Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Male Room Fossil

     Our new challenge at The Male Room is mixed media, you can make a card or any other project as long as it's masculine mixed media. I didn't want to use a canvas so I die cut a tag from mount board for my base.
     Using some stencils I added Henry and a couple of ammonites with texture paste, Then the tag was coloured with Distress Oxide in Fossilised Amber, Broken China and Vintage Photo. I used a wet stencil to remove some ink, which doesn't show all that well, then spritzed and flicked to get more variation.
     The edges are darkened with Distress Ink in corresponding colours but Henry is coloured with Black Soot because he just didn't stand out enough, I rather like the pale lines around him as it gives him a feint glow.
     Using the Distress Inks I have stamped a pebble texture type pattern to add interest to the background, there is also a fossilised fish stamped above Henry's head.
     The word 'dig' is die cut in dark brown card and stuck on near Henry. There are also some interesting beach finds stuck to the tag, the stone may or may not be a fossil, but it looks like it could be so that's close enough for my tag.
     The label is die cut from the same mount board, inked dark brown and then covered with gold gilding wax and polished. I did have a dictionary definition but I messed it up, so had to type this one instead, it's on white card stamped with a craze pattern and covered with acetate.  All that remained was to add some twine to the top and Henry's tag was finished.
     Our challenge runs for two weeks, so hopefully that will give you enough time to come up with a masculine mixed media project to show us. Please have a look at the DT inspiration for a few ideas.

I would like to enter this tag in the following challenges:
2 Sisters On The Blog - Beach   (M)
Delicious Doodles - Beside The Sea   (M)
Eclectic Ellapu - Seaside or Summer Colours   (M)
Take A Word -Sea Creatures   (I hope fossilised ones count)  (W) 

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Floral Shaker

     It's been some time since I made a shaker card so I thought I'd use this tangled flower stamp to make one. The flower comes with three different patterned leaves so you can build up your own design.
      I measured out a square of card and stamped the flower in each corner, turning it slightly to appear more random. Then using masking sheet I covered the flowers and stamped some leaves to fill the gaps and make a full border.  I left the centre open as this was the area I wanted to cut out.
     Using alcohol markers I coloured the leaves and flowers as well as the white edge, this edge was coloured in grey green because the white looked too bright.  The stamen dots have been foiled using the 2in1 glue pen and transfer foils.
      Around the outside of the square I scored each side 5mm and 10mm in from the edges to make fold lines. This is because I prefer to make a shaker box card so the foam cannot be seen and there is less chance of the contents escaping.
     The next step was to cover the opening with acetate, then surround the opening with foam tape to build the bead enclosure, with some extra foam in the corners of the box for support.
     I wanted to add some tiny butterfly sequins to the micro beads but couldn't find any so I used some tiny flower gems instead.
     I stamped my greeting on a piece of square card that fits just inside the fold lines. Once the beads and gems were added I took all the backing off the foam and carefully placed the card on top to seal them in.
     With the card in place I folded the edges over to form the box and stuck them down. To tidy it all up I cut a backing card to cover all the edges and added a small card stand so it will sit up just like a small picture frame would.
     The backing is white so it could be written on or you could add a small tag to the back so it can be removed and the card kept for display.
     While I have all the bits and bobs out I think I will make a few more shaker cards ready for the Christmas card stash.

Materials list - available from your  local craft shop
Stix2 Anything - S57361 2in1 Glue Pen
                            S57111 Transfer Foil
                            S57131 Project Acetate

                            S57268 Masking Sheet
                            S57075 Seed Bead Pack 
                            Double Sided Tape
                            Foam Tape

Woodware  from Creative Expressions  - JGS511 Bold Bloom Mildred

                                                                  JGS521 Imagine Verse

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks - Stamping, No Digis #358    (W)
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes #258  (W)
Crafty Calendar - Anything Goes   (M)
Lost Coast Portal - Anything Goes #38   (M)
Stamping Sensations - Anything With Flowers   (M)

Friday, 7 July 2017

MHK Designs Monthly Inspration

     This month we are celebrating all things seasonal so I have chosen to make a special tag for a special gift. For this tag I have used two image sets, Season's Greetings and Deck The Halls, along with a paper set Christmas Past.
     To begin I covered a tag with a paper from Christmas Past and coloured the edges, then printed the stocking from Deck The Halls and Father Christmas from Season's Greetings. The stocking I die cut tag shaped, coloured and then used embossing powder to decorate the edge. Father Christmas was die cut on a circle and mounted behind a die cut frame.
    Father Christmas was stuck flush on to the large tag but the small tag was stuck on using foam pads, making sure the holes lined up. To finish I have added ribbons, twine and a gold bell.

