Monday, 1 May 2017

Pop Up Brusho Flowers

     This card was made using a pop up die from Stampendous. It usually stands up portrait style but I wanted to try it landscape, it still work, especially with flowers and doesn't try to close. With the addition of patterned paper for the background it fits perfectly for our challenge at CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.
      I have several tubs of Brusho and wanted to try the White embossing technique I had seen on Pinterest.
     The image was stamped with Versamark and them embossed with white powder on watercolour card. Brusho were sprinkled over the card and a gentle spritz of water added to make the colour flow. As the images were going to be die cut it didn't matter about over run colour, just that the colours looked good on the images. Once dry all flowers and leaves were die cut ready for assembly.
     The patterned card was cut to size and then using the pop up die the creases and tabs were cut. After cutting it was trimmed to fit an A6 landscape fold card blank, sticking the pop up mechanism inside with care not to stick the tabs down.
     Each flower was added to the tabs to build the bouquet and the leaves were added to the background on foam pads. The addition of one flower to the other side of the card just left the space for a die cut greeting.
     A matted patterned layer on the front with another flower finished the card off, it all folds quite flat so it will post if required.
    Remember CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge runs all month and just requires the use of patterned paper on your project.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
A Gem Of A Challenge - Embossing Wet or Dry
Allsorts - Embossing
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Beetle On Over To The Male Room

     Our challenge this fortnight at The Male Room is Many Legs, for me this meant a bug of some sort.
     I have used Spellbinders set Damask Motif to make some Scarab beetles. If you use holographic mirri card for the beetles shell you can get some great effects and black card for the legs.
     The shell of the beetle has been shaped to give it some body and then it's stuck on the legs using double stacked foam pads down the middle, the tip of it's head is also stuck down.
     The box is die cut from hieroglyphic patterned card, before assembly all the edges have been coloured with Distress Ink Old Paper to give it an aged look.
    Once the box was complete one of the beetles has been stuck on the top to finish it off. I chose to make a gift box but these beetles can just as easily be added to cards or tags.
    Pop over to The Male Room for more inspiration, this theme has been interpreted many ways by the DT giving you lots of project choice.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

MHK Designs - Sea Creatures


     This is the last new release set from MHK Designs for this month, and what a great set it is too. Sea Creatures is full of gorgeous aquatic images accompanied by a seagull and some great sentiments.
      Using my photo package I took some paper from Country Farm and added weeds and white fish to create my background.
     The card is a box card that will stand independently but will also fold flat for posting. The backing paper was printed, trimmed and then stuck to the inside of the back of the box.
      In the centre of the box card there is an acetate layer with some more fish printed on it. These fish are coloured with alcohol markers so they maintain their transparency.
     This layer is stuck on with red line tape ready for the front when it's finished.
     The front window has another acetate panel, this time with a seahorse printed on it. The seahorse is coloured with glitter added on the reverse.
     After the glitter glue had set the panel was added to the window, then both front and back were stuck together to form the box.

     To complete the card the greeting was printed on white card and die cut, coloured while the die was still in place. This is stuck onto the card with foam pads.

     You still have a chance to win some of these gorgeous new release sets, if you pop over to MHK Designs blog you can find out how. All sets are now available from the Etsy shop.

Sea Creatures
Country Farm

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Addicted To Stamps - Not A Square
Glitter 'N' Sparkle - Anything Goes
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes

Thursday, 20 April 2017

MHK Designs - Funky Flowers

     This image is from MHK Designs new release set Funky Flowers, teamed with paper set Damsel In Distress.
     The image is altered to achieve the graduated colour effect and then it's placed over the backing paper, all this is done in my photo package. The whole panel is printed out on thick paper and then the greeting has been die cut through it.
     One cut and trimmed the image panel is mounted on black card, then stuck on to a white card blank. To finish, some tiny pink gems have been added to the corners to give a little sparkle.
     There is still another set to come later in the month but if you'd like to see all the new sets so far then please pop over to the MHK Designs blog, where you also have the chance to win some of them.

Funky Flowers
Damsel In Distress

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

Saturday, 15 April 2017

MHK Designs - Dear Dad

     Welcome to new release number three at MHK Designs, Dear Dad, a great set for Father's Day.
     I chose to make this card black and white with just a splash of colour. I started by covering a white card blank with a layer of patterned paper from Egg-cellent Easter, then added a black circle in the middle.
     The image panels are mounted on a layer of blue card, the sentiment is stuck flush to the card but the image is stuck on foam pads over the top.
     To complete the card I have used square foam pads in the opposing corners and covered them with blue foil so they look like brads.
     There is an opportunity for you to win some of the new release sets, you'll need to go to the release posts on the MHK Designs blog to find out how. While you're there why not take a look at our challenge, come and join us with your creations.

Dear Dad

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The Male Room Blueprint

     The new challenge at The Male Room is all about Architecture, this gave me the perfect opportunity to break out the Chocolate Baroque stash.
     I stamped and clear embossed the window details on white card, then I coloured the card with Distress Oxide Ink, it gives a chalky finish which I thought looked a bit like a blueprint.
     The words were stamped and embossed in white, although the white powder is a little more cream than the card it still looks alright. A simple mount straight on to a white card blank finished it off.
     Please pop over and take a look at all the inspiration we have for you, then come and join in with the challenge, we'd love to see what you make of this theme.

Monday, 10 April 2017

MHK Designs - Birdcage Silhouettes

     This is the second of our new releases at MHK Designs, Birdcage Silhouettes. With three lovely birdcages and some great sentiments this set is quite versatile.
     I have printed one birdcage and the small sentiment on white card, using a black pen I have extended the chain holding the cage to meet the edge of the card.
     Using a die cut heart shape I have inked through it to add a heart around the birds and another smaller heart just above the words. To make sure of a perfect colour match I have inked the edges of a white card blank before mounting the image panel on it.
     We still have three more great sets to show you so pop back when you can and take a look at all the inspiration we have for you at MHK Designs. There is also an opportunity to win some of these new designs, all details are over on the MHK Designs blog.

Birdcage Silhouettes