Friday, 20 October 2017

MHK Designs - Heaven Heals

     This is the fourth new release set from MHK Designs to be issued this month, Heaven Heals. There is so much in this set, three beautiful frames that can be used on their own, or with the wonderfully gentle sentiments and a gorgeous angel.
     For this card I chose to use one of the frames to surround a colour changed sentiment, the frame is unchanged. The image is printed over a layer of paper from Country Farm changed to match the sentiment. After printing I have coloured the foliage in the frame and added tiny gems to the flowers to add a little sparkle.
     These images can be printed in a range of colours by using your photo package to alter them. There is a fab video by Mynn of MHK Designs here which will run you through the process, so if you (like I did) think that it's just click, print and colour in please watch Mynn's video's, digi's are SO much more useful than that.

Heaven Heals
Country Farm

     There is an opportunity for you to win this or maybe the whole release, details are over on the MHK Designs blog.  You can join in with our challenges too, you DO NOT need to use an MHK Designs image to play along.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes   (W)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes   (W)
ModSquad - Sympathy/Thinking Of You   (W)

Sunday, 15 October 2017

MHK Designs - Growing Goodness

     This is from the third new release set by MHK Designs, Growing Goodness.  I chose to make a bookmark with one of the great sentiments in this set.
     Some of the words have had a colour change to make them a little different before beng put over a marbled paper from Country Farm. The sentiment strip is matted on to a dark blue die cut bookmark, with a small hole already cut at the end all I had to do was find a tassel  to loop through, slip it in to its plastic cover and a small gift was ready. I have taken the photo before putting it in the plastic sleeve so there's no reflection.

Growing Goodness
Country Farm

     You could win this or maybe even all of the new sets by joining us at MHK Designs blog and following the simple instructions.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Metallic Male Room

     The new challenge at The Male Room is to use metal on your masculine project. Time for me to break out my Walnut Hollow metal embossing kit.
      Some of the metal sheets from WH are coloured, this is a thin paint like layer over the metal which can be rubbed off to create various effects.
      My black base layer of metal was embossed with cherries, then I rubbed away the top layer to reveal black fruit in a rustic type background.
     The word panel and the cherries are embossed in red metal sheet, rubbed back and then coloured with alcohol inks. The cherries have some light weight filler behind them so they won't squash flat.
     The metal panel is matted on a red mirri layer before going on to green on a cream card blank. Maybe not one for the postal system, although the metal is very lightweight it could be damaged spoiling the effect.
     Please pop over to The Male Room to see all DT inspiration on offer.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

MHK Designs - Funky Fall Foliage

     Welcome to release number two for October at MHK Designs. This set is a good all rounder, having beautiful images and a selection of sentiments.

     The image is unchanged but the I have altered the colour of my sentiment in my photo package. If you would like to know how to do this then please watch Mynn's video where she will show you how.
     I coloured my image with pencils and then edged the panel with ink to pick out the pink. It is stuck flat on to a white blank making it very easy to post at standard rate. The only raised area is a tiny nail art butterfly stuck on to give a little more interest.
     Please pop over to the MHK Designs blog to find out how you could win this, or maybe all of the new releases.

Funky Fall Foliage

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything Goes   (W)
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes   (F)

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Jamming With MHK Designs

      Digi stamps don't have to be just for making cards, having made a batch of quince jelly this week I needed to label it. What could be better than home grown fruit made into home cooked jelly, in recycled jars with a hand crafted label.
      I used a frame from Easter Blessings and turned it green, then I typed my own description in green and printed it out on 120gsm paper. Then I put double sided sticky sheet on the back and die cut them.
      Before removing the die I used some pale green ink to colour the paper, once the die is removed you have a lovely white border.
     All that remains now is to find where I've put the pretty holly fabric I bought a few months ago and I can put a nice cover on them before Christmas.
     If you would like to know how to change the colour of a digi image then pop over to You Tube and watch our very own Mynn of MHK Designs show you how in this video.

Easter Blessings

I would like to enter this project in the following challenge:
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes   (W)
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes   (F)
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes   (F)

Thursday, 5 October 2017

MHK Designs - Celestial Elements

     Welcome to the first new release for October from MHK Designs, Celestial Elements. This set is great for making uplifting cards to send to friends and family.
     For this card I started with a background paper from Christmas Past because I wanted stars. I changed it to a dark blue so the white moon would stand out.
     The moon and sentiments were changed to white and layered over the stars, then printed.
     Before mounting on a silver layer I die cut a small star from the background so it would sine through.
     All that remained after that was to mount it on a white card blank. A nice flat, simple message of encouragement ready to send out.
     There will be four more new releases through this month and you have the opportunity to win these sets so please pop over to MHK Designs blog to find out how.
Celestial Elements
Christmas Past

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes   (W)
Wonderful Wednesdays - Anything Goes   (W)

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Things That Go Bump In The House Of Cards

     The new challenge at the House Of Cards is inspired by Halloween, subject or colours, it's up to you. Here in the UK we don't celebrate Halloween as much as our friends in the US so the option to use the colours allows us to make something more Autumnal.
     Having said that I did choose to make a Halloween card. I have a die that cuts the pumpkin face and had seen a CAS card made using it so I thought I'd try it myself.
     The face is cut into the front of a square black card, then an orange glitter card pumpkin was die cut and stuck to the inside of the card.

