Masculine Adventure

I have been playing with some new goodies today, and thought I would make a card for the current challenge at The Male Room.
The theme is New Beginnings!

The card uses two new products, both from the Occasions Catalogue, the “Adventure Awaits” stamp set, and the Bow Builder punch.
Just a quick post, but back with more shortly!
Happy stamping!
Chris

Something old, something New!

I am a little late with my post for the newest Crafty Boots challenge, as we had a couple of severe storms here yesterday which had our internet out for quite some time.   But all is well, and so here it is……

This fortnight, our challenge theme is “Something old, something New”.  I have chosen to use some “old” stamp sets and dies, along with some “new” papers from our Sale-a-Bration catalogue, and I have made 2 children’s cards.

Both cards use the new “Irresistibly Yours” Designer Series Papers from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue, as a background.  I have then coloured the paper using inks and an aqua brush.  While this has made the paper quite wet, it does dry well, and can be straightened easily if it warps, by placing under a large book or similar.  I, however, was trying to get them done quickly and so didn’t give them enough time to dry well before making up my cards, and so they are still a little warped around the edges.

Here are the cards, one at a time:

As you can see, the ink colours the background, and allows the glossy pattern to emerge.  In the case of the first card, the glossy pattern is the dots.

I have kept the cards simple to allow the background colours and patterns to be more of a focus.  The glossy pattern on this card is the small stars.

This is a great challenge which you could interpret in lots of ways, so why not make up your own project using “Something old, and Something New” and share it with us at Crafty Boot Challenges.  We love seeing what you come up with.

Happy stamping!
Chris

Winter Fun

Firstly, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends, whether you are in Australia and having a warm Christmas with lots of salads and cold desserts, or on the other side of the planet and enjoying some traditional Christmas food to warm you up, I hope it was a special day!

Today I am sharing with you a card that is something a little different for me, which I made for our Crafty Boots Winter Wonderland challenge.
I didn’t want to make another Christmas card, since Christmas is done for this year (although we are still getting through the leftovers, and playing with new toys!!), so I had a think about something fun to do in the snow.  Then I went searching for a digi image that I could colour, and here is the end result.

I have used my Blendabilities to colour this image from S.W.A.L.K.  Isn’t it just too cute?

So now you can join in with this challenge too, it doesn’t have to be just about Christmas! :)

Happy stamping!
Chris

Winter Wonderland Christmas Cards

Winter Wonderland is the theme this week at Crafty Boots Challenges.
I know a lot of people in Australia think it’s wrong to have Christmas cards made with winter themes and snowmen, but I think a lot of us have friends and relatives who live in other countries where it is snowing at this time of year.  I know I do.  So I have made a couple of “snowy” Christmas cards.

This first card uses the Lovely as a Tree stamp set – an oldie but a goodie, especially when it comes to snow-laden wintery trees.  I have stamped everything in Versamark ink onto some Silver Foil and heat embossed with White embossing powder, then layered the Silver Foil onto some white cardstock.  Simple, but effective.  And it’s flat, no bulky bits that stick out, so can easily be posted off without Mr Postie getting cranky!

The second card is again, predominantly white and silver, this time the trees have been stamped in Silver ink, and the cute little bird from For the Birds stamp set, has been stamped in Memento ink and coloured with Blendabilities.  I think he is off to decorate those silver trees. :)

And in other news, we have a couple of cheeky new members of our family….. here is one of them trying to “help” me type up this post :)

Happy stamping!
Chris

Christmas Tree

Quick post today, with a reminder to share your Christmas cards with us at Crafty Boots Challenges.
Here is another one of mine for you….

Lots of triangles punched out of the Trim the Tree DSP Stack to create the tree, and then I have run the entire layer through the big shot with the Argyle embossing folder to create the lovely textured look.

I must attempt to take photos when the sun is shining, this one is looking a little shadowy, but we have had so much rain, and heaps of storms recently that it has been difficult to find the sun some days.

So, let’s see ‘em! We want to see your Christmas cards! :)

Happy stamping!
Chris

Christmas is coming……

Hopefully you have started making some Christmas cards by now, but if you haven’t you can always make one for the Crafty Boots Challenges! Let’s see some Christmas cards! :)

Not sure what happened with this photo, everything looks crooked and wonky!  Maybe it’s because Santa is stuck in the chimney……..

Anyway….. my card uses the very cute Get Your Santa On stamp set, and has been coloured with…. yes, you guessed it, Blendabilities!  The stamped white layer has been punched using the Confetti Stars Punch (love it!) and then layered over some Gold Foil. I think Santa must be scattering some gold star dust as he comes down the chimney.
I do hope you will join us this week at Crafty Boots Challenges, and show us some Christmas cheer!

Happy stamping!
Chris

Everyday Occasions Christmas

I whipped up this Christmas card very quickly earlier, using one of the card bases and some elements from the Everyday Occasions Kit, which you can find on Page 196 of the current Annual Catalogue.

The card is the same as one of the pre-designed cards, and to make it “Christmassy”, I have just punched out a tree, and a star, stamped a sentiment, and there it is….done!  Very quick!  The Christmas tree is punched out of the Under the Tree DSP, and the “Merry Christmas” comes from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp set.

Happy Stamping!
Chris