The Male Room Challenge – For a Teenager

This month’s theme at The Male Room Craft Challenge is “For a Teenager”,

and it just so happens that yesterday was my son’s 16th Birthday, so I am sharing the card I made him for his birthday.
Unlike a lot of boys his age, my son is not into any gaming – none, at all. In fact, he goes months at a time without turning his computer on, and his phone usually stays on his desk day and night, with barely a glance. I am grateful that he has a lot of things that keep him interested and engaged and generally outside in the fresh air and sunshine. One of those things, that he is particularly passionate about, is sailing.

So naturally, the card I made for his birthday, features sailing boats!

The card is an interesting fancy fold card, with the front panel a clear window sheet which hinges to the back panel with the small top section.

The inside part, pictured above, opens sideways like a normal card, so that there is space to write a message.

My card features the new Gentle Waves background stamp, from the new Mini Catalogue, which was of course, a must for me. I’m quite sure it will get a heap of use!! I have used the Sailing Home stamp set from the Annual Catalogue along with the matching dies, and the sentiment on the front comes from the Let’s Set Sail set, also from the new Mini Catalogue.

The original idea for this card comes from one that Kylie Bertucci made here. I have changed mine around (as I do!), but you can watch Kylie’s video that is linked to her blog and see how she went about making hers.

It’s not easy to take a photo of the entire card, so hopefully you get an idea of how it is made.
And I hope you will share some of your masculine projects for a Teenager this month at The Male Room Craft Challenges. You can also find The Male Room Craft Challenges on Facebook, so come over and join in the fun there.
Happy stamping!
Chris

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Global Design Project Colour Challenge

I do love a challenge, especially a papercrafting challenge. So my card today uses the colours from the Global Design Project’s current colour challenge.

Definitely Christmassy colours, however I have been making heaps of Christmas cards, so decided not to make a Christmas card with these colours!
I have stamped the flowers with black Stazon ink and then coloured them with a Blender Pen and Cherry Cobbler ink, then fussy cut them and popped them onto the card with a glue dot to give them a little bit of height.

The background is swish of watercolouring using a Water Painter, lots of water and some Mint Macaron ink. It’s interesting that it looks a very different colour in the photo to the Mint Macaron cardstock of the butterfly.


I hope you are having a successful day with your creating.
Happy stamping!
Chris

CAS Sketch Challenge

Another card that I made for a challenge again today, and I ended up featuring the Quiet Meadow stamp set again. It seems to be a current favourite! I do like the different elements in this set, which combine so beautifully with many other stamps.

My card uses the largest die from the Beautiful Leaves Dies as a background behind the flowers.

The flowers from Quiet Meadows have been coloured using an Aqua Brush with inks, and then fussy cut (the dies will be in my next order!!) and I have used some of the leaves from Beauty of Tomorrow stamp set to complete my posy of flowers. I have added a few splodges of colour, very lightly to add a little more of the pretty Pale Papaya colour.

Here is the sketch from CAS Colors and Sketches which I used as inspiration for this card.

I hope you are having a crafty week!
Happy stamping.

Chris

Quiet Meadow CAS Colour Challenge

I enjoy making all sorts of different styles of cards, in particular, I love making vintage style cards. But sometimes I also love to make Clean and Simple (CAS) cards, and sometimes I like to make them very clean!!

This card is a colour challenge from CAS Colours and Sketches challenges, using the colours below. I used Stampin’ Write markers to colour directly to the stamp, using the three colours on the one stamp. Originally, I had planned to add a sentiment and perhaps a few splotches, but in the end I decided I liked it just like that.

What do you think? Would you have added more to it? Leave me a comment and let me know.
Happy stamping!

Chris

Black and White Christmas

It’s been quite a while since I shared here, and definitely time to get back into blogging.

So let’s get straight into it!! I have made a fairly simple card, a black and white Christmas card which features the cute bird from the Happy Holly-Days stamp set, and Christmas greeting from the Sweet Little Stockings stamp set.

The corners have been punched out using the Holly Border Punch.

Don’t you just love that bird? Gorgeous for colouring but equally beautiful just like that!! I’ve stamped using just Momento Black ink.

The Male Room have a Black and White challenge happening, so I am going to add this one.

I hope each of you are coping with the situation around the world. Keep crafting and keep smiling.

Happy stamping!

Chris

Forever Greenery

A quick post today to share a quick card!
The Forever Greenery was my absolute favourite out of all of the Designer Series Papers in this year’s Annual Catalogue, but I haven’t  really used them much yet, so it was time to make a card with it.
Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper DSP Stampin' Up! 2020 Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping
It’s very simple, some Garden Green cardstock for the base layer, a layer of the Forever Greenery, and then a frame of white cut out with the Stitched Rectangle Dies which are layered over the patterned paper.
The sentiment is from Best Year stamp set and stamped in Garden Green ink.
Because there are so many different patterns in this paper, it would be very easy to completely change the look of this card, just by using a different sheet of DSP from the same pack.
This one I am adding to the current challenge at The Male Room.
I guess that is the beauty of this paper, it can easily be used for either masculine or feminine cards.

Happy stamping!
Chris
xx

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

Colour Challenge

It’s been a chilly and overcast couple of days here in my little part of Australia, so the perfect time to stay warm inside, and do some stamping.
And for my inspiration, I have used this gorgeous colour combination from the latest Global Design Project challenge.

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Such pretty colours!
Blossoms in Bloom Fun Fold Card 1 2020 Stampin' Up! Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping
I have made a fun fold card, using a new stamp set called Blossoms in Bloom.
And behind that, on the base layer I have used the Scripty Embossing folder.
And here is the inside of the card.

Blossoms in Bloom Fun Fold Card 1 Inside 2020 Stampin' Up! Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping

I hope you are having a crafty weekend.
And a warm one!
Happy stamping!
Chris
xx

 

 

 

Just Add Ink Colour Challenge

It’s been quite some time since I made a card (again).
What a year it’s been here!
First, catastrophic bushfires.
Then floods.
And now, well, since it’s worldwide, I don’t need to go into what is going on now.
I hope each and every one of you is coping ok.  And I hope you are crafting as that is one way to give us all a little sanity.

It has been a quite a long time since I really got into some stamping and cardmaking, so I went to one of my favourite challenge sites, Just Add Ink, to find something to use as inspiration.
I am feeling a little rusty, so didn’t get into too much detail, just kept to something fairly simple.
The challenge is a colour challenge, using some gorgeous Stampin’ Up! colours.
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And here is my card.
Colour Challenge May 2020 Butterfly Wishes Stampin' Up! Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping

I have used the gorgeous Butterfly Wishes stamp set (which might just be one that is continuing on into the new catalogue…), along with some of the Seam Binding Ribbon, and the Stitched Shapes Dies to cut out my circles.

Colour Challenge May 2020 Butterfly Wishes Stampin' Up! Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping2
Happy Stamping!
And please look after yourself, stay healthy and positive.
Chris
xx

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