Season's Greetings
Deck the Halls

Christmas Past

     Don't forget our challenge gives you the chance to win some MHK Designs sets and you don't even have to use our images to enter!

I would like to enter this tag in the following challenges:
Merry Monday Christmas - Summer Link Up  (Aug 31)
Christmas at Sweet Stampin - Anything Christmas   (F)
Try It On Tuesday - Tags   (F)

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Male Room Texture

     Our new challenge at The Male Room is to add some texture to a masculine project, it doesn't have to be a card but it does have to be for a man or boy.
     For this card I wanted to add several textures, so I went through my embossing folders to see what I had. The two I chose reminded me of the metal plate used on industrial walkways. Silver mirri card was perfect for this, one shiny and one satin gives a slight variation.
     A splash of colour was needed so I have used a stencil to create circuit boards. I don't have silver texture paste (yet) so I used Versamark and silver embossing powder, not quite the texture I wanted but close enough. Once embossed on white card I used Distress Ink Mowed Lawn to get the green background.
     I covered a white card blank with black card and stuck the textured squares on to it. For the greeting I used another square, this time black layered with a white coloured with DI Lawn and black again, mounted on foam pads. To finish off the centre panel a silver greeting was die cut and stuck on, simple and uncluttered, suitable for a teenager as well as an older male.
     The Male Room challenge runs for two weeks so please come and join us with your textured project.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Friends - Man or Boy  (F)
Send A Smile 4 Kids - Birthday Fun   (F)
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes/Option - Embossing  (W)

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Buzzing Around The House Of Cards

     Summer has definitely arrived at the House Of Cards with a bright and breezy photo prompt, we would like to see you use Stripes and/or Colours inspired by our photo.
     The picture made me think of bees, it was the pattern of the umbrella that struck me first so I set about finding a bee image. Now you might think that was wasn't!  I have a few (ha,ha) stamps and dies but not one single bee that was suitable, so I resorted to the internet and it's mass of free images. A bee stamp and die are now on my wishlist. With my bee image printed and die cut I just had to make a background to show the stripes.
     What better than sun rays to provide the yellow stripes. After a search through my stencils nothing much inspired me so I went through some dies and found the prefect one. I die cut some strong card and used that as a stencil to work three shades of Distress ink through.
     The striped panel didn't look right on a white card blank so I coloured the edges yellow, then stuck the panel flat and the bee die cut on foam pads. It's a very simple card with a sweet and simple message so I have decided not to add anything else to it.
     The House Of Cards challenge runs all month so please pop over and join us, all you have to do is make a card inspired by our photo prompt.

Stripes and/or Colours 

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Star Stampz - Bright Sunshine   (F)
Through The Purple Haze - Spots and/or Stripes  (F)
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes  (W)

MHK Designs July Challenge

     MHK Designs begin a new challenge for July, we have an inspirational photo for you to work with. You don't have to use an MHK Designs image to join us but we would like it if you did.
     My inspiration for this card came from the flowers in the candle stick, so I have combined two digi sets to get this image, (the candle stick is a sneak peek at a new set due for release next month). With a little play in my photo package I was able to tuck the flowers into the candle stick and print.
     Colour has been added to the image using alcohol markers, but there was a large area of white around it so the edges have been coloured with Distress Ink to match the mat layer.
     There are several lovely sentiments with this flower set but I have decided not to add one yet, I shall do that when I have chosen what the card will be used for.    
     Remember you don't have to use an MHK Designs image to join the challenge but you might end up winning some just by playing along.

Pansy Corner

MHK Designs blog

I would like to enter this card in the following challenge:
Colour Crazy Craft - Anything Goes   (F)

Tinned Desk Tidy

     I've always liked the labels on these soup tins so I wanted to see how I could reuse them, Altered Eclectics is all about mixed media and recycling so this is my DT project.
     Now that tins have a ring pull lid you don't get a jagged edge when they've been opened, it's still quite sharp so I had to be careful.
     I cut the labels off and set them aside while I washed the tins and let them dry thoroughly. Then, once dry, I used double sided tape to stick the trimmed labels back on the tins.
     I have used Rusty Patina Rustique to cover the metal, making sure to cover the edges as well as the main body of the tin. I have also dabbed a little over the edges of the labels to hide the straight lines.
     They make great brush holders to sit on my desk and I rather like the aged look they now have. I find it amusing that I have used a paint containing rust to paint a tin.
     Altered Eclectics is a month long challenge so pop over and join us with your projects, anything goes EXCEPT cards and ATC's.

