The Male Room Paper Piecing Challenge

This fortnight at The Male Room we have a paper piecing challenge.

I have come across a few different ways of doing paper piecing over the last few years and thought I would do something a little different with my card this week.

I have used this gorgeous Butterfly Die, and cut four different butterflies in four colours, firstly with the black as my outline, and then one in each of the different shades of green and blue.  Instead of using the shape of the butterfly, I have used the small pieces that have been cut from inside the die shape and stuck them into the spaces of my black butterfly, creating the colourful butterfly.
It was a little time consuming, but worth it in the end.
I hope you will share your projects with us at The Male Room.
Happy stamping!
Chris

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Sketch Challenge

I do love a sketch when it comes to card making and scrap booking. The only issue I have is trying to narrow down all the ideas that spring to mind. 

Today I am playing along with the sketch challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches. And, I’ve made a Christmas Card!!  It seems too early to be making Christmas cards, but perhaps I’m just putting it off.   

I have used some pretty baubles which I found on a piece of gorgeous patterned paper from my stash. I cut the baubles out and sponged the edges for a little depth. Aren’t they pretty? 

The strip of silver along the side and the silver in the ribbon hasn’t shown up sparkly like it does in real life, probably because we have had days and days of overcast and rainy weather which has made my photos turn out a little dull. Not complaining though, we need the rain here. 

I hope you like my first Christmas card for the year, I wonder who I will send this one to. 

Happy stamping!

Chris

The Male Room Design Team

I finally get to share my exciting news with the world!! I have been accepted back as part of the wonderful Design Team with The Male Room.

I was a member of this great team in the past and needed a break, but it is wonderful to have been accepted back and I look forward to lots of fun challenges coming your way.
So without further ado, lets get into the challenge, which is, to use a Silhouette on your project.

My card uses that typically Australian image of a Windmill.  I love this stamp from Kaszazz, so many great masculine ideas for it.

For the background I have used some Distress Oxide inks, Vintage Photo, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber.  Distress Oxides are designed to react with water and are awesome for creating this type of background or watercolour effects.  So much fun!!

You can check out the rest of the Design Team’s ideas for this challenge at The Male Room, and we look forward to seeing all of your projects.
Happy Stamping!
Chris

CAS Challenge

Clean and Simple (CAS) is a style of card that heaps of people find challenging, I think it’s those blank, open, white spaces. We feel as though we need to fill the spaces with something. Well, I do. I think I’m getting better at them though.  I’m starting to enjoy the simplicity of a CAS design.  

This card is a colour challenge for CAS Colours and Sketches. 

I’ve used Distress Oxides to make a very quick and easy background with two of the colours, and the gorgeous Sizzix butterfly die. Too easy! And gorgeous colours!!

Happy Stamping!

Chris

Blast Off Card

Today I decided to go through some of my old stash and use up some patterned papers. I recently did a big “de-stash” and gave a heap of patterned papers to a local school for their craft classes, but I kept some that I liked.   
My card is for the current challenge at The Male Room, which is to make a masculine card using technology. I guess the rocket counts as technology. 

Happy stamping!

Chris

Masking Technique

I love using this technique, there are so many awesome things you can do with Masking. The card I’m sharing with you today using two slightly different masked techniques. 

  
Firstly, I have stamped the lighthouse image onto a piece of post-it note (slightly sticky backed paper to hold the paper in place) and put that over the stamped image on my card.  Next I have die cut a circle out of another piece of scrap paper and layered that over my pre-stamped card layer. I’ve then used sponges to put colour inside the circle. This is called Reverse Masking. 

My card is going into the challenge at The Male Room, where you can see heaps of other great ways to do masking. 

Happy Stamping!

Chris