Wednesday, 23 May 2018

The Male Room Can

     The theme this fortnight at The Male Room is gardening. I knew I had a die cut watering can somewhere in my stash, it's been there for a while so the big question was which box was it in?
 After only ten minutes I found it! Sorting my craft stash earlier this year is beginning to pay off.
     The watering can was cut in dark grey card, all I had to do was glue it together. A small die cut greeting on the front was all that was necessary to finish it off.
     The origami flowers are made using the pictures from a seed catalogue, there are so many gorgeous pictures of how your flowers should look, it's a shame to throw them away.
     Each flower is five squares folded and glued together, these ones have a wire stem put through the middle with a small gem on top of the centre. Different sized squares will give you various sized flowers, these ones are quite small as they are made with a 1.5inch scalloped square.
     The Male Room challenge is open for any masculine project with a gardening theme so please come and join us, we also have a DT call running.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes   (F)
Shopping Our Stash - April Showers Bring May Flowers   (W)
Get Creative - Lots Of Flowers   (M)

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Cruising Through The Male Room

    Our theme this fortnight at The Male Room is cars, a nice easy one for a masculine project.
     I have been using my media plates a lot lately, they're so easy to use and I love the backgrounds you can achieve with them. This one was done using the Izinks on smooth white card.
     After I made the oval background I die cut the word into it, this didn't show up too well so I coloured it very pale blue but I'm not sure that's made it any better.
     I decided to layer this panel over a map page to add to the travel theme I chose for my car. The car itself is die cut in black card with tiny silver hub caps. It didn't look right on a white card blank so I've used a Kraft card instead.
     Please come and join us at The Male Room, we'd love to see you masculine car themed projects.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes   (F)
Try It On Tuesday - Stencils/Die cuts or Both   (F)
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes   (W)

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Shape Up At The House Of Cards

      My apologies for missing last month, life got in the way. This month at House Of Cards we would like to see a shaped card and we have our usual colour swatch too.
     I needed to make a wedding card so I chose to go with an easel circle. This meant die cutting a square card blank and remembering to leave a hinge!
     For the main image I have used one of Chocolate Baroque's new stamps featuring a heart filled with script, overlapped with a gorgeous flower. This was embossed with gold powder. It was then die cut with a circle shape.
     I wanted to colour the card outside of the circle, so I stamped and cut out the heart on masking sheet, covered the image and used Distress Ink to add a pale pink hint of colour.
     The image was coloured in using alcohol markers. The darker pink from the flowers was used to colour a mat layer cut with a scallop die, just around the edge that would be seen.
     With the same pale pink Distress Ink and a stencil I added a starburst to the inside of the card. The easel needs something to hold it up , so a die cut panel with gold congratulations and coloured pink was mounted on foam pads across the starburst.
     To finish off I used my photo package to create a small card with the names of the bride and groom, printed in black with a pink shadow. Die cut circular, then mounted on a small scalloped circle to match the the image layer and added to the card on foam pads.  I hope the happy couple will like their personalised card, just wish I knew what the wedding colours are going to be but never mind, it's the thought that counts.
     Please come and join us at the House Of Cards with your shaped cards, we would love to see what you make, the DT have lots of great inspiration for you on our challenge blog.

Shaped Card and/or Colours

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes   (F)
QKR Stampede - Anything Goes   (W)
Cute Card Thursday - Pretty In Pink   (W)

MHK Designs - Thank You Mynn Blog Hop

     It's the first of the month which would usually mean it's time for a new challenge at MHK Designs, also time for a new set release. But sadly, Mynn, the very talented owner of MHK Designs and card genius, has made the very tough decision to close the blog (the Etsy shop will remain open for the time being at least, but nothing new will be added to it) to focus on what's important to her, her life as a teacher.
     The news came as a shock to myself and the other DT members, but it's a decision we totally support. As most of us had our cards ready for today we have decided to make it a blog hop to say thank you to Mynn for all she has done for us.
     The hop order is further down this post, but first I'd like to say my own Thank You to Mynn for sharing her talent with me and encouraging me to explore the world of digital images. There are some great videos on YouTube showing how to get even more from your images, something I would not have thought of when I joined the team back in 2015.

