Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Male Room Winter Olympics

   The Male Room has a new challenge, sport/Winter Olympics, anything masculine following this theme can be linked up over the next two weeks.
     I haven't got many sporting images in my stamp collection so I downloaded a free image to work with. I wanted to use circles to follow the Olympic theme, so I decided to die cut the image but with a twist. Snowboarders are so fast and I wanted to show that by having mine flying off the edge of the circle. The end of the board was cut round with scissors, then while the die was over the main part of the image the end of the board was above the cutting edge. A sprinkling off chunky white embossing powder helps produce snow over the image.
     A darker circle around the image panel helps frame it and maintain the circle theme. The background was done with a stamp and watercolour pens, this helps achieve the multi colour effect.
     A simple circle greeting added to the corner finishes off the card and it's circular theme.
     Pop over to The Male Room blog for lots more inspiration, then come and join us with your project.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Make My Monday - Circles   (F)
Just For Fun - Silhouette   (M)

Saturday, 3 February 2018

MHK Designs - Sending Love To Dawn

     Hello friends! Today the MHK Designers are banding together to tell one of our own dear ladies, Dawn Bennett, that we are thinking of her during a difficult time in her life. Dawn recently lost her mother-in-law, and we wanted to let her know how much we care! We hope you take some time to leave Dawn some love, then hop with us to see the cards our team has created in her honor. 

Here is the hop order~ 


    In addition to the hop, we have a special *NEW* digital stamp set made in honor of Dawn's mother-in-law's life. It is called...

Sentimental Lily

Thursday, 1 February 2018

House Of Cards Goes Pink

       House Of Cards new challenge is to make a Valentine background for your card, you can use our suggested colours if you wish.
     Making a background gave me another chance to break out the Distress Oxides, these inks are so much fun to work with. I used three shades of pink on white card to blend a background, then I spritzed a stencil with water and laid it over the background. The water reacts with the ink and turns it chalky giving a fab pattern.
     The stamp was a hand me down from a friend, it's perfect for anniversary cards. This was stamped with black Versafine, I chose not to colour the image as I like it just as it is.
     Once trimmed the image panel was die cut with a small Sizzix die to show the word Love, It also has two of the corners shaped.
     Mounting on black makes the image and the cut out pop but when it came to mounting on a card a white one didn't look right. Using the image panel as a guide I coloured a white card blank to match. A small pearl heart in the two shaped corners finished it off.
     Pop over to the House Of Cards blog to see all the DT inspiration, then come and show us what you have made.

Valentine background and/or colours

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Valentine   (F)
Shopping Our Stash - He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (W)
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes   (W)

MHK Designs - February Challenge

     Welcome to a new challenge from MHK Designs, as it's February we have a pink, love theme for you to use.
     I have used the rose from the new set Valentine Roses to create a very simple card. The image and the sentiment were changed to white using my photo package and then put on a pink background before printing.  If you would like to know how to change the image colours our designer Mynn has some tutorials on You Tube that show you how.
     To keep this card simple the image panel was trimmed and mounted on a black card. It's a simple, flat card which makes it perfect for posting or slipping into someone's pocket or bag for a Valentine surprise.
     Why not come and join our challenge, you don't have to use an MHK Designs image but you could win some just by playing along.

Valentine Roses

 I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes   (W)
Dream Valley - Love   (W)
The Crazy Challenge - Love   (F)

Foam Rose Plaque

     Altered Eclectics returns after its Winter break with its usual mixed media, recycled artwork challenge, anything Goes with the exception of cards and ATC's.
     This project features a large rose created with some Stix2 mouldable foam covered with micro beads. The foam was die cut using the large Tattered Florals TH die, the inner petals have one section removed so they would curve more easily. Two leaves were also cut with the same die.
     The back and edges of the foam are coloured with an alcohol marker before adding the micro beads. As heat is required to shape the foam I wore the silicone finger protectors and used a silicone cake case. The hot glue used to hold the inner petals together did soften in the heat but the cake case helped hold it all in place.
     The background is a square of mountboard, which takes Distress Oxides very well, three shades of green blended over the cream board.
     Using a stencil and water to lift the ink I added a leaf pattern to the background.