I would like to enter these tins in the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks - Crazy Egg/Anything Goes   (W)
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes   (M) 

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Fluffy The Unicorn

        With the release of a new Despicable Me film on Friday I thought it was only right to introduce you to Fluffy The Unicorn. Some of you may not know that Fluffy is the favourite toy belonging to Agnes, the youngest of Gru's adopted daughters.
     This cute stamp is from Woodware, he comes with the sentiment and the hanging heart, plus some falling hearts and a shooting star, great value for all those girly cards.
     Fluffy is stamped and embossed in silver on white card, then he was masked using masking sheet, a great low tack sheet that's easy to cut out and pop over your stamped image to protect it. The background is made with fabric spray paints in pink and both shades of blue. When stamping and embossing the hanging heart some of the powder stuck to the edges of the background, I liked the effect so I added some more all around the card edges.
     The gorgeous rainbow foil effect is made using Stix2 2in1 glue pen and transfer foils. Put the blue glue where you want to stick the foil and let it go clear, then put foil on top and gently rub down, glue and stick one colour at a time to get the full rainbow look.
      The image panel is mounted on a neon pink layer before going on to a purple card, then the sentiment is stamped, embossed and die cut, the edges coloured pink before being mounted on foam pads.

Materials list - available from your  local craft shop
Stix2 Anything - S57361 2in1 Glue Pen
                            S57106 Transfer Foil
                            MGPA320 Fabric Spray Paints

                            S57268 Masking Sheet
                            Double Sided Tape
                            Foam Pads

Woodware  from Creative Expressions  - FRS643 Unicorn clear stamp

I would like to enter Fluffy in the following challenges:
The Cutie Pie Challenge - All Creatures Great and Small   (M)
Incy Wincy Designs - Sparkle or Shine  (F)
Sparkles Monthly Challenge - Embossing Heat or Dry   (M)

Sunday, 25 June 2017

MHK Designs - Sit A Bit

     This is our last new release for this month at MHK Designs, Sit A Bit. It's a lovely set for sending your friend a short message.
     I printed the garden seat on paper from Country Farm, along with the sentiment coloured a little with my photo package, a very simple card with a sweet message.
     Layered on to purple card on a white card blank and a stamped Brusho coloured flower added for that little extra garden feel.
     You still have the chance to win some of the new release sets, pop over to MHK Designs blog to find out how.

Sit A Bit
Country Farm

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Friends - Friendship   (F)
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes   (W)

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Male Room Fireworks

     A new challenge at The Male Room starts today, we would like to see a masculine project featuring fireworks. I couldn't find a 'celebration' die in my stash so I chose to make my card for my Christmas stash box.
     Using dark blue card I stamped a splodge in 2in1 glue, let it go clear and then covered it with transfer foil. To get a really smooth coverage I ran the card with the foils on through my Bigshot, this can give a nice even pressure much stronger than I can by hand.
    The skyline is die cut in the same blue card but I've inked the edge with Distress Oxide to lighten it, then added a few neon yellow dots for lit up windows. This layer was stuck flush on to the background.
    I played around with several colours for the die cut greeting and finally settled on a blue mirri card. It's a very simple card, just right for a male relative who doesn't celebrate Christmas.
    Please pop over to The Male Room blog for lots more sparkling inspiration.

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

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

MHK Designs - Season's Greetings

     Welcome to new release number four at MHK Designs for this month. I know it's six months away but if you start now, that's if you haven't already, you'll have a nice collection of seasonal cards ready for Christmas.
     This set has a traditional look to it so I chose to stick with traditional colours.
     I printed the image and cut it out, coloured it and then mounted it on a die cut textured gold layer.
     The base card is Kraft which went well with the traditional look. I cut the corners of the backing paper with a punch and then put gold sticky dots covered with foil in the corners to look like brads.
     Mounting the image panel on foam pads meant I could die cut some holly sprigs and tuck them in around the oval to add a little more interest. A red sparkle gel pen was used to colour the berries.
     We have one more new release to show you later this month but if you can't wait then pop over to our Etsy shop and have a look at all the great designs we have. You could win some of them just by playing along with our challenge, you don't even have to use an MHK Designs image to play.

Season's Greetings

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Christmas Card Challenges - Anything Christmas Goes   (F)
Jingle Belles - All Bundled Up   (M)

Thursday, 15 June 2017

MHK Designs - Hollyhock Happiness

     Welcome to the third of the new releases at MHK Designs, Hollyhock Happiness. For my project this time I chose to make a tag, ready for a summer gift.
     I changed the colour of the sentiment in my photo package and printed it just above the hollyhocks. The flowers are coloured with alcohol markers, they look a bit pale in the photo but they are a nice mauve colour.
     The edges of the tag are coloured with Distress ink to draw the eye into the image and the ribbon has been coloured mauve with an alcohol marker.
     A simple make for a pretty little tag, it's always good to have a nice tag on the gift you give, maybe I will make a card to match.
     Please pop over to the MHK Designs blog to find out how you could win this set or maybe the whole release. While you're there how about joining our challenge, you don't need to use an MHK Designs image to play along.