Rocky -You are here
Mynn  (not posting, but please leave her a comment)

Acrylic Pour Coaster

     For this months Altered Eclectics project I tried my hand at Acrylic Pouring. I have seen so many gorgeous images produced with this messy but inspiring method that I just had to try it.
     The acrylic paint I used was an inexpensive brand because I wanted to see what it would be like to try this.. I watched lots and lots of tutorials on You Tube to get an idea of what I needed and how to do it.
     While my first attempt isn't amazing I can honestly say it was so much fun that there will be more to come, you never know just how it will turn out.
     This project had three colours, all mixed with the required ingredients (I won't list them as there are so many different methods). They were added to the cup (actually a shot glass because the coasters are small), the coaster was placed over the cup and then they were both flipped over and stood in a tray before removing the cup and letting the paint flow.
     This is such a messy technique, but totally mesmerising to watch as the paint moved around, no two pours are ever the same. Did I waste all that spilt paint?...heck no, I poured all that over some thick card to be die cut at a later date.
     So now I had two coasters and two mini canvases to play with, some had better cell division than others. The one I chose to decorate first reminded me of flames, so that's why I chose a dragon to go on it.
     Using Versamark and some lovely greeny black embossing powder I stamped and embossed my dragon flying over the flames, then I added a few trees to give some balance to the panel.
     It will need several coats of strong varnish before I could put a cup on it but all in all I'm quite happy with the result so far. More pours to come I think, the only trouble with watching so many great tutorials is I keep seeing stunning work and wondering if mine will ever turn out like that. The only way to go is to try and have messy fun doing so.
     Please come and join us at Altered Eclectics with your projects, you can enter anything BUT a card or ATC.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Use Your Stuff - No Challenge, just a showcase
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes   (W)
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes   (F)

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

The Male Room Goes Globe-al

     This fortnigthts challenge at The Male Room is to make something other than a card. On a recent trip out with Mum we found these empty domes, I love to see them at Christmas but always think it's a shame they're not used the rest of the year. There was my challenge, to make a summer globe. The clear dome is plastic so that makes it much easier to work with and more user friendly when it comes to young people.

      There is a small hole in the bottom which is just about big enough for a battery tea light, I did have to file away a little more to get mine to fit properly.
     There is also a wooden disc inside to put your display on but I chose to use a thick card disc instead. To get rugged texture on the ground I used some hot glue and squished it about a bit, stuck my tree on and then painted it all with a mix of green and brown. I sprinkled some modelling greenery on top of the wet paint for added effect.

      The cabin in my wood is a die cut house with an added corrugated iron roof and stove pipe chimney. These I painted with some Rusty Patina and added a few bits of greenery for moss. The chimney has a light rubbing of silver wax on it.
     I used small pieces of vellum to cover the windows so that the light would appear more opaque and to make sure that the candle can't be seen through the windows.
     The log pile is small bits of a tree branch chopped into lengths and stuck together with PVA. A little real moss was added to form a bush beside the log pile and another piece of corrugated card lent up against the wall of the cabin to add interest.

      The porch is a small piece of corrugated card stuck on to the outside wall, with chopped down toothpick poles to help hold it up.
     As with the Christmas globes it looks much more effective when the candle is on and the room it's in is dark. I'm working on a way to suspend a small bird from inside without the attachment being seen.
     Please come along and join our challenge at The Male Room, any masculine project other than a card. Pop over and see what inspiration the DT have come up with.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Classic Design Team Challenge - Anything Goes   (M)
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes   (M)
Love To Craft - Anything Goes   (M)
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes   (W)

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

MHK Designs Designer Inspiration

     Welcome to my designer inspiration for April at MHK Designs, this card was made using the new set Caring Crocus.
     The image was changed to green before being printed on to white card. The leaves and body of the flower have been coloured with pencils, then the flower head outline has been foiled. Using a 2in1 glue pen I drew around the flowers petals and then used a small sheet of foil to give it a purple shine.
     A little ink around the edge of the image panel helps bring it into the purple mat layer before being mounted on a white card blank.
Caring Crocus
       I used to think digital images where just 'print and colour' so not very useful, oh how wrong I was!  They can be sized to fit your needs, turned around, you can alter their colour, take bits off, add bits from other digis and all that before you print. Once printed the colouring can be done with almost anything in your stash, even glittered or foiled.
    So I would like to say a big THANK YOU to MHK Designs for opening my eyes to the world of digital images.


