Saturday 25 February 2017

MHK Designs - Rosie Elements

     This is the last of our new release sets for this month at MHK Designs, Rosy Elements.
     The flower and sentiment have been printed out on white card using a coloured overlay in my photo package, it gives them both a multi-coloured effect.
     A little light colouring of the flowers was all that was needed to complete the image panel.
    Two of the corners have been rounded out and two in to add some interest to the card, with the addition of a pearl on the in corner it still remains quite thin and easy to post.
     The pink card blank was chosen to highlight the flower colour and keep it all pastel.
     You still have the chance to win one, or all, of the new releases so please pop over to the MKH Designs blog to find out how.

Rosy Elements

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes

Monday 20 February 2017

MHK Designs - Pretty As A Pitcher

     Welcome to the fourth of this months new releases at MHK Designs, Pretty As A Pitcher. This set is perfect for creating a vintage style card, especially when teamed with some of the gorgeous patterned paper sets we have already in our Etsy shop.
     This image was printed on white card, as I wanted the pitcher to stand out I coloured the background with an alcohol marker and then die cut it.
     The mat layer was also die cut, then coloured a dusky pink to tone it in with the backing paper and brads.
     The backing paper is from MHK Designs set Damsel In Distress, printed out grey and coloured around the edges with dusky pink ink. The same ink was used to colour the greeting panel once die cut. The greeting is printed in green ink on white card, cut and coloured, then brads added before mounting on foam pads over the bottom of the image.
     We have lots of inspiration for you over on the MHK Designs blog, plus the opportunity to win one, or all, of the new releases, so please pop over and have a look.
Pretty As A Pitcher
Damsel In Distress

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Crafting With Dragonflies - One For The Girls
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes

Wednesday 15 February 2017

MHK Designs - Lovely Ladies

     Welcome to the third new release from MHK Designs this month. This set has three Lovely Ladies in it and a small selection of sentiments for all occasions.
     For this card I printed one of the ladies on white card and coloured the flowers pale pink. To compliment the flowers I printed off a sheet of pink gingham from Going Gingham as a base layer.
     With the image die cut oval I chose to cut a scalloped oval for the black mat layer and mount these on the gingham. The gingham also has a black mat with a black strip across the lower part of the card. The sentiment was cut from white using another oval die and coloured pink while the die was still on it, giving a nice even white edge. All that was left was to add three tiny pink flower gems to the black strip to balance the greeting.
     Don't forget you have the chance to win some of the new release sets, just pop over to MHK Designs blog to find out how.

Lovely Ladies
Going Gingham

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Crafting With Dragonflies - One For The Girls
Send A Smile For Kids - For The Girls

Male Room On Wheels

     Our challenge at The Male Room this time is anything masculine with the theme of wheels. So I thought why not make the card look like a wheel.
     I used a circle die to cut my square card blank, making sure not to cut off the fold. I also cut the very bottom flat so it would stand up properly.
     Next was to cut a disc of black card the same size for the tyre. I wanted to use some satin silver card for the inside so it was like a real wheel but it needed something more to it than just silver. I have a mask with a lovely pattern to it, it's a bit like an old wire wheel you'd find on a classic sports car, so I used it to emboss the silver card. Stencils emboss well, the pattern is a little more subtle than an embossing folder would give but sometimes that's what's needed.
     I had an old decoupage sheet in my stash with a Ford Capri on it, it's a bit cartoonish but the yellow paintwork adds that little splash of colour to brighten up the card.
     The tyre is mounted on foam pads over the silver wheel to make it look a little more realistic and there is only one layer of decoupage on the car to keep it within the tyres depth.
     Pop over to The Male Room and take a look at all the different inspiration we have for you, then come and join us with your creation.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Cardz 4 Guyz - No Patterned Paper
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes

Friday 10 February 2017

MHK Designs - Hoppy Easter

     This is the second of our new releases at MHK Designs for this month, getting ready for Easter.
     As most Easter eggs come packaged in a nice fancy box I thought I'd make a tag to add to that box so I can add a message to my gift.
     I started with a cream tag and used a stencil and some ink to colour the background. I wanted to add some decorative eggs to the tag so I printed off some papers from Egg-cellent Easter and die cut them, once die cut I coloured the edges with co-ordinating colours and stuck them flat on to the tag.
     The image from Hoppy Easter is printed on off white card in brown and then die cut. The edges are coloured with a brown ink to add to the vintage look. Using thin foam pads the image egg is added to the tag as the focal point.
     For the greeting I printed on white card, die cut and coloured while still in the die, this is also mounted on thin foam pads. With the addition of some ribbon the tag is complete.
     We have some more new sets to show you later in the month and lots of inspiration on the MHK Designs blog, so please pop over and join us. You could also win one of the new sets, just by following the simple instructions on the blog.

