Sunday, 20 August 2017

MHK Designs - Pet Puns

     Set number four from MHK Designs is a really useful set for animal lovers, this could help with making those masculine cards that sometimes prove to be a challenge.
     I chose to use the fishbowl from Pet Puns as I had someone in mind as soon as I saw this set. It's been printed on white card and coloured with alcohol markers, then die cut with a faux stitch die.
     To bring out the orange of the fish I printed some backing paper from French Country to use as a mat layer.
     Once the layers were all finished and added to the card blank I used some Glossy Accents to make the fish bowl look like glass, it took a while to dry and buckled slightly, but that has settled down now it's completely dry.
     Don't forget there is a chance to win this set or the whole release, you need to go to MHK Designs blog to find out how, while you're there why not make a card for our challenge too.

Pet Puns
French Country

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything featuring a Critter   (M)
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes   (F)
Polkadoodles Crafting - Anything Goes   (W)

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Drinks at The Male Room

     At The Male Room this fortnight we have a Drinks theme, so you can make anything drink related, as long as it's masculine.
     I have chosen to make a very quick and easy decoupage card with some toppers I was given. I have just cut the foreground out and then put it on foam pads  over the base layer, this means it's still thin enough for standard UK postage.
     The small mat layer is dark red textured paper which I thought went well with the red wine theme in the picture. Mounted on a cream card, white looked too bright and not in keeping with the vintage look.
     There is no greeting on the card as yet, that will be added when I decide what I will use it for.
    If you haven't already looked at the DT inspiration then please pop over and take a look, come and join us at The Male Room, this challenge runs for two weeks.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

MHK Designs - Marvelous

     Our third new release at MHK Designs is a collection of marvelous sayings accompanied by a lovely flower, just the words alone make a great card.
     The colour of the saying has been changed in my photo package with a black background added before being printed on gloss photo paper.
     Using a small butterfly die I have cut random flutterings all over the gloss card and backed it with foam pads.
     The backing paper has been changed to turquoise and printed on thick paper. After sticking the background paper to a white card blank the gloss panel has been stuck on top, this allows the cut outs to show off the pattern underneath.
     A very simple card that's still thin enough for standard UK postage, ideal for a little note to cheer up a friend.
Damsel In Distress 

      Here is how to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE!  Here's what you'll need to do...  
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             2.Comment on each DT member's blog.
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     Comments will be chosen randomly from all these places after the release is over, and the authors of those comments will be our winners!  So, the best way to win is to comment every day!  

Thursday, 10 August 2017

MHK Designs - Light Of The World

     The second of our new releases at MHK Designs is Light of the World and this is my second project using it.
     Again I have chosen to use the lamp, I love its simplicity, perfect for a CAS card that's to the point.
     The lamp and words were assembled in a photo package and then printed on plain white card.
     I wanted to add colour coming from the lamp, so I held the printed image on my window and used it like a lightbox, tracing round the lamp on copy paper. With the copy paper cutout in place I used a stencil from my stash and yellow ink to create the rays of light coming from the lamp.
     A very simple card but a clear message and nice and flat for posting.
     Please pop over and have a look at all the DT projects on MHK Designs blog and while you're there have a look at how easy it is to win some of these lovely new digi sets.

Light of the World

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes   (F)
Retarte - Anything Goes   (F)
Use Your Stuff - Inspired By A Quote   (W)

Monday, 7 August 2017

MHK Designs - Monthly Inspiration

    Light of the World will be the next new set released by MHK Designs this month, so I thought I'd show you something you could make with it.
     Using the plain lamp from this set I made a circle of them with my photo package, printed them and then cut them out. They have been coloured with alcohol markers and stretched with a ball tool to resemble petals on a flower.
     Using a background from Damsel In Distress with foliage helps make this look even more flower like, along with layering two lamp circles on foam pads. The centre was die cut and coloured before removing the die to get a white, even border, this is also mounted on foam pads.
     The lamp butterfly is two large lamps and two small, all lamp bases are overlapped to get the body. With the addition of a flower stamen for antennae the butterfly, once coloured and trimmed, is complete, there are foam pads under its wings.
     The DT inspiration for this set will be on our blog on Thursday, please pop in and see all the different projects made with it. There will also be details on how you could win this set and more.
Light of the World
Damsel In Distress