Sunday, 15 April 2018

Scrabble Fairy

     Apologies for the late arrival of my project for Altered Eclectics, lots of things have been happening here, some good and some not so good, but that's life. Thank goodness for crafting, sometimes it's the only thing to do!
      This project is for a local charity shop, a way of showing how all the odd bits and bobs can be used to make a mixed media item.
     It all started with some scrabble tiles and a few buttons, then a good rummage through all my odds and ends.
     The frame is plastic, also found in a charity shop, it had a back but no glass. I cut a piece of mount board to fit in place of a canvas to work on.
      With the board in the frame I drew around the inside edge, so I knew not to put any embellishments beyond that line.
     With my trusty hot glue gun I began to add buttons, broken bits of jewelry and shapes made with hot glue in a silicone mould. Once these items are painted they take on a whole new look whilst adding lots of great texture to the project.
     I drew around the fairy so I knew where she would be going, that way I could avoid putting anything that would be underneath her. Using some stencils and a tube of filler I added some more texture to the board.
     Once all the filler was dry I painted a layer of gesso over the whole board, then a couple of layers of acrylic pink paint. A spritz with a pink mica spray added some subtle sparkle.
     With all the paint dry it was time to add colour to the texture with some gilding wax.
     Before I started glueing bits on I had taken a photo of where I planned to put all the bits, so with to hand I started to add the finishing touches. A hot glue gun in hand I stuck the letters, flower, fairy and her wings to the board, along with a glitter covered flower in the top corner. It wasn't exactly as the starter picture but close, slight adjustments along the way which added interest.
     All that remained was to pop it in the frame, it was at this point that I was SO glad I had left that small border around the board, but the fairy could have been a little lower so she stood on the frame instead of floating a bit above it.
     The board bowed slightly, probably due to the paint, so I used hot glue on the back to seal it to the frame in the corners and along the edges. All that was left was to pop the back on and move the hanging points for a horizontal picture.
     Most of the items have come from charity shops, with the exception of the hot glue gun, waxes, spray and mount board, and they were already in my stash. To make something pink and girly was a little out of my comfort zone but I'm not too unhappy with the result.
     There is still a fortnight left to enter your project with Altered Eclectics, anything but a card or an ATC, we look forward to seeing you work.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
An Inky Mess - Anything Mixed Media   (M)
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Mixed Media   (M)
Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes   (M)

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

The Male Room Symmetrical Challenge

    This fortnights challenge at The Male Room is all about symmetry, there are some great examples over on the blog from our DT.
      I started with a white tag which I coloured with red Distress Ink, making the edges much darker than the middle, this was dried off with heat. The next step was to add some pattern to the background, using a stencil and Distress Oxide Hickory Smoke I worked the pattern on to the tag, this was also dried off with a gentle heat. The next layer was to go over the whole tag with the same grey Oxide ink to dull it all down a little, to finish the tag was spritzed and flicked with water.
      Using a Sizzix die I cut the Dapper gentleman in black card and then the bow tie and hat band in dark red. The black card was taped to the tag to use as a guide because I wanted to use the cut out parts, this helped me place the die cuts in exactly the right place to build the picture.
     Once removed the black card can be used to make another project, it could be a card to match the tag for a birthday.
     I have kept the ribbon simple by staining some cotton ribbon with the same Distress Inks used on the tag.
     Please come and join us at The Male Room with your masculine symmetrical projects, we would love to see what you make.

I would like to enter this tag in the following challenges:
The Paper Girls - Masculine Birthday   (F)
ARTastic - Black, White and one other   (M)

Sunday, 1 April 2018

MHK Designs April Challenge

     Sorry I'm a little late with my project for MHK Designs challenge, I seem to have lost more than one hour as the clocks changed! The card was made but the post wasn't ready.
     For this card I have used the new set called Caring Crocus. I printed the image and then used an embossing pen to trace around the edges of the image, then I used coloured embossing powder to outline it.
     To colour the image I have used some powder type paint sprinkled over each area after it has been painted with a water brush, I have found it's best to work one small area at a time.
     Finishing off with a bit of matting and layering in matching colours it was completed with a layered greeting popped up on a foam pad.
    Please pop over to MHK Designs blog, if you haven't already, and take a look at all the DT inspiration for this gorgeous spring set.

