Lovely As A Tree

I just can’t believe that this wonderful, versatile stamp set is still in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.  It was one of the first stamp sets I got when I first joined back in 2008, and it’s still there now.
Well, I had this stamped image, from Lovely As A Tree, and some really, really old papers and cardstock, so I have put something together, just because I am frustrated that I don’t have my new goodies yet.

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Such a gorgeous stamp set.
I may have to reinvest in that one.
Yes, I got rid of pretty much all of my stamps and heaps of my tools, so I am starting almost from scratch again.
So I have no idea which set this DSP paper came from.
And in the true spirit of getting back into stamping and cardmaking, I am going to add my card to some challenges.
Firstly, Cardz 4 Guyz has a Clean and Simple Challenge happening.
And also The Male Room is going Green.  My card only has a little bit of green but never mind.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

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Hello, hello, I’m back!!

It’s been almost 12 months since I last posted and certainly at least that long since I did any serious crafting.
I am excited though, I missed you all so much, I have missed crafting and blogging and sharing my work with you. Most of all I have missed creating with friends.
And so, I am back and I am once again a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.
Yay!!!!!
So stay tuned because I promise to bring you some newly crafted cards made with my brand new goodies – once my big brown box arrives!

In the meantime, happy stamping!
Chris
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Taking a break.

I am going to be taking a complete break from blogging and from most of my crafting over the next few months, probably even six months, and possibly permanently.
Life is once again going in a different direction and I am not enjoying crafting the way I used to.
I was considering closing my blog down completely but I will keep it here for now and may occasionally share some of my colouring, but otherwise I will be taking a break.

Happy stamping,
Chris

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Winter Olympics

Have you been watching the Winter Olympics?
We have watched as much of it as we can, and my 12 year old is loving the snowboarding and skiing.  I think I’m glad it’s only on every four years though, our television is not usually on for so much of the day, if at all.  Sometimes it doesn’t get turned on for weeks on end!

The challenge this fortnight at The Male Room is, not surprisingly, Sport/Winter Olympics.

Heaps of options there for sporty masculine projects.

I have created a Box Card this week for my project.  I enjoy making something different sometimes, and these are quite easy to make, but very effective.

I have made my own background for this card, using Glossy white cardstock, and then with my favourite Distress Oxide Inks I have created this colourful background.  The colours of ink I used are Peeled Paint, Cracked Pistachio, Vintage Photo and Faded Jeans.  (Such cool names for the gorgeous colours!).Then I have used a pipette to add some splotches, and stamped directly onto the background using some words and phrases from the Kaszazz Journal Messages stamp set, and Spring Moments stamp set.  The kind of mesh look comes from the background stamp called Graffiti Mesh (awesome stamp!), and then the skiers and snowboarders are from the Kaszazz set called Silhouette Sports.
Here are some closer shots of the card:

and while I was at it I made a bookmark for my son.

I hope you will join us with your sporty projects at The Male Room.
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