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes
Little C's Creations - Yellow Flowers

Saturday, 5 August 2017

MHK Designs - Christmas Frames

     Christmas Frames from MHK Designs are just that, Christmas Frames, this makes them ideal for shaker cards.
     I prefer to make shaker boxes, I think they look neater because you can't see the foam and nothing can escape.
     The Wintry Scene was printed on white card, the edges measured and scored ready for the box and the centre cut out. The greeting was printed on another sheet of card ready to back the shaker.
     An acetate sheet was put over the opening and then foam tape was put all around close to the opening, with a small piece in each corner for support.
     A mixture of snowflake sequins, shaved glitter and micro beads was added to the well created over the acetate before the backing was carefully lowered on top to seal the shaker aperture.
  Once the greeting backing was in place the sides were folder over to form the box. To make it all neat and tidy another backing was put on and a small stand to keep the card upright.
     Finishing touches were to colour the door and windows of the house and add a little sparkle to the snow.

Christmas Frames Part 1
Christmas Frames Part 2

     If you haven't come from MHK Designs blog then please pop over and take a look at all the DT inspiration, you also have the chance to win some of these new release sets, full details are on our blog.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Christmas Card Challenge - Anything Christmas/Option Photo Inspiration
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - Festive Sentiment
The 12 Months Of Christmas - Anything Christmas/Option Traditional Colours
A Snowflakes Promise - Anything Christmas
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas - Anything Christmas/Option 3 of Something
Crafty Friends - Christmas In July

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The Male Room's All At Sea

     The new challenge at The Male Room is Maps/Co-ordinates, after a few false starts here is my nautical contribution.
     Starting with a kraft card square the main images were stamped and embossed in white. Then the fun part, playing with Distress Oxide inks on my craft sheet, Walnut, Photo and Jeans provided the mixture I was looking for.
     Adding just a square of each colour to the craft mat, then a spritz with water gave enough ink for the kraft card to be dragged through, dipped in and dabbed with. I tried to get most of the blue around the ship and once dry the chalky look from these inks added even more interest.

      As the images were embossed they resisted the colour perfectly, all that was needed to finish off was to add a map. This was done using a dark brown Memento ink so it wouldn't react with any more Oxide I might add.
     The edges looked a little unfinished, so I used the same Oxides to go around with a blending sponge to frame the panel. I wanted to add a little interest to the corners but not add anything too prominent, so I dug out a favourite corner punch.
     The mat layer is an old gold pearl card, it adds a hint of gold with out too much bling, keeping the vintage nautical look. Mounted on a kraft card blank the whole cad remains vintage and understated.
     The Male Room challenge runs for two weeks, so after you've had a look at the DT inspiration please come and join us with your project.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Blooming House Of Cards

     The House Of Cards challenge this month has a gorgeous photo prompt with pretty shades of lilac, mauve and purple.  Needing no excuse to break out the Brusho's, as soon as I saw the colours for this challenge the box was on my desk.
     The flowers have been stamped and embossed in white on watercolour card. Then the fun began, using a water brush I painted one petal and sprinkled purple Brusho on it, blew away the excess and moved on the the next petal.
     All petals were done one at a time to make sure the paint stayed just where I wanted it, the stems and leaves have been done the same way.
The flower centre were done last so that the petals were completely dry, these were done with grey.
     The thing I love about these paints is the way they show the component colours when not completely mixed or saturated, giving some great effects.
     All that was needed was a mat layer to compliment the image and then on to a white card blank. The greeting comes with the flowers in a Woodware set called Erica, this was embossed in silver and die cut before mounting on foam pads.
     Our challenge at the House Of Cards runs all month so please come and join us with your creations.