Hoppy Easter
Egg-cellent Easter

     I would like to enter this tag in the following challenge:
Cards and More - Pets or Other Furry Friends

Tuesday 7 February 2017

MHK Designs Monthly Inspiration

     With Valentine's Day a few days away I decided to use one of my favourite sets to make a card. This set has several frames and sentiments which can all be mixed to create many variations.
     I thought black was a little harsh so this is printed in dark grey with a hint of dark pink straight on to a postcard page from World Traveller that has a pink overlay.
     The mat layer was white card until I coloured the edge with ink, the same ink was used to gently colour the edge of the white card blank aswell.
     With the addition of a few tiny red gems to add sparkle the card is complete. The dark pink gives the card a vintage look which goes well with the backing paper.
     I used to think digi's were just printed out in black on white and coloured in, but now I have learnt there is a whole host of things you can do to them before they ever see a printer. I would suggest if you have a photo package on your computer that you start to experiment, there will be no going back and being able to manipulate the designs means you get even more value for money!

I've Been Framed
World Traveller

     We have lots of new designs for you this month but don't forget the gorgeous ones already in the Etsy shop. Happy crafting.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Come and Get It - Valentine's Day Cards
The Paper Players - Valentine's Card

Sunday 5 February 2017

MHK Designs - Glory Of The Lord

      Welcome to the first of our new releases at MHK Designs, we have five new sets to bring to you through the course of Febraury.
     Following on from my MHK Designs inspiration post I've made another small collection of notlets.
     This time each flower has a colour tint to it, made using a photo package. To co-ordinate the sentiment it has also had a colour change.
     After trimming and folding the cards the corners have been rounded using a punch, then they have been coloured with a co-ordinating ink all the way around the edge.
     There is a tiny butterfly on each card that I found in a discount shop, they come in a small plastic container, sold as nail art.
     You have the chance to win a new digi stamp set from MHK Designs, just pop over to the MHK Designs blog and read all about it, you'll also see lots more inspiration from the DT.
Glory Of The Lord

I would like to enter these cards in the following challenges:
Simple Papercraft - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes

Wednesday 1 February 2017

House Of Cards Pretty In Pink

     This months challenge at the House Of Cards has a simple photo prompt with the addition of shades of pink, just right for February.
      I must admit the pink hearts threw me a bit, not my usual choice, so it was a challenge for me to work a little outside my comfort zone.
     I started by using Distress ink to colour a heart shape on a white card blank. I put a piece of plastic mess on the card, then covered that with a heart shaped die and worked within that heart. I've had that mesh for ages but never thought to use it, it's quite a nice mosaic type effect.
      The swirly heart is die cut from a sheet of card that I marbled using the shaving foam technique some time ago. The small heart is, I must confess, covering a little ink that got outside the large heart. This paper was in a pack of mixed scraps I bought, as if I don't have enough scraps of my own!
     Both the smaller hearts are stuck flush to the card making it quite flat, a basic greeting added to finish a very simple card.
     Our challenge at House Of Cards runs all month so join us with your cards when you can, pop over and see all the DT inspiration to get you started.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Inky Chicks - Clean and Simple
PIN spirational - Photo prompt = pink, hearts, cup
Dream Valley  - All About Love

MHK Designs - February Challenge

     This months challenge at MHK Designs has two lovely photo prompts to get you started. You don't have to use an MHK Designs image but we would love it if you did.
     This lovely set is called He Is Risen, it has an Easter theme to it but as all the elements are separate you can just use the flowers as I have. I enlarged the image so it was partly off the page, leaving just enough room for a greeting taken from Birds and Branches.
     The image is coloured with watercolour pencils, then given a pink mat layer before going on a white card blank, nice and simple for a short note to a friend.

He Is Risen
Birds and Branches

     MHK Design challenge runs all month so please come and join us with your creations, you could win a stamp set just by playing along.

