Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Playing The Blues at The Male Room

     Welcome to a new colour challenge at The Male Room, we would like to see something masculine using blue, orange and yellow.
     After a recent visit to the show at Ally Pally I have some new stamps and a mask to play with. The background is made using an Indigo Blu stamp and mask with the yellow and orange Distress Inks. This layer of inking has been dried before stamping with a Visible Image stamp using Distress Ink and then clear embossing powder.
     To keep it simple it is then trimmed and stuck on to a blue card making it very flat and quite thin which is perfect for UK postage rates.
     Please come and join us at The Male Room, we have lots of inspiration to help get you started.

Colour Challenge

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Love To Scrap - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes

Thursday, 20 October 2016

MHK Designs - New Year Greetings

     This is the last of this months new releases from MHK Designs, a perfect set for decorating a new year gift or making the odd new year card you may need to send. New Year Greetings teamed up with Christmas Past paper set works well for this bottle label, a nice way to decorate a dinner party gift.
     The star design from Christmas Past looks fine for new year, celebratory but still in the seasonal colours, this is printed on card, an A4 sheet will yield three bottle labels.
     I die cut a hole just big enough for the neck of the bottle, then die cut a decorative collar for the hole and rounded the corners. The image is left black and white, so is the greeting, both are die cut with a mat layer that matches the collar. These panels are stuck on to the label with foam pads, the back of the label is blank which is perfect for writing a message to go with your gift.
     Please pop over to the MHK Designs blog and look at all the inspiration we have for you, you still have time to comment with the chance to win one of the new releases.

New Year Greetings
Christmas Past

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

MHK Designs - Perfect Poinsettia

     Another new release from MHK Designs is this lovely Christmas set called Perfect Poinsettia, for this card I have teamed it up with Deck The Halls paper set.
     The image is printed on white card, coloured with alcohol markers and then die cut, for the mat layer I have die cut a scalloped edge circle in matt gold. The greeting is treated in the same way as the image and mounted on thin foam pads over a layer of paper from Deck The Halls. It didn't look quite right straight on to the red card blank so I added a small white mat layer. It is thin enough to be standard post in the UK, which is a must at this time of year with so many to send out.
     We have lots of inspiration for you over on the MHK Designs blog, plus a chance to win some of the new releases so please pop over and take a look.

Perfect Poinsettia
Deck The Halls

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

MHK Designs - Wonderful Wreath

     For our third new release at MHK Designs we are going festive with Wonderful Wreath.
     My project is all made in tradional colours but the beauty of a digi stamp is you can colour it however you wish and make it any size you like.
     This was printed out twice so that I could decoupage some of the leaves and the bow. It is coloured with alcohol markers and finished off with some red glitter glue for the berries.
     The layers are die cut and mated on a red card blank. The greeting was die cut, after trying it out on paper first, coloured with ink and then mounted on thin foam pads across the wreath. There are a mixture of greetings on this set to accommodate various feelings toward the festive season.
     We have lots of inspiration for you over at MHK Designs blog, plus a chance to win one of the new sets.

Wonderful Wreath

Monday, 17 October 2016

MHK Designs - Various Vehicles

     For our second new release at MHK Designs we have a great vehicle set, perfect for making masculine cards, called Various Vehicles.
     For this project I teamed this new set with a paper set called World Traveler. I decided to make a scrapbook page, it is 8x8 which is possible from an A4 sheet of card.
     I chose the ship and plane background paper and set it as a watermark so it wasn't too bold, then I have set the two images over the top of this page, they are png files so they will print quite happily over a decorated background.
     With the addition of a couple of photographs and a cut out banner across the page it is complete. Should you be lucky enough to have an A3 printer then a 12x12 page would be easy for you but I am quite happy with an 8x8 unique backing paper.
     Please take a look at the MHK Designs blog page for lots more inspiration and don't forget there is a chance to win a new set of stamps.

World Traveler
Various Vehicles

Sunday, 16 October 2016

MHK Designs - Chicken In

     Welcome to the first of our new releases at MHK Designs, this set is called Chicken In. It has three images and five sentiments, all chicken related.
     For my project I decided to make some index cards for my recipe box, as well as a subject divider. I keep all my favourite recipes in the index box for quick reference, or the page number and name of the book where the recipe can be found.
     The divider was printed out on plain card, cut out using one of the existing cards and then coloured with watercolour pencils.
     The index cards where printed directly on to the card after a few trial runs on paper. My photo package will show me an actual size image so I was able to get it quite close to correct, just making a few final tweaks on the paper trial runs.
     MHK Designs also have a great vegetable image set called Eat Your Veg and there is a cow on one of the other sets, with cake on another, so it is possible to make a full set as a gift, guaranteed to be a unique present.
     Pop over to MHK Designs blog to see lots more inspiration and for a chance to win one of the new sets.

Chicken In 

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Spooky Manor at The Male Room

     For the new challenge at The Male Room we have a Halloween theme and as we are not just cards I thought I'd make a spooky manor to go in the games room.
     I have used the Sizzix Tim Holt Village Dwelling die to make the basic house and then the Village Manor die to add all the extras which include the tower, fence, porch and window frames.
     The basic house was cut from Kraft card and then stamped with a woodgrain stamp in white and then brown, so was the porch and the tower it's a large Stampin'Up stamp called Hardwood, that I've had for over a year and use regularly.
     I saw a great tip on You Tube about cutting the roof open where the tower sits so the tea light can shine through to all the windows, so that's what I did. The roof is decorated using the Village Rooftops die which has several different styles, this one was cut in dark grey and then speckled with white paint to age it.
     The windows have acetate covered with white tissue stuck on the inside, this way you can't see the tea light, just the lovely glow.
     On the display version there are tall chimneys but I didn't like the look when they went on so I took them off again. On all the dwellings I've seen so far the doors are folded out, all the outer doors on my house open inwards so this house does too.
     For more of a Halloween feel I have added a small pumpkin made from orange flower petals folded up and a bare tree that my friend gave me last year. Having made this house I really want to make a whole village now, ready for Christmas.
     You can come and join us at The Male Room with any masculine Halloween project you've made right up until the evening of 25th October.

I would like to enter spooky manor in the following challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown - Halloween
Country View Challenge - All Things Spooky
Paper Creator - Anything Spooky
Retro Rubber - Halloween (had the stamp over a year, got it 2015 I think)