Masculine Thanks

This fortnight at The Male Room, we are celebrating Thanksgiving with a Thank you or Thanksgiving masculine project.

Thanksgiving is another of those celebrations that doesn’t happen here in Australia, although personally I would like to see it being celebrated more, I think it is a wonderful tradition.
I have made a thank you card for my project.

It uses The Wilderness Awaits and Endless Thanks stamp sets, fast becoming firm favourites, and backed the image with some unfortunately, retired, Stampin’ Up! patterned papers.  The image has been roughly coloured using inks and blender pens, and I say roughly as I was trying to make it look, well… rough. :)  Textured.
Hoping to see all your wonderful masculine projects at The Male Room again this fortnight.
Happy stamping!

Remembrance Day at The Male Room

Today, all over the world, Remembrance Day is celebrated, although here in Australia we tend to focus more on Anzac Day than today.  There are special parades and remembrance services going on today though, and it is still a day for contemplating and remembering.
At The Male Room, we are asking you to create a project using the Remembrance Day theme, or Sympathy.

I have made a Sympathy card for my project, using a technique that I really like for this type of card.

The technique I have used for the background is the direct ink technique, in this case, the ink is put directly onto a clear mount block (without a stamp on it) and then directly onto the card stock.  I have swiped some different coloured inks across my block, and before pressing the inked block onto my cardstock, I have stuck a circle of punched out Post It note down, to create the white circle “moon”.  I think the subtlety of this background is perfect for Sympathy cards.
Over the background ink, I have then stamped some images from the Wetlands, and The Wilderness Awaits stamp sets.
I hope you will join in with us at The Male Room again this fortnight.
Happy Stamping!

Birthdays at Pattie’s Creations

This month’s challenge theme at Patty’s Creations is Birthdays.
I have chosen to use the Roses in Milk Bottle image for my card.

I have again coloured it using Copic Markers, and combined it with some stamped images from the Stampin’ Up! Cottage Greetings stamp set.
Come on over and check out the rest of the Design Team’s birthday cards here.
Happy stamping!

Autumn / Halloween Challenge reminder

Share your Autumn and Halloween projects with us over at Crafty Boots Challenges for the next week, before we start a new challenge.
I have another Autumn inspired card for you today, again using the Sheltering Tree stamp set.

Lots of lovely Autumn colours!
Now, I know I promised you some Halloween photos from the weekend, however, we ended up cancelling our Halloween plans in favour of going to a fireworks display.  Just goes to show how little Halloween means to us here in Australia.  Despite the incredibly strong winds coming off the ocean and rather chilly temperatures, we had a good night and enjoyed some pretty spectacular fireworks!
Anyway, I hope you will join us with your Autumn projects, at Crafty Boots Challenges.
Happy stamping!


The theme for this week’s challenge at The Male Room is to use some of your stash, in particular, some Hardware!

I had some fun with this one, and thought I would feature some brads, but also a different form of “hardware”…..

a Robot!
Mr Robot comes from the stamp set Boys Will Be Boys and is heat embossed onto the back cardstock with Silver embossing powder.  The photo is not great, I had difficulties trying to find a good spot to take a photo of this card with all the silver.  Make sure you check out all the fabulous projects from the rest of the Design Team at The Male Room.
Happy stamping!

Autumn or Halloween Challenge

A new challenge at Crafty Boots this week, where you have a choice, an Autumn project or a Halloween project.
Here in Australia it’s not Autumn, and Halloween is still not a big celebration, so I thought I would make a card with an Autumn feel.

My card features the Sheltering Tree stamp set, using lots of lovely Autumn colours.
Having said that Halloween is not celebrated much here in Australia, we are starting to see some decorations in the shops, and my 9 year old son has decided he wants to get involved a little with it this year, so we are learning about Halloween, and working out some costumes, decorations and food.  Hopefully a few others in our area will be Trick or Treating :)
I hope you will share your Halloween or Autumn projects with us this fortnight at Crafty Boots Challenges, and I promise to share some Halloween photos with you :)
Happy stamping!


This fortnight at The Male Room, we have a Halloween challenge.

Halloween is always a challenge for me, we don’t celebrate it very much here in Australia, although it is starting to take off a little and there are a few things in the shops, which is just as well…..

I had to go searching the shops for something to put on my Halloween card, I don’t have any stamps, just a few papers.  So I was very relieved when I found these cute cupcake toppers.  I very carefully took the stick out and trimmed them a little, then adhered them over some patterned papers and black textured cardstock.  I am loving that big, black owl!
You never know, we might make a bit of an effort this year, and put a few decorations up for Halloween.
Happy stamping!