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

Woven Heart

     I'm really enjoying getting back into the corndollie style plaiting, but this time with paper, recycled paper to be precise. Altered Eclectics is a challenge blog for recycled art and mixed media, anything goes except cards and ATC's.  
     Using old magazines I cut into strips I made lots of straws by rolling them around a skewer. Once I had a pot full of straws I began to plait a tube to form the heart shape base I needed. The tube is rather strong once plaited so rather than try and bend it sharply I chose to make two tubes and glue them together.
     When using damp straw it is relatively easy to shape, holding in place as it dries keeps it's shape well but paper is a little different, I didn't want to get it wet incase it fell apart. An overnight hold using a rubber band seemed to help and once glued together the tubes stayed put.

     Hot glue is strong and solid when dry so it holds the tubes perfectly. The only problem with glueing two tubes together is you can see the join.
     After a light spraying of white paint the colourful tubes were a little more distressed, I didn't want to loose all of the colour, just knock it back a little.
     The joins were less obvious once painted but still visible so that's were the flowers come in.
     The flowers are die cut music sheets made using Sizzix Jumbo Tattered Florals. Each petal set was coloured with Distress ink around the edges, then cut  and assembled into roses. The leaves are also music paper coloured with Distress.
     Before glueing the roses on I glued a small length of white organza to the heart for hanging.
     The flowers had several positions before I decided just where to glue them, spending two days just sitting on the table with a tweak every time I passed, until I was finally happy with their position.
     I'm now working on a smaller version with much smaller straws, a bit fiddly but hopefully worth it. This heart, including flowers, measures approx 13 inches square, if you made a slightly smaller one it would fit in a clean, decorated, pizza box for presentation as a gift.
     Altered Eclectics challenge runs all month, so you have plenty of time to be creative before you come and join us.

I would like to enter this heart wreath in the following challenges:
More Mixed Media - Anything Goes -optional blue
Die Cutting Divas - Anything Goes With A die Cut
   Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes   (Top3)
We Love To Create - Anything Mixed Media
Try It On Tuesday - Hearts and Flowers

Cruising The Male Room

     A new challenge at The Male Room start today, this time we are looking for anything masculine with a number theme.
     I chose to use up some of my stash and found this set from Hunkdory. I don't often use this type of card kit but how could I pass by such a great car card.
     On a cream card blank I have stuck the main background sheet and then used some of the decoupage elements to build it up slightly. Here in the UK we are now governed by different postal rates for depth and size so keeping it basic means cheaper postage.
     The edges needed a little sanding to get those little tag bits off before assembly and the layers are built up with Stix2 foam pads. The design already had some gold highlights so nothing else needs to be added. I though this was a perfect card for 2017, now to send it to someone with a special occasion.
     Our Male Room challenge runs for two weeks so please come and join us with your masculine creations, we would love to see them.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Cardz 4 Guyz - Something Beginning With C  (Chevrolet Car)
Sunny Day Crafting - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs - For The Men In Your Life   (Top 5)

Scrappy Birds

     Do you have lots of small patterned paper scraps stashed away just in case?  These tags were made for CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge using some of my 'big enough to be useful' stash.
     Using my Birdy Tower Woodware stamp I used black Versafine to stamp out all the birdy pieces.  You can either stamp on the tag to get the legs or draw them in afterwards like I did.
     Each tag has a Distress Ink coloured edge to tone it in with the birds to be stuck on them. These birds are great Robins at Christmas but make fun images for use all year round, not quite crazy birds but still cute.  
     I cut around each piece carefully and then stuck them on the card with PVA glue once the Distress was dry.
     The legs are drawn in with a black micron pen and any little gaps in the black outlines touched up.
     The beaks have gold foil added by using the Stix2 two way glue pen. When blue it sticks paper together permanently, but when allowed to go clear it becomes a tacky repositionable glue which takes foil perfectly, it's acid free too.
     With the addition of woggle eyes and a stamped greeting, which comes with the birdy tower, the tags are almost complete. It just remains for ribbon to be added, this is white organza coloured with an alcohol marker.

     Please come over and join us at CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge with your creations, it's always anything goes as long as you use patterned paper.

I would like to enter these tags in the following challenges:
The Paper Girls - Patterned Paper
Send A Smile 4 Kids - Anything Goes