Wednesday 25 November 2015

CAS Thanks

     The Male Room challenge this time is Thanks or Thanksgiving, you have two weeks to make your masculine project and join in the challenge.
     I chose to make a very simple card, with just a small amount of decoration. To do this I masked off a strip down my card blank, I use my trusty pricking mat from Woodware, it has no holes in it as it's never used for pricking. It's great for stamping on as it has a little give in it, perfect for working on an uneven surface and grid lines for getting things straight.
     Low tack stencil tape from Stix2 masks off the work area and holds down the cog stencil too.
     Using Distress inks I coloured the card, carefully removed the tape and stamped my greeting in Archival Ink Coffee, there was a tiny smudge by the Y so I covered it up with a little star peel off.
     Come and join in with giving thanks at The Male Room, anything masculine as long as you follow the theme.

Thursday 19 November 2015

Christmas Wish Books

     Here is a little project for MHK Designs using their gorgeous Christmas Past paper set. This set is an absolute steal at just £2.02 for 14 papers, available on Etsy.

      To make the tiny books I started with an envelope punch from Woodware and MHK Designs pretty papers. I printed eight of the papers on an A4 sheet of thick paper and punched eight envelopes.
      To make the spine of the book I cut a strip of card 4 1/2 inches long by 1 1/4 inches wide. The strip is then scored at 1 1/4 and the next eight 1/4 inches, this should leave another panel at the end measuring 1 1/4 inches.

     For the cover I printed two copies of the pine tree paper, one for the front and one for the back. Two greyboard pieces, cut slightly bigger than the envelopes, are covered with the paper.
     The covers are joined by sticking on the spine to both the front and the back, then each envelope was stuck to the spine making sure to put them on the right hand 'mountain' of the spine.
     Turning the book over a small length of red ribbon is added to the 'valley' of the spine before sticking all the valleys shut.
     To add some sparkle there is a glue border all the way around the front cover that is sprinkled with iridescent glitter and a tiny glitter dot in the middle of each snowflake.
     Each envelope has a tiny gold edged white card tucked inside for you to write your wishes on. These would make great little decorations for the children to hang their Christmas wishes on the tree.
     There are lots of digi stamp sets and patterned papers in the MHK Designs Etsy shop, there's a Facebook page to showcase your creations and there will be a new challenge blog in the new year.

I would like to enter these little books in the following challenges:
A Snowflakes Promise - Anything Christmas
The Sisterhood Of Crafters - It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Monday 16 November 2015

Merry Monday Reindeer

     This project is for Merry Monday who very kindly asked me to be a Guest DT member this week. The challenge this week is to make a Christmas card with a reindeer on it and I had just the stamp in my stash from Indigo Blu, I'm ashamed to say that this is the first time it has seen ink.
      I started with a large piece of white card and stamped my image using Archival Ink Cobalt. I had seen a sample made for Indigo Blu that I just loved, it's why I bought the stamp, but I'm sorry to say I can't remember who made it, if it was you then 'Thank You'.
     Distress Inks Faded Jeans and Dusty Concord where used to make the sky once it had been masked with a die cut circle for the moon and a torn edge to make snow drifts.
     On the second snowdrift I also stamped a bush using the top of the tree while the mask was still in place and again at the bottom of the picture.
      I cut my card down to a size I was happy with, cutting off part of the tree and placing the image in the corner, I think this is what drew me to the original sample, it's off centre.
     Once trimmed to size I added iridescent glitter to the snow on top of the cliff and to the moon. Then spritzed the whole picture with Dreamweaver Moonstone mica powder in water, the shimmer that this gives is amazing and perfect for subtle glimmering snow.
     The image is mounted on Amethyst card, then lilac before going on to a dark blue surround. It makes for a lovely card but I might just have to frame it as a Christmas picture and hang it on the wall next month.
     Thank you to Merry Monday for asking me to join them this week, I have had great fun finally using this stamp. Please pop over and join in the challenge by adding your reindeer card to the herd.

