Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The Male Room In Orbit

     There is a new challenge at The Male Room starting today, space/science is the theme for this fortnight.
     I've never made a spinner card before so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. I began by cutting a hole in some black card and a large circle of black card to go behind the hole.
     I used masking tape to hold the two pieces of card together while I used mica powders through a galaxy mask, plus some chunky embossing powder sprinkles. I put a small mark on the back of the cards so that they could be lined up again later.
     The inner circle of card was stuck on to a white card blank, then I die cut the planet and mounted it on two layers of foam pads in the centre of the black circle. The outer black card was then mounted on double foam pads and placed over these circles.
     The rocket was stamped and embossed in silver, coloured in silver with a red nose cone and gold flames. To get the rocket to spin around the planet it was mounted on two pennies that have a round foam pad between them, these pennies just fit in the slot that runs around the planet. There are some very good tutorials for this technique on You Tube.
      Our challenge runs for two weeks so please come and join us with your masculine space/science creations.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
The Paper Girls - Travel/Holiday   (F)
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes   (W)

Thursday, 1 March 2018

House Of Cards On The Dark Side

     A new month means a new challenge at the House Of Cards, this month we would like to see you use coloured pencils on dark card.

    For this card I started by stamping on black card and then embossing with a pearly white powder.
     Last year I invested in a set of metallic pencils in the fond hope they would look good on dark colours, I'm pleased to say I wasn't disappointed.
     The petals have a blend of three colours on them to create shading, when the card is tilted to the light it has a great shine too.

    After colouring all of the flowers I trimmed the panel to fit a 7x5 inch card blank. To pick out one of the colours in the petals it is layered with a pink card.
     The greeting is stamped and embossed with the same powder, then die cut and mounted on a pink layer before going on thin foam pads on the card.
     House Of Cards new challenge runs all month so please come and join us with your cards.

Use coloured pencils on Dark Card and/or Colours

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Pause, Dream, Enjoy - Use A Stamped Image    (W)
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes   (F)
The House That Stamps Built - Anything Goes   (W)

MHK Designs - March Challenge

     Welcome to the new challenge at MHK Designs, this month we have the gorgeous Blessed Lily set to showcase.
    For this card I've used the lily image to build a centre motif and then add corner decoration over a green paper from Easter Flowers.  There are some great tutorials by our very own Mynn on You Tube, which show you how to manipulate the images and produce all manner of artwork.
    The greeting comes from another MHK Designs set, Eat Your Cake, printed and die cut and then layered on silver card. A simple card to make which is also nice and flat for standard postage.
     Come and join us at MHK Designs blog to see all the DT inspiration, play along with us for a chance to win some gorgeous digital images.

Blessed Lily

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

Altered Egglectics Jewel Box

     Altered Eclectics welcomes mixed media and altered art projects, any theme, just no cards or ATC's . I think this would count as altered art and recycling as well as getting ready for Easter.
     This started life as a very tasty goose egg, when you make cakes the eggs have to be beaten, so breaking the yolk to blow this meant it was time to put the oven on. The shell was rinsed several times with COLD water to make sure it was nice and clean, then left to dry.
     This shell was wrapped in onion skins and boiled for a couple of hours to stain it, if you tie the skins on with cotton you get a marbled effect.   
     I have a small craft drill which has a circular cutting blade, so after marking the shell with a pencil I followed the cut line. There is a small hinge at the back of the lid stuck on with a two part epoxy glue.
     The bottom of the egg shell has more glue and a small handful of metal pellets in it to weight it. The outside was varnished before any decoration was applied, two coats give it a lovely shine.
     The hinge is covered with a small metal filigree shape and the top knot is two embellishments glued in place. The stand is a purpose bought egg stand.
     The inside has a small card disc stuck over the metal pellets to make the bottom smooth, then covered with a rushed cream satin fabric stuck around the edges of the rim. Inside the lid there is a small flower for added decoration.
    To finish off the edges are covered with a selection of gold braids, both inside and out. My Mum used to make a lot of these, we haven't made any for years but I've never parted with any of my stash so it's rather nice to open the box and use it again.
     Come over to Altered Eclectics and join us with your creations, we'd love to see them.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes   (W)
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes     (M)

