Saturday, 1 October 2016

Door To The House Of Cards

     Welcome to the new challenge at House Of Cards. For October we have a photo to inspire you, we would like to see a gatefold card and/or the colours from the picture.
     For my gatefold I have folded the card and then die cut with an arched window die, making sure to keep the folds inside the cutting edges. Then the doors are stamped in pale green using a woodgrain stamp, it didn't quite reach the bottom so I have added another piece across the bottom of each door on the opposite grain.
     The wreath is a digi from MHK Designs due for release next week (sh...don't tell) but it was perfect for this door. It is coloured with alcohol markers and cut out, then mounted on a die cut ring of white card using foam pads. The wreath is only stuck down on to one door, then red Stickles are added to the berries.
     There is some die cut holly stuck to the doors to brighten them up a little, these also have red sparkly berries.
     This challenge will run until the end of the month so you have lots of time to come and join us with your cards at House Of Cards.

Gatefold card and/or colours

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Christmas Card Challenges - Anything Christmas Goes

Christmas Shopping

     Something festive that's not a card, just what we would like to see at Altered Eclectics. It doesn't have to be festive, just not a card or an ATC, something altered or mixed media.
     This bag fits the bill for me, something bright and cheerful for my Christmas shopping.    
     The robins where stamped, using fabric ink pads, on to patterned fabric, ironed on to fabric adhesive sheet. The tummies were coloured and then they were cut out. The feet are to difficult to try and cut out so the same stamp has been put on to the bag and the cut out birds are put over the top.
     The snowflakes are die cut iron on adhesive covered with transfer foils and then ironed. The wooden buttons are coloured with fabric pens and then attached to the bag with hot glue.

     The letters, candy canes and large gingerbread man have all been die cut, it is best to iron the adhesive on to the fabric, then die cut. There is a paper backing that comes off before ironing them on to the bag.
     The small gingerbread men are stamped onto fabric and coloured with fabric pens.
     This would be a great way to personalise a canvas bag for a gift, especially now that we need to have one with us whenever we go shopping. I much prefer to have canvas bags for my shopping as they are stronger and the handles don't cut into your fingers as much as plastic used to, not to mention the environmental impact.
     The iron on adhesives are firm when washed, they will not come off. The only thing that may be effected by washing is the foil, it is delicate but for occasional wear and on something like a bag that is rarely washed it will be fine.
     You have a month in which to show us your creations, anything altered, recycled or mixed media, so if you're making Christmas gifts and decorations come on over to Altered Eclectics and show us.

I would like to enter this creation in the following challenges:
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes

Christmas Collage

     Now we are into October 'Tis The Season to get those Christmas cards made, although I expect many of you already have a stash of finished ones.  This card is for CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge, a monthly challenge to help you use up your stash of patterned papers, anything goes as long as you use patterned papers.
    The stamp on this card is called Christmas Collage by Woodware, it's stamped on white card and embossed in gold, the card is then coloured with pale green ink. The small deer in the circle is stamped and embossed again and cut out, the centre is coloured and then it is mounted on foam pads over the deer on the main card.
     The holly surround is punched from dark green card and stuck to the back of the image panel. This image panel is then mounted on some polka dot paper from a 6x6 assortment pad. Mounted on gold mirri and then on to green card sets this off and lifts the gold embossing.
     With the addition of some gold Candi and a punched stamped greeting the card is finished. It will fit through standard post even though the deer is raised as the foam pads are only 2mm thick.
     You have a whole month to join us at CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge with anything containing patterned papers.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Christmas Card Challenges - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Autumn Reynard

     Where did the Summer go? It's Autumn already?  At The Male Room we would like to see a masculine project featuring leaves and/or trees as they are about to turn to a glorious array of reds, golds and browns.
     This card started with a background inked in Distress Inks through a gorgeous leaf stencil on cream card. Then the search was on for an image to put on it, a tree?, some more leaves? about a fox?
     This lovely little fox is a stamp from Woodware. To give it an even more masculine look I have stamped and paper pieced using a backing paper with moustaches all over it, I managed to get moustache eye brows too. For the darker areas I have used a paper with flowers and leaves all over it.
     The fox is mounted on foam pads over the stencilled background, the greeting is a small peel off on a die cut leaf also mounted on foam pads.
     To finish off it's all mounted on a mid green card that matches up with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
     You have two weeks to make a masculine project matching our theme, we would love to see what you make, so come and join us at The Male Room where you will find lots more inspiration.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Cardz 4 Guyz - Autumn Colours
Cards In Envy - Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything Goes/Optional Animal

