Thursday, 1 December 2016

House Of Cards Christmas Blog Hop

      Welcome to the House Of Cards blog hop and DT call. We have several lovely sponsors for this hop, a full list can be seen on the HOC home page as well as a full hop list, just in case you get lost. Comment on every blog in the list for a chance to win some of the hidden prizes and then enter a card for another chance to win a prize.

     Allow me to introduce Nigel, he lives at Beccy's Place with two of his friends, he's a very quiet fellow. He normally holds a lamp but as it's Christmas he's helping put up the stockings.
     I have used Graph-It markers to colour him in, they're a brand of alcohol marker that I have found very easy to use. My blending skills are improving slowly, having the right cardstock is the key.
     Nigel is wearing a traditional red and green outfit with grey green stockings and black shoes with gold buckles. He's holding a holly filled stocking from MHK Designs which is coloured, cut out and stuck on where the lamp used to be.

     I trimmed the image panel to size and then cut two mat layers, both in thin white card. Using the same pens used for Nigel's clothes I coloured around the edges of the thin card so when they were layered everything matched. I have spent ages going through my card stash hunting for a perfect colour match, it seems no matter how much card I have I never have the right shade, so this solves that problem and saves me time.
     Nigel is mounted on a large DL card blank but as he's a digi stamp you could print him out at whatever size you like. All that remained was a greeting from the same MHK Design set die cut and layered, then stuck on with thin foam pads.

Gnomes In My Garden
Deck The Halls

You should have arrived here from Paula's BlogThis hop will run FROM December 1ST AT 6:00 AM CST THROUGH December 15TH AT NOON CST,  ANY CARD STYLE is welcome and we've got a gorgeous photo inspiration for your crafting enjoyment!

Now get to hoppin'!  Your next stop is Rosi's Blog!  Don't forget to link up a project with us after completing the hop for an extra chance to win a mystery prize from one of our fabulous sponsors, too!  Happy stamping to you all! :)

I would like to enter Nigel in the following challenges:
Addicted To Stamps and More - Make Your Mark
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Merry Monday Christmas - Masculine Christmas Card

MHK Designs - 'Here For You' Surprise Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to a SPECIAL SURPRISE blog hop for our dear friend,  Julie Odil! Julie was recently diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma, so this hop is our way of letting her know that we are here for her. You should have come here from Shawna's blog. If you didn't, please hop over to  THIS POST for a complete list of participants!
Along with this hop, there is a special release  digital stamp set and  paper pack from the  MHKDesigns Etsy shop designed specifically for sending get well cards to those struggling with different forms of cancer. The colors of the paper pack are lavender (all cancers awareness), lime green (lymphoma awareness), pink (breast cancer awareness), teal (ovarian cancer awareness), and peach (cervical cancer awareness). Take a peek at these products...

......and here's the card I made for Julie using those two special release sets.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I know that Julie needs our support now more than ever, so let's band together and show her that we are here for her! Your next stop on the hop is back to the MHK Designs blog.

Christmas Card Trees

     Altered Eclectics is all about mixed media and recycling, making projects other than cards and ATC's so when I was given a bag full of old shop bought Christmas cards I decided to make something with them.
     How do you turn paper back into a tree? Well I searched around for an idea and came across a tree that I liked the look of, the only trouble was it was going to be much too big for where I wanted to put it and I found the construction a bit fiddly.
     After a bit of playing around I settled on this method, cut 16 strips 4" x 1", 16 strips 3.5" x 3/4", 8 strips 3" x 1/2" and 8 strips 2.5" x 1/2". This makes 12 layers of decreasing size.
     Curl over and stick both ends of each strip to form a point with the printed side upwards.
     Mark the centre of each strip on the back so you know where to put the foam pad as you build the layers. Begin with the largest strips and stick two together using a large square foam pad to form a cross, then stick two more at an angle to the first two, it will look like one of those ribbon stars you get to stick on presents. Make sure there is a foam pads between every strip and stack them up gradually to form your tree until the last layer of small strips at the top. This tree, depending on the thickness of your foam pads, should come out at about 3.5" tall.

      With the addition of a small origami star made from glitter paper the tree is finished.
     Just right for little table settings, you could add a name tag to each one and use it as a place tag.
     I wouldn't dream of doing this to a handcrafted card but a shop bought one from last year has many uses. The children can make these without too much mess and when the festive season has finished it can be recycled again.
     Come on over to Altered Eclectics to see all the different projects we've made and join us with your creation.

