Decorative Masks

I have used one of Stampin’ Up!s Decorative Masks to create the background for my card today.  These are such a simple but effective tool which would also be fantastic for using on scrapbook pages, art journal pages, and a heap of other things.
Something else I will be experimenting with, they are so easy to use, and it makes it super easy to create a quick background.

Sponged Note

So I have gone with some yummy Grapefruit Grove cardstock for my main colour, and sponged….. Flirty Flamingo ink through the Decorative Mask.
Yes you read that right.  You could, of course, use Grapefruit Grove ink and that would work too, but right now I don’t have Grapefruit Grove ink 🙂 and I liked the depth that the Flirty Flamingo ink added over the base colour.
Add some strips of off cuts and left over pieces of patterned paper and cardstock, and some white Baker’s Twine, and that’s a really quick and easy card.
The ends of both white off cuts have been punched using the Classic Label Punch, (another super versatile piece of equipment!) and the words are from Butterfly Gala stamp set.

Inspiration for my card came from the current Sketch Challenge at Just Add Ink.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you will know that I LOVE a sketch challenge 🙂

Happy Stamping!
Chris

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Butterfly Card

Just a quick post today to share a card I made yesterday.
I am using up bits and pieces that I have, and the butterfly embossed background is one that was lying around waiting to be used.

I hope you are having a crafty day.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Heartfelt

The beautiful patterned papers from the Kaszazz Heartfelt range make papercrafting so very easy, whether that’s scrapbooking or in this case, a very pretty card.
I have combined this gorgeous paper with the card sketch from the current Freshly Made Sketches Challenge, and come up with this,

Not the best photo, the papers are soooo much prettier in real life.  I have sponged the edges and done some faux stitching with a paper piercer and white gel pen.

Here is the sketch:

I wonder what else I can use this pretty paper for??  I do have lots of ideas, and I’ll share them with you soon.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Ribbon or Lace Challenge

Crafty Boots Challenges is currently running a “Ribbon or Lace” challenge.
In the past, I would have loved this one and found it really easy, I used to love using ribbons, bows, lace, you name it, as long as it was girly and pretty.  I seem to have lost my Ribbon and Lace mojo!  So it really has been a challenge to make a card with ribbon, I wanted to leave it off, I had other ideas, but I put on the ribbon, and a nice big bow!

Still not entirely happy with it though, I think I will make it again without the ribbon….Lol 🙂
Below is a list of the gorgeous goodies I used to create my card.
I hope you will pop on over and check out what the rest of the Design Team have been creating, and share your own project with us too.
Happy stamping!
Chris

 

Pretty New Papers

Oh yes, the new patterned papers from Stampin’ Up! are stunning, so I wanted to feature two different ones on my card today.  And I have used the sketch challenge from Mojo Monday 429 to design my card.

The only stamping on this card, is the Happy Birthday sentiment, which comes from the Balloon Celebration stamp set.
The background papers are from the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack, and the beautiful feature flower is from the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Papers. I have used a circle die to cut it straight from the 12×12 sheet, although I really didn’t want to cut it up, it is too beautiful!!

Happy Stamping!
Chris


Hardware

The theme for this week’s challenge at The Male Room is to use some of your stash, in particular, some Hardware!

I had some fun with this one, and thought I would feature some brads, but also a different form of “hardware”…..

a Robot!
Mr Robot comes from the stamp set Boys Will Be Boys and is heat embossed onto the back cardstock with Silver embossing powder.  The photo is not great, I had difficulties trying to find a good spot to take a photo of this card with all the silver.  Make sure you check out all the fabulous projects from the rest of the Design Team at The Male Room.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Halloween!

This fortnight at The Male Room, we have a Halloween challenge.

Halloween is always a challenge for me, we don’t celebrate it very much here in Australia, although it is starting to take off a little and there are a few things in the shops, which is just as well…..

I had to go searching the shops for something to put on my Halloween card, I don’t have any stamps, just a few papers.  So I was very relieved when I found these cute cupcake toppers.  I very carefully took the stick out and trimmed them a little, then adhered them over some patterned papers and black textured cardstock.  I am loving that big, black owl!
You never know, we might make a bit of an effort this year, and put a few decorations up for Halloween.
Happy stamping!
Chris