MHK Designs - August Challenge

     The new challenge at MHK Designs has a floral inspiration to it and some rather bold colours too. After searching through my images I fell upon a backing paper that I thought was just perfect.
     Colouring papers are very popular in the UK, with many books available but once I started looking at the backing papers in black and white I saw lots of possibilities. Damsel In Distress is a great set for this purpose, with several designs that can be printed and coloured, making it even more useful.
     I printed my paper out on a lighter setting so I got a more grey image than black, then I set about colouring with watercolour pencils. Once all the colouring was done I went back over the design with a white gel pen to add some highlights. The centre of the blue flower has some silver dimensional paint added to lift it slightly.
     Mounting the image panel on dark red paper, then on blue card helped to pick out the challenge colours and tie the whole thing together. The layered panel was then put on a white card blank with a dark red edged die cut greeting mounted on foam pads.

Damsel In Distress
     The beauty of digital papers is you can print custom sizes and manipulate the colours to suit if you play around in your photo package. If you don't have a photo package try changing some of the settings on your printer, just remember to reset to standard when finished.  

MHK Designs have some great new releases coming out this month so please pop over to the blog to see what the DT have done with them, you also have the opportunity to win some of them, all details will be on the MHK Designs blog.

Fizzy Jelly Fish

    Over at Altered Eclectics you can enter the challenge with mixed media, journaling and recycled projects, anything BUT a card or ATC. I like to recycle as much a s possible so when I saw how to do these I raided the recycle bin and set to work.
     The bottle should have a shaped bottom to make the head of the jellyfish more interesting. After a long study in my local supermarket I discovered that it's fizzy drink bottles that have the best shaped bottom.
     I found a video on You Tube for making these, here's the link. Cut the bottom off just above where it goes smooth for the label to sit, then cut the top off just below the shaping for the neck (this bit makes a good funnel).
      The bottom is gently smoothed off by holding it on a craft iron to melt it slightly, the heat makes the edges curl in a little.
     The centre of the bottle should be cut into a fringed collar, cut up to within an inch or so from the top all the way round the bottle, this will form the tentacles.
     To get then to curl hold them over a candle flame, they will bend in the heat, try not to hold them too close or they will get black soot marks on them. Once curled cut the solid ring at the top once to make a strip that can then be rolled up and secured either with hot glue or with strong clear tape.
     Once you have the tentacles rolled up you are ready to glue them into the head. Using hot glue stick the tentacle roll in the middle of the head with a large drop of glue and hold until it's set.
     To hang your jellyfish you can add fishing line to the top of the head with another spot of hot glue, if you use fishing line it can't be seen so easily so they look like they are swimming trough the air.
     Small ones can be added to a large clear container of water so the do actually swim around, you can find more detail on this in the video.
     Having made some clear jellyfish I wanted to make a neon green one, so back to the shop for some more research.  Mountain Dew comes in a lovely bright neon green bottle, not keen on the taste but it was necessary for my art!
     Now I look at fizzy drink bottles in every shop and garage I go to, you never know when you might find something different.
     Did you know that a collection of jellyfish is called a bloom, smack or swarm?

You can join our challenge at Altered Eclectics with your own recycled projects or mixed media, it's open all month, we'd love to see what you make.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Male Room Fossil

     Our new challenge at The Male Room is mixed media, you can make a card or any other project as long as it's masculine mixed media. I didn't want to use a canvas so I die cut a tag from mount board for my base.
     Using some stencils I added Henry and a couple of ammonites with texture paste, Then the tag was coloured with Distress Oxide in Fossilised Amber, Broken China and Vintage Photo. I used a wet stencil to remove some ink, which doesn't show all that well, then spritzed and flicked to get more variation.
     The edges are darkened with Distress Ink in corresponding colours but Henry is coloured with Black Soot because he just didn't stand out enough, I rather like the pale lines around him as it gives him a feint glow.
     Using the Distress Inks I have stamped a pebble texture type pattern to add interest to the background, there is also a fossilised fish stamped above Henry's head.
     The word 'dig' is die cut in dark brown card and stuck on near Henry. There are also some interesting beach finds stuck to the tag, the stone may or may not be a fossil, but it looks like it could be so that's close enough for my tag.
     The label is die cut from the same mount board, inked dark brown and then covered with gold gilding wax and polished. I did have a dictionary definition but I messed it up, so had to type this one instead, it's on white card stamped with a craze pattern and covered with acetate.  All that remained was to add some twine to the top and Henry's tag was finished.
     Our challenge runs for two weeks, so hopefully that will give you enough time to come up with a masculine mixed media project to show us. Please have a look at the DT inspiration for a few ideas.

