Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Happy Craftmas!

   Season's Greetings to you!  I have been bitten by the Zentangle bug, so here's another great bauble stamp from Woodware that lends itself to being tangled.

      I stamped the bauble on white card and tangled each flower using a Sakura Micron Fineliner pen. The background is filled in with  red alcohol marker. The centre of the flowers are decorated with tiny Stix2 glue dots covered with a mixture of micro beads, transfer foils and glitter.
     The background is embossed with snowflakes and mounted on to a white card with a red mat in between, the mat is white card coloured around the edge with the same red marker so it matches.
     There is a die cut pine branch mounted on foam pads for the cut out bauble to hang from. With the addition of a gold bow and a die cut snowflake stamped and embossed with a greeting the card is finished.
     My tangling is quite basic as a beginner, I found it helped to just see each small part to be tangled rather than the whole, somewhat daunting project. Over the holiday I shall play some more and see what I can come up with, it really is quite relaxing to just doodle and colour, it has also made me look at my stamp stash in a new light.
     I hope you have a Happy Holiday where ever and what ever you are doing but most of all Happy Craftmas!

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Card Mania - Christmas
Holly Jolly - Christmas

Monday, 14 December 2015

Twinkle, Twinkle

     Several months ago I bought a kit to make 15 German Stars, last night I sat down and made them all, plus a few gold ones. I like to have something a little different on the table at Christmas, nothing too tall, so I have filled a bowl with the stars and added some battery operated LED lights.

      The kit had full pictorial instructions with it but I found a YouTube tutorial much easier to follow, here's the link to part one, you can reach part two from there.
     Once I had done four with the tutorial I could carry one and make the rest with out it, next week may be a different story!

      Having made so many I would suggest cutting the ends to a blunt point as it makes them easier to thread through, don't pull too tight and don't crease the paper unless it tells you to.
     I wanted a few gold stars in with these patterned ones so I had to work out the size of the strip needed. The paper needs to be about 120gsm, patterned both sides and long enough to be a continuous strip. This limits things slightly as most papers only have pattern on one side and the biggest I have is 12x12 inches (about 30cm).
     The kit had strips of 86cm for the large star and 45cm for the medium star. I could only get a maximum of 30cm in length from an A4 sheet, this meant the strip had to be no more than 1cm wide, finding gold on both sides was easy.
     I placed a medium star in the bottom and built the large ones around the outside, keeping one for the top. I mixed in the lights, medium stars and the gold stars as I went, finishing with the battery pack on top covered by the last large star.
     This would be a great way to use up strips of patterned paper, make half a star as a gift wrapping topper. It doesn't have to be Christmas paper, these stars would look great for a birthday or a congratulatory party piece. If you have the time you could stamp a pattern on both sides of the paper or a message.

I would like to enter my star bowl in the following challenges:
Sparkles Monthly - Anything But A Card
The Sisters Of Craft - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
The Glory Of Christmas - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Male Room Merry Christmas

     Seasons Greetings from The Male Room, this is our last challenge of the year and it's a masculine Christmas or Seasons Greetings, nice and easy in this busy month.

     I have used a Bubble stamp from Woodware, it's one of my favourites, it's simple enough with out the greeting to be used for congratulation cards or even birthdays. 
     The star is stamped and embossed in silver on blue card, as is the greeting. Not every bubble is filled in, those that are have been filled with a mixture of peel off dots, Candi, gems and glue dots covered with transfer foil, glitter and micro beads. The centre dot is covered with a jewellery finding finished off with a tiny gem.
     Using silver peel off dots and white Candi gives you the ability to colour them to co-ordinate with your project.
     The same stamp has been used to decorate the backing paper, light blue stamped and embossed in white. With a small silver mat layer between them and mounted on a white card the card is finished.
     Please come and join us at The Male Room, we would love to see your masculine holiday cards or projects. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, see you on the 6th January for the first challenge of 2016.