     To get the speckles of green foil I sprinkled chunky white embossing powder sparingly over the board, covered it with foil, then parchment paper and ironed it. Where the powder melts it takes the foil and gives you gorgeous shiny speckles.
     Create and Art are two words stamped on the board and then embossed with Wow powders.
     There are two holes punched and set with eyelets at the top with a length of organza, coloured with an alcohol marker, threaded through for hanging.
     A small pool of hot glue was added to the centre of the rose and some gold glitter added to give the middle some sparkle. Hot glue was also used to secure the leaves to the rose and the rose to the board.
     Please come and join us at Altered Eclectics with your mixed media and recycled projects, there is no theme just no cards or ATC's.

I would like to enter this board in the following challenges:
Die Cuttin' Divas - Anything Goes    (W)
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes   (W)
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes   (M)

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Sea Gazing With Poldark

     The new challenge at The Male Room is 'Inspired by Television'. I didn't know where to start so I ran through the things my family like to watch, Poldark has family appeal, smuggling, mining and Aidan Turner.
     I have made use of my media plates again, with three shades of blue Izink across the plate. The wave effect was created by using a piece of embossed wallpaper to make a pattern on the plate before a second stamping of the same colours.
     The ship was stamped in Versafine on to the media plate, this took a bit of thinking about because the image is reversed when you stamp on the plate first and then on to the card.
     One thing I have discovered about the Izinks is that you can use a wet brush to lift colour off, just like you can with Distress Inks.
     To get my image of Ross Poldark I printed a picture out and then used it as a template to cut some funky foam, making my own silhouette stamp. The foam 'stamp' is fixed to the platform with a Stix2 glue stick which will wipe off when I'm finished with it.
     Silhouette stamping is now so much easier with a stamp platform because you can just keep building up the layers of ink, safe in the knowledge that it will stamp in the same place every time.
     Having worked on a larger piece of card than I needed I was able to trim the image panel down until it was the right size. It didn't look good on a white card blank so I coloured the edges using black Distress Ink. Once dry I stuck the trimmed panel to it and stamped a few seagulls for balance.
     Please pop over to The Male Room to see what the team have made, then join us with your interpretation of the challenge.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Stamping Sensations - Cold and Frosty Colours   (M)
Try It On Tuesday - Fire and Ice   (F)
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes   (F)

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

MHK Designer Inspiration

      This new set from MHK Designs has a very topical saying which I made use of on this card, the new film about Winston Churchill is one I shall certainly be going to watch. This set has many options, I chose to make a congratulatory card, ideal for a hard working student.
     The wreath was changed to green, as was the wording, and printed out on white card. With the addition of some colour around the edge and pearl relief drops there is very little decoration added to this.
     A dark green mat layer to frame the image panel was the last addition before being stuck on to a white card blank. There are so many things that you could do with these frames, I think this set has to be one of my favourites. Pop over to the challenge on MHK Designs blog to find out how you could win this new set.

Framed Favourites

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
International Art & Soul - Do Something Digital   (F)
My Time To Craft - Something New   (F)

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Male Room Vintage Motor Racing

     We have a new challenge at The Male Room, vintage. So many options with this one but I decided to go with motorsport. You may have noticed a gap on the top right of the card, there will be a greeting added when I need to use it, something in dark green I think.
      The whole idea started with a small die cast game piece of a 1950's racing car.  I've had this in my stash for some time, waiting until I could make a silicone mould of it.
     Having watched a few You-Tube videos I decided it was high time I tried making a mould. Now I didn't want to use a huge tube of sealant or anything that smelt so bad I'd be banished to the shed, what could I use.....Stix2 Silicone Glue. It has a faint smell but nothing nasty and comes in a handy tube, I got six moulds about 1.5 inches round from one tube.
     I made the tiny car with hot glue and once set coloured it with a mix of Sharpie pens and peel off markers.
     The small pictures on the tag are all free images from the internet distressed with ink and crackle stamps. The tag itself is Kraft card also distressed with inks, the cotton ribbon is also stained with ink.
     The card blank is covered with a small sheet of checkered paper, the edges distressed with black. On to this layer I stuck a die cut laurel wreath and a die cut trophy. The tag is mounted on foam pads over the wreath and trophy.
     It always makes me smile when I see drivers of this era, they wore white overalls when the sport was probably at its dirtiest, their faces filthy, the only clean area around their eyes where their goggles had been.
     The Male Room challenge runs for two weeks so please join us with your masculine projects with a vintage theme.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes   (F)
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes   (W)

