and yellow ink to create the rays of light coming from the lamp.
     A very simple card but a clear message and nice and flat for posting.
     Please pop over and have a look at all the DT projects on MHK Designs blog and while you're there have a look at how easy it is to win some of these lovely new digi sets.

Light of the World

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes   (F)
Retarte - Anything Goes   (F)
Use Your Stuff - Inspired By A Quote   (W)

Monday, 7 August 2017

MHK Designs - Monthly Inspiration


    Light of the World will be the next new set released by MHK Designs this month, so I thought I'd show you something you could make with it.
     Using the plain lamp from this set I made a circle of them with my photo package, printed them and then cut them out. They have been coloured with alcohol markers and stretched with a ball tool to resemble petals on a flower.
     Using a background from Damsel In Distress with foliage helps make this look even more flower like, along with layering two lamp circles on foam pads. The centre was die cut and coloured before removing the die to get a white, even border, this is also mounted on foam pads.
     The lamp butterfly is two large lamps and two small, all lamp bases are overlapped to get the body. With the addition of a flower stamen for antennae the butterfly, once coloured and trimmed, is complete, there are foam pads under its wings.
     The DT inspiration for this set will be on our blog on Thursday, please pop in and see all the different projects made with it. There will also be details on how you could win this set and more.
 
Light of the World
Damsel In Distress
                 










I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes
Little C's Creations - Yellow Flowers

Saturday, 5 August 2017

MHK Designs - Christmas Frames


     Christmas Frames from MHK Designs are just that, Christmas Frames, this makes them ideal for shaker cards.
     I prefer to make shaker boxes, I think they look neater because you can't see the foam and nothing can escape.
     The Wintry Scene was printed on white card, the edges measured and scored ready for the box and the centre cut out. The greeting was printed on another sheet of card ready to back the shaker.
     An acetate sheet was put over the opening and then foam tape was put all around close to the opening, with a small piece in each corner for support.
 
     A mixture of snowflake sequins, shaved glitter and micro beads was added to the well created over the acetate before the backing was carefully lowered on top to seal the shaker aperture.
  Once the greeting backing was in place the sides were folder over to form the box. To make it all neat and tidy another backing was put on and a small stand to keep the card upright.
     Finishing touches were to colour the door and windows of the house and add a little sparkle to the snow.



Christmas Frames Part 1
Christmas Frames Part 2
                             






 
   
     If you haven't come from MHK Designs blog then please pop over and take a look at all the DT inspiration, you also have the chance to win some of these new release sets, full details are on our blog.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Christmas Card Challenge - Anything Christmas/Option Photo Inspiration
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - Festive Sentiment
The 12 Months Of Christmas - Anything Christmas/Option Traditional Colours
A Snowflakes Promise - Anything Christmas
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas - Anything Christmas/Option 3 of Something
Crafty Friends - Christmas In July