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

MHK Designs Challenge #9

     Welcome to very Autumnal challenge on the MHK Designs blog, we have a photo prompt as well as a great selection of colours. You don't have to use an MHK Designs image to join us but you could win some just by playing along.
     Autumn colours are beautiful, I just couldn't resist using them with a leaf stencil. The background was inked with a pale yellow to begin with so the leaf veins wouldn't stay white.
     For the pumpkins I have used the pepper from Eat Your Veg and 'squashed' them in my photo package. Each vegetable is coloured with alcohol markers and fussy cut. They didn't show up very well on the colourful background so I have added a dark green die cut oval behind them, they are all mounted on different depths of foam pad.
     The greeting is from Fruit Borders, die cut and coloured with the same pale yellow ink as the background. It is then mounted on a dark green oval to match the one behind the pumpkins and stuck flush to the card.
     To bring the whole card together it has a dark green mat layer before going on to a square, white card blank. There is no greeting inside so it can be used for almost any occasion.

September Challenge

 The challenge will run for a month so you have plenty of time to come and join us on the  MHK Designs blog. Remember you don't have to use one of our images to play along but we would love it if you did.

Eat Your Veg!
Fruit Borders

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Robyn's Fetish - Anything For Fall
Make My Monday - Autumn Colours
Cards In Envy - Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Live Long and Prosper.

     The challenge this fortnight at The Male Room is one of my favourites, make a masculine project with a Startrek (or other space series) theme. I am and always shall be a trekkie so this was no challenge at all.
      The image of Spock came from a fellow blogger some time ago and has drifted through the inner space of my computer ever since. I believe it's by Mazyart, but I can find no mention of it now. Spock has been coloured with Graph-It markers and fussy cut ready to go on the card, the com badge and cuff bands are coloured with a gold gel pen.
      The sentiment was typed out using my computer, die cut and then coloured with Distress Inks. To give it a more textured look I have water stamped over the ink and then used pearl mica, the water reacted with the paper and made it blister slightly.
      The black card has been sprinkled with chunky white embossing powder and heated from underneath. Then the greeting planet was stuck  flush on to this. Spock is mounted on foam pads, I know he is floating in space but he is a remarkable Vulcan and I had no desire to add another planet at the bottom. Illogical?....maybe, but that's because I'm human!
      The image panel is mounted on to a 7x5 Kraft card, white looked much too stark and took away from the space-scape.
      Inside the card is a page showing the basic dimensions of the USS Enterprise found on line and printed out in draft on cream paper.
      On another small planet, die cut and coloured, is one of Spock's best known greetings which completes the card. I shall decorate the envelope too, but how will depend on whether it gets hand delivered or posted.
      I have enjoyed making this card very much, I still have some other space related images in my stash so you may see some more soon. Remember this one, To Boldly Go, made for The Male Room way back in 2014.
      Please pop over to The Male Room and see all the great inspiration, then come and join us in celebrating one of televisions best loved science fiction programmes and it's 50year (so far!) mission to keep us entertained.

Live long and prosper my crafty friends.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Stamping Sensations - One For The Boys
Simon Says Stamp - At The Movies
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
Pearly Sparkles - Masculine

Monday, 12 September 2016

MHK Designs Treat Box

     Welcome to my MHK Designs inspiration post for this month, with Halloween next month I thought I would make some treat boxes. We don't have many callers for Halloween, it's not such a big event here in the UK, but when we do they expect a little something sweet.
     To begin with I printed the orange spider paper from the Trick Or Treat paper set on thin card, making it much paler than standard so I don't use up all my ink making enough for all.
     One A4 sheet produced three boxes using a Tonic treat box die, the edges have been coloured using Distress Ink Carved Pumpkin and before sticking the box together there is a length of string at the top of each box so it can be hung in a tree.

     The pumpkin comes from the Eat Your Veg stamp set, I didn't have a pumpkin image so I made one by adding a face to the pepper and shortening the stem.
     I used a photo package but this could be done just as well with as black pen and a pair of scissors.
     Each pumpkin is coloured with the same Distress Ink as the box, then cut out and mounted on foam pads. I have a small tree at the front of my house, which has leaves now but not by the end of October, so they will all be hung up ready for the Halloween callers. If it's wet then they will be hung on some small tree branches put in a pot on the front step under cover.

Eat Your Veg
Trick Or Treat
     We have a challenge running on the MHK Designs blog where you could win a stamp set just by playing along, yo don't need to use one of our designs but it would be great if you did.