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)