I would like to enter these trees in the following challenges:
Fab 'n' Funky - Anything Christmas
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes

Mizuhiki Reindeer

     Welcome to a new challenge for CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge, it just had to be a Christmas card today didn't it. Our challenege is for anything made with patterned paper so you don't have to make a card to join in, it could be a gift bag, box or decoration.
     This red nosed reindeer is made from Mizuhiki cord, which is Japanese paper cord, it's thin so easily knotted as long as you don't get a kink in it. This is a traditional knot with a twist, the ends are curled to form antlers and the bottom loop is opened up to form his face. With the addition of a small red pompom and a couple of woggly eyes he is complete.
     He is mounted on a matt gold layer with corner detail over e red layer before going on to a holly print backing paper. The holly print is on another layer of matt gold before going on a green card blank. The greeting is a small peel off on red card mounted on foam pads.
     Come and join us with your patterned paper creations, the challenge runs all month and we'd love to see what you make.
     Here's a little note about Mizuhiki cord....
Mizuhiki plays an important role in Japanese culture as a symbol of affection, warmth, and togetherness. Made from washi, or Japanese paper, Mizuhiki is a colorful twine that is tied in knots to decorate gifts.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Christmas Card Challenge - Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts - Anything Goes (optional Christmas paper)

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

The Male Room Woods

     Welcome to a new challenge at The Male Room, our theme this time is 'scapes'- city, sea, land or in this case tree.
      Using a Woodware stamp the trees have been stamped several times on a piece of watercolour paper 24cm x 13cm. The card was coloured with water soluble inks, then the trees were coloured with watercolour pens.
     Once dry the card was scored at 4cm intervals to form the concertina effect, on the back there are two panels of patterned paper over thin card stuck at either end to the outside panels, then holes were punched in the folds to thread the ribbon through.
     Stickles were used to add sparkle to the trees and then it was left to dry completely before threading the ribbon through the holes. It is one long length of ribbon threaded with the centre at the front and the tails meeting at the back. The ribbon is then passed through a bead in opposite directions, then through another bead again in opposite directions and secured. The first bead acts as a slide to hold the card shut for delivery and the second bead to stop it all unravelling.
     A tree-scape makes for a perfect male Christmas card, not to sparkly or cute and you can keep the colours masculine.  Please come and join us at The Male Room with your scape's, we'd love to see them.

Materials list - available from your  local craft shop
Woodware Craft Collection - JGS471 Trio of Trees
                                          Sentiment set unknown code
                                          Koi Watercolour Pens

Stix2 Anything - Masking Sheet
                        Double Sided Tape

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Christmas Card Challenges - Anything Christmas
ABC Christmas - Criss Cross Something (ribbon through bead)
12 Months Of Christmas - Anything Christmas (optional Bingo)

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Guest Spot at Through The Craft Room Door

     Last month I was lucky enough to win a challenge at Through The Craft Room Door, along with this went the opportunity to be a Guest Designer for them and a great prize from A Day For Daisies. For my project I was given a Polkadoodles image to work with, they are the sponsors for this weeks Anything Goes challenge.
      I printed the image on white card suitable for alcohol markers and coloured it in using my Graph-It pens and a gold glitter gel pen on the bauble cap. I have covered her eyes with Glossy Accents to make them shine.
     Before mounting the image panel on the gold paper, which luckily matches the gold pen, I die cut some stars in the big white open areas. The white card is stuck flat on to the gold paper before being stuck flat on to the Kraft bag.
     To keep continuity I die cut the greeting from the same gold paper, it was all one diecut but I cut it apart so I could put Merry at the top and Christmas at the bottom, again filling open white areas. With the addition of a red bow on the handle my gift bag is complete and ready for use.
     Through The Craft Room Door is an Anything Goes weekly challenge so that gives you lots of scope for an entry, I hope to see you there.

Materials used
Polkadoodles image - Bauble Wishes, Twiggy & Toots
Kraft bag
White card - suitable for alcohol markers
Graph-It  Alcohol Markers
Glossy Accents
Gold Paper
Merry Christmas Die / Small Star Die
Stix2 Double Sided Tape
Signo Gold Glitter Pen

I would like to enter this gift bag in the following challenges:
Polkadoodles - Anything Goes (optional Not A Card)
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas - Cute / Anything Christmas
The Pencil Case - Anything Goes

Monday, 21 November 2016

MHK Designs Challenge #11

     Welcome to the new challenge at MHK Designs, we have a great photo inspiration for you this month with a selection of pretty muted colours.
     I have used a feather from the new set 'Fanciful Feathers' for my main image. This set will be released in the next few days so keep an eye on MHK Designs Etsy shop.
     The image is printed on white card and coloured with a mixture of pens and pencils. It was then die cut and coloured with Distress Ink around the edges before removing the die, this is a great way to get a white border without adding another layer of card.
     The die cut green layer was white, it has been coloured with the same pen as the feather so it matches perfectly. The base card has been stamped with a leaf design in shades of brown using Distress Ink, then with a waterbrush the leaves have been painted to move the ink around and fill in the leaves.

Fanciful Feathers
November challenge

     If you would like to win a digi set from MHK Designs then all you have to do is play along at MHK Designs challenge blog, you don't have to use one of our designs to enter but we would love it if you did.
     Next month we have some gorgeous new releases to show you with lots of inspiration, this is a sneak peek of just one set so don't forget to pop back in December.

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