In The Garden

In The Garden Masculine Card French Countryside Trolley Stampin' Up! 2020 Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping

I’m not sure about you, but we have been spending quite a bit of our “shelter at home” time, out in the garden, enjoying the sunshine and fresh air (well, except the last couple of days which have been rather chilly and overcast), and getting stuck into the garden.
Since it’s the end of Autumn here in Australia, it’s a great time to get our garden in to tip-top shape and we are enjoying having the time to make the most of it.

I’m also enjoying some time to do some stamping and cardmaking, and have been sorting out all the retiring things, so that I have room for new goodies that come with a new Stampin’ Up! catalogue.
I do get sad though, I love all of the gorgeous Designer Series Papers, it is my special addiction, I just have to have it all!
But then I don’t like to cut it up and use it.
I don’t think I am the only one with this addiction though.
Anyway, I found some retired Designer Series Paper which was just perfect for the current challenge at The Male Room, which is “In The Garden”, and made up this card especially for the challenge.
In The Garden Masculine Card French Countryside Stampin' Up! 2020 Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping
The gorgeous stamp is from the French Countryside stamp set, one that is, unfortunately, retiring in a week or so.  It’s gorgeous for colouring and hasn’t had enough use in my craft room.
And isn’t that gorgeous pumpkin paper just perfect for Autumn?
I have popped a strip of it inside the card to keep the theme going.

In the Garden Masculine Card Inside French Countryside Stampin' Up! 2020 Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping

Hope you are having a crafty day.
Happy stamping!
Chris
xx

Masculine Card Showcase

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Welcome to another Creative Showcase with the Art With Heart Team.

This month we are featuring Masculine themed projects.
We have many masculine themed products in the Stampin’ Up! range including Stamp Sets and coordinating Dies, Designer Series Papers, Embellishments and Embossing Folders.
Art With Heart Team have a wonderful selection of projects to inspire you to create Masculine Masterpieces.

I have done something a little different with my masculine card today, in that I have used some Designer Series Paper that is definitely not masculine.
It’s the Best Dressed DSP and probably not one you would have chosen for a masculine card.  But I have used the reverse side of this one….
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and used it as a background for my masculine card.

Masculine Lighthouse Card Stampin' Up! 2020 Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping 1

And I also wanted to keep it nice and simple, so have taken a piece of the fabulous watercolour paper, wet it down with an aqua painter, and then swooshed some ink across it, very quickly and freely.
Then once the watercolour paper was dry, I stamped the lighthouse and birds from the Sailing Home stamp set in Pretty Peacock ink, and the words are from the New Wonders stamp set.
Layered over some Pretty Peacock cardstock, and it’s a very quick and easy card to make.

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The next demonstrator to share their Masculine project with you is the very talented …..
Kate Morgan.

I hope you enjoy all of the inspiration.
Happy stamping!
Chris

If you have a broken link or have come to this blog hop midway, you can view all the participants below:

Christina Barnes 

Kate Morgan

Andrea Sargent

Sharon Davern

Tina Gillespie

Vicki Boucher

Catherine Proctor

Rachel Woollard

Rebecca Jacovou

Sujatha Harding

Michele Taylor

Caroline Manwaring

Using Brads or Eyelets

Tropical Oasis Stampin' Up! Vintage Car Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping 2
Finally, I am organised enough to have joined in with the Design Team for Cardz4Guyz this fortnight.
Crafting has been a bit hit and miss, and blogging even more so, over the past few months.  But it’s good to be back.
Our challenge this fortnight is to use Brads or Eyelets on your projects.
My cards actually use stick on brads, but close enough.  Personally I am going away from the ones that go through the layers, they can be very bulky, so I have gone with this stick-on type.

Tropical Oasis Suite by Stampin' Up! 2020 Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping 1

My cards feature the Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper, and that gorgeous car has been fussy cut from the DSP.  The cards also feature the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder.

Tropical Oasis Suite by Stampin' Up! Card 2020 Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping 3

The frame on the first card, and the centre panel of the second, were one piece of cardstock which I die cut using the Stitched Rectangle dies.

Make sure you check out what the rest of the Design Team have been up to here, and share your own projects, we love to see what you have been creating.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Trees or Leaves, or Both

Our new challenge at Cardz4Guyz is to create a project featuring Trees, Leaves or both of those.
It’s spring here in Australia, so the leaves are just starting to shoot on the trees, however, for my card, I have used some of the gorgeous Come To Gather Designer Series Paper.
I love the Autumn colours in this paper, and it’s fantastic for masculine cards.

Autumn Card Come To Gather Designer Series Paper 2019 Stampin Up Holiday Catalogue Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping
I have also run the Vanilla panel through the Big Shot with the Woodland Embossing Folder, so there are some trees in there behind the leaves.
The leaves have all been fussy cut from the Come To Gather Designer Series Paper.
And the sentiment is from the #Elfie stamp set.