Caring Crocus

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Watercolour Challenge In The Male Room

     There is a new challenge at The Male Room for the next two weeks, to use watercolours. I'm not an artist so I started with a stamp.
      This stamp is a few years old but a firm favourite as it reminds me of Tenby in Pembrokeshire.
     It was stamped on watercolour paper and embossed, this makes it much easier to paint as the embossing holds the paint within the lines.
     To paint I have used Koi watercolour pens, scribbling on an acrylic block and then using a water brush to take the colour to the paper.
     A colourful scene needs very little decoration, just a simple mount on to a white card blank that has it's edge coloured to frame the image. A greeting could be added but I rather like it as it is.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Cards In Envy - No Patterned Papers  (F)
Send A Smile 4 Kids - Anything Goes/Cards For Boys   (F)
Crafty Friends - Anything Goes   (F)

Monday, 26 March 2018

MHK Designer Inspiration

     This month my MHK Designer Inspiration is another flat card, making it a standard postal charge,
this month's release set is Blessed Lily so that's the image I have used.
     Using my photo package I have made a splodgey green background, then overlaid the image in white, along with the sentiment and a butterfly from Butterfly Wisdom.
     I added a little yellow around the stamens before adding another layered image, this time in a dark grey and slightly off the original to give a ghosting effect.
     Our very own Mynn has several YouTube videos you can watch to learn how to manipulate the images, this opens up many possibilities for your digital images.

Blessed Lily
Butterfly Wisdom

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Di's Digi Design - Spring Flowers   (F)
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes   (W)

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The Male Room In Orbit

     There is a new challenge at The Male Room starting today, space/science is the theme for this fortnight.
     I've never made a spinner card before so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. I began by cutting a hole in some black card and a large circle of black card to go behind the hole.
     I used masking tape to hold the two pieces of card together while I used mica powders through a galaxy mask, plus some chunky embossing powder sprinkles. I put a small mark on the back of the cards so that they could be lined up again later.
     The inner circle of card was stuck on to a white card blank, then I die cut the planet and mounted it on two layers of foam pads in the centre of the black circle. The outer black card was then mounted on double foam pads and placed over these circles.
     The rocket was stamped and embossed in silver, coloured in silver with a red nose cone and gold flames. To get the rocket to spin around the planet it was mounted on two pennies that have a round foam pad between them, these pennies just fit in the slot that runs around the planet. There are some very good tutorials for this technique on You Tube.
      Our challenge runs for two weeks so please come and join us with your masculine space/science creations.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
The Paper Girls - Travel/Holiday   (F)
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes   (W)

Thursday, 1 March 2018

House Of Cards On The Dark Side

     A new month means a new challenge at the House Of Cards, this month we would like to see you use coloured pencils on dark card.

    For this card I started by stamping on black card and then embossing with a pearly white powder.
     Last year I invested in a set of metallic pencils in the fond hope they would look good on dark colours, I'm pleased to say I wasn't disappointed.
     The petals have a blend of three colours on them to create shading, when the card is tilted to the light it has a great shine too.

    After colouring all of the flowers I trimmed the panel to fit a 7x5 inch card blank. To pick out one of the colours in the petals it is layered with a pink card.
     The greeting is stamped and embossed with the same powder, then die cut and mounted on a pink layer before going on thin foam pads on the card.
     House Of Cards new challenge runs all month so please come and join us with your cards.

Use coloured pencils on Dark Card and/or Colours

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Pause, Dream, Enjoy - Use A Stamped Image    (W)
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes   (F)
The House That Stamps Built - Anything Goes   (W)

MHK Designs - March Challenge

     Welcome to the new challenge at MHK Designs, this month we have the gorgeous Blessed Lily set to showcase.
    For this card I've used the lily image to build a centre motif and then add corner decoration over a green paper from Easter Flowers.  There are some great tutorials by our very own Mynn on You Tube, which show you how to manipulate the images and produce all manner of artwork.
    The greeting comes from another MHK Designs set, Eat Your Cake, printed and die cut and then layered on silver card. A simple card to make which is also nice and flat for standard postage.
     Come and join us at MHK Designs blog to see all the DT inspiration, play along with us for a chance to win some gorgeous digital images.

Blessed Lily

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes   (W)
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes   (W)