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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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

Playing along in a Challenge

It’s been a very long time since I joined in with a cardmaking challenge, so what better way to get back into it, than to join in with The Male Room.  At one stage, I was member of the Design Team with this great group of ladies, so it’s lovely to join in again with them.
The current challenge is to use Dies on a project, and I have chosen a simple card, using the Kaszazz Hexagon Dies.


The fabulous patterned papers are a collection, again from Kaszazz, from the Industrial collection, the background looks like an old Aussie traditional tin roof!  The Hexagons are cut from another piece of patterned papers, and they have just been sponged with black ink.
Here is a close up of the hexagons:

Well, that’s me done for today, it is good to be feeling creative and have some mojo happening again, and I have more to share with you real soon.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Red and Blue and Green

The current challenge at The Male Room is to use the colours Red and Blue in your project, and add one other colour.  I chose green, I like this lovely bright colour combination for masculine cards.

I chose to keep my card fairly simple this time and have used one of the gorgeous papers from the Serene Scenery paper stack as my background.  Very serene! 🙂

The cute sailing boat is part of the Swirly Bird stamp set.  I have coloured the stamps of the different parts of the boat with markers, and then fussy cute them.  The sentiment is an old one from a retired stamp set, again I have inked up the different letters with different coloured markers.
Come over to The Male Room and check out the rest of the inspiration from the Design Team, and share your projects with us, we love to see your ideas.

And just on that note, I made another card a few weeks ago using this sailing boat, and somehow I completely missed posting it up for the buttons challenge a few weeks ago.  So my apologies for that, sometimes life gets a bit crazy!  So, here it is:


Happy stamping!
Chris

Masculine Flowers

A new challenge at The Male Room today, is to make flowers masculine!

“We want you to use flowers and make them masculine! I guess this could be seen as something of a challenge! Oh yes, it is!!!! Remember you can make any type of paper craft project – card, ATC, tag, scrapbook layout, 3D – it’s entirely up to you. But it must be masculine in style and feature FLOWERS.”
Hmmmm yep, definitely a challenge!

My card uses the flower image from Butterfly Basics stamp set, which I have inked up in Soft Suede, and then mounted on some masculine coloured layers.
So let’s see what you can come up with. And make sure you check out all the inspiration at The Male Room.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Masculine Crafty Boots!

This week’s challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges is to make a Masculine project.  Ah hah… my specialty!
Yep, I really enjoy making those masculine cards, although I know plenty of you find it a challenge, so I hope you will find some inspiration this week.

I wanted to use these gorgeous new papers, I thought this particular one looked a little “spacey”.
So I combined it with a now retired stamp set, called Blast Off.  The papers come from the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack.
I hope you will forgive the slightly blurry photo, we have had so much rain over the last week or so, that it has been difficult to get a good photo, but you get the picture!! Haha…..
I hope you will join in with the Crafty Boots Masculine challenge, and….

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Combat Cards

It has been pouring with rain here today, in fact this little town is on flood watch. What better excuse do you need than to sit inside and make some cards?

I have been doing a lot of sorting and tidying and trying to use up a lot of my retired papers and bits and pieces, and I have been using some of these to make some cards to send off to our troops stationed overseas through Combat Cards.  Father’s Day cards are what they are wanting at present, so here are a couple I made today. 

   
 I hope you are having better weather where ever you are! 

Happy stamping!

Chris