Materials list - available from your  local craft shop
Woodware Craft Collection - Stamp - JGCL548 Bubble Star
                                          Stampendous Embossing Powder - Detail Silver / White
                                          Candi - Icing Sugar
                                          98091H  Holographic Dots Silver
Stix2 Anything -  Glue Dots - 3mm / 6mm
                         Glitter / Micro Beads
                         Transfer Foil

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
AAA Cards - Night Sky
Christmas Card Challenges - Anything or Photo Insp
Jingle Belles - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

MHK Designs Stencil In The Roses

     Today is another release from MHK Designs, this time it's Stencil In The Roses. So if you've finished all your Christmas makes you can start on next years birthdays.

      I printed the image twice, making sure they were exactly the same size, kept one complete and cut the other one so I could use it as decoupage. The leaves and petals were worked on a foam mat with a wooden ball tool to give them some shape.
     The backing paper is from another MHK Designs set called Stenciled Roses, it compliments the images perfectly. I changed the colour of my paper using my photo package, then stamped over it with Versamark and dusted with gold mica powder.
     The image panel is mounted on red card and then on to the backing paper. The greeting is printed on white card, cut out and alternate corners trimmed, then edged with a red marker. It is mounted on thin foam pads to give it a little height.

      This digi set comes with flowers of different colours and some great sayings. Both sets are available at MHK Designs Etsy shop.
     We also have a Facebook page, MHK Designers and Friends, for you to showcase you creations made with MHK Designs images, we'd love to see what you make with this one.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

MHK Designs Christmas Silhouette

   Today sees the launch of another gorgeous digi set from MHK Designs, this one is called Christmas Silhouettes. To see more inspiration pop over to our Facebook Page MHK Designers and Friends.
     I made a tag rather than a card this time, I'm going to need a few of these so this will help build my stash.
     The silhouette image is printed on to a dig backing paper from MHK Designs set called Christmas Past. I've mounted the image panel on black to make it stand out a little more.
     To continue the star theme I embossed some red card with stars, added a gold star brad and stuck it onto a plain tag so I can still write on the back of it.
      The greeting is from the silhouette set printed on white card and die cut with a label die, coloured while the die was still on the card and mounted on foam pads. There are two ribbons and a bakers twine through the hole, one is plain green and the other is red with Merry Christmas on it.

      Both these sets are available from MHK Designs Etsy shop, along with many more non Christmas digi's.

I would like to enter this tag in the following challenges:
Hiding In My Craft Room - Christmas Colours
A Gem Of A Challenge - Anything Christmas
Holly Jolly - Embossing

Saturday, 5 December 2015

CASE-ing Christmas Finale

     Sadly this is the last card for CASE-ing Christmas, the blog is closing due to the owners other commitments, we all wish her well and thank all of you for joining us each month.
     This card is made with a clear stamp from Woodware called Patch Robin Square. It is stamped in Versafine Black on to white card, then Zentangled, and yes I did cheat and use a ruler for some of it!
     I chose to paper piece the holly and the robin's wing and red breast, this was done using some lovely papers from a polka dot 6x6 set. The paper pieces are stamped and embossed, unlike the main image, so they stand out a little more.
     The berries are silver holographic dot peel offs coloured red, the border around the picture has been coloured with an alcohol marker in a pale green. After colouring I used a Layer Perfect, which is an 'L' shaped metal edge ruler with graduated markings and holes, to prick out the holes. This tool is good for piercing and great for matting and layering.
     The image layer is mounted on foam pads over a red on green backing before going on a white card blank. In the corners of the green layer there are square clear foam pads covered with Transfer Foil to look like brads.
          Come and join us one last time at CASE-ing Christmas, this month it's just a Winter Holiday card for our challenge, we have three prizes to be won too.