I would like to enter this tag in the following challenges:
2 Sisters On The Blog - Beach   (M)
Delicious Doodles - Beside The Sea   (M)
Eclectic Ellapu - Seaside or Summer Colours   (M)
Take A Word -Sea Creatures   (I hope fossilised ones count)  (W) 

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Floral Shaker

     It's been some time since I made a shaker card so I thought I'd use this tangled flower stamp to make one. The flower comes with three different patterned leaves so you can build up your own design.
      I measured out a square of card and stamped the flower in each corner, turning it slightly to appear more random. Then using masking sheet I covered the flowers and stamped some leaves to fill the gaps and make a full border.  I left the centre open as this was the area I wanted to cut out.
     Using alcohol markers I coloured the leaves and flowers as well as the white edge, this edge was coloured in grey green because the white looked too bright.  The stamen dots have been foiled using the 2in1 glue pen and transfer foils.
      Around the outside of the square I scored each side 5mm and 10mm in from the edges to make fold lines. This is because I prefer to make a shaker box card so the foam cannot be seen and there is less chance of the contents escaping.
     The next step was to cover the opening with acetate, then surround the opening with foam tape to build the bead enclosure, with some extra foam in the corners of the box for support.
     I wanted to add some tiny butterfly sequins to the micro beads but couldn't find any so I used some tiny flower gems instead.
     I stamped my greeting on a piece of square card that fits just inside the fold lines. Once the beads and gems were added I took all the backing off the foam and carefully placed the card on top to seal them in.
     With the card in place I folded the edges over to form the box and stuck them down. To tidy it all up I cut a backing card to cover all the edges and added a small card stand so it will sit up just like a small picture frame would.
     The backing is white so it could be written on or you could add a small tag to the back so it can be removed and the card kept for display.
     While I have all the bits and bobs out I think I will make a few more shaker cards ready for the Christmas card stash.

Materials list - available from your  local craft shop
Stix2 Anything - S57361 2in1 Glue Pen
                            S57111 Transfer Foil
                            S57131 Project Acetate

                            S57268 Masking Sheet
                            S57075 Seed Bead Pack 
                            Double Sided Tape
                            Foam Tape

Woodware  from Creative Expressions  - JGS511 Bold Bloom Mildred

                                                                  JGS521 Imagine Verse

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks - Stamping, No Digis #358    (W)
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes #258  (W)
Crafty Calendar - Anything Goes   (M)
Lost Coast Portal - Anything Goes #38   (M)
Stamping Sensations - Anything With Flowers   (M)

Friday, 7 July 2017

MHK Designs Monthly Inspration

     This month we are celebrating all things seasonal so I have chosen to make a special tag for a special gift. For this tag I have used two image sets, Season's Greetings and Deck The Halls, along with a paper set Christmas Past.
     To begin I covered a tag with a paper from Christmas Past and coloured the edges, then printed the stocking from Deck The Halls and Father Christmas from Season's Greetings. The stocking I die cut tag shaped, coloured and then used embossing powder to decorate the edge. Father Christmas was die cut on a circle and mounted behind a die cut frame.
    Father Christmas was stuck flush on to the large tag but the small tag was stuck on using foam pads, making sure the holes lined up. To finish I have added ribbons, twine and a gold bell.

Season's Greetings
Deck the Halls

Christmas Past

     Don't forget our challenge gives you the chance to win some MHK Designs sets and you don't even have to use our images to enter!

I would like to enter this tag in the following challenges:
Merry Monday Christmas - Summer Link Up  (Aug 31)
Christmas at Sweet Stampin - Anything Christmas   (F)
Try It On Tuesday - Tags   (F)