I would like to enter my reindeer in the following challenges:
ABC Christmas - W is for Wild Thing
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - Anything Christmas Goes
A Snowflakes Promise - Anything Christmas
Alphabet Challenge - T is for Tis The Season

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Remembrance and Gratitude

     The new challenge at The Male Room is remembrance or sympathy, which is a fitting theme for today of all days. I spent a day at the Royal Airforce Museum at Hendon last week, a great place to visit, so much to see and for free aswell!!  It's not until you see the aircraft that flew during the war that you appreciate just how basic they were and just how brave those men were, thank you to all of them!
     I have used a stamp set from Hobby Art called Flypast to make this card. It is stamped on white card using Memento ink so that I could colour the poppy shape with alcohol markers, this shape was hand cut and laid over the base layer before stamping.
     Please excuse the slightly uneven red border around the poppy as I had to cut that freehand too. It is all stuck down flush so it remains very simple, with a wide black layer on a thin red edge card.
     Come and join us at The Male Room with your creations for sympathy or remembrance, which ever you prefer to make, we would love to see them all.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenge:
One Stitch At A Time - Remembrance Sunday / The Dead

Saturday 7 November 2015

Silver Forest

     Welcome to a CASE-ing Christmas project, we have a great card from Donna this month to inspire us, I chose to use the trees and the ribbon as my starting point.
     The card is made using a new product stocked by Woodware from Clear Scraps, it's an acrylic sheet that can be used like acetate but is much more rigid. It comes with a protective cover so it doesn't get damaged before you use it.
     The trees were stamped in Stazon Silver on to the acrylic and on to a piece of black card, making sure to offset them to look like a small forest when the card is assembled.
     Once dry the black card was stuck on to the wrong side of some tartan paper leaving a large spare piece at the top to form the hinge on to the acrylic, it is stuck on to the acrylic with red line tape.
     The small greeting inside is stuck on to the black card and the banner greeting on the outside is stuck on using red line tape. The heart greeting is stuck on with foam pads before adding the twine decoration to the top tartan strip to finish it off.
     Taking photographs of shiny things can be problematic but I hope you can see the effect of the layered trees made possible by using acrylic. The other great thing about this acrylic is if you don't like what you've stamped or it's gone wrong just clean it off with Stazon cleaner and start again.
     Please come and join us at CASE-ing Christmas with your seasonal creations, we would love to see them, this challenge is open until the end of the month.

Materials list - available from your  local craft shop
Woodware Craft Collection - Stamp - FRS278 Winter Forest
                                          Stazon Silver Ink Pad
                                          Clear Scraps Acrylic Sheet
Stix2 Anything -  Red Line Tape
                         Foam Pads

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Inkspirational - Anything Goes With Silver

Wednesday 4 November 2015

Bubble And Bling

     Here's another of the workshop cards we are making today at The Corn Hall. There are two colour variations in the samples but it's up to the students how they decorate their tree.
       The tree is stamped and embossed ready to receive it's decoration.
      These two cards have been decorated with a mixture of glue dots and PVA holding glitters and foils. There are peel off holographic dots, some left gold and silver, some silver ones coloured with peel off pens to get red and blue. The same pens have been used to colour Icing Sugar Candi to go along with the gold and silver Candi. Even gems can be coloured with the pens to match your decoration.
      The white decorated panel is then mounted on a co-ordinating layer of pearl paper before going on to a white card blank. The greeting is stamped and embossed, then punched out and mounted on foam pads.

Materials list - available from your  local craft shop
                                          Stamps - JGS355 Bubble Bloom Festive Tree / FRCL184 Christmas Rounds
                                                        JGS404 Christmas Cheer
                                          98091H  Holographic Peel Offs 
                                          Peel Off Pens
                                          826-07  11/2" Circle Punch

Stix2 Anything -  Glitters
                         PVA Glue
                         Micro Beads
                         Glue Dots 3mm / 6mm / 10mm
                         Craft Foils
                         Tape Runner
                         Foam Pads

I would like to enter these trees in the following challenges:
Merry Monday - Red and Gold
12 Months Of Christmas - Sparkle (FT)
Glory Of Christmas - Glitter and Shine