Materials list - available from your  local craft shop
Woodware Craft Collection - Stamp - FRS164 Patch Robin Square
                                          Versafine Ink Black
                                          Stampendous Embossing Powder - Midnight Black
                                          MSP228V Perfect Prints Dark Dots 6x6 paper pad
                                          98091H  Holographic Dots Silver
Stix2 Anything -  Clear Foam Pads Square
                         Foam Pads
                         Transfer Foil
                         Layer Perfect Tool

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday - Festive Colours
Jingle Belles - Anything Goes
12 Months Of Christmas - Anything Goes / optional Santa
A Snowfalkes Promise - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

House Of Cards Blog Hop

We've come to the end of another term at House Of Cards so we're celebrating with a blog hop!   You should have arrived here from Pat.
This 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! 

Here is the photo inspiration~

We've got some fabulous sponsors to share with you.  Make sure you leave a comment at each person's blog along the way because the prizes are hidden and we'll be doing random drawings from the blogs where they are hiding! :)  After you're done, make a creation to share with us here, too, for another chance to win!

Here are all of our fabulous sponsors.
Our team will be using a variety of products
from these amazing companies!

Deedee's Digis
Prize: Digital Stamps Prize Package

Prize: Gift Card to Store
Inspired by Stamping

Prize: Any three products of your choice!

For full prize details please see the House Of Cards blog hop post.

Here is my card using MHK Designs paper set Stenciled Roses

     The little gift boxes were my inspiration from our photograph, I used the gorgeous papers from MHK Designs to make my little parcels. 

      I printed four papers on one sheet of A4 thick paper, then cut four strips of greyboard in graduated sizes. I covered each board strip with a different paper and wrapped bakers twine around them all, making sure the small top one had a bow on it.
     The background gave me a little bit of a headache, everything I tried didn't look right, so I printed an A5 size copy of our photo as a watermarked page using my word processor package. 
     This backing was then edged with gold paper and mounted on a card edged with Distress Ink Victorian Velvet. Each parcel is mounted on foam tape and stacked up on the backing paper. The tiny tag is from a pack of bits my Mum gave me with a tiny peel off greeting added.

Your next stop is Ruza.  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 my card in the following challenges:
CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Anything Goes
Always Playing With Paper - Non Traditional Christmas
Christmas Card Challenges - Anything Goes

Tube Reindeer

        Well here we are in December and all those Christmas cards and decorations made throughout the year are finally being put to use. This month it's time to concentrate on the little bits and bobs to finish off the Christmas effect, like these little reindeer.
      We have a collection of ideas for decorations and gifts at Altered Eclectics, so pop over for some inspiration, then come back and show us your creations.

     These two little deer started life as a kitchen roll tube, cut the tube in half and you can make two of them.
     Mark the tube as shown on the left, solid lines are cut lines and dotted are fold lines, there is another tiny cut line at the end of the strip across the top.
     Once cut you can decorate before you fold him into place, I used a swirl stamp and a brown inkpad. Avoid his face if you can so that his features show up more.
     The bottoms of his legs have been coloured brown to look like hooves and he has small woggly eyes stuck on, along with a red gem nose. The mouth is drawn on with a pen. The folding over of his back is what makes him stand up properly, there is no need for glue either. The antlers are just folded up and curled around until they look right.
     These are great fun to make with children or for children. They are also small enough to have on your table as place markers, just leave a space to write the names on or hang a tiny sign around his neck.
     Please come and show us your creations at Altered Eclectics, it doesn't have to be Christmas, we are an anything goes as long as it's not a card or an ATC, just something you've altered or recycled.