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Happy New Gnome

     Welcome to the first challenge of the new year at The Male Room, our theme is 'New Beginnings'. As usual our challenge will run for two weeks so you can join us with your masculine projects.
      I chose to make a 'New Home' card using one of my media plates and some new Lavinia Stamps. I challenged myself to produce a masculine project with what are usually considered rather feminine images.
     To start with I stamped the Gnome house in Versafine black, then stamped on some Stix2 masking sheet and cut it out. With the mask in place I used the media plate to add a circle of shades of blue, trying to get a darker edge on the side farthest from the house.
     I stamped two toadstools in blue and used a water brush to lift some of the ink away where the spots are, this worked better than expected on the I-Zink's.
     With the mask still in place I dried the stamping and then used a stencil on the media plate to add Versamark, just before stamping this layer I used an ant-static pad over the inked area and then stamped this layer over the blue inks. A dusting of pearl mica powder now revealed a starburst of light form just behind the house. This has a picture changing effect as the card is tilted in different directions, one way you can see the toadstools and the other you can see the starburst, perfect for a magical card.

     Please pop over to The Male Room for lots more inspiration from our DT and a great guest designer too. Have very Happy Crafting New Year.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Always Fun - Something New  #39   (W)
Simon Says Stamp - Something New  (Mon)
Card Mania - Monochromatic    (M)
Mix It Up - Anything Goes option Masking #9  (M)

Monday, 1 January 2018

House Of Cards Mixed Media

   My interpretation of 'Mixed Media' is the use of different techniques and mediums so this is what I came up with for our new challenge at House Of Cards.

     I don't have any pictures of the main panel under construction because I got carried away with the idea and forgot all about taking any.
     Using Distress Oxides I coloured some white card, then spritzed it with water. In this picture I have coloured the white card blank to correspond with the main panel, so when it is all layered up the colours continue past the black border. It didn't look right on a plain white card blank.
     Once dry I used a stencil of butterfly wings and inked through it with Versamark, then dusted it with pearl mica powder. A quick spray with hair lacquer to fix it and I could move on to using a very fine pen to pick out some of the edges to highlight them. This gives the wings a little more definition, especially when viewed without the mica shine.
     The body of the butterfly is a small lightbulb made with hot glue in a silicone mould, it has been dusted with pearl mica aswell.
     The sentiment is stamped and embossed in white, with just the main word picked out with the same fine black pen used on the wings.
     Please come and join us at House Of Cards, you have a whole month in which to create your project.

Mixed Media and/or Colours

I would like to enter this card in the following challenge:
Crafty Friends - For A Girl or Lady  #74   (F)

MHK Designs - January Challenge

     Who doesn't love flowers, this new set from MHK Designs has three gorgeous floral frames and some words of wisdom too.
     Sadly I needed to make a card for a friend who lost someone close this holiday, so these beautiful pansies where the perfect option.
     Printed to form a complete frame all I had to do was add the words in the middle and print it out on white card suitable for alcohol markers.
     I wanted the centre panel to pop a little so I coloured the background with a pale grey-blue pen, that way it remains completely flat. The flowers are coloured with one pen, making use of the blender pen and leaving some of it white.
     Of all the digi images I think I like the frames best, so very versatile as you can put anything in the middle. Please pop over to the MHK Designs blog to see lots more inspiration, join in the challenge for a chance to win some digital images.

Framed Favourites

January Challenge

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