Tuesday 3 November 2015


     This card is one we will be making at a workshop being held locally tomorrow. We have ten students of all skill levels coming to make some Christmas cards, some for the first time so let's hope they like snowmen!
      When finished this will fit a standard C6 envelope but it begins life as a piece of card 8" x 4", scored across the short way at 1", 2", 6" and 7". There is a square die cut from the centre panel of the card to form the window.
     It is best to decorate this layer before folding any of the crease lines, so there is double sided extra tacky tape down each side that has been covered with a mixture of craft foil and glitter.
     The snowman is stamped in Memento ink on a square of card suitable for alcohol markers, he is also decorated with glue dots covered in micro beads, foils and glitter.
     The image panel in mounted in the centre of a backing card which measures 6" x 4". Then stick the folded front to the back by glueing the end 1" wide panels only, this will make the window.
     To finish the outside of our card there is a die cut snowflake decorated with foil and glitter attached to the outside of the frame with foam pads.
     The greeting is stamped and embossed on white card and cut out with a punch before being mounted flush to the card.
     When attaching the outside embellishments remember to keep the circle inside the front edge of the window so the card will fold flat and fit inside the envelope, the snowflake will be fine as it's on the side moving across the card when folded.

Materials list - available from your  local craft shop
                                          Stamps - JGS101 Snowman / FRCL184 Christmas Rounds
                                                        JGS404 Christmas Cheer
Stix2 Anything -  Iridescent Glitter
                         Silver Glitter
                         PVA Glue
                         Redline Tape
                         Micro Beads
                         Die Cut Snowflake
                         Glue Dots 3mm / 6mm / 10mm
                         Craft Foils
                         Foam Pads
                         Tape Runner

I would like to enter this Jolly Snowman in the following challenges:
Holly Jolly - Snowman
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Pick A Previous Theme - Snowman
ABC Christmas - V is for Very Cute

Sunday 1 November 2015

Bauble Window

   Welcome to my project for November at House Of Cards. This month we have a technique challenge for you, 'Stamped and Cut Window'.
     Yes I know, there's no stamping on my card! I didn't realise until last night, I got SO carried away with the window part of the card, I do apologise.
     I was so keen to try using some of the patterned card I have in my stash to make a few cards this year rather than just gazing at it. I had the same design in two colour ways so I thought this would make a great window card.
     I cut a square of mauve bauble card and cut a bauble shaped hole in it, then placed a paper template over the same bauble on the grey card to help me line up my die and then cut.
      There is a silver mirri card layer stuck on to the white card blank, then the mauve layer is stuck on top using double sided foam tape. The grey bauble is stuck flush on to the silver layer afterwards, I found it easier to line it up his way around.
     The greeting is die cut from purple mirri card and stuck flush to the card. This card has a lot of shine but it looks great from different angles.
     In theory I should now have the same design but with opposing colour ways to make another card, in practise.....we shall see!
     Come and join in the card making fun with us at House Of Cards, we have lots of inspiration for you, plus some great technique tutorials from the DT.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
The Glory Of Christmas - Glitter and Shine
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Previous Theme - Ornaments
A Snowflakes Promise - Winter / Christmas 

Magazine Wreath

     This wreath is made using a magazine so it has lots of colour in it, for a more subtle decoration try using an old book or sheet music. The middle can be decorated with fir cones rather than baubles for a fully recycled look.
     Each page has been rolled into a cone, this wreath has approximately 46 cones made from half of an A5 page. The overall size will vary depending on your page size.
     The first layer of cones was stuck to a cardboard circle using hot glue, the following layer was also stuck down using hot glue and placing each cone in the gap between the first ones. The centre layer has less cones as it's a smaller circle, you could continue with shorter cones and less of them until the middle is full, or you could stick baubles or cones in the centre.
     The baubles could be old ones that no longer have their hangers or bargain finds from local charity shops. This time of year they are selling lots of pre-loved decorations at great prices so you can recycle and help charities too.
     On the back of the card circle I have stuck a string loop firmly covered by another card circle so it's neat and tidy. After Christmas I can remove the baubles and save them for next year, then recycle the paper and card keeping storage to a minimum.
     Pop over to Altered Eclectics for a look at some of the other recycling ideas, there are some great gift ideas using household items. Come and join us with your creations, we would love to see them.

I would like to enter this wreath in the following challenges:
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - Christmas Decorations
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Christmas
Crazy 4 Challenges - Christmas
Winter Wonderland - Christmas