     I tried the pumpkin attached to the back of the cut out face but it didn't look as good as having the face as a window to the pumpkin.
     The only other thing to add was a 'Boo' on the outside. The letters are die cut from glow-in-the-dark safety tape, so when the lights go out that's all you see, it was very difficult to photograph so please excuse the poor quality.
To join us at House Of Cards it doesn't have to be Halloween, just use the colours shown in the prompt, we'd love to see your projects.

House Of Cards - October

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
DL Art, Thankful Thursday - Halloween   (W)
CAS on Friday - Dies   (F)

MHK Designs - October Challenge

        As soon as I saw the photo prompt for this months challenge at MHK Designs I thought of Alice In Wonderland and the mad hatters tea party. I also wanted to make something other than a card so I opted for a tag, this could be mounted on a card at a later date if required.
Sit A Bit
Tick Tock

      I started with a rabbit covered background from Egg-cellent Easter, over this background I placed a chair from Sit A Bit and some words from Tick Tock (this is a tiny sneak preview of a great set released later this month).
     The rabbit is from Bunny Love, printed on white card, coloured and fussy cut. Before mounting the bunny on foam pads I coloured the edges of the tag and used a stencil to add flowers to the top.

Bunny Love
Egg-cellent Easter

     To finish off I used the same Distress colours to stain some cotton ribbon and spritzed it with some pearl mica water.
     Our challenge runs all month and you do NOT have to use an MHK Designs image to enter, so please come and join us, who knows you might just end up winning some MHK Designs digis too.     

I would like to enter this tag in the following challenge:
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes   (F)

Recycled Flower Power

     Altered Eclectics is all about recycling, altering and mixed media, so when I saw this great box I knew what I wanted to do with it.
     I was invited to a Tropic Skincare party, the products are really good, completely cruelty free and vegan with gorgeous packaging. What more could you want.
     The box has a magnetic fastening hidden in the flap and the only writing is 'Tropic' on the outside and three great words inside, 'pure.honest.effective'. I chose not to cover any of these words but you could easily do so if you wanted to.
     The packaging is minimal but very pretty with lots of colourful leaves and a beautiful shade of turquoise, even the bag is pretty.
     The roses are made using Sizzix Tattered Florals, one cut from the bag and one cut from the wrap over packing in the box. The bag flowers have a Distress ink edge to bring them into the turquoise colour scheme and to tie the whole arrangement together.
     With a couple of leaf die cuts cut from a piece of turquoise card tucked under the roses the top was complete.

     Around the box is a stiff card band which I used to die cut a shaped banner to go on the front of the box. I also cut a turquoise panel to go in the centre of this banner which would make a good place for a name or greeting.
     The only parts of the packaging I haven't found a use for yet are the shaped plastic part that held the items and the strong paper sting handles from the bag. The string handles would make great antennae on a butterfly so maybe I need another box!
     Altered Eclectics challenge runs all month so please pop over and join in with your projects, just remember no cards or ATC's.

I would like to enter this box in the following challenges:
Hiding In My Craftroom - Freestyle   (W)
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes   (M)

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Robby and K9 Visit The Male Room

     The new challenge at The Male Room is technology, any masculine project with this theme is welcome, it doesn't have to be a card.
      In the campaign to use up my stash I came across this card and topper set featuring a robot and his dog, just right for a technology challenge.
     I cut the base card in half to get two card fronts out of it, this one is then trimmed to fit a 7x5 card blank. Before mounting it I used Distress ink to darken the edges, the card has a satin finish but the ink worked quite well.
     The sentiment topper came with the set but the two cogs are die cut greyboard coloured with Distress ink and then a Brilliance pearl ink on top. These are mounted on two different thickness foam pads. To finish off the robot has Glossy Accents over his eyes.
     When time is short these card sets can be very handy, all it takes to make them unique is a few small extras added here and there.
     Our challenge is running for the next two weeks at The Male Room alongside our DT call, so if you love to make masculine projects then please pop over and read the details, if you like what you read then come and join us.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Come and Get It - Anything Goes   (W)
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes   (W)
Always Fun - Anything Goes   (W)

