Cards for our Troops

A quick post today to share with you two cards I have made for Combat Cards.  Combat Cards is a wonderful organisation which sends handmade cards over to our troops who are serving overseas, so that they can send a card to their loved ones.

Having spent 5 years in the Armed Forces myself, I know what it feels like to be away from family and friends for an extended period of time, so it makes me happy to know that I am helping out in some small way.

My cards are made with some retired bits and pieces from an old Simply Scrappin’ Kit.  I need to use up some old stuff so that I can fill the spaces with new stuff!! :) Right?  :)
Have a crafty weekend!
Chris

Wildlife

This week’s challenge at Cardz 4 Guys is “Wildlife”.  And I have to tell you, there is some pretty amazing inspiration from the Design Team for this one!

My card for this challenge features some great masculine papers.  I love the colours, they are perfect for a man’s card.  The frame around the fish is a Digital image from TiddlyInks called Melissa Frame, which has been coloured with Copic Markers and then fussy cut and layered over the image of the fish.  The rest of the card is just layers of the patterned paper.
Go on over to the Cardz 4 Guys blog and check out the amazing cards from the Design Team, and make sure you play along and share your own creations.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Something new….

I know, you have all just been hanging out for a bit of a peak at something from the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue which isn’t released until the 2nd of June, and I have been keeping you in suspense……
So I have made a card, just for you, using a brand new stamp set called Sprinkles of Life.

I have made my card using the colours from the latest Just Add Ink Challenge:

I just love this stamp set, it is very versatile, plus it is the Ronald MacDonald House Charity stamp set, so for every one of these sets that is sold, Stampin’ Up! will donate $3 to Ronald MacDonald House Charity.  The stamp set includes 22 different stamps, so I will bring you some more creations using it, along with the matching punch.
I hope you are having a crafty weekend.
Happy stamping!
Chris

BBQ Dragon!

A new challenge at Crafty Girlz Challenges today, with Dr Digi as our sponsor.

Dr Digi
I have chosen to use the image called BBQ Dragon for my project.

I have combined the Dragon image with a Cave image from Make it Crafty, all coloured with Copic Markers,which has then been layered over some retired Stampin’ Up! Halloween papers.  I know it’s the wrong time of year for Halloween, but they just fit in with the cave.
Something a little different from my usual style, but I had fun with it!
Hope you will join us and share your projects at Crafty Girlz Challenges.

Happy stamping!
Chris

Creative Ladybirds Challenge Reminder

Just a reminder to join us for the current Creative Ladybirds Creations Challenge, there are great Digital images to be won from our sponsors.
I have created a couple of extra cards for this post.

This card uses an image from Lacy Sunshine stamps called Daisy Delitte.  Isn’t she gorgeous? :)

And a masculine card featuring the Pocket Watch image from Ikes Art, and using some gorgeous retired Stampin’ Up! papers.
So do please share your projects with us, we love to see what you have been creating!
Happy stamping!
Chris

The Male Room Guest Designer

I am very excited to let you know that I have also been asked to do a Guest Design spot during May with The Male Room, another fantastic challenge to inspire you to make more masculine cards.

My first challenge with The Male Room, is to use this colour combination for your project.

If you are using Stampin’ Up! colours, they are Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon and Crumb Cake, (or dark olive green, dark teal and kraft) although I have used River Rock (a retired SU colour) instead of Crumb Cake for my card, which I have combined with a base of Naturals Ivory cardstock.

I have used the colour blocking technique for my card, and then stamped over the blocks of colour with tree stamp from Serene Silhouettes stamp set, in Mossy Mellow ink.

A big thanks to the team at The Male Room for having along this month.  I hope you will share your masculine projects with us.
Happy stamping!
Chris