I would like to enter these reindeer in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes / optional Paper Piecing
Crafting When we Can - Don't Forget The Animals

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

CAS Thanks

     The Male Room challenge this time is Thanks or Thanksgiving, you have two weeks to make your masculine project and join in the challenge.
     I chose to make a very simple card, with just a small amount of decoration. To do this I masked off a strip down my card blank, I use my trusty pricking mat from Woodware, it has no holes in it as it's never used for pricking. It's great for stamping on as it has a little give in it, perfect for working on an uneven surface and grid lines for getting things straight.
     Low tack stencil tape from Stix2 masks off the work area and holds down the cog stencil too.
     Using Distress inks I coloured the card, carefully removed the tape and stamped my greeting in Archival Ink Coffee, there was a tiny smudge by the Y so I covered it up with a little star peel off.
     Come and join in with giving thanks at The Male Room, anything masculine as long as you follow the theme.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Christmas Wish Books

     Here is a little project for MHK Designs using their gorgeous Christmas Past paper set. This set is an absolute steal at just £2.02 for 14 papers, available on Etsy.

      To make the tiny books I started with an envelope punch from Woodware and MHK Designs pretty papers. I printed eight of the papers on an A4 sheet of thick paper and punched eight envelopes.
      To make the spine of the book I cut a strip of card 4 1/2 inches long by 1 1/4 inches wide. The strip is then scored at 1 1/4 and the next eight 1/4 inches, this should leave another panel at the end measuring 1 1/4 inches.

     For the cover I printed two copies of the pine tree paper, one for the front and one for the back. Two greyboard pieces, cut slightly bigger than the envelopes, are covered with the paper.
     The covers are joined by sticking on the spine to both the front and the back, then each envelope was stuck to the spine making sure to put them on the right hand 'mountain' of the spine.
     Turning the book over a small length of red ribbon is added to the 'valley' of the spine before sticking all the valleys shut.
     To add some sparkle there is a glue border all the way around the front cover that is sprinkled with iridescent glitter and a tiny glitter dot in the middle of each snowflake.
     Each envelope has a tiny gold edged white card tucked inside for you to write your wishes on. These would make great little decorations for the children to hang their Christmas wishes on the tree.
     There are lots of digi stamp sets and patterned papers in the MHK Designs Etsy shop, there's a Facebook page to showcase your creations and there will be a new challenge blog in the new year.

I would like to enter these little books in the following challenges:
A Snowflakes Promise - Anything Christmas
The Sisterhood Of Crafters - It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Monday, 16 November 2015

Merry Monday Reindeer

     This project is for Merry Monday who very kindly asked me to be a Guest DT member this week. The challenge this week is to make a Christmas card with a reindeer on it and I had just the stamp in my stash from Indigo Blu, I'm ashamed to say that this is the first time it has seen ink.
      I started with a large piece of white card and stamped my image using Archival Ink Cobalt. I had seen a sample made for Indigo Blu that I just loved, it's why I bought the stamp, but I'm sorry to say I can't remember who made it, if it was you then 'Thank You'.
     Distress Inks Faded Jeans and Dusty Concord where used to make the sky once it had been masked with a die cut circle for the moon and a torn edge to make snow drifts.
     On the second snowdrift I also stamped a bush using the top of the tree while the mask was still in place and again at the bottom of the picture.
      I cut my card down to a size I was happy with, cutting off part of the tree and placing the image in the corner, I think this is what drew me to the original sample, it's off centre.
     Once trimmed to size I added iridescent glitter to the snow on top of the cliff and to the moon. Then spritzed the whole picture with Dreamweaver Moonstone mica powder in water, the shimmer that this gives is amazing and perfect for subtle glimmering snow.
     The image is mounted on Amethyst card, then lilac before going on to a dark blue surround. It makes for a lovely card but I might just have to frame it as a Christmas picture and hang it on the wall next month.
     Thank you to Merry Monday for asking me to join them this week, I have had great fun finally using this stamp. Please pop over and join in the challenge by adding your reindeer card to the herd.