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

There Be Dragons In The Male Room

     This time the challenge at The Male Room is to make a masculine project with something recycled. This was a great opportunity to fold another book, I had this dragon pattern in my stash so all I had to do was find the right book.
     Once all the pages had been folded it was time to set about decorating it. This was when I discovered that in my haste to fold I had chosen a book with a glossy printed cover, every thing I tried didn't work very well. Acrylic paint scratched off, so did gesso, so did marker pen, it was driving me crazy, then I remembered aluminium tape.
    Now all I had to do was decorate the cover with texture, ready to be covered with tape. The back has a mosaic pattern made with a Sizzix die, I kept all the little bits that are usually thrown out so now I have a cardboard stencil left for another project.
     The front has a collection of shapes, including a hand drawn dragons head cut from an old cereal box. The spine just has the word dragon in die cut card, as not much else would fit.
    I covered the whole book cover with pieces of aluminium tape overlapped at random, I found this easier than trying to lay down neat strips.
    On the front cover there are tiny 'rivet' marks added to some of the joins, this was done using a ball tool. 
    Once all the tape was on the book it was time to paint over it. Black acrylic paint dabbed all over the tape was left to dry completely, in the past I have rubbed the paint off while still damp but this time I wanted a much more aged, grungy look.

    When all the paint was dry it was then time to rub some of it off, mainly on the raised areas to give the impression of wear over time.
     The inside covers could then be covered as they had tape ends showing and splodges of paint. To do this I used some textured wallpaper, I thought it looked a bit like dragon skin. It was painted with acrylic paint and then knocked back with black ink. Once the ink was dry I rubbed over with some gold gilding wax.
     All that was left was to add some corner protectors to finish off. I'm rather pleased that all the items used for this project have either been recycled or were already in my stash.

     Please pop over to The Male Room and take a look at all the DT inspiration, then come and join us with your masculine, recycled project.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes   (W)
International Art & Soul - Use Stuff You Already Own   (F)
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes   (M)
Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes    (M)

Friday, 23 February 2018

MHK Designer Inspiration

     A quick and simple card using the new MHK Designs set Valentine Roses. With postage costs rising cards need to be kept to a medium size and minimum thickness to qualify for standard postage.
     I have changed the flower heads to red and the leaves and stem to green using my photo package. Our very own Mynn has several video tutorials on YouTube showing you how to do this and other changes, making digi images even more flexible.
     The shadow was added with a pale grey marker pen, I had seen this done by another crafter and loved the effect. I'm sure it's possible in the photo package but as yet I haven't discovered how, a project for another day I think.
     A simple die cut shape mounted on thin foam pads straight on to a black card blank makes for a simple but striking card. The addition of a small butterfly just adds a little more interest. I haven't added a greeting but I don't think it really needs one with such pretty roses.

Valentine Roses

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Craft Rocket - Love   (M)
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes   (W)

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Male Room Winter Olympics

   The Male Room has a new challenge, sport/Winter Olympics, anything masculine following this theme can be linked up over the next two weeks.
     I haven't got many sporting images in my stamp collection so I downloaded a free image to work with. I wanted to use circles to follow the Olympic theme, so I decided to die cut the image but with a twist. Snowboarders are so fast and I wanted to show that by having mine flying off the edge of the circle. The end of the board was cut round with scissors, then while the die was over the main part of the image the end of the board was above the cutting edge. A sprinkling off chunky white embossing powder helps produce snow over the image.
     A darker circle around the image panel helps frame it and maintain the circle theme. The background was done with a stamp and watercolour pens, this helps achieve the multi colour effect.
     A simple circle greeting added to the corner finishes off the card and it's circular theme.
     Pop over to The Male Room blog for lots more inspiration, then come and join us with your project.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Make My Monday - Circles   (F)     Editors Choice
Just For Fun - Silhouette   (M)