Join us at Cardz4Guyz and share your projects, we love to see what you have been doing.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Inspired by the Beatles

Masculine Card Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping Guitar Silhouette Music

This week’s challenge at Cardz4Guyz is to create a project inspired by the band, the Beatles.
My card could just be about the Beatles in general, but in this case it is inspired by their song “While my Guitar Gently Weeps”.
Beetles Inspired Masculine Card Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping Music

I have used a long ago retired Stampin’ Up! image, which I stamped from a friend’s stamp set many years ago, and still had the image lying around in my stash.
It’s good to use up some old bits and pieces I have lying around sometimes.
And the embossing folder, I think I got as a free gift when I first bought a Big Shot, perhaps about 11 years ago!!

You can find out what the rest of the Design Team have created using the Beatles challenge at Cardz4Guyz, and we hope you will share your own ideas with us.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Celebrate!

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This week at Cardz4Guyz we are Celebrating!
That could be celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, or any special occasion.
Celebrate Card by Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping 2019 For The Love of Felt

As my main stamp set for this card, I have chosen one that I bought to go with a kit, called For The Love of Felt, the stamp set has the same name.
I don’t want the stamp set to sit idle and not earn it’s keep, now that I am no longer running the kit class.
The swirl and the “Let’s Celebrate” comes from For The Love of Felt stamp set, and “Celebrate the Best Day Ever” is from the Band Together Stamp Set.
The trusty Stamparatus was the main tool for making this card come together, making it really easy to line the sentiments up and creating the swirl along the side.
The ink colours I have used are Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana and Granny Apple Green.
Find out what the rest of the Design Team have created, or even share your own Celebration project, click here.
Happy stamping!
Chris

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Black and White Masculine Card

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Another card using the Sailing Home stamp set and Smooth Sailing Dies, they make it so easy to create great masculine cards.
This card is for the current challenge at Cardz4Guyz, which is to make a masculine card using only Black and White.
Black and White Sailing Card

So many ideas and options for that one, but I am loving this stamp and die set, so thought I would use it again for this card.
All of the elements on the card are part of this set of stamps and dies, apart from the “Hello”, which is from Good Morning Magnolia stamp set.
And my knotted row of knots…. lined up beautifully because I used my new favourite tool, the Stamparatus.  So much fun!

Hope you have a crafty evening.  Happy stamping!
Chris

The Art of Writing

My card today features some different Designer Series Papers to the ones I have been using recently.
Writing Card

The lovely stripey one in the background is from the Come Sail Away DSP, I love the soft colour, it would be wonderful for baby cards or feminine cards, or… well, any cards really.
Down the sides of the DSP, I have used a piercing tool to make the holes and then joined the dots using a marker.  It went a bit wobbly in a couple of places – I need more practice!

The pen and ink bottle have been fussy cut from the Follow Your Art DSP.
The words are from the New Wonders Host stamp set, and the background layer has been embossed with the Subtle embossing folder.

The Male Room card challenges have a Multiple Layers challenge happening at the moment, so I think this one qualifies.

Have a crafty weekend!
Chris

Colour Creations – Soft Suede

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This week’s Colour Creations challenge is to use Soft Suede.

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I’ve gone with lots of texture from embossing folders on my card again today, this time using the Layered Leaves, and the Woodland embossing folders.
The colour combination is Crumb Cake, Merry Merlot and of course, Soft Suede.

Colour Creations Soft Suede

And there is just a little Early Espresso ink in the background behind the trees of the Woodland embossing folder.  So to get that effect, I have swiped the ink pad across the raised part of the folder, before placing the cardstock in the folder and then running it through the Big Shot.  The darker background just helps to make those trees pop a little.

Make sure you check out some more inspiration using Soft Suede by going over to Cathy’s blog where you can find the links.

Happy stamping!
Chris

Origami Leaf

I am having so much fun playing with embossing folders, and creating a lot of different textures and interest on my cards.   I like texture, especially on the masculine cards.
Origami Leaf

This card uses a combination of Pinewood Planks embossing folder, and Woodland, two of my all time favourites.  And I am very happy to be able to tell you that both of them are carrying over to the new catalogue.
I thought it would be fun to play along with the current challenge at The Male Room, which is “Anything Goes” with an optional twist of using Origami.  So I made an origami leaf using some Vellum to go with the “wood” theme of my card.
It’s just a very simple folded triangle, very easy to do.  I’m not sure that I am entirely happy with it, I wondered if it would be better with two leaves, but didn’t want them to over power the rest of the card, so left it just like that.

Happy stamping!
Chris