I would like to enter my reindeer in the following challenges:
ABC Christmas - W is for Wild Thing
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - Anything Christmas Goes
A Snowflakes Promise - Anything Christmas
Alphabet Challenge - T is for Tis The Season

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Remembrance and Gratitude

     The new challenge at The Male Room is remembrance or sympathy, which is a fitting theme for today of all days. I spent a day at the Royal Airforce Museum at Hendon last week, a great place to visit, so much to see and for free aswell!!  It's not until you see the aircraft that flew during the war that you appreciate just how basic they were and just how brave those men were, thank you to all of them!
     I have used a stamp set from Hobby Art called Flypast to make this card. It is stamped on white card using Memento ink so that I could colour the poppy shape with alcohol markers, this shape was hand cut and laid over the base layer before stamping.
     Please excuse the slightly uneven red border around the poppy as I had to cut that freehand too. It is all stuck down flush so it remains very simple, with a wide black layer on a thin red edge card.
     Come and join us at The Male Room with your creations for sympathy or remembrance, which ever you prefer to make, we would love to see them all.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenge:
One Stitch At A Time - Remembrance Sunday / The Dead

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Silver Forest

     Welcome to a CASE-ing Christmas project, we have a great card from Donna this month to inspire us, I chose to use the trees and the ribbon as my starting point.
     The card is made using a new product stocked by Woodware from Clear Scraps, it's an acrylic sheet that can be used like acetate but is much more rigid. It comes with a protective cover so it doesn't get damaged before you use it.
     The trees were stamped in Stazon Silver on to the acrylic and on to a piece of black card, making sure to offset them to look like a small forest when the card is assembled.
     Once dry the black card was stuck on to the wrong side of some tartan paper leaving a large spare piece at the top to form the hinge on to the acrylic, it is stuck on to the acrylic with red line tape.
     The small greeting inside is stuck on to the black card and the banner greeting on the outside is stuck on using red line tape. The heart greeting is stuck on with foam pads before adding the twine decoration to the top tartan strip to finish it off.
     Taking photographs of shiny things can be problematic but I hope you can see the effect of the layered trees made possible by using acrylic. The other great thing about this acrylic is if you don't like what you've stamped or it's gone wrong just clean it off with Stazon cleaner and start again.
     Please come and join us at CASE-ing Christmas with your seasonal creations, we would love to see them, this challenge is open until the end of the month.

Materials list - available from your  local craft shop
Woodware Craft Collection - Stamp - FRS278 Winter Forest
                                          Stazon Silver Ink Pad
                                          Clear Scraps Acrylic Sheet
Stix2 Anything -  Red Line Tape
                         Foam Pads

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Inkspirational - Anything Goes With Silver

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Bubble And Bling

     Here's another of the workshop cards we are making today at The Corn Hall. There are two colour variations in the samples but it's up to the students how they decorate their tree.
       The tree is stamped and embossed ready to receive it's decoration.
      These two cards have been decorated with a mixture of glue dots and PVA holding glitters and foils. There are peel off holographic dots, some left gold and silver, some silver ones coloured with peel off pens to get red and blue. The same pens have been used to colour Icing Sugar Candi to go along with the gold and silver Candi. Even gems can be coloured with the pens to match your decoration.
      The white decorated panel is then mounted on a co-ordinating layer of pearl paper before going on to a white card blank. The greeting is stamped and embossed, then punched out and mounted on foam pads.

Materials list - available from your  local craft shop
                                          Stamps - JGS355 Bubble Bloom Festive Tree / FRCL184 Christmas Rounds
                                                        JGS404 Christmas Cheer
                                          98091H  Holographic Peel Offs 
                                          Peel Off Pens
                                          826-07  11/2" Circle Punch

Stix2 Anything -  Glitters
                         PVA Glue
                         Micro Beads
                         Glue Dots 3mm / 6mm / 10mm
                         Craft Foils
                         Tape Runner
                         Foam Pads

I would like to enter these trees in the following challenges:
Merry Monday - Red and Gold
12 Months Of Christmas - Sparkle (FT)
Glory Of Christmas - Glitter and Shine