Hollyhock Happiness

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

Monday, 12 June 2017

A Proper Gent

     A little something for a proper gent, it's Father's Day here in the UK this weekend so a chance to use The Waistcoat stamp from Woodware.
     The waistcoat was stamped and embossed in black on patterned paper, then cut out. To make the buttons shine they have been foiled using Stix2 2in1 glue pen and transfer foils.
     The background was white card, it has been spritzed with Fabric spray paints in two shades of blue with a little purple. Around the edge has been darkened with Distress ink and the greetings have been stamped in Archival blue and clear embossed.
     The white card is mounted on a dark blue card, then the waistcoat is mounted on foam pads to give it a little lift.

Materials list - available from your  local craft shop
Stix2 Anything - S57361 2in1 Glue Pen
                        S57111 Gold Transfer Foil
                        MGPA320 Fabric Spray Paints
                        Foam Pads

Woodware  from Creative Expressions  - JGS498 The Waistcoat clear stamp

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Cardz 4 Guyz - Something Blue for Father's Day   (F)
Simon Says Stamp - Masculine   (W)
Star Stampz - For A Man   (F)
Crafty Calendar - Boys Will Be Boys   (M)

Saturday, 10 June 2017

MHK Designs - Flutter and Fly

     Welcome to new release number two, Flutter and Fly from MHK Designs.
     This set is full of gorgeous flying creatures, I chose to use the dragonfly printed in negative.
     To add colour to the card I edged a mat layer with two colours of foil, using double sided tape all around the edge of the card mat I then dabbed the foils on at random to get a mottled look.
     All the square layers are die cut with faux stitching dies to add a tiny bit of interest to them. The patterned layer is a paper from Sunflower Sampler printed in black and white.
     There are another three new releases to come this month and you have the chance to win one or all of them, so pop over to the MHK Designs blog and find out how.

Flutter and Fly
Sunflower Sampler

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Crafting By Designs - Black, White and Another   (W)
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Must Feature a Creature  (M)
Animal Friends - Animal With Wings   (M)

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

MHK Designer Monthly Inspiration

     Welcome to my designer inspiration for this month, it's using one of the fab new sets released this month - Sit A Bit - which you can find in our Etsy shop.
     I used my photo package to copy the chair three times on to a layer of Country Farm backing paper and then wrote the greeting to go with it, changing the font for the word chair.
    Using a blue paper makes this an ideal masculine card, but you could just as easily print it on a different colour and change the Birthday for another occasion.
Sit A Bit
Country Farm
  Don't forget you have a chance to win this new set or one of the other four sets. All you need to do is comment on the new release posts, the DT posts or our Facebook page.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Fab 'n' Funky - Marvelous Men   (W)
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes   (W)

The Male Room Goes Off The Edge

     This fortnights challenge at The Male Room is to make a masculine project containing something 'off the edge'.   I have a set of matching stamps and dies from Stephanie Barnard called Lightbulb 2 Stamp that I have been itching to use, so this was the ideal opportunity.
     I lightly marked the centre fold on black card large enough to make an A6 card when folded in half. I then stamped and gold embossed the lightbulb so it was half over the fold line.
     I placed the die over the lightbulb and secured it with a little masking tape, then when I put it through my cutting machine I lined up the end of the top plate with the centre fold line of my card. By doing this it will only cut the top half of the bulb because that's the only place the pressure is sufficient to cut.
     I didn't like the stamped centre of the lightbulb so I stamped it again on neon card and cut it out, then stuck it over the previous bulb. This one has got glow-in-the-dark embossing powder over black ink but it's very difficult to photograph the glow.
     The sentiment comes in the same set, this I cut out of the card front, then lined the front panel with more neon card. To get the letter centres stuck in the right place I put the sentiment back in the hole while I stuck the loose bits down and took it out after they were set. The inside back of the card is lined with white card so it can be written in more easily.
     The Male Room challenge runs for two weeks so after you've had a look at the DT inspiration please come and join us with your project.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Shopping Our Stash - Dude...masculine   (W)
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes   (W)
Crafty Cardmakers - For A Man or Boy   (F)
Simon Says Stamp - Masculine  (W)