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Gnome Delivery Service

     A new challenge at The Male Room begins today, this time it's all about 'masking'. It's a very useful technique for stampers, opening up the chance to build a scene with just one stamp.
      I stamped my image on to masking sheet three times and cut them out. I have used sticky notes in the past but have had mixed results because they move, Stix2 masking sheet doesn't move and it's low tack so your stamped image is safe.
     The first image stamped was the one that would be in the foreground, he was then masked while his friends were stamped beside him. Once you remember to start at the front and work back, masking can help you build some great scenes.
     With all three gnomes masked I used some torn paper to make another mask for my snowdrifts. Holding this firmly I used Distress ink to create the sky, then I spritzed it with water to create small blotches for snowfall.
     Moving the paper mask down, over the gnomes, I added a very small amount of the same ink to create shadow, making it look like another snowdrift is just behind them.
     With the addition of a little ink added by damp brush around their feet they were ready to colour.
     After removing all masks they were coloured with alcohol markers and spritzed with a pearl mica spray so the whole image panel glistens.
     I also coloured the edge of the card with Distress ink and spritzed it so it would match the image panel, the slight difference in colour is because the base card is different. A small silver mat layer added to the panel before mounting on the card gave it a little Christmas shine.
     Now the problems started when I went to add a greeting, I tried several different ones, die cut, stamped, embossed, but non of them looked right. So I have taken the decision to leave it as it is, I may come across one later that I like but I would rather send it out like this than add something that I feel doesn't look quite right.
     Please pop over to The Male Room to see the DT inspiration, come and join us with your masking projects. You also have the opportunity to join us on a more permanent basis as we're looking for DT members.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
ABC Christmas - S-sketch / T-Trio   (F)
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Anything Christmas   (M)
A Snowflakes Promise - Anything Christmas   (M)    Win
The Holly and The Ivy - Anything Christmas   (F)

Thursday, 7 September 2017

MHK Designer Inspiration

     This month I wanted to show you a selection of seasonal cards made with the same image from MHK Designs in a range of different colours.
     I have to confess that I used to think digital images were just to be printed and coloured, Oh how wrong I was!
     If you have time to play around with them using a photo package you can achieve so much more. Now I am not what I would call computer savvy, but through trial and error (non of them serious) I have learnt a little, with the help of YouTube tutorials by our very own Mynn and advice from friends I am slowly progressing. This makes digital images and papers SO much more useful and very good value for money.    
      After selecting my image I used my photo package to change the colours. This was done by sliding the Hue/Saturation scale, found under the heading Adjustments, up or down. Each time I saw a colour change I liked I saved it with a slightly different name and then continued until I had five variations and my original.
     Using an oval die I cut them out and then coloured the edges with ink to draw the eye to the image.
     The sentiment plaque in the image has rounded edges so I used a corner rounder to make my card blank match. The edges of the card are coloured to match the image panel, with small holly corners painted with the same ink the base card was finished.
     A mirri mat layer under the image panel lifts the card giving it a little Christmas shine, it's mounted on foam pads to add a little more interest to a basic vintage effect card.

Christmas Frames
     I hope this has inspired you to go and play with your MHK Designs images to see what you can do with them. You can enter our challenge with your results, we'd love to see them.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
A snowflakes Promise - Anything Christmas Goes   (M)
Crafty Cardmakers - Monochrome   (F)
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes  (W)
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Use Leaves   (M)

Friday, 1 September 2017

House Of Cards Blows Bubbles

     The new challenge at House Of Cards has an Autumnal feel to it, it's sad to see summer fading but I am looking forward to all those beautiful Autumn colours. We would like to see some text somewhere on your card so that's where I started with mine.
      As our colour palette is mostly browns and creams I started on Kraft card, using a stencil with various size circles cut in it. I stamped through the stencil with a script stamp and some brown ink.
     Once my script was dry I moved the stencil and made coloured circles with Distress Ink in shades of brown and orange, moving the stencil whenever I changed colour.
     The real magic happened when I started using Distress Oxide Ink, this sits more 'on top' of the card than the original Distress and gives another depth to the bokeh type effect, it's semi-opaque and changes appearance slightly when the card is moved in different light. I haven't spritzed any of this card with water to change the Distress inks but that may add even more interest.
     I played around for some time with the colour of the greeting and finally settled on a dark brown pearl card to die cut, it matches the script colour and helps pull that forward a little. A simple cream mat layer, which helps show off the pale Oxide circles, was all that was needed to finish off.
     The House Of Cards challenge runs all month so please come and join us with your Autumnal cards, we would love to see how you are inspired by the photo prompt.

Add Text and/or Colours

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Cardz 4 Gals - Use Kraft   (W)
Day Dreamer - Anything Goes   (M